New Developments, real estate trends

The U.S. Trails Behind in the Global Skyscraper Race

By Diane Pham, Mon, February 23, 2015

  • By Diane Pham
  • , February 23, 2015

New York is most certainly experiencing a skyscraper boom, but you may be surprised to find out that the number of supertalls going up in the city account for only a small percentage of what’s going up globally. According to CBS News, just 20 percent of the world’s towers are being built stateside, and of all the tall buildings completed last year, we had only four in the top 20 (One World Trade Center topped the list). So if we aren’t number one in this race, then where is this new crop of towers creeping up?

Find out here

Cool Listings, East Village, Interiors, Manhattan

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , February 23, 2015

This meticulously renovated $1.75 million double-height corner condo loft in The Petersfield holds more than a few surprises, the first of which greets you as you enter the gallery foyer. Cleverly doubling as a built-in bookshelf display you will find a set of wooden stairs leading up to a sizable queen-sized sleep loft, always a nice addition to a one-bedroom apartment. And then, of course, there’s the crystal chandelier over the bathtub…

More inside is right this way

History, Video

Video: Footage Dating from 1896 Is the Oldest of NYC

By Dana Schulz, Mon, February 23, 2015

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , February 23, 2015

Can you visualize what New York City looked like in 1896? If not, a new video will let you step back in time. It shows shots of 28 locations from 1905 all the way back to 1896, making it the oldest known footage of the city. The absolute oldest shots were taken on May 11, 1896 and were of Herald Square. Since in many cases a lot has changed over the last century, pinpointed maps with dates provide a welcome commentary.

Watch the full video here

Real Estate Wire

  • My Micro NY, the city’s first micro-apartment complex, at 335 East 27th Street, will begin leasing studios this summer for around $2,000 to $3,000 a month. Inside are 55 units ranging from 260 to 360 square feet. [NYT]
  • Your Airbnb host might be spying on you with hidden cameras. [BrickUnderground]
  • The Municipal Arts Society has come out against plans for a controversial South Street Seaport apartment tower. The arts organization faulted the location, a now-crumbling pier east of FDR Drive, because it could potentially interfere with storm-proofing the area. [Crain’s New York Business]
  • One man’s account of living in an 80-square-foot Chelsea SRO back in ’95. [Curbed]

Images: Micro camera via Creative Commons; My Micro NY apartments. Rendering by nARCHITECTS

Architecture, Design, Interiors, Upstate

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , February 23, 2015

With a monolithic entrance wall sandwiched between two contrasting wooden volumes, this home makes a bold statement in the Catskills region of New York. Designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture and called Catskills Suburban, the dwelling is one of more than 30 prefab “Modern Modular” homes under the studio’s belt. A contemporary factory-built house, its design and building method minimize costs while maximizing time and money.

Learn more about this striking prefab design

Architecture, Construction Update, Long Island City, New Developments, Rentals

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , February 23, 2015

In December we broke the news that 42-12 28th Street, known as 28 on 28th, in Long Island City would top out at 58 stories and 648 feet. Now, Goldstein, Hill & West’s (GHWA) affiliated interior design firm, Whitehall Interiors NYC, has given us our first look at the amenities of Heatherwood Communities’ upcoming rental tower. The perks include a swimming pool and attended parking garage–and they also give us a glimpse of how the units themselves may be designed.

The construction site already has steel re-bar poking up above street-level, meaning the tower will soon race skyward, eventually taking its place as the tallest residential skyscraper in New York City outside of Manhattan.

Check out the renderings here

City Living, maps

  • By Diane Pham
  • , February 23, 2015

If you’re a New Yorker who grumbles at the sight of slowpoke tourists lollygagging down Manhattan’s crowded streets, you’ll want to see this map created by data artist Eric Fischer called “Locals & Tourists.” Fischer collected tweets from across the five boroughs (and beyond) to determine what areas were most concentrated with out-of-towners (the red) and what areas were dominated by locals (the blue).

Find out more here

Daily Link Fix

Images: Central Park ice skating via MCNY (L); Boy with lost tooth via The Tooth Fairy Came for Andrew’s First Tooth via photopin (license) (R)

condos, Midtown, New Developments, Starchitecture

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , February 23, 2015

Interior rendering via Hayes Davidson

The last time we got any insider knowledge about Jean Nouvel’s MoMA Tower, known officially as 53W53, was back in September when the penthouse floor plans of the 82-story, 1,050-foot building were revealed. Now it’s gotten even better with actual interior renderings surfacing courtesy of the New York Times.

The rendering is accompanied by a full-scale unit model of a $10 million, two-bedroom, 32nd-floor apartment planned for the tower. Set in a Sunset Park warehouse, the mock up shows how the building’s well-known zig-zag façade pattern (the “diagrid”) will translate inside, which leads to tilting windows and slanted columns. These unusual architectural features will inform the interior designs of Thierry W. Despont, who has been tapped to craft the 140 condo interiors.

More details ahead

Chelsea, Cool Listings, Interiors, Quirky Homes

Unique Indiana Jones-Style Condo in the Cheyney Asks $1.5M

By Aisha Carter, Mon, February 23, 2015

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , February 23, 2015

If you’re a movie buff who likes quirky living spaces, you’ll love this renovated one bedroom condo at The Cheyney in Chelsea. This eclectic pad is like The Great Outdoors meets Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom with a shockingly sleek and modern marble bathroom and kitchen thrown in for good measure, and it’s asking $1.499 million.

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