Daily Link Fix

  • RocketSkates Go Up to 12 MPH: Apparently Kickstarter is where people go to find new ways to be a nuisance for city dwellers. Engadget spotlights the newest development–fashion-handicapped skates that let you zip along the sidewalk at insane speeds. Great news for the wearer. Bad news for everybody else.
  • Ellen is Coming to New York!: Not her show though. According to Commercial Observer she just signed a new lease on East 24th Street for her brand. Look out Martha Stewart.
  • Junk Mail Art Installations: PSFK features Aurora Robson, a New York-based artist who makes incredible, environmentally-friendly artwork out of everyday trash.
  • Insane Soho Bachelor Pad Back on the Market: Apparently people with $17,000 for rent aren’t looking for a place with the Wall Street bull’s brother’s head mounted on their wall. Well, we beg to differ. Curbed takes you inside this crazy Soho pad.

Images: Ellen Degeneres (left), Junk Mail Art (right)

Design, Green Design

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 9, 2014

Kite Bricks‘ “Smart Bricks” (also known as S-Bricks) are Lego-shaped, high-strength concrete bricks that can be used to construct the floors, walls, and ceilings of buildings quickly, inexpensively, and energy efficiently. Just like the childhood toy, the patent-pending product is available in different forms that snap together with rows of knobs on the top that slide into indentations on the bottom of another brick. And like a modular home, they can be delivered in a package with traditional doors and windows.

Learn more about smart bricks here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Nolita, Soho

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , July 9, 2014

Let’s see…. charming cobblestone streets, Soho’s artistic vibe, Nolita’s incomparable bakeries and restaurants, or the nearly 2,400 square feet of outdoor space? Yep, it’s hard to pick what would be our favorite part of living at 7 Wooster Street — and we haven’t even made it inside this magnificent penthouse.

Once the key-locked elevator opens into this full floor 4-bed, 3-bath, 2,600-square-foot trophy residence we have even more to add to our list of “favorites”.

See more of this spacious residence

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper West Side 

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 9, 2014

We’ll admit it–even though New York City is our home, we sometimes long for the comforts of the suburbs. That’s why we were so excited to find this floor-through apartment in a turn-of-the-century Upper West Side townhouse. Apartment 4 at 129 West 80th Street, which is listed at $1.695 million, is a 1BR/1.5BA co-op. Not only has it been renovated to exude a nostalgic, French country feel, but its spectacular roof deck gives you all the charms of backyard living without having to battle summer traffic to the Jersey Shore or Hamptons. And you can’t get those skyline views in suburbia!

See what else this little slice of heaven has to offer

Hell's Kitchen, Interiors, Midtown West, Recent Sales

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , July 9, 2014

It appears that Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass of Parkview Developers have sold one of their Southmoor House penthouses. The 17-floor building serves as more than just home to the Out Hotel developers. It’s also headquarters for their company. And like true developers, they own a big chunk of the building, making them one of the co-op’s biggest shareholders. While the newly troubled pair seems quite committed to their own symmetrical pad—turning down a $15.5 million cash offer a few years back without batting an eyelash—that doesn’t stop them from making serious bank on some other units. And you won’t hear us complaining, because that means we get to check out this 3BR/3BA penthouse.

Take a look inside this premier pad here

Chelsea, Interiors, Recent Sales

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 9, 2014

We’re guessing this penthouse loft at 138 West 17th Street is going to get very organized when new owner Mark Tarchetti, Chief Development Officer and Executive Vice President of Newell Rubbermaid Inc., moves in. He may not need to bring in too many plastic bins, though, as internationally acclaimed architect/designer Patrick Naggar executed a stunning combination of high function and low maintenance in this 3BR/3BA, 3,200-square-foot Chelsea apartment.

Naggar incorporated exotic materials and top-notch artisanry to create a sleek, modern home that feels luxurious and comfortable. Natural light and 360-degree unobstructed views abound thanks to 20 huge windows and five skylights.

Think the penthouse was worth the $7 million price tag? Check out more details right this way

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper West Side 

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , July 8, 2014

The historic building standing at 135 West 70th Street was built in 1927 to serve as a singular meeting place for all the Knights of Pythias lodges of NYC. Designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb, best known for his ornate movie palaces, it’s no wonder that the Pythian is richly decorated in brightly colored and glazed terra cotta embellishments.

Though converted to a condominium in 1983, architect David Gura was careful to retain most of the building’s ornamental features. Taking great pains to ensure that elements removed from their original positions were salvaged for use elsewhere within the building, his renovation earned a residential design award from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

 See why this apartment has earned our applause

Architecture, Getting Away, Hamptons, Landscape Architecture

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , July 8, 2014

NY-based Bates Masi + Architects designed a luxurious family home in East Hampton that pays homage to a local typology: the potato barn. Located in a 19th century waterfront community, the Piersons Way house consists of a series of gabled interconnected volumes clad in light Alaskan yellow shakes. This beautiful house rises among bamboo canes and tall silver grasses, protecting its own privacy while blending within the natural surroundings.

Tour the home here

Real Estate Wire

  • To power up the vast $18 billion Related Companies project at Hudson Yards, the developers are looking to off-grid electrical systems. However, being green may also mean having to pay out more green. ConEd’s standby tariffs are canceling out any benefits for both big and small buildings alike. [Crain’s]
  • The managers of the Empire State Building have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that claims they deprived early investors of more than $400 million in profit when landmark went public. [Crain’s]
  • A $48M Tribeca sky loft with 360-degree views is on course to hit the market. Broker team Tal and Oren Alexander are so confident that they’ve got the best listing in town that they are challenging Ryan Serhant, the broker/holder of the $118M Ritz Cartlon combo to a “Penthouse Challenge”. [NYDN]
  • Manhattan’s riskiest development deals: The priciest land buys of the last year and how they stack up next with nearby condo sales prices. [TRD]
  • A new floorplan for the ritzy Stella Tower penthouse has been released. [Curbed]
  • Ashkenazy Acquistion is eyeing a Washington Heights building. They’re currently in contract for nearly $40M for a 40,000-square-foot commercial property owned by a group of 15 families who have had the building for more than 50 years. [TRD]
  • Critics are afraid that the Mayor De Blasio wants to turn industrial zones like Gowanus into housing. [Brownstoner]
  • 1,000 apartments could be built atop the East River Plaze [DNA Info]
  • It’s old news that 432 Park Ave. passed its 1,000 foot mark, but these images of the building meeting its milestone are brand new. [Designboom]

432 Park (left); $48M Tribeca Loft (right)

Design, Green Design

Christopher Duffy from Duffy London unveiled a dramatic coffee table that brings the ocean’s depths into people’s living spaces. Like all of Duffy’s designs, the Abyss Table serves as a functional design as well as conversation piece that will never go unnoticed. Made from layers of certified FSC high-grade wood and glass, this stunning sculptural design replicates a geological cross section of the ocean.

Learn more about the design here


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