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  • Jean Nouvel’s 53rd Street tower PH units revealed: PHOTOS

    82-story structure to have over 524K sf of residential space, composed of 140 residential units
    September 22, 2014 02:10PM By Adam Pincus
    Moma-Tower-Front

    From left: Jean Nouvel, 53 West 53rd Street rendering and floor plans

    Floor plans for the Jean Nouvel-designed MoMa tower in Midtown reveal that the largest penthouse will be nearly 19 times the size of the smallest staff apartment. Developer Hines disclosed those figures in an application filed last month to sell condominium units at the 1,050-square-foot Midtown tower. Click here for a slideshow and more.

  • Skanska: No one knows if Ratner’s B2 building will leak

    Builder claims design for Atlantic Yards modular building is flawed
    September 22, 2014 01:40PM
    From left: B2 rendering and Richard Kennedy

    From left: B2 rendering and Richard Kennedy

    Skanska USA Building and Forest City Ratner remain locked in legal battle, trading blame for flaws in the design and construction of modular units for their 32-story building in Prospect Heights. In documents brought to light today, Skanska charges that the building could leak from thousands of joints in the façade.

    “[I]n simple terms, no one knows if the building is going to leak,” wrote Richard Kennedy, co-chief operating officer at Skanska USA Building, in a letter to Forest City Ratner dated August 8 and reviewed by the Atlantic Yards Report blog. [more]

  • Middle-of-the-block condo projects now front and center

    Side street developments almost as expensive as corner lots
    September 22, 2014 01:10PM
    From left: Michael Stern and the Walker Tower on West 17th Street in Manhattan

    From left: Michael Stern and the Walker Tower on West 17th Street in Manhattan

    Side streets are getting more popular as locations for upscale condo developments [more]

  • Warrant issued for Robert Durst after skipping court

    Estranged member of real estate family accused of violating Douglas Durst's restraining order
    September 22, 2014 12:40PM
    Dursts

    From left: Robert Durst and Douglas Durst

    A judge in New York City Criminal Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Robert Durst, an estranged member of the Durst real estate family, after he failed to show up at a court hearing today.

    Robert Durst was charged last year with allegedly violating the terms of the restraining order Douglas has against him. He was accused of approaching Douglas’ home at 413 West 43rd Street on June 2 and staring into a surveillance camera. Robert had been ordered in April 2012 to stay away from his estranged brother. [more]

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  • Terrorism insurance program thrown into uncertainty

    Property owners and insurers await Congressional action, vote delayed until after elections
    September 22, 2014 12:10PM
    U.S. House of Representatives

    U.S. House of Representatives

    The renewal of a federal program that provides a backstop for property insurers in the event of a terror attack faces fresh uncertainty after the House adjourned early without holding a vote.

    The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act was passed in the wake of September 11 and provides a government subsidy for excessive expenses incurred by insurers following a terror attack. Property owners fear that if the law is not renewed, insurance premiums could skyrocket, especially in high-risk areas like New York City. [more]

  • What’s hot on TRD Social right now

    The most buzzworthy posts on The Real Deal's Facebook page
    September 22, 2014 11:40AM

    1. NYC is now home to 103 billionaires, more than any city
    2. Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos sell SoHo penthouse
    3. This week in renderings: 538 Aperture, Gateway Elton Street

    Like The Real Deal on Facebook for breaking industry stories, links to quirkier pieces and lively conversation about important properties in New York and around the world. [TRD's Facebook Page]

  • Chinese investor Kuafu files Hudson Yards condo-hotel plans

    Developers paid $115M for West 38th St. property and air rights
    September 22, 2014 11:10AM
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    462-470 11th Avenue renderings

    Plans have been filed with the Department of Buildings for a 47-story condo-hotel tower in Hudson Yards.

    New York City-based Chinese private equity firm Kuafu Properties, Siras Development and BlackHouse Development chief Sean Ludwick partnered in June on the project at 462-470 11th Avenue, near West 38th Street, according to documents obtained by The Real Deal. A spokesperson for Siras, led by former BlackHouse partners Saif Sumaida and Ashwin Verma, said last week that Ludwick is no longer a development partner. Ludwick, however, denied this. Documents show him as a partner. [more]

  • Brokers say buyers are less frantic as inventory ticks up

    With market showing signs of normalizing, there are fewer bidding wars
    September 22, 2014 10:30AM By E.B. Solomont
    From left: Nora Ariffin and Christopher Kromer

    From left: Nora Ariffin and Christopher Kromer

    From the September issue: Halstead Property’s Christopher Kromer and Nora Ariffin said they brokered more than 65 deals last year — all of them ending with a request for “best and final” offers from competing buyers.

    This year, roughly half their sales are “best and finals,” said Kromer. “There is more available inventory, so buyers are having more choices, and sellers are having to be more competitive.” [more]

  • Fiscal Policy Institute to mayor: tax pied-à-terres

    Of the city's 89,000 second homes, more than 1,550 are worth at least $5M
    September 22, 2014 10:00AM
    From left: a unit at One57 and a unit at the Park Imperial

    From left: a unit at One57 and a unit at the Park Imperial

    The Fiscal Policy Institute is proposing that the de Blasio administration start taxing very expensive pied-à-terres in the city. [more]

  • The skyline of Downtown Jersey City

    The skyline of Downtown Jersey City

    Jersey City is booming. J. Lo still on the hunt for a Manhattan pad. How development is transforming Dumbo. Read these stories and more after the jump.

  • Bed and breakfasts put in jam by short-term rental law, Airbnb

    Number of establishments in NYC down by half since 2011
    September 22, 2014 09:00AM
    Bed and breakfasts at 158 West 13th Street, 230 East 58th Street and 131 West 23rd Street

    Bed and breakfasts at 158 West 13th Street, 230 East 58th Street and 131 West 23rd Street

    The 2011 New York state law that made renting out apartment units or rooms in residential buildings for less than 30 days unlawful, coupled with Airbnb’s booming short-term rental business, has served a one-two punch to the city’s traditional bed and breakfasts. [more]

  • Investor group to buy Cassidy Turley

    TPG, PAG Asia Capital and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan are among the investors
    September 22, 2014 08:30AM
    Cassidy Turley CEO Joe Stettinius

    Cassidy Turley CEO Joe Stettinius

    A group of investors — including private-equity firm TPG — is reportedly buying commercial brokerage Cassidy Turley.

    The deal could be announced Monday, according to the Wall Street Journal. Cassidy Turley has more than 60 offices across the country. Investment management firm PAG Asia Capital and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan are also part of the group that is planning to buy Cassidy Turley, the Journal reported. [more]

  • Astoria Cove is a litmus test for affordable housing: OPINION

    Cost breakdown, city subsidies and union labor among final details to be settled this month
    September 22, 2014 08:00AM
    Mayor Bill de Blasio and a rendering of Astoria Cove

    Mayor Bill de Blasio and a rendering of Astoria Cove

    Alma Realty’s Astoria Cove project, slated to receive a ruling from the City Planning Commission this month and then move on to the City Council for a final thumbs up, will serve as a benchmark for the mayor’s affordable housing plans, Crain’s columnist Greg David writes in a recent op-ed. [more]

  • Most popular stories on The Real Deal

    September 22, 2014 07:20AM

    Current reader favorites:
    1. Kelly Ripa sells Soho penthouse
    2. Billionaire Ron Perelman’s firm pays $120M for Lenox Hill rental
    3. Lululemon inks two corner deals in Soho
    4. Inside Rubin Schron’s New York real estate holdings
    5. $85M air rights purchase pushes stalled MoMa tower ahead

  • De Blasio to commit $1B into “greening” buildings

    The city will also put pressure on private landlords to make environmentally conscious updates
    September 21, 2014 05:00PM
    Mayor de Blasio

    Mayor de Blasio

    Mayor de Blasio has announced plans to commit at least $1 billion over the next decade to “greening” city-owned buildings.

    The city will also pressure private landlords to make similar energy-efficiency improvements, according to the New York Post. [more]

  • Another affordable condo development rising in Brownsville

    The project was one of the first to be approved by the de Blasio administration
    September 21, 2014 04:00PM
    202 Mother Gaston Boulevard

    202 Mother Gaston Boulevard

    Yet another vacant lot in Brooklyn’s farther reaches is falling to Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing push. A neighborhood “eyesore” in Brownsville will see new life as a four-story, 15-unit affordable condo complex.

    The $5.8 million project, located 202 Mother Gaston Boulevard, is being overseen by Habitat for Humanity, which broke ground on the building Wednesday, according to Curbed. [more]

  • Penthouse lists at Naftali Group’s 234 East 23rd Street

    The building is now 75 percent sold
    September 21, 2014 03:00PM
    234 East 23rd Street

    234 East 23rd Street

    The Naftali Group’s 20-story project at 234 East 23rd Street in Gramercy has sold 75 percent of its 57 units. And now, the development’s sole penthouse has hit the market asking $5.975 million. [more]

  • Has the tiny house movement jumped the shark?

    The evidence? A professor living in an "eco-friendly" dumpster in Austin
    September 21, 2014 02:00PM By Business Insider
    A dumpster house

    A dumpster house

    Jeff Wilson lives in a dumpster. It’s not what it sounds like: Wilson is an environmental science professor and dean at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, and he’s working with his students and a team of experts to transform that dumpster into a sustainable home that costs under $10,000. [more]

  • City moves forward with Sandy buyouts on Staten Island

    But a few locals are holding their ground
    September 21, 2014 01:00PM
    A home being razed on Fox Beach on Staten Island

    A home being razed on Fox Beach on Staten Island

    Following Hurricane Sandy, the community of Fox Beach on Staten Island was deemed too dangerous and too expensive because of the rising cost of flood insurance. Now that neighborhood is being raised, and locals bought out. But some are still fighting to save their homes.

    “I don’t know if they are offering me enough money, where I could buy something else for us. The guy down there moved into a studio. I don’t want to do that once I’ve owned a house,” Franca Costa told NPR. Costa is now one of only a handful of holdouts left. [more]

  • Landlords take low-interest loans, but refuse fixes

    A city audit found that money loaned by the city to private landlords was not being used to correct violations
    September 21, 2014 12:00PM
    State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

    State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

    A city program intended to provide millions of dollars a year in low-interest loans to private landlords is being exploited, an audit by state Controller Thomas DiNapoli has found.

    The money is lent to landlords to make repairs and remedy building violations. But the city has found that in some cases, the landlords aren’t bothering to make any fixes, according to the New York Daily News. [more]

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