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Architecture, Green Design, Hamptons

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , August 13, 2014

Keeping the plan of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion in mind, New York-based architects Stamberg Aferiat created an eye-catching, colorful home. Built using industrially produced materials and current sustainable principles, the home features seemingly disjointed planes that create the overall geometry of the structure. Located in the island with the same name, the Shelter Island Pavilion is an experiment in color, shape, and sustainability.

Learn more about this striking sustainable home here

Brooklyn, Cool Listings, Fort Greene, Interiors

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , August 13, 2014

There’s a reason Forgotten New York toyed with the label “Brownstone Paradise” for Fort Greene’s South Portland Avenue and Time Out New York named it one of the “50 Best Blocks in NYC”: living here is like owning a little slice of heaven.

When you think of a classic brownstone, 21 South Portland Avenue is exactly what comes to mind – along with all of its similar-looking neighbors on both sides of the street. On closer inspection, the varying ornamentation becomes apparent, and each building exudes its own distinct personality, contributing to the street’s reputation as one of Brooklyn’s most coveted and gorgeous.

Check out what’s inside this beautiful brownstone

Daily Link Fix

  • Have A Picnic in Grand Central Station: Gothamist reports Starting next Monday in GCT’s Vanderbilt Hall,  you’ll be able to chow down on lunch or a snack from local food vendors like Zaro’s and Ciao Bella Gelato. Also consider this a dinner-theater because a couple of Broadway show casts will be doing a little song and dance show around 12 p.m.
  • Instagram Photos You Can Insta-Eat: Defeating the saying of “take a photo it’ll last longer,” Reuters explores Boomf, a London-based company that prints Instagram selfies photos on marshmallows.
  • DIY Turn A Broken Pot Into A Fairy Garden: This makes us want to break some pots just do we can do this DIY. Bored Panada features a new trend among gardeners (and some brown thumbs wanting to get in on the fun) of transforming broken flower pots into extravagant and lovely fairy gardens overflowing with ferns, succulents and moss.
  • Now There’s A Use For All Your Sweat: People who over-sweat can now be proud of those beads of water that drip down from their face and underarms! Phys.org looks at a new tattoo biobattery can detect lactate in the body, a natural ingredient in sweat, to recharge small electronics.

Celebrities, Recent Sales, Upper West Side 

That’s right, $18 million. According to city records, Spanx founder and self-made billionaire Sara Blakely sold her apartment at 15 Central Park West for $30 million, almost triple the $12.11 million she paid for it in 2008.

The sale comes on the heels of CityRealty releasing its CityRealty 100 list of most expensive homes in the city, on which 15 Central Park West is listed first. The prestigious, Robert A.M. Stern-designed building has an average price per square foot of $6,288 (the Time Warner Center, which came in second has an average of $4,689) and it also holds the priciest condo sale through the second quarter of 2014 at $48 million.

More about Blakely’s highly profitable sale

Ditmas Park, Interiors, Recent Sales

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , August 13, 2014

We tend to feature a lot of historic townhouses, and while we love these brownstone beauties, it’s always a treat when we come across the less-common Victorian home. Not surprisingly, this charming, free-standing house is located in Ditmas Park West, part of what is known as Victorian Flatbush. Built in 1905, the home at 454 Rugby Road recently sold for $1,975,000 million according to city records, almost $100,000 above the asking price and not far behind another recent Rugby Road sale that was one of the most expensive in the neighborhood to date.

See why this painted lady is a deserving member of Victorian Flatbush’s Million-Dollar Club

Interiors, Recent Sales, Upper West Side 

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , August 13, 2014

Andrea Stern, daughter of real estate developer Leonard Stern, has just sold her ‘70s chic apartment in the Kenilworth for $8.575 million, according to city records. The new residents will not only be able to enjoy living in a home that looks like a pared down set for Behind the Candelabra; they’ll actually be able to call the made-for-TV movie’s star Michael Douglas, and his wife Catherine Zeta Jones, neighbors. But, as impressive as that sounds, we’re pretty sure the eight-room, corner apartment on the Gold Coast of Central Park West speaks for itself.

Take a look inside this throwback chic pad…

Architecture

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , August 13, 2014

Foodies are rampant in today’s urban metropolises, but this time, instead of talking fish tacos and foie gras, we’re talking buildings. Nicholas Blechman, art director for the New York Times Book Review, has reimagined some of the world’s most famous landmarks as food in his delightful series Gastro-Architecture. From drawing the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica as a lemon juicer to noting the striking resemblance of Kohn Pedersen Fox’s Shanghai World Financial Center to a can opener, Blechman has created an entirely new type of architectural review.

Check out our favorite NYC illustrations from Gastro-Architecture

Architecture, Getting Away, Green Design, Interiors, Upstate

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , August 12, 2014

No, you are not seeing double, at least not quite. This sweet woodland shelter was created for two different functions, hence its unique double-gable design. Called the Polygon Sculpture Studio, this shelter in Hague, New York, doubles as a guesthouse and small work studio. It was designed by architect Jeffrey S. Poss and offers a comfortable, light-filled space for guests, as well as a great environment for artistic creation.

Learn more about this woodland shelter here

Real Estate Wire

  • How many jeans will Diesel need to sell to make rent at 101 Bedford? Greenpoint’s Andy Smith does a quick and dirty calculation. [Tremr]
  • New York has only the 6th highest rents in the country. Apparently we lag behind behind San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, Washington DC and Boston. Surprised? [Brokelyn]
  • The 10 biggest real estate projects filed in July. [TRD]
  • Urban Compass is serious about building an empire, and they aren’t wasting any time. The upstart just snagged the Hustis/Jovanovic team over at Corcoran Group. [Crain’s]
  • Home sales in NYC’s suburbs are on the decline. Buyers have become put off the steadily increasing prices. [TRD]

Diesel jeans (left); Bedford 101 (right)

Cool Listings, Interiors, Noho

Bright and Beautiful Loft on a “Great Street” in Noho

By Stephanie Hoina, Tue, August 12, 2014

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , August 12, 2014

Location, location, location. Well, this large and sunny loft is located, quite literally, on a “great street” – 43 Great Jones Street, to be exact. And though the classic exterior of the building looks much as it did when first constructed in 1920, its interior has been beautifully renovated, blending many of the original industrial details with more refined modern touches.

Right this way to see more of this “great” loft

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