The Afternoon Wrap: Thursday

  • An $8.995 million triplex penthouse is awarded “Estate of the Day” honors at Luxist, a Web site that salivates over Arctic retreats and seaside sprawls. This Manhattan home has “raspberry parfait” walls, a wet bar, solarium, and six bedrooms. [Lux]
  • What should one get for his wealthy loved one this winter? “It’s impossible to go wrong with vintage,” but “nature-inspired items are also [a] sure thing this season.” Or you can contribute to the $160-billion-a-year home furnishings industry by gifting a “coral-handle salad server” or an “Italian cotton waffle bathrobe.” [Forbes]
  • A “gleaming, 65,000-square-foot building” beneath the Brooklyn Bridge will be the first home for the city’s Emergency Management agency since its World Trade Center command center was destroyed on 9/11. Among other things, the new place has a 15-foot video wall for Bond-villain-like surveillance. [Architect Online/AP]
  • As if Gramery Park weren’t already haute enough, the neighborhood has become the go-to place for House & Garden columnists who like their wine “very New World and politically incorrect. Very sexy–almost pornographic, really–with its oak and concentration!” [House & Garden]
  • – Max Abelson

    The Afternoon Wrap: Thursday