This two-bedroom co-op occupies the parlor and garden floors of 4 East 82nd Street, a stately Carnegie Hill mansion. Despite a recent renovation, the apartment still boasts details from the past: original wood paneling, an impressive marble mantle and the original, leaded French casement windows. New additions include a chef’s kitchen, which leads to a terrace and the apartment’s private garden.
The parlor floor is most impressive, with all those historic details under high ceilings. The fireplace faces a wall of nearly floor-to-ceiling leaded windows that bring tons of light into the space.
The kitchen was renovated with marble counter tops and new appliances. Despite the renovation, the classic aesthetic matches the rest of the prewar interior.
A lovely terrace off the kitchen faces south and it looks out onto the apartment’s own backyard garden. Unfortunately, the listing doesn’t share any photos of the outdoor space.
Downstairs, on the garden floor, there’s a large master bedroom suite with an office. The second bedroom, also down here, has its own bathroom as well as French doors leading outside.
Even the bathroom off the master bedroom boasts a wall of oversized, leaded windows, not to mention a classic clawfoot tub.
It’s also worth mentioning the location of this co-op: just a half block up from Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Upper East Side location is just as fancy as the interior design, which hits just the right note between old and new.
This two-bedroom co-op occupies the parlor and garden floors of 4 East 82nd Street, a stately Carnegie Hill mansion. Despite ...
As a symbol of resistance to the Trump administration, Chelsea-based contemporary art gallery BravinLee created a Kickstarter to raise $10,000 for an inflatable, 15-foot rat sporting a comb-over and an ill-fitting suit (complete with an inflatable piece of scotch tape to ensure his tie won’t blow in the wind) that will be placed outside Trump Tower. As the A.V. Club learned, artist Jeffrey Beebe was inspired by Scabby the Rat, the inflatable rat that attends union strikes to signal unfair and unsafe practices by management. With the deadline to fund “Trumpy the Rat” set for April 19, the project has raked in just over $5,500.
While outside of Trump Tower will remain his permanent residence, Trumpy will be available to make appearances at protests and rallies. Those who donate to the fund can expect different levels of rewards, which include attending a free picnic to witness the inflation, original artwork of Trumpy the Rat by artist Jeffrey Beebe, and a Trumpy the Rat t-shirt.
As their Kickstarter states, BravinLee and Jeffrey Beebe will receive no financial benefit from the project: “Beyond the obvious our larger purpose is to show how artists, art and the creative community can play a meaningful role during these dark times. We are the ones that need to make America great again–or at least as okay as it was last year.”
After the campaign reaches its goal of $10,000, it will then take 12 weeks to complete fabrication and delivery of the inflatable rat to Trump Towers. BravinLee said if the funds raised exceed their goal, they will continue to make as many rats as they can. Trumpy the Rat is expected to be inflated this July.
As a symbol of resistance to the Trump administration, Chelsea-based contemporary art gallery BravinLee created a Kickstarter to raise $10,000 ...
Fed up with the price of protecting the first lady in her ritzy Manhattan high-rise, taxpayers are urging members of the Senate to force Melania Trump to relocate. Security for Trump and 10-year-old Barron, who currently reside in the president’s Trump Tower, costs an average about $136,000 daily, according to the NYPD. By June—when mother and son are rumored to join President Donald Trump in the White House once Barron finishes his school year—security expenditures could total around $18.2 million. If they don’t move to D.C., which has been rumored, taxpayers will have paid $46.9 million by the end of the year. As a result, there is a petition is gaining steam on Change.org to give them the boot now. As of Monday morning, more than 44,000 individuals have shown support.
Fed up with the price of protecting the first lady in her ritzy Manhattan high-rise, taxpayers are urging members of the ...
It’s been almost 13 years since Frank Gehry initially designed the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (PACWTC). After his plans got shelved in late 2014 due to fundraising issues and construction delays on the transit hub below, it seemed like the last vacant site at the complex would forever remain that way. That is until this past fall when a $75 million gift from billionaire businessman and philanthropist Ronald O. Perelman brought the $243 million project back to life and made it possible to proceed with new designs. Despite this new optimism, it looks like the Center will be delayed yet again, as Crain’s reports that unresolved issues between the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. and the Port Authority are setting things behind schedule, which could cost the project $100 million in federal funds.
After 9/11, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development gave $3 billion in grants to the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. to redevelop lower Manhattan. A portion of what remains is the $100 million that was to go towards the Performing Arts Center, but those involved in the project worry that disputes between LMDC and the Port Authority, who controls the land on which the Center will be built, are giving the impression that the work to revitalize the area is complete.
The Port Authority claims it’s owed $67 million to prepare the below-grade spaces for construction, but LMDC puts the cost estimate at $45 million, and the Port Authority won’t hand control of the site over until it gets paid. Additionally, for years the Port Authority has insisted that LMDC owes it Site 5 of the World Trade Center in exchange for giving up the Performing Arts Center site, but LMDC feels it can get more money for this site if it’s sold for residential development.
Further complicating matters is a separate dispute over land that Port Authority officials have for years insisted on receiving from the LMDC for relinquishing the center’s site. A Port Authority source said that in exchange for giving up the site, the Port Authority has asked for the LMDC to hand over what is known as Site 5, a parcel at the south end of the World Trade Center site.
Peter Wertheim, LMDC board member and chief of staff to Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, explained, “If I’m HUD and I’m looking at this entity that has publicly stated it’s hoping to wind down and there is uncommitted funding available to be swept back to HUD, [federal officials might think] why do I have to leave $100-plus million for LMDC to use on these projects?”
It’s not clear how these recent snafus will affect the project 2020 opening date, but the LMDC board says it hopes to work out a compromise with the Port Authority by the end of the June.
It’s been almost 13 years since Frank Gehry initially designed the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (PACWTC). ...
As the population of New York City continues to rise, so does the amount of garbage lining its sidewalks. But getting all this trash out of sight is not an insignificant expense. As the Post reports, a new study by the city’s Independent Budget Office (IBO) has found that the price of exporting trash is swelling and there appears to be little remedy in sight.
The report, released last week, found that the annual bill for waste export rose to $316 million in 2015, from around $300 million from 2010-2014. In 2021, two more marine transfer stations will open (of four total; one is open is Queens), and that figure will turn into $421 million annually.
Moreover, the IBO found that long-term waste contracts that use marine transfer stations to process trash and ship it away from the city have become more expensive per ton than short-term contracts that use local landfill space. Under long-term contracts, exporting trash to landfills increased from $63.39 in 2007 to $129.81 in 2016. Long-term contracts were initially employed to save money and protect against the price fluctuations of short-term contracts—they were also the main driver for building additional marine transfer stations.
The report does say that per-ton-costs for the marine transfer station contracts are likely to stabilize or decline as they process more trash, but it’s also noted that “Over the next few years, however, as the remaining stations begin to operate, the city’s per-ton waste export costs will likely continue to be higher than the existing short-term contracts they replace.”
In response to this uptick, Mayor de Blasio has included additional funding for the Department of Sanitation in his preliminary four-year budget. In all, about $89 million will be added to the sanitation department’s budget from 2018-2021. The mayor, however, added no new funding for 2017.
Despite rising costs, the city continues to make clean streets a priority. As 6sqft previously covered, the city’s sanitation department spent $58.2 million last year to keep the streets clean, an increase from the $49.5 million spent the previous year. The budget included expanded routes, the addition of more workers to empty sidewalk trash cans, and added Sunday service. Last year, Staten Island got its first street sweeper.
The owner of the illegal Trump Tower Airbnb listing was fined $1,000. [NYT] And the investor who bought Donald Trump’s childhood ...
Metals in Construction magazine has just announced the winner and finalists in the magazine’s 2017 Design Challenge, “Meeting the Architecture 2030 Challenge: Reimagine Structure.” The competition invited architects, engineers, students and designers to submit their visions for combatting global warming in their design for a high-rise building. The winning design, “Orbit Tower,” was created by architects and engineers from ODA Architecture and Werner Sobek New York. The building–though purely conceptual for the purposes of the competition–would be located in midtown Manhattan at 1114 Sixth Avenue on the north side of Bryant Park in place of the Grace Building.
The winning submission will receive $15K in prize money for “design that reduces energy consumption in the built environment by minimizing a building’s embodied energy.” According to the winning design statement, “The site allows for uninterrupted views of the Manhattan skyline with the Empire State Building and Bryant Park to the south, and the Hudson River to the west. Its location directly to the North of a large green space provides full South exposure, maximizing opportunities for daylight harvesting, while providing ample opportunity for restorative outdoors experiences.”
The slender-waisted skyscraper addresses the fact that buildings are the major source of greenhouse gases “through a radical reimagining of the building skin and structure…Rising from the street grid, the volume gently twists, sunflower-like, to adjust to a cardinal orientation, thereby increasing the surface area exposed to daylight. The abundant natural light, combined with 10ft ceilings, a raised access floor with unobtrusive service distribution and exceptional views through a clear glazed façade, provides for an outstanding interior environment…Daylight harvesting helps significantly reduce lighting and cooling energy demand. Crowning the building is a permeable mechanical screen of fiberglass stalks which…have the potential to generate energy as they sway in the wind.”
The jury also recognized five runner-up teams for entries:
“Emboss Tower” (University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, James Erickson, PhD, MSc); The tower explores the function of structural skin by shaping the surface, embossing to enhance the stiffness of tower.
“In-Fill-In” (Students of M.Sc. Building Technology, TU Delft); Addressing the lack of empty space to build in Manhattan, the designers chose to “work on an existing urban fabric to exploit the advantages of building with metals. ”
“The Peregrines” (AECOM); Named for both the falcon and Howard Peregrine, the applied mathematician whose contributions were in the field of fluid mechanics, wave action, coastal engineering and included the Peregrine solution, “A therm and hydrothermal models show excellent thermal management for the worst case scenario and no condensation concerns throughout annual weather conditions.”
“XO Skeleton” (EYP Architecture & Engineering, CHA); Drawing from natural formations like coral reefs, the designers have proposed, “a new way of thinking about high rise façade construction,” combining structure and skin “in a single X/O Skeleton.”
The competition was inspired by the President’s Climate Action Plan and the Architecture 2030 Challenge: “Meeting the aggressive goals for energy reduction established by these programs will require innovation in building design on a widespread scale.” Find out more about the designs and the winning teams here.
Metals in Construction magazine has just announced the winner and finalists in the magazine’s 2017 Design Challenge, “Meeting the Architecture ...
We’re guessing it’s probably just coincidence, that there are so many charming, pre-war co-ops on this tranquil and lovely East Village street, but whatever the reason, here’s another gem at 226 East 12th Street, with two bedrooms and space for a home office, now on the market for $1.2 million. Three exposures, high beamed ceilings, parquet floors and a cool dining alcove with a window to the neighborhood below definitely make this home “unique in today’s plain vanilla box inventory.”
The living room offers great neighborhood views from a high floor in this elevator building, plus beams and columns, built-in bookshelves and a soothing mint hue. The kitchen, while not exactly soothing, is a stylish display of black and white that might do even more for mornings than a cup of coffee.
The dining nook could also be a home office or even a third bedroom.
Two bedrooms, two more mellow pastel hues. Another bonus: Enormous closets and many of them. The building offers on-site laundry, a live-in superintendent, and storage.
We’re guessing it’s probably just coincidence, that there are so many charming, pre-war co-ops on this tranquil and lovely East Village street, ...
West 58th Street elevation of Nordstom’s podium; CityRealty
When it reaches its projected 1,550-foot height, Extell Development’s Central Park Tower will have the highest roof-line of any residential building in the Western Hemisphere, besting the current record holder 432 Park. Though the $2.98 billion project won’t be complete until 2019, construction is moving ahead along Billionaires’ Row, reports CityRealty. The 58th Street side, which will hold a 285,000-square-foot, seven-story Nordstrom store, is currently receiving its fluted-glass skin, a “Waveforms Facade.”
Adrian Smith Gordon Gill Architecture designed the tower, and James Carpenter Design Associates (JCDA) is responsible for the retail base’s fluted-glass skin. Through the transparent, large panels, natural light will brighten the department store without the need for vertical mullions. JCDA said, “The glass is specially treated to articulate a powerful expression of the sky framed by the towers of 57th Street. The passerby experiences the façade’s mutable presence as they approach from a distance – unfolding layered views of the sky, the store’s displays and activity, visually inviting them to envisage the store as a simultaneously accessible and urbane public space.”
Central Park Tower beginning to take its place between One57 and 220 Central Park South. View from Cat Rock in Central Park captured March 2017; CityRealty
A recently-retracted offering plan for the building’s condos pegged the average asking price at $6,500 per square foot and the total sellout (both residential and commercial) at $4.4 billion, which would make it the most expensive building ever sold.
West 58th Street elevation of Nordstom’s podium; CityRealty When it reaches its projected 1,550-foot height, Extell Development’s Central Park Tower ...
Internationally renowned Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei was banned from leaving his home country for more than four years, but this past fall, a year after his passport was returned by police, he returned to New York with an unheard-of four gallery shows that all opened on the same day. As a metaphor for his personal travel ban–as well as the current political climate of the U.S., particularly as relates to immigration, and the global migration crisis–the Times shares news that Weiwei has been commissioned by the Public Art Fund for a major art installation opening in October. Titled “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors,” the piece will be one of his most large-scale public art projects ever. He’ll place 10 large fence-themed works and more than 90 smaller installations across Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, all in an attempt to bring attention to “a retreat from the essential attitude of openness in American politics,” as he explains.
“Laundromat” by Ai Weiwei, which exhibited at the Jeffrey Deitch gallery this past fall
Weiwei explained to Art Fix Daily, “I was an immigrant in New York in the 1980s for ten years and the issue with the migration crisis has been a longtime focus of my practice. The fence has always been a tool in the vocabulary of political landscaping and evokes associations with words like ‘border,’ ‘security,’ and ‘neighbor,’ which are connected to the current global political environment. But what’s important to remember is that while barriers have been used to divide us, as humans we are all the same. Some are more privileged than others, but with that privilege comes a responsibility to do more.”
His latest title refers to the Robert Frost work “Mending Wall,” in which the poet uses the line as a refrain. “When the Berlin Wall fell, there were 11 countries with border fences and walls,” Weiwei explains. “By 2016, that number had increased to 70. We are witnessing a rise in nationalism, an increase in the closure of borders, and an exclusionary attitude towards migrants and refugees, the victims of war and the casualties of globalization.”
Other recent New York exhibits by the artist have explored similar themes. One of his shows this past fall was at the Jeffrey Deitch gallery, where he filled the room with thousands of discarded garments from the Idomeni refugee camp. And the sculptures he showed at the Mary Boone Gallery and Lisson Gallery symbolized displacement.
The Public Art Fund commissioned his latest work to mark its 40th anniversary. Nicholas Baume, who’s been the organization’s director and chief curator since 2009, said, “This is the most ambitious that we’ve undertaken since I’ve been here. Certainly, it’s the most distributed throughout the city.” First lady of New York Chirlane McCray said, “Ai Weiwei pours his heart and soul into art that asks big questions and is not constrained by artistic and social traditions. [with “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors”] he challenges us to think about the function and rationale for a common barrier. Given that the immigrant experience is at the core of what binds us as New Yorkers, the exhibition compels us to question the rhetoric and policies that seek to divide us.”
“Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” will open on Octobre 12th. Some of the planned locations include Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, JCDecaux bus shelters in Brooklyn, Cooper Union, Essex Street Market, and Doris C. Freedman Plaza at the southeast corner of Central Park.
Internationally renowned Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei was banned from leaving his home country for more than four ...
A state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga room, roof deck with cabanas, designer interiors, and a prime East Williamsburg location just a few blocks from the G, M, J, and L trains–this is all up for grabs for eight qualifying New Yorkers at 73 Montrose Avenue through the city’s affordable housing lottery as of today. Those earning 60 percent of the area media income can apply for $985/month one-bedrooms and $1,114/month two-bedrooms.
Interior photos are of past building listings; they do not represent the specific units available through the housing lottery
The apartments at 73 Montrose have oversized windows and closets, high ceilings with recessed and pendent lighting, and private balconies for some units. The kitchens feature natural wood backsplashes, black granite counters, and stainless steel appliances.
Qualifying New Yorkers can apply for the affordable apartments at 73 Montrose Avenue until April 17, 2017. Residents of Brooklyn Community Board 1 will be given preference for 50 percent of the units. Complete details on how to apply are available here (pdf). Questions regarding this offer must be referred to NYC’s Housing Connect department by dialing 311.
Use 6sqft’s map below to find even more ongoing housing lotteries.
If you don’t qualify for the housing lotteries mentioned, visit CityRealty.com’s no-fee rentals pagefor other apartment deals in the city. And find market-rate listings for 73 Montrose Avenue here.
A state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga room, roof deck with cabanas, designer interiors, and a prime East Williamsburg location just a ...
Nestled in a wooded enclave in the tranquil town of Briarcliff Manor in Westchester County, NY, this striking midcentury modern house was built by noted architect of the day Roy Sigvard Johnson, who may have been an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright, according to Curbed–and it’s evident that he admired Wright’s work. The house, one of several east coast modern gems, is unique inside and out, embracing the beauty of the land surrounding it. Most amazing are features–like a stone waterfall that ends in a heated Jacuzzi and a folded glass wall that wraps the home’s stone paths and gardens–where nature and house meet. The 2,574 square-foot four-bedroom house at 543 Scarborough Road is asking $1.1 million.
Johnson, a native of White Plains, received an architecture degree from NYU in 1941 and was later an associate of Edward Durrell Stone. His signature style included spiked triangular roofs and soaring wings of the style that we see here. He designed severalprivate homes on the east coast and in New York state; some of which were featured in architecture and design publications of the day.
This exceptional residence, sure to get the attention of modern design enthusiasts, has an open floor plan and connects with the natural environment at every turn. Floor-to-ceiling folded plate windows bring the outdoors and light into almost every room. Though the home isn’t huge, it feels almost endless in places, with spaces for entertaining and living that are both intimate and grand.
An updated and light-filled eat-in-kitchen opens to the home’s outdoor stone dining terrace. The multi-level terrace is surrounded by charming gardens, stone paths and the lush lawn behind the home.
A sunken living room is both accented and anchored by a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace wall that acts as the home’s core. Cubed wood insets are incorporated for storage.
Upstairs, bedrooms are lined in natural wood and windows, with updated fixtures in the baths.
On the home’s lowest floor are creature comforts like an exercise room and laundry.
The home’s grounds include stone pathways and patios, a fire pit, a lawn and gardens–and a custom rock waterfall that leads to a heated Jacuzzi.
Nearby are a number of walking trails via the aqueduct as well as Rockefeller Park; the Metro North railway is nearby.