Real Estate Wire

  • NYU just got the green light for its $6B expansion. [DNA Info]
  • All the places the New York Times has compared Brooklyn to. [City Lab]
  • Just six months after buying a $99 million Williamsburg retail and residential property, developer Joel Schreiber has flipped for $106 million. [TRD]
  • The 346 Broadway conversion will include a snazzy penthouse. [Curbed]
  • Happy 10th birthday to Brownstoner! [Brownstoner]

Plans for NYU (left); Brooklyn Bridge (right)

Art, Furniture, Green Design

Robert Kolenik’s Stylish Aquarium is Actually a Kitchen Island

By Ana Lisa Alperovich, Tue, October 14, 2014

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , October 14, 2014

If you like keeping aquariums filled with fish in your home, you might as well turn the tank into a stylish and useful feature. Designed by Robert Kolenik, this eye-catching kitchen island doubles as a stunning bluish aquarium. The crazy idea comes from the Netherlands and is called Ocean Kitchen.

Learn more about this fishy design

Cool Listings, Soho

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , October 14, 2014

New York City is a constant flow of sights and sounds, and with all of the buildings and people it can sometimes feel cramped. One of the best parts of loft-living in NYC is the openness these spaces provide amid the claustrophobic surroundings. This quintessential penthouse loft takes spacious living to the next level with its sprawling living area featuring 13-foot pressed-tin ceilings and an enormous skylight that dramatically crowns the open living/dining room. Located at 75 Grand Street atop of a 19th century terracotta-detailed building in historic Soho, this loft has clean modern lines, brilliant light and authentic architectural details throughout.

Read more

Daily Link Fix

  • Mitchell Funk’s super colorful urban photography is the perfect pick-me-up to brighten your day. Browse through the collection on Fubiz.
  • Gothamist provides a virtual tour of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, designed by Cass Gilbert in 1919 as the country’s largest military base through WWII.
  • Sen. Charles Schumer proposes a bill to protect landmarks. According to AM New York, it would increase the penalty for crimes such as trespassing on the Brooklyn Bride and One World Trade Center, like we saw over the summer.
  • Apartment Therapy talks trash day in NYC. We can smell it now….
  • Guastavino did more than just tiled arches. Daytonian in Manhattan takes a look at a row of Moorish Revival rowhouses he designed on West 78th Street.

Images: Via Mitchell Funk (L); Brooklyn Army Terminal (R)

Bed Stuy, Cool Listings, Interiors

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , October 14, 2014

Who wouldn’t want to live in one of Bed Stuy’s quintessential rehabbed rowhouses on one of its most beautiful streets? The neighborhood that churned out such American gems as Chris Rock, Jackie Gleason, Bobby Fischer, and the late Aaliyah is now offering a two-family townhouse brimming with original detail for $1.425 million. And everyone is sure to love this 2,508-square-foot beauty at 470 MacDonough Street.

More pics inside

Celebrities, Midtown, Recent Sales

Piano man Billy Joel has just sold off his one-bedroom pad at 128 Central Park South for $775,000, according to public records.

The sale is the second for Joel at the building, the first being an $11 million deal he struck last year for the two-bedroom, 10,000-square-foot penthouse he once shared with ex-wife Christie Brinkley. The one-bedroom is a comparably modest pad situated on a high floor of the building. An eat-in kitchen, abundant south light and city views are some of the perks, but the listing (now offline) noted that the home needed renovation. The apartment was previously rented out, though Joel and Brinkley did entertain it as a penthouse extension. The transaction was managed by Joel’s accountants Gelfand, Rennert and Feldman. Adam Modlin of the Modlin Group brokered the deal.

See the floor plan here

Green Design, Major Developments, Queens, Urban Design

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , October 14, 2014

A new feasibility study, which is set to be released today by the Trust for Public Land, maps out the plan for the QueensWay–the High Line-esque linear park and cultural greenway proposed for a 3.5-mile stretch of abandoned railway in central Queens.

The study points to the likely $120 million price tag and the park’s benefit to the local economy. Through new renderings it also shows access points, exercise stations, food concessions, outdoor nature classrooms, bike paths, and an “adventure park,” among other amenities.

More on the study here

Clinton Hill, Cool Listings

  • By Diane Pham
  • , October 14, 2014

About a month ago we reported on the renovation of a Clinton Hill townhouse underway. Now it looks like the home has gotten its final wash of paint and the owners have put their pad on the market for cool $3.35 million. This fancy flip returns after having undergone quite a bit of work—and it’s been bumped up from its $1.555 million closing price last winter (it was originally listed at $1.295 million). New bells and whistles include energy efficient boilers, two refurbished wood burning fireplaces, and a custom neo-angle chefs kitchen.

Look inside the updated digs here

City Living, Design

  • By Diane Pham
  • , October 13, 2014

IKEA has made their way into homes across the world, but with their latest project ‘Life at Home‘ the furniture giant finds themselves square at our breakfast tables. Although you may think that your mornings aren’t all that different from someone in say Paris or London (or in the next cubicle for that matter), as New Yorkers we’re pretty distinct in how we wake up, how we dress ourselves, and even how long we shower.

The company’s Life at Home report is the first of what will be a series of studies geared towards developing new home products in line with a particular city’s waking habits. The report covers seven other cities, including Paris, Berlin, London, Moscow, but of course, we’re going to bring you the top findings from their NYC study. Many of these were surprising…

How New Yorkers spend their mornings this way

Featured Story

Features, History, holidays

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , October 13, 2014

It’s easy to forget that Columbus Day is more than just a day off from work (which we’re not complaining about), but rather a holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1942. But if you need reminding, look no further than these memorials scattered around New York City.

Take a tour of where to find Christopher Columbus monuments in NYC


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