Carroll Gardens, Cool Listings, Interiors

  • By Emily Nonko
  • , June 16, 2015

It feels rare to find a cool listing that’s under $1 million in New York City these days. But here’s a one-bedroom condo at 25 Carroll Street, in the Columbia Street Waterfront District of Brooklyn, that’s asking $850,000. You’ll find the quaint, quiet neighborhood just west of Carroll Gardens and just north of Red Hook. It’s not the easiest place to get to, as there’s no direct subway access, but the seclusion is part of its charm. There are also amazing views of lower Manhattan from here, which you can enjoy from this condo that is now on the market.

More details on the property

Design, Products

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , June 16, 2015

The Anglepoise Giant 1227 (l); Poul Henningnsen classics from Louis Poulsen (r).

Though the worlds of furniture and interior design, like architecture, are often focused on innovation—the future, the new, the next—the best designs rise to the top year after year. This was more evident than ever as we beheld the countless cool and innovative design offerings at last month’s ICFF, many of which we’re sure we’ll be seeing everywhere soon. Among the most memorable were a pair of classics that are far from new but no less brilliant.

See more of these cool and colorful classics

Architecture, condos, Midtown, New Developments

  • By Diane Pham
  • , June 16, 2015

The Nordstrom Tower may not become the overall tallest building to ever rise NYC, besting One World Trade Center as previously reported and then rebuffed, but new filings unearthed by NY Yimby show that the supertall will still carry a very worthy, head-craning title. Documents show that the 95-story building will become not only the tallest building by roof height in NYC, but also in the country at 1,522.83 feet.

get the scoop here

Daily Link Fix

  • The 85-mile-long pipe of the Delaware Aqueduct, which supplies water to NYC, is losing 35 million gallons of water each day through cracks and holes in the concrete lining. [WNYC]
  • What 15 historic NYC scenes look like today. [Curbed]
  • Considered the Picasso of modern dance, Martha Graham is getting an historic plaque at her first studio in the Village. You can attend the unveiling for free on Thursday. [GVSHP]
  • In 1969, the New York Times asked, “Will Brooklyn Ever Be ‘In’?” [Mashable]

Images: Delaware Aqueduct pipe via Adi Talwar for City Limits (L); Martha Graham (R)

Architecture, Brooklyn Heights, condos, New Developments

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , June 16, 2015

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the Flatiron Building should be highly honored by this fresh batch of renderings from Marvel Architects for the site at 280 Cadman Plaza West in Brooklyn Heights. The Daily News reports that “the 36-story tower, which will have 139 condo units, community space, retail and a new 21,500-square-foot library on the ground floor, looks like it will be Brooklyn’s very own alternative to the Flatiron building, with its dramatic wedge-shaped structure.”

Back in September, the Brooklyn Heights Library agreed to sell their site to Hudson Companies for $52 million with the stipulation that the developer build 114 affordable housing units at two different locations nearby, as well as a new state-of-the-art library at the existing site. The project began the city’s land use review process (ULURP) yesterday.

More on the development and additional renderings

Celebrities, Cool Listings, Interiors

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , June 15, 2015

Back in 2013, news that Michael Diamond—a.k.a. Beastie Boy Mike D—and his wife, Tamra Davis, had acquired a townhouse on a beautiful tree-lined Cobble Hill block and given it a creative and modern—yet totally livable—redesign led to a spate of articles showcasing the cool and quirky pad, including a New York Times house tour aptly titled “Licensed to Grill.” All the attention likely led to Diamond’s recent side project helping his architect friends design a new-construction townhouse in nearby Boerum Hill that recently sold for just under $5 million. Now the original Cobble Hill Beastie house at 148 Baltic Street is on the market for $5.65 million, funky custom toile wallpaper and all.

Tour the delightfully decorated townhouse, this way…

condos, Financial District, New Developments, Starchitecture

  • By Diane Pham
  • , June 15, 2015

Rendering via NY Yimby via Shvo

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything on Rafael Viñoly’s tower slated to rise in the Financial District, but it looks like the starchitect’s next supertall is inching closer to a full reveal. Ground was broken at the building’s 125 Greenwich Street site about four months ago, and now this newly uncovered rendering via NY Yimby gives us a much better idea of its height, its look, and how it fits in with the downtown skyline. Previous renderings had shown a stark, tall and slim rectangle—very much a glass version of Viñoly’s 432 Park—while this new and sweeping depiction highlights a structure that will taper slightly as it rises, and feature a stacked crown of what appear to be residences and sky-high terraces.

Find out more here

History, People

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , June 15, 2015

Photo of 1974 jump via Daily News

Picture this: You walk by the Flatiron Building, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the entire city, and see a man positioning himself to jump off. Today, you’d call 911 without hesitation, but 50 years ago it was annual spectacle.

Ephemeral New York uncovered the story of Henri LaMothe, the “diving daredevil” who performed a stunt around the country where he did his “flying squirrel” dive from 40 feet above ground into a collapsible plastic pool with only four feet of water. On his birthday on April 2, 1954, he climbed to the 40-foot mark on the Flatiron Building and did his signature jump. For the next 20 years, he performed the feat annually on his birthday, decreasing the water level each year. On his 70th birthday in 1974, he dove into a pool filled with merely one foot of water, and many say when he stood up, his back was still dry thanks to his famous belly flop.

Find out more about this daredevil

Celebrities, Cool Listings, East Village, Interiors

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , June 15, 2015

The former home of indie film star and “Big Love” actress Chloë Sevigny is back on the market. Sevigny sold the garden-level abode located at 119 East 10th Street back in 2013 for $1.76 million to tech power couple Halle Tecco and Jeffrey Hammerbacher. The couple then turned around and gave the 1,250-square-foot pad a nine-month overhaul that was featured in Apartment Therapy. Now, it’s back on the market, sporting a modern new look, a slightly modified floor plan, and a $2.2 million price tag.

More pics inside

Real Estate Wire

  • Extell has launched sales at 70 Charlton Street. [6sqft inbox]
  • Forest City Ratner unveils “The Bridge at Cornell Tech,” a new incubator located at the heart of Cornell Tech’s campus on Roosevelt Island designed by WEISS/MANFREDI. [6sqft inbox]
  • The world’s tallest ‘Passive House’ building also broke ground at the campus. [NYT]
  • The rezoning of Midtown East continues to move forward. [WSJ]
  • A judge has ruled that Brooklyn’s much-contested Pierhouse can continue construction even though the building will partially block views of the Brooklyn Bridge for some neighboring residents. [NYT]

Images: Rendering of the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island (L); Midtown East, outside of GCT (R)


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