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
Photo © Paul Clemence
The Jewish holiday Sukkot, which began on Wednesday evening, has architecture, construction, and design built into the festival. To observe the holiday, Jews around the world build and decorate temporary “booths” known as sukkahs, and spend Sukkot’s eight days eating meals with friends and family inside them. Depending on one’s level of observance, some individuals sleep in them as well.
When it comes to sukkahs in New York, where backyards are few and far between, institutions and individuals take advantage of the space available to them. This includes having sukkahs in parks or courtyards, on roofs and balconies, and even on the sidewalk dining area of a restaurant. We wanted to highlight a few of the city’s sukkahs with particular interest to either their location, design, or both.
See sukkahs we’ve spotted around the city
Michael Stipe, former lead singer for the 80’s rock band R.E.M., has sold his duplex penthouse at 533 Canal Street in Soho for $9.6 million, according to city records released today. Stipe listed the co-op in June 2012 for $10.95 million, after purchasing it in 2007 for $5.75 million while it was being renovating. The unit has an impressive celebrity past; Stipe bought it from Ben Affleck’s younger brother Casey, who bought it from “Good Will Hunting” director Gus Van Sant. And recently actress Kirsten Dunst put her penthouse in the building on the rental market for $12,500 a month.
The three-bedroom penthouse has a light-filled central atrium, 2,500-square-foot terrace with Hudson River views, and an industrial-style kitchen designed by Mario Batali. Stipe had said that he was looking to move further downtown to a loft/work space for himself and his partner.
Take a look at the rockin’ digs
- 60 Water Street launches its first listings for studios and one- and two-bedrooms. Prices start at $2,964 for a 452-square-foot studio, and run up to $6,678 for a 965-square-foot two-bedroom. Move-ins are expected for December 1. [6sqft inbox]
- The luxury apartments at 432 West 52nd Street in Hell’s Kitchen have also hit the market. [6sqft inbox]
- A 12-story building is about to rise on a site at 620 Fulton Street, just one block from the Brooklyn Academy of Music. No condos here. Instead, the building will house a five-floor health clinic and six floors of offices. [Crain’s]
- Manhattan apartment rents continue their rise. [Crain’s]
- Prices also keep soaring in Bushwick, Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy. [NYDN]
620 Fulton Street (left); 60 Water Street (right)
Designed by the Portuguese label blaanc, Orikomi is a line of paper light fixtures that are sure to add a soft elegance to any interior. The shades’ intricate texture and solid structure is formed through a series of symmetrical folding patterns.
Not only will these pendant lights illuminate your kitchen table, but also the lives of others. A portion of the proceeds for every piece sold is given to the Adobe Women Project, an organization co-founded by the design firm’s owners to help women in Mexico build their own houses (with their own two hands).
More on the lights
The latest art installation at the Storefront for Art and Architecture is much more than a futuristic-looking pink amoeba. Oslo-based artist Jana Winderen and Architect Marc Fornes of THEVERYMANY have created this interactive piece, entitled Situation NY, as a way to invite visitors to question the properties of matter and the built environment surrounding us. A vibrating sound piece, it also uses light and form to heighten the experience.
Lots more on the installation ahead
Tribeca‘s own Ghislaine Viñas is back with another loft interior in the neighborhood that is a dynamic combo of sophistication, whimsy, and a harder edge. The playfully shaped accent pieces and confident color combinations are the finishing details that make Ghislaine Viñas’ signature style. From a cable wired bed frame to the dark wood dining room table, the range of material, color, and influence used in this loft is nothing short of a good time.
- Is the Fred French Building the most beautiful Art Deco architecture on 5th Avenue? You be the judge after reading this post on Gothamist.
- Let’s face it–Penn Station is terrible. But instead of just complaining about it (like the rest of us), architect David Lewis leads a walking tour of the station to explore how it got so horrible. More on the AWL.
- Calling all members of the Brooklyn board game community (yes, it exists); Rivals board game café is now open in East Williamsburg, according to Bedford + Bowery.
- These attractive, eco-friendly acoustic tiles, showcased on Freshome, are made from molded luffa. Yup, the same material you scrub with in the shower.
- West Side Rag reports that City Council members are proposing a complete car ban for Central Park next summer.
Images: Fred French Building, via Newyorkitecture (L); Penn Station, via Wiki Commons (R)
Jennifer Lopez’s hunt for a downtown pad continues. After spending time with celebrity broker Fredrik Eklund checking out a unit at the Walker Tower a few weeks ago, it looks like Jenny is moving her eyes from Chelsea to a new block: Tribeca. The superstar celeb was just spotted by the Post scoping out a 5,924-square-foot sprawling stunner at 55 Warren Street.
Inside the home here
The penthouse at 1158 Fifth Avenue has just undergone yet another price chop nearly a year and a half after entering the market. The distinctive pad, initially listed for $17 million, has now made its way down to $9.95 million. Translation: someone is going to get a great deal on this Museum Mile penthouse with a lush terrace and a conservatory.
The home’s antique furnishings and old-world details, compliments of its interior and landscape designer owner Pamela Scurry and her husband Richard, are admittedly specific although fitting in theme. Right now the many pieces and varying prints seem to compete with the architecture. Perhaps removing half the clutter would mitigate the distraction and bring out more of the home’s true beauty. However, whether you appreciate the décor or feel it needs to be significantly pared down, you won’t be able to deny this home is a rare and exquisite find.
See what’s inside, here