Manhattan

Midtown East, Recent Sales

Photo credit: Rise Media, Courtesy of Compass

More than six years ago, this opulent, eight-story mansion at 29 Beekman Place listed for $49.9 million. Just one year later, it dropped to $37.5 million, with another major price chop this April to $11.45 million. First spotted by Crain’s, city property records show that the controversial home near the UN has finally closed for $11.5 million. Crain’s explains that it was owned by the former princess of Iran, and was the center of a legal battle involving her sister since 2016. It also went into contract three times and fell through.

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affordable housing, Harlem, Major Developments, New Developments

Target to open at major mixed-use development in Harlem

By Devin Gannon, Wed, August 12, 2020

BRP Companies

A deal to bring the National Urban League back to Harlem was reached last month as part of a mixed-use development project planned for 125th Street. In addition to affordable housing, office space for nonprofits, and the city’s first museum dedicated to civil rights, the $242 million project, known as the Urban League Empowerment Center, includes a new 44,000-square-foot Target, as the New York Post first reported.

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Cool Listings, Upper East Side

$645K Upper East Side studio got a glam makeover

By Dana Schulz, Wed, August 12, 2020

Listing images courtesy of Warburg Realty

This 530-square-foot Upper East Side studio may be petite, but it has everything you’d need–tons of closet space, a full kitchen, and space for both a bed area and a seating area. Listed for $645,000 at 165 East 72nd Street, the co-op is also a catch for the glam makeover it received.

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Events, Roosevelt Island

A playful art installation has returned to Manhattan Park, a waterfront rental on Roosevelt Island. Every summer since 2015, an artist is selected to transform the building’s pool deck with a dazzling 8,500-square-foot mural. This year, as part of a partnership with Corcoran New Developments, Pliskin Architecture, K&Co, and Manhattan Park, artist Alex Proba from Studio Proba designed the sixth annual pop-up mural, with a mix of colorful shapes and forms spread out across the outdoor space.

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Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Listing photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

And that’s just the beginning. In addition to a basketball court in the basement, this $35 million Upper West Side brownstone has 21 rooms, four outdoor spaces, a wine cellar, and a personal gym. The home at 32 West 76th Street just came out of a multi-year renovation that left it with and some serious contemporary flair and nearly 11,000 square feet of indoor living space.

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Harlem, New Developments, Rentals

Rendering courtesy of Vizerio Architectural Visualization

New renderings of Bjarke Ingels’ East Harlem rental have been unveiled ahead of the building’s opening next month. The 11-story tower at 158 East 126th Street, named The Smile for its curvy shape, contains 233 apartments, with 70 of them designated affordable. Leasing will kick off soon at the building, with pricing for the market-rate rentals starting at roughly $2,250/month for studios. The building offers an impressive amenity package tailored to those working from home, including a co-working studio and an incredible rooftop with a plunge pool, three whirlpools, and an outdoor movie theater.

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Cool Listings, Upper East Side

Listing photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

The interior of this one-bedroom Upper East Side condo measures a not-too-shabby 719 square feet, but the amazing terrace is nearly twice that size at 1,100 square feet. It’s set up with four separate areas for meditating, lounging, dining, and even playing ping pong. Located at 400 East 90th Street, the apartment was recently listed for $695,000.

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Restaurants, Union Square

Zero Irving, 124 East 14th Street, Union Square, Union Square Tech Hub, GVSHP

Rendering of Zero Irving courtesy of RAL Development Services

Pioneering food hall operator Urbanspace is opening its latest outpost at Union Square reports the NY Post. They’ve leased 10,000 square feet at Zero Irving, the contested tech hub on 14th Street that will serve as office space, a technology training center and incubator, co-working spaces, and an event space when it opens in the first half of 2021.

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Cool Listings, Nomad

$3.45M Nomad loft is full of tech and bold design

By Dana Schulz, Fri, August 7, 2020

Photo credit: Eytan Weber and Evan Joseph

We hate to use the term millennial, but for that younger generation with the means to buy a luxury condo, this Nomad home has all the stylish design, tech features, and outdoor space that would be on the checklist. Located at 76 Madison Avenue and just listed for $3,450,000, the two-bedroom apartment was renovated by renowned NYC and NOLA firm Brockschmidt & Coleman, and it has everything from hidden televisions to app-controlled lighting and shades.

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Chelsea, Cool Listings

Listing photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

If you’re on a budget but still want to be a homeowner, sometimes a studio is your best bet. And this lovely place at 451 West 22nd Street in Chelsea has just about everything you’d want in a starter home despite its tiny footprint. The sunny south-facing studio feels even brighter thanks to high ceilings, and it maximizes space with a built-in Murphy bed and a full wall of closets.

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