Real Estate News from March 2013

  • Hey, Lady Gaga! Take a Look at These Manhattan Apartments! By Aby Thomas | March 15, 2013

    A little birdie (which goes by the name of The New York Post) told us that superstar extraordinaire Lady Gaga is looking for a new apartment in New York City, and in our role as her dedicated “little monsters,” we have decided to help the talented singer-songwriter out on her quest. We hear that she has been looking at apartments at The Link on 310 West 52nd Street and at The Park Imperial at 230 West 56th Street, but maybe Lady Gaga should consider searching for homes beyond the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood. Here are three of our suggestions on where the five-time Grammy Award winner should live in Manhattan.

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  • Rezoning Proposal Approved by Council Committee—Time to Wake Up, Hudson Square By Tim Sheehan | March 14, 2013

      The quiet neighborhood of Hudson Square might not be so quiet anymore, as City Council’s Land Use Committee voted in favor of Trinity Real Estate’s rezoning proposal. With new modifications to the rezoning project, Trinity Real Estate and other property companies in the area are now able to proceed with various plans for residential buildings and hotels in the notoriously sleepy neighborhood.

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  • Fossil Fuel Free by 2050? By Thomas Faddegon | March 13, 2013

    New York City is striving to put itself on the cutting edge of energy efficiency. Green buildings and green apartments are sprouting up all over the city. A multi-pronged attack on carbon emissions and energy costs is already underway with Mayor Bloomberg at the helm.

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  • Over The Hill: The Pan Am Building Turns 50 By Janna Allen | March 12, 2013

    We know it today as the MetLife building. If we rewind fifty years back, however, we’ll find it being called the Pan Am building instead. Located on 200 Park Avenue, the 57-story tower was constructed atop the Grand Central Terminal. Construction of the building began back in 1958, was completed in 1962, and was opened to the public on March 7th, in 1963. Although difficult to miss, a fifteen foot-tall sign was added to the top of the building as an indicator of Pan Am’s presence within.  

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  • Christine Quinn’s Housing Policy Draws Ire from Bill De Blasio By Aby Thomas | March 12, 2013

    On Sunday, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn officially announced her bid to become the city’s next mayor, heralding the start of a campaign, which, if successful, will have Quinn become the first female and the first openly gay mayor of the City of New York.

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  • Slow And Steady: Turtle Bay Back In The Race By Janna Allen | March 08, 2013

    It’s been silent in Turtle Bay (for the most part). Hushed meetings go on within the United Nations as residents stroll the streets, passing by many deserted construction sites. These sites were being set for new luxury condominiums, but were abandoned due to financial issues which hit developers deep. Alas, the volume is about to increase in Turtle Bay as an upsurge in demand of new residential buildings is calling construction to commence. 

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  • Manhattan's High Line Concept Is Going Global By Janna Allen | March 07, 2013

    The High Line may soon have company. While it has remained one-out-of-the-two railroad tracks transformed into parks, similar concepts have been popping up all over the world. The elevated, mile-long strip of greenery runs along the lower west side of Manhattan. Standing out amongst the surrounding glass and brick buildings, the linear-park sprang to life back in 2009. It was previously an old misused railroad track--the West Side Line--which met its end in the 1990s. While the concept of transforming an abandoned train-track into a park was born in Paris with the 1993 debut of their Promenade Plantee, the High Line was (and continues to be) a highly praised accomplishment.

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  • Hudson Yards: The High Line's Final Phase By Thomas Faddegon | March 06, 2013

    In a few years, this image of the future Hudson Yards will be virtually unrecognizable. With typical New York City speed, this 26-acre storage yard for the LIRR will soon be the central plaza of a new series of developments linking together the High Line, Hudson River Park and Hudson Boulevard. The site will eventually host 16 buildings including offices, residences and even a school, while Hudson Boulevard will be extended north to West 38th. Late last year, Related Companies began work on the first building of the project, a 51-story headquarters for luxury-goods maker Coach.

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  • Designing a Home at 15 Central Park West By Aby Thomas | March 06, 2013

    Designing a home is almost always an arduous task, but when the home in question is a 3,600 square-foot, five-bedroom luxury residence at 15 Central Park West, one also needs to make sure that the decor of the apartment befits the opulence, grandeur and glamor that has now become associated with that Upper West Side address.

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  • New Renderings for Domino Site Development Revealed By Aby Thomas | March 04, 2013

    Move over, Manhattan. It’s Brooklyn’s time to shine. The Domino Sugar Factory site in Williamsburg has been under much scrutiny ever since Two Trees bought the site last year for $185 million, with the company aiming to bring four new residential towers into the area. After their initial plans for the waterfront site failed to draw any good press, Two Trees enlisted the help of SHoP Architects to re-imagine the Brooklyn development, while staying true to the original aim of bringing 2,200 apartments into the area.

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