- A New Look at Liberty Island: On Wednesday, the New York Times followed a Google team as they documented the island with their 40-pound Google Trekker. You can see fun photos of the jaunt on their site.
- A Bronx Renaissance: Untapped Cities highlights the five most important projects in the pipeline for NYC’s northernmost borough.
- Celebs Love the Lowline: James Ramsey and Dan Barasch are getting more support to turn the abandoned trolly station below Delancey Street into an underground park. According to the Lo-Down, Lena Dunham and Spike Jonze have just signed on to host the Low Line’s annual “anti-gala” in October.
- Lyft Launches Tonight in New York: After hitting more than a few speed bumps in the road, regulators are giving Lyft the green light, but not without concessions. The Verge has more on the deal struck.
A Google Maps trekker, image © Michael Appleton/NYT (left); A branded Lyft vehicle (right)
A professor of Politics at MIT has just sold his Upper West Side co-op for $5 million, $50,000 over asking, according to city records. The 7th floor apartment at the Neville and Bagge-designed Dorchester has been renovated to include pristine modern finishes, while still embracing the home’s original details from over a century ago. Some of those details include hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, and elegant mouldings.
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Midsummer adventure doesn’t require leaving the city, and we’ve got plenty of fantastic local events picked out for you to enjoy over the next few days. This weekend is your chance to star in one of Time Square Arts’ amazing Midnight Moment films (this one involves crawling!); to see three new plays in development by the National Theater Company on Governor’s Island; and to tour Soho’s only gay and lesbian museum for a powerhouse two person photo show. You can also get in on a game of handball with a bunch of artists, learn about how hive design can help bees, or get up close and personal with MoMA PS1’s Young Architects winner on an exclusive tour hosted by the AIA New York.
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This apartment might not come with that funky piece of western decor, but don’t let that deter you just yet. This cheery one bedroom apartment has plenty more to offer. If the bright, light-filled rooms don’t sell you, maybe the private terrace will. Still want more? How about the unit’s location in the Meltzer Mandl Architects-designed Clermont Greene? The sleek, curving residential is an ultra modern super abode, and best of all, comes with a large, beautifully landscaped courtyard.
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Architect and designer Matthew Strong pays homage to the Eames by re-inventing their classic Molded Fiberglass Chairs. Called the Carbon Fiber Eames Sofa, this light and elegant design is produced by weaving carbon fiber tow into a streamlined new piece that can accommodate more than one person.
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Academy Award-winning actress Holly Hunter has just sold her Greenwich Village apartment, according to city records. The thespian put her Fifth Avenue apartment on the market in February, asking $8.7 million. The final sale price was $7.6 million.
The adorable home is situated high up in the 11-floor building at 43 Fifth Avenue, a 1905 Beaux Arts “masterpiece”. The apartment features restored original wood moldings and window trim. Additional touches include stained glass and a fireplace. There’s also a large kitchen with an abbey table capable of seating six. Three bedrooms and baths, along with two windowed offices and a parlor complete the beautiful place.
Find out more about the celebrity abode here
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Wooden floors, exposed brick, high ceilings AND a private outdoor space. Hooked yet? After seeing the photos of Penthouse 5 at 150 Chambers Street you’ll want to move right in. This impeccable floor-through penthouse is $1,714 per square foot — extraordinary for its Tribeca neighborhood. Check out the photos of your soon-to-be new home.
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How would you like to live in the Piano Man’s Hamptons home? Well, for all you Billy Joel fans, your moment in the sun has come, because for just $250,000 you can have his Hamptons home for all of… the month of August. It appears that after experiencing a somewhat turbulent journey with this home—the house has been on and off the market several times since 2009—Joel and his pad are parting ways yet again, and this time he’s spiced up his offer a bit. Not only has the price dropped from an astronomical $23.5 million to a slightly less astronomical $19.95 million, but the singer/songwriter has apparently opened his eyes to the possibility of renting… however pricey. Baby steps.
We’ve all seen this phenomenon when a seller has such a personal attachment to a home that they can’t seem to price it reasonably? Is this one of those instances? Or is the Sagaponack home worth the cost? You be the judge.
Find out more about the home and take a look inside, here
Who wouldn’t want to be able to order a juicy burger in the middle of the night and have it delivered in mere minutes? Or never have to worry about making the bed or folding sheets ever again (does anyone know how to fold the fitted sheet properly)? How about having an on-call masseuse? This is the life of living in a condo hotel.
Today, the city is teeming with these luxurious hybrids. The Residences at the Ritz Carlton in Battery Park City are home to the city’s most expensive listing at $118 million. The landmark Plaza Hotel was partially converted to 181 residences in 2008. And let’s not forget One57, the 90-story, 52-condo tower that will be the first five-star luxury hotel to rise in New York City in the last ten years. But do the vacation-worthy amenities at these buildings make them dominant in the real estate market?
We take a closer look