Real Estate News from September 2012

  • NYU Sued By 11 Greenwich Village Groups Over Expansion By Brittany Tenpenny | September 27, 2012

    Manhattanites can hardly go a day without hearing news about New York University’s 2031 Greenwich Village Expansion plan. 11 Village based groups have filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, claiming that the City Council and the City Planning Commission obtained 2 million square feet of public land for the expansion illegally. Included in this lawsuit is the claim that the city’s public approval process disregarded the vocal negative opinion of Greenwich Village residents that arose after the announcement of the project.

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  • The Top 3 Celeb Drinks Named After Their Condos By Laura Simmons | September 27, 2012

    There seems to be a trend amongst celebrities who are becoming more health-conscious, as many are embracing a organic/vegan lifestyle. Organic Avenue, a juice company known to be a celebrity favorite, established a deal with 515 E.  72nd St., a new luxury condominium on the Upper East Side, to create a signature juice cleanser named Love 515. Residents can have a one-to-five day cleanser of Love 515 included in their daily regimen, and the building delivers it to them on demand. Organic Avenue is using this opportunity to provide New Yorkers with raw, organic, and vegan delights to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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  • Third Section of Lower West Side’s High Line Underway By Brittany Tenpenny | September 27, 2012

    When it comes to green Manhattan landmarks, Central Park has always reigned supreme. Real estate moguls have flocked to this spot, making a Central Park view the most desirable in the city. Central Park however, is not the only show in town. The High Line, which runs through Manhattan’s Lower West Side is quickly becoming a real estate hot spot. Construction on the park’s third and final installment has begun and is set to open in 2014. Judging by the many renderings released on the Internet, it is going to be the best edition yet.

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  • Four Freedoms Park Honors Franklin D. Roosevelt By Joseph Lee | September 25, 2012

    In 1941, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, one of America’s most revered presidents, declared that, “In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.” As president, Roosevelt did his best to eliminate freedom from want and fear while promoting freedom of expression and worship. Now, in his home state, these four ideals, and the man who worked to achieve them, will be honored in a 4-acre park on New York City’s Roosevelt Island.

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  • Water Main Construction Shakes Up 8th Avenue By Laura Simmons | September 25, 2012

    Attention West Village! Be prepared for loud noises and flying dust particles for the next two years. Due to the city’s plan to upgrade the water main in the West Village neighborhood, the hammering noises awakening nearby residents for work in the mornings, may take some getting use to. This Lower Manhattan area is currently undergoing the Trunk Water Main Project which is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2014.

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  • Brooklyn Braces for Barclays Center Opening By Brittany Tenpenny | September 25, 2012

    After nine years and vast amounts of controversy, the Barclays Center is open to the public. Jay-Z, rapper and part owner of the professional basketball team the Brooklyn Nets, will break in the new stadium with the first of eight concerts Friday. While the mere existence of the arena is a cause for celebration, Brooklyn is on edge once again with the news that the first residential tower surrounding the Barclays Center will break ground in December.

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  • Bleecker Street Transfer Finally Finished By Liam Delaney | September 24, 2012

    The Bleecker Street Station transfer is finally complete. In the past if you were on an uptown 6 train and ever needed to switch to a B, D, F, or M train you had two options: you could transfer somewhere else, or you could go above ground, walk to the downtown 6, and swipe your metrocard again. But no more. Starting tomorrow afternoon, passengers will be able to transfer from both the uptown and downtown lines.

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  • In NYC, Buildings Matter; Starchitects, Not So Much By Aby Thomas | September 24, 2012

    While New York is certainly known for being home to some of the tallest buildings in the world, it is also interesting to note that these skyscrapers are among the most well-designed as well, with their architecture generating the same amount of buzz as their startling heights. One of the architects who has been known for his designs on the Manhattan skyline is French architect Christian de Portzamparc, whose Pritzker Prize winning roster in the city includes impressive addresses like the LVMH Tower, 400 Park Avenue South and the current toast of the town, One 57. Besides getting the best luxury lifestyles possible, residents of these buildings can take pride in the fact that they are living in what is, ultimately, a piece of art.

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  • EXCLUSIVE: View From The Top of One57 By Aby Thomas | September 21, 2012

    Everyone’s been talking about One57, be it about it being the tallest residential building in New York City, or the fact that the residents of the buildings are billionaires from around the world. Today, we share with you an exclusive image from the top of this remarkable building. Michael Rossi, co-founder of Elegran, was one of the lucky few who have been able to go to the top of One57, and he snapped the below picture on his phone when he was up there yesterday. If this magnificent view of the city and Central Park is any indication, One57 promises to be a gem of a residence for those lucky enough to live there.

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  • Refereeing the Battle over Manhattan's Neighborhood Divisions By Joseph Lee | September 21, 2012

    SpaHa. MiMa. FiDi. New York’s five boroughs are further divided into hundreds of smaller neighborhoods and “micro-neighborhoods,” each with its own unique personality, and more recently, nickname. In response to many popular neighborhoods with abbreviated names referencing their location (Tribeca, Soho, etc), it seems as though every block in Manhattan wants its own nickname and the associations that come with it. But who decides where these micro-neighborhoods start and stop?  

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