We talked to five families currently raising school-age (or soon-to-be) children in New York City’s many diverse and multifaceted neighborhoods about why they pick city living over the suburbs. What are your feelings on the age-old debate?
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Last month, pricing and exterior renderings were released for the much-anticipated Beekman Hotel and Condo conversion project. The long-shuttered historic structure (originally known as the Temple Court Building) will be topped off with a 51-story condominium tower adjacent to the 1883-built landmark and its famous atrium. It will contain 68 residential units designed by Thomas Juul-Hansen. The building’s lower levels will house 287 hotel rooms.
Now, Curbed has received the first reveal of the interior renderings, and they do not disappoint. From the modern apartments with Woolworth Building views to the luxe amenity areas, the rooms at 5 Beekman Street exude luxury and prestige. One of the most impressive interior shots is of the atrium, which extends through all nine stories of the original Terra Cotta structure and is topped off by a large, pyramidal skylight. It will be a lounge by Tom Colicchio known as the Living Room, the centerpiece of the hotel and a fine dining spot for residents and guests alike.
The Ritz Carlton penthouse combo has just been shoved from its top spot as the city’s priciest listing and replaced by the triplex penthouse at Zeckendorf Development Co.’s 520 Park Avenue. At $130 million, it will become the most expensive to ever hit the market, beating out the Ritz pad by about $11 million. According to Bloomberg, the building’s sales plan was approved by the New York State attorney general’s office last week, and Zeckendorf is already calling the penthouse “the greatest apartment on the Upper East Side.”
The ‘American Dream’ may have dominated the last few decades, causing a mass exodus to the suburbs, but today’s families are reversing the trend and turning their attention back to the city. The reasons are many: An appreciation for cultural offerings, the camaraderie and creative cross-pollination of networks of colleagues, friends and family, the convenience of being able to walk or bike to school, work or child care without a long commute—just to name a few. New York City has always been a haven for the forward-thinking, albeit a challenging one. And its newly-”discovered” outer boroughs as well as an unprecedentedly low crime rate have made the city a prime choice for family living.
But what is it about those city kids—the ones with parents who planned from the start to raise their kids in a non-stop urban environment? We interrupted the busy schedules of five families currently raising school-age (or soon-to-be) children in New York City’s many diverse and multifaceted neighborhoods to get some insight about why they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Prospective buyers looking to own a penthouse on one of the best blocks in the Village may be excited to see this potential dream home at 54 East 11th Street. The floor-through unit has tons of windows, views of the city and a two-story living room with a solarium. Apartment hunters are encouraged to bring their architects to explore the limitless redesign possibilities of this flexible space, so let’s take a look at what they’ll have to work with.
There’s something intriguing about living in a former garage…maybe it’s the lofty openness or the unexpected conversion. But whatever the case, the Writer’s Studio Barn by Hudson Design lives up to our enchantment.
Located in Garrison, New York, the iconic American barn was originally used as a garage with two horse stalls. The conversion was conceived as a tranquil retreat for a couple to find inspiration among the lush landscape and natural views. And the existing stick-frame structure offered a loft with the perfect space and orientation for a secluded studio. It’s now a rustic one-bedroom apartment with room for cars and storage.
- Skanska has terminated its contract with Forest City Ratner to construct a prefab modular tower at the Atlantic Yards. The news brings a close to the seemingly never-ending dispute between builder and the developer. [NYDN]
- Red Apple Group is building a 32-story residential tower on Myrtle Avenue at Fleet Place. [MyrtleAvenue.Org]
- A new Pierhouse addition has preservationists up in arms. [Brownstoner]
- HAP Investments will give locals a say in the color scheme of the Karim Rashid-designed development at 329 Pleasant Avenue. [WSJ]
- $130 million penthouse at Zeckendorf’s 520 Park Avenue will be the city’s most expensive. [Bloomberg]
Playful and made from felt, Plyfelt is an exploration in materials in the form of a unique, undulating seat. The work of Dutch designer Floris Wubben, this two-person sofa fashions the eco-friendly fiber into a wave-form for a naturally comfortable rest you’ll want to plant your—erm—bottom on.
We have a feeling well-known architects David H. Sherman, of Abelow Sherman Architects, and his wife Benita Welch, a Principal at Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel Architects, will give the interior of their new home a fresh coat of paint before settling in…that is, unless they like the current bubble-gum-pink color scheme.
It makes perfect sense that the couple picked up this Victorian house in Ditmas Park for themselves and their two children, as Benita specializes in restoring historic homes, and David is known for his expertise working with NYC townhouses. According to city records filed today, they purchased 28 Waldorf Court for $1.41 million. Located just off Rugby Road (often considered the heart of Victorian Flatbush) on a highly desirable cul-de-sac, the five-bedroom home has been in the same family for 30 years.
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