Architecture, Brooklyn Heights, Policy, Urban Design

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , November 21, 2014

Rendering of the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront via Brooklyn Bridge Park

Critics of the two new residential towers planned for Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park have made complaints that the structures’ environmental impact needed further analysis, but a new study, completed by environmental engineering firm AKRF and set to be released today by the city-controlled Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation asserts that the towers’ environmental impact will be insignificant.

In a statement, Brooklyn Bridge Park said: “After evaluating the potential impacts on 19 distinct environmental categories—including schools, flood resiliency, traffic and open space—and incorporating any relevant updated changes to the project, the environmental regulations and background conditions, the technical memorandum concludes that the Pier 6 uplands project would not have any additional significant impacts.”

More on the planned towers here

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Features, History, Hotels, Midtown West

  • By Bonnie Clark
  • , November 21, 2014

In a town overrun with fancy hotels, the Algonquin–which turns 112 tomorrow–has true staying power, proving that history and heritage are every bit as important as plush bedding and sweet-smelling bath products.

Designed by Goldwin Starrett in a Renaissance limestone and red brick façade, the 12-story Algonquin Hotel, at 42 West 42nd Street, opened on November 22, 1902, initially operating as an apartment hotel with year-long leases but switching to a hotel after the owner failed to find enough renters. Today, the Algonquin–both a literary landmark and a New York City Historic Landmark–remains one of New York’s most cherished institutions, drawing a mix of artists, tourists and cultural elites.

Read the full history of the storied Algonquin

Architecture, Design, Upper East Side

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , November 21, 2014

Great architecture, whether it’s here in New York or elsewhere, is fully realized when the physical shape of the building, the interior design, and the surrounding landscape are brought together through great design, and this amazing Upper East Side townhouse is an impeccable example of this magical combination.

Led by Steven Harris Architects and interior designer Rees Roberts + Partners, the house recently underwent a four-year renovation and re-decoration, and the results were clearly well worth the wait. The property boasts over eight stories and 8,500 square feet of living space, and it includes a bedrock basement pool, wine cellar, gym, and workshop.

You’ve got to see the rest of this home

Real Estate Wire

  • Morris Adjmi will design condos to replace the Brooklyn Heights Cinema. [BK Heights Blog]
  • New York’s most expensive townhouse officially hit the market for $63 million. [Curbed]
  • Queens real estate is getting a lot of attention lately. [NYT]
  • An $18 million Williamsburg warehouse sold for $434/square foot, among the highest sales ever in the borough. [Crain’s]
  • Gowanus rezoning proposal favors high-rise development. [DNAinfo]

Images: 24 East 81st Street (L); Rendering of rezoned Gowanus Canal via the Lightstone Group (R)

Cool Listings, Design, Green Design, Products

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , November 21, 2014

Swedish Note Design Studio has re-designed the iconic Uten.Silo by Dorothee Becker for Vitra in a playful architectonic way. The hyper-functional wall storage was originally made from ABS plastic and featured plenty of pockets for pens, makeup, toys and tools. But the new, more sustainable wooden version called Suburbia features a small neighborhood in which small objects can find a home.

Learn more about this sustainable storage redesign

Policy, Staten Island, Transportation

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , November 21, 2014

Verrazano Bridge via Sue L C via photopin cc

Bridges and tolls are on everyone’s mind these days, thanks to the MTA’s latest proposed fare hikes. If approved, this would raise the toll of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to $16. And today, on the 50th anniversary of the bridge’s opening, most Staten Islanders still think that driving across the bridge was supposed to become free once it was paid off. No one’s really certain where this myth came from, but those who believe it are quite passionate about the subject.

More on the urban myth here

Design, Products, Transportation

  • By Diane Pham
  • , November 21, 2014

We’ve featured some foldable bikes on 6sqft in the past, but this cool new design from Impossible Technologies takes things to a whole new level. Not only does it fold down small enough to fit into a backpack, but it’s also all-electric and easy to ride!

Check it out in action here

Daily Link Fix

  • Here are 21 secrets about Brooklyn. From a taxidermy museum to where to find a piece of Plymouth Rock. [Thrillist]
  • Bonnie Slotnick talks about losing the lease for her beloved rare and vintage cookbook store in the Village. [Grub Street]
  • Ikea is bringing back its midcentury furniture. [Fast Co. Design]
  • Flatiron Plaza will be illuminated by twinkling walls of LED lights and mirrors. The art installation is called New York Light. [DNAinfo]
  • Tour a Buddhist monk’s West Village home. [The Cut]

Images: Brooklyn Bridge (L); New York Light via INABA (R)

Architecture, Major Developments, South Street Seaport, Urban Design

REVEALED: SHoP’s Scaled-Back South Street Seaport Tower

By Dana Schulz, Fri, November 21, 2014

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , November 21, 2014

This week, the Howard Hughes Corporation gave a presentation to the South Street Seaport community about their residential tower planned for the waterfront beside Pier 17. The original design by SHoP Architects was 52 stories and 650 feet, but to satisfy concerns by neighborhood residents and elected officials about the tower’s appropriateness, the firm scaled back the design to 42 stories and agreed to also build a middle school and waterfront esplanade. But even this revised plan was met with much criticism at the community meeting; Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Council member Margaret Chin both expressed that they would not support the tower and likened it to plopping a high-rise in the middle of Colonial Williamsburg.

The luxury residential tower is part of Howard Hughes’s overall $305 million plan for the Seaport, which, if approved, would include a restoration of the historic Tin Building and a new home for the Seaport Museum.

More details on the project and revised design

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper East Side

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , November 21, 2014

The holiday season is fast approaching, which means there are undoubtedly plenty of festivities on your calendar. Well, if you happen to have $60,000 a month in your pocket, perhaps you’ll enjoy this sprawling condo at The Curzon House; it’s warm enough for the winter months and large enough to spread out in when you’ve had enough family time. Internationally renowned architect, Yonkers jail converter, and designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Maya Lin spent several years painstakingly renovating this spectacular pad. The end result is a showstopper that has been featured in a number of publications.

Take a look inside, here


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