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Features, Getting Away, holidays

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , December 11, 2014

Anyone with kids knows that there’s no such thing as too much when it comes to the sensory wonders of the holiday season. We’ve rounded up some Santa-centric events—from lap-climbing photo-ops to full-on wonderland to brunch with the holiday’s most famous man—that aim to satisfy endless appetites for holiday cheer. We’ve even got a couple for your pets!

This way to the North Pole…

Central Park South, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Midtown West

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , December 11, 2014

Biographers Edmund and Sylvia Jukes Morris have just listed their duplex apartment at the exclusive Gainsborough Studios for $6 million. The stunning space promises to be a treat for all seasons with gigantic windows offering indescribable views of Central Park that will take your breath away. Yes, a place like this is so inspiring it would turn anyone into an artist.

Take a look inside, here

Real Estate Wire

  • Lovers of the Museum of Natural History, rejoice! The city favorite will be getting a brand new addition in the form of a $325M research center designed by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang. [NYT]
  • Check out Bklyn House, a new Bushwick-themed hotel said to be inspired by the neighborhood’s “raw feeling of creativity.” [DNA Info]
  • Cushman & Wakefield may purchase Massey Knakal Realty Services in its entirety for $100 million. [CO]
  • Patrick Stewart has officially closed on the sale of his Upper West Side penthouse. [TRD]
  • A quick look at the five new buildings and plaza planned for Myrtle Avenue near Clinton Hill’s Pratt Campus. [DNA Info]

Images: A model of the Museum of Natural History. Image © New York Times (left); Bklyn House (right)

Celebrities, Recent Sales, Upper West Side 

  • By Annie Doge
  • , December 11, 2014

Everyone’s favorite well-coiffed weatherman Sam Champion has sold his Upper West Side condo for $4.7 million, according to city records released today. Champion bought the 2,019-square-foot unit on the top floor of 45 West 67th Street in 1995 for $750,000, netting him an impressive $4 million profit on the sale. The 33-story building was erected in 1985 and has 170 condos with impressive Central Park views. Champion is celebrating his two-year wedding anniversary with Rubem Robierb later this month, so perhaps to mark the occasion the couple is investing in some new real estate.

[45 West 67th Street on CityRealty]

Design, Interiors, Tribeca

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , December 11, 2014

Designer Amy Lau recently completed an impressive mid-century triplex in NYC’s downtown neighborhood of Tribeca. The apartment belongs to Michael Hirtenstein, a high-rolling telecom mogul, who, upon seeing it, knew he had to make the massive space his own. The apartment was originally purchased by Mr. Hirtenstein for $16.5 million dollars as three separate units before he combined them into one massive apartment for an unknown amount of money.

This gorgeously designed home spells luxury in every detail and features exquisite furnishings throughout. Combining pieces from bespoke, mid-century modern and contemporary designers, this space tells a unique story represented by many points of view.

Get a closer look inside

Technology

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 11, 2014

We still can’t quite get used to people walking down the street “talking to themselves,” but actually using their phone’s Bluetooth. We’re in for a whole different kind of confusion, though, because a new wearable device can turn your arm into a touch-screen device. Just imagine seeing that during your rush-hour commute.

Created by a group of Paris-based designers, the Cicret Bracelet remotely connects to a mobile device and projects the screen of the smartphone onto the user’s lower forearm, transforming one’s skin into an operable touch screen to check emails, play games, and even answer calls.

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6sqft gift guide, Technology

  • By Diane Pham
  • , December 11, 2014

There are fewer things more annoying than waiting for a friend or family member as they frantically search for their keys. Help them in their hunt (and preserve your sanity) by gifting them a Tile this holiday. This simple but brilliant device takes the mystery out of finding one’s most important belongings and takes advantage of something we all have: a smartphone.

How it works

Design, Technology

Computer Scientist Invents Technology That 3D Prints Gardens

By Alyssa Alimurung, Thu, December 11, 2014

  • By Alyssa Alimurung
  • , December 11, 2014

At this point, you already know you can 3D print anything from furniture to entire estates, but now you can even add gardens to the list. Yuichiro Takeuchi, a computer scientist at the Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Tokyo, has invented a way to create herb and flower gardens using the incredible technology. And the best part? You can manipulate the plants’ shape into anything your heart desires; so go ahead and grow as many cat-shaped plants as you want. Read on at Inhabitat to learn more about the project.

READ MORE HERE…

Architecture, Green Design, Hamptons

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , December 11, 2014

The stunning Far Pond Residence has a naturally weathered wood skin and large windows overlooking layers of wetlands, an estuary and the Atlantic Ocean. Located on a half-acre site on the east end of Long Island in Southampton, this modern family dwelling is actually a renovated 1970s kit house. Its extension and tasteful modernization was designed by Bates Masi + Architects, who used prefabricated materials and new technologies that minimized waste and elevated the experience of inhabiting the space.

Learn more about the prefab home extension

Celebrities, Cool Listings, Williamsburg

  • By Annie Doge
  • , December 11, 2014

With a handful of new buildings coming up in Manhattan, Karim Rashid‘s NYC architectural star is quickly rising. So it only makes sense that the renowned industrial-designer-cum-architect would want a place of his own to call home in the Big Apple. According to the NYP, Rashid was recently spotted scoping out this spectacular Atelier New York Architecture-designed pad located at 201 North 11th Street in Brooklyn. True to the designer’s taste, the Williamsburg apartment is bright, modern, and plenty green with its 805 square feet of outdoor space and sweet views of McCarren Park and the surrounding historic buildings.

Have a look inside

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