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Cool Listings, Williamsburg

64 East 4th Street, Williamsburg

Located in a prime Williamsburg location one block away from the water, this townhouse at 64 East 4th Street is a catch with an asking price of $4,495,000. The four-floor home was gut renovated a few years ago and boasts a slew of modern amenities: a top-of-the-line kitchen, a home gym, and a beautiful garden. Best of all, the entire top floor is a ready-to-go office, making this an exciting opportunity for those seeking a live/work solution.

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Cool Listings, Gramercy Park

140 East 19th Street, Gramercy

There are many blocks in New York that leave us drooling, but the original “block beautiful” is 19th Street between Irving Place and Third Avenue, one block away from Gramercy Park. Most of the brick and brownstone rowhouses on the block were built in the 1850s but were considered dour by the turn of the century. After moving to New York in 1906, British architect Frederick Sterner bought the home at 139 East 19th Street and renovated it with what would become his playful signature touch: a coat of tinted stucco, shutters, decorative ironwork, and a projecting tile roof. Many—if not most—of the other homes on the block received Sterner makeovers, giving the street a distinctive charm. Now you can own the house right across the street from Sterner’s own, at 140 East 19th Street, for $15,250,000.

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Bronx, Cool Listings, More Top Stories

11 Fordham Street, City Island, Bronx

Built in 1901, this adorable four-bedroom home at 11 Fordham Street on idyllic City Island could be a great option for those looking to live farther away from the typical hustle and bustle of NYC. Currently on the market for $679,000, the 1,779-square-foot home comes with a huge backyard, waterfront access, and a private beach. With hardwood floors throughout, it features amazing bones that could easily be modernized. The property has been featured in several commercials and was one of the main locations for the 2006 movie “The Groomsmen,” and it’s ready to step into action again.

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Art, Midtown

Jean-Sébastien Côté & Philippe Jean, ATOMIC3, Appareil Architecture, Iceberg art installation, Iceberg NYC, Garment District art, Garment District Alliance, climate change art, public art NYC

Photos courtesy of Alex Ayer/Diversity Pics

Earlier this week The Garment District Alliance unveiled “Iceberg,” an immersive art installation on the Broadway pedestrian plazas along Broadway from West 37th to 38th Streets. Created by ATOMIC3 & Appareil Architecture, in collaboration with Jean-Sébastien Côté and Philippe Jean, the installation allows the public to generate a light and sound show as they pass through the metal arches of the installation, which react to the pace of each participant by turning different colors. But there’s more to it than pretty lights—the installation also carries an environmental message.

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weekend subway service

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Let’s start things off with some good news: The L and G trains will be running smoothly with no anticipated changes this weekend. The worse news is that many lines will experience station closures and delays. Riders of the 5 will be hit especially hard, with trains running only every 20 minutes. Traveling between boroughs won’t be easy either. 7 service between Queensboro Plaza and 34 Street-Hudson Yards continues to be out and there will be no J or M service between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Those free shuttle buses are sure to be packed.

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Cool Listings, Harlem, Interiors

Historic Harlem townhouse combo seeks record-breaking $27M

By Alexandra Alexa, Thu, January 10, 2019

A record-shattering listing just hit the market: twin adjacent townhomes in Harlem are seeking a whopping $27,000,000 for both properties. The homes are currently independent but could be combined into a rather impressive megamansion. The price is unparalleled in the area and five times the record selling price of a Harlem townhouse, which sold last February for $5.1 million. As Mansion Global reported, listing agent Siddiq Patterson of the Corcoran Group said he believed the price was justified by the property’s scale and storied past. “The bones and the history is something you just don’t get” with other homes in the area, he stated.

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Cool Listings, Harlem, Historic Homes

210 West 122nd Street, Harlem townhouse, Harlem bed and breakfast

Entering the 1880 townhouse at 210 West 122nd Street in Harlem is like stepping back in time. The six-bedroom property—now on the market for $3,750,00—is currently a bed and breakfast where guests from all over the world enjoy the grandeur of this authentic Victorian home filled with original details: mahogany millwork, stained glass transoms, inlaid floors, and seven fireplaces. The old world charm is balanced by luxurious 21st-century amenities including a recently updated kitchen and waterfall jacuzzis. Prospective buyers will be able to continue operating the bed and breakfast or simply enjoy this architectural gem for themselves.

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affordable housing, Events, Policy

Photo via Pexels

Stand-up comic and SNL’s Weekend Update co-anchor Michael Che is organizing a benefit show for New York City public housing residents this week. There are still a few tickets left for “A Night for NYCHA” on January 11, as amNY reported earlier today. Che is the headliner, “Roastmaster General” Jeff Ross will be hosting, and Michelle Wolf will feature in a “top secret lineup” of comics. “It’s gonna be a fun show and a GREAT cause,” Che posted on his Instagram stories earlier this month. “A lot of residents don’t have heat this winter. This money could really help. I grew up in a building like that, and it’s really tough.”

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Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

23 west 73rd street, upper west side, nyc apartments

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Editor’s note: At the request of Sotheby’s International Realty, listing photos that appeared in an earlier version of this post have been removed.

Just steps from Central Park on the Upper West Side, this two-bedroom co-op at 23 West 73rd Street is located in the Park Royal, a pre-war, red-brick building that has been called “one of the most attractive sidestreet apartment houses” in the coveted neighborhood. On the market for $5,250,000, the penthouse unit is owned by financier Donald Marron, who is also one of the most recognized private art collectors in America and previously served as President of the Museum of Modern Art’s Board of Trustees.

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weekend subway service

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New year, same subway challenges. This weekend will be the start of significant service disruptions along the 7 line—making travel between Manhattan and Queens more complicated—and of long-term construction at several stations in Washington Heights, beginning on January 5 with the closure of the 1 train’s 168 Street station (some good news: A and C trains will still be servicing the station). Riders can expect to encounter skipped stops across many lines and long wait times. Read on for a detailed list of the planned service changes.

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