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Brooklyn Heights, Celebrities, Recent Sales

Lena Dunham Buys $4.8M Brooklyn Heights Condo

By Annie Doge, Tue, December 9, 2014

30 Henry Street, Brooklyn Heights, Lena Dunham

According to the Daily Mail, Girls creator Lena Dunham has scooped up a $4.8 million condo at 30 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights, the former offices of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle–now known as The Heights. Despite the recent controversy over her memoir, 28-year-old Dunham is really moving up in the world. Not only did she reportedly get a $3.7 million book advance, but her first home in the neighborhood at 145 Hicks Street cost her only $500,000. She purchased her newest residence under a trust and still owns her one-bedroom pad.

Dunham shares her new home with boyfriend and Fun frontman Jack Antonoff, who has been spotted on moving duty while Dunham is on her book tour. The four-bedroom corner apartment is completely elegant and modern, a sure sign that the “girl” is growing up.

More on Lena’s big move

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Jersey City
  • Taking a look at the cultural rise of Jersey City. [NYT]
  • Why are Brooklyn neighborhoods getting so hard to tell apart? [NYO]
  • Landmarks Preservation Commission denies BKSK Architect’s glass topper proposal for Tammany Hall. [Curbed]
  • Manhattan’s getting 14 million square feet of office space by 2019. [WSJ]

Images: Jersey City via Singing With Light via photopin cc (L); BKSK’s proposal for Tammany Hall (R)

History, Union Square

tammany hall update, bksk architects

The landmarked Tammany Hall at 44 Union Square East could be getting a modern makeover in the form of a restored facade, brand new storefront, 27,000 square feet of office space, and, most notably, a two-story glass dome topper that would bring the height of the building up to 85 feet. BKSK Architects presented their plans to gut and revamp the historic building this week to the Community Board 5’s Landmarks Committee. And though no one could argue with the design’s glassy allure, board members were otherwise not all that thrilled.

Find out more here

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Features, Major Developments, New Developments, real estate trends, Starchitecture

the plaza hotel entrance, the plaza hotel curb

Great neighborhood? Check. Great apartment? Check. Curb appeal?

Killer first impressions can be long lasting — and whether it’s a newly advertised flavor of Ben & Jerry’s, an ad for Tory Burch’s latest shoe collection —or finding new digs, “love at first sight” spot-on marketing moments play a sizeable role in how we make our decisions.

Industry experts note that a large percentage of a house hunter’s decision to explore a property further than the curb is based the project’s “wow” factor. Truth is, it sets the “perception” stage of what’s to come beyond a grand entrance or swanky lobby that was designed to provide a sense of arrival and belonging. Obviously, at the end of the day, a building’s outside will only persuade potential buyers to see more, and first impressions can vary from one individual to the next, but the “I was meant to live here” moment is fairly universal.

How a building’s design tugs at your desire to ‘be someone’

Brooklyn Heights, Interiors, Recent Sales

The Heights living room

The Heights is sold out! According to city records, the penthouse, and last available unit of the Brooklyn Heights condominium, has officially sold for $4.95 million. This extraordinary apartment at 30 Henry Street, listed by Corcoran Group’s Deborah Rieders, touts one of the most expensive prices in Brooklyn, at approximately $1,730 per square foot.

Getting a glimpse into this apartment is like trying to spot a rare bird, but from what we’ve gleaned, it’s pretty splendid. The luxury building replaced the home of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and has been the subject of a lot of speculation from the day the filings were discovered. At one point it was rumored that BKSK Architects was planning for the building to have a waterfall! From what we can see, it appears the waterfall ultimately became a fountain in the courtyard but hey, what’s a legend if not the subject of grandeur?

Take a peek inside this elusive penthouse here

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