- The latest piece of real estate to pop up in the East Village is an igloo. [EV Grieve]
- Check out these shiver-inducing photos of NYC under ice. [BI]
- Get a look inside the new Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks location before it opens this Wednesday. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]
- The Central Park Conservancy pond is open for ice skating in a rare opportunity. [Gothamist]
- It’s NYC Beer Week! Celebrate with a Long Island City brewery crawl. [DNAinfo]
- The big history of Little Italy. [Bowery Boys]
- Business must be good for the tooth fairy. NYC kids get an average of $13 for losing a tooth. [Brokelyn]
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Interior rendering via Hayes Davidson
The last time we got any insider knowledge about Jean Nouvel’s MoMA Tower, known officially as 53W53, was back in September when the penthouse floor plans of the 82-story, 1,050-foot building were revealed. Now it’s gotten even better with actual interior renderings surfacing courtesy of the New York Times.
The rendering is accompanied by a full-scale unit model of a $10 million, two-bedroom, 32nd-floor apartment planned for the tower. Set in a Sunset Park warehouse, the mock up shows how the building’s well-known zig-zag façade pattern (the “diagrid”) will translate inside, which leads to tilting windows and slanted columns. These unusual architectural features will inform the interior designs of Thierry W. Despont, who has been tapped to craft the 140 condo interiors.
If you’re a movie buff who likes quirky living spaces, you’ll love this renovated one bedroom condo at The Cheyney in Chelsea. This eclectic pad is like The Great Outdoors meets Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom with a shockingly sleek and modern marble bathroom and kitchen thrown in for good measure, and it’s asking $1.499 million.
Brooklyn-based Kimberly Peck gave a 19th-century barn a stylish 21st-century upgrade. To make the stunning Bovina Residence, the architect restored and relocated the old farm building to its new location in Bovina, the town that gives the home its oxen-like name. Due to the extremely cold winters in the Catskills, insulation was a primary concern, but once that was out of the way, the architect designed some stunning, eclectic interiors using plenty of reclaimed wood, which provides the house with an undeniable warmth.
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- Chinatown Loft by Buro Koray Duman Architects Mixes Tenement Details with Bright, Modern Geometry
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This Week’s Features
- New Yorker Spotlight: Min Liao of Whole Foods on Ditching Take-Out and Cooking Fresh at Home
- INTERVIEW: Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente of Stereotank on Fusing Architecture and Music
- Lincoln Center: From Dutch Enclave and Notorious San Juan Hill to a Thriving Cultural Center
For many, Whole Foods still automatically means “Whole Paycheck,” but Min Liao is set on changing our thinking that fresh, organic food and fine dining are reserved for just a few. Min is the Culinary Center director at the Whole Foods Market (WFM) on Bowery and the brains behind the school’s incredible course offering where menus range from handmade pasta dishes to “Les Essentiels-Chocolate” and whipping up eggs the way the Israelis do. The center is a delight designed specifically for the average New Yorker, focusing on growing culinary confidence, even in a small kitchen that might not have all the right tools. And best of all? The classes are inexpensive and often cost no more than $50. (There are even free ones!)
We recently caught up with Min to find out how she got into the business of food and to find out what makes the WFM Culinary Center different from other cooking schools in the city. Keep reading for our interview ahead, and if you want to give a class a try, enter our latest giveaway. Min and her team are hosting a “Dumplings of the World” private cooking class for eight 6sqft readers at the center (enter here).
This troubled triplex penthouse at The Plaza just can’t seem to catch a break. It’s been a steady fall from grace ever since 2008, when an unhappy buyer who bought the $53.5 million place sight unseen sued for his $10.7 million deposit plus damages, claiming the home was misrepresented. Well, London-based developer Christian Candy purchased the pad for a comparatively dirt cheap $25.4 million in 2012 and tried to sell it for $59 million a couple of times in 2013. Now the plagued penthouse is back at the same $59 million asking. There’s something to be said for consistency. Let’s just hope the stars align this time and this “townhouse in the sky” finds an owner.
Inside the apartment. Image via Airbnb
If you were questioning how truly serious the city is about its beef against Airbnb, look no further than this landmark ruling to evict a rent-stabilized tenant from his ultra-luxe 450 West 42nd Street building. The Post reports that Henry Ikezi was just given the boot by a Manhattan Housing Court judge for posting his 46th-floor Hell’s Kitchen apartment on the site for $649 per night, about triple what he was paying at $6,670 per month. The home’s market value is upwards of $9,000.
When we talk about One Vanderbilt we typically focus on the base of the building–how it relates to its neighbor Grand Central and how it interacts with the planned public plaza in Vanderbilt Corridor. But at a presentation last night about the project, hosted by Open House New York and put on by Jamie van Klemperer, president of Kohn Pedersen Fox (the project’s architect), we learned some exciting new details about the top of the 68-story, 1,501-foot zigzag building.
The four-part contrapuntal structure will feature a transparent topper, which is currently envisioned as a public event space and observatory. And since One Vanderbilt will clock in as the third tallest office tower in the city, this look-out spot could possibly sit higher than the one at One World Trade Center, which offers views at 1,250 feet above ground. Specific renderings of the top of the tower haven’t yet been released, and the architects note that the use is subject to change, but for now more information and renderings for the project are available here:
- One Vanderbilt: New Images of Midtown East’s Zigzag Supertower
- Grand Central Owner Enlists Harvard Professor to Stop 1 Vanderbilt and ‘Unconstitutional’ Seizing of His Rights
- 75% of Grand Central’s $210M Renovation Money Will Go to the 4, 5, 6 Trains
- REVEALED: $210 Million Upgrade for Grand Central’s Subway Station As Part of One Vanderbilt Tower
- Landmarks Deems S.L. Green’s One Vanderbilt Tower ‘Appropriate’ for Its Grand Central Site, Others Not Happy
Rendering via KPF / SL Green
- Should we take note? Ugly architecture proves resilient against gentrification—at least in Amsterdam. [Failed Architecture]
- What did Williamsburg look like in ’80s? A 1984 documentary called Living Los Sures gives us an incredible look at the trendy neighborhood’s Latino past. [Brooklyn Magazine]
- Permits have been filed for a 305-unit property at 30 Sixth Avenue, part of Forest City Ratner’s Pacific Park development. [TRD]
- See tiny prefab homes under construction in Brooklyn. [NYT]
- DUMBO is booming, but did you know that artists who took up space there in the 1970s chose the name in hopes of throwing developers off the scent? [Architect’s Newspaper]
Images: Amsterdam architecture (L); A scene from Living Los Sures(R)