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Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, New Developments

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 11, 2014

The Broken Angel House in Clinton Hill was one of Brooklyn’s most unique landmarks. Artist Arthur Wood purchased the tenement building in 1979 for $2,000 and subsequently transformed it into a whimsical, livable sculpture, complete with stained glass windows made from bottles and glass, a cathedral-like glass addition, and brick wings. It was also the backdrop for the documentary Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.

Barrett Design and Development purchased the site at 4-8 Downing Street in January for $4.1 million. And it will be repurposed as a condo development, with sales launching next month and a new teaser site up and running.

More details on the development here

Real Estate Wire

  • Brazil’s top hotelier is looking to make his mark on 57th Street. Billionaire Rogerio Fasano is in talks to have starchitect Rafael Vinoly design the building. [NYDN]
  • It ain’t easy being green: Vogue contributing editor Lauren Santo Domingo, and her Colombian billionaire beer heir husband, have neighbors up in arms over the noise they’re making trying to dig a geothermal well beneath their Gramercy townhouse. [DNA Info]
  • The plan to green a downtrodden triangle flanked by Chambers, West Broadway and Reade Street was revealed last night.  [Tribeca Citizen]
  • As previously predicted, with new units on the market, Brooklyn’s 14-month streak of rising rental prices ended in August. [TRD]
  • The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is ready to take new for proposals from developers, hotel investors or others interested in converting the Eero Saarinen-designed TWA terminal at JFK into an airport hotel. [WSJ]

TWA Terminal (left); Bogardus Park in Tribeca (right)

Architecture, Design, Furniture, Products

  • By Diane Pham
  • , September 11, 2014

Everyone may be raving about the Dutch making their mark on the NYC urbanscape once again, but let’s not forget about the Danes who have perpetually kept our interiors cool and colorful with iconic designs like the Panton and the Egg. If you’ve been looking for a quirky statement piece that’s meant to spark some interesting conversations, then consider bringing a little Danish design into your home with this incredible wall-mountable dollhouse by Minimii.

Take a peek inside here

Architecture, Design, Hamptons, Interiors

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 11, 2014

Rising from the shores of the Fire Island Pines is an A-frame house, not an usual silhouette for a beach house, but a bit traditional, one may think, for the hip, modern vacation spot. Think again, though, because Bromley Caldari Architects transformed this existing beach rental into a contemporary retreat, rethinking the iconic 1960’s architectural style, hence its name A-Frame Re-Think.

The firm’s main task was to remove the spiral staircase that split the home down the middle and created dark, cramped rooms. In response to the challenge, architects R. Scott Bromley and Jerry Caldari broke through the envelope of the three-story structure, weaving in a modern, sculptural staircase.

More on the A-Frame Re-Think here

Daily Link Fix

  • See how Manhattan was mapped out back in 1811 on Untapped Cities.
  • Marlow Goods is taking the saying “using all parts of the animal” to heart. In their pop-up shop in Wythe Hotel, they’re selling bags made from hides of the animals served at the restaurant. Learn more on PSFK.
  • Drivers, think twice before cursing bikers the next time your driving around the city. Vox reports that bike lanes have actually sped up car traffic. You’re welcome.
  • 9/11 isn’t the only tragedy that happened on September 11th. In 1905 the elevated train on Ninth Avenue and 53rd Street derailed and fell off the tracks onto the road below. Stuff Nobody Cares About has the whole story.

Images: 1811 Commissioner’s Map of Manhattan by Michelle Young for Untapped Cities (left); Newspaper clipping of the 1905 train wreck courtesy of Stuff Nobody Cares About (right)

Art, Meatpacking District

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 11, 2014

If you’re already making Oktoberfest plans to hit up the Standard, High Line‘s beer garden, you might want to think about imbibing a bit earlier, as the new Light Cave art installation is only on view until the end of September.

Presented by FriendsWithYou and commissioned by the Standard Hotel and the Art Production Fund, this public art project “is a symbol of light and connectivity in an architectural form.” The inflatable work, which evokes a prehistoric figure and a cavern, spans the entire outdoor plaza in front of the hotel and pulsates with energy and light, creating a sensory rich experience.

More on the fun installation here

Celebrities, Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

  • By Annie Doge
  • , September 11, 2014

Live like a former Nets coach—at least while Jason Kidd is in Milwaukee coaching the Bucks. Kidd’s departure comes after some dicey events involving politicking and power grabbing after just a year on the job. But rather than dumping his Aldyn pad completely in spite, Kidd has decided to rent it out for $20,000 a month. With some serious off the hook amenities, it’s no wonder why this recognized NBA All-Star purchased the Upper West Side apartment in the first place.

A look inside the apartment and building here

Chelsea, Cool Listings, Interiors, Meatpacking District, West Village 

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , September 11, 2014

It looks like someone is trying to accomplish a pretty impressive flip. Since September 2012 an investor has gradually acquired the three units that occupy the sixth floor of the Porter House, paying almost $13 million. Now the entire floor is back on the market as one potential dream home package for a whopping $22 million. (Now that’s appreciation if we’ve ever heard of it.) While the nearly double asking price may raise a few eyebrows, there are a few incentives for prospective buyers in the form of a fresh paint job and a masterfully crafted floor plan by up-and-coming NYC architect Kevin Bergin. Admittedly, it’s not a complete remodel, but it’s a start. Let’s take a look inside so you can judge for yourself.

Take a look inside, here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Manhattan, Upper East Side

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , September 10, 2014

This extraordinary residence in The Ruxcroft at 20 East 64th Street is so classically elegant we almost felt like we had to get dressed up just to look at its pictures. One of only two units in this full-service 25-foot wide mansion condominium, its 2010 renovation was careful to restore many of the original period details, most notably the sweeping staircase winding its way through the home. How can anyone not feel elegant gliding down that majestic flight?

More pure elegance right this way

Architecture, Green Design, Upstate

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , September 10, 2014

Now that school’s back in session, we’ve found the perfect solitary haven for reading, writing, and studying. A minimal cube in the woods, the Scholar’s Library by Gluck+ Architects is located in a serene, forested area of Olivebridge, New York. The design is enclosed on the bottom, but open with wrap-around windows on the top. It’s “walls” change with the seasons, turning green in the summer, orange in the fall, and white in the winter.

Learn more about this cute studying retreat here

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