I’ve been walking this town for over 20 years. It’s one of my favorite things to do since it inspires my ideas as an author and informs my pride as a denizen. I also hate crowded subways and will do nearly anything to avoid the madness of rush hour (and this was before getting stuck on a packed subway car under the East River during the 2003 blackout).
My connection to New York is most profound when walking the streets, meandering from neighborhood to neighborhood, taking in the show, taking in a bite to eat, all the while making ideas in my little factory of an imagination. I was more active in my walks of New York as a younger man, but even as a family man, I find time to take epic treks on days off or those rare weekend days that are available for leisure.
Cycling Manhattan? Brilliant idea or a lapse of sanity? Andrew’s Story here
You don’t always need fancy machines and high-tech systems to create a jaw-dropping product. Just look at these beautiful, cobalt-streaked bowls from Muzz Design. By using the simple act of spinning, co-founders Erin Turkoglu and Melodi Bozkurt were able to turn otherwise boring dishes into exquisite works of art brimming with history.
Details on the unique timepiece here
Design is on display in New York’s luxury hotels, where the interior look and feel is as important as where it’s located. From the lobbies that welcome guests on their first steps into the building to the bars and dining areas later at night, some of a hotel’s best design work lays outside the guests’ rooms. Here are just a few of our favorite hotel interiors.
See more amazing hotel lobbies here
- Butterfleye is the Nanny Cam of the Future: Butterfleye can watch your home and be your own personal photographer at the same time. Gizmodo has the write-up along with a video – starring the most adorable dog ever!!! Definitely take a look. But first… let me take a selfie.
- The Expandable Dress for New York Subway Riders: For New Yorkers, spending 30 minutes or more on a crowded subway where everyone collectively encroaches on each other’s personal space. Well, if you’re familiar with that experience you’ll love this WSJ article on the expanding dress.
- A Google Earth for the Body: If you just reached for the nearest giant parka you’ll be relieved to know it’s not what it sounds like. Nobody’s watching you. Crain’s NY has the story of a doctor who created a more in depth map of the body for doctor’s patients, and everyone in between.
- IBM’s Watson Makes Good BBQ Sauce: IBM’s famous computer has decided to take up cooking… and he’s apparently good at it. FastCo. explores yet another way this computer makes us mere mortals feel inferior.
- i29 Architects Design Invisible Kitchen: i29 Interior Architects have taken minimalism to the next level. Archinect has photos of their impressive disappearing kitchen.
- The Gadget That Will Make You Bid Farewell to Your Stylus: Could it be?! Architizer has the details on a kickstarter funded device that transforms your handwritten notes into digital images.
- 15 Central Park West Penthouse Sells for $48M: If you’re impressed with the price tag for this duplex condominium, wait ‘til you find out how far off that is from the asking price. The Real Deal has that info and more about the pricey pad purchased in Zeckendorf’s luxury building.
Images: 15 Central Park West (left), Invisible Kitchen (right)
Though bearing little resemblance to its quaint East River neighbor, “Seaport City” could become a reality based on a new study released yesterday by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
But don’t bank on a new set of sought after residential and commercial river views just yet. Seaport City is only one of a number of options presented to the city as part of former mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 257-point, post-Hurricane Sandy resiliency plan – and it’s the most challenging on the list.
Find out more about the plan to protect the lower east side
Just in time for Alloy‘s penned Spring 2014 move-in date, the north penthouse (#PHN) at 185 Plymouth Street closed yesterday afternoon for $3.08 million, according to city records. All units in the former Brillo factory are officially now sold out.
Units in the coveted DUMBO property hit the market March of last year, and after managing to sell eight units in less than a week without even listing the property, Alloy decided to raise the prices of the two remaining units, #PHN and #PHS, to $3.4 million and $3.95 million respectively. But that clearly didn’t slow buyers down from wanting to lay claim to some of DUMBO’s hottest new property.
Take a closer look at these lofts that are all the rage in Dumbo
One lucky (European) buyer scooped up not one but two penthouses in Chelsea’s Walker Tower yesterday for $30.75 million, in what could easily be considered the real estate steal of the year.
Toni Haber of Douglas Elliman, who represented the buyer, told the Wall Street Journal that her client “got a really good deal”, as the two units went into contract back in 2012 before sales shot up. She notes her client paid a mere $5,000 a square foot, which is quite a deal considering that another penthouse in the building recently sold for $50.9 million, or about $8,500 a square foot.
The two penthouses sit at the 22nd floor of the Ralph Thomas Walker-designed Art Deco tower. Word is that buyer opted for the two unfinished units in the building, hired an architect, and worked to fuse the two units into one palatial full-floor apartment with four bedrooms and four full and two half bathrooms, with around 6,000 square feet of space. The apartment also has two terraces and sweeping city views that encompass One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty.
Standing inside the palatial (trust us, this is not an understatement) 45′ x 45′ entertaining space in this magnificent triplex at 260 West Broadway, with its soaring arched windows, 26+ foot ceilings and beautifully detailed cast iron columns, you can’t help but feel a cool ocean breeze (Miami anyone?) gently soothe your soul. One could hardly blame you if you decided to stay right there and soak in the sun all weekend long.
But that’s like choosing a 4-day getaway when you’ve won an around-the-world adventure because every room in this 8,000 square foot Tribeca residence offers an extraordinary experience for those lucky enough to call it home. It’s hard to know where to begin on the itinerary.
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It’s hard to imagine that in the mid-20th century the quaint little street known as Broome was the proposed site for the ten-lane Lower Manhattan Expressway, replacing all of the buildings on its north side — including this beautiful charmer at #456.
Thankfully those plans never came to fruition and this stunning home with towering 14-foot ceilings, wide plank floors, and intentionally distressed exposed brick walls survived to welcome a new generation of New Yorkers into its midst.
See what survived those expressway plans
Memorial Day is just a few days away, and if you’re like us, you can’t wait to take a break from the daily grind. While many have made plans that will sweep them off to far flung places like Paris, for those looking to stay local, there are plenty of incredible events going on across all of NYC’s boroughs — rain or shine. Keep reading for our top events to check out this Memorial Day weekend. It’s going to be a busy few days!
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