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    • strawberry, cucumber, simple syrup and Sauvignon Blanc; and the New YorkͲinspired “Broadway Martini” with vodka, St. Germain and white cranberry. The bar will also serve beer, wine, coffee, and tea, and will occasionally feature live music. NYLO New York City has a quintessential Upper West Side home: over 100 years old, the building was originally called The Wellsmore and was considered one of the neighborhood’s most soughtͲafter apartment buildings. The Stonehill & Taylor team sought to create an authentic feel by incorporating historic details uncovered during the building’s renovation— including the fireplace in the library and a ceiling pattern from the original residential units. Inspired by interior design trends of the 1920’s, especially in bars and clubs, the designers used heavily carved wood paneling, eclectic seating like heavily tufted chesterfieldͲstyle sofas and metal finishes. Yellow accents are a nod to the popular color in ladies’ fashion from the period. The reception area is inspired by local historic apothecaries, with shelving, artifacts and other elements reminiscent of that era of highly personalized service. A reception desk made of red lacquer recalls a chest of drawers that pharmacies at the time used to store materials. An ornate elevator structure from a 1920’s French apartment building has been transformed into the ADA lift at the reception, turning this typically technicalͲlooking element into a thing of beauty encountered as soon as one enters the lobby. “The design is defined by the seamless merging of the elegant and the industrial which, to us, represents New York,” added Suomi. The building’s industrial core is presented in lobby details such as concrete floors, exposed ceiling beams, exposed brick, a metal wall and chickenͲwire glass at the top of the bar. The fireplace, handͲknotted area rugs, wood walls and shelves and punches of bright red in the piano and the reception desk soften these industrial details. About NYLO Hotels NYLO Hotels offer a unique alternative for travelers seeking a reprieve from the traditional, uninspiring hotel experience. NYLO Hotels combine the dynamic qualities of urban loftͲstyle living with bestͲinͲindustry services and amenities in a boutique hotel setting. A NYLO stay is a lifestyle experience in a highly social atmosphere rich in design, art, music, energy and comfort. NYLO Hotels’ contemporary custom furniture and fixtures provide a comfortable, residential feel; and destination bars and restaurants blend an urban ambiance with the local market for a unique experience. NYLO caters to both business and leisure travelers who seek an energized, fun and comfortable lodging option that offers a substitute to the bland, oneͲsizeͲfitsͲall experience typically found in many hotels. For reservations and more information, visit www.nylohotels.com About Stonehill & Taylor Stonehill & Taylor is an architecture and interior design firm based in New York City. With primary specialization in hospitality, healthcare, research and academic institutions, the firm uses a collaborative approach to produce unique design stories. Stonehill & Taylor was ranked 2012's top NY design firm in the hospitality sector by ENR. Firm’s successful projects range from interior design to architecture, new building construction, historic preservation and renovations, including: The Refinery Hotel, The Paramount, The Crosby Street Hotel, The NoMad Hotel, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, The Ace Hotel, The President Hotel and the new Hyatt House brand. Stonehill & Taylor renderings NYLO Hotels Unveils Details of Lobby Area and LOCL Bar at Upcoming NYLO New York City DALLAS, TEXAS (April 16, 2013) – Upon its official opening this summer, NYLO New York City— the first branded boutique hotel on Manhattan’s Upper West Side—will be home to LOCL Bar Ͳ the newest, highly social bar concept by NYLO Hotels. The hotel lobby and bar are currently undergoing a full expansion and renovation that blend centuryͲold details with NYLO Hotels’ signature industrialͲmeetsͲelegant aesthetic. Design firm Stonehill & Taylor worked with NYLO to reͲimagine the property, including moving the building’s entrance, expanding the size of the public spaces and creating areas ideal for drinking, lounging, socializing and working. (The project also includes a complete renovation of the property’s 285 guest rooms, details of which NYLO announced earlier this year.) “We took our cues for the design of the lobbyͲlevel areas from the energy, colors and fashions of New York's Jazz Era, and the music clubs and speakeasies prevalent around the hotel and in Harlem at that time,” said Michael Suomi, principal and VP of interior design at Stonehill & Taylor. “We wanted to bring the dynamism and elegance of that era by creating an entertaining space that’s welcoming to both locals and outͲofͲtowners.” LOCL Bar will be anchored by a central rectangular zinc bar surrounded by four distinct seating areas at varying levels, each loosely partitioned to offer a different experience. The piano lounge is the place to be entertained; the library is the place to plug in, work and hang out; the main bar is the place to meet and drink; and the sidewalk café, accessible thru a large glass garage door, is the place to enjoy a sunny afternoon. The bar’s central location allows direct bar access and seating on all sides, including window service directly to the sidewalk café and direct service to the elevated piano lounge. LOCL Bar will be open throughout the day and evening and will serve as a living room and meeting place for guests and locals to work, relax, drink and socialize. The bar will serve a selection of signature cocktails, including “The Rum Runner” with spiced rum, St. Germain,
    • Homes In The 100 Most Expensive ZIP Codes Morgan Brennan, Forbes Staff I write about real estate markets, outrageous homes and cities. BUSINESS 10/16/2012 @ 12:00PM |67,330 views Manhattan's Now Home To America's Most Expensive Zip Code
    • 1. 10065, New York, NY Median Home Price: $6,534,430 Average Days On Market: 449 Number Of Homes On The Market: 80 The most expensive home listed for sale in Manhattan’s 10065 ZIP code hasn’t even been built yet. On a vacant lot at 34 East 62nd Street, developer Janna Bullock is planning to build a six-level Modernist limestone townhouse designed by architect Preston Phillips. It will have a subterranean indoor pool, a glass-enclosed elevator and a waterfall-bedecked private courtyard — a townhouse with “no comparables,” according to the $40 million listing. Except there are, and lots at that. The pricey blueprint joins about two-dozen eight-figure single-family mansions that dot the tree-lined streets of this Upper East Side ZIP code, including an over-the-top man cave created by billionaire Alexander Rovt that’s on the market for $21 million. The area, which runs east from Central Park past ritzy Park Avenue apartment houses to the East River, and north from 60th Street to 69th, is home to such plutocrats as David Rockefeller, Rupert Murdoch, Ronald Perelman, Robert Bass and Sumner Redstone. Add more than 50 condo units with price tags running to seven figures or higher, and the median asking price for homes in 10065 is $6.5 million. All those “comparables” land the Upper East Side enclave in the top spot on Forbes’ annual list of the Most Expensive ZIP Codes. This is the first time that a Big Apple neighborhood has topped our list. It pushed 2011’s priciest ZIP code, Alpine, N.J., 07620, to No. 2, followed in third place by another usual suspect: Atherton, Calif., 94027. Alpine is a discreet New York City suburb where the median home price is $5.75 million, street addresses are regularly scrambled on GPS and residents include celebrities like Stevie Wonder and Sean “Diddy” Combs. Atherton, a tony town in Silicon Valley, boasts a roster of billionaires including Eric Schmidt, Charles Schwab and Meg Whitman, who help sustain a median home price of $4.9 million. We compiled our list with the help of Altos Research, a Mountainv View, Calif.-based company that tracks housing data. It pulled pricing information for more than 22,000 ZIP codes across the U.S. for June 28 to Sept. 28, drilling down to the 500 most expensive. Altos calculated the median asking price for single-family homes and condominiums, weighting the price based on the mix of local property types. We did not include co-ops (which may have pushed some of the fancier ZIP codes near Central Park in Manhattan lower on our list). Altos limited the search to ZIP codes where 10 or more residences were listed for sale, including short sales and bank-owned foreclosures on the market. Homes bundled into REO bulk sales were excluded. To smooth out any wrinkles caused by a week’s unusual activity (like, say, an expensive home coming to market in an area where luxury properties are rare), Altos used a rolling average for the 90-day period. Since our list is based on asking prices rather than tax assessments, it may not be completely representative of the communities featured — for example, neighborhoods that have become swanky in the past few decades could contain pockets of longtime residents in more modest homes. Rather, our list is a snapshot of each market’s current activity. “If you enter these markets as a buyer today, this is what you would experience,” says Michael Simonsen, chief executive of Altos Research, “and if you are going to sell, this is your competition.” In some cases a ZIP may appear more than once on our list if it’s shared by two or more towns. For example, Los Altos Hills (No. 7) and Los Altos (No. 63) share 94022. The main factor driving listing prices in America’s most expensive ZIP codes this year is a lack of inventory. “In general, across the board inventory is down by a third,” says Simonsen. In Northern California markets, levels are down even more dramatically. In Manhattan, lower inventory levels helped four ZIP codes crack the top 10, while 19 in total made the list. Hip downtown ‘hoods — where the market is limited in large part to premium loft space and townhouses — clocked exceptionally high prices for the second year in a row. The celebrity-studded West Village 10014 ZIP code ranked sixth, TriBeCa 10013 was 14th, and SoHo, 24th. Uptown around Central Park, a flurry of record-breaking sales, including an $88 million apartment at 15 Central Park West and $90 million-plus pending sales at up-and-coming skyscraper One57, have brought a flood of would-be trophy properties to market (including four apartments listed at $95 million-plus). Eight park-hugging ZIP codes made our list. “Manhattan’s market is frothy right now,” says Dolly Lenz, vice chairman of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Since the last week of September, she has personally closed more than $120 million in sales around the borough. Interestingly, only one of those buyers was an American.
    • Wealthy foreign buyers looking to make safe-haven investments have helped to elevate prices in many of America’s most expensive ZIP codes; a booming U.S. technology sector and renewed interest in vacation homes have been strong contributing factors as well. “Many of the world’s new wealthy are looking for places to park their money and despite the economic uncertainty, the pattern is to buy and hold property in the U.S.,” says Jonathan Miller, chief executive of Miller Samuel, a New York-based appraisal firm. Foreign buyers have been active in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Seattle and Los Angeles – all well-represented on our list. Foreigners have been a particularly notable force in rebounding Florida, where 26 ZIP codes crack our list. In South Florida, buyers from Europe, South America and Russia looking for pied-a-terres have fueled a robust resurgence in condo prices. The trend also pushed Florida’s Coral Gables’ 33156 into the 15th spot on our list, up 108 spots from last year. The median asking price in Gables Estates, the posh waterfront community bordering Miami that comprises 33156, is $3.48 million. Nearby Coral Gables 33143 ranks 34th, and Fisher Island 33109 ranks 39th. “The Miami market is the hottest we have ever seen it — hotter than 2005,” says Jill Eber of The Jills team at Coldwell Banker Previews International. Her broker team has closed more than $320 million in sales since the start of 2012; in 2005, the peak of the Miami housing bubble, the team closed $280 million for the entire year. Meanwhile, a booming tech sector has enriched financiers and entrepreneurs. Silicon Valley accounts for three of the top 10 ZIP codes, including Atherton, Hillsborough 94010 (No. 5), and Los Altos Hills 94022 (No. 7). Inventory is drastically down in all four and listing prices have jumped. “The Bay Area has had some of the fastest job growth in the country, but there are also a lot of strong limitations on new housing,” says Jed Kolko, chief economist at Trulia.com, a San Francisco, Calif.-based home listing site. “When you have that combination, it pushes up prices. The vacancy rate is lower than anywhere else in the country.” Across the U.S. in the capital area, a blossoming tech industry, coupled with strong government spending and a growing international buying pool, helped place four Washington, D.C. ZIPs on our list along with 30 in the surrounding suburbs in Maryland and Virginia. In D.C.’s most expensive, 20008 (No. 48), the median listing price jumped 116%. “It’s a very stable population and there is a tremendous international contingent,” says Miller. The market for vacation homes has rebounded in the most sought-after areas. In Colorado, 81611 (No. 13), where billionaire John Paulson spent $49 million on the Hala Ranch, heads a collection of pricey Aspen-area enclaves. In Hawaii, the growing wealth of tech titans is trickling into vacation home-heavy ZIP codes in Kauai and Maui. On the East Coast, Long Island’s Hamptons is heating up, even as the weather begins to cool. Sagaponack, the Southampton village where billionaire Ira Rennert, Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankein and musician Billy Joel own homes, ranks fourth on our list, cracking the top five for the second year in a row. More On Forbes: Full List: America’s 100 Most Expensive ZIP Codes
    • SPECIAL THANK YOU TO: What will you teach? www.citizenschools.org For more information please contact Danielle Sharon Interim Director of Civic Engagement at daniellesharon@citizenschools.org Tiffany Wen , Citizen Schools Sherrill Moore , Davis Brody Bond Aedas Nnadozie Okeke, Davis Brody Bond Aedas Chauncey Nartey, Citizen Schools Quincey Nixon, Architectsepia Davis Brody Bond Aedas Architects: WOW! Host Chris Grabé Chip Hollman. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP: Class Visit Host Mark F. Leininger Cindé Boutwell Robert A.M. Stern Architects: Class Visit Host Rosalind Tsang Charles Yu The WOW! Guest Jurors All of our amazing Apprentices A R C H I T E C T U R E & Y O U R I M A G I N A T I O N May 25 ■ 6:00 pm ■ Davis Brody Bond Aedas Architects WOW!
    • AGENDA OF EVENTS 6:00PM- Mingle & Review Architectural Masterpieces! 6:15 PM: Welcome & Opening Program Quincey Nixon– Welcome Nana Okeke– Semester Recap Sherrill Moore– Mistress of Ceremonies 6:25 PM: Student “Firm” Presentations and Guest Juror Comments 7:00 PM: Student “Firm” Presentation Wall  Speak one on one with student presenters! 7:15 PM: Presentation of Student Awards 7:30 PM: Reception WOW! GUEST JURORS Daniel Maloney , Liffey Vans & Site Owner Mark Leininger, Skidmore Owings Merrill Architects Meghan McDermott, Robert A.M. Stern Architects Mayine Yu , Davis Brody Bond Aedas Architects Beatrix Oetting, Davis Brody Bond Aedas Architects Cindé Boutwell, Skidmore Owings Merrill Architects Charles Yu, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Rashid Saxton , New York Tech University & Skidmore Owings Merrill Architects Rosalind Tsang, Robert A.M. Stern Architects At Citizen Schools, we believe that all middle school students have the potential to discover a love of learning that will inspire and prepare them to succeed in high school, college, the workforce, and civic life. However, without enough time in the school day, enough relevant learning activities, and enough involved adults, too many kids are dropping out. That’s why, this semester, over 100 “Citizen Teacher” volunteers from across New York City broke down classroom walls and opened student minds to the real world by teaching apprenticeships. Engineers, architects, advertisers and other volunteers led middle school students in producing energy-efficient structures, creating persuasive ads, writing blogs, designing model buildings and engaging in other real-world projects that bring learning to life! We are thrilled that you have joined us for this “WOW!” – which we hope will be your reaction to the students’ incredible work on display this evening. Citizen Schools is a 501c3 non-profit organization. A r c h i t e c t u r e & Y o u r I m a g i n a t i o n Global Technology Preparatory In the Architecture and Your Imagination apprenticeship, students combined their individual visions to form design “firms.” Assigned with the task of designing a Student Activity Center for a vacant lot in their neighborhood in East Harlem, they investigated the site and its surroundings. After taking measurements and developing a program based on the assumed goals for their projects, the firms proceeded to create floor plans, image boards and elevations, and build massing models. Using the design tools that they had just learned this term, they not only evaluated their designs to see how effectively they carried out their goals, but also calculated potential costs. At the WOW!, each firm will present their architectural projects to a panel of architects and representatives from the local community! Volunteer Citizen Teachers: Sherrill Moore; (Architect), Quincey Nixon (Architect) , and Nnadozie Okeke (Architect ) Student Apprentices: Jason Pietre, Timberlee Paga, Oumou Diakte, Aamira Cagle, Stephon Allen, Andrew Rivera, Josniel Martinez, Jeziel Sewer, Yarixa Castillo, Thomas Hedgebeth, John Jiminez and Destinee Gonzalez