Interiors, Nolita, Recent Sales, Soho

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , June 26, 2014

Ready for a sale where the space is just as famous as the people involved? We’ve got one for you. This iconic loft at 133 Wooster Street has been featured in the New York Times and was the very spot where the Dean & DeLuca cookbook was created. Well, how did this apartment get to be so special? Because it’s owned by Dean & Deluca co-founder Jack Ceglic.

But it gets even more interesting after the jump

Cool Listings, Interiors, Manhattan, Upper East Side

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , June 26, 2014

When we think of the Upper East Side, this home at 50 E.79th Street is exactly what we imagine: a grand residence with classic lines and Central Park views.

You will feel special from the moment you walk into the marble floored-entrance gallery of this 4BR/4BA corner unit in a Brown & Gunther designed building.  The formal floor plan gives each exquisite room its just due while still allowing for comfortable entertaining. Though tucked away in their own private little world, each section of the expansive living space is easily accessible from the main gallery.

See more of this home’s classic lines

Featured Story

Features, Interviews, New Yorker Spotlight, People

  • By Susan Cohen
  • , June 26, 2014

If you took a taxi this spring, violist David Aaron Carpenter may have joined you for the ride. Well, joined via the news segment in your taxi’s television that is. When David played the ‘Macdonald’ viola made by Antonio Stradivari in 1719, which is currently up for sealed bid at Sotheby’s with bidding starting at $45 million, news organizations took note.

The ‘Macdonald’ is priced at $45 million for a reason. Sotheby’s explains on their website that “This exquisitely preserved and extremely rare viola is one of only ten complete violas Stradivari made during his lifetime and the only example from his golden period.” Contrast the number of violas Stradivari made with the approximately 600 violins he made, and it’s easy to see why a golden period in instrument bidding is about to occur.

For David, playing the ‘Macdonald’ was an incredible opportunity to highlight this viola as well as the instrument in general. As the saying goes, the viola has long played second fiddle to the violin, but not if David can help it. He is on a mission to change how the public views violas.

Read our interview with David here

Daily Link Fix

  • A Dog Cage That Protects Fido in a Car Accident: Yes, we lured you with a puppy. And we don’t apologize. Our pups are like family, so we’re excited that this new cage with crumple zones, featured by Gizmodo, has made it to the States.
  • New LEGO Set Combines Physical and Virtual Play: Everything is awesome! Is that song in your head now, too? PSFK profiles a new lego game that lets kids import their genius lego designs into an app to play games and win rewards. Sounds… awesome.
  • Wink Connects Your Home to Your Smartphone: The Jetsons are here. Architizer spotlights an app that will let you control your home from your phone, for your convenience or practical joke fun.
  • Does the Architecture Industry Need Radical Change?: Architects in Chicago are preparing to protest against working conditions and Dezeen’s Mimi Ziegler explains why she feels the industry needs to take action.
  • Big-Soda Ban Denied: Despite repeated attempts to curb the city’s obesity rate by targeting drinks made for the Jolly Green Giant–but wait, does he drink sugary liquids because he’s pretty healthy…–Crain’s reports that the city’s ban is officially over.

Images: Adorable puppy (left), LEGO app (right)

Real Estate Wire

Today’s residential real estate news highlights in one digestible bite:

  • Black House just closed on the $62M Hudson Yards site needed for Archilier Architecture’s lantern-like mixed-use tower. [TRD]
  • A rare luxury residential building in Boerum Hill is on the sales block and could garner well over $50M. [NYP]
  • Who says writers don’t make money? Author Jonathan Safran Foer wants $13M for his Park Slope home. [Curbed]
  • The sale of Long Island College to Fortis Property Group has been finalized. Next up for the site? Luxury condos, of course. [Crain’s]
  • A new 19-story mixed-use tower is rising in Kips Bay, plus 714 more condos for Downtown Brooklyn. [Curbed]
  • The Landmarks Preservation Commission may not mind the Pastis building being topped off, but 290 West End Avenue won’t be getting a penthouse. [Curbed]
  • A 5-story Greenwich walk-up apartment building just sold for double the price a seller bought it for three years ago. It took just a week and a half to find a buyer. [Crain’s]

Black House’s tower (left); The Jonathan Safran Foer pad (right}

Architecture, Green Design

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , June 25, 2014

We all remember where we were when we first saw the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. We all remember the residents who were forced from their homes and separated from their families and their support system. In a better world, we would never have to see such heartbreaking images again. That’s where Garrison Architects come in. Hired by American Manufactured Structures and Services (AMSS), Garrison Architects has provided a post-disaster urban housing prototype for residents displaced during a crisis.

Take a look at Garrison Architect’s post-disaster housing prototype here


Weekly Market Snapshot: The Week of June 25, 2014

By Diane Pham, Wed, June 25, 2014

  • By Diane Pham
  • , June 25, 2014
  • During the week May 26th, NYC saw 254 condominium and cooperative sales, averaging $2.3M and $1.5M a sale respectively. The three most expensive closings were on the UES and in Nolita. Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris made history with his $70M penthouse buy – the most ever paid for a co-op.
  • In celeb real estate news, new-age author and physician Deepak Chopra ditched his mediocre Park Imperial pad and even managed to make more than a million dollars in the process; Simon Cowell on the other hand put down $10.85M for his family’s new ultra-luxe UES home.
  • Industrial Revolution: While designers (and developers) are favoring ridiculously tall glass towers, architect Morris Adjmi is returning to the fundamentals by designing subtly distinct, timeless buildings that blend seamlessly into their historic neighborhoods. We profile Adjmi in this week’s issue.

For market trends, top residential sales, celeb real estate news and a look at those (architects) who dare to be different, we turn to CityRealty‘s Weekly Market Snapshot for the scoop.

Get the full report here

Featured Story

Book Reviews, City Living, DUMBO, Features, History

  • By Andrew Cotto
  • , June 25, 2014

There’s been a lot of novels set in New York City (guilty myself, two times). When done right, such work can serve as a portal to the past, when New York was a distinctly different place, one often defined by its era and often in direct contrast to the current conditions.

In Eamon Loingsigh’s powerful new novel, Light of the Diddicoy, reference is made in the very first line to the area “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.” Of course, any New Yorker worth his/her salted caramel custard from Shake Shack knows DUMBO, the Brooklyn nabe known for its pricey lofts and tony boutiques, its art galleries and swank eateries and a grassy park that sprawls along the water’s edge below the span of East River bridges. Lovely. The characters in Loingsigh’s novel aren’t so privileged, for they lived in DUMBO 100 years ago, long before any clunky acronyms, when the waterfront was a war zone, and the novel’s narrator, Liam Garrity, a displaced and desperate Irish immigrant, all of 14 years, fell in with a brutal gang as a matter of survival.

More about ‘Light of the Diddicoy’ here

Daily Link Fix

  • Borrowing the Internet from the Library: Anything that involves more internet hotspots is a good thing. Well, according to Gizmodo, libraries may start offering Wi-Fi in areas with lower bandwidth. We can’t help but wonder what the overdue fees will be.
  • Multitasking is So Yesterday: According to FastCo. there’s a new group of people in town to make us feel bad about ourselves. These “supertaskers” are roughly 2.5% of the population and no, just because you’re reading this and petting your dog does not mean you’re one of them.
  • A Quirky Mmuseumm Serenade: Whether it’s fun or just plain awkward is up to you. Brooklyn Magazine takes us to a Mmuseumm exhibit where musician Grey Gersten writes personalized songs and sings them for visitors.
  • Who Bought the Record-Breaking Sales in Crown Heights and Bed Stuy?: Bed Stuy has had some record-setting purchases lately signifying a change in the neighborhood. Who do we thank/blame? The brownstone has the answer, along with a recap of the four unprecedented purchases.
  • De Blasio to Rent Family Home: While we’re paying for Mayor Bill De Blasio and his family to live in Gracie Mansion, he’s looking to make a buck (or $6,500) off of his family home. Get all up in the mayor’s business in this NY Post article.
  • NYC Stars in Video Pitch for Democratic Convention: Mayor Bill De Blasio is vying for Brooklyn to be the home of the 2016 Democratic National Convention and he and his team are pulling all the stops. The NY Times has their two-minute video showcasing all that the city has to offer.

Images: Eternal Lips exhibit (left), Mayor De Blasio’s home (right)

Architecture, Meatpacking District

  • By Diane Pham
  • , June 25, 2014

What’s a little more glass and metal in a town overrun by supertalls, right? After getting shot down by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for their design of a two-story, mixed-use glass crown to top the Pastis Building in the Meatpacking District, BKSK Architects went back to the drawing board only to emerge with a new idea that’s won the LPC’s blessing. Set to top the low-rise brick building at 9–19 9th Avenue, the redesign is a somewhat more subdued iteration that uses the same materials and form, but with much less glass.

See the before and after here


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