Category Archives: Architecture

730 Saint Nicholas Historical home being converted to methadone treatment facility

730 Saint Nicholas,a home full of historical details, is being converted as of right by the owner, to an outpatient methadone clinic according to the West 147th street block association. Apparently, the center will service patients all day Monday through Friday and for a half day on Saturday. According to the Community Board meeting last week, Argus Community Ltd. the current owner,  does not need community approval to go forward with this plan. The home was purchased for just over $4 million only a few months ago.

The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.



Via on West 57th street Construction update

The pyramid shaped building named Via at 625 West 57th street is the luxury rental building located on West 57th street near the West side highway and is designed by Bjarke Ingels. Construction is progressing as per the photos taken today. 709 units in total and of that 142 affordable apartments starting at $565 for a studio! It is expected that there will be over 100,000 applications for the affordable apartments. No information has been released yet for the market rate rentals.





Starter apartments in Manhattan low inventory

The newspapers and online blogs mostly cover the ultra luxury market and their supposed glut or balanced inventory depending on which report you believe. However, the starter apartment market is very low on inventory right now and there isn’t any relief in site. The only exception is apartments with very high carrying charges. Typically, first time buyers are more concerned with monthly payments than the more affluent neighbors. Continue reading Starter apartments in Manhattan low inventory

Harlem petition to save the Renny

Harlem Bespoke reported earlier that there are over 1300 signatures on a petition to save the Renny which is a theater located near the landmarked Striver’s Row in Harlem. Earlier this year, the building was sold for $10 mm to a developer who has plans to demolish it and put up a new building which will also be titled the Renny.

According to historian Michael Henry Adams, the developer could save the building. I believe that it’s worth the effort. I think we need to preserve Harlem’s and NYC’s landmarks. New architecture can be at times beautiful but what makes Harlem attractive is the beautifully preserved townhouses and also architecture that you find throughout the neighborhood.  What do you think?

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