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By the numbers: The retail space “workout”

SoulCycle From the July issue: Fitness centers come standard in most new residential condos these days, but that isn’t slowing the spread of gyms and other fitness-related businesses throughout the five boroughs. Seven of the 20 largest retail leases in Manhattan last year went to fitness facilities like Equinox, Crunch and Planet Fitness, The Real Deal reported in January. more

Related to build nearly 50 condos at Tribeca development site

From left: Jeff Blau, 270 and 264 West Street The Related Companies’ Tribeca project at the site of the former Ponte family restaurant will be a 152,000 square-foot condominium building with approximately 46 units at 268 West Street, a company spokesperson told The Real Deal. Related paid the Ponte family $115 million earlier this year for a six-parcel development site on West Street between Desbrosses and Vestry streets, The Real Deal previously reported. The city has approved plans to demolish four buildings on the site, 33 and 35 Desbrosses Street and 264 and 268 West Street, city records filed today show. Permits have also been filed to demolish 270 West Street. The company expects sales to begin next year…

The Wrap: East Hampton’s troubled airport may soon close, New York has second-highest cost of living in U.S. … and more

Bumper-to-bumper traffic may soon be the only way to get to this spot in East Hampton. 1. East Hampton’s troubled airport may soon close Business Insider 2. New York has the country’s second-highest cost of living The Atlantic 3. Artists move deeper into Brooklyn and Queens Crain’s 4. Gotham is the country’s unhappiest city NY Mag 5. But, it’s among the best places for families Seattle Pi 6. Did the Obamas pick up a new $4.25M home in Rancho Mirage? LA Times 7. Mattress startup Casper pockets over $1M in

Rudin buys development rights from FiDi hotel

From left: William Rudin and 110 Wall Street Rudin Management, which was reportedly eyeing a residential conversion for its Superstorm Sandy-damaged office building at 110 Wall Street, purchased nearly 36,000 square feet of development rights from a neighboring FiDi hotel earlier this month. William Rudin’s firm paid $7.76 million – or about $217 per square foot – to acquire 35,815 square feet of development rights from the Eurostar Hotel at 129 Front Street, property records show. Niether Rudin management nor Eurostar’s parent company, the Barcelona-based hospitality giant Hotusa Group, could be immediately reached for comment. After the deal was done, the eight-story, 53-room …

Stella Tower at 425 West 50th Street

Stella Tower is a 1927 Art Deco building designed by architect Ralph Walker and named for his wife. The luxury condominium conversion is part of a recent development boom in Hell’s Kitchen; only six weeks after hitting the market, sixty-percent of the units in Stella Tower were sold. Stella Tower was developed by JDS Development and Property Markets Group in partnership with Starwood Capital Group. The same partnership developed Walker Tower, Stella Tower’s pricier sister building…

Residential conversion planned near Apollo Theater

271 West 125th Street rendering Permits have been filed with the Department of Buildings to convert three floors of commercial office space at the corner of Frederick Douglass Boulevard and West 125th Street into 30 residential units. The building, 271 West 125th Street, is located a stone’s throw from the Apollo Theater. It would contain a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom units on the second through fourth floors, as well as a 1,000-square-foot penthouse, according to Washington D.C.-based …

Scores strip club owner sues Deutsche Bank for $1M

610 West 46th Street (Photo credit: Google) A hardware magnate who is also an owner of the strip club Scores New York claims in a new lawsuit that commercial lender Deutsche Bank unfairly reneged on making a $17 million loan on several of his local commercial properties. Robert Gans, owner of Metropolitan Lumber & Hardware as well as Scores New York and Penthouse Executive Club, alleges in the lawsuit filed yesterday that the German-based lender — one of the most active commercial loan sources for Manhattan properties — declined to make the loan because Gans also owns the strip clubs. The loans were planned for his lumber properties in Manhattan and Queens, not on his adult-related ventures. Gans claims that Deutsche Bank…

What you’ll get across NYC for $1.25 million

On the market for a new home, and have $1.25 million to spend? We’ve combed the listings for homes currently on the market across the city, whether you’re looking for a luxe condo in the heart of downtown or something farther away but more spacious (you can even get your own pool if you head out to Staten). When you’re ready to make a move, take a look at BrickUnderground’s How to Buy Guide. And if NYC is new to you, check out our crash course on how to find an apartment for everything you need to know. 

For buyers of brand new condos, 16 crucial questions

A sleek new condo building certainly has its draws, from sensible layouts to virgin appliances, pristine lobbies and fast, reliable elevators. Of course, those perks don’t come cheap: In fact, new development condos sold for $2 million more than existing apartments in the second quarter of this year, according to appraisal firm Miller Samuel. Not only will you pay a premium to buy new, you’ll also take a risk on the unknown and untested, especially if you commit well before your place gets built.  To boost your chance of getting what you pay for–and head off any nasty surprises–read on for the 16 essential questions to ask while shopping for a

How I tricked out my humdrum closet

During the months-long renovation of our bedroom, we made do sleeping in our little office and living out of dressers and rolling racks parked in our living room. Now that we’ve finished the reno and moved into the bedroom, we have a new problem: a closet that won’t hold clothes for the both of us. 

A request for a service animal in a pet-free building: 3 steps to take

Even if your building bans pets, you may have to bend the rules for an apartment dweller with a mental or physical disability, from cancer to blindness to anxiety. Federal, state and city laws require that building owners and landlords accommodate tenants who need service animals, even for emotional support.

An Airbnb guest becomes a squatter, what you learn living alone, and more

Every Airbnb host’s worst nightmare has materialized: the guest who refuses to leave (Business Insider) You can learn a lot of things from living solo (The Billfold) What can you do in a kitchen reno when you’ve got just $2,000 to spend? (Apartment Therapy) If you move somewhere near a biking or walking path, you really will get more exercise (StreetsBlog) Score some cheap nautical gear for decorating down in Red Hook (DNAinfo) In case you were on the fence, probably best not to move into the McKibbin Lofts (Gothamist)

Low-Fee Rental Roundup: Williamsburg, Koreatown, Roosevelt Island, and more, from $1,595 to $5,750 a month

Looking to say goodbye to your current landlord and the expensive gauntlet of pricey broker’s fees? Check out the listings at Naked Apartments to see a variety of no-fee and low-fee apartments with broker’s fees that top out at 9 percent (versus the typical 12 to 15 percent). We’ve rounded up current options in all five boroughs and in a variety of price ranges, and you can also search Naked Apartments by “no-fee” or “low-fee” to see more. If you land on a place you like, Naked Apartments will make sure an agent’s there to greet you whenever you want to see it with its Showings on Demand feature.

Rental-friendly DIY fixes for 3 common lighting problems

At some point or another, we’ve all lived in a rental with a lighting scheme that makes us feel like we’re either at the DMV or a haunted house. Mercifully, there are still plenty of options for those of us with security deposits to keep intact, and as we’ve said before, a lighting upgrade is one of the quickest, easiest decorating fixes you can make. Apartment Therapy has also rounded up some of the best (and most achievable) lighting DIYs from around the web to spruce up all manner

Is temporary wallpaper truly temporary? Yes (so far)!

Here’s the promise of temporary wallpaper: you buy it for less than traditional wall coverings, remove it from its backing like a sticker, affix it to your wall and, presto, your walls are enlivened, easy. And when it’s time to move, all you have to do is peel it off the wall. No muss, no fuss, no landlord’s permission necessary. 

My daughter’s starting grad school this fall. How early can I rent an apartment for her?

We often receive emails from readers asking for help in navigating their own real estate crises. In Realty Bites, we try to get them answers. The Problem: A reader recently wrote in hoping to rent an apartment for her daughter, who’s moving here in a month and a half to study music.  “My daughter will be a grad student at Juilliard in the fall, and she will be away all summer. Is it possible for me to come to New York, work with…

Coming Attractions: Adam America Building Condos with Day Care in Williamsburg

In a neat little encapsulation of the ways in which Williamsburg has changed over the past decade or so, a one-story brick structure (formerly the distribution center of the Porto Rico Importing Company) is being demolished to make way for a 13-story luxury condo tower with a day care taking up 8,500 square feet on the first and part of the second floor. Developer Adam America just released the first rendering of the building, being designed by architects ODA, on its website, which was then spotted by NY YIMBY. According to the description on the website, the “high-end condominium project will consist of 32 units ranging…

Top Dog: Washington Square Park Holds the Best Dog Run In NYC

As part of Outdoors Week 2014, Curbed searched for the best dog park in NYC. Six contenders made the cut, and today we announce the winner of the poll. The dog owners of New York City have spoken: Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village is home to the best dog park in the city. The park’s dog runs were completely overhauled as part of the park’s six-year-long makeover, and the new tree-lined runs—one for large dogs, one for small dogs—has plenty of …

Neighborhood Beefs: Prospect-Lefferts Gardens residents are calling…

Prospect-Lefferts Gardens residents are calling for more designated grilling stations on the east side of Prospect Park. The park has 14 designated grilling stations, 10 of which are on the far west side, bordering Park Slope. And — what do you know — last month, Park Slopers started a petition to ban grilling in the park, for some absurd reason. The solution is clear: all these people should just switch apartments. NYDN; previously

Construction Watch: DS+R’s Crazy Columbia Tower Taking Shape, Halfway Complete

All images via Field Condition. Construction of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler’s crazy, curvy tower that will soon be home to Columbia University Medical Center’s Medical and Graduate Education program has surpassed the halfway mark. The 14-story building’s focal point will be what Field Condition refers to as its “Study Cascade,” an open staircase that stretches the height of the building’s south facade. It’s meant to encourage collaboration across the multiple disciplines that will call the building home when complete in 2015. · CUMC Medical and Graduate Eduction Building Field Condition · Diller Scofidio and Renfro’s New Columbia Building, Unveiled! Curbed

Rent Wars: Kingsbridge Armory is poised to become…

Kingsbridge Armory is poised to become a $345 million ice complex, and one landlord in the area is already trying to cash in on the plan, even though construction is far from starting. Thirteen businesses across from the armory received letters on July 9 stating that their rents will skyrocket 75 to 100 percent. The Kingsbridge National Ice Center is not going to open until at least September 2018. NYDN; previously

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Show Us Your Sales Office: 10 Sullivan Woos Potential Buyers with Simulated Views

The sales office for 10 Sullivan has two somewhat unique features. The first is the model living room, built in the curved shape that one of the apartments in the triangular tower would actually possess, slightly smaller overall but with the same ceiling height. The second, and more unique, is the interactive video display projected onto the model living room’s “windows,” showing visitors what the actual views would be like from one of the higher floors of the Cary Tamarkin-designed development. Watch the display for a few seconds, and a plane flies overhead. A few more seconds and sailboat cruises leisurely down up the Hudson River. Four different times of day and night are featured, all equally serene (you know how Lower Manhattan is). The…