Apple opened its first Brooklyn store on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg over the summer, which many felt was the final nail in the coffin of the neighborhood’s gentrification. The company has now set their sites on another rapidly developing part of the borough, as The Real Deal reports they’ve inked a 10-year deal for a 12,000-square-foot space in the ground floor Two Trees Management’s 300 Ashland Place in Downtown Brooklyn‘s BAM Cultural District. It was an off-market deal, so there’s no asking rent, but sources say the going price for the 32-story rental tower’s retail space is $150 per square foot.
- Soundscape exhibit, which opens tonight, highlights the actual sounds of iconic New York interiors, such as Grand Central Terminal, the Seagram Building lobby, and the Guggenheim. [MCNY]
- The MTA wants to turn token booth clerks into subway concierges with eyes on the platforms. [Gothamist]
- Take a global tour of the 50 most eye-catching apple stores. [Curbed]
- When Museum Mile was a shanty town. [Ephemeral NY]
- Peek around designer Alex Papachristidis’ Manhattan home full of bold patterns, jewel-tone colors, and exotic accents. [Elle Décor]
Images: Guggenheim (L); Apple store (R)
You don’t have to tell us twice that the Upper East Side is trading its reputation as a stodgy, ladies-who-lunch spot for a younger, more hip vibe. Not only do we think it’s a hidden hot spot for artists, but we recently profiled the unofficial “new” Upper East Side, the high 80s and 90s, clustered between Park and 1st Avenues. And let’s not forget how the Second Avenue subway is already shaking things up.
But with a new generation of Upper East Siders gobbling up the surprisingly affordable real estate offerings, it’s no surprise that trendy commercial spots are also getting in on the action. Small, local shops and restaurants create little communities that you might expect to find in brownstone Brooklyn, and larger, big-name businesses like Warby Parker and Whole Foods promise to make it a neighborhood to rival Union Square or Chelsea.
- LOT-EK’s Shipping Container Cargotecture: WebUrbanist rounds up LOT-EK’s unique stacked container designs, one of which shows NYC’s Pier 57 as s Superpier, a 70,000-square-foot open-air, year-around food and retail market
- Betcha Didn’t Know This Fun Fact About the Javits: There’s a massive rooftop garden on top of the convention center in Chelsea. Inhabitat NYC has the details.
- Apple Holds On Tight To Its Glass Cube Store Design: The iconic design for the big-tech company’s flagship store on Fifth is now patented. Though they filed it back in 2012, Gizmodo reports that they just got the go this week.
- The Best Way To Get Around The City: Thrillist claims riding a bike is the best way, but with crazy drivers and the police ready to give tickets to whoever doesn’t use the bike lanes (even if they’re blocked), we think we’ll stick with the train and bus.
Images: Javits Center courtsey of Inhabitat NYC; Woman riding a bike via yourdon‘s Flickr
- Stunning Photos of 2nd Avenue Subway Construction: If you don’t find yourself humming the theme song to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while admiring these pics on Architizer, we don’t know what to say.
- How The Love Boat Helped Launch Bloopit: The president of the video app company tells Fastco. about his love for 70s sitcom theme songs and how he used it to develop the app.
- FreshDirect to Mentor Food Startups: Apparently these food companies like their advice fresh and direct. Crain’s NY has more on the partnership.
- LES Film Festival Brings Google Glass and Pool Parties to Cinema: Bedford and Bowery talks to the directors of the upcoming LES Film Festival about their preference for the struggling filmmaker.
- Apple Announces Beats Buyout: Apple officially announced that it’s buying Beats by Dre and the Wall Street Journal has the details.
Images: 2nd Ave. Construction (left), Beats by Dre headphones (right)
Your Daily Link Fix: Stylish Bathroom Accessories for Baby Boomers; A Look at Apple’s First Attempt at the Smartphone, Thu, May 22, 2014
- Swarm of Bees Removed From Williamsburg Street: Williamsburg was abuzz yesterday, but not anymore. A beekeeper removed a swarm of 24,000 bees from Montrose Avenue yesterday. DNAinfo has the story.
- 6 Shots of the Demolition of Cherry Street Pathmark: They came in like a wrecking ball! They’re clearing out the Cherry Street Pathmark to make way for Extell’s 68-story tower and Bowery Boogie has the shots to satisfy your inner longing to break things.
- A Look at Apple’s First Attempt at the Smartphone: While some of us spent the ‘80s wearing side ponytails and moonwalking across our kitchen floors in our socks, Steve Jobs was hard at work envisioning the future. Gizmodo gives us a look at some of those visionary items.
- Spielberg Selling East Hampton Home for $24.5M: 6 years after purchasing the teardown, the Academy Award winning director is putting the property on the market. New York Post has the details.
- Stylish Bathroom Accessories for Baby Boomers: Fastco. has the scoop on bathroom accessories that will accommodate the needs of the aging baby boomers, without cramping the millennials’ style.
- Video Yelp Reviews Coming Soon: Soon enough we’ll have even more ways to get everyone’s opinion. You can be the judge on whether or not that’s good news. But until then, Engadget has the details.
- Ed Scheetz Renaming Hotels: The Real Deal has more on the story of how the hotelier is renaming his King & Grove chain.
Images: Bathroom accessories (left), Apple’s first smartphone attempt (right)