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Recent Sales, Upper West Side 

  • By Diane Pham
  • , July 16, 2014

It’s great being Sandy Weill, and apparently it’s also pretty good being his hired help. According to city records, the former Citigroup chairman just sold off his servants quarters, a lovely little sixth floor pad at celeb favorite, 15 Central Park West.

The sale of 6H rang in at an impressive $5.337M — more than five times what Weill paid for it back in 2007. But Weill is no stranger to making big bucks on his real estate deals. Back in 2011 he sold his apartment in the same luxury tower for a record-breaking $88M to Katerina Rybolovleva, the young daughter of Russian billionaire Dmitriy Rybolovlev.

More details here

Design, Products, Technology

  • By Patty Lee
  • , July 16, 2014

Forget numbers, this quirky clock is using a far more innovative method to tell time. Instead of numerals, the QLOCKTWO employs common phrases — such as “It’s half-past twelve” — to keep you up to speed with the hour.

Details on the unique timepiece here

Daily Link Fix

Images: The Exbury Egg by PAD Studio Architects (left), Seaside Boardwalk Fire (right)

Interiors, Recent Sales

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , July 16, 2014

Justin Frankel, developer of the popular early 2000s music-ripping program Winamp, just purchased a cozy Cobble Hill duplex for $2.35 million, according to city records. The Tompkins Place pad has three bedrooms and 1.5 baths and is located on what some consider to be the best block in Cobble Hill, with plenty of shopping and dining right around the corner.

Let’s take a look inside

Design, East Village, Interiors

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 16, 2014

It’s not uncommon for NYC apartment buyers to snatch up two adjacent units and combine them into one space, but it is a bit unusual to request that your architect connect the spaces with a slide. And that’s exactly what Turett Collaborative Architects (TCA) was tasked with in this East Village duplex penthouse.

The previous homeowner, professional poker player Phil Galfond, bought two identical one-bedroom units, one on top of the other. They were transformed into a 2,400-square-foot, two-bedroom duplex with a new Italian-made Rintal stair. Clearly calling the bluff of this traditional mode of getting from one floor to another, Galfond worked with TCA to also install a stainless steel helical slide that descends through the double-height atrium.

More about the modern, playground-like feature right this way

Downtown Brooklyn, Major Developments

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , July 16, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to make a proposal on Wednesday that will launch an initiative to transform Downtown Brooklyn into a community that will rival some of its brownstone counterparts. The area has undoubtedly grown significantly over the last decade with new restaurants and cultural institutions that have attracted an influx of residents. However locals feel that the area still feels a bit disconnected. De Blasio’s plan aims to create a greater sense of community in the neighborhood.

Find out more about the proposal here

Design, Events, Queens, Urban Design

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 16, 2014

Earlier this year, AIA New York’s ENYA (Emerging New York Architects) Committee held its biennial design ideas competition, focusing on the elevated viaduct portion of the QueensWay, a community-led project that seeks to transform a blighted, 3.5 mile stretch of abandoned railway in Central Queens into a linear park and cultural greenway. The winners of Queensway Connection: Elevating the Public Realm were announced in February, and are now going public tomorrow, July 17th, with an exhibition at AIANY’s Center for Architecture.

There were 120 entries from 28 countries for Queensway Connection, from which four winning entries and an Honorable Mention were selected. The jury included architecture, landscape architecture, public space, and transportation infrastructure professionals who reviewed the designs based on how well they created an effective and welcoming transition between the street and greenway. Other factors included community involvement, preservation of the existing infrastructure, and use of ecologically sustainable elements.

Your sneak peek before tomorrow’s event

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper West Side 

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , July 16, 2014

Maybe we are dating ourselves but we’re betting on the fact that The Odd Couple is one of those rare shows pretty much everyone has heard of, even if you were born well after the 1970’s TV series. Best known for the hilarious dynamic between unlikely roommates “neat freak” Felix Unger and slovenly but amiable Oscar Madison, the show’s setting was Mr. Madison’s Riverside Drive apartment, about ten blocks south of this immaculate 4BR/4BA home in the Peter Stuyvesant located at 258 Riverside Drive.

Take one look at this residence’s ten beautifully appointed rooms and you’ll know Oscar Madison would probably have never have been comfortable living here, but he’d be in the minority on that score. What’s not to love?

Whether you’re a Felix or an Oscar, see more of this gorgeous home

Real Estate Wire

  • Vornado Realty Trust and Crown Acquisitions have just paid $700M for 24,700 square feet of retail space plus air rights at the St. Regis Hotel and a neighboring townhouse. Insiders suspect they’re looking to get in on booming retail sales which could lead to higher future rents.  [TRD]
  • Michael Stern’s JDS Development Group, together with Largo Investments, bought a West Chelsea parcel near the High Line Park for $34.75 million. [TRD]
  • There’s an 8-story hotel opening in Bushwick this Fall. [DNA Info]
  • One of the oldest homes in Greenwich Village could be razed to make way for condos. The property at 121 Charles Street has been listed as a development site. [NYDN]
  • The luxury rentals at 200 East 11th Street have just hit the market. You can expect to pay $3,900 for a studio, $5,800 for a one-bedroom, and $9,350 for a two-bedroom. [Curbed]
  • Downtown Brooklyn is being touted as a shining of example of how careful planning and meaningful investment can revitalize and urban center.  [Crain’s]

The green roof planned for the BAM South Tower in Downtown Brooklyn (left); 121 Charles Street (right)

Architecture, Getting Away, Upstate

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , July 15, 2014

When the new owners of this beautiful woodland home on Long Island decided they needed some extra space, they contacted the same architects that built the property 35 years before: Bates Masi + Architects. The New York-based creatives worked to update and expand the Re-cover House, preserving its original spaces, simplicity and rustic soul. Clad in beautifully aged silver cypress wood, the house’s entire renovation re-uses materials from the original design.

See the impeccably designed interior here

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