What’s a little more glass and metal in a town overrun by supertalls, right? After getting shot down by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for their design of a two-story, mixed-use glass crown to top the Pastis Building in the Meatpacking District, BKSK Architects went back to the drawing board only to emerge with a new idea that’s won the LPC’s blessing. Set to top the low-rise brick building at 9–19 9th Avenue, the redesign is a somewhat more subdued iteration that uses the same materials and form, but with much less glass.
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We’re going to take a quick detour from our mega-expensive, extravagant homes, and spotlight a pad that we think demonstrates the heart of New York City. New York is artsy and quirky and marches to the beat of its own drum. People walk the streets in all types of personal style, restaurants like S’mac and Peanut Butter & Co that are dedicated to one food attract patrons from all over. This city is one of a kind. So, we’re going to show you a one-of-a-kind apartment in a little neighborhood we like to call the East Village.
When you hear about a Greenpoint apartment for sale, “loft” might not be what first pops into your head. But apartment 8 at 190 West Street, currently listed for $1.825 million through CORE, will make you a believer in Brooklyn loft living.
The 1,364-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment has all of the loft-like charms you’d hope for–steel support columns, nine-inch oak plank flooring, and exposed wood ceiling beams, duct work, and pipes. It also feels twice its size thanks to 16-foot ceilings, 40 feet of street-facing frontage, eight-foot-high windows, a large skylight, and an open layout that can easily accommodate a two-bedroom conversion.
Remember the Sesame Street segment called “One of These Things is Not Like the Others”? (If you don’t, click here for a reminder). Well, it’s exactly what came to mind as soon as we saw photos of this gorgeous Upper East Side apartment located in Bridge Tower Place at 401 East 60th Street. The lush details in every room conjure up the French baroque style of Versailles with its lavish decoration and romantic elegance. Every room that is, except the beautiful but sorely out of place kitchen.
Describing this Flatiron loft and ‘spacious’ and ‘bright’ somehow seems like an understatement, but there’s no denying that even just looking at this 4,000-square-feet home will make you fee sun-soaked. Up for one lucky renter to scoop up, this beautiful WXY Studio-restored space at 40 West 22nd Street is perfect for an artist or art collector hang their pieces and comes with plenty of space to host fabulous art parties and lots of friends. Though you should make sure the two Emmy Awards in the media room are put away…
We roundup today’s residential real estate news highlights for one digestible bite:
- Bed Stuy is getting a brand new 10-story mixed-use building complete with 50 apartments [Brownstoner]
- NYC gets a rent hike! Of 1%… The lowest ever recorded [New York Post]
- South Slope’s newest condo development just placed its units on the market. The cheapest is going for $725,000 and the steepest $1.2 million [Brownstoner]
- Evil be gone: A 206-year-old church is trying to stop Extell’s plans to build a 14-story condo on their site, saying they won’t be “walking doormats” [NYT]
- Sales are soaring at Brooklyn’s tallest tower, 388 Bridge. Just 16 days after launching sales, more than 40% of the 104 condominiums have been snatched up [Crain’s]
- Four Winds Real Estate wants $35 million for a LES rental building they bought for $19 million last year [The Real Deal]
- JDS is bringing an 11-story mixed-use project to Boerum Hill. 47 residential units and over 3,000 square feet of commercial space are planned for 613 Baltic Street address [The Real Deal]
- Pricing and floor plans for the Thomas Juul-Hansen-designed penthouses at 505 West 19th Street near the High Line have emerged [Curbed]
Bed Stuy’s new building (left); Brooklyn’s tallest tower (right)
Your Daily Link Fix: Great White Shark Sighting; Cooper Hewitt Museum Lets Visitors to Draw on Walls, Tue, June 24, 2014
- Great White Sightings Off Rockaway Beach: Shark Week is a couple of months early this year, as a baby great white was caught (and released), and a a 10-footer was spotted… on the same day… by the same group of people. DNAinfo gives you the shocking details.
- Girl Scouts President Gives Advice: No, it’s not a recipe for Thin Mints. FastCo. sits down with Girl Scouts President Anna Maria Chavez, who gives girls some great tips on life and success.
- Proof That Math is Cool: Quick! Grab your kids! GIF makers are using mesmerizing (and possibly dizzying) images to show that math is fun. So, if your kid still thinks math isn’t fun, put him in front of this Gizmodo article and make him stare at it until he’s convinced… or just thrown into a trance.
- Cooper Hewitt Museum Lets Visitors Draw on the Walls: That’s right. According to PSFK, visitors of the Smithsonian design museum will be able to relive their toddlerhood and create their own designs.
- Union Square Cafe Not to Renew Lease: With NYC rents on the rise, Danny Meyer’s cafe is the latest restaurant to relocate. The NY Times has more details on the story.
- New Rendering of Downtown’s New Beach: They’re bringing board games, beer gardens, and a mini-golf course to the East River waterfront and Bedford and Bowery will show you what it’s going to look like.
Images: Shark (left), Cooper Hewitt drawing (right)
After months of house hunting, Simon Cowell has found a home for his new family. According to the NY Post, the TV mogul just put down $10.85 million on a nest at 151 East 78th Street for his girlfriend Lauren Silverman and their love child. The family will now call the Peter Pennoyer-designed condominium home; and while the Post isn’t entirely sure which unit the TV mogul purchased for his best friend’s ex-wife (no judgment here), they’re guessing it was the three-bedroom penthouse.
Take two Art Deco commercial buildings designed by Robert Walker in the roaring twenties and mix in a little 21st century residential conversion magic by JDS Development Group, Property Markets Group, and Starwood Capital Group, and what do you get?
Apparently two highly successful projects that now have even more in common – owners who have purchased units in both buildings.
With four degrees from three ivy league universities, Philip Bobbit might be expected to live in a house lined with bookshelves and filled with piles of marked-up papers. The author, academic, historian, and public servant, however, kept a pristine space with virtually no clutter to be seen. But there is a scholarly feel to the 2BR/2BA apartment with its traditional design, formal artwork, and dignified furniture.
Despite its studious charm, Bobbit has sold PH1606 at 575 Park Avenue, known as the Beekman, for $1.325 million. If the dramatic décor of the penthouse wasn’t enough to entice the buyer, it also features north, east, and south exposures, as well as two custom, operable glass NanaWalls that open onto a gorgeous 45-foot-long outdoor terrace, creating an indoor/outdoor oasis.