All posts by Michelle Cohen

Michelle is a New York-based writer and content strategist who has worked extensively with lifestyle brands like Seventeen, Country Living, Harper’s Bazaar and iVillage. In addition to being a copywriter for a digital media agency she writes about culture, New York City neighborhoods, real estate, style, design and technology among other topics. She has lived in a number of major US cities on both coasts and in between and loves all things relating to urbanism and culture.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, yorkville

In the heart of Yorkville, this cozy co-op studio at 203 East 89th Street doesn’t offer a ton of square footage, but a $335,000 ask, daring design (hope you like black, white, and yellow!), and plenty of southern light–plus proximity to Central Park and other Upper East Side perks–make it worth a look.

Eclectic charm, this way

Design, holidays, Starchitecture

Image: Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Tishman Speyer via TimeOut

The star that tops the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree each year never fails to dazzle; this year is no exception. The 12-ton Norway Spruce has been crowned by architect Daniel Libeskind‘s creation consisting of 3 million Swarovski crystals and weighing in at 900 pounds. The World Trade Center master site planner, known for his geometric, angular designs, called the star “a symbol that represents our greatest ambitions for hope, unity and peace.” And we can all use plenty of that.

106,400 lumens of white light, this way

Cool Listings, Interiors, Nomad

The landmarked Gilsey House at 1200 Broadway was once one of several fashionable Broadway hotels to open after the Civil War, and many of these historic details remain, complemented by the kind of 21st-century updates we expect to find in this once-again fashionable neighborhood. The 1871 Second Empire cast-iron building has become a NYC fixture, known for its three-story mansard roof, and it’s right above this iconic roof that this $3.2 million penthouse is perched. In addition to the landscaped roof deck, complete with a water tower and Empire State Building views, the three-bedroom pad has a sprawling loft layout, two skylights, and a mini solarium.

 

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condos, hudson yards, Major Developments, Midtown West, New Developments

The first phase of the Hudson Yards megaproject, including the public square and gardens and its centerpiece, Vessel, as well as The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, anchored by NYC’s first Neiman Marcus store, is preparing to open this spring. Now, Fifteen Hudson Yards has revealed Skytop, the highest outdoor residential space in NYC at 900 feet in the air, and an equally dizzying suite of amenities for residents at the Rockwell Group and Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed 88-story tower.

Cast your eyes heavenward

Cool Listings, Interiors, More Top Stories, Union Square

The listing for this 3,000+ square-foot gem at one of downtown Manhattan’s busiest crossroads calls it a “splendid chateau,” and it’s certainly that. The most sparkling element of this rare pre-war condominium penthouse at 10 East 14th Street, asking $6.995 million, may be the 600-square-foot all-glass conservatory leading to 1,300 square feet of magical rooftop garden.

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Long Island City, Major Developments, More Top Stories, New Developments

Image: Maxpixel CC public domain.

On the heels of news that Amazon has chosen Long Island City, Queens for one of its two new headquarters, making the promise of 25,000 new jobs a hopefully-someday reality, comes the fine print request that the company would like a helipad for its new East River waterfront HQ, please. Slate reports that the request appears deep in a 32-page memorandum of understanding with the city and state.

Rooftop helipads have been banned since 9/11

Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings

This classic pre-war penthouse at 200 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights sits atop one of the city’s oldest co-ops, built in 1910 by William A. Moring. This elegant apartment has the kind of charm and detail–high ceilings, skylights and French doors opening to reveal a private landscaped terrace–that brings to mind a Paris atelier–with the added bonus of New York Harbor and Manhattan skyline views. The two-bedroom home is asking $1.95 million.

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City Living, Transportation

Photo: Jeffrey Zeldman via Flickr.

According to a new report, New York City women are spending an extra $26 to $50 a month on transportation because of safety concerns. An online survey conducted by the Rudin Center for Transportation at NYU asked New Yorkers about harassment on public transportation, if safety concerns impact their transit choices and about their travel habits in general (h/t AMNY). According to the results, 75 percent of females who responded had experienced harassment or theft while using public transportation compared to 47 percent of male respondents; over half of female respondents were concerned about being harassed on public transit; 29 percent of the women (versus 8 percent of men) said they don’t take public transportation late at night because of “a perceived safety threat.”

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Midtown East, New Developments

270 Park Avenue enclosed public space (with action); image from City Planning.

In late October, JPMorgan Chase announced the selection of Foster + Partners, led by British Pritzker Prize winner Norman Foster, as the architects of a new 70-story headquarters on the site of its current offices at 270 Park Avenue between East 47th and 48th streets, CityRealty reports. The plan, announced in February, represents the first major project under the 2017 Midtown East Rezoning Plan that upzoned 78 blocks of Midtown to allow for the construction of larger, more modern skyscrapers. The 70-floor, 1,400-foot height would make the new headquarters one of the tallest buildings in the city and the tallest office building by roof height.

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New Developments, Upper West Side 

2330 Broadway, welltower, assisted living, seniors

2330 Broadway. Source: Design by SLCE Architects, rendering by ARC Shadow

Betting that well-heeled seniors want to stay in the city as they age–and are willing to pay accordingly–developers Welltower, Inc. and Hines have purchased a pair of Manhattan building lots with the intent of building an assisted living tower for frail and memory-challenged seniors who want to stay in the neighborhood. Rising on two lots at 2330 Broadway at 85th Street will be the partnership’s second luxury assisted living facility in the borough, Bloomberg reports. The 17-story residence will offer a spa, a rooftop garden and a “bistro” for cocktails and card games.

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