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Daily Link Fix

  • Did you know Harry Houdini is buried in Glendale, Queens? Naturally, there’s some controversy surrounding his grave. [Queens Brownstoner]
  • If you’ve ever wondered how to build a squash court in the middle of Grand Central, here’s a time-lapse video showing you how. [WSJ]
  • Start saving (or ask for a raise); the MTA fare hikes will take effect on March 22. [Crain’s]
  • Meet an icicle farmer…yes, that’s a thing. [Gizmodo]
  • Is London’s 1 Undershaft the world’s first contextual skyscraper? [Architizer]
  • There’s a wedding salon in Williamsburg for “very Brooklyn brides” who would prefer to wear fuchsia on their big day. [Tmag]
  • Take a look at what happens to old boardwalk wood and find out how you can get some. [Core77]

Images: Houdini’s grave via WikiCommons (L); MetroCard via renaissancechambara via photopin cc (R)

Chelsea, Cool Listings, Interiors

Tall Tin Ceilings Charm in This $1.4M Chelsea Loft

By Aisha Carter, Thu, January 22, 2015

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , January 22, 2015

This $1.395 million, 1,000-square-foot, newly renovated loft at 136 West 24th Street has a flexible layout, making a second bedroom or home office a possibility, all within running distance of the Shake Shack line when it comes back. And Snoopy will love your close proximity to the park and the dog run (and let’s be honest, hamburger crumbs).

More pics inside

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  • , January 22, 2015

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condos, real estate trends

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , January 22, 2015

We know very well that 2015 will see a huge influx of new super-luxury condo units, but what we didn’t know until now was that nearly half of these high-end homes set to hit the market are already in contract, making this year’s forecast widely overblown.

According to Crain’s, a new report from Halstead Property Development Marketing suggests that of the 6,500 new condo listings that have been projected for 2015, only about 3,500 will actually be available for sale in the next 11 months, as 3,000 of them are already taken.

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Queens, Transportation

  • By Diane Pham
  • , January 22, 2015

Get ready to have your bubble burst. As it turns out, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed AirTrain to LaGuardia would actually increase the time it takes to get to the airport, and for some areas, almost double travel time. The Transport Politic enlightened (and dispirited) hopefuls yesterday in an analysis that highlighted the fact that the new train would would deliver commuters to the 7 subway station at Willets Point, which is further away from Manhattan than the airport. In light of the findings, Anthony Weiner threw in his two cents this morning, penning an op-ed in the Daily News, saying “if we are going to solve this problem, we should do it right.” The former congressman also threw a proposal of his own into the ring.

More on what Weiner had to say

Featured Story

Crown Heights, Features, History, New Developments, real estate trends

  • By Lauren Price
  • , January 21, 2015

Image via the Historic Districts Council

What once seemed unheard-of in terms of where to rent or buy in tertiary neighborhoods is now a thing of the past—be it Harlem, Williamsburg, Hell’s Kitchen, Long Island City, or the Lower East Side. But one of the best examples of rapid transformation is Brooklyn. Certainly there are many coveted communities such as Brooklyn Heights, Prospect Heights, and Park Slope, but there is another neighborhood making what looks like a very successful run at gentrification: Crown Heights.

More on the Crown Heights renaissance here

Chelsea, Cool Listings, Interiors

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , January 21, 2015

While the etymology of the expression “suits to a T” isn’t clearly defined, there is no debating its meaning: when something is exactly as it should be or fits to perfection. Which is the ideal way to describe this rare T-shaped loft located in the Eagle Warehouse building at 532 West 22nd Street on a quiet and utterly charming Chelsea block full of art galleries.

Designed by 212box Architecture, this $5.9 million dream home was recently featured in Interior Design magazine. Windows at every turn drench the home with sunshine, and custom black steel and pebbled glass room separators transport the natural light throughout the open floor plan offering some level of privacy while still maintaining the loft aesthetic.

See more of why this home ‘suits to a T’

Midtown, New Developments, Recent Sales

There’s no slowing One57. Yet another blockbuster sale hit city records this morning, bringing the brash blue supertall its third most expensive sale to date—and the city its ninth most expensive condo sale in history. The ultra-luxe pad is the 6,240-square-foot 85th-floor unit, which boasts four bedrooms, four baths, and the lofty, breathtaking views that have have made One57 one of the most coveted buildings amongst the super-rich.

The identity of the buyer was protected by a LLC, but back in 2012, the New York Times reported that he (or she) is an “American who already owned ‘some of the best real estate in the world,’ including two ‘very significant’ places in New York.” According to CityRealty, more stellar sales at the building are slated to hit the books in the coming weeks, with Bill Ackman’s much talked about buy potentially in the mix.

[Related: $100 Million Condo Sale at One57 is NYC’s Most Expensive Ever]

[More on One57 at CityRealty]

Real Estate Wire

  • Live in the luxurious co-op carved from Jackie O’s father’s home at 115 East 36th Street. [Curbed]
  • Architect Helmut Jahn talks about his design of 50 West. [NYT]
  • Permit applications filed with the Department of Buildings doubled in 2014. [TRD]
  • The Bronx Post Office moves closer to its rebirth as a shopping and dining mecca. [Curbed]
  • A post office along 14th Street will find a new life as apartments aimed at youngsters. [NYDN]
  • The dicey Atlantic/Washington/Underhill intersection near Barclays Center will finally get much needed improvements geared towards driver and pedestrian safety. [Brooklyn Paper]
  • Here are the colleges eating up New York’s land and buildings. [CO]
  • New renderings revealed for 55 Hudson Yards. [CO]

Images: 115 East 36th Street (left); 50 West (right)

Furniture, Products

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , January 21, 2015

LO-LO is a capsular microkitchen from designers Tanya Repina and Misha Repin of Aotta Studio in Moscow. The family of three standing pods was designed for the basic office kitchen, but we could easily see the stylish pieces in a studio apartment. Each module is intended for a specific electrical appliances — a water cooler, microwave, and coffee pot — and its corresponding accessories such as cups, plates, cutlery, tea, and coffee.

More about LO-LO ahead

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