- Posted at 12:01, November 09, 2013
- By Russ Bleemer
· City Hall’s Pressing Construction Project: City Hall! The five-years-and-running City Hall renovation project’s new problem is the roof. See the New York Times’ “As City Hall Changes Hands, Construction Will Go On,” here.
· The Times also has a story tomorrow on a potentially huge renovation project in the Gateway National Park, the federal NYC-NJ harbor guardian: Sandy Hook, N.J., needs an operator/renovator/developer at 35 stunning historic buildings at the former military base that are in deep need of repair. Tenants won’t pay rent, but they pay for repairs, and then operate. Think Governors Island but much more and a longer boat ride from midtown. “For Rent: Fixer-Uppers in a National Park,” here.
· Focusing on the controversial front of a 130 E. 64th St. townhouse, the Times has “Upper East Side: To Live in an Artwork,” here.
· And rounding out the Sunday Real Estate section, the Times has one for the working-from-home set, “Bonus Work Space, Right in the Lobby, here.
· Meantime, the New York Post has the details on William Macklowe’s purchase of 156 William St. in FiDi for $315 per square foot in a deal the article says is worth more than $60 million, here.Crain's New York Business had it earlier yesterday, with a roundup of the recent William St. sale, here.
· Also in the Post, finally, thankfully, Leonardo DiCaprio’s long search for an apartment is finally over. He’s in Delos Living’s building in Greenwich Village, and he loves the E. 11th St. building so much, he’s making an investment in the developer. Details here.
· The Daily News tells us that the Willis ne Sears Tower in Chicago is still the nation’s tallest, One World Trade Center’s completion notwithstanding. There is a technicality at issue, and it involves the spire. Details here.
· Meantime, downtown and across the river, the Daily News has the story of the construction by the Brooklyn Bridge, and the outrage. See “Residents near Brooklyn Bridge say nighttime construction destroying sleep.”
The Daily News also profilesa married couple who are “tying luxury to functionality and avoiding gaudiness” at design interiors that include, among other things, Tribeca’s Sterling Mason luxury condo. Here.
And a Brooklyn law firm focusing on foreclosure defense is trumpeting a RealtyTrac report that says New York real estate prices are rising despite a spike in post-Sandy foreclosures. Foreclosures are up 61% in Queens since Hurricane Sandy, but those prices: up 16% for median home prices. Here.