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CHOCOLATES & CHEATERS
One of the rooms will be decorated with mug shots of celebs like Lindsay Lohan and Frank Sinatra. Read More
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Not so super
When a fire broke out on the 20th floor of the Strand Condominium on January 5, some residents tried to escape by running down the stairwells. Daniel McClung and Michael Todd Cohen, a married couple who lived on the 38th floor of the Hell’s Kitchen tower, made it only 7 floors before succumbing to smoke inhalation; Mr. Cohen survived, Mr. McClung did not.
Following the blaze, the FDNY said that the men should have stayed in their apartment, a seemingly counterintuitive move that few would be inclined to make without explicit instructions from firefighters. Unfortunately, firefighters opened the exterior door to bring firehoses into the stairwell that Mr. Cohen and Mr. McClung were descending, sending up plumes of smoke that overpowered the men.
Who wants to live near a four-day, enormous, floating frat party? Read More
You have to hand it to the Atelier—the silvery tower at 635 West 42nd Street might lack the old-world elegance of 15 Central Park West, the prestige of 740 Park or the stratospheric closing prices of Superior Ink, but it’s certainly determined to play in the same league as the city’s most sought-after addresses.
Despite a building sales record that tops out at $2.11 million, the condo tower is once again trying to lure the city’s mythical hordes of trophy hunters, this time with a $25 million triplex spanning the 24th, 25th and 26th floors. Which may seem like a steal compared to the $85 million ten bedroom on the 45th floor, but is still twelve times what anyone else has paid for a unit in the building.
Not one to sit at home and knit, Banksy has emerged from his NYPD-encouraged hiatus to tag midtown’s Hustler Club. Read More
Journalism has never been the most remunerative field, but Stephen Schiff figured out a way to make it work for him: write a Hollywood screenplay. Lolita and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps may not have been the most critically-acclaimed films of all time, but they seem to have done well enough for the former New Yorker journalist—he just sold his four-bedroom Hell’s Kitchen pad for $1.9 million.
The co-op apartment (which advertises “very low” maintenance of just $2,100 a month) at 325 West 52nd Street is fairly spacious, with three bedrooms on the entry level and another one down below. (It sits at the bottom of the building, though, so the new buyer may not be able to pull a Winnie Gekko and walk around the apartment with her pants off while blogging.)
Manhattan West too corporate? Far West Side too bland? Clinton too anodyne? Hell’s Kitchen too imprecise?
“You’ve heard of NoMad, NoLita, and NoHo,” writes Bisnow. “Well, get used to ‘NoChe.’ ” (We’d prefer not to!) “It stands for North Chelsea, pronounced a touch exotically”—because nothing screams exótico like millions of square feet of shimmering class A office space!—”like the Spanish word for ‘night.’ It’s how insiders are referring to the dramatic new area being forged by Brookfield and Related on the Far West Side.”
Tomorrow, Durst/Fetner will go before the Zoning and Franchise Subcommittee of the City Council, one of the final stops in the months-long public approval process for the developer’s angular apartment building at the western edge of 57th Street. Councilwoman Gale Brewer has sent a letter to the developer outlining her demands ahead of the hearing. They largely follow concerns she has had from the start, namely the affordability of the project, community space and an enticing streetscape for the project.
The condo board of the Atelier at 635 West 42nd Street is all hot and bothered. The board claims that strip club kingpin Robert Gans is using his unit for business purposes. Sexy business.
The New York Post reports that the board has filed suit against Mr. Gans, whom they allege is operating an escort service out of his apartment. An escort service is apparently a little too sexy for New York’s sexiest building.