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Timeless Trophy: 740 Park Avenue

By Dana Schulz, Thu, September 25, 2014

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 25, 2014

New York City may have an ever-revolving cast of hottest restaurants, hippest clubs, and even most desirable neighborhoods, but some real estate titans never go out of style in this metropolis. Known as the “Tower of Power,” 740 Park Avenue is one such mainstay.

The Upper East Side 19-story, Art Deco building was completed in 1930 to the designs of Rosario Candela, often considered the finest architect of luxury apartment interiors, as the last of the grand dames erected along Manhattan’s Gold Coast. It didn’t reach its peak until the real estate boom of the 1980s, but is today one of the most sought-after addresses with 31 apartments, mostly all duplexes, triplexes, and penthouses. The massively scaled residences feature grand living rooms, formal dining rooms, spiral staircases, high ceilings, expansive foyers, and an abundance of windows.

Plenty more on this timeless trophy residence and its long list of well known inhabitants

Real Estate Wire

Architecture, Design, Upstate

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 25, 2014

When you’re avid art collectors like the owners of the Tsai Residence and Guest House, you probably won’t be too impressed with a typical rectangular structure to house your masterpieces. That’s where Swiss-based firm HHF Architects and world-famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei come in. Working together, they created a unique Y-shaped guest house for the couple’s Ancram, New York property. Each of the home’s three wings has a specific purpose–bedroom, workroom, and art gallery. The simple and effective design “served to link these elements at isolated points and to define the overall appearance of the guesthouse.”

More on the artistic residence, which is the only Ai Weiwei-designed house in the country

Green Design, Products

Milo is a Greenhouse-Lamp That Cares for Your Indoor Plants

By Ana Lisa Alperovich, Thu, September 25, 2014

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , September 25, 2014

Meet Milo, a glazed lampshade and miniature greenhouse all in one. Apart from looking very pretty, this glass lamp by Polish studio Lightovo will highlight your favorite interior plant and even vows to protect and feed it with light. Just place your favorite potted flower inside, and let it bloom.

Learn more about the blooming light

Daily Link Fix

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 25, 2014
  • A new infographic, The Schematic of Structures, displays the 90 greatest architectural achievements since prehistory. You can be the judge of this list over on Fast Co. Design.
  • Break out the Meow Mix, NYC’s first permanent cat café could open next spring. According to Gothamist, a $65,000 crowdfunding campaign is underway to make the kitty dream a realty.
  • A 17-year-old Instagrammer known as Demidism climbed to the top of 432 Park Avenue, the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, and took some pretty amazing (yet vertigo inducing) photos. Untapped Cities has the scoop.
  • It’s about time…the WEDG personal cloud storage device offers strong security and privacy values, reports designboom.

Image: via WEDG 

Architecture, Coney Island, Design

  • By Jason Carpenter
  • , September 25, 2014

Image © Javier Ignacio Acuña Ditzel

Coney Island is an entertainment destination in New York, with its beach and amusement park rides, but it is also a city center for weirdo culture and kitsch. The neighborhood’s aesthetic has developed into something like an early 20th century carnival surrounded by ’60s and ’70s storefronts which may or may not be conscious of their dated designs. So the question is, how do you design a new building in a neighborhood which is so identified with an attractively shabby, authentically dated look? Buildings like the Coney Island Museum face that difficulty with each passing year.

See the retro Americana design of Coney Island here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper West Side 

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , September 25, 2014

The listing for penthouse B at the Apple Bank Building has returned this week, asking $9.68 million. The David Abelow-designed condo first appeared on the market a year ago, asking $12 million. Then the property was delisted earlier this year after dropping its price to $10 million. Now, this 4,055-square-foot duplex may reside in a Beaux Arts building built in 1927, but you wouldn’t know it by the looks of its modern interior. In fact, house hunters might be pleasantly surprised to find a state-of-the-art, chef’s kitchen right out of the space age waiting for them as they enter.

See what we’re talking about here

Celebrities, Cool Listings, Interiors, Soho

  • By Annie Doge
  • , September 25, 2014

Looks like rocker Jon Bon Jovi may be saying “Auf Wiedersehen” to his Soho penthouse at 158 Mercer Street’s New Museum Building, as supermodel Heidi Klum was seen checking out the $37.5 million digs. The six-bedroom, 7,452-square-foot duplex is chock full of luxurious amenities such as wood-burning fireplaces, landscaped terraces, screening and projection rooms, and living and kitchen areas on both floors. Klum was scoping out several downtown homes, but it’s not going to be easy to pass up this superb penthouse.

Take a tour of the stunning space

Architecture, Design, Events, Giveaways

  • By Alyssa Alimurung
  • , September 25, 2014

Image of The Oslo Opera House from the film Cathedrals of Culture

Your three favorite things rolled into one five-day event: the Architecture and Design Film Festival. Starting October 15th, 25 curated films will be on show at the Tribeca Cinemas for the nation’s largest film festival dedicated to architecture and design. Sound like something you’d love to see? We’ve teamed up with ADFF to give one lucky reader two free tickets to the film of their choice!

To enter, all you need to do is:

Sign up for our newsletter here and you’re done! If you’re already signed up for our newsletter, but still want to enter, leave us a comment here.

We’re accepting entries until Sunday, September 28th and we’ll contact the winner via e-mail the following day.

Don’t want to wait to find out if you’ve won? Purchase tickets here and stop by the festival from October 15-19 at Tribeca Cinemas. For more information on what’s on show at this year’s ADFF, visit their website.

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper East Side

The Penthouse at the Mark Refuses to Budge on $60M Price Tag

By Aisha Carter, Wed, September 24, 2014

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , September 24, 2014

At least they’re consistent. The on-again-off-again penthouse listing at The Mark continues to insist on a $60 million asking, nearly seven years after it first popped up on the market. This is particularly audacious considering the building’s already shaky history, which is fraught with buyer back-outs, lawsuits, and heavy price cuts. Still, the penthouse surges ahead asking more than $6,000 per square foot and daring anyone to challenge it. And what do you get for $60 million dollars plus $44,645 per month in common charges?

Let’s take a look

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