Welcome to It Happened One Weekend, our weekly roundup of The New York Times real estate section...
1) History Lessons: wherein we explore our city's past, from Bronx to Battery.This weekend, Christopher Gray takes a look at the somewhat curious late-19th century trend of naming luxurious New York apartment buildings after exotic Western locales. Gray traces the pattern back to Edward Schuck, who built two buildings at 153-155 East 48th Street in 1880, calling them the Idaho and the Montana. However, Gray attributes the "well sounding names" to Clark. to Clark, who famously built the Dakota, which was completed in 1884. Still, Gray highlights the lack of imagination of most Gilded Age developers, pointing out that by the 1890s, there were four Montanas and three Nevadas in New York City, before the trend faded, replaced by more "European" names like the Belgravia and the Chesterfield. [When New York City's Buildings Lit Out for the Territories; photo via Oscar/Curbed Photo Pool]
2) Every "The Hunt" column begins with the Hunters describing the apartment they want, and ends with them rationalizing whatever they came away with. This is The Hunt: Dreams vs. Reality
The Hunters: a couple
Dream: ~$1 million
Reality: Jackson Heights
Reality: Two-family, spacious, fireplace, original details
This week's Hunters are a couple in their 30s looking to buy a two-family home. They started the search in Brooklyn, focusing on two-family houses under $1 million, in Windsor Terrace and Kensington. They also looked at a huge, relatively affordable property in Jackson Heights, but were averse to "Queens" (the entire borough, apparently) because it was "too residential." They eventually returned to Jackson Heights, after seeing a listing for a "Spanish Tower Home," with strange, castle-like features. The house was large, with lots of character and detail, and they bought the place for $990,000. [The Hunt/In Jackson Heights, a Tower Looms Large and Interesting]