Posts in Architecture
Basquiat Returns to the East Village

Recently, a quietly seismic event occurred in the East Village. Located on an unremarkable block, an enormous 80 year old Con Edison substation has been transformed into a phenomenal cultural space. It opened early this month, presenting a comprehensive collection of one of the neighborhood's most prolific artists, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Leaving the incredible space, I had a deeper understanding of an artist who was truly a disruptive, influential pioneer in my neighborhood.

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The NYC Roof Deck to Rule Them All

The energy coming out of the Hudson Yards Development is palpable. Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel opens tomorrow. Sales launch of 35 Hudson Yards , a 1,000-foot tower designed by Skidmore, Owings + Merrill’s David Childs, also kick off, where pricing of its 143 condos will start at $5 million.

And seen from almost anywhere in the city, the deck at 30 Hudson Yards dubbed “The Edge” is rapidly coming together. Jutting out from the building over 65 feet and claiming top spot as the highest deck in the Western Hemisphere, this public balcony will be ready for its debut early next year.

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House Of The Week: Ranch Edition - 101 Buckskin Lane

Many of us have skiing on the mind this time of year. At the Berman Buckskin Ranch, only 13 miles from Telluride, you can find yourself on a pristine slope within minutes. Or in your own Equestrian Barn…or in your own fishing hole…..or on your own shooting range. The property also includes a main home, guest house barn, garage, livestock barn, shed, shop, stable located on 1500 acres of pristine mountain country.

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House of the Week: 44 Monroe

I previewed 44 Monroe this week for a client and am still smiling thinking about it. The renovation tastefully blended industrial pre war elements and modern finishes with concrete and iron meshing seamlessly with hardwood floors, brick walls and wooden beams. I especially appreciated the spa like master suite and abundance of oversized windows and skylights throughout. The renovation was thoughtful with tasteful design decisions made well throughout. Have a look and let me know what you think!=.

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A Brand New City Within NYC

On a recent bike ride up the West Side Highway, I was reminded of the immense scale of development happening above the Hudson Yards. Taking up the equivalent of 8 square blocks just south of the Javitz Convention center in Manhattan, it is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States. It is incredible to watch this entire "city" being developed on the West Side.

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House of the Week: Zink Cabin in the Catskills

On the eve of last week's nor'easter, my wife and I decided to skip the storm in the city and escape to the Catskills for a day of skiing/boarding at a local mountain. We reached out to our friends, Doug Jaeger and Kristin Sloan, to see if their cabin was available and what was planned as a quick get away turned out to be a refreshing mini-vacation in an idyllic setting overlooking the snow covered Kerhonkson Hills.  Check out Zinc Cabin, our House of the Week.

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New NYC apartments hitting the market: Spring 2018

With Spring right around the corner, the real estate market is already heating up. And across the top 40 new developments on or coming to market, there is a lot to talk about. And buy. And rent!

Curbed has pulled together its top list highlighting the best of projects in Manhattan, the  Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and New Jersey. Check out the list with an interactive map here.

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House Of The Week: Neutra's Hailey House

It is a pleasure for me to highlight not only a beautiful property, but a friend who has restored a classic while "bringing his own authentic cool".  This Mid Century modern house, built by modernist architecture icon Richard Neutra, has been reimagined in a way that would make the designer proud.

Patrick was generous to share photos from the entire shoot (below), but please check out the check out the full article on Domino here. Photos by DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN.

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Beekman Hotel Makes Condé Nast Traveler’s “Hot List”


You might know that I've been following this building for years. Tucked away in the Financial District, it was once one of Lower Manhattan's first skyscrapers (at 9 stories)  and featured an ornate Victorian atrium capped by a huge skylight. Closed down in the 1950's, the structure fell into disrepair. 

The landmarked property was completely renovated and reopened this year featuring an adjoining condo tower as well as two restaurants by Keith McNally and Tom Colicchio. 

I was very pleased to see it hit the Conde' Nast "Hot List" This year. Click here to see all the nominees. 

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How Much Do The Stunning Homes on "Big Little Lies" Cost?

If you are watching HBO's "Big Little Lies" this season, you may have noticed the gorgeous architecture that not only establishes the show's look and feel, but help to define the socioeconomic status of each of the characters. The story takes place in the picturesque town of Montecito, CA, but the actual properties are actually located up and down the coast.

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Gowanus "Bat Cave" will transform into an art space (instead of condos)

The Bate Cave, a former power station in Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood, was decommissioned in the 1950 and became a sprawling canvas for graffiti. The building is now going to be renovated into an arts hum called the Powerhouse Workshop.  The space will be used to fabricate the metalwork, wood work, printing fiber and ceramics for artist. Starchitect firm, Herzog & de Meuron, whose breakout project was London's Tate Modern will be handling the project. 

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Lenny Kravitz, Designing Interiors in Nolita

Since founding Kravitz Design in 2003, Lenny Kravitz's many projects have included wallpaper for Flavor Paper, furniture for CB2 and Kartell, door levers for Rocky Mountain Hardware, a chandelier for Swarovski, a watch for Rolex, public spaces for Miami’s Paramount Bay condo building and penthouse hotel suites for SLS South Beach. 75 Kenmare is his first multiunit residential project in New York.

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