Midtown West

condos, Midtown West, New Developments, Starchitecture

Manhattan’s Tallest Condominium Tower, Manhattan’s Tallest residential tower, shop architects, JDS Development Group, Property Markets Group, world's slenderest building, world's skinniest building

Poised to become the world’s skinniest tower and one of the hemisphere’s tallest, it’s no wonder that 111 West 57th Street will ask around $100 million for its condos, not to be outdone by other nine-digit supertalls like 220 Central Park South’s $175 million penthouse, the $150 million penthouse at the Sony Building, and One57′s record $100 million sale, which currently holds the title for the most expensive unit ever sold in the city.

Curbed has uncovered filings with the Attorney General’s office that show the preliminary price list for the SHoP-designed 1,421-foot tower, which is being developed by JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group. The records indicate that there will be condos in the landmarked Steinway Hall, as well in the tower addition. “The ‘landmark units’ will be smaller and cheaper, starting at $1 million for a studio, while the ‘tower units’ will start at $13 million for a three-bedroom.”

More details and the price list ahead

Celebrities, Historic Homes, Midtown West

Jessica Chastain, who has been on a house hunt for over a year, has finally found the home of her dreams. The Post reports that the Oscar-nominated actress will be joining the world’s upper crust at the landmarked Osborne at 205 West 57th Street. Chastain is said to have paid $5.1M for the home which itself also boasts a legendary story, being once owned by famed composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein for more than a decade—a highlight that was apparently one of the biggest draws for the Juilliard-trained actress.

Take a peek inside

condos, Midtown West, New Developments, Starchitecture

Manhattan’s Tallest Condominium Tower, Manhattan’s Tallest residential tower, shop architects, JDS Development Group, Property Markets Group, world's slenderest building, world's skinniest building

That’s a lot of accolades for one building, but the SHoP Architects-designed tower at 111 West 57th Street is looking to sweep the supertall competition. Originally planned to rise 1,397 feet, the tower will now soar to 1,421 feet, surpassing 432 Park Avenue (the current tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere) by 24 feet, according to city records uncovered by Crain’s. It will also retain its title as the world’s slenderest tower.

More details ahead

Cool Listings, Hell's Kitchen, Interiors, Midtown West

406 West 45th Street #2C, Thorndale Condominium, former carriage house, furnished rent

We dare you to look at this home and not want to make a cup of hot cocoa, sit down in front of the gas-burning fireplace, wrap yourself up in a blanket and lose yourself in a good book. This 1,209-square-foot Thorndale pad charms with ski lodge appeal, making the cold winter months an experience–and it’s available for rent, asking $8,500 per month.

Hold on while we grab some cocoa, then let’s take a look inside

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Architecture, Features, Midtown West, Starchitecture

So You Think You Know Everything About One57?

By Ondel Hylton and Adam Rothstein, Mon, December 22, 2014

One57, Extell, Christian de Portzamparc

Well, you might want to think twice. Even though the city’s most expensive condo building is also perhaps the most written-about (even the Times has run out of ways to describe it), there are still plenty of little-known facts about the 1,005-foot-tall tower.

One57 is considered the crown jewel of what’s been dubbed “Billionaire’s Row,” and can also be credited with launching the ultra-luxury building boom. Developed by Extell‘s Gary Barnett and designed by Pritzker-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, the sleek tower is currently the second tallest structure in the city. And that’s just the beginning.

Bone up on your One57 factoids here

Central Park South, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Midtown West

222 Central Park South, Edmund Morris and Sylvia Jukes Morris, Gainsborough Studios, artists’ co-op

Biographers Edmund and Sylvia Jukes Morris have just listed their duplex apartment at the exclusive Gainsborough Studios for $6 million. The stunning space promises to be a treat for all seasons with gigantic windows offering indescribable views of Central Park that will take your breath away. Yes, a place like this is so inspiring it would turn anyone into an artist.

Take a look inside, here

Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, Midtown West, New Developments

Oases Real Estate, Architecture Outfit, Building Addition, Post Offfice, USPS, Radio City, rustic architecture, Clintion Special Distric

Who can deny the cool factor of living in a space oozing with history? New Yorkers find themselves living in former schools, churches, banks, fire stations, and even insane asylums. Now coming to Hell’s Kitchen are 44 condominiums dubbed Radio City Lofts, which will bring our space-deprived denizens a new form of living: life atop a functioning post office.

More on the new lofts here

Hotels, Manhattan, Midtown West, New Developments

Garment Distict, Manhattan hotels, Midtown hotels, Nobutaka Ashihara

A 22-story limited-service hotel is gearing up to rise in Midtown at 4-6 West 37th Street. According to new building permits filed this past weekend, a 120-key 60,000 square-foot development will go up at the 4,200 square-foot lot situated between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

Two charming six-story buildings, erected in 1920, will be be demolished for the 210-foot tall project designed by notable hotel designer Nobutaka Ashihara Architects. The firm recently opened the city’s tallest hotel, the Marriott Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Central Park at 1717 Broadway.

FInd out more here

Celebrities, Midtown West, Recent Sales

One57, 157 West 57th Street, One57 penthouse, Bill Ackman

Just yesterday, Bloomberg released a grim report that sales had come to a halt at One57, as only one condo unit was sold in the third quarter. But it looks like the fourth quarter might prove a bit more optimistic for the city’s most expensive building. According to city records released today, Rebecca Moores, ex-wife of John Jay Moores, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and former owner of the San Diego Padres, dropped $55.5 million on unit 81 at the building, making it the second-highest condo sale of the year, according to CityRealty. The number one spot also goes to One57 for Bill Ackman’s $90 million flip-happy purchase.

The former couple also made real estate headlines in 2013 when they listed their Del Mar, California home for $23 million, making it one of the most expensive in the San Diego area and probably the only one with its own moat. Let’s take a look, though, at Rebecca’s latest property venture at One57.

Check out the floor plan

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Features, History, Hotels, Midtown West

Algonquin Hotel

In a town overrun with fancy hotels, the Algonquin–which turns 112 tomorrow–has true staying power, proving that history and heritage are every bit as important as plush bedding and sweet-smelling bath products.

Designed by Goldwin Starrett in a Renaissance limestone and red brick façade, the 12-story Algonquin Hotel, at 42 West 42nd Street, opened on November 22, 1902, initially operating as an apartment hotel with year-long leases but switching to a hotel after the owner failed to find enough renters. Today, the Algonquin–both a literary landmark and a New York City Historic Landmark–remains one of New York’s most cherished institutions, drawing a mix of artists, tourists and cultural elites.

Read the full history of the storied Algonquin

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