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Celebrities, Recent Sales, Upper West Side 

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.

[Via NYP]

Brooklyn, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Park Slope

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , October 10, 2014

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

Daily Link Fix

  • 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)

Cool Listings, East Village, Greenwich Village, Interiors, Noho

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , October 10, 2014

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

Architecture, Major Developments, Midtown West, New Developments

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , October 10, 2014

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

Featured Story

Architecture, Events, Features, Green Design

  • By Susan Cohen
  • , October 9, 2014

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

Celebrities, Recent Sales, Soho

  • By Annie Doge
  • , October 9, 2014

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

Real Estate Wire

  • 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)

Green Design, Products

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , October 9, 2014

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

Architecture, Art, Events

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , October 9, 2014

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

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