Chelsea, Cool Listings, Interiors

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , December 24, 2014

A new fully-renovated Chelsea loft recently popped up on the market asking $839,000. This one-bedroom condo in the much sought-after Kheel Tower Condominium is bound to attract apartment hunters looking to enjoy classic loft living.

More pics inside

Cool Listings, Greenwich Village, Interiors, West Village 

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , December 23, 2014

Restaurateur Keith McNally is offering up his Greenwich Village townhouse again, fully furnished, for $25,000 per month. The four-story, 3,600-square-foot space is brimming with charm and features four bedrooms and a separate studio. Best of all, it’s the place to bring your foodie friends to dine in the house that celebrated restaurants like Balthazar, Odeon, Café Luxembourg, Schiller’s, and Minetta Tavern built.

Take a closer look, here

Architecture, Brooklyn, Interiors

  • By Diane Pham
  • , December 23, 2014

We’ve featured the work of WE Design before, but here’s another one of their Brooklyn beauties that’s captured our attention. In a gut renovation of a historic brownstone, the architects brought a 19th century home right into the 21st by juxtaposing the old and the new and making way for spaces that are all about modern living.

Have a look inside this stunning home

real estate trends

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 23, 2014

Image via Flickr

Does it feel like there’s either a Starbucks, Chase Bank, or Duane Reade on every corner? Well, that’s actually quite a realistic feeling. According to the Center for an Urban Future‘s seventh annual State of the Chains report, national retailers in New York City experienced a 2.8 percent increase in 2014, the largest jump in four years and the sixth straight year to see a net increase. Queens is experiencing the fastest growth in new stores, and coffee king Dunkin Donuts maintains its top spot for the seventh year running with a total of 536 locations, 21 more than last year.

More on the findings here

Real Estate Wire

  • Manhattan Community Boards 5 and 6 want to redesign SL Green’s 67-story One Vanderbilt tower. [NYP]
  • Fresh Direct breaks ground for its South Bronx headquarters, but locals protest that it will further damage the area’s air quality. [NYT]
  • An opinion on why the proposed megatower on the pier would ruin the South Street Seaport. [NY Mag]
  • Long Island City sees a rise in condo development. [Bloomberg]
  • West Village townhouse at 79 Horatio Street sells for $21 million, double what it sold for two years ago. [Curbed]

Images: One Vanderbilt (L); Long Island City (R)

Architecture, New Developments, Rentals, Upper West Side 

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , December 23, 2014

Final touches are being added to the Upper West Side’s exoskeletal rental building at 170 Amsterdam Avenue. The 20-story mid-rise between 67th and 68th Streets will be the first residential building in the city to feature a concrete “diagrid” structural system.

Developed by Chicago-based Equity Residential, the tower will house 239 luxury rental units and is slated to begin leasing early next year. Rental pricing may be similar to the Aire next door, where available units range from $3,375 for a 25th floor studio to $15,000 for a three-bedroom penthouse. According to the New York Post, Equity signed a 99-year lease for the site from the American Properties Group for $76.5 million back in 2011.

More details here

Architecture, Design, Upstate

  • By Alyssa Alimurung
  • , December 23, 2014

Images from Find Everything Historic

Imagine waking up one morning and getting pulled into a whirlwind of adventure, art, history, and preservation. That’s exactly what happened to Doris Cultraro of DC Studios in upstate New York when she was called in to clean and restore a 60-square-foot stained glass panel with over 6,000 pieces in 2007. “Although the original studio that produced the window was unknown, I could tell from the types of glass used that it was consistent with the great work of Louis Comfort Tiffany or Lafarge,” Cultraro told our friends at Find Everything Historic. And yes, that Tiffany. Louis’s father founded the turquoise-box silver jewelry retailer in 1837.

But how did this 19th century piece of art land in the hands of a family in the mid-Hudson Valley? They found it dumped in a salvage yard in Yonkers back in 1960 and bought it for a mere $100. According to the yard’s owner, when a wealthy tycoon’s Tarrytown mansion was demolished, the glass was left outside to rot. And the story only gets better. See if Doris was able to find out the artist of the stained glass, which wealthy businessman owned it, and where it is now on Find Everything Historic.


holidays, maps, Technology

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 23, 2014

One of the holiday windows at Saks, via Google Maps

We’re starting to think Google wants us to never leave our apartments again. Not only can we tour the elite Gramercy Park without a key and explore NYC in 3D, but now we can even check out the department store holiday window displays with Google Maps, welcome news for those of us who want to get in the holiday spirit without battling the crowds.

The Observer reports that the feature is available in London and New York, the latter showcasing those windows at Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, and Bloomingdale’s. It’s part of Google Maps’ new Business View feature, which makes it possible to virtually go inside businesses and provides special offerings like a 360-degree tour of the Colbert Report set.

Take a look at this year’s holiday windows

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Architecture, Features, Midtown West, Starchitecture

So You Think You Know Everything About One57?

By Ondel Hylton and Adam Rothstein, Mon, December 22, 2014

  • By Ondel Hylton and Adam Rothstein
  • , December 22, 2014

Well, you might want to think twice. Even though the city’s most expensive condo building is also perhaps the most written-about (even the Times has run out of ways to describe it), there are still plenty of little-known facts about the 1,005-foot-tall tower.

One57 is considered the crown jewel of what’s been dubbed “Billionaire’s Row,” and can also be credited with launching the ultra-luxury building boom. Developed by Extell‘s Gary Barnett and designed by Pritzker-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, the sleek tower is currently the second tallest structure in the city. And that’s just the beginning.

Bone up on your One57 factoids here

City Living, Transportation

  • By Diane Pham
  • , December 22, 2014

Most of our commutes are rife with subway delays, over-crowding and shutdowns, and while you can credit some of those to the sick passengers (and a handful of dizzy dieters), a lot of the blame falls on the fact that our subway still runs on an antiquated system built in the 1930s. Transit authorities are only now beginning to replace the eight-decade-old system, which still uses—wait for it—pencil and paper to track train progress. The update is a long overdue one, yes, but don’t expect your commute to get any more comfortable in the near future. With 700 miles of track to cover, the time estimated to make the switch won’t be much of a boon for us six million riders now boarding daily.

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