All posts by Dana Schulz

Dana is a writer and preservationist with a passion for all things New York.  After graduating from New York University with a BA in Urban Design & Architecture Studies, she worked at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, where she planned the organization's public programs and wrote for their blog Off the Grid.  Currently, she writes for CIRCA, an online historic house marketplace, and leads walking tours about the cultural history of city neighborhoods. Follow her on Twitter @danaschulzNYC.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upper East Side

Nearly a year ago, the National Academy Museum & School listed their three stunning Carnegie Hill properties for $120 million–two interconnected townhouses at 1083 Fifth Avenue and 3 East 89th Street and a 65-foot-wide school building on East 89th Street. Though the original listing touted the possibility to create an epic, single-family mega-mansion, there have been no takers, and the buildings are now asking a reduced $78.5 million (h/t WSJ). Along with the price chop comes fresh interior images of the townhouses and their palatial layouts, intricate moldings, dripping chandeliers, and regal spiral staircase.

See more of these gorgeous properties

Daily Link Fix

  • Why Robert Moses just won’t go away. [NYT]
  • For the third year in a row, NYC’s most popular dog breed is the French bulldog, followed by Labrador retrievers and standard bulldogs. [amNY]
  • The Guardian scrapped plans to move its U.S. headquarters into a Kushner-owned Dumbo building after its reporters revolted. [Buzzfeed]
  • This week’s New Yorker cover, “Shelf Life,” imagines NYC neighborhoods as a Manhattan-shaped bookshelf. [Gothamist]
  • The first Citywide Ferry boat is officially on its way to New York City, making the 1,700-mile journey from Alabama. [NYCEDC]

 

Celebrities, Cool Listings, Greenwich Village, History, Top Stories

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr may have dueled in Weehawken, New Jersey, but they also both left their mark on Greenwich Village. At the end of the 18th century, Burr began buying up land around Bedford and Downing Streets for his Richmond Hill country estate (a Federal rowhouse here recently hit the market for $5.75 million). Hamilton’s connection is much less glamorous: On July 12, 1804, the day after the duel, he died in the home of his friend William Bayard. According to a plaque on the building, this took place at 82 Jane Street, where a listing for a $3,495/month one-bedroom also backs up the claim. But historians say Bayard actually lived a block north on Horatio Street.

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Daily Link Fix

SHoP Architects, tin building, Howard Hughes Corporation, South Street Seaportal
  • Pier 17, the centerpiece of the Howard Hughes Corporation’s $1.5 billion South Street Seaport redevelopment, is on track to open in summer 2018. [NYP]
  • “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” is a new documentary about the historic feud between Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses, produced by Robert Hammond, co-founder of the High Line. [Archinect]
  • This month, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office is hosting an exhibit on women’s political history. [Untapped]
  • NYC’s first community solar project is planned for a commercial building on the border of Park Slope and Boerum Hill. [Inhabitat]

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Features, Interiors, MY SQFT, Top Stories, Upper West Side 

Anthony Triolo apartment, NYC tiny apartment, Upper West Side tiny apartment, 150-square-foot apartment

Our ongoing series “My sqft” checks out the homes of 6sqft’s friends and fellow New Yorkers across all the boroughs. Our latest interior adventure brings us to an Upper West Side brownstone where Anthony Triolo lives in just 150 square feet. Want to see your home featured here? Get in touch!

When Anthony Triolo moved into a 150-square-foot studio on the Upper West Side in 2010, he thought it would be a temporary money-saving move. Seven years later, he’s changed careers from the architecture field to acting (you’ve seen him in “How I Met Your Mother” and “How to be Single” and he’s currently filming the upcoming show “Bull”) and transformed his tiny home into a custom-designed, multi-functional retreat. Anthony describes his style as “casual elegance” and believes smart shopping and mixing affordable finds with some more high-end buys is the key to creating a comfortable home no matter what the size.

Take the tiny tour and get some tips from Anthony

Daily Link Fix

  • Governor Cuomo unveiled a $1.8 billion plan to redesign the South Bronx’s Sheridan Expressway with pedestrian walkways providing access to Starlight Park and the Bronx River. [WSJ]
  • Countdown clocks at the new Second Avenue Subway stations provide estimates, not real-time data. [NBC NY]
  • Charity Hearty Start teams up with local bodegas to deliver breakfast sandwiches to the homeless based on an easy-to-use online donation system. [Munchies]
  • The city is holding a design competition for a new “I Voted” stickers, which will be distributed during the November 7th city elections that include the race for the mayor’s office. [NYT]
  • What’s in store for the future of the Met now that its director resigned? [Vanity Fair]

Current “I Voted” stickers via Mandi Campbell/Twitter (R)

affordable housing, Bronx, housing lotteries

New Yorkers earning 80 percent of the area median income can apply for three newly constructed units at 1319A and 1319B Prospect Avenue in the Morrisania section of the Bronx. The $1,230/month one-bedrooms are located in a 16-unit, two-building project in a leafy residential area not far from the 2 and 5 trains.

See the income requirements

affordable housing, Gowanus, housing lotteries, Top Stories

363 Bond Street, Gowanus Canal buildings, Gowanus development, Lightstone Group

363 Bond Street, via Lightstone Group

When the Lightstone Group revealed their two-building, 700-unit, $350 million rental project at 363-365 Bond Street, right on the banks of the notoriously toxic Gowanus Canal, president Mitchell Hochberg said it was inspired by a residential project in the Canal Saint-Martin neighborhood in Paris that helped create a “newly hip atmosphere” near a similarly polluted waterway. Despite the area’s Superfund status, the promise of living in a trendy, up-and-coming area surely appealed to many; when the lottery opened for the 86 affordable units at #365, nearly 60,000 people applied. Now, the lottery is opening for the 54 below-market rate apartments at the under-construction #363, ranging from $833/month studios to $1,082/two-bedrooms, available to those earning 60 percent of the area median income.

Find out if you qualify

Daily Link Fix

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  • Live blogging St. Patrick’s Day at McSorley’s. [Eater]
  • Don’t forget, starting Sunday the MTA fare hike takes effect–raising monthly and weekly MetroCard prices from $116.50 and $31 to $121 and $32. [Gothamist]
  • New Yorkers chose “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as the winner of the “One Book, One New York” program. [Business Insider]
  • The American Kennel Club is relocating its Museum of the Dog to NYC from St. Louis in 2018, bringing dog art to Midtown. [TONY]
  • In the East Village, the Modern Love Club provides matchmaking services to millennials. [Atlas Obscura]

Museum of the Dog image via American Kennel Club

Daily Link Fix

  • $400M deal between Kushner Companies and Anbang for 666 Fifth Avenue raises eyebrows, insiders say the numbers don’t add up. [TRD]
  • Pritzker Prize–winning architect Richard Meier launches a 12-piece lighting collection. [Architizer]
  • Is Sixth Avenue the new Fifth Avenue? [NYP]
  • Mapping the roughly 120 Irish pub in Manhattan. [Vine Pair]
  • The Times Square police substation is linked to what once was one of the city’s largest peep shows. [Untapped]

Images: 666 Fifth Avenue via Vornado (L); McSorley’s by James and Karla Murray for 6sqft (R)

 

Major Developments, Midtown West

Manhattan West, Whole Foods, Brookfield Properties, 5 Manhattan West

Along with its glassy towers on the rise and big-name corporations leasing office space, the Hudson Yards district is now displaying another show of how the mega-development is pushing the once-desolate Midtown West area forward–the announcement of a 60,000-square-foot Whole Foods. The green grocer will move into Brookfield Property’s eight-acre Manhattan West complex, located at 5 Manhattan West on the corner of 10th Avenue and West 31st Street, directly across from Related’s Hudson Yards. Echoing the sentiment of the “Whole Foods effect“–the pattern of real estate values increasing when high-end grocery stores open nearby, both due to convenience and prestige–a press release from the developer says the news “is a significant first step in creating a first-of-its-kind global retail hub at Manhattan West.”

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Upper East Side

The penthouse at Trump Park Avenue has been on and off the market for an entire decade, first listing for $45 million in 2007, and now returning for $35 million. As LL NYC reports, the President transferred ownership of the 6,278-square-foot apartment in January to the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust, of which he’s the exclusive beneficiary. The massive duplex is as ornate as you’d expect from Trump, complete with 22 arched windows, custom tray ceilings with intricate moldings and dripping crystal chandeliers, bathrooms bathed in marble, and two large terraces with panoramic views.

Take the tour and get the full scoop

Daily Link Fix

  • In NYC, more than 24 new boutique fitness studios opened in 2016, and there are now 1,000+ locations on ClassPass. But when does the bubble burst? [Well + Good]
  • Most New Yorkers use Citi Bike to get to other transit stops quicker. [NYDN]
  • An interview with the CEO of State Street Global Advisors (the firm that commissioned the “Fearless Girl” statue) about the backstory of the piece and the company’s commitment to diversity. [Atlantic]
  • Snøhetta will design a hotel and education center for Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island campus. [ArchDaily]
  • A Gowanus tea house created a “Gowanus Canal” drink that looks like poison but is good for your body. [Eater]

Images: Via City Row (L); Via Snøhetta (R)

 

Green Design, Midtown, Technology

Image courtesy Murphy Burnham and Buttrick Architects

Nearly two years ago, St. Patrick’s Cathedral removed the scaffolding that had been shrouding its neo-Gothic facade to reveal a restored landmark. The work was part of a larger four-year $177 million restoration and conservation that’s also included an interior overhaul, renovation of the garden, and a new heating and cooling system. This last component is also now complete, as The Architect’s Newspaper reports that the Cathedral has activated their new, state-of-the-art geothermal plant, just in time to warm things up for St. Patrick’s Day. The system will cut the building’s energy consumption by more than 30 percent and reduce CO2 emissions by roughly 94,000 kilograms.

How did they accomplish this?

Daily Link Fix

  •  The 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture 2017. [BK Mag]
  • 81-year-old starchitect Norman Foster created an Instagram account to debunk imposters. [dezeen]
  • Related founder Stephen Ross gives a behind-the-scenes look at Hudson Yards. [Fox5 NY]
  • Why are Albert Einstein’s eyeballs in a safety deposit box in the city? [Untapped]
  • Checking in on Robert A.M. Stern’s 520 Park Avenue, now nearly topped off. [CityRealty]
  • A new paint line called Brooklyn in Color consists of 20 “smokey hues,” from grays to greens to deep magenta, that were “conceived to highlight architectural features in the home.” [Curbed]

Via Norman Foster/Instagram (L)

 

affordable housing, housing lotteries, Williamsburg

Starting tomorrow, New Yorkers earning between 50 and 60 percent of the area media income can apply for eight units in the heart of East Williamsburg. The apartments–six one-bedrooms for $1,020/month and two two-bedrooms for $1,224/month–are located at 845 Grand Street, a new contemporary rental building with high-end interiors and a bevy of trendy amenities, including a 4,000-square-foot roof deck with hammocks and a turf lawn, communal backyard, gym with yoga room, bike room, laundry room, and indoor lounge with pool tables.

See the interiors

Midtown East

666 Fifth Avenue, via Vornado

Anbang Insurance Group, the Chinese company who bought the Waldorf Astoria in late 2014 for nearly $2 billion, is now making headlines for another high-profile real estate transaction, this time against a controversial political backdrop. Bloomberg reports that Anbang is considering a stake in Vornado and Kushner Companies’ office tower 666 Fifth Avenue, a deal that Jared Kushner reportedly set into motion before resigning as CEO of his family’s company to serve as a presidential advisor to his father-in-law. If the deal goes through, not only will the Kushners profit some $400 million, but they’ll receive an equity stake in the new partnership, which will refinance $1.5 billion in existing mortgage debt. The deal values the tower at $2.85 billion, and if Anbang’s receives its proposed $4 billion construction loan to turn the top floors into condos, it will be the largest such loan for a single property in NYC history.

Find out more

Daily Link Fix

  • Trump Tower sold its first condo since the President’s Inauguration, interestingly the buyer of the $2.2 million home is a Ukrainian shipping magnate heavily involved with Russian military equipment. [Mansion Global]
  • A former Navy freight ship may become a military-themed restaurant floating in the Hudson in Harlem. [West Side Rag]
  • Industry City-based designer Danielle Trofe talks about her Mush-Lume collection, graceful lamps made of mushroom roots. [WSJ]
  • This Friday, the Center for Architecture is holding Guess-A-Sketch, an architecture-themed, Pictionary-style tournament. [AIA NY]

Right: Via Baylander IX-514/Facebook

 

Architecture, Art, Chelsea

Related Companies is looking to expand on Chelsea‘s cultural character as a world-famous art district, as well as expand this “gallery corridor” north towards Hudson Yards, as part of an initiative called The New West Chelsea. According to a press release from the developer, they’re adding 15 new gallery spaces around their luxury condo at 520 West 28th Street, the late Zaha Hadid‘s undulating High Line stunner. A new space called High Line Nine, which will be located next to the condo and under the elevated park, will be modeled on a European galleria, complete with nine “boutique exhibition spaces,” a cafe/wine bar with outdoor seating, catering kitchen, and amenity packages. They’ll also add four galleries within the base of the condo, as well as two stand-alone spaces on the block.

More renderings and details ahead

Architecture, Midtown East

601 Lexington Avenue Market Building, Citicorp Center, Gensler, Boston Properties

The Midtown East skyscraper formerly known as the Citicorp Center, now called simply 601 Lexington Avenue, was made an official city landmark this past December, thanks to distinctive features including its 45-degree angular roof and base of four columns that resemble stilts. When designed by Hugh A. Stubbins & Associates in 1978, the site also included a privately owned public space with a connection to the Lexington Avenue-53rd Street subway station, which co-owner Boston Properties is now looking to update. They’ve tapped the designers at Gensler to envision a 200,000-square-foot “Market Building,” which will consist of a new outdoor plaza and terraces, as well as an interior atrium space that will host trendy dining and retail options.

More renderings and details

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