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Digital start-up power couple Halle Tecco and Jeffrey Hammerbacher—she of Rock Health, he of Cloudera and formerly of Facebook—have forked over $1.8 million to actress Chloe Sevigny for her East Village digs. The co-op, at 119 East 10th Street, isn’t huge—one bedroom. It is gorgeous, though, scoring a feature once in House & Garden magazine.

Chrissy Teigen & Emily Ratajkowski Have A Sexy-Off
Financial District

If you’re in investment banking and you want to live near your job, the Financial District is the place to be. Still, lots of young bankers and brokers have stayed away from Downtown because of their hike to work — really. Now, though, the walk is much safer and easier.


January/February 2014

A real recovery

As new projects rise, nabe leaves Sandy’s destruction behind

In late October 2012, Superstorm Sandy swept through the New York region, wreaking particular havoc upon Lower Manhattan, rendering several buildings unusable through flooding and power outages. Fast forward a year, the area seems to have turned a significant corner toward recovery.

There are several examples of Lower Manhattan’s resurgence, not least of which was the ribbon-cutting at the end of November for 4 World Trade Center, the New York Post reported. Sandy had damaged the tower’s construction site, halting progress for weeks. Moreover, nearby 1 World Trade Center, the nation’s tallest office tower, is set to open in 2014, with publisher Conde Nast as anchor tenant.

Also, thanks in no small part to the conversion of millions of square feet of office space to condos in the last 12 years, Lower Manhattan’s housing market has chugged along with that of the rest of the borough—if not right by it. The average price per square foot for a condo in the neighborhood has risen 146 percent since 2000, while Manhattan’s average as a whole was up 124 percent.

At the same time—and not by coincidence—major luxury projects have sprung up in Lower Manhattan, with some 17 new projects on the way, including the conversion of the top floors of the Woolworth Building into condos and the development of new towers like 70 Pine Street and 75 Wall Street.

The W Downtown, meanwhile, has a $42 million apartment on the market that would set a record for the neighborhood if it sold at that price. And 30 Park Place, a project with more than 150 condos atop a 185-room Four Seasons hotel, is being designed by world-renowned starchitect Robert A.M. Stern.

Finally, infrastructure, damaged by Sandy and held up for years by political infighting and funding problems, is moving forward. Top on the list is the Fulton Street Transit Center, which will become New York’s third busiest train depot after Penn and Grand Central. It’s supposed to be finished this year.

For all this success, some still point to Sandy’s devastation as a cautionary tale: What if it happened here again? Though, as one recent buyer at 75 Wall put it to the Post regarding Sandy’s after-effects, “I thought of it as a good opportunity to get in before prices got really high.” –Tom Acitelli

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Average November rents

Studio         $2,963
1 bed           $4,101
2 beds         $5,397
3 beds         $7,186
> 3 beds      $16,433[/column]

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Average November sales price

Studio          $642,555
1 bed            $1,012,378
2 beds          $1,536,312
3 beds          $2,112,500
> 3 beds       N/A[/column]

Source: StreetEasyMemorials, landmarks and single living

Number of men, women and children killed in the Sept. 11 and Feb. 26, 1993 World Trade Center attacks. Their names are etched into the two bronze parapets around the twin pools at the 9/11 Memorial

Year in which the Woolworth Building at 233 Broadway was designated a National Historic Landmark

Percentage of the Financial District’s 28,942 residents who are single

Sources: 9/11 Memorial, Woolworth Building Tours, Zillow

A new neighbor

Local residents slammed a plan for a 50-story hotel and apartment tower to replace the abandoned Fulton Fish Market by the South Street Seaport. The tower, whose builders admitted was only in the preliminary planning phases, sparked fears that it would block views and be out of character with its surroundings. Meanwhile, luxury movie theater iPic is coming to nearby 11 Fulton Street. It’s set to open in the middle of next year.

Gourmet grub to go

Longtime Soho gourmet food take-out joint Olive’s will open an outpost inside Brookfield Place—the under-construction iteration of the World Financial Center. Olive’s is the latest eatery to sign onto the upscale food court, known as the Dining Terrace, which is set to open this year. Other popular spots there will include Umami Burger, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Num Pang and Dos Toros.

Glass act

Look up! Well, not yet. A hotel conversion project at 17 John Street aims to top the 15-story building with an eight-story glass addition, designed by architect Winka Dubbeldam, which would include a rooftop pool and an unspecified number of homes. The building as a whole will turn into an extended-stay hotel.

Room to roam

ABC News correspondent Amy Robach and “Melrose Place” star hubby Andrew Shue will take a five-bedroom triplex penthouse at 100 John Street, which had an asking rent of $16,800. The blended family needed more space for their five children.November/December 2013

[caption id="attachment_4050" align="aligncenter" width="570"]The Vesey Street footbridge is going away The Vesey Street footbridge is going away[/caption]

On easy street in FiDi

Pedestrians don’t have to climb steps anymore to cross highway

If you’re in investment banking and you want to live near your job, the Financial District is the place to be. Still, lots of young bankers and brokers have stayed away from Downtown because of their hike to work — really. Now, though, the walk is much safer and easier.

Pedestrians who need to get to the other side of the eight-lane West Side Highway near the World Trade Center can now simply cross at Vesey and West streets. Their days of climbing steep stairs to navigate the Vesey Street footbridge are over for good, DNAinfo reported.

The closing of the elevated walkway took years of lobbying by the neighborhood’s mom-and-pop businesses as well as corporate biggies, including Goldman Sachs, American Express and Deloitte & Touche. The street-level crosswalk links FiDi with Battery Park City’s Brookfield Place, where thousands of those in finance have their offices, but had been closed for nearly a decade because of construction near the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Two years ago, in June, the financial giants pleaded their case in a letter to the transportation department.

“We all have an important stake in Lower Manhattan and believe that reopening the Vesey Street pedestrian crossing … is a crucial part of [the area’s] recovery,” wrote the companies.

At a Community Board 1 meeting that summer, board member Linda Belfer echoed that she was tired of the inconvenience of the skywalk but didn’t want the street-level route opened if lives would be put at risk.

“Nobody wants you to open it up if people are going to get killed,” said Belfer, who uses a wheelchair.

The transportation officials pointed out that they put the covered footbridge up for two reasons: to protect pedestrians from getting hit by cars, of course, but also to keep anyone from getting hit by construction debris.

They promised to study the intersection again after the opening of the 9/11 Memorial, which was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2011.

Now, the crosswalk is back open and the footbridge will be torn down. Safety, though, is still on the city’s mind: Crossing guards are on duty from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and pedestrian signals have been added to the intersection. — Melanie Gray

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Average October rents

Studio         $2,917
1 bed           $3,656
2 beds         $5,181
3 beds         $5,339
> 3 beds      $10,063[/column]

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Average third-quarter sales price

Studio          $662,332
1 bed            $992,321
2 beds          $1,457116
3 beds          N/A
> 3 beds       N/A[/column]

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Average discount off the sticker price

Source: StreetEasy

Hard cider, New Year’s Eve and a holy place


What a pint of Ace Perry Cider, a pear thirst-quencher, costs at Clinton Hall, a new beer joint on the corner of Rector and Washington

2 hours

How long it takes to complete a tour of Wall Street offered by Metropolitan Walks; the cost is $20


The number of services that Trinity Church, at Broadway and Wall, is holding on Christmas Day

Sources: Clinton Hall, Zerve, Trinity Church

[caption id="attachment_4051" align="alignleft" width="240"]120 Fulton Street 120 Fulton Street[/caption]

High in FiDi: Verizon tower gets condos, Fulton walk-up

The Verizon Building at 140 West is getting apartments. The phone giant will keep the first 10 of the tower’s 32 stories, but there are still no details on number of homes, sizes or prices.

Hundreds of apartments are coming to 120 Fulton, just off Nassau — the heart of the Financial District. The four-story building is growing big time, to 48 stories. The total number of homes when the addition is finished: 452. The tower will also have a gym and a roof deck.

Fowl talk

Turkeys are not migratory birds, but Zelda hasn’t gotten the word. The hen splits her time between Battery Park — winters — and nearly Battery Park City – summers. During the warmer weather, Zelda lays unfertilized eggs and just generally chills. She heads home to the park because she’s waiting for her Tom in shining armor, or so speculates the Battery Conservancy’s Pat Kirshner.

A confirmed renter

[caption id="attachment_4052" align="aligncenter" width="557"]Luis D. Ortiz and Liberty Luxe Luis D. Ortiz and Liberty Luxe[/caption]

Celeb real estate broker Luis Ortiz of Bravo TV’s “Million Dollar Listing New York” has ditched his one-bedroom at the W New York Downtown on Washington Street for another rental nearby, a two-bedroom at Liberty Luxe in Battery Park City.

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September/October 2013

[caption id="attachment_1182" align="aligncenter" width="570"]A rendering of Seaport City A rendering of Seaport City[/caption]

A city rising from the sea

Nabe on the East River is FiDi’s shield from furious storms

Out of bad comes good. Hurricane Sandy ravaged Lower Manhattan, leaving tens of thousands of New Yorkers without the basics of life.

Now, not even a year later, the city is forging ahead with a plan to build a neighborhood on the East River that would protect the southern tip of the island from other furious storms and rising sea levels, Crain’s reported.

With less than three months left in office, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling on urban planners and architects to give him their best ideas for protecting the Financial District’s waterfront with what he describes as essentially a clone of Battery Park City  —  a mix of retail shops and high-rise apartments.

“Call it Seaport City,” the mayor said in a speech over the summer. “Yes, it would be expensive to build. But over time it could prove to be a great investment, just as Battery Park City has been.”

Fashioning an island out of nothing was, frankly, the most extreme recommendation of 250 that came from a climate change study that the city commissioned after the superstorm hit New York.

Bloomberg hasn’t put either a price tag or a timeline on project, which would undoubtedly run into the billions and take decades to finish — if it ever gets underway.

The city’s other big challenge in building Seaport City is getting around a state ban on landfills, according to the newspaper.

“Ever since Battery Park City, you basically can’t do landfills in America anymore,” said architect Stanton Eckstut, who designed the master plan for Battery Park City. “It’s a no-no.”

Eckstut and many of the city’s foremost construction experts, including John Boule of engineering giant Parsons Brinckerhoff, acknowledge that the city has an uphill battle but should push ahead with Seaport City.

“Between resourcing and regulatory barriers, it’s like putting people on the moon,” Boule said. “But I think that happened.” — Melanie Gray

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Average August rents

Studio         $2,872
1 bed           $3,716
2 beds         $5,524
3 beds         $6,012
> 3 beds      $13,072[/column]

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Average August sale prices

Studio          $650,000
1 bed            $946,708
2 beds          $1.63M
3 beds          N/A
> 3 beds       N/A[/column]

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Average discount off the sticker price

Source: StreetEasy

Green, green and more green: cash, foliage, a tower’s dome


Companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, with a global market capitalization of $18 trillion


Trees in the Financial District


What it costs to take a guided tour of the historic lobby of the Woolworth Building, at 233 Broadway

Sources: NYSE, New York magazine, Woolworth

The tales of two churches

[caption id="attachment_1183" align="alignright" width="295"]Trinity Church Trinity Church[/caption]

Trinity Church is tearing down two buildings that it owns on Trinity Place, near Rector Street, to put up an apartment complex. The plan has split the congregation, especially over the role of Rev. James Cooper. He has fought long and hard for the project, peeving more than a few of Trinity’s board members. Emotions ran so high two years ago that a few resigned their seats.

A Greek Orthodox church destroyed on 9/11 is being rebuilt. The new Church of St. Nicholas will sit at 130 Liberty Street, just south of the World Transportation Hub that is in the works. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has tapped architect Santiago Calatrava, who also designed the subway station. Calatrava is one of a dozen architects who submitted designs for the new St. Nick’s.

Project Runway

Fifth Avenue has a new rival. It’s Brookfield Place at 200 Vesey Street  —  aka the old World Financial Center. Salvatore Ferragamo is setting up shop inside the fashion haven. Already open: Calypso St. Barth, Michael Kors, Hermes and Burberry.

A stop by a shortstop’s hottie

[caption id="attachment_1179" align="alignleft" width="175"]Hannah Davis Hannah Davis[/caption]

Supermodel Hannah Davis,  heartthrob of the Yankees’ Derek Jeter and a lovely in this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue,  took a look at a condo in the nabe at 15 Broad Street. The two-bedroom had an asking price of nearly $1.4 million.


Why did you move to the Financial District and why have you stayed?

[caption id="attachment_1180" align="alignright" width="150"]Myung Choi Myung Choi[/caption]

The main reason was we found this apartment with loft ceilings and a work/live environment. We stayed down here because … all the subways are very convenient to get to, so that’s very nice. We love the Battery Park area, too, for biking and walking. The negative part is that the tourist population is becoming very robust here. — Myung Choi, a neighborhood resident for nine years

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July/August 2013

[caption id="attachment_309" align="alignleft" width="627"]Commuters rejoice! The Fulton Center, a new subway hub, is only a year from being finished. Commuters rejoice! The Fulton Center, a new subway hub, is only a year from being finished.[/caption]


State-of-art transit station saves an antique bank

History doesn’t necessarily stand in the way of progress.

Only a decade ago, the Corbin Building—finished in 1889 and looking every bit of its 115 or so years—looked like it would have to come down to make way for a subway hub.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority certainly wasn’t going to move its Fulton Center, which will finally bring order to the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J and Z lines when it opens next year.

But MTA officials also weren’t so hard-hearted that they weren’t willing to listen when preservationists made a convincing case to save the exquisite albeit dilapidated eight-story antique, the New York Times reported.

[caption id="attachment_310" align="alignright" width="300"]The Corbin Building is awash in detail. The Corbin Building is awash in detail.[/caption]

And the building, at 192 Broadway, even helped itself: The basement would link the transit center and the Dey Street Concourse, an underground passageway to the World Trade Center.

Today, inside and out, the Corbin Building shines like a new penny. The restoration cost $67.4 million of the $1.4 billion transit center budget, slightly less than 5 percent.

Subway riders will be able to enter the Fulton Center through the Corbin Building, designed by Francis Hatch Kimball and paid for by financier Austin Corbin, who rescued the ailing Long Island Rail Road in 1880.

The ground floor will have shops and the upper floors could be transformed into more stores, offices or even a hotel. Right now, the authority is negotiating with private developers.

When the Corbin Building opened, the Corbin Banking Company occupied the ground floor.

“It would be interesting if we could get a bank as the anchor tenant,” Michael Horodniceanu, who oversees MTA’s capital construction division, told the newspaper.

The rehabilitation required structural overhauls as well as cosmetic touches. For example, installing escalators called for foundation work. The digging went so deep that all kinds of artifacts turned up: a clay pipe with an eagle carved on the bowl, two 1880s ledgers filled with handwritten stock trades, and an 1889 newspaper with a headline that read “A New Madison Square Garden.”

Mark Twain was wrong when he claimed history doesn’t repeat itself.

—Melanie Gray

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Average June rents

Studio         $2,935
1 bed           $3,750
2 beds         $5,121
3 beds         $7,481
> 3 beds      $11,618[/column]

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Average second-quarter sale prices

Studio          $587,942
1 bed            $1,059,673
2 beds          $1,390,403
3 beds          N/A
> 3 beds       N/A[/column]

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Average discount off the sticker price

Source: StreetEasy

Work off that sandwich

fidi tile 1Yes, you can eat a Hook & Ladder. We thought that would get your attention. The sub—turkey breast, Virginia honey ham and melted Monterey Jack, served “fully involved,” whatever that means—is a specialty of Firehouse Subs, a 19-year-old sandwich chain that wants to open at the World Trade Center retail mall, which won’t be under construction until 2014.

fidi tile 2And after you chow down, burn off those calories at Planet Fitness. The nationwide network of gyms will be opening at the Cunard Building, 25 Broadway at Bowling Green.




fidi agentWhat is important to buyers looking on the Upper West Side and how is that changing?

Previously, a good portion of sales were studios and one-bedrooms—and largely driven by investors. Now, we are seeing more people [buy to actually live in their apartments]. … Buyers are looking for more square footage and at pricier apartments, and that’s reflected in the volume of combination sales and penthouse sales we are seeing.

JULIA SPILLMAN of Douglas Elliman


Fruits and veggies, rockets and the crawl

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50 feet

Length of the lap pool at William Beaver House, at 15 William Street


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Varieties of organic produce and plants grown at Battery Urban Farm, in the historic Battery


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Price of an adult ticket for the July 4th Fireworks Sail aboard the Clipper City, a replica of a 19th-century schooner


Sources: Douglas Elliman, the Battery Conservancy, Manhattan By Sail


Hallowed homes

[caption id="attachment_314" align="alignleft" width="270"]51 Park Place: Plans are up in the air. 51 Park Place: Plans are up in the air.[/caption]

A condo tower could go up on the site of the stalled “ground zero mosque,” and the developer would be the same. Sharif El-Gamal touched off a worldwide firestorm three years ago when he proposed building a 15-story Islamic cultural center at 51 Park Place, only blocks from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Now, El-Gamal is planning to get his Park51 project back on track by converting the former Burlington Coat Factory building into luxury homes with prayer space.

What $2 Million buys in FIDI

fidi priciestIn the same club:

$1.9M for a condo at Downtown by Philippe Starck at 15 Broad Street, and $1.8M for a condo at 15 William Street


Down on the (Phat) Farm

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[caption id="attachment_317" align="alignright" width="240"]Hip hop pioneer Russell Simmons, who went on to Phat Farm clothing fame, has shaved $2 million off the price of his duplex penthouse, which has been languishing on the market.  Now, Simmons wants only $9 million for the five-bedroom showcase at 114 Liberty Street, between Greenwich and Church streets. Hip hop pioneer Russell Simmons, who went on to Phat Farm clothing fame, has shaved $2 million off the price of his duplex penthouse, which has been languishing on the market.
Now, Simmons wants only $9 million for the five-bedroom showcase at 114 Liberty Street, between Greenwich and Church streets.[/caption]
Chrissy Teigen & Emily Ratajkowski Have A Sexy-Off

Commuters rejoice! The Fulton Center, a new subway hub, is only a year from being finished.

Both girls look absolutely ah-mazing as they celebrated the launch of Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 with Chrissy’s husband John Legend last night. Model Chrissy, 29, was wearing a pair of *very* saucy hot pants.

Wear it dry, and you’ve got your standard dusting of color—classic and predictable (in a good way). But wet! Wearing it wet opens a whole new world of opportunity. “What you’re doing is bringing out the pigmented nature of the shadow,” makeup artist Vincent Oquendo says. “Whenever I wet an eye shadow, it’s when I really want it to pop—but it really has to be a special kind of product to be able to blend after it sets. Because a lot of the times when it sets, you get streaking.” Nobody wants that. In order to avoid any wet shadow mishaps, follow these guidelines:


First, go with the obvious: any eye shadow labeled wet-to-dry. The Nars Dual-Intensity line is the standout—the singles come in 12 different shimmery shades, and there’s a corresponding brush (then there’s the newly released Dual Intensity Blush line, which was all over Fashion Week—but that’s a product for another post). Burberry also makes a few very versatile shades specifically for this in their Wet & Dry Silk Shadows. And the technique-specific eye shadow category isn’t just a ploy to get you to buy more product. “You can’t just use any eye shadow for this,” Vincent says. “Certain ones will harden up on top and become unusable because they’re not made for this.”

Baked shadows are also fair game—we’re fans of Laura Mercier’s Baked Eye Colour Wet/Dry and Lorac’s Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in particular.

For more advanced players, Vincent suggests moving on to straight pigment (MAC or even OCC’s Pure Cosmetic Pigments). With the added moisture, they’ll become easier to layer with other products. For a look with more depth, try using a cream shadow as a based before swiping with a wet powder shadow. “It’s like insurance,” Vincent says. “You’re doubling your wearability.

This all depends on exactly what you want to do. “Mind the resistance,” Vincent says, particularly if you’re looking for uniform color across the lid. “I tend to recommend a blender brush, which is the brush that looks like a feather duster. If you do it with a stiff brush, you’re defeating yourself before you even start. The joy of a wet-to-dry is you have to get it right amount of product loaded up, and then it blends itself. If the brush is too stiff, it will leave the shadow streaky and then much harder to control.”

However, if tightlining or waterlining is in the cards, a much thinner brush is required accordingly.

Do not, repeat, do not put eye drops, water, or any other sort of liquid directly on your eye shadow. This’ll screw up your product for later use. “Lately, I’ve been wetting the brush with the Glossier Soothing Face Mist, but Evian Mineral Water Spray is good for sensitive eyes,” Vincent says. If the top of your powder does get a little hardened by wet application, there’s a trick to remove it: Get a clean mascara spoolie and “exfoliate” your compact, Vincent recommends. This won’t crack the compact and will make it ready to go once more.

Photographed by Tom Newton.