All anti-Trumpers, mark your calendars for August 30th, as this is the day that a determined group of opponents plans to build a quarter-million pound, 200-foot-long sandbag wall across from Trump Tower. Designers David Haggerty and James Cazzoli have already received permits from the Central Park Conservancy (the wall will go up at West 59th Street and Avenue of the Americas, four blocks from Trump Tower and three blocks from the Trump International Hotel) and they’ve now launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign called “Wall in Trump” to raise the $60,000 it’ll take to make this vision a reality.
In light of his media-circus presidential campaign, there seems to be endless exposes about Donald Trump’s past real estate drama. From his failed attempt to own the Empire State Building to a lost battle with China over two bi-coastal skyscrapers, the Donald’s development empire has very often skirted the rules. The latest saga dates back to 1979, when, as Crain’s uncovers, Trump struck a deal with the city for a zoning variance to build an extra 200,000 square feet, or 20 stories, at Trump Tower. In return, he agreed to create a public atrium, as well as 15,000 square feet of public gardens. But these gardens, which yielded almost all of the 244,000 square feet of office and residential space that Trump still owns in the tower (worth roughly $530 million), are hidden, hard to access, and not maintained.
A sprawl-o-rama of a penthouse a few floors below the Donald’s Trump Tower apartment is on the market for $23 million, but you’re paying for dizzying views and a palatial floor plan, not proximity to the building’s progenitor–though he did once own the apartment back when it was home to his mom and pop. It’s also rumored (according to Page Six) that Trump rented the pad out to his pal Michael Jackson and his new bride Lisa Marie Presley for $110,000/month back in the day, so you’ve got all sorts of party tidbits to go with your ridiculously enormous apartment. And if your dream is to re-live the ’80s like a boss (and by that we mean nonagenarian dowager), the 3,725-square-foot, four-bedroom pad is ready for your key in the door. Otherwise you might want to do a little renovation.
If there’s one name in soccer that Americans know (other than David Beckham, of course), it’s Cristiano Ronaldo, the forward for Real Madrid, captain of the Portuguese national team, and multiple-time best player in the world winner. It’s been rumored that the internationally-known hunk is making a move to the MLS, the United States soccer league, and a recent real estate transaction right here in NYC is fueling the fire. The Post reports that Ronaldo has scored an $18.5 million loft at the Trump Tower from Italian real estate mogul Alessandro Proto.
- A Mechanical Pharaoh Fan: Thanks to Thanko – not done on purpose, we promise – you can experience fanning Pharaoh-style, and you don’t even have to hire servants. Gizmodo spotlights the interesting new fan (lush grapes not included).
- A New Chef in Town: Brooklyn Magazine has discovered a new restaurant that just opened up under the Williamsburg Bridge, and they give us a little pre-taste to pique our appetite.
- 10 Sullivan Units Hit the Market: 6 units, including a $25 million duplex, have hit the market in the former site of a Soho car wash. Curbed has details on the listings along with a few images.
- Caffe Bene Continues New York Expansion: According to the Wall Street Journal, the South Korean coffee chain will add 11 stores in the next four months. After that… they’ll take over the world!
- 500 Sterling Place Launches Sales: The listings have been posted for the rental building and the Brownstoner has the details.
- Williamsburg Rooftop Bar With a View: Bedford and Bowery spotlights Sheltering Sky, the new rooftop bar at the top of McCarren Hotel & Pool, with incomparable views.
- Stephen Green vs. Trump World Tower: Real estate giant Stephen Green of SL Green Realty Corp is at odds with fellow residents of the Trump World Tower after filing a lawsuit over a spill he took last fall. The NY Post has more on the contentious situation.
Images: Sheltering Sky bar (left), 10 Sullivan (right)
Manhattan is known for hosting more than a handful of the world’s most luxurious homes — many of which are perched hundreds if not thousands of feet above ground. Though few folks will ever get to see the interior of anything higher than their 5-story walk-up, we’re offering up a look into how New York’s loftiest live.
From the “smallest” to the tallest, take a peek into the penthouses of 10 of Manhattan’s supertall condos ahead. And just to give you a little more context, the Empire State Building soars 1,250 feet high.