Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Major Developments, Staten Island

  • By Diane Pham
  • , November 3, 2014

Staten Island’s renaissance continues to move full steam ahead as the Landmarks Preservation Commission has unanimously approved the rehab of the long-abandoned poorhouse and farm located on the oft forgotten borough. Curbed reports that the New York City Farm Colony will be redeveloped into 350 units of senior housing with some retail space in a new eco-minded project called ‘Landmark Colony’. The plan, which is being spearheaded by NFC Associates in cooperation with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Vengoechea + Boyland Architecture was lauded for its site-sensitive design and ample green space.

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Real Estate Wire

  • More Goldilocks Blocks; here are 15 one-block streets in NYC. [Untapped Cities]
  • Great ground-floor apartments that aren’t dark and grim—like this one located in a former seminary. [Curbed]
  • The case for the pied-a-terre tax: All apartments take advantage of major city services—be it police, fire, courts, or sanitation. It’s these city services that make New York City a safe investment bet for wealthy foreigners. [NYO]
  •  JTRE Holdings is increasing its stake in NoMad. The investment company threw down $15.5M for two four-story buildings that could be home to a new hotel.

Photos: Gay Street in Greenwich Village (left); A ground-floor Fort Greene apartment (right)

Design, Furniture

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , November 3, 2014

As New Yorkers, we’re always on the hunt for space-saving furniture, but oftentimes those pieces don’t quite meet our design esthetics. The Tripod Furniture collection, however, is an exception.

Created by Polish design studio Poorex, the beach wood furniture puts a contemporary twist on the classic photography stand. The collection includes a lamp, clock, an adjustable mirror, two types of tables, and a toy. And since the pieces are able to expand and contract, the user can modify the tripod’s height and angle to their specific needs, as well as fold it up for easy storage.

More details on the Tripod Furniture

Architecture, Green Design

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , November 3, 2014

Some people need a tranquil, secluded space to create, and this stunning writing studio by Andrew Berman Architect is the perfect place to fulfill that need. Located in Bellport, New York, on Long Island’s South Shore, this unique shelter is certainly eye-catching as it’s entirely clad in copper. In addition to boasting a large central window that overlooks the green landscape, this charming abode also changes color depending on the light. Talk about an ideal spot for daydreaming and curing writer’s block…

More on the house here

Cool Listings, Upper East Side

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , November 3, 2014

Real estate in NYC has its own special ‘wow’ factor that many of us have become accustomed to. However, every now and again you come across a property of truly epic proportions, and this seven-bedroom, 16-room penthouse located at 52 East 72nd Street on the Upper East Side is just that. The massive space spans approximately 6,300 square feet and includes 1,200 square feet of elegantly landscaped terraces. The listing price for this beauty is $17.95 million—and yep, if you’ve been following it, it has indeed returned to the market for $4 million less than its April listing price.

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Images: The Conservatory Garden in Central Park via gigi_nyc via photopin cc (L); “Brooklyn’s Hasidic Hipsters” via Refinery 29 (R)

Hudson Square, New Developments

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , November 3, 2014

A map of Trinity’s current real estate holdings in Hudson Square

Trinity Real Estate, the property arm of Trinity Church, oversees 5.5 million square feet of office space in buildings that it owns in the city, a $3 billion portfolio. But now the Episcopal church is looking to branch out into residential development for the first time since it received 215 acres of land in downtown Manhattan from Britain’s Queen Anne over three centuries ago.

Led by Jason Pizer, Trinity Real Estate will build four luxury residential towers in Hudson Square and a part-residential tower near Wall Street, amounting to over 1 million square feet of residential space.

More on Trinity’s plans here

Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , November 3, 2014

More than nine years after ground broke at One World Trade Center, the tower’s first and largest tenant, Condé Nast, is moving in. Though the media company will not complete its move until January, the relocation actually began last weekend when 2,800 orange crates full of files, photos, and books were carted downtown from the media company’s Times Square office.

Today, 175 employees will start their days at One WTC, the first wave of the 3,400 employees at 18 magazines. And as the New York Times notes, the scene they’re encountering is much different than when construction began nearly a decade ago. As the number of financial institutions has declined, tech firms, advertising agencies, and media companies have made the Financial District their new home, along with a residential population of 61,000.

More on the big move here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper East Side

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , November 3, 2014

Who needs lifestyle tips from Goop when you can live like Gwyneth Paltrow instead? That’s right. 320 East 72nd Street has an apartment designed by Maria Gabriela Brito, self-proclaimed luxury lifestyle consultant with a Rolodex full of clients like P. Diddy and Gwyneth. The colorful Lenox Hill apartment is not afraid to show its fun side, and it’s now on the market, asking $3.795 million. The Brazilian-inspired design is definitely not for the faint of heart, but Brito anchors the vibrant accents with a neutral backdrop, creating a lively yet sophisticated space.

Take a look inside, here

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Architecture, Features, History

And About That Grecian Temple on the Henry Hudson Parkway…

By Stephanie Hoina, Sun, November 2, 2014

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , November 2, 2014

New York City is filled with an abundance of structural treasures that are hard to miss. From the Brooklyn Bridge to the Chrysler Building to the soon-to-be-opened Freedom Tower, there is no shortage of architectural eye candy vying for your attention.

Which means some pretty spectacular little gems get lost in the shuffle. Like the curious white, Doric-columned structure located off the Henry Hudson Parkway near West 190th Street. Part of Fort Washington Park, this scenic overlook perched over 100 feet above the Henry Hudson River is known as Inspiration Point – a perfect moniker given its breathtaking vistas of the river, George Washington Bridge, and the majestic Palisades in neighboring New Jersey.

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