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The Bindery, 324 Pearl Street, #1K The Bindery, 324 Pearl Street, #1K
When a neighborhood is described as up-and-coming, it doesn’t take long for developers to flock to the area in an eagerness to strike while the iron’s hot. Sometimes this can bring appealing housing to an area that needs it; but other times, this can lead to oversupply or production of units out-of-reach to local residents.

That may be what happened at Be.Live Harlem, a new condo located at 2903 Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The 14 residences range from studios to a duplex penthouse, and all apartments feature red oak hardwood flooring, kitchens with custom cabinetry and Bertazzoni appliances, modern baths, central air, and an in-unit washer/dryer.

Amenities include a virtual doorman, bike room, common furnished patio, and fitness center with Peloton equipment. This might have stood out a few years ago, but Harlem has experienced such a building boom in recent times that the new building is now one of many boutique condominiums. It could also be that the building appears to have been designed by a robot. The prices of five of its six listed units have been reduced last week in a move that may align its units to market realities.

2903 Frederick Douglass Be.Live Harlem Condominiums, #PH was reduced by 10% last week (Corcoran)

The apartments at Be.Live Harlem were among 98 sales listings that experienced price reductions from December 9-15. Please be advised that all figures in the sortable chart below reflect cumulative price cuts as opposed to the most recent reductions.

This takes place at a time when there are 11,761 condos, co-ops, condops, and townhouses for sale in Manhattan, northern Brooklyn, western Queens, and parts of the Bronx. The median price of a Manhattan condo has slipped from last week to an even $1.995 million, or $1,657 per square foot. The co-op median, however, experienced a slight uptick to $893,501 (all figures per CityRealty listings).

The timing also coincides with the onset of the East Coast's first major snowstorm of the year, which could bring as much as 14 inches of snow to New York. As days like this are ideal for staying in with a good book, we offer recommendations from the New York Public Library's NYC Books We Love. If you'd rather buy than borrow, there are links to purchase from independent bookstores throughout New York.


324-Pearl-Street-01 All images of The Bindery via Compass
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Spacious loft duplex in a former book bindery boasts excellent sunlight, 14' ceilings, beautiful exposed brick wall, wood-burning fireplace, and oversized windows. The chef's kitchen offers marble counters, an 18-bottle wine refrigerator, and excellent storage space. A private patio measures over 700 square feet and is ideal for entertaining and relaxing alike. See floor plan and full details here.

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Book Recommendation: The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

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Book Recommendation: The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro

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Book Recommendation: Bill Cunningham on the Street: Five Decades of Iconic Photography by The New York Times


401-East-60th-Street-01 All images of Bridge Tower Place via Compass
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Upper East Side home boasts 10' ceilings, excellent flow, generous closet and storage space, and breathtaking city views to the west and southwest. There are two large bedrooms and a space that can be a third bed or home office. Residential amenities include a gym, a garage, a central laundry room, a playroom, and a planted roof deck with great views. See floor plan and full details here.

305-East-40th-Street-01 All images of The Hamilton via Douglas Elliman
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Estate sale apartment faces north and boasts a large living space, separate kitchen, and plenty of closets throughout. The full-service building has a 24-hour doorman, live-in superintendent, bike room, on-site parking garage, central laundry room, storage, and landscaped roof deck. It is in a peaceful neighborhood near Grand Central Terminal, the United Nations, and Tudor City. See floor plan and full details here.

Publisher: Monacelli
Book Recommendation: Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan by Rem Koolhaas

Publisher: Harper & Brothers Publishers
Book Recommendation: Here is New York by E.B. White

Book Recommendation: Downtown: My Manhattan by Pete Hamill

215-Gates-Avenue-01 All images of 215 Gates Avenue via Engel & Volkers
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Positioned in a prime section of Clinton Hill, 215 Gates Avenue is an updated, 20-foot-wide, four-story double duplex, classic Italianate brownstone. The garden duplex features 9' floor-to-ceiling windows, garden views, three bedrooms, two baths, and a full basement for storage. The upper duplex features four bedrooms, two baths and an additional lounge/office space. See floor plan and full details here.

315-East-70th-Street-01 All images of 315 East 70th Street via Triplemint
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Junior four near the Second Avenue Subway boasts expansive living space, recessed lighting, abundant closet space, and designer fixtures throughout. The designer kitchen features tons of prep space, a breakfast bar, and nice touches like lighted soft-closing drawers. The king-size bedroom has enough room for a home office, and the dining area off the living room can easily become a second bedroom. See floor plan and full details here.

400-East-56th-Street-01 All images of Plaza 400 via Brown Harris Stevens
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High-floor home boasts open-plan living room, bay window, and 12' dining room ideal for entertaining. The king-size bedroom features large windows, oversized closets, and full en-suite bath. Utilities are included in the maintenance, and amenities include doorman/concierge service, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a rooftop pool and sun deck, and attended parking garage. See floor plan and full details here.

1280-Fifth-Avenue-01 All images of One Museum Mile via Christie's International Real Estate
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Apartment #11E is one of the largest units in the Robert A.M. Stern-designed One Museum Mile, and a private 376-square-foot terrace looks directly over Central Park. The open chef's kitchen with generous counter space includes appliances by Miele, Bosch, and Thermador. The four luxurious, spa like bathrooms feature limestone walls and floors, deep soaking tubs by Zuma, and Bianco Dolomiti marble countertops. See floor plan and full details here.

Publisher: D. Appleton and Company
Book Recommendation: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Publisher: Walker Books
Book Recommendation: On Architecture: Collected Reflections on a Century of Change by Ada Louise Huxtable

Book Recommendation: Open City by Teju Cole

Publisher: Harper Perennial
Book Recommendation: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

360-West-36th-Street-01 All images of The Courant via Compass
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Open-concept loft in a central location has its living spaces set around a brilliantly designed 'Cube' that opens up and offers walk-in closet, office space, storage, media cabinet and more! Interiors boast 11' ceilings, east- and north-facing windows, and hardwood floors throughout. The kitchen has a Sub-Zero fridge, Bosch dishwasher, Viking range, garbage disposal, and plenty of cabinet and counter space. See floor plan and full details here.

220-Riverside-Boulevard-01 All images of 220 Riverside Boulevard via Douglas Elliman
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Upon entering #15N, one immediately dazzled by unimaginable waterfront and sunset views facing directly west onto the Hudson River and the Jersey landscape silhouetted beyond. The elegant foyer leads to a commanding living area, separate dining room, and eat-in kitchen with high-quality finishes, top-of-the-line appliances, ample storage, and a stackable washer/dryer. All bedrooms have generous closet space, and the primary bedroom has a walk-in closet and en suite bath. See floor plan and full details here.

515-West-29th-Street-01 All images of 515 High Line via The Corcoran Group
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Full-floor home overlooks the High Line, Hudson Yards, the Vessel, and the Manhattan skyline from floor-to-ceiling windows. Interiors boast private keyed elevator access, European wide plank light oak floors, Belgian LED recessed lighting, video intercom communication system, Lutron Homeworks QS Smart Home System for controlling temperature, lighting and window shades, and motorized Lutron solar shades. For a limited time, the sponsor is offering two years of free common charges. See floor plan and full details here.

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