Architecture, Technology

  • By Diane Pham
  • , July 18, 2014

Don’t get too excited. That’s architecture, not architects. But either way, if you’re an architect, or just an opinionated architecture enthusiast, you’ll love “swiping” left or right on this fun new app developed by Daniele Quercia and her team at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona, Spain.

Find out more here

Hotels, Restaurants

  • By Lori Zimmer
  • , July 18, 2014

Summer is in full swing, and while some of us get to plan far flung escapes, others must endure the heat amidst the concrete towers. Rooftop oases are a great way to beat rising temps, especially when the foliage of a hidden garden can cool us naturally.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite lush rooftop havens around the city, all sure to help soothe your soul when a trip away from city life just isn’t in the cards. From an ultra verdant “secret garden” to a rooftop escape with the Empire State Building in view, check out these these five urban retreats offering an elevated experience.

Five wonderful lush rooftop escapes here

Design, Products

As architecture buffs, we can’t help but love that the Convert Vase Collection was inspired by architectural geometry, but even putting that influence aside, Another Studio’s design is simply stunning.

The trio of multi-faceted vases is made from a flat sheet of steel, folded and converted into shape by hand in the firm’s London studio. The steel has a semi-matte finish and geometric patterns etched onto its surface, which creates an appealing aesthetic, a mix of hard and soft.

More about the design here

Daily Link Fix

  • Brooklyn Mag Reviews Hot Bird: Brooklyn Mag reviews Atlantic Avenue’s Hot Bird in their guide to Brooklyn’s beer bars.
  • Flatiron Prepares for Christmas: Design firms are invited to propose installations to go in front of the Flatiron Building for the first time ever this holiday season. Van Alen Institute has details on the exciting new contest.
  • Greenpoint’s East River Ferry: The ferry could be back in action as soon as next week — just in time for the G trains 5-week-long shutdown.
  • The Smell of Space: FastCo. explores the distinct smell of space and why it’s described as everything from seared steak and sulfur to wet clothes after rolling in the snow. Mmm… wonder if there’s a candle for that.

Images: Tribeca Loft Interior (left), Earth from Space (right)

Interiors, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , July 18, 2014

After what appears to be a long, intensive history on and off the market with a few price drops, unit 3006 at the Hotel Carlyle Aerie has finally sold, according to city records. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride might be a fitting way to look at this co-op, as it appears to have been on the market for a year and a half, eventually dropping their asking price from $7.75 million to $4.9 million, and ultimately settling in at a $4.5 million sales price. But one look at the living/dining room (and an aptly placed telescope by the window) makes it clear that the star of this apartment is the amazing views. As Mastercard would say, those views are priceless.

Take a look inside here

Art, Design, Events

Another summer weekend with fabulous weather is upon us, and we can’t wait to close our laptops and get out into the city. Start your weekend off right by catching a screening of Primal Heritage, a film exploring the world of Joseph Wolf Grazi, an artist juggling the Bushwick dream with his Orthodox Jewish roots.

On Sunday, get your retail fix on at Greenpointers Summer Market, which will be chock full of artist- and locally designed goods you’ll definitely want in your home. Greenpointers also invites you to sip on Brooklyn Brewery beers and Dandelion Wine sangria while you shop, so if you’re looking to unwind with a drink in addition to some retail therapy, this is your best bet. And once you’ve hit your spending limit, mosey on over to the galleries in the 67 West building for some art… Want more? We’ve got a full list of events after the break.

All the best events here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper West Side 

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 18, 2014

Not every New Yorker needs a sprawling pad in a glassy tower. Many of us appreciate cozy spaces a little closer to the ground. If you love ogling homes that feel quintessentially “New York”, you have to check out this colorful apartment located at 57 West 93rd Street. Perfect for a family of three or four, this wonderful 2BR/2BA sits on a leafy street just off Central Park West, and, quite rare for Manhattan, it’s in a kid-friendly neighborhood to boot.

Take a look at what else this lovely home has to offer

Interiors, Recent Sales, Upper West Side 

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 18, 2014

It looks like Lisa Belzberg, Operating Partner at Leeds Equity Partners, founder of the nonprofit PENCIL, and well-connected New York City socialite, has applied her business savvy to the real estate market, snagging penthouse 13 at 44 West 77th Street for $11.5 million, well below the original $20 million asking price.

Dubbed the apartment with “the best living room ever,” this 3BR/2.5BA, 4,187-square-foot unit has been featured on Bloomberg TV and Open House NYC for its opulent living space, which includes 24-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows, Corinthian columns, a hand painted Venetian plaster ceiling, and an eight-foot-tall 17th century stone fireplace that was imported from the Iberian Peninsula.

And that’s not all. Check out the rest of this extraordinary home.

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Celebrities, Features, History, Upper West Side 

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 17, 2014

Hotel Chelsea had the Warhol “superstars”, 740 Park Avenue has been considered the most sought after address in the world for 70 years, the San Remo boasts a rotating roster of celebrity residents–a lot of New York City buildings have their claim to fame. But none have as storied a past or talked-about current status as the famed Dakota at 1 West 72nd Street.

Best known as the site where John Lennon was killed when returning home with wife Yoko Ono, as well as its role in Roman Polanski’s acclaimed horror film “Rosemary’s Baby,” the Dakota’s mythical stature goes much deeper than its spectacular, fortress-like façade and proximity to Central Park. Long a desirable address for artsy celebrities, the building still attracts a slew of A-listers, but the strict co-op board is known to reject even the biggest names.

We’ve got the scoop on the legendary Dakota here

Architecture, Green Design, Interiors

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 17, 2014

The green wall at the 7th Street Residence designed by Pulltab Design puts our few measly house plants to shame. The custom-made garden wall was installed as part of an apartment renovation to be a focal point of the home, as well as to give the contemporary space a mysterious quality. A shallow reflecting pool sits under the vertically planted wall and serves as a landing pad for water droplets that fall from the wall’s concealed irrigation system. Additionally, the pool, fabricated from folded steel sheets and complete with swimming goldfish, adds a calming water element to the living room.

More about how this sleek apartment comes


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