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Real Estate Wire

  • Related Companies is the latest landlord to ask property managers to turn in tenants for listing their apartments on AirBnb. [TRD]
  • Another potential residential development site in Tribeca could fetch $50M. [Crain’s]
  • A Hudson Yards strip club may be turned into a 46-story residential tower. [TRD]
  • Are too many luxury buildings being constructed? Some developers are opting to dial things down, while others are pulling out completely. [NYT]
  • Efforts to rebuild the Rockaway Boardwalk have been delayed for a redesign that will address local concerns about access to the waterfront. [DNAinfo]
  • 53,000 artists want to live in a 90-unit East Harlem apartment complex. Once a school, the building is being converted to a live/work space as a hedge against gentrification. [Crain’s]

Images: Diagram via NYT (left); Rockaway re-design (right)

Cool Listings, Design, Green Design

Nir Meiri’s Seaweed Marine Lights Bring the Ocean Indoors

By Ana Lisa Alperovich, Fri, October 3, 2014

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , October 3, 2014

Tel Aviv-based Nir Meiri Design Studio has an unconventional approach to everyday objects. With a special love for raw, wild materials, this studio creates high quality handcrafted designs that are surprising yet minimal. The Marine Light is one of their latest creations—a design that uses seaweed for a lampshade that gives off an emerald gleam.

Find out more about this fishy design

Architecture, Design, Upstate

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , October 3, 2014

With sixteen transparent windows/doors, it’s no wonder Incorporated Architecture & Design bills their Sixteen Doors House as being “in” the surrounding landscape.

The rural retreat in a forest clearing in Hillsdale, New York gives the feeling of being in a completely transparent glass box, but still incorporates a warm wooden frame and privacy measures. The contemporary house is one of three upstate projects by the firm that arose from studies of the traditional, loft-like cow barns that are found throughout the local farmland.

Learn more about the design here

Daily Link Fix

  • Forgotten New York uncovers the past of the Civil War-era wooden houses on East 92nd Street.
  • The battery-powered e-Carriage that may replace the Central Park horses is roaming the streets…and you don’t have to pick up after it. Check it out on Daily Intelligencer.
  • J’adore les librairies! You love bookstores? You speak French? Visit Albertine, New York’s only French bookstore, inside the French Embassy. More on Cool Hunting.
  • Forget walking and reading, pint-size Upper East Siders can now learn to spin records at the Baby DJ School, reports DNAinfo.
  • Designboom interviews Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, founding partner of Snøhetta Architects.

Images: e-Carriage, via Joel M. Bhuiyan for Daily Intelligencer (L); Baby DJ, via [(O)] Photography via photopin cc

Midtown, Recent Sales

  • By Diane Pham
  • , October 3, 2014

The first of what’s sure to be many flips at One57 has just netted its seller a respectable $3.45 million profit, just five months after its purchase. According to NYDN, the former owner, Investor Sso Enterprises, paid $30.55 million for the 58th-floor three-bedroom back in May, now selling it off for $34 million to hedge fund manager Harvey Sandler and his wife.

Inside the massive apartment

Art, Green Design, Long Island City

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , October 3, 2014

We were pretty bummed over the summer when we heard that Long Island City graffiti mecca 5Pointz was being torn down and replaced with condos. But now that the site has officially been razed, a group of architects are taking this crime against architecture and using it to fuel their mission of preserving the city’s unofficial artistic and cultural landmarks.

Arianna Armelli, Ishaan Kumar, David Sepulveda, and Wagdy Moussa created DEFACED as a group that “values artistic freedom and expression, protecting the cultural relics of New York City refusing to witness the complete disregard for the history of New York.” As their first order of business, they’ve created a proposal to buy back the 5Pointz site from developers and build a creative oasis that includes an urban rooftop with rainwater collection system, artist gallery, and recycling center.

More on DEFACED and its proposal

Cool Listings, East Village, Interiors

Wonderful East Village Penthouse Has a Vegetable Garden

By Aisha Carter, Fri, October 3, 2014

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , October 3, 2014

Just this August we took a glimpse inside an adorable East Village apartment at 217 2nd Avenue with not one, but two gardens. Now, the penthouse of the same building is on the market, asking $2.8 million; and just like its neighbor, this apartment charms from start to finish.

This full-floor condo manages to seamlessly blend old-world New York with rustic touches such as wide plank pine floors, vintage oak cabinets and a “lovingly worn” marble sink. Enter the home to find the industrial chic commercial grade kitchen with a skylight and a spiral staircase, which we’ll get to later.

Take a look inside, here

Architecture, Downtown Brooklyn, Major Developments, Manhattan, Starchitecture

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , October 2, 2014

It seems like every week a new residential skyscraper is being announced in New York City, just earlier this week the New York Times noted that a partnership between Steven Witkoff and Harry Macklowe is moving ahead with a redevelopment of the Park Lane Hotel at 36 Central Park West with an 850-foot tower.

With the mind-boggling amount of residential spires poised to pierce the sky, here’s a quick rundown of the tallest of the tall–the spindly bunch set to soar higher than 700 feet. Keep in mind that just 30 years ago, the tallest residence in the city was perched atop the 664-foot Trump Tower. Today, buildings are on the drawing board for more than twice that height.

See our list of the 26 tallest towers

Celebrities, Cool Listings, Park Slope

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , October 2, 2014

Mayor de Blasio’s Park Slope clapboard house, located at 442 11th Street, has hit the rental market today, asking $4,975 a month. The 100-year-old, three-story home has a private backyard (complete with herb garden and crab apple tree) and three bedrooms…but only one bathroom, which is up on the third floor. Chiara and Dante definitely had a hand in painting their bedrooms (photos and video after the break), and the dwelling retains some of its original, historic details.

It may not be Gracie Mansion, but according to its broker, this mayoral abode offers a lot for it’s price.

Let’s see for ourselves in the video after the break

Featured Story

East Village, Features, History

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , October 2, 2014

Before there were sports bars and college dorms, there were bratwurst and shooting clubs. In 1855, New York had the third largest German-speaking population in the world, outside of Vienna and Berlin, and the majority of these immigrants settled in what is today the heart of the East Village.

Known as “Little Germany” or Kleindeutschland (or Dutchtown by the Irish), the area comprised roughly 400 blocks, with Tompkins Square Park at the center. Avenue B was called German Broadway and was the main commercial artery of the neighborhood. Every building along the avenue followed a similar pattern–workshop in the basement, retail store on the first floor, and markets along the partly roofed sidewalk. Thousands of beer halls, oyster saloons, and grocery stores lined Avenue A, and the Bowery, the western terminus of Little Germany, was filled with theaters.

The bustling neighborhood began to lose its German residents in the late nineteenth century when Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe move in, and a horrific disaster in 1904 sealed the community’s fate.

Read our full history of Kleindeutschland

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