Architecture, Madison Square, New Developments

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , October 8, 2014

Another iteration of a towering addition to a landmarked NoMad building has emerged from the 3-D visualization wizzes at Avoid Obvious. YIMBY broke the news back in March of a 20-story tower designed by the Spector Group and Think Architecture atop a charming commercial building at the northwest corner of West 27th Street and Broadway.

Both iterations of Spector Group’s design reveal a clean visual break between old and new: a restored neoclassical façade juxtaposed with a setback glassy prism rising above. The new reveal shows a more sculptural and chiseled tower rather than a Trump SoHo-like prism of clean vertical lines. It’s unclear if this proposal is still on the table and if the Spector Group remains involved.

More on the design here

Real Estate Wire

  • The real-life “Wolf of Wall Street”, Alan Wilzig, is trying to sell his $4.5M Tribeca home on his own. [TRD]
  • Domino’s first affordable rentals will be priced at $533 a month. [Brownstoner]
  • Brandeis University is selling its Vanderbilt mansion for $33M. [WSJ]
  • The landmark Lucerne Hotel will be getting a 13-story brick/limestone/terracotta-clad condo neighbor. [Curbed]

Alan Wilzig (left); Domino (right)

Design, Furniture

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , October 8, 2014

The Orwell is a delightful design that combines the best of a sofa, bed, and cabin into one well-rounded piece of furniture. Designers Pablo Figuera and Álvaro Goula selected the name Orwell in reference to the surname of the ‘1984’ writer and the impetus of the product idea “to recapture the intimacy which can sometimes be lost, even within our own homes.” The piece is not only a place to sit or lie down, but it’s also an invitation to climb inside and revisit the pillow-fort of your childhood.

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Architecture, Green Design, Upstate

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , October 8, 2014

This eco-friendly home in the Berkshires was designed by architect David Hotson to serve two functions– a private getaway for the client (a couple with grown children) and a summer and winter vacation house to accommodate large family gatherings. And it’s just about that time when the owners will have to start planning for their holiday get-togethers, which is likely a bit less stressful since the dwelling was built with these events in mind.

The house is perched on a wooded hillside that slopes down toward an open clearing. It’s composed of two long, parallel shed-roofed bars that run east to west, perpendicular to the site’s slope.

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Historic Homes, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

  • By Annie Doge
  • , October 8, 2014

After a year on the market, this incredible Upper East Side mansion designed by Bunny Mellon has finally found a family ready to call it home. According to the Observer, the 1960s townhouse currently owned by Irish businessman Tony White and his wife Clare just went into contract for $41 million. The couple originally paid $22.5 million for it in 2006, and when it came time to resell last year, they asked an impressive $46 million. Pricey? Yes. But given its darling location and architectural splendor, why this beauty didn’t fly off the shelf is a bit of a surprise to us. Just have a look inside and you’ll immediately understand why.

Tour the stunning estate

Daily Link Fix

  • Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York documents the demolition of beloved graffiti mecca 5Pointz in Long Island City.
  • Calling all picklers! The Lower East Side’s Pickle Day is back on October 19th. According to the event website, “it’s kind of a big dill.”
  • An algorithm can predict a neighborhood’s crime rate based on Google Street View images, reports Co.LABS.
  • And in more community-specific technology, Pandora released the most popular music genres for each NYC neighborhood. See them on the Daily News.
  • Holiday shopping just got a lot easier. According to the Verge, UPS is bringing its pickup lockers to New York.

Images: 5Pointz demolition, via Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York; Pickle Day, via Pickle Day

History, Technology

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , October 8, 2014

Perusing those bins of vintage postcards at flea markets is always a treat, but who wants to mail and part ways with such fun pieces of nostalgia? A new app called ScenePast: Americana Road Trip, however, lets users send 20th century postcards digitally, so you can share your favorite scenes without tapping into your personal collection.

If that wasn’t enough, ScenePast also has a feature that provides the current-day view of the streetscape depicted on the postcard–a fun tool that is sure to prove addictive for history buffs.

More on the app here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Soho

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , October 8, 2014

Nest Seekers’ Ryan Serhant may have just found his nest egg at the Renwick Modern, but that doesn’t mean he’s slowing down at all. The star broker is now hard at work on the listing for the neighboring Penthouse 1, which is asking $6.35 million. This luxurious loft-like condo stuns with a sprawling 2,700 square feet of never-before-lived-in interior space and an additional 1,380 square feet of outdoor space in the form of a roof deck and four separate terraces. Sound impressive? Let’s take a closer look.

See More of this Modern pad, here

condos, Major Developments, New Developments, Starchitecture, Tribeca

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , October 7, 2014

New images have been uncovered of an upcoming 39-story condominium tower poised to rise from a storied site in Tribeca. Curbed first broke the rendering reveal back in July and a representative of the developers noted that tower depicted in renderings are not quite final. Nevertheless new images posted on of SOMA Architects’ website give us additional glimpses of what the project could be.

Simply known as 45 Park Place (for now), the development is comprised of a 665-foot tower luxury tower and an Islamic museum, is being developed by a consortium led by Soho Properties, headed by Sharif El-Gamal. The tower is being crafted by Michel Abboud of SOMA Architects, with Ismael Leyva serving as the architect of record. Renderings posted on SOMA’s website convey a light, airy tower composed of stem-like volumes bundled by delicate bands of lattice-like mullions. The ground-level view gives us our first glimpse of the adjacent Islamic museum and prayer space reportedly designed by Pritzker Prize–winning French architect Jean Nouvel. A small plaza fronting the museum will expose a vegetated side wall of the neighboring building that houses popular downtown grocer Amish Market.

More on the development here

Celebrities, Recent Sales, Soho

  • By Annie Doge
  • , October 7, 2014

It looks like Ryan Serhant of Million Dollar Listing fame is preparing for his upcoming nuptials by buying a lofty love nest atop the Renwick Modern. According to The Real Deal, the reality TV star just closed on the full 9th floor penthouse at the 22 Renwick Street building for $3.7 million. The 1,895-square-foot apartment hosts three bedrooms, a home office, a top of the line kitchen, and keyed elevator access. And for that little bit of extra oomph, the kitchen cabinets are clad in leather.

Inside the home here


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