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Celebrities, Interiors, Nolita, Recent Sales

Saul Rubinek Sells Nolita Loft for $4.9 Million

By Annie Doge, Tue, August 26, 2014

  • By Annie Doge
  • , August 26, 2014

Entertainment jack-of-all-trades Saul Rubinek has unloaded his Nolita loft at 285 Lafayette Street for $4,875,000, according to city records. The Canadian actor, producer, director, and playwright originally listed the three-bedroom unit in May as a $22,000/month rental. The price gradually dropped to $15,000/month by July, but now he’s completely parted ways with the home, selling it for much higher than the $2.95 million he paid in 2011.

Take a look inside the award-winning apartment

Daily Link Fix

  • Happy Birthday NYC!: The city is 350 years old today. Dang NYC, you’re old. Find out the history behind how New Amsterdam became New York in The New York Times.
  • Don’t Be A Sucker For Duane Reade: According to Scouting New York, you’re paying almost a $1 more there than at, let’s say, CVS. We all know you love getting those $5 coupons after hoarding 5,000 Rewards Points, but after reading the research Scouting New York did you’ll want to ditch that Balance Rewards card.
  • These Kids Were Doing Something Useful While You Lazied Around This Summer: 25 high schoolers were finding ways to solve world issues this summer at Harlem Biospace’s HK Maker Lab. DNAinfo featured the whiz kids that spent six weeks at Columbia learning about biomedical engineering. So what did you do this summer?
  • Why Harlem Is Hotter Than The Rest Of The City: No you’re not crazy; the city does have microclimates. WNYC reports that students and researchers at City College determined that “temperatures vary from one neighborhood to another depending on elevation, building type and other factors.”

Images: Duane Reade in Union Square courtesy of nyulocal.com (left); HK Maker Lab by Timothy Lee for DNAinfo (right)

Architecture, Design, Interiors, West Village 

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , August 26, 2014

Given the history of New York City, converting factories, carriage houses and yes, even stables, into beautiful, functional living spaces isn’t a novel idea. But trust us, MESH Architectures’ transformation of this former horse’s quarters on Horatio Street takes novel to a whole new level.

The only thing still stable-like about this gorgeous residence is its nearly square shape and a few original wood support columns scattered about. But you hardly notice either when you encounter the utterly unique giant glowing cube or “lantern” smack dab in the middle of the apartment.

See the interior of this glowing room and more

Chelsea, Cool Listings, Green Design, Interiors, Starchitecture

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , August 26, 2014

Kanye West is in luck. As of just a few days ago, a new unit popped up in the iconic Neil Denari-designed HL23 condominium he once so desperately coveted; asking $3.95 million. It’s no wonder the starchitect’s first free-standing building is such a draw. Not only did the futuristic design inspire former New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff to write car metaphors, but it’s also sustainably built. Making the city a better place and looking good while doing it? What’s not to love?

Take a look inside, here

Flatiron, Interiors, Recent Sales

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , August 26, 2014

It’s not often a flip yields a $4,655,000 profit in just four years, but that’s exactly what happened at the 10th-floor loft at 17 West 17th Street. The full-floor Flatiron apartment sold in 2010 for $3,095,000, but was a massive, raw studio at the time with only one bathroom and no formal kitchen. It’s now a true four-bedroom space with three additional bathrooms and a clear definition of rooms. The intensive renovation paid off, netting previous owner Peter Vogelsang, a lawyer with the Alberleen Group, an impressive $7.6 million, according to recent city records.

Let’s take a look at the profitable pad

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

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