Get out your green, because in honor of St. Patrick’s Day we’re putting a twist on the classic real estate comparison conundrum pinning some of the coolest Irish castles currently up for sale against a few New York castles (a.k.a. really expensive condos). Hit the jump to see what’s available in the $2 to $12 million range, and then cast a vote for whether you’d rather having a sprawling700-year-old stone castle with 380 acres of land in Ireland, or a comfy four-bedroom penthouse at The Brompton in Yorkville. And if you’re not into castles or condos, we’ve also figured out how many pints of Guinness you can get for the median price of an apartment…
Mikhail Baryshnikov, who fled the Soviet Union in 1974 and landed in Canada is today considered one of the greatest ballet dancers in history (closer to home, he also starred in “Sex and the City” as Sarah Jessica Parker’s penultimate love interest). Nearly six years ago, he and his wife, former ballerina Lisa Rinehart, relocated to Harlem from the posh upstate enclave Snedens Landing, and they’re clearly happy with this move, as they also recently bought a $1.4 million condo at the Strathmore, located at 1890 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard (h/t NY Post). Their new prewar abode, originally listed for $1.32 million, boasts three bedrooms, a cozy layout, and high ceilings.
Large windows let lots of natural sunlight in to the generous living and dining rooms, which include plenty of space for entertaining. The beautiful Mount Neboh Baptist Church and tree-lined boulevard make for a great view.
The open layout and hardwood floors featured throughout give this unit a cozy feel. The kitchen includes Hansgrohe fixtures and stainless steel Whirlpool appliances.
The 1,340-square-foot condo has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, which include sunflower shower heads and recessed medicine cabinets.
The building’s prewar character remains visible with its brick and limestone exterior, and a wrought iron gate. This unit in the Strathmore sits at a convenient location to both Central Park and Morningside park, with an abundance of restaurants and shopping nearby. Plus, it’s easy to get anywhere you want, as the 2, 3, 6, B and C subway lines are within walking distance from the Strathmore.
Mikhail Baryshnikov, who fled the Soviet Union in 1974 and landed in Canada is today considered one of the greatest ballet dancers ...
Last January, Governor Cuomo announced a massive undertaking to “modernize and fundamentally transform” the MTA and the subway by adding more countdown clocks, contactless payment by next year, Wi-Fi at all stations (mission accomplished, here), and other high-tech features. It also included news that 30 stations would be revamped, requiring them to shut down entirely for six to 12 months, instead of just on nights and weekends. As of Monday, as amNY tells us, the first three on this list– the R train stations at 53rd Street in Sunset Park, Bay Ridge Avenue, and Prospect Avenue–will close for half a year for a combined $72 million renovation.
These 102-year-old stations will receive new features like canopies over station entrances, new granite tiling, glass barriers flanking turnstiles, digital wayfinding screens at street level, and LED lighting on the mezzanine and platform levels.
The 53rd Street station will be the first to close on Monday, March 27, re-opening in the fall. Bay Ridge Avenue will close on April 29 and Prospect Avenue on June 5. “By using the design-build method, we are putting the onus on one contractor to get the work done seamlessly and on time,” said MTA Interim Executive Director Ronnie Hakim. The emphasis is on giving them complete access to the stations and the ability to get in, get done and get out as quickly as possible.”
The MTA will soon issue an RFP for the second group to close–the Broadway, 30th Avenue, 36th Avenue and 39th Avenue stations in Queens.
Last January, Governor Cuomo announced a massive undertaking to “modernize and fundamentally transform” the MTA and the subway by adding ...
For the first time in decades, an apartment in The Campanile, an exclusive co-op building in the Beekman/Sutton Place neighborhood, is for sale. As the New York Times reports, the sprawling fifth-floor home belonged to Greta Garbo, the late Hollywood starlet, and hit the market this week at an asking price of $5.95 million, in an all-cash offer. Garbo bought 2,855-square-foot, three-bedroom residence in 1953 and lived there until her death in 1990, enjoying its private location and the fact that it was “very reminiscent of where she grew up in Stockholm — close to the water and with lots of sunlight,” said her great-nephew Derek Reisfield. But with the apartment now largely vacant, her family has decided to sell.
The large, L-shaped 34-by-20-foot living room, with wall-to-wall pine wood paneling, includes a working fireplace and leads to a library. Several oversized windows bring in an abundance of natural light and spectacular views of the New York Harbor.
On the north side of the apartment, there is a formal dining room, described as having “Scandinavian ethos,” and an eat-in kitchen which gives another great view of the water. The large kitchen, recently renovated, has granite countertops and Miele appliances. Just off the kitchen, there is storage space which includes locking silver and wine cabinets.
Garbo decorated the walls of the master bedroom and the bed’s headboard with rose-colored Fortuny silk. The paneling on the walls come from an old Swedish armoire, imported from her country house near Stockholm. All three bathrooms, including the master bath, were recently renovated.
One bedroom features one-of-a-kind, brass lattice encased bookshelf. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. On top of incredible river views, each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom.
After Garbo’s death, Mr. Reisfield’s mother Gray Reisfield acquired the apartment as the sole heir to her estate. She and her husband used it as a pied-à-terre and ultimately a permanent residence from 1992 to 2013, leaving it largely untouched. Mr. Reisfield told the Times that the family is sad to part with the apartment of their glamorous aunt, as many memories took place there. While some remember Garbo as a private person, Reinsfield said she was “hardly a hermit.”
“If you look at her date books, you see she was going out to lunch and dinner and had a fairly active social life,” he told the Times. “She just wanted to live her life on her own terms and never wanted to participate in the whole P.R. circus of Hollywood. She loved New York and found she could go out with relative anonymity.”
For the first time in decades, an apartment in The Campanile, an exclusive co-op building in the Beekman/Sutton Place neighborhood, ...
In light of NYC’s recent subway fare hike that bumped the price of a monthly pass to $121, the data jocks at ValuePenguin took a look at public transportation systems throughout the U.S. and ranked them according to affordability, based on the cost of a pass as a percentage of income and the median income of the city’s commuters. Among the findings: New York City’s transit systemisn’t the most unaffordable; that honor goes to Los Angeles. Washington D.C. topped the most affordable list among large cities, followed by San Francisco and Boston.
All cities with over 5,000 workers 16 and older who made use of public transportation to get to and from work were included in the study, which took a look at 73 cities across the U.S., comparing the cost of the least expensive monthly passes in each to the income of those who use the public transit system.
The standards for “affordability” were based on how much of the average commuter’s paycheck goes towards taking a bus or train to work. The price of passes and incomes varied widely from city to city, making that percentage a lot different even though the price of a card might be almost the same.
Fares in New York City are among the highest in the country. However, because the city’s commuters pull in higher incomes compared to most cities, they can more easily afford the high fares: The city’s commuters spend 3.62 percent of their average monthly income on a pass, which is only slightly above the national average of 3.2 percent, putting New York in the middle of the pack among all the cities analyzed.
Monthly passes in Los Angeles and Miami-Ft. Lauderdale cost more than 8 percent of the average commuters’ income (though the residents of those cities have higher incomes as well) making them the least affordable transit systems of all. The most affordable cities for commuters overall included Washington D.C. (the only big city on that list), Trenton NJ, and Bridgeport, Connecticut, where riders only had to part with between one and two percent or so of their incomes for a monthly pass. Other cities that scored high for affordability–Albuquerque, NM and Durham, NC, for example–were low to medium in affluence, but offered passes that were a serious bargain at only $20 to $30.
The analysis shows that some cities are relatively unaffordable because “commuters who make far less than New Yorkers are forced to pay New York-like prices.” In Cleveland, Portland, Atlanta, and Denver, passes cost around $100. In some cities–El Paso, Springfield MA, and Dayton OH–commutes ring in at below-average costs, but commuters are also notably poor.
But what about the quality–or even quantity–question that wasn’t mentioned in the study? New York City’s MTA system may cost a lot to ride, but it goes pretty much everywhere, it runs 24/7 with some exceptions, and with the usual gripes and snafus aside, is safe and clean given the size and territory covered. Among the winners in affordability, neither San Francisco nor Boston trains run late at night, which effectively removes them as an option though you’re still paying for the service with a pass. Top contender D.C. has been showing us all up lately: A recent bike share report showed that city’s bike sharing program as being the nation’s most well-stocked and widely-used.
In light of NYC’s recent subway fare hike that bumped the price of a monthly pass to $121, the data jocks ...
This completely renovated loft-style studio co-op at 9 Barrow Street may be tiny with little more than 300 square feet of living space, but it definitely has an artistic side and plenty of warmth provided by details like exposede brick and hefty wood beams. Situated in a heavenly, tree-lined stretch of the heavenly, tree-lined Village, the doorman/elevator building is a top choice for location as well–and we’re guessing it’s the reason for the $675,000 ask.
Dark stained hardwood floors, oversized windows that look out on the Sheridan Square gardens, original barrel vaulted red brick ceiling and original cast iron columns make any loft feel spacious, and a custom-built Murphy bed utilizes space efficiently and makes room when it’s needed. Also custom-built, a well-organized kitchen features stainless steel cabinets, black granite countertops, a built-in microwave, an under-counter SubZero refrigerator and a Gaggenau two-burner gas stove.
With sleeping and cooking covered, that leaves lounging and entertaining, and it looks like creativity goes a long way when carving out cozy relaxation space.
Last but not least, a remodeled bathroom offers a lovely space to start the day with walls of sparkling white and a rustic wood sink topped with a hefty slab of marble.
This completely renovated loft-style studio co-op at 9 Barrow Street may be tiny with little more than 300 square feet of ...
This furnished rental at 527 East 12th Street in the East Village is downright dreamy. The exposed brick has been painted white and the walls are lined with greenery. It’s a studio but has enough space to fit a large bed, couch and office nook. And if you like the decor you’re in luck–this apartment comes fully furnished and it’s now asking $3,200 a month.
The white bed and exposed brick are offset by wood-beamed ceilings, remnants from this prewar apartment building, as well as custom teak furniture. The studio has also been outfitted with some inventive, space-saving storage, like drawers built into the bed and a desk with floor-to-ceiling shelving above it.
The kitchen is surprisingly spacious and boasts some new appliances and white cabinetry that matches the rest of the apartment. It is separated from the rest of the studio by a half wall of storage space–which also serves as a good spot to keep plants.
They’ve even managed to fit a laundry machine into the cozy kitchen! And we can’t say no to more exposed brick and wood beams within this space.
Building residents all have access to a terraced roof deck with views across the East Village. The building itself, located between Avenues A and B, is two blocks away from the L train at First Avenue as well as Tompkins Square Park. If you’ve fallen hard for this building and the lovely studio inside, the rental is being offered as a 12-14 month lease that begins on May 1st.
[Listing: 527 East 12th Street, #F2 by Geoffrey Garcia for Bryan L Rozencwaig, LREB]
This furnished rental at 527 East 12th Street in the East Village is downright dreamy. The exposed brick has been painted white ...
Nearly a year ago, the National Academy Museum & School listed their three stunning Carnegie Hill properties for $120 million–two interconnected townhouses at 1083 Fifth Avenue and 3 East 89th Street and a 65-foot-wide school building on East 89th Street. Though the original listing touted the possibility to create an epic, single-family mega-mansion, there have been no takers, and the buildings are now asking a reduced $78.5 million (h/t WSJ). Along with the price chop comes fresh interior images of the townhouses and their palatial layouts, intricate moldings, dripping chandeliers, and regal spiral staircase.
L to R: 1083 Fifth Avenue, 3 East 89th Street, and 5-7 East 89th Street
Unlike the first time around, the buildings can now be purchased separately–$29.5 million for each of the townhouses and $19.95 for the school buildings. Together, they offer 54,000 square feet and can still be combined, turned into condos, or kept as a museum/educational facility. As 6sqft previously reported, the school decided to sell its buildings to establish a permanent, unrestricted endowment and gain revenue for a new space.
Located across from the Guggenheim, the two townhouses are connected by a domed rotunda and marble staircase surrounded by Corinthian pilasters.
1083 was built in 1902 by prolific architect Ogden Codman. This Beaux-Arts townhouse boasts a 51-foot oval gallery known as the Adam Room (pictured above), as well as “a deep-hued walnut paneled drawing room, a sitting room decorated with Tudor strapwork ceiling, two master suites, 3 guest bedrooms, 9 staff rooms, an elevator and a Fifth Avenue address.”
In 1913, Codman added the home at 3 East 89th Street as an extension, creating a private residence for major arts patron Archer Milton Huntington and his wife Anna Hyatt, who used the ballrooms to entertain and showcase his impressive sculpture collection. It retains its Neo-Renaissance limestone facade and, according to the listing, “the capacious interiors are lined with original architectural articulation including doric pilasters, a marble oval staircase with cast iron railing, parquet de Versailles wood floors, Rosso Merlino, Hauteville and Belgian black marble flooring, beautiful ceiling moldings and extraordinary ornamental details.”
In the 1940s, Huntington donated the property to the National Academy Museum & School. The following decade, they built the two-story annex to serve as a school. Though the school will remain open until the building sells, the museum closed last June. The institution is currently looking for a new location in Manhattan but might also consider Brooklyn or Queens according to architect Bruce Fowle, the National Academy’s president.
Nearly a year ago, the National Academy Museum & School listed their three stunning Carnegie Hill properties for $120 million–two interconnected townhouses ...
Photo courtesy of the Greenwich Village Society of Historical Preservation
Deemed by historians as the “single most important document in New York City’s development,” the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811, which planned Manhattan’s famous grid system, turns 204 years old this month. As the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation tells us, the chief surveyor of the plan, John Randel Jr., and city officials signed the final contract on March 22, 1811. The plan, completed at the end of the 19th century, produced 11 major avenues and 155 cross-town streets still used today.
A 1776 map of NYC, before construction of the Commissioners’ Plan
The Commissioners’ Plan, now known as the original Manhattan Street Grid, came in response to huge population growth in Manhattan from 1790 to 1810. As the population nearly tripled, public health issues increased. This, along with limited space available for housing and infrastructure, encouraged city leaders to adopt a new street plan to be developed above Houston Street. Before the grid, the topography of upper Manhattan was described as “a rural area of streams and hills populated by a patchwork of country estates, farms and small houses.”
The new street plan avoided changing the streetscape of Greenwich Village and other downtown areas because most of the city’s population lived above North Street, known as Houston Street today. The plan also avoided constructing through Stuyvesant Street because of its eminence at the time and large amounts of congestion. Today, Stuyvesant Street remains the only compass-tested east-to-west street in Manhattan.
Interestingly, the plan sparked debate among New Yorkers at the time. The author of “Twas the Night before Christmas,” Clement Clarke Moore, protested the plan because it affected the distribution of his own property and also provided no protective measures for the environment. Sadly, the construction of the plan forced over 721 buildings to be razed or moved, destroying a lot of the city’s original architectural and design history.
Photo courtesy of the Greenwich Village Society of Historical Preservation Deemed by historians as the “single most important document in ...
Signed into law Tuesday, the program dedicates 600 vehicle spaces—300 on-street and 300 off-street—throughout the five boroughs to companies such as ZipCar, Car2Go and Hertz. It is intended to encourage car-sharing in order to reduce the number of privately-owned vehicles in the city, thereby easing pollution and traffic.
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Like many cities across the country, New York City’s population is getting older. Today, more than 1.1 million adults over 65, nearly 13 percent of the city’s total population, live in the five boroughs, a number which is expected to rise to over 1.4 million by 2040. In response to both this growth and the Trump administration’s budget cuts to beneficial senior programs like Medicaid and Medicare, City Comptroller Scott Stringer released a new report detailing policies that invest in the city’s seniors (h/t Metro NY).
Stringer’s report lays out solutions for the challenges New Yorkers face who are 65 and older. Currently, more than 40 percent of senior-headed households depend on government programs like Social Security for more than half their income. More than 30 percent depend on these programs for three-quarters of their income. Additionally, more seniors benefit from nutrition assistance programs and Supplemental Security Income than the total city’s population. As reported by the
As reported by the WSJ, President Trump has proposed reducing the corporate tax rate to 15 percent from the current 35 percent, which would slow down the completion of affordable housing projects. For example, the Ingersoll Senior Residences in Fort Greene, which are set to provide 145 affordable units for seniors, faces a significant funding gap.
Policy recommendations in the report focus on creating safe affordable housing by automatically enrolling eligible senior renters in the Senior Citizens Rent Increase exemption program, expanding eligibility for the Senior Citizens Homeowners’ Exemption and developing a program for home renovations with senior-safe installations (non-slip showers, wider doors).
In addition to housing, Stringer says the city should increase the number of age-friendly neighborhoods, make investments in senior centers, and improve public transportation systems for seniors by building additional bus shelters and benches. While the report revealed that New York is ranked the 14th best large metro area for seniors overall, the growth rate puts pressure on the city government to make quick and effective investments in NYC seniors.
“We need to act today–not tomorrow,” Stringer said. “Seniors are the anchors of our communities, and we must ensure they have the support they deserve.” Read Comptroller Stringer’s full report here.
Like many cities across the country, New York City’s population is getting older. Today, more than 1.1 million adults over ...
Smog covering the Empire State Building. New York, NY, US, November 21, 1953, LIFE Magazine.
Over Thanksgiving weekend in 1966, the layer of smog that hung above New York City killed about 200 people. An estimated 300–405 people died during a two-week smog episode in 1963. In 1953, as many as 260 died from breathing the city’s air over a six-day stretch.
6sqft reported recently on Donald Trump’s proposed budget and subsequent concerns about the impact significant funding cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency totaling $2.6 billion or 31 percent–including staff reductions and program eliminations–might have on the city’s drinking water and air quality. A spokesman for Mayor de Blasio assured us that these federal cuts won’t impact NYC’s high quality water supply. But what about the air?
Smog obscures view of Chrysler Building from Empire State Building, New York City, November 20, 1953.
As recently as 50 years ago, New York City air was so dirty you could touch the grime suspended in it, according to the New York Times: “New York City before the E.P.A. and the movement it represented would be almost unrecognizable in 2017.” In the early 1960s, the city’s air quality was among the nation’s worst. Incinerated garbage rained ash on neighborhood children at play. Coal-fueled power plants belched noxious emissions.
NYC skyline in 1973 (l) and in 2013 (r); image courtesy of Ken McCown via wikimedia commons.
Thanksgiving weekend in 1966 was the smoggiest day in the city’s history, reports Gothamist. And that was only one statistic in the days of the city’s “killer smog.” The Times remembers “the grim air episodes in 1953, 1962 and 1966.” During the smog crisis of 1953, the toxic mix of sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide–in a word, smog–that blanketed the city caused between 170 and 260 deaths in six days–a similar lethal smog had plagued London in 1962. Ten years later it killed 200 people over a two-week period.
The city’s waterways had fared no better, with untreated sewage constantly being pumped into New York Harbor and companies like General Electric and General Motors regularly draining and leaking chemicals into the Hudson River. In 1965, New York governor Nelson Rockefeller called the section of the river from Troy to the south of Albany “one great septic tank that has been rendered nearly useless for water supply, for swimming, or to support the rich fish life that once abounded there.” Acid rain resulting from power plant emissions blown from hundreds of miles away and under other states’ jurisdiction was destroying aquatic and plant life in the pristine Adirondacks.
President Johnson (seated, right) signing the Air Quality Act of 1967. The series of amendments to the 1963 Clean Air Act was enacted in response to the 1966 smog.
It was the creation in 1970 of the Environmental Protection Agency, the result of a growing national focus on clean air and water in the decade prior, that intervened. The Clean Air Act, greatly expanded in 1970, regulated emissions from factories and cars. Apartment incinerators were given the heave-ho in 1993, and the last municipal incinerator shut down in 1999 (though it’s worth noting that even as recently as 2006, the EPA declared that 68 out of every million New Yorkers was at risk for getting cancer just from inhaling the city’s air).
Today, federal regulatory efforts have, for the most part, stopped the acid rain. Most of the sewage in the Hudson, too, is gone. The federal Clean Water Act gave New York and local governments grants and loans to construct sewage treatment plants. In 2007, the city’s government launched PlaNYC, its first sustainability initiative, with the ambitious goal of achieving the cleanest air quality of any major U.S. city by 2030.
Now, there is concern about the president’s plans to have the agency undo certain regulations and reverse rules that control planet-warming gasses from coal-fired power plants. The Clean Air Act included specific provisions to allow citizens to sue violators or government agencies over environmental issues. If the E.P.A.’s authority continues to be hobbled, the power given to citizens 50 years ago may need to be invoked to prevent the environmental disasters of the same era.