- Michael Bloomberg’s ex wife, Susan Brown Bloomberg, sold her Noho penthouse in just over a month. [NYO]
- NYU’s $6 billion expansion plan is kicking off with plans to demolish Coles Gym. [DNAinfo]
- The owner of a $10.5 million Soho penthouse is suing the building’s restaurant for an “illegal” rooftop bar that’s caused him $1.5 million in distress. [NYP]
- Because of problem with dog waste in hallways, One Brooklyn Bridge Park has taken to DNA testing it’s four-legged residents. [NYT]
- Manhattan’s top ten condo flips over the past year netted sellers over $11 million. [TRD]
- The Brooklyn Academy of Music is announcing a $25 million building that will connect its three current sites. [NYT]
- Here’s the charities to which Donald Trump donated. [Crain’s]
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How much would you pay for a completely rundown townhouse in the heart of the Fort Greene Historic District? This home, at 183 Lafayette Avenue, is a three-story wood frame that is likely one of the older buildings in the neighborhood. Its age is apparent from the facade, with its peeling yellow paint. Inside, the story is even worse, with an interior that demands a pretty significant renovation. And yet, the asking price comes in at a hefty $1.995 million. Is the Brooklyn market so hot that this crumbling home could actually fetch this price?
Lots of clout is given to the grand scheme design of buildings and parks, and for good reason; but every so often a singular design element or function can unexpectedly emerge from a work to create something even more extraordinary. Destinations in their own right, these “accidental placemakers” turn run-of-the-mill architectural features into dynamic public spaces that create memorable connections to their immediate sites and improve the quality of everyday life. Here we take a look at five examples found in New York City showing how great architecture, in the details, can give way to something more impactful than just a pretty building.