Midsummer adventure doesn’t require leaving the city, and we’ve got plenty of fantastic local events picked out for you to enjoy over the next few days. This weekend is your chance to star in one of Time Square Arts’ amazing Midnight Moment films (this one involves crawling!); to see three new plays in development by the National Theater Company on Governor’s Island; and to tour Soho’s only gay and lesbian museum for a powerhouse two person photo show. You can also get in on a game of handball with a bunch of artists, learn about how hive design can help bees, or get up close and personal with MoMA PS1’s Young Architects winner on an exclusive tour hosted by the AIA New York.
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This apartment might not come with that funky piece of western decor, but don’t let that deter you just yet. This cheery one bedroom apartment has plenty more to offer. If the bright, light-filled rooms don’t sell you, maybe the private terrace will. Still want more? How about the unit’s location in the Meltzer Mandl Architects-designed Clermont Greene? The sleek, curving residential is an ultra modern super abode, and best of all, comes with a large, beautifully landscaped courtyard.
Architect and designer Matthew Strong pays homage to the Eames by re-inventing their classic Molded Fiberglass Chairs. Called the Carbon Fiber Eames Sofa, this light and elegant design is produced by weaving carbon fiber tow into a streamlined new piece that can accommodate more than one person.
Academy Award-winning actress Holly Hunter has just sold her Greenwich Village apartment, according to city records. The thespian put her Fifth Avenue apartment on the market in February, asking $8.7 million. The final sale price was $7.6 million.
The adorable home is situated high up in the 11-floor building at 43 Fifth Avenue, a 1905 Beaux Arts “masterpiece”. The apartment features restored original wood moldings and window trim. Additional touches include stained glass and a fireplace. There’s also a large kitchen with an abbey table capable of seating six. Three bedrooms and baths, along with two windowed offices and a parlor complete the beautiful place.
- Let There Be (Better) Light: For those of you who miss the warm natural glow of the incandescent light bulb, Gizmodo discusses how the people at Finally Light Bulb recreated it in a more energy efficient way.
- Learn Architecture… Online… for Free: Architizer spotlights the Open Online Academy (OOAc) which seeks to revolutionize the way we study architecture.
- Time for the Brooklyn Flag Snatchers to Surrender: According to the NY Daily News, the NYPD are now looking for a skateboarder and four friends for switching out the American flags for whitewashed flags earlier this week.
- 11-Year-Old Intern Resigns from Babycastles: Bedford and Bowery profiles Liam Walsh, quite possibly the youngest intern ever, as he prepares to leave his gaming internship… for summer camp. How cute?
Images: Tesla Tech Light bulb (left), Liam Walsh (right)
Wooden floors, exposed brick, high ceilings AND a private outdoor space. Hooked yet? After seeing the photos of Penthouse 5 at 150 Chambers Street you’ll want to move right in. This impeccable floor-through penthouse is $1,714 per square foot — extraordinary for its Tribeca neighborhood. Check out the photos of your soon-to-be new home.
How would you like to live in the Piano Man’s Hamptons home? Well, for all you Billy Joel fans, your moment in the sun has come, because for just $250,000 you can have his Hamptons home for all of… the month of August. It appears that after experiencing a somewhat turbulent journey with this home—the house has been on and off the market several times since 2009—Joel and his pad are parting ways yet again, and this time he’s spiced up his offer a bit. Not only has the price dropped from an astronomical $23.5 million to a slightly less astronomical $19.95 million, but the singer/songwriter has apparently opened his eyes to the possibility of renting… however pricey. Baby steps.
We’ve all seen this phenomenon when a seller has such a personal attachment to a home that they can’t seem to price it reasonably? Is this one of those instances? Or is the Sagaponack home worth the cost? You be the judge.
Who wouldn’t want to be able to order a juicy burger in the middle of the night and have it delivered in mere minutes? Or never have to worry about making the bed or folding sheets ever again (does anyone know how to fold the fitted sheet properly)? How about having an on-call masseuse? This is the life of living in a condo hotel.
Today, the city is teeming with these luxurious hybrids. The Residences at the Ritz Carlton in Battery Park City are home to the city’s most expensive listing at $118 million. The landmark Plaza Hotel was partially converted to 181 residences in 2008. And let’s not forget One57, the 90-story, 52-condo tower that will be the first five-star luxury hotel to rise in New York City in the last ten years. But do the vacation-worthy amenities at these buildings make them dominant in the real estate market?
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After coming into nearly $6 million for the restoration of Philip Johnson’s ‘Tent of Tomorrow’, preservationists have been hit with heartbreaking news that vandals recently broke into the icon, setting fire to a van and inflicting considerable damage on the already deteriorating terrazzo map.
It’s not always as easy as one might think to successfully advocate for the landmark designation of an historic building in New York, especially when that building’s owner is not on board with preservation efforts.
According to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP), more than 20 historically significant buildings (including those designed by renowned architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Morris Lapidus) have been heavily altered or altogether demolished over the past 12 years after city officials gave word to owners that their buildings were under consideration for landmarking. This comes from a new report that GVSHP commissioned, which examines the Bloomberg administration’s actions regarding the notification given to developers and owners that the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) was looking at their properties, allowing alteration and demolition permits to slip through before any historic protections were granted.