Real Estate Wire

  • A combo 6,000 square-foot luxury pad at the San Remo just sold for a record-breaking $26.4 million. [NYO]
  • A 33-story tower designed by Woods Bagot is coming to Downtown Brooklyn. The new building will include a hotel and 381 apartments. [Curbed]
  • More buyers are heading to Harlem in search of seeking cheaper luxury apartments. [Crain’s]
  • The Mall at Bay Plaza, New York City’s first enclosed fashion mall in over 40 years, officially opened on today in the Bronx. [WABC-7 News]
  • A look at Hudson Boulevard and the modern park planned for the Hudson Yards. [Curbed]
  • Billionaire Leon Black and his wife are buying an Upper East Side townhouse for $50M. The home is estimated to need $20M of renovations. [NYP]

San Remo (left); The Mall at Bay Plaza (right)

Architecture, Celebrities, Interiors

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , August 14, 2014

This beautiful Shelter Island vacation home is the place where two of New York City’s most creative minds take a break from it all. We’re  of course talking about interior designer Jonathan Adler and fashion guru Simon Doonan, who with the help of Gray Organschi Architectural Studio created their dream seafront property by mixing rustic and contemporary designs to create a truly stylish aesthetic. Located in a secluded area on Crab Creek, this lush retreat is modernist expression with an explosion of color inside.

Learn more about this celebrity vacation home here

Manhattan, real estate trends, Recent Sales

Though everything seems to slow to a glacial pace during the summertime months, a sluggish market wasn’t the case for condo sales the week of July 14th. Buyers steadily scooped up prime properties with the city so far recording 249 condo and co-op sales. Manhattan’s biggest buys came via the usual suspects—Flatiron’s One Madison, and uptown faves Carnegie Hill and the Arpthorp—with deals ranging from $10.1 million up to $14.5 million.

According to CityRealty‘s Market Insight report, although the city’s top exchanges registered above 23rd Street, when eyeing contracts closed over the last 90 days, it looks like Downtown Manhattan reigned supreme when it came to the highest number of units sold (337), and the top prices garnered per square foot ($2,077 and $2,047 in the West Village and Soho, respectively). Overall, the area recorded an impressive $1 billion in total sales over the last three months.

All the details in graph form here

Daily Link Fix

  • Channel Your Inner Beach Bum: If you’re thinking, “Where am I supposed to learn how to surf in the NYC area that doesn’t require me to go to Long Island?” That’s where Rockaway Beach and Locals Surf School come in. Cool Hunting features the year-round school founded by two former competitive surfers
  • Support Girls’ Dreams To Be Leaders: Forget Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg and Steve Jobs; this new documentary, now accepting pledges on Kickstarter, celebrates the women entrepreneurs. Donate to the campaign to empower and encourage young girls to be lady bosses and to “Dream, Girl.”
  • Tour A Museum After Hours: Gizmodo reported yesterday that Tate Britain After Dark, a project by The Workers, has finally launched. Watch four robots that have been let loose to roam the museum while it’s closed. The best part? You can sign up to control one of them! If you’re more of the observing type, be sure to tune in from now to Sunday to catch some live footage.
  • A Seat For Your Tush To A Pot For Your Plant: Unmanned bikes, get stolen. Unmanned bikes that are locked up and left for 10 minutes, get stolen. Unlike NYC, abandoned bicycles go unnoticed in Tokyo, and are usually left to rot. Junk Culture spotlights a new campaign to upcycle old bike seats into mini green spaces.

Images: Dream, Girl website (left); Saddle Blossoms courtesy of Junk Culture (right)

Celebrities, Cool Listings, Interiors, Soho

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , August 14, 2014

Looks like celebrities like flipping, too. Just two years after Jonah Hill bought his Soho loft at 27 Howard Street for $2.65 million, he’s put it back on the market for over a million dollars more. Now listed at $3,795,00, this full-floor, 2,000-square-foot pad was originally a two-bedroom when Hill moved in, but it’s currently configured as a massive one-bedroom space. And with an estimated net worth of $30 million, why not spread out and live the good life?

Check out the rest of this A-lister’s digs here

Brooklyn, Cool Listings, Interiors, Prospect Heights

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , August 14, 2014

Built in 1927, 535 Dean Street once housed the printing facility for the New York Daily News. For over 70 years the nightly presses delivered the latest local happenings to millions of New Yorkers in time for their morning coffee. These days, thanks to a 2002 condo conversion, residents can read their morning paper in grand style (though we aren’t sure if the New York Times is permitted on the premises).

Extra! Extra! Read More About It!

Interiors, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , August 14, 2014

When you’ve traveled the world making documentaries about topics ranging from the “greening” of Big Oil to life in North Korea, you’re probably a little hard to impress. So this circa 1898 Romanesque Revival townhouse really must have made an impression on filmmaker Peter Yost. He and his wife snatched up the circa 1898 house at 66 Midwood Street in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens for $2.3 million according to city records, coming in over the $1,975,000 listing price. The five-bedroom house has been renovated to both preserve its historic elements and provide updated, modern amenities.

Ogle all of the home’s period details

Green Design, Urban Design

Could You Live on a 9 x 18 NYC Public Parking Space?

By Dana Schulz, Thu, August 14, 2014

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , August 14, 2014

Earlier this year, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) unveiled new ideas for public housing–in a parking lot on its Atlanta campus. SCADpads, as they’re called, reimagined the common public park space as a solution to the growing need for sustainable, efficient housing worldwide.

Now, a team of architect-fellows at the Institute for Public Architecture are building on the same idea, proposing ways to turn unused public parking spaces in New York City into housing, co-working spaces, bike-share stations, playgrounds, and farmers markets. The group is called 9 x 18, the size of a typical parking spot, and they have reevaluated the current zoning laws surrounding parking and affordable housing, using the Carver Houses in East Harlem neighborhood as a case study.

More about the new ideas

East Village, Interiors, Recent Sales

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , August 14, 2014

A lucky new owner just nabbed a charming little oasis in the heart of the East Village for $1.9 million, according to city records. And while you might be thinking an “East Village oasis” is a blatant oxymoron, this quiet little condo begs to differ. The property is almost like a secret garden in the city; hidden in a bustling neighborhood as opposed to being among the grounds of a vast manor. In fact, take a look inside this cozy unit, and you might forget all about the throngs of college students frequenting the bars right around the corner. Now that’s pretty impressive.

Find out more of this condo’s secrets, here

Featured Story

Features, Major Developments, New Developments, real estate trends, Starchitecture

  • By Lauren Price
  • , August 13, 2014

Great neighborhood? Check. Great apartment? Check. Curb appeal?

Killer first impressions can be long lasting — and whether it’s a newly advertised flavor of Ben & Jerry’s, an ad for Tory Burch’s latest shoe collection —or finding new digs, “love at first sight” spot-on marketing moments play a sizeable role in how we make our decisions.

Industry experts note that a large percentage of a house hunter’s decision to explore a property further than the curb is based the project’s “wow” factor. Truth is, it sets the “perception” stage of what’s to come beyond a grand entrance or swanky lobby that was designed to provide a sense of arrival and belonging. Obviously, at the end of the day, a building’s outside will only persuade potential buyers to see more, and first impressions can vary from one individual to the next, but the “I was meant to live here” moment is fairly universal.

How a building’s design tugs at your desire to ‘be someone’


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