Hell's Kitchen, Interiors, Midtown West, Recent Sales

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , July 9, 2014

It appears that Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass of Parkview Developers have sold one of their Southmoor House penthouses. The 17-floor building serves as more than just home to the Out Hotel developers. It’s also headquarters for their company. And like true developers, they own a big chunk of the building, making them one of the co-op’s biggest shareholders. While the newly troubled pair seems quite committed to their own symmetrical pad—turning down a $15.5 million cash offer a few years back without batting an eyelash—that doesn’t stop them from making serious bank on some other units. And you won’t hear us complaining, because that means we get to check out this 3BR/3BA penthouse.

Take a look inside this premier pad here

Chelsea, Interiors, Recent Sales

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 9, 2014

We’re guessing this penthouse loft at 138 West 17th Street is going to get very organized when new owner Mark Tarchetti, Chief Development Officer and Executive Vice President of Newell Rubbermaid Inc., moves in. He may not need to bring in too many plastic bins, though, as internationally acclaimed architect/designer Patrick Naggar executed a stunning combination of high function and low maintenance in this 3BR/3BA, 3,200-square-foot Chelsea apartment.

Naggar incorporated exotic materials and top-notch artisanry to create a sleek, modern home that feels luxurious and comfortable. Natural light and 360-degree unobstructed views abound thanks to 20 huge windows and five skylights.

Think the penthouse was worth the $7 million price tag? Check out more details right this way

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper West Side 

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , July 8, 2014

The historic building standing at 135 West 70th Street was built in 1927 to serve as a singular meeting place for all the Knights of Pythias lodges of NYC. Designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb, best known for his ornate movie palaces, it’s no wonder that the Pythian is richly decorated in brightly colored and glazed terra cotta embellishments.

Though converted to a condominium in 1983, architect David Gura was careful to retain most of the building’s ornamental features. Taking great pains to ensure that elements removed from their original positions were salvaged for use elsewhere within the building, his renovation earned a residential design award from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

 See why this apartment has earned our applause

Architecture, Getting Away, Hamptons, Landscape Architecture

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , July 8, 2014

NY-based Bates Masi + Architects designed a luxurious family home in East Hampton that pays homage to a local typology: the potato barn. Located in a 19th century waterfront community, the Piersons Way house consists of a series of gabled interconnected volumes clad in light Alaskan yellow shakes. This beautiful house rises among bamboo canes and tall silver grasses, protecting its own privacy while blending within the natural surroundings.

Tour the home here

Real Estate Wire

  • To power up the vast $18 billion Related Companies project at Hudson Yards, the developers are looking to off-grid electrical systems. However, being green may also mean having to pay out more green. ConEd’s standby tariffs are canceling out any benefits for both big and small buildings alike. [Crain’s]
  • The managers of the Empire State Building have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that claims they deprived early investors of more than $400 million in profit when landmark went public. [Crain’s]
  • A $48M Tribeca sky loft with 360-degree views is on course to hit the market. Broker team Tal and Oren Alexander are so confident that they’ve got the best listing in town that they are challenging Ryan Serhant, the broker/holder of the $118M Ritz Cartlon combo to a “Penthouse Challenge”. [NYDN]
  • Manhattan’s riskiest development deals: The priciest land buys of the last year and how they stack up next with nearby condo sales prices. [TRD]
  • A new floorplan for the ritzy Stella Tower penthouse has been released. [Curbed]
  • Ashkenazy Acquistion is eyeing a Washington Heights building. They’re currently in contract for nearly $40M for a 40,000-square-foot commercial property owned by a group of 15 families who have had the building for more than 50 years. [TRD]
  • Critics are afraid that the Mayor De Blasio wants to turn industrial zones like Gowanus into housing. [Brownstoner]
  • 1,000 apartments could be built atop the East River Plaze [DNA Info]
  • It’s old news that 432 Park Ave. passed its 1,000 foot mark, but these images of the building meeting its milestone are brand new. [Designboom]

432 Park (left); $48M Tribeca Loft (right)

Design, Green Design

Christopher Duffy from Duffy London unveiled a dramatic coffee table that brings the ocean’s depths into people’s living spaces. Like all of Duffy’s designs, the Abyss Table serves as a functional design as well as conversation piece that will never go unnoticed. Made from layers of certified FSC high-grade wood and glass, this stunning sculptural design replicates a geological cross section of the ocean.

Learn more about the design here

Daily Link Fix

  • By the Year 2016 Sharks Will Take Over Brooklyn: With Brooklyn growing the way it is, it only makes sense that it would attract sharks. We’re talking about the new exhibit the New York Aquarium plans to open. The Brownstoner tells you how you can help make this dream come true.
  • A Blue Whale Gets a Bath: We think it wants to look pretty for the sharks (see above). The Verge tells you how you can watch the giant sculpture at the Museum of Natural History get it’s scrubbing live… right now.
  • No More Crumbs: Sad Closings: Yes, it’s cruel. We lured with you a picture of cupcakes and then we shut the door in your face. Well that’s how we feel. According to the NY Daily News the decadent bake shop is closing its doors. This just after the news that the iconic Bowlmor Lanes has closed down too.
  • The Original Kickstarter Project Was the Statue of Liberty: Few things are better than getting an education while listening to the slurred speech of an inebriated man. Gothamist has a hilarious clip of Comedy Central’s Drunk History, along with some actual documents to support it.

Images: Crumbs cupcakes; Blue Whale at Museum of Natural History

Cool Listings, Interiors, Starchitecture, West Village 

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , July 8, 2014

The penthouse of Pritzker Prize-winning starchitect Richard Meier’s last residential masterpiece is on the market for the first time since it was built in 2005. You know what that means. It means we get to glimpse inside the stunning West Village pad so we can begin brainstorming fundraising ideas to get this hot $35 million trophy. As if it’s not impressive enough that this 165 Charles Street penthouse sits atop an iconic building that won the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects 2005 Housing Design Award, this condo was designed by the starchitect himself. Now, if that’s not something to brag about, we don’t know what is.

Take a look inside the masterfully designed penthouse here

Architecture, Fort Greene, Landscape Architecture, Major Developments

  • By Diane Pham
  • , July 8, 2014

New images of the BAM South Tower at 286 Ashland Place have emerged and come courtesy of the project’s landscape architect, Grain Collective. The renderings hint not only at the incredible views that will be afforded by the new tower, but the major rehaul of the public spaces along Fulton Street, Ashland Place and Lafayette Avenue. The new streetscaping plan will add much needed green space to the barren concrete quarter, with plenty of room for outdoor activities and events for patrons of BAM and BRIC, as well as local residents, to enjoy.

More of what’s to come here

Interiors, Recent Sales, West Village 

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 8, 2014

Attics get a bad name as the cobweb-laden crawl space to store holiday decorations, the makeshift bedroom for the angry teenager in the house, or the unknown room that no one even dares enter. But behind the dormer windows of 651 Washington Street is a modern, spacious attic space that has been transformed to fit two sunny bedrooms, one of the many factors that likely led to its recent $6 million sale.

Other selling points of the five-story, 2,800-square-foot home include four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a full-floor finished basement outfitted with a home gym, a private outdoor garden, and two separate dining rooms. The lucky buyer is Charles Modica, Co-Founder and Chancellor of St. George’s University located in Grenada, West Indies.

See what else Mr. Modica will get to enjoy in his new residence


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