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Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper East Side

1 Est 62nd Street 2B

In the fall of 1959 American author Ernest Hemingway rented a small apartment at 1 East 62nd Street, just off Fifth Avenue, in an attempt to achieve some privacy on his visits to New York City. Although eventually published posthumously, A Moveable Feast, was scheduled to be released the following year, and Hemingway spent the better part of 1959 completing this tale of his early days spent among writing giants the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and James Joyce.

We may never know if the walls of the now Spencer Condominium got to see those finishing touches, but we’re pretty sure they’ve witnessed a great deal of history since the limestone mansion was built at the turn of the century for John Drexel, grandson of the founder of Philadelphia banking house Drexel & Co.

Read on to discover a different moveable feast

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper East Side

Young Huh, Susan Grella, Dale Reich, Town Residential, Zuma Airbath, Juliet balcony

What if you could enjoy all the conveniences of living in the most fabulous city on Earth while still getting to come home to a peaceful hideaway? That’s what this Young Huh-designed, five-story Astor Terrace townhouse offers. Unit #TH-NE11 is a completely renovated 3BR/3.5BA townhouse with floor-to-ceiling windows and a private, tree-lined patio. Each bedroom not only has its own en suite bath, they each have their own private floor.

Sound like something you’re interested in? There’s more here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper East Side

25 East 77th St. 1401/1402, Jacque Grange renovation, The Mark Hotel

How would you like to live in a hotel? And we’re not just talking any hotel; we’re talking a luxury landmark hotel in New York City. We’re talking a hotel where you can wake up and order room service from acclaimed chef Jean-Georges, then get your hair done at Frederic Fekkai. Do we have your attention yet? Because if you like what you just read, you’re going to love the 9BR/10.5BA, 8,577-square-foot beauty we’re about to show you at The Mark.

Check out this dynamic duo here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper East Side

875 Fifth Avenue 19A

Okay, so this immaculate penthouse perched high atop 875 Fifth Avenue really isn’t a tree house, but given its miles of treetop views we could be forgiven for taking a few liberties with the term. Packed within Manhattan’s roughly 520 million square feet are some of the most amazing residences in the world, many of them boasting gorgeous interiors but not much in the way of outdoor space. It’s a concession one must make for living in the most vibrant city in the world. But every once in a while, something special comes along.

See more of this 5th Avenue treehouse

Major Developments, Upper East Side

Upper East Side garbage dump, new park over garbage dump, High Line Upper East Side

What is it they say about one man’s trash being another man’s treasure? Well, after failed attempts to stop construction of the Upper East Side‘s inevitable new garbage dump, community groups have chosen the next best route: give the dump a makeover. That’s so Upper East Side, isn’t it? The idea, according to the NY Daily News, is to transform the garbage-transfer station into a community park. The plan, a collaboration with Sam Schwartz Engineering, would relocate a quarter-mile long garbage truck ramp to the side of the Asphalt Green complex. The ramp would be covered by a green High Line-esque walkway.

Find out more about the plan here

Architecture, History, Interiors, Upper East Side

Cartier Townhouse, Upper East Side townhouse, Historic Buildings, Andre Tchelistcheff Architects

Restoring historic landmarks is never an easy task, but a careful, attention-driven job can help a former gem shine again. That’s the case behind the renewal of this Upper East Side townhouse, also known as the Cartier Mansion. Together, Andre Tchelistcheff Architects and interior designer David Anthony Easton worked to restore the gorgeous Beaux-Arts building to its former glory.

More pictures of the grand townhouse straight ahead

Interiors, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

980 5th Ave 22A, co-op interior, amazing views

The opulent former estate of New York socialite Monica E. Hollander has sold for over $100K over asking, according to city records. The 980 Fifth Avenue co-op was on the market for roughly 6 months before a couple scooped up the gem. Warburg Realty’s Wendy Greenbaum held the listing and we’re guessing she used the apartment’s two most famous neighbors–Central Park and the New York City skyline—as a huge selling point.

Take a look inside, here

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Cool Listings, Features

New York vs. London, NYC real estate, London real estate, NYC real estate comparisons

While we’re all still in the patriotic mood after the July 4th festivities, we thought it appropriate to put together a friendly little challenge between New York City and her cross-pond ally and sometimes rival, (what are the kids calling it these days, a frenemy?). In the left corner is NYC, global hub of finance and media, weighing in with a population of 8,405,837. And in the right corner we have London, the world’s most-visited city, population 8,416,535.

According to British real estate website Zoopla, the average price of a Central London home over the past year is £1.1 million or $2 million in U.S. dollars, topping the $1.6 million average selling price of residences in the core of Manhattan.

See how the cities battle it out in our three-round real-estate showdown

Celebrities, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

11 East 68th St, The Marquand, Kimora Lee Simmons apartment interior, Tim Leissner

Well, it only makes sense for the creator of Baby Phat to live in a phat crib. Investment banker Tim Leissner, otherwise known as Mr. Kimora Lee Simmons, just dropped $19 million on an 8th floor apartment at The Marquand, according to the NY Post. The 5BR/5.5BA unit has its own private elevator landing and wood burning fireplaces, and while we’re not sure what other features the actual apartment boasts, other apartments in the building have bay windows, a chef’s kitchen, and a media niche with a concealed A/V closet.

Take a look inside the Baby Phat crib here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Manhattan, Upper East Side

737 Park Avenue 20A

Park Avenue is synonymous with luxury living and this 3BR/4.5BA apartment at the corner of 71st Street does not disappoint.  The sprawling residence at 737 Park Avenue features over 4,300-square-feet of perfection starting the moment you step off the elevator onto your own private landing. We won’t blame you for doing a little fist-pump after taking possession of the keys. Expertly staged by Arthur Dunnam of renowned interior design firm Jed Johnson Associates (whose work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, and Interior Design), the home is beautifully divided into public and private spaces.

Take a closer look at Mr. Dunnam’s interior vision

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