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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

Cool Listings, East Village, Greenwich Village, Interiors, Union Square

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , October 7, 2014

The two-bedroom apartment at 59 Fourth Avenue is still sitting on the market six months after it first popped up. After an unfruitful summer and several price chops from its $3 million price tag, today the seller is asking a reduced $2.5 million for the East Village pad. While the loft has some interesting dimensions, it still has much in the way of character, and the flexible layout allows for creative adjustments. Add to that a sublime roof deck and a prime location at the intersection of Greenwich Village, East Village and Union Square, and this unique unit could be a winner. But we’ll let you be the judge.

Let’s take a look inside

Architecture, New Developments, Union Square

Existing three-story building at the site occupied by the Catholic Medical Mission Board

**UPDATE 10/10/2014: We’ve been informed that the Spector Group is no longer involved in this project. Beyer Blinder Belle has taken over the design. We will provide new renderings of the project when available.

A new 16-story residential sliver tower will squeeze its way skyward from a narrow lot at 10 West 17th Street, situated just a block from foodie-hub Union Square in the Ladies’ Mile Historical District. Permits filed with the NYC Department of Buildings call for a 47,000-square-foot residential building with 15 units. The architect of record is Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, a firm well adept in crafting developments in historically sensitive locations and navigating the city’s Landmark’s approval process.

The majority of units in 10 West 17th will likely be full-floor apartments. The renderings shown here are designs from the Spector Group website, but it’s unknown if they are still involved in the project.

More on the plans here

Central Park South, Cool Listings, Manhattan, Midtown

  • By Annie Doge
  • , October 6, 2014

Daniyar Nazarbayev, the ultra-rich nephew of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, is now leasing his equally ultra-luxurious four-bedroom at The Plaza Hotel for $55,000 a month, reports the NYDN. The beautiful 4,200 square foot home is certainly of a presidential caliber and comes dripping with the ornate features and finishes that have become so synonymous with the storied Plaza. With sunny Central Park views from every room and expansive north and west exposures, this home also hosts ceilings highlighted with mosaic stained glass and crystal chandeliers, artistically detailed moldings, a formal dining room, marble entry foyer, and much more—including a helluva lot of international drama to boot.

Inside the embroiled plaza home here

Hotels, Major Developments, Midtown East

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , October 6, 2014

It’s where the Waldorf salad was invented; it was the first hotel to offer room service; and it has its own railway platform to Grand Central, large enough to fit FDR’s car. The historic tidbits about the Waldorf Astoria are plenty, but now the world-famous hotel is making big changes to its future.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings, who has officially owned the Art Deco landmark since 1972, has agreed to sell the 1,232-room hotel to the Anbang Insurance Group Co., a financial and insurance company based in Beijing, for $1.95 billion. Hilton, the world’s largest publicly traded hotel operator, will continue to manage the property under a “strategic partnership.”

More on the plans here

Real Estate Wire

  • Bruce Eichner has secured $420 million in financing for his 777-foot-tall Flatiron tower at 45 East 22nd Street. [WSJ]
  • Is Gowanus the next DUMBO? [NYT]
  • Sales launch at 173 Amity Street in Cobble Hill. [6sqft inbox]
  • Say goodbye to the White Castle on Myrtle Avenue. Greystone has just acquired this and another Clinton Hill site for condos. The value of the redevelopment is estimated to be $50M. [TRD]
  • New York state has approved a $1.8B bond issue for 3 World Trade Center. [Crain’s]

43 East 22nd Street (right); Gowanus Canal (left)

Celebrities, Interiors, Recent Sales, Upper West Side 

  • By Annie Doge
  • , October 6, 2014

Israeli-American fashion designer Elie Tahari has snatched up two units at famed, Robert A.M. Stern– designed 15 Central Park West for a combined $25.25 million, according to city records released today. The pair of adjacent apartments was originally marketed for a total of $29 million.

Tahari had previously been renting a three-bedroom unit in the star-studded building for $30,000 a month, but it looks like he’s decided to make his stay more permanent, now occupying an entire private floor. Unit 9m has two bedrooms, 1,862 square feet of interior space, and 1,619 square feet of outdoor space. Unit 9G is a three-bedroom unit with 2,237 square feet inside and a spectacular 1,700-square-foot terrace. Both spaces appear to offer a pretty clean slate, perfect for the creative new owner to imbue his signature tailored, modern vibe.

Check out Tahari’s new purchases

Cool Listings, Interiors, Manhattan, Upper West Side 

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , October 6, 2014

Sometimes it takes a while to settle into a new place, but the minute we saw this spectacular residence on the market for $3.2 million in the Dorilton at 171 West 71st Street, it felt like home. While it’s true the landmarked building’s elaborate Edwardian façade could seem a little imposing, the warmth emanating from this immaculate, five-room Upper West Side home more than makes up for any airs the grand and gated entrance might convey.

See why this home will capture your heart

Green Design, Interiors, West Village 

  • By Diane Pham
  • , October 6, 2014

We recently caught up with architect Adam Kushner who’s currently in the process of building the world’s first 3D-printed estate up in Gardiner, New York. Though this project is what’s garnered him the most attention lately, Kushner has always been one to experiment with new materials and methods of construction. One of his earliest projects is this modern duplex penthouse located in the heart of the West Village. Once home to Kushner himself, this pad—which has previously been called both “sexy” and “unconventional”—is all about pushing boundaries, and includes some surprising details that, well, we’ll just say aren’t for shy folks afraid of showing a little skin.

Tour this unique West Village penthouse

Daily Link Fix

  • A little flattery never hurt anyone…artist Leah Harper is installing a compliment-giving toy dispenser under the High Line. DNAinfo has the scoop.
  • Untapped Cities shares some of its favorite Arts and Crafts/Beaux Arts-style ceramics in NYC subway stations.
  • Dan Marker Moore’s urban time-lapse photography is pretty amazing. Head over to Fubiz to check it out.
  • You know your coworker who puts you to shame by sitting on a yoga ball all day? Well, he or she can now one up you even more with the two-legged balancing chair from French designer Benoit Malta. See it on Dornob.
  • Brooklyn Heights’ Squibb Park Bridge was closed because it was bouncing too much, reports the New York Times.

Images: Bleecker Street subway mosaic via GVSHP (L); Balancing chair via Benoit Malta (R)

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