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City Living, Features, Neighborhoods, Sunset Park

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , September 17, 2014

With plans in place that call for a public waterfront bustling with creative industry and commerce rather than luxury residential developments, Sunset Park is not on its way to becoming the next hip NYC residential neighborhood–and that’s a good thing.

Located on Brooklyn’s western waterfront flank, there are really two sides to Sunset Park. The neighborhood, generally defined as the area between 65th Street, the Prospect Expressway, Eighth Avenue and the East River, has long been a thriving residential community. Sunset Park is also home to about 15 million square feet of warehouse and light industrial space. The key to the neighborhood’s future may be the point at which the two meet.

Find Out How Fashion May Give Sunset Park a Chance to Shine As the New Garment District

Cool Listings, Interiors, Manhattan, West Village 

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , September 17, 2014

“Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.”

We’re pretty sure poet Lord Tennyson wasn’t talking about West Village apartments when he wrote those immortal words, but we can’t help but feel they are more than appropriate in the case of this three-bedroom charmer at 23 Bank Street. While the home is only available as a rental, one look will tell you that loving it and then losing it upon lease end is definitely better than never having experienced its classic beauty at all.

Read on to see if you’d be able to love it and leave it

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Park Slope

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , September 17, 2014

What if you had the opportunity to live in a 7,000-square-foot brownstone mansion on a picturesque block just a stone’s throw away from Prospect Park? That’s just a taste of what 312 Garfield Place has to offer, for $6.995 million. It is believed that the brilliant home was built by developer William Flannigan for New York businessman J. J Galligan sometime during the turn of the 20th century. The resulting five-story building has a distinct Victorian charm with a light Renaissance touch.

Take a look inside, here

Real Estate Wire

  • Unsellable condos at the Trump Soho have sent the building into foreclosure and off to the auction block. [WSJ]
  • The Federal Transit Administration handed out $1.9B for Sandy-related upgrades, yesterday. $40M of the available funds will go towards the Moynihan Station and about $13 million will go to the planned $700 million second phase of the project that will turn the Farley Post Office into a terminal for Amtrak. [Crain’s]
  • Abby Rosen is throwing down big bucks for 190 Bowery, the hotly sought after home of photographer Jay Maisel. The building was originally built in 1898 as a location for the Germania Bank an has been Maisel’s home since 1966. Estimates value the home at $50M. [NYT]
  • The construction of college buildings is booming and spending will top $2B this year. This trend will continue at the same level for at least the next three years, reports say. [WSJ]
  • 31 Bond is getting a penthouse addition. [Curbed]

Trump Soho (left); Moynihan Station (right)

Design, Furniture

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 17, 2014

Have a teenager who you’re looking to keep out of trouble? This piece of furniture may be just the daily reminder he or she needs to stay on the straight and narrow.

The custom-made Police Table Masterpiece by Carlo Sampietro is an elegant reinterpretation of the iconic and unique New York City police barrier. It also doubles as an ambient lamp.

More on the table here

Architecture, Design, Events

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 17, 2014

For the sixth year, the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) will take over the screens at Tribeca Cinemas, offering guests access to a special lineup of over 25 curated films from around the world. Running from October 15-19, this year’s festival features an impressive panel of distinguished speakers, Q&A’s, and special parties. It also will host the U.S. premier of Cathedrals of Culture, a 3D film project by German filmmaker Wim Wenders. Tickets go on sale today.

More details on this year’s festival

Chinatown, Quirky Homes, Recent Sales

  • By Annie Doge
  • , September 17, 2014

Forbes’ 30 under 30 in video games, Zach Gage, is cashing in on his success. The gamer and conceptual artist just picked up this sweet Chinatown penthouse at 18 Orchard Street for $3.9 million, according to city records filed today. The 28-year old, who has developed games such as SpellTower, Ridiculous Fishing, and Lose/Lose, and been exhibited at venues like the Venice Biennale, the MoMA, and in Apple stores worldwide, seems to not have strayed far from his edgy sensibilities. His new three-bedroom duplex features a rooftop catwalk, some killer lights, and a futuristic watchtower with “a transcendent view of the sunset and cityscape”.

Tour the home here

Daily Link Fix

  • Get weather and train updates via text or e-mail when you wake up and when you leave work with PONCHO.
  • Ephemeral New York reminds us of the beautiful fortress in Gramercy Park.
  • “I’ll be there for youu!” Metro New York reports that Central Perk, the fictional cafe in Friends, is now open in Soho to celebrate 20 years since the famous 90s show premiered on television. Oh yeah, did we mention the coffee is free?!
  • Four smartphone app start-ups took home a big cash prize yesterday at the fifth annual NYC BigApps competition. The contest was to develop an app that would make NYC life better. See the list of winners on AM New York.

Images: Central Perk logo via Friends Wikia (left); Mayor de Blasio presents prize to Heat Seeker team at BigApps by Agaton Strom for AM New York (right)

Green Design, Products, Technology

  • By Diane Pham
  • , September 17, 2014

New York buildings racking up big energy bills may soon be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Thanks to new OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology, lighting will be getting greener, healthier and much more energy efficient.

This November, LG Chem, Korea’s largest chemical company, will bring their new OLED panels into production. The new panels will boast 100 lumens per watt, a life of 40,000+ hours (a world’s best, outperforming Osram, Philips, and Panasonic; and almost on par with conventional LEDs), and be flexible enough to be used in everything from automotive to architecture. Currently plans are to focus distribution on markets in North America and Europe, and so far LG Chem has secured contracts with more than 50 lighting companies, including Atlanta-based Acuity Lighting.

More on the technology here

Brooklyn, Manhattan, Polls, Transportation, Urban Design

Yesterday, Dan Levy, the president and CEO of CityRealty, presented his proposal for the ‘East River Skyway,’ an aerial gondola system that would run along the Brooklyn waterfront and into Manhattan, bringing commuters over the river in just 3.5 minutes. Now, we want to know what you think about the idea.

Images: East River Skyway, courtesy of CityRealty (L); NYC subway, courtesy of Wiki Commons

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