Design, Uncategorized, Upper West Side 

david geffen hall, lincoln center, new york philharmonic

Renderings courtesy of the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center

A plan to redesign the New York Philharmonic’s concert hall was unveiled on Monday, nearly two decades after the project was first proposed. The $550 million plan aims to create a more intimate experience, acoustically and visually, at David Geffen Hall by moving the stage closer to the audience, improving sightlines, and reducing the seating capacity. Officials estimate the new hall will open in March of 2024.

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Join the cash mob to help save St. Mark’s bodega Gem Spa

By Dana Schulz, Fri, September 13, 2019

Gem Spa, St. Mark's Place

Photo by Alex Lozupone on Wiki Commons

The East Village’s Gem Spa first opened in the 1920s on the corner of St. Mark’s Place and 2nd Avenue and received its current moniker in the 1950s. The shop became famous when it was frequented by Beat writers such as Allen Ginsberg and featured in a painting by Jean-Michelle Basquiat and then later as an all-night punk hangout and tourist stop for egg creams. Today, however, the store is struggling to stay afloat due to the ever-increasing gentrification of the neighborhood and losing its cigarette and lottery licenses in the spring. In an effort to save the icon, small business advocacy group #SaveNYC is hosting a cash mob this Saturday. In preparation, a faux storefront was installed that reads “Schitibank coming soon,” in reference to rumors that Citibank is trying to take over the storefront.

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affordable housing, Chelsea, Green Design, housing lotteries, Uncategorized

211 West 29th Street, affordable housing, lotteries, chelsea

Rendering via ZH Architects

As Cityrealty reported, construction topped out at Flow Chelsea at 211 West 29th Street last fall; the 24-story building’s distinguished stone facade and framed windows are all the way up, and as work winds down, an affordable lottery has been announced for 17 of the building’s 55 units. Individuals and households earning 70 to 130 percent of the area median income are eligible to apply for studio through three-bedroom apartments with rents that range from $1,169/month for studios to $3,051/month for a two-bedroom. As Chelsea‘s median rent ranges from $3,112/month for studios to $7,295/month for two-bedrooms (figures per CityRealty listings), this is quite a deal.

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Russ & Daughters, smoked fish

Photo via Wally Gobetz/Flickr (L); Via Wiki Commons (R)

  • The Universal Hip Hop Museum at Bronx Point is expected to break ground in December. [Welcome2TheBronx]
  • 105-year-old smoked fish mainstay Russ & Daughters has opened a huge new factory in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. [Eater]
  • Tomorrow, City Bakery expects to sell 1,000 cups of its “Love Potion” hot chocolate at its Union Square location. [Crain’s]
  • New York spent $1.5 million to keep the Statue of Liberty open during the government shutdown and $52,000 to hold Cuomo’s inauguration on Ellis Island. [WSJ]
  • This summer’s Shakespear in the Park will include Disney’s Hercules. [Metro]
  • Mapping all of NYC’s Passive House projects. [CityRealty]


FREE RENT: This week’s roundup of NYC rental news

By Annie Doge, Sat, December 29, 2018

Rental News

Images (L to R): The Alyn, Embankment House, 2504 Seventh Avenue and at bottom right 906 Lorimer Street



Panorama via Wiki Commons; Baby strollers via Flickr cc

  • Just how rampant is subway fare evasion? At Times Square, one rider a minute sneaks in. [NYT]
  • A judge has temporarily blocked the state’s congestion pricing surcharge on taxi and for-hire vehicles. [abc7]
  • For just $100, you can “buy” some NYC real estate at the Queens Museum’s Panorama of the City of New York. [Untapped Cities]
  • Emma and Liam, Olivia and Noah–these were the most popular baby names between 2016 and 2017. [Gothamist]
  • This website only tells you if the L train is running. [Bushwick Daily]
  • Out of the 100+ Christmas covers the New Yorker has published since its inception in 1925, 30 have featured Santa. Check them out. [New Yorker]



FREE RENT: This week’s roundup of NYC rental news

By Annie Doge, Sat, October 27, 2018

Image: The Metropolis

  • A Home at the Center of it All: Midtown’s 10 Best Rentals[link]
  • Midtown East Rentals at The Metropolis; Newly Listed Studio to 2-Beds from $3,375/Month [link]
  • 544 Union Avenue in Williamsburg Leasing No Fee Rentals with Up to 3 Months Free [link]
  • Hub Avenue B: Tranquility Abounds at This Boutique Rental in the East Village [link]
  • Live in the Newly-Renovated Dunbar Apartments, Historic Harlem Building Renting from $1,995/Month [link]
  • The Berkley in Williamsburg: Spacious Rentals with Balconies from $2,475/Month [link]
  • Node Co-Living Community Offers Lovely Furnished Rentals in Three Brooklyn Locations [link]



FREE RENT: This week’s roundup of NYC rental news

By Ondel Hylton, Sat, October 13, 2018

Images (L to R): The Amberly, Helena 57 West, Revetment House and 4540 Center Boulevard

  • The Amberly, 33-Story Tower in Downtown Brooklyn, Launches Rentals from $2,100/Month [link]
  • Manhattan Luxury Rentals at Helena 57 West Offer Up to 1 Month Free + Reduced Security Deposits [link]
  • Live at Revetment House in Jersey City with 1 Month Free; See New Model Residences [link]
  • Long Island City’s 4540 Center Boulevard: 1 and 2 Bedroom Waterfront Rentals Available Now [link]
  • Sleek Brooklyn Rentals at The Addison Leasing from $2,361/Month [link]
  • Murray Hill Rentals at 340 East 34th Street: Studios + 1 Beds with $1,000 Security Deposits [link]
  • The Bexley Offers Complementary Shuttle Service to Hoboken Terminal – Now Leasing [link]



FREE RENT: This week’s roundup of NYC rental news

By Ondel Hylton, Sat, May 19, 2018

Images (L to R): HUDSON LIGHTS, 63 Wall Street, Eagle Lofts and The Mason

  • Fort Lee’s Hudson Lights Development is Leasing with up to 2 Months Free [link]
  • Top Lower East Side Rental Building Jones LES Now Leasing with 1 Month Free [link]
  • ODA’s 420 Kent Avenue Near Finish Line, See New Photos from Field Condition [link]
  • New Rental Tower from Rockrose Development, Eagle Lofts, Gets a Teaser Site [link]
  • Registration Site Launches for The Mason, Luxury NoMad Rentals at 145 Madison Avenue [link]
  • Luxury Rental 63 Wall Street Leasing with 1 – 2 Months Free on Select Units [link]


Cool Listings, Getting Away, Hamptons, Uncategorized

Live inside a windmill in Montauk for $1.9M

By Michelle Cohen, Thu, May 17, 2018

Property in Montauk–where billionaires live in trailer parks–just isn’t like other places. For example, this windmill house was built in 1928 by Arthur W. B. Wood, an architect who was enamored of–you guessed it–windmills. Though the windmill that’s part of the six-bedroom home at 162 Fairview Avenue isn’t a real, functional windmill, it is the only windmill house in Montauk. And it’s currently on the market for $1.9 million.

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