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Daily Link Fix

  • Keith Haring’s six-story Statue of Liberty mural is going up for auction. [NYP]
  • Turns out there is some validity to the “Whole Paycheck” nickname for Whole Foods. The grocery store has been overcharging for pre-packaged foods. [Gothamist]
  • Past and present: Manhattan Beach’s “Apartcot” bungalow colony. [Brownstoner]
  • According to an interview with real estate investor Aby Rosen, when Jay Maisel moved out of 190 Bowery, he left behind a 26-year collection of Playboy and Hustler magazines, as well as a collection of 5,000 screwdrivers, all lined up. [New Yorker]
  • The creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo has passed away at age 79. [Guardian]

Images: Whole Foods (L); 190 Bowery (R)

Architecture, Central Park South, condos, Midtown, New Developments, Polls

We knew the name Nordstrom Tower wasn’t going to stick; the unofficial moniker came only from the fact that the building will have a Nordstrom department store at its base. And just a week after news hit that the supertall from Extell will be the country’s highest by roof height, we’ve learned the official name: Central Park Tower. Some say it lacks creativity, while others appreciate the simplicity. Which side are you on?

condos, Landscape Architecture, New Developments, Prospect Heights, Urban Design

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , June 24, 2015

Formerly known as Atlantic Yards, Pacific Park Brooklyn will be a 22-acre site anchored by the Barclays Center in Prospect Heights and containing eight million square feet of mixed-use development that includes 16 condo towers and 2,250 units of affordable housing, as well as an eight-acre park. Almost a year ago, developers Forest City Ratner Companies and Greenland USA (now merged as Greenland Forest City Partners) announced that they’d chosen Thomas Balsley Associates to design the green space. And now, we’re finally seeing the first set of renderings for the public space, in addition to a master plan.

The Daily News first shared the renderings, showing “the long, meandering park, which will follow the footprint of the new towers.” The outdoor space will boast a public plaza and promenade, toddler and children’s play areas, a bocce ball court, basketball court, dog run, glowing lanterns, sloping lawns, and a water garden.

More details ahead

Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings, Interiors

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , June 24, 2015

Here’s a $2.995 million garden duplex at 132 State Street in Brooklyn Heights with a gorgeous private backyard. The 25-foot-wide brownstone apartment features 2,275 square feet on the garden and parlor levels. And it’s almost an insult to call the 1,000-square-foot rear garden “just” a backyard. It’s actually more like an outdoor living room, but we’ll get to that later.

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Featured Story

Architecture, Features, Interviews, People

  • By Diane Pham
  • , June 23, 2015

Apart from Zaha Hadid, Jeanne Gang and Annabelle Selldorf, very few women in architecture manage to grab headlines like their male counterparts. But a relative newcomer named Fauzia Khanani is hoping to help change all of that. Fauzia started her practice, Fōz Design, back in 2011 with a single project in upstate New York. Since then, she’s grown what was then a huge leap of faith into a full-fledged design studio working on residential, commercial office and public spaces from New York to California. We recently caught up with Fauzia to learn more about what it’s been like to go out on her own in such competitive city, the challenges of being a female minority architect in world being designed by men, and how taking a “reflective design” approach can really improve a space.

Read our interview with Fauzia here

Architecture, Financial District

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , June 23, 2015

Original design of 3 WTC (L); Revised design without the roof masts (R)

Ever since starchitect Bjarke Ingels revealed renderings for 2 World Trade Center (after taking over the design from Norman Foster), the building has been the talk of the architecture world, especially since Ingels has been so generous about giving interviews to the press. The tower has now even influenced the architects of 3 World Trade Center (a.k.a. 175 Greenwich Street) to rethink their design. As Yimby reports, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have amended their plan for the third-tallest building on the site to have a more streamlined roof, now void of its spires, to better complement 2 World Trade.

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Events, real estate trends, Starchitecture, Urban Design

  • By Diane Pham
  • , June 23, 2015

The New York Times Cities For Tomorrow conference is back again and better than ever, this time promising to deliver even more riveting talks centered on the forward-thinking innovations that are rapidly reshaping the world as we know it. This year, join Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman as he leads the two-day event, running July 20th-21st, which will bring together the globe’s leading writers, researchers, real estate giants, political leaders and architects as they explore the challenges facing our infrastructure and transportation systems.

The goal of the Cities for Tomorrow conference is to provide a forum for industry leaders to spark new ideas, relationships and opportunities as they present their expertise in the arts, economic development, new tech businesses, income inequality, education and health in a collaborative environment. Some of this year’s speakers include New York City’s police commissioner, William Bratton, Bloomberg’s Daniel Doctoroff, SPUR’s Allison Arieff, starchitect Bjarke Ingels, and Related’s Stephen Ross—you can check out the whole list and agenda over at the event site.

Want to attend? The conference is invitation only, but 6sqft readers can request an invite using the code CFTSQ20—this will also knock 20% off the admission price. Be sure to act fast because the event is almost sold out! For more info, visit NYTCitiesForTomorrow.com.

Cool Listings, Interiors, Tribeca

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , June 23, 2015

A unique two-bedroom penthouse lined with massive angled skylights is available at City Hall Tower in Tribeca, asking $2.3 million. But this premier pad is touting more then just greenhouse windows and multiple exposures. It also features a planted wraparound terrace surrounding it on three sides. So we’re not just talking about a prime location, but a prime location with a lot of outdoor space. Winning!

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Real Estate Wire

  • The Times checks out Park Slope in their latest “Block by Block” video. [NYT]
  • The Brasserie will also join the Four Seasons as it exits the Seagram building. [NYP]
  • The Stonewall Inn has received individual landmark status, becoming NYC’s first LGBT landmark. [6sqft inbox]
  • The cash-strapped MTA just got a nice boost thanks to the real estate boom. The agency received $732.4 million this year from mortgage and property-sale taxes. [Crain’s]
  • In Los Angeles, developers must include below-market and affordable units in order to get a building permit. Could this work in NYC? [BU]
  • NY’s rent regulations will get a four year extension. [NYDN]

Brooklyn, History

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , June 23, 2015

General Lee Avenue and Robert E. Lee’s former home on Fort Hamilton, via Jeremy Bender/Business Insider

We’ve all seen the news this week regarding the debate over Confederate flags in the South following the tragedy in Charleston. But a fascinating article today from Business Insider reminds us that the issue isn’t necessarily limited to the southern states. In fact, there’s an homage to the Confederacy right here in Brooklyn, and it goes largely unnoticed.

General Lee Avenue is a half-mile street that runs through Fort Hamilton, the city’s last remaining active-duty military base, and is named for Confederate commander General Robert E. Lee, who was the base’s engineer before he left for the south. Additionally, there’s a plaque marking the home where Lee lived from 1841 to 1846.

Find out more here

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In the heart of the Jersey City Heights, this luxury condo offers modern homes with NYC views

  • By Dana Schulz

The Heights section of Jersey City is perhaps the best-kept secret among New Yorkers. Its real estate hasn’t yet reached the prices of downtown, but it’s full of beautiful blocks with skyline views, hip new restaurants, and tons of green space. The Beckford is a new condo in the neighborhood that offers all this and more. Located right on Central Avenue, it has sleek urban luxury condos, along with a backyard and a shared roof deck with a BBQ grill and those NYC views. Currently, there are three two-bed, two-bath units on the market for $495,000.

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New condo 2505 Broadway adapts pre-war elegance for modern Upper West Side living

  • By Dana Schulz

All renderings by MOSO Studio

Long known as a family neighborhood rooted in its pre-war history, the Upper West Side has found a new life in recent years, attracting young professionals and a commercial boom that’s brought countless downtown restaurants uptown. And, of course, along with this transition comes a reimaging of the residential market. Take for example the 44-unit condo at 2505 Broadway. It was designed by Eran Chen and the architects at ODA in their signature modular style, but it retains the classic sophistication the neighborhood is known for. The residences are refined yet modern, and there is an array of forward-looking amenities such as a state-of-the-art gym with adjacent flexible space used as a sports court or movie theater, a pet spa, and an outdoor terrace overlooking the Hudson River.

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