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Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman purchased a pied de terre at 108 Leonard Street in Tribeca Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman purchased a pied de terre at 108 Leonard Street in Tribeca
As of Monday, July 20, New York City is officially in Phase 4, the final stage of the state’s reopening process. At this point, though, indoor venues like gyms, movie theaters, malls, and cultural institutions remain closed. There is still no word on when indoor dining will resume, and a new “Three Strikes and You’re Closed” initiative is in place for restaurants and bars that do not comply with social distancing rules.

In the meantime, certain aspects of New York City life are returning to normal. Zoos and botanical gardens are getting ready to reopen, and cultural institutions like the Museum of the City of New York and the New York Historical Society are planning outdoor-only exhibitions. The Mayor’s Office of Film and Television has issued a “plain language” guide for movies and television shows getting ready to film outside, and baseball’s opening day is still set for Thursday, July 23.

Reopening of the New York City skyline old and new

200-East-32nd-Street-01 Views of the Empire State Building via The Corcoran Group
For decades, a trip to the Empire State Building’s iconic observatory has been at the top of many New York City tourists’ wish lists. As of Monday, July 20, that got easier to accommodate - it has reopened to the public with new health and safety guidelines. Online reservations are required, and reduced capacity and new operating hours allow for easier social distancing. Upon arrival, visitors will be required to wear masks and have their temperatures taken. State-of-the-art MERV 13 air filters were installed during a recent renovation, and new cleaning protocols are in place. Full details can be found here.
Edge-01 Edge via 6sqft
Those seeking a more contemporary destination can look west to Hudson Yards, where Edge, the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere, is perched 1,100 feet aboveground at 30 Hudson Yards. The observation deck opened in March 2020 only to close two days later, but its plan for reopening to the public has been announced. It will operate at 25 percent capacity, and tickets will be available for purchase online. Like the Empire State Building, its visitors will be required to wear masks and have their temperatures taken with no-contact thermal scanners. Full details may be found here.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban buy Tribeca pied-a-terre

108-Leonard-Street-01 108 Leonard Street via Douglas Elliman
Tribeca has long attracted celebrity residents (look at 443 Greenwich Street alone!), and can add two more bold-face names to the roster: The New York Post reports that Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are buying a two-bedroom pied-a-terre at the landmarked 108 Leonard Street for $3.5 million. Further details on the apartment are not known, but it will feature soaring ceiling heights and interiors by Jeffery Beers International. Three separate entrances and a private garage allow for the ability to enter and exit discreetly, and the building also offers a pool, gym, and screening room.

Related's new Robert A.M. Stern-designed condo in West Chelsea named The Cortland

555-West-22nd-Street-01 Rendering via Instagram - newdev_nyc
Steadily rising at 555 West 22nd Street is a 144-unit condominium development by the Stephen Ross-led firm of Related Companies. The Robert A.M. Stern Architects-designed building topped out earlier this year and is now enclosing the structure with a rich red brick skin that pays tribute to the neighborhood's pre-war industrial architecture.

Instagrammer newdev_nyc is first to report the building's new name: The Cortland. Staying true to Related's other top-of-the-market Manhattan condos, the 26-floor building will house 144 studio to five bedroom luxury residences accompanied by a world class amenity collection and sun-kissed views of the Hudson River. The very robust suite of amenities include a swimming pool, hot tub and ice plunge, sports courts, a golf simulator, children’s playroom, a music room, screening room, a fitness center with a yoga studio, and a common roof terrace.
555-West-22nd-Street-02 The Cortland via July 2020 via CityRealty

New study shows increased interest in move to cities

Apartment-List-01 Data via Apartment List
Early in the coronavirus pandemic, many wondered if cities would see a mass exodus as people sought a lower-density living environment. However, a recent report by Apartment List shows that reports of an urban exodus may have been exaggerated: Findings show that since the start of the pandemic, the share of users looking to move to a high-density city has increased.

The decrease is pronounced among New Yorkers. The share of users planning to move to New York increased among suburban and out-of-metro markets. The number of New York users considering leaving the region dropped to 31.6 percent, down from 35.4 percent pre-pandemic. Moreover, data shows that within-city searches for New York City rose 12 percent between Q1 and Q2, and numbers for all searches out-of-city, metro, and state fell.

The rise of Central Park Tower's penthouse

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