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REAL ESTATE • In Contract
Sundays in the Park
It’s that magical time of year, when foliage is peaking and the streets are clogged with runners. For the convergence, head to the big Marathon finish in Central Park on Sunday morning. Or make it last with a Park-view apartment. For a feel for what’s trading in the neighborhood, here are four that recently went into contract, two east and two west:
→ 880 Fifth Avenue #20A (Upper East Side, above) • 3BR/2.5BA, 2400 SF co-op • Closing ask: $6.95M • Days on market: 87 • Monthly maintenance: $6882 • Broker: S. Jean Meisel & Gillian Bland, Brown Harris Stevens.
→ 211 Central Park West #5K (Upper West Side, The Beresford) • 3BR/2.5BA co-op • Closing ask: $5.995M • Days on market: 176 • Monthly maintenance: $5143 • Broker: Lisa K. Lippman, Brown Harris Stevens.
→ 221 West 77th Street #17 (Upper West Side) • 4BR/4BA, 2948 SF condo • Closing ask: $8.995M • Days on market: 177 • Common charges: $4223; taxes: $4961 • Broker: Jennifer Kalish & Kim Shankman, Elliman.
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NYC REAL ESTATE LINKS: The sales pitch on an 8% mortgage: buy now, renegotiate later • NYC’s 50 priciest neighborhoods • Work resumes on 550 Tenth in Hell’s Kitchen following crane collapse • The Treadwell nears completion on Upper East Side • Please don’t shoot Moynihan Station’s glass roof with a bb gun.
CULTURE & LEISURE • Friday Routine
Doing it for the Gram
It’s Friday afternoon, how are you rolling into the weekend?
Have a fairly leisurely Friday today. Meeting with some of our favorite partners (Principe) about some new collaborative opportunities, followed by a few pitches to restaurants in NYC. Earlier this year, I started at Blackbird Labs as the lone representative in sales, which has been a ton of fun. We’re building what I really believe will change how guests connect with their favorite places. It's been a very busy week, so the slower-than-usual Friday is welcome.
Where are you dining this weekend?
On Instagram, for a long time, I just posted random things I ate and didn't really think about it much. During the pandemic, I decided that I wanted to try to use Instagram as a marketing tool for work, so I started over, and now resyguynyc has a following. The truth is, I’m still just posting what I eat — I really just love going out and being part of the restaurant world.
Speaking of: I’m going to Bangkok Supper Club tonight, which I can't wait to try. Tomorrow, I have a friend in town and we're planning on a solid one-to-the-other (my own term, as I hate saying "bang-bang") of a rare mezcal tasting at The Cabinet in the East Village, followed by dinner at either Hanoi House, Claro or Foul Witch (whichever has walk-in space after 9 pm). Probably followed by a late stop to PDT, which I go to often.
How about a little leisure or culture?
For better or worse, I’ve had Giants season tickets for the last 12 years. I'll be headed to the game bright and early. I have a fairly serious tailgate that tends to lose some steam as the season goes along and we don't win, but this week still seems like we have some folks coming. I’ve assumed the role of bartender at these events, and usually make a cocktail from the opposing team's city. Thinking of Gin Rickeys for this week (DC), but still doing some research as it feels like a cop out.
Any weekend getaways?
I try to get upstate every once in a while to see my brother, who owns two really solid restaurants up there (Heritage Food & Drink in Wappingers and Primo Waterfront in Newburgh). Really want to check out Stissing House next time I get up that way, though.
What was your last great vacation?
My last trip was probably my favorite trip I've taken to LA. That's a city that took a while to grow on me. I feel like you need to just pick an area and stay/hang there, otherwise you end up in traffic the whole trip. Pijja Palace was definitely a highlight.
I also took a 10-day trip for my 40th birthday to Paris/Lyon earlier this year that was incredible. Got to meet some great people in Paris, which inspired me to start Duolingo, so that I could actually understand them next time I'm in town. So far I'm 229 days in and still not confident enough to speak in public, but it's a start. Can't wait to go to the new Le Rigmarole next trip, and Mokonuts was totally deserving of the hype.
GETAWAYS • Los Angeles and Surrounds
Sensei and sensibility
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True luxury often manifests as irrational generosity, increasingly rare in modern hospitality. Such extravagance is typically born from a visionary owner — with deep pockets.
Take Sensei Porcupine Creek. Twenty-five minutes down the road from Palm Springs in the town of Rancho Mirage, the property was Oracle founder Larry Ellison's private estate, designed for friends and family gatherings. In a relatively short timespan, it transitioned into the Sensei brand’s second outpost and a compelling alternative to the likes of Amangiri and Blackberry Farm.
Some may be lured here by golf or tennis offerings. But Sensei’s true claim lies in wellness, with three-day sessions tailored from pre-arrival evaluations. The staff includes a physical therapist who rehabilitates the US ski team, and a psychologist specializing in unwinding deep-rooted habits and re-wiring oneself.
Culinary offerings are helmed by Nobu Matsuhisa himself, delivering classics from both of his eponymously named restaurants. Sarah, who ran the room at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge, presides over dining areas.
Ellison’s (heavily Japanese) art collection elevates the entire experience. And of course, the landscape is a masterpiece unto itself: serene water features are balanced with thousands of landscaped cacti, succulents, and paired with a vast expanse of over 3,000 palm trees.
But Sensei’s true magic lies in its temporal allure. A three-night stay feels like a week away. –Colin Nagy
→ Sensei Porcupine Creek (Rancho Mirage, CA) • 42765 Dunes View Rd.
GETAWAYS LINKS: First in the East: Vermont’s Killington opens its slopes for the season today • The 20 best ski resorts in Europe, ranked • Revolving sofas, a 100-inch TV and 75 Damien Hirsts: inside London’s most expensive hotel suite • Is Florence’s Villa La Massa the best hotel in the world?
NIGHTLIFE • Three-Pack
Buy us a drink?
For your weekend consideration, three spots for a good drink — and, if you’re in the mood, a good meal while you’re at it.
→ The Wooly (Nolita). A list of things the recently reborn location of downtown favorite The Wooly has going for it: 1. fair pricing ($18 per drink now well below market), 2. nice compact disc collection (and related coaster design), 3. excellent people-watching (e.g., the gentleman with “club soda” tattooed across his knuckles), 4. well-developed drinks (even if pre-mixed). The menu also includes a not-insignificant raw bar, and a few bistro fare entrees (a burger, steak au poivre). –Drew Sussman
→ Chinato (Lower East Side, above). Most of the cocktails at the new bar Chinato — run by the former research and development head of Double Chicken Please, Ray Zhou — have a song pairing. I ordered the “Pancakes for Dinner,” an average tune, but a thoroughly enjoyable beverage — flavorful, strong, satisfying. Small plate offerings were developed by a Jung Sik chef. Chinato lacks the pageantry of DCP, but its cocktails live up to the hype. –Drew Sussman
→ C as in Charlie (Noho). It’s not the ideal place for an intimate date night or deep conversation, but for pregaming, the year-old C As In Charlie is letter-perfect. The complementary sake shots are delivered swiftly upon arrival. On the menu: an intriguing fusion of Southern and Korean cuisine, offered tapas-style. We stacked plates of all-American classics like popcorn chicken, Salisbury steak, and fries, each featuring contemporary and playful Korean twists. Many try to attract the social media set with shallow gimmicks, but C As In Charlie manages to thread the needle, mixing in a dose of sober self-awareness. And more shots. –Sara Sturges
CULTURE & LEISURE • Ice, Ice, Baby
Skate Tickets, The Rink (Rockefeller Center), Sat @ 7p, VIP, $83 per
Olivia Dean, Brooklyn Made (Bushwick), Sat @ 8p, GA, $124 per
P!NK, Madison Square Garden (Midtown South), Sat @ 730p, section 106, $918 per
CULTURE LINKS: Inside Roy Lichtenstein’s fully renovated former studio • 15 art shows to see in New York this November • At Moynihan Hall, new video art installation can’t compete with the ads • Behind the field of 17,000 lights on the East River • What sort of art should you put in the bedroom?
BARS • The Nines
Sports bars, elevated
The Paris Cafe (Seaport), old brasserie bones date to 1873