A Philadelphia native is looking to streamline parking enforcement with a new device that kicks boots to the curb. The “Barnacle,” created by Kevin Dougherty, president of Ideas That Stick, is a device that attaches to a car’s windshield, obstructing a driver’s view and immobilizing the vehicle. It’s a replacement for a parking boot, which the company says is an “unpleasant situation for anyone who has experienced it, but it is also a drain on the administration’s resources.”
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The real estate community has been looking closely at Gowanus as of late thanks to rezoning plans that will likely spur high-end development and proposals for a public esplanade. To some, this waterfront vision seems a bit off due to the toxicity of the Canal and its history as a Superfund site, but naysayers may be changing their tune as a new report from the New York State Department of Health tells us that “limited direct contact with the canal’s waters, through boating or fishing” doesn’t increase the risk of cancer and other diseases, according to Gothamist. It’s still not safe to swim in the water, but, believe it or not, men and women of certain ages can even eat some of the Canal’s fish.
363-365 Bond Street, via Lightstone Group
The EPA designated the 1.8-mile Gowanus Canal a Superfund site in 2010 with plans to invest $500 million in its cleanup. Though these efforts have yet to commence, work did begin on the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park in late 2015. As 6sqft previously explained, the 18,000-square-foot public space “will be built with engineered soil to absorb (hence ‘sponge’) stormwater that would otherwise pollute the canal, as well as plants to break down toxins and floating wetlands.” And despite the slow nature of these cleanup plans, several new luxury developments have popped up on the Canal, including Lightstone Group’s 365 Bond Street, dubbed “Paris on the Gowanus,” as well as a Whole Foods.
It’s unclear if the Department of Health anticipated this neighborhood growth when they began their analysis in 2007. They’ve collected data on chemicals and contaminants in the Canal itself, fish, sediment, and the air around it. Repeated and long-term skin contact or swallowing of the water does prove an increased cancer risk, so don’t splash around too much in your kayak, and be sure to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. But recreational activities generally don’t pose a hazard, nor does breathing the air around the site.
As far as eating fish, it’s considered safe for women over 50 and men over 15 to eat bluefish, Atlantic needlefish, rainbow smelt, and striped bass once a month and blue crabs four times a month. Of course, don’t eat the “green stuff” on the crabs since contaminants collect there, and dispose of the cooking water that may have collected any of this.
You can read the full 68-page report here>>
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While smart home technology includes everything from turning on the heat to monitoring air quality, the simple job of a doorbell has been oddly overlooked until the arrival of Ding. A collaborative effort between the London-based startup and creative consultancy MAP (an arm of the industrial design studio Barber & Osgerby), the smart doorbell is a three-part system made up of an exterior button, indoor Wifi speaker (cleverly named Chime), and a corresponding iPhone app. When visitors come to the door, Chime functions as a normal doorbell, but the app allows residents to communicate with whomever is at the door remotely.
What makes Ding so special it that it’s not only simple to use, but was designed to integrate into your home decor. Plus, it’s slender enough to fit on a door frame.
The fabric-covered Chime speaker comes in a variety of textiles and can either sit on a shelf or be mounted on a wall.
Pre-order your own on the Ding website.
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In this Upper West Side cooperative at 245 West 74th Street, you can rent an apartment that embodies all that prewar co-op charm. This one bedroom comes with a formal foyer and details like a fireplace, decorative mantle and high-beamed ceilings. A formal living room, dining room and kitchen also make for a classic floorplan that’s hard to beat. It’s just been listed for rent asking $3,950 a month.
The spacious living room boasts high ceilings and wood floors, with a fireplace as the focal point. Moldings decorate both this room and the foyer.
A french door off the dining room leads into the kitchen. It’s been renovated with granite counter tops, plentiful cabinet space and stainless steel appliances that include a washer/dryer unit.
The bedroom also boasts high, beamed ceilings, not to mention its own fancy light fixture.
The apartment comes from Alfie Arms, an Upper West Side co-op with its own live-in superintendent, laundry room, communal patio and storage bins. It’s located off West End Avenue, just about a block from Riverside Park.
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Emmy Award-winning CNN news anchor Don Lemon picked up a somewhat modest condo a little over two years ago in Harlem‘s 2280FDB (2280 Frederick Douglas Blvd.). He paid $867,780 for unit 11A, right next door to 11B that he already owned. 6sqft speculated that he was planning to combine the condos, but according to city records released today, Lemon’s sold off 11A for $969,000.
The 859-square-foot, one-bedroom unit has an open layout, washer/dryer, and hardwood floors. The kitchen comes with Cesarstone counters, framed glass upper cabinets, and stainless steel appliances.
As 6sqft previously noted, 2280FDB was completed in 2009 and “is a luxury condo building in the heart of Harlem, not far from beautiful Morningside Park.”
In a 2015 video interview, Lemon showed AdWeek around his ‘hood, stopping at his favorite hangout Maison Harlem and pointing towards the home of fellow Harlem resident Neil Patrick Harris. He also credits Marcus Samuelson’s restaurant the Red Rooster for convincing him to buy a place in the area, a decision that was also fueled by a story he did at the Apollo.
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Grand Central Station in the early 1900s
Historic photos of the original Penn Station are almost as common as images of the current site, since its demolition in 1963 is often credited with spearheading the modern preservation movement (and because its grandeur is a startling reminder of how loathed the current station is). Conversely, Grand Central is typically celebrated as a preservation victory. In 1978, the courts ruled in favor of the Landmarks Preservation Commission when Penn Central Railroad sued them to build a huge tower atop the terminal and demolish one of its facades. But believe it or not, the 1913 Beaux-Arts building was not the first Grand Central, and photos of these grand earlier structures are rarely shared.
Grand Central Depot opened in 1871 to the Second Empire designs of architect John B. Snook and the commission of Cornelius Vanderbilt. The $6.4 million station had tracks for the region’s three major lines–the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad, the New York and Harlem Railroad, and the New York and New Haven Railroad. Up until this time, all the lines were located in separate stations. The three train lines each had their own depots, architecturally marked by large towers with big mansard caps that bore the line name. The center tower was 120-feet tall and had three giant clocks that lit up at night. The station was made of red brick with marble and granite accents.
The headhouse building (this is a term for the part of a train station that doesn’t hold the tracks) was L-shaped, with its shorter leg fronting 42nd Street and longer leg running along Vanderbilt Avenue, which was a newly created street along which there was also a large restaurant and basement-level offices. The actual train shed boasted three firsts in America: the platforms were the height of the cars, the roof above the tracks was glass and iron; and only ticketed passengers could go on the platforms.
By 1900, Snook’s headhouse had been demolished to make way for a larger structure to accommodate the city’s growing population. The new station was six stories instead of three and received a completely new French Renaissance facade by railroad architect Bradford Gilbert. The tracks and train yard were also reconfigured, with the new structure being renamed Grand Central Station.
The problem with Grand Central Station had to do with the steam-powered trains. Conductors often couldn’t see the tracks in front of them when the tunnels got filled with smoke, resulting in several deadly accidents, the final one killing 15 passengers in 1902. The following year, the station was torn down to be replaced by today’s Grand Central Terminal, designed by the architectural firms of Reed and Stem and Warren and Wetmore and engineered to service electrified train lines.
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We’ve just been looking at the amazing growth of the skyscraper in its early years, and now ArchDaily informs us that 2016 was a record year for tall buildings throughout the world. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) announced in its 2016 Tall Building Year in Review that 128 buildings 200 meters/656 feet or higher were completed in 2016, beating the previous year’s record of 114 completions. Of those buildings, 18 nabbed the spot of tallest building in their respective city, country or region; 10 were classified as supertalls (300 meters/984 feet or higher). And it looks like we’re on a roll…
The biggest share of the new skyscrapers–107, or 84 percent—were completed in Asia, keeping the title of “global skyscraper epicenter” in that region. At the very top of the list, the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre (pictured above) was completed in China. The Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed 530-meter mixed-use skyscraper is now the fifth-tallest building in the world.
56 Leonard Street (L); 30 Park Place (R)
The United States came in second with seven new completions in 2016, accounting for all 200-meter-plus development in North America. Those towers were 30 Park Place, 10 Hudson Yards, 56 Leonard Street, 252 East 57th Street and the Beekman Hotel and Residences in New York City, Harborside Tower 1 in Jersey City and Boston’s Millennium Tower. It’s worth noting that, with the exception of 10 Hudson Yards, all of the U.S. completions were residential towers.
Next in line were South Korea (six buildings), Indonesia (five) and the Philippines and Qatar (four each). The U.S. had two buildings in the top 20 tallest buildings built last year: 30 Park Place and 10 Hudson Yards.
2016 was a record-breaking year, but according to projections, 2017 and 2018 will continue to surpass previous years in the race skyward. View the full report from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat here.
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President-elect Donald Trump has previously outlined his $1 trillion infrastructure plan not just as a means to repair and build bridges and roads, but as a real estate platform for private entities to build and subsequently own public works such as schools, hospitals, or energy pipeline expansions through $137 billion in tax credits. So it comes as no surprise that he’s tapped two of his longtime buddies and big-time New York real estate developers to head up the new council that will monitor this spending. The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump asked Richard LeFrak and Vornado’s Steven Roth to manage this council of 15 to 20 builders and engineers, referring to the men as “pros” because “…all their lives, they build. They build under-budget, ahead of schedule.”
Similar to Trump’s trajectory, Richard LeFrak joined his father’s real estate firm LeFrak in 1968. Since then, he’s amassed a fortune of more than $6.5 billion, making him one of the wealthiest developers in the country. He’s responsible for the 1980s Newport plan, which created a 600-acre, mixed-use development along the Jersey City waterfront, as well as a current $4 billion mixed-use complex in North Miami.
Stephen Roth is the founder and chairman of Vornado Realty Trust, one of the country’s largest office landlords, which has over $21 billion in total assets. Their holdings in New York include nine million square feet around Penn Station worth $5.5 billion, the Bloomberg Tower, and Piers 92 and 94. They also include two of Donald Trump’s “most valuable assets,” a 30 percent stake in the office buildings at Manhattan’s 1290 Sixth Avenue and San Francisco’s 555 California Street, which together brought in roughly $22.7 million in pre-tax income for Trump last year.
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Even in the land of many mansions otherwise known as north Park Slope, 106 Eighth Avenue is, as the listing says, a rare Brooklyn treasure. Built in 1905 for furniture tycoon Henry Wallace Partridge, this Beaux Arts mansion built to accommodate “family, full time employees and guests” spans 8,000 square feet and 20 rooms, including seven bathrooms and nine fireplaces. Maintained with care, this extraordinary home has retained original details throughout, including hand-painted frescoes and a Tiffany stained glass atrium. It’s currently on the market for $8.789 million (still far below the 17,500-square-foot Low mansion at 3 Pierrepont Place for $40 million), and awaits more family, full-time employees and guests to reimagine it for the 21st century.
The home, referred to by the New York Daily News as the “Brookyn Embassy townhouse” was briefly for sale at $11.8 million in 2015, but taken off the market after a price chop to $9.85. The home’s current owner was bequeathed the limestone mansion by friends, master builders who had restored it to its former glory.
In the grand lobby-like receiving area you’ll find a massive fireplace, the original mahogany carved stairway and an intricate herringbone floor of mahogany, oak, birch and cherry. The mansion boasts one of Brooklyn’s first private elevators for easy access to all five floors. Beyond this entry foyer is an equally grand living area.
On the home’s second level, nineteen-foot ceilings, enormous rooms and fireplaces transport visitors to a bygone era. The walls of the dining room are adorned with hand-painted frescoes, carved paneling, original custom built-ins and a Tiffany stained glass atrium. Through twelve-foot high pocket doors is a central hall and a music room overlooking Eighth Avenue.
On the top two floors are five bedrooms and four additional baths. The rounded barrel-front of this limestone townhouse provides a rare warmth and glamour to its interiors.
A roof deck and a solarium offer magnificent views of the Manhattan skyline and New York harbor.
The home was most recently a legal eight-family dwelling, so there’s plenty of flexibility should you want to create a rental property, condos, or engineer a return to single-family grandeur. And though the home’s details are a wonder, for the average apartment or house-dweller, the floor plan alone is a thing to behold.
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Helen Hayes‘ acting career spanned nearly 80 years, earning her the nickname “First Lady of American Theatre” and garnering her distinctions such as being one of only 12 people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony and earning her the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts. When her storied life came to an end in 1993, she was living in Nyack, New York, where she first took up residency when she married playwright and screenwriter Charles MacArthur in 1928. At that time, the couple moved into a home at 29 Shadyside Avenue that Charles’ father had built in 1908. Now dubbed the “Helen Hayes Honeymoon Cottage,” the lovely Arts and Crafts-style home is on the market for $719,000 (h/t CIRCA).
The 2,266-square-foot home sits on 1.3 acres and has incredible, year-round views of the Hudson and Tappan Zee Bridge.
The front door opens to a “sleeping porch” that’s outfitted with lots of custom, built-in cabinetry.
The living room has a wood-burning fireplace, bay window with window seat, and original beamed ceilings.
Pocket doors lead to the formal dining room, which is distinguished by its six-foot-tall wainscoting surround.
The bright eat-in kitchen has updated appliances and a two-seat breakfast bar. It opens to a deck and the outdoor property.
There are four bedrooms total, and the master has an en-suite bath.
There’s also an attached garage and a walk-out basement. Plus, the home is just 26 miles from Midtown.
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TBD Architecture + Design Studio took on the challenge of designing two conjoined artist studios for a couple on the same property as their home in Watermill, New York. The creative housing is nestled amongst a cluster of trees at the edge of the site, and the double-studio structure is made up of two intersecting volumes each designed to accommodate the specifics needs of their respective artists– a collage designer and a ceramist.
The home’s existing site required some creative problem solving so as not to damage any of the mature trees on the plot. In response, the design team bent the shape of the building to fit between the trees. Additionally, the foundation was strategically designed not to disturb the trees’ root system. The studios’ slab floors are elevated on a steel frame that rests on 14 concrete piers. During the installation of the foundation, each pier was hand-dug, so if a large root was encountered, it was possible for the pier to be relocated up to three feet from the intended location.
The first volume was made from a steel frame and a translucent polycarbonate curtain wall to accommodate a collage studio for “Him” and provide privacy without sacrificing natural light.
The second, the ceramics studio for “Her,” was constructed of cedar siding with geometric punched windows.
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