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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Restaurateur Mr. Chow snags a $6M Dumbo penthouse with Manhattan views

Did your NYC neighborhood vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?

A map breaks down the voting data

It’s a new day in America: yesterday, in what was either a stunning upset or the inevitable conclusion of a wildly unpredictable election cycle, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. (If you need a moment to let that sink in, we don’t blame you.)

In the aftermath, pundits and prognosticators have been trying to figure out how their predictions went so off the rails—Hillary Clinton was the presumed winner up until about 9 p.m. But there were some states that voted as predicted, and New York, unsurprisingly, was one of them; polls closed at 9 p.m., and it was called for Clinton soon thereafter.

But if you’re curious how the city voted, there’s now an interactive map that’ll help you figure that out. Using data provided by the Board of Elections, DNAInfo created a map that shows each voting district in the five boroughs, how many people voted there, and who they voted for. Unless you live on Staten Island, you can be almost guaranteed that your vote went to Hillary Clinton; she captured 79 percent of the city’s vote, with the remaining 21 percent coming from the much-maligned borough, as well as neighborhoods like Midwood, Borough Park, and Middle Village.

DNA also has details on the various other races that happened in New York yesterday, including the Senate (Chuck Schumer won), state senators, assembly members, and more. Check it out here.


Beloved NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan sells extra Williamsburg pad

Posh Jackson Heights co-ops will soon welcome tenants

$4.4M Midtown duplex comes with splendid Central Park views

How much for a Williamsburg condo with a two-tiered garden?

Chelsea studio with two walk-in closets seeks $489,000

Opulent Upper West Side townhouse with 24-karat gold ceilings asks $17.65M

“The most exquisite Manhattan townhome restoration to come to market in the 21st Century”

This isn’t just any multimillion dollar Upper West Side townhouse; this is "the most exquisite Manhattan townhome restoration to come to market in the 21st Century." Or so promises the brokerbabble for this $17.65 million, five-story residence, which, in all honesty, is rather nice. Whether or not the urban palace is in fact the most exquisite of all the 21st century is up for debate, but certainly, this place seems like a reasonable contender.

Commissioned in 1888 by public health and education advocate Elizabeth Milbank, and designed by famed architects Hugh Lamb and Charles Alonzo Rich, the 20-foot-wide abode offers 8,807 square feet of interior living space, 10 (!) working fireplaces, and "the most astonishing architectural details."

The parlor floor, which serves as a "massive welcoming and dining level," is the architectural centerpiece here, still decked out in the original custom millwork; the grand dining room, meanwhile, features butternut hexagon parquet floors, and 24-karat-gold coffered ceilings, extravagantly trimmed with "‘massive" mahogany crown molding.

And that is just the beginning. Downstairs, the garden level houses the library and enormous "garden lounge," while also retaining "hints" of what was once the home’s wood-fired kitchen. Upstairs, the master suite spans the entire third floor—with 1,200 square feet of living space, it’s basically the size of a normal apartment—and offers a large walk-in closet, two of the ten fireplaces, and the ultimate luxury: his-and-hers bathrooms. There is slightly less to say about the fourth and fifth floors, each of which has two bedrooms, each with a private bath and closet. (The fifth floor also comes equipped with a small kitchenette and outdoor patio.)

Historic as it is, the place is hardly short on modern amenities, including laundry, a steam shower, a jacuzzi, and, yes, a "state-of-the-art" elevator.


Target strengthens its NYC foothold with Hell’s Kitchen store

The flexible-format store is poised to open in 2019

Target’s proliferation throughout New York City continues as the discount goods brand announces another Manhattan store. A flexible-format Target will post up in the base of XIN Development’s gas station-replacing condo rising in Hudson Yards at 615 Tneth Avenue, the Post reports. It joins a flexible-format store in the base of Related’s rising East 14th Street rentals, a new Tribeca storefront, and in Brooklyn’s CityPoint development.

The 29,000-square-foot store between West 44th and 45th streets will carry clothing, apartment-sized home items, grab-and-go food items, and is expected to open in 2019.

“We’re pleased to be part of this terrific residential development near Times Square and the Theater District, and we look forward to serving more guests in Manhattan with this new store,” Target’s senior vice president of properties Mark Schindele said in a statement.


Prewar East Village co-op with modern upgrades seeks $975,000

Here's how the Second Avenue Subway will affect NYC real estate

Hip Hop Hall of Fame eyes Manhattan location

Clinton Hill condos that replaced a historic home launch sales from $875K

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Soori High Line unveils $22.5M penthouse with private pool

Aquatic amenities don’t come cheap in this ultra-luxe building

Apartments at Chelsea’s ultra-fancy Soori High Line have been slowly dribbling out onto the market for nearly two and a half years now, and with the building nearing completion (it’s slated for 2017), the development is finally ready to release one of its crown jewels. And the place is priced accordingly: the absurdly luxurious triplex penthouse is asking $22.5 million, more than $7 million more than the next most expensive option.

The 4,510-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bathroom abode offers a tailored living area, "beautified by stretching walls of glass" (windows are for plebes), nearly 20-foot-high ceilings and as yet unspecified "top-of-the-line designer finishes."

But let us move onto what really matters: the private heated rooftop swimming pool. Such pools are a signature of architect Soo K. Chan, so much so that in fact 16 of the 31 units are equipped with one. (Usually, though, they are located serenely in the living room.)

While the aquatic abundance is really the distinguishing feature here, the visually striking building offers a host of other amenities, from the standard (a doorman, laundry, bike storage) to the spectacular (a spa, library, and designated "wine cellar/tasting area").


On Election Day, Woodlawn Cemetery wants visitors to pay homage to suffragettes

As many pay homage to Susan B. Anthony, Bronx’s Woodlawn Cemetery wants to provide a similar service

It’s Election Day, which means that, in keeping with tradition, woman from all over Rochester will be swinging by Susan B. Anthony’s grave site at Mt. Hope Cemetery in upstate New York, paying homage to the pioneering suffragette and adding “I Voted” stickers to her tombstone. And this year, Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx is getting in on the action, reports the New York Times.

Woodlawn, after all, has a feminist pedigree of its own: it’s home to the grave sites of four other big-name suffragettes. (It should be noted that the movement’s history is not without its own problems; here’s a good read on that subject.) Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who, with Anthony, co-founded the National Woman Suffrage Association, is buried there, as is Carrie Chapman Catt (founder of the League of Women Voters), Mary Garret Hay (Catt’s assistant and advisor), and Alva Vanderbilt Belmont (multimillionaire activist). Why not give them the same treatment?

David Ison, Woodlawn’s executive director, told the Times that the cemetery adopted the idea after seeing Anthony’s grave site trending on social media. Plus, they felt this election season needed something positive. “We thought, ‘We’re going to do something that’s not all about Trump and all about Clinton,’” he said.

And so they have. The cemetery has placed big cardboard signs next to each grave and is encouraging people to come by to stick stickers and snap selfies in honor of women’s right to vote. (While yes, it is somewhat less satisfying, the cemetery requests that visitors please please keep their stickers off the actual tombstones.)

While Mt. Hope is expecting so many visitors that they’ve extended their election day hours, Woodlawn has yet to see the tradition really take off. But there’s still time: the Bronx cemetery has extended its visiting days for the occasion, inviting people to add their stickers through Sunday.


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10 New York City Fixer-Uppers On the Market

Anyone who's ever watched an hour of HGTV, or read our Renovation Diary series, knows that miracles are possible with a little elbow grease and a checkbook. For many, fixer-uppers may be the only option in New York's escalating real estate market. Here, we've highlighted ten properties in need of some major TLC that could be true gems. From historic townhouses to a Central Park South apartment, look at a few of the best fixer-uppers on the market right now.

This map was updated on 11/8/16.


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Landmarked 57th Street office building will officially become condos

The 14-story building will get a two-story addition and 34 apartments

The rumors are true. The Feil Organization is in fact going to convert a landmarked office building on West 57th Street a.k.a. Billionaires’ Row into condos, YIMBY reports. Feil had purchased the building from developer Harry Macklowe back in 2009 for $59 million, and rumors emerged in September that Feil was planning to convert the building at 140 West 57th Street into residential units.

The architect that Feil has hired for the project, Goldstein, Hill & West Architects, has now filed plans for the project, which will see the creation of 34 apartments spread out over 70,885 square feet. In addition, the developer plans to add two more floors to the 14-story building, which will hold a couple of duplex penthouses that will come with private terraces. An amenity space for residents will be located on the second floor.

Rumors about the residential conversion emerged when Feil decided not to renew the leases of the existing tenants of the building earlier this year including Hunter Boots. Built in 1907, the building originally housed artists’ studios. The property was converted into offices in 1998, and was proclaimed a New York City landmark the following year.


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MTA will increase L train service while M train is under repair

To alleviate overcrowded, the L train will get more frequent trains

They say when one door closes, another one opens—and in this case, those doors are on the L train. As the MTA prepares to replace damaged viaducts along the M line at the Myrtle Avenue stop in Bushwick, the agency will increase service along the L to offset the effects of construction. According to the MTA, the service change will cost about $1.7 million.

In a letter to New York State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (whose district includes neighborhoods that would be affected by these changes, including Williamsburg), the MTA outlined three key changes to the L schedule, due to begin next spring:

  • There will be an additional 11 weekday round trips on the L line between 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday service will add an additional 12 L line round trips between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Sundays will gain an additional 27 round trips on the L line between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The service changes are being implemented to accommodate the influx of riders that will switch from the L train from the M once repairs are underway. Once that begins, the latter will be plagued by shuttle service, reroutes, and all the other annoyances that come along with construction work.

“These service increases will not only reduce headway times, they will also reduce the number of riders per car allowing for a more comfortable commute,” Lentol said in a statement. “It is clear that these increases speak to the population explosion in North Brooklyn.”

M train repairs are set to last anywhere from six to ten months, forcing dozens of Bushwick residents and business owners along the affected route to relocate during the rehabilitation process.

Beginning in 2019, the L train will confront construction woes of its own as the line prepares for an 18-month shutdown that will allow for Hurricane Sandy-damaged tracks and tunnels to be repaired. Ways of dealing with that massive inconvenience are still in the works.


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Monday, 7 November 2016

Sprawling Flatiron pad with glass-enclosed garden wants $12.8M

MTA brings Select Bus Service to congested 23rd Street

Broadway composer's UES mansion sells for $18M less than its original ask

Sheepshead Bay has the lowest average rent in Brooklyn: report

The outer Brooklyn neighborhood averages rent under $2,000 a month

Once upon a time, Brooklyn was actually a much more affordable part of New York City than Manhattan. And while, those days are long gone—Brooklyn rents now average nearly $3,200 per month, nearly as high as those in Manhattan—there are still some pockets of affordability, especially if you’re willing to look in deep Brooklyn.

According to the New York Post, the less bustling neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay has an average rent price in September of $1,729 a month. While that’s not exactly cheap, when you compare it with the borough’s average—or that of Manhattan, where rents are averaging $4,117—it’s not so bad.

The commute into Manhattan plays into the neighborhoods lower rents, as travel via the nearby B and Q trains can take up to an hour, explained real estate guru Jonathan Miller. Flatbush and Sunset Park also tallied in under the borough’s average, with rent prices hovering around $1,796 and $1,977 a month, respectively in September. They’re also a bit closer to Manhattan, which explains the slightly more expensive average price.


The W train makes its triumphant return

Lovely Ditmas Park Victorian is a $2.9M 'blank canvas'

The home got a thorough renovation and now needs some personal touches

To say that a single-family home is "only" $2.785 million is indeed a bit ridiculous, but in the bizarro world of Brooklyn real estate, this enormous, beautifully restored Ditmas Park Victorian doesn't seem so wildly overpriced—especially considering how thoroughly it's been redone in the past few years.

Based on the building pics, it seems this idyllic six-bedroom townhouse has come a long way since it was last on the market. According to the brokerbabbble, the Ditmas Victorian is "a versatile blank canvas," with details "carefully designed to maximize comfort and function," while also "accentuating" the house’s "beautiful form."

There is no floor plan with the listing, so it’s a little difficult to tell exactly what’s going on here. A first-floor entry vestibule adorned with an encaustic tile floor (not pictured) leads into an "ample" foyer with a wood-burning stove. There’s also bright living room, a seemingly sizable dining room, a half bath, and an absurdly nice kitchen, decked out with marble countertops, a six burner stove, an oversized island, two separate dishwashers, and so much custom cabinetry it’s hard to know what to do with it all.

Upstairs, the master suite, complete with a windowed dressing room and a "super luxe" bath complete with a heated tub, two sinks, and yet another wall of floor-to-ceiling custom cabinetry. The outdoor perks aren’t too shabby either: while the home's exterior is notably not pictured (and older photos show it looking a little rough), the place has a large deck, a backyard garden, and — arguably best of all — a subway two blocks away.


Developers eye Rikers Island as NYC's next big real estate hub

The 413-acre island could give way to a Stuy Town style housing development

The idea of closing Rikers Island Correctional Facility has been around, according to the city’s former probations and corrections commissioner Martin Horn, since at least Mayor Ed Koch’s term in the 1970s. But New York City has come a long way since then, firmly populating itself with some of the world’s most prized, and valuable, real estate. The argument to shutter the facility remains today, but Politico points out that while the charge is lead by a human rights interest, it’s also bolstered by a real estate one.

A number of major New York City real estate players are eyeing the island. John Kriegel, a Related exec, is said to “be fascinated by the idea” [[of what? like obv we know but it’s a bit of a fragment here]] while Forest City Ratner CEO MaryAnne Gilmartin is leading a committee that’s reimagining the island’s use. The study from Gilmartin’s committee will be made public some time next year.

“The political center of [redeveloping Rikers Island] will be about how we make the system more humane and just,” New York State chief judge Jonathan Lippman, who heads the City Council’s criminal justice reform commission overseeing a study into redeveloping Rikers, told Politico, “and at the same time recognize that you do have a very strategically placed and valuable piece of real estate there that could have a multitude of public policy purposes to develop it.”

When it comes to redeveloping the island, two main trains of thought emerge: connecting the island to LaGuardia Airport, which stands just across the channel, to provide additional runway space, or creating a new mega development.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is hot on seeing the island become part of LaGuardia Airport, where the governor just introduced a $4 billion plan to overhaul the dated airport. “LaGuardia is fundamentally limited by runway space,” Cuomo told the Association for a Better New York. “That’s why I was very intrigued by the idea of the city selling Rikers Island…and using Rikers to build another runway for LaGuardia.”

Brooklyn developer David Kramer says that the 413-acre island—it’s nearly three times the size of Roosevelt Island—can hold a mid-rise, middle income housing development akin to Stuy Town (which measures just 80 acres).

“Land is a scarce resource in New York City and it can be developed and generate revenue for the city.” Durst Organization spokesman and lobbyist Jordan Barowitz told Politico. A criminal justice reform advocate agreed that it’s “useful to have real estate as one of the voices driving” the criminal justice reform movement focused on Rikers Island, but that its voice must be secondary to the land interest.


Controversial Brooklyn Heights megamansion reduces ask to $16M

A recent New York Times story has enveloped the house in controversy

In April, developer Shahrzad Khayami announced plans to convert an 11-unit building in Brooklyn Heights into a single-family home. It was asking $18 million at the time, and had it sold for the full ask, it would have handily beat out the 15.5 million sale of 177 Pacific Street to become the most expensive home sold in Brooklyn.

That didn’t quite work out for Khayami, and now with the renovation nearly complete, the house will come back on the market later this week, and will ask $2 million less than its original ask, Brownstoner reports. She’s also changed sales teams from Town Residential to Compass for the listing this time around.

The house was recently the subject of a piece by New York Times writer Ginia Bellafante who questioned how projects like this were contributing to the city’s homelessness crisis. The piece has polarized opinions just as the renovation of the house at 146 Willow Street has divided local residents, according to Brownstoner.

So what’s all the fuss about? From what we know so far, the house, which spans 7,750 square feet, will come with a landscaped roof garden, an elevator, a meditation room within the master bedroom, and a restored facade. Khayami’s firm AscentSeven hired Baxt Ingui to carry out the renovations, and it has been redesigned to Passive House standards. After all that, will a buyer be willing to fork out $16 million? Head on over to Brownstoner to check out the other interior renderings.


Election Day 2016 street closures: where to avoid on November 8

Midtown, basically

For the first time in a very long time—perhaps ever—both presidential candidates will hold their election night rallies in New York City on November 8. Hillary Clinton’s campaign will hold its rally at the Jacob Javits Center, while Donald Trump’s will be camped out at the New York Hilton Midtown on Sixth Avenue.

And while we can certainly appreciate the importance and the historical significance of that, it also means that Manhattan will be a mess tomorrow night. The city’s Office of Emergency Management has already announced that street closures will be taking effect as soon as today, and will be in place until midnight on Wednesday. Here’s a list of those closures, via DNAInfo:

The following streets near the Javits Center on West 34th Street and 11th Avenue will have limited access Monday starting at 10 a.m.:

- Eleventh Avenue between the West 34th Street and West 40th Street

- West 34th Street between the West Side Highway and 10th Avenue

The following streets surrounding the Javits Center and the Hilton on West 53rd Street and 6th Avenue will be closed from 6 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Wednesday:

- West 34th Street between the West Side Highway and 11th Avenue

- 11th Avenue between West 34th Street and West 40th Street

- 6th Avenue between West 53rd Street and West 54th Street

- 7th Avenue between West 53rd Street and West 54th Street

Expect traffic to be an absolute nightmare in the surrounding areas—in fact, if you don’t have to be in Midtown tomorrow, it may be best to avoid the area altogether.

Additionally, according to NBC News, there’ll be plenty of security measures in place both near the rallies and at polling places, with “police presence assigned to elections … the largest in the city's history.” So best to be prepared for that, too.

And ICYMI, here’s our guide to voting in the five boroughs on Tuesday.


Everything you need to know about Election Day in NYC

How to vote, where to avoid on Tuesday, and more Election Day intel

This is it, folks: We’re just a few days away from the presidential election on November 8, and we’re going to assume that by now, you already know who you’re going to vote for in the Presidential race. But that’s not the only vote you should know about on Tuesday: Senator Chuck Schumer is fighting to keep his seat in the U.S. Senate, and there are a number of other elected officials whose jobs are on the line.

But let’s be real, people will mostly be focusing on the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, both of whom are due to be in New York City on election night. (HRC is allegedly already planning fireworks if she wins; Trump, inexplicably, is not holding his event at one of his buildings.)

Of course, before the results come in, New Yorkers have to actually get out and vote—and here, you’ll find everything you need to know about voting on November 8, from when polls are open to what not to do in the voting booth.

When to vote

Polls open at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m. And yes, you’re guaranteed the right to take time from work to vote—New York state law states that workers who cannot take time outside of work hours to vote may take up to two hours to visit their local polling spot. (It also can’t hurt to familiarize yourself with the NYC voters’ bill of rights beforehand.)

Be warned: If early voting in other states is any indication, there will likely be long lines at the polls on Tuesday. Plan accordingly!

Where to vote

If you’re unsure of where your polling place is located, fret not: there are a few ways to find out where you need to go. The website Voting.NYC has a handy tool that lets you input your address to find out where your polling site is; Google also has a handy widget that lets you find that information, which you can do below:

What to do if you’re harassed while voting

It’s not exactly a pleasant thing to think about, but considering the fervor surrounding this election, there’s a chance—however minuscule—that there may be instances of voter intimidation on Tuesday. The New York City Civil Liberties Union has you covered in that case: There’s a guide to your rights as a voter, along with recommendations on what to do should those rights be threatened, or harassment happen, while going to the polls.

One crucial thing to know: "The NYCLU’s partner the national Election Protection Hotline provides assistance to voters before and after the election, and on Election Day. Call 866-OUR-VOTE for help."

There’s also a detailed guide on what to do if you’re harassed or intimidated from 866-OUR-VOTE’s website.

What to do with your phone down while you’re voting

Put it away! As ridiculous as this particular rule may seem, it is a rule nonetheless: selfies in the ballot booth are verboten. Save the selfie for later, once you’ve gotten your cool "I voted!" sticker and won’t run afoul of the law.

What about wearing my "I’m With Her" T-shirt?

New York state does, in fact, have laws that prohibit "passive electioneering"—i.e., wearing items of clothing that pull for one candidate or another. So if you’re planning on wearing a Hillary button or a "Make America Great Again" hat to the polls, be prepared to be asked to remove them, or to cover up a tee. (But no one’s going to stop you from wearing a pantsuit, if you so choose.)


City tweaks 421-a to include housing for homeless New Yorkers

Pertains to under-construction projects that benefitted from the program before it expired

Talks to revive the 421-a tax break program are moving forward, but while its future still remains uncertain, the De Blasio administration has decided to take measures for under-construction buildings that already benefitted from the program before it expired this January.

In a new policy that was quietly introduced over the past few weeks, developers who benefitted from the program will now have to set aside some of their units for the homeless, the New York Times reports.

While the program was still in effect, developers were exempt from paying taxes on any particular project (for a certain time) where they offered at least 20 percent of the apartments as affordable. Half of those apartments were assigned through affordable housing lotteries and the other were set aside for community preferences—this could include people with disabilities, veterans or seniors.

Under this new policy, half of the community preference units will now be set aside for people living in homeless shelters. As you can imagine, developers weren’t too thrilled by this relatively hush hush announcement, and the most notable critic so far has been Extell’s Gary Barnett (remember the controversy over his “poor door” development on the Upper West Side?)

Developers have expressed fears that this policy will open up their buildings to people with substance abuse and mental health problems. But the city countered those fears by saying that the apartments are not open to people who need a variety of social services but rather those who were priced out.

A few other developers like the heads of L&M Partners, Douglaston Development, and Rose Associates were all on board for the most part but still had some concerns in that they wanted to reserve the right to interview tenants, and were concerned about tenants in under-construction developments who had already been told that they were getting a subsidized apartment.

For now, de Blasio’s mandate is here to stay with people living in homeless shelters having skyrocketed in the last three years going from 51,000 to around 60,000 people.


Former Soho chocolate factory’s sweet penthouse wants $17.5M

The huge apartment comes with four bedrooms and four bathrooms

If you close your eyes and imagine "extremely expensive Soho penthouse," you probably would see some version of this place. Nestled (Nestléd?) on the top floor of XOCO 325, a former chocolate factory-turned-condos (xoco is Catalan for "chocolate"), the apartment is fully loaded with custom details and assorted "sculptural" flourishes.

Like most $17.5 million penthouses, the residence features direct elevator access, opening into a "free-flowing living area" with an "unparalleled level of finish." Among the living area’s many features: a gas fireplace, a wet bar with a Black Saint Laurent marble surround, and oversized window, accented by the building’s own Tim Burton-esque aluminum facade. The bright white open kitchen is distinguished by bright white lacquer cabinetry, a Black Saint Laurent marble island (very sculptural), and a full suite of high-end appliances, Sub-Zero wine cooler and all. The ceilings are high, the floors are wide plank white oak, and the private terrace runs the full length of the apartment.

As for the bedrooms: all four are spacious, with huge windows and "iconic" Soho views. Even more notably, all four have en-suite bathrooms. While all of them are presumably lovely (they are not pictured), the crown jewel among them is the master bath, which is equipped with Austrian white oak cabinetry, a free-standing soaking tub, a rain shower, and even more Black Saint Laurent marble.

The penthouse, of course, isn’t the only option in the building. While 12 of the 21 units are currently in contract, four are available, including a 1,055-square-foot one-bedroom asking $2.625 million — the cheapest in the building.


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Sunday, 6 November 2016

New Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons take a flight test at Citi Field

Prettiest NYC homes that hit the market this week

Modern Park Slope townhouse with sleek interiors wants $2.65M

This week we're looking at stunning homes in Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Park Slope

Welcome to the Brooklyn Townhouse Roundup, where we—you guessed it—take a look at the most notable Brooklyn townhouses on the market. Got tips? Send 'em here.

↑Don’t let the exterior fool you. Within this unassuming red-faced townhouse along 10th Street in Park Slope awaits a sophisticated five-bedroom home with both modern elegances and classic design elements. The five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom home, asking $2.65 million, embraces an open floor plan while offering exposed brick, sleek kitchen and bathrooms, large windows, and a large backyard.

↑A statelier townhouse along Lincoln Place in Park Slope is asking $4.795 million. Boasting 4,000 square feet, the extravagant space is permeated with much of its historical details that include wedding cake moldings, stained glass, and multiple fireplaces. There are also a few modern updates like the renovated kitchen, for example, as well as central air conditioning throughout.

↑Though this Prospect-Lefferts Garden home is in major need of a serious renovation, there’s plenty of original detail still intact to work with in addition to its five bedrooms and three bathrooms. Asking price is $1.55 million.

↑A two-family Bushwick townhouse has returned to the market with a slightly trimmed price tag. Two months ago, the five-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home was asking $1.449 million. It now wants $1.395 million while still offering details like decorative fireplaces, wainscoting, and exposed beamed ceilings.

↑This tranquil multi-family Bed-Stuy townhouse features a total of nine bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathroom with amenities that includes decorative fireplaces, exposed brick, high ceilings, and a large terrace. Asking price is $2.3 million.


Saturday, 5 November 2016

Brooklyn’s LICH site developers moving forward with luxury apartments plans

Fortis Property Group will no longer seek rezoning for the Cobble Hill project

Developers of the Long Island College Hospital conversion has announced plans to move forward with their luxury high-rise, no longer seeking a compromise with the project’s opponents and Mayor de Blasio’s administration for rezoning, reports the New York Post.

Fortis Property Group has grown tired of the back and forth over the fate of the Cobble Hill site that is slated for residential redevelopment. The development firm preferred to proceed with the ULURP plan which would’ve allowed for low-income apartments, retail, and mixed-use space. This plan would’ve required rezoning to allow for taller towers in the low-rise neighborhood but community residents were not impressed with the developer’s plans.

After failed negotiations, Fortis will proceed with their "as-of-right" plan that grants them the ability to build 35-story market-rate residential tower with zero affordable units across 529,000 square feet of space.

"Based on the high demand for community facility space at this premier location, timing and other development factors, an as-of-right redevelopment is the most profitable," said Fortis president Joel Kestenbaum.

Mayor de Blasio was hoping that the former hospital would be converted into a mixed-use development with 900-square-feet, more than 200 affordable units, a public school, and public space for the community. "This is not the plan we wanted, and nobody won here," De Blasio spokeswoman Melissa Grace told the Post.

Meanwhile, the sale of the hospital site remains under federal investigation.


Meet two brothers working to revolutionize the MetroCard system

This app could make your commute a lot easier

Meet Roger and Jeff Flores, two brothers from Washington Heights who have a created an app that honestly, should’ve been invented a long time ago.

We’ve all had our share of days when nothing seems to go right. Imagine yourself running late, only to get to the train station to discover that your MetroCard has a zero balance or has expired. Now imagine how convenient your life would be if there was an app that allowed you to check your balance and reload from the convenience of your smartphone, bypassing the crowded MetroCard kiosks. That is where Metroki comes in, reports DNAinfo.

The Flores brothers created Metroki to give New Yorkers an alternative to the annoying kiosks that often times don’t work or are only accepting one form of payment or another, for whatever reason. "We constantly take the train, and one of the frustrations was that you couldn’t check the balance on your card remotely," stated Jeff Flores.

After working on the app for over a year, Jeff and Roger saw MTA’s request for proposals for a "system integrator" that would eventually implement a new account-based fare payment system, linked to bank or credit cards. If the MTA eventually decides to part ways with the yellow plastic card, Metroki would also allow users to use their cellphones as a "tap and go" form of payment, almost like Apple Pay but for the MTA.

While the two brothers are awaiting a response from the MTA, they continue to refine their app, working with 2020 Startups NYC to refine their app and expand their vision. Their hopes are that Metroki could one day work not just in New York City but in any city with mass public transit systems.


5 apartments to check out on the Upper West Side this Sunday

Plan a trip to see these lovely homes, asking from $569,000 to $1.75 million

Welcome to the weekly Open House Tour, because who doesn't love a little real estate gawking? This weekend, we're seeing what's on the market on the Upper West Side.

↑For $569,000, you can live in this tranquil loft-like duplex, finished with exposed brick, wainscoting, a small bedroom with beamed ceilings, and a spiraling staircase.

When: Sunday, November 6th (3 to 4 p.m.)

↑Situated on the top floor within a corner of a co-op building along Central Park West, this revamped one-bedroom is going for $595,000. The chic space receives loads of natural light through its oversized windows while featuring arched doorways, a modern eat-in kitchen, and a large walk-in closet.

When: Sunday, November 6th (2 to 4 p.m., by appointment only)

↑A charming one-bedroom on West 72nd Street is asking $725,000. The 750-square-foot space boasts an oversized bedroom with built-ins and beamed ceilings. The kitchen is on the small side but comes furnished with brand-new appliances.

When: Sunday, November 6th (1 to 2:30 p.m.)

↑Another sunny one-bedroom on West 72nd Street is asking a bit more for what it offers. This particular space has high ceilings, a generous-sized kitchen, and all the storage space one could ask for, with six (!) closets spread throughout. The apartment is asking $849,000.

When: Sunday, November 6th (2:30 to 3:30 p.m.)

↑This two-bedroom, two-bathroom co-op offers the best of both worlds. Not only does it come with a wood-burning fireplace to keep you warm in the colder seasons, there’s a huge terrace that’s almost as big as the apartment’s living room. Of course, space like this isn’t cheap. In this case, it’ll cost you $1.75 million.

When: Sunday, November 6th (1:00 to 3:00 p.m.)


Friday, 4 November 2016

Voting in NYC: Where to go, what not to do, and more Election Day intel

Everything you need to know before the election on November 8

This is it, folks: We’re just a few days away from the presidential election on November 8, and we’re going to assume that by now, you already know who you’re going to vote for in the Presidential race. But that’s not the only vote you should know about on Tuesday: Senator Chuck Schumer is fighting to keep his seat in the U.S. Senate, and there are a number of other elected officials whose jobs are on the line.

But let’s be real, people will mostly be focusing on the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, both of whom are due to be in New York City on election night. (HRC is allegedly already planning fireworks if she wins; Trump, inexplicably, is not holding his event at one of his buildings.)

Of course, before the results come in, New Yorkers have to actually get out and vote—and here, you’ll find everything you need to know about voting on November 8, from when polls are open to what not to do in the voting booth.

When to vote

Polls open at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m. And yes, you’re guaranteed the right to take time from work to vote—New York state law states that workers who cannot take time outside of work hours to vote may take up to two hours to visit their local polling spot. (It also can’t hurt to familiarize yourself with the NYC voters’ bill of rights beforehand.)

Be warned: If early voting in other states is any indication, there will likely be long lines at the polls on Tuesday. Plan accordingly!

Where to vote

If you’re unsure of where your polling place is located, fret not: there are a few ways to find out where you need to go. The website Voting.NYC has a handy tool that lets you input your address to find out where your polling site is; Google also has a handy widget that lets you find that information, which you can do below:

What to do if you’re harassed while voting

It’s not exactly a pleasant thing to think about, but considering the fervor surrounding this election, there’s a chance—however minuscule—that there may be instances of voter intimidation on Tuesday. The New York City Civil Liberties Union has you covered in that case: There’s a guide to your rights as a voter, along with recommendations on what to do should those rights be threatened, or harassment happen, while going to the polls.

One crucial thing to know: “The NYCLU’s partner the national Election Protection Hotline provides assistance to voters before and after the election, and on Election Day. Call 866-OUR-VOTE for help.”

There’s also a detailed guide on what to do if you’re harassed or intimidated from 866-OUR-VOTE’s website.

What to do with your phone down while you’re voting

Put it away! As ridiculous as this particular rule may seem, it is a rule nonetheless: selfies in the ballot booth are verboten. Save the selfie for later, once you’ve gotten your cool “I voted!” sticker and won’t run afoul of the law.


Historic Fulton Mall building’s rental conversion takes shape in Brooklyn

For $165,000, Live at the St. Regis for less than a month each year

See the skyline views from the Parkline, PLG’s 23-story tower

Historic Upper East Side townhouse with high-tech upgrades wants $9.4M

The steam shower can be operated remotely

The brokerbabble for this "stunning renovation" in the Upper East Side’s Treadwell Farm Historic District promises a "West Coast aesthetic with high-tech conveniences." It's a pretty apt description for this sleek four-story townhouse. It may be historic on the outside, but inside, the $9.4 million home is overwhelmingly contemporary, but for occasional exposed brick and some well-placed warm wood.

The open concept first floor has a slick living room, an all-white cook’s kitchen, and a glassy dining area, while the downstairs garden floor offers the equally crisp, all-white media room. (Both levels have floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on an irrigated garden, which appears to be so well groomed as to be basically unrecognizable as part of the natural world.) Elsewhere, there's a pair of large bedrooms, both with en-suite baths; a den with a kitchenette; a solarium; and a master suite with a massive, wifi-controlled (!) steam shower, an architectural soaking tub, and an integrated sound system. There is also a private rooftop terrace.

In fact, pretty much all systems in the home can be operated remotely: in addition to the steam shower, the lighting, the heating, security, video, entertainment, and audio can all be controlled from afar.


FiDi condo board unhappy about plans for the 9/11 Tribute Center’s expansion

“It makes no logical sense”

Back in June, the 9/11 Tribute Center announced a plan to move into the 35,000-square-foot retail space at 88 Greenwich Street. But according to The Real Deal, the building’s condo board is none too pleased with the idea, going so far as to file a suit against Thor Equities and the September 11th Families’ Association to block the plan.

The specific issue is the location of the Center’s entrance, which is slated to go right next to the entrance for the condos. The proximity of the two entrances, the suit claims, will “undoubtedly cause confusion amongst Tribute Center visitors, who are likely to enter the condominium’s main lobby countless times per day, believing they are entering the tribute center.” As an alternative, the condo board proposes that Thor move the center’s entrance to the Rector Street side of the building.

“We welcome the Tribute Center as neighbors,” Adam Leitman Bailey, an attorney for the condo board, told TRD. “But it makes no logical sense for Thor to put the entrance door right next to the residential building, inviting chaos and dangerous conditions for the occupants and visitors on a small residential street, when a better, larger location exists for the entrance door on the other side of the building.”

So far, though, Thor—which has full control of the $25 million commercial condominium—doesn’t seem to be having it. “We fully support the 9/11 Tribute center and its ongoing commitment to the Financial District,” a company spokesperson said. “This complaint is an insult to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks.”

The new Greenwich Street location has three times as much space as the center’s current location, at 120 Liberty Street. Once expanded, the center anticipates approximately 750,000 to 1 million visitors each year.


Experience Flatiron from a hammock overlooking Madison Square Park

In photos: The Astor Place Cube as it’s returned to the East Village

Gene Kaufman designs another ‘deeply unexciting’ Midtown hotel

Talks to revive 421-a tax break program inch forward

Governor Cuomo is working to hammer out a deal with developers, construction workers

A revived 421-a tax break program may soon be in the offing, and this new version could see exemption on buildings extended to 45 years from the previous 25 years, Politico reports.

Talks of the revival first surfaced in August this year. The main point of contention that led to the program’s expiration in January this year was union-level wages. Despite a proposal to extend the exemption to 35 years last summer, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and the Building and Construction Trades Council of New York were not able to come to an agreement on wages.

Now it appears that Governor Andrew Cuomo, developers, and workers unions are in the midst of closed-door negotiations to hammer out a final proposal to renew the program, which has seen the city lose over $1.2 billion in revenue this year, according to Politico.

From what we do know so far, the group overall is considering an average wage of $60/hour for workers on projects with 300 or more apartments that are in most parts of Manhattan and on the waterfront in Brooklyn and Queens. In other parts of Queens and Brooklyn it would be $45/hour on average.

The program was previously criticized for favoring real estate developers and not creating enough affordable units, not just in terms of quantity but also the income range they were being offered at. Construction unions argued prior to the expiration that just the developers were making bank on the projects.

Since the program’s expiration, the city has seen almost no new applications for rental buildings, The administration on its part however has argued that its intention to create 80,000 new units of low and middle-income apartments will not be affected regardless of the program’s existence.


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Thursday, 3 November 2016

Bronx’s Barnes & Noble will shutter due to increasing rent

The borough will lose its only major bookstore

The Bronx will lose one of its beloved gems as the borough’s only major bookstore, Barnes & Noble has announced plans to shutter it doors come January 2017, reports the New York Times.

The Bay Plaza Shopping center bookstore will close due to a rent increase that will welcome a Saks Off 5th retail store in its place, sparking outrage among Bronx residents. "We can’t even afford Saks clothing," one Bronx resident told the Times.

In 2014, the bookstore, which has been open in Bay Plaza since 1999, was nearly forced to close due to the same scenario, but local officials were able to help the chain and the site’s developers come to a common agreement. This time, they weren’t so lucky but it’s not because they didn’t try.

In a statement, Barnes & Noble said that they fought hard to prevent shutting down the Baychester store but just couldn’t afford to pay the increased rent. However, the company promises to seek a new location within the borough once they figure out how to adjust their business model in a world where hard copy books are not as popular as they once were. The brand will work with local officials to ensure their return within the next two years.

"My office will continue to work with Barnes & Noble in the coming months to help identify potential locations for new retail sites in our borough that will work with their updated business model, and we will continue to support our libraries, as well as independent bookstores and other businesses that connect Bronxites with books," declared Bronx borough President Ruben Diaz Jr while remaining adamant that he will work hard in seeing to it that the store reopens soon.


Financier settles one fraction of legal woes with the Dakota's co-op board

Alphonse Fletcher Jr. coughed up $123,000 so his mother could stay in her apartment

Alphonse Fletcher Jr. has a long and complicated history with famed Upper West Side co-op The Dakota. There was the lawsuit he filed alleging racism against the building’s co-op board, which he once helmed; the court-ordered sale of the $12 million apartment he shared with wife and former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao to pay legal fees for said suit and to reimburse investors defrauded by Fletcher’s asset management company; and now, another development.

The Post reports that Fletcher has quietly agreed to a sum that will keep his mother in the apartment he purchased for her in 2002 (h/t The Real Deal). When Fletcher’s hedge fund went broke in the years following the purchase, the former Wall Street wiz wasn’t able to keep up with maintenance and service costs for the building.

The Dakota sued Fletcher’s mom in Housing Court seeking $108,000 in April. The case was settled in October, with Fletcher coughing up $122,588.60. A person close to the case said that of that sum, $103,000 would go towards an unpaid assessment for roof repairs. With the settlement, Fletcher’s mom maintained the ability to stay in the apartment.

The same does not go for Fletcher, whose two-bedroom, three-bathroom pad is on the market for $12 million.


Domed Police Building penthouse is still beautiful, still wants $35M

Extell’s Harlem Pathmark-replacing project finally takes off

The developer has filed demolition plans two years after purchasing the site

Two years after it was first announced, Extell’s Pathmark-replacing project in Harlem is finally moving forward, Crain’s reports. Extell purchased the Pathmark building in 2014 for $39 million and subsequently bought out the grocery chain’s lease for $21 million after the company filed for bankruptcy. Extell also purchased the neighboring former U.S. Post Office building for $10 million that year, and by the end of it all had amassed a nearly full block-size property bounded by Lexington and Third Avenues and East 124th and 125th Streets.

There’s been a long radio silence since, but Crain’s has now learned that Extell filed demolition plans for the post office building and the Pathmark in September this year. Real estate experts told Crain’s that Extell could build up to 613,605 square feet of residential space at the site if it adhered to the city’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing policy and created affordable units at the site. That would mean about 600 apartments overall.

The site is part of a 2008 rezoning effort of 125th Street and hence the recently proposed East Harlem rezoning effort doesn’t really affect this particular site. Extell will likely have to create some kind of commercial space and community facility here too. The latter could be a pre-k facility or a doctor’s office. No word yet on when demolition work will actually get underway.


UWS condo Ivy Park isn’t inspired by Beyoncé, has apartments priced from $885,000

Geraldo Rivera wants $7.2M for his Upper East Side apartment after 1 year

Rivera is looking to make a sizable profit on the sale

Now this is what you call flipped. Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera is looking to unload his expansive Upper East Side home for $1.6 million more than what he purchased it for about a year and a half ago, reports the Observer.

Rivera and his wife purchased the 2,500-square-foot apartment back in May 2015 for $5.6 million. The couple didn’t have to move very far, as they were already living in another unit within the building, located at 45 East 89th Street, just four floors down. After acquiring the sprawling four-bedroom, three-bathroom space, the Riveras opted to make some changes, completing what became a four-month-long renovation process. Perhaps that may explain why they now want $7.2 million for the space.

Love him or hate him, the controversial news anchor does have a pretty stunning home. There are lovely oak floors, a windowed kitchen, and oversized windows that allow for stunning views of Central Park. Is it all worth $7.2 million? We’ll let you be the judge of that.


East Village one-bedroom is small on space but big on style

The place is small but the price and location can’t be beat

Welcome back to The Six Digit Club, in which we take a look at a newish-to-market listing priced under $1 million, because nice things sometimes come in small packages. Send nominations to the tipline.

How does an East Village apartment that’s been featured on Apartment Therapy, Houzz, and Domino end up asking just $499,000? It could be because the listing touts it as a one-bedroom, despite the floorplan painting a seemingly different picture.

In any case, chic apartment, which appears to be a studio with a sleeping alcove (which the brokerbabble calls "an organizer's dream," with built-in storage), has been renovated but maintains much of its pre-war appeal. Ceiling heights reach 9.5 feet, while white-painted brick walls line the living and dining room, and the common space is highlighted by a decorative fireplace. The kitchen boasts custom cabinets and fancy appliances as well as a washer/dryer combo. The modern bathroom comes with a glass-encased shower, marble counters, a large closet, and more built-ins.

So really, it's not too shabby—even with monthly maintenance, which is an extra $540 a month.


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Park Avenue’s gorgeous St. Bartholomew’s Church is now a national landmark

The house of worship, which opened in 1930, is one of 10 new historic landmarks

There are more than 100 National Historic Landmarks in New York City, and now, another site can be added to that list: The Department of the Interior announced that the stunning St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, located on Park Avenue and 50th Street, is one of 10 newly designated national landmarks.

"These 10 new national historic landmarks reveal important pieces of our nation’s diverse heritage through art, architecture and stories of community and identity," Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said in a statement. Other sites chosen this year include the Mississippi State Capitol building, the James Merrill House in Connecticut, and "the only surviving earthen anthropomorphic mound in North America," located in Wisconsin.

Some backstory on St. Bart’s: The Park Avenue building, the third one the congregation has occupied, was designed by Bertram Goodhue (though part of the facade, from one of the church’s earlier iterations, was a Stanford White joint) and and opened in 1930, 12 years after construction initially began.

It was designated a New York City landmark back in 1967, and was at the center of a lawsuit over the addition of a 47-story tower to the spot where the church’s community house currently stands. (The church wanted the skyscraper to go up, the city didn’t; the latter ultimately prevailed, preserving the structure as-is.)

It’s been a good year for national landmarks and monuments in New York—the Stonewall National Monument was made official over the summer, and now this. Getting the city’s seal of approval as a landmark is one thing, but the federal designation offers a whole other level of protection for historic sites.

Here’s what the DOI had to say about St. Bart’s:

St. Bartholomew’s Church is a pivotal example of the work of Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue and an outstanding example of early 20th-century ecclesiastical architecture. Begun in 1918 and completed in 1930, St. Bartholomew’s is a colorful Romanesque structure with Byzantine features and rich decoration. Goodhue’s masterful design is a successful realization of complex functional, aesthetic, and spiritual requirements: a harmonious setting for the Romanesque triple portal and the best spatial arrangement and distribution of masses in which all can see and hear the preacher, view the altar and participate in the service.

A much-deserved honor, indeed.


For $1.4M, a rustic-chic condo in Jay Z's onetime Boerum Hill home

Jay gave this Brooklyn building a shout out in "Empire State of Mind"

No, Jay Z never lived in this particular two-bedroom duplex, but he did once live at 560 State Street, as documented in "Empire State of Mind." But it's highly unlikely that this condo, currently listed for $1.4 million, is what he envisioned when he was using the building as a stash spot.

In any case, the rustic-chic "historical yet modern" condo has some nice things going for it. The living area offers three huge windows and high ceilings, plus custom shelving made out of wood from a reclaimed NYC water tower. The main room bleeds into a huge open kitchen, outfitted with snazzy red cabinets and —in keeping with the whole local theme—New York State-sourced slate countertops and windowsills. The windows themselves face out onto the enormous "euro-inspired" brick common courtyard, adding "serenity to the home," and also what looks like a nice place to grill. The upstairs level houses a huge master bedroom with a big closet, a "quality-sized" second bedroom, a washer/dryer, and subway-tiled full bath, allowing you to feel vaguely like you are commuting at all times.

Speaking of commuting: it’s hard to imagine a location better suited to it, given that this place is right across the street from the 11 subway lines at Atlantic Avenue. Other perks include a full-time super, a laundry room (not that you’ll need it), and that sprawling courtyard.


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The best ice skating rinks in New York City

As temperatures drop across New York City, we've got ice-skating on the brain

The first harbinger of the holiday season in New York City: ice skating. The city's many outdoor rinks open to the public earlier and earlier every year, with the first few welcoming skaters at the beginning of October—yes, really. (Damn you, seasonal creep!) But now that there's actually a chill in the air, the time feels right to lace up a pair of skates and start practicing some pirouettes. And would-be skaters aren't limited to the tourist-clogged rinks in Manhattan: there are plenty of less crowded places to skate in the outer boroughs, including a pretty little outdoor rink in Staten Island. Read on for more of our favorites, in handy map form.


Vibrant Dumbo loft with spectacular Manhattan views seeks $5.8M

The unique apartment is in the very heart of Dumbo

The first thing that’s eye catching about this Dumbo duplex loft is its expansive double-height living area. But its unencumbered views out onto Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Manhattan skyline beyond are the true focal point here. The apartment stands at the terminus of Old Fulton Street—directly across the street from some of the neighborhood’s most vaunted restaurants including, er, Shake Shack—in the heart of Dumbo.

The two-bedroom, convertible three-bedroom loft covers just shy of 3,000 square feet and, per its listing, sports over $500,000 of renovations. That presumably includes the custom curved staircase, updated kitchen with Viking range, and marble master bathroom with steam shower. The loft also has a 400-square-foot private rooftop terrace, as if the views from the apartment weren’t enough. The loft is asking $5.495 million.


Macklowe’s more modest Midtown condos will average about $4M

Well, "modest" when compared to the developer's nearby 432 Park Avenue

While Macklowe Properties’ 432 Park tower continues to make headlines with its überpricey apartments, its more modest development at 200 East 59th Street revealed approximate pricing and while there likely won't be any $82 million penthouses, it's still plenty expensive.

According to The Real Deal, the 35-story CetraRuddy-designed tower will offer 68 condos, three of which will be penthouses, averaging about $4 million a piece. The average apartment size should be somewhere around 1,490 square feet, with a total of 99,848 square feet of residential space and another 18,000 square feet being designated to retail space. Additionally, each floor will have its own wraparound terraces once the building is complete.

Macklowe Properties is projecting a sellout of just over $264 million. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.


Apple’s second Brooklyn store will land in Fort Greene

The tech giant has leased a 12,000-square-foot space for ten years

Well, this won’t make Bronx officials happy. Brooklyn is getting its second Apple store within Fort Greene’s 32-story mixed-use tower at 300 Ashland Place, reports The Real Deal. The tech company has reportedly leased a 12,000-square-foot space on the ground floor of the building, developed by Two Trees and designed by Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos. The off-market deal included a 10-year lease for an undisclosed monthly rent.

When it opens, the Fort Greene outpost will become Apple’s 11th location in New York City, with every borough but the Bronx boasting a store. In July, Apple opened its first Brooklyn location at 247 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, along with popular grocery chain Whole Foods, leaving no doubt that Bedford Avenue has officially reached peak gentrification.

300 Ashland Place, which began leasing over the summer, features 379 rental units, with 76 of those priced below market-rate for those who qualify. In addition to the forthcoming Apple store, the base will include a dance studio, a new Brooklyn Public Library branch, and a four-screen BAM theater.