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Real Estate Wire

  • The Times has created a map of the hardest places to live in the U.S. by county. A taste of their findings: Manhattan is ranked 365 out of 3,135 with a life expectancy of about 81.7 years, while the Bronx is struggling, coming in at 2,324 with a life expectancy of 78.1 years. The map also considers unemployment, median income, obesity and more. [NYT]
  • A “performance architect”? Learn how to renovate without actually renovating, for free. Warning: Things will get emotional. [BrickUnderground]
  • Inside an adorable family home on Pomander Walk. [Curbed]
  • Have Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis moved from the Meatpacking District to Clinton Hill? [NYP]
  • Cindy Gallop cuts the price of her infamous “Black Apartment” in Chelsea by $1 million. [CityRealty]

Images: A map of disparity via NYT (L); A perfomance architect Alex Schwedervia Brick Underground (R)

Greenwich Village, Major Developments, Policy

NYU Expansion Plan Opponents Will Get Final Day in Court

By Dana Schulz, Tue, February 24, 2015

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , February 24, 2015

A rendering of the expansion plan

In October, the appellate court overturned a previous decision by the New York Supreme Court that prohibited NYU’s $6 billion, 1.9 million-square-foot Greenwich Village expansion plan, but community groups vowed to appeal the decision. And they most certainly kept their word.

In a press release sent today by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP), we’ve learned that the New York State Court of Appeals agreed to hear an appeal by GVSHP, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan, Community Board 2, actor Mark Ruffalo, and other local concerned parties.

More info here

Architecture, Getting Away, Interiors

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , February 24, 2015

Bridge House by Gluck+ rethinks the typical country retreat, which is oftentimes just a nondescript, run-of-the-mill house built in a remote area. Located in the hamlet of Olivebridge, this unusual design combines three centuries of American country architecture in one home. Its unique assemblage consists of various volumes, each with a different style and material, joined by long and lean bridges, a gesture from which the home gets its name.

Learn more about this interconnected woodland retreat

History, maps

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , February 24, 2015

A 1776 map that shows Peter Stuyvesant’s farm in the present-day East Village

Cartographers and history buffs will have a field day with this online tool known as NYC Time Machine. Using public data from the New York Public Library, the resource allows users to “navigate perfectly-overlaid maps of NYC from 1660 to present day.” The site is part of Vestiges of New York, which overlays historic photos and current images.

More details

Daily Link Fix

  • Here’s a map of 13 of the shortest, cutest, and most historic little streets in New York. [Curbed]
  • Get through the polar vortex by thinking of warm days on the waterfront and ramen burgers; Smorgasburg will reopen on April 4th. [Gothamist]
  • Two famous, historic sailing ships could dock at the South Street Seaport this summer. [Tribeca Trib]
  • Looks like those MTA courtesy campaigns aren’t working. A lack of basic manners getting in and out of cars is contributing to a spike in delays. [NY Post]
  • “Snow Circles” crop up mysteriously in Riverside Park. [West Side Rag]
  • Take a look inside the Victorian Tribeca loft of James Ramsey, a principal of the design studio Raad, and Jennifer Blumin, the founder of Skylight, which does adaptive reuse of historic spaces. [NY Times]

Images: Gay Street via Wiki Commons (L); subway crowding (R)

Historic Homes, Interiors, Prospect Park South, Recent Sales

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , February 24, 2015

Film critic and novelist Jonathan Baumbach (you may know his son, film maker Noah Baumbach, or his first wife, Village Voice critic Georgia Brown) and his wife have sold their historic Prospect Park South Victorian home for $1.8 million, according to city records released today. Built in 1901, the five-bedroom property originally hit the market back in September 2014 for $2.27 million, but decreased its price twice in just five short months.

Take a look around this classic Victorian

Cool Listings, Interiors, Soho

Sweeping Soho Loft Featured in Magazines Asks $23K/Month

By Aisha Carter, Tue, February 24, 2015

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , February 24, 2015

Ever flip through the pages of an architecture magazine and wish that home could be yours? Well, there’s a two-bedroom stunner at 143 Prince Street that has graced the pages of many an architecture magazine, and it can be yours for $23,000 per month. This corner unit is flooded with light thanks to 12-foot ceilings and two walls of 17 oversized southern and western windows spanning 45 feet in the living room. Add to that ebonized wood floors and cast-iron columns, and you have the perfect architectural pin-up.

More pics inside

New Developments, real estate trends

The U.S. Trails Behind in the Global Skyscraper Race

By Diane Pham, Mon, February 23, 2015

  • By Diane Pham
  • , February 23, 2015

New York is most certainly experiencing a skyscraper boom, but you may be surprised to find out that the number of supertalls going up in the city account for only a small percentage of what’s going up globally. According to CBS News, just 20 percent of the world’s towers are being built stateside, and of all the tall buildings completed last year, we had only four in the top 20 (One World Trade Center topped the list). So if we aren’t number one in this race, then where is this new crop of towers creeping up?

Find out here

Cool Listings, East Village, Interiors, Manhattan

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , February 23, 2015

This meticulously renovated $1.75 million double-height corner condo loft in The Petersfield holds more than a few surprises, the first of which greets you as you enter the gallery foyer. Cleverly doubling as a built-in bookshelf display you will find a set of wooden stairs leading up to a sizable queen-sized sleep loft, always a nice addition to a one-bedroom apartment. And then, of course, there’s the crystal chandelier over the bathtub…

More inside is right this way

History, Video

Video: Footage Dating from 1896 Is the Oldest of NYC

By Dana Schulz, Mon, February 23, 2015

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , February 23, 2015

Can you visualize what New York City looked like in 1896? If not, a new video will let you step back in time. It shows shots of 28 locations from 1905 all the way back to 1896, making it the oldest known footage of the city. The absolute oldest shots were taken on May 11, 1896 and were of Herald Square. Since in many cases a lot has changed over the last century, pinpointed maps with dates provide a welcome commentary.

Watch the full video here

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