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.

Art, Battery Park City

Battery Park City’s Hurricane Maria memorial revealed

By Michelle Cohen, Mon, March 9, 2020

ANDREW CUOMO, HURRICANE MARIA, PUERTO RICO, battery park city

Image courtesy of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office

Puerto Rico-based architect Segundo Cardona and artist Antonio Martorell will design the Battery Park City Hurricane Maria memorial to honor the Puerto Rican community, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday. The pair’s design is the result of a review and selection process by the Hurricane Maria Memorial Commission, which selected the winning submission. Over one hundred proposals were submitted in response to a call for entries that began last August.

More on the winning design, this way

Cool Listings, Park Slope

559 1st street, park slope, townhouses, brownstones, cool listings

Photo credit: Allyson Lubow courtesy of The Corcoran Group.

Though the neighborhood may be lovely and its amenities many, it’s not for nothing that Park Slope is known as “no place to park Slope.” This gracious 23.5-foot-wide four-story home at 559 1st Street, asking $4,995 million, is in a prime spot right on the park; even better, deeded parking is available for trade with the sale. The two-family home is being used as a single-family townhouse, but the opportunity for rental income exists if the new owner wants to change the configuration.

House tour, this way

condos, Lower East Side, New Developments

one manhattan square, lower east side, new developments, amenities

Image courtesy of Extell/One Manhattan Square

Extell Development Company’s largest-ever luxury residential property, One Manhattan Square, has introduced a standout collection of indoor amenities twice the size of the White House, including four pools, a full-sized basketball court, a bowling alley and a cinema, Located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on the East River waterfront, the 847-foot-tall, 815-unit condominium tower–it was 6sqft’s 2017 Building of the Year–boasts unobstructed panoramic water and skyline views, but its amenities package is the real standout. Extell has called the residence “a true vertical village,” with 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities–more than anywhere else, the company claims, in New York City.

Have a look at some of those fab amenities

Bronx, New Developments

Image by A.V. Flores from Pixabay

With a deal between the New York City Football Club and developer Maddd Equities to build a new soccer stadium in the South Bronx on the horizon, the Urban Land Institute New York (ULI NY) and Bronx Community Board 4 (CB4) have issued a report outlining how the new stadium could best impact the surrounding community. ULI New York recommendations outline important strategies that would allow the proposed stadium to become a catalyst for neighborhood growth.

Find out more

affordable housing, Major Developments, Sunnyside, Urban Design

All renderings by the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU)

According to the master plan for the 180-acre Sunnyside Yard development in Queens, the former storage and maintenance hub for Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, New Jersey Transit, and Long Island Rail Road will include 12,000 affordable apartments, making it the largest affordable housing development to be built in NYC since the middle-income Co-op City in the Bronx was completed in 1973 (h/t Wall Street Journal). The plan by the New York City Economic Development Corp. (EDC) outlines a $14.4 billion deck over the train yard on which the complex would be built. Half the housing in the development would be rental apartments for low-income families earning less than 50 percent of the area median income, with the other half set aside for affordable homeownership programs through Mitchell-Lama. The Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) was identified to lead the planning process, and they have just released renderings and maps of the massive development.

See them all here

Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings, Historic Homes

59 Middagh Street, Brooklyn Heights, townhouses, price chops, historic homes, flips

Photo credit: Drew Dies of Rise Media courtesy of The Corcoran Group.

This landmarked 188-year-old wood-clad house at 59 Middagh Street in historic and lovely north Brooklyn Heights is among the borough’s oldest homes. But behind its iconic facade–now fortified with block and steel, the listing tells us–is just about every turn-key 21st-century perk imaginable, from an elevator and “penthouse” rooftop to a ground floor guest suite, yoga room and sauna, central air, two wet bars, two laundry rooms, an additional kitchen and five outdoor spaces. It’s asking $9,496,000.

Take the new-old townhouse tour

Chelsea, Cool Listings

519 West 23rd street, chelsea, condos, cool listings

Images courtesy of Douglas Elliman.

This full-floor two-bedroom condo at 519 West 23rd Street is a 1,700-square-foot perch above the High Line elevated park in the center of the city’s West Chelsea gallery district. The 11-unit High Line 519 was the first newcomer  to rise along the park and has since been joined by a veritable “starchitects’ alley” of notable buildings. Asking $3.3 million, the apartment has 10-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and direct views over High Line Park through floor-to-ceiling windows. Also among its highlights: A covered 75-square-foot private terrace off the bedroom.

Take the tour

condos, Hotels, Midtown East, New Developments

Rendering by Noë & Associates/The Boundary

Residential condo sales have launched at the newly-imagined Waldorf Astoria, which has been closed for renovations since 2017. The launch, complete with a new website offering a sneak peek inside the iconic building, comes at a time when ultra-luxe apartments have become a tougher sell in a market loaded with competition and unsold units, as The Real Deal reports. The residential portion of the building sits above the renovated hotel, with 375 condos and 50,000 square feet of amenities including private bars, a 25-meter pool and a fitness center.

Get a closer look

Policy, Upper West Side 

Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios

On Tuesday the city halted a judge’s order to stop construction–or, rather, deconstruction and demolition–on the 55-story condominium tower at 200 Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan, the Wall Street Journal reports. Last month, 6sqft reported that State Supreme Court Judge W. Franc Perry ordered the city to revoke the building permit for the Upper West Side’s tallest tower north of 61st Street, ruling that developers  SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan America would have to chop the building’s height by as many as 20 stories to conform to zoning limits. This week’s ruling means work can continue on construction of the skyscraper despite opposition from activists and critics.

Find out more

Cool Listings, East Village

234 East 14th Street, Greenwich Village, cool listings

Images courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Though it’s located on busy 14th Street at the crossroads of Union Square and the East Village, this just-right-sized one-bedroom co-op at 243 East 14th Street promises pin-drop quiet within its walls. It also offers more closet space than the average Village pad.

More closets, this way

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