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The Upper West Side’s oldest buildings are posh once more

July 25th, 2019

When the Gilded Age began in the 1870s, New York City was on the cusp of a new era. There were no subways, people still drove horse-drawn carriages, the Upper West Side was farmland — and modern apartments didn’t yet exist.Just a few decades later, everything had changed: mass transit whisked riders around, opening up all of Manhattan to development, and luxury apartment buildings began to spring up across the Upper West Side. It didn’t take long for New Yorkers to embrace their conveniences.While many of these grand Gilded Age residences fell on hard times after World War II, today many are being returned to their original glory via condo conversions that add modern amenities and amp up their existing old-school refinement.

Architectural Digest

ASH NYC Meticulously Staged This Penthouse for the Type A New Yorker

July 23rd, 2019

Alongside project manager Leah Wu, the duo put that approach to work in Penthouse A at 88 & 90 Lex, a new condo conversion that blends a classic prewar structure with a modernist interior. The interior architecture for the space was spearheaded by New York firm Workshop/APD, who oversaw the building's design. AD PRO spoke to Bowen about how he created the layered, shaped look in the penthouse without touching the framework.

Travel and Leisure

The Top 25 Hotel Brands in the World

July 18th, 2019

“True pioneers in wellness,” as one reader described it, Six Senses delivers innovative treatments, best-in-class amenities, and dining experiences that are as indulgent as they are health-conscious. All of these aspects work in concert to help guests of all ages develop more mindful habits. Also impressive is what another reader touts as the brand’s “incredible commitment to sustainability.” There’s even a designated vice president who oversees initiatives devoted to that purpose, including replacing plastic water bottles with recyclable glass ones at all of the brand’s 17 properties. But perhaps what makes Six Senses’ diverse portfolio so consistently popular among T+L readers is what one fan described as “true emotional hospitality” — the kind of gracious, intuitive service that leaves each guest feeling special and seen.

Untapped Cities

11 Luxury Pre-War Hotels and Apartments of the Upper West Side

July 15th, 2019

It’s hard to imagine today that people had to be lured to settle on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, but such was the case at the turn of the 20th century when the first New York City subway line opened. The Interborough Rapid Transit Line (IRT) started at City Hall, with the most epic of subway stations (now closed off to the public except on official Transit Museum tours). The Astors and other enterprising investors owned the land uptown, purchased in a speculative property boom. Now, the question was how to brand the area. No longer just for bachelors, apartment living was made luxurious and drew wealthy New York families out of their single family homes downtown and into apartments uptown. This change in not only location but also in lifestyle was often a hard sell, so the apartments had to be decked out in the latest modern amenities and features that single family homes couldn’t offer. The speculative investments paid off and many luxurious apartments of the Pre-War era are still some of the most coveted New York City addresses. Check out some of the oldest and most luxurious apartments and hotels of the Upper West Side:

The Wall Street Journal

New Zealand Billionaire Inks Deal for $34 Million New York Penthouse

June 5th, 2019

Billionaire Graeme Hart has inked a contract to buy a $34 million penthouse in New York’s West Chelsea neighborhood, according to people familiar with the deal.The unit is 5,783 square feet, consuming half a floor, with five bedrooms and another 322 square feet of outdoor space.

The Real Deal

Architect behind One Vanderbilt snags $5M condominium a few blocks away

June 5th, 2019

James and Alison von Klemperer picked up a 1,650-square-foot sponsor unit at HFZ Capital Group‘s 16 West 40th Street for $4.85 million, property records filed Wednesday show. The deal prices out to about $2,939 per square foot.

Wallpaper

What’s next for David Chipperfield Architects?

May 13th, 2019

On the corner of Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan facing the New York Public Library, this hotel and residential building rises 31 storeys and features retail at ground level. Adhering to the conditions of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the façade offers a contemporary take on the architecture of historic buildings nearby. DCA matched the concrete aggregate to the stone varieties from the surrounding landmark buildings.

Curbed

Law & Order’s New York was never real

May 8th, 2019

Today, with a half-dozen Starbucks, an Urban Outfitters, and architects like Robert A.M. Stern remaking old apartment buildings like the Belnord, it’s hard to imagine the area in need of gentrification. But when I moved into my West 105th Street apartment, I’d go out every morning and clean up crack vials from the backyard. The quantity suggested more than one user, which meant that some nearby apartment hosted a crack house—just like the ones that were a staple on Law & Order at the time.

Architectural Digest

Why the Wellness Industry Means Big Business for Designers and Architects

April 24th, 2019

The real estate market is undergoing a “wellness amenities race, like an arms race,” observes John Shannon of HFZ Capital Group, a New York real estate developer that has collaborated with starchitects like David Chipperfield, Bjarke Ingels, and Robert A. M. Stern. “People are trying to offer more as a competitive advantage to the building next door.”