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Interiors, Recent Sales

  • By Jon Dioffa
  • , April 17, 2014

After nearly six months on the market, Jon Stryker’s luxurious Central Park West penthouse has finally found its buyer. The penthouse changed hands this week for $42 million, falling $6 million short of the ask.

Stryker originally purchased the historic Prasada triplex for $12.8 million in 2002, and he took to renovating the 5,600-square-foot space shortly after with the help of Shelton, Mindel & Associates (Stryker is a trained architect himself). Over the years, the updated design has garnered plenty of accolades, including a spread in Architectural Digest, and in 2010, it nabbed the coveted AIA award for ‘Interior Architecture’.

A look inside the luxurious penthouse here

Architecture, Celebrities

  • By Diane Pham
  • , April 17, 2014

One of our intrepid reports stopped by the Walker Tower earlier today to check out how things are coming along at the 212 West 18th Street landmark. The tower — which has drawn buyers ranging from Cameron Diaz to Mike Thorne (that guy who discovered the Sex Pistols) — had its scaffolding removed just seven months ago and has already set new sales records for Downtown Manhattan (this includes an impressive $50.9 million deal for the 6,000-square-foot 5BR/5.5BA penthouse).

The conversion of the former Verizon building into luxury condos has been underway since 2011, but word is that construction on the interior will be wrapped up in the coming weeks. Let’s take a look at what’s been completed so far.

More photos here

Green Design, Urban Design

  • By Ben Wolinsky
  • , April 17, 2014

Say goodbye to the old wooden bungalows, and hello to a new, much more sustainable community. Ever since Hurricane Sandy devastated Far Rockaway, there have been plans to either rebuild it magnificently or leave it alone. The new design from LOT-EK (famous for their shipping container houses) makes it a beautiful community to rival to those in Manhattan.

Aptly dubbed DUNE CO-HABITAT, the 80+ acre plan involves building a community of houses on raised platforms, and using planted dunes as a natural flood defense.

More details on the distaster-proof design here

Celebrities, Tribeca

One of Tribeca’s few remaining cast-iron buildings may be getting taller. According to a recent request filed with the Department of Buildings, the owners of 172 Duane Street wants to add four more floors to the historic downtown structure. But it’s not the first time the owner, listed on the application as Anthony Coll, has attempted to super-size the building.

More details on the plan here

Policy

Scaffolding in New York City is as much a part of the city’s skyline as the Empire State Building itself—and has been around for much longer. On the surface, scaffolding seems to be a necessary ugly; a kind of urban cocoon from which a beautiful new butterfly building emerges.

But if you are one of those people who cringes every time you see a building wrapped in scaffolding, you better get used to it because it’s only going to get worse. All while the scaffolding companies laugh all the way to the bank.

What’s with all the scaffolding?

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Features, Furniture, Interiors

5 Incredible Home Furnishings You’ll Love

By Jon Dioffa, Fri, April 11, 2014

  • By Jon Dioffa
  • , April 11, 2014

Looking to add a little something extra to your interior space? We’ve sought out five brag-worthy statement pieces that are sure induce envy amongst your friends. From a couch that converts into a punching bag to an amazing ‘lucid mirror’ that will bring heavenly clouds into your living room, click through our gallery for five truly unique home furnishings.

Check them all out here

Design, Lower East Side

“Plus Pool” Will Let You Safely Swim in the East River

By Jason Carpenter, Fri, April 11, 2014

  • By Jason Carpenter
  • , April 11, 2014

Last year, a Kickstarter crowd funding project for an ambitious public pool in the East River passed its $250,000 goal. This month, the project entered its first phase by dropping a miniature version of the pool called Float Lab into the river, testing the water quality and concept of the pool. If all goes according to plan, Gothamites will be splashing in this river pool in 2016!

See more renderings of this amazing design here

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Market Snapshot: The Week of April 9, 2014

By Diane Pham, Wed, April 9, 2014

Pritzker Prize winning architects are selling on average 47.5% higher than the Manhattan market average? Leonardo DiCaprio the real estate investor?

For the coolest listings that have hit the market to neighborhoods sales to celebrity moves, we turn to CityRealty‘s Weekly Market Snapshot for the scoop.

Check out their report for the latest

Architecture, Manhattan

  • By Patty Lee
  • , April 9, 2014

If it seems like Starbucks and Duane Reade are colonizing the streets of New York City, there’s now photographic proof. A new series from shutterbugs James and Karla Murray looks at the rapidly changing face of Gotham’s storefronts and — no surprise — they’re getting more corporate.

Gone are the colorful mom-and-pop signage the Murrays shot just a decade ago for their book Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York. In their place? Fast food franchises, banks, and high-end boutiques.

A peek inside the book

Architecture, Brooklyn, Green Design

Barclays Center is Getting a Green Roof!

By Susan Cohen, Mon, April 7, 2014

  • By Susan Cohen
  • , April 7, 2014

There is one more thing to cheer about at Barclays Center. The sports and entertainment venue in Brooklyn is about to get a little greener thanks to a collaboration between Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and the Shanghai-based Greenland Group Co. Barclays will soon be topped off with small plants and a soil-like cover to create an expansive 130,000-square-foot green roof!

Going green

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