The very pink Beresford penthouse once owned by the late Helen Gurley Brown has gone into contract, according to The Real Deal. Ms. Brown, the editor of Cosmopolitan for 32 years, and her late husband, movie producer David Brown, purchased the co-op at 211 Central Park West in the 1970s from Mike Nichols, and proceeded to decorate it with pink carpets, paint, drapes, and fuchsia and gold wallpaper—Sotheby’s Gabriele Devlin has the $20 million listing.
Property Markets Group has filed applications for a 10-story condo building and five townhouses at 111 Leroy Street in the West Village, according to YIMBY. The developer’s original plans for a 30-unit condo at the location was denied by the community board, sp the condo part of the new 34,338-square-foot complex will have just 12 apartments, along with five single-family homes at 115, 117, 119, and 121 Leroy Street and at 621 Greenwich Street. Thomas Zoli of Workshop/APD Architecture DPC has been commissioned to design all of the buildings.
For those in the city aching for some fancy new movie theaters, 2016 is looking like it’ll be a good year. The Metrograph, at Ludlow and Canal, is currently scheduled to open February 19th, and it will offer two screens and art-house programming, courtesy of a six-year project by fashion designer and filmmaker Alexander Olch, writes the Wall Street Journal. The Metrograph is being constructed in a 9,000-square-foot former food-storage warehouse, and Mr. Olch said that it will have an in-house bar, two-story restaurant, and bookstore with relevant titles.
Governor Cuomo’s office announced that landlords at over two dozen rent-regulated buildings in the city have illegally removed central heating systems in order to force tenants to pay for both heat and hot water, which was supposed to be included in their rent, per DNA Info. It affected 145 tenants, residing mostly in Bushwick and Williamsburg, as well as Chinatown and Harlem. The DHCR sent the landlords letters requiring them to restore the heating system and reimburse tenants or face legal action, and Gov. Cuomo said the landlords must restore central heating systems and “should be aware that we will not hesitate to crack down on any illegal behavior.”
Airbnb is once again making headlines, and this time, it’s fighting against legislation that wouldn’t allow homeowners to advertise illegal units, reports the Daily News. Airbnb claims that this will treat home-sharers worse than the aforementioned landlords who are turning off the heat, because the $7,500 fines would hurt middle-class residents who are looking to make some extra cash. Assembly bill sponsor Linda Rosenthal called Airbnb’s response “almost laughable if it weren’t so tragic.” She and the Senate bill sponsor, Andrew Lanza, are planning to push the bill in January’s legislative session.
In sweeter news, Magnolia Bakery will be opening at a new location at Woodbury Commons next spring, says the Post. The newly remodeled Market Hall at the mall has a Pret a Manger, Shake Shack, and Starbucks, though Magnolia’s Chief Executive Steve Abrams said he chose the location away from Market Hall so that customers can stop for a nice sugary treat later in the day, and that store employees can also come and experience Magnolia’s baked goods.