$90M Midtown Penthouse Tops Mark for Priciest New York City Apartment

NY Daily NewsMay 18, 2012
The record for the city’s priciest apartment shattered like a fallen chandelier when a buyer agreed to pay more than $90 million for a penthouse duplex at One57 in midtown.

The deal follows two mega sales: $52.5 million for a 740 Park Ave. duplex owned by the widow of late Time Warner chairman Steve Ross, and the $70 million casino owner Steve Wynn paid for a Central Park South condo.

"New York has never seen a week like this," said CORE associate broker Jarrod Guy Randolph. The exact price for the six-bedroom pad at the unfinished One57 building opposite Carnegie Hall was not disclosed, but the developer told the New York Times it surpassed the $88 million Russian magnate Dmitri Rybolovlev paid at 15 Central Park West.

The buyer was described as “someone people would recognize.”

Just Sold! - 15 W. 20th Street

New York PostMay 16, 2012
15 W. 20th St.

Two-bedroom, two-bath condo, 2,322 square feet, with 10-foot beamed ceilings, home office, fireplace, laundry room, audio system, electric window shades and keyed-elevator access; building features doorman, gym, roof deck and storage. Common charges $2,177, taxes $2,285. Asking price $3,295,000, on market seven weeks. Brokers: Adrian Noriega, Core and Debra Weiner, Halstead Property

Done Deals: 303 Mercer Street, A608

Brokers WeeklyMay 16, 2012
303 Mercer St. #608

Two bedroom 2.5 bath triplex with private roof terrace. Gut renovated loft with high ceilings and cast iron structural columns. Separate dining room with custom lighting fixtures. Laundry room with washer dryer. Bedrooms on the lower level, both with custom closets and en-suite bathrooms. Oak floors, Serret-designed staircase leading to 850 s/f roof deck with outdoor lighting, electrical outlets, water and gas. Asking price: $2,995,000; Weeks on the market: 41; Agents: Maggie Kent, CORE; Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon, CORE.

New Listings: 405 East 63rd Street, 8A

Brokers WeeklyMay 16, 2012
Lenox Hill
405 East 63rd Street, 8A

Renovated studio. Foyer with closet opens to a northern city exposure. Custom Murphy bed, dressing area with closet, windowed kitchen. The York Gate is full-service building with good financial and maintenance histories. Listing Agent: Lawrence V. Treglia, CORE.

Gallery: REBNY NYRS graduates

Brokers WeeklyMay 16, 2012
Thirty-four top performing real estate agents from six leading brokerage firms achieved the esteemed designation New York Residential Specialist (NYRS) in April, bringing the ranks of the elite NYRS network to over 200 in number. Following an 8-week sold out series offered by The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), graduates joined with instructors and program sponsors for a celebratory reception. The NYRS credential identifies Associate Brokers who have met qualifying criteria and have successfully completed an advanced course of study designed specifically for the nuances of the NYC market. First awarded in 2007, the designation is REBNY’s highest professional credential for residential agents.

Spend a Day Looking Out the Windows of the Blue Penthouse

CurbedMay 15, 2012
The penthouse at LES condo Blue, the building beloved by everyone from theJersey Shore cast to Nicolai Ouroussoff, has been on the market at $14,000/month since early April. The unit was recently staged, so Curbed videographer David Sherwin toted his camera over for a visit. And not just any visit—a time lapse of a whole day spent in the Blue penthouse. Since today's weather is, yep, still cloudy, the apartment probably looks much the same right now.

The Makings of MVP

OWNMay 11, 2012
CORE Real Estate Group celebrates their recent prize winning acquisition, however not in the form of property but of new agent, Jarrod Guy Randolph. Although, he bears a most youthful demeanor, this gentleman has 10 years of experience under his belt and a sales record of over $500 million, which is what got him named on the prestigious Forbes list of "30 under 30." Mr. Randolph's amicable persona will soon air on HGTV’s hit series, "Selling New York," where all can view exactly how he moves multi-million dollar lux Manhattan real estate without breaking a sweat and maintaining a smile. When asked about his sentiments on making the list, Mr. Randolph said:

“I cannot express how honored I am to be a part of the coveted Forbes '30 Under 30' in real estate. With this exciting acknowledgement, I have no choice but to take my business to the next level and knock it out of the ball park!”

The commemoration was hosted in CORE's exclusive Blue Penthouse at 105 Norfolk Street. Many of the diverse mix of attendees were Mr. Randolph's friends and ranged from stylish downtown types to the upper crust. Interestingly enough, the congregation reflected Mr. Randolph's varied clientele, which consists of celebs, musicians, and designers. DJ Michaelangelo L’Acqua (Global Music Director
for the W Hotels) kept hitting the right spots with a familiar musical selection mirroring one's own ipod play list. Staging came courtesy of celebrity interior designer, Lauren Stern.

Additionally, on display were the melodic works of Mr. Randolph's dear friend, Conor Mccreedy. The ambiguity and indecisiveness of Mccreedy's movements are complimented by his clear direction and bold commentary on race, sexuality and social identity. As an Aquarius, his "blue period" definitely coincides with the water bearer aspect of his astrological sign and coincide with the indigo tinted windows of the CORE's Blue Penthouse.

'Burg's New Most Expensive House Comes With Loading Dock

CurbedMay 11, 2012
Is the Williamsburg townhouse market about to see a Pat Kiernan-inducedpricing bump? Actually, the neighborhood's newest townhouse listing, at 257 Berry Street, is already way above Kiernan territory—it's asking $3.79 million, making it, judging by a quick search, the most expensive single-family townhouse currently listed in Williamsburg. It's new construction, according to the broker babble, and looks it. But the interior's got some cool stuff: a sculptural steel staircase, four terraces, and a 1,150-square-foot (non-commercial) gallery with a loading dock. Maybe Kiernan should have held out for this one

New-construction Townhouse is Williamsburg’s Priciest Single-family Home

The Real DealMay 11, 2012
The most expensive single-family home townhouse in Williamsburg just hit the market, Curbed reports. The new construction townhouse, at 257 Berry Street, is asking $3.79 million, the blog said. The five-story home, at Grand Street, features a sculptural steel staircase, four terraces, a gallery and a loading dock. The 3,780-square-foot home has four bedrooms and 2.5 baths, according to

Harlem Becomes Magnet for Wealthier New Yorkers

NY Daily NewsMay 10, 2012
There goes the old neighborhood.

Apartment prices are on the rise again in Harlem as the historic area increasingly becomes a magnet for wealthier New Yorkers and topnotch attractions like the Museum for African Art.

A luxury penthouse in One Museum Mile — the same building at 1280 Fifth Ave. that houses the museum — just sold for $3.1 million. And developers say it’s a sign of things to come.

Museum President Elsie McCabe said this will be good for Harlem. “No housing was lost, no one was displaced here,” she said. “This only adds housing to the neighborhood and brings a higher-income demographic that increases the local diversity.”

More importantly, McCabe said, “it adds a cultural context this part of the city has never seen before.

“Museums are economic engines,” she said. “We expect more than 630,000 visitors in our first year of operation. This will bring money in from outside the community, the city, and country.”

But not everybody is thrilled by the transformation taking place in what many consider the nation’s preeminent African-American neighborhood.

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito warned it could embolden local landlords to drive up rents. “Those prices are sheer madness,” she said.

The One Museum Mile building, in particular, is a “sore spot,” she added.

“That building was originally slotted for education purposes, then the museum became community space for the luxury condos.”
What Harlem needs, Mark-Viverito said, is more affordable housing.

Good luck with that.

The newly purchased penthouse, which sold for around $1,767 per square-foot, didn’t shatter selling price records. But it’s leading a trend.

The Central Park Conservancy found that home values around 110th St. jumped 39% from 2007 to 2012.

“The restoration and ongoing maintenance done by the Conservancy has had something to do with the real estate renaissance taking place on the north end of the park,” says Doug Blonsky, president of the Central Park Conservancy. “With the Conservatory Garden and Harlem Meer, it’s become one of the best sections to live on the entire park.”

The price per square foot record puts the area on the same playing field as Chelsea, the East Village, and parts of the upper West Side One Museum Mile, located at the northeast tip of Central Park, has more in common with the multimillion-dollar prewar co-ops 20 blocks south than its neighbors. The price per square foot for the sprawling three-bedroom, three-bath doubles and triples current sale prices in and around El Barrio and Central Park North.

Designed by 15 Central Park West architect Robert A.M. Stern in conjunction with Andre Kikoski and SLCE Architects, the building boasts stunning views of Central Park and one of the highest rooftop pools in the city. Its swank common areas include a gym, children’s playroom, teens lounge, catering kitchen and formal dining room on Central Park, plus a 24-hour doorman and on-site parking garage.

Opera singer Kathleen Battle and several NFL stars are among the well-heeled homebuyers who have been spotted touring the building. “That pool and roof are incredible,” says Walt Frazier 3rd, son of the Knicks basketball great, who is a Keller Williams real estate agent. “There isn’t another building like it in Harlem.”

CORE CEO Shaun Osher said nine contracts have gone out to buyers in recent weeks.

Gimme Shelter: 72 Reade Street

New York PostMay 10, 2012
Olympic gold medalist Shaun White is looking for an apartment big enough for him and his snowboards and skateboards. He recently toured a $5.75 million condo at TriBeCa’s 72 Reade St. The 3,360-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bathroom full-floor loft has keyed elevator access, original columns, a gas fireplace and a terrace. Listing broker Michael Graves of Core declined to comment.

Rich People Moving On Up

CurbedMay 10, 2012
Harlem is becoming more inclusive (of rich people) as rents rise and buyers are drawn to properties like One Museum Mile at 1280 Fifth Avenue, where a penthouse recently sold for $3.1 million. “This only adds housing to the neighborhood and brings a higher-income demographic that increases the local diversity.”

Square Feet: Inside an Amazing Six-Story Chelsea Townhouse

NBC LXTV-Open HouseMay 07, 2012
We're inside a gorgeous six-story Chelsea townhouse. For more information on this property, please contact Tom Postilio (212-726-0783), Natalie Rakowski (212-726-0779) and Mickey Conlon (212-612-9623) of Core. View the listing.

Is This the Best Roman Orgy Bath in the State of New Jersey?

CurbedMay 07, 2012
As seen before, Versailles knock-offs can pop up in any form, which is actually a good thing because it allows French manor houses to be built exactly where they belong: North Jersey. This one, 25,000 square feet yet solar-powered and "green," according to the listing, sits on 4.4 acres in Saddle River (where Mary J. Blige is still trying to unload her very similar-looking mansion) and has moldings to evoke the grandeur of yesteryear, a foyer dripping in crystal and marble, and an interior pool area within a practical stone's throw of the dining room and kitchen. Provided he/she has $19M, the next owner can look forward to curling up on one of those knock-off Knoll sofas with a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey. Do take a video tour.

Field Trip Friday: Ralph Walker Exhibition

Open House New YorkMay 07, 2012
This week, volunteer council members Connie Finstad and Joseph Giargiana are our guest bloggers who have written about their visit to the Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century exhibition. Ralph Walker, called “the only other honest architect in America” by Frank Lloyd Wright, was one of the most influential minds to shape New York’s skyline, producing most of his work during the first half of the twentieth century. His most notable buildings include the Irving Trust Building at One Wall Street and the Barclay-Vesey Telephone Building, now known as the Verizon Building. The exhibit, open through mid-May by appointment only, celebrates and explores the life of this legendary American art deco architect and his influential works, which subtly surround us and which we pass every day. Read about Joe and Connie’s experience below.

I had passed the building so many times before and certainly had photographed the entrance a number of times. Last summer, my best friend, visiting with his son, stopped me in front of 212 West 18th Street and asked, “what is this building?” I had to answer honestly, and say I just didn’t know.

Here was our conversation:

“I think it used to be a telephone building, but I don’t know what is it now.”

“This was a utility building? No, it’s too elegant for that.”

“No, I’m sure it was, see the subtle signage?”

“What are they doing with it, what’s all this scaffolding for?”

“I don’t know, but I’m sure we’ll find out.”

His son photographed the elaborately designed grill and glass work above the entrance, and we moved on.

It’s those details we pass, every day, that make me stop and appreciate the inherent design, architecture and history of this city. Needless to say, living here, I feel blessed and inspired every day.

Walker's words brought to you by TriBeCa signage shop Let There Be Neon

Last weekend I entered the construction site with a colleague to visit the first ever exhibit to explore the life and work of Ralph Thomas Walker (1889 – 1973), the great and influential architect to shape New York’s skyline during the “roaring twenties” through iconic skyscrapers with asymmetrical setbacks and art deco ornament.

“Ralph Walker?” I thought. I’ve never heard of him.

Preliminary drawing of the Barclay-Vesey Telephone Building at 212 West 18th Street (late 1920’s).

The New York Telephone Building (constructed 1929 – 1931) at 212 West 18th Street is being restored, modernized and transformed into a collection of 53 expansive residences and renamed “Walker Tower” (floors 8 to 23). Verizon owns the lower floors. His passion for elegant detail separated his designs and ornate details from other applicants of proposed civic architecture

Building at completion (1931) shows the lack of a full-height spire.

Walker’s architectural style is best known as “humanism,” the attempt to design buildings less industrial and more warm and appealing to the eye. In the exhibit we saw a number of examples of the buildings he designed and proposed, as well as photographs of his breath-taking interiors. The docent, Marci, is pleasant, knowledgeable and informative, and answered most of our questions before we even asked.

Walker Tower is being developed by JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group. Their intention is to complete Walker’s original design, which had been compromised due to budget restraints when first constructed. An architectural model of the project is also in the exhibit. CORE reality at 127 Seventh Avenue and 18th Street has the exclusive offering agreement and will launch sales in the building during 2012.

The Barclay-Vesey Telephone Building (constructed 1922 – 1926) at 140 West Street is his masterpiece. The recently published, limited edition book by Kathryn R. Holliday is available at the exhibit.

Marci holds Holliday's limited edition book showing the magnificent golden interior in front of an image of the original Irving Trust Building at One Wall Street and Broadway.

The exhibit located on the ground floor at 212 West 18th Street is free and open to the public daily, by appointment only and should be available for viewing through mid-May.

From Penthouse to Playhouse: Inside the New York City Duplex with an 18ft Stainless Steel SLIDE

UK Mail OneMay 07, 2012
There’s finally an apartment for the man that refuses to act his age - and it has even got a slide to keep him forever young.

Nestled on 13th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue A, the asking price for this 2,400 square foot duplex is just $3.9 million, a little more than the average kid's allowance.

Beyond the slide, it’s got four bedrooms, four baths, two terraces, a garden and just about every other amenity from those adults suffering from playground envy.

Expensive Toys: Nestled on 13th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue A, the asking price for this 2,400 square foot duplex is just $3.9 million

What a Man Wants: Professional poker player Phil Galfond commissioned the slide to be custom built by an engineering firm for a cool $250,000

It Gets Better: Even though the slide is the centerpiece of the man-child palace, the apartment also boasts a game room with a $35,000 glass pool table and a 18-foot high atrium

The stainless steel sculpture was delivered by freight train to its East Village home.

‘The owner combined two apartments and he wanted to put a fun and creative new way of going from the top level to the bottom, CORE broker Lindsee Silverstein said.

Sweet Dreams: The apartment has four bedrooms, four baths, two terraces, a garden and just about every other amenity

Apples and Pears: There's also a staircase for the less adventurous

Step Right Up: The condo has 360 degree views of New York City as well as a 24-hour door man and concierge

It connects the upstairs office to the downstairs living room with just 18 feet of fun.

There’s also a staircase for the less adventurous.

Even though the slide is the centerpiece of the man-child palace, the apartment also boasts a game

Houses of the Week: 133 West 14th Street

New York PostMay 03, 2012
$1.795 million

Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Square feet: 1,600 Common charges: $558
“Centrally located” on 14th Street, at the crossroads of Chelsea and the West Village, this “turn-key” condo loft offers a 25-foot wide living/dining area, an open chef’s kitchen, “oversized” windows, a wood-burning fireplace and a washer/dryer. Agent: Vickey Barron, Core, 212-612-9647

Inside Look: NYC Penthouse Playground

AOL Real EstateMay 03, 2012
New York City's famous for being a rich man's playground and we couldn't have found a home that takes this idea more seriously than this East Village penthouse -- with a built-in slide.

Unsurprisingly, the silver, 18-foot-tall sculptural slide pretty much smacks you in the face as soon as you walk in. Unlike other luxury features, its presence tends to dominate the penthouse (the rest of which is actually incredibly sleek, sophisticated and somewhat minimalist). But the faster you get over the initial shock of seeing a slide built inside someone's apartment, the faster you can hop right on it -- and naturally, we did. Our entire crew. Multiple times.

In case you were wondering, the owner of the now-infamous "slide penthouse" is Phil Galfond, a professional poker player who's only 26 years old!Slide aside, Galfond has also decked out his pad with some truly amazing, one-of-a-kind pieces ($35,000 glass pool table, anyone?).

See for yourself below:

Like what you see? Elizabeth Kee and Lindsee Silverstein of CORE Group NYC have the listing.

House of the Day: A Condo in Old New York

The Wall Street JournalMay 03, 2012
Price: $ 5,750,000
Location: New York, NY
Type of Home: Apartment

Victor Benson, 69 years old, and his wife, Susan, purchased this loft apartment in Lower Manhattan for $2.5 million in 2004, according to public records. In another life, Mr. Benson said his apartment was home to a perfume factory. Part of the 1915 building was converted into condominiums starting in 1998, records show.

Best Place of the Week: 55 White St

NY Daily NewsMay 03, 2012
The great room in a triplex apartment at 55 White St. in Tribeca has the kind of grandeur that evokes library scenes from movies like “The Music Man” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

There are 16-foot ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, Corinthian columns and custom book shelves- complete with the kind of librarian’s ladder that makes you want to climb up and perform a musical number. A staircase leads up to an open office and a walkway to the master bedroom.

Adjoining the great room is a kitchen with pocket doors that can be opened to share the space or closed during a party. There’s also a bedroom on the main floor.

Downstairs is a giant family room and an additional bedroom and bathroom.

The entire space is 2,600 square feet. It’s listed with Ryan Fitzpatrick with CORE for $3.15 million.

Walker Exhibit Extended Through May

CurbedMay 03, 2012
CHELSEA—Bummed you missed the "Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century" exhibit inside his West 18th Street building currently undergoing condo-ification? Good news! You have another month; the exhibit has been extended through the end of May. The lobby exhibit of Walker's work is open to the public, but by appointment so make arrangments in advance now that you've been granted an extension. [Curbedwire Inbox; Ralph Walker Exhibit]

LONG ISLAND CITY—Court Square’s 75-unit luxury condominium building The Industry LIC has now reached the 51 percent sold mark. All of the 1, 2, and 3BR penthouses have already been sold. Remaining studios, 1BRs, and 2BRs, start at $414,750, $462K, and $749K, respectively.
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