- The city will receive $480 million in FEMA funds to repair the Rockaway boardwalk damaged during Hurricane Sandy. [NYDN]
- Ferry ridership along the East and Hudson rivers is up seven percent, and on the Staten Island ferry ridership is up by one million. [NYP]
- Now that Fashion Week won’t be welcomed back to Lincoln Center, here are five alternative spots where they might bring the event. [DNAinfo]
- Take a video tour of the pre-gentrified High Line in 2003. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]
- Did you know there’s a piece of the Berlin Wall in Midtown? Learn about that and 12 other hidden NYC spots. [BI]
- Exploring the historical and contemporary challenges of bringing clean and adequate water to NYC. [Urban Omnibus]
- We knew that all the staff at Coffee Shop on Union Square were models, but we didn’t know they have a hidden “models-only lounge” in the back of the restaurant. [Mashable]
Images: Staten Island Ferry (L); High Line in 2003 via Highline Studios (R)
Here’s a cute one-bedroom apartment at 333 West 21st Street near the High Line, asking $550,000. The home has attractive features like wood beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls, and with enough wall space to hang a multitude of pictures and a décor that’s vaguely reminiscent of the Golden Girls, this charmer is definitely worth a look.
More pics inside
Of the condos planned along the High Line Park, one of the most—if not the most—anticipated addition comes via Zaha Hadid. One of our intrepid reporters recently stopped by the construction site located at 520 West 28th Street to see how works are coming along, and it looks like the site is near-ready for its starchitect treatment. Excavation is almost finished and much of the concrete slab foundation has been put in place. When fully constructed, Zaha’s undulating residential tower will rise 11 stories with 40 luxury condos within; the cheapest will be a two-bedroom at $4.6 million, and the most expensive will be a five-bedroom penthouse priced at $35 million. You can see the ultra-futuristic interiors Zaha has planned here >>
The success of the High Line Park continues to inspire all corners of the world—including Queens—and now the latest neighborhood to jump on the elevated park bandwagon is Harlem. DNA Info reports a nonprofit called the Housing Partnership has proposed a plan to bring 2,000 affordable housing units and $170 million dedicated to public projects in Hamilton Heights. The new park encompassed within the nonprofit’s ‘Harlem Promenade‘ plan would run alongside the West Side Highway atop a portion of Amtrak rail lines.
More on the proposed harlem high line project here
A study released yesterday revealed that the QueensWay– the High Line-esque linear park and cultural greenway proposed for a 3.5-mile stretch of abandoned railway in central Queens– will cost $120 million, give a boost to the local economy, and provide nearby residents with a safer place to walk and bike. But opponents of the project say central Queens already has an abundance of park land, there’s no plan in place to raise the needed funds, and the local community isn’t that into it. We want to hear what you think: Can the QueensWay follow in the footsteps of the High Line?
Rendering via WXY Studio Architecture + Urban Design and dlandstudio; Photo of current site via Andy Isaacson
, Sat, September 27, 2014
- Michelle Williams lists her gorgeous ivy-covered Boerum Hill townhouse for $7.5 million.
- See exclusive photos from the opening of the High Line’s third phase, as well as some beautiful snaps by photographer Iwan Baan.
- City Kids: Why parents pick city living over the suburbs.
- The Columbia Street Waterfront District, a quirky, 22-block enclave wedged between Red Hook and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, is making a comeback.
- If you like bold colors, you’re going to love this bohemian apartment by Incorporated Architecture & Design.
Images: High Line © Iwan Baan (L); Bohemian apartment © Incorporated Architecture & Design (R)
, Wed, September 24, 2014
- Three new residential towers are coming to the High Line. [TRD]
- In what some are calling a PR stunt, the owner of Grand Central has offered SL Green $400 million for One Vanderbilt. [NYT]
- Manhattan commercial real estate is the top ranked in the country. [AMNY]
- Ridgewood, Queens, the hot new neighborhood dubbed “Quooklyn,” had the most active commercial property sales in the city for July. [NYO]
- Last gas station in the East Village will be replaced with condos. [TRD]
- Staten Island might be getting homes built on elevated platforms. [WSJ]
Images- One Vanderbilt (left); The High Line Park (right)
, Sun, September 21, 2014
The third and final section of the High Line will officially open to the public today at 11 A.M., marking the final chapter of a 15-year journey to transform a once abandoned rail road track into an elevated park for the city. The new section has been christened ‘High Line at the Railyards‘ and follows the original train tracks from 30th to 34th Streets to the north and south, and from 10th to 12th Avenues east and west, exposing High Line-goers to expansive and unobstructed views of the Hudson River and New Jersey. Unlike the two sections that preceded it, the path that makes up The Railyards is far less manicured. With its organized but “wild” greenery, the design of this final leg instead asks visitors to contemplate the railway’s past and the surrounding landscape as it stands and as it will change with the introduction of Hudson Yards.
More of the new section and the ribbon cutting here
Starchitect Jean Nouvel’s 100 Eleventh Avenue may have received mixed reviews—which is made even more evident when you look at its rocky listing history—but that doesn’t change the fact that this pad is a clear showstopper. Not only does the stunning full-floor penthouse offer 360 degrees of stellar views through 150 linear feet of floor-to-ceiling windows; have a sprawling layout and two terraces; and reside on one of New York’s most recognizable blocks, surrounded by buildings designed by Pritzker Prize winners like Frank Gehry and Shigeru Ban; but this unit also has recently renovated interiors courtesy of Jennifer Post, one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 designers. Bottom line, if you’re a big name-dropper, this $45,000/month rental has your name written all over it.
Check out the views from this incredible home here
Most gallery owners have closed up shop for the season, likely heading to the Hamptons for some well-deserved R&R. But New Yorkers staying in town can still enjoy fine art (beyond one of our lovely air conditioned museums). Head to Brooklyn’s Metrotech campus to enjoy the Public Art Fund’s newest project—a mirage of color and shape by Sam Falls that will change over time as the sun and rain beat down on it (so check it out while it is brand-spanking-new!)—or to a nature-inspired opening at Ouchi Gallery.
If architecture is more your thing, join the AIA NY for a private tour of the OEM Disaster Housing Prototype, or gather a group of arch-nerd friends for the first ever Art Deco Society of New York Scavenger Hunt. If you can’t stand the heat, tuck into the theaters at MoMA to catch a classic silent film, or enjoy the shade of the High Line over head at the Abington House‘s weekly Wednesday parties.
All the best events here