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 14th Annual Curbed Awards! Up now: the year’s 10 biggest real estate stories.
What did Curbed's readers love in 2017? If the biggest stories of the year are anything to go by, then events—especially around the time of the presidential inauguration and the summer’s solar eclipse—ruled. Readers also flocked to stories about 5 Pointz, celebrity real estate, and a 750-mile trail. Here now, the 10 most read stories of 2017.
Chalk this one up to a hate read: Readers generally were aghast at the renderings for the two rental towers that are rising from the ashes of graffiti mecca 5 Pointz, with one commenter saying “This should be an Onion article. What a total disgrace to New York City, to artists, to residents and to the spirit of humanity. Shame and disgust is all I can feel.”
5 Pointz was once again in the news in November, when a jury ruled that 5 Pointz developer Jerry Wolkoff violated the law when he whitewashed that buildings without warning, erasing graffiti from dozens of artists. (In this case, commenters were slightly less sympathetic to the artists who brought the suit to trial.)
Because watching the parade is fun and all, but it’s even better when you don’t have to brave the crowds to do so.
It’s not surprising that readers went gaga for Greta Garbo’s Sutton Place apartment: The famously reclusive star lived in the home for decades, and it was remarkably well-preserved when it hit the market in March. That helped it find a buyer, who ended up paying $8.5 million for the place, just one month later.
Many of the city's museums took the extraordinary step of waiving admission fees on Inauguration Day, arguing that instead of closing to the public, they should serve as a reminder that art in America is diverse, tolerant, and available to all. And it struck a chord with readers—this list of participating museums became one of our most popular pieces of the year.
Speaking of Inauguration Day, around 400,000 people attended the Women’s March on NYC, which was held the day after President Donald Trump took office. Presumably, some of those were checking out this piece, which provided details on the route for the massive event.
Because sometimes life comes at you fast.
Even though this summer’s solar eclipse wasn’t exactly strong in the five boroughs, that didn’t stop New Yorkers from taking in the spectacle—and through sight-preserving, approved eclipse glasses, no less.
In January, Governor Cuomo announced the Empire State Trail, a 750-mile path for anything but driving that will stretch from Manhattan to northern New York, across to Albany and Buffalo. And trail fans—many of whom shared this on Facebook and Twitter—went wild.
In August, New York got a partial eclipse, with the moon covering about 70 percent of the sun—so still pretty cool, if not as impressive as full totality. Naturally, people wanted to know where to view the natural spectacle; this piece, which listed a few of those places in New York City, ended up becoming our most popular article of the year. People really love eclipses, apparently.