Manhattan

Art, Midtown

Courtesy of Tishman Speyer

The iconic flags that surround the Rink at Rockefeller Center got a makeover over the weekend. Public art initiative “The Flag Project” opened on Saturday with 193 new flags designed by the public, as well as a number of well-known artists and designers. Led by Tishman Speyer, the installation aims to celebrate New York City as the city continues its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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City Living, Restaurants, Upper West Side 

Open streets outdoor dining along West 47th Street, photo by CityRealty

On Friday, Mayor de Blasio announced that an additional 15 locations would be closing to traffic and opening their streets for outdoor dining through a combination of the city’s Open Streets and Open Restaurants programs. This brings the total to 62 participating streets. Some of the latest include 13 blocks along Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side, another stretch in Chinatown, Koreatown, a few in Noho/Soho, and five blocks along Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights. Since restaurants were first able to open for outdoor dining when phase two began on June 22, more than 9,500 have signed on to participate.

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Museums, photography, Upper East Side

Photograph by Ximena Exhague, @ximena_exhague

The Museum of the City of New York will reopen on Saturday with a stunning new outdoor installation. The first phase of the museum’s New York Responds project includes a photo exhibit depicting life in New York City in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests that kicked off in May and continue today. On view starting August 1, the powerful photographs have been installed at the Upper East Side museum’s terrace and balustrade.

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Chinatown, Design, Restaurants

All photos courtesy of Emily Andrews for Rockwell Group

Chinatown’s Mott Street got a colorful upgrade on Wednesday with a block-long outdoor installation designed by architect David Rockwell. His firm, Rockwell Group, launched DineOut NYC earlier this summer to help New York City restaurants safely open outside by providing design templates for creative ways to use sidewalk and street space. Mott Street, now closed to cars between Mosco and Worth Streets, serves as the program’s first community-wide dining area, with multiple restaurants on the strip using the facilities.

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Cool Listings, Greenwich Village

All photos by Evan Joseph

This Greenwich Village co-op at 2 East 12th Street is the perfect year-round oasis. For those cold winter months, the interiors are super cozy, with two working fireplaces. But in the summer, the backyard is a true retreat. It’s two levels, along with a side patio and, most notably, a sunken Japanese-style cedar hot tub. You’ll also find a large Ipe wood deck with a built-in banquette, plenty of planters, and a cedar potting shed for all those gardening needs.

You’ve got to see this place

Celebrities, Recent Sales, West Village 

Karlie Kloss sells her West Village home for $2.4M

By Dana Schulz, Tue, July 28, 2020

151 Charles Street, Karlie Kloss, celebrities, models, cool listings, west village

Staged interiors by Christopher Henry Designs. Photo credit: Donna Dotan courtesy of Compass.

After listing her townhouse co-op in the West Village for $2.75 million last September, supermodel and philanthropist Karlie Kloss has found a buyer at the slightly reduced price of $2,382,609, reported CityRealty. The three-bedroom triplex at 151 Charles Street is chic and contemporary and has both a front garden and a second-floor terrace. Kloss bought it in 2012 for $1,975,000. She and husband Josh Kushner sold their Nolita apartment for $6.6 million last August.

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Central Park South, real estate trends, Recent Sales

Photo of 220 Central Park South in front of 111 West 57th Street (cropped) by Jim Henderson via Wikimedia Commons

As of July 1, 2020, the average price per square foot for a New York City condo came in at $1,110, according to CityRealty. But this duplex penthouse at 220 Central Park South sold for a whopping $12,164 per square foot. First spotted by The Real Deal and confirmed in city property records, PH 76 at the Billionaires’ Row tower just closed for $99,903,375, making it the third-most-expensive sale ever, behind billionaire Ken Griffith’s $238 million purchase also at 220 CPS in early 2019 and Michael Dell’s $100 million buy at One57 in 2015. The sale takes the number-three spot from a $92.7 million sale at 220 CPS, which sold in late 2019 to billionaire hedge-funder Daniel Och.

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Cool Listings, Tribeca

Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

For someone who loves to entertain, this Tribeca penthouse 166 Duane Street can’t be beaten. First off, it’s huge–6,200 square feet inside and 1,200 square feet outside (larger than most NYC apartments!). This roof deck has several seating areas and an outdoor kitchen, and it’s adjacent to a sunroom that has a wet bar. There’s another wet bar in the media room, and when the bar runs dry, just head to the 1,000-bottle wine room.

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Restaurants, West Village 

Photo courtesy of A.J. Willner Auctions

Update: A representative from A.J. Willner tells 6sqft that the auction has been cancelled due to the landlord objecting to the restaurant’s right to sell the equipment.

The lastest iconic eatery to shutter in the wake of the COVID pandemic is Chumley’s. Opened in 1922, the West Village bar and restaurant was a speakeasy during Prohibition, becoming famous as a literary haunt for the likes of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and J.D. Salinger. It faced an uncertain future in 2007 when a collapsed wall forced it to close; 10 years of red tape followed, but Chumley’s reopened in 2016, albeit with a new owner and fancier menu. However, Untapped New York first heard the news that Chumley’s will not reopen following the city’s shutdown orders, and they are auctioning off everything from their restaurant equipment to the tufted leather banquettes to the iconic literary memorabilia.

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Restaurants, Upper West Side 

Photo taken by 6sqft on July 24, 2020

Last week, West Side Rag noticed a “for lease” sign on the window of La Caridad 78, a beloved Chinese-Cuban restaurant that has been on the corner of Broadway and 78th Street for 52 years. Neighbors had speculated about its closing in the days prior after seeing the restaurant’s furniture and other interior items taken out. As Florence Fabricant wrote in the Times, “It was one of the city’s best-known purveyors of Chino Latino food,” serving up dishes like “fried rice with plantains or Chinese pepper steak with Cuban black beans.”

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