Cool Listings, Interiors, Soho

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , October 8, 2014

Nest Seekers’ Ryan Serhant may have just found his nest egg at the Renwick Modern, but that doesn’t mean he’s slowing down at all. The star broker is now hard at work on the listing for the neighboring Penthouse 1, which is asking $6.35 million. This luxurious loft-like condo stuns with a sprawling 2,700 square feet of never-before-lived-in interior space and an additional 1,380 square feet of outdoor space in the form of a roof deck and four separate terraces. Sound impressive? Let’s take a closer look.

See More of this Modern pad, here

condos, Major Developments, New Developments, Starchitecture, Tribeca

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , October 7, 2014

New images have been uncovered of an upcoming 39-story condominium tower poised to rise from a storied site in Tribeca. Curbed first broke the rendering reveal back in July and a representative of the developers noted that tower depicted in renderings are not quite final. Nevertheless new images posted on of SOMA Architects’ website give us additional glimpses of what the project could be.

Simply known as 45 Park Place (for now), the development is comprised of a 665-foot tower luxury tower and an Islamic museum, is being developed by a consortium led by Soho Properties, headed by Sharif El-Gamal. The tower is being crafted by Michel Abboud of SOMA Architects, with Ismael Leyva serving as the architect of record. Renderings posted on SOMA’s website convey a light, airy tower composed of stem-like volumes bundled by delicate bands of lattice-like mullions. The ground-level view gives us our first glimpse of the adjacent Islamic museum and prayer space reportedly designed by Pritzker Prize–winning French architect Jean Nouvel. A small plaza fronting the museum will expose a vegetated side wall of the neighboring building that houses popular downtown grocer Amish Market.

More on the development here

Celebrities, Recent Sales, Soho

  • By Annie Doge
  • , October 7, 2014

It looks like Ryan Serhant of Million Dollar Listing fame is preparing for his upcoming nuptials by buying a lofty love nest atop the Renwick Modern. According to The Real Deal, the reality TV star just closed on the full 9th floor penthouse at the 22 Renwick Street building for $3.7 million. The 1,895-square-foot apartment hosts three bedrooms, a home office, a top of the line kitchen, and keyed elevator access. And for that little bit of extra oomph, the kitchen cabinets are clad in leather.

Inside the home here

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Architecture, Features, Interiors, Interviews, People

  • By Diane Pham
  • , October 7, 2014

Architect Andrew Franz first caught our eye when we spotted his incredible renovation of a West Village townhouse just months ago. Since then, we’ve often found ourselves ogling his site for design inspiration, further falling in love with his ability to blend the old with the new through thoughtful material choices and a unique use of light and space. It goes without saying Andrew is a standout amongst the city’s seemingly inexhaustible supply of homogeneous architects.

We recently caught up with Andrew to find out about some of his latest projects, how collaboration plays into his process, and how he approaches the design of homes and buildings in a dynamic and storied environment such as New York City. Keep reading to find out what he had to share with us.

Read our interview with Andrew here

Real Estate Wire

  • Harlem’s soon-to-be tallest building at 1800 Park Avenue gets a new look. [YIMBY]
  • Sunnyside residents want to add a bridge of affordable housing to join two halves of their neighborhood currently bisected by the LIRR and freight rail yards. [Curbed]
  • Graffiti is back. More and more tags are appearing overnight across the city and graffiti-related arrests are up. [NY Post]
  • A 40-year-old, family-owned Brooklyn company has bought a series of Harlem apartment buildings from Denver-based AIMCO for $67 million. [CO]
  • Condos at a converted St. Vincent’s Midtown Hospital at 432 West 52nd Street, have hit the market. The units are priced between $610,000 to $2.395 million. [Curbed]

Images: 1800 Park Avenue (left); Graffiti on the Lower East Side (right)

Design, Furniture

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , October 7, 2014

For many living in New York City, or other densely populated communities, space is considered a treasured resource not to be squandered. In these situations efficiency is key, which is why we welcome with open arms Nubo, the 2.0 version of the traditional wall shelf. This bubble shaped shelf transforms from a utilitarian wall shelf or desk, into a treasure-box-bulletin-board—reminiscent of a vintage travel case, like the blue Pan-Am case of the 1960s. The Nobu was designed by the Italian-Danish duo known as GamFratesi, and first presented at imm Cologne.

Read more

Events, Technology

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , October 7, 2014

As if we weren’t looking forward to openhousenewyork Weekend enough, a new app to help guide and organize tour goers has us even more excited.

Created through a partnership with dsgnfix, the free, location-based iPhone app “enables users to search, discover, and share design destinations and experiences.” During OHNY weekend (October 11-12) those with the app downloaded will be able to scroll through all of the 150 free Open Access sites, organized by the user’s real-time location.

More on the OHNY Weekend App

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Park Slope

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , October 7, 2014

Part of what makes New York City so romantic are the picturesque historic buildings that have been maintained over the past few centuries. Now you can live this romance all day, everyday, in this 600-square-foot one-bedroom located at 115 Eighth Avenue in the Park Slope‘s iconic Chiclet Mansion (yes, a mansion designed for the gum magnate). Co-ops like this are very rarely available, and with its current listing price at $549,000 this one will not be on the market for very long.

Take a peek inside

Daily Link Fix

  • During the first ever Madison Avenue Fashion Heritage Week, 16 stores along the world-famous shopping corridor will turn their storefronts into displays about their brand’s history, reports Racked NY.
  • Feeling blue? Pink? Yellow? Whatever color you’re in the mood for, the colorup table lamp by PEGA D&E can match it. Designboom explains that the fixture mimics the hues of anything around you.
  • Exciting news from the New York Times…the city will spend $130 million to renovate 35 public parks and playgrounds in low-income neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs.
  • Bowery Boogie notices that the East Village’s iconic Alamo Cube has been barricaded off for the Astor Place redesign construction.
  • Calling all Downton Abbey fans…a lighting collection inspired by the popular series is coming. More on Home Accents Today.

Architecture, Harlem, New Developments, Starchitecture

  • By Diane Pham
  • , October 7, 2014

After much outcry, the Karim Rashid-designed residential building at 329 Pleasant Avenue in Harlem will be getting a new color scheme. According to the WSJ, locals have voted to scrap HAP Five‘s color-blocked magenta and turquoise design for a facade of simple white balconies with a less audacious “translucent cirrus with [a] graduated magenta balcony trim”.

Find out more here


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