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Architecture, Design, hudson yards, Technology, Top Stories

The Shed courtesy of Diller Scofidio +Renfro, via The New York Times

Construction of The Shed, a six-level flexible structure that can adapt to different art forms and technologies, continues to progress. While the Hudson Yards building has an expected opening date of 2019, the massive 8-million-pound structure can now slide along the High Line for five minutes on a half-dozen exposed steel wheels that measure six-feet in diameter (h/t NY Times). The Shed, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Rockwell Group, features a movable shell on rails that sits over the fixed base of the building, allowing for it to change size depending on the type of event.

See the Shed slide

Major Developments, Midtown West, Top Stories, Transportation

Penn-Farley Complex, Moynihan Station, Farley Post Office, Moynihan Train Hall

Iage via the office of the Governor

At a press conference this morning in the under-construction space, Governor Cuomo announced that major work has begun on transforming the James A. Farley Building into the state-of-the-art, 225,000-square-foot Moynihan Train Hall. Along with the news that the $1.6 billion project will create 12,000+ construction jobs and 2,500 permanent jobs, come new renderings of the station, showing more exterior views and looks at the 700,000-square-foot shopping and dining concourse.

All the renderings and more details this way

Hotels, New Developments, Nomad, Starchitecture, Top Stories

ritz carlton nomad, new developments, nomad, rafael vinoly

The 28th Street front (EB5 Capital)

It looks as if Nomad, the newly-hot neighborhood in downtown Manhattan, home of the Ace, Nomad and Flatiron hotels–with a towering Virgin Hotel on the way in 2019–will be hosting yet another hospitality addition on Broadway’s “hotel row.” EB-5 filings show that Ritz-Carlton New York has plans to build the “Ritz-Carlton New York (Madison Park)” at Broadway and East 28th Street, CityRealty reports. Building permits filed in January 2016 call for a 40-floor, 580-foot tall tower designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, which will contain 164 units, several eating/drinking establishments, a club lounge on the 29th floor and a rooftop bar on the 32nd. Differing information appearing on EB-5 web pages states the Ritz-Carlton will have 250 suites and eight luxury apartments where buyers can stay up to 120 days a year and collect 50 percent of  any income made on the apartments during the remaining days.

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apartment living 101, Features, NYC Guides, real estate trends, Top Stories

Lead image © Daxiao Productions – Fotolio

6sqft’s ongoing series Apartment Living 101 is aimed at helping New Yorkers navigate the challenges of creating a happy home in the big city. This week, now that the city is in high renting season, we’ve researched the best resources for finding a no-fee apartment.

More than half of New Yorkers spend 30 percent or more of their income on rent. Tack on a broker’s fee that could be as high as 15 percent of an apartment’s annual rent, and that burden becomes even worse. Thankfully, there are more and more resources popping up to find no-fee rentals. Aside from the go-to listing aggregators, there’s now roommate-share options, lease break sites, artist-centric search engines, and good old fashioned networking. 6sqft has put together our 12 favorite options, along with the basics of each so you can figure out what will work best for you and how to prioritize your search.

Check out the full list here

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Danica O. Kus, 625 West 57th Street, Via 57 West, Bjarke Ingels

Photograph © Danica O. Kus

In October of 2015, 6sqft reported that applications were being accepted for the 142 affordable apartments set aside for low-income tenants at the tantalizing tetrahedron that is starchitect Bjarke Ingels’ VIA 57 West, a newly-minted rental residence at 625 West 57th Street. Word comes today that the lottery has opened for the middle-income portion of the building’s affordable housing inventory. The half-block-long residential development contains 709 units, of which 20 percent have been deemed affordable. Of the 36 middle-income units available, studios have been priced between $1,448-$1,949; $1,554-$2,091 for one-bedrooms; $2,089-$2,519 for two-bedrooms; and $2,902 for three-bedrooms, each adjusted for income.

complete details here

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, New Jersey, Top Stories

101 East Union Street, Italianate home, Burlington NJ

There’s no denying that the gentrifying-at-lightning-speed town of Asbury Park, NJ is one of the state’s hippest cities (it even got the Times treatment this weekend). One of the key players in the resurgence has been the Smith Group, who’ve opened some of Asbury’s most popular bars and restaurants, as well as a condo project. The developer is now hoping to replicate this success in Burlington, NJ, a historic city on the Delaware River just 90 minutes outside NYC. And though the transformation is already underway (Smith bought four old homes and is turning a decommissioned firehouse into a trendy restaurant/bar), the time to buy in Burlington is now, as gorgeous 18th- and 19th-century homes can still be gotten for a bargain. Take this 1793 Italianate stunner; it’s situated on a half-acre corner lot, occupies 3,300 square feet, and is asking just $278,950 (h/t CIRCA).

Tour the home here

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apartment living 101, City Living, Features, More Top Stories, NYC Guides, Top Stories

An insider’s guide for first-time homebuyers in NYC

By Alison McQueen, Mon, August 7, 2017

Photo via New York Law School/Flickr

6sqft’s ongoing series Apartment Living 101 is aimed at helping New Yorkers navigate the challenges of creating a happy home in the big city. This week, Corcoran realtor Alison McQueen shares her personal guide for first-time homebuyers in NYC.

Many first-time homebuyers in NYC are doubtful they’ll find a great place within their budget, but every single client I’ve worked with has closed on a home, and they say buying was one of the best decisions they ever made. To make this dream a reality, you’ll want a clear understanding of your finances and how much you’d like to spend; the top five things you want in a home; and a sense of your preferred neighborhoods based on potential commute, area amenities; and ideal budget. Sound overwhelming? That’s where a team of professionals comes in, including a real estate agent, real estate attorney, and home inspector. The best way to enter the purchase process is as an informed consumer, as you’ll have an easier time targeting and getting what you want. To make the process a bit easier, I’ve put together a handy list of the key things to consider when embarking on the purchase path in New York City.

All the tricks of the trade

Getting Away, Historic Homes, Quirky Homes, Top Stories, Upstate

249 croton dam road, cool listings, ossining, elda castle

Built in 1927 by David T. Abercrombie, Elda Castle, as it was known, was named after the first letter of each of his four children’s names (h/t Curbed). Abercrombie was the founder of Abercrombie and Fitch, which was originally a purveyor of high-end hunting and safari gear. The vision of his wife, Lucy Abbott Cate—the project’s architect—was the driving force behind the 4,337-square-foot steel-girded estate of granite and local fieldstone at 249 Croton Dam Road that once had 25 rooms, arched doorways, a tower accessed by a winding spiral staircase of cast iron and too many courtyards and patios to count. The fascinating home sits on 49.5 acres in the Westchester County town of New Castle (though it has an Ossining postal address). It’s in need of total renovation, and if the internet is to be believed, whoever buys this romantically overgrown estate currently asking $3.69 million may have quite an adventure on their hands.

Find out more about this storied estate

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Events, Features, History, Landscape Architecture, Top Stories, Upstate

untermyer garden, yonkers, untermyer park

Photo via Jessica Norman for the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy

Spend just over an hour on Metro North’s Hudson line and reach the renowned Untermyer Gardens, a 43-acre historic park in Yonkers that features a Persian Paradise garden, a small amphitheater, a classical pavilion, the “Temple of Love,” and a “Vista” staircase. The park was first developed in the early 20th century by philanthropist, Samuel Untermyer, who purchased the estate in 1899. For 40 years until his death, Untermyer transformed the sprawling greenery into the some of the most acclaimed gardens in the United States, known today as “America’s Greatest Forgotten Garden.”

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Architecture, Features, Green Design, Interviews, Top Stories

Since its founding in 1990, COOKFOX Architects has become one of the most recognized names in New York City real estate. In the firm’s early days, founding partner Rick Cook found a niche in historically-sensitive building design, looking for opportunities to “[fill] in the missing voids of the streetscape,” as he put it. After teaming up with Bob Fox in 2003, the pair worked to establish COOKFOX as an expert in both contextual and sustainable development. They designed the first LEED Platinum skyscraper in New York City with the Durst family, the Bank of America Tower, then took on a number of projects with the goal of designing healthier workplaces. The firm also got attention for its work in landmarks districts, winning AIA-New York State awards for its mixed-use development at 401 West 14th Street (better known as the Apple store) and its revamp of the the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. (The firm also made it the first LEED-certified theater in the city.)

6sqft’s conversation with Rick fox here