Carter's View

Great Blocks: Bond Street between Lafayette Street and The Bowery

December 12, 2011

The almost finished building in a bluestone suit at 41 Bond Street in Noho is the latest addition to one of the city's most spectacular blocks.

While its "pin-stripes" are horizontal rather than vertical, this very elegant building sedately, and very nicely, fills a gap on this cobblestone block that was already noted for its architectural distinctiveness.

Although brownstone has long been the relatively fragile facade of choice for much of the city's townhouse inventory, this 9-story building's bluestone is a welcome alternative. Its seven apartments have already sold out.

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Sanford I. Weill is selling his $88 million penthouse at 15 Central Park West for charity

November 10, 2011

"Tis better to give than receive" is an increasing popular anthem for some of the uberrich.

At least that's probably what they're humming in the penthouse corridors of 15 Central Park West that quickly became the city's standout residential property for sale when it opened in 2007.

An article by Josh Barbanel in today's edition of The Wall Street Journal noted that Sanford I. Weill, the former chairman and chief executive office of Citigroup Inc., has decided to sell his large penthouse in the building for $88 million and give the proceeds to charity.

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Hines Interests reportedly have taken over 56 Leonard Street tower project

November 9, 2011

Now that New York by Gehry has begun to be occupied, and now that 1 World Trade Center is rising mightily, and 4 World Trade Center is up 50 stories or so, one might think that the downtown skyline might be ready to catch its breath.

This, of course, is not-dead-yet New York and yesterday it was reported that the stalled, 830-foot-tall tower planned for 56 Leonard Street a few years ago by Alexico, which is headed by Ivan Senbahar and Simon Elias, the developers of 165 Charles Street, a Richard Meier-designed apartment building on West Street, has been revived by Hines Interests.

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Tree decapitation on Fifth Avenue at 60th Street is not some headless Halloween prank

October 31, 2011

The weekend's snowstorm downed a lot of trees in the New York metropolitan region, but created the most havoc at the epicenter of Manhattan, the plaza on the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street.

It did not knock down one tree but decapitated all ten trees in the semi-circle at the north end of the block that extends to 60th Street behind the gilded statue of General Tecumseh Sherman by Augustus St. Gaudens, probably the city's most visible public sculpture after the Statue of Liberty.

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Great Stations: 96th Street and Broadway looks like 22nd century riverboat paddlewheeler

October 29, 2011

The 96th Street Station of the West Side IRT subway has a spanking new station that resembles a 22nd-century riverboat paddle-wheeler and its glass and grey-granite superstructure is throwing down its gloves to neighboring buildings to get with it.

Already, it's gotten one positive response at 208 West 96th Street where a narrow 8-story building with curved, perforated balconies has arisen from among a row of tenement structures weary from wear. The new 8-story rental building is a mix of the wavy balconies at 11 Kenmare Street in Soho and the Highline 519 building with its cloud-like balcony screens. All three are pleasant variations on small buildings with fire-escapes, the stable of the city's housing inventory. There are a few, attractive fire-escapes that are best used to guide wisteria up the outside of a building as one has yet to come across historical statistics on how many lives have been saved by them as opposed to how many streetscapes they have ruined with their spindly netting of attractive facades.

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The city's hotel market is heating up

October 28, 2011

The city's hotel market is heating up.

Sales have reportedly started at One57, the 90-story hotel and condominium apartment tower at 157 West 57th Street now under construction by Extell Development, according to an October 24, 2011 article at therealeal.com by Leigh Kamping-Carder.

The article indicated that the 1,000-foot-tall building is expected to be completed in two years and will become the city's tallest residential tower. "Extell plans to officially open a sales office at the end of this month, but foreign buyers, primarily from china - have already snapped up some of the units since the developer began shopping them privately last month, according to the source, who asked for anonymity because the information is confidential," the article said, adding that some prices hit $6,000 a square foot and that the smallest units on low floors are priced at about $3,400 per square foot.

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Great Blocks: 78th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue

October 27, 2011

The pretty, tree-lined Upper West Side Block on 78th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue has a new, cantilevered apartment building, two very handsome, mid-block, mid-rise apartment buildings, and several attractive, rusticated brownstones, one of which is sporting a new, large and dramatic skylight and another has recently opened a synagogue on its lower floors.

And more change is in store as William Friedland was reported this week to have recently cleared several lots south of the cantilevered apartment building, which is known as Linden 78, for a 20-story rental apartment building on the northeast corner of Broadway and 77th Street. The new planned building, which is called the Larstrand, will block most of the views to the south from the very many lot-line windows at Linden 78.

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Great Blocks: 76th Street Between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue

October 26, 2011

Great Blocks: 76th Street Between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue

This short Upper West Side block between Broadway and Amsterdam avenues has been largely made over in recent years and now is home to two, new, big, interesting residential apartment buildings, and a large and modern Jewish Community Center.

One of the apartment buildings has a rounded corner on the southeast corner of Broadway and the other has a rectangular grid facade in two sections, one of which is on the southwest corner of Amsterdam Avenue and 77th Street. The former is known as the Laureate and the latter as the Harrison.

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"Hot" destination stores

October 24, 2011

There are certain stores that became very "hot" destinations in real estate like the Whole Foods store in the basement of the Time Warner Center, or the Apple Store currently being renovated in the plaza of the General Motors Building on Fifth Avenue.

For some residents in the vicinity in such buildings as the Sheffield 57, or Parc Vendome at 340 West 57th Street , such stores add a lot of traffic, but for others who really like what they have to offer they are paradise.

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Great Blocks: 29th Street between Sixth and Park avenues

October 24, 2011

New York City has very few "perfect blocks" so those with a lot of admirable architecture should be cherished.

29th Street between the west side of Sixth Avenue and the west side of Park Avenue is one such stretch.

It has two historically important churches, several impressive hotels and three imposing residential skyscrapers.

The newest building is the Gansevoort Park Hotel on the southeast corner of Park Avenue, a "sister" hotel to the extremely popular Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District. Designed by Stephen B. Jacobs, its energetic form and facades magnetize this area, which already abounds in interesting projects and is just a few blocks north of the lovely Madison Square Park and its Shake Shack and Flatiron Building.

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