It's time to make up a bunch of awards and hand them out to the most deserving people, places and things in the real estate, architecture and neighborhood universes of New York City! Yep, it's time for the Ninth Annual Curbed Awards!
Shitshows of the Year
3) Trip House. The late-in-the-year addition to this list is 74 Cornelia Street, aka Brooklyn's raver mansion, an 1890 Queen Anne house that is, for some reason, now host to enormous parties that involve graffiti-ing the inside walls. Kids these days.
2) One Madison Park. This building had a chance to get out of the shitshow column this year, with the promise that it would return to market in September. September came and went, and so did October, November, and most of December. Wherefore art thou, One Mad Park?
1) 2 Gold Street. The residents of this FiDi building were fine until Hurricane Sandy hit and the building took on more than 31 feet of water. Building manager TF Cornerstone told residents the estimated date for their return home is March 1, 2013. Not surprisingly, a class-action suit is already underway.
PriceChopper Axe of Declining Rewards
3) Oh, Marble House. The incredible marble triplex within 60 Collister Street is buddy-buddy with the PriceChopper after the pair's adventures in 2012. The unit's price has fallen from $24.5 million to $17.5 million to $15.75 million to, now, $14.995 million. Makes a great, uh, New Year's gift?
2) The Upper East Side's The Mark, the hotel renovation and partial conversion (following the general model of The Plaza), needed a little PriceChoppage to get, well, any attention whatsoever from buyers. Did the attempt work? Not really.
1) Gravesend's 2134 Ocean Parkway wanted to be Brooklyn's most expensive freestanding residence, asking $14 million when it hit the market in May. Unfortunately, no buyers wanted to help it out. The mansion, which has utterly bonkers decor, cut its price to a mere $10.75 million.
Foreclosures of the Year
It's tough for ever-embattled developer Kent Swig to catch a break. Seems like he's always fighting with someone in the real estate world, and this year he also fought with Bank of America, which keeps trying to foreclose on Swig's co-op at 740 Park. And since we're discussing power buildings and the people who (sometimes can't afford to) live in them, an honorable mention goes to apartment #8F at the Beresford, which also went up for foreclosure auction this year.
The Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Memorial Cup
Awarded to the commercial real estate deal that made us briefly care about commercial real estate.
Hudson Yards picked up a tentative commitment for a $400 million loan?a pittance considered against the project's ultimate costs, but enough to get construction started.
Thawed Developments of the Year
3) Upper East Side condo The Charles is under construction at last, and the building will, according to the owner, be done in about a year and a half. The last design we saw, by architect Ismael Leyva, was c. 2008, so maybe 2013 will include the reveal of some rendering changes here.
2) Ground broke in mid-November at 50 United Nations Plaza, the UN-neighboring lot that's been vacant since 2007. A 44-story condo designed by architect Norman Foster is now underway.
1) No other building but 56 Leonard can take first place on this list. Welcome back, old friend.
Most Anticipated Building of 2013
This building won't actually be done in 2013, but the construction process of B2, the first residential tower at Atlantic Yards and a pre-fabricated building, will be fascinating in itself. The SHoP-designed, 32-story building is the first of 15 that will be built at Atlantic Yards, and it will be constructed out of modules that measure roughly 14 feet wide, 35 feet long, and 10 feet tall. Here's an early peek at what the building's insides might look like.
Listings We'll Miss
3) Anderson Cooper sold his Midtown penthouse?thoroughly renovated "to evoke its industrial roots"?for $3.8 million this summer. Which means, for the first time in a while, we don't have an Anderson Cooper listing or renovation to obsess over.
2) The craziest apartment at 455 Central Park West, the cancer hospital turned nursing home turned residential apartments, finally sold for $8 million. It was initially listed for $17.5M.
1) Of course, first place goes to the A Building penthouse with slide owned and renovated by poker player Phil Galfond, who sold it this year for $3.3 million. The new owner, Daniel Gieschen, planned to renovate the place?alas, removing the slide.
Best New Building Name
Mantena, of course.
The Ripped From the Headlines Award
Seemed like the entire Law & Order cast was making real estate deals this year. Our favorite: SVU star Christopher Meloni, who decided to throw in a Porsche hybrid to the person who finally bought his Park Imperial apartment. (Current price: $9.5 million.)
Best $95 Million Listing
This was the year of the $95 million apartment listing?there were two, in fact, in just one week of August. So which $95M listing is best? We give this award, with some reluctance, to the $95M duplex at 50 Central Park South. The photos are underwhelming, but there's a 60-foot wide terrace overlooking the park, and a ballroom. The City Spire penthouse gets an honorable mention here, too, for daring to ask $100,000,000.
Hell's Prettiest Snowflakes
Awarded to the year's biggest shockers.
3) After years of rumors, plans for the Orchard Street Hell Building kicked into gear again with the reveal of completely uninteresting renderings. Hmm, maybe not so shocking.
2) We've already given 56 Leonard one award in this post, but it gets extra points in the shocker category for the oh-so-casual way it emerged, after years of silence, to announce that it would resume construction the following week.
1) We still can't believe it, but it seems like the Stuy Town rent fight has actually been resolved.
The 15 CPW Development of the Year Award
Awarded annually to one solidly-selling, much-talked-about new project, this year's award goes to the closest thing the New York City real estate community has had to 15 Central Park West since 15 Central Park West: 18 Gramercy Park. The building shares 15 CPW's developers, architects, and very high pricing. The dream team has already sold a penthouse for $42 million to Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, and the sale should enter the record books as the highest price ever paid for an apartment south of 59th Street.
· Curbed Awards 2012 [Curbed]