not lofty enough in Manhattan, smiling at Manhattan from DUMBO
poignant search profiled in NY Times
“Poignant” must be in the eyes of the beholder … as in whose buttons are being pushed. Today’s Joyce Cohen The Hunt feature in the NY Times pushed my buttons, very well.
Starting a New Life in Brooklyn outlines the search that a 72 year old artist started as her husband of nearly 50 years was dying, when she realized she could not bear to live in their2 Fifth Avenue home of 20 years after his death. She
Sounds like a do-able proposition, doesn’t it?
light and views surprisingly hard to find inSoHo or TriBeCa lofts
It is ironic – but not surprising — that this artist was not able to find enough light and space in the original artist loft neighborhood (SoHo) or its younger sibling (Tribeca).
“lofts” that are too much “apartment”
She rejected 53
Similarly, 124Hudson was “too apaprtmentlike”, not surprising for a “loft-like” building built in 2001 on a Tribeca parking lot. She probably looked at #4B, which was offered at $2.65mm for “2,110 sq ft” that is arrayed in exactly the same footprint that would be at home on the Upper East or Upper West Sides, but for the open kitchen (a “problem” easily fixed). (It closed in April juts under $2.5mm.) ‘Only’ 10 foot ceilings here, and not a lot of light from the 4th floor, looking west across Hudson Street, with ‘only’ 25 feet of windows in the public space (living room).
typical = boring
As her agent said
Mick Jagger is smiling (pausing at “seemed right”)
That listing is not on the web any longer, but it was a duplex with “1,750 sq ft” and those two terraces (“1,450 sq ft”) into which the pesky neighbors could look.
over the river we go
So she crossed over the river, after seeing pictures of the
She ended up on the 32nd floor of the J Condo, a new 33-story tower next to theManhattanBridge (she’s on the other side, facing Manhattan, of course). She found that “looking at the city, you feel you are in the city more than when you are in the city.” She even finds the BQE traffic 300 feet below her to be “cute”.
peace upon you, Ms. Alper!
As I said, this story pushes a lot of my buttons – not least the
May all of her surprises be pleasant. She’s paid some dues, no?