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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

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  • 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

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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

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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)

Real Estate Wire

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Today’s residential real estate news in one digestible bite:

  • Park Slopers would rather have a parking garage than a new luxury condo in their ‘hood. The typically crunchy locals are saying the 800 Union Street garage is “essential to the neighborhood”. [NYDN]
  • Stern’s 82-story downtown hotel and residential condo tower is one-third constructed; while the installation of prefab units has resumed at the Atlantic Yards B2 tower. [Field Condition]
  • Downtown Brooklyn School Solutions has mapped all the buildings and residential development sites going up in the neighborhood. [Curbed]
  • NYU’s Brooklyn building at 370 Jay Street is getting a makeover. The new design will boast an eco-friendly update with window replacements, solar shades, a one-megawatt wind turbine, and a green roof. [Curbed]
  • Lindsey Lohan was spotted looking at a dazzling townhouse at 9 Commerce Street in Greenwich Village. [NYP]
  • Century 21 owners are selling a trio of buildings for $42M. The sale is likely to result in the construction of a 100,000-square-foot residential tower. [Crain’s]
  • A boring building at 31 Bond Street could be converted into luxury residential units. The renovation is estimated to cost just $4.1M, despite architect Matthew Baird’s plan to add a seventh floor to the structure. [Buzz Buzz Home]

The Park Slope garage at hand (left); Downtown Brooklyn apartments map (right)

Real Estate Wire

470 Eleventh Avenue by archilier architecture

Today’s residential real estate news highlights in one digestible bite:

  • Black House just closed on the $62M Hudson Yards site needed for Archilier Architecture’s lantern-like mixed-use tower. [TRD]
  • A rare luxury residential building in Boerum Hill is on the sales block and could garner well over $50M. [NYP]
  • Who says writers don’t make money? Author Jonathan Safran Foer wants $13M for his Park Slope home. [Curbed]
  • The sale of Long Island College to Fortis Property Group has been finalized. Next up for the site? Luxury condos, of course. [Crain’s]
  • A new 19-story mixed-use tower is rising in Kips Bay, plus 714 more condos for Downtown Brooklyn. [Curbed]
  • The Landmarks Preservation Commission may not mind the Pastis building being topped off, but 290 West End Avenue won’t be getting a penthouse. [Curbed]
  • A 5-story Greenwich walk-up apartment building just sold for double the price a seller bought it for three years ago. It took just a week and a half to find a buyer. [Crain’s]

Black House’s tower (left); The Jonathan Safran Foer pad (right}

Real Estate Wire

bed stuy 80/20

We roundup today’s residential real estate news highlights for one digestible bite:

  • Bed Stuy is getting a brand new 10-story mixed-use building complete with 50 apartments [Brownstoner]
  • NYC gets a rent hike! Of 1%… The lowest ever recorded [New York Post]
  • South Slope’s newest condo development just placed its units on the market. The cheapest is going for $725,000 and the steepest $1.2 million [Brownstoner]
  • Evil be gone: A 206-year-old church is trying to stop Extell’s plans to build a 14-story condo on their site, saying they won’t be “walking doormats” [NYT]
  • Sales are soaring at Brooklyn’s tallest tower, 388 Bridge. Just 16 days after launching sales, more than 40% of the 104 condominiums have been snatched up [Crain’s]
  • Four Winds Real Estate wants $35 million for a LES rental building they bought for $19 million last year [The Real Deal]
  • JDS is bringing an 11-story mixed-use project to Boerum Hill. 47 residential units and over 3,000 square feet of commercial space are planned for 613 Baltic Street address [The Real Deal]
  • Pricing and floor plans for the Thomas Juul-Hansen-designed penthouses at 505 West 19th Street near the High Line have emerged [Curbed]

Bed Stuy’s new building (left); Brooklyn’s tallest tower (right)

Recent Sales, Upper West Side 

Al Franken - 90 Riverside Drive

US senator Alan Stuart “Al” Franken, and his wife Franni, have just sold their 2,600-square-foot co-op at 90 Riverside Drive for $4.05 million.

According to the listing held by Warburg Realty, the home features four bedrooms, hardwood floors, three dishwashers, and sunny southern exposures in a turn-of-the-century landmarked town home. From pictures, it looks quite quaint and charming, despite its multi-million dollar locale.

City records show that the politico and former SNL star handed the keys to his UWS digs over to James Stone, a managing director at New Mountain Finance, and Lisa Kiell, international director at Jones Lang La Salle.

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Recent Sales, Upper East Side

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Vestar Capital founder and co-president Robert Rosner and his interior designer wife have snapped up a 14th floor condo at 1095 Park Avenue.

The couple was previously in the former Stanhope Hotel, a 1926 Rosario Candela jewel box at 995 Fifth Avenue opposite the Metropolitan Museum of Art, that was converted into luxury condos. Their new abode features the same modern, streamlined aesthetic of their previous space — a style which Mrs. Rosner has once described as “a chic and sleek downtown sensibility in an iconic uptown setting.” Do you agree?

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