The green wall at the 7th Street Residence designed by Pulltab Design puts our few measly house plants to shame. The custom-made garden wall was installed as part of an apartment renovation to be a focal point of the home, as well as to give the contemporary space a mysterious quality. A shallow reflecting pool sits under the vertically planted wall and serves as a landing pad for water droplets that fall from the wall’s concealed irrigation system. Additionally, the pool, fabricated from folded steel sheets and complete with swimming goldfish, adds a calming water element to the living room.
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If you feel the need for a summer break away from the city but don’t want to rough it in the great outdoors there is always the option of “glamping“, or glamorous camping. For those want to keep the comforts of home in reach, this mobile wooden shelter by studio Allergutendinge is the ideal solution. It offers all the conveniences of home and can be transported just about anywhere.
I didn’t come to Rome looking for love. I got plenty of the good stuff back at home in New York City. There is where most of my closest friends and family reside, along with my beloved wife, daughter and son. It also happens to be the city that is the love of my residential life. So, love in Rome was not on the itinerary. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Forum and beyond.
We might still be in the infatuation stage, but I got the big love for Roma right now, and that might not ever change, primarily because of the love it’s inspired in me.
Image courtesy of Thomas X. Casey
The NY Yankees, Julia the Gorilla, and the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden all call the Bronx home, but as the borough named for Jonas Bronck (and affectionately called the Boogie Down) commemorates a centennial anniversary in 2014, there is much more to celebrate than Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo, and the New York Botanical Garden.
We’ve hunted down seven cool things about the Bronx that we bet you didn’t know. Read them all ahead, then venture northward to see them up close and personal.
Your Daily Link Fix: Downtown Manhattan’s Mini Beach Is Here; 2nd Ave Subway Line: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It, Thu, July 17, 2014
- Downtown Manhattan’s Mini Beach: The wifi rigged beach in Downtown Manhattan is here and Bedford and Bowery is already posting from it.
- Send Texts Without Service: Engadget gives us the scoop on a new device that will keep you from being stranded without cell service.
- Stylish Lemonade Stands: This one’s for the kiddies. It’s a hot summer day and your kids want to get their entrepreneurial skills on. Well, if they’re gonna charge insane amounts for 4 ounces of lemonade, they may as well look good doing it. Apartment Therapy has some great ideas for your kids to dress up their storefront.
- Brooklyn Whole Foods Jumps on the Cargo Bike Bandwagon: According to Treehugger it’s no longer just families who are embracing the car-free transportation. The Whole Foods store plans to start using the bikes for deliveries.
- 2nd Ave Subway Line: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It: Citylab discusses why the elusive and cost intensive line is worth the effort.
Images: Daniel Maurer at Downtown Manhattan’s Mini Beach (left), 2nd Ave Subway Line Construction (right)
As the saying goes: If you want something done right, do it yourself. And that’s exactly what Corcoran broker Susan Lamia did with her stunning Greek Revival townhouse at 54 Charles Street in the West Village. After just 21 days on the market, the property traded hands for $10.75 million, according to city records filed today. Susan and her husband originally purchased the home for $4.92 million nine years ago, turning a pretty nice profit on the recent sale. Though the buyer has yet to be disclosed, whoever they are, they’ve sure lucked out with their purchase. The spacious home not only sits along one of Manhattan’s most picturesque streets, but also boasts many of the building’s original, historic details.
If his home is any indication, we’re guessing Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher loves animal prints as much as he loves Great Britain. According to the NY Post, the singer and his brother Noel have just put their Essex House condo up for sale for $4 million with Douglas Elliman agents Oren and Tal Alexander.
In the fall of 1959 American author Ernest Hemingway rented a small apartment at 1 East 62nd Street, just off Fifth Avenue, in an attempt to achieve some privacy on his visits to New York City. Although eventually published posthumously, A Moveable Feast, was scheduled to be released the following year, and Hemingway spent the better part of 1959 completing this tale of his early days spent among writing giants the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and James Joyce.
We may never know if the walls of the now Spencer Condominium got to see those finishing touches, but we’re pretty sure they’ve witnessed a great deal of history since the limestone mansion was built at the turn of the century for John Drexel, grandson of the founder of Philadelphia banking house Drexel & Co.
On the website of Extell Development’s latest residential tower, One Riverside Park, we uncovered some newer, more realistic renderings of their massive Riverside Center project. The 8-acre superblock between West 59th and 61st Streets lies at the southern end of a string of 11 Riverside South buildings that have been underway since the mid-1990s. Developer Donald Trump had struggled since 1974 to redevelop the 77-acre rail yard, and he developed the first eight buildings as Trump Place before selling a substantial portion of the site to Extell Development in 2005.
Real Estate Wire: How to Turn a Bed-Stuy Church Into Condos; Another Real Estate Bubble on the Horizon?, Wed, July 16, 2014
- Smart adaptive reuse or an alarmingly bad design? A Bed-Stuy church conversion sees the historic structure all boxed up. [Brownstoner]
- Is the city’s booming real estate market a reflection of the city’s strong economy or a bubble driven by speculative investment? Greg David investigates. [Crain’s]
- A new hotel designed by Peter Poon will replace a demolished parking structure on 37th Street. Poon already has a hotel in the works directly across the street. [Curbed]
- Financial bigwig David Ganek is asking $44M for Jackie O’s one time pad in 740 Park Avenue. [Curbed]
- German fashion brand Hugo Boss is in talks to grab 70,000 square feet of office space in the Financial District. [Crain’s]
Plans for the Bed-Stuy church (left); 432 Park Avenue residential building (right)