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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Flatiron

Listing photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

As much as he racks up Super Bowl appearances, Tom Brady seems to buy and sell real estate. And one of his former NYC homes has just returned to the market, asking $13,700,000. The apartment is located at the glassy One Madison condo, located on the south side of Madison Square Park in Flatiron. The Buccaneers quarterback and his wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, bought the 48th-floor unit for $11.7 million in 2014. But after putting it on the market for $17.25 million in 2016, they were forced to drop the price for it to finally sell in 2018 for just about $13.9 million.

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Cool Listings, Flatiron

Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

The Madison Green condominium at 5 East 22nd Street is in a great location, just a block south of Madison Square Park and right in the heart of the booming Flatiron neighborhood. Some of its units, like this one, also enjoy incredible views of the iconic Flatiron Building. Renting for $3,650/month, the one-bedroom apartment has a lovely balcony and a spacious renovated interior.

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Art, Flatiron, holidays

Photos courtesy of Cameron Blaylock

A new public art installation opened on Monday in the Flatiron Public Plaza as part of the neighborhood’s annual “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” holiday programming. Designed by firm Studio Cooke John, the Point of Action installation consists of nine metal pavilions surrounded by six-foot concentric circles with ropes that part, creating a “spotlight” and allowing passersby to connect with one another. The firm’s work was selected as this year’s winning design by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute.

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Flatiron, Restaurants

All photos courtesy of Eataly

Eataly’s seasonal restaurant in the Flatiron District has undergone a transformation once again. Last week, Serra d’Autunno by Birreria debuted at the 14th-floor rooftop with a new concept dedicated to honey, with “buzzworthy” specialty menu items and cocktails. The restaurant has also partnered with New York-based The Honeybee Conservancy to donate 10 percent of net proceeds from every “honey-focused” dish to the group’s Sponsor-a-Hive program.

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Design, Flatiron, Green Design

Courtesy of WATG

During the height of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City, fewer cars were on the road, leading to cleaner air and less noise pollution. And with nearly everything temporarily shut down, New Yorkers sought solace in open green spaces, parks, and open streets closed to cars. As the city is in the midst of reopening, WATG, a global multidisciplinary design firm, has proposed a plan to make the streets of New York greener while helping small businesses recover in the process.

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Flatiron, Restaurants

Photo courtesy of Eataly

Eataly’s 14th-floor rooftop in the Flatiron District has been transformed into a blooming greenhouse. Opening on Friday, Serra Fiorita by Birreria will bring Italian summer to Manhattan with a seasonal menu, build-your-own gin drinks, and a flowery decor inspired by a 3D paper book. Tables will be distanced, capacity will be limited, and reservations can be made on OpenTable to avoid crowding.

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Celebrities, Flatiron, Recent Sales

Rendering of 212 Fifth Avenue by Visualhouse; Photo of Jeff Bezos via Wiki Commons

Amazon behemoth and richest person in the world Jeff Bezos has been making headlines in recent weeks for his $100 million donation to U.S. food banks. He’s also become $24 billion richer since the coronavirus crisis sent Amazon’s stocks surging. And it looks like he’s taking a very small percentage of that fortune and expanding his real estate investment in NYC. The Post reports that Bezos just dropped $16 million on an apartment in the Flatiron condo 212 Fifth Avenue. Last June, he bought three units in the building totaling $80 million, making it the largest deal to ever close in New York south of 42nd Street. Now he can create a mega-mansion in the sky.

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Architecture, Flatiron, Landmarks Preservation Commission

Rendering of Wizarding World by Studio Superette, courtesy of Manhattan Community Board 5

The landmarks committee of a Manhattan community board this week dismissed the design for a proposed Harry Potter-themed store and exhibit in the Flatiron District. Warner Brothers Entertainment announced plans last September to open Wizarding World at 935 Broadway, a landmarked building constructed in 1861. But the company’s proposal to alter the historic structure by adding wand-style flagpoles and a fiberglass dragon was rejected as “inappropriate” by Manhattan Community Board 5’s landmarks committee on Tuesday, as the Wall Street Journal first reported.

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Art, Flatiron, holidays

hou de sousa, ziggy, flatiron district

Photo by Cameron Blaylock

A bright and colorful public art installation has opened in front of the Flatiron Building just in time for the holiday season. Ziggy from New York-based firm Hou de Sousa was selected last week as the winner of the annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and the Van Alen Institute. The structure is made up of painted rebar and 27,000 feet of iridescent cord and allows visitors to walk through, sit down, and peek through its vibrant openings. “Hou de Sousa’s spectacular installation invites us to rethink how we interact with public space, and with one another, “Deborah Marton, Van Alen’s executive director, said. “Their design creates delightful and unexpected ways to connect with others.”

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Flatiron

73 Fifth Avenue, Sir John Richardson, Flatiron

Listing images by DDReps; courtesy of Compass

The estate of renowned Picasso biographer and art historian Sir John Richardson—who passed away in March—recently listed his Flatiron co-op for $7.2 million. The seventh-floor loft at 73 Fifth Avenue spans across 5,400 square feet but despite some original details—dark oak floors, wood beams, exposed pipes, and oversized windows—it looks more like “a vast English country house” than a traditional loft, as New York Magazine noted. Currently configured as a two-bedroom with plenty of library space, the home is filled with a “mash-up of exotic and classical furniture,” alongside countless artworks from friends like Lucian Freud and Andy Warhol, and other curiosities.

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