Celebrities, Cool Listings, Tribeca

  • By Annie Doge
  • , March 21, 2017

Coincidentally, just a few days after Gwyneth Paltrow and ex-husband Chris Martin sold their $10 million Tribeca penthouse at 416 Washington Street (where Gwynie has been currently living), the couple’s former townhouse at 13 Harrison Street has hit the market for $24,995,000 (h/t LLNYC). The five-story, loft-style residence boasts seven bedrooms, ten bathrooms, an elevator, three wood-burning fireplaces, three laundry facilities, large skylights, and a lovely solarium. It’s currently configured as two condos– a six-bedroom owner’s quadruplex and a mixed-use ground floor apartment–but will be delivered vacant.

See the five story Tribeca townhouse here

Cool Listings, Hamilton Heights, Top Stories

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , March 21, 2017

If this home is, as the listing calls it, “the jewel of this historic neighborhood,” the three-block historic Harlem enclave of Hamilton Terrace is a treasure trove, anchored by the Hamilton Grange home of Alexander Hamilton. Listed at $5,495,000, the limestone and terra cotta mansion at 72 Hamilton Terrace is recognizable by its mansard slate roof punctuated by dormer windows and the original wrought iron fencing that surrounds it. This nearly-5,000-square-foot home offers five stories of newly-renovated modern living, including a finished cellar with restaurant-style bar and a wine cellar. The home’s $5.495 price tag makes it the priciest single-family listing in the neighborhood; if it sells for that much it may be Harlem’s most expensive sale ever.

Step inside and take a look

affordable housing, Bronx, New Developments

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , March 20, 2017

Bronx Commons via Danois

The $160 million Bronx Commons mixed-use development, located in the borough’s Melrose neighborhood, broke ground in January. When complete, it will combine affordable housing, retail, landscaped public space, and a 300-seat music and arts venue known as Bronx Music Hall. As 6sqft previously reported, the Hall was envisioned as a way to celebrate and revitalize “the deeply rooted history of cutting edge Bronx music,” which nonprofit developers WHEDco and BFC Partners also hoped to address by setting aside 15 percent of the 305 below-market rate apartments for older musicians. But as the Times explains, despite the South Bronx’s past as a hub for jazz and doo-wop music venues and sidemen, the city says this may be in violation of fair housing laws that prohibit preferences based on age or race.

Find out more

Design, Interiors, Tribeca

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , March 20, 2017

This massive home, dubbed the Gerken Residence, occupies 6,000 square feet of interior space, plus a 1,500-square-foot rooftop garden, all located on the top floors of a historic Tribeca building. Designed by Young Projects, the unique loft’s inner structure is comprised of three nested prisms that explore the relationship between solid and void. The floor plan also has various cuts strategically placed to hide and reveal the sky and city.

See the whole home

Cool Listings, Interiors, Midtown East

  • By Emily Nonko
  • , March 20, 2017

This is a picturesque apartment from a picturesque building, the Art Deco co-op 444 East 52nd Street. The Beekman apartment in question belongs to the fashion photographer Paul Sinclaire, who purchased it in 2014 for $1.35 million. After being listed on the market last year without finding a buyer, it’s once again up for grabs at a price of $2.195 million.

Time for a tour

From Our Partners

  • By Metro New York
  • , March 20, 2017

Image via Metro New York

There is a movement afoot to make permanent a bronze statue of a little girl staring down a bronze statue of a very large charging bull in the Financial District. In addition to two online petitions, local elected officials are also pushing to keep the work in place. The 50-inch “Fearless Girl,” which now has its own Twitter page and hashtag, was installed on March 7, to coincide with International Women’s Day. It was commissioned by asset management company State Street Global Advisors in an effort to address the need for more women on corporate boards.

MORE DETAILS AT METRO NY…

Daily Link Fix

  • Governor Cuomo unveiled a $1.8 billion plan to redesign the South Bronx’s Sheridan Expressway with pedestrian walkways providing access to Starlight Park and the Bronx River. [WSJ]
  • Countdown clocks at the new Second Avenue Subway stations provide estimates, not real-time data. [NBC NY]
  • Charity Hearty Start teams up with local bodegas to deliver breakfast sandwiches to the homeless based on an easy-to-use online donation system. [Munchies]
  • The city is holding a design competition for a new “I Voted” stickers, which will be distributed during the November 7th city elections that include the race for the mayor’s office. [NYT]
  • What’s in store for the future of the Met now that its director resigned? [Vanity Fair]

Current “I Voted” stickers via Mandi Campbell/Twitter (R)

Cool Listings, Park Slope

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , March 20, 2017

A one-bedroom apartment in Mayor de Blasio’s private Park Slope home is back on the market. As Politico reports, the prior tenants of the row house at 384 11th Street have moved out, opening the upstairs apartment for non-smokers without pets for $1,825 per month. The listing describes the unit as having a “comfortable, sun-filled, and flexible layout.”

Find out more here

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Architecture, Art, Features, Interviews

  • By 6sqft
  • , March 20, 2017

Developers are increasingly using art as a way to turn their buildings into more than just stacks of expensive apartments. Many see adding sculptures or installations as ways to activate a place, making it an integral part of the urban experience. But while most are eager to jump on the biggest names in the business, there are others that prefer to look locally for talent, using art as an opportunity to invest in the community in which they are building. One such company is Two Trees Management, which believes that “developers and property-owners must play a fundamental role in cultivating livable streetscapes.” To that end, Two Trees sponsors local creatives to work with them on their buildings, and for one of their most transformative Brooklyn projects, 300 Ashland, they commissioned local artist, designer and product inventor, Adam Frank (who lives less than two miles from the building) to install a stunning, large-scale, mirrored artwork, called LUCID.

Ahead, CityRealty speaks to Frank about his dreamy, out-of-the-box creation, and Lisa Kim, Two Tree’s Cultural Affairs Director, about the company’s community-driven approach to art and real estate.

READ MORE HERE…

affordable housing, Bronx, housing lotteries

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , March 20, 2017

New Yorkers earning 80 percent of the area median income can apply for three newly constructed units at 1319A and 1319B Prospect Avenue in the Morrisania section of the Bronx. The $1,230/month one-bedrooms are located in a 16-unit, two-building project in a leafy residential area not far from the 2 and 5 trains.

See the income requirements

Midtown West

43,000-square-foot Target store headed for Herald Square

By Michelle Cohen, Mon, March 20, 2017

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , March 20, 2017

Big-box retailer Target is opening its newest store across from Macy’s in Herald Square. The store will be the anchor tenant of a 92,000-square-foot retail complex owned by Empire State Realty Trust that will offer more of the usual suspects, in this case Sephora, Swatch and Foot Locker, all behind a new Studios Architecture-designed curtain wall, according to the New York Post.

find out who else is getting a Target

City Living, Transportation

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , March 20, 2017

Finally, there’s some good news for the nearly 225,000 daily L train riders commuting to Manhattan. This weekend the Metropolitan Transit Authority announced that the Canarsie tube, which carries the L train between Manhattan and Brooklyn, will be closed for 15 months instead of 18, three months ahead of schedule. As reported by the Daily News, the MTA plans to begin rehabilitating the tunnel in April of 2019.

Find out more here

affordable housing, Gowanus, housing lotteries, Top Stories

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , March 20, 2017

363 Bond Street, via Lightstone Group

When the Lightstone Group revealed their two-building, 700-unit, $350 million rental project at 363-365 Bond Street, right on the banks of the notoriously toxic Gowanus Canal, president Mitchell Hochberg said it was inspired by a residential project in the Canal Saint-Martin neighborhood in Paris that helped create a “newly hip atmosphere” near a similarly polluted waterway. Despite the area’s Superfund status, the promise of living in a trendy, up-and-coming area surely appealed to many; when the lottery opened for the 86 affordable units at #365, nearly 60,000 people applied. Now, the lottery is opening for the 54 below-market rate apartments at the under-construction #363, ranging from $833/month studios to $1,082/two-bedrooms, available to those earning 60 percent of the area median income.

Find out if you qualify

Chelsea, Cool Listings

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , March 20, 2017

The first thing you’ll notice about this 1,700-square-foot Chelsea loft at 121 West 20th Street is the current owner’s fabulous hoard of classic movie memorabilia. The listing tells us that it’s been used as a live/work/gallery space to show off the “impressive pop culture collection of Elizabeth Taylor, Billie Holiday, Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret and David Bowie, just to name a few.” Then you’ll notice that for the ask of $2.2 million, you’re getting lots and lots of wall space for a gallery-worthy collection of your own. The “work” part of that equation is covered by a home office that hovers above the main living space, which is really not a bad commute from the bedroom or kitchen below.

See the rest of the loft

Cool Listings, Interiors, Staten Island

  • By Emily Nonko
  • , March 19, 2017

You can’t find homes like this in Manhattan–you’re going to have to venture over into Staten Island. This freestanding Victorian, which occupies a large corner lot with a front and back yard, can be found at 309 Guyon Avenue in the neighborhood of Oakwood. Both the interior and exterior have been well preserved, with a turret and framework on the outside and fireplaces galore inside. The second floor holds four bedrooms, and there’s a finished attic on top of that. It’s up for grabs at a price just under $1.5 million.

Take a look inside

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Images: 130 Grotke Road courtesy of Coldwell Banker (L); 71 East 77th Street courtesy of Stribling

Policy

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , March 17, 2017

Under President Trump’s first budget proposal, New York City will lose hundreds of millions of dollars for schools, housing, transportation, homeland security, and other city agencies. According to the Daily News, city schools and afterschool programs can be expected to lose $140 million, homeland security grants will be cut $190 million, and NYCHA will lose $370 million, which is on top of the $76 million cut they were already expecting. Ironically, the budget also slashes transit projects by $2 billion, which means completing projects like the Second Avenue Subway and the Gateway trans-Hudson River tunnel may be on the chopping block, despite the fact that they were specifically called out in Trump’s previous $1 trillion infrastructure plan to receive $14.2 billion and $12 billion respectively.

Find out more here

Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, New Jersey, Queens, Rentals

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , March 17, 2017
  • Sutton Place High Rise Re-Introduced as Oriana Launches Leasing with Two Months Free [link]
  • Downtown Rentals at 90W in the Financial District Offer Up to 2 Months Free [link]
  • Spring 2017 Leasing Announced for DUMBO’s 181 Front Street, Website Launches with New Photos [link]
  • LIC Rental ‘The Independent’ Offers Two Months Free with 14-Month Lease [link]
  • New Uptown Rental ‘Harlem 125’ Prepares for Spring 2017 Leasing [link]
  • Williamsburg’s Printhouse Lofts Now Leasing with 1 Month Free on a 13-Month Lease [link]
  • Security Deposit Discount at Jersey City’s 70 Greene Apartments – Only $1,000 Required [link]
  • LIC’s ‘The Forge’ to Begin Leasing in Summer 2017 [link]
  • Free Month of Rent + Acres of Greenery at The Opal, Studios From $1,765/Month [link]
  • Select Listings at Boerum Hill’s Court House Apartments Offer One Month Free with 13-Month Leases [link]
  • Enjoy the Open Air Oasis at LIC’s The Maximilian, Now Leasing with 1 Month Free [link]
  • No-Fee Rentals at 95 Horatio Street in the West Village; Only $1,000 Security Deposits Required [link]
  • $500 Security Deposits at 180 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights [link]
  • Newly Renovated Rentals in Two Bridges Leasing with Two Months Free; 1-Beds from $2,014/Month [link]
  • Only $1,000 Security Deposit Required at Upper West Side Rental, The Westmont [link]
  • Up to Two Months of Free Rent at 33 West End Avenue on Upper West Side [link]
  • Midtown West Rental Skyscraper 505W37 Offering One Month Free + $1,000 Security Deposits [link]
  • Theater District High Rise on West 48th Street Leasing with Two Months Free + Discounted Deposits [link]
  • Up to Two Months Free at The Centra in Midtown East [link]
  • The Ellington in Midtown Offers One Month Free with Leases for One & Two Bedrooms [link]

SEE MORE RENTAL NEWS AND OFFERS HERE >>

Images (L to R): The Forge, Harlem 125, Printhouse Lofts and 70 Greene Street

Design, Products

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , March 17, 2017

This fun product from the innovative design studio Nimuno takes our childhood LEGO obsession to a whole new level. Nimuno Loops are a flexible and cuttable plastic equipped with a block-friendly top surface and a reusable adhesive backing, allowing you to make any surface LEGO compatible.

find out more here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Park Slope

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , March 17, 2017

A dapper ebony cornice, a three-sided bay front, and a two-part stoop distinguish the house at 548 8th street from its Park Slope neighbors. Half a block from Prospect Park, this landmarked limestone townhouse was built at the turn of the 20th century by prolific local architect Benjamin Driesler. The three-story, two-family home has only changed hands once before, and it’s currently on the market for $3.25 million.

Take the townhouse tour

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