adaptive reuse, Cool Listings, Fort Greene, New Developments, Rentals

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , February 5, 2015

When we first got a look inside the church conversion at 232 Adelphi Street we were blown away by the amount of original architecture retained from the structure’s holy days, including stained glass windows, vaulted ceilings with exposed steel beams, arched doorways, reclaimed hardwood floors, and plenty of exposed brick. And now that listings have launched at the Fort Greene rental building, we have even more to ogle at.

Formerly the Carlton Mews Church, the landmarked 1888 Gothic Revival Church was completely restored by RSVP Studio to feature 12 distinct apartments, including studios, one- and two-bedroom duplexes, and three-bedroom triplexes.

Take a look at the offerings here

Real Estate Wire

  • One of four penthouses in the Piet Boon-designed Oosten is up for grabs at $6.4 million. [6sqft inbox]
  • “Bargain” condos are coming to the market. Expect these to be priced $3 million and under. [Bloomberg]
  • Guoqing Chen, the founder of China’s largest private airline company, has bought a full-floor condo at One57 for $47.4 million. [TRD]
  • The Beekman penthouse has also hit the market for $15.25 million, or nearly $4,300 per square foot. [TRD]
  • Ben Shaoul has filed permits to demolish a handful of low-rise strip retail buildings on the corner of East Houston and Orchard. [Bowery Boogie]

Section rendering of the Oosten penthouse up for sale (L) ; A 690-square-foot apartment going for $765,000 (R)

Carroll Gardens, Design, Interiors

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , February 5, 2015

If you’ve ever been to a three-ring circus you know how difficult it can be to pay attention to everything that’s going on. You don’t want to miss a single part of the show. Well, touring designer Adam Charlap Hyman’s New York City apartment is more like a ten ring circus because everywhere you turn you will find magical little treasures and you don’t want to miss any of his eclectic and amusing aesthetic.

We spy a beautiful home right this way

City Living, Transportation

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , February 5, 2015

While we love a good infographic or interactive map, this “musical data-viz project” really sparked our interest as a new way of looking at geographic trends. Artist and programmer Brian Foo translated a 1.5-hour subway ride on the 2 train into a 4.5 minute song that rises and falls based on the income of the neighborhood the train is passing through. What results is an audibly beautiful rendition of the often not-so-pretty diversity in the city’s income levels.

Listen to the full song here

Daily Link Fix

  • Brush up on architectural history through Time magazine covers from 1923 to now. [Curbed]
  • Most New Yorkers leave their houses at 8am, according to this interactive map of when Americans leave for work. [FlowingData]
  • If this isn’t romantic, we don’t know what is. Take a Valentine’s Day tour of the Newtown Creek sewage plant’s digester eggs. [Gothamist]
  • Sean Lennon’s not the only one pissing his neighbors off. Here’s a list of the 29 worst celebrity neighbors. [Vulture]
  • Fuhgeddaboudit: Linguists say the New York accent is on its way out. [NPR]
  • Plus, check out 6sqft’s feature on Thrillist: 15 Amazing NYC Apartments That Used to Be Something Else.

Images: Magazine covers via Time (L); Robert De Niro (R)

Brooklyn, Manhattan, real estate trends

  • By Diane Pham
  • , February 5, 2015

MNS has just released their 2014 report pointing to rental performance in the Manhattan and Brooklyn markets over past year. And as you’ve probably already guessed there are no surprises here—rents were up. Leading the charge in growth were Harlem where new luxury listings gave the area a major boost, and of course Brooklyn which continued see growth at remarkable rates, particularly with studio units which were up more than 20 percent in some nabes.

Find out more here

Green Design, Hudson Square, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , February 5, 2015

Back in June, the Hudson Square Connection (a neighborhood BID) announced their plans to turn Soho Square, the half-acre open space at the intersection of Spring Street and Sixth Avenue in Hudson Square, into a public park. Since then, the Business Improvement District, in partnership with the city and neighborhood stakeholders, has been seeking input from the community to inform the $6 million renovation. Just last night, the design by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects was presented to the Community Board 2 Parks Committee, and it features sustainable, green infrastructure, storm water management, and more.

Check out the renderings here

Chelsea, Cool Listings, Interiors

You Can Live Right by the High Line for Just $550K

By Aisha Carter, Thu, February 5, 2015

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , February 5, 2015

Here’s a cute one-bedroom apartment at 333 West 21st Street near the High Line, asking $550,000. The home has attractive features like wood beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls, and with enough wall space to hang a multitude of pictures and a décor that’s vaguely reminiscent of the Golden Girls, this charmer is definitely worth a look.

More pics inside

maps, Policy, Transportation

Map Revealed for de Blasio’s City-Wide Ferry System

By Dana Schulz, Wed, February 4, 2015

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , February 4, 2015

While there were plenty of highlights in Mayor de Blasio’s State of the City address yesterday–from affordable housing to raising the minimum wage–it was undoubtedly the announcement of a city-wide ferry system that really got New Yorkers talking.

De Blasio said that the ferry service will open in 2017, with pricing on par with the Metrocard, as a way to accommodate the growing population of New York. It will serve neighborhoods including the Lower East Side, Astoria, the Rockaways, Sunset Park, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Bay Ridge, Red Hook, and Soundview, among others. A new map released today shows the entirety of the system, breaking down existing ferry lines, those planned for 2017 and 2018, and those proposed.

More details and the full interactive map ahead

Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings, Historic Homes

  • By Diane Pham
  • , February 4, 2015

There’s no shortage of beauty inside, out, or around this stunning Brooklyn Heights mansion which has just hit the market for a record $40 million—the most expensive residential property ever listed in the borough. While that amount may make our mere mortal hearts skip a beat, the price tag is certainly warranted when you consider the following: It encompasses 17,500 square feet, there are 15 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, and more than 9,000 square feet of garden and outdoor space, and it boasts enough original details to make even the biggest history buff’s head spin.

As the listing so aptly states, “Much like a long awaited centennial celebration, a residential sale of this magnitude comes around very seldom, and when it does, quite often history is made.”

Tour the spectacular $40M home here


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