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Architecture, Features, History, Urban Design

  • By Diane Pham
  • , September 26, 2014

In the internet hierarchy of “things the internets like”, we’d argue that ruin porn sits wedged somewhere between Buzzfeed quizzes and cats. Images of decaying architecture conjure up unsettling feelings of tragedy and loss, but somehow manage to grip us with its intangible beauty. Whatever the cause for this may be, the thrill and enjoyment we get from looking ruin porn is palpable.

The term ‘ruin porn’ is said to have been coined by blogger James Griffioen during a 2009 interview with Vice magazine in which he criticized photographers who scouted down-trodden Detroit for provocative photos. While ruin porn is the trend at hand, decades before its arrival there was something called ‘ruin value’.

learn more about ruin value

Real Estate Wire

Woolworth interior. Image courtesy of The Woolworth Tower Residences (left); 420 Albee Square (right)

Art, Events

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 26, 2014

An upcoming exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, New York: Assembled Realities, will showcase more than 40 works from Taiwanese artist Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao. His large-scale panoramas push the boundaries of traditional documentary photography by mixing several exposures of the same location taken over the course of many hours. The photographs that result are hyper-real and complex and provide a fascinatingly accurate depiction of the frenzy that is New York.

More on the exhibit and Liao’s work

Furniture, Green Design

No. 3 Bench by Floris Wubben Combines Natural and Hi-Tech Materials

By Ana Lisa Alperovich, Fri, September 26, 2014

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , September 26, 2014

Dutch designer Floris Wubben crafts beautifully strange pieces that combine natural and high-tech materials. It’s that blend of rough, textured surfaces with new technologies that makes his designs stand out from the crowd. One of our favorite examples is the No. 3 Bench, made from an accordion-folded sheet of white polypropylene that follows the contours of a piece of driftwood.

Learn more about this stunning sculptural design

Daily Link Fix

  • We all know New Yorkers love exposed brick, but now we can actually wrap ourselves in it. Architizer shows off the Brick Blanket by Thing Industries.
  • You can visit 20 museums around the city for free tomorrow thanks to Smithsonian Museum Day Live. The Morgan Library & Museum, Jewish Museum, and Ukrainian Museum are just a few of the participating institutions.
  • Well this makes life easier…new app RadPad lets users pay rent with a debit or credit card. Head over to Laughing Squid for all the details.
  • Take a virtual tour of NYC’s 22 remaining armories with Untapped Cities.
  • Featured on Dezeen, a new jewelry collection is comprised of mini drafting tools, like protractors and scale rulers, all set onto brushed-silver rings. Next time duty calls for you to design a teeny tiny building, you’ll be fully prepared.

Images: Brick Blanket, via Thing Industries (L); Lenox Hill Armory, via NewYorkitecture (R)

Architecture, Design, Upper West Side 

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , September 26, 2014

Tucked away within the austere limestone façade of Architect Robert A.M. Stern’s 15 Central Park West is this fabulous apartment courtesy of Carl D’Aquino and Francine Monaco of New York-based design firm D’Aquino Monaco. Every single room is a treat to the senses, with bold splashes of color and unusual finishing touches combined to create a living space as cozy as it is quirky.

Tour the colorful and whimsical home here

Architecture, DUMBO, New Developments, Rentals

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 26, 2014

Two Trees Management Company has revealed an additional, close-up exterior rendering and a teaser website for their new rental development 60 Water Street in DUMBO, which is nearing completion. Designed by LEESER Architecture and Ismael Leyva Architects, the building will begin leasing in the coming weeks, though pricing and interior images have not yet been released. The façade stands out in the former-industrial neighborhood thanks to glass curtain walls with angled windows.

Get a closer look at the glass pattern and entrance

Cool Listings, Greenwich Village, Interiors, Union Square

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , September 26, 2014

As you’re walking in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Union Square, it might not occur to you that you’re just paces away from a rather gorgeous retreat waiting to be someone’s home or pied-a-terre. But just a few blocks from the thriving landmark, one such adorable unit at 49 East 12th Street has popped up on the market, asking $1.795 million.

Take a look inside here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Tribeca

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , September 25, 2014

How we love New York’s cast-iron buildings…there’s something to be said for the craftsmanship and history that comes with these turn-of-the-century gems. With New York boasting the world’s largest collection of cast-iron architecture, it’s hard to imagine a time when many of the most significant of these buildings faced a date with the wrecking-ball. Fortunately, early preservationists advocated for their protection, and this hard work paved the way for the 1973 designation of the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District and, subsequently, individual landmarks and historic districts, like the Ladies’ Mile, NoHo, and the Tribeca South, West, and East Historic Districts.

These efforts mean we get to appreciate the simple beauty of places like 47 Walker Street, where the interior of this 1,350-square-foot loft is just as elegant as the building’s historic facade. With soaring 12-foot ceilings; huge, original four-by-ten-foot arched leaded windows; and a grand, open living space, this true Tribeca loft is respectful of its cast-iron-era roots.

See why we think this home is a beauty inside and out

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Celebrities, Features, Historic Homes, real estate trends, Upper East Side

Timeless Trophy: 740 Park Avenue

By Dana Schulz, Thu, September 25, 2014

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 25, 2014

New York City may have an ever-revolving cast of hottest restaurants, hippest clubs, and even most desirable neighborhoods, but some real estate titans never go out of style in this metropolis. Known as the “Tower of Power,” 740 Park Avenue is one such mainstay.

The Upper East Side 19-story, Art Deco building was completed in 1930 to the designs of Rosario Candela, often considered the finest architect of luxury apartment interiors, as the last of the grand dames erected along Manhattan’s Gold Coast. It didn’t reach its peak until the real estate boom of the 1980s, but is today one of the most sought-after addresses with 31 apartments, mostly all duplexes, triplexes, and penthouses. The massively scaled residences feature grand living rooms, formal dining rooms, spiral staircases, high ceilings, expansive foyers, and an abundance of windows.

Plenty more on this timeless trophy residence and its long list of well known inhabitants

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