Construction is wrapping up on the façade restoration at The Standish, a 12-story condo conversion in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. Now, DDG and Westbrook Partners are in the process of converting the rentals to 31 condo apartments ranging in size from one- to five-bedrooms.
While new construction reigns supreme in many cities with robust luxury markets, there are also plenty of gut renovations in the works in New York and London, resulting in high-end condominium sales in historic buildings.
The idea of locality inspired DDG for one of its amenity offerings at The Standish, its anticipated 29-unit condo conversion within Brooklyn Heights’s former Standish Arms hotel. Residents of the building will have access to a “boat valet,” through the One °15 Brooklyn Marina in Brooklyn Bridge Park, who can arrange for sailing lessons and other “private boat experiences” along the East River.
The 5th Annual Collective Design Fair opened its doors on Tuesday, kicking off the expanded roster of NYCxDESIGN festivities taking place around New York City in May. Founded by architect Steven Learner, Collective showcases a treasure trove of design objects, installations, and vintage and contemporary furnishings.
The newly renovated Standish Arms Hotel at 171 Columbia Heights in Brooklyn Heights – home to Superman’s alter ego in the DC comics – has been converted into condos. The building was also mentioned in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.”
NYCxDesign, the citywide celebration of design, fashion, architecture and art, officially runs from May 3 to 24. But throughout the month, galleries, showrooms, museums and trade fairs will host exhibitions, tours and conversations. Here are some standouts.
Dale Chihuly’s otherworldly glass sculptures adorn some of the world’s most prominent hotels, museums, and transportation hubs, commanding awe with their impressive scale and inimitable hues. Now, for the first time in more than a decade, the artist will debut a major outdoor exhibition in New York, at the city’s landmark Botanical Garden.
Some subjects in art never cease to be reinterpreted. One such everlasting muse? The landscape. For Brooklyn-based Calico Wallpaper’s Imagined Landscape presentation in Milan, the husband-and-wife duo asked four of their favorite creatives to turn their personalized riffs on landscapes into digitally-printed wallpapers.
In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Public Art Fund (PAF) is bringing Descension, Anish Kapoor‘s continuously swirling black whirlpool, to the scenic Brooklyn Bridge Park. The striking installation—which is 26 feet in diameter and creates what appears to be a negative space in the ground—will be situated at Pier 1 of the waterfront park, in a striking juxtaposition with the East River.
Jamie Gray runs furniture gallery and showroom Matter in SoHo, which features a collection of contemporary masterpieces alongside in-house line MatterMade, and serves as a barometer of tastes and trends in the ever-evolving field of design.
Scent can control your emotions and influence your behavior, without showing you anything, without touching you, and without saying a single word to you. This power is something most people don’t even think about. In fact, most people are unaware that it is being used or when they themselves are using it.
Keen to distinguish the Armory Show, which is facing competition from almost 300 other contemporary art fairs around the world, the New York art fair’s executive director, Benjamin Genocchio, is playing up the gritty industrial space of Piers 92 and 94 on the Hudson River.
It’s official. Food & Wine is coming to Brooklyn this February to celebrate the borough’s epic culinary scene. On February 17th and 18th, 150 of the area’s top restaurants, chefs, artisans and purveyors will take over the Barclays Center for a weekend of food, music and entertainment. And it doesn’t stop there. On February 19th, the festival continues with on-location events all over Brooklyn.
In hindsight, it feels almost like fate that Nick and Rachel Cope would end up in the sprawling, historic Red Hook loft they now call home. After all, where else in New York City could they have found the room to showcase not one but six of the wallpaper collections they’ve created since 2012 as partners in the Brooklyn-based Calico?
The Standish Arms Hotel in Brooklyn Heights is being converted into a 31-unit condo building by its new owners, DDG and Westbrook Properties. Originally built in 1903, the hotel has achieved fictional fame both as Clark Kent’s Metropolis residence in the “Superman” comics and as the Boston location of Willy Loman’s affair in “Death of a Salesman.”
In the February 1959 issue of Holiday magazine, an essay on Truman Capote—titled “A House In The Heights”—begins with his now-famous quote that’s plastered around his old neighborhood: “I live in Brooklyn. By choice.”
New York Design Week may come hot on the heels each year of the all-consuming behemoth that is the Milan furniture fair, but to pay it any less attention would be a mistake — between Sight Unseen OFFSITE, ICFF, Colony, Wanted, and the goings-on at outposts like the Future Perfect and Matter, the days when America’s most important contemporary design event was simply a watered-down rehash of Europe’s are indisputably over.
If the line outside Colonie’s Brooklyn Heights location is any indication, the chefs and creative team behind this lovely farm-to-table restaurant are definitely doing something right.
New York City is crisscrossed with rivers and bounded by the sea, facts easily forgotten when fighting the swift human currents of the city streets. But the owners of a marina that opened on Sunday off the banks of Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn Bridge Park are aiming to remind New Yorkers of the water that plies this place, and how to enjoy it.
Convenience to Manhattan might have been the original impetus for the growth of Brooklyn Heights, but the neighborhood continues to attract residents for other reasons as well, including its leafy streets, its abundant historic buildings and the expanding Brooklyn Bridge Park.