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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:

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Take a look inside the pair of twisting glass towers in NYC that's drawing attention from international billionaire buyers, from Jeff Bezos to New Zealand's richest person

June 11th, 2019

A set of luxury twisting towers in New York City is drawing the attention of billionaire buyers, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and New Zealand's richest man. The XI — "The Eleventh" — is a double-tower development that spans an entire city block in Chelsea, on Manhattan's west side. It will include 236 luxury residences and the first US location of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.Jeff Bezos reportedly considered a penthouse in the XI before dropping about $80 million on a spread near Madison Square Park, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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These are the High Line’s hottest new buildings

April 10th, 2019

Scandinavian superstar Bjarke Ingels’ latest New York project, the XI, just topped out at 76 11th Ave. Its twin twisting towers offer 236 units and views over the High Line and Hudson River. “With its punched windows and gridded structural façade, the XI echoes the pragmatic rationality of the neighborhood’s historic warehouses, while its sculptural geometry gives it a kinship to the local arts community,” Ingels says. No two units are alike in the 36-story project (opening in 2020), but the standout is definitely the 5,663-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bathroom penthouse, asking $28 million. Spanning a southwest corner with a 239-square-foot covered terrace, it sits above a new Six Senses New York Hotel, which emphasizes sustainability and wellness amenities.

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Topping out for The XI by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

April 4th, 2019

HFZ Capital Group (HFZ), a leading Manhattan-based real estate development and investment company, today announce both towers that comprise The XI (“The Eleventh”), have topped out. The East Tower, known as No. X stands 300 feet tall and topped out this month, the West Tower, known as No. I stands 400 feet tall and topped out last fall. Featuring architecture designed by the world renowned Bjarke Ingels, The XI is a mixed-use residential and commercial development which offers 236 luxury condominium residences, as well as the first US destination by Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.