Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Rentals, Uncategorized

FREE RENT: A roundup of NYC’s latest rental concessions

By Ondel Hylton, Mon, February 13, 2017

rental concessions
  • More Amenities Unveiled at Extell’s Midtown Rental 555Ten; Leasing Continues with Free Rent Offer [link]
  • Stonehenge Offering Two Months Free + $1,000 Security Deposits at 101W15 in Chelsea [link]
  • Long Island City’s 1QPS Tower Launches Leasing with Two Months Free; Studios from $1,989/Month [link]
  • 100 West 143rd Street Offering One Month of Free Rent on Newly Renovated Residences [link]
  • Lauded Rental High-Rise in Long Island City Offers Two Months of Free Rent + $1,000 Deposits [link]
  • One Month Free with One Year Leases at The Lucerne on the Upper East Side [link]
  • New Karl Fisher Rental Opens in Greenpoint; 544 on the Park Kicks Off Leasing with Half-Month’s Free Rent [link]
  • Williamsburg’s Bright & Cheery 34 Berry Street Offering One Month of Free Rent [link]
  • Special Rental Offers at 140 Riverside Boulevard Apartments on the Upper West Side [link]


Images (L to R): 4545 Center Boulevard, 555Ten, 1 QPS Tower and 140 Riverside Boulevard


Blaze Makoid Architecture's Daniels Lane, Long Island, Rustic Modernism, Norman Jaffe, afromosia wood, seaside home, quiet elegant design
  • The Hamptons’ Sagaponack community is the most expensive zip code in the country. Tribeca zip codes take spots 3, 6, and 12. [Business Insider]
  • From the Studio Museum’s “Black Cowboys” exhibit to a Green-Wood Cemetery trolley tour, here are 14 ways to celebrate Black History Month in NYC. [Untapped]
  • Donald Trump has transferred 71 NYC properties, mostly condo units, into his personal “Donald J Trump Revocable Trust” that he says will be run by his sons. [TRD]
  • The last of the Cuban-Chinese restaurants, a “uniquely New York hybrid.” [Lucky Peach]
  • Now that starchitect Jeanne Gang has an NYC office and is designing an expansion of the American Museum of Natural History, she talks about her work and the direction of architecture. [Architectural Record]

Sagaponack house via Blaze Makoid Architecture (L)




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Images: Ivanka Trump’s apartment at 502 Park Avenue (L); Milton Glaser’s Woodstock home at 148 Lewis Hollow (R)


  • After a bodega got a bad Yelp review because of its in-house feline, a petition is asking the city to legalize bodega cats. [Metro]
  • And other New Yorkers are suing the state over a law that makes it a crime to photograph ballots in a polling booths (hence take selfies). [DNAinfo]
  • 130 years ago, the Statue of Liberty was officially dedicated in a day-long celebration led by President Grover Cleveland. [Untapped]
  • MoMA acquired the original set of 176 emoji from 1999 for its permanent collection. [NYT]
  • City Councilman Corey Johnson requested that no more air rights be transferred within his neighborhood from Pier 40, the site of the massive St. John’s Terminal project, which could cost the pier $140 million. [Crain’s]

Original set of emoji via Shigetaka Kurita, gift of NTT DoCoMo



Prisma Coffeemaker Makes Cold Brew in Just 10 Minutes

By Dana Schulz, Wed, August 17, 2016

Prisma cold brew coffeemaker

Walk down any busy street in New York during the summer, and it seems like every other person is sipping an iced coffee. Over the past few years, the trend has shifted from the traditional cup of joe with some ice cubes to the more sophisticated cold brew, which is made by steeping grounds in cold or room temperature water for 12 to 24 hours to yield a more full-bodied, less-acidic coffee.

Though tasty and a welcome caffeine boost, cold brew is often not the most economical (a regular-sized cup can easily set you back $5) and making your own can be an arduous task. This is where Prisma comes in (h/t Mental Floss). The cold brew coffeemaker from home appliance company FirstBuild can produce an entire carafe of the refreshing java in 10 minutes or less.

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affordable housing, Bronx, Flatiron, Policy, Uncategorized

42 West 18th Street, adorama, affordable housing

The New York City Planning Commission has voted to approve a boutique condominium project on Manhattan’s west side without the mayor’s new Mandatory Inclusionary Housing plan in place, the New York Times reports; a much larger development in the Bronx also got the green light, and will be among the first to be included in the new affordable housing program.

6sqft reported previously on the controversy over whether a 17-story condominium slated to replace a parking lot and two low rise buildings at 6th Avenue at West 18th should be among the first recipients of the mayor’s new mandatory inclusionary housing (M.I.H.) program. Both the city and the project’s developers, Acuity Capital Partners, made the argument that the proposed project is “more of a rejiggering of the zoning than an enlargement,” and therefore does not fall under the M.I.H. rules.

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east river skyway, gondolas, nyc gondolas, roosevelt, dan levy, city realty, nyc gondolas, east river skyway dan levy


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Images: East River Skyway (L); 37 East 12th Street, #3 (R)


Last July, the average Manhattan sales price hit a record of $1.8 million, which signaled it was only a matter of time before it crossed the $2 million mark for the first time ever. Eight months later, that’s exactly what’s happened, notes DNAinfo. According to Douglas Elliman’s 2016 first quarter Manhattan sales report, the average sales price climbed $2,051,321, a five percent increase from 2015’s fourth quarter average of $1.9 million and an 18 percent increase from the same time last year when the average was $1.7 million. Additionally, the average price per square foot is now $1,713, a 35.6 percent from last year. The rise is attributed to limited resale inventory and increased closings in new developments, further evidenced by the fact the average sales price in this high-end market is $3.9 million, and the number of closings nearly doubled over the past year. And when we look at the luxury market, average sale prices hit a whopping $8.3 million.

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Architecture, condos, Hudson Square, Manhattan, New Developments, Uncategorized

570 Broome Street, Trump Soho, Soho Apartments, Hudson Square

Who would have thought the hottest new address downtown would be along the approach to the Holland Tunnel? Recently, we published a new set of images showing a Renzo Piano-designed condo tower to rise at 565 Broome Street, last week we unveiled S9 Architects’ renderings of a 30-story residential building to rise at 111 Varick Street, and now here’s our first look at another stack of condos slated for 570 Broome Street.

The rendering posted on the project site’s construction fence shows a smart design of staggered setbacks and window groupings that offer an interesting solution to the area’s tightly prescribed building envelopes. Designed by Tahir Demircioglu, builtd‘s facade is composed of a warm stone that clads both the lot-line walls and frames three-story high expanses of glass.

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condos, Harlem, Manhattan, New Developments, Uncategorized

East Harlem Condos, Harlem Apartments, TRA Studio, NYC projects

On a rather typical East Harlem block, along 112th Street between First and Second avenues, Soho-based architecture firm, TRA Studio has drawn up plans for a 22-unit condominium that will mend a once derelict site back into Manhattan’s taut urban fabric. Commissioned by Gotham LP, the seven-story building will rise from a 60-foot wide, 5,000 square-foot parcel that is a third smaller than a new American home’s median lot size. With the city’s built-in efficiency already in place, TRA sought to go further and will implement low-energy strategies such as super-insulated glass windows and long rows of sun-shading terraces along the rear will reduce the building’s environmental footprint.

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