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Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper West Side 

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , July 3, 2014

Author Stephen King considers Jack Finney’s classic novel, Time and Again, to be “THE great time-travel story” ever, and figuring prominently in the main character’s attempts to travel back to the late 1800’s is the building that still sits prominently at 1 West 72nd Street, The Dakota. Its significance in the plot is not simply because it was completed around the time of the story’s setting, but rather for a more interesting notion: The Dakota faces a section of Central Park which, when observed from the apartment in the story, remains relatively unchanged from the day it was completed in 1884. A timeless view.

see how 19th Century charm meets 21st Century chic

Interiors, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , July 3, 2014

White collar defense lawyer Thomas J. Kavaler and his wife Loretta Preska have just purchased Richard Harriton’s Belaire Condominium penthouse, according to city records. The stunning apartment went on the market earlier this year, asking $9.2 million, but Harriton gave the couple a $500k discount, possibly after realizing that it never hurts to have a good defense lawyer on your side.

Take a look inside this splendid penthouse here

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Cool Listings, Features

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 3, 2014

Roof decks, concierge services, screening rooms–these building amenities are so last year. The newest crop of luxury residential developments are offering more active perks. From basketball courts to rock-climbing walls, these calorie-burning features not only alleviate the need for a gym membership, but also offer the convenience of around-the-clock access and the ease of being just an elevator ride away from home.

See some of our picks for best building offerings that will get your heart rate up

Architecture, Cool Listings, Getting Away, Green Design, Interiors, Places to Stay

  • By Patty Lee
  • , July 3, 2014

East Quogue, a town located on the far end of Long Island, is littered with beach houses thanks to its picturesque oceanfront location. It’s the perfect escape for New York City families to leave behind the hustle and bustle of Big Apple living and swap their tiny apartments for sprawling vacation homes. Because of its location on a barrier island, that doesn’t hold true for this dune retreat, which meant the team at Resolution: 4 Architecture has to be as efficient with space as possible.

See how the architects overcome their dilemma

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Architecture, Features, History, Manhattan

  • By Jason Carpenter
  • , July 2, 2014

As the Freedom Tower is being completed, New Yorkers are losing a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity: The chance to snap pictures of a landmark while it is still being built. It is incredible to imagine getting to see a half-built Empire State Building, or a mess of wires that will soon be the Manhattan Bridge, or an excavated hole in the ground where Rockefeller Center will soon be placed. With old photos, we can see what these buildings looked like before they were finished, and what New York looked like before its landmarks were in place.

See what the landmarks of New York looked like in-construction here

Real Estate Wire

Today’s real estate news highlights:

  • JDS is gearing up to build two luxury residential towers on the East Side on a $390M formerly owned by ConEd. [The Real Deal]
  • What goes around comes back around right back into your real estate portfolio. Stephen Schwarzman’s Blackstone Group is buying the Park Avenue Tower, which it briefly owned in 2007. The property was flipped and sold it to Harry Macklowe for $625M. Blackstone just bought it back for $750M. [The Real Deal]
  • The most expensive celebrity homes in NYC. Who has the most covetable pad in Manhattan? [Business Insider]
  • Bushwick goes upscale with its gentrification. A 7-story building with valet parking may be coming to the nabe. [DNA Info]
  • ‘Jersey Boy’ Bob Gaudio wants $6M for his San Remo apartment. Ohhhh what a deal? [Curbed]
  • 50 West Street lists its units with condos starting at $1.615M [Curbed]
  • For NY’s tallest towers, the current rules require that they have mostly commercial space. Developer Larry Silverstein is championing for a change and wants that mix to favor far more lucrative residential space. [Crain’s]
  • The magazine everyone loves to hate continues to expand their media empire. Vice is investing $20M to renovate a 60,000-square-foot building on South Second Street and Kent Avenue, which will house its production facilities and a broadcasting station. [Crain’s]
  • Manhattan apartment inventory is at a low and the prices are up in the 2nd quarter. Read our brief after the break for all the details.

Hugh Jackman in his luxurious 11,000 sq ft home (left); Larry Silverstein (right)

The 2nd quarter results here

Design

  • By Lori Zimmer
  • , July 2, 2014

Richard Clarkson’s incredible Cloud lamp brings the romantic intensity of a thunderstorm right into your living room. The interactive light fixture is a combination of a lamp and a speaker system that bursts with thunder and lightning in response to your step. The poofy cloud rumbles, grumbles and illuminates the space around you, but you won’t run risk of getting soaked in an impending downpour.

More on the design here

Brooklyn, Cool Listings, Interiors, Williamsburg

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , July 2, 2014

In our humble opinion putting down roots in New York City should be on everyone’s bucket list. And that’s exactly what Friedrich Gretsch, an immigrant from Mannheim, Germany did in 1883, when he founded a small musical instrument shop in Brooklyn that later became a dynasty still in existence today. In 1916, as The Gretsch Company expanded, his son moved the operation to a mammoth ten-story factory at 60 Broadway in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, now the site of this luxury residential condominium conversion by architect Karl Fischer and interior designer Andres Escobar & Associates completed in 2003.

Read on to see why this apartment is music to our ears – and eyes

Brooklyn Heights, Interiors, Recent Sales

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , July 2, 2014

Wayfair CFO and apparent fan of extramarital endeavors, Michael Fleisher has sold his Brooklyn Heights town home, and for 6.4 million according to city records. The former Warner Music co-chairman listed the home at 273 Hicks Street five months ago with Corcoran agents James Cornell and Leslie Marshall, asking a staggering $6.95 million. After two months, he reduced the asking price to $6.495 million before finally settling in at a sale price of $6.4 million.

Take a look inside the Brooklyn Heights Beauty here

City Living, Getting Away

CityLiving in Rome: From New York to Eat. Eat. Eat.

By Andrew Cotto, Wed, July 2, 2014

Like the author Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat. Pray. Love. fame, I’ve embarked on an international excursion that includes an extended stay in Rome. Unlike Ms. Gilbert, I’m not on a three continent journey in search of pleasure, enlightenment and emotional connections, nor will I be visiting any other lands beyond the peninsular confines of Italy. I’m here for five weeks to teach a creative writing class at John Cabot University, but I share a sense of her aspirations, if only in a somewhat adjusted manner, so I feel entitled to appropriate parts of her narrative into my CityLiving column while I’m here. This first dispatch will be about food.

Follow Andrew as he eats his way through Rome

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