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CityRealty, Manhattan

Even with the thousands of new residential units that have hit the market in the last year, there are still a handful of tried-and-true properties in Manhattan that will always be coveted by the rich, the famous, and those who just wish they were rich or famous. So which properties sit at the top of this list? We turn the CityRealty 100 for the low-down on what buildings have outdone all of the rest. Their latest report tracks the performance of Manhattan’s top 100 condo buildings through the second quarter of 2014.

The top performers this way

Architecture, Design

  • By Annie Doge
  • , July 29, 2014

Calling all designers and architects! The AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) is now accepting entries for The City of Dreams 2015 Pavilion Design Competition.

This year, FIGMENT has teamed up with ENYA and SEAofNY to host a contest that invites creatives to design and construct an architectural pavilion for next year’s City of Dreams. The winning designer will be the 5th to create a project for annual event, following in the footsteps of other notables such as StudioKCA with their 2013 work, ‘Head in the Clouds’, which also won a Best of Year award from Interior Design Magazine in the installation category. Don’t miss out on a chance to create an unforgettable space for this incredible playground of art and culture.

Submission details here

Chelsea, New Developments, Starchitecture

  • By Diane Pham
  • , July 29, 2014

Whether or not you’re a fan of Zaha Hadid, or Neo-Futurism for that matter, if you’re believer that a building’s interior should be a seamless extension of its exterior (read: not New York by Gehry), you’ll appreciate Zaha’s efforts to turn her High Line project into a work worthy of architecture history books. One of the most (if not the most) talked about starchitect projects planned for the elevated park, plenty of full view renderings have surfaced since it was announced just over a year ago. But it looks like we’re finally getting a taste of what the inside could look like, courtesy of Curbed. Like its ultra-futuristic exteriors, Zaha’s luxurious condos will be just as sleek and spaceship-like as the outside, with undulating surfaces all throughout, and featuring many of the mind-boggling forms we’ve come to appreciate Ms. Hadid for.

More views inside

Daily Link Fix

    • A Nomadic Rock Band From The Sahara Desert: MessyNessyChic reminds us that the awesome bohemian band Tinariwen, formed back in the late 70s, is still rocking out with their unique sounds. Be sure to watch the video; you’ll want to have it on replay for the rest of the day.
    • The Mets Want To Save the Vandalized Tent Of Tomorrow: Last week Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion was broken into and vandalized, but NYDN reports that the Mets want to pitch in to help restore it by donating a portion of ticket sales.
    • Are You Drunk or Did You Not Get Enough Sleep?: You’ve probably heard it many times over that you need to get more sleep—and we all could use more time to catch some Zs. IFLScience featured a video from AsapScience showing what your brain looks like when you’re working on only six hours of shut-eye.
    • Panda Bears En Route to Central Park: Gothamist has gotten word that Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is hoping to bring two giant pandas to New York City.

Images: Tinariwen band member (left), Tent of Tomrorow © Matthew Silva (right)

Chelsea, Cool Listings, Interiors

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , July 29, 2014

If you’re looking for a nice pied-a-terre in the heart of an eclectic neighborhood, you can stop your search right now… but of course, keep reading our articles. This $2.495 million 2BR/2BA loft sitting high up in the Capitol Building offers 1,800 square feet of interior space with an additional 200 square feet in the form of an amazing terrace, and two Juliet balconies. And with beautiful views of the city, including a the majestic Empire State Building, the only thing this loft is missing is Luciano Pavarotti singing “Nessun Dorma” in the background. So, hum along with us as we take a tour through this excellent estate.

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Cool Listings, Features, real estate trends

  • By Lauren Price
  • , July 29, 2014

Okay, we know homes are more often than not sold through real estate agents, but did you know that more than a few are sold under the radar? That somehow, there are always a handful of residences “secretly” up for sale, and try as he/she may, your broker will never come across them on an MLS—a place where just about everybody on earth can search for a specific building or neighborhood any day of the week. Here’s the lowdown: These homes are known as “pocket listings” and though there is a signed and perfectly legal agreement between the agent and seller, the listing is never entered into an MLS for the world to see. There’s no big open house shindig; no advertising—and obviously no press splash.

So, why would a seller risk more unsold days on the market instead of opting for an open listing, you ask?

Find out more here

Celebrities, Chelsea, Cool Listings, Interiors

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , July 29, 2014

According to the New York Daily News, Beyonce was spotted apartment hunting this week, without hubby Jay Z, for what some are speculating could be her new bachelorette pad. The luxurious home that seems to have caught Bey’s eye is this incredible 4,054-square-foot square penthouse located at 520 West 19th Street, which comes with not only a 20-foot dining room and libraries, but a stunning 642-square-foot private terrace that runs the full length of the apartment and looks out to a dazzling array of city sights—a birds-eye view of the Empire State Building among them.

Tour Beyonce’s potential pad here

Design, East Village, Interiors

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 29, 2014

It’s no secret that the East Village is the go-to neighborhood for NYU students and recent grads looking to mix, mingle, and party, and that can get a little rowdy at times. But the Eiche Residence by Specht Harpman is a peaceful retreat within this buzzing neighborhood.

Simple horizontal and vertical lines mixed with clean volumes and planar surfaces help to maximize space and organize movement through this unusually laid out triplex unit. And with neutral furniture and an abundance of warm, natural wood, the calming feel achieved inside will make you forget that you’re even in New York.

See why else we’re swooning over this East Village pad

Clinton Hill, Cool Listings, Interiors

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 28, 2014

Take a walk down this carriage house-lined block of Vanderbilt Avenue in the Clinton Hill Historic District, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the 19th century. And in fact, most of the historic homes haven’t changed much since then, except for number 407. Though this brick beauty blends in seamlessly with its fellow carriage houses, it was actually constructed in 2006 after receiving approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The four-story home has the look and feel of an old-time structure, but offers a modern layout and contemporary conveniences, plus it boasts 6,592 square feet of interior space and two outdoor oases.

Take a tour through the carriage house

Real Estate Wire

  • The Williamsburg Armory on Marcy Avenue is not for sale. The Satmar Hasidic sect wants to turn the massive building into a school and a community center, but the state is saying no. The reason? Renting out the armory to film crews has proven extremely profitable. [NYDN]
  • Is Brooklyn Brewery moving to Staten Island? Not quite. The company is looking at a $70M facility for the production of beer that would be sold overseas. [Crain’s]
  • Zillow has acquired its rival, Trulia, for $3.5B in stock. The pair will continue to operate under their respective brands. [TRD]
  • More good news for Urban Compass: Extell’s design chief Roy Kim is joining the company to head the new development division. [TRD]
  • A SCI-Arc spoof predicted New York’s ‘poor doors’. [Video at the LA Times]

The Williamsburg Armory (left); Pete Flint and Spencer Rascoff of Trulia and Zillow, respectively (right)

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