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!
Celebrity of the Year
He probably didn't start the fire in his Upper West Side apartment with an uncleaned lint filter, but nonetheless, the June blaze at Robert De Niro's place has him out of a home for two to three years. This sent De Niro and wife Grace Hightower on an apartment hunt, giving De Niro's broker son a chance to do what he does best. Fun for the whole family!
Celebrity Real Estate Lifetime Achievement Award
This annual award goes to the celebrity whose real estate trials, tribulations, and successes most entertain us over the course of the year. The award for 2012 can only go to Sarah Jessica Parker (well, and husband Matthew Broderick), who finally found their dream home on East 10th Street only to put it back on the market and talk about moving to Brooklyn.
Broker of the Year
The secret to winning this award: being on reality TV. Sure, Fredrik Eklund recently held his own art show, reps a few high-profile buildings, and invited us to a masquerade tea, but really the important thing was his heartwarming attempt to connect with his father on Bravo.
The next best thing to being a professional baseball player? Being the go-to broker for the Yankees. Nice job, Adam Modlin.
The Golden Tainties
Awarded to the top apartments singed by scandal.
3) Celebrity-scamming money manager Kenneth Starr spent some of that celebrity money on a townhouse-style triplex (above) in Upper East Side condo Lux 74. The place sold at auction in February for $5.63 million.
2) The one repeat on this year's list is 153 Franklin Street, which, after much PriceChoppage following Dominique Strauss-Kahn's stay, finally found a buyer in October for $10.5 million.
1) The feds are still trying to sell fraudster Hassan Nemazee's much-PriceChopped duplex at 770 Park Avenue. Maybe 2013 will be its year.
Best New Brooklynite
Actor Patrick Stewart fulfilled his dreams of a "fair amount of outdoor space" with the purchase of a 3BR, 2.5BA in a converted carriage house in Park Slope, complete with a 1,200-square-foot rooftop terrace and another 200-square-foot balcony off the master suite. Welcome to the new Starship Enterprise.
785 Fifth Avenue resident Denise Rich, initially hoping to get $65 million for her apartment, instead made a deeply discounted deal of $54 million with neighbor David Geffen. Rich recently turned in her U.S. passport to lower her tax bill, so the co-op had to go.
The Michael Shvo Gross Overexposure Award
No one deserves this award more than, well, the person and building who already won it last year: One57 and developer Gary Barnett. A blockbuster year in One57 sales?the penthouse sold for more than $90 million in NYC's biggest deal ever?was slightly overshadowed by the collapse of the construction crane. Now lawsuits and gingerbread replicas are subplots in the ongoing One57 story.
The Not Afraid to Court Controversy Award
Developer Jamestown Properties jumped right into the fight to expand Chelsea Market, ultimately promising modifications to get the expansion approved. Now that the plan has passed, 150 units of affordable housing the neighborhood will be funded.
Developer of the Year
This developer's new Wythe Hotel project opened this year, but what's even more noteworthy is what Two Trees has coming up. The developer bought Williamsburg's Domino site and plans to do something (as yet unspecified) with it. And then there's that new 32-story tower landing in the BAM Cultural District. Be very, very excited.
· Curbed Awards 2012 coverage [Curbed]