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For $12.5 million, you can live in Oscar-winning director Ron Howard’s classic Upper West Side co-op. He and wife Cheryl told the Wall Street Journal that they decided to list the three-bedroom spread at the iconic Eldorado–which they bought in 2004 for $5.575 million–to move farther downtown, closer to Howard’s editing and post-production facilities. Not only does the home occupy the 26th floor of the Art Deco building’s north tower, but it has a private elevator landing, 50 feet of direct Central Park frontage, and a flexible layout perfect for entertaining that the Howards implemented as part of a complete renovation.
The elevator landing leads to a wood-paneled entry foyer, which then opens to the formal dining room.
The living room has a wood-burning fireplace and is connected to a bright library with plenty of built-in shelving (check out the Oscar on the desk–Howard has won two, for his work on “A Beautiful Mind” and “Inferno”).
In the sleek kitchen you’ll find stainless steel countertops, custom cabinetry with loads of storage, two dishwashers, two fridges, and a wine fridge.
The corner master suite has an abundance of closet space and an en-suite bathroom with heated floors.
In addition to claiming Ron Howard as the former owner of your apartment, whomever picks up the pad will also be neighbors with Meredith Viera. Past residents of the celeb-favorite include Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Moby, and Bono.
For $12.5 million, you can live in Oscar-winning director Ron Howard’s classic Upper West Side co-op. He and wife Cheryl ...
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New York City-based design firm Clouds Architecture Office has proposed a conceptual skyscraper that would hang down from the sky suspended by air cables attached to an asteroid, making it the world’s tallest building. As dezeen learned, the supertall, dubbed Analemma Tower, would not be built on Earth but instead have a “space-based” foundation. Each day, the tower, which would be constructed over Dubai, would travel between the northern and southern hemispheres, with the slowest part of the tower’s trajectory occurring over New York City.
The firm’s proposal includes manipulating an asteroid and then placing it in an eccentric geosynchronous orbit, allowing it to travel between the hemispheres in a figure 8 path on a daily loop. During the 24-hour trip, the skyscraper passes over the southeast coast of the U.S., Cuba, Ecuador and Peru. As the building slowly passes over Midtown, the residents of Analemma Tower would be able to disembark using a parachute.
The tower would be powered by solar-based panels and water would be filtered and recycled from condensate captured from clouds and rainwater. The firm, who recently partnered with NASA to develop a “Mars Ice Dome,” did think of the extreme living conditions found in space, where although you can gain 45 minutes of extra daylight, the -40 degrees Celsius temperature would make it impossible to go outside without protective suits. Their response to these extremes? “Astronauts have continually occupied the space station for decades, so perhaps it’s not so bad?”
New York City-based design firm Clouds Architecture Office has proposed a conceptual skyscraper that would hang down from the sky suspended by ...
Proposed rendering of the Park Avenue foyer, via Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
On March 1st, the Waldorf Astoria closed its doors to the public so that its new owners, Chinese insurer Anbang (who just today backed out of an even larger project to redevelop the Kushner Companies’ 666 Fifth Avenue) can undertake a two- to three-year renovation to convert 1,413 hotel rooms into 840 renovated hotel rooms and 321 condos, as well as spiff up the public spaces. This last part was worrisome at first, but earlier this month, these iconic Art Deco interiors were designated an official city landmark, meaning Anbang will need to preserve them and receive approvals for any work from the LPC. Wasting no time, they’ve now released plans for both the interior and exterior renovations and announced that architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and renowned interior designer Pierre Yves Rochon (PYR) will “protect [the] beloved spaces and restore original features of the Waldorf not seen for decades.”
The Lexington Avenue entrance
Anbang bought the Waldorf for a record $1.95B in 2015, and since that time has shown support for preserving the historic interiors, even agreeing to work with the LPC on the design before the spaces were landmarked.
For the past year, SOM has been “diving into architectural archives, researching photos and, in some cases, unearthing pieces stored for decades to plan a restoration of the landmark exteriors as well as the interior public spaces,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Their attention to detail goes as far as the exact color of the exterior bricks, known as “Waldorf gray.” They’ll also reinstate features that have been lost over the years, such as more slender frames around the exterior windows, maple burl wood panels on the main lobby walls, and “dramatic indirect lighting.” More involved plans call for moving the reception desks south of the lobby and opening up three coves in the Grand Ballroom ceiling.
SOM design partner Roger Duffy said, “Our design for the Waldorf Astoria New York reclaims the full potential of one of New York City’s most legendary buildings and opens a new chapter in the hotel’s celebrated history. The Waldorf Astoria has been an audacious civic icon since it first opened in 1931, and we are honored to be leading the effort to restore this Art Deco masterpiece, while turning it into a world-class destination for the 21st century.”
Anbang submitted the plans today for public review by the LPC; they’ll be presented to the Commission and the community board in the coming months.
Proposed rendering of the Park Avenue foyer, via Skidmore, Owings & Merrill On March 1st, the Waldorf Astoria closed its ...
Minimodel maven Eiran Gazit’s latest project is anything but small: The former Israeli soldier and his team are putting the finishing touches on Gulliver’s Gate, a sprawling exhibit of the world made of minimodels set to open on April 4 in a 49,000-square-foot space at 216 West 44th Street in Times Square, reports Crain’s. The $40 million extravaganza represents a decade of dreams and hard work for Gazit, in this case the chief dreamer, plus years of seeking investors, coordinating with dozens of artists around the world and months of installation.
After first falling in love with miniatures in his 30s while in the Netherlands at Madurodam, a miniature park famous for its 25-to-1 scale models of Dutch landmarks, Gazit spent the next few year creating a Mini-Israel in his homeland. The 14-acre outdoor park that opened in 2002 featured replicas of that country’s cities and landmarks.
After moving to Lenox, Mass. to be closer to his wife’s family, Gazit nixed some projects like a Bible-themed miniature park in Nashville and a mini America in Las Vegas–but the Big Apple proved impossible to resist. For Gulliver’s Gate, he found two investors, Irving and Michael Langer of E&M Associates and got to work assembling a team and strategic partners with the range of skills and depth of experience necessary to bring the project to life.
Why Times Square? Says Gazit, “It’s a numbers game.” 60 million visitors came through the city last year. “Not every tourist goes uptown or to Brooklyn, but they all come to Times Square.”
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The exhibit will include miniature scale models of well-known sites and places from our world and fictional worlds, “as well as lands that otherwise only exist in our imagination,” connected by train tracks, highways and “all manners of transportation known to mankind from horses and elephants to hot air balloons, jet planes and space shuttles,” including a fully operational airport with planes taxiing, taking off and landing. Visitors can get scanned and have a tiny version of themselves permanently added to the display.
Gulliver’s Gate puts the world in a new perspective. The model New York, built by Brooklyn Model Works, isn’t meant to be a perfect rendering: The tiny Big Apple includes Times Square, the Empire State Building and the Guggenheim in its display of downtown Manhattan, for example. The interactive model is, however, bustling taxicabs, street vendors, shoppers and moving trains, pretty much like the real thing. “This is a magical, happy version of the world. It’s playful,” Gazit said. “We don’t have slums. We don’t have wars. We don’t have catastrophes.”
Previews of Gulliver’s Gate begin April 4. Find out more and buy tickets here.
Minimodel maven Eiran Gazit’s latest project is anything but small: The former Israeli soldier and his team are putting the ...
In a city where hundreds of interesting events occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Ahead Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer shares her top picks for 6sqft readers!
Spring is upon us and so is a whole new week of great art events. This weekend, see some of the best of the photography world at AIPAD or head to Brooklyn to check out Welancora Gallery’s new partnership with Nu Hotel. The Brooklyn Museum is also deconstructing the artist’s persona and hosting a new Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition. #MidnightMoment also kicks off a new film in Times Square—this April, Naoko Tosa’s “Sound of Ikebana” will take over the screens every night. Finally, come pick up my new book, “The Art of Spray Paint,” and check out its corresponding exhibition at Wallworks Gallery in the Bronx.
O’Keeffe, Warhol, Kahlo—Deconstructing the Artist’s Persona ↑
Brooklyn Museum of Art, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Thursday, March 30, 7:00-9:30pm
Join some of the nation’s leading curators and art historians for an evening of short lectures examining the construction of well-known artist’s personas, including Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol. Tickets also include free admission to see “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern”.
The Photography Show: AIPAD ↑
Pier 94, 711 12th Avenue
Thursday, March 30 – Sunday, April 2
The newly expanded photography fair moves to Pier 94, bringing exceptional photography from more than 115 of the world’s leading fine art galleries.
Sunok Chun, Dissonant Abstraction ↑
Nu Hotel, 85 Smith Street, Brooklyn
Thursday, March 30, 6:00-9:00pm
NU Hotel Brooklyn and Welancora Gallery have partnered up to bring the work of Sunok Chun to the beautiful boutique hotel.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: Work/Travail/Arbeid ↑
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, Floor 2
Thursday, March 30- Sunday, April 2
De Keersmaeker questions if choreography can be performed as exhibition with this special limited time performance.
Naoko Tosa’s Sound of Ikebana (Spring), Midnight Moment ↑
Ad screens, Times Square
Saturday, April 1- April 30, 11:57pm to Midnight
This month, Times Square Arts partners with the Japan Society for Tosa’s colorful film about the four seasons in Japan. Watch it across the screens every night in April.
The Art of Spray Exhibition curated by Lori Zimmer ↑
WALLWORKS NEW YORK, 39 Bruckner Blvd, Bronx
Saturday, April 1, 5:00-8:00pm
Some shameless self-promotion here! My second book, “The Art of Spray Paint,” came out in January. To celebrate, I’ve curated a selection of the artists from the book who show the diversity of spray paint. Join us to see the work of Logan Hicks, Joe Iurato, Hueman, Matt Eaton, Remi Rough, Ian Kuali’i, Nick Walker, Zac Braun, BR163, John Matos, CRASH, and PichiAvo (whose work can now be seen on the iconic Bowery Wall).
No Borders: A Benefit Exhibition to Support the ACLU & IRAP
Ground Floor Gallery, 343 5th Street, Brooklyn
Sunday, April 2, 1:00-6:00pm
No Borders features over 100 prints, drawings, paintings, and sculptures donated by artists from across the country. Add an affordable piece to your collection all while supporting the ACLU!
Erin Smith, Up The Creek Looking For Paddles ↑
Amy Li Projects, 166 Mott Street (btwn Broome and Grand)
Wednesday, April 5, 7:00-9:00pm
The Australian painter’s gestural paintings highlight Smith’s expressive style of loosely suggestive portraits and some fully realized renderings.
In a city where hundreds of interesting events occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your ...
The map, the first of its kind, highlights the intensity of noises made by cars and airplanes across the country through geospatial data.
When comparing the perks of NYC to New Jersey, add the adjective “quieter” to the list. According to a noise map released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), noise pollution has been found to be worse in Jersey than it is in Manhattan. However, the density of highways in the city, and sounds from LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airport, do rank the New York metro area as one of the loudest areas in the entire country.
To quantify their results, DOT created a table to show the percentage of U.S. residents likely to be exposed to transportation noise. And to understand the intensity of decibels of noise-pollution in a simpler way, they also provide common comparable sounds. These range from less than 50 decibels at “refrigerator humming” to “garbage disposal,” which is at 80 or more decibels.
As seen in the map above, Jerseyans are plagued with noise from airplane and car traffic which register as noisy as a garbage disposal. Remarkably, NYC residents are more commonly exposed to noise pollution that ranges in much lower volume from that of a humming refrigerator to a running vacuum cleaner.
The National Transportation Noise Map revealed that more than 97 percent of the U.S. population has the potential to be exposed to noise pollution that comes from planes and interstate highways, at 50 decibels. A much smaller portion, about less than one-tenth of a percent, of the U.S. has the potential to be exposed to the highest levels at 80+ decibels. Studies have shown that sustained exposure to 85 or more decibels has the potential to cause permanent damage to one’s hearing over time. DOT created this map with the hopes of helping policy makers prioritize noise-related transportation investments.
The map, the first of its kind, highlights the intensity of noises made by cars and airplanes across the country ...
A rendering of 666 Fifth Avenue. Credit: Kushner Companies/Zaha Hadid Architects
“Kushner Companies is no longer in discussions with Anbang about 666 Fifth Ave.’s potential redevelopment, and our firms have mutually agreed to end talks regarding the property,” a spokesman for the developer told the Post. The timing of the Chinese insurance company backing out of the deal–which the Kushners hoped could increase the Midtown’s skyscraper’s value to a whopping $12 billion and include a flashy new Zaha Hadid design–is uncannily timed with investigations into Jared Kushner’s supposed meetings with a scandalous Russian bank. But despite the controversy surrounding ex-CEO and current White House advisor Jared, Kushner Cos. “remains in active, advanced negotiations around 666 Fifth Ave. with a number of potential investors.”
Anbang likely stepped down due to more direct conflicts and concerns that arose about the deal. As 6sqft previously explained, “Before stepping down as CEO of his family’s company to serve as an official advisor to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner is reported to have helped set up talks with Anbang, who bought the Waldorf Astoria in late 2014 for nearly $2 billion.” Additionally, the redevelopment planned to utilize the controversial EB-5 program, a federal initiative that provides funds (in this case they would have sought $850 million for the condo conversion) and residency to foreign investors. Though a White House spokesperson said Jared would recuse himself from “any matter where his impartiality could be reasonably questioned,” including a determination on EB-5, there were still other ethical issues, like Anbang’s close ties with the Chinese government.
The decision isn’t entirely surprising; just last week, an Anbang spokesman said, “Any suggestion that Anbang has signed a contract or made any kind of financial commitment is inaccurate.” An unnamed source told the Post that the Kushners are now “weighing [each potential investor] and whether there is a conflict or even a perceived conflict,” and they are avoiding sovereign wealth funds and foreigner investors with extensive U.S. business dealings.
But potential investors may be deterred by conflicting value estimates. Initial reports cited that the deal would value the tower at $7.2 billion, with Anbang providing as much as half of the $2.5 billion in equity for the redevelopment. However, a more recent estimate tied to the aforementioned Zaha Hadid plans said the value could be as much as $12 billion, due to a staggering height increase from 483 to 1,400 feet, an increase of residential space by four times the current amount, and the addition of an 11-story hotel and 464,000 square feet of residential space. If this latter plan were to still go through, Kushner would retain a 20 percent stake but have to buy out partner Vornado Realty Trust’s 49.5 percent stake, as well as existing commercial tenants.
A rendering of 666 Fifth Avenue. Credit: Kushner Companies/Zaha Hadid Architects “Kushner Companies is no longer in discussions with Anbang ...
According to its listing, the historic limestone townhouse at 205 Park Place that holds this elegant one-bedroom co-op is “conveniently located on what Time Out New York has deemed the 21st Best Block in all of NYC.” This bragging point is, in fact, accurate; though the Prospect Heights block’s designation happened in 2006, we doubt the stately brownstones and pre-war apartment buildings have changed much since. The apartment, asking $660,000, also comes with the good fortune of having Grand Army Plaza and the 585 acres of Prospect Park just steps away.
Staying indoors would be just as lovely an experience thanks to high ceilings, a bay window, lots of detailed woodwork and gorgeous wood floors plus a modern kitchen and generous closet space. Though it’s only a one-bedroom, the rooms are spacious, and a designers’ dream of a color palette makes this brownstone beauty feel like a creative and cozy home.
A beautifully-designed kitchen is wrapped with cadet blue glass wall tiles with a coordinating dark navy above. Clean white cabinets pop, and appliances are all top-of-the-line and ready for cooking and entertaining.
The home’s main flaw, from what we can see, is that the one bathrom, while nicely en-suite, won’t be as easy for guests/kids/friends/anyone who doesn’t occupy the home’s current bedroom to access, as it will involve traipsing through that chamber whenever nature calls. We imagine that can be remedied easily enough, though, with some reconfiguration and a good architect. Also on the negative side, like most townhouse apartments the building is a walk-up.
It does, however, offer a landscaped back yard and roof deck, laundry, storage and a bike rack. And between having the B and Q trains on the corner and the 2, 3 trains nearby and being so close to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, the Brooklyn Museum, Barclays Center and all the great shops, cafes and restaurants on Vanderbilt and Flatbush avenues, there are a lot of best-ofs to work with here.
According to its listing, the historic limestone townhouse at 205 Park Place that holds this elegant one-bedroom co-op is “conveniently located ...
Thirty feet below street level, Benton Brown and Susan Boyle of Crown Finish Caves age their deliciously moldy wares in the lagering tunnels of a former brewery beneath the Monti Building in Crown Heights, where 26,000 pounds of cheese ripens to perfection in one of the facility’s 15-foot-high brick tunnels. This weekend Crown Finish is opening up one of the unused former brewery tunnels, seldom seen by the public, to host a cheese-and-wine tasting event to benefit the expansion efforts of Maple Street School, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens’ cooperative preschool (h/t DNAInfo).
Benton Brown of Crown Finish Caves. Images courtesy of Crown Finish Caves.
The $70-a-ticket event, to be held Saturday, will offer a chance to sample an array of cheeses from New York, Vermont and Georgia along with wine and catered food; there will also be an auction from local artists and live music in addition to a rare peek at the subterranean space, identical to the one used to age cheese–but “maybe a little more romantic” according to Boyle.
Crown Finish Caves opened in 2014, the culmination of several years’ renovation effort in the tunnels to create “Brooklyn’s premier cheese-aging facility,” complete with state-of-the-art humidity control and cooling systems. The couple created the 70-foot space with advice from the world’s top cheese experts.
The fundraiser will happen from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at 925 Bergen Street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Tickets can be found here.
Thirty feet below street level, Benton Brown and Susan Boyle of Crown Finish Caves age their deliciously moldy wares in ...
To broaden people’s knowledge of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community’s history in New York City, the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project created a map-based online archive to document significant sites throughout the five boroughs. Although earlier maps highlighting LGBT history have been created, they focused solely on the history of Greenwich Village, the hub of gay activism. But the new interactive map, based on 25 years of research and advocacy, hopes to make “invisible history visible” by exploring sites across the city related to everything from theater and architecture to social activism and health.
According to a press release from the Project:
Separate from the interactive map, we are working with the New York State Historic Preservation Office to survey sites for potential listing on the National Register of Historic Places and develop a historic context statement that documents the city’s LGBT history. Of the over 92,000 sites on the National Register, only 11 are listed for their LGBT significance.
The map lets you explore historic LGBT sites dating back to the city’s founding in the 17th century, to the year 2000, and highlights different sites by type of place such as clubs, restaurants, medical facilities, residences and more. You can also filter your search based on neighborhood, era or specific identity. Highlights include the Walt Whitman Residence at Ryerson Street, the Apollo Theater on West 125th Street and Audre Lorde’s home at 207 St. Paul’s Avenue.
Plus, the organization has created curated themes and tours that will rotate throughout the year.
The map is the first initiative of its kind to document history associated with the LGBT community’s influence in all of the city’s boroughs and the rest of the country. It will continuously be updated to add any sites that reflect the ethnic and geographic diversity of the community. Find the full list of sites on the map here (pdf) and explore the map here.