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Recent Sales, Tribeca

  • By Diane Pham
  • , February 11, 2015

After yoyo-ing on and off the market over the last two years, the penthouse at 250 West has finally found a buyer. City records filed this afternoon reveal that the unit traded hands for $29.5 million, way down from its original $42 million asking price back in 2013. The buyer was shielded under an LLC, but it was previously reported that the penthouse was being marketed to high-profile individuals, celebs amongst them, given its private entrance separate from the door used by the rest of the residents. Leonardo DiCaprio was rumored to be one of the names to have checked out the space—though he eventually purchased a pad at the Delos. With that in mind, we wonder who nabbed this Tribeca deal.

Check out the interiors here

Cool Listings, Greenpoint, Interiors

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , February 11, 2015

You wouldn’t exactly know it from the exterior, but inside this two-story brick and steel warehouse is a renovated loft with all the size and flexibility anyone could ask for to create a dream home. In 2010, artist Matthew Day Jackson bought the former Studio B nightclub for $2 million. He gave it a serious makeover, creating a 15,000-square-foot live/work space, which is now asking $11 million.

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City Living, Policy

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , February 11, 2015

Photo courtesy of Airbnb via Facebook

Airbnb has been under constant scrutiny in recent months, whether for its potential threat to the affordable housing market or the fallout for bed and breakfasts forced to shutter in the wake of the battle. Now, new research from Capital New York shows that more than 58 percent of New York City’s Airbnb listings could be illegal, as they are for “entire apartments or houses, meaning no one else would be present during a stay.”

According to a state multiple dwelling law that was introduced in 2010, it’s illegal to lease homes (excluding one- and two-family homes) for less than 30 days when the owner or tenant isn’t present. But Capital found that of the 15,977 apartments listings on Airbnb, only one cites a requirement for a stay longer than a month. While the data isn’t conclusive on how many listings could be exempt from the law, more than 10,000 listings are in Manhattan where single-family residences are less likely.

More on the findings ahead

Cool Listings, Interiors, Queens

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , February 11, 2015

With its sweeping staircases and exquisitely landscaped grounds nestled within a quiet waterfront community, this historic Douglas Manor colonial at 122 Grosvenor Street calls to mind one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most memorable characters, the inimitable Jay Gatsby. And although this six-bedroom masterpiece listed at $2.7 million might not quite measure up to the former James Gatz’s lofty standards, we are completely enamored with this astonishingly lovely home.

More pictures of this Gatsbyesque home this way

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Architecture, Features, Interiors, My SQFT House Tours, People

  • By Diane Pham
  • , February 10, 2015

Our new series “My sqft” checks out the homes of 6sqft’s friends, family and fellow New Yorkers across all the boroughs. On our first interior adventure, we check out a home in Clinton Hill.

What happens when you let four ladies run loose in a four-story Clinton Hill townhouse? Closets, corners and a pantry spilling over with shoes and coats, apparently. “There are shoes lining the kitchen pantry shelves; the tiny third bedroom upstairs that resembles a Swiss chalet in the twilight zone is filled with racks of vintage frocks, coats and designer handbags. You can really tell almost everyone in this house either works in fashion or hoards it,” says owner and 6sqft writer extraordinaire Michelle Cohen. 

We recently visited Michelle in her Brooklyn home to see the pretty amazing setup she has created for herself. Michelle, whose house you’ve certainly seen on our site before, is currently undertaking a major renovation that will turn her and her fiance Stanley’s brick-clad buy into a modern-meets-historic home with a rental garden apartment. But while Michelle’s poring over drawings with her architect, she’s found a few friends to share the journey, and the house; namely three fabulous women with wonderfully different personalities. “Stanley likes to call it a sorority for outstanding ascendant young creative professional women,” she muses.

Jump ahead to meet Michelle and the girls—who range from a Vogue fashion stylist to a creative producer to a journalist who covers evolution, disease and health policy—in their home to get a closer look.

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Architecture, Celebrities, Historic Homes, Video

One of New York’s most mysterious buildings continues to come further into light, now with a brand new marketing video (h/t EV Grieve) that not only shows us images of the building completely graffiti-free, but how its former owner, photographer Jay Maisel, had set up his work and living spaces. The three-minute video offers up a fly-through tour of the home, focusing in on just how spectacular and well-kept the interiors are. There are stunning shots that zoom in on the ornate moulding, others that zip through the vault, and close-ups of the iron work that adorn the staircases and elevator—in addition to a slew of other incredible details. The walls are also covered in Maisel’s modern works, which juxtapose nicely with their historic setting.

Maisel purchased the 72-room, 35,000-square-foot building—originally built in 1898 as the Germania Bank—for just $102,000 back in the ’70s, calling it his family home and studio for decades. The photographer inked a deal to sell the home last year to developer Aby Rosen and recently filed records show that he received a whopping $55 million for the six-story structure. Rosen is currently marketing the building as a retail-condo development.

[Via EV Grieve via Popular Photography]

Video by Digital Destinations 

Design, Interiors, Nolita

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , February 10, 2015

Perhaps one of the most beautiful buildings in New York City, the Beaux-Arts style former police headquarters located at 240 Centre Street sometimes seems to have flown under the “great buildings in Manhattan” radar for much of its 100-plus years.

But we’re pretty sure those lucky enough to reside in one of the 55 luxury apartments created when the building was converted to condominiums in the late 1980s have a true appreciation for the grandeur of this hidden gem. RAAD Studio recently redesigned one of those apartments, and there’s no way this transformation could go unnoticed.

More pics of this ‘arresting’ home

Cool Listings, Interiors, West Village 

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , February 10, 2015

Forget about curb appeal, this warm and cozy three-bedroom townhouse built in the 1850s has courtyard appeal. That’s because you can only discover this hidden West Village gem at 5C Carmine Street by walking through its gated entry and into the tranquil–and landmarked–courtyard.

The unique and historic house listed at $4.5M is located directly across the street from the beautifully restored Father Demo Square. Modeled after a traditional piazza in Italy, this lively community gathering place is only steps away should you ever tire of the exquisite seclusion this home’s outdoor spaces afford.

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Real Estate Wire

  • The city of Newark has announced a “Valentine’s Day Land Sale” of 100 city-owned empty lots at $1,000 apiece. [Brick Underground]
  • Tour R-951, Brooklyn’s first net zero-capable solar-powered passive house condo building in Prospect Heights. [Inhabitat NYC]
  • First look at the hotel planned for the huge hole near the Lorimer stop. [Curbed]
  • A controversial plan to toll East River bridges is back, and this time with more muscle. Known as Move NY, the funds generated by the initiative could be just enough to fund the MTA’s $15 billion capital-plan deficit. [Crain’s]

Images: Downtown Newark (L); The exterior of R-951. © Inhabitat (R)

Transportation

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , February 10, 2015

Photo via Continental Airlines Boeing 737-500; [email protected];05.02.2008/498af via photopin (license)

If you’ve ever endured the long ride to any of the area’s airports, all the while lugging your suitcase and anxiously wondering if you’d miss your flight, then this statistic probably comes as no surprise. According to a study by the Global Gateway Alliance, “John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports rank last and third-to-last, respectively, in mass-transit accessibility compared with 30 of the world’s busiest airports,” reports Crain’s. The analysis looked at total travel time for public transit users, mode of transportation and number of transfers and cost, scoring them from 0 to 100. And if Anthony Weiner is correct, the new LaGuardia AirTrain will only increase travel times–not good news those for us who prefer not to sit in insane taxi traffic or fork over $99 for a private helicopter ride.

More on the study here

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