Out and About: A sad tale of two kitchens

Brownstone kitchen

What is the antithesis of a “chef’s” kitchen?

One kitchen, in a townhouse floor-through in a Central Park block of the high 80s, fills a nook off a hallway.

The second kitchen fills, overwhelmingly, the living room of a three-bedroom duplex in Lincoln Square.

Both of them are stunning — in the first case because it is so inadequate and, in the second case, because it is so out of scale. Continue reading

Weekly Roundup: NYC condos, U.S. inventory, all-time low rates, Airbnb, pet furniture, most diverse metros, housing forecasts and much more

Brownstones increasingly go mod

Number of new listings of new condos turns up in Manhattan along with prices there and in Brooklyn, Queens

Causing 15 percent increase in materials and monopolizing workers, Sandy raises construction costs

Buyers of lower Manhattan apartments so far unmoved by storm

Rents continue to climb as vacancies reach 32-month high, and biggest October increases hit smaller units

Report suggests that multiple bids for renovations may encourage homeowners to overpay

And don’t expect financing for renovations to be a breeze

Five brokers investigated on complaints that they demanded extra fees from HIV renters

Region remains least-affordable major housing market in nation

Foreclosure filings surge in metro area, more than anywhere else

With her Georgia home foreclosed, she has reason to sing the blues

Media mogul pays record $54 million Continue reading

Weekly Roundup: SO much local and U.S. news

Prices up, sales volume almost flat measured against 2002

Condo prices edge up during last year as sales and inventory slip

And sales and supply Continue reading

Weekly Roundup: Our cost of living 124% higher than average, buyers tending to wait and see

Co-op revokes woman’s purchase for $33,000 of $400,000 apartment, so she sues

Rental market avoids usual autumnal slump

Free map site is cool way to locate all retail businesses

Preferences for apartment size haven’t changed much over three years

Most expensive rental hits market at $165,000. . . a month

Cost of living in Manhattan 124% higher than national average

But our neighborhoods lag others because wealthiest residents pick its pockets

He gets rid of that old condo for an even $5 million

The former Adam Spiegel Continue reading

Architects live in houses and apartments too

Roger Lewis

Architect and Washington Post columnist Roger K. Lewis recently wrote a piece that struck a chord in me, and I wanted to share it with you.

In the column he asks, “What is beauty without function?”  He continues:

Compromised functionality can include Continue reading

Weekly Roundup: Resales off from 2011. . . More!

Here’s your chance to catch up with news included to inform, enlighten and perhaps even entertain you. To read about The Big Apple, check out the other of today’s posts and look for Out and About early next week.

There’s no tin roof on this newly listed Bel-Air estate

Former NYC City Council speaker buys $3 million apartment out of his old district

Cartoonist’s East Side lair sells for $531 million

Actor finally unloads his $5 million condo in Tribeca

She’s leaving Manhattan for homes in three other areas, but Texas is out

April resales ease from March, plunge Continue reading

Out and About: I have this thing about kitchens

Walk this way, right into the kitchen of a pre-war building converted into co-ops. With the room's light bulb burned out and left that way for a showing, the photo quality leaves something to be desired.

Reading the headline, you may be expecting my usual rant about stainless steel, Sub-Zero refrigerators or granite countertops.  As you already must have guessed, you would be wrong.

Although I have written and long believed that every kitchen can be dated by its trends, my chief complaint centers on Continue reading