A formerly foreclosed house at 144th and Convent in Harlem has universally become known as "The Royal Tenenbaums House."
When a movie is set in New York City—and if the people making it are savvy—real estate becomes part of the story itself. (Anyone who's ever lived in this place will tell you it's a character, alright.) In Reel Estate, we look at some of the more memorable domiciles to grace the silver screen.
To kick off our series on New York properties that have gotten the big screen treatment, we're revisiting TheRoyal Tenenbaums. First, the Tenenbaum house, which fans of the 2001 film know is set on the fictional Archer Avenue. Its true location, though, is the corner of 144th Street and Convent Avenue in Harlem (339 Convent, to be precise). Even in a neighborhood full of majestic old brownstones, the 8,000-square-foot corner house, with its wide footprint, major staircase and honest-to-god turret, stands out. It was also a pretty enviable deal for the current owners: director Wes Anderson stumbled upon it just after it had been bought out of foreclosure for $460,000, according to the New York Observer.
In a small New York City kitchen, every appliance and dish needs to serve more than one purpose. The appropriately named OneBowl (which we found while perusing Kickstarter) is a microwave-safe bowl with a built-in strainer and a snap-on lid. Basically, you can cook, drain, eat and carry your food--all in one vessel. It works best for noodles, fruit and oatmeal, according to the designer, Justin Herd.
For $35 million, you can net yourself a West Village penthouse with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the apartment. All the better for staring out at the Empire State Building (or the wall-mounted TV, depending).
Legally, New York bedrooms have to include a window to be considered legit, but let's just say that what you actually get is... varied. Not so if you snap up one of these (admittedly pricey) apartments, which offer views of the skyline and the waterfront from the luxury of your own bed.
How much are you willing to pay in rent for amenities like a pool, gym and residents' lounge? We asked six New Yorkers whether building perks are worth it, and it turns out the issue is one of principle, and not just budget.
The gap in home prices between Manhattan and Brooklyn reached its narrowest point in the previous three months of this year
Ah, Brooklyn. Long the affordable alternative to Manhattan, are you now just another expensive place to live in New York City? That was certainly the takeaway from news coverage of the second-quarter market reports released this week by the city’s big real estate brokerages. More than one headline blared that prices have reached an all-time high in Kings County.
What you'll pay: Rentals currently available start at $2,900 a month for a studio and go up to $5,000 for a two-bedroom with outdoor space.
Amenities: Doorman; fitness center including yoga room; lounge including catering kitchen and catering bar, billiards table, TV area, fireplace; courtyard including putting green, quiet seating area, terrace, garden and garden seating area; roofdeck including terrace green, fountains, fire pit, grill, bar, dining area, private cabanas, sun beds, outdoor shower; bike racks; parking; storage units
Russell Whitmore, founder of the Red Hook antiques store Erie Basin, gets compliments on this meteorological instrument, known as a Campbell-Stokes recorder
Russell Whitmore opened his Red Hook antiques shop, Erie Basin, in 2006 at the corner of Van Brunt and Dikeman Streets. A long-time lover of ancient objects--his parents collected, and he went to college in Gambier, Ohio, where buying heirlooms passed for an exciting pastime--Whitmore has an eye for distinctive jewelry, furniture and oddities.
But how does the collector decorate his own home, a "rough-around-the-edges" two-bedroom co-op in Brooklyn Heights that he and his wife picked up for $560,000 a few years ago and spent two years renovating? Of all the objects in his place, the piece that gets the most attention is his grandfather’s Campbell-Stokes recorder, also called a Stokes Sphere, which records the hours and minutes of the day by harnessing sunlight to burn holes in a card. Below, Whitmore elaborates.
Got $4,000 a month to spend on rent? Depending on the neighborhood, you can net yourself a place with a lot of amenities or a lot of space, and we've rounded up some current options on the market in your price range in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.
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