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Two more retail tenants sign on at Macklowe’s 432 Park

UPDATED March 16, 2019, 9:21p.m.: The massive photo portrait of Harry Macklowe and his new wife isn’t the only new thing at 432 Park Avenue. At a panel at 92Y’s third annual City of Tomorrow summit, Cushman & Wakefield’s executive vice chairman Joanne Podell revealed that two more tenants had signed leases at the 130,000-square-foot commercial component of Macklowe’s luxury condominium tower. New York Post columnist Steve Cuozzo was making a larger point about how […

How to Stay Warm Safely in an Emergency Situation

Be prepared. Stay warm. Be safe. Here’s what you can do if winter weather causes a power outage at home. Spring arrives this month. Aren’t you glad? But it’s still very likely that extremely cold temperatures and severe winter storms will hit us between now and April 30th. Are you prepared to stay warm if the power goes out during a winter storm? Planning ahead is always your best option when it comes to an emergency situation. And here are some great ways to prepare ahead of time and be safe. Invest in a Home Generator to Stay Warm A generator …

Everything you need to know about Midtown’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Where to go, when it happens, and how you can watch the parade Today, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will once again head to Midtown and the Upper East Side as it kicks off its 257th celebration. More than 150,000 marchers and as many as two million spectators will partake in the festivities along Fifth Avenue, painting the streets green and orange (and passing landmarks like St. Patrick’s Cathedral) while filling the air with the sounds of bagpipes. And the weather is cooperating; it’s going to be around 50 degrees and clear. One thing to note: The parade will take place on Saturday, March 16, rather than on the holiday itself as is customary when March 17 is a Sunday. As with any parade, you can expect…

Grand Canyon to Return to Montague Street

Those of you who, like me, miss Grand Canyon’s superb burgers are in for a treat. While the “Restaurant For Lease” sign remains above the former Armando’s site at 143 Montague (see photo by your correspondent taken this evening), the Commercial Observer reports that the restaurant’s owner, who kept open another Grand Canyon in Park Slope, has taken that space and will return to Montague. It will be right next door to Grand Canyon’s old location, now occupied by B.Good.The one downside to this, although it was probably foreordained by Armando’s closing, is that we will lose the Armando’s sign with

“In Pursuit of Freedom”: Groundbreaking Exhibition Design at the Brooklyn Historical Society

In January, the Brooklyn Historical Society inaugurated its first-floor Shellens Gallery with the long-term exhibition “Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom,” which explores the history of abolition and the antislavery movement in Brooklyn. The exhibit is part of a borough-wide project in partnership with the Irondale Ensemble Project and Weeksville Heritage Center, combining for the first time original scholarly research and never-before-seen archival photographs and documents. To that end, the design for the gallery space breaks new ground in how visitors experience imagery and information. The exhibit—based on five years of research led by curator/ historian Prithi Kanakamedala and project manager Kate Fermoile—is a beautiful combination of tactile materials and …

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Bed Stuy Restoration, a Dramatic Cobble Hill Reno

The Insider: No-Compromises Gut Gives Cobble Hill Townhouse Window Wall, Dramatic Interior Volume When you have a wide-open brief from adventurous clients, creative architects at the top of their game, no serious budget constraints and, by the way, fine taste, here is the result: the complete transformation of an 1850s brick… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Bed Stuy Restoration, a Dramatic Cobble Hill Reno appeared first on Brownstoner.

Hudson Yards’ tax breaks are bigger than Amazon’s would have been

Over a period of more than 10 years, government tax breaks and incentives to support Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group’s development of Hudson Yards total about $6 billion. That’s double the package of tax breaks and incentives Amazon’s Long Island City campus was trying to secure before the company scrapped its plans, the New York Times reports. Related Hudson Yards’ president L. Jay Cross told the publication the 28-acre complex that contains 13 buildings …

Aby Rosen rumored buyer of Chrysler Building

The prolific developer may snap up the building for as little as $100 million The Chrysler Building, which has been seeking a buyer since the beginning of the year, may have found a new owner. The Real Deal reports that Aby Rosen, the art-obsessed developer and owner of such icons as the Seagram Building and Lever House, is “in advanced talks” to buy the building. Per TRD’s sources, the final sale price may be a good deal lower than the $800 million that an Abu Dhabi investment fund paid for…

Is a Bistricer/Chetrit Feud Behind Lack of Progress on the Bossert?

In early July the Eagle reported, in a story we linked to here, that one of the hotel’s owners, either David Bistricer or Joseph Chetrit, had said that “a major announcement” about the hotel would be made soon. It was presumed that this would be of a firm opening date for the hotel, which has been postponed several times since six years ago. No such announcement has been made, and no visible work has been done on the hotel for some time. The Bossert’s renovation process is beginning to rival in length the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza.Now the Brooklyn Paper reports that…

Focus on Brooklyn Designers: What’s New at ICFF 2014

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)—one of the centerpiece events of New York City’s design week— opens to the public on Tuesday, May 20th at Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan. Last Saturday, I visited the fair and caught up with some of the Brooklyn designers who are exhibiting and were featured in our book Design Brooklyn. ********** Pelle, founded by Jean and Oliver Pelle, has a studio located in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Recently, they …

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Reader Restoration Diary, a Townhouse Transformation

The Insider: No-Compromises Gut Gives Cobble Hill Townhouse Window Wall, Dramatic Interior Volume When you have a wide-open brief from adventurous clients, creative architects at the top of their game, no serious budget constraints and, by the way, fine taste, here is the result: the complete transformation of an 1850s brick… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Reader Restoration Diary, a Townhouse Transformation appeared first on Brownstoner.

FYI: Chicago is sinking

Homeowners living along the shore of southern Lake Michigan who’ve dealt with wildly fluctuating water levels over the past few decades now have another worry: Chicago and other parts of the region are sinking. The Earth’s crust around southern Lake Michigan is dipping as areas of the northern United States and Canada are rising as once heavy sheets of ice melt and recede. The Chicago area is sinking up to 8 inches each century in …

What is the Best Way to Save Money by Going Green at Home?

There are lots of things you can do when you want to go green. Choose a few from this list and start reaping the benefits of going green at home. What comes to mind when you hear the words, “Going green” – St. Patrick’s Day, spring, being eco-friendly, money? Going green is about being good stewards of what we are given, and there’s certainly more to going green than just recycling. Let’s talk about going green at home and how we can be good stewards of what we have in and around Brooklyn. What is a Green Home…

First look inside 220 Central Park South

The 40th-floor apartment has three bedrooms and Central Park views Vornado’s 220 Central Park South is one of the more mysterious developments in New York City, with information about the Robert A.M. Stern-designed building coming out in dribs and drabs. No listings were made public, even as the wealthiest of the wealthy snapped up apartments in the condo tower. But since closings began last year, real estate gawkers have gleaned some information about the building, like the fact that it’s home to the most …

BQE and Mega-Jail Dominate BHA Annual Meeting

It was standing room only at the Founders Hall Auditorium of St. Francis College for Tuesday’s Annual Meeting of the Brooklyn Heights Association. As the Eagle’s Mary Frost reports, BHA President Martha Bakos Dietz said the BHA had submitted to the City’s Department of Transportation an alternative plan that would avoid putting a temporary six lane highway in the present location of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and that the DOT has said it is considering this alternative, as well as “three to five others.” Ms. Dietz also announced that the BHA will hold a town hall meeting on the BQE …

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Look at Home Renovations in Flatbush and Carroll Gardens

‘Artistic Home’ With Porch, Stained Glass, Fanciful Topper in Kensington Asks $1.499 Million This real charmer in Kensington belongs to a row of circa 1910 two-story brick homes with front porches and fanciful toppers. Inside are impressive original details like parquet floors with elaborate borders, stained glass windows, a pier mirror… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Look at Home Renovations in Flatbush and Carroll Gardens appeared first on Brownstoner.

Intersecting Industrial with Intimate: Rosanne Pugliese’s Fine Jewelry Shop

Rarely does a shop on the garden level of a Brooklyn brownstone shine, but the interior of Rosanne Pugliese’s jewelry store delivers a surprising exception. Although the retail space is all of 500 square feet, there is ample room to take in the sparkling accents of gold and semi-precious stones as well as other carefully curated merchandise. Pugliese collaborated with her friend, interior designer Julia Mack, to convert what once was a very un-Brooklyn Heights massage parlor into a crisp and inviting backdrop for her handcrafted jewelry. “The original inspiration for the jewelry, which is a combination of rough and raw mixed with an elegant, refined blend of those things, shows in the shop as well,” explains …

What the trade of this luxury hotel brand means for the hospitality industry

In what is thought to be the first deal of its kind, Best Western has acquired European indie hotel chain, WorldHotels. The global hotel industry has been going through big changes in recent years, as online booking and homesharing cracked open new opportunities for independent hotels. In response, large hotel chains have launched dozens of “soft brands”, semi-independent collections of hotels that can offer differentiated experiences to travelers. This week, Best Western upped the ante …

What are the Advantages of Virtual Home Staging?

Virtual home staging offers two advantages over traditional home staging: time and cost Home staging is nothing new. And staging your home for sale is remarkably beneficial. It’s also necessary if you want to sell your home quickly because today’s market is much more challenging than it used to be. You may already be aware of traditional home staging. But have you ever heard of virtual home staging? What is Traditional Home Staging? Wikipedia defines it as “the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more …

These public meetings will break down the L train un-shutdown

Transit officials will host four meetings in the West Village, Williamsburg, and the East Village Straphangers will have their chance to pelt MTA officials with their many questions on the contenious L train tunnel repair work kicking off late April. The MTA will host four Spring open houses where subway riders can grill MTA officials for updates on how the construction project will unfold after sudden changes announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo cancelled the dreaded shutdown but raised a whole new set of concerns. Transit officials will host four meetings in the West Village, Williamsburg, and the East Village. The series will kick off on March 7 at Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Bernard at 328 West 14th Street…