By Devin Gannon, Fri, September 9, 2022
All photos courtesy of Evan Joseph Photography
The Upper West Side townhouse where legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday lived until her untimely death in 1959 is for sale. Located a block from Central Park at 26 West 87th Street, the historic Renaissance Revival-style brownstone measures over 6,300 square feet and has seven bedrooms and a rear garden. The home, which sold for $9,475,000 in 2017, is now on the market for $13,995,000 following a renovation by architect Amie Sachs, previously of Annabelle Selldorf Architects.
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By Devin Gannon, Mon, August 22, 2022
All photos courtesy of Yoo Jean Han for Sotheby’s International Realty
Janet Jackson sold her Upper West Side apartment for $8,800,000 last month, slightly below the initial asking price. As the Wall Street Journal first reported, the pop star’s three-bedroom condo in the Trump International Hotel and Tower at 1 Central Park West hit the market in April for $8,995,000. Jackson has owned the home since 1998 but has not lived there since the pandemic.
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By Aaron Ginsburg, Thu, August 4, 2022
Photo credit to Gregg Richards, courtesy of Brooklyn Public Library
The Brooklyn Public Library is launching a new pilot program this month for music lovers. Starting on August 9, BPL patrons can visit the Central Library branch in Park Slope and browse, listen to, and borrow a diverse collection of nearly 400 records. The vinyl collection and listening stations will be in the New & Noteworthy room on the first floor of the recently-renovated Central Library. Teen and adult cardholders can take out up to three records for three weeks.
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By Aaron Ginsburg, Wed, May 25, 2022
New York City is one of the most visited cities in the world, and for good reason. There is no shortage of attention-worthy landmarks, buildings, and activities to spend time exploring. Ahead, find 25 fun ideas deserving a spot on your NYC bucket list, from secret waterfalls and iconic roller coasters to sky-high observation decks and covert speakeasies. This list is by no means comprehensive but should be a good starting point.
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By Devin Gannon, Tue, May 3, 2022
All renderings designed by Foster+ Partners, courtesy of the Landmarks Preservation Commission
Billionaire Bill Ackman is getting his Central Park-facing rooftop glass penthouse designed by Norman Foster after all. The Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday approved plans from the hedge fund founder to build a glass penthouse addition on top of a 100-year-old Upper West Side co-op building where he owns an apartment. First presented last November as a two-level glass box on the roof of 6-16 West 77th Street, the approved proposal includes a scaled-down design and more muted materials.
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By Devin Gannon, Thu, April 14, 2022
Rendering: dbox / Foster + Partners
JPMorgan Chase on Thursday unveiled the design for its massive new global headquarters in Midtown East, set to become one of New York City’s tallest buildings. Roughly three years after the project was approved by the city and a year after construction began, fresh renderings show off the Foster + Partners-designed tower at 270 Park Avenue, which will soar nearly 1,400 feet and be all-electric. The building, which will house up to 14,000 employees, boasts a unique “fan-column” structure that is lifted about 80 feet above street level as well as a new public plaza on Madison Avenue.
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By Aaron Ginsburg, Fri, April 1, 2022
Photo by Kevin Rajaram on Unsplash
After the Covid pandemic brought the city’s tourism industry to a near standstill, officials say they expect visitors to return in greater numbers this year. In a new report released this week, NYC & Company, the city’s tourism agency, projects that New York City will see a 70 percent increase in tourism in 2022, including approximately 8 million international visitors. However, the city will be missing out on its fasting growing source of tourism, as China is still not permitting its citizens to travel abroad.
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By Michelle Cohen, Thu, March 24, 2022
Photo credit: Evan Joseph for The Corcoran Group
Built in 1901, the Upper East Side mansion at 164 East 70th Street received a thorough and considered renovation by BWArchitects in partnership with PSA Studios and Kari McCabe. The 7,400-square-foot, 20-foot-wide townhouse unfolds on seven levels including a finished basement, with the interior space opened dramatically from front to back. Asking $16,250,000, this dazzling property offers at least five bedroom suites and endless flexibility along with architectural fabulousness. Topping it all off is a windowed basketball court on the seventh floor.
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By Michelle Cohen, Tue, March 8, 2022
Photo courtesy of the Locker Room
March is Women’s History Month, an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of American women–and March 8 is International Women’s Day. The origins of the month-long celebration–and the suffrage movement itself, have their roots in New York City, and the city is a great place to learn more about the women who shaped the world as we know it. Top local arts and culture organizations are offering lectures, festivals, tours, and art exhibits in the five boroughs, all month long. More reason to celebrate and mark your calendar: Most hosts have returned to in-person events.
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By Michelle Cohen, Mon, February 28, 2022
220 Central Park South as seen in May 2020. Photo by Jim.henderson (cropped) via Wikimedia Commons.
High-profile sales deals with wealthy Russian buyers have made headlines–Dmitry Rybolovlev’s $88 million condo buy at 15 Central Park West, for example–and Manhattan’s trophy condos have been seen as a safe investment for Russian oligarchs. But since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, there have been calls to seize those properties, The Real Deal reports.
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