Radio host and Martha Stewart's daughter Alexis Stewart is another celebrity slow seller. She's been trying to sell her duplex loft at 27 North Moore Street on and off since 2007 and we've seen prices as high as $12.95 million. Curbed NY reports that the home is now down below the $10 million mark. It is listed at $9.5 million.
There's a lot to love about this home. It has almost 4,000 square feet of interior space and also has an outdoor terrace. The large bright and white living room has a solarium celing. The kitchen includes two SubZero refrigerators and two dishwashers for Martha-Stewart-style entertaining. The three-bedroom home also has grey terrazzo floors, custom-designed wood shelving and integrated built-ins.
Edward Bazinet, a retired businessman, has listed his beautiful Tribeca apartment. While Bazinet made his fortune in selling tchotkes his apartment is a beautiful showcase of modern design. The 19-room unit has just two bedrooms but is spread out over five floors. What would be more bedrooms has been converted into a "work zone" with a reception gallery, office, studio space, study and storage room. The home also has three terraces plus a private roof garden. The master suite takes up a full floor and has a fireplace, bathrooms, skylit walk-in closet, a separate Jacuzzi room and a terrace. The kitchen has an adjacent breakfast room with a fireplace. Other features include 1,000-bottle wine storage, rooftop home gym, a stainless steel/glass staircase and private elevator connecting the floors. One of the most interesting floors is the media room which has a library and a large reading room. This apartment is listed at $28 million by Stephen McRae of Sotheby's Homes.
Former Giants superstar Michael Strahan has been spending a lot of time in Los Angeles over the past year while working on his now-cancelled sitcom "Brothers." Last fall he listed his New York City loft for $1.5 million. But now it is back on the market at an increased price. His 2,000-square-foot loft at 25 Murray St. in TriBeCa is listed for $1.85 million.
The NY Post reports that he bought the home in 2006 for $1.6 million. Strahan's two-bedroom unit is a full service pre-war condominium with exposed brick, shiny wood floors and an eat-in kitchen. The 15-foot ceilings gave the 6'5" Strahan plenty of head room. The decor has obviously been staged in this one, Strahan has long ago decamped for greener pastures. He is engaged to Nicole Murphy, Eddie Murphy's ex-wife, a woman with some substantial real estate of her own.
The Fairchild development in New York's North Tribeca neighborhood has a bit of a celebrity appeal. James Gandolfini is said to be an investor in the project and owns a unit in the project which is a collection of 21 townhomes, penthouses and lofts, many with 22-foot ceilings, private balconies and terraces. Last year, the NY Post reported that Jessica Alba checked out a few penthouses in the building and Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima also did a bit of browsing. As Curbed reported last month the Fairchild recently went over the 50 percent sold mark.
The project was newly constructed by Karl Fischer Architecture but designed to fit into the neighborhood with a traditional red brick façade and oversized arched windows . The interior of each home boasts plenty of natural light and walnut stained flooring along with fixtures and finishes handpicked by interior designer David Howell. The custom-designed Poggenpohl gourmet kitchen has a CeaserStone countertop and backsplash, Sub-Zero refrigerator, built-in Wolf cooktop and oven, Miele dishwasher, and stainless steel Sub-Zero wine cooler. Bathrooms include large travertine tiles, Calcatta gold marble countertops, walnut stained vanities, and herringbone detailed floors.
Amenities include a 24-hour attended lobby with full concierge services, refrigerated grocery storage, private outdoor space, and direct elevator access to each home. Residents also can also enjoy the Shibui Spa at The Greenwich Hotel, which includes a lantern-lit swimming pool and lounge under the roof of a 250-year-old wood and bamboo farmhouse. The hotel's fitness center includes state-of-the-art equipment and trainers available upon request. A unit currently listed at $3.995 million includes an indoor basketball court, three bedrooms and an outdoor terrace with 648 square feet of space.
The action in Tribeca on Saturday night gave me a bit more proof that the art market is looking for a bounce. I attended an art show held by local artist Ben Krell and Lindsey Nobel, who came in from Los Angeles, and the action was palpable. At last count, six pieces sold at the event, and there were many serious buyers with an eye to add emerging artists to their collections again.
Krell and Nobel have vastly different styles, but the pieces complemented each other in the loft where the event, billed as an "open studio," was held. Krell's work through several periods was on display, from the tight geometric styles he favored several years ago to the organic approach he uses today. Nobel offered pieces using several media – including photography and plastic. Works by both artists captivated the guests who crowded the venue as the evening unfolded.
Nobel's work features intricate designs connecting larger abstract shapes that are based on photographs she has taken of sculptures. The intentional result is an interconnectedness reminiscent of neural networks, linking stations of consciousness into a greater, unified presence.
Unlike his partner at the event, Krell prefer broader, sweeping themes on his canvases (which he shapes himself). His latest movement evokes feelings of creation – in the cosmic sense – with concentrations of energy yielding to calming effects.
The Tribeca art exhibition was a trip home for Krell, who painted in that particular loft back in the 1990s. He also held a show there in September 2008, shortly after the collapse of Lehman Brothers. The mood couldn't have been more different this time around. Attendees were considerably more upbeat ... and in greater number. The sheer level of participation was enough to suggest that the art market is getting ready to turn, and the fact that several collectors made purchases reinforces the notion.
Last year Robert De Niro's Greenwich Hotel ran afoul of New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission over a penthouse on top of building. The best suite in the TriBeCa hotel has caused controversy because the commission says that the penthouse does not match the design that they approved in 2004. Last year De Niro appeared at a panel hearing to ask commission members to give him a break and not make he and his partners remove the suite (at an estimated $1.5 million cost) and start over. At the time De Niro said that they worked on the project a long time and tried their best to make it fit into the historic neighborhood. The NY Post reports that De Niro had told the commission that he would update the penthouse façade to match detailed brick used on rest of the building's exterior.
It's been over a year and the building hasn't been corrected. De Niro's business partners and a team of architects were supposed to appear before the commission last week to address the delay. There is no official deadline for getting the project finished but the commission isn't giving up on getting the building fixed in a way that makes the neighborhood happy.
Just in time for spring in New York City, Thompson Hotels has opened Smyth in TriBeCa. The boutique hotel offers 100 guestrooms in a newly-constructed building on West Broadway and Chambers Street. The name comes from "the anonymity of Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and is meant to provide an urban refuge for the hip. The lobby was designed by Yabu Pushelberg and staff uniforms were created by Helmut Lang.The rooms are decorated in rich wine tones with walnut paneling and chrome-accented furniture and marble bathrooms. Rooms also feature Kiehl's products, robes by Frette and linens by Sferra as well as an in-room pantry stocked with Dean & Deluca snacks and naughties from Kiki de Montparnasse. Art by John Sparagana adorns each guest room and paintings by self taught Argentinean artist, Santiago Rubino, are featured in the lobby's interior.
Restaurateur Frederick Lesort is behind the Lobby Bar and the Smyth has a 24-hour room service menu. The Jour et Nuit Restaurant & Lounge will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, with an espresso bar offering sandwiches and pastries during the day and cured meats with alcoholic beverages at night. The lower level Cellar Cocktail Lounge offers a hideaway to sample unique cocktails. Rates start at $275 for a standard room, $575 for a king suite, and $3,500 for the penthouse.
Another big spender joins the celebrity foreclosure follies. This time it's Roc-A-Fella Records company co-founder Damon Dash and his wife, fashion designer Rachel Roy. The high-profile pair could lose two of their Manhattan apartments. Eastern Savings Bank says the couple owe $7.3 million on the properties and were supposed to make hefty monthly payments of $78,500 but haven't done so since January. Dash has a $100,000 federal tax lien on the properties and reportedly owes the city of New York $2 million in back taxes. Damon Dash is allegedly has a $50 million fortune amassed from his hip-hop empire.
Robert De Niro's Greenwich Hotel in New York only opened in April but it has hit a variety of snags including getting zero stars for its Ago restaurant by NY Times critic Frank Bruni, The most recent problem involves the hotels lavish rooftop penthouse. The best suite in the $43 million hotel has run a foul of the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission which says that the penthouse does not match the design that they approved in 2004.
On Tuesday De Niro appeared at a panel hearing to ask commission members to give him a break and not make he and his partners remove the suite (an estimated $1.5 million cost) and start over. De Niro said that they worked on the project a long time and tried their best to make it fit into the historic neighborhood. At the panel fellow celebrity and neighbor, actor/director Ed Burns testified that the architecture is beautiful.
The penthouse has a mansard roof and other decorative details which, according to Nadezhda Williams of the Historic Districts Council, make it seem more residential and out of style with the other more industrial buildings in the area. She is calling to have the penthouse called for in De Niro's plans to be built instead. No decision was reached on Tuesday but they will discuss the hotel at a future meeting and may consider less drastic measures such as changing the exterior o the penthouse from stucco to glass and metal.
Rates at the hotel have varied. They were originally supposed to start at $775 but now it looks like you can get in for $525 a night which is pretty reasonable for New York City.
Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood is more known for its restaurants and enviable loft real estate than for its hotels but that is set to change with a bunch of new hotels including Robert DeNiro's Greenwich. One that is already open is the Duane Street Hotel which opened a couple of months ago. This six-story hotel has 45 rooms with a bright and breezy modern style that seems pulled from your friendly local Ikea or one of the lofts in the neighborhood. The rooms have hardwood floors, which is a lovely touch, and large windows to flood the rooms with light. The bathrooms are slate with chrome and marble fixtures. The hotel was designed by noted architectural firm Gene Kaufman Associates and interior designer Paul Vega to be a cozy neighborhood enclave. Amenities include in-room spa services from Euphoria Spa, floral arrangements from Floratech in all 45 rooms, complimentary chocolates from Jacques Torres, and in-room dining from top-rated local restaurants. The Duane Street Hotel is also home to 'beca Restaurant which will offers American/Mediterranean food as well as Italian coffee and both European and Japanese tea service. The restaurant will provide room service for the hotel. Room rates at the Duane Street Hotel begin at $300.
Limited edition homes? That's the pitch for the new 34 Leonard loft project in Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood. 34 Leonard Street is a building of 16 loft-style homes with open floor plans and walls of windows offering urban and park views. The lobby will be dominated by an art installation from Jennifer Steinkamp, which will be a three-dimensional visual illusion of translucent glass with embedded leaves, sculptured wood benches and artisan crafted limestone walls. The development's units are designed to accommodate art collections, and art expert Carol Dorksy will offer advice to potential buyers interested in starting or expanding their art collections. Other amenities include a wine cellar that can provide storage of 300 bottles per unit, a grill and bar area on the roof deck, a sunbathing area with an outdoor shower, a pet spa, fitness center, storage and a round-the-clock doorman.
GlobeSt.com reports that the approximate construction cost for the project is $45 million. The 16 homes include, one, two and three bedroom residences as well as a 3,086-square-foot penthouse that has a 2,215-square-foot wrap-around terrace. No presales yet but there are 150 people on the waiting list to pick up the homes, which range from $2 million to $8 million for the penthouse. .
This loft in TrBecCa in New York City isn't just the perfect place to hang art it actually comes with its own, an original mural by 1980s art star Keith Haring. The home is a 8,000 square foot triplex. The listing pics are slim and mainly showcase the main massive 45' x 45' entertaining space which has 26'+/- ceilings, arched windows, fireplace and cast iron columns. the steel staircase leads up to a mezzanine/libarary area and a bedroom wing that includes a large master with his and her baths, huge dressing room, 2nd bedroom with bath and possible 3rd bedroom. Downstairs there is also a dining room opens to private patio and an eat-in-kitchen as well as a game room/media room, climate controlled wine storage and tasting room, gym/office and staff room. It is listed at $16.995 million.