All posts by Alexandra Alexa

condos, Midtown East, New Developments

A first look inside the Waldorf Astoria’s historic conversion

By Alexandra Alexa, Thu, November 14, 2019

Renderings by Noë & Associates/The Boundary

We now have a sneak peek inside the historic condo conversion currently underway at the Waldorf Astoria, now called The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria. Beijing-based Anbang Insurance Group Co. has released an updated teaser website and new renderings of the project, which will bring 375 private residences and 350 renovated hotel rooms to the storied building. Condo sales were initially expected to launch this fall, but are now slated to hit the market in early 2020 with the project wrapping up by 2021.

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Architecture, Hudson Square, Major Developments, More Top Stories

SOM reveals designs for new Disney HQ in Hudson Square

By Alexandra Alexa, Thu, November 14, 2019

4 Hudson Square, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Disney

Renderings © SOM / bloomimages

Last July, Disney purchased the rights to develop the property at 4 Hudson Square from Trinity Church for $650 million under a 99-year agreement and earlier this year tapped Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to design a new HQ for the media giant. SOM and developer Silverstein Properties have just revealed the first renderings of the project, which will occupy an entire city block and span across 1.2 billion square feet—including retail on the ground floor—and house up to 5,000 employees.

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Midtown

David Korins, Drama Book Shop

Rendering of the new shop, courtesy of David Korins

Midtown’s 100-year-old Drama Book Shop has a new home and an opening date after being revived by Lin-Manuel Miranda and three “Hamilton” collaborators, the New York Times reports. Earlier this year, the garment district mainstay was forced to close due to rising rents. With investment help from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Miranda’s team bought the store from owner Rozanne Seelen and packed up the storefront at 250 West 40th Street, where it had been located since 2001. Since then, they’ve found a new location just one block south at 266 West 39th Street, which is expected to open in March.

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Midtown West, Restaurants, Transportation

Image by Leif Knutsen on Wikimedia Commons

Beginning next April, at least 17 additional businesses in Penn Station’s LIRR concourse will shutter to make way for the station’s $600 million revamp. As the New York Post reports, the closings will impact the north-side of the concourse, which is operated by real estate developer Vornado. Commuter-favorites like Shake Shack, Pret a Manger, and two Starbucks locations are among the merchants who will close shop, leaving commuters with significantly fewer fast-food options. Papyrus, Godiva, and Le Bon Cafe are also on the list.

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Cool Listings, Park Slope

695 Degraw Street, Park Slope, condos, duplex, outdoor space, cool listings

Listing images courtesy of The Corcoran Group

Right around the corner from Park Slope’s bustling 5th Avenue, this two-bedroom duplex at 695 Degraw Street is convenient, cozy, and comes with a private, well-maintained garden. Located in a three-unit building dating back to 1899, the home still has some of its classic pre-war details alongside all of the modern conveniences that are on your list: central AC, a laundry room, and more. For the asking rent of $6,500 a month, the apartment can come partially furnished or vacant.

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Financial District, Museums

The 9/11 Tribute Museum might be closing its doors

By Alexandra Alexa, Mon, November 11, 2019

Google Street View of the 9/11 Tribute Museum in October 2017; Map data © Google

The 9/11 Tribute Museum—perhaps “overshadowed” by the better-known Memorial Museum just a few blocks away—might be closing its 92 Greenwich Street location, as Crain’s reports. Real estate investment firm Thor Equities has placed the museum’s three-story space on the market for $30 million. It’s not yet clear whether the museum will close down completely or be able to relocate.

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City Living, Greenpoint

Tula Plants & Design, Greenpoint, NYC Plant stores, houseplants, cacti, succulents

Images courtesy of Tula Plants & Design

Less than a year after opening their new flagship in Greenpoint, Tula Plants & Design has expanded its lush storefront with a dedicated space for cacti and succulents. Owners Christan Summers and Ivan Martinez recently completed a 400-square-foot expansion in the nearly 100-year-old warehouse at 59 Meserole Avenue, adding a desert plant oasis to complement their tropical plant offerings. The “Arid Room” is packed with varieties young and old and specializes in sourcing rare, hard-to-find species.

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City Living, Lower East Side, More Top Stories, Restaurants

Market Line, Essex Crossing, Food Halls, Lower East Side

Images courtesy of QuallsBenson

A few months after it was initially expected, Essex Crossing’s expansive and bazaar-like food hall, The Market Line, finally has an opening date. Phase one of the rollout is set to open its doors to the public on November 22, offering an initial mix of 30+ local vendors and restaurants, including NYC institutions like Ukrainian diner Veselka, family-run German butcher shop and Grocer Schaller & Weber, and 1920s tea parlor and bakery turned hip dim sum eatery Nom Wah.

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Central Park South, condos, Cool Listings, New Developments

Renderings by Hayes Davidson and images by Peter Murdock; courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Once home to the Steinway & Sons piano company, the landmarked building at 111 West 57th Street was acquired by developers JDS Development, Property Markets Group, and Spruce Capital Partners in 2013 for $217.5 million and has since become incorporated into SHoP Architects’ super-slender supertall tower rising next to it. Originally built in 1925, the Beaux-Arts building will house the lobby for the luxury tower and a small number of apartments, including this 5,200+ square-foot duplex penthouse that just listed for $21 million.

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Events

Photo by Sgt. Randall A. Clinton for MarineCorps New York on Flickr

This year’s Veterans Day Parade—hosted by the United Way Veterans Council—will celebrate its centennial as more than 30,000 people march up Fifth Avenue on Monday, November 11 to honor veterans of the United States military during the annual holiday. While the organizers stress that the parade is a non-partisan and non-political event, President Donald Trump will make history this year as the first sitting president to attend the celebration. The president will not be marching in the parade but he will be giving an opening address at Madison Square Park.

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