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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Soho

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , September 18, 2014

A sprawling one-bedroom loft in the heart of Soho’s Cast Iron Historic District just popped up on the market, asking $3.25 million. This co-op at 85 Mercer Street is quite the looker with original pressed tin ceilings, cast iron columns, and plenty of light. But the most interesting feature of this modernized prewar loft is probably where you’ll be laying your head at night.

Take a look inside, here

Real Estate Wire

  • Three of the 27 apartments at 11 Beach in Tribeca have hit the market. The three-bedroom is going for $5.3M, the four-bedroom $6.65M, and the five-bedroom is priced at $7.75M. [CityRealty]
  • Another HAP building is coming to 247 East 117th Street, but this time Karim Rashid isn’t on the docket to design. Instead, Daniel Goldner Architects will take the lead. [TRD]
  • Tour the Greenwich Hotel’s penthouse gardens. [NY Mag]
  • A first look at the new single-family mansions at 100 Pierrepont Street and 38 Monroe Place. The homes, which were previously Brooklyn Law School residences, have been priced at $11 million and $13 million. [Curbed]

11 Beach interior designed by Juul Hansen; The new HAP as it compares to Karim Rashid’s design (right)

Green Design, Products

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , September 18, 2014

Greta Ljung & Martin Hedenstöm Ljung from Swedish Studio Ljung & Ljung travelled the world and created these wonderful luminaires. POP combines a Scadinavian minimalistic shape with a fresh edge given by waved bamboo stripes. Produced in Thailand, they offer a sophisticated take on paper Chinese lanterns.

Learn more about this Scandi-Thai design

Cool Listings, Getting Away, Upstate

  • By Diane Pham
  • , September 18, 2014

With fall inching closer, thoughts of sitting fireside with a cup of tea have started to fill our heads. And while the city is a splendid place in the autumn, nothing beats taking in the country air and the crunch of leaves beneath ones feet.

Now up for auction is this perfect fall escape (or full time home)—an incredible property located in the town of Amenia in Dutchess County. The sprawling 17-acre property, a.k.a. Meri-Mac Farm, comes with four bedrooms, 8,500-square-foot farmhouse, a three-stall stable, a horse pasture, pool, poolhouse and a separate guest house with two-bedrooms. Another fun bonus? You can claim one degree of Kevin Bacon—and Meryl Streep—who live nearby.

Explore the beautiful country home and farm

condos, Midtown, New Developments, Starchitecture

  • By Diane Pham
  • , September 18, 2014

Hot off the purchase of $85 million in air rights, and with a new construction loan of $860 million in tow, Hines is back on track to bring the Jean Nouvel-designed MoMA residential tower to fruition. According to TRD, Hines just closed on two deals to buy more than 240,000 square feet of development rights from MoMA and the St. Thomas Episcopal Church for $85.3 million.

more here

Daily Link Fix

  • Never worry about working late again. At 6:00pm the desks retract up to the ceiling in this Amsterdam office. Get ready to be jealous when you watch the video on Co. Exist.
  • Architizer shares the super informative infographic, “The World’s Tallest Buildings.”
  • Subway-riding germaphobes can rest easy this flu season. Gravitytank and Betabrand have released the Germinator Transit Jacket to ward off unwanted coughs and sneezes. Check it out on designboom.
  • Hook-on high chairs, convertible beds and more: Brick Underground rounds up the must haves for living with a little one in NYC.
  • Whatever happened to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Island? The Bowery Boys have the answer.

Images: The World’s Tallest Buildings via Control Surveys (L); Germinator Transit Jacket via Betabrand (R)

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Features, History, Starchitecture

A La Sagrada Familia in Manhattan? See the Unbuilt NYC Gaudí

By Jason Carpenter, Thu, September 18, 2014

  • By Jason Carpenter
  • , September 18, 2014

Gaudi’s proposed building in the New York skyline, as imagined by the TV show “Fringe.” Image © FringeTelevision.com

Atoni Gaudí was a brilliant and polarizing architect. Whereas most architects will see their works compared and contrasted against others in their field, even the most knowledgeable architectural critics will look at Gaudí’s work and throw up their hands and say it must be something alien. The organic curves and mounds of Gaudí’s designs look hundreds of years ahead of their time. But Gaudí worked mostly around his home region of Catalonia, and the businesslike skyscrapers of Manhattan have never looked anything like the the architect’s designs. However, there was a time when a Gaudí NYC skyscraper almost came to be.

See the proposed Gaudí building here

Celebrities, Chelsea, Cool Listings, Interiors

  • By Annie Doge
  • , September 18, 2014

Lots of changes are in store for hockey player Scott Gomez. Not only is he currently a free agent, but he’s put his 2,062-square-foot Chelsea penthouse on the market for $23,000 a month. The three-bedroom duplex condo at the Chelsea Mercantile, 252 Seventh Avenue, is available fully furnished, and Gomez has outfitted the pad with a mix of colorful contemporary pieces and bachelor pad-esque décor.

Whoever inks the lease for this apartment will follow in the footsteps of Nick Jonas and Marc Jonas, both former renters of the unit. The building also boasts Katie Holmes as a resident.

Take a look inside the hockey hottie’s home here

condos, East Village, New Developments, real estate trends

  • By Diane Pham
  • , September 18, 2014

Back in 2012, when Magnum Real Estate‘s Ben Shaoul announced plans to turn the Cabrini nursing home in the East Village into condos, more than a handful of “Sledgehammer Shaoul” flags went up in protest. Plans moved ahead despite public outcry, and now more than two years later, the former nursing home has transformed into a luxury residential building called Bloom 62. Although not much has been done to dress up the exterior, the 26-unit condo is no slouch and boasts a number of enviable luxuries, including a landscaped roof deck and gym. But Bloom 62’s most valuable amenity may be what sits on its ground floor: a school.

More on the benefits to be reaped here

Celebrities, Chelsea, Cool Listings

Is Jennifer Lopez Moving Into Chelsea’s Walker Tower?

By Annie Doge, Thu, September 18, 2014

Jenny from the Block could be looking to move to Chelsea’s Walker Tower. According to the NYP, Jennifer Lopez was spotted scoping out apartments alongside celebrity broker Fredrik Eklund. The pair reportedly checked out an unlisted apartment and eyed the floor plans of several other units over lunch. The Post notes that J Lo’s budget is around $20 million. With that in mind, might we suggest the building’s $25M duplex penthouse?

[Listings at CityRealty]

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