Real Estate News from November 2013

  • Surprise! Williamsburg Activists Release Alternative Renderings for Domino Site By Bryan Gamble | November 27, 2013

    In an unexpected and slightly bemusing twist, a new rendering for the Domino Sugar Factory site has been made public. The alternative rendering, released by the Holm Arcitecture Office (HAO) with support from community activists, is a far-cry from SHoP’s renderings in that it repurposes the entire site into a center for the arts and public space rather than new residential and office space. 

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  • It's a Dog's World: Increasingly Extravagant Puppy Amenities By Peter Black | November 26, 2013

    Apparently some of New York City’s dogs live more extravagant and interesting lives than most people do. Certain privileged pups—doggies that were fortunate enough to be adopted by incredibly rich and perhaps somewhat insane owners—now enjoy the kind of swank homes that the average human can only dream of. 

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  • Let's Get Visual: 5 Awesome Maps of NYC By Tim Sheehan | November 26, 2013

    Data is beautiful. It's even better when that data is about your own city. And data is most beautiful when the topic is your city and it's displayed in map form. We've compiled some of our favorite data maps of New York City. Check them out:

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  • Looking Back On Banksy's One World Trade Center Tirade By Peter Black | November 25, 2013

    Banksy—the elusive British artist who varnished the streets of New York with ironic graffiti in October—defaced the city’s tallest skyscraper (this time with words, not paint) a month ago before disappearing into oblivion.

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  • NYC Tech Industry Questions De Blasio By Peter Black | November 22, 2013

    Mayor elect Bill de Blasio—who has already successfully terrified real estate developers—is now sending waves of nervous shivers through New York’s tech sector. 

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  • New Liberty Park Will Give You Panoramic Views of the 9/11 Memorial By Olivia Smedley | November 22, 2013

    After learning earlier this month that 1 World Trade Center is the tallest building in the western hemisphere in addition to being the third tallest on earth, more good news has come out for the area where tragedy struck 12 years ago.

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  • NYC Restaurant Grading: F? By Peter Black | November 21, 2013

    New York City’s restaurant grading system is under attack. Implemented by Michael Bloomberg in 2010, the program is one of the soon-to-be former mayor’s many health initiatives. Although the grades are certainly more reasonable than Bloomberg’s infamous Big Gulp proposal, the system continues to irk many restaurant owners. 

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  • Contest Challenges Young NYC Minds to Think Green By Olivia Smedley | November 21, 2013

    Contrary to popular belief, New York is actually a very energy efficient city. No longer can it be said that it is the dirtiest place in the US, and it is only becoming cleaner. Many buildings being built in Manhattan and the outer boroughs now reach LEED certification for sustainability, which makes both homeowners and building owners very happy.

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  • Everything is the New Something in Brooklyn By Olivia Smedley | November 20, 2013

    Brooklyn is the new Manhattan. Weird is the new normal. Owling is the new planking. “Orange is the New Black”. These “blank is the new blank” phrases are thrown around a lot these days, and those in real estate love to claim that every area is the next big thing.

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  • Another Year Another Owner: Plaza Hotel for Sale By Bryan Gamble | November 20, 2013

    The Plaza Hotel, in a much more serious chain of events than gripes about CITI Bike, is once more for sale. Despite being one of New York’s most iconic and recognizable hotels that has seen nothing but profit itself, the Plaza will soon have new owners as its current owners, the Sahara Group, cannot afford to keep the hotel and have little choice but to sell it.

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