Top 10 New Developments in Miami for 2015

Over the past few years Miami has seen a building boom with luxury condos rising above the scenic coastal views. Having recently returned from a week in Miami for Art Basel, I thought it appropriate to spotlight some of the most buzz worthy projects down south, where a growing number of clients and friends have invested or are looking to invest. Pairing the best of urban living with beach side views and spacious accommodations, these ten developments show the height of what 2015 brought to the Miami skyline. Let me know if […]

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Blue Sea Development, Creating Sustainable Affordable Housing in the South Bronx

My recent article about the developments popping up in the Bronx elicited several emails expressing surprise that this recently sleepy neighborhood is becoming a burgeoning hipster scene. I thought it appropriate to call attention to a less flashy but highly admirable development company in the area, Blue Sea Development. Many New Yorkers have grown accustomed to feeling at odds with the spaces they inhabit. This is perhaps most acutely true in the city’s affordable housing sector, where too often, “affordable housing” has meant a drab, cramped, insensitively designed box that is far […]

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New Developments: The Bronx is Booming

Though it has been overlooked for decades, the Bronx is shaping up to be the next frontier in NYC real estate development. With land costing just $50 per foot (compared to $638 in Manhattan, $233 in Brooklyn, and $168 in Queens), the Bronx is an appealing spot for developers who have been priced out of other boroughs or who see the appeal in neighborhoods like Mott Haven which are reminiscent of Bushwick and close to the city. Of the $1.2 billion invested in Bronx real estate last year, $788 million […]

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Tadao Ando’s Condos at 152 Elizabeth Street

Sales have launched for two of the units at 152 Elizabeth Street, the “glass jewel box suspended in poured-in-place concrete” at the corner of Elizabeth and Delancey. The building was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, and is Ando’s first standalone project in New York City. The exterior of 152 Elizabeth will feature concrete, galvanized steel, and glass – all materials Ando is known for working with. The entrance along Elizabeth Street will have a garden wall planted with vines, and residents will walk through a vestibule lined with […]

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Brewer’s Row, A History of Breweries in Bushwick

With construction on the first of ten developments at the former Rheingold brewery site in Bushwick set to start this summer, I thought it might be interesting to look into the history of Bushwick’s breweries. The Rheingold brewery, which opened in 1883, was one of two dozen breweries operating in Bushwick at the time. Now, only two of the original buildings remain, one of which is home to a small brewery. What happened to Bushwick’s formerly thriving brewing industry? In the 1840s and 1850s, Brooklyn saw a wave of immigration […]

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New Development on Tribeca’s Cobblestoned Hubert Street: 15 Hubert

Many people think of Tribeca, the coveted triangle below Canal Street, as quintessential New York City. The residential neighborhood that dates back to the late 18th century is seeing the development of Hubert Street, a four-block stretch between West and Hudson Streets. Hubert is one of the few remaining cobblestone roads in Manhattan and is a great backdrop to the most recent condo conversion at the landmarked 15 Hubert (as well as 10 Hubert and 11 Hubert Street). Built by John M. Forster in 1867 with Italianate elements, 15 Hubert (which also fronts at 407 […]

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New Development Spotlight: 44-28 Purves Street, A Great Example of Sustainable Living in Long Island City

On Earth Day last month, Long Island City had an important groundbreaking: an example of sustainable NYC living at 44-28 Purves Street. From seasoned green developer Brause Realty’s plan for utilizing solar screens and wind turbines to produce power for the common areas to water-retention tanks and a green roof, this new development really does promise to offer one of NYC’s most environmentally-friendly luxury rentals. The just-released renderings of 44-28 Purves Street inspire a natural sense of cool calm with steel and glass juxtaposed against warm wood and leather finishings. […]

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Hudson Square’s 70 Charlton Street

Hudson Square, nestled between SoHo to the east, the West Village to the north, and Tribeca to the south, has really been coming alive. Once known as the city’s printer district, the area retains its creative character, housing media corporations such as Clear Channel, Viacom, and Miramax, who all have office space here. Once the area was rezoned in early 2013, residential developers set their sights here and paved the way for an eclectic community in what was formerly known only as home to the Holland Tunnel entrance. Extell just unveiled renderings for […]

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Industry City, One of my Favorite Brooklyn Projects, Releases its Redevelopment Plan

One of my favorite new projects is Brooklyn’s Industry City.  The redevelopment plan has finally been released and it includes the creation of 5,800 jobs (in addition to the 7,500 jobs created in recent years), partnerships with academic and research institutions, and improvements to transportation infrastructure within and surrounding the development. The run-down manufacturing site will be transformed into a space that combines industry with retail space, academic partnerships, innovative startups, and a hotel. Plans also include a food concourse with on-site producers, and an event program promoting NYC-area artists, businesses, and organizations. […]

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Zaha Hadid’s First Residential Project in New York City / 520 West 28th Street

Zaha Hadid’s first residential project in New York City, 520 West 28th Street, has been long awaited by fans of Hadid’s work, including myself. The Iraqi-British architect was the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004, and has designed neo-futuristic buildings around the world such as the MAXXI in Italy and the Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Center in the United Arab Emirates. She has also designed one of the five stadiums that will host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Her artistic yet functional design will be […]

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111 West 57th Street, A Welcome Change to the NYC Skyline

Speaking of changing the New York skyline, the latest addition that is currently under construction is the ever so sexy 111 West 57th Street designed by SHoP Architects. Slated for completion in early 2017, it will stand 1,428 feet tall and will be the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere. Due to it’s “slender physique” it will only have one, very private, unit per floor in the main tower. The tower’s façade will be terra cotta and bronze, with a glass curtain along the North side, which will overlook […]

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Fendi Chateau Residences, a Miami Favorite

Over the past few years, southern Florida has seen a trend of luxury brands collaborating with real estate developers to build high-end condos. These designer condos provide a custom experience which gives developers an edge in an oversaturated housing market. In the tiny Miami shoreline community of Surfside, the Château Group and FENDI have created a 12-story luxury tower called the FENDI Château Residences, set to open in the spring of 2016. Kristin and I visited this project on our trip to Miami a few weeks ago and were very […]

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Spotlight on 10 Sullivan Street

Between Sixth Avenue and Sullivan Street, the 10 Sullivan Street development has garnered attention and has been likened to the Flatiron Building. What struck me first was that all south facing units from the second floor up have unobstructed views towards the World Trade Center. 10 Sullivan Street, at 16 stories, is the tallest residential building in the historical district of SoHo. It has 20 units, including four townhouses and a $45 million penthouse with a pool and fourth-level outdoor space. Residents of the development will enjoy amenities such as […]

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A Look at the Newly Opened Eco-Hotel and Residences, 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach

While in Miami for the Formula E races this month, I was able to check out the 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach just before the launch.  I was impressed by the way nature was brought indoors with the use of plants, driftwood, water, and huge windows.  The first property of the 1 Hotels brand, they opened their doors on Wednesday and they are already redefining what guests and residents have come to expect of luxury lifestyle in Miami.  The eco-friendly project, spearheaded by Starwood Chairman and CEO, Barry Sternlicht, […]

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100 Barclay Street – Impressive New Development Opening 2016

by Bo Poulsen I am excited to share that I have been granted early access to 100 Barclay, the 1926 Ralph Walker-designed building considered by many architectural historians to be the first art deco skyscraper and one of his last buildings that will be converted into condos.  Buildings aren’t built like this anymore and the developer has done a great job of maintaining the integrity of the original interior and exterior architecture.  Just like the recently converted condos at Walker and Stella Tower, 100 Barclay is one of a fading […]

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