Looking at so many beautiful homes can get to be exhausting (not really) so we decided to change things up and show you a new kind of luxury. We’re not quite sure what we want to call it yet, but we’re thinking something like woodsman chic or garage chic. Either way, we’re thinking if the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were real, they would gladly shell out the $1.8 million asking price for this unit at 49 Howard Street.
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The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedom’s Park may have opened relatively recently in 2012, but architect Louis Kahn was brewing up the design for the memorial park nearly 40 years earlier. Kahn’s death in 1974 (a somewhat tragic one which left him dead and alone in a Penn Station bathroom after a heart attack) was unfortunately accented by a dwindling reputation — Kahn’s sordid multi-family affairs had come to light upon his passing and his fading architecture practice was loaded with debt. But beyond all the scandal, Kahn also left behind a number of sketchbooks packed with complete sets of unrealized projects. One of these projects was the Four Freedom’s Park.
While plenty of accolades have been given to successful realization of the project so far after Kahn’s death, few have tracked where the architect may have pulled his inspiration for the design. That is until now. As a number of Kahn’s sketches emerge for public viewing, some are asking: Was the the design of Louis Kahn’s Four Freedom’s Park inspired by the Eye of Providence found on the U.S. dollar bill?
Real Estate Wire: A Bushwick Factory to Get New Life as Condos; A Peek Inside Norman Foster’s 425 Park Ave. Design, Wed, July 9, 2014
Our wrap-up of today’s real estate news highlights:
- Williamsburg-based development firm ASH NYC is planning to turn a longtime Bushwick glass factory into 80 apartments with ground floor commercial space. [Wyckoff Heights]
- Freddie and Fannie are warding off any “vultures” eyeing Stuy Town. The two mortgage giants say that they won’t provide funds to buyers who won’t keep a portion of the 11,200 apartments affordable. [Crain’s]
- A collection of NYC’s most notable old buildings transformed into apartments and condos. [NYT]
- Security and building vibrations are the biggest concerns over Extell’s new LES Cherry Street construction site. The mega-developer has a 68-story market rate tower and a more diminutive 13-story affordable residential tower going up on a former Pathmark site. [Bowery Boogie]
- Normally the nice guy, Jared Kushner is allegedly suing to have rent stabilized tenants pushed out of two East Village buildings he wants to convert into high-end luxury apartments. [DNA Info]
- A Brazilian billionaire beer mogul snags $30M pad in celeb favorite 15 Central Park West. [NYDN]
- The United Arab Emirates has purchased an Upper East Side townhouse for $27.25 million. [WSJ]
- New renderings of Norman Foster’s office building design for 425 Park Avenue have emerged. [Curbed]
- Cashing in: An owner of 13 residential properties in Williamsburg is putting his BK portfolio on the market. The properties were originally purchased in 2005 for about $17M, but are likely to fetch $50M+ this time around. [Crain’s]
- EXR Group launches a Brooklyn-centric brokerage firm in the heart of Williamsburg [NYO]
The Bushwick conversion (left); Norman Foster-designed office building (right)
Steel City: Architecture in Formation Structurally Redresses a Chelsea Duplex Using Digital Fabrication, Wed, July 9, 2014
Words that come to mind when we think of steel are heavy, imposing, and grey. In this Chelsea duplex penthouse, however, the material is widely used, but the space feels light, airy, and crisp. The “structural redressing” of the 1,500-square-foot apartment was completed by Architecture in Formation with the goal of creating “a stunning, sexy, one-of-a-kind home; and consummately New York.”
To design the space, the firm used off-site, state-of-the-art digital design and fabrication methods to create its three main components: the back-lit, CNC-cut Corian screen; an origami folded-plate steel and Corian staircase; and the bedroom mirror/TV/light-wall.
- RocketSkates Go Up to 12 MPH: Apparently Kickstarter is where people go to find new ways to be a nuisance for city dwellers. Engadget spotlights the newest development–fashion-handicapped skates that let you zip along the sidewalk at insane speeds. Great news for the wearer. Bad news for everybody else.
- Ellen is Coming to New York!: Not her show though. According to Commercial Observer she just signed a new lease on East 24th Street for her brand. Look out Martha Stewart.
- Junk Mail Art Installations: PSFK features Aurora Robson, a New York-based artist who makes incredible, environmentally-friendly artwork out of everyday trash.
- Insane Soho Bachelor Pad Back on the Market: Apparently people with $17,000 for rent aren’t looking for a place with the Wall Street bull’s brother’s head mounted on their wall. Well, we beg to differ. Curbed takes you inside this crazy Soho pad.
Images: Ellen Degeneres (left), Junk Mail Art (right)
Could We Construct a Skyscraper Out of Legos? Smart Bricks Provides an Interesting Building Alternative, Wed, July 9, 2014
Kite Bricks‘ “Smart Bricks” (also known as S-Bricks) are Lego-shaped, high-strength concrete bricks that can be used to construct the floors, walls, and ceilings of buildings quickly, inexpensively, and energy efficiently. Just like the childhood toy, the patent-pending product is available in different forms that snap together with rows of knobs on the top that slide into indentations on the bottom of another brick. And like a modular home, they can be delivered in a package with traditional doors and windows.
Sprawling Outdoor Space Beautifully Complements This Wooster Street Penthouse’s Equally Roomy Interior, Wed, July 9, 2014
Let’s see…. charming cobblestone streets, Soho’s artistic vibe, Nolita’s incomparable bakeries and restaurants, or the nearly 2,400 square feet of outdoor space? Yep, it’s hard to pick what would be our favorite part of living at 7 Wooster Street — and we haven’t even made it inside this magnificent penthouse.
Once the key-locked elevator opens into this full floor 4-bed, 3-bath, 2,600-square-foot trophy residence we have even more to add to our list of “favorites”.
We’ll admit it–even though New York City is our home, we sometimes long for the comforts of the suburbs. That’s why we were so excited to find this floor-through apartment in a turn-of-the-century Upper West Side townhouse. Apartment 4 at 129 West 80th Street, which is listed at $1.695 million, is a 1BR/1.5BA co-op. Not only has it been renovated to exude a nostalgic, French country feel, but its spectacular roof deck gives you all the charms of backyard living without having to battle summer traffic to the Jersey Shore or Hamptons. And you can’t get those skyline views in suburbia!
Parkview Developers Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass Sell Southmoor House Penthouse for $11.9 Million, Wed, 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.
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.