Architecture, Greenwich Village, Major Developments

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 18, 2014

A rendering of the NYU expansion plan

Architecture firm Davis Brody Bond is continuing their tradition of designing projects met with much controversy. First came the 9/11 Museum, then the Frick Museum expansion, and now the new NYU building in the Village.

Davis Brody Bond will join KieranTimberlake in designing the university’s new building on the Coles Sports Center site on Mercer Street between Houston and Bleecker Streets. The building is part of the highly contentious $6 billion, 1.9 million-square-foot NYU 2031 expansion plan. The development agreement allows NYU to develop only one parcel of land at a time, with Coles being the first.

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Celebrities, Upper West Side 

  • By Annie Doge
  • , December 18, 2014

All of Meredith Vieira’s hard work has certainly paid off. According to the Post, the journalist-slash-talk-show-host-slash-game-show-host has just scooped up a penthouse at the El Dorado. The home is a three-bedroom stunner with two large terraces and Central Park reservoir views. The final closing price has yet to be revealed, but it was last asking $8.55 million in May when it went into contract. The previous owners paid $5.95 million for it back in 2011—surely a recent, beautiful, never-lived-in renovation helped give this CPW pad a price boost.

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maps, Technology, Urban Design

Explore NYC in 3-D with Google Maps’ Latest Update

By Diane Pham, Wed, December 17, 2014

  • By Diane Pham
  • , December 17, 2014

For those of you who remember the quirky Times story featuring a Google team’s attempt to document every inch of Ellis Island, here comes the the payoff. The awe-inspiring world of Google Maps and Google Earth is growing into an even grander time suck with a slew of new city sites rendered in 3-D. Their latest update now lets us explore New York’s landmarks from top to torch to spire, and all the details in between, right from our desktops. Some of the most impressive sites worth a gander include the Statue of Liberty and One World Trade Center.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Prospect Heights

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 17, 2014

“I want something with character.” This is definitely a line brokers hear all the time. And if their current character-seeking client is looking to move to brownstone Brooklyn, this $2.5 million Romanesque Revival rowhouse in Prospect Heights is the perfect place to satisfy their check list.

Located at 268 Prospect Place, the three-bedroom, 2,430-square-foot home was built by William L. Beers in 1899. It’s oozing with historic details, including six fireplaces, stained glass transom windows, moldings galore, a carved wood staircase, sand wood floors, original wainscoting, cornices, and shutters.

Tour the historic home here

Art, Harlem, real estate trends

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 17, 2014

We all know the typical gentrification pattern–artists move in to a neighborhood and make it hip; they’re followed by trendy coffee shops and cool vintage stores; rents rise; the artists move on to the next frontier. But what if the influx of artists to a neighborhood slowed gentrification? It sounds like an impossible premise, but it just might be taking shape in East Harlem.

Fast Co. EXIST takes a look at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109, the project which has transformed an abandoned public school building in East Harlem into 89 units of affordable live/work housing for artists and their families and 10,000 square feet of complementary space for arts organizations. A whopping 53,000 creatives applied to live in the building, where studios will rent for as low as $494/month and two-bedroom units will go for $1,022/month. But isn’t Artspace’s goal to break the gentrification cycle—”to preserve the cultural fabric of a small corner of Manhattan that’s starting to change quickly” by preserving its affordable housing?

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Real Estate Wire

  • Units in a brand new five-story residential building in Ridgewood are going for $339,000 all the way up to $769,000. The listings have only been live a day and two units are already in contract. [Curbed]
  • Here are some renderings of the condo replacing Clinton Hill’s White Castle on Myrtle Avenue. [Brownstoner]
  • The Naftali Group has sold The Bergen for $52.2M. The ODA Architecture-designed luxury rental apartment building is located at 316 Bergen Street in Boerum Hill. [6sqft inbox]
  • Top real estate big-wigs take a look back at 2014 and offer up their 2015 predictions. [CO]
  • All the action happening in Midtown South. [NYP]

Images: Inside a 63-34 Fresh Pond Road apartment in Ridgewood (left); What will replace White Castle in Clinton Hill (right)

Architecture, Design, Interiors, Upstate

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 17, 2014

Like their Sixteen Doors House, Incorporated Architecture & Design’s Texas Hill House was inspired by traditional loft-like cow barns. Located on 25 acres in rural upstate New York in Craryville, a town at the base of the Berkshires, the three-bedroom home is strikingly modern while still blending in with its wooded farmland surroundings. It was developed for a young New York City-based couple–one born and bred in NYC and the other from Costa Rica and of Asian descent–who sought a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday urban life. The home blends both of their decorative traditions as well as reminders of their travels through Europe, China, Japan, and South America.

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Art, Design, Interiors, Midtown East, Quirky Homes

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , December 17, 2014

This home, which was previously your average-fair Midtown penthouse, was transformed by 1100 Architect to represent the playful and vibrant Pop art sensibility of the artists their clients admire most. With an art collection boasting names like Warhol, Riley, Lichtenstein and others, this penthouse renovation could be a mini-MoMA. The interior furnishings reflect the Pop style’s infamous geometric forms and hard-polished surfaces like marble agglomerate floors, lacquer, stainless steel, glass, and plastic.

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6sqft gift guide, Design, holidays

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 17, 2014

If Jesus is your homeboy, you can share a bit of religious flair this holiday season without offending any Christian on your list. The Minimal Nativity Set is a contemporary take on the bible-based scene, employing beech wood or brass blocks inscribed with each scene member’s name (Donkey, Joseph, Baby Jesus, etc.) to stand in for the traditional figurines. Created by French artist and designer Émilie Voirin, the blocks still represent the story and take place around the crib, but the characters have no skin color or features, leaving it up to people’s imagination and personal beliefs.

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Architecture, Getting Away, Green Design

  • By Alyssa Alimurung
  • , December 17, 2014

Everyone can use a break from the city, even those college professors we can’t imagine having lives outside the classroom. Equipped with a dream and a newly-bought plot of land in New Jersey, one NYU educator hired Derek “Deek” Diedricksen of to build a tiny cabin perfect for grading papers and relaxation. The micro-pod was constructed on wheels and made almost entirely out of salvaged and recycled materials. The damage? Just $400! Learn more about this awesome study cabin over at Inhabitat.



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