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Hotels, Manhattan, Midtown West, New Developments

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , December 8, 2014

A 22-story limited-service hotel is gearing up to rise in Midtown at 4-6 West 37th Street. According to new building permits filed this past weekend, a 120-key 60,000 square-foot development will go up at the 4,200 square-foot lot situated between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

Two charming six-story buildings, erected in 1920, will be be demolished for the 210-foot tall project designed by notable hotel designer Nobutaka Ashihara Architects. The firm recently opened the city’s tallest hotel, the Marriott Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Central Park at 1717 Broadway.

FInd out more here

Architecture, Getting Away, Green Design, Interiors, Upstate

The Glowing Hudson Passive Project Is a Dreamy Upstate Eco-Retreat

By Ana Lisa Alperovich, Sun, December 7, 2014

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , December 7, 2014

BarlisWedlick Architects LLC joined forces with Bill Stratton Building Company to create this sweet, high-performance and very quick-to-build home. The stunning glazed dwelling sits within the Hudson Valley just two hours north of the city. Dubbed the Hudson Passive Project, this cutting-edge dream home is not only beautiful, it’s proudly New York State’s first-ever certified passive house.

Learn more about the stunning Hudson Passive Project

Weekly Highlights

Weekly Highlights: Top Picks from the 6sqft Staff

By Dana Schulz, Sat, December 6, 2014

This Week’s Features

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Historic Homes, Lower East Side

  • By Diane Pham
  • , December 6, 2014

One of the city’s most mysterious buildings has become a whole lot less intriguing with this newly released rendering from Massey Knakal. The image, which was pulled from the marketing materials of the broker by Bowery Boogie, shows a very pristine 190 Bowery totally free of graffiti and all lit up.

Formerly the Germania Bank Building—and formerly the home of photographer Jay Maisel—the massive 72-room building was reportedly recently purchased by Aby Rosen of RFR Realty for an undisclosed amount (the sale has yet to hit city records) and, to much surprise, was put back on the market just a couple of weeks ago as a flip.

Find out more here

Featured Story

Bronx, Features, Interviews, New Yorker Spotlight, People

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , December 5, 2014

Dating back to 1685, the quaint nautical community of City Island has fought hard to retain much of the charm that makes it an anomaly in the heart of the bustling Bronx. So perhaps it is fitting that one of the island’s most colorful natives—and once a bit of an anomaly herself—shares her memories of growing up in New York City’s sleepy little fishing village.

Larger-than-life personality and drag queen extraordinaire Coco Peru’s life today couldn’t be much further from her years spent as a child on the quiet streets of City Island. Based in LA and traveling the world to bring her often irreverent but hysterically funny brand of storytelling to the masses, Coco’s tales from her youth often steal the show.

But it’s probably safe to say the majority of Coco Puffs (her beloved fans) have never even heard of this small island in the Bronx—and that most New Yorkers haven’t made the trip over the 113-year old soon-to-be-replaced bridge that represents the only point of access by car or foot. Which is why we are quite excited to bring you this exclusive peek into two of the city’s most unique treasures: City Island and Miss Coco Peru.

Read the interview with Miss Coco here

Featured Story

6sqft gift guide, Events, Features, holidays

14 Hip Holiday Markets and Indie Pop-Up Shops in NYC

By Michelle Cohen, Fri, December 5, 2014

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , December 5, 2014

Capsule Market Square.

As December dawns, the holiday gift markets roll in, and it’s harder than ever to turn around in NYC without encountering a pop-up shop or makeshift mall offering everything anyone could ever want–whether they know it yet or not–for the body, mind, soul and home. We’ve assembled a list of smaller, cooler pop-ups and holiday markets that mix music, food and fun freebies like haircuts, goodie bags and beer with this year’s selection of clever, crafty gifts.

Find out where to get the goods, this way

Architecture, Major Developments, New Developments, Starchitecture, Upper West Side 

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , December 5, 2014

L to R: Building 1, Building 2 (21 West End Avenue), Building 3, Building 4, Building 5 (1 West End Avenue)

The final appearance of Christian de Portzamparc’s Riverside Center master plan is coming into full view. A bevy of images depicting three never-before-seen crystalline towers have been released by Goldstein Hill & West Architects, giving us a more complete look at what the two-block site will ultimately look like circa 2018.

The city-approved plan will ultimately hold three acres of open space and five mixed-use buildings containing approximately 2,500 condo and rental units, a public school, a hotel, a movie theater and an auto showroom.

More details ahead

Real Estate Wire

  • New York’s taxi king lists his apartment at 101 Warren Street for $27M. [TRD]
  • Reel Estate: A look at the brownstone-turned-battleground in Home Alone 2. [Brick Underground]
  • Condos in starchitect Tao Ando’s first NYC building will start at $5.9M. [TRD]
  • The massive 1929 Rothschild mansion on the Upper East Side is selling for $40M. [Curbed]

Images: Exterior of 101 Warren Street (left); The brownstone of Home Alone 2 (right)

Architecture, Chelsea, New Developments

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , December 5, 2014

The Naftali Group’s 12-story condominium dubbed The Seymour has topped out just six months after breaking ground. Though we’ve yet to see the traditional topping-out tree, a flag can be seen pitched atop the concrete frame of the building’s bulkhead–a sure sign of the completion.

Sales have been just as speedy with more than half of the building’s 67 units in contract. According to CityRealty, there are currently nine units available on the market with an average price of $1,882 per square foot, ranging from $1.3 million for a one-bedroom unit to $3.95 million for a three-bedroom home on the 10th floor.

More details here (plus learn the origins of

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper West Side 

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , December 5, 2014

Finding a place to rent in New York City can be a headache at best. But you can save some money on aspirin if you’re interested in this two-bedroom Upper West Side duplex that is now available to rent for $6,925/month. Located at 313 West 75th Street, this charming, well-preserved, pre-war home boasts many of its original details, the most striking of which is its wealth of historic moldings, including crown and picture moldings throughout. You’ll also find dentil moldings in the living room, and ornate floral moldings around the mirror. The decorated marble fireplaces aren’t too shabby either.

Take a look around

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