Sunday, 31 July 2016

Photos that capture the beauty of NYC in black and white

Sales launch recap: here’s what hit the market this week

Renovated classic Bed-Stuy townhouse with original details asks $2.249 million

This week’s roundup features lovely homes in Boerum Hill, Bushwick, Kensington, and more

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.

194 Van Buren Street: According the listing, this four-story multi-family home, located in Bed-Stuy, was built in 1899 and has recently received a gut renovation that brought its current white-and-black theme into play. The sweeping home has a total of seven bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, three kitchens, three living rooms, a terrace, and rooftop deck. The home’s fa├žade was renewed when during the renovation and some original details like the antique molding while things like the marble-clad kitchen and bathrooms are entirely new. Asking price is $2.249 million.

69 Clara Street: This sunny Kensington one-family home is surrounded by windows that invite in loads of natural light. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home boasts hardwood floors throughout, high ceilings, an open living/dining room, finished basement, and a landscaped backyard. Asking price is $1.25 million.

1211 Hancock Street: Despite its new renovation, the two-family townhouse located in Bushwick still maintains much of its original details, with some having been restored to perfection. Though there isn’t a floorplan associated with its listing, the home is said to have six bedrooms and three bathrooms, along with a finished basement and backyard garden. The kitchen has been renovated and now features modern appliances while original highlights like the fireplace, crown moldings, wainscoting, and lovely pocket doors. Asking price is $1.295 million.

449 Degraw Street: If this house looks familiar it’s probably because it’s not the first time it’s been in the weekly townhouse roundup. When we featured it back in January, the elegant and thoughtfully designed townhouse was asking $3.89 million. This time around, the four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom Boerum Hill home wants $3.595 million. Among its amenities are a modern fireplace, formal dining room, huge bedrooms, marble bathrooms, and landscaped backyard.


Saturday, 30 July 2016

Historic Prospect Park South mansion sold two hours after hitting market

After luxe living in the Financial District, a woman seeks frugality on the UES

She went from an amenity-filled building to more modest living uptown

Every "The Hunt" column begins with the Hunters describing the apartment they want, and ends with them rationalizing whatever they came away with. This is The Hunt: Dreams vs. Reality.

The Hunters: Bailey Stanbury


Dream: $1,900 a month

Reality: $2,200 a month


Dream: Upper East Side

Reality: Upper East Side


Dream: Large studio, natural light

Reality: Large studio, natural light


After graduating from Pennsylvania State University, Bailey Stanbury, a 26-year-old educational director from New Jersey, moved to New York where she and her boyfriend at the time lived in a pricey Financial District studio where the couple paid $2,665 a month in a luxury building.

Her split from her boyfriend led her to seek a studio of her own, making it the first time she would be alone in the city. Stanbury knew a few friends living on the Upper East Side so she decided to apartment hunt there with a budget of $1,900 a month in place. With such budget, she knew she wouldn’t get all of the amenities that her previous building offered but she hoped for a spacious studio with natural light, preferably recently renovated, and not located above the third floor of a walk-up.

After being shown several places by different ages, she realized that her budget wasn’t enough to get her what she wanted so she raised it to $2,000.

Over the course of her hunt, Stanbury dealt with agents showing her places well above her budget, being taken to apartments much different than her expressed interests, and even unresponsive agents. With increasing frustration, Stanbury solicited the help of a friend who happened to be the CEO of MyGradPad, a rental agency tailored toward the needs of recent graduates and young professionals.

With an even higher budget of $2,200 now in place, she visited a one-bedroom on East 76th Street asking $2,150 a month and another asking $2,125 but passed on both of them since the first room was too small and the other place was too noisy. With time winding down, Stanbury decided to settle on a rectangular studio apartment asking $2,200 a month. The place was sunny and had plenty of storage closets. Furthermore, it was located in an elevator building with a laundry room. Though she didn’t like the street noise, she decided to work around that issue and purchased herself a white noise machine to help drown it out.


5 homes to see in Gramercy Park this Sunday

Lovely homes from $725,000 to $2.2 million are looking for occupants.

133 East 15th Street #3C: It’s a surprise that this rustic-designed duplex isn’t asking seven figures. The lovely one-bedroom co-op offers exposed brick walls in several rooms, high ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, and bathrooms fit for royalty. Asking price is $900,000.

When: Sunday, July 31st (12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

207 E 21st Street #5D: This cozy apartment has just the right amounts of detail and charm. While it’s not super-fancy, the one-bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom has its highlights like the fully renovated kitchen, comfortably-sized bedroom, and open living/dining room. A smaller room can accommodate a home office or a smaller room, there’s three large closets, and the standing option to add a washer/dryer unit. Asking price is $725,000.

When: Sunday, July 31st (2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

32 Gramercy Park S #6B: The layout for this one-bedroom, one-bathroom co-op is simple yet stylish. The sunny pad has a large living room and sizable kitchen and bedroom with five closets spread throughout, allowing for plenty of storage space. Asking price is $875,000.

When: Sunday, July 31st (11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

160 East 22nd Street #14B: According to the listing, this one-bedroom apartment has never been occupied. Among the details in this airy space are floor-to-ceiling windows, white oak floors, top-of-the-line kitchen appliances, and a washer/dryer unit. Asking price is $1.725 million.

When: Sunday, July 31st (2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

61 Irving Place #1A: This charming two-bedroom apartment is located within a prewar co-op building and has a lot going for it. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home comes with a loft that can be converted into another bedroom, an en-suite master bedroom, sunken living room, exposed brick, and oversized windows. Asking price is $2.2 million.

When: Sunday, July 31st (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)


Friday, 29 July 2016

Gorgeous West Village ‘timepiece’ seeks $7.15M after mod update

The 19th-century townhouse has gotten some new additions

There are a lot of flowery descriptors in the listing for this West Village townhouse, located on Washington Street close to Hudson River Park: "rare and unique"; "a classic, well-designed timepiece"; "impeccable move-in condition"; you get the drill. But it’s a pretty 19th-century Federal-style townhouse (one, it must be said, of many in the West Village) that has been carefully restored and renovated, so at least some of the platitudes are spot-on.

The house was last purchased in 2014, and the current owner sunk $500,000 into renovations on the home—oak flooring, custom cabinetry in the kitchen, new fixtures throughout, and the like. But those upgrades mean that the owner is now seeking a bit of a profit: the sale price in 2014 was $6 million; now, it’s listed for $7.15 million.

In addition to the modern additions, the house has a landmarked facade (as part of the Greenwich Village Historic District) and some of its pre-war details, along with a lovely little backyard, five bedrooms, and three and a half bathrooms.


Spacious Hudson Heights co-op with a sunken living room seeks $739,000

This two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment spans 1,050 square feet

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.

Promising views of the Hudson River and touting its proximity to Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters, this two-bedroom, one-bathroom co-op in Hudson Heights is now on the market asking $739,000. The apartment opens up into a foyer that leads to the apartment’s dining room. Just off of that is perhaps one of the nicest spaces in this co-op, the sunken living room. The apartment also boasts a rather spacious master bedroom that comes with an attached bathroom, and the second bedroom can be converted into a study, as per the brokerbabble.

Some of the other standout features in this unit include nine-foot tall beamed ceilings, basket weave floors, five closets spread out throughout the apartment, and nine windows. Amenities in the building include laundry, bike storage, and tranquil looking courtyard garden.


Billionaire-funded museum will open at Peter Marino-designed Chelsea condo

An investment banker will create a gallery in The Getty (not to be confused with the L.A. museum) from his private art collection

The amenities offered within luxury condos nowadays run the gamut from run-of-the-mill (fitness studios, residents’ lounges) to the ridiculously over-the-top (private jet service, private restaurant helmed by a Michelin-starred chef). But a perk coming to The Getty, the High Line-hugging condo by Victor Group and Michael Shvo (not to be confused with the Los Angeles museum of the same name), is a new one: The condo will be home to a museum featuring pieces from the private art collection of J. Tomilson Hill, a vice chairman of I-banking firm the Blackstone Group.

According to a profile in the Times, Hill is pals with Peter Marino, the leather-loving architect working on the Getty; Marino has designed seven (!) homes for Hill and his wife, so the pairing is, apparently, natural. The Hills have an art collection valued around $800 million that spans a multitude of genres and eras, and includes works by Francis Bacon, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly, Pablo Picasso, and more. (It probably won’t be a surprise that Hill’s total net worth is estimated to be more than $1 billion, thanks in part to that collection.)

But the museum within The Getty isn’t intended to simply be a vanity project: The Times piece notes that there’ll be a full-time curator on board to helm exhibits, though the couple—who will be working with the project through their Hill Art Foundation—will almost certainly have input on what’s shown there. From the piece:

In his new space — which will have a full-time curator and security staff — Mr. Hill is particularly interested in the juxtaposition of different artists and eras, just as the Frick show paired his bronzes with his postwar art.

Mr. Hill also wants to explore artists in relationship to one another — how Bacon claimed Rembrandt was an inspiration, for example, "but never acknowledged he was influenced by Rubens," he said. (Mr. Hill owns five Rubens.)

The museum, which will span 6,400-square-feet, is expected to open in the fall of 2017—and even though it’s within a very fancy building, it’ll be free and open to the public. You can’t say that about most condo amenities.

A Billionaire Is Opening a Private Art Museum in Manhattan [NYT]


Hudson Yards leads Manhattan’s building boom

A new map looks construction in the borough over the past decade

Unsurprisingly the west side of Manhattan has become a haven for new construction, an examination of building permits issued across the city over the last 10 years by The Real Deal has revealed. Leading the pack was the 10001 zip code, which largely comprises of Hudson Yards and stretches from the Hudson River all the way to Fifth Avenue. The boom in that zip code is of course largely contributed by the over 17 million square feet of development taking place in Hudson Yards with new residential, commercial and office buildings on the way. Related Companies’s office tower at 35 Hudson Yards, welcomed its first tenant in May this year.

The zip codes surrounding that followed close behind with a huge surge of development in Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West namely the zip codes of 10036, 10019, 10011, and 10018. In Chelsea, there are several projects in various stages of construction along the High Line, and further up north along 57th Street, a part of which is commonly referred to as Billionaire’s Row, though the pace of development there may now be slowing down.

Outside of this concentration the Lower East Side, East Harlem, and the World Trade Center are also centers of massive development. Technically the World Trade Center sites did not need new permits, but TRD decided to include them in the map due to the scale of development happening there.

Check out the map TRD created below and the permits issued for various neighborhoods in Manhattan.

Modern Bergen Beach home with serious Miami vibes wants $949,000

The ultra-modern house in South Brooklyn has an … interesting look

South Brooklyn is filled with homes that are wholly unique—lit-from-within mansions in Marine Park, adorable bungalows in Gerritsen Beach, over-the-top compounds in Mill Basin, and the like. And now, we can add this modern Bergen Beach house, asking $949,000, to that list.

The listing touts it as a "special house for a special buyer," which may be because the interiors don’t seem to have been updated since the 1980s—and seem to have been transported from some kind of Miami-themed fever dream. (And we’re not just talking about the Day-Glo furniture; there’s definitely a vibe with the all-white walls and floors, and the bathroom lighting and design.)

As for the rest of the house, there are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a deck, and a heated in-ground pool. But don’t get your heart set on the enormous chandelier in one of the bedrooms—that, at least, is not included. (We can only imagine the house where it may end up, if the decor here is any indication.…)


The Bronx is booming: borough leads city in new residential permits

Brooklyn was dethroned after four consecutive years at the top

While the overall residential permits issued in the city dropped by over 50 percent in the last year, the Bronx has emerged on top among the boroughs for the most number of permits issued in the first six months of this year, DNAinfo reports, based on a recently issued report by the Building Congress of New York.

The drop in permits was expectedly the result of the 421-a tax break program expiring at the start of the year, and the anticipation that it would not be renewed for the few months before that.

Between July 1, 2015 and June 30th this year, the city’s Department of Buildings issued permits to authorize the construction of 20,144 units housing. Over the same timeframe the previous year, the DOB authorized the construction of 52,618 units.

That might seem like a dramatic drop, but developers had made a beeline to file plans that year anticipating that 421-a would expire, so 2014-2015 experienced a relative surge regardless. The over 20,000 units of housing authorized is in line with the yearly average of 19,928 units of housing authorized between 2005-2014.

After leading the race among the boroughs for the last four years consecutively, Brooklyn fell to second place behind the Bronx. The DOB authorized 1,926 units of housing in the borough in the first six months of this year, followed by Brooklyn at 1,394. Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island were in the third, fourth, and fifth place respectively.

The Bronx accounted for 32 percent of all new permits, which is a huge increase on its average over the past five years which hovered at about 11 percent.

"Brooklyn has been on an epic run over the last few years with Manhattan and Queens right behind it," Richard T. Anderson, the president of the Building Congress, said in a statement. "But as of now, 2016 is shaping up to be the year that the development community finally rediscovered the Bronx."

The massive surge in development in the Bronx has of course raised several concerns as well. A recent feature by the Village Voice examined a proposed rezoning along Jerome Avenue and the impact it would have on working class jobs in the borough.


Harlem nursing home sues AG over barred sale to scandalized care provider

Allure Group is at the center of the Rivington House scandal on the Lower East Side

As the investigation into the sale of Lower East Side nursing home Rivington House continues from all angles by authority on high, other real estate transactions of The Allure Group continue to be probed. Case in point, a deal to sell a Harlem nursing home to the scandalized care provider is getting lots of attention from New York’s Attorney General these days.

Earlier this week, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman moved to block the sale of the Greater Harlem Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility on 138th Street to Allure Group, backtracking on its initial approval in June. Now the nursing home is pushing back against the attorney general’s office by asking a Manhattan court to dismiss a subpoena for three years worth of records from the care provider, NYDN reports, claiming that the timeframe is too broad and would require too much to be produced.

The Post reports that the Harlem facility has taken it one step further, suing Schneiderman for trying to block the sale. A lawyer for the facility says that the attorney general’s office hasn’t given them "any indication whatsoever that any violation or any statute actionable or prosecutable has occurred." The facility is using that argument to prop up their legal objection to the AG’s attempt to bar the sale.

A spokesman for Schneiderman has refuted that claim, saying, "As our office has documented in great and troubling detail, Allure made clear and repeated promises to continue the operation of nursing homes for the benefit of a vulnerable population — promises that proved to be false."

The Allure Group purchased Lower East Side nursing home Rivington House for $28 million in 2014, before paying the city $16 million to lift a restriction on the lot’s use and selling the building for $116 million to a consortium of developers eyeing the site for luxury condos. The series of transactions has put the care provider in hot water with the Attorney General and Department of Investigations, who are probing the series of events that made the sale possible as well as the intentions of Allure.


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New York Knicks star snags three apartments in huge Midtown West rental

The 24-year-old forward is renting a corner penthouse for $8,000 a month

New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis is taking up residency in a Hell’s Kitchen luxury tower, reports the Real Deal. The 7'3" rookie sensation has rented not one but three apartments within Moinian Group’s 71-story tower, Sky, located at 605 West 42nd Street (it’s also NYC’s largest rental tower). Porzingis allegedly snatched up a corner penthouse for himself that was asking $8,000 a month and rented the other apartments for his two brothers.

Perhaps it was Sky’s NBA regulation-sized basketball court, said to have been designed by Porzingis’s teammate Carmelo Anthony, that appealed to him. Or maybe other amenities like the indoor and outdoor pools, billiards room, private green space, and glorious views of the Hudson River helped sealed the deal.


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Chelsea Clinton's Former Madison Square Park Pad Already in Contract

After being listed for less than three weeks, the home has found a buyer

After a mere 18 days on the market, the NoMad apartment once owned by daughter of the Democratic presidential nominee Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, has already entered into contract, reports the New York Observer. The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom condo, overlooking Fifth Avenue in The Grand Madison building, was sold by Clinton and Mezvinsky back in 2013 for $4.75 million; they relocated to a larger pad in the Flatiron District.

The 1,922-square-foot home features amenities like ten-foot ceilings, an open chef’s kitchen, and built-in speakers throughout. Last listed for $5.995 million, it is unclear what the home actually sold for.

UPDATE: The Observer reports that the apartment sold for its full $5.995 million ask.


Thursday, 28 July 2016

Adorable West Village co-op packing prewar charm asks $595,000

The cozy space comes with a huge marble fireplace

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.

Brokerbabble describes this West Village junior one-bedroom as "the perfect jewel box of a home," and actually we think that’s a pretty precise descriptor.

This adorable co-op apartment, asking $595,000, is located on the second floor in a 19th-century building and emanates plenty of prewar charm. The focal point of the home is the Italian marble fireplace situated in the center of the living and is accented by features like the neighboring built-in bookcases and double-pane windows.

The small bedroom has a wall lined with William Morris-designed floral wallpaper while the renovated kitchen brings a contemporary touch to the home through its modern appliances and smooth wood cabinetry. Other highlights include the nine-foot high ceilings, original wood floors, and access to the "secret" courtyard that is enclosed by four other co-op buildings.


Yet another MTA fare hike may be coming next year

The subway fare may be rising to $3 in 2017

In MTA’s most recent board meeting, Chief Financial Officer Robert Foran advocated to hike fares for the transit system, including Mertro-North as well as increasing toll prices for bridges and tunnels.

According to Lohud, Foran presented next year’s preliminary budget and four-year financial operating plan,arguing that without raising fares and tolls, the MTA would be stuck with financial woes by 2020. "The biennial fare and toll increase needs to be pursued. If all our costs are growing with inflation, and we’re not able to raise fares and tolls, there will be deficits," he stated.

So what does this mean? Well, the MTA would have to hold public hearings before moving forward with the hike but if successful, the fare for subway and bus rides would rise from $2.75 to $3.00 in 2017 and from there another two percent in 2019. Metro-North fares would be increased anywhere from 2.2 percent to over 6 percent, varying by stations.

Though MTA’s CEO Thomas Prendergrast reassured that the hike is just a projection with updates pending a November review of the plan, in the likelihood that it moves forward, the extra revenue will fund various enhancements across the MTA. Among them are Wi-Fi enhanced subway cars, station renovations, track clean up, and a new system of fare payment that could eliminate the use of Metro cards.


Restored Beaux-Arts building in Harlem now leasing its luxury rentals

The 10-story building features 45 apartments

Located right across from Morningside Park, this Beaux-Arts style building sat vacant for over a decade after being ravaged by a fire in 2002. Then Renaissance Realty Group scooped it up in 2013 for $18 million, and began a restoration and transformation of the building into a 10-story luxury rental with 45 apartments. Leasing on those apartments is now under way with prices starting at $2,600 per month for a one-bedroom apartment.

Of the apartments currently listed on 92 Morningside Avenue’s website, prices range from $3,175 per month for a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment , and goes up $6,925 per month for a four bedroom, two bathroom apartment. The units range in size from one-to-four bedrooms and the penthouse here is likely to rent for $15,000 per month.

Located on Morningside Ave. between West 122nd and West 123rd Streets, the building was designed by ND Architecture & Design, and some of the standout features of the apartments include a Carrara marble-clad entry, a 6-foot deep soaking bathtub with a manufactured Calacatta Gold tiled face in the bathroom, and German-manufactured Alno walnut cabinetry in the kitchen.

Amenities in the building include a gym, a pet spa, a children’s playroom, and a residents’ lounge with a kitchen among others.


New York Botanical Garden’s stinky corpse flower is blooming right now

It’s so grotesque that it’s hard to look away

After percolating in its own rotting flesh-scented pouch for nearly a decade, New York Botanical Garden’s Titan Arum, or corpse flower, is now in bloom. NYBG is live-streaming the event, and that just might be the way to view here. The flower that originates in Sumatra, Indonesia is so named for the repulsive stench it lets out as it begins to unfurl. (The NYBG notes that this stench is to attract pollinators that feed on dead animals. Oh, great.) In a hypothetical battle between hot, juicy street trash and this, the flower just might win.

The first corpse flower to bloom domestically was at the NYBG in 1937. In the heat of today’s momentous occasion, the garden remembers the event with a historic photograph. One thing’s for sure: that spadix (the weird fleshy-looking protrusion) is hard to miss.

The corpse flower will only be blooming for 24 for 36 hours. It began to show peeks of its beet red guts this afternoon, meaning the best of the spectacle is only hours away. Tune in below—this won’t happen again in New York City for about another decade.

Big Reveal: $995,000 for a Windsor Terrace 2BR With Prospect Park Views

The spacious apartment has amazing views of Prospect Park

Price guesses for this week’s price spotter were interesting, to say the least, with Scorpion68 guessing a comical "99 cents" and others guessing more believable prices ranging from $775,000 to $1.1 million. While Someone98 came scathingly close with their guess of $990,000, it was omarrr who hit the nail on the head guessing the correct asking amount of $995,000.

The two-bedroom co-op is located at 135 Prospect Park Southwest in Windsor Terrace and seemed to be overall pleasing based on the comments it received. Omarrr called it "honest" after stating that he really like the place and while Trilby16 took issue with the textured walls and the basic kitchen, they reasoned that it is indeed spacious. Several commenters really liked the green bathroom tiles and the Prospect Park views were a definite win.

Now that you’ve seen the price, have another look at the pad and see if you think it’s worth what it’s asking.


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Wacky Soho Bachelor Pad Returns With the Same $4.5M Ask

The saga of this strange Soho bachelor pad continues, and it would appear that its current owners haven’t taken any of the common-sense rules of listing real estate to heart. Rather than reducing the price of the home, which first hit the market in 2012, the sellers increased the ask (from $3.5 million to $4.5 million), even though no one has bit in nearly four years.

And instead of toning down the apartment’s, uh, colorful decor—"Ferrari red" kitchen cabinetry, a huge bronze bull’s head on one wall, exposed brick everywhere—the owners have kept it pretty much the same, apparently in the hopes that someone will love this over-the-top pad as-is. (Or that someone who loves a design challenge will swoop in.) In any case, it’s back after a brief period off the market, still with the same $4.5 million ask, and we’d like to say maybe the fourth time will be the charm, but … nah, probably not.


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Ultra-Modern Long Island City Townhouse Seeks $3.2M

The home was built in 2011, and has two duplex apartments with tons of outdoor space

It’s not too often that you see townhouses listed in Long Island City, much less ones that were completed within the past few years. But this modern house on 46th Road is an exception: It’s a new build that was completed in 2011, with two duplex apartments over 3,400 square feet of space. It’s sandwiched in between two smaller houses (and sort of sticks out like a sore thumb, if we’re being honest), but for the right buyer—someone who enjoys modern architecture, or may be looking for something a bit unusual—it could be a good investment.

In addition to the home’s six bedrooms and four bathrooms (again, spread out over two apartments, and two of those bathrooms are "master baths), there’s a finished basement, a backyard, a roof deck, and multiple balconies. The asking price: $3.2 million.


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First Look at Dattner's New South Bronx Affordable Housing Complex

The building is being developed by non-profit organization Services for the Underserved

A rendering has been revealed for the Dattner Architects-designed affordable housing building that will rise at 294 East 162nd Street in the South Bronx, reports YIMBY.

The building, set to rise 12 stories high, is being developed by non-profit organization Services for the Underserved (SUS) in partnership with Alan Bell’s B&B Urban and L+M Development. The mid-rise development will have 126 supportive and below-market units, each with an average size of 919 square feet. Among those, 89 homes will go to families that meet the 60 to 80 percent Area Median Income qualifications, and the remaining 37 apartments will be exclusively for formerly homeless individuals.

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

MoMA Renovations to Include an ‘Open, Light-Filled’ Design Store

The revamped store will open sometime this fall

Perhaps just as popular as the museum across from which it is located, the MoMA Design Store announced this week that it will completely revamp its space at 44 West 53rd Street. The Museum has selected UK-based Lumsden Design and Gensler to collaborate on the project. Their main goal for the store will be to make it feel more open and light-filled.

Other proposed changes include a custom jewelry counter made with glass and bead blasted steel to better view the collection, and uniquely designed displays for products from their tabletop, kitchen, lighting, tech and personal accessories collection.

"Highlighting good design has always been a fundamental part of MoMA’s DNA," Thomas Randon, MoMA’s Retail General Manager, said in a statement. "Because every object sold in the store has been approved by Museum curators, the renovated MoMA Design Store will be integral to our mission of making good design accessible to everyone."

It’s already been over a month since the store closed for renovation, and the revamped store will likely be unveiled sometime this fall. The Design Store opened in 1990, and underwent its first renovation nine years later at the hands of 1100 Architects. The Museum overall is in the midst of a $400 million expansion campaign that includes the addition of three new galleries, and the conversion of the former Folk Art Museum building.


How Much for a Windsor Terrace 2BR With Prospect Park Views?

Can you guess the asking price?

Pricespotter is Curbed's pricing guessing game. How much do you think this place is asking? Drop your guess in the comments, and remember, no cheating!

What/Where: 2BR/1BA condo in Windsor Terrace

Maintenance: $658

This huge two-bedroom apartment is nested in a corner within a prewar building in Windsor Terrace. The renovated home is packed with desirable details that include unique molding, hardwood inlaid floors, high ceilings, arched entryways, and eight windows that allow for stunning views of Prospect Park. Along with the sprawling bedrooms, there’s also an expansive living room, eat-in kitchen, and several large storage closets. With all that said, how much do you think this home is asking?


Mr. Robot: Mapping the USA Series' NYC Filming Locations

See where Elliot, Mr. Robot, and the rest of the fsociety crew hang out in the five boroughs

Mr. Robot is one of the most—if not the most—visually stunning shows currently on TV. Creator/director Sam Esmail's unorthodox camera angles and stark wide shots set an unsettling mood in line with the mental state of the show's main character, a disturbed, drug-addled hacker named Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek).

But aside from Elliot and the various other tech geniuses, dastardly CEOs and untrustworthy imaginary friends that populate Mr. Robot's world, the show's other protagonist is New York City. Esmail & Co. film on location in visually arresting spots all over the city, from the shiny megatowers of midtown to the boardwalks of Coney Island to the outer reaches of Queens.

You may not encounter E Corp ads or fsociety graffiti tags in the real world, but there are still plenty of IRL locales New Yorkers can visit to get a glimpse into Mr. Robot's gorgeous, paranoid hackerscape. And check back as we add more locations in the weeks to come. (Beware: Spoilers ahead.)


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Rupert Murdoch Ditches West Village Townhouse For $27.5 Million

The media magnate purchased the townhouse for $25 million last year

While Rupert Murdoch has been rather busy reassuming leadership of Fox News following Roger Ailes resignation, the media magnate has also been making headlines with his New York City real estate dealings. The media magnate has sold his 6,500-square-foot West Village mansion for the hefty sum of $27.5 million, the Observer reports.

Although the West Village is no stranger to eight-figure real estate dealings (nor is Murdoch), the quick turnaround on the property is rather extraordinary. Murdoch purchased the townhouse at 278 West 11th Street in March 2015 through his West 11th Street LLC for $25 million. Considering the breathlessly wealthy Fox Chairman & CEO never actually lived in the mansion, it’s not too surprising that he ditched it just over a year later—at a gain, to boot.

The Observer notes that the mansion has all the trappings of an uber-luxurious lifestyle, providing such amenities as herringbone floors and a four-passenger elevator along with four bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a Poggenpohl kitchen with Miele appliances, white macuba quartzite countertops and backsplash, and a Siberian white marble fireplace. As if that isn’t enough, there’s an outdoor space on almost every floor.


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Once ‘Blighted’ Park Slope Block Will Give Rise to New Condo Building

The building by Arbie Development will join other condos along Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue

Yet another lot on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope is set to become — wait for it — luxury condos, reports DNAInfo. Back in May, Arbie Development bought the property at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Butler Street for $4.35 million. Right now, the site is home to a three-story townhouse, but the young development company — which so far has focused mainly on "gut renovations and townhouses in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights" — has plans to turn the property into a swanky eight-story condo building, featuring wrap-around balconies and, for the two penthouses, private roof decks. Earlier this month, Arbie filed for a demolition permit, and if all goes according to plan, 141 Fourth Ave should be finished by 2018.

It’s a far cry from the days when the same property was a "a dumping ground used by rival Puerto Rican gangs for ‘rumbles.’" DNAInfo lays out the history: Back in the early 1970s, the city tore down 400 units of housing on the site, with the intention of building a new school. Then, the economy soured. They ran out of money and abandoned the project.

In the ’80s, after more a decade of fighting for it, Park Slope locals got the city to create an urban renewal plan to resuscitate the area, calling for new housing and a Key Food grocery store. The housing was Park Slope Village, a cluster of 56 three-story townhouses, including 344 Butler Street, the townhouse Arbie plans to tear down for the condos. (The Key Food was … a Key Food, now the site of its own redevelopment controversy.)

Which brings us (almost) to today: in 2003, Fourth Avenue was rezoned to allow for construction of much taller buildings, thus the current condofication of the avenue. But critically, the 2003 rezoning did not require that developers to include any affordable housing. Like the rest of the condos along Fourth Ave, there are no affordability restrictions on the Arbie property. Nice balconies, though.—Rachel Sugar


Williamsburg's Dime Savings Bank Building Will Sprout a 22-Story Tower

A one-acre site that abuts the Neo-Classical building will give rise to a new mixed-use building

A 22-story mixed-use tower is slated to be built at 263 South 5th Street by Charney Construction and Development, reports YIMBY. Just a block from the J/M/Z stop at Marcy Ave, this 243,000-square-foot building will span almost the entire block between South 4th and 5th Streets, Havemeyer Street, and Marcy Avenue. The building will be roughly half the height of nearby luxury condo complex, One North Fourth, which has towered over the Williamsburg Waterfront at 41 stories since 2014.

This past March, Charney purchased the one-acre site, which once belonged to the Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh and is "one of the largest remaining residential development sites in Williamsburg" (per YIMBY) for $80 million. The new tower, called The Dime, will benefit from the bank building’s air rights and will incorporate the historic structure into its design. The first four floors will be dedicated to offices and retail space, followed by one floor of amenities, and 16 stories of apartments. Luckily for future tenants who want to load up their cars at the new nearby Whole Foods, the building will also come with 340 parking spaces, 291 of which will be in a new underground garage.

Fogarty Finger Architecture, which Charney previously teamed up with to create The Jackson in Long Island City, will design The Dime. The team expects to break ground in March 2017 and complete the project in spring 2019, the year of the impending L train shutdown.


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Map: Tracing the Path of 19th-Century NYC Guidebooks

Follow the path of 19th-century guidebook writers who explored Lower Manhattan

Writer James Nevius recently traced a path through Lower Manhattan — roughly from Battery Park to Madison Square Park — following the instructions of three different 19th-century guidebooks that point out hotels, parks, and other points that may have been of interest to 19th-century New Yorkers. "Whether it’s something as mundane as addresses of railway depots—did you know there was once one facing City Hall Park?—or as interesting as finding out that Benjamin Franklin conducted electrical experiments from the steeple of the old Dutch Church (which was, fittingly, later converted into the main post office), guidebooks often contain nuggets of information left out of more conventional histories," Nevius writes. To retrace those steps along with him, follow the path outlined in this map.


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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Citi Bike Reveals Newest Docking Stations Via an Interactive Map

The bike-sharing program is bringing 73 stations to Brooklyn and Upper Manhattan

On Monday, Citi Bike will begin construction on new bike docking stations in previously untouched areas of Upper Manhattan and Brooklyn. To aid costumers in locating the newest and nearest stations, Citi Bike launched an online map along with the announcement. (h/t DNAInfo)

This means good news for tourists and locals alike, as the yellow "planned" pins dot the map around both popular destinations and more residential areas. Among the new Manhattan docking locations are plenty of stations along the border of Central Park’s upper-most half, with the furthest new dock a few blocks west of the park’s edge at Broadway and West 110th Street.

Brooklyn will also receive a significant boost in neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, Park Slope, and Red Hook. Bikes here will stretch from the East River to the westernmost border of Prospect Park.

The Department of Transportation originally planned to unveil 62 new docking stations but later upped the total number to 73, citing density as an incentive. The DOT also consulted with residents and other officials to address and edit the plans before announcing the final map released earlier today. The DOT expects to cut the ribbon on the new stations in one month’s time.


Kelsey Grammer Lists $9.75M Pad In Jean Nouvel's West Chelsea Condo

The semi-circular space is highlighted by its amazing 100 feet of Hudson River frontage

Kelsey Grammer, actor and star of TV sitcoms like ‘Frasier’ and ‘Cheers,’ is looking to part ways with his plush West Chelsea home, reports the Observer.

Grammer purchased the 3,076 square foot apartment within Jean Novel’s wind-troubled 100 Eleventh Avenue tower back in 2010 amidst, let’s just say personal turmoil, that drove him from his 15 Central Park West home. He and new wife Kayte Walsh moved into the home shortly thereafter and seem to have stayed put since but now they claim to have "outgrown" the space and are seeking $9.75 million for the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom abode.

The semi-circular space is highlighted by its amazing 100 feet of Hudson River frontage and offers up 11-foot ceilings, en-suite baths, a living room wet bar, gas-burning fireplace, ample storage space, and its conveniently close proximity to the High Line.


De Blasio’s Role in Brooklyn Hospital Sale Is Under Investigation

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has asked SUNY to submit communication relating to the sale

Investigations into the Bill de Blasio administration aren’t ending anytime soon it seems. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is now looking into the mayor’s involvement in the sale of the Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill, the New York Daily News reports.

The former owner of the hospital, the State University of New York has received a subpoena from Bharara’s office asking for all communication between the university and City Hall relating to the sale of LICH, according to the Daily News.

The investigation seems in particular to be examining the role of the Mayor, with the subpoena asking for information dating back to 2013, when Bill de Blasio was still the city’s public advocate.

De Blasio was at the forefront of campaigning efforts to keep the hospital open when it announced that it was losing money and intended to sell to a developer. It was one of the strongest rallying points of his mayoral campaign. He was even arrested during his efforts, and subsequently sued the state to keep the hospital open.

That didn’t work, but soon after he became mayor in 2014, de Blasio struck a deal with SUNY and Governor Andrew Cuomo that would ensure a medical facility at the development that would replace the hospital, though local residents had hoped for something a lot more substantial.

Fortis Property Group finally closed on the property that summer, agreed to include a medical facility, but their planned redevelopment of the site is still faced with community opposition.

Another developer, Don Peebles was looking to purchase the LICH site, and had even bid on it. A DNAinfo investigation in May questioned whether the de Blasio administration had asked Peebles to contribute funds to a de Blasio administration-created non-profit in exchange for approvals on the developer’s project. Peebles told DNAinfo that he been called directly by the mayor to make a contribution, but Peebles’ bid on the LICH site didn’t make the cut in the end.

This latest revelation adds to a growing list of investigations now surrounding the de Blasio administration.


Demolition Is Underway at Site of Willets Point Redevelopment

The last of the auto repairs shops along 126th Street between 38th and Roosevelt Avenues have been torn down

Demolition is underway at a former strip of auto body shops along a section of Willets Point to make way for its $4 billion redevelopment project that will bring a mall, movie theater, and affordable housing, reports DNAinfo.

On Tuesday morning, the last of the auto repairs shops along 126th Street between 38th and Roosevelt Avenues were torn down, leaving the stretch barren.

In the recent past, the project has been halted by several concerns, with the city withdrawing its support over Mayor de Blasio’s disapproval of the lack of affordable housing originally incorporated into the plan, however City Council voted to support the plan anyway in December of last year.

The area, being developed by Queens Development Group, Sterling Equities, and Related Companies will need environmental remediation (pollution removal) before construction can begin.

The demolition, which began last Tuesday is expected to be ongoing and is pending a completion date of August 31st.


$10M Williamsburg Townhouse Has Floors Reclaimed From Domino

The floors were made from beams salvaged from the Domino Sugar Factory

A brand new, meticulously detailed Williamsburg townhouse just made its way to the market. The brokerbabble for the four-floored dwelling at 138 North 1st Street claims that the house was crafted from the best materials and to the "highest construction standards." The flooring was apparently manufactured using salvaged beams from the Domino Sugar Factory; its bricks were handmade in Denmark and the windows and doors imported from France.

The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom home has huge windows, walnut wood cabinets and closets built by Seattle-based designer Henrybuilt, a modern fireplace, and even a skylight. Its primary attention-grabbing detail is the massive wooden and metal staircase that travels up to each floor. The living room has its own wet bar and one of the bathrooms—too fancy for that basic title—has been dubbed the "wet room," with three showers and a freestanding tub. There’s also a laundry room, office space, north and south terraces, and a custom-designed zen garden.

All of this may explain the slightly ridiculous $10 million price tag—making this yet another entrant to the list of Brooklyn's most expensive homes for sale.


Second Avenue Subway at ‘Significant Risk’ of Being Delayed Again

File this one under “duh”

There are some things in life that are certain: death, taxes, and delays on MTA capital projects. There’ve been rumblings that the Second Avenue Subway may not make its projected December opening date, and it looks like the speculation may have some merit.

The Wall Street Journal reports that operational tests for the first phase of the line won’t begin until October 1, which is only two months before it’s due to open. And the independent engineer hired to report on construction progress told the WSJ that this latest issue means there’s "significant risk" of the December deadline not being met. Womp womp.

The setback is part of a larger series of delays "related to fabricating elevator cabs needed at underground subway entrances, communications-equipment installation and activation and testing of a police radio system," according to the WSJ. Here’s how that plays out in real time: There are 608 tests that were supposed to be completed by the end of June; only 336 of those actually ended up happening.

And according to DNAInfo, contractors working on the stations met only 70 percent of their June goals, leading to even more construction delays. Same as it ever was, same as it ever was.


Maya Angelou's Historic Harlem Townhouse Sells for $4.08M

Dyker Heights Mansion With Glorious Backyard Pool Chops Price to $4M

Even with its lovely in-ground pool and enormous lot, it has yet to find a buyer

Despite the fact that it has a downright beautiful backyard with an in-ground pool (which sounds heavenly given the heat dome that’s currently slammed over New York City), this Dyker Heights home hasn’t had the easiest time finding a buyer. It first hit the market in December 2014 with a $6.45 million asking price; apparently that wasn’t the right time to try and sell a house with a hidden oasis, because it was pricechopped nearly a year later to $4.65 million.

There are new listings photos (courtesy of Stribling, which is now selling the house), which show off that lovely backyard—in addition to the pool, it has a Jacuzzi and quasi-tropical landscaping—as well as the interiors, which are, to be fair, a bit dated. The house has six bedrooms and four bathrooms, along with a huge kitchen (done in what is probably meant to be a rustic style, with lots of brick and wood), a formal living and dining room, and a marble foyer. The current price: $4 million.


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Live: The Four Seasons Restaurant’s Interiors Are Being Auctioned Off Right Now

The iconic midcentury restaurant's furnishings are on the auction block

The day has come: the auction of the interiors from the iconic Four Seasons Restaurant is officially underway. The legendary restaurant within the Seagram Building is outfitted in furnishings from architects like Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, and Eero Saarinen, all of which will be going to the highest bidder before the day is over. (The restaurant itself is a landmark, but the furnishings, alas, were not.) The auction is in anticipation of the Four Seasons moving a few blocks away in 2017; the team behind Parm and Carbone will open a new restaurant in the historic space in the near future.

Given the eatery’s reputation and renown, the lots—including everything from Mies’s iconic Barcelona chairs to the table settings created by Ada Louise Huxtable—have been fetching incredibly high prices. (How high? The bronze sign that once hung on the 52nd Street entrance, emblazoned with Emil Antonucci’s Four Seasons trees, fetched an astounding $96,000.)

Many architecture fanatics, including Paul Goldberger, are on the ground at the Four Seasons—here’s what’s happening (there’s also a livestream if you want to watch the action yourself):

(For the record, a lot of 12 Mies Brno chairs sold for $11,000, and a pair just sold for $4,250, so you know, still high.)

A similar curved banquette sold for a whopping $50,000; another went for $36,000.

We’ll be updating as the auction goes on, so keep an eye on this space.


New York City Rent Comparison: What $5,700 Gets You

See what $5,700 rents in NYC neighborhoods like the Upper East Side, Clinton Hill, and the West Village

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various NYC neighborhoods. Is one man's studio another man's townhouse? Let's find out! Today we're looking at units renting for around $5,700/month.

↑ In Crown Heights, $5,699 a month will get you an enormous duplex that covers 2,225 square feet of space with two large bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, an open kitchen, and a rec room encompassing the entire lower level. The private garden measures nearly 1,000 square feet and the apartment has been tastefully finished with coffered ceilings, white oak floors, wainscoting, and exposed brick walls.

↑ While $5,700 is on the steep side for a one-bedroom, one-bathroom, you have to admit that this place is pretty nice. The Chelsea apartment features a spacious design that includes a large living room, high ceilings, a huge fireplace, and hardwood floors throughout. There’s also an outdoor space and rooftop access that offers sweeping Manhattan views.

↑ The listing for this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home claims that it provides the "brownstone Brooklyn experience" despite being located within a seven-story condo building. The home, currently renting for an asking price of $5,750/month, is equipped with oversized windows, a modern chef’s kitchen, and abundant closet space. As for the building, there’s a common roof space and even a charging station for hybrid vehicles.

↑ Surrounded by huge windows that invite natural light to permeate throughout, this Noho apartment offers one bedroom, one bathroom, a cabinet-filled open kitchen, washer/dryer unit, high ceilings, and oak floors for $5,680/month.

↑ This two-bedroom, two-bathroom home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side normally would rent for $6,400 a month but currently a 14-month lease comes with a month and a half of free rent bring the net rent down to $5,714. The sunny apartment features a roomy corner living room, floor-to-ceiling windows, white oak floors, a washer/dryer, and a private outdoor space.

↑ Located within a historic West Village carriage house, this one-bedroom duplex is laid out over 700 square feet. The lofty space has an open living/dining area, a narrow kitchen, a modest but manageable bedroom, and an outdoor space for an asking price of $5,650 a month.

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High Line-Adjacent Auto Shop Will Become Housing

A seven-unit apartment will replace the popular High Line landmark

The latest building to bite the dust near the High Line is the auto shop at 500 West 25th Street, best known for artist Eduardo Kobra’s iconic mural of a sailor kissing a nurse. YIMBY spotted plans on file with the DOB for a new building to replace the car stereo store, which sits on the corner of West 25th Street and Tenth Avenue. Plans show the new building would have 9,400 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and cellar, with 10,000 square feet of residential space over seven apartments. According to YIMBY, the second through fifth floors would hold one unit per floor. That would be topped with a duplex penthouse apartment and a roof deck.

The development would also encompass 253 10th Avenue, a four-story apartment building with an Italian restaurant on the ground floor. Both the apartment building and auto shop have been owned by the same family since 1981, and neither have been demolished yet.

The building owners painted over the mural—one of the most photographed spots visible from the High Line—early this year. As YIMBY guessed, "They probably wanted to prevent the artist from filing suit to save the mural (and possibly the building) under the Visual Artists Rights Act, the same law that the artists at 5 Pointz used to try and block the demolition of the street art project’s warehouses in Long Island City."

Global Design Strategies will develop the building, while architecture firm GF55 Partners applied for building permits. And so the High Line will be hugged by yet another luxury residential project when construction wraps.


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The Best NYC Neighborhoods for Displaced L Train Riders

Don't want to deal with the loss of the L train? Here's where you could move instead

Over the last year, there has been a continued debate as to how and when the MTA will repair the Hurricane Sandy damaged L train. But as of this week, the debate has been put to rest at the MTA announced it will completely shut down the subway line for 18 months starting in 2019.

While the L will continue to run from Canarsie to Williamsburg, there will be no stops past Bedford Avenue. Considering one of the key selling points of Williamsburg real estate is the neighborhood’s proximity to Manhattan and its subway network, the cessation of service will lead to problems for those who who live in area (and beyond) but work in Manhattan. Real estate experts are already predicting that the neighborhood will see an adverse effect—i.e., people will leave Williamsburg thanks to the loss of the L.

In response to this issue, StreetEasy compiled a list of New York City neighborhoods that are comparable to Williamsburg in terms of rent and commute time to Midtown. Unsurprisingly, the East Village—just on the other side of the L train—was on the list, with a median rent of $3,200/month and a nine-minute commute to Midtown; but since the L won’t run in Manhattan at all once the shutdown happens, that may not be the best choice. Other neighborhoods that made the cut: Central Harlem, Astoria, Kips Bay, Crown Heights, and Little Italy. StreetEasy also looked at the "current Williamsburg demo" (which to them, means people between the ages of 20 and 29), and factored that in as well. Check out more comprehensive data in the map below.

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