There are skyscrapers going up left and right all over Manhattan, and in the race to build the loftiest and the glassiest, big name developers are seeking out even bigger name architects to brand their supertalls with iconic designs. As part of their ongoing Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile series, the Museum of the City of New York will be hosting what’s sure to be a riveting panel in which several of the world’s leading architects and engineers will be discussing how they approach the design and construction challenges that come with building 100 stories and up.
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Your Daily Link Fix: A Jail Cell Studio That Rents for $1/Night; Modern Dollhouses Nicer than Your Home, Tue, July 1, 2014
- Jail Cell Studio Rents for $1/Night: Only in NYC could there be a month long wait list to stay in a jail cell. For a buck a night, Brooklynites can discover what it’s like to be incarcerated. But in this city, a roof over your head will do. NY Daily News has more on the story while we dig through the couches for that Aug. 1st slot. Totally kidding.
- Brooklyn Summer Fashion Guide: It’s hot, it’s muggy, it’s frizzy hair central. But Brooklyn Mag’s got you covered with some cool summer fashions so you can rock your fro in style.
- Modern Dollhouses Nicer Than Your Home: Gizmodo has some nice dollhouses that will put Barbie’s dream house to shame.
- Manhattan Athletic Club Heads to Brooklyn: Brooklynites need to exercise too, ya know. So Manhattan Athletic Club is spreading the love and taking up residence in one of the borough’s tallest residential towers. The Real Deal has more heart-pumping details.
Images: Jail Cell Studio (left), Modern Dollhouse (right)
Smack dab in the middle of the West Chelsea Arts District sits this exquisitely appointed 3BR/3.5BA duplex at 456 West 19th Street. We couldn’t think of a more perfect location for this glorious work of art which showcases the wonderfully creative and tasteful touches of world-renowned interior designer Shamir Shah and offers huge canvases of wall space tailor-made for your own artistic influences.
The sprawling 3,200-square-foot loft at 377 West 11th Street has just sold for asking, according to city records. Apartment 1A is currently configured as a 3BR/2BA loft, but one of the bedrooms can be a guest bedroom or study, depending on what the new owner desires. The $3.45 million airy loft is accented by glazed glass throughout, making for an even more light-filled space. This architect-designed co-op doesn’t do anything halfway, with a spectacular foyer greeting you and ushering you into a living/dining room with 15-foot ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, and custom bookshelves. And we’re not talking just a few books, here. Get out your library card because these bookshelves have their own second story.
Producer Jason Sosnoff–who has worked on such films as Analyze This, The Good Shephard, and You Don’t Know Jack—has just sold his Williamsburg town home for $2.95 million, according to city records. Not only is this single family home at 154 Wythe Avenue a rare find in a neighborhood characterized by warehouse remodels, it also features three floors, a finished basement, a landscaped garden and a rooftop deck. Sosnoff had the 4BR/2.5BA townhouse redesigned by CWB Architect’s Brendan Coburn, who said, “let there be light” and–oh wait, was that another story?
When Extell Development, Hines and JDS Development Group tapped into air space along West 57th Street to push their projects to well above 1,000 feet, preservationist groups were up in the arms. Their outrage prompted The Municipal Art Society, a non-profit whose mission is to “fight for intelligent urban design, planning and preservation through education, dialogue and advocacy”, to create a new map showing just how much untapped development potential exists in the square footage above every property in Manhattan.
After re-listing her DUMBO digs for the second time in early June, Anne Hathaway has found a buyer for her Clocktower loft, last priced at $4.25 million. Hathaway snagged the 2BR/3.5BA unit at 1 Main Street with then-fiancé Adam Shulman in February 2013 for $4.1 million, but reportedly never moved in, instead using the 2,592-square-foot apartment as an extremely oversized closet. The unit first hit the market in September 2013, but was removed shortly thereafter in December.
The buyer hasn’t yet been identified, but he or she will certainly not be disappointed with the giant master suite, library and media room, corner layout, and spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, and Manhattan skyline.
We’re thinking of becoming local college basketball fans — not necessarily because we love the sport, but because we’re dying to get inside this Long Island University gymnasium that was once the Brooklyn Paramount Theatre. Commissioned in 1928 by Paramount Pictures, with a sister theatre in Times Square, this regal venue was the largest movie theatre in Brooklyn, second largest in the city, and the first theatre designed for talking pictures. Noted theatre architects Rapp and Rapp designed the rococo-style palace with 4,084 burgundy velvet seats, a ceiling painted with clouds, a 60-foot stage curtain decorated with satin-embroidered pheasants, huge chandeliers, and tiered fountains filled with goldfish.
Movie houses struggled during the depression years, and by 1936 the Brooklyn Paramount Theatre had lost $1.5 million since opening. In 1950 Long Island University purchased the building, and twelve years later they renovated the auditorium as their gymnasium keeping the original, ornate details of the space intact. The LIU Blackbirds played their first game in 1963, and in 1975 a second renovation occurred thanks to funding from local businesses.
When we say “out of this world,” we don’t just mean it’s an amazing architectural feat — this apartment was actually modeled after Spaceship 1 through its technology and methodology. Also known as Luminal Gallery, the loft is the first dedicated video-art gallery in New York City. The 6,000-square-foot space was designed by architectural firm Jendretzki and features organic architecture meant to evoke the future, which is playfully juxtaposed against industrial loft details like cast-iron columns and exposed wood ceiling beams.
Real Estate Wire: NYC Real Estate Is the New Swiss Bank Account; SHoP to Design Brooklyn’s Tallest Tower, Mon, June 30, 2014
Today’s real estate highlights in one digestible bite:
- Kim and Kanye leaving Cali? The pair were spotted penthouse shopping downtown. One of their stops included this stunner at 215 Sullivan Street. [NYP]
- Jeff Koons got the OK to build a mega-mansion at 11 and 13 E. 67th Street. Koons’ new pad will measure 19,325 square feet and Peter Pennoyer is listed as the architect. [NYP]
- Cantilevering condos by ODA Architecture are coming to the LES. [Buzz Buzz Home]
- A former haunted house across the street from the Barclays Center is hoping to attract tenants when it comes back from the grave as a shiny, new retail building. [The Real Deal]
- All five of Modern 19’s condos are officially on the market. They’ve been priced from $1.725 million to $5.995 million. [Curbed]
- After a decade’s worth or roadblocks, a 42-story residential tower at 160 Madison Avenue has topped out. [Curbed]
- Stash Pad: NY Mag’s fascinating feature focuses in on New York City real estate as the modern Swiss bank account for billionaires. [NYMag]
- The condo market is heating up as new developments rise across U.S. [Bloomberg]
- Sam Chang scoops up a Garment District property for $112M. A residential and hotel combo may be in the works. [The Real Deal]
- Sorry 388 Bridge, a SHoP-designed tower will be taking the top spot as Brooklyn’s tallest at 775 feet. No design has been revealed yet, but the building will be a mixed-use residential and commercial destination. [YIMBY]
Cantilevering condos for the LES (left); The NY Magazine cover story (right)