Two major tech companies are vying for office space at the former James A. Farley Post Office in Manhattan. The New York Post reported on Tuesday that Facebook and Apple both want to lease space at the former post office which is being converted by Vornado Realty Trust into a mixed-use site with 740,000 square feet of office space and a new train hall underneath. In September, it was reported that Facebook was in advanced talks for office space, but according to the Post, Apple has “suddenly decided it, too, wants all four floors of Farley’s office space.”
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Apple’s famous Fifth Avenue flagship reopens Friday after more than two years of renovations. The glass cube has returned as an entrance to the store, set above the newly updated and locust tree-lined public plaza. As 6sqft previously reported, it cost $2 million to remove the cube in 2017 during the Midtown Manhattan store’s expansion.
Photo of Hudson Yards via Flickr
Several of the world’s biggest tech companies have been ramping up their Manhattan real estate search in recent months. The latest news comes from Apple, who is reportedly seeking up to 750,000 square feet of new office space, according to The Real Deal. In February, 6sqft reported that the California-based company was close to securing space at 55 Hudson Yards, but those plans have changed. Sources told The Real Deal that Apple is now considering leases at neighboring 50 Hudson Yards, the Farley Post Office, and One Madison Avenue, with brokers Martin “Mack” Horner and Peter Riguardi of JLL leading the search.
John Giorno’s “Now at the Dawn of My Life”; all images courtesy of Apple and New Museum
Ready to experience a new dimension of Central Park? Apple has partnered with the New Museum to launch free, guided walks of the Park highlighting a series of site-specific, augmented reality artworks. Artists Nick Cave, Nathalie Djurberg, Hans Berg, Cao Fei, John Giorno, Carsten Höller and Pipilotti Rist—most of whom are working in AR for the first time—were tapped to transform the park into a virtual, interactive gallery of sorts, as part of the experiential project called Apple [AR]T Walk, which kicks off from the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue.
55 Hudson Yards; Via Related Companies, Oxford Properties, Mitsui Fudosan
Apple is looking to move to a Hudson Yards office tower, the New York Post reported Monday. The company is in advanced talks to secure 60,000 square feet at 55 Hudson Yards, a 51-story building opening soon, as well as possible retail space at the mega-development site. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and Kevin Roche, the 779-foot-tower features light-filled offices with modest-sized floor plans.
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)