Manhattan

Celebrities, Interiors, Nolita, Recent Sales

30 Crosby Street, 3B Living Room

Alicia Keys hired a crane when she moved out; Lenny Kravitz reportedly liked to show off his abs to his neighbors; Courtney Love allegedly had a little too much fun in the lobby — this is just some of the gossip from the former rich-and-famous tenants of 30 Crosby Street. In recent years, though, the residents have shifted from A-list celebrities to “everyday millionaires”, and instead of Grammy-winning singers and hard-partying actresses, the Nolita building is now home to rich guys like the recent buyer of unit 3B, Justin Leverenz, Director of Emerging Market Equities at Oppenheimer, who purchased the apartment for $7.8 million, according to city records filed yesterday afternoon. The seller was music industry executive Daniel Pelson who paid $2.55 million for the home in 2001. Mr. Pelson listed the property through Town Residential’s Tinnie Sassano.

What Mr. Leverenz acquired is a 4,164-square-foot, 3BR/3BA loft full of original historic details, including 19th century rough-hewn wooden columns, pinewood flooring, and exposed brick walls, mixed with contemporary additions like an Italian limestone wood-burning fireplace and a sleek, retro kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances and slab marble countertops.

Check out the rest of the digs this way

Cool Listings, Interiors, Tribeca

474 Greenwich Street, 4S, Tribeca

Situated in an 1880s factory building, this intriguing 1-bedroom, 2-bath home at 474 Greenwich Street offers surprises at every turn. From its adorable checkered kitchen floor to the exposed beam ceilings, every room is a conversation starter. We aren’t sure what the exposed brick walls would say if they could talk (that’s over 100 years of secrets hidden away!) but we certainly have a lot to tell.

See what there is to talk about!

Architecture, Battery Park City, Financial District, Hotels, Major Developments

Fortis' 151 Maiden Lane

New renderings of Fortis Property Group’s mixed-use development at 151 Maiden Lane have been revealed! As reported by New York YIMBY, permits were filed last week for the new tower which will sit upon a 281,000-square-foot waterfront development site that the company purchased back in August of last year.

Fortis’s new residential project will boast a 161,000-square-foot, 52-story luxury condominium with 74 high-end apartments each hosting “uninterrupted river views with the top floors having virtually 360-degree views,” according to Fortis’s website. The design, which holds Goldstein Hill & West as the architect of record, is another glassy high-rise that boasts a slender profile with balconies rising on the glass face in a helix-like gesture. In fact, the design looks quite a bit like an amalgamation of New York by Ghery and One Madison. (A good thing?)

Fortis also plans to build a 120,000-square-foot hotel at the western portion of the development site. The hotel will share luxury amenities with the residential section of the development. Construction will start this year.

[Via NY YIMBY]

Image via Fortis Property Group

Celebrities, Green Design, Interiors, Meatpacking District

Diane von Furstenburg penthouse

The headquarters of the “Queen of the Wrap Dress” (ladies, you know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever stood in line for one of these sample sales!) is well known for the big, geometric glass structure that sits perched atop the traditional Meatpacking District building. Not so well known, though, is that inside this rooftop crystal is Ms. von Furstenberg’s penthouse apartment.  And just as you’d expect, the space is full of all of the sleek, yet glamorous style that the designer expresses in her clothing.

Conceptualized by Work Architecture, the Diane von Furstenberg headquarters was adapted from this landmarked meat market building to house the firm’s flagship store, administrative offices, and production space. The re-imagined rooftop is not only an apartment, but a garden oasis. The staircase, dubbed the “stairdelier” by the architects since it is lined with Swarovski crystals, ties the live/work space together and is its crowning jewel. Descending diagonally through the building’s six stories, it reflects light throughout the entire interior.

More about the sparkling staircase and all of the interior eye candy this way

Architecture, Green Design, Lower East Side, Urban Design

Seaport City (New York City Mayor's Office via Flickr)

Though bearing little resemblance to its quaint East River neighbor, “Seaport City” could become a reality based on a new study released yesterday by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

But don’t bank on a new set of sought after residential and commercial river views just yet. Seaport City is only one of a number of options presented to the city as part of former mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 257-point, post-Hurricane Sandy resiliency plan – and it’s the most challenging on the list.

Find out more about the plan to protect the lower east side

Chelsea, Recent Sales

walker tower

One lucky (European) buyer scooped up not one but two penthouses in Chelsea’s Walker Tower yesterday for $30.75 million, in what could easily be considered the real estate steal of the year.

Toni Haber of Douglas Elliman, who represented the buyer, told the Wall Street Journal that her client “got a really good deal”, as the two units went into contract back in 2012 before sales shot up. She notes her client paid a mere $5,000 a square foot, which is quite a deal considering that another penthouse in the building recently sold for $50.9 million, or about $8,500 a square foot.

The two penthouses sit at the 22nd floor of the Ralph Thomas Walker-designed Art Deco tower. Word is that buyer opted for the two unfinished units in the building, hired an architect, and worked to fuse the two units into one palatial full-floor apartment with four bedrooms and four full and two half bathrooms, with around 6,000 square feet of space. The apartment also has two terraces and sweeping city views that encompass One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty.

[Via WSJ]

Cool Listings, Interiors, Tribeca

The American Thread Building, 260 West Broadway, TriBeCa

Standing inside the palatial (trust us, this is not an understatement) 45′ x 45′ entertaining space in this magnificent triplex at 260 West Broadway, with its soaring arched windows, 26+ foot ceilings and beautifully detailed cast iron columns, you can’t help but feel a cool ocean breeze (Miami anyone?) gently soothe your soul. One could hardly blame you if you decided to stay right there and soak in the sun all weekend long.

But that’s like choosing a 4-day getaway when you’ve won an around-the-world adventure because every room in this 8,000 square foot Tribeca residence offers an extraordinary experience for those lucky enough to call it home. It’s hard to know where to begin on the itinerary.

Come on an adventure with us

Cool Listings, Soho

456 Broome Street

It’s hard to imagine that in the mid-20th century the quaint little street known as Broome was the proposed site for the ten-lane Lower Manhattan Expressway, replacing all of the buildings on its north side — including this beautiful charmer at #456.

Thankfully those plans never came to fruition and this stunning home with towering 14-foot ceilings, wide plank floors, and intentionally distressed exposed brick walls survived to welcome a new generation of New Yorkers into its midst.

See what survived those expressway plans

Brooklyn, Events, Manhattan, Queens

memorial day events nyc 2014

Memorial Day is just a few days away, and if you’re like us, you can’t wait to take a break from the daily grind. While many have made plans that will sweep them off to far flung places like Paris, for those looking to stay local, there are plenty of incredible events going on across all of NYC’s boroughs — rain or shine. Keep reading for our top events to check out this Memorial Day weekend. It’s going to be a busy few days!

All the events this way

Cool Listings, Financial District, Interiors

owntown by Starck, 15 Broad Street

The year is 1928: Scotch tape is first marketed by 3M, the first air-conditioned building opens in San Antonio, the clip-on tie is designed, the NY Yankees sweep the Cards in the 25th World series – and the Equitable Trust Building at 15 Broad Street was completed.

For nearly 80 years the L-shaped grey brick stone building would house some of the most influential financial companies in the world, until developer A.I. & Boymelgreen rescued it from certain demolition in 2003 and tasked French architect Phillipe Starck to turn it into a luxury condominium worthy of the financial capital of the world.

Check out #2412 at 15 Broad Street

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