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Architecture, Green Design, Hamptons

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 5, 2014

Since it looks like New York’s summer heat wave came a little late this year, we decided to feature one of our most swoon-worthy seaside dwellings. The Chiat Beach House by HS2 Architecture is located in the small Southampton town of Sagaponack, notable for being the country’s most expensive zip code back in 2009. And though this home might not scream “million dollar listing,” it most certainly is something to see, as it’s built around an 18th century Vermont barn frame that was salvaged, restored, and re-erected to create the home’s striking “great room.”

Take a tour around the property

Green Design, Products

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , September 5, 2014

Extremely strong and light, carbon fiber is used in many applications, including aerospace and automotive parts, sporting goods, and structural engineering works. So we were struck when we spotted these sculptural bathtubs made from the material. Elegant, beautiful, and strong, the Vessel Series by Splinter Works brings the relaxing experience of lounging in a hammock to the everyday cleansing ritual.

Learn more about this luxurious sculptural design

Celebrities, Gramercy Park, Interiors, Recent Sales

  • By Annie Doge
  • , September 5, 2014

The Fallon family’s collection of 34 Gramercy Park East apartments continues to grow. According to the Wall Street Journal, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon just purchased a cozy, top-floor studio in the famed residence for $725,000. The small space neighbors his four-bedroom apartment, which he also recently bought for $1.35 million back in April. No word on whether the units will be combined, but either way, the petite pad is pretty nice as is.

Take a look inside here

Landscape Architecture, Manhattan, Meatpacking District

  • By Alyssa Alimurung
  • , September 5, 2014

Image credit: Blondie’s Treehouse

You would think creating an outdoor space right by the High Line would be counterproductive, but after you see this beautiful creation Blondie’s Treehouse built for clients in the Meatpacking District, you’ll think otherwise. Working with 3,000 square feet of contiguous exterior space, Blondie’s designers, Tina Dituri and Charles Casanova were tasked with combining the two distinct areas into one singular escape. See the amazing oasis that rose out of their design quandary over at Renovating NYC.

READ MORE HERE…

Architecture, Art, Events

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 5, 2014

In advance of the 13th anniversary of 9/11, the Museum of the City of New York will be premiering the documentary Rebuilding the World Trade Center. The 62-minute film features footage shot over the past eight years by artist Marcus Robinson, documenting the work at Ground Zero through the eyes of the construction workers, “from the site managers to those who dug the building’s foundations and the ironworkers who assembled its steel frames.”

The film will premier at the museum on the evening of Tuesday, September 9th and will be followed by a panel discussion with New York Times reporter James Glanz. It will then premier nationally on the History Channel on September 11th at 6 pm.

More on the documentary and upcoming event

Cool Listings, Interiors, Midtown West

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , September 5, 2014

Artists looking for a place to work and play will love this two-loft combo at 361 West 36th Street. The industrial chic apartment is the ideal live/work setup with 4,800 square feet of space. It’s a full-floor flexible combination of two units and comes complete with a darkroom and more than enough legroom to get your creative juices flowing. And with so many possibilities, this loft is the perfect canvas for a creative person looking to put their personal stamp on a premier pad.

Take a look inside this spacious pad, here

Architecture, Financial District, Starchitecture

  • By Diane Pham
  • , September 4, 2014

Frank Gehry continues to fall out of favor with New Yorkers as execs of the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center have officially shelved the starchitect’s design planned for Ground Zero. Gehry drew up plans for the art center over a decade ago and very few moves were made to bring the project to fruition—in part due to stalled fund-raising and delays to the construction of the transit hub which sits under site. The snub, which actually wasn’t communicated to the architect directly, seems to not have affected him much, but he had some choice words directed towards the board’s president, Maggie Boepple.

More on the drama here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Manhattan, Upper West Side 

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , September 4, 2014

Did you ever see a piece of art and feel immediately drawn to it? Well, that’s exactly how we felt the first time we laid eyes on this turn-of-the-century townhouse at 134 West 88th Street. From its beautiful cornice and decorative façade to the lovely planters overflowing with greenery that adorn each window, it sits majestically among its peers on one of the Upper West Side’s most beautiful tree-lined blocks.

And this picture perfect one-bedroom penthouse situated on the building’s top two floors is everything you’d expect – and more. While there’s certainly an abundance of charm in the original exposed brick, wood beamed ceilings, and top-nailed, wide-plank hardwood floors, the home exudes a decidedly modern rustic appeal.

See what makes this home so breathtaking

Greenwich Village, Interiors, Recent Sales

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 4, 2014

The Lower East Side’s iconic Katz’s Deli was the talk of the town recently when it came to light that the neighborhood institution had sold its air rights. It’s speculated that a parcel of adjacent buildings will be demolished to make way for a new cantilevered building. Jake Dell, the third-generation co-owner of the 126-year-old pastrami mainstay, has been quoted as saying that the sale will not affect the deli in any way, though he didn’t cite specifics of the deal. But regardless of the details, it looks like Dell made out pretty well for himself, as he’s just scooped up a $1,899,000 apartment at 808 Broadway in the heart of Greenwich Village. Just a short walk from Katz’s, his new pad is described as a “Park Avenue-inspired home.”

Take a look inside the pastrami king’s new digs

Real Estate Wire

  • A 740 Park Avenue pad just traded hands for $71.3M, making it the most expensive NYC co-op ever sold. The apartment was originally listed for $48M. [Curbed]
  • Forest City Ratner wants to take over producing the modular units for the stalled B2 tower at Pacific Park next to the Barclays Center. The developer is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with the contracting company, Skanska USA. [Crain’s]
  • New renderings of ‘The Shops’, the Hudson Yard’s planned one million square feet of retail space. [NY YIMBY]
  • When (and if?) completed, the WTC transit hub designed by Santiago Calatrava will have cost between $3.7 and $4 billion—way over its $2 billion budget. [WSJ]

The Shops (left); 740 Park Avenue (right)

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