Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Demolition has been completed and excavation and foundation work is underway at Brodsky's future condo at 127 East 79th Street. While there is little info and no renderings for the project, through a little internet research here is what we know about the project:
- 19 Stories.
- 210 Feet tall.
- 119,006sf residential, 642sf commercial.
- The lot is approximately 100' x 100', and will be built 100' x 70' with 30' rear yard.
- 32 units are expected- that is an average of 3718sf per unit.
- Units are expected to fetch $3000 per square foot.
- $120 Million loan has been secured for the project.
- An architect has not been named, but by virtue of DOB filings, looks like SLCE.
- Construction workers on site say the building should be complete by Spring 2014.
What we don't know is what the building will look like. You have to highly doubt a glass tower in that location, that is for sure. I would expect another "modern classic." If SLCE is indeed the architect, you might look at the smash hit "The Laureate" as a template. I have a call into Brodsky, I will keep everyone posted as more details come available.
Building Permit (Department of Buildings)
Brodsky lands $120 loan to build UES condo (Crain's)
|April 24, 2012|
|Early March, 2012|
Previously: 200 East 79th, Foundation In Progress, Cetra-Ruddy Remains Architect (A Fine Blog 11/2011)
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
To look straight up at this massive skyscraper is dizzying! The blue skies and passing clouds mimic the glass now beginning to fill Christian de Portzamparc's skyline altering combination hotel/condo tower. Now at approximately 60 stories, the tower, which is clearly visible from nearly any point in Central Park, is only two-thirds of the way to its 90 story peak. Eventually at 1000 feet, this is soon to be New York's tallest residential tower. The project, known as One57, is commanding and apparently getting a sky high $6000 per square foot. Among the offerings, the 10,923sf penthouse at $110 Million, as well as between 94 and 134 other units (depending on who you source). The Park Hyatt will operate a 210 room hotel on the base floors. What a sight!
An Abundance of Curbed Coverage (Curbed)
Lap of Luxury, One57's Cheapest Apartment $7.35Mil. (Sheftell/NYDN)
Could a $110 Million Penthouse Be a Billionaire's Bargain? (Forbes)
Monday, April 16, 2012
There is a new coffee shop player in town and this one has Southern California roots. "Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf" is taking Manhattan by storm, opening its fourth store in six months on 83rd Street and Third Avenue. The space, which had been a bar for the past 50 years, housed famous Martell's for decades, and only more recently to frat-friendly Wicker Park. Part of the good news is that neither Wicker, nor Coffee Bean have made any dramatic changes to the character of the space. Coffee Bean has retained the classic mosaic tile floors, mahogany wood booths, and have made a clever re-use of the old bar that now serves as a counter for the caffeine starved masses. The space is bright and appealing, and what I believe was the former kitchen, now serves as a "quiet room" complete with "coffee lockers" to store beans and glassware for regular guests. There is also a "coffee cellar" to store beans fashioned on the concept of a wine cellar.
So how is the coffee? My test, as it is my regular drink, was a 12 ounce americano with an extra shot of espresso. I have to say that I was very impressed. It was strong yet very smooth and I would suggest a strong competitor to the same drink at Think Coffee and Everyman Espresso. Since we don't have either of those shops on the UES, you could say this is the best espresso in the hood. Another consideration is the food. Unlike at Starbucks, where everything looks like your very last food option, Coffee Bean has some appealing choices from authentic looking, full-sized bagels and enormous bear claw pastries, to full sized Italian subs. In many ways the food selection looks sort of like a Starbucks, but with Coffee Bean they have morphed to full-sized, animated, and edible.
So can a big coffee shop, not named Starbucks make it in the hood? I can't claim that I know how much coffee it takes to carry a business, but I don't think Coffee Bean will be lacking for customers. With bright inviting space, wifi, reasonable snacks, and tasty coffee, I'd figure it won't be a week before they are packed with customers jockeying for tables on a regular basis.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
|Zig Zag (South Side)|
|From the SW|
|Crooked Columns on West Side|
|Shot From NW Corner (14th+Fifth)|
|Rendering, Courtesy SOM|
New School Funky Fresh Renderings (A Fine Blog 5/2010)
New New School Building Reaches Ground Level (A Fine Blog 11/2011)