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  • By the Year 2016 Sharks Will Take Over Brooklyn: With Brooklyn growing the way it is, it only makes sense that it would attract sharks. We’re talking about the new exhibit the New York Aquarium plans to open. The Brownstoner tells you how you can help make this dream come true.
  • A Blue Whale Gets a Bath: We think it wants to look pretty for the sharks (see above). The Verge tells you how you can watch the giant sculpture at the Museum of Natural History get it’s scrubbing live… right now.
  • No More Crumbs: Sad Closings: Yes, it’s cruel. We lured with you a picture of cupcakes and then we shut the door in your face. Well that’s how we feel. According to the NY Daily News the decadent bake shop is closing its doors. This just after the news that the iconic Bowlmor Lanes has closed down too.
  • The Original Kickstarter Project Was the Statue of Liberty: Few things are better than getting an education while listening to the slurred speech of an inebriated man. Gothamist has a hilarious clip of Comedy Central’s Drunk History, along with some actual documents to support it.

Images: Crumbs cupcakes; Blue Whale at Museum of Natural History

Cool Listings, Interiors, Starchitecture, West Village 

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , July 8, 2014

The penthouse of Pritzker Prize-winning starchitect Richard Meier’s last residential masterpiece is on the market for the first time since it was built in 2005. You know what that means. It means we get to glimpse inside the stunning West Village pad so we can begin brainstorming fundraising ideas to get this hot $35 million trophy. As if it’s not impressive enough that this 165 Charles Street penthouse sits atop an iconic building that won the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects 2005 Housing Design Award, this condo was designed by the starchitect himself. Now, if that’s not something to brag about, we don’t know what is.

Take a look inside the masterfully designed penthouse here

Architecture, Fort Greene, Landscape Architecture, Major Developments

  • By Diane Pham
  • , July 8, 2014

New images of the BAM South Tower at 286 Ashland Place have emerged and come courtesy of the project’s landscape architect, Grain Collective. The renderings hint not only at the incredible views that will be afforded by the new tower, but the major rehaul of the public spaces along Fulton Street, Ashland Place and Lafayette Avenue. The new streetscaping plan will add much needed green space to the barren concrete quarter, with plenty of room for outdoor activities and events for patrons of BAM and BRIC, as well as local residents, to enjoy.

More of what’s to come here

Interiors, Recent Sales, West Village 

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 8, 2014

Attics get a bad name as the cobweb-laden crawl space to store holiday decorations, the makeshift bedroom for the angry teenager in the house, or the unknown room that no one even dares enter. But behind the dormer windows of 651 Washington Street is a modern, spacious attic space that has been transformed to fit two sunny bedrooms, one of the many factors that likely led to its recent $6 million sale.

Other selling points of the five-story, 2,800-square-foot home include four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a full-floor finished basement outfitted with a home gym, a private outdoor garden, and two separate dining rooms. The lucky buyer is Charles Modica, Co-Founder and Chancellor of St. George’s University located in Grenada, West Indies.

See what else Mr. Modica will get to enjoy in his new residence

Cool Listings, Interiors, Quirky Homes, Upper West Side 

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , July 7, 2014

If Norman Bates were a real person we imagine he’d be rather fixated on this terrifying homage to our furry and feathery friends at The Beresford. If you ask Halstead realtor Robert Dowling about 211 Central Park West #3J, he would tell you that it’s a rare gem with soaring 10-foot ceilings, and plenty of windows. The woman in the shower… would tell you to run. Either way, we just couldn’t pass up the chance to explore this unique pad and its current owner’s interesting style. But you might want to make sure Fido leaves the room before you continue.

Check out this taxidermists’ dream here

Featured Story

Features, Interviews, People

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 7, 2014

It’s hard not to become a jaded New Yorker when it comes to real estate. We’ve been duped by phony listing pictures, stood up at a random addresses by our brokers, and probably watched a little too much of the soap opera-like Million Dollar Listing. But it’s not all Photoshopped specs and inter-agency drama — something I quickly learned during my interview with Siim and Rudi Hanja, a father/son broker team at Brown Harris Stevens who are passionate about their careers, connection to downtown, and their relationship with each other.

Siim Hanja has been a SoHo and Tribeca resident for the past 40 years. He’s considered an expert on the downtown residential market, and much of his client base includes people involved with the arts. He raised his daughter and son Rudi in SoHo, a neighborhood he is still proud to call home. Rudi was first introduced to real estate when he was around ten years old, filing papers at a small, boutique brokerage that Siim owned. After graduating from Boston University, Rudi took a summer job with the sales and marketing team at 120 Greenwich Street, where he worked with the exclusive broker and closed the final 30% of sales in the condo building. He then went on to work at another major real estate firm in the city until he and Siim decided to begin working together at Brown Harris Stevens.

Find out what team Hanja has to say

Real Estate Wire

Today’s real estate news highlights:

  • Conversions, condos, rising land prices, and, of course, more coffee shops. It looks like Crown Heights is “having a moment” as Brooklyn’s new “it” neighborhood. [New York Times]
  • Oh, it looks like East New York’s moment has arrived as well — though this change has a bit more substance. Under the Mayor Deblasio’s new initiative, City Planning Commission Chairman Carl Weisbrod aims to spur a renaissance by rezoning the area to suit “thousands of residential units ringed by mixed-use corridors and bisected by a reimagined Atlantic Avenue”. [Crain’s]
  • Ben Shaoul, the head of Magnum Real Estate Group, is in contract for the hotly sought after 199-unit Post Toscana and the 138-unit Post Luminaria rental buildings. Broken down Shaoul is paying about $800K a unit. He plans to turn the two buildings into condos. [NY Post]
  • Time Equities launches sales at its 64-story luxury residential tower at 50 West Street and Rector Street. Prices per unit start at about $1.6M. [The Real Deal]
  • James von Klemperer, a principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, says that the new tower designed for 1 Vanderbilt will “unbury views of Grand Central”. The 1,300-foot structure will mostly be made of a low-iron super clear glass, similar to what was used for the Fifth Avenue Apple cube. Other design details include indoor greenery, art spaces, and diagonal shapes of double-glazed terracotta for a lustrous look that references the masonry walls found in Grand Central. [DNA Info]
  • After two previous attempts to build a $100 million project at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the industrial park’s manager has issued another request for proposals to develop the 6-acre site and a smaller neighboring area that would host a supermarket and space for industrial and office use. [Crain’s]

1 Vanderbilt (left); Crown Heights (right)

Architecture, Getting Away, Green Design, Landscape Architecture, Upstate

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 7, 2014

Nestled in the quaint town of Coxsackie, New York is a residential garden oasis with crystal clear views of the Hudson River and magical green landscaping that could very well serve as the backdrop for a children’s fairytale book. The enchanting grounds of the River House were designed by Susan Wisniewski Landscape, who created a natural-looking setting to frame the environmentally friendly Hudson Valley home.

Take a tour of the beautiful outdoor space

Furniture, Green Design

This ingenious piece of furniture actually comes from the other side of the Atlantic, more precisely, from the Nordic city of Århus, in Denmark. An idea by Studio FEM, its undulating design playfully involves the user while adapting to changing storage needs.

Learn more about the design here

Daily Link Fix

  • Mind-Bending Bamboo Structures: It’s strong, it’s flexible, and it doesn’t even do yoga. Architizer showcases 7 bamboo structures you’ll have to see to believe.
  • A Blast from Brooklyn’s Past: Take a step back in time with the Brookyn Historical Society’s old map showcase on July 10. The Brooklyn Paper has more on the nostalgic exhibit.
  • Tiny Furniture: Looking for furniture for that tiny parlor or that landing off the staircase you just don’t know what to do with? We’ve all been faced with decorating a smaller space. Well Apartment Therapy has come to the rescue with some stylish sofas that will look chic in your tiny space.
  • A Colorful Laight Street Loft Remodel: Our name is 6sqft and we have an interior addiction. The last time we looked at apartment interiors was… what time is it? It’s no secret we adore a good loft interior here at 6sqft so we couldn’t resist taking a glimpse–or a long, dreamy gaze–at this Laight Street remodel featured in Freshome.

Images: Laight Street loft (left), Bamboo Structures (right)

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