Reporters, PR men and honchos from Forest City Ratner and modular manufacturer Skanska gathered today in the cold and considerable shadow of Barclay’s Center to witness the hoisting into place of the first of the modular units in Atlantic Yards’ B2 residential tower, which aims to become the world’s tallest modular building upon its completion, slated for late next year. Of the tower’s 363 units, 181 will qualify as affordable housing—a considerable figure in terms of both quantity and percentage, particularly in comparison to prevailing proportions of market rate/affordable units included in new city construction.
The building schedule called today for the placement of three adjacent “mods,” Skanska’s Elizabeth Miller told The Observer, which together will compose a single apartment. Appliances, fixtures and plumbing had already been installed; all that remained to make the habitat functional was to tie into the building’s central electrical and water lines, which have yet to arrive. No word was forthcoming on whether the apartment assembled today might be one of those destined for affordable rental rates.
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The 21-story co-op building at 1080 Fifth Avenue once had over 70 units, Stribling broker Marcy Pedas Sigler recently told The Observer. Today, due to combinations, it has a mere 45, one of which—the entire ninth floor—recently sold for $15 million, according to city records.
“This building has coveted views,” Ms. Sigler, who herself lives on the 16th floor, said. “It’s where you come if you want to see the sun, moon and stars. The astronaut Scott Carpenter used to say these were the best views he’d ever seen. And he’d orbited the earth several times.” In her apartment at 1080 Fifth, Ms. Sigler introduced Mr. Carpenter, who died earlier this month, to his fourth wife Patty Barrett Carpenter, who had been a client. Though she was not responsible for the matchmaking involved in the ninth-floor unit, which was not listed publicly.
Observer Media CEO Joseph Meyer and YUE editor in chief and publisher (and high-fashion plate) Chiu-Ti Jansen join Chopard USA’s Marc Hruschka to celebrate the 2013 summer issue of the Observer Media Group’s bilingual luxury magazine YUE, aimed at the most style-conscious of Chinese consumers. Expect a dressy crowd and lots of Ms. Jansen’s fans, Read More
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He was, of course, already a legend when he brought his wisdom, passion, and insight to the Observer in 1989. But Andrew Sarris did not assume the role of great writer in residence, living on past glory, when he took up with this fledgling operation in only its second full year of existence. Instead, Mr. Sarris showed that even after the tempestuous decades spent at the Village Voice, even after the passions of great feuds and debates had cooled (at least somewhat), he still had a great deal to say, and to teach.
“Here’s all you need to know about Fashion Week,” a boutique designer from New Jersey was telling the New York Observer in the private American Express VIP SkyBox. “None of these sizes were made for you.”
Karlanne, the owner of Fresh by Karlanne was wearing a beaded dress, feathered hair–”Is it poofing up??” she kept asking her girlfriend–and brown suede boots. She had the look of an old-time pro, and since the AmEx box–a partitioned off room above the theaters in Lincoln Center that serves as a subdued meeting area to provide American Express Cardmembers with exclusive access to fashion week experiences– we felt we should take all the advice we could get. Even if it wasn’t pretty.