- Did you know the Rockettes were originally the Missouri Rockets? Read this full history of the leggy holiday dancers. [Bowery Boys]
- A neighborhood guide to the Latino and Chinese cultures of Sunset Park. [Brooklyn Based]
- There seems to be a disparity between what journalists report as gentrification and what research actually finds. [City Lab]
- This Le Corbusier-inspired chaise lounge bathtub looks pretty darn comfy. [Twisted Sifter]
- We know you’ve been waiting for this day–the Meow Parlour is officially open. Meet the cat cafe’s adorable kittens. [Bedford + Bowery]
Daily Link Fix: A History of the Rockettes; Journalists and Researchers Have Different Ideas of Gentrification, Mon, December 15, 2014
Real Estate Wire: Paris Hilton Buys Noho Penthouse; $51M Tribeca Condo Could Set Downtown Sales Record, Thu, November 13, 2014
- Paris Hilton buys a $5 million Noho penthouse at 738 Broadway. [TRD]
- A crazy waterfront compound in Brooklyn’s Mill Basin drops its price from $30 million to $17 million. [Curbed]
- Developers are offering to build a high-tech elementary school at Sunset Park’s forthcoming mega complex. [Brooklyn Paper]
- Bed Stuy is getting two Karl Fischer-designed apartment buildings. [Brownstoner]
- Triplex condo at Tribeca’s new 443 Greenwich Street could set the record for priciest pad below Canal if it gets the $51 million asking price. [Daily News]
- A map that shows where NYC municipal employees live. [Gothamist]
Images: 738 Broadway penthouse via Douglas Elliman (L); 443 Greenwich Street (R)
Sunset Park has gotten people’s attention in recent months–ours included–thanks to an influx of creative and commercial opportunities, as well as the major Industry City development. Located in the former Bush Terminal, the 16-building, 6.5 million-square-foot complex is being remodeled with the intent of creating “a dynamic 21st century innovation and manufacturing community that balances existing manufacturing tenants with those centered on creative and innovation economy fields.” And adjacent to the site is Liberty View Industrial Plaza, an eight-story, 1.2 million-square-foot warehouse that will offer work space.
These waterfront developments are touting Sunset Park as a walk-to-work neighborhood, and now residents will have a new park to stroll through on their way in to the office. Bush Terminal Piers Park opened this week after being in the works since the ’90s. Extending from 45th to 50th Streets along the waterfront, Brooklyn’s newest park sits atop a former toxic waste site, but was cleaned up over the past decade and now offers an esplanade overlooking tide ponds and restored wetlands.
- Listings hit for 160 Imlay, the Morris Adjmi-designed conversion in Red Hook. [Brownstoner]
- Commercial building sales expected to top $52 billion this year, the highest since 2007. [Daily News]
- Jets owner Woody Johnson lists 834 Fifth Avenue duplex for $75 million. [New York Post]
- Developers bring back plans for mixed-use complex in Sunset Park. [Brooklyn Paper]
- Renderings revealed for 86 Fleet Place, John Catsimatidis’ 32-story, glassy residential building in downtown Brooklyn. [Yimby]
- The East River Skyway is revealed, and it could bring commuters from Brooklyn to Manhattan in under four minutes. Could it be the solution for increasing public transportation congestion?
- We talk to architect Adam Kushner about building the world’s first 3D-printed estate.
- See how a former Tribeca automotive garage was transformed into a space for living, art, and commerce.
- Sunset Park is not on its way to becoming the next hip NYC residential neighborhood–and that’s a good thing. Explore how creativity and commerce are transforming this Waterfront neighborhood.
- We map the evolution of the Lower East Side through a Jewish lens.
With plans in place that call for a public waterfront bustling with creative industry and commerce rather than luxury residential developments, Sunset Park is not on its way to becoming the next hip NYC residential neighborhood–and that’s a good thing.
Located on Brooklyn’s western waterfront flank, there are really two sides to Sunset Park. The neighborhood, generally defined as the area between 65th Street, the Prospect Expressway, Eighth Avenue and the East River, has long been a thriving residential community. Sunset Park is also home to about 15 million square feet of warehouse and light industrial space. The key to the neighborhood’s future may be the point at which the two meet.
If you renovate, will they come? It’s been less than a year since Jamestown Properties, the developer behind the successful Chelsea Market, acquired a 50% stake in the mostly abandoned industrial warehouse complex in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park known as Industry City.
Along with investment partners Belvedere Capital and Angelo, Gordon & Company, Jamestown plans to translate the success of Chelsea Market on a scale six times the size – 16 buildings encompassing over 6 million square feet formerly known as Bush Terminal. But while Brooklyn is currently the darling of the five boroughs, Sunset Park doesn’t quite have the cache of Chelsea – yet, and the viability of such an enormous undertaking is ten years in the making.
Undeniably, there is much symbolism attached to artist designer Sebastian Errazuriz’s giant golden cow piñata on display in Industry City in conjunction with NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s official citywide celebration of – you guessed it – design.
One look at the suspended shimmering beast and you’re likely to be reminded of the infamous golden calf Bible story about idolatry (Exodus 32:1–6, if you’re interested) or notice its uncanny resemblance to Wall Street’s iconic charging bull.