When Evelyn and Everett Ortner bought their Park Slope brownstone at 272 Berkeley Place in 1963 for $32,000 they probably never imaged it would sell 50 years later for over $3 million. But it was their own historically sensitive and forward-looking vision that helped revitalize the area and make it a much-sought-after Brooklyn neighborhood.
The Ortners moved to Park Slope when brownstones were unfashionable and the rich turned their noses down at the area. They convinced their friends to also buy brownstones in the neighborhood. Evelyn was an interior designer specializing in period interiors, and the couple meticulously restored their home down to every last historic detail. After a 25th anniversary trip to France, where they were inspired by local preservationists working to conserve a crumbling castle in Normandy, Mr. and Mrs. Ortner dedicated themselves to historic preservation efforts in Park Slope until their deaths in 2006 and 2012.
See the results of the couple’s tireless passion
Those who laughed at Kent Johnson’s plan to bring a “glamping” site to the Far Rockaway can now eat a slice of humble pie. It looks like the designer has raised enough funds via Kickstarter to make the “luxurious” campsite a reality. Johnson targeted $50,000, and just a mere five hours ago managed to exceed his goal by $789.
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Designers don’t need to look far for inspiration. We’ve seen a solar charger shaped like a bonsai tree, flower-inspired pendant lights and now, a chair that Brazilian designer Pedro Paulo Franco modeled after the human skeleton.
Details on the bone-shaped design here
- For the week of May 19, 2014, 81 condos sold for an average price of $3.1 million, while 123 coops sold for an average of $1.3 million. The Walker Tower, One57, and the newly opened Marquand stole the top three spots for most expensive sales that week.
- NYC’s soon-to-be-tallest residential tower at 432 Park Avenue surpassed its 1,000-ft mark this week and is now taller than any rooftop north of the Empire State Building. The Vinoly-designed building will top out at 1,397 feet – taller even than One World Trade Center.
- Beauty or beast? We take a closer look at the Herzog & de Meuron-designed 40 Bond — form, function, sales prices and all.
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Images: Marble Bowl by Earnest Studio (left), hotel rendering (right)
The city has officially approved a $3 million streetscaping plan as part of the overall plan to create a cultural district on the border of downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene, according to Crain’s New York. The plan, which will transform public spaces along several streets including Fulton Street, Ashland Place, Lafayette Avenue, will include ripping up the existing sidewalks and replacing them with dark stone slabs embedded with a sprinkling of lights. There will also be new seating and landscaping along a number of blocks north of Atlantic Avenue where patrons of popular institutions like the Brooklyn Academy of Music and BRIC arts and media gather. The idea is to turn that area into a cultural epicenter in Brooklyn, much like Lincoln Center in Manhattan, but comprised of several independent entities.
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The impetus behind the rezoning plan allowing taller towers in the blocks surrounding Grand Central Terminal – specifically the five blocks of Vanderbilt Avenue from East 42nd Street to East 47th Street – is to keep New York competitive with office development in other major cities like London and Shanghai.
However, according to the Wall Street Journal, the hotel-workers union, which had a key role in the demise of a similar proposal under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has flexed its muscles once again, seeking a concession that would require any new hotels to receive a special permit from the City Planning Commission and the City Council.
More details on the rezoning here
Jared Kushner and LIVWRK could soon be making their way to Gowanus. According to The Real Deal, the pair are in contract to buy a 133,000-square-foot development site at 175-225 3rd Street, located right across the new 3rd and 3rd Whole Foods market and just around the corner from Lightstone Group’s 700-unit rental project at 363 Bond Street. Currently, the land has 600 feet of frontage and allows for commercial development of up to 300,000-square-feet, but sources say that one-million square feet of residential could be constructed if rezoned.
More details here
Out with the old, and in with the new. A recently married Vanessa Carlton has put her two-bedroom Soho loft up for rent, and she’s asking a pretty penny for it, according to the NY Daily News. The 2,500-square-foot apartment, listed by Coldwell Banker Bellmarc’s Lisa Garey, has a vintage appeal that suits the “A Thousand Miles” singer/songwriter nicely. Carlton purchased the loft, located at 182 LaFayette Street, in 2004 for $1.83 million and renovated it to maintain its historic charm while featuring modern-day amenities.
Take a look inside the star’s expensive pad here
Walking through this maisonette located at 170 East 78th Street is akin to going on a wonderful adventure where you’re not quite sure what you will see next. Every room in this tri-level home is filled with unique touches like gorgeous wood paneling surrounding quaint built-ins, ornately enshrined wood-burning fireplaces, and 13-foot ceilings.
Originally built as three separate artist’s studios, this dramatic apartment feels like living in a 30-foot wide townhouse with all the benefits of a full-time doorman.
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