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Chelsea, Recent Sales

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.

[Via WSJ]

Cool Listings, Interiors, Tribeca

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , May 23, 2014

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.

Come on an adventure with us

Cool Listings, Soho

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , May 22, 2014

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

Brooklyn, Events, Manhattan, Queens

  • By Katrina Otuonye
  • , May 22, 2014

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!

All the events this way

Brooklyn Heights, Interiors, Recent Sales

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , May 22, 2014

The Heights is sold out! According to city records, the penthouse, and last available unit of the Brooklyn Heights condominium, has officially sold for $4.95 million. This extraordinary apartment at 30 Henry Street, listed by Corcoran Group’s Deborah Rieders, touts one of the most expensive prices in Brooklyn, at approximately $1,730 per square foot.

Getting a glimpse into this apartment is like trying to spot a rare bird, but from what we’ve gleaned, it’s pretty splendid. The luxury building replaced the home of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and has been the subject of a lot of speculation from the day the filings were discovered. At one point it was rumored that BKSK Architects was planning for the building to have a waterfall! From what we can see, it appears the waterfall ultimately became a fountain in the courtyard but hey, what’s a legend if not the subject of grandeur?

Take a peek inside this elusive penthouse here

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Images: Bathroom accessories (left), Apple’s first smartphone attempt (right)

Cool Listings, Financial District, Interiors

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , May 22, 2014

The year is 1928: Scotch tape is first marketed by 3M, the first air-conditioned building opens in San Antonio, the clip-on tie is designed, the NY Yankees sweep the Cards in the 25th World series – and the Equitable Trust Building at 15 Broad Street was completed.

For nearly 80 years the L-shaped grey brick stone building would house some of the most influential financial companies in the world, until developer A.I. & Boymelgreen rescued it from certain demolition in 2003 and tasked French architect Phillipe Starck to turn it into a luxury condominium worthy of the financial capital of the world.

Check out #2412 at 15 Broad Street

Financial District, New Developments

According to the Wall Street Journal, a group of investors, led by developer Harry Macklowe, has just paid $585 Million for One Wall Street, the headquarters of Bank of New York Mellon Corp.

A spokesman for Macklowe declined to disclose what the developer plans to do with the 50-story tower, but word is that other bidders for the building, which included JDS Development Group and a joint venture of Elad Group and Silverstein Properties Inc., had plans to convert it for residential use. If the building is transformed into luxury residential units, the Art Deco styling will certainly lend to the appeal. The Chelsea‘s Ralph Thomas Walker-designed Walker Tower, and its sister building in Hell’s Kitchen, the Stella Tower, have done quite well in their conversions to co-ops, attracting both the rich and famous with buyers paying on average $3,443 per square foot in the Walker.

Macklowe is said to be “very pleased to be associated with this landmark property.”

[Via WSJ]

Interiors, Recent Sales, Upper West Side 

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , May 22, 2014

At 3 Lincoln Center (a.k.a. 160 West 66th Street), residents have the bragging rights of living in the only residential building in the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts complex. And wouldn’t you brag too if right outside your window was the Metropolitan Opera House and Juilliard?

Apartment 46A is home to the most recent boaster. Sold for $3.9 million, the 1,562-square-foot unit has splendid north – and west – facing panoramic views that can be taken in through the huge, wraparound windows. The 9.5-foot ceilings add to the bright openness of this 2BD/2.5BA apartment.

Check out all the magnificent views and interiors this way

Gramercy Park, Interiors, Recent Sales

  • By Diane Pham
  • , May 21, 2014

Hot off the sale of their Soho loft, fashion designer Derek Lam and his partner Jan-Hendrik Schlottmann just closed on a $4.8 million 3BR/3.5BA pad at 50 Gramercy Park North, according to city records filed this afternoon.

The home, which was listed by Kirk and Paige at Douglas Elliman, boasts a 40-foot expanse of floor-to-ceiling windows that give the home a decidedly modern California aesthetic that is very much in the vein of a Neutra icon. Though the current decor is quite subdued, if Lam’s F/W’15 line is any indication of his preferred palette, we expect that this new space will be accented with plenty of rich blues, greens, and a bit of orange.

Have a look inside the stunning apartment

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