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Architecture, opinion, Starchitecture

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 30, 2014

So often it’s the starchitects who get a bad name–for ruining city skylines with their larger-than-life towers, for obscuring park views, or for neglecting to take into account their surroundings. But a new opinion piece in the New York Times by Allison Arieff argues that the blame can’t be solely placed on these so-called starchitects, but rather on the architecture community at large.

Read more about Arieff’s case here

Real Estate Wire

  • An Italian family has scooped up the NYC Church Missions House for $50M-plus. Luxury condos and retail are reportedly planned at landmarked 281 Park Avenue South structure. [TRD]
  • LIVWRK has closed on a Red Hook building for $21.5M. The property recently housed a ship engine repair company. [CO]
  • Vornado puts 1740 Broadway up for sale. The real estate investment trust could fetch about $600 million for the block-long, 26-story office complex. [Crain’s]
  • Bushwick may get a “grittier” Chelsea Market. [Curbed]
  • 432 Park recently surpassed its 1,000-foot mark, and when complete it will be a 1,397-foot supertall. A new video offers up views from the top of the tower and a behind the scenes look at construction workers on the job. [Curbed]
  • Tomorrow morning, attorneys for Silverstein Properties will present their case for turning a two-acre Hudson Yards site into a 1,100-foot-tall residential and commercial tower to the Department of City Planning. [CO]
  • Sales have launched at Chetrit’s Midtown tower located at 135 West 52nd Street. Units start at $1.5M. [TRD]

135 West 52nd Street (left); 432 Park (right)

Architecture, Design, Upstate

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , July 30, 2014

The Haffenden House by PARA-Project, a tranquil writers studio in Syracuse, New York, was designed as a place for two poets to find respite and inspiration. Located on a typical suburban street, the modern, white rectangular structure stands out against the more traditional homes to its left and right. The architect has stated that “The project finds itself within the suburban realm, referencing Gianni Pettena’s Ice House from 1972, as a blank spot within the repetitive image of ‘house.'”

Tour the rest of the contemporary abode

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper East Side

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , July 30, 2014

Who wouldn’t want a loft-like Upper East Side apartment walking distance from Museum Mile and Central Park and complete with panda paintings? Yes, this 3 bedroom co-op at 65 East 76th Street has enough room on its wall space to showcase the best of your art collection, and it has enough lighting—both natural and tracking—to host a gallery showing. Well, who says the gallery can’t be a work of art in and of itself? We know this unit doesn’t.

Take a look inside this beautiful pad here

Architecture, Green Design

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 30, 2014

It’s 2040 in New York City, and the metropolis’ population has doubled over, thereby drastically increasing energy consumption. How do architects alter their designs to deal with this new landscape? Italian architect Paolo Venturella thinks he’s come up with the answer to this (currently hypothetical) conundrum.

The Flex Tower concept combines the need for housing with a sustainable energy system that uses a new typology for photovoltaic panels. At ground level the structure is in keeping with the traditional street grid, but as it rises it rotates toward the sun to position the panels correctly.

More about the curving creation this way

Daily Link Fix

Images: GIFs Street Art courtesy of Gizmodo (left), 3D-printed loudspeaker courtesy of Futurity (right)

Interiors, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , July 30, 2014

After nearly two years on the market, Mike Wallace’s estate has finally sold, for a significant discount, according to city records. The home was initially placed on the market after the anchor’s death in 2012, asking $20 million dollars, a far cry from its closing $13 million sale price.

Occupying the 15th and 16th floors of the distinguished 730 Park Avenue—a white-gloved Jacobean/Tudor style co-op designed by F. Burrall Hoffman, Jr. and Lafayette A. Goldstone–this 4BR/4.5BA duplex, offers plenty of light, gorgeous city views, and original prewar details.

Take a look inside the anchor’s former home here

Art, Financial District, History

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 30, 2014

Take a step back in time at 77 Water Street, a 26-story office tower designed by Emery Roth & Sons and built by the William Kaufman Organization. The Financial District building features a WWI fighter plane on its roof and a turn-of-the-century penny candy store in its lobby. Thinking that this tower looks too modern for these curiosities? You’re right; it was erected in 1970.

The William Kaufman Organization wanted to humanize the building and make workers forget they were in an office tower, and to accomplish this they had historic replicas of the plane and candy shop installed. They also added a variety of public art projects throughout the plaza and lobby.

More fun facts about 77 Water Street right this way

Celebrities, Central Park South, Design, Interiors

Tour Tommy Hilfiger’s Lavish Plaza Penthouse

By Dana Schulz, Wed, July 30, 2014

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 30, 2014

When we think of Tommy Hilfiger we might imagine him in an all-American, red-white-and-blue outfit, standing in a nautical seashore cottage, but his penthouse at the Plaza couldn’t be any more the opposite than this vision. Instead of paintings of beach scenes there are Basquiats and Warhols (20 of the latter, to be exact); rather than white-washed walls there are entire rooms clad in marble; and instead of simple, shabby chic bedrooms there are opulent personal retreats that could fit entire NYC apartments within their footprint.

In short, Mr. Hilfiger’s city residence is nothing short of regal. He and his wife Dee Ocleppo purchased and combined three separate units in 2008, and they then embarked on a massive renovation of the duplex to emulate the old-world style of the landmarked building.

Take a tour through this magnificent home and see if the couple lived up to goal

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

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