Cool Listings, Soho

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , January 13, 2015

It doesn’t get more classic than this five-bedroom Soho loft located at 33 Greene Street between Broome and Grand Streets. From the building’s gorgeous cast iron façade to the nearly 5,000 square feet of living space, you’ll be easily won over by the duplex’s 13 oversized windows, 12-foot tin ceilings, large arched doorways, and beautifully preserved wood floors.

Envy, this way

Real Estate Wire

  • Karim Rashid just can’t seem to win. The city has—again—asked the architect to redesign his East Harlem building’s balconies due to building code violations. [DNA Info]
  • 2014 was the tallest year for skyscrapers. [Archinect]
  • Renderings of “The Ark”—a privately-owned animal handling cargo terminal–coming to JFK. [Curbed]
  • Gloomy 380 Madison is getting a makeover with sky-high green space built in. [NYP]
  • “I was told we’d be able to detect the curvature of the Earth once we reached the summit of 432 Park Ave.” Journal reporter Ralph Gardner visits the top of 432 Park Avenue and lives to tell about it. [Wall Street Journal]

Images: Tallest towers of 2014 (left); The first and second iterations of Karim Rashid’s Harlem condo at 329 Pleasant Avenue (right)

Design, Getting Away, Quirky Homes

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , January 13, 2015

Danish home goods manufacturer Vipp, known for their sleek, modern trash bins and kitchen kit, has recently expanded their product line beyond iconic interiors with a thoroughly contemporary prefabricated dwelling that can be purchased online and delivered in six months’ time to the bucolic site of your choosing.

More about this little house in the woods

Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings, Interiors

Bring Your Books to This Bright Brooklyn Heights Pad

By Aisha Carter, Tue, January 13, 2015

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , January 13, 2015

You know you’re in a coveted neighborhood when the brokerbabble doesn’t even have to describe the home. This sunny two-bedroom apartment at 150 Joralemon Street has only two words to say to make you grab your realtor and come running: Brooklyn Heights. Yep, for $545,000 you can live in one of Brooklyn’s most prestigious neighborhoods, with quiet, tree-lined streets and the East River practically at your doorstep. And the apartment is not too shabby, either.

Let’s take a peek inside

Daily Link Fix

  • A Japanese desk lets you work on your laptop while lying completely flat on your back. [HUH]
  • A photo roundup of the 1939 World’s Fair site being built in Queens. [Gothamist]
  • Stay dry as you pedal with the bicycle umbrella. [CityLab]
  • Is the East 180th Street 2/5 subway entrance in the Bronx the prettiest station in the city? [Scouting NY]
  • This Dutch photographer took a photo every time he saw someone reading a book on the subway. [Slate]
  • Former Brooklyn couple turns their Nyack, NY craftsman into a home/art gallery. [Design Sponge]

Images: The Super Gorone Desk (L); East 180th Street subway station via MTAPhotos via photopin cc (R)

Art, Long Island City, New Developments

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , January 13, 2015

5Pointz before being demolished via Garrett Ziegler/Flickr

Back in November we first got wind of G&M Realty’s plan to trademark the 5Pointz name and use it for their new residential towers at the site; now artists connected to the Long Island City graffiti mecca are fighting back. Father-son developers Jerry and David Wolkoff had their trademark application denied twice, most recently on January 6th, for being too similar to a California real estate company. Before their third go, artist Jonathan Cohen (aka MeresOne), who ran 5Pointz for ten years, has started an online campaign advocating to protect the storied name. So far the petition has 2,050 signatures, with a goal of 3,000.

More details on the 5Pointz feud

Brooklyn, real estate trends

  • By Diane Pham
  • , January 13, 2015

Brooklyn’s real estate market is hot, but the market for historic townhouses is searing. Today, the NY Post cites Ideal Properties’ latest report which reveals that $3 million-plus townhouse sales in Brownstone Brooklyn and North Brooklyn increased 579 percent in the last five years, and accounted for 9.5 percent of the 1,035 townhouses sold just last year. Record-breaking sales in the last quarter gave the segment its biggest boost, and rising inventory is expected to swell this number even further over the coming year.

Find out more here

condos, Midtown East, New Developments

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , January 13, 2015

Back in June, we learned that the Chetrit Group was planning to partially convert the Philip Johnson-designed Sony Tower at 550 Madison Avenue to high-end condos. And it has now been revealed that the 96 condo units will amount to a jaw-dropping $1.8 billion sellout, according to plans the developer filed with the Attorney General’s office. By comparison, the initial total sellout at One57 was $2 billion, and at 432 Park Avenue it was $2.4 billion.

More on the luxury conversion

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Features, History, Transportation

Via aurélien. via photopin cc

Broadway is arguably the most famous street in New York City. It’s synonymous with the Theater District; it runs from the southern tip of Manhattan all the way up to Westchester County; and it’s the oldest north-south thoroughfare in NYC. While we might not all know these fun facts about the street, we undoubtedly know a thing or two about Broadway and its nonconformity to the street grid. But did you know there’s also a West Broadway in Tribeca/Soho and an East Broadway on the Lower East Side/Chinatown? They’re not extensions of Broadway proper, so how did they receive their monikers?

Find out about the Broadway conundrum here

City Living, Policy

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , January 12, 2015

Are you one of those New Yorkers who goes to the Met more than any other museum because it’s “pay what you wish”? Do you wait in lines wrapped around the block to get into museums’ free admission nights? Well, good news. You can now enjoy your favorite cultural institutions across all five boroughs without having to jump through hoops, thanks to the Mayor’s municipal ID initiative.

In addition to serving as a city identification card, IDNYC will offer a free one-year membership to 33 of the city’s most prominent museums and cultural centers; it will also serve as a cross-borough library card. New Yorkers can begin applying today, and enrollment will remain open until December 31, 2015.

Interested? Find out more here


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