Historic Homes, Landmarks Preservation Commission, Policy

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 5, 2014

Green-Wood Cemetery via wallyg via photopin cc

Major controversy ensued earlier this week between preservationists and city officials when the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) released a proposal to de-calendar 94 historic sites and two historic districts. The plan would have left these locations, including Long Island City’s Pepsi sign, Manhattan’s Bergdorf Goodman building, and Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, completely unprotected and ripe for alterations or even demolition. Opponents of the plan can breathe a sigh of relief, though, as the LPC has withdrawn its controversial proposal.

Many sites on the list have been there for up to 50 years, but LPC Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan assured the public that they would be dealt with sooner rather than later. “We remain committed to making the Landmarks Commission more effective and responsive in its work, and clearing a backlog of items,” she said in a statement.

[Via NY Times]

Celebrities, Midtown West, Recent Sales

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 5, 2014

Just yesterday, Bloomberg released a grim report that sales had come to a halt at One57, as only one condo unit was sold in the third quarter. But it looks like the fourth quarter might prove a bit more optimistic for the city’s most expensive building. According to city records released today, Rebecca Moores, ex-wife of John Jay Moores, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and former owner of the San Diego Padres, dropped $55.5 million on unit 81 at the building, making it the second-highest condo sale of the year, according to CityRealty. The number one spot also goes to One57 for Bill Ackman’s $90 million flip-happy purchase.

The former couple also made real estate headlines in 2013 when they listed their Del Mar, California home for $23 million, making it one of the most expensive in the San Diego area and probably the only one with its own moat. Let’s take a look, though, at Rebecca’s latest property venture at One57.

Check out the floor plan

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Upper West Side 

Landmark West End Avenue Townhouse Wants $11M

By Aisha Carter, Fri, December 5, 2014

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , December 5, 2014

One of Lamb & Rich’s original townhouses in the West End-Collegiate Historic District is resolving to find a new owner in the New Year. The flexible 6,875-square-foot layout can either be a sprawling 6-8 bedroom single-family mansion, or a spacious quadruplex with a separate garden duplex rental. Add to that late 19th century original details and modern updates, and this could be the perfect home for anybody…with $10.9 million in their pocket.

Take a look inside here

Architecture, Long Island City, New Developments, Rentals

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , December 5, 2014

The tallest residential building in the outer boroughs is underway, and no, it’s not going to be in boomtown Brooklyn, but rather along the rapidly evolving corridor of Queens Plaza in Long Island City. 42-12 28th Street will soar 57 stories from an 18,000-square-foot lot and will contain 447 luxury rental units. At its 635-foot projected height, it will be just 20 feet shy of the current outer borough tallest, One Court Square (the “Citi” building).

Recently posted images on Goldstein Hill & West‘s revamped website reveal some new aspects of the project, including its ground-level street frontage and an “extensive” amenity package to include a swimming pool directly linked to an outdoor roof deck.

More details on the record-setting project

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City Living, Features, real estate trends

  • By Lauren Price
  • , December 4, 2014

Certain neighborhoods are becoming increasingly sought after by observant Jews—but in keeping with what is written in the Torah, apartment hunting can be a formidable undertaking. Observant Jews not only have to deal with New York City’s low vacancy rate but they need to find a home that, most importantly, is within walking distance to shul (synagogue) from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday and some Jewish holidays—owing to the fact that Sabbath obligations, of which there are a lot, do not allow one to drive a car. It goes against what’s written in the Torah to start or extinguish fires during the Sabbath, and, well, cars burn fuel. And by the way, this also means cooking only one, single, solitary item.

Find out more here

Celebrities, Recent Sales, Upper West Side 

  • By Annie Doge
  • , December 4, 2014

You likely know plenty about Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but did you know her father is a very prominent, very wealthy businessman? William Louis-Dreyfus is the chairman of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services and the great grandson of Léopold Louis-Dreyfus, founder of the Louis Dreyfus Group. He has an estimated net worth of $3.4 billion, and just made an impressive $7.1 million on the sale of his Upper West Side co-op, according to city records released today.

Unit 9C at 262 Central Park West is a three-bedroom apartment with ten large picture windows and panoramic views of Central Park. And the sleek interior must have been pretty impressive in person, as the selling price is well over the $6.75 million asking price.

Take a look around the Louis-Dreyfus home

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Design, Features, holidays

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , December 4, 2014

If your ideas for decking the halls lean more toward Knoll, Eames and Adelman than red, gold and pine, you’ll be happy to see that these non-traditional trees embody the winter holiday spirit with modern style. See what we’ve rounded up for you ahead!

More modern tree ideas this way

Real Estate Wire

  • Brooklyn has the least affordable housing in the US. [Bloomberg]
  • A Bed-Stuy townhouse sells for a record-breaking $3M. [Brownstoner]
  • 100% Sold Out: All of the homes at The Townhouses of Cobble Hill have been scooped up after less than a year. [6sqft inbox]
  • Related breaks ground on the first residential tower at Hudson Yards. [NYDN]

Images: Brooklyn scene (left); Bed-Stuy townhouse at 242 Gates (right)

Cool Listings, Flatiron, Interiors

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , December 4, 2014

It’s not everyday that cool new listings pop up in the Flatiron District, but lucky for us today is an exception. We are pleased to bring you this stunning, new-to-the-market property that was recently renovated and transformed from a gorgeous three-bedroom loft into this fabulous two-bedroom apartment with home office and a massive 25 x 31-foot living room. Located at 15 West 17th Street, this home features many of the unit’s original details, including exquisite exposed brick and hardwood floors.

Check out the rest of the home here

Architecture, Design, Upstate

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 4, 2014

Plenty of New Yorkers have already begun weekend trips up to their second homes in the Berkshires, but once the snow starts falling all the winter-loving urbanites will really start making an exodus. And this estate in Red Rock, New York couldn’t be any more perfect for a festive getaway.

The work of Anmahian Winton Architects, the Red Rock House is a property made up of the main one-bedroom house and a combined guest house/garage. It’s situated on a densely wooded, 16-acre site and was designed to work with the existing topography, taking advantage of the landscape, views, and daylight.

Tour the entire property


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