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History, Manhattan, Museums

All images © D. Finnin/AMNH

Five years and a $19 million renovation later, the American Museum of Natural History’s oldest gallery reopened to the public last week. Developed alongside curators from Native Nations of the Northwest Coast, the new 10,200 square-foot Northwest Coast Hall showcases the history of the Pacific Northwest with a focus on the “scholarship and material culture of the Northwest Coast communities,” according to a press release. The gallery contains more than 1,000 artifacts including a 63-foot-long canoe, the largest Pacific Northwest dugout canoe existing today, and a diverse collection of art, from monumental carvings up to 17 feet tall to contemporary works of art from Native artists.

Details here

Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Photo credit: Tim Waltman for Pamela D’Arc / Compass

This 3,000-square foot Upper West Side townhouse at 347 West 84th Street has enough going for it given its size, 2,000 square feet of outdoor space, and prime Manhattan location off Riverside Park. A pristine and beautifully-designed renovation with interiors by O’Neill Rose Architects has transformed this four-story house, asking $13,750,000, into a home worthy of design awards and inclusion in publications like Architect Magazine and Dezeen. To maximize natural light, two curved skylights were added, and glass panels replaced the home’s rear wall. On the top floor, a glass-walled atelier provides a sun-filled indoor and outdoor oasis.

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Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Photo credit: Rise Media

An apartment in the El Dorado at 300 Central Park West is an enviable enough thing on its own, even without the added cachet of belonging to the estate of Hester and Harold Diamond, owners of one of the world’s finest art collections and parents of Mike Diamond of Beastie Boys fame, whose childhood home this was, Picassos and all. Ms. Diamond, who passed away in 2020 at 91, was an art dealer and collector whose collection of Old Masters and Modernist art, according to the New York Times, included Picasso, Mondrian, Rothko, and many more. Asking $19,500,000, the duplex co-op in one of New York City’s most venerable buildings is museum-sized at 6,300 square feet with 800 square feet of terrace space and peerless park and skyline views.

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Events, Upper West Side 

Image courtesy of Geoff Livingston on Flickr

New York City is hosting a parade dedicated to Japanese people and their culture for the first time ever this weekend. On Saturday, May 14, the Japan Parade kicks off at Central Park and West 81st Street and moves south towards 68th Street. The parade will showcase a variety of Japanese performing arts and Japanese organizations, like Anime NYC, the International Karate Organization Kyokushin, and the Japanese Folk Dance of NY, according to Thrillist.

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Architecture, Design, Landmarks Preservation Commission, Upper West Side 

All renderings designed by Foster+ Partners, courtesy of the Landmarks Preservation Commission

Billionaire Bill Ackman is getting his Central Park-facing rooftop glass penthouse designed by Norman Foster after all. The Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday approved plans from the hedge fund founder to build a glass penthouse addition on top of a 100-year-old Upper West Side co-op building where he owns an apartment. First presented last November as a two-level glass box on the roof of 6-16 West 77th Street, the approved proposal includes a scaled-down design and more muted materials.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Janet Jackson lists her Upper West Side apartment for $9M

By Michelle Cohen, Thu, April 28, 2022

Photo courtesy of Yoo Jean Han for Sotheby’s International Realty

Janet Jackson has decided to part ways with her Upper West Side apartment, which she recently listed for $8,995,000, as the Wall Street Journal first reported. The younger Jackson sibling has owned the three-bedroom condo in the Trump International Hotel and Tower at 1 Central Park West for almost 25 years; she purchased the 34th-floor unit in the gleaming tower overlooking Central Park for $2.8 million in 1998.

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Art, Events, lincoln square, Manhattan, Upper West Side 

The Oasis dance floor, designed by Clint Ramos. Rendering courtesy of Ali Kashfi

A three-month-long festival that aims to bring New Yorkers together through art will take place at Lincoln Center this summer. The first-ever “Summer for the City” will feature 300 events with more than 1,000 artists across 10 outdoor stages. Running between May and August, the festival includes the city’s largest outdoor dance floor, film screenings, and a “speakeasy,” a pop-up bar and performance space in the center’s underground driveway.

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Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Photo credit: Tim Waltman for Sotheby’s International Realty

On a postcard-perfect Central Park block on the Upper West Side, this Queen Anne-style townhouse at 53 West 85th Street is every inch a beauty, inside and out. A charming brick facade ends in a pitched gable roof, fronted by bay windows on the garden and parlor floors. Inside, the house is move-in ready, with elegant historic details forming the backdrop for tasteful up-to-the-minute renovations. Asking $8,495,000, the five-story home is less than a block from the park, but comes with its own backyard oasis.

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Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Photo credit: Scott Wintrow / Gross & Daley for Sotheby’s International Realty

Asking $5,595,000, this circa 1890 single-family brownstone at 340 West 84th Street is on the market for the first time in over half a century. The Romanesque Revival townhouse, designed by architect Joseph H. Taft, sits among a row of nine homes built together in the Riverside-West End Historic District. If you feel the home’s 18-foot width isn’t sufficient, its neighbors at 342 and 344 are also for sale.

Step into the 1890s on the Upper West Side

Cool Listings, Top Stories, Upper West Side 

Photo credit: LPG for Sotheby’s International Realty

Asking $65,000,000, the 12,000-square-foot, seven-story Renaissance Revival-style townhouse at 25 Riverside Drive (h/t WSJ) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side harkens back to the city’s Gilded Age, when Riverside Park was lined with single-family mansions. Unmistakeable from the outside, the palatial corner property with rounded facades of limestone and brick has breathtaking river and palisades views from three exposures, 70 windows, and a rooftop conservatory. Built in the 1890s, this unique home was designed by prominent architect C.P.H. Gilbert for American Book Company editor-in-chief Herbert Horace Vail.

Tour this amazing Riverside Drive mansion

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