The American flag immortalized in the ground zero from 9/11 was lost until 2014. Now that it’s been recovered from Washington State, it will go on view at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. [NYT]
The man who invented the word Pokémon is asking $19 million for his Midtown penthouse. [WSJ]
First Domino Sugar development building reaches its full height. [CityRealty.com]
Images: Pavilion Theater (L); “Raising the Flag at Ground Zero” by Thomas E. Franklin of The Bergen Record, via Wikimedia (R)
Helen Hayes‘ acting career spanned nearly 80 years, earning her the nickname “First Lady of American Theatre” and garnering her distinctions such as being one of only 12 people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony and earning her the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts. When her storied life came to an end in 1993, she was living in Nyack, New York, where she first took up residency when she married playwright and screenwriter Charles MacArthur in 1928. At that time, the couple moved into a home at 29 Shadyside Avenue that Charles’ father had built in 1908. Now dubbed the “Helen Hayes Honeymoon Cottage,” the lovely Arts and Crafts-style home is on the market for $719,000 (h/t CIRCA).
The 2,266-square-foot home sits on 1.3 acres and has incredible, year-round views of the Hudson and Tappan Zee Bridge.
The front door opens to a “sleeping porch” that’s outfitted with lots of custom, built-in cabinetry.
The living room has a wood-burning fireplace, bay window with window seat, and original beamed ceilings.
Pocket doors lead to the formal dining room, which is distinguished by its six-foot-tall wainscoting surround.
The bright eat-in kitchen has updated appliances and a two-seat breakfast bar. It opens to a deck and the outdoor property.
There are four bedrooms total, and the master has an en-suite bath.
There’s also an attached garage and a walk-out basement. Plus, the home is just 26 miles from Midtown.
Helen Hayes‘ acting career spanned nearly 80 years, earning her the nickname “First Lady of American Theatre” and garnering her distinctions ...
TBD Architecture + Design Studio took on the challenge of designing two conjoined artist studios for a couple on the same property as their home in Watermill, New York. The creative housing is nestled amongst a cluster of trees at the edge of the site, and the double-studio structure is made up of two intersecting volumes each designed to accommodate the specifics needs of their respective artists– a collage designer and a ceramist.
The home’s existing site required some creative problem solving so as not to damage any of the mature trees on the plot. In response, the design team bent the shape of the building to fit between the trees. Additionally, the foundation was strategically designed not to disturb the trees’ root system. The studios’ slab floors are elevated on a steel frame that rests on 14 concrete piers. During the installation of the foundation, each pier was hand-dug, so if a large root was encountered, it was possible for the pier to be relocated up to three feet from the intended location.
The first volume was made from a steel frame and a translucent polycarbonate curtain wall to accommodate a collage studio for “Him” and provide privacy without sacrificing natural light.
The second, the ceramics studio for “Her,” was constructed of cedar siding with geometric punched windows.
See more work from TBD Architecture and Design Studio here.
TBD Architecture + Design Studio took on the challenge of designing two conjoined artist studios for a couple on the same property ...
After the Transport Workers Union and the MTA failed to reach a deal last night, the contracts expired for 44,000 subway and bus workers who are demanding a higher pay raise than the two percent rate of inflation that the MTA is offering. In a statement, TWU Local 100 president John Samuelson said, “Our position will not change, and we will not settle this agreement unless management moves in a positive direction.” He called an emergency executive board session for today to discuss options for the rest of the week.
You may get special privileges when you live above a bar, but you’ll likely have to deal with noise and ...
This unique condo was designed by and for the renowned international designer Tui Pranich. As the listing says, his principle was that “good design takes into account not only the aesthetics, but how life within that space will actually be lived.” Pranich had a lot to work with: the two-bedroom apartment occupies the historic Bank Building at 300 West 14th Street in the West Village and is decorated by one of the building’s original arched windows that soars nearly 17 feet tall. It’s now hit the market for $3.45 million.
The combined living and dining room stretches a grand total of 44 feet, and the 17-foot-tall window covers the entire north-facing wall.
The living area stretches to the back of the apartment and a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass where it opens up onto a private 225-square-foot garden terrace.
Overlooking the dining area is an open-concept kitchen with stainless steel countertops and backsplash, bamboo cabinetry and a concrete-topped, eat-in island.
A bedroom off the living room has its own direct access to the garden. An upstairs level is taken up by the master suite with an ensuite bathroom and a dressing area. Because its open to the dining room below, the space benefits from the natural light from the massive arched window, while maintaining a nice degree of privacy.
The bank building is located just west of Union Square. It was built in 1907 as the County National Bank and has since been converted into a six-story, 10-unit boutique condominium. The building has maintained its impressive Beaux-Arts exterior as well as its original antique steel vault, which is visible from the lobby.
This unique condo was designed by and for the renowned international designer Tui Pranich. As the listing says, his principle was that ...
Though it might seem that each recent generation attempts to take credit for the rise of the futuristic “skyscraper,” buildings that rise ten floors or higher were born with the Gilded Age. “Ten & Taller: 1874-1900,” on view through April 2017 at the Skyscraper Museum in Battery Park City examines every single building 10 stories and taller that was erected in Manhattan between 1874 through 1900 (h/t Curbed). Beginning in the mid-1870s, the city’s first ten-story office buildings rose on masonry to 200 feet high with spires that stretched 60 more feet. By 1900 New York City could boast of 250 buildings at least as tall; the world’s tallest office building was the thirty-story 15 Park Row; framed with steel, it soared to 391 feet. As technology brought elevators and new methods of construction, the vertical expansion was becoming a forest of tall towers.
The “Ten & Taller” project began as a way to use and share the treasure trove of research conducted and documented by engineer and historian Donald Freidman on the structural systems these early buildings utilized. This incredibly comprehensive survey–every building of ten or more stories erected in Manhattan through 1900 was accounted for–begged for visualization. The museum created an exhibition that combines three methods of viewing the city’s first push skyward.
An eye-opening map shows all Manhattan buildings from 1874 to 1900 that are ten stories or taller by use and date. From a grid we learn more about each building; for example, the Standard Oil Building at 24-28 Broadway, built in 1886 by E.L. Roberts and J.M. Farnsworth, rose to 145 feet/10 stories with a steel frame with granite walls. The office tower cost $450,000 at the time–or $2.42 per square foot. A colorful timeline charts the explosion of ever taller buildings–and more of them–with the passage of very little time. The aforementioned technological advances made tall buildings possible, but it was the unprecedented growth of New York City itself–the city’s population went from less than a million in the 1870s to over 3.4 million in 1900, that sparked the drive to go vertical.
As we map the city’s first skyscrapers we learn some obvious and surprising facts: The density of office buildings concentrated in lower Manhattan–as well as the number of them in the area taller than 200 feet, increased dramatically after 1893, while hotels and apartments towered over the uptown scene. Light manufacturing buildings that also had offices and showrooms–what we now call lofts–accounted for nearly a third of high-rises in the last years of the 19th century.
Though it might seem that each recent generation attempts to take credit for the rise of the futuristic “skyscraper,” buildings ...
6sqft recently shared analysis that 3,000 ridesharing vehicles could replace the city’s fleet of 13,587 taxis. And while this was more a comment on how carpooling can decrease congestion and emissions, it also points to a changing landscape for yellow cabs. In a piece this weekend, the Times looks at how taxis have fallen out of favor with New Yorkers since apps like Uber and Lyft came onto the scene; these vehicles now number more than 60,000. In 2010, for example, yellow cabs made an average of 463,701 trips, 27 percent more than the 336,737 trips this past November, which also resulted in a drop in fares from $5.17 million to $4.98 million. And just since 2014, the cost of a cab medallion was cut in less than half of its former $1.3 million price tag.
The Times laments that the yellow cab “was once the main alternative to subways and buses, hailed by rich and poor alike.” But today, the “e-dispatch services” cater a tech-focused society and offer incentives that cabs cannot, such as promotions, estimated wait times, mobile payments, and low-cost carpool options. They’ve also filled the gaps in neighborhoods where taxis historically haven’t traveled.
And if the competition from ridesharing apps wasn’t enough, taxis must also complete with improved transit options like Citi Bike and the new Second Avenue Subway. To deal with this shift, the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade, have introduced their own apps, Arro and Curb, and are opening a training and recruitment center in Queens. But still, many taxi drivers have made the jump over to Uber and similar services, and the numbers don’t lie: In October 2016, Uber provided an average of 226,046 rides a day, followed by Lyft’s 35,908, Via’s 21,698, Juno’s 20,426, and Gett’s 7,227.
6sqft recently shared analysis that 3,000 ridesharing vehicles could replace the city’s fleet of 13,587 taxis. And while this was more ...
A year after the city’s 421-a tax exemption program expired, a new version of the affordable housing incentive is officially moving forward. In August, Governor Cuomo released a new version of the plan that which include wage subsidies for construction workers and extended terms for the tax breaks, and after the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) reached an agreement in November to move ahead with this version, the Governor’s office now reports that they’ll be advancing new legislation to move ahead the program that’s now been re-named “Affordable New York.” Cuomo says this will create 2,500 new affordable housing units per year.
Under Affordable New York, rental buildings with 300 or more apartments–in Manhattan south of 96th Street and in Brooklyn and Queens’ Community Boards 1 and 2 one mile from the East River waterfront–that reserve at least 20 percent of units as affordable for 40 years will be eligible for tax incentives for 35 years, up from 421-a’s 35-year requirement and 25-year tax break. Construction workers on those projects in Manhattan must receive an average rate of $60 per hour, while those in Brooklyn and Queens $45. Other provisions of the agreement are:
Expand housing opportunities for low-income individuals by lowering income eligibility requirements
Ensure enforcement and compliance of the wage and benefits requirements by requiring developers to hire independent monitors to audit payroll reports and create penalties for developers who do fail to meet the requirements.
Allow projects that began construction after December 31, 2015 and on or before June 15, 2020 to qualify for the program if the completion date is on or before June 15, 2026.
In a statement Governor Cuomo said, “This agreement will help fulfill the real need for more affordable housing in New York City while recognizing the work of the employees who build them. [It] will expand housing opportunities for low-income individuals by lowering income eligibility requirements, and extend affordability for projects created with 421-a for an additional five years. This is a major step forward in our efforts to provide affordable housing in New York City and ensuring benefits and fair wages are paid to hardworking men and women. I’m urging the Legislature to pass the Affordable New York bill and release the $2 billion housing fund.”
The bill was sent to the legislature on Sunday. Cuomo hopes this will also incentivize Senate Republicans to release a $2 billion housing fund to createsupportive affordable housing.
A year after the city’s 421-a tax exemption program expired, a new version of the affordable housing incentive is officially moving ...
File this one under things you won’t find in Brooklyn: This pretty, totally modernized 2,828 square-foot Queen Anne row house at 418 East 136th Street in the Bertine Block Historic District offers four bedrooms with room for more, and four stories of townhouse loveliness, all for the well-under-a-million price of $800,000. Caveats apply, of course: It’s a narrow house at only 14 feet wide, and single-family so no rental income if you live there. But The Bronx is the place to be if you’re looking for townhouse living for under a mil.
Named for developer Edward D. Bertine who built 10 Queen Anne style row houses here in the 1890s, the Bertine Block Historic District is as pretty as they come. This move-in-ready home has turn-of-the-century details galore, including inlaid parquet floors, decorative moldings and pocket doors, with a full helping of modern amenities. The single-family townhouse has four stories with additional space for another kitchen on the garden level, and plenty of sunlight throughout.
The bright, cleanly renovated kitchen leads to a terrace and a landscaped back yard for dining, entertaining and watching your garden grown. An equally bright and tastefully outfitted dining room is outfitted with a decorative fireplace, vintage lighting and built-ins.
Upstairs you’ll find four bedrooms with possibilities for a fifth, and three and a half baths. Rooms are spacious airy with painted and exposed brick detail. There’s also an upper terrace, great for a nightcap or a morning weather-check.
This slender find is just twenty minutes to midtown Manhattan, and the neighborhood is as unique as the block itself.
File this one under things you won’t find in Brooklyn: This pretty, totally modernized 2,828 square-foot Queen Anne row house ...
There are over 1,700 glorious square feet in this Greenpoint loft, now up for rent at the Pencil Factory building at 59 Kent Street. It’s boasting plenty of character, too, with 12-foot ceilings topped with the original wood beams, polished concrete floors, exposed brick and massive factory windows. To live in this sprawling, dreamy loft will cost $4,750 a month.
The loft covers two floors, with a living room and kitchen on the main level. Although there are no photos of the kitchen, the listing promises oak and stainless steel details. Downstairs, you’re in a den that has a much more modern aesthetic than the floor above.
There are two bedrooms total, and the master is lined with a wall of exposed brick. A nook in the brick–a remnant from the building’s past as a pencil factory–is now used to showcase some design.
Large apartments mean large closets. This is a walk-in worth bragging about.
And finally, a modernized bathroom to top it all off. The Pencil Factory is known for these types of loft apartments–a blend of factory details and modern additions–as well as its waterfront location. Residents are just a block from Transmitter Park (which looks over the Manhattan skyline) and two blocks from the Greenpoint G train stop.
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Like many organizationally challenged folks, Argentinean designer Natalia Geci was inspired by Marie Kondo’s bestselling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Following the author’s principal of only holding onto items that bring us joy, Geci created a freestanding, multifunctional furniture system to not only encourage de-cluttering, but to display these prized possessions.
The LYNKO system is so lightweight that it comes flat packed in a bag, which also makes it perfect for those with a more transient lifestyle.
It’s made from powder-coated metal frames linked through wooden hinges, and it comes with a customizable selection of accessories for storage and display.
LYNKO works well as a entryway catchall or as a small office complete with a desk, bookshelf, and cork board.
In the kitchen, LYNKO holds pans, plates, cutlery and even a small dining table. It can even work as a shower caddy.
And in the bedroom, it functions as an open wardrobe full of pockets, fabric shelving and hangers.
See more furniture for current times by Natalia Geci here.