What Manhattan will look like in 2018. Many of the buildings going up will be wrapped in glass. Image via CityRealty
Providing more affordable housing to New Yorkers is at the top of the De Blasio administration’s agenda, but greening the city is certainly a major concern as well. It is anticipated that a new bill aimed at cutting the city’s greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050 will be signed in to law, much of which is expected to center on green building. Ambitious, yes—but is 2050 too late? The Globe and Mail recently interviewed Canadian architect and journalist Lloyd Alter on the glass condo obsession, which, as with NYC, is taking the cities of Vancouver and Toronto by storm. What Alter shares for the future of glass towers worldwide is quite bleak, but he also proposes a number of measures and case studies that NYC developers should certainly take note of if they want to reduce costs and keep property values up in the long run.
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Of the condos planned along the High Line Park, one of the most—if not the most—anticipated addition comes via Zaha Hadid. One of our intrepid reporters recently stopped by the construction site located at 520 West 28th Street to see how works are coming along, and it looks like the site is near-ready for its starchitect treatment. Excavation is almost finished and much of the concrete slab foundation has been put in place. When fully constructed, Zaha’s undulating residential tower will rise 11 stories with 40 luxury condos within; the cheapest will be a two-bedroom at $4.6 million, and the most expensive will be a five-bedroom penthouse priced at $35 million. You can see the ultra-futuristic interiors Zaha has planned here >>
Brokers spend their days showing soon-to-be buyers a place of residence that checks off every box on their sizable wish list, whether they require enough servants’ quarters to handle about half of a Downton Abbey-sized staff or a master suite with a dressing room as big as a living room. Brokers hope, obviously, that once inside, the client will somehow send out telepathic signals that at last, they’ve found “the one.”
But what about the brokers’ own hopes and dreams? After all, everyone has a bucket list when it comes to living quarters.
- The top floor of the historic Kelley Mansion in Bed-Stuy hides an interesting apartment with an unexpected modern design. [Curbed]
- Ben Shaoul is looking to sell 62 Bloom for $73M cash. [TRD]
- 532 West 20th Street, the site of an art gallery near the High Line, has sold for $24.25M to luxury condo builder DDG. [Crain’s]
- Development sites at the south of Hunter’s Point have hit the market for $50M. [TRD]
Images: The apartment atop the Kelley Mansion (left); 62 Bloom (right)
It’s pretty common that we report on celebrities upgrading their digs, but today we have the opposite story. ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Caplan sold his two-bedroom, floor-through penthouse apartment at 150 Chambers Street in Tribeca for $3 million, but picked up another similar two-bedroom unit in the same building for $2,375,000, according to city records released today.
Take a look at Caplan’s old and new homes
As a neighborhood, Greenwich Village offers a taste of almost everything that makes people dream of living in New York–eclectic restaurants, vibrant nightlife and shopping and world-famous community events, all in a low-scale, family-friendly neighborhood.
Now you can enjoy all of the benefits of living in one of the best neighborhoods in the world, as this impeccable five-bedroom penthouse condo just popped up on the market. Located at 29 East 10th Street, this seriously gorgeous piece of real estate is currently listed for $14.995 million and offers the privacy of townhouse living with the ceiling heights and proportions of a classic Downtown loft.
Tour the rest of the home here
This year’s winner of the Volvo Design Awards is a tangible object that lets you capture a special experience. Known as the Capture Vase, this unique customizable container comes with a photosensitive skin that lets you print your own photograph on it, completing the design. Envisioned by Dutch designer Mianne de Vries, this stunning vessel is both functional and magical.
Learn more about the Capture Vase
Images: The Jetsons (L); Water tower treehouse via Margaret Badore (R)
Green community Battery Park City via gigi_nyc via photopin cc
Yesterday, the City Council passed a bill that says New York City must cut greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. The bill, which was approved 47-0, was sponsored by Queens Councilman Costa Constantinides and is expected to be signed into law by Mayor de Blasio.
To reduce emissions, measures similar to those used for PlaNYC will be put into play, including planting trees and retrofitting buildings to be more energy efficient. But we also suspect that the bill will spur a wave of new green developments.
More on the greenhouse gas plan
LiLo is moving to FiDi. When she wraps up her run of “Speed the Plough” on London’s West End, Lindsay Lohan will cross the pond straight to the Financial District, where she’s inked a deal on a 700-square-foot apartment at the W New York Downtown at 123 Washington Street, according to the Daily News. The one-bedroom pad was originally listed for $2 million and then as a $5,000/month rental, though there’s no confirmed word on exactly what Lindsay, along with her sister Ali, will be paying. But the Lohan girls will have plenty of celeb neighbors, including Kate Upton and Bow Wow.
Take a look inside LiLo’s new home