The Real Deal New York

  • “Primates of Park Avenue” author’s RE dealings poke holes in narrative

    Public records show that author Wednesday Martin spent less time on the UES than claimed in her memoir
    June 07, 2015 07:31PM TRD WEEKEND EDITION
    Wednesday Martin

    Wednesday Martin

    Author Wednesday Martin’s new book “Primates of Park Avenue,” an exposé on life and parenting amongst Manhattan’s elite, has been the talk of the town. But some of the facts, including details about Martin’s real estate dealings, seem to be crumbling. [more]

  • A look at what’s left of NYC’s pneumatic tubes

    Surprisingly, some buildings still boast functioning pneumatic systems
    June 07, 2015 05:00PM TRD WEEKEND EDITION

    Pneumatic tubing via Untapped Cities

    In 1953, NYC retired its pneumatic tube-aided mail system, which stretched 27 miles long and connected 23 post offices. But there are still remnants of the obsolete technology scattered throughout the city. [more]

  • Luxe life

    Check out LLNYC's round up of super-chic home decor and luxury items that are totally worth the splurge after the jump
    June 07, 2015 04:30PM By Lisa Keys

    Hat1From Luxury Listings NYC: A bejeweled lobster atop a handmade hat; a lamp “inspired by the ethereal color spectrum of the cosmos;” and Rolex’s newly updated Oyster Perpetual Day-Date are just a few of the luxe items featured in this issue of LLNYC. Check out the full list after the jump. [more]

  • Jeff Gural continues push for $1 billion N.J. casino

    The NGKF chairman hopes to bring gambling closer to NYC
    June 07, 2015 03:30PM
    A rendering of the casino and Jeff Gural

    A rendering of the casino and Jeff Gural

    Newmark Grubb Knight Frank chairman Jeff Gural met with a dozen elected officials at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J., Thursday to continue his push for a $1 billion casino at the racetrack. [more]

  • Inside TheRealDeal
  • LeBron James’ waterfront Miami manse is under contract

    Former Miami Heat star paid $9M for the Coconut Grove estate in 2010
    June 07, 2015 02:30PM By Amir Ghaheri
    Basketball star LeBron James and 3590 Crystal View Court in Coconut Grove

    Basketball star LeBron James and 3590 Crystal View Court in Coconut Grove (Credit: Keith Allison)

    From the South Florida website: Nine months after hitting the market, LeBron James’ sprawling home in Coconut Grove is under contract. The MLS shows a pending sale on 3590 Crystal View Court, and a closing may follow in the next few weeks. Listing agent Tomi Rose of Opulence International Realty confirmed to The Real Deal that the home is under contract. [more]

  • Vandal coats luxury condos in gay slurs

    The Carroll Gardens brownstone has been targeted twice
    June 07, 2015 01:30PM TRD WEEKEND EDITION
    241 Carroll Street

    241 Carroll Street

    A vandal is lashing out at his or her neighbors in Carroll Gardens, repeatedly spray-painting lewd pictures and gay slurs across a Brooklyn brownstone housing $4 million condos. [more]

  • Mansion with a Ponzi scheme past lists for $37.5M

    June 07, 2015 12:30PM By Business Insider


    A French-impersonating mansion in the Beverly Crest section of Los Angeles is now on the market for $37.5 million. It’s been on and off the market for a while now, after former owner Curtis Somoza was busted for a Ponzi scheme and sentenced to jail for 25 years in 2007. [more]

  • Top architects defend the world’s most maligned buildings

    Daniel Libeskind, Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster argue for housing projects and brutalism after the jump
    June 07, 2015 11:26AM TRD WEEKEND EDITION

    Clockwise from left: Ada Tolla and the Vele Di Scampia in Naples; Annabelle Selldorf and the Empire State Plaza in Albany; Zaha Hadid and the Orange County Government Center in Goshen, N.Y.; and Norman Foster and the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin

    From a failed housing project in Naples, to brutalism in Albany, some of the world’s most respected architects have taken pen to paper in defense of the buildings the rest of us loathe. [more]

  • Comedian Craig Ferguson lists Hollywood compound

    The former “The Late Late Show” host is asking $5.4 million
    June 07, 2015 10:00AM TRD WEEKEND EDITION
    Craig Ferguson and his Hollywood home

    Craig Ferguson and his Hollywood home

    Scottish comedian Craig Ferguson is ditching his luxurious Hollywood home, following his exit from CBS’ “The Late Late Show” six months ago. [more]

  • Suave art gallery ups the ante on the LES

    June 07, 2015 09:18AM By Christopher Cameron

    Richard Taittinger

    From Luxury Listings NYC: The crowd at the inaugural opening of 154 Ludlow Street, the address of the Lower East Side’s latest contemporary art gallery, felt distinctly uptown. Aside from an odd model or downtown designer, ladies in fur and gray-haired gentlemen sporting double-windsors milled about the white-walled space, giving one another a hearty “bonsoir.”

    The show, titled “Sinthome,” explored the ideas of French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan through a collection of mixed-media artworks. Tall flutes of Taittinger Champagne — the birthright of the gallery’s owner, Richard Taittinger — lubricated the tête-à-têtes.[more]

  • “Strangest preservation campaign” fights Witkoff project

    Campaigner hope to stop Witkoff from replacing the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel with a super tower
    June 06, 2015 05:00PM TRD WEEKEND EDITION
    The Helmsley Park Lane Hotel and renderings of 1 Park Lane

    The Helmsley Park Lane Hotel and renderings of 1 Park Lane

    One Park Lane, a 1,210-foot tall tower, is set to rise on the site of the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel. And now, what’s being called the “strangest preservation campaign in history” is fighting to save the 44-year-old building. [more]

  • Tunnels touted as latest luxury amenity

    With wine cellars in every home, tunnels offer something unique
    June 06, 2015 04:00PM TRD WEEKEND EDITION
    An "Alice in Wonderland Tunnel." Photo via Chad Holder/The Wall Street Journal.

    An “Alice in Wonderland Tunnel.” Photo via Chad Holder/The Wall Street Journal

    Step aside wine cellars, home theaters and Central Park views. The latest luxury amenity to hit private homes is tunnels. [more]

  • Portland resident scores dream home with “pizza for life” bid

    The pizzeria owner offered the sellers free pizza every month for life
    June 06, 2015 03:00PM TRD WEEKEND EDITION
    Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein of "Portlandia" and a pizza

    Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein of “Portlandia” and a pizza

    A Portland homebuyer found a unique way to get her offer for her dream home accepted: Promising pizza for life. [more]

  • The Nobilia kitchen showcase in Red Hook

    The Nobilia kitchen showcase in Red Hook

    From Luxury Listings NYC: The German kitchen brand Nobilia celebrated their American debut Monday on the Red Hook waterfront with a champagne toast and a tasting prepared by Chef Bernard Janssen of Zwilling J.A. Henkels knives. [more]

  • From the archives: The new Russian Revolution

    Western retail brands make a push into the former Soviet Union
    June 06, 2015 01:00PM TRD WEEKEND EDITION
    Russians outside a  newly opened McDonald's in 1991 in Moscow.

    Russians outside a newly opened McDonald’s in 1991 in Moscow.

    Call it the Russian retail Revolution. After a dozen years, Western-style retail development is beginning a transformation of Russia’s secondary cities, which expect billions of dollars of investment in the next few years after a decade of being outpaced by Moscow.

    Meanwhile, Russia’s two largest cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, are seeing increasing investment from international retailers like Ikea, though U.S. companies–with the exception of McDonald’s–don’t have a big presence there yet. Read the full article from the February 2004 issue here.

  • East Hampton bans Uber, and people are freaking out

    June 06, 2015 12:00PM By Business Insider

    Uber East Hampton

    Uber has been forced to quit operating in East Hampton. The ride-hailing app had been trying to reach a compromise with town officials, who recently enacted a mandate that requires all taxi drivers to have a physical address in the town. [more]

  • Safra family lists three UES townhouses for $120M

    The family has quietly marketed the homes as whisper listings for more than a year, sources say
    June 06, 2015 11:12AM TRD WEEKEND EDITION
    Lily  Safra

    The East 62nd Street and Lily Safra

    The Safra family, a discreet band of Brazilian billionaires, have listed three East 62nd Street townhouses for $120 million. [more]

  • NYC’s oldest bridge reopening after decades

    The High Bridge connects Washington Heights in Manhattan to Highbridge in the Bronx
    June 06, 2015 10:00AM
    The High Bridge

    The High Bridge, which connects Washington Heights to Highbridge in the Bronx

    Before the High Line became the “it” pedestrian promenade, there was the High Bridge – the city’s oldest bridge. Now, after more than 40 years of being closed to the public, the bridge, which connects Washington Heights in Manhattan to Highbridge in the Bronx, will finally reopen next week. [more]

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    From Luxury Listings NYC: Is your dream to glide into a gallery party in a Zero + Maria Cornejo gown, grab a champagne flute off a bored gallerina and casually make some insight about Tracey Emin that makes all the other guests gasp at your brilliance? Now, your dream can come true! A new start-up, the Cultivist, charges members $2,500 a year to make “your journey through art effortless and enriching.” [more] 

  • Top residential agents of the week

    June 05, 2015 06:10PM
    Hilary Landis and 737 Park Avenue in Lenox Hill

    Hilary Landis and 737 Park Avenue in Lenox Hill

    Hilary Landis of the Corcoran Group topped this week’s residential sales with a $32.7 million condo at 737 Park Avenue in Lenox Hill. Click here to see this listing and more.

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