Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
You might think that life would be impossibly pleasant for the set wealthy enough to buy magisterial spreads on the top fifteen floors of One57. But The New York Times reports that a potential storm is brewing on the building’s uppermost floors. Extell is deeply concerned that members of the “billionaire’s club” will clash with each other as they undertake massive renovations to the yet-to-be finished spaces.
There’s nothing horrifying or unsettling (anymore) about dropping $20.5 millon on a beautiful five-bedroom, 7.5-bathroom, 10-foot-ceiling, full-floor apartment on Fifth Avenue with sweeping views of Central Park. Unless, of course, you consider the $3 million dollars worth of problems that were discovered with the apartment after the purchase.
Lap of Luxury
Sometimes it seems that the market in New York operates completely separate from any others. With the conversion of two more buildings into condos, the disconnect between New York and the rest of the country, goes to another level.
David Dunlap, The Times‘s lovely chronicler of the city’s architectural foibles (not to be confused with architecture critic Michael Kimmelman) has a nice little item about the transformation of the old New York Times Building on 43rd Street by that maestro behind-the-scenes building, Blackstone’s Jonathan Gray.
The focus of the piece is a quixotic look at the transformation of the old executive dining room into a basketball court, but one section caught The Observer‘s pink eye in particular. It appears that someone is being razzed here.
As if living inside of a construction site were not bad enough, your home denuded of its famous art and filled with hundred-year-old dust, it appears the renovations to the Chelsea Hotel could be making those still living there sick—at least that is what the boarders are arguing to DNAinfo, and they have hired an outside health probe to make their case.
If you’re considering moving into a white brick building, perhaps to compliment your Mad Men craze for skinny ties and dry martinis, don’t. The bleached blocks, heavily used in the postwar building boom, have fallen distinctly out of style, both aesthetically and materially, according to The New York Times. Once championed as an easy solution to the wear and tear weather wreaks on traditional building materials, as well as a symbol of clean city living, highrises with white brick facades are crumbling around the city.
Back in May, The Observer reported that downtown designer Robert Geller had bought a brownstone in Fort Greene of all places. Now, he does that most Brooklyn of things and invites Details along while he gets a haircut. There, they talk about renovating his new historic home, architectural and international inspirations, and the beauty of his adopted borough.
Bonanno family boss Vinny Gorgeous Basciano has been on trial for a few weeks now for the murder of one of his soldier, Ralph Pizzolo. Among his other crimes–being a decorating diva to rival Ian Schrager.
Yesterday, government witness Dominick Chicale testified that he had been ordered to murder Pizzolo after he did Read More
The first thing most New Yorkers see when they come home to their apartments every day is the facade of their building, followed shortly thereafter by the lobby. At Jean Nouvel’s spectacular 100 11th Avenue, residents are greeted by one of the most striking exteriors in the city, a multifaceted crescent made from hundreds Read More