This two-bedroom duplex co-op at 357 West 55th Street in West Midtown has a lot going for it considering its $999,000 ask. With a double-height, exposed-brick wall and wood details such as the spiral stair that connects its two floors, there’s a warmth that makes this apartment unique. Two full baths make the space guest-friendly, in addition to the fact that you can enter from either floor.
It looks like Trevor Noah’s $15,000 rental at Stella Tower was just a space for him to kill time while waiting to move upstairs into a $10 million penthouse. The Journal reports that Noah closed today on the top-floor duplex apartment that spans the 17th and 18th floors of the 1927 Ralph Walker-designed skyscraper. In all, the star’s new spacious abode measures 3,600 square feet and comes encircled by a large, 930-square-foot terrace with sweeping views of the city.
Industrial designer/architect (and lover of all things pink and white) Karim Rashid once told 6sqft, “Color is life and for me, color is a way of dealing with and touching our emotions, our psyche, and our spiritual being,” and this philosophy is clearly on display in his personal Hell’s Kitchen home. If you’re a fan of this quirky aesthetic, you’re in luck; Curbed tells us that Rashid’s super-sleek townhouse-condo at The Dillon recently hit the market for $4.75 million.
The Chick and The Duck would surely approve of those river views.
LLNYC reports that actor Matthew Perry, a.k.a. Chandler Bing from the long-running sitcom “Friends,” is on the hunt for some NYC digs. Perry’s rep was recently spotted scoping out a $25,000/month apartment at the luxurious Atelier on 42nd Street. The sleek spread includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms, unobstructed river views and a location just a short subway ride from the MCC Theater where the actor will star in play he wrote called “The End of Longing” this summer.
The going rate for a Hell’s Kitchen studio is upwards of $2,000/month, but when now 32-year-old Luke Clark Tyler moved into his pad in 2011, he signed a lease for only $750. This might sound like a bargain, but the freelance designer/architect is living (and working!) in an astonishingly small 78 square feet, which by Sharably’s account is the smallest apartment in America. And when you break that down by price per square foot, he’s actually paying almost twice as much as the neighborhood average. But nevertheless, Tyler is happy to have the extra cash to enjoy the many dance performances in his ‘hood and says that after living tiny for more than five years, “we adapt very easily as people.”
A Lendlease-Turner Construction partnership has been chosen to coordinate and build the planned 1.2 million-square-foot expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s far west side. Commercial Observer reports that the New York Convention Center Development Corporation, the entity that controls the state-owned venue, announced Tuesday that they had approved the team for the project, which is expected to cost $1.55 billion. Atlanta-based architecture firm tvsdesign is also part of the Lendlease–Turner consortium. According to the announcement, the winning proposal offered, “significant design, logistical and operational benefits, including increased atrium space, integrated public and support spaces and a commitment to maintaining current operations during all phases of construction.”
Christian Slater made headlines Sunday night with his obviously baffled reaction to Tom Hiddleston’s Golden Globes acceptance speech, but now that we’ve seen Slater’s rather mundane Midtown condo, we’re the ones a bit confused. LL NYC reports that the “Mr. Robot” actor has sold his two-bedroom Hell’s Kitchen apartment for $1.1 million; he bought it for $882,500 in 2005. But as LL notes, the sparse listing photos seem to imply that he didn’t spend much time there.
Over the summer, Chinese developer Xinyuan Real Estate filed plans to build a seven-story, 105,305- square-foot condominium at 615 Tenth Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, their second NYC project after the Oosten in Williamsburg. The address had formerly been home to a Hess gas station until Xinyuan bought the site last January for $57.5 million. Their new 82-unit project, dubbed Hudson Garden, will also have a 29,000-square-foot retail base along the western blockfront between West 44th and 45th Streets, for which the Post reports Target has signed a lease.
If you earn between $24,480 and $38,100 annually, live alone in Manhattan Community Board 4, and don’t mind sharing a bathroom with your neighbors, this might be the housing lottery for you. Nine $774/month SROs are up for grabs at Stardom Hall at 330 West 51st Street in Hell’s Kitchen. The brownstone tenement occupies half of a single room occupancy complex, one of only four left in the neighborhood. The units do come with kitchenettes, and there’s a community room, backyard, laundry room, and on-site social services for low-income or formerly homeless households with special needs. Plus, it’s located on one of the trendiest restaurant blocks in the ‘hood (Ippudo, Aria Wine Bar, and Maria Pia, to name a few).
One of Governor Cuomo’s biggest NYC projects will kick off construction by the end of this year. Per a press release released yesterday, the Cuomo administration has put out a request for proposals (RFP) for the first phase of the Jacob K. Javits Center’s $1 billion expansion. The chosen firm will be responsible for the design and construction of a three-story building that will hold transformers, back-up generators, and other electrical equipment for the updated complex. This initial work will prepare the massive site for the larger expansion project that will increase the size of the events facility by 1.2 million square feet, bringing the total square footage to a hefty 3.3 million square feet.
Fresh into his second year as host of “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah is treating himself to some iconic New York real estate. The Post reports that the South African comedian is renting a $15,000 a month bachelor pad at Stella Tower, the Ralph Walker condo conversion in Hell’s Kitchen.
The Art Deco tower was built in 1927 as a telephone building and was converted along with Chelsea’s Walker Tower in recent years by JDS Development Group. Noah’s new digs are a 1,700-square-foot, two-bedroom residence that has an impressive outdoor terrace. Located at 425 West 50th Street, it’s just a few blocks away from The Daily Show Studios at 52nd Street and Eleventh Avenue.
Last June, Mitsui Fudosan, one of the largest real estate companies in Japan, bought a majority stake in Taconic Investment Partners‘ 525 West 52nd Street, a $330 million rental development between 10th and 11th Avenues. As the Journal reported at the time, the two-towered Hell’s Kitchen project (one is 22 stories, the other 14) will offer 392 apartments with 80 set aside for low-income residents, as it was developed through the city’s 421-a program. Now, those affordable units have come online through the city’s housing lottery, and they range from $913/month studios to $1,183/month two-bedrooms.
For a rare low-six-figure price, this one-bedroom co-op shares a neighborhood with the big-ticket buyers at One57 and 15 Central Park West, as well as easy access to the same great perks, like Lincoln Center, Central Park, the Time Warner Center and lots of theater options. While it might have a lot less interior space, the fourth-floor walk up at 431 West 54th Street looks bright, quiet and comfortable, and might just cost less per month than most rentals in the area. Just north of vibrant Hell’s Kitchen, the neighborhood is a growing residential favorite on its own with buyers and renters who love Manhattan living.
It’s almost as if this unique little duplex at 461 West 44th Street can’t take a bad picture. There isn’t a room unblessed by charm–including two good-sized bedrooms, a huge closet/dressing room and an amazing amount of (shared but directly accessible) well-tended outdoor space, all for a surprising-for-Manhattan $990,000.
Situated near the corner of a tree-lined block in Hell’s Kitchen, the co-op’s 990 square feet seem more spacious than that number would suggest, as is often the case when two units are combined. The fixtures, finishes and overall design have been carefully curated with an eye for both beauty and function, and there are more than a few surprises, including a 1951 Chambers stove and a back door just off the kitchen that opens onto an almost-private planted patio.
CetraRuddy‘s through-block rental development 535W43 is now complete, and this past Thursday the development team threw a grand opening event inside the Hell’s Kitchen haven. The finished product ranks as one of the neighborhood’s most handsome new additions, comprised of two 14-story towers whose street-facing facades are clad in an industrial-inspired skin of multi-tone bricks, grand casement windows, and dark metal accents.
Across its 263,300 square feet of floor area are 180 no-fee apartments ranging from studios to two-bedrooms. For a limited time, the leasing team headed by Douglas Elliman is offering new renters one month free on newly signed leases. Seven apartments are now on the market with net-effective rents starting at $3,000/month for studios, $4,080 for one-bedrooms, and $6,785 for two-bedrooms.