Neighborhoods

City Living, Downtown Brooklyn, People

Downtown Brooklyn's Halal King himself

One of the saddest things I heard in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 was told to me by the wife of an acquaintance. She said, with a smug sense of pride, that her family — in an act of patriotic protest to the recent attacks on America — would be ending their long-standing Thanksgiving tradition of serving assorted meat and vegetable pies from Damascus Bakery on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. It was a heartbreaking statement of staggering stupidity, offensive on so many levels, not the least of which was personal.

I lived next door to Damascus Bakery in my first Brooklyn apartment. This was before Barney’s, Urban Outfitters and Trader Joe’s arrived. It was when that section of Atlantic Avenue was overwhelmingly Arabic, and I frequented the eateries as often as I could, feasting on delicacies from the Middle East, learning some geography and culture and a little Arabic along the way. And, of course, I met many wonderful people, including the family who owned and operated Damascus Bakery.

Read the rest of Andrew’s story here

Green Design, Recent Sales, Soho, Tribeca

Beautiful Eco-Friendly Loft on Watts Street Sells

By Aisha Carter, Wed, May 21, 2014

125 Watt St #4 interior

It looks like Town Residential’s Danny Davis has done it again. He has made someone fall in love with another apartment, this time at 125 Watts Street. Unit #4 is the quintessential loft experience with high ceilings, white brick walls and tons of light.

This historic, pre-war building is perfectly situated in Northwest Tribeca, right on the edge of Soho. This area has those desirable cobblestone streets, not to mention having plenty of dining and shopping to appeal to your chic side, while still being situated right near Hudson River Park and Pier 25 to appeal to your athletic side. You know what they call that? Nirvana.

See what Nirvana looks like here

Architecture, Manhattan, New Developments

SOM's 401 west 31st street

Brookfield Office Properties filed its first plans yesterday for their SOM-designed residential tower located at 401 West 31st Street, adjacent to all the Hudson Yards hoopla. The 756,674-square-foot, 702-foot-tall tower will host 790 apartments with 3,438 square feet of retail on its ground level.

The design sits within a grouping of glass towers and a low slung, tapering structure. The newly filed iteration is quite different than the structure revealed earlier this year, which was much taller and featured a darker material palette that gave the building a more monolithic appearance. The updated design certainly melds better with its surroundings.

The entire project is expected to be completed by 2020.

[Via New York YIMBY]

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Cool Listings, Features, Interiors, Upper East Side, Upper West Side 

781 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor, Living Room

Anyone who’s gone apartment hunting in Manhattan knows it can get a little monotonous — the bone-white walls, standard hardwood floors, and typical layouts. Sometimes the blank canvas just isn’t enough; sometimes you need a little oomph. For those of you who enjoy ogling beautiful homes that have been carefully designed and expertly decorated, we’ve rounded up five opulent and ornate spaces currently looking for an occupant.

See all the stunning spaces this way!

Architecture, Design, Far Rockaway, Green Design

Kent Johnson's Camp Rockaway

And the glamping trend continues…

Designer Kent Johnson has just launched a Kickstarter campaign that aims to bring a “luxurious” tent campsite to the Rockaways. From fully furnished tents with crisp white linens, to private fire pits and hot tubs overlooking Jamaica Bay, this is not your everyday man’s campsite. And if you think the idea sounds crazy, think again. It’s actually an initiative inspired by the area’s past, which once found incredible success!

More on Camp Rockaway this way

Cool Listings, DUMBO, Interiors

37 Bridge Street, Kirkman Lofts

In 1915, when this classic factory building was commissioned by the Kirkman & Son Soap Company in a gritty industrial section of Brooklyn, it’s doubtful anyone could have envisioned its reincarnation as a high-end luxury condominium with its locale now fashionably referred to as DUMBO.

Quite frankly, with its simple brick façade, one still might be hard-pressed to equate the 7-story brick building at 37 Bridge Street with any kind of residential grandeur — but you know what they say about judging a book by its cover.

See the results of its stunning conversion

Fort Greene, New Developments, Rentals

Catsimatidis Building on Myrtle Ave in Fort Greene

Patience is a virtue; one that billionaire tycoon and former mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis clearly has in droves.

Cats demonstrated this when he had the foresight to purchase a block of land on Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene, over 30 years ago, back when the street was appropriately nicknamed Murder Avenue. Not many people would have seen the value in property in an area where Cats jokes that he had to carry two guns “just in case one of the guns runs out of bullets”. However, Cats saw it as a worthy investment. And boy was he right. A few decades and a change of zoning laws have allowed Cats to turn this once terrifying spot into the building site of 4 residential skyscrapers with retail stores on the ground floor. Not a bad deal for a piece of property purchased for under a million dollars says the understatement of the century.

Learn more about Catsimatidis’ development project here

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Art, Brooklyn, Features, Manhattan, Queens

10 New York Neighborhoods for Artists Now

By Dana Schulz, Tue, May 20, 2014

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Update: Check out our 2017 edition for the latest!

It’s become all too common in New York City — artists move into a neighborhood, make it trendy and culturally vibrant, and then are forced out by rising rents. It happened in Greenwich Village, Soho, the East Village, DUMBO, and Williamsburg. Do not be disheartened, though, there are still plenty of artist enclaves with thriving creative communities. Ahead are our ten current frontrunners — some may surprise you!

Where the artists are flocking

Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings

One Brooklyn Bridge Park #1216 at 360 Furman Street

In a city where parking is always at a premium, one might consider this $32 million penthouse at One Brooklyn Bridge Park for the two deeded spaces alone — although fortunately, that record-breaking price tag comes with a tad more to pique your interest.

There’s a long list of reasons to never leave this beautiful one-of-a-kind residence at 360 Furman Street in Brooklyn Heights, so let’s just start with the view — or should we say “views”. The Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, New York City’s glorious skyline… take your pick. Because in addition to the terrace’s breathtaking panorama, you’ll enjoy incredible views from just about every room in this sun-drenched 11,000-square-foot, 6BR/6BA home located on the waterfront.

See why a picture is worth a thousand words

Interiors, Manhattan, Recent Sales, Tribeca

73 Worth Street great room

New York socialites Avi and Savar Leigh just became the proud owners of apartment #5D at 73 Worth Street. As of May 19th, the Strategies of Wealth financial planner and her businessman husband put down $2.8 million to become the new residents of the Worth Building in Tribeca’s Historic District.

Their gorgeous new 1,925 square-foot loft, listed by Danny Davis of Town Residential, features solid oak floors and large windows throughout. There’s a large great room situated perfectly for entertaining, and an eat-in kitchen with custom cherry wood cabinets, black granite countertops and the stainless top-of-the-line Subzero refrigerator that has become an essential to any chef’s kitchen.

Take a look inside the Savar’s new home here

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