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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 multi-family

    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.

    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]

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  • 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.

  • Onex secures $152.5M construction loan for Flushing site

    Vacant parcel is part of Sky View Parc complex's second phase
    August 28, 2015 05:40PM By Kyna Doles
    Sky View Parc

    Rendering of Sky View Parc

    Onex Real Estate Partners scored $152.5 million in construction financing from the Bank of the Ozarks for a Flushing development site.

    The site is located at 135-10 Roosevelt Avenue, between Prince and Main streets — several blocks from Onex’s Sky View Parc complex along College Point Boulevard and 40th Road. Property records reveal the vacant land is part of the second phase of development for the Sky View Parc project, although it’s not clear what Onex has planned for the site. [more]

  • City could foreclose on thousands of properties with “in rem” filings

    Move targets owners in four boroughs who have ignored financial obligations
    August 28, 2015 05:10PM
    From left: Alicia Glen (credit: Max Dworkin) and Jacques Jiha

    From left: Alicia Glen (credit: Max Dworkin) and Jacques Jiha

    The city filed “in rem” actions against building and apartment owners in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx that could lead to the foreclosure of thousands of properties that owe taxes.

    The filing challenges tax classes 1 and 2 in four of the New York City boroughs, giving property owners various deadlines this fall to either pay what they owe or sign installment agreements. [more]

  • Triangle files permits for Lighthouse Point

    Staten Island mixed-use tower to feature 116 apartments
    August 28, 2015 04:43PM By Konrad Putzier and E.B. Solomont
    Lighthouse Goldman

    From left: Elysa Goldman and a rendering of Lighthouse Point (Credit: Triangle Equities)

    Triangle Equities filed permits for its long-stalled Lighthouse Point project on Staten Island on Friday.

    The developer is looking to build a 16-story, 145,000-square-foot, mixed-use tower at 35A Bay Street in the St. George neighborhood. It will feature 116 apartments and 47,207 square feet of commercial space, including three stories of retail. Aptsandlofts will be marketing the market-rate units. [more]

  • Westchester’s priciest home just got pricier

    Renovated 98-acre property now asking $36M after design alterations
    August 28, 2015 03:45PM
    Rendering of the 98-acre property in Mount Kisco, N.Y. (credit: Twin Oaks)

    Rendering of the renovated 98-acre property in Mount Kisco, N.Y. (credit: Twin Oaks)

    Westchester’s priciest home just got pricier, after developers renovating the century-old house decided to re-list it with a different broker for $36 million. [more]