WeWork, the $20 billion provider of co-working and temporary office spaces, just announced that rockstarchitect Bjarke Ingels will be their Chief Architect, a role in which he’ll advise the company on all their projects, as well as offer his insights and ideas. With Bjarke at the helm, WeWork hopes to impact buildings, neighborhoods, and even broader, the cities in which they’re located by working with city planners and politicians to change the future for the better. In a press release written by CEO and co-founder Adam Neumann, WeWork boasts Bjarke’s creativity and practicality: “Bjarke caught my attention because he’s changing the way we think about architecture. His designs inspire as much as they surprise.”
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- “Shine in the Center of it All” – Midtown’s Solari debuts website and new renderings [link]
- ALTA LIC, NYC’s largest co-living residence, launches leasing [link]
- Jackson Park, shimmering new towers in Long Island City leasing with 1 month free [link]
- Meet Oskar: New Midtown rental launches leasing from $3,050/month [link]
- 1N4th, Williamsburg waterfront rental offers 3 months free on 24-month leases [link]
- Lincoln Square’s One Columbus Place offers 1 month free; See listings + new photos [link]
- Yorkville’s The Wimbledon offers 3 months free on select new leases [link]
A home with an incredible, well-documented history has a unit up for rent inside its turret. The townhouse in question is 1372 Dean Street in Crown Heights. The castle-like, three-story Romanesque Revival brick residence was built in 1888 for $8,000 with a slate-shingled turret. A few years back, its seller was featured in the New York Times–she had bought the property in 1983 for $66,000 and then sold it to an investor for $1.32 million in 2013. It has since been converted to rental apartments.
Rendering of the planned school by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Source: WeWork via Bloomberg.
Fast-growing coworking brand WeWork has been in the news recently for the company’s rapid expansion into everything from “co-living” to wellness, including a planned move into the former Lord & Taylor department store Fifth avenue flagship building, which will become the company’s new HQ. Now, Bloomberg reports that the $20 billon startup, which boasts offices in 57 international cities, has plans to launch a private elementary school for “conscious entrepreneurship”called WeGrow in a New York City WeWork location next year. The company has even tapped Danish architect du jour Bjarke Ingels‘ firm BIG to design the first WeWork school, which will likely be within the aforementioned new Fifth Avenue headquarters.
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MINI has been working for the past couple years to expand its purview from tiny cars to tiny homes. Their endeavor began with a micro-living concept to address a lack of attractive, affordable housing in urban settings, and they’ve now expanded on this idea with an even more compact and personal model. First revealed at last month’s London Design Week, the MINI Living Urban Cabin “fuses clever use of space with insights from local architects to create an area and structure suited for their city.” British architect Sam Jacob was inspired by London’s decline in libraries, but here in NYC, Greenwich Village-based firm Bureau V responded to larger global issues and based their design around New York’s history as an immigrant city.
Images by Esther Bubley, 1943. Courtesy of the Esther Bubley Photo Archive
In the mid-19th century, as the city rapidly grew in area and population, many single New Yorkers faced difficult decisions on the housing market. Unlike the majority of today’s single New Yorkers, however, the decision was not whether to share an apartment with one or more roommates or squeeze into a studio apartment but rather which type of boarding house to inhabit. Ahead we’ll go over the history of the New York City boarding house, as well as where you can still find the handful that remains.
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Living in a college residence might be fun for a year or two, but most college-age kids eventually want to move out. And who can blame them? After all, who wants to show ID to a security guard every time they arrive home, share a room with a stranger, or eat in a cafeteria night after night? In many smaller college towns, sending your kid first and last month’s rent is more than enough to get them out of residence and into their first apartment. In New York City, it’s a bit more complicated.
In most cases, parents need to be directly involved in the housing search and rental process and prepared to come up with a substantial deposit, which can meet or even exceed the money needed to purchase a starter home in many U.S. cities. In order to rent an apartment in New York City, renters typically must come up with first and last month’s rent, a security deposit, and a broker’s fee (the fee is either one month’s rent or anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the first year’s rent). Also, as a rule, owners and management companies require lease holders to have an established credit history, to make more than 40 times the monthly rent on an annual basis, or to have a guarantor who exceeds these criteria.
This 6sqft guide outlines everything parents need to know before going on the market to rent an apartment for a college-age child, including advice on where to find listings and how to decode them.
- From Bowling Alley to Co-Living Rentals, The Lanes Makes its Debut in Long Island City [link]
- The Posthouse Debuts in Clinton Hill; Brand New Rentals from $2,013/Month [link]
- Move-In Ready Apartments at Columbus Square on Upper West Side Leasing with 1 Month Free [link]
- North America’s Biggest New Co-Living Building Tops Out in Long Island City [link]
- Brand New Rentals Debut on Fulton Street in Bed-Stuy; Apartments from $2,300/Month [link]
- Two Months Free at 535W43, New Hell’s Kitchen Rental with Lush Amenities [link]
- New No-Fee Listings at Landmark Rental in FiDi Offer Discounted Security Deposits [link]
- Glenwood’s 51-Story Rental in Murray Hill is Leasing with 1 Month Free [link]
- Waterfront Rentals in Jersey City with Skyline Views from $2,140/Month and $500 Deposits [link]
- Debut of Graham Avenue Rental in East Williamsburg; Leases Include 1 Free Month [link]
- New Downtown Rental Tower EXHIBIT Announces Summer 2017 Grand Opening [link]
- Half-Month Free on New Leases at This Midtown Rental; 1-Beds from $3,495 [link]
Roommate app Roomi recently compiled data based on the 20 to 36-year-olds searching for someone with whom to split the rent, and the top neighborhood for this trend is Astoria. DNAinfo shared the analysis, which found that nearly 38 percent of Roomi’s users looked for housing in the up-and-coming Queens ‘hood, and each applicant in this area gets about 20 applicants, almost double all other neighborhoods.
- Co-Living Rental ‘Common Baltic‘ Makes its Debut, Offers Leases with One Month of Free Rent [link]
- An Astounding Four Months of Free Rent with Two-Year Leases at Brooklyn Rental, The Williams [link]
- Live in Downtown Art Deco High Rise with Two Months of Free Rent; Studios Starting from $2,775 [link]
- Hoboken Rental, The Rivington, Offers New Renters Up to Two Months of Free Rent [link]
- 976 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill Debuts, Offers Renters One Month Free [link]
- Two Months of Free Rent at Park West Village, Only One Block from Central Park [link]
- Park Towers South on Columbus Circle Offering One Month of Free Rent or One Month OP [link]
- Sutton Place High-Rise Re-Introduced as Oriana, Sets March 2017 Leasing Launch with Two Months Free [link]
- Grand Opening of Five-Story Rental Building on Newel Street in Greenpoint [link]
- Select Units at 21 Chelsea Offer One Month Free + $500 Security Deposits [link]
- Free Rent at 40-Story Waterfront Residence in Williamsburg; Studios Starting From $2,829/Month [link]
- 70 Pine Offering One Month Free + One Month Owner Paid Commission; Studios to Three-Bedrooms + Two Full Floors of Amenities [link]
- 21 West End Avenue Now Leasing with Two or Three Months Free on All Listings; Studios from $2,950/Month [link]
- Leasing Launches at Newly Constructed Astoria Rental, The Academy [link]