The Anshei Meseritz
Temple soon to be turned into condos © LuciaM via Panoramio
New Yorkers know it often takes some divine intervention to land a great apartment. Luckily, with dozens of churches and synagogues now being partially or totally converted into luxury residential buildings, high-end apartment hunters can go straight to the source.
As congregations grapple with changing demographics, shrinking memberships, and costly upkeep of historic buildings, many religious institutions are concluding that it makes better financial sense to sell off a portion of their development rights, relocate to a more affordable site, or even close their doors for good.
Here’s a look at New York’s hottest and holiest developments
In November 2013 Girls star Zosia Mamet (you may know her as Shosanna) and her boyfriend, actor Evan Jonigkeit, purchased a multi-family house at 896 Flushing Avenue in Bushwick (of course she wanted to live in the world’s seventh coolest neighborhood) for a little over $1 million. The couple had planned to convert the entire 2,500-square-foot home as one single-family dwelling, but less than a year after moving in it’s back on the market, now asking $1.6 million.
Take a look inside the short-lived Girls pad
- The Vinloly-designed tower at 432 Park Avenue will officially top out next week. The buidling is the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere, and the second tallest tower in NYC. [Crain’s]
- BIG’s pyramid at 625 West 57th Street will also top out in the coming weeks. [NYDN]
- Foreign investors aren’t driving real estate prices up, according to CommonWealth REIT board chair Sam Zell. [TRD]
- DHA Capital has acquired 50 Clinton Street for $28M. The residential building will feature “smaller-sized” luxury units projected to start at $1M for one-bedrooms, $2M for two-bedrooms and $3M for one three-bedroom penthouse. [6sqft inbox]
432 Park (left); Sam Zell (right)
Computers, phones, paper, books, pens, lamps, keys, food, hot drinks… We use tables for so many different reasons and they’re usually flooded with stuff. But what happens when you have unexpected guests or if you just need to quickly clear a space? The clever ‘Borrod’ by Line Depping is designed specifically for that. Now you can magically hide everything sitting on your tabletop by simply pushing all that crap into the gap!
Find out more about this table with a gap
It’s not often that a New York City architect gets to work with an extra-wide townhouse, but the Brooklyn Courtyard House afforded DXA Studio just that opportunity.
The client had purchased a standard 17-foot-wide townhouse in Cobble Hill, as well as the adjacent vacant lot, giving DXA over 30 feet of developable space. The firm used this chance to create a 5,600-square-foot, three-story home that blends with its Italianate neighbors from the outside and is entirely arranged around a central courtyard inside.
Check out the Brooklyn beauty
Billionaire NY Jets owner, Woody Johnson is looking to break a record with the sale of his duplex at 834 Fifth Avenue. The unit, which was quietly being shopped around for $75 million, has gone into contract for $80 million. When closed, it will be the city’s most expensive co-op sale ever.
This is clearly a billionaire’s game as the last two sales to claim the top spot were by Egypt’s richest man, Nassef Sawiris, who bought a $70 million home at 960 Fifth Avenue; followed by Israel “Izzy” Englander at 740 Park Avenue who paid $71.3 million for a pad. Both transactions happened this year.
Not only is this rare 1882 brownstone situated in the heart of one of New York City’s quintessential family-friendly neighborhoods, the home itself is perfectly suited for familial bonding of another kind – multigenerational living. With an owner’s triplex over a floor-through garden apartment, this lovely residence at 107 St. John’s Place in Park Slope speaks to the time-honored tradition of sharing space with extended family.
But if you’re not quite ready for the whole “Everybody Loves Raymond” scenario, having a sought-after income-producing rental is still a wonderful perk, and only one of the home’s many charms.
See more of this classic 1882 brownstone
- Did you know the stars on the ceiling of Grand Central are painted in 23-karat gold? This and ten other secrets of the train terminal are on Thrillist.
- Architects have created a 3D-printed column that can withstand earthquakes. Details on Wired.
- Curbed takes a tour of the building that changed New York City’s zoning laws–the Equitable Building.
- The Yozakura porcelain sake set is inspired by Japanese cherry blossoms. Like the design? You can get it started through Kickstarter.
- Architizer rounds up ten signs of Harlem’s architectural renaissance.
- Napping just got a whole lot better. The HoodiePillow combines a plush pillow with the coziness of a warm hood. There’s even a pocket for your iPhone, reports Dornob.
Images: Grand Central (L); Hoodie Pillow (R)
Is this a case of buyer’s remorse? Just nine months after selling for $1.925 million, apartment 2D at 1 Bond Street has found its way back on the market, this time asking $2.195 million. The 1,205-square-foot unit is a modern take on a classic loft with tall beamed ceilings, exposed brick walls, brand new oak hardwoods, and original cast-iron columns. Add to that, a strategic layout that makes the most of the natural light flooding in from the space’s four oversized windows, and you have a luminous haven in a prime location.
Take a look inside, here
Rendering of DoubleTree Hotel via Gene Kaufman (L); The project site at 350 West 40th Street (R)
Fresh renderings have been posted for a new 35-story hotel currently undergoing excavation at 350 West 40th Street. Located just southwest of Times Square and directly across from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the block-front between Eighth and Ninth Avenues has been the victim of a half-dozen mid-range hotels. With the large blank wall of the bus terminal on one side and an ungainly assortment of budget hotels, walk-ups, and parking lots on the other, the street may be a worthy contender for the “Ugliest Street in Midtown.”
The project was first revealed by YIMBY last spring. Permits call for a 315-foot, 594-room DoubleTree Hotel designed by Gene Kaufman and developed by Sam Chang of McSam Hotels. McSam–which already has several hotels up and running on the block including a Holiday Inn, Candlewood Suites, and Hampton Inn–has been one of the city’s most active and notorious developers in the last decade.
More on the project here