Manhattan

Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Listing photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

Seven bedrooms, eight-and-half bathrooms, a private elevator, double-height floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the Hudson River–this Upper West Side duplex already sounds incredible, right? What if we told you that it also has a 3,600+ square-foot landscaped terrace complete with a private swimming pool that’s larger than many studio apartments? Located at luxury condominium The Aldyn, at 60 Riverside Boulevard between West 62nd and 63rd Streets, the home is on the market for $13,750,000.

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City Living, Midtown West

Photo: Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Flickr

A former police tow pound on the Hudson River is now a public park. Pier 76 officially opened on Wednesday following a three-month, $31 million construction project that involved stripping the tow pound to its frame and removing the sides and roof. The structure’s steel skeleton remains at the 5.6-acre site, with new areas to walk around, benches to sit and enjoy the waterfront views, and panels highlighting the area’s history as a major shipping port.

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hudson yards, Restaurants

Photo credit: Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys

Since 1936, Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys has served Jewish specialty foods on the Lower East Side. For the first time, the iconic shop, considered the oldest bialy bakery in the United States, will open a second location in New York City. The bakery has signed a 1,200-square-foot lease on the ground floor of Ohm, a mixed-income rental building at 312 11th Avenue in Hudson Yards developed by Douglaston Development.

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Events, Financial District, Restaurants

Photo of a past dinner by Lizzie Munro @lizziemunro

When outdoor dining took on a new life last summer, many restaurant and hospitality companies had to get creative. But Resident, a startup that hosts dinners on balconies and rooftops of luxury apartments, was already ahead of the game. This past fall, they launched a socially distant supper club on the balcony of the Financial District’s landmarked Broad Exchange Building, including a rotating chef residency with newcomers who have experience at Michelin-starred restaurants. The supper club is now back, featuring a Venezuelan-inspired tasting menu from Chef Luis Herrera, redefined soul food from Chef Sakari Smithwick, a Filipino-inspired meal from Chef Harold Villarosa, and much more.

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Chelsea, Cool Listings

All photos courtesy of Heidi Solander for Sotheby’s International Realty

An apartment on one of Chelsea’s most historic blocks is now on the market. Located at 450 West 20th Street, the residence sits within the campus grounds of the General Theological Seminary, founded by the Episcopal Church in 1817. Asking $1,600,000, the available parlor floor one-bedroom features sophisticated touches throughout, from the 11-foot ceilings to the custom-made Parisian wall panels.

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Design, Events, Meatpacking District

Photo credit: Breakthrough Media for L.E.A.F and Meatpacking District

Over a million flowers will blossom across Manhattan this weekend as part of the city’s first-ever festival of flowers. Hosted by L.E.A.F in collaboration with the Meatpacking Business Improvement District and TF Cornerstone, the annual festival kicks off on Saturday, June 12, and features a European-style flower market and a series of design installations from 100 different florists that will be displayed across the neighborhood.

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Central Park South, More Top Stories, real estate trends, Recent Sales

220 Central Park South as seen in May 2020. Photo by Jim.henderson (cropped) via Wikimedia Commons.

As was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, an anonymous buyer shelled out $157,500,000 for two units at 220 Central Park South. The Billionaires’ Row tower is already home to the most expensive sale ever in the U.S. after billionaire Ken Griffith’s $238 million purchase in early 2019. And even amidst the pandemic, it was the best-selling condo in NYC by a long shot. The Journal first spotted property records that show the $82.5 million purchase of a 60th-floor unit and the $75 million purchase of a 61st-floor unit, both made using an LLC.

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Design, Midtown

Photo © John Bartelstone courtesy of Mecanoo, Beyer Blinder Belle, New York Public Library

The New York Public Library this week opened a new central circulating library in Midtown following a major $200 million renovation project. Located at 455 Fifth Avenue, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) was built within the shell and steel frame of the existing building formerly known as the Mid-Manhattan Library. Designed by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo in collaboration with Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, the new 180,000 square foot library boasts a dramatic light-filled atrium and an incredible rooftop terrace, which is now the only free and publicly accessible rooftop in Midtown.

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affordable housing, Chelsea, New Developments

Rendering of 335 Eighth Avenue courtesy of COOKFOX and MAG Partners

A run-down commercial building in Chelsea will be replaced with a 200-unit mixed-income apartment tower. Affordable housing cooperative Penn South announced this week it tapped MAG Partners to redevelop 335 Eighth Avenue as a seven-story residential building with ground-floor commercial space, including a grocery store. The site, located on the corner of West 26th Street and 8th Avenue, is currently home to Gristedes, McDonald’s, and a tennis center.

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Cool Listings, Nolita

All photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

This penthouse in Nolita offers the best of both worlds, with a massive outdoor space that feels secluded while still being in the heart of lower Manhattan. Located at 136 Baxter Street, a prewar building that once served as a police stable, the duplex unit boasts an incredibly tranquil wraparound terrace, packed with shrubs and flowering trees. The three-bedroom, three-bath is now on the market for $7,495,000.

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