Furniture, Products

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , January 21, 2015

LO-LO is a capsular microkitchen from designers Tanya Repina and Misha Repin of Aotta Studio in Moscow. The family of three standing pods was designed for the basic office kitchen, but we could easily see the stylish pieces in a studio apartment. Each module is intended for a specific electrical appliances — a water cooler, microwave, and coffee pot — and its corresponding accessories such as cups, plates, cutlery, tea, and coffee.

More about LO-LO ahead

Architecture, Design, Interiors

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , January 21, 2015

The stunning Clearhouse offers a dramatic, modern addition to Shelter Island’s landscape. Envisioned by Stuart Parr Design, the dwelling elevates itself on a central plinth, taking in privileged views of the surrounding woodland and Peconic Bay. Much like Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House, the Clearhouse boasts clean lines and glazed walls that blur the indoor/outdoor boundaries quite literally. Rising on stilts above the six-acre terrain, this ultra-contemporary home was also designed to cause minimal impact on the ground.

Learn more about this glass living box

Daily Link Fix

  • Empire Mayo in Prospect Heights looks to create the “must try” garlic truffle mayonnaise from Kevin Hart’s SNL parody of Bushwick gentrification. [DNAinfo]
  • Two for the price of one: This tiny side table transforms into a full-on rowing machine. [Gizmodo]
  • Forget hailing a taxi to get to the airport; a helicopter ride will cost you just $99. [NYP]
  • Faith Seidenberg, one of the women who sued McSorley’s (and won!) for not admitting women, dies at age 91. [NY Times]
  • Hold your nose…the top 25 bad smells that remind you you’re in New York City. [Scouting NY]
  • As if rent wasn’t expensive enough, New Yorkers spend a whopping $146,127 on cigarettes during their lifetime. [NYDN]

Images: Helicopter via alexjamesfitz via photopin cc (L); Fish market via nchoz via photopin cc (R)

Polls, Transportation

Yesterday, we featured the breathtaking photography of Stephen Mallon, who for three years documented decommissioned NYC subway cars being dumped into the Atlantic Ocean. What might initially seem like an act of pollution is actually an environmental effort to create artificial reef habitats for fostering sea life along the eastern seabed. Some readers, though, felt that better modes of recycling exist, such as using the cars to build affordable homes or repurposing the metal for construction purposes. Which side are you on?

Photos © Stephen Mallon

[Related: Photo Series Captures Three Years of NYC Subway Cars Being Dumped in the Atlantic Ocean]

real estate trends

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , January 21, 2015

What Manhattan will look like in 2018, via CityRealty

Most landowners, especially those who have been in the development business for a long time, aren’t easily persuaded to sell their holdings, but with sales reaching record sums, that’s all starting to change.

As Crain’s recounts, back in November Jerry Gottesman, who has a property empire worth over $3 billion, sold a parking lot he owned between 17th and 18th Streets near the High Line for $800 million. He bought the site in the early ’80s for $2.4 million. Influenced by the sale, other landowners are also looking to get in on the action; just last week three large residential development sites hit the market asking $1,000 or more per buildable square foot–a 50 percent increase in the price of Manhattan land from last year. And if the parcels fetch these sums, it will be the first time values per buildable square foot reach four figures. With these record sale sums, Manhattan condo builders would have to sell units at sky-high prices to make a profit. For example, a 1,000-square-foot apartment would need to sell for $3 million or more just to break even.

More on the trend here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper West Side 

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , January 21, 2015

There’s a cute new listing available in this townhouse off Central Park West. This $2.55 million three-bedroom pad has tall ceilings and natural light from the north and south, along with prewar detail and a full view of the garden.

Take a look inside

Art, photography, Transportation

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , January 20, 2015

Who knew that the graveyard for decommissioned NYC subway cars was at the bottom of the ocean? If this is news to you, then you don’t want to miss this photo series by Stephen Mallon, who documented the train cars being dumped into the Atlantic from Delaware to South Carolina over three years. But before you call 311 about this seeming act of pollution, let us tell you that it’s actually an environmental effort to create artificial reef habitats for fostering sea life along the eastern seabed, which was started over ten years ago.

More photos and info right this way

Featured Story

City Living, Features, Goldilocks Blocks, Prospect Heights

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , January 20, 2015

Between hyper-developed hotspots, main drags in up-and-comers, and those genuinely avoidable areas, there can often be found a city’s “just-right” zones. They aren’t commonly known, but these micro-neighborhoods often hide within them real estate gems coupled with perfectly offbeat vibes. Continuing our Goldilocks Blocks series, this week we look at Lowry Triangle in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

It’s…gritty. But it’s Prospect Heights.

Anchoring an oddly magical Brooklyn crossroads where Prospect Heights, Crown Heights and Clinton Hill meet, bisected by noisy, gritty Atlantic Avenue, Lowry Triangle and its surrounding blocks form a literal mashup of three neighborhoods, all of which began hitting their gentrification strides at slightly different times. On a map it’s legitimately Prospect Heights, whose border is a block to the east at Grand Avenue. It’s a small but decidedly cool zone, open and semi-industrial, where old brick buildings share space with a growing number of sleek, modern boutique condos, compact cubes fronted by vast expanses of glass; a fascinating juxtaposition of old and new.

What you might not notice if you’re just passing through

Real Estate Wire

  • Airbnb was the subject of a City Council hearing today as supporters on both sides debated the company’s presence in the city.  [Brooklyn Magazine]
  • Here’s your head-scratcher for the day: The Lower East Side ranks only 37th when it comes to noise complaints. [The Lo-Down and I Quant NY]
  • Only one unit remains at 150 East 72nd Street. [6sqft inbox]
  • Real estate investor Rubin Schon has just dropped $90 million-plus on an Upper East Side apartment. [WSJ]
  • The consolidation of the Catholic Church’s 40 parishes around the city could pave the way new residential developments on hallowed ground. [TRD]
  • Murray Hill two-bedrooms going for $1,100 a month. [Brick Underground]

Images: Airbnb’s founders (left); Map of noisy neighborhoods (right)

Interiors, Nolita, Restaurants

  • By Diane Pham
  • , January 20, 2015

There’s been plenty of talk about the luxurious penthouses that top off the historic Puck Building. But just below these spectacular homes is an equally stunning space that’s sure to take your breath away—or at least get your stomach rumbling. Archdaily brings us on a tour of the Chefs Club, a brand new dining experience dreamt up by the folks over at Food & Wine magazine. The sleek eatery opened just last fall to rave reviews, and it’s no surprise; the Chefs Club by Food & Wine is exactly what you’d hope it is: the magazine’s “Best New Chefs” and an international roster of rockstar cooks whipping up meals unlike any you’ve had before.

Take a tour of the spectacular interiors here


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