The Real Deal New York

  • The 9 best bathrooms on Instagram

    Going to the bathroom never looked so good.
    August 30, 2015 05:00PM TRD WEEKEND EDITION
    Bathrooms of Instagram

    Bathrooms of Instagram

    From Luxury Listings NYC: Floor to ceiling windows, marble everything and even glass bathtubs — bathrooms ain’t what they used to be. So here’s a look at some of the most elegantly designed lavatories on the Internet. [more]

  • NYU medical center inks 40,000-sqft deal at Essex Crossing

    The center will be located at site 6 of Essex Crossing
    August 30, 2015 04:00PM TRD WEEKEND EDITION
    Essex Crossing

    Essex Crossing

    Lower East Side residents are getting yet another major new amenity at Essex Crossing: NYU Langone Medical Center has announced that it will open a new facility at megaproject. [more]

  • The Chinese are about to flood the U.S. real estate market

    The chaos of the past few weeks is pushing wealthy Chinese to make a tough decision
    August 30, 2015 03:00PM By Business Insider

    A man on the phone inside the Shanghai Stock Exchange building at the Pudong financial district in Shanghai

    After yet another drop in the Shanghai stock market and Hang Seng index on August 6, Daniel Chang heard his cell phone ping. The real-estate agent was on a business trip in Shanghai, and he was mid-bite during a dinner when he saw his phone light up from a message on his app, WeChat. [more]

  • Amid declining sales, McDonald’s considers REITs

    Still, some say the burger giant should cling to its holdings
    August 30, 2015 02:00PM TRD WEEKEND EDITION


    McDonald’s is a real estate goldmine with holdings estimated at about $40 billion worldwide. And with sales down for three years in a row, some analysts suggest that the fast food giant could offer its shareholders better returns through a real estate investment trust. [more]

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  • Sick of Manhattan winters? Own an island wherever you want

    Christie’s has announced that it’s selling portable island
    August 30, 2015 01:00PM TRD WEEKEND EDITION


     From Luxury Listings NYC: For millionaires/billionaires who really have no interest in interacting with anyone ever again, there is finally an answer. Christie’s has just announced that it’s selling portable islands. As in, islands that you plant anywhere in the world (not, as we originally thought, islands that travel. That’s called a boat). [more]


  • Commercial property database on the hunt for pirate

    Reis Services claims $361,337 worth of reports have been illegally downloaded
    August 30, 2015 12:00PM TRD WEEKEND EDITION

    images-1A database of commercial properties is on the hunt for a data pirate that has been accessing its proprietary reports for free, according to a Manhattan federal lawsuit.

    Reis Services, which operates a database of more than 7,000 neighborhoods throughout the U.S., claims that an information thief in Austin has accessed its database 178 times in a year, downloading 798 reports worth $361,337, according to the New York Post. [more]

  • OkCupid founder picks up Greenpoint multifamily

    The dating mogul-turned-musician paid $2.1M for the three-unit building
    August 30, 2015 11:00AM TRD WEEKEND EDITION
    Christian Rudder and 925 Lorimer Street.

    Christian Rudder and 925 Lorimer Street in Greenpoint

    The co-founder of OKCupid has made a connection with a townhouse in Greenpoint. Christian Rudder just paid $2.1 million for the 3,400-square-foot building at 925 Lorimer Street. [more]

  • The 9 most beautifully designed hotels in the world

    The winner of 2015's Building of the Year award will be announced at the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore in November
    August 30, 2015 10:00AM By Business Insider


    Each year, the World Architecture Festival honors the most beautifully designed buildings around the globe. This year’s 338 nominees include designs in a number of categories, including Hotel and Leisure. The hotels under consideration are all incredibly unique, from an African safari lodge that resembles a luxurious wigwam to a Turkish resort and spa with stunning waterfront rooms. [more]

  • IMG adds HQ to New York Fashion Week

    The HQ will showcase art installations, talks and other events
    August 30, 2015 09:00AM TRD WEEKEND EDITION
    A fashion show and 451 West 14th Street

    A fashion show and 451 West 14th Street

    From Luxury Listings NYC: IMG announced yet another venue change for New York Fashion Week: They are launching NYFW HQ, “a programming space,” located at 451 West 14th Street, the south side of the building that houses Milk Studios and the now closed Seinfeld apartment pop-up, according to Vogue. [more]

  • It’s a wrap: this week’s celebrity home swaps

    August 29, 2015 05:00PM TRD WEEKEND EDITION


    From Luxury Listings NYC: A roundup of all the deals, steals and otherwise strange news that has happened this week involving celebs and their various homes. [more]

  • Scarsdale locals want their mansions valued like it’s the 1970s

    And they’re fighting their 2014 assessments tooth and nail
    August 29, 2015 04:00PM TRD WEEKEND EDITION


    Last year, Scarsdale homeowners saw their properties revalued for the first time since President Richard Nixon first took office. Naturally, that added a lot in taxable value — $1.1 billion, to be exact. But residents are still challenging the new assessments to some avail. [more]

  • Bridgehampton estate is back, this time at $30M

    The house was asking $32M back in 2009
    August 29, 2015 03:00PM TRD WEEKEND EDITION

    The Bridgehampton estate

    A frequently flipped Bridgehampton estate is back on the market this time asking $30 million. [more]

  • From the archives: From real estate to prison

    Agent's conviction shows how state, industry deal with criminal cases
    August 29, 2015 02:00PM TRD WEEKEND EDITION

    Wallkill Correctional Facility and Steven Spinola

    Agent Courtney Wall was slated to meet a client to finalize a rental deal on the morning of Aug. 29, 2005, when his life changed forever. “There’s been a little bit of a problem,” Wall told the client over the phone when city detectives showed up to arrest him. “I’m going to have to send someone else.”

    Wall, now 34, had a few minutes to gather his things, and then he was off to jail. The charge: jumping bail on earlier felony burglary charges. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years in prison. Read the full story from the August 2010 issue after the jump. 

  • Where have all the galleries gone?

    Mapping NYC's ever-shifting art gallery scene
    August 29, 2015 01:00PM TRD WEEKEND EDITION
    A map of NYC's art galleries

    A map of NYC’s art galleries

    From Luxury Listings NYC: Chelsea is the center of the art world in New York, right? Well almost. According to data from NYC Open Data, the zip code with the largest number of art galleries is — surprise — 10021, or the area from roughly 69th to 76th street on the Upper East Side. [more]

  • Only one Blarney Stone pub remains in all of NYC

    Irish pubs across the city are struggling to adapt to changing tastes
    August 29, 2015 12:00PM TRD WEEKEND EDITION


    Chic speakeasies and gourmet eateries are putting NYC’s Irish pubs out of business. As of this week, the Blarney Stone at 11 Trinity Place is the last location left in NYC. [more]

  • Even more MoMA tower floor plans are out

    Check out the 55th and 72nd floors after the jump
    August 29, 2015 11:00AM TRD WEEKEND EDITION

    Jean Nouvel and the MoMA tower

    Last year, The Real Deal uncovered the floor plans of the penthouse units of the Jean Nouvel-designed MoMA tower, at 53 West 53rd Street. Now, official plans for three other units are out. [more]

  • Queens is hot — and tourists are taking note

    Tourism is up 12 percent in Queens
    August 29, 2015 10:00AM By Business Insider


    The fact that tourists have been increasingly flocking to Brooklyn over Manhattan is well known. But Queens, one of the most diverse spots in the world, has silently ascended, even going so far as to be named the top travel destination in the US by Lonely Planet for 2015.

    The number of people visiting Queens has, in fact, increased by 12 percent in the last few years. And of the 54 million people who visited New York City, over 12 percent of them made a stop in Queens. [more]

  • 7 Park Avenue apartments fit for a Princess

    Check out the slideshow after the jump
    August 29, 2015 09:30AM TRD WEEKEND EDITION
    Michael Nouri and Kristina Kovalenko at the Princess Grace Awards Gala and Park Avenue

    Michael Nouri and Kristina Kovalenko at the Princess Grace Awards Gala and Park Avenue

    From Luxury Listings NYC: In honor of Russian Princess Kristina Kovalenko — she of the $6,500 lunch at Nello’s, the craziest signature cocktail ever (a $5,000-a-bottle Louis XIII Remy Martin cognac with apple juice)  and a new $11 million Park Avenue listing — we present these other Park Avenue palaces on the market right now that are positively royal. [more]

  • Top residential agents of the week

    August 28, 2015 06:07PM
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    From left: Ginger Brokaw, Jason Karadus and 1355 First Avenue on the Upper East Side

    Ginger Brokaw and Jason Karadus topped this week’s residential sales with a $37.9 million condo at 1355 First Avenue on the Upper East Side. Click here to see this listing and more.

  • Tracy Morgan (inset) bought an Alpine, N.J., mansion for $14 million

    Alpine, N.J., mansion (inset: Tracy Morgan)

    Queens tourism booming with 47 new hotels planned. Tracy Morgan buys $14 million mansion in Alpine, N.J. Robert Ivanhoe talks Crown Building deal, Chinese buyers. Read these stories and more after the jump.