Architecture, condos, New Developments, Sutton Place 

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , April 16, 2015

Toll Brothers’ latest condo development The Sutton has reached its 30-story apex and is currently applying a variety of skins to its frame that its designers hope will capture a “modern vintage” aesthetic.

Situated at the boundary of Midtown East’s Turtle Bay and Sutton Place neighborhoods at 959 First Avenue, the 90-unit tower (down from 114-units) will hold one- to four-bedroom residences priced from $1 million to more than $6 million, and provide the typical array of amenities and interiors that reflect the surrounding area’s classic New York vibe.

Find out more about the project

Real Estate Wire

  • Famed director David Fincher—of “Fight Club,” “Gone Girl” and “House of Cards” fame—may be moving to Tribeca. Fincher reportedly put down $5.75M on a three-bedroom at 7 Harrison where fellow director Steven Soderbergh also lives. [Variety]
  • You can rent acclaimed artist Bettina Werner’s apartment at Downtown by Starck for $9,000/month—or $8,500/month if you pay it all in advance. [Curbed]
  • Austrian-American businessman Gerhard Andlinge is the mystery buyer of Bon Jovi’s $38M apartment. [TRD]
  • LaGuardia’s long-awaited $4B upgrade has been stalled again. [Crain’s]

History, Lower East Side, photography

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 16, 2015

© Joseph O. Holmes 

Whether you celebrate Passover or not, you’ve undoubtedly seen the pink boxes of Streit’s Matzo in the grocery store each spring. For 90 years, Streit’s has been churning out this iconic product at the rate of almost 900 pounds of matzo an hour on Rivington Street on the Lower East Side. But at the beginning of the year, New Yorkers received the sad news that the last family-owned matzo factory in the U.S. was purchased by a developer and the company would be moving its operations to New Jersey (a move also echoed this week by Junior’s Cheesecake).

But before they head across the Hudson, photographer Joseph O. Holmes has captured the final days of this fifth-generation working-class landmark, which Fast Co. Design aptly describes as “New York’s Jewish Willy Wonka Factory.” His black-and-white photos are somber, telling of his personal feelings about the loss of Streit’s and the gentrification of the Lower East Side.

See all the photos here

History, Video, Williamsburg

  • By Diane Pham
  • , April 16, 2015

Long before VICE became a media giant gobbling up much of Williamsburg‘s north side real estate and displacing some of the neighborhood’s beloved institutions, it was just a regular ol’ start-up company consisting of three guys putting out an indie mag from a small office in Montreal.

A recently uncovered video made for a ’90s reality TV show transports us to that far more innocent time, introducing us to the founding fathers of the magazine, Suroosh Alvi, Shane Smith, and Gavin McInnes, and documenting their days as the get ready for a move to New York City with hopes of taking their publication to the next level. Although the then-best buds have long left the realm in which we normal folks dwell, the concerns they expressed in the video back then—”I’m scared of being poor there,” McInnes says at one point—bring them back down to earth with us regular folks just trying to make it in the city.

Jump ahead for an intimate look at the trio 15 years ago, chatting about the roots of the magazine and the saucy side of Canada—and watch as they stress out over searching for NYC apartments.

Watch the video here

Daily Link Fix

  • The New York Public Library is launching a new website called OLDNYC.ORG that will take all NYPL’s digitized images and tie them to a geo-location. [Bowery Boogie]
  • Denmark’s quirky, super-affordable home decor chain Tiger is coming to NYC with a 5,000-square-foot Flatiron store opening next month. Ninety percent of the store’s colorful products will be under $15. [Fast Co. Design]
  • The IRS’ secretive “tax collector’s spies” work out of the Ted Weiss Federal Building in downtown Manhattan. [Phase Zero]
  • Ninety curbside gardens known as bioswales are being built to help clean the Gowanus Canal. [DNAinfo]
  • Today in NYC history: the grisly Doctors’ Riot of 1788 prompted by severed limbs and gravedigging. [Untapped]

Images: Tiger store (L); bioswale (R)

Celebrities, Cool Listings, Recent Sales, Tribeca

  • By Annie Doge
  • , April 16, 2015

Sales launched exactly a month ago at the long-awaited 52 Lispenard Street in Tribeca, and in that short time two of the building’s six units are already in contract at the asking price–the three-bedroom unit 3 for $7.3 million and the five-bedroom, floor-through unit 4 for $6.85 million. There are two four-bedroom units, priced at $7.2 and $8 million, also currently available.

Since the Post reports today that Jake Gyllenhaal looked at two units in the building, one of which is the three-bedroom unit now in contract to someone else, we’re wondering if he might just be the next buyer to sign on as one of the building’s first residents.

More details ahead

Cool Listings, East Village, Interiors

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , April 16, 2015

There’s a charming apartment available in Ageloff Towers now going for $725,000. This pre-war pad features modern amenities against the backdrop of original details like beamed ceilings, parquet floors, base molding and wainscoting. Generously sized for a one-bedroom, this unit is perfect for a young New Yorker looking to create a cozy home in one of the city’s most culturally distinct neighborhoods.

More pics inside

affordable housing, Clinton Hill, housing lotteries, New Developments, Rentals

  • By Diane Pham
  • , April 16, 2015

Clinton Hill rents may be skyrocketing, but there are a handful of units coming up sure to bring some peace of mind to those worried that the neighborhood is turning into another haven for the rich. DNA Info reports that a brand new building coming up at 490 Myrtle Avenue at Hall Street that will boast a terrace, veggie garden, reflecting pools with cabanas and $1,064 two-bedroom apartments. The building is sited along one of the more rapidly gentrifying areas of the neighborhood, just a block away from the Pratt Institute along a stretch of Myrtle Avenue that is about to see a serious boom in new developments and green space.

Find out more here and if you qualify for one of the units

Interiors, Recent Sales, Tribeca

Flashy Designer Loft in Tribeca Sells for $9.25M

By Dana Schulz, Thu, April 16, 2015

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 16, 2015

It’s always interesting to see how architects and designers outfit their personal homes, and in this case the answer is very lavishly. Jennifer Tonkel, an interior designer at Kemble Interiors, along with her husband Carlos Fierro, bought this 3,650-square-foot loft at 408 Greenwich Street in Tribeca for $7.64 million in 2008, and after decorating it to their hearts’ content, listed it for $10.75 million just about a year ago. The impressive home has now sold for $9.25 million, according to city records released today.

Tour the designer pad here

Architecture, Staten Island

  • By Diane Pham
  • , April 15, 2015

Hold on to your hats, folks! After countless delays, the New York Wheel is finally back on track. Architizer reports that workers are gearing up to break ground tomorrow, April 16th, on what is slated to become the world’s tallest observation wheel. Providing panoramic views of New York Harbor and the cityscape beyond, the 630-foot wheel located at the tip of St. George on northern Staten Island is primed to become one of the most epic ways to experience New York City.

FInd out more on the cost and admission here


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