All posts by Jon Dioffa

Design, Interiors, Technology

Interior designers who have been looking for a way to streamline their creative and production processes will appreciate Morpholio‘s newest app feature, AVA. Short for Automated Visual Assembly, AVA makes it easier for users to create not just presentation boards but also to produce cut sheets and specs for drawings, and product lists for purchasing. As professional designers know, projects are imbued with many moving parts that are difficult to manage piecemeal. AVA puts all of these pieces in one program, allowing designers to do everything they need within one application, reducing the opportunity for error. Plus, it’s presentation ready, meaning there’s no need to spend hours laying out images and assembling the details for client review.

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Celebrities, Recent Sales, Sutton Place 

Actress Emmy Rossum’s perfectly outfitted pied à terre has a new owner. LLNYC reports that a buyer has just scooped up the “Shameless” star’s one-bedroom charmer at 455 East 57th Street for $1.1 million.

Rossum quietly listed the home last November, just a month after she invited Elle Decor over to photograph the space. The full spread shares Rossum’s journey of turning the “pied-à-teardown” into an elegant escape with the help of Brooklyn interior designer Antonino Buzzetta. According to Elle, Rossum asked Buzzetta for something “chic, European, the look of a modern girl who has inherited her grandmother’s stuff.” “I wanted it to have a young energy, but with old-fashioned touches,” she said.

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Celebrities, Hell's Kitchen

It looks like Trevor Noah’s $15,000 rental at Stella Tower was just a space for him to kill time while waiting to move upstairs into a $10 million penthouse. The Journal reports that Noah closed today on the top-floor duplex apartment that spans the 17th and 18th floors of the 1927 Ralph Walker-designed skyscraper. In all, the star’s new spacious abode measures 3,600 square feet and comes encircled by a large, 930-square-foot terrace with sweeping views of the city.

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Celebrities, Recent Sales, Upper West Side 

San Remo, 145 Central Park West, Cesar Pelli, Rona Maurer

Starchitect César Pelli and his wife Diana Balmori have bought a $17.5 million apartment at the San Remo, according to city records released today. And the seller of the 4,900-square-foot, 12-room residence is Rona Maurer, John Leguizamo’s mother-in-law who was recently involved in a lawsuit claiming she was covering up the sale of the home to keep her stepdaughter from getting any of the profits.

The corner unit has all the details one would hope for from the Upper West Side‘s most prestigious co-op, including 65 feet of Central Park views, soaring ceilings, herringbone floors, three entertaining rooms, and a marble entry gallery.

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Real Estate Wire

ace hotel nyc
  • Is Jared Kushner plotting to turn 20 apartments into one giant West Village mansion? [Curbed]
  • ACE Hotel is indeed coming to Downtown Brooklyn. Permits were just filed for a site along Bond Street. [Brownstoner]
  • Harlem rents are up and a landlord is looking to rent a penthouse at 1080 Amsterdam Ave. for $10,500 a month. [NYDN]
  • The city’s Industrial Development Agency, an offshoot of the Economic Development Corporation, will vote on $170M tax break for Tishman Speyer’s $3.2 billion Hudson Yards office-and-retail tower. [Capital NY]
  • Cities and real estate developers are all peddling bike lanes. [Treehugger]

Images: Ace Hotel in Manhattan (left); Harlem penthouse (right)

Real Estate Wire

1 vanderbilt by kpf, 1 vanderbilt nyc, kohn pederson fox

Today’s real estate news highlights:

  • Conversions, condos, rising land prices, and, of course, more coffee shops. It looks like Crown Heights is “having a moment” as Brooklyn’s new “it” neighborhood. [New York Times]
  • Oh, it looks like East New York’s moment has arrived as well — though this change has a bit more substance. Under the Mayor Deblasio’s new initiative, City Planning Commission Chairman Carl Weisbrod aims to spur a renaissance by rezoning the area to suit “thousands of residential units ringed by mixed-use corridors and bisected by a reimagined Atlantic Avenue”. [Crain’s]
  • Ben Shaoul, the head of Magnum Real Estate Group, is in contract for the hotly sought after 199-unit Post Toscana and the 138-unit Post Luminaria rental buildings. Broken down Shaoul is paying about $800K a unit. He plans to turn the two buildings into condos. [NY Post]
  • Time Equities launches sales at its 64-story luxury residential tower at 50 West Street and Rector Street. Prices per unit start at about $1.6M. [The Real Deal]
  • James von Klemperer, a principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, says that the new tower designed for 1 Vanderbilt will “unbury views of Grand Central”. The 1,300-foot structure will mostly be made of a low-iron super clear glass, similar to what was used for the Fifth Avenue Apple cube. Other design details include indoor greenery, art spaces, and diagonal shapes of double-glazed terracotta for a lustrous look that references the masonry walls found in Grand Central. [DNA Info]
  • After two previous attempts to build a $100 million project at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the industrial park’s manager has issued another request for proposals to develop the 6-acre site and a smaller neighboring area that would host a supermarket and space for industrial and office use. [Crain’s]

1 Vanderbilt (left); Crown Heights (right)

Real Estate Wire

  • ZIP Codes of the Super Rich. 10013 A.K.A. Tribeca comes in 9th with a median home value of $2,824,000, according to Zillow. [CityLab]
  • Stuy Town can’t seem to escape litigation. Stuy Town’s lenders say they are being cheated out of hundreds of millions of dollars in the CWCaptial and Wells Fargo takeover of the 11,000-unit apartment complex. [Crain’s]
  • New Passive House condos at 255 Columbia Street look about ready for their new owners to move in. [Brownstoner]
  • Developers want to raze a landmarked 79th Street building in order to put a 16-story apartment in its place. [West Side Rag]
  • Brooklyn and Queens’ priciest listings. [The Real Deal]

Rendering on the new building planned for 79th Street (left); A pricey listing in Queens (right)

Real Estate Wire

hugh jackman

Today’s real estate news highlights:

  • JDS is gearing up to build two luxury residential towers on the East Side on a $390M formerly owned by ConEd. [The Real Deal]
  • What goes around comes back around right back into your real estate portfolio. Stephen Schwarzman’s Blackstone Group is buying the Park Avenue Tower, which it briefly owned in 2007. The property was flipped and sold it to Harry Macklowe for $625M. Blackstone just bought it back for $750M. [The Real Deal]
  • The most expensive celebrity homes in NYC. Who has the most covetable pad in Manhattan? [Business Insider]
  • Bushwick goes upscale with its gentrification. A 7-story building with valet parking may be coming to the nabe. [DNA Info]
  • ‘Jersey Boy’ Bob Gaudio wants $6M for his San Remo apartment. Ohhhh what a deal? [Curbed]
  • 50 West Street lists its units with condos starting at $1.615M [Curbed]
  • For NY’s tallest towers, the current rules require that they have mostly commercial space. Developer Larry Silverstein is championing for a change and wants that mix to favor far more lucrative residential space. [Crain’s]
  • The magazine everyone loves to hate continues to expand their media empire. Vice is investing $20M to renovate a 60,000-square-foot building on South Second Street and Kent Avenue, which will house its production facilities and a broadcasting station. [Crain’s]
  • Manhattan apartment inventory is at a low and the prices are up in the 2nd quarter. Read our brief after the break for all the details.

Hugh Jackman in his luxurious 11,000 sq ft home (left); Larry Silverstein (right)

The 2nd quarter results here

Real Estate Wire

leo dicaprio apartment

Today’s real estate news highlights all in one place:

  • Here we go again… In the race to build the biggest of them all, a new Silverstein property slated for the far West Side could become the largest residential tower in New York. [The Real Deal]
  • Brooklyn prices continue to climb. Reports show that co-op prices have risen 71 percent in past year. [DNA Info]
  • The city has finally broken ground on the first phase of the 1.8 million-square-foot Flushing Commons project in Queens. [Curbed]
  • People are loving Greystone’s gorgeous Printhouse Lofts. After announcing the units were up for grabs just two weeks ago, the building is already 50% leased. [The Real Deal]
  • The downtown office tower located at 80 Broad St. is selling for $175 million, more than three times what it traded for three years ago. [Crain’s]
  • Deal of the Day: Buy a $6 million Park Slope Triplex, get a $79,900 gray Tesla Model S Sedan free. The car also comes with a souped up $2,500 sound system. [NYMag]
  • A LES school along Forsyth gets razed to make way for a new 80-foot tall residential building. [Buzz Buzz Home]
  • You can be Leonardo Dicaprio’s neighbor. The penthouse at 66 East 11th is going for $50 million, and like Leo’s pad, comes with a Vitamin C shower. [Curbed]
  • A new study finds that landmarking historical neighborhoods may in turn limit cheap housing. [NYDN]

Inside Leo’s building (left); The Printhouse Lofts (right)

Real Estate Wire

100 norfolk LES

Today’s real estate highlights in one digestible bite:

    • Kim and Kanye leaving Cali? The pair were spotted penthouse shopping downtown. One of their stops included this stunner at 215 Sullivan Street. [NYP]
    • Jeff Koons got the OK to build a mega-mansion at 11 and 13 E. 67th Street. Koons’ new pad will measure 19,325 square feet and Peter Pennoyer is listed as the architect. [NYP]
    • Cantilevering condos by ODA Architecture are coming to the LES. [Buzz Buzz Home]
    • A former haunted house across the street from the Barclays Center is hoping to attract tenants when it comes back from the grave as a shiny, new retail building. [The Real Deal]
    • All five of Modern 19’s condos are officially on the market. They’ve been priced from $1.725 million to $5.995 million. [Curbed]
    • After a decade’s worth or roadblocks, a 42-story residential tower at 160 Madison Avenue has topped out. [Curbed]
    • Stash Pad: NY Mag’s fascinating feature focuses in on New York City real estate as the modern Swiss bank account for billionaires. [NYMag]
    • The condo market is heating up as new developments rise across U.S. [Bloomberg]
    • Sam Chang scoops up a Garment District property for $112M. A residential and hotel combo may be in the works. [The Real Deal]
    • Sorry 388 Bridge, a SHoP-designed tower will be taking the top spot as Brooklyn’s tallest at 775 feet. No design has been revealed yet, but the building will be a mixed-use residential and commercial destination. [YIMBY]

Cantilevering condos for the LES (left); The NY Magazine cover story (right)


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