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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Upper East Side

  • By Alexandra Alexa
  • , April 16, 2019

Listing images by Donna Dotan

One of the city’s last remaining carriage houses at 163 East 70th Street has hit the market seeking $18,950,000, as Mansion Global first reported. Designed by CPH Gilbert in 1902 for banker, philanthropist, and art collector Jules Bache, it was built at a grander scale than typical carriage houses to accommodate a ground floor carriage-wash, a horse ramp, and double-height stalls for a dozen horses. In 1944, John D. Rockefeller Jr.—who lived just two houses down at 740 Park Avenue—purchased the house and had his architect Grosvenor Atterbury convert it into his family’s private automobile garage and chauffeur’s quarters. The 25-foot wide property spans over 7,500 square feet across four floors with an additional 2,500 square-foot cellar and a 12-foot private garage.

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affordable housing, Architecture, East New York, Landmarks Preservation Commission, New Developments

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , April 16, 2019

Rendering by Dattner Architects via NY Landmarks Preservation Commission.

An affordable housing developer on Tuesday presented plans to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for a new building that would cantilever over the Empire State Dairy building in East New York. HP Brooklyn Dairy Housing Development Fund Company, part of the nonprofit Housing Partnership Development Corporation, wants to construct a 14-story tower on top of the early 20th-century factory, located at 2840 Atlantic Avenue. Landmarked in 2017, the factory is notable for its architectural style and decorative tile murals. Dattner Architects created the designs for the proposed complex shown in the new renderings. The new construction would be a major change for the property, which was purchased by the developer for $16.75 million last year.

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affordable housing, East New York, housing lotteries

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , April 16, 2019

Rendering courtesy of Monadnock Development/ MHG Architects

An affordable housing lottery launched on Tuesday for 143 units in Spring Creek, a neighborhood in East New York once known only for its landfills and undeveloped marshland. As part of a multi-phase, decades-long project by the city, the area has been slowly transforming into a community of mixed-income and mixed-use developments. The fourth phase of a development called Nehemiah Spring Creek is now accepting applications for studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, set aside for New Yorkers earning 30, 40, 50, 60, and 90 percent of the area median income. Apartments up for grabs range from a $426/month one-bedroom to a $1,660/month three-bedroom.

Find out if you qualify

Policy

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , April 16, 2019

Image via Wikipedia

Mayor Bill de Blasio kicked off a new lead-based paint testing program today, to be implemented in NYCHA apartments. 135,000 apartments will be tested with portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzers as part of the mayor’s LeadFreeNYC plan to eliminate childhood lead exposure. The effort will determine whether lead paint is present and abate any hazards found in the tested units, which were built before the federal ban on lead paint in 1978.

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Featured Story

Features, Interiors, My SQFT House Tours, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Top Stories

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 16, 2019

Our series “My sqft” checks out the homes of New Yorkers across all the boroughs. Our latest interior adventure brings us to Cristiana Peña’s Prospect-Lefferts Gardens apartment. Want to see your home featured here? Get in touch!

Cristiana Peña is one of those people who will make you feel like you’ve known her for years when you’ve only just met her–especially when you visit her at her equally warm Prospect-Lefferts Gardens home. After growing up in Rapid City, South Dakota (her father was in the Air Force) Cristiana moved to NYC for grad school in 2006 to study preservation. She quickly became a force in the field, working at Woodlawn Conservancy and Cemetery and lending her expertise and advocacy skills to countless groups across the city. Today, Cristiana also works as a social media strategist, a perfect fit for her creative and snappy personality and natural knack for striking up a conversation. So it comes as no surprise that her pre-war apartment is also full of personal stories. From a mobile that her dad got while deployed in Saudi Arabia to a lobster-shaped wine decanter she found while on a trip to Maine, nearly every eclectic find in Cristiana’s home comes with a childhood memory or a great tidbit about an antiquing outing.

Get to know Cristiana and take a tour of her home

More Top Stories, Transportation

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , April 16, 2019

Starting Friday, April 26 through the summer of 2020, L train service will be suspended on weeknights and weekends. The halt of train service is part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s revised plan to repair the Canarsie Tunnel, proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January as an alternative to shuttering the line completely. While the L train will run normally during peak times for the next year and a half, service on the line will be reduced starting as early as 8 p.m. on weekdays. To ease the impending headache for commuters, the MTA has released a map that shows service alternatives, transfer points, and planned wait times for the L train.

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Chelsea, Cool Listings

  • By Alexandra Alexa
  • , April 16, 2019

This Chelsea co-op at 475 West 22nd Street is less than a block away from the High Line and comes with its own fully landscaped garden oasis so you’ll never be far from nature. Recently renovated, the residence boasts wide oak floors throughout, exposed wood ceilings, two fireplaces, and large casement windows alongside all the modern amenities you’d need to live in comfort. The three-bedroom unit just hit the market for $3,195,000 after previously selling in 2014 for $2,400,000.

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Chelsea, City Living, Events

Get a first look at City Winery’s new Pier 57 location

By Michelle Cohen, Mon, April 15, 2019

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , April 15, 2019

Rendering courtesy of City Winery/Fox Greenberg PR.

After much anticipation, Tribeca venue City Winery recently announced that it will leave its 10-year home at 155 Varick Street for a new 32,000-square-foot space at Pier 57 in Hudson River Park. The Pier will be anchored by Google and occupies a highly visible location at West 15th Street. The venue has just released renderings of both the exterior and the inside of the new space.

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City Living, Events, History

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , April 15, 2019

Image via Wikimedia cc.

The historic East Village music venue Webster Hall is scheduled to reopen on April 26, 2019 after being closed for nearly 19 months for renovations. The concert hall was first opened in 1886, making it New York’s oldest still-operating venue. According to AMNewYork, the Marlin concert room, Grand Ballroom and studio space have had a complete overhaul; the venue, which was acquired by Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment and AEG Presents (parent company of The Bowery Presents) in 2017, has announced a reopening concert featuring Jay-Z performing “The B-Sides,” as well as a month of notable shows that will include Patti Smith, MGMT, Built To Spill, Sharon Van Etten, Broken Social Scene, Real Estate and more.

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Celebrities, Central Park South

  • By Annie Doge
  • , April 15, 2019

Photo of Bezos via NMAH’s Flickr; 220 CPS photo via a Vornado Realty Trust and Robert A.M. Stern Architects

While Amazon won’t find a home in New York City, the tech giant’s founder just might. The New York Post reported on Friday that Jeff Bezos has been house hunting in the Big Apple following his recent divorce settlement. Bezos, currently the richest man in the world, checked out apartments at 220 Central Park South, where the most expensive home in the country recently sold.

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