400 Square Feet of Luxury?

  • Bloggers are getting exhausted with the overuse of the “luxury” label. (Curbed)
  • Speaking of small luxuries, P. Diddy’s former apartment at 813 Park Avenue is being redeveloped as three seperate residences. (Curbed)
  • Neighborhood activists and preservationists are not happy–again–about a new residential development set to take up four blocks in the northern end of Tribeca. (Downtown Express)
  • Housing starts for multi-family buildings have risen, but so have their vacancy rates. (Business Week)
  • De Niro’s new hotel is all wrapped up.(a test of will via Curbed)
  • The Cranberry Street townhouse where the movie Moonstruck was filmed has hit the market in Brooklyn Heights–not much info yet, but expect an operatic marketing campaign.(Brownstoner)
  • Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a jet, except a flawless diamond from Tiffany’s or the Ritz’s Royal Suite with a butler. Why not just blow $850,000 on your Valentine? (NewYorkology)
  • If that seems a little breathless, consider this: Bushwick asthma rates are four times higher than the city average, thanks to vermin infestations. (New York Daily News)
  • When paperwork is digital and password protected, how do families deal with the assets of their dearly departed? (Forbes)
  • A bid to make Peck Slip next for development, although many buildings are protected with landmark status. (New York Post)
  • In another neighborhood, developers ask, why wait? So, they don’t. (New York Daily News)
  • While zoning laws can limit the size of buildings, developers are ignoring noise issues and building codes in their rush to develop. A councilmember hopes to push legislation that would change all that. (City Limits)
  • Yes, there is such a thing as garage specialists, and they encourage a “pristine” storage room where cars are not permitted. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Finally, the Smithsonian Institution has chosen a respectable space for its National Museum of African-American History and Culture. (The New York Times)
  • Sculptor and Band-Aid heir Seward Johnson has sold his townhouse on Perry Street for $5.9 million to Billy Joel, who owns homes in the Hamptons, Centre Island and Miami Beach, and is selling his TriBeCa property with wife Katie Lee. (New York Post)
  • – Riva Froymovich