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. In her free time, she leads walking tours about the social and cultural history of city neighborhoods. Follow her on Twitter @danaschulzNYC.

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Architecture, DUMBO, New Developments, Rentals

60 Water Street, DUMBO

Two Trees Management Company has revealed an additional, close-up exterior rendering and a teaser website for their new rental development 60 Water Street in DUMBO, which is nearing completion. Designed by LEESER Architecture and Ismael Leyva Architects, the building will begin leasing in the coming weeks, though pricing and interior images have not yet been released. The façade stands out in the former-industrial neighborhood thanks to glass curtain walls with angled windows.

Get a closer look at the glass pattern and entrance

Featured Story

Celebrities, Features, Historic Homes, real estate trends, Upper East Side

Timeless Trophy: 740 Park Avenue

By Dana Schulz, Thu, September 25, 2014

740 park avenue

New York City may have an ever-revolving cast of hottest restaurants, hippest clubs, and even most desirable neighborhoods, but some real estate titans never go out of style in this metropolis. Known as the “Tower of Power,” 740 Park Avenue is one such mainstay.

The Upper East Side 19-story, Art Deco building was completed in 1930 to the designs of Rosario Candela, often considered the finest architect of luxury apartment interiors, as the last of the grand dames erected along Manhattan’s Gold Coast. It didn’t reach its peak until the real estate boom of the 1980s, but is today one of the most sought-after addresses with 31 apartments, mostly all duplexes, triplexes, and penthouses. The massively scaled residences feature grand living rooms, formal dining rooms, spiral staircases, high ceilings, expansive foyers, and an abundance of windows.

Plenty more on this timeless trophy residence and its long list of well known inhabitants

Architecture, Design, Upstate

Tsai Residence, HHF Architecture, Ai Weiwei, Ancram NY

When you’re avid art collectors like the owners of the Tsai Residence and Guest House, you probably won’t be too impressed with a typical rectangular structure to house your masterpieces. That’s where Swiss-based firm HHF Architects and world-famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei come in. Working together, they created a unique Y-shaped guest house for the couple’s Ancram, New York property. Each of the home’s three wings has a specific purpose–bedroom, workroom, and art gallery. The simple and effective design “served to link these elements at isolated points and to define the overall appearance of the guesthouse.”

More on the artistic residence, which is the only Ai Weiwei-designed house in the country

Daily Link Fix

WEDG, personal cloud storage
  • A new infographic, The Schematic of Structures, displays the 90 greatest architectural achievements since prehistory. You can be the judge of this list over on Fast Co. Design.
  • Break out the Meow Mix, NYC’s first permanent cat café could open next spring. According to Gothamist, a $65,000 crowdfunding campaign is underway to make the kitty dream a realty.
  • A 17-year-old Instagrammer known as Demidism climbed to the top of 432 Park Avenue, the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, and took some pretty amazing (yet vertigo inducing) photos. Untapped Cities has the scoop.
  • It’s about time…the WEDG personal cloud storage device offers strong security and privacy values, reports designboom.

Image: via WEDG 

Daily Link Fix

Solar Reserve (Tonopah Nevada), John Gerrard, NYC public art
  • DNAinfo speaks to some of the city’s gardening experts for tips on how residents can turn vacant lots into their very own community gardens.
  • A new contemporary art project will open at Lincoln Center plaza on October 3rd. According to Architizer, “Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada),” by Irish artist John Gerrard, will use computer simulation to recreate an actual Nevada power plant.
  • We have a serious urge to redecorate our apartments after taking Design Sponge’s 10-second shop tour of Beam, the recently opened Williamsburg design store.
  • If you’ve taken an architectural history class, you know it can be tough to keep all those styles straight. So, Mental Floss uses hair styles to make it a little easier.
  • New York Magazine checks out a Rockaway bungalow, beautifully restored after Hurricane Sandy.

Images: Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada), via John Gerrard (L); Beam, via Design Sponge (R)

People, Polls

We talked to five families currently raising school-age (or soon-to-be) children in New York City’s many diverse and multifaceted neighborhoods about why they pick city living over the suburbs. What are your feelings on the age-old debate?

Images- Left: Ben McLeod via photopin cc; Right: bradhoc via photopin cc

condos, Financial District, Hotels, Interiors, New Developments

REVEALED: Beekman Hotel and Condo Interiors

By Dana Schulz, Wed, September 24, 2014

Beekman Hotel and Condos, 5 Beekman Street

Last month, pricing and exterior renderings were released for the much-anticipated Beekman Hotel and Condo conversion project. The long-shuttered historic structure (originally known as the Temple Court Building) will be topped off with a 51-story condominium tower adjacent to the 1883-built landmark and its famous atrium. It will contain 68 residential units designed by Thomas Juul-Hansen. The building’s lower levels will house 287 hotel rooms.

Now, Curbed has received the first reveal of the interior renderings, and they do not disappoint. From the modern apartments with Woolworth Building views to the luxe amenity areas, the rooms at 5 Beekman Street exude luxury and prestige. One of the most impressive interior shots is of the atrium, which extends through all nine stories of the original Terra Cotta structure and is topped off by a large, pyramidal skylight. It will be a lounge by Tom Colicchio known as the Living Room, the centerpiece of the hotel and a fine dining spot for residents and guests alike.

Tour the rest of the conversion, from the atrium to the roof terrace

Architecture, Green Design, Interiors, Upstate

Writer's Studio Barn, Hudson Design Architecture, Garrison NY

There’s something intriguing about living in a former garage…maybe it’s the lofty openness or the unexpected conversion. But whatever the case, the Writer’s Studio Barn by Hudson Design lives up to our enchantment.

Located in Garrison, New York, the iconic American barn was originally used as a garage with two horse stalls. The conversion was conceived as a tranquil retreat for a couple to find inspiration among the lush landscape and natural views. And the existing stick-frame structure offered a loft with the perfect space and orientation for a secluded studio. It’s now a rustic one-bedroom apartment with room for cars and storage.

Take a tour and get the creative juices flowing

Ditmas Park, Flatbush, Historic Homes, Interiors, Recent Sales

David H. Sherman, Benita Welch, 28 Waldorf Court, Victorian Flatbush, Ditmas Park real estate

We have a feeling well-known architects David H. Sherman, of Abelow Sherman Architects, and his wife Benita Welch, a Principal at Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel Architects, will give the interior of their new home a fresh coat of paint before settling in…that is, unless they like the current bubble-gum-pink color scheme.

It makes perfect sense that the couple picked up this Victorian house in Ditmas Park for themselves and their two children, as Benita specializes in restoring historic homes, and David is known for his expertise working with NYC townhouses. According to city records filed today, they purchased 28 Waldorf Court for $1.41 million. Located just off Rugby Road (often considered the heart of Victorian Flatbush) on a highly desirable cul-de-sac, the five-bedroom home has been in the same family for 30 years.

Tour the home before it gets what’s sure to be a beautiful makeover

Architecture, Design

Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, Built by Women New York City, BxW NYC, NYC architecture competitin

Since we all have feminism on the mind thanks to Emma Watson’s empowering speech at the UN yesterday, we thought it was perfect timing to highlight the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation‘s competition, Built by Women New York City (BxW NYC).

Nominations are currently being accepted through October 31st for “outstanding structures and built environments in New York City, either contemporary or historic, designed and/or constructed by women.”

More on BxW NYC here

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