Architecture, Green Design, Upstate

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , January 18, 2015

If living simpler is on your 2015 to-do list, a few days away in this delightful yurt might show you the way. Located just 12 miles south of Ithaca in Newfield, New York in a luxury glamping spot surrounded by greenery, this yurt-for-rent comes with a garden full of goldfinches and sunflowers visible from every window. Perfect for getting away from the busy city life, this Mongolian-inspired retreat offers the perfect spot for unwinding upstate.

Learn more about this yurt

Weekly Highlights

Weekly Highlights: Top Picks from the 6sqft Staff

By Dana Schulz, Sat, January 17, 2015

This Week’s Features

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Images: Yawn art via Ka-Man Tse (L); fashion via j-No via photopin cc

Midtown, Recent Sales

  • By Diane Pham
  • , January 16, 2015

Expect another blockbuster year for the super-luxury tower that launched a slew of other wannabe developments across the city. A palatial unit occupying the 89th and 90th floor of One57 has just sold for a record-breaking $100,471,452.77—the most expensive condo purchase ever recorded Manhattan. The buyer of the massive 10,923-square-foot penthouse apartment remains a mystery—city records simply show an LLC called “P89-90” (very apropos)—but as these things go, all bets are that he, or she, belongs to the billionaire’s club.

Up next? Eyes are on the closing of the building’s penthouse to hedge-funder Bill Ackman.

[Related: So You Think You Know Everything About One57?]

[More on One57 at CityRealty]

Featured Story

Features, Historic Homes, History, Upper East Side

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , January 16, 2015

Earlier this week, the Ukrainian community rang in the new year, so we thought it appropriate to take a look at one of the city’s largest centers of Ukrainian-American life.

Located at 2 East 79th Street at the corner of Fifth Avenue, the Fletcher-Sinclair mansion was built in 1897 by famed architect Charles Pierrepont Henry Gilbert (C. P. H. Gilbert) as a single-family home for Isaac D. Fletcher, a banker, broker, and railroad investor. Today, the French Gothic masterpiece houses the Ukrainian Institute of America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the art, music and literature of Ukraine and the Ukrainian diaspora. But how did this massive home become home to the Institute?

Find out here

Policy, real estate trends

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , January 16, 2015

Mayor de Blasio via @KevinCase via photopin cc; affordable housing buildings via gkjarvis flickr

The Mayor announced yesterday that the city had exceeded its affordable housing goal for 2014 by 1,300 apartments, building or preserving 17,300 affordable units. This represents 8.6 percent of de Blasio’s larger goal of 200,000 units over 10 years. But on the heels of the announcement, a report by New York University’s Furman Center shows that only 6 percent of new subsidized affordable rental units have been built below 96th Street since 2000, compared with 16 percent in the ’70s. The city says it’s ramping up its building and preservation efforts to 20,000 affordable units per year, but this likely won’t do much to sway the numbers above 96th Street.

More on the affordable housing news here

Cool Listings, Interiors, West Village 

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , January 16, 2015

Here’s a cute new listing at 92 Horatio Street, asking $1.349 million. A West Village location is already pretty idyllic. Add charming details like exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, and lots of light, and you’ve really hit the jackpot. But this quaint co-op’s most prized feature is definitely the romantic private garden.

Take a look at the quaint space here

Real Estate Wire

  • Patrick Stewart wants a “stroller lane” in Park Slope and is willing to back a bill to make it happen. [NYO]
  • It’s curtains for Harlem’s renaissance ballroom. To many’s dismay, the building’s owners have deemed it “unsalvageable”. [NYDN]
  • A massive 40-story mixed-use building is coming to Coney Island. [TRD]
  • It might have great views from the inside, but DUMBO’s 60 Water Street is considered an eyesore to many. [NYT]
  • Rezoning in Long Island City could bring more skyscrapers to the neighborhood. [WSJ]

Images: Patrick Stewart (left); The Harlem Renaissance Ballroom back in its heyday (right)

Architecture, Design

  • By Diane Pham
  • , January 16, 2015

As the De Blasio administration struggles to find ways to remedy the city’s affordable housing crisis, here comes a solution from overseas that could help solve their woes while also putting the city’s nearly 15,000 revitalization-ready vacant lots to use. Dubbed Heijmans ONE, these Dutch-made prefab homes are easily portable, easily deployable, and are designed specifically to provide cheap housing for those who need it.

More details on the beautiful design here

Celebrities, lincoln square, Recent Sales

  • By Annie Doge
  • , January 16, 2015

Though it was originally reported that famed sportscaster Marv Albert sold his sprawling penthouse at 150 Columbus Avenue for $15 million, city records released today show that the 3,553-square-foot pad actually sold for $13 million after being listed in May. Marv and his wife, former ESPN producer Heather Albert, originally purchased the home in 1996 for $2.39 million, turning a pretty impressive profit in time for their move downtown to Tribeca.

Take a look inside here

Daily Link Fix

  • A new book called Ella reimagines the classic Eloise tale with the main character as a hipster living in a Williamsburg hotel. [Gothamist]
  • To mark the 50th anniversary of the NYC landmarks law, here’s a list of the city’s first 38 landmarks. [Curbed]
  • Do you have a weird affinity for the smell of cut grass? Or how about scotch tape or plastic toys? There’s a new candle series to satisfy your unconventional nose. [Fast Co. Design]
  • The city’s first commercial-scale wind turbine in Sunset Park has been a success since opening in December. [NY Times]
  • Ten places to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in NYC . [Untapped]
  • In case you need to be reminded not to swim in the city, here’s a map of NYC’s most poop-filled waterways. [CityLab]

Images: Ella (L); Wind turbine via Arlo Bates via photopin cc (R)


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