Policy, Soho

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 9, 2014

Soho via CityRealty

By definition, a Business Improvement District (BID) “is a public/private partnership in which property and business owners elect to make a collective contribution to the maintenance, development, and promotion of their commercial district.” Typically, they’re implemented in neighborhoods that need an economic boost, so Soho would seem like an unlikely candidate.

Ever since the neighborhood’s artist lofts were replaced with designer boutiques, residents have struggled to deal with the “mall-ification” of their home. And when the Soho Broadway BID was presented, local activists opposed it, citing that commercial activity was already bursting at the seams, and it was the residents who needed assistance. Now, after nearly four years of debate, the BID is moving forward, but with a decreased budget and an equal commitment to both residents and businesses.

More details ahead

New Developments, Park Slope

Park Slope’s Iconic Pavilion Theater May Go Residential

By Ondel Hylton, Mon, December 8, 2014

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , December 8, 2014

Images on the website of architecture firm Architecture Outfit reveal that Park Slope‘s historic Pavilion Theater at 188 Prospect Park South may go residential. The theater is currently owned by a consortium led by Ben Kafash who purchased the theater from Morristown, NJ-based Cinedigm in 2011.

One scheme shows a six-story residential building rising behind the theater’s sublime Moorish façade and from a neighboring lot just south of the theater. It conceptualizes a mix of apartments along the circle dubbed Bartel-Pritchard Square and contextually scaled townhouses along narrow 14th Street. The second scheme preserves the theater in its entirety and limits new construction to the neighboring lot at 190 Prospect Park West where a nondescript one-story building currently stands.

More information here

Architecture, Brooklyn Heights, Interiors

  • By Diane Pham
  • , December 8, 2014

Architect Ben Hansen’s State Street townhouse is a contemporary masterpiece located in one of Brooklyn’s most charming neighborhoods. Originally a dated townhome with a dysfunctional floor plan, Hansen used this project as a chance to reinterpret the classic brownstone typology as a modern home suited for a young couple and their three small children. Hansen gutted the interior and joined the parlor floor rooms to create a space that both allows the home’s inhabitants to move easily between spaces and enjoy their verdant surroundings from within.

Take the tour here

Chelsea, Cool Listings, Flatiron, Interiors

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , December 8, 2014

Every New Yorker wants two things: a great apartment and a convenient location. Well, there’s a new $3.95 million listing available at 9 West 20th Street, right off the Ladies’ Mile, which means you can shop and eat to your heart’s content, then head home to the comfort and luxury of this mint-condition loft.

Take a look inside, here

Real Estate Wire

  • The Barclays Center has racked up a slew of federal and city building violations. [NYP]
  • New renderings of the Virgin Hotel coming to NoMad have been unveiled. [CO]
  • Two Trees drums up $168M in financing for its BAM South tower. [TRD]
  • NYCHA will sell its public housing stake to developers. [WSJ]
  • Supply and Demand: The building boom has pushed the value of construction to $32.9 billion this year, up from $28.2 billion a year earlier. [Crain’s]
  • Why not leave home? A 14-screen movie theater with electronic recliners is coming to the LES. [DNA Info]

Images: Barclays (left); NoMad’s upcoming Virgin Hotel (right)

Bronx, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , December 8, 2014

This massive house, located at 4547 Livingston Avenue in the Bronx’s beautiful historic Fieldston neighborhood, is 17 rooms deep, boasts 10,450 square feet, and is now available for $7,950,000 (h/t Curbed). Built in 1911 with fieldstone quarried from the property, the home was last sold in 1984 for $451,000 to philanthropists Harvey and Jayne Beker. Over the past 30 years they meticulously renovated and expanded the property with no detail left behind. The mansion now boasts an indoor lap pool with Jacuzzi, a heated driveway, a paved terrace that can accommodate a 100-person dinner party, and an “au pair suite.”

Tour the massive Bronx home here

6sqft gift guide, Green Design, Products

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 8, 2014

Candles are probably the easiest, most common holiday gift when you just don’t have a clue what to get someone. But after several years of giving the same old candle, it gets a little boring. So we’ve found the perfect outside-the-box candle for architecture buffs, tech nerds, or anyone who will love an attractive eco-candle.

The AU Collection by artist and designer Andrej Urem is a series of 3D-printed candles inspired by architectural forms. And they’re made right here in Brooklyn.

More on the AU Collection

Daily Link Fix

  • You’ve seen the steampunk marketing theme for 15 Renwick, but what if NYC got a real steampunk condo. Here’s how the Victorian building could be brought into the 21st century. [Treehugger]
  • This crystalline 3D map showcases the peaks and valleys of sound waves from famous NYC songs. [The Creators Project]
  • The stories behind five of Brooklyn’s most interesting houses. [BK Mag]
  • Take a tour of the NYC filming locations of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. [Scouting NY]
  • Looks like graffiti’s not going anywhere; city graffiti complaints were up 16% over the last year. [am NY]
  • Martha Stewart is opening a café in Chelsea’s Starrett-Lehigh Building. What can’t the domestic queen do!? [Bloomberg]

Images: 15 Renwick (L); Street art in Dumbo via CityRealty (R)

Celebrities, Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper West Side 

  • By Annie Doge
  • , December 8, 2014

Bruce Willis is really stepping up his New York real estate game. Just five weeks after buying a $12 million, 22-acre estate in Bedford, New York, he and his wife, actress Emma Heming Willis, have listed their three-bedroom Central Park West co-op at the El Dorado for $13 million. The Daily News reports that the couple is looking to trade up to a bigger unit now that they have a second child.

Willis bought the apartment at 300 Central Park West less than two years ago for $8.85 million from U2 bassist Adam Clayton. And after a meticulous renovation, he’s looking to make $4 million on the flip.

Take a tour of the Willis home

Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, Midtown West, New Developments

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , December 8, 2014

Who can deny the cool factor of living in a space oozing with history? New Yorkers find themselves living in former schools, churches, banks, fire stations, and even insane asylums. Now coming to Hell’s Kitchen are 44 condominiums dubbed Radio City Lofts, which will bring our space-deprived denizens a new form of living: life atop a functioning post office.

More on the new lofts here


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