Unsellable condos at the Trump Soho have sent the building into foreclosure and off to the auction block. [WSJ]
The Federal Transit Administration handed out $1.9B for Sandy-related upgrades, yesterday. $40M of the available funds will go towards the Moynihan Station and about $13 million will go to the planned $700 million second phase of the project that will turn the Farley Post Office into a terminal for Amtrak. [Crain’s]
Abby Rosen is throwing down big bucks for 190 Bowery, the hotly sought after home of photographer Jay Maisel. The building was originally built in 1898 as a location for the Germania Bank an has been Maisel’s home since 1966. Estimates value the home at $50M. [NYT]
The construction of college buildings is booming and spending will top $2B this year. This trend will continue at the same level for at least the next three years, reports say. [WSJ]
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.”
It’s been almost a year and a half since the Frick Collection scrapped plans for a controversial expansion from Davis ...
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.
The Tiles for America are back on display in Greenwich Village’s Mulry Square. [Untapped] Donald Trump‘s childhood home in Jamaica Estates ...
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.
News at starchitect Jean Nouvel‘s condominium MoMA Tower (officially called 53W53) has been relatively quiet since units hit the market just ...
Model unit designed by Lillian August
After launching its affordable housing lottery for 120 below-market rate units back in May, 555Ten has revealed pricing for its 478 market-rate rentals, ranging from $3,150/month studios to $6,250/month two-bedrooms. Designed by SLCE Architects and developed by Extell, the 610-foot, 53-story glassy skyscraper will offer an over-the-top amenity package (including a dog run, two salt water pools, and a bowling alley) and custom-designed interiors from McGinley Design. The model units are open for business, and we’re told that the amenity spaces will start to reveal themselves later this week in anticipation of November occupancies.
The building has a mix of lofts, one-, two-, and three-bedroom layouts.
Each unit has the Extell choice of light or dark color schemes.
Model unit designed by Lillian August
Residences feature built-out closets, in-unit washers and dryers, stainless steel appliances, and an Urmet intercom, a building notification system that doubles as an inter-apartment communication device.
The 30,000+ square feet of amenity space starts with the double-height lobby and includes: a rooftop saltwater pool and sundeck with cabanas; an all-season rooftop club and bar with indoor/outdoor fireplace; a fitness center with an indoor saltwater pool, studio classrooms, and cardio and weight areas; recreational facilities such as a bowling alley, arcade, and children’s playroom; and a full-service, on-site pet care facility and spa along with a covered outdoor dog park.
Model unit designed by Lillian August After launching its affordable housing lottery for 120 below-market rate units back in May, 555Ten ...
There’s been a significant price drop at one of the most interesting mansions of the Upper West Side. Designed by the famous architect C.P.H. Gilbert, this 11,500-square-foot, six-story abode was occupied by moneyman and steel magnate Charles Schwab between 1914 and 1917. After that, it became the “scandalous love nest” for the mistress of industrialist George Gould. Last year the property was put up for sale asking a cool $20 million, and now it’s trying its hand again with a considerably lower asking price of $14.995 million.
The home is configured as an owner’s triplex with an apartment below. The 30-foot, brick Georgian mansion is impressive from the get-go, with a stately wrought iron entrance that opens into a reception hall decked out with carved wood.
The home still has its original, restored bentwood bannistered staircase. There’s an elevator to travel up all six stories, too.
While the parlor floor has an exceptional amount of original details–14-foot ceilings, curved windows, millwork and wood burning fireplaces with the original marble mantles–nearly every room of this mansion boasts an impressive interior.
The kitchen has been renovated with a soaring, arched ceiling. A formal dining room is located adjacent to it. Off the wood-paneled dining room is a private, landscaped terrace.
From many of the rooms you get views that overlook both Riverside Park and the Hudson River. When the home was built in 1896, Riverside Park had just been completed–and this row of houses was specifically designed to take advantage of the view.
There’s another terrace off one of the six bedrooms, which all occupy the upper floors.
A penthouse addition to the top floor is invisible from the street below. The addition created space for a media room and two large, landscaped terraces–one of which is large enough to fit an eight-person hot tub. Of course, hot tubbing comes with great views of the nearby park and river. See more drool-worthy interior photos below.
There’s been a significant price drop at one of the most interesting mansions of the Upper West Side. Designed by ...
In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers!
You spent the summer posing next to Deborah Kass’s giant OY/YO sculpture, now spend the fall hunting down David Crumley’s DUMBO reflector as it makes its way around iconic landscapes in the neighborhood. Head to Times Square for a chance to walk on the clouds, then jaunt up to the Museum of Art and Design to take in a lecture on innovative ceramicist Peter Voulkos. The Pivot Gallery is opening a three-person show with different takes on sculpture, including a jewelry designer from Givenchy, and LMAK hosts Popel Coumou’s contemplative photographs on silent emptiness. Get on the waiting list to hear Ilana Glazer talk about intuition at the Rubin Museum of Art, and go to the gorgeous New York Public Library for a talk on the legendary Louise Nevelson, the only woman in New York to have a public plaza named after her. Finally, while you’re driving around the state in search of autumnal serenity, stop at Cornell in Ithaca to check out CODA’s incredible recycled chair pavilion that’s snaking around the quad.
The DUMBO Reflector By David Crumley ↑
Brooklyn Bridge Park, John Street and beyond
The new DUMBO logo comes to life, thanks to artist David Crumley. The giant sculptural reflector is currently sitting near John Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park, but will assume various locations over the next few months. Go get a snap next to your favorite iconic skyline view.
Urchin Recycled Pavilion by CODA ↑
Cornell University Arts Quad, Ithaca, New York
Through Friday, December 16, 2017
While you’re leaf-peeping in New York State this fall, be sure to stop by Cornell’s amazing design biennial, which features this recycled plastic chair pavilion by Brooklyn/Ithaca design studio CODA. Once the biennial is over, the chairs will be returned to circulation.
Rachel Valdés Camejo, The Beginning of the End ↑
Broadway Plaza between 46th and 47th Streets
Through Monday, November, 21
Walk amongst the clouds in Times Square in Camejo’s gorgeous mirrored installation that reflects the craziness of Times Square while putting the serenity of the sky at your feet.
A Taste of Art ↑
The Pivot Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, Suite 407
Thursday, October 20, 6:00-9:00pm
A triple threat of artistic talent, A Taste of Art brings together the sculptural work of Jo Fabbri, the textural paintings of Gareb Shamus, and the jewelry of Jovana Djuric, formerly of Givenchy.
Panel Discussion: Voulkos, Then and Now ↑
The Theater at the Museum of Art and Design, 2 Columbus Circle
Thursday, October 20, 7:00pm
Ceramicist Peter Voulkos heavily influenced abstraction in pottery with his work from the early 1950s to 1968. Join moderator Glenn Adamson as he discusses Voulkos’ impact with Nicole Cherubini, James Melchert, Andrew Perchuk, and Arlene Shechet.
Popel Coumou ↑
LMAK Gallery, 298 Grand Street
Friday, October 21, 6:00-8:00pm
Opening tonight at the LMAK complex, Popel Coumou debuts two series of photographs in which she emphasizes the importance of light and pushes the element of her signature abstracted narrative into a new realm: the silent contemplation of emptiness.
Ilana Glazer + David Ludden “On Intuition” ↑
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street
Monday, October 24, 7:00-8:30pm
Broad City’s Ilana Glazer unpacks how intuition is used on stage and on screen with psychologist David Ludden. The event is currently waitlist only, so be sure to get on that list now!
Art Talks: Louise Nevelson ↑
NYPL The New York Public Library, 498 5th Avenue
Wednesday, October 26, 6:00-8:00pm
Author Laurie Wilson discusses the life and work of Louise Nevelson, in celebration of her new book “Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow”
In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your ...
Real estate legend and “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran bought a glamorous duplex penthouse on the Upper East Side back in April 2015. She and her husband, former FBI agent William Higgins, dropped $10 million on the pad, quite the steal considering it originally listed for $17 million. A year later, they listed their other home in the ‘hood, a classic Rosario Candela-designed co-op at 1192 Park Avenue. Now, five months later, they’ve unloaded the home for $4.87 million (h/t NYP), just under the $4.9 million asking price and a good deal more than the $3.5 million they bought it for in 2000.
The three-bedroom, corner, pre-war co-op has views in three directions, including ten large windows overlooking Central Park. There’s a 40-foot entry gallery with striking columns and decorative picture moldings (perfect for displaying one’s art collection).
The corner living room has a wood-burning fireplace and, through a columned passage, leads to the formal dining room. Off the other side of the living room is a cozy den (which is technically the third bedroom). It’s separated by pocket doors and features floor-to-ceiling built-in shelving and charming window shutters.
The massive kitchen is a little bit country, with its wooden counters, bead board open shelves, arched cabinet moldings, farmhouse sink, and decorative brackets.
All three bedrooms overlook the park, and the master has walk-in closets and an ensuite bath.
According to the Post, the buyers of the unit are physician Jeffrey Lautin and his wife Jacqueline, who were once featured in a Times article where they discussed the trials of owning their former West Village townhouse.
Real estate legend and “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran bought a glamorous duplex penthouse on the Upper East Side back ...
Starting today, qualifying applicants can apply for two newly constructed apartments in Greenpoint‘s Belvedere LXVIII. Located at 210 Java Street, the low-rise building sits in the heart of the neighborhood, minutes away from the water taxi, G train, plenty of old school mom and pop shops, and the increasingly hip retail and restaurant offer of the area. Inside the six-story structure are a total of 10 units, two of which have been set aside as affordable rentals; the one-bedroom is going for $947/month, while the two-bedroom is priced at $1,072/month.
Image of a market-rate unit in the building; not the unite available through Housing Connect
Although the development has been pegged as “luxury,” its offer is actually quite generic (though still nice). The new construction offers quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, central AC, and washer/dryer hook-up. The building itself is served by an elevator and hosts a shared roof deck.
Households of one to two individuals earning between $32,469 and $32,469 can apply for the one-bedroom apartment, while households of two to four earning between $36,755 and $54,360 can apply for the two-bedroom unit. As usual, preference will be give to residents of the local Community Board (CB1).
The lotto for these two units officially opened today, and you can apply using this formhere (pdf) up until November 15, 2016. Questions regarding this offer must be referred to NYC’s Housing Connect department by dialing 311.
Use 6sqft’s map below to find even more ongoing housing lotteries.
If you don’t qualify for the housing lotteries mentioned, visit CityRealty.com’s no-fee rentals pagefor other apartment deals in the city.
Starting today, qualifying applicants can apply for two newly constructed apartments in Greenpoint‘s Belvedere LXVIII. Located at 210 Java Street, the low-rise ...
Located in everybody’s favorite part of the West Village–among the neighborhood’s lovely and leafy historic streets but within blocks of the Whitney, the High Line and the Hudson River–this bright, funky, artist-designed studio at 92 Horatio Street is certainly not without its charms, including white-painted brick, a well-designed and stylish kitchen and bath, 12-foot ceilings and a custom-built lofted sleeping area that gets the bed and storage up and out of the way.
This ground-floor apartment (there’s no floor plan in the listing) on a quiet residential block gets its own private street entrance, maisonette-style, in addition to an interior building entrance.
The kitchen is a study in modern loft-chic and small-space-friendly design, with granite and corian countertops and brand new stainless steel appliances.
Depending on how you feel about lofted beds, this one, accessible only by a ladder, could be a blessing or a curse. The bed area includes a big open closet and built-ins, giving the home a lot more floor space and a cozy aerie for sleeping. On the other hand, if scaling a ladder every time you hit the hay doesn’t sound like fun, or you’d rather your bedroom have the same high ceilings as the rest of the space, you might be looking at some sleepless nights. There is, it’s worth noting, a privacy curtain that makes the loft feel more like a room.
A colorful and chic bathroom rocks a big two-person tub, and the room’s layout clearly makes the best of the small and oddly-shaped space.
The co-op building recently got an upgrade including a revamped lobby and a new roof and windows. The super lives just down the hall, and there’s a storage space available in the basement for an additional $45 a month.
Located in everybody’s favorite part of the West Village–among the neighborhood’s lovely and leafy historic streets but within blocks of the ...
This West Village townhouse, at 245 West 13th Street, has been given loads of personality by one of its owners, the artist Angel “Vlady” Oliveros. Not only did he do all the artwork for the striking home, he also sourced lots of historic items to complete the decor. To get to the the third and fourth floor bedroom levels, you travel up a restored staircase and vintage banisters sourced from New York’s Plaza Hotel. A bathroom is outfitted with antique earthenware soaking tub from the 1920s. And there’s lots more to gawk at inside the house, now on the market for $16.75 million.
Many of the interior details stay true to the historic home, which is designated a landmark. The owner installed pieces of original molding inside the home’s vestibule, while all the mirrors are very typical of townhouses in the West Village constructed between 1845 to 1855. According to Oliveros, one of the mirrors, some mantels, medallions and a skylight came from a nearby home at 64 Perry Street (known as Carrie’s brownstone in “Sex and the City”). That home lost a lot of its details–which ended up here–as it was being modernized. And from this living room, you can spot the banisters sourced from the Plaza Hotel.
The kitchen is located on the garden level, which is lit by four oversized skylights. From here, a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass doors leads onto a private garden.
A dedicated dining area is located off the kitchen and has its own white marble fireplace.
The bedrooms (there are three of them) are located on the third and fourth floors. The master suite occupies the entire third level and boasts new, large windows from three exposures to the south, north and east. Windows looks down upon a former horse path that flanked the house, according to the listing. The master also has its own wood-burning fireplace and customized dressing room/walk-in closet.
The master bathroom has the copper tub. Another tub is the antique, earthenware soaking tub from the 1920s.
The garden is decked out with custom wind and light features, hand-laid Brussels stones, a copper drain, a fountain and lush landscaping. How dreamy! All of the iron railings outside in the terrace were salvaged by the owner and date back more than 100 years.
The home is gorgeous inside and out, with all its historic details intact on the facade. At 21 feet wide, with approximately 4,500 square feet, it’s located right across from Jackson Square Park in the heart of the West Village.
This West Village townhouse, at 245 West 13th Street, has been given loads of personality by one of its owners, ...
In 2003, East Harlem received a boost when the Bloomberg administration pushed through a plan to rezone a whopping 57 blocks of the neighborhood. The initiative (the first of its kind in 40 years) allowed for increased density along First, Second, and Third avenues, while preserving the lower slung mid-blocks in between. Following the change, the area saw more than a dozen buildings of 8-12 stories sprout up along its busiest stretches. Now, the de Blasio administration is looking to build even bigger, and on Tuesday officials presented their latest upzoning proposal (pdf), a plan that would allow towers up to 30 stories tall to be constructed in the area.
According to Politico, who was at Tuesday’s Community Board meeting when the proposal was unveiled, the rezoning would pave the way for new mixed-use buildings as well as pedestrian and transit improvements in an area bounded by Second and Park avenues and 104th and 125th streets, extending west to Fifth Avenue in the northern portion, from 126th Street to 132nd Street. Notably, in addition to allowing for new constructions of up to 30 stories in some areas, the plan also details the creation of unique districts within the borders that would be subject to their own regulations. For example a “special transit land use district” would require that developments adjacent to the Second Avenue subway platforms reserve space for potential infrastructure and rail additions.
What was not shared, however, is how many affordable housing units would be added under the plan. East Harlem is one of the seven neighborhoods in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program, and as 6sqft previously reported, the area is on the cusp of change. Gentrification is a concern for many existing residents, and the preservation and creation of low-income housing is seen as key to helping neutralize it.
In February, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who represents East Harlem, released a report outlining what the area’s constituents would like to see happen in exchange for rezoning. Per Politico, highlights included that “half the new housing be rented to low- and middle-income tenants, with at least one-fifth of it being set aside for tenants earning 30 percent of the area median income.”
Surprisingly, despite the proposed scope of change, residents in attendance were largely on board with the plan. Discussions will continue next month.