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Design, Interiors, Williamsburg

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , September 8, 2014

After years of searching for an industrial space to use as a studio and a comfortable home, a married couple—he’s a chef and food writer, she’s a sculptor—transformed this 3,500 square-foot ground-floor Williamsburg Loft into a well-balanced live/work space that includes a top tier kitchen and plenty of light and space for creating art.

See how a creative couple makes use of this versatile, comfortable space

Real Estate Wire

  • Inside the Park Slope condos giving away a Tesla with every purchase. [Curbed]
  • Forest City Ratner slaps Skanska USA with a second lawsuit over the B2 modular tower. [TRD]
  • The Philip House, located at 141 East 88th Street, has added ten new residences for sale, including four penthouses. [Philip House Residences]
  • After several years of trying to unload his brownstone mansion at 135 West 69th Street, six-time Grammy-winning jazz musician David Sanborn has finally sold off the palatial pad for $11M. Mickey Conlon, Tom Postilio and Shaun Osher at CORE handled the sale. [NYO]

David Sanborn’s former home (left); The Philip House penthouse (right)

Furniture, Green Design

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , September 8, 2014

If you work from home, you know how difficult it is to separate personal and professional life. But not if you have something like this—a desk that you can just turn over when you finish work, leaving all the clutter and to-do lists behind. The cute Kororodesuku (Koloro desk) is a brilliantly simple design by Japanese designers Torafu studio; it’s made from wood and comes in any color you like.

Learn more about this cute little desk

Cool Listings, Interiors, Manhattan, Tribeca

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , September 8, 2014

Artists seem to find inspiration everywhere, often taking even the simplest of ideas and turning them into striking masterpieces. Well, whoever winds up living in this rare full-floor artists loft at 144 Franklin Street in Tribeca will hit the inspiration jackpot. Norwegian architectural firm Tupelo has indeed turned its simple industrial form replete with massive cast iron columns, beamed ceilings, hand-oiled maple floors, and custom oversized double-glazed windows into a beautiful work of art.

This stunning, 3,000-square-foot, three-bedroom loft was created for-and-by artists, which is evident the moment you step from the key-locked elevator through the original factory door and witness the seamless combination of spectacular modern design with Tribeca’s industrial history.

Get inspired by more of this masterpiece here

Daily Link Fix

  • Move over Uber, Lyft and Hailo, SheTaxis are coming to NYC. The New York Times reports that this e-hailling app service will only have female drivers for female riders.
  • Proving our point that Staten Island is the new cool place to live and play, Thrillist featured a list of 11 reasons why you shouldn’t dismiss the oft-forgotten borough.
  • Because your little pooch only deserves the best. Check out these spiffy, yet functional and fully customizable dog-sized trailers made from eco-friendly materials on Freshome.
  • All board the 81-year-old steamship to visit the Floating Library! AM New York reports that for the next four weeks, the Lilac Museum Steamship will be home to the pop-up, mobile device-free public space.

Images: Dog trailers via Freshome (left); Floating Library by Wendy Joan Biddlecombe for AM New York (right)

Architecture, Starchitecture, Technology

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 8, 2014

It was big news last week that Frank Gehry’s designed plans for the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center were axed by execs of the site. Though he may have felt slightly snubbed, based on quotes he provided to the New York Times, Gehry seemed unaffected overall. His mellow reaction toward the dis is now further substantiated by news that his IT company Gehry Technologies has been acquired by American location technology firm Trimble (the owner of 3D drawing software SketchUp) in order to “transform the construction industry by further connecting the office to on-site construction technologies,” according to Trimble.

More on the starchitect’s new partnership here

Celebrities, Cool Listings, Greenwich Village

  • By Annie Doge
  • , September 8, 2014

Everybody’s favorite Sex and the City star and her hubby just put their Greenwich Village townhouse back on the market for $22 million. After a brief disappearance in April, a new listing, held by none other than Million Dollar Listing’s Frederik Eklund and John Gomes, has emerged with a small price chop, down $3 million from its previous ask.

The beautiful five-bedroom home at 20 East 10th Street is certainly fit for a star, measuring 6,800 square feet and boasting seven fireplaces, a private garden with a Juliet balcony, two oversized skylights, 50′ long bookcases, and a full floor master bedroom with terrace—amongst many, many other luxuries. The townhouse, of course, also comes with two Carrie-worthy walk-in closets, which are worth a peek just to see what SJP has stored away.

Take a tour of the incredible home here

Central Park South, Major Developments, Midtown West, New Developments

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 8, 2014

Back in July, we learned that Extell’s Nordstrom Tower will rise 1,775 feet–just one foot shorter than One World Trade Center, making it the tallest residential building in the world. Now, New York YIMBY has released renderings of how the 92-story supertall will look against the rest of the skyline. Though official images from Extell haven’t been released, these preliminary sneak peeks are pretty impressive.

More on the new development here

Cool Listings, Interiors, West Village 

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , September 8, 2014

It looks like the penthouse at 221 West 13th Street had a bit of trouble selling back in 2011, which is good news for some lucky prospective renters because the beautifully decorated West Village duplex is now available, fully furnished, for $25,000 per month. We’re pretty sure there’s a saying for that: one man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity. Apparently, the space was originally designed as two separate residences, which may have had something to do with its trouble finding a new owner… well, that and the fact that price kept increasing. Whatever the case, this three-bedroom townhouse has quite a few surprises up its sleeve.

Take a look inside here

Architecture, Interiors, Williamsburg

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 7, 2014

You’re not dreaming; this house is in Williamsburg. In fact, it harkens back to the neighborhood’s industrial roots and stays true to the low-scale character of the area. The navy blue cube was originally built as a garage that occupied the entire 22’ x 100’ lot, but when converted to residential use in 2011, NYC zoning regulations mandated that a certain percentage of the site be reserved for a yard. Enter MESH Architectures, the creative firm that devised a genius plan to incorporate the required outdoor space as an inner atrium, letting the outside in while still maintaining a sense of privacy.

The central space is composed of two volumes – a double-height great room and the courtyard surrounded by folding-glass doors on three sides. The great room, master bedroom, and bathroom sit behind these glass walls, seamlessly blending the indoors with the zen, outdoor area.

Take a look inside this architectural marvel here

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