Apple

Downtown Brooklyn, New Developments

300 Ashland Place , TEN Arquitectos, Two Trees Management, Downtown Brooklyn rentals, BAM Cultural District

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.

More details ahead

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Guggenheim NYC, Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side
  • 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)

City Living, real estate trends, Upper East Side

afternoon tea

Say goodbye to afternoon tea and hello to happy hour, via roboppy via photopin cc

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.

More on the real estate trend ahead

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urban rooftop, garden rooftop, green roof, javitz center, jacob javitz, javitz center in chelsea

Images: Javits Center courtsey of Inhabitat NYC; Woman riding a bike via yourdon‘s Flickr

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2nd Ave Construction

Images: 2nd Ave. Construction (left), Beats by Dre headphones (right)

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bathroom accessories

Images: Bathroom accessories (left), Apple’s first smartphone attempt (right)