It seems as though each of the units in the iconic Police Building on Centre Street has its own unique flair, and this apartment is no exception. It’s being offered for the first time since the building was converted into co-ops back in 1988, and has bragging rights as one of the only true two-bedroom, two-bath residences in the entire building. And it can be yours for $3.65 million.
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New urban development and redevelopment proposals get thrown around on a daily basis, but very few ever come to fruition. With an overload of ideas floating around, it’s hard to keep track of what’s worth giving a second thought to—let alone cash. Enter Pitching the City, a biennial gathering that pits the creators of five genius plans to improve the contemporary city against one another. This year’s summit will bring an array of innovative urban strategies from across the globe under one roof for a high-octane pitching session happening in Nolita on Friday, May 29th (that’s tomorrow!), and you’re invited.
The art opening at 190 Bowery took social media by storm a couple weekends ago when hundreds of people (who were likely more eager to get a look inside the iconic building than to peruse the art) lined up outside and were then promptly turned away when the event was changed from public to private. As The Lo-Down notes, curator and art dealer Vito Schnabel, who hosted the event with the building’s developer Aby Rosen, has now spoken out in the New York Times about the last-minute change of plans, saying that his main concern was “protecting the space and the art.”
More good news from 190 Bowery! After finding out last week that the Landmarks Preservation Commission-approved plans for the building include keeping its iconic graffiti, we’ve now gotten word that the storied structure will open its doors to the public this Saturday evening, May 16, for an art opening.
The Lo-Down reports that Aby Rosen, the developer who bought the building for $55 million last fall and who is also an avid art collector, is hosting an art opening on the ground-floor in collaboration with curator and art dealer Vito Schnabel. The event runs from 5 to 8pm, plenty of time to take a look around the historic former Germania Bank Building.
After several weeks of back and forth on whether or not the new owner of 190 Bowery, Aby Rosen’s RFR Realty, would keep its iconic graffiti, it’s now official that the historic Germania Bank Building will remain in all its tagged glory. As Yimby reports, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the proposed restoration and conversion to an office building with ground-floor retail. The plan, conceptualized by preservation architecture firm Higgins Quasebarth & Partners with the help of MdeAS Architects, “calls for restoration of metal gates, wooden doors, stained glass, and other elements, but not removing the graffiti or cleaning the façade.”
Maybe we’ve just been watching too much Discovery Channel, but when you see a fun and quirky detail like a rhino head in the kitchen you can’t help but want to take a look. That’s one of the reasons we are so drawn to this industrial loft at 284 Lafayette Street, asking $4.995 million. This flexible three-to-four-bedroom loft features eight oversized windows, skylights, exposed brick, high ceilings, and original maple floors. The co-op also has enough built-ins for an expansive literary collection.
Over the summer we got a couple of teaser renderings for Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando‘s forthcoming Nolita condo at 152 Elizabeth Street. But now the Times has released the entire batch of starchitecture porn, including a full building shot and interior details.
Ando’s first-ever standalone building in New York is a seven-story condominium with just seven units, and its design is completely representative of his signature style. Described as a “glass jewel box” by the Times, it’s made of in-situ concrete, galvanized steel and glass, combining to create a simplistic, modern esthetic that blends with the area’s industrial character. The Japanese self-taught starchitect wanted to create “a space which no one has created before with a very common material which anyone is familiar with and has access to. Concrete can be made anywhere on earth.”
There’s a new listing in the landmarked building at 53 Crosby Street in Soho, asking 3.995 million. If being on the market were a professional career, this quintessential loft would be the one others would go to for advice, because between rentals and sales listings, it’s been a regular since 2012. Nonetheless, it’s a nice bright pad with original oak floors, high ceilings, prewar details, and a flexible layout that even allows for some of your own creative input. And there’s one other daring detail that sets this place apart…
Perhaps one of the most beautiful buildings in New York City, the Beaux-Arts style former police headquarters located at 240 Centre Street sometimes seems to have flown under the “great buildings in Manhattan” radar for much of its 100-plus years.
But we’re pretty sure those lucky enough to reside in one of the 55 luxury apartments created when the building was converted to condominiums in the late 1980s have a true appreciation for the grandeur of this hidden gem. RAAD Studio recently redesigned one of those apartments, and there’s no way this transformation could go unnoticed.
There’s a really chic loft available for rent in the Ice House in Nolita, right on the edge of Soho and the Lower East Side, and it’s asking $7,500 a month. This 1,033-square-foot space has the potential for two bedrooms, along with all the classic loft must-haves like reclaimed oak floors throughout, 10-foot beamed ceilings, and exposed brick walls. And the best part? It’s available fully furnished.