Brick U obtained the letter that had been circulating among the Trump Place residents earlier this month, which revealed that at least 57 homeowners and 24 renters had a signed a petition for the removal of the signage. The letter also highlighted that there was no contractual obligation for the building to keep the Trump name, as the development is not owned by Trump (as is the case with many buildings emblazoned with his name), but rather Equity Residential, so it was up to the board whether or not it should be kept.
However, last week the board shot down the request. According to the Times, they cited several reasons for their decision, including the threat of litigation, adverse publicity and the cost of replacing the signage, which they estimated could cost up to $1 million.
“This Board celebrates the diversity of all who live here,” they wrote in a letter addressed to the residents, “we do not favor any over others, and in an exceptionally contentious political season, we’ve attempted at all times to maintain a neutral position, especially so that we might avoid dragging the polarized external political environment into your homes.”
So for now, residents looking to dump Trump will have to pull a Keith Olbermann. In July, the liberal commentator sold his Trump Place condo at a major discount, simply to be rid of the property. However, Olbermann has also said that though many of his former neighbors want to leave, they wouldn’t be able to afford the loss. According to CityRealty’s Trump Index, prices across Trump’s NYC towers have fallen 10.5 percent in the last six months.
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L to R: 212 Fifth Avenue; The Whitman; 10 Madison Square West
Prices in Nomad shot up a whopping 43 percent over the past five years, according to a new index from CityRealty, a marked increase that the developers of 212 Fifth Avenue may have been aware of when they put a $68.5 million price tag on their building’s triplex. If the sprawling apartment sells for anywhere near its asking price, it will set a record as the most expensive sale in the neighborhood, where other new developments have already raised the ceiling on the area’s sale records.
According to the Nomad Condos index, which tracks prices in the area so-named for being north of Madison Square Park, the average price per square foot of a condo in the neighborhood is $2,469, up 14 percent in just the last year and 43 percent from 2011, when it was $1,414. The ramp-up in the area’s prices is largely attributable to sales in several other new buildings, including 10 Madison Square West, Huys and The Whitman.
Thus far, there have been three sales over $20 million in Nomad condos, according to research from CityRealty, with the most expensive being two penthouse units at 10 Madison Square West that sold for $33 million and $36.6 million, and the third being a $20.2 million penthouse sale at The Whitman.
The 11 buildings in the Nomad Condos index are as follows:
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Tenants at One World Trade Center who occupy floors above 65 are required to change elevators at the 64th floor. When the building opened its doors two summers ago, the Durst Organization noticed that these elevator banks became a natural mingling area, and so decided to forego plans to make the space into offices and instead keep it open as an open sky lobby. Commercial Observer got a first look at renderings of the commons designed by Gensler, whose principal and design director Tom Vecchione referred to it as “a shared piazza for the entire building.” In addition to a cafe, it will offer a game room and a 180-person meeting room that can be split into two or host fitness and yoga classes.
EJ Lee, who headed the design team for Gensler, described the firm’s vision as “tech meets fashion,” likely a nod to the high-profile new media companies that have moved in, most notably Conde Naste, but also Mic and High 5 Games.
The sky lobby has double-height ceilings and bright walls and floors, while the cafe area is much darker with long tables overlooking the skyline. The game room will have televisions, console video games, table tennis, and billiards and is also distinguished by dark colors, wood floors, and smaller framed windows.
The 25,000-square-foot space differs from the Observatory in that it will be open only to building tenants and their guests. An additional 5,000 square feet on the floor is dedicated to the elevators and a reception area for a large-scale tenant above. Between the buildout and supporting infrastructure, the project is expected to cost $14 million. It’s scheduled for completion at the beginning of next year, and Durst is currently looking for a third-party operator to manage the facility on a day-to-day basis.
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6sqft’s ongoing series The Urban Lens invites photographers to share work exploring a theme or a place within New York City. In this installment, Trel Brock redefines the city through double exposures in medium format. Are you a photographer who’d like to see your work featured on The Urban Lens? Get in touch with us at [email protected].
Trel Brock moved to New York City nearly four decades ago and he’s been photographing every angle of it since. While much of Trel’s work today centers on high-end interiors (he’s currently working on his third book with Rizzoli), in the past he spent his days assisting photography’s upper echelon—including Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber and Eric Boman, to name a few—shooting world-famous rockstars and supermodels. But beyond the borders of high-fashion and high-society, Trel also dabbles in fine art photography. In the series he’s curated for 6sqft ahead, he uses New York City’s landscape as a vehicle for an abstract visual exercise that’s very much akin to Rorschach’s famous inkblots.
How long have you been a New Yorker?
I’ve lived in New York for 36 years.
Tell us about the series you chose.
The work I’m presenting to you is a series of in-camera double exposures captured on film. I used an old Japanese medium format camera for these and all of the shots were done in New York, many near Central Park where I live just a block away in Lennox Hill.
What types of subjects tend to catch your eye?
I’m attracted to abstract photography, the extraordinary within the ordinary. In terms of my fine art, there are a lot of reflections, trees, flowers, puddles, landscapes, etc.
What else are you working on right now?
I’m currently working on a coffee table book for Rizzoli, featuring the interior designer Richard Keith Langham. It’s all his designs, I’m doing most of the photography. This is my third project for Rizzoli.
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The Landmarks Preservation Commission’s plans to add 10 additional blocks to the South Village Historic District are at the top of the agenda for city preservationist groups. As Crains reports, the addition of the historic district is also a condition for a City Council vote in support of the St. John’s Center development, a 1.7 million-square-foot, mixed-use project proposed for 550 Washington Street across the street from Pier 40 in Hudson River Park. That project requires the council’s approval, and City Councilman Corey Johnson said in August that he’d vote for the project, proposed by developers Westbrook Partners and Atlas Capital Group, if the addition of the third and final phase of the historic district, currently bordered by Sixth Avenue, West Fourth Street, LaGuardia Place and Houston Street, goes forward. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP), among others, has pushed for the landmarking of what would be the city’s first tenement-based historic district.
Renderings of St. John’s Center development courtesy of COOKFOX Architects
The proposed project in its current form has the support of the Hudson River Park Trust and the de Blasio administration, mainly because the primarily residential development would include affordable housing and the sale of $100 million worth of air rights to the project’s developers will be instrumental in funding much-needed maintenance at Pier 40, which hosts public athletic fields.
Though just this week the City Planning Commission voted to approve the development on the three-block site of the St. John’s Terminal located at Houston and West Street, changes requested by GVSHP and other community groups were not included. Those groups have been working closely with Johnson, the area’s local representative, and are counting on the City Council to secure the desired changes that they feel are necessary to protect the surrounding neighborhood. If the City Council doesn’t approve the proposed project, the developers can still build a large commercial project at the site, though it would likely be lacking the affordable housing and funding for Pier 40 repairs.
Construction at 54 MacDougal Street in the South Village Historic District
The movement to designate the 35-block stretch of Downtown Manhattan as an historic district began in 2006. Andrew Berman, Executive Director of GVSHP told 6sqft, “We’ve been fighting for over ten years to secure landmark protections for the entire South Village, and with the announcement by the city that they will consider the final phase of our proposed South Village Historic District, we are one very big step closer to that coming to reality. Working closely with Councilmember Corey Johnson, we made clear to the City that it was unacceptable to this community to even consider rezoning the St. John’s Terminal site without moving ahead with the South Village landmarking. That strategy appears to have borne fruit.”
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After the infamous $140 million Hulk Hogan lawsuit, Gawker founder Nick Denton owes $1.73 million on the mortgage of his Soho loft with a monthly payment of $14,985, according to court filings uncovered by the Wall Street Journal. Just as Univision took over his former company in August, he tried to rent the pad at 76 Crosby Street, but a bankruptcy judge denied the transaction. He’s now listed his home for $4.25 million, which would certainly make a dent in the $10 million that he owes as part of the invasion of privacy judgment.
The 2,556-square-foot, two-bedroom condo has 12-foot ceilings, original cast iron columns and wood ceiling beams, and a private entrance on Spring Street. The corner living/dining room has seven tall windows flanked by built-in shelves and each with its own window seat.
The sleek black kitchen is open to the living space and boasts a six-burner Viking stove, wine cooler, double sink, double oven, and a stainless steel island that can seat five.
The master suite has two walk-in closets, a separate reading area/”zen room,” and a tranquil bath complete with a square teak Japanese soaking tub. There’s also a second bedroom that has its own bathroom and could function as a den or media room.
Denton bought the loft in 2004 for $1.87 million, and now said in court documents that it’s one of his only assets. He originally listed it in May for $15,000/month, but in August was willing to take $12,500. A bankruptcy judge denied this deal, however, stating that it would be merely “a short-term solution to what is a long term problem.”
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When this perfectly preserved residence at the Dakota hit the market in July 2015, it was asking $3.6 million, but after a price chop to $2.93 million, it’s found a buyer. The Observer reports that the gorgeous co-op was home to actor Carroll O’Connor–Archie Bunker from “All in the Family”–until he passed away in 2001, from which point his wife Nancy Fields O’Connor maintained ownership until her death in 2014. The new owners paid $2.84 million for the two-bedroom home, which retains original historic details like “huge arched windows with marble sills and built-in shutters… blended patterned hardwood floors, extra tall solid wood doors with original fixtures and etched glass, distinct moldings and the original sunburst copper grills,” as 6sqft previously described.
In addition, the second-floor, two-bedroom beauty boasts 14-foot ceilings and south-facing windows that bring in lots of natural light. The open living/dining room features one of the home’s two hand-carved wood-burning fireplaces.
Both bedrooms come with en-suite baths and extra space to accommodate a table, desk, or sitting area. Surprising for the price, there’s also a large basement studio with a full marble bath that can serve as an art studio, home office, or storage.
O’Connor lived in the Bronx, Elmhurst, Queens, and Forest Hills before setting his sights on the Upper West Side. One of the reasons he’s so esteemed is his spot-on portrayal of often-racist curmudgeon Archie Bunker, and it was this persona that gave the Dakota co-op board pause, as they required him, despite his well-known liberal leanings, to submit letters of reference before agreeing to let him in.
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It’s been almost a year and a half since the Frick Collection scrapped plans for a controversial expansion from Davis Brody Bond that would have gotten rid of the property’s gated garden to make way for a six-story addition. The Times reports today, though, that the Board is moving ahead with a new version of the renovation, selecting starchitect Annabelle Selldorf from a pool of 20 firms who submitted proposals. She’s already worked on museum renovations at the Neue Galerie and the Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts, and according to Frick director Ian Wardropper, “She’s somebody who has a clear vision of respect for historical buildings but at the same time has a clean, elegant, modernist aesthetic that is very much about welcoming visitors today.”
The Frick is the former Upper East Side residence of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, one of a few remaining Gilded Age mansions in the city. It was built by Thomas Hastings in 1914, and today houses not only Frick’s collection, but newly acquired works as well. While “maintaining the museum’s existing footprint and preserving its jewel-box character,” Selldorf and her team have been tasked with improving circulation in the galleries, library, and public spaces. In a phone interview she said, “It’s about enhancing the visitor’s experience and making it utterly seamless, so that it doesn’t harm any of the existing experience that people cherish, myself included. We’ll do our darndest.”
Selldorf assured that the previously threatened garden will be left undisturbed, and Wardropper said another reason the Board chose her is her experience adapting spaces similar to those on the Frick’s second floor, where current gallery space will likely be expanded and new educational space will be added.
A design is expected to be released next winter, followed by a year-long approval process. In closing Wardropper said, “it’s about creating a kind of seamless set of spaces that respect what the Frick is all about — the intimacy, the quality of our collections, but adding spaces that will seem as if they were always there.”
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Start your day off by hanging out with penguins and tigers at Breakfast with the Animals. The Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages the city’s animal attractions, is kicking off its fall breakfast series beginning October 23. Get entry to the attractions before they open to the public and enjoy a light continental-style meal (bagels, fruit, coffee and juice) next to some of the most popular exhibits. Staff will be feeding the animals at the same time while chatting and taking questions about them.
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News at starchitect Jean Nouvel‘s condominium MoMA Tower (officially called 53W53) has been relatively quiet since units hit the market just over a year ago. But CityRealty brings us an update from the Billionaires’ Row construction site, where the 1,050-foot-tall, tapered tower is currently getting the first of its intricate, diagrid skin, which the architect once said will resemble blood running the veins with its nighttime lighting.
“The irregular structural pattern of crisscrossing beams,” according to CityRealty, creates a curtain wall made of “non-mirrored glass and painted aluminum elements, and along the tower’s mechanical and ventilation areas, a secondary system of mullions and louvers adds further depth.”
As 6sqft previously reported, the building will offer 145 condominium residences ranging from one-bedrooms to duplex penthouses. Current availabilities include one-bedrooms from $3.15 million, two-bedrooms from $6.555 million, three-bedrooms from $7.655 million, and one four-bedroom for $50.75 million.
The interiors are designed by Thierry Despont and will have four-inch solid American oak floors, custom crown molding, and in-unit washers and dryers. The kitchens boast glass cabinets, marble counters and backsplashes, and high-end appliances. In the bathrooms are Verona limestone floors Noir St. Laurent marble, and Peruvian golden travertine feature walls.
Because of the advanced diagrid structure, Nouvel has said there are, “almost no two similar apartments in the building because on every floor the shape and the layouts are different.”
Amenities include a private dining room, lounge, children’s playroom, wine tasting room, golf simulator, squash court, lobby library, and a wellness center complete with a sauna, steam rooms, massage treatment room, 65-foot lap pool, cold plunge pool, hot tub, and poolside vertical gardens designed by Patrick Blanc. Plus, residents get a complimentary $3,000/year membership to the neighboring Museum of Modern Art.