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History, Queens

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , February 20, 2015

Alley Pond Park via NYC Parks (L); The Queens Giant via NPR by Benjamin Swett (R)

In case you haven’t noticed, we typically talk about buildings here at 6sqft, but today we’re taking a look at a different kind of structure important to the urban fabric of New York City–a tree. But not just any tree; this is the oldest and tallest tree in the entire city, and it can be found in Alley Pond Park in Queens, between Douglaston and Bayside.

Known as the Queens Giant, the record holder is a 134-foot (when last measured in 2005) tulip poplar tree that is believed to be 450 years old, according to Untapped Cities. Despite its impressive status, however, even the most seasoned New Yorkers don’t know about this gem, which is likely what has led to its longevity.

Find out more here

Architecture, Design, Upstate

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , February 20, 2015

Nestled among Douglas fir trees in Lake George, New York, sits an ultra-modern building with a corrugated copper facade. Designed as a guesthouse for a summer family retreat, the Inverted Outbuilding by Gluck+  beautifully combines wood, glass and rusty copper. The unusual use of the industrial material gives this home a totally unique look, emitting a warm maroon glow when the sun hits it.

Learn more about this copper-skin guesthouse

Daily Link Fix

  • Lower East Side artists jazz up containers and cement cubes from the East Houston construction. [Bowery Boogie]
  • An interview with Times Square‘s Director of Production and Operations, who’s responsible for all on-the-ground activity in the Square. [Urban Omnibus]
  • A Bushwick designer held a fashion show on the L train. [BK Paper]
  • Stand on the historic stage of the Apollo Theatre during an open house this Sunday. [Harlem Bespoke]
  • The deadly history of NYC rail crossings explains why 11th Avenue was once known as Death Avenue. [NYT]
  • You can take yoga classes in a heated log cabin in Queens. [DNAinfo]

Images: Times Square on New Year’s Eve (L); 11th Avenue railroad (R)

Chelsea, Design, Interiors

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , February 20, 2015

Where’s Beyoncé when you need her? If she is indeed looking for another place, she might want to look at this Chelsea pad for design ideas. DHD Interiors gave this Robert Young Architecture-designed townhouse its own alter ego with bold textures and colors in the family and kids’ spaces and soft, polished style in other areas like the master bedroom and dining room.

More pics inside

condos, Hotels, Midtown East, New Developments

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , February 20, 2015

image via KerSaber

Back in October, it was revealed that Hilton Worldwide Holdings, who owned the landmark Waldorf Astoria since 1972, had agreed to sell the 1,232-room hotel to the Anbang Insurance Group Co., a financial and insurance company based in Beijing, for $1.95 billion. The deal closed just last week, and now the new owners are planning to convert part of the Art Deco building into luxury condominiums. According to The Real Deal, Anbang’s chairman Wu Xiaohui recently said: “We plan to renovate the two towers into luxury residential apartments with world-class amenities and finishes to reflect its culture and social status.”

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Celebrities, Gramercy Park, Recent Sales

  • By Annie Doge
  • , February 19, 2015

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, famous for his portrayal of neurotic lawyer Mitchell Pritchett on the sitcom Modern Family, has scooped up a $1,232,500 Gramercy Park co-op with his husband Justin Mikita, according to city records released today. The one-bedroom apartment at 200 East 16th Street is pretty standard, but will still make a lovely home for the couple when Ferguson isn’t in LA filming.

Check out the unit here

Architecture, Long Island City, New Developments

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , February 19, 2015

Just north of Long Island City‘s Court Square and its once lonely Citigroup Building, the Long Island-based Lions Group will erect a complementary pair of residential towers fronting opposite sides of Jackson Avenue. Sensibly dubbed Jackson East (26-32 Jackson Avenue) and Jackson West (27-01 Jackson Avenue), the project is just one of the more than two dozen high-rise developments underway in LIC’s Court Square / Queens Plaza area.

While details remain scarce, renderings recently posted on the Lions Group’s website depict that the taller east tower will rise nearly 40 stories while the shorter west building will be about 30.

More details ahead

Cool Listings, real estate trends, Upper East Side

  • By Diane Pham
  • , February 19, 2015

Why buy a $3.6 million dollar home when you can pay the same amount of money to live in a modest one-bedroom for a year? The latest unit to join the city’s ever-growing collection of priciest listings is a 1200-square-foot apartment in the Surrey Hotel at 20 East 76th Street. The Post reports that the pad—which is actually the 17th-floor penthouse if that sweetens the deal any—is currently renting for $300,000 a month and comes with one “oversized” bedroom, one-and-a-half bathrooms, and access to the hotel’s English rooftop garden and five-star amenities, which include a day spa and a place to pamper your pooch, amongst other perks.

Have a look around here

Real Estate Wire

  • What’s happening to NYC’s skyline? Get used to seeing more and more “pencil towers” everywhere. [NYT Opinion]
  • We got a peek at the $150M penthouse yesterday. Now find out how much buyers will shell out for the converted Sony Tower condos, and what exactly they’ll get in exchange for their millions. [TRD]
  • Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat announced yesterday that the bank would cut $100 billion in deals by 2025 to support environmentally friendly projects that combat climate change. [Crain’s]
  • Rumored prices for condos in the Robert A.M. Stern-designed 220 Central Park South and SHoP’s 111 West 57th Street emerge. [Curbed]
  • If you’ve been looking to scope out Florida’s real estate scene (or to just escape the frigid weather), now’s the time. Spirit is selling tickets from LGA for just $34. [Brooklyn Magazine]
  • Gregg “Opie” Hughes, of the Opie and Anthony radio show, buys a $6.85 million five-bedroom condo at Trump Place. [TRD]

Images: Sony Tower (L); NYC’s skyline in 2018. Image via CityRealty (R)

Architecture, condos, Long Island City, New Developments

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , February 19, 2015

Here’s your first look at an upcoming 18-story, 110-unit residential building called One Queens Plaza in Long Island City. Situated at 42-10 27th Street, the tower is being developed by the ever-growing-in-ambition New York Lions Group, also the developer of the two nearby Court Square towers that we revealed earlier today.

Late last month, The Real Deal broke news of the development’s initial construction permit filing, which calls for a 90,000-square-foot tower that will include 8,645 square feet of commercial space, as well as a 55-car parking garage. It will be just a single stop from Midtown along the N and R lines–meaning residents can be whisked from their doorsteps to Bloomingdales in roughly five minutes.

More on the project ahead

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