Daily Link Fix

  • The beauty of…basements? That’s right, a new photo series explores the city’s underground digs, where superintendents often live with their families. More on Co.Design.
  • Want to live next to Sandra Bullock in Soho? Soho Strut has the details.
  • The SS Columbia, the oldest US passenger steamer, is returning home to New York from Detroit, reports Untapped Cities.
  • Gizmodo wonders, is the Hamster Wheel Desk a fun way to get through the work day, or is it a sad statement on modern office culture?
  • GVSHP visits St. Mark’s Bookshop and chats with the owners about their recent move and new, historic East Village location.

Images: Hamster Wheel Desk via Gizmodo (L) and St. Mark’s Bookshop via Clouds Architecture Office (R)

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Upper West Side 

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , September 19, 2014

William Noble would roll over in his grave if he knew the fate of his beloved private residence. The prominent developer built a cluster of spec homes toward the end of the 19th century and chose 247 Central Park West for himself. This 10,745-square-foot home’s impressive history continues as it was once the home of Walt Disney’s grandniece and it remains one of the few single-family homes on Central Park.

However, history turns a bit sour beginning in 2006 when Keith Monda, president of Coach, purchased the home and spent a year renovating it as a gallery for his art. He sold the remodeled home to Ukrainian businessman Igor Iankovsky in 2012. Iankovsky apparently never moved in, preferring his French residence instead, and he has been trying to sell the home ever since. We’re not sure if it’s the renovation’s mixed reviews or the sky-high prices, but for some reason this home toggles back and forth on the sales and rental markets. Well, now it’s back with another price drop, asking $27.75 million or $65,000 a month.

Let’s take a look inside

Architecture, Major Developments, Midtown East

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 19, 2014

We’ve been keeping a close eye on One Vanderbilt, SL Green‘s new 65-story office tower planned for the entire block west of Grand Central and north of East 42nd Street. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, it will be the second-tallest building in the city when completed. Now, Yimby has hot-off-the-press skyline views of One Vanderbilt from KPF, and the newest NYC supertall certainly stands out amongst the nearby Empire State Building and Chrysler Building.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Greenwich Village, Interiors

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 19, 2014

You won’t find any paint-splattered masterpieces here, but you will get the exclusive bragging rights of saying you live in the former home of Jackson Pollock at 46 Carmine Street. And if that wasn’t enough of a conversation starter, the Greenwich Village building was once owned by Aaron Burr.

Million Dollar Listing New York star Luis D. Ortiz announced the $1.25 million listing via Instagram, which is not surprising considering how photogenic this one-bedroom, top-floor unit is. The 800-square-foot home boats 14-foot, Tudor-style beamed ceilings with skylights; exposed whitewashed brick walls; and a cozy fireplace.

Tour the former Pollock pad

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Architecture, Features, real estate trends, Starchitecture

Glass vs. Stone: An Epic Architecture Battle

By Dana Schulz, Thu, September 18, 2014

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 18, 2014

Decisions, decisions…sometimes there’s just far too many in New York City. Thai or Chinese takeout? Subway or bus? Central Park or the High Line? The list goes on. And one of the most grueling decisions we make as New Yorkers is where to live. From choosing a borough and neighborhood to deciding on a price point, it’s quite the undertaking. But what about the most elementary component of the building in which we decide to live–it’s material. To be more exact, glass or stone.

Glass tower dwellers are often drawn to the floor-to-ceiling windows, panoramic views, and clean lines, whereas buyers of apartments in stone buildings prefer a more traditional feel, with pre-war-style layouts that provide great separation of spaces. And some of the city’s most prominent architects have become synonymous with one style or the other. Think Richard Meier for glass and Robert A.M. Stern for stone. CityRealty decided to take a closer look at this epic battle and see how pairs of glass and stone developments fared across the city.

See how these buildings battle it out

Architecture, Brooklyn, Design, Fort Greene, Interiors

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , September 18, 2014

When tasked with converting this historic brownstone on Carlton Avenue in Fort Greene from an existing four-family residence to a single home for a growing brood, MANIFOLD Architecture Studio (MAS) appears to have focused on the one item that unified the building from the start – the stairway.

See more of MAS’ Carlton Street conversion

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Soho

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , September 18, 2014

A sprawling one-bedroom loft in the heart of Soho’s Cast Iron Historic District just popped up on the market, asking $3.25 million. This co-op at 85 Mercer Street is quite the looker with original pressed tin ceilings, cast iron columns, and plenty of light. But the most interesting feature of this modernized prewar loft is probably where you’ll be laying your head at night.

Take a look inside, here

Real Estate Wire

  • Three of the 27 apartments at 11 Beach in Tribeca have hit the market. The three-bedroom is going for $5.3M, the four-bedroom $6.65M, and the five-bedroom is priced at $7.75M. [CityRealty]
  • Another HAP building is coming to 247 East 117th Street, but this time Karim Rashid isn’t on the docket to design. Instead, Daniel Goldner Architects will take the lead. [TRD]
  • Tour the Greenwich Hotel’s penthouse gardens. [NY Mag]
  • A first look at the new single-family mansions at 100 Pierrepont Street and 38 Monroe Place. The homes, which were previously Brooklyn Law School residences, have been priced at $11 million and $13 million. [Curbed]

11 Beach interior designed by Juul Hansen; The new HAP as it compares to Karim Rashid’s design (right)

Green Design, Products

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , September 18, 2014

Greta Ljung & Martin Hedenstöm Ljung from Swedish Studio Ljung & Ljung travelled the world and created these wonderful luminaires. POP combines a Scadinavian minimalistic shape with a fresh edge given by waved bamboo stripes. Produced in Thailand, they offer a sophisticated take on paper Chinese lanterns.

Learn more about this Scandi-Thai design

Cool Listings, Getting Away, Upstate

  • By Diane Pham
  • , September 18, 2014

With fall inching closer, thoughts of sitting fireside with a cup of tea have started to fill our heads. And while the city is a splendid place in the autumn, nothing beats taking in the country air and the crunch of leaves beneath ones feet.

Now up for auction is this perfect fall escape (or full time home)—an incredible property located in the town of Amenia in Dutchess County. The sprawling 17-acre property, a.k.a. Meri-Mac Farm, comes with four bedrooms, 8,500-square-foot farmhouse, a three-stall stable, a horse pasture, pool, poolhouse and a separate guest house with two-bedrooms. Another fun bonus? You can claim one degree of Kevin Bacon—and Meryl Streep—who live nearby.

Explore the beautiful country home and farm


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