- MoMA gets the first 4D-printed dress, which automatically changes shape. [Dezeen]
- More people in cities today live in poverty than in 1970. [Next City]
- Ever take a ride on the number 11 train? There’s a quirky history behind this subway sign. [Forgotten NY]
- And here’s a list of 16 more things you probably didn’t know about the NYC subway. [Thrillist]
- Check out this round up of 16 (must be today’s lucky number!) old-school Lower East Side stores with staying power. [The Lo-Down]
- A new book, Training Days: The Subway Artists Then and Now, presents the first-person accounts of 12 infamous graffiti writers of the 1970s. [Fast Co. Design]
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Yesterday, we rounded up the massive Christmas trees around the city for those of you looking for an alternative to Rockefeller Center. But we’re sure this isn’t going to stop a lot of die-hard holiday revelers from heading over to midtown and gawking at the world’s most famous Christmas tree. So, we want to know what your plans are.
Tatiana von Furstenberg, singer, filmmaker and daughter of fashion mogul Diane von Furstenberg, has sold her luxury co-op at 1 Gramercy Park for $4,240,000, according to city records. She purchased the home in 2006, and since her address of record is in Los Angeles, perhaps she’s becoming a permanent West Coaster–or moving to her mother’s beloved Meatpacking District neighborhood.
The four-story Italianate brownstone mansion was originally home to Dr. Valentine Mott in 1849. He founded Rutgers Medical College and was president of the New York Academy of Medicine. Luckily for Tatiana, if she misses her private keyed access to Gramercy Park, she can now digitally tour the storied green space thanks to Airbnb and Google Maps.
Image via Daytonian in Manhattan
It’s been three years since the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum was first cloaked in scaffolding, but the $91 million, LEED-certified renovation has finally come to a close. The museum, located in Andrew Carnegie’s former Gilded Age mansion on Fifth Avenue, is set to reopen this Friday, December 12th. It now boasts 60% more exhibition space and a slew of new high-tech interactive features including downloadable 3D designs, multi-touch surfaces as large as pool tables and an interactive projection that allows guests to view 500 digital images of wallpaper right on the gallery walls.
According to the Daily Mail, Girls creator Lena Dunham has scooped up a $4.8 million condo at 30 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights, the former offices of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle–now known as The Heights. Despite the recent controversy over her memoir, 28-year-old Dunham is really moving up in the world. Not only did she reportedly get a $3.7 million book advance, but her first home in the neighborhood at 145 Hicks Street cost her only $500,000. She purchased her newest residence under a trust and still owns her one-bedroom pad.
Dunham shares her new home with boyfriend and Fun frontman Jack Antonoff, who has been spotted on moving duty while Dunham is on her book tour. The four-bedroom corner apartment is completely elegant and modern, a sure sign that the “girl” is growing up.
New York Stock Exchange Christmas tree via Mille Fiori Favoriti
Last week, we took a look back at the history of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree to mark the annual lighting celebration. Though this is probably the most famous Christmas tree in the world, many of us jaded New Yorkers would rather not deal with the crowds and traffic jams that come with visiting Rock Center. So as an equally festive alternative, we’ve rounded up some of the other huge trees illuminating the city this holiday season.
If you’ve got someone on your gift list that’s overworked, under-caffeinated and looking for a better way to get their fix (this is New York, after all), look no further than Wacaco’s Minipresso as the perfect present. This portable hand-held device is a godsend for those who frequently need a boost but don’t have the time to wait in long coffee shop lines—or simply for those with a more discerning taste for the finer grounds in life.
- There’s a brand new Apple store coming to Williamsburg right along Bedford Avenue where the Bagel Store and Kings Pharmacy used to be. [NYP]
- The city’s most expensive rental, a $500K doozy at the Pierre, has found a taker. [WSJ]
- A look at the benefits of living in a NYC home that hasn’t been landmarked. [NYT]
- A One57 unit sells at a 20 percent discount. [TRD]
Images: The site of Brooklyn’s future Apple Store(left); The $500K/month rental at the Pierre (right)
We love Greenpoint. We also love great design, and this beautiful townhouse brings those two fabulous things together. From the design team at WeDesign WeBuild, the interior of this home is a fresh approach to color, texture and light. With subtle Scandinavian-style touches, warm natural elements, and crisp white walls, this home could easily turn any self-professed Manhattanite into a happy Brooklyn dweller.
It’s raining, it’s pouring, and all we can think of are sunnier days. Before people knew the health risks of tanning beds, they were a welcome cure for the winter blues, and a new, first-of-its-kind, all-glass modular structure could be just the safe replacement we’ve been looking for.
The Photon Space was recently launched on Crowdcube, a British crowdfunding platform, by the Photon Project, a group of innovators in the fields of architecture, technology, engineering and design, along with scientists at Oxford University. It is a 147-foot compact living space that takes into account the health benefits of exposure to natural light. The distinguishing element of the Photon Space is its intelligent glass architecture, which can change in an instant from transparent to opaque.