Celebrities, Cool Listings, Madison Square, Recent Sales, West Village 

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 17, 2015

Rendering of the penthouse, which occupies the tower’s top three floors

The Wall Street Journal reports today that News Corp. and 21st Century Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch has listed his penthouse at One Madison for $72 million. He bought the 6,850-square-foot triplex last February, in conjunction with a full-floor unit on the 57th floor below, for $57.25 million. He originally intended to use the smaller apartment as a guest suite, and moved into it while architect Jose Ramirez built out the penthouse.

But Murdoch has now shifted gears, putting the penthouse on the market, keeping the 57th-floor unit, and buying a $25 million West Village townhouse where he plans to live full time. Interestingly, the townhouse is reportedly the former purple bed and breakfast turned single-family mansion, which hit sales records on Wednesday.

More details on Murdoch’s real estate moves

Major Developments, real estate trends, Staten Island

  • By Diane Pham
  • , April 17, 2015

It’s only a matter of time before Staten Island gets pinned as the next Brooklyn. As new developments pop up along the northern tip, the oft-forgotten borough is seeing the tides turn in its favor. Today the Times ran a piece on some of the biggest projects coming to the island, and unlike those popping up in Manhattan, this bunch is far more focused on livability and community building. Moreover, with rooftop beehives, shared vegetable gardens, small-batch espresso, pet spas, artisanal shops shilling specialty olive oils, and cheese caves in the pipeline, Staten Island is also starting to sound a lot like some of the city’s most hipster-run areas. In fact, in casting its net for local testimonials, the Times was able to find Ridgewood and Bushwick refugees that have already high-tailed it southwest. And it’s no wonder, with real estate being offered at just a fraction of the price—one couple in the story closed on a house with “numerous porches and six bedrooms, for $620,000″—it’s only a matter of time before we turn to our significant others and say, “Let’s move to Staten Island!”

More on Staten Island’s next steps here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Park Slope

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , April 17, 2015

As our hundreds of prior Cool Listings can attest, there is no shortage of stunning multi-million dollar homes in New York City. Day after day we marvel at interiors filled with exquisite details–and this single-family brownstone at 722A Union Street in Park Slope is no exception–well, at least as far as the inside is concerned.

See why this home is perfect inside and out

Architecture, condos, Long Island City, New Developments

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , April 17, 2015

While Manhattan buyers typically pay a great premium for a park-front address, a single subway stop away in Long Island City, a new condominium aptly named [email protected] Murray Park North will begin sales with homes starting around $400,000. Developed by George Xu and Century Development Group, the six-story, 39-unit building will house a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments designed by Queens’ own Raymond Chan Architects.

[email protected] Murray Park North is located at 11-35 45th Avenue along the northern frontage of the 2.5 acre Murray Park/Murray Playground. Similar in size to downtown’s Gramercy Park, the community jewel is LIC’s largest green space not situated along the East River. The park is also across from the neighborhood’s sole historic district and is positioned centrally between the area’s two booming high-rise nodes–the master-planned Hunter’s Point waterfront community and the Court Square-Queens Plaza business district.

More on the project ahead

City Living, History

Where Did NYC’s Nickname ‘Gotham’ Come From?

By Dana Schulz, Fri, April 17, 2015

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 17, 2015

Washington Irving (L) and the cover of Salmagundi (R)

No, the answer isn’t from “Batman.” Creators of the comic book series were originally going to name its location Civic City, Capital City, or Coast City, but then flipped through a New York City phonebook and found Gotham Jewelers, lending inspiration to the now-famous Gotham City. But from where did this jewelry store get its name? The answer dates back to an 1807 issue of Washington Irving‘s satirical periodical Salmagundi which lampooned New York culture and politics.

Find out the rest of the story here

Daily Link Fix

  • Why is Chelsea’s Ehrich Building covered in letter K’s? [Forgotten NY]
  • Starting tonight, the MTA will close the L line between Manhattan and Williamsburg. In light of the major inconvenience, Uber is offering $5 rides between neighborhoods along the shuttered line. [NYDN]
  • You can buy a $195 knife made from Coney Island boardwalk wood. [Curbed]
  • Looking for an escape this weekend? Here are ten beautiful places that don’t feel like you’re in NYC. [Spoiled NYC]
  • Can a new Netlflix show about New York in the 1970s, whose central story line will involve the early days of hip-hop in the Bronx, answer people’s questions about the borough? [NY Mag]

Images: Uber (L); © Thomas X. Casey, BronxNYC (R)

Celebrities, Cool Listings, Soho

  • By Diane Pham
  • , April 17, 2015

This isn’t quite the home we would picture for funny man Mike Myers, but even without the shag carpet (though there is a shag rug) and psychedelic wallpaper, his Soho penthouse still stuns. The Journal reports that the comedian has just listed his 4,200-square foot duplex at 72 Mercer Street for $16.95 million. In addition to boasting top-floor honors, the sleek and modern home comes with its own elevator, custom crafted bookshelves, a top of the line kitchen, massive skylights, 14-foot-high ceilings and fantastic rooftop views of the neighborhood.

Take a tour here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Murray Hill

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , April 17, 2015

If you’re a New Yorker you know how precious space is. So we probably don’t have to do much to convince you that this three-bedroom townhouse at 115 East 37th Street in Murray Hill is worth a look. But beyond its parquet floors, oversized windows, fireplaces, and prewar detail, this place has even more to offer, like some of the most intriguing design elements we’ve come across. And it’s on the market for $15,000 a month.

More pics inside

Carroll Gardens, Cool Listings, Interiors

  • By Emily Nonko
  • , April 16, 2015

This Carroll Gardens brownstone, at 371 Clinton Street, has a lot going for it. It has been converted from a two-family home into a sprawling, four-story single family beauty. There’s a whole 3,400 square feet to enjoy, and man, is there a lot to enjoy. An interior renovation has struck the perfect balance between historic, classic brownstone design and more modern upgrades. And it makes sense, since the current owners specialize in home furnishing.

See more interior photos here

Featured Story

Art, Art nerd ny, Events, Features

  • By Lori Zimmer
  • , April 16, 2015

In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a dance party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for ArtNerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers, beginning this “Thirsty Thursday” evening.

This week, I suggest rediscovering Times Square, by participating in an incredible installation by Justin Bettman, and experiencing a screen-takeover with a short film by Peggy Ahwesh. Then observe and educate with a visit the Jewish Museum, or hit up Lincoln Center for a special art film program, an art exhibition that deconstructs notions of beauty, or an epic art fair catered toward photography. But if you’re looking to shake it up and strike up a conversation with someone new, visit Salon Demimonde, a resurrection of the 17th century salons of the past where creatives and intellectuals can mix and mingle. You can also get your dance on at Aperture’s Spring Party!

All the best events here


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