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Cool Listings, Interiors, Williamsburg

Condo at 149 Skillman Avenue Lets Its Light Shine!

By Aisha Carter, Tue, May 27, 2014

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , May 27, 2014

What kind of apartment needs custom blinds from the Shade Store? The kind with floor-to-ceiling windows flooding the unit with light! And we’re not talking any standard floor-to-ceiling windows. Architect Michael Muroff decided to throw us a beautiful curve ball by designing a wall-sized window in the living room accented with a giant, skylight – or more appropriately, an angled ceiling of windows. The result is a living space you could practically sunbathe in.

An abundance of light isn’t the only thing 149 Skillman Avenue #4B has to offer. The 1,070-square-foot, 2BR/2BA unit has a few other surprises, including a steam shower and a private roof deck with a gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline. That means a spectacular show for the apartment’s residents when the 4th of July fireworks return to the East River for summer 2014.

See what else this beautiful condo has to offer here

Architecture, Battery Park City, Financial District, Hotels, Major Developments

New renderings of Fortis Property Group’s mixed-use development at 151 Maiden Lane have been revealed! As reported by New York YIMBY, permits were filed last week for the new tower which will sit upon a 281,000-square-foot waterfront development site that the company purchased back in August of last year.

Fortis’s new residential project will boast a 161,000-square-foot, 52-story luxury condominium with 74 high-end apartments each hosting “uninterrupted river views with the top floors having virtually 360-degree views,” according to Fortis’s website. The design, which holds Goldstein Hill & West as the architect of record, is another glassy high-rise that boasts a slender profile with balconies rising on the glass face in a helix-like gesture. In fact, the design looks quite a bit like an amalgamation of New York by Ghery and One Madison. (A good thing?)

Fortis also plans to build a 120,000-square-foot hotel at the western portion of the development site. The hotel will share luxury amenities with the residential section of the development. Construction will start this year.

[Via NY YIMBY]

Image via Fortis Property Group

Celebrities, Green Design, Interiors, Meatpacking District

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , May 27, 2014

The headquarters of the “Queen of the Wrap Dress” (ladies, you know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever stood in line for one of these sample sales!) is well known for the big, geometric glass structure that sits perched atop the traditional Meatpacking District building. Not so well known, though, is that inside this rooftop crystal is Ms. von Furstenberg’s penthouse apartment.  And just as you’d expect, the space is full of all of the sleek, yet glamorous style that the designer expresses in her clothing.

Conceptualized by Work Architecture, the Diane von Furstenberg headquarters was adapted from this landmarked meat market building to house the firm’s flagship store, administrative offices, and production space. The re-imagined rooftop is not only an apartment, but a garden oasis. The staircase, dubbed the “stairdelier” by the architects since it is lined with Swarovski crystals, ties the live/work space together and is its crowning jewel. Descending diagonally through the building’s six stories, it reflects light throughout the entire interior.

More about the sparkling staircase and all of the interior eye candy this way

Architecture, Upstate

  • By Patty Lee
  • , May 26, 2014

China’s most provocative artist can add architect to his already extensive resume. Known around the world for his contemporary artwork and political activism, Ai Weiwei has also had a hand in designing this sprawling compound in upstate New York.

Located in bucolic Ancram — just a two-hour drive from New York City — the Tsai Residence was originally commissioned by a pair of Upper East Side art collectors. The 2,800-square-foot structure was completed in 2006 and put back on the market a few years later in 2013 for a whopping $4.25 million. But the hefty price tag comes with a unique distinction — it’s the only house in the United States that Ai has ever designed.

Take a tour of the pricey, one-of-a-kind property here

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City Living, Features, People

Hell on Wheels: Misadventures as a NYC Bicyclist

By Andrew Cotto, Sun, May 25, 2014

  • By Andrew Cotto
  • , May 25, 2014

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

Design, Products

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

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Design, Features, Hotels, Interiors

The Most Gorgeous New York City Hotel Interiors

By Jason Carpenter, Fri, May 23, 2014

  • By Jason Carpenter
  • , May 23, 2014

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

Daily Link Fix

  • 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)

Architecture, Green Design, Lower East Side, Urban Design

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , May 23, 2014

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

DUMBO, Recent Sales

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , May 23, 2014

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

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463 affordable units available at luxury LIC rental with sweeping city views and a waterfront park

  • By Devin Gannon

All renderings courtesy of VUW Studio

At a time when finding an affordable apartment in New York City feels impossible, here’s an opportunity to live in a luxury Long Island City building for less. A housing lottery has launched at Gotham Point, a two-tower mixed-use development in Hunter’s Point South with 1,132 apartments, a majority of which are priced below the market rate. After welcoming its first residents to the South tower this spring, the taller North tower is now accepting applications for 463 rent-stabilized rentals at 1-15 57th Avenue, Long Island City, NY. The 58-story building is open to New Yorkers earning between 30 percent and 165 percent of the area median income (AMI), or between $16,183 and $273,075 annually.*

Find out if you qualify