Polls, Queens, Urban Design

POLL: Will the QueensWay be the Next High Line?

By Dana Schulz, Wed, October 15, 2014

A study released yesterday revealed that the QueensWay– the High Line-esque linear park and cultural greenway proposed for a 3.5-mile stretch of abandoned railway in central Queens– will cost $120 million, give a boost to the local economy, and provide nearby residents with a safer place to walk and bike. But opponents of the project say central Queens already has an abundance of park land, there’s no plan in place to raise the needed funds, and the local community isn’t that into it. We want to hear what you think: Can the QueensWay follow in the footsteps of the High Line?

Rendering via WXY Studio Architecture + Urban Design and dlandstudio; Photo of current site via Andy Isaacson

Daily Link Fix

  • NYC Parks and the Battery Conservancy announced that the Fleurt Chair by Canadian designer Andrew Jones is the winner of the first-ever design competition to create a moveable, outdoor chair for a New York City park.
  • Rego Park has a new “green” playground, complete with colorful murals, fitness stations, and an outdoor classroom, reports DNAinfo.
  • Get rid of those disgusting, chewed up tennis balls. Odin (named after the designer’s Corgi) is a stylish, 3D-printed dog toy that is a treat-finding puzzle for your pooch. More on Co.Design.
  • The Observer talks to fashion designer Nicole Miller about her eclectic Tribeca loft.
  • Gensler is the 2014 American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York State Firm of the Year.

Images: Rendering of Fluert Chairs in Battery Park (L); Odin dog toy via Odin

Featured Story

Architecture, Features, History

  • By Lauren Price
  • , October 15, 2014

According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), Manhattan boasts about 20 bridges that connect the Big Apple to neighboring areas—many of which have various degrees of landmark status, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, the High Bridge, the University Heights Bridge and the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. We often use these marvels without giving them much thought beyond the grandiose size and maybe their engineering, so to give you a little trivia to impress your friends with the next time you cross one these storied bridges, we’re offering up a handy primer on seven of the city’s most famous.

A quick primer on the city’s top bridges

Architecture, Design, Interiors, Soho

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , October 15, 2014

Firehouses, stables, factories – even churches – have long offered designers the opportunity to carve out unique living spaces from non-traditional structures. So it should come as no surprise that in a city as fashion conscious as New York, even department stores are fair game for residential conversion. When this co-op building in Soho was subdivided into loft apartments, each inherited some awkward and quirky features courtesy of its former life, but that didn’t stop Brooklyn-based designer Fabrica 718 from turning one of the apartments within into a different kind of showcase.

See more of Fabrica 718’s fashionable renovation

Celebrities, Harlem, Recent Sales

CNN’s Don Lemon Buys Harlem Condo in 2280FDB

By Annie Doge, Wed, October 15, 2014

  • By Annie Doge
  • , October 15, 2014

According to city records released today, Emmy Award-winning CNN news anchor Don Lemon has purchased a condo in Harlem‘s 2280FDB (2280 Frederick Douglas Blvd.) for $867,780. He already owns the neighboring unit, so this may be an expansion opportunity for the journalist. The newly acquired 859-square-foot, one-bedroom, contemporary unit comes complete with a spacious terrace, boasting impressive city views.

Take a look inside

Greenwich Village, Major Developments, Policy

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , October 15, 2014

A rendering of the NYU expansion plan

The battle between New York University and local residents and community preservation groups just got a little fiercer, as just yesterday the appellate court overturned a previous decision by the New York Supreme Court that prohibited the university’s $6 billion, 1.9 million-square-foot expansion plan.

NYU now has the green light to move forward with their colossal project, which includes taking over “implied park land” that has been used by the public for years. Local community groups vow to appeal the decision. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan, Community Board 2, and local residents, filed the lawsuit against the school in 2012.

More on the latest ruling and what it means for NYU and the Village

condos, Midtown East, New Developments, Starchitecture

NYC supertalls all over town are weeping: 432 Park Avenue is officially the tallest residential building in the city as of today, topping out at 1,396 feet, and the second-tallest tower after One World Trade Center. Concrete on the highest floor of the Rafael Viñoly-designed building is being poured, probably as we speak, cementing (no pun intended) the residential tower’s place as not only the tallest in NYC, but in the entire western hemisphere. And though One WTC reaches 1,776 feet, 408 feet is accounted by its spire. So, when you only count its roof height, it’s actually 28 feet lower than 432 Park. The tower will open next year, and it’s already seeing groundbreaking sales, including that of the $95 million penthouse.

Photo via DBOX

Featured Story

Architecture, Features, Interiors, renovation diary

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , October 14, 2014

Image © Sarah Ross via flickr cc.

Our Renovation Diary series follows 6sqft writer Michelle Cohen as she takes on the challenge of transforming her historic Clinton Hill townhouse into a site-sensitive modern home. In Part I she shared her experience of defining a plan of action and getting started and this week she takes on the all important task of choosing an architect.

One of the first steps in our renovation project was to hire an architect. The house is in a historic district, so we have to submit all alteration plans to the Landmarks Preservation Commission; we wanted to find someone who was very familiar with that process. We also wanted to find someone who was familiar with working on renovating old brownstones, and someone whose style we liked. Someone who comes with lots of good recommendations. And, not least of all, someone we could even close to afford. In our case he or she would be our main point person on the project, and, ostensibly, our advocate in any dispute that would occur later on.

Find out how to choose the right architect for your project and your budget.

Celebrities, Recent Sales, West Village 

  • By Annie Doge
  • , October 14, 2014

After making a move on up to the penthouse this past spring, actor Willem Dafoe has shed his full-through third floor pad for $2.875 million, according to city records filed today. Dafoe originally purchased the two-bedroom co-op located at 67 Perry Street for $1.6 million back in 2005—meaning the actor made a tidy $1.28 million profit with the recent sale. The cozy home comes with exposed brick walls, a wood-burning fireplace, separate study nook with built-in bookshelves, and tranquil tree-top views from oversized bay windows.

Ihside the home here

Real Estate Wire

  • NYU just got the green light for its $6B expansion. [DNA Info]
  • All the places the New York Times has compared Brooklyn to. [City Lab]
  • Just six months after buying a $99 million Williamsburg retail and residential property, developer Joel Schreiber has flipped for $106 million. [TRD]
  • The 346 Broadway conversion will include a snazzy penthouse. [Curbed]
  • Happy 10th birthday to Brownstoner! [Brownstoner]

Plans for NYU (left); Brooklyn Bridge (right)


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