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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Park Slope

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , August 25, 2014

This meticulously renovated four-story townhouse located at 27 7th Avenue in Park Slope is a stunning example of the “best of both worlds”. While careful to retain gorgeous period details such as decorative mantels, original millwork, plaster mouldings, pier mirrors and pockets doors, The Brooklyn Home Company left no stone unturned in its quest for modernity within the home’s classic interior.

See how old seamlessly meets new

Real Estate Wire

  • The sultan of Brunei’s interest in the Plaza was all fluff, but the landmark hotel is still up for sale. The hotel will likely fetch $2B, but any deal will be extremely complicated given the current ownership structure. [NYT]
  • Post-gentrifiers are upset with the post-post-gentrifiers that have driven Williamsburg’s prices sky high. [NYT]
  • The George Washington Bridge Terminal is finally getting its long-awaited facelift. The station will be closed while the $183 million upgrade is undertaken. [NYT]
  • Heritage Equity Partners’ Toby Moskovits talks about his conversion of St. Vincent De Paul Church in Williamsburg into a rental building. [Crain’s]
  • A profile of the top investors backing NYC’s hottest real estate tech startups. [TRD]
  • Brookfield‘s SOM-designed apartment tower near Hudson Yards has a new look. [Curbed]

The Plaza Hotel, image by Luxuo (left); St. Vincent De Paul Church in Williamsburg (right)

Architecture, Design, Hamptons

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , August 25, 2014

Labor Day is upon us (sigh), and it’s time to make plans for the one final weekend of summer. Whether you’re heading to a backyard barbeque or pool party, we’d bet that you would drop those plans in a hot second if given the opportunity to hang at this Fire Island guest house.

Designed by Bromley Caldari Architects, the Albert House was the final component of a larger beachfront complex, which includes the main house, dining pavilion, gym, and beach/pool cabana. The client asked the architects to create an easy to maintain, open-plan guest house for their visiting family. Though the home is just steps away from the main complex, it still functions independently and feels like its very own shore retreat.

More on the seaside home

Daily Link Fix

  • A Floating Hotel in Rockaway: Take a snooze on the Truck-A-Float, a platform of four floating sleeping pods made from old car parts in Queens. Check out the details on how to book a stay on Cool Hunting.
  • An Entire 3D-Printed Estate: Proving that the possibilities of 3D printing are endless, Inhabitat reports that one architect plans to 3D-print an estate with a pool and 2,400-sq-ft home in Gardiner, New York.
  • Shelving Unit That Hides Your Stuff and Displays Your Favorite Books: Show off your favorite books in a creative way without completely ripping them apart! Aust & Amelung’s ingenious Book Box uses your books’ covers to hide away your junk. Check out more photos on FastCo.Design.
  • The Brooklyn Children’s Museum Gets A Cool New Rooftop Pavilion: Brownstoner featured renderings of the museum’s new rooftop structure that’s made of “high-tech material that is lighter and more durable than glass and is non-stick so dirt falls off on its own.”

Images: Truck-A-Float Hotel courtesy of ComboColab via Cool Hunting (left); Book Box courtesy of Aust & Amelung via FastCo.Design

Cool Listings, Interiors, Tribeca

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , August 25, 2014

It’s time to get lost in a sprawling 3,525-square-foot loft in Tribeca’s esteemed Tower 270 condominium. We imagine being located in a prestigious white-glove building with three brand new gyms, a children’s playroom, and a landscaped roof deck is a pretty big selling point on its own. However, apartment #11F is next-level elite. The $9.6 million unit has the mark of P & T Interiors founder Pol Theis, who created a sumptuous modern loft ideal for lavish entertaining, comfortable living, and—if you read the wallpaper—a little educational supplementing.

Tour the rest of the impeccable home

Flatbush, History

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , August 25, 2014

After nearly four decades of sitting vacant, the majestic Loew’s Kings Theatre in Flatbush will reopen. It was announced in 2010 that the 1920s movie palace would be restored to its former gilded glory thanks to a $70 million renovation, and now it’s been revealed that the reopening will take place in January 2015.

The theatre closed in 1977, but according to a press release, the new Loew’s Kings Theatre “will serve as both a cultural and economic cornerstone for the Brooklyn community, presenting more than 200 performances annually—including music, dance, theatre, and comedy—providing a resource to foster and support creativity in the area, creating jobs and attracting thousands of visitors to the neighborhood.” It will also have 3,000 seats, making it the largest theatre in Brooklyn.

Take a look at the stunning, historic interiors

Products, Technology

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , August 25, 2014

You know those instances when your feet are killing you, your back is sore, and all you want to do is sit down, but, of course, there’s not a seat in sight? Well, these uncomfortable dilemmas can now be a thing of the past. In a bid to keep factory line workers more alert and comfortable during long, tedious shifts, Zurich-based startup noonee created the Chairless Chair, a locking leg support device that allows you take a load off regardless of where you are.

Read more

Celebrities, Gramercy Park, Recent Sales

  • By Annie Doge
  • , August 25, 2014

Actress Julia Stiles may not make the news much these days, but she found her way into Variety over the weekend with the sale of her Gramercy duplex apartment. The three-bedroom pad, which sits in a six-unit brownstone building at 310 East 15th Street directly across from historic Stuyvesant Square, was placed on the market last summer for $3.5 million. While the apartment saw a price chop just a few months after being listed, Stiles still managed to finagle $2.7 million from a less than famous buyer—a pretty nice profit considering she originally paid $1.995 million for the unit 10 years ago.

Take a look inside Stiles’ former digs

Featured Story

Architecture, Brooklyn, Features, Manhattan

  • By Jason Carpenter
  • , August 24, 2014

American diners are neon-lit time capsules of architecture and design. They are the ’57 Ford Thunderbird of restaurants, shaping post-war optimism and far too much metal into something beautiful and quintessentially American. Best of all, you can still find plenty of little diners doing what they have always done, among the rising skylines and property values of New York City.

See our diner photos here

Weekly Highlights

Weekly Highlights: Top Picks From the 6sqft Staff

By Dana Schulz, Sat, August 23, 2014

Images: Mood Board App © The Morpholio Project (left); Tower House © Gluck+ (right)

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