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Located in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, this massive loft measuring an incredible 4,500 square feet was designed specifically by NYC-based Frampton Co. to meet the needs of a young family. Its transformation was realized through a collaboration between the designer and client in a series of projects spanning a decade. Updates over the ten years have included everything from the initial property scouting and spatial arrangement, to transforming the bedrooms into nurseries, to adding a playroom and library to the already amenity-laden space.
The home’s interior boasts a sophisticated color palette selected to complement the owner’s diverse art collection. In addition to the creatively adorned walls, the carefully curated furniture is an elegant mix of high-end vintage pieces and custom-tailored designs, all brought together to create an intimate yet dramatic mood.
The most recent project tackled was the renovation of the kitchen. The open dinning room and kitchen are now finished with hardwood flooring, as well as a stately dark wood dining room table. Surrounding the table are a unique set white dinning room chairs wrapped mummy-like with an off-white textile.
The in-home office is bathed in warm light that plays of the leather, wood and organic shades present in the rest of the furniture and interior accessories.
The drama continues upstairs in the master bedroom which is highlighted by interior details like the curtain backdrop and oversized headboard.
Adjacent to the bed is the open master bath featuring slate gray tiles and an exposed shower.
The additional bedrooms are configured for the younger members of the family and both giving center stage to bold graphic wall treatments and patterns floor treatments.
See more work from Frampton Co. here.
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From the swarms of tourists, long lines at stores, and increased prices on everything from theater tickets to cocktails, the holidays in New York can be more of a headache than anything. But fear not–there are plenty more ways to get festive other than battling the crowds at Rockefeller Center or paying an arm and a leg to see the Rockettes. 6sqft has rounded up a dozen alternative events, including a sexy rendition of the Nutcracker, an exhibit of Santa’s history in NYC, a latke festival, and a special Kwanzaa dance performance.
A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House ↑
29 East 4th Street
* This event is currently sold out
The perfect event for history lovers, this reenactment of “A Christmas Carol” takes place at the Merchant’s House, the city’s only preserved and intact 19th century family home. It’s set in the elegant Greek Revival parlor of the 1832 house, surrounded by holiday decorations from the 1800s, period furnishings, and flickering candles.
Hand-drawn Christmas card by Victor Perard, 1945; via Museum of the City of New York
Santa and the City ↑
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue
Daily through January 8th, 10:00am-6:00pm
$14 for adult entry
Here’s one more for history buffs. The Museum of the City of New York has put together a seasonal exhibit that looks back at how four 19th century New Yorkers “shaped the image of Santa Claus as we know him today:” Clement Clark Moore wrote “The Night Before Christmas” while living in Chelsea; John Pintard made St. Nicholas the patron saint of the city; Washington Irving popularized this character of St. Nick in his “Knickerbocker’s History of New York,” where he first climbs down chimneys; and Thomas Nast drew what’s considered the modern-day depiction of Santa in Harper’s Weekly. As DNAinfo notes, on view will be items such as an original Christmas poem by Moore from the mid 1800s, a 1904 Christmas dinner menu from The New Cadillac Hotel, and various historic images of Santa.
Photo via Mark Shelby Perry
Nutcracker Rouge ↑
Irondale Theater, 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn
Mondays through Saturdays, 8:00pm
If you’re looking to spice up your holiday, this may be the performance for you. Put on by Company XIV–a cross-genre company that blends dance, theater, circus, opera, burlesque, and decadent design–Nutcracker Rouge is a “sexy and romantic take on the classical ballet” that combines classical music with Madonna, trapeze acts with traditional dance, and opulent lighting with baroque costumes.
Naughty or Nice Gingerbread House Workshop ↑
Davio’s, 447 Lexington Avenue
Saturday, December 10th, 1:00-4:00pm
Another event that falls into the adults-only category is taking place this weekend at Midtown East steakhouse Davio’s. A gingerbread house workshop may sound innocent enough, but Metro let’s us in on the little secret that pastry chef Luis Rojas will also include instruction on making “scandalous cookies.” Ticket prices include all the cookie construction materials, as well as two alcoholic beverages.
Taste of Home’s Gingerbread Boulevard ↑
Madison Square Park
Through December 18th, Monday-Friday 2:00-8:00pm and Saturday-Sunday 12:00-8:00pm
For the third year in a row, food and entertainment company Taste of Home brings a life-size gingerbread village to Madison Square Park, complete with cookie bricks, frosting roofs, and gum drop details. And you can even go inside one of the houses, where you’ll be able to decorate an interactive Christmas tree and receive a greeting from a virtual marshmallow snowman. While you’re there, check out the park’s 40-foot Christmas tree.
Posadas: A Traditional Mexican Holiday Celebration ↑
Saturday, December 17th, 1:00pm
Industry City, 241 37th Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn
Mano a Mano is a nonprofit that celebrates and promotes Mexican culture through arts programming. For Christmas, they’re putting on Posadas, Mexican celebrations that date back to the colonial period and commemorate Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Traditionally they take place in private homes over nine nights, but for this public, family-friendly event you’ll be treated to traditional music workshops, a Mexican craft and food fair, and a culminating party that includes the breaking of candy-filled piñatas.
Unsilent Night ↑
Sunday, December 18th, 5:45pm
Washington Square Arch
Composer Phil Kline has been taking New Yorkers on an offbeat caroling jaunt since 1992, the first year that he gathered a group to walk down lower Fifth Avenue carrying boomboxes playing his twinkling, holiday-themed music pieces. Today, the event has become smart phone-friendly, and the crowd can now reach nearly 2,000, but it still embodies the same “luminous soundscape” and magical holiday spirit.
Waverly Consort’s The Christmas Story ↑
The Met Cloisters, The Fuentidueña Chapel, 1000 Fifth Avenue
Saturday, December 10th, 1:00pm; Saturday, December 10th, 3:00pm; Sunday, December 11th, 1:00 and 3:00pm
$40, including museum admission
For a more traditional music experience, head up to the Cloisters, the Met’s branch in Fort Tryon Park that’s dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe. The Waverly Consort’s 13 vocal and instrumental musicians will perform “a sonic pageantry evoking the liturgical calendar and a deeply immersive experience of Christmastide,” complete with hymns, processionals, and antiphons.
The city has no shortage of holiday markets, but if you’re looking for a more traditional seasonal store, head on over to Ozone Park. House of Holiday is located in a former artificial tree factory from the 1800s, and, fittingly, claims to have the largest selection of live and artificial Christmas trees in the country. It’s the biggest Christmas store in New York City, and you’ll also find everything from ornaments and lights to elf and angel costumes to nativity scenes and winter villages.
Latke Festival ↑
Monday, December 19th, 6:00-9:00pm
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway
Pig out on traditional and modern takes on the potato pancake at the eighth annual Latke Festival. Eat the tasty treats, enjoy a drink, and vote for the best latke in the city. Among the 21 participating restaurants are Veselka, Jacob’s Pickles, the Bedford, and Orwasher’s, and among the 12 celebrity judges are Jake Dell of Kat’s Deli, Food Network’s Angela Moore, founder of New York Fashion Week Fern Mallis, and Deputy Mayor of New York Alicia Glen. Proceeds will benefit the Sylvia Center, a nonprofit that addresses childhood obesity and food-related diseases through programs in the kitchen and on the farm.
Saturday, December 24th, 9:00am-4:00pm
Capitale, 130 Bowery
Now in its 30th year, Matzoball is the nation’s leading Jewish single’s event. The giant party will take place at Capitale, the former Bowery Savings Bank building, so you can dance the night away under the art glass skylight and elaborate coffered ceiling.
Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night ↑
Saturday, December 31st, 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street
Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater is hosting two performances to celebrate Kwanzaa. Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre will take to the stage with joyful dance and music “honoring the principles of Kwanzaa—family, community, and culture.” The energetic company fuses contemporary modern dance, traditional West African dance, ballet, hip-hop, live and recorded music, and martial arts. Radio personality Imhotep Gary Byrd will host both events.
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Here’s an opportunity for a New Yorker not afraid to renovate. Two small one-bedroom apartments at 41 Perry Street, in the West Village, are being offered as a package with the opportunity to combine them into one larger pad. The listing promises that the transformation into a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment will be easy—it’s been done several times before in this building—but it’ll cost $1.41 million with renovation costs on top of that. Separately, each apartment is asking $715,000 and $695,000.
Pictured above is apartment #4B, on the market for $715,000. If you were to combine this space with the apartment next door, #4A, you’d get north, south, east and west exposures that look out over lovely brownstone gardens. Both apartments boast 9-foot, 6-inch ceilings, wood floors, exposed brick walls and wood paneled window frames.
This quirky windowed kitchen with a dining banquet is in #4A, asking $695,000.
And here’s what the kitchen looks like in the other apartment. One of them will have to go!
Neither bedroom in either apartment is huge but they both come with some built-in storage.
Here’s a look at the pad you could create if you decided to combine these units into one. Not a bad space… plus it’s located right in the middle of the West Village just a few blocks north of the Christopher Street subway station.
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The Midtown building formerly known as Citicorp Center has just been designated a city landmark. The building, now known simply as 601 Lexington Avenue, is one of 12 buildings in Midtown East to be given landmark status by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. This newest batch of landmarks brings the number of official historic buildings in the area to 50, Curbed reports. The 59-story office and retail tower, designed by Hugh A. Stubbins & Associates, was completed in 1978. It was considered quite innovative for its time, with distinctive features that included a 45-degree angular roof and a base of four stilt-like columns. The latter allowed it to cantilever over Saint Peter’s Church, also on the site. There is also a privately owned public space that connects the buildings to the Lexington Avenue-53rd Street subway station.
Among the lesser-known architectural facts about the iconic late ’70s skyscraper: A “nearly fatal flaw” was discovered in 1978, when a Princeton University civil engineering student pointed out that the building was unsafe due to an unusual weakness that made it vulnerable to winds hitting its corners. Worse yet, a construction error weakened the entire building. Fortunately an emergency repair was able to make the building safe again.
LPC chair Meenakshi Srinivasan said, “The Citicorp Tower’s distinctive features make it one of the most recognizable skyscrapers in New York City. Today we ensured that future generations will enjoy this irreplaceable part of our skyline.”
The group of East Midtown buildings were high on the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s list to protect in anticipation of the Midtown East rezoning initiative, which promises to create over a dozen new commercial buildings, among them the 1,401-foot supertall One Vanderbilt. Additional area buildings joining the former Citicorp Center in obtaining landmark status are the Hampton Shops Building, Pershing Square and Hotel Lexington among others.
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Our ongoing series Apartment Living 101 is aimed at helping New Yorkers navigate the challenges of creating a happy home in the big city. In anticipation of Hanukkah, we’ve rounded up ten modern menorahs for the design-minded.
For thousands of years, people all over the globe have been celebrating Hanukkah (a.k.a. Festival of Lights), and this year’s festivities are just around the corner. While the holiday invites participants to join in on a variety of joyful traditions like playing dreidel and eating potato pancakes, the eight-night event is centered around the lighting of the menorah. From emojis and dinosaurs, to elegant branches and minimal blocks, you can find a menorah in almost any style these days—so why not give the ancient nine-tiered a contemporary update? To help you find the right menorah design for your living space, we’ve rounded up ten of our favorite modern takes on the centerpiece.
Jonathan Adler Brass Skyline Menorah ($248) ↑
This hip candelabra designed by Jonathan Adler, currently available on ModernTribe, features hand-welded right angles in polished metal. This urban-inspired mid-century minimalist menorah is the perfect accent for modern interior furnishings.
Nima Oberoi Lunares Branch Menorah ($215) ↑
Nature-inspired design has the potential to withstand fleeting trends, and this branch menorah by Nima Oberoi Lunares is a beautiful fusion of organic form and functionality. The menorah is available in both polished brass and silver, and both shiny metal finishes will add a bit of glamour to the festive evening celebration. Also, each Lunares menorah is made entirely by hand, ensuring no two pieces are alike.
Ceramic Origami Menorah ($127) ↑
On the opposite end of the spectrum, this clean white ceramic menorah from Studio Armadillo features soft corners and a symmetrical design. The design was inspired by origami, and was originally created in paper. After the desired paper look was achieved the design team transformed their geometric paper menorah into ceramic molds.
Salvaged Oak Wood Menorah ($127) ↑
This modern menorah is handcrafted by the Vienna-based design studio Less & More, and is made from salvaged oak wood. The design was inspired by the traditional menorah design representing the tree of life, and the balance between preservation and renewal. The designer works with the existing “defects” in each piece of wood (e.g. cracks, irregularities, wormholes), to enhance each menorah’s distinctive character.
Ceramic Flower Menorah ($202) ↑
Sometimes our interiors call for a little extra color, and this is especially true during the holiday season. This beautiful ceramic menorah from Israeli designer Tzad Sheni is comprised of nine vibrant ceramic flowers. With the flowers’ reflective red finish, the piece will look beautiful ablaze with its Hanukah candles burning bright.
Electric LED Menorah ($45) ↑
While actual fire is part of the Hanukah tradition, these modern times offer less flammable options that are perfect for families with kids or pets. This modern, electric Menorah uses LEDs (always cool to the touch), and is available in a variety of finishes.
Traditional Menorah with Modern Accents ($98) ↑
Crazy menorah designs are not everybody’s style, but this very traditional Menorah available designed by Roost is updated with modern details, including the long rounded lines and a wooded block base.
Sari Srulovitch’s Minimalist Menorah (prices available by inquiry) ↑
Sari Srulovitch is a designer from Jerusalem whose work includes a series of modern menorahs that use minimalism to create simple and clean designs. The handcrafted menorahs are made using a combination of modern technology and traditional silversmithing, including raising, hammering and chasing.
Ceramic Cat Menorah ($118) ↑
For all the Hanaukah-loving hipsters out there, this ceramic cat menorah can fulfill all of your ironic norm-core dreams. While it might not be the most beautiful selection, the fun design will bring a playful air into any living space.
Manhattan Skyline Menorah ($176) ↑
In a city that never sleeps, a holiday that lasts eight nights seems more than fitting—and a Menorah design to match gives us even more reason to celebrate. This Manhattan Skyline Menorah captured the distinct architecture of New York City and made it into a modern menorah. The mini cityscape includes not only architectural landmarks, but also yellow cabs and city busses!
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NYC Subway riders will soon be less able to blame their subway commute for not being able to immediately answer that all-important email or text.
Last January 6sqft highlighted Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to get all MTA subway stations connected with free Wi-Fi by the end of this year as part of a comprehensive plan to upgrade subway infrastructure. According to AMNewYork, plans to implement free Wi-Fi in all 279 of the city’s subway stations are on track for the end of this year; as of Tuesday, 250 of them are already up and running.
This month ends a five-year rollout of wireless connectivity in New York City’s subway system that kicked off in 2011. The MTA and Transit Wireless, the company that the MTA hired to provide the service, had originally planned wrap up the Wi-Fi plan by the end of 2017, but in January of this year–with the project about halfway complete–Cuomo announced an accelerated plan that would have stations wired a year early.
The governor has been a vocal champion of outfitting the state-run MTA’s subway and bus system–the world’s largest–with cell service and wireless internet service as a way to “modernize and fundamentally transform” the system and build “the 21st century transit system New Yorkers deserve.”
In a statement following the announcement, Cuomo said, “Today’s world demands seamless communication and we challenged the MTA to accelerate implementation of this project because the need for connectivity doesn’t end when riders head underground. Modernizing the MTA and delivering technology riders need is about setting ambitious goals and meeting challenges head on — and that’s exactly what we’re on track to accomplish here.”
Connectivity in stations will be a significant benefit for riders, who will be able to stay connected with transit updates and will no longer have to see productivity end when entering the station. Connected stations will have the by-now-familiar blue stickers posted on platform columns and walls.
Riders asked for comment looked up briefly from their phones to report that they enjoyed the upgrade in service so far, and that getting online has been quick and easy: In the words of Will Ferdinand, a subway busker from East Flatbush, “You tap connect and — boom — you’re connected.” Others have pointed out that the next step should be to put Wi-Fi on trains to keep from being disconnected between stations. According to the website for Transit Wireless, the company hopes to bring Wi-Fi to riders within tunnels eventually.
In addition to Wi-Fi coverage, Gov. Cuomo’s plan for upgrading the MTA infrastructure includes expediting the addition of more countdown clocks, adding contactless payment by 2018, implementing cell phone service by the end of 2017 and outfitting both subways and buses with USB chargers.
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432 Park Avenue may be the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere and home to the most expensive apartment closing this year, but throughout 2016, the tower’s ultra-luxury condos were selling at an average discount of 10 percent, according to an analysis by appraiser Miller Samuel Inc. for Bloomberg. And a recent transaction saw an even greater price cut; Lewis Sanders, founder and CEO of Sanders Capital and former CEO of AllianceBernstein, bought an 88th floor penthouse for $60.9 million, 20 percent less than its $76.5 asking price.
Sanders’ transaction is one of nine at 432 Park that closed at a discount this year. In June, a 73rd floor unit went into contract for $30.1 million, 11 percent less than its asking price. The following month, an 82nd floor spread received a 14 percent markdown when it closed for $18.6 million. And in September, the full-floor penthouse on the 96th floor sold for $87.7 million; though this was the year’s most expensive condo sale, it was still much less than its $95 million initial ask. Price chops are taking effect at nearby Billionaires’ Row buildings, too. For example, a 65th floor condo at Extell’s One57 sold in October for $21.6 million, a whopping 24 percent discount.
The discounted prices are on trend with a perceived glut in super-high-end condos that coincides with declining investor interest. Bloomberg references a September report from Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group that says 3,500 newly built units will list this year, more than half of which are priced at $2,400+ per square foot, deeming them luxury. To attract interest, developers are not only offering discounts, but covering buyers’ transfer taxes and fees (as was the case was Sanders’ buy). According to Miller, “Every building is implementing some some sort of negotiability. It’s a sharp change from peak new development in 2014, when there wasn’t that opportunity for buyers.”
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Just two days after Mayor de Blasio formally requested $35 million in federal funding to cover security at Trump Tower for the 73 days from the November 8th election to inauguration day on January 20th, republicans in Congress decided to earmark a mere $7 million towards protecting the President Elect while he’s in the Big Apple. Of the pending decision, the Mayor said, “NYC taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for 80 percent of the national bill to protect Trump Tower. DC must step up to pay us back what we’re owed,” reports the Post.
The de Blasio administration says it costs nearly $500,000 a day to protect Trump, which includes securing Trump Tower (where he says he’ll spend weekends while in office and where Melania and Barron will continue to reside), supplying an armored vehicle to take Barron to school every day and having the secret service then sweep the building, providing 24/7 security for Trump’s adult children and grandchildren (all of whom live in NYC), and monitoring the Midtown skyscrapers with views of the Tower. The $7 million that will come from the feds is to cover NYPD overtime, and it’s part of the House budget bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend.
Despite the proposal by congressional Republicans, six Democratic members of New York City’s congressional delegation have been very outspoken on their feelings that Donald Trump should either move out of Trump Tower once he’s sworn in, or foot the bill himself. On Tuesday at a Capitol Hill press conference, Brooklyn Rep. Nydia Velázquez said, “When a person is elected to the presidency of the United States you’re supposed to go to the White House. You should not keep two-full time residencies. It will compromise resources that are so much needed and it will compromise security and safety in the communities that we represent.”
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This Chelsea-meets-Meatpacking studio at 221 West 14th Street checks the boxes for charm, neighborhood amenities and convenience, and it possesses that elusive bonus item: an attractive outdoor space with at least enough room for a rosé al fresco. For $845,000 it’s not exactly a steal, though if neighborhood comps are a factor—which of course they are—then it becomes one. The second-floor townhouse condominium’s layout works, allowing the space to be a small studio, yet solving the problem of having your bed next to the fridge.
Taking more inventory, there are 13.5-foot ceilings, exposed brick, a fireplace, a sleeping loft, an updated kitchen and bath and a walk-in closet. The listing calls this adorable aerie a “dramatic bohemian duplex,” and while dramatic and bohemian we can agree with, duplex is a bit of a stretch.
The sleeping loft efficiently hoists your bed up and out of the way and measures 10-feet-by-10-feet.
The kitchen is indeed updated, and it’s modern, tidy and looks well-appointed with a dishwasher and a built-in cooktop and range. We love that little “extra” spice/oven mitt/flatware drawer.
Focusing for a minute on that lovely private terrace: Big double glass doors with a transom open onto it, and it in turn overlooks the neighborhood’s envy-inspiring townhouses and carriage houses.
Though the apartment is conveniently located in the middle of pretty much everything awesome with subways galore, it’s also on 14th Street. And no matter how much times have changed, at this particular point in time, 14th Street is still 14th Street, a scruffy jumble of storefronts and pizza joints with a wall of cabs and buses rushing by, all seemingly held together by scaffolding. But the apartment appears to be set in the back, so peace and quiet is still very possible.
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For new developments, 2015 was the year of reveals, but 2016 was all about watching these buildings reshape our city. Ahead we’ve narrowed a list of 12 news-making residential structures, each noted for their distinctive design, blockbuster prices, or their game-changing potential on the skyline or NYC neighborhoods.
Which of these you think deserves 6sqft’s title of 2016 Building of the Year? Have your say below. Polls for our third annual competition will be open up until 11:59 p.m., Sunday, December 11th*, and we will announce the winner on Tuesday, December 13th!
76 11th Avenue
Bjarke Ingels joins the architectural creme de la creme of the High Line with his design of a pair of twisting travertine-and-bronze towers, recently christened “The Eleventh.” HFZ Capital Group tapped the architectural wunderkind in 2015, but it wasn’t until 2016 that details really started to materialize. The project is being planned as a “self contained kind of city” and is expected to include a 137-key luxury Six Senses hotel and spa, retail space, 260 luxury condos and two amenity-filled podium bridges that will connect the towers. Condos are expected to go for $3,800-$4,000 a square foot, while hotel rooms will average $900/night. Groundwork has already begun and completion is expected in 2018.
220 Central Park South
220 Central Park South is being pegged as the next 15 Central Park West—and it’s no wonder; not only is it being designed by the same architect, Robert A.M. Stern, but its developer Vornado is sparing no expense, throwing down $5,000 per square foot to construct it. Celeb cred is also already building, even as the 950-foot tower continues its ascent (opening date, 2017). In August, Sting and wife Trudie (who already own a 5,413-square-foot penthouse in the aforementioned 15 CPW) were reportedly in negotiations to purchase a condo at the new tower—though not the $250 million penthouse, as far as we know. Plus, how can you deny a building’s “It” status when you’ve got not one, but two young daredevils risking their lives to capture the views offered at the pinnacle?
As far as closing go, 2016 has been the year of 432 Park. The tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere nailed down the city’s priciest sale of the year when Saudi retail magnate Fawaz Al Hokair scooped up the penthouse for $87.7 million—not bad for a building with “a couple of screw-ups.” The Rafael Vinoly-designed tower also unveiled its amenity spaces this summer and a new lighting treatment just weeks ago. Its long list of superlatives inspired an imaginative, tongue-in-cheek redesign that turned the tower into a servant for city residents rather than a bunker for millionaires and billionaires—more on that here.
520 West 28th Street
Sadly, the late Zaha Hadid will not see her first and only New York City project come to fruition, but her unique High Line building will ensure that her creative genius lives on in the city. Related Cos. tapped the starchitect in 2012 for design, skipping over names like Norman Foster for the work. Hadid delivered a design that incorporated her signature curves and a layout where each residence has been designed to reflect the limited edition nature of the units. In May, the triplex penthouse was listed for $50 million.
American Copper Buildings
Few rental towers have gotten as much buzz as JDS’s SHoP-designed American Copper Buildings at 626 First Avenue. The pair of East River-adjacent towers stand out not only for their shimmering copper facades, but more notably for the three-story, amenity-filled skybridge that joins them. The skybridge will hover 300 feet above the ground and include a “floating lap pool,” resident lounge, fitness center, boxing gym, squash court, children’s playroom, screening room, demo kitchen and dining area, and the marble Hammam with plunge pool. Unsurprisingly, when the building’s affordable housing lottery opened in August, tens of thousands scrambled to apply for one of the 160 apartments.
One Manhattan Square
Unlike anything built within the quiet, low-slung Lower East Side neighborhood before it, Extell’s One Manhattan Square has kicked up its fair share of controversy this year. The 800-plus-foot-tall mega-condo complex is sited at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge and is by far the tallest in the neighborhood. Replacing one of the few grocery stores around, it’s being developed as a luxury condo with an insane amenity package in a relatively low-income area. For better or worse, the tower is inspiring more massive developments like it and spurring major changes in the Two Bridges neighborhood.
One West End
The 42-story design by Pelli Clarke Pelli is the first to rise at Christian de Portzamparc’s masterfully planned Riverside Center, a project that has been in the works for decades. The tower topped off in February and notably added one million square feet to the neighborhood. In August, the affordable housing lottery launched for 116 below-market units, all of which are located in the building’s limestone podium, separate from the luxury units. Ultimately, One West End will be joined by four other glass towers, including those designed and recently unveiled by Kohn Pedersen Fox, Richard Meier, and Rafael Vinoly. The cluster will go by the name of Waterline Center.
Soori High Line
This new luxury addition designed by SDCA Architects and developed by Siras and Oriel is sited along the last leg of the High Line and is one of the most unique structures on the rise in the city—although the Soori High Line‘s “wow” factor comes not from its height or even its covetable location just steps from the elevated park, but rather the private indoor swimming pools 16 of its residents will be afforded— a number that will reportedly double the number of private swimming pools in all of Manhattan. The four-foot-deep, heated pools range in size from 23 to 26 feet long, and seven to nine feet wide. Ceiling heights are also nothing to scoff at, as 10-20 feet is the norm in the spaces. Such luxuries, however, never come cheap, as seen with the penthouse that just hit the market for $22.5 million.
30 Park Place
Robert A.M. Stern’s Lower Manhattan limestone/cast-stone beauty commenced closings this year, proving that Stern is the architect to seek out if one wants to sell eight-figure units. The Silverstein Properties-developed tower rises 937 feet and is currently downtown’s tallest residential tower. 30 Park Place is also reportedly home to the highest outdoor living space in the city, a nice airy spread connected to a $30 million three-bedroom occupying the entire 82nd floor. As of August, more than 75 percent of the homes were in contract or had closed, and residents also started moving in during the summer. Still not on the market are the 11 half- and full-floor penthouses, but open is the Four Seasons Hotel on the lower 22 floors.
53 West 53rd Street
Jean Nouvel beautifully bucks the all-glass trend with 53W53, an out-of-the-box, and quite artistic rendition, of the modern skyscraper. Units in the MoMA-adjacent supertall hit the market in 2015, but the 1,050-foot-tall tower has really only started to take shape this year. When we last checked in on its progress in October, the building was getting the first application of its intricate, diagrid skin. Nouvel once said that the exterior treatment will resemble blood running through veins when the structure is lit up at night. Hines is the developer on this project.
Tribeca’s “Jenga tower” is certainly more than just a set of renderings these days. The building topped out in 2015, but 2016 gave way to the first handful of closings in the Herzog & de Meuron-designed, Alexico/Hines-developed luxury tower. As such, the stacked skyscraper found a place on the city’s list of 100 most expensive buildings with a $2,657 price per square foot average.
15 Hudson Yards
This year marked the start of construction on the first residential building of the massive Hudson Yards undertaking by Related Companies and the Oxford Properties. Tower D at 15 Hudson Yards is a Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group design that has earned the moniker “Morph Tower” thanks to its “curvaceous and feminine design.” Upon completion the tower will soar 910 feet and house nearly 400 apartments ranging from a $3.7 million two-bedroom on the 25th floor to a $13.8 million penthouse on the 84th floor.
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One of the many signs that it’s Christmastime in the city is the sight, sound and scent of the city’s sidewalk tree vendors. The annual arrival of the (mostly) jovial tree purveyors reminds us that bell-ringing Santas, office secret Santas, and bar-crawling Santas aren’t far behind. Each year thousands of trees are sold to New Yorkers to help them deck the halls for the season. But what about the people who sell those trees? A new documentary film, “Tree Man,” gives us a peek at the lives of the city’s tree sellers, many of whom leave families behind to camp out in sometimes harsh living conditions for the sake of their business.
“Tree Man” follows François, a father of three from Québec, who sets up shop on the same Manhattan street corner every year to help make the season merry for families he feels he’s almost been a part of for years. While the seasonal separation from loved ones back home makes the experience bittersweet, the tree sellers have formed their own family of sorts, bonding with one another—and with loyal customers who mark the time of year by the appearance of their favorite sellers, often posing for annual photos together. “There’s definitely a magic to being here…I don’t get to be so special at home. People see you as somebody magical and associated with the season.”
Directed by Brad Rothschild and John Reiner, “Tree Man” will be available on VOD and on iTunes on December 6 from XLrator Media.
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