- FastCo.Design spotlights a report found by Capital New York that subway train platforms are extremely stuffy and hot because the original designs didn’t plan for a modern, hotter (ahem, global warming) era – and it’s only going to get worse.
- Grab your picnic baskets, Friends of the High Line announced today that the final section of the park will open on Sunday, September 21st!
- Designers of Things reports that wearable technology will be making its way down the catwalk this NYFW. Opening Ceremony teamed up with Intel to create a smart bracelet.
- Crain’s featured a report done by Bloomberg Intelligence that Whole Foods (yes, Whole Paycheck) is one of the cheapest grocers in the city. What?!
Images: Section 3 of the High Line (left); Whole Foods registers by Victor J. Blue for Bloomberg
On a quiet tree-lined block, among the rowhouses of South Slope, you’ll find 459 12th Street. Being a mid-century loft surrounded by turn-of-the-century conversions might already set this building apart from the rest. Yet, unit #3D takes it to the next level, as a previous owner decided to make the most of the high ceilings… and added an entire second floor.
Take a look inside this quirky loft, here
The penthouse craze began in the early 20th century thanks to media tycoon William Randolph Hearst. He took up residence in a three-floor apartment at the Clarendon at 137 Riverside Drive and, when his landlord refused to let him expand further, Hearst bought the entire building, adding two new floors to the top of his mansion, crowned by a new copper mansard roof.
Now, 100 years later, the rich and famous are still making headlines with their pricey penthouse purchases. Fellow media mogul Rupert Murdoch recently purchased a $57.25 million triplex penthouse, along with an additional full-floor unit (because why stop at just three?) at One Madison. His bachelor pad totals more than 10,000 square feet of interior space, wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glass. Is this the new standard for penthouse living? We’re taking a look at some of the top sky-high listings in Manhattan to find out.
Don’t miss these incredible penthouse stunners
Photo: Cafe Grumpy in Greenpoint by Premshree Pillai cc
From “coffices” to lab-like minimalist gourmet coffee meccas to cozy neighborhood hangouts, neighborhood cafes are a fine example of the essential “third place” mentioned in discussions of community dynamics: that place, neither work nor home, where regulars gather and everyone’s welcome.
Along with yoga studios, art galleries, community gardens, vintage clothing shops, restaurants with pedigreed owners and adventurous menus and, some say, a change in the offerings on local grocery shelves, cafes are often the earliest sign of neighborhood change. The neighborhood cafe serves as a testing ground for community cohesiveness while adventurous entrepreneurs test the still-unfamiliar waters around them. Beyond the literal gesture of offering sustenance, cafes provide a place where you can actually see who your neighbors are and appreciate the fact that at least some of them are willing to make an investment locally.
Get a fleeting glimpse of old New York City cafe culture in the West Village, meet the future of coffee distribution in Red Hook.
- The Commercial Observer interviews Gary Barnett of Extell. The developer discusses everything from his aggressive development stance to the “poor door” controversy that’s gotten everyone all riled up. [CO]
- An epic tale of murder at 31 Bond Street—the site of new condos coming to the NoHo market. [NYT]
- The “Gossip Girl Penthouse” at 1136 Fifth Avenue sold for $35M, $5M above asking. [TRD]
- The Upper East Side is cooler than Brooklyn, according to an Upper East Side resident. [The Daily Beast]
- Related Companies is turning Carnegie Park at 200 East 94th Street into a condo building. The move is right in line with the trend of converting rentals into highly profitable luxury condos. [NYDN]
- Owners of the landmarked The Helmsley Building at 230 Park Avenue may place the office tower on the market for $1.5 billion. [Crain’s]
The Helmsley (left). Image via Monday Properties; Carnegie Park (right)
You may have scoffed at the $200 Hudson Yards fragrance released earlier this year, but this “smell like an up-and-coming neighborhood” trend seems to be catching on. NYC fashion brand OAK has just released a brand new candle that will fill your home up with the scent of Bushwick. Mmmmm?
Aptly titled ‘Mckibben + Bogart 03’ (named after the intersection of MckibbIn and Bogart), the candle was inspired by the neighborhood in the early 2000s and nods to the “wood, oil, paint thinner, incense, ICR vs Deth Killers of Bushwick and artist lofts that filled the area.” Scent highlights include “drying oil paint on canvases blended with incense, dry cedarwood chips, and dark gualac wood oil”. Are you sold? Get the candle over at OAK for $81.
[Via Bushwick Daily]
Dutch designer Olivier Van Herpt has been experimenting with 3D printing for many years. But it wasn’t until he made his own machine that he managed to craft the imposing designs he imagined. Olivier created his own extruder and experimented with different types of clay before coming up with his stunning Functional 3D Printed Ceramics collection.
Learn more about this 3D-printed ceramics collection
There are lofts, and then there are lofts like this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath duplex in an 1880s factory building at 420 12th Street. Once home to the Ansonia Clock Company, the building was converted into a co-op by Hurley & Farinella Architects, nearly a century after being constructed. With intentions of keeping the building’s provenance intact, the architects worked diligently to maintain original details like exposed brick, factory beams and wood ceilings, and combined them with modern updates that mesh seamlessly with the building’s historic bones.
See more of this timeless beauty
You may remember Kira Plastinina making headlines back in 2008, when she, all at the age of 16, launched her namesake fashion line, opened a dozen US stores, and later that same year closed them all and filed for bankruptcy. Originally from Moscow, Kira has now launched a new high-end fashion line called Lublu in Dallas, Texas, but it looks like she might also be planning to make some moves in the Big Apple. According to city records, she purchased apartment 3A at the Slate Condominium at 163 West 18th Street for $2.45 million.
Take a look inside here