The state of Qatar has agreed to purchase a townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for approximately $100 million.
Qatar has signed a contract to buy the townhouse at 19 E. 64th St., a 20,500-square-foot property owned by the Wildenstein family, and plans to use the space as its New York consulate.
“This is the perfect choice for our consulate, given its location, size, layout and infrastructure,” Ahmed Yousef Al-Rumaihi, the consul general, said.
The sellers were the Wildenstein family of international art dealers, which used the buildings as its headquarters and art gallery.
The deal, if it closes in April as is reportedly expected, would be the most expensive residential transaction that New York has ever seen.
That designation is currently held by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who paid Citigroup Inc. $88 million in 2011 for a 6,744-square-foot penthouse for his daughter at 15 Central Park West in Manhattan.
A full-floor penthouse at the top of Walker Tower, a newly converted luxury condominium in Chelsea, sold for more than $50 million, setting a new record for the most expensive home ever sold in Downtown Manhattan.
The 5,955-square-foot, five-bedroom apartment takes up the entire 24th floor of Walker Tower, an Art Deco office building converted to condos.
The luxury apartment has a private south-facing terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows on all four sides, allowing views of the Statue of Liberty, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. The unit also has nearly 13-foot-high coffered ceilings and three wood-burning fireplaces.
Walker Tower was originally designed by architect Ralph Walker and converted into 47 luxury apartments by JDS Development Group.
A tropical bus shelter has been installed in New York City in an attempt to entice chilly commuters to sunny Florida.
Featuring seats designed to look like sun loungers, the heated bus shelter is located outside the city’s landmark Grand Central Station and is part of a Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) “The beach looks good on you” initiative to promote tourism in Southern Florida.
On January 28 the campaign will spread to Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall, transforming the space into a tropical oasis complete with palm trees, live music, beach cabanas and huge ‘beach cams’ streaming live images of the Sunshine State’s stretches of sandy coastline.
On January 29 the oasis will move to John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 5, where it will stay until the following Monday.
The campaign also includes a “Beach-on-Wheels” truck, cruising the streets of New York, filled with the sand of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s beaches and free beach-themed pedi-cab rickshaw rides around the city on January 28.
After the NYC event, the promotional tour will travel to Chicago on February 19, to Washington D.C. on March 18, and to São Paulo, Brazil, on April 29.
In lieu of a complimentary fruit basket or bottle of bubbly, a luxury hotel in New York City is giving away diamond rings with your reservation. The catch? A one-night’s stay costs $25,000.
Guests of The New York Palace’s Jewel Suite, designed by jeweler to the stars Martin Katz, stay in a 5,000-square foot, three-level apartment bedecked in gemstones and rich, plush fabrics on the building’s 53rd floor.
The suite, complete with its own private roof-top deck and garden with an elevated spa, offers an unparalleled view of the NYC skyline.
Guests of the Martin Katz Jewel Suite are treated to exclusive amenities including a complimentary, original Martin Katz Diamond Microband Ring, valued at $2,500, a rare private consultation with Katz himself, champagne, white roses, Michel Richard white chocolate diamond truffles, a Maybach house car service, and Maître d’étage service to fulfill guest’s every whim.
The New York hotel where Beyonce shot the video “Rocket” is set to profit from the exposure, after it helped play a role in an album that shattered records just a few days after its release.
Beyonce’s eponymously-named fifth album sold one million copies just six days after being released without promotion, breaking iTunes records.
In her black and white video “Rocket,” Queen Bey is captured alternately writhing on Italian bedsheets, gazing out of the floor-to-ceiling windows towards the Manhattan skyline, and hovering Exorcist-like over the bed in the Hudson Studio at The Standard High Line.
Shot in the 400-square foot (37-square meter) apartment, the seductive video shows the studio’s signature feature, a freestanding bathtub. Located in the heart of the trendy Meatpacking district, the 18-storey tower offers sweeping views of the Hudson River.
The world’s longest nonstop commercial flight ended without fanfare Monday after Singapore Airlines (SIA) flew its last nearly 19-hour service from New York.
Flight SQ 21 landed early Monday in Changi Airport, bringing an end to a nine-year run. A direct service to Los Angeles has also been cancelled as part of a fleet renewal.
Analysts said the rise in fuel prices since 2004, when the 15,335-kilometre (9,529-mile)service was launched to cater to business travellers, made it economically unsustainable.
The cancellation of the service was first announced a year ago. Five Airbus A340-500s used by SIA for the service to New York — through neighbouring Newark — are being swapped for Airbus A380 superjumbos, a larger but more fuel-efficient model that is not designed for such distances.
The 100-seat, all business-class service to New York was pricey but passengers flew in comfort and saved hours of travel time by not having to make stopovers. A Singapore travel agency said the last list price for the New York direct service was Sg$14,000 ($11,180).
Ultra long-range routes have proven to be uneconomical, making it unlikely there will be a return of flights over 17 hours, which can only be flown by the niche A340-500 or (Boeing) 777-200LR.
Three routes now share the distinction of being the longest in terms of duration — Dubai-Houston, Dubai-Los Angeles and Johannesburg-Atlanta — at 16 hours and 20 minutes.
In terms of distance, a Qantas flight from Sydney to Dallas will be the longest, but tailwinds enable it to be completed in 15 hours and 20 minutes.
World-famous British street artist Banksy flogged original canvases for just $60 in Central Park over the weekend as part of a month-long residency in New York.
While his work can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, his website announced that minimal interest and sluggish sales resulted in takings of just $420.
The stall was set up on day 13 of his pop-up exhibition in New York, announced each day on the website www.banksyny.com and posted to his instagram account.
The England-based graffiti maestro, who has never been formally identified, has promised to unveil a new piece of art on each day of the month somewhere in the city.
Banksy said the stall was a one-off that would not open again, likely to disappoint fans crushed at missing the chance to snap up an affordable original.
The white canvases with black spray-painted images were advertised for $60 each with another sign that said: “this is not a photo opportunity.”
A short video showed the vendor — wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap — yawning, then munching on his lunch to pass the time before the first sale at 3:30 pm.
A woman who bought two small canvases for her children, but only after negotiating a 50 percent discount. Half an hour later, a woman from New Zealand bought two. A man from Chicago then bought four to decorate his new house. By 6:00 pm, total takings for the day were $420.
Banksy’s stencilled designs, known for their irreverent humor and political activism, have propelled him from a graffiti rebel to reluctant star. He has spoken out against the exorbitant sums paid for his art and invites people to download photographs of his work for free from his website.
Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha is the face of Longchamp for the fourth season in a row. In the Fall 2013 campaign titled “Bigger than Life”, a super-sized Rocha is seen dancing across the streets of New York in Longchamp’s new it-bag, the Quardri tote.
French luxury house Hermès is opening a pop-up ‘Silk Bar’ in New York City to celebrate the release of its new Silk Knots app, which launched in September on iOS devices.
The concept store, which the brand has previously deployed in Taipei, London and Hong Kong, sees Hermès sell a series of scarves, ties and other accessories.
The Silk Bar is located within the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, Manhattan. The NYC location comes with a retro ‘Diner’ theme and big neon Hermès signs, including a ‘daily silk specials’ board.
Also available is the new Maxi Twilly line which launched last week (scarves available for $290), but the main aim of the pop-up is to drive customers to the label’s main stores.
Visitors to the pop-up are also encouraged to use the Silk Knots app, which teaches users about the history of the famous carré, provides fun tutorials explaining different knotting techniques, and lets you upload photos of yourself in your new Hermès looks.
Paris and New York have emerged as the most popular and sought-after travel destinations for 2013, according to the millions of reviews and opinions of globetrotters on the world’s largest crowdsourced travel site TripAdvisor.
Gorgeous design, abundant locker room amenities, open space and fresh air aren’t things you’d expect in a Bikram yoga studio, but a New York City-based studio hopes to change that.
An estimated 52 million visitors were recorded in 2012 by the New York City, which is about 2.1 per cent increase over 2011.
Marriott International continues to grow its JW Marriott hotel brand with the opening of JW Marriott Essex House New York, the brand’s first hotel in New York City.
Foster + Partners has won a competition to design a 200-metre skyscraper for Lehman Brothers Holdings and partner L&L Holding Company in New York.
After the Tiffany, Dior and Bottega Veneta suites, the St. Regis Hotel is unveiling The Bentley Suite this fall in its New York location.
The theme suite will include décor touches reminiscent of designs by British carmaker Bentley Motors such as black leather tile floors and a sleigh bed made out of Bentley’s signature burled wood.
India’s Sahara Group is set to purchase a controlling stake in New York’s Plaza Hotel for $570 million.
The 105-year-old luxury hotel overlooking Central Park in New York is currently owned by Israeli tycoon Yitzhak Tshuva and Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.
Tshuva will receive $400 million for its 60 percent stake while Talal will receive a smaller amount and retain a 25 percent stake.
Luxury Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet has recently joined hands with Roaring Thunder Media to capture Manhattan’s 34th Street Heliport.
The custom-tailored “domination program includes ﬁve backlit interior static duratrans, a state-of-the-art digital monitor, an exterior vinyl building wrap featuring the Royal Oak Offshore 44mm, and four Royal Oak wall clocks in-terminal.
The Guinness Book of World Records’ most expensive pet wedding ever took place July 12 in Manhattan at the Jumeirah Essex House Hotel.
New Yorkers gathered at dusk to witness “Manhattanhenge” — a rare alignment of the sun with the east-west street grid in which it appears to set between skyscrapers.
Dozens of people gathered shortly before 8:30 pm Wednesday (0030 GMT Thursday) at the corner of 14th and Sixth Avenue, taking pictures of the huge red sun at the foot of the urban canyon formed by the buildings.
Soho House, the boho-chic private members’ club and hotel chain, has announced the launch of five new properties by 2014.
The expansion of the group, which was founded as a club in 1995 and has grown to include restaurants, hotels and cinemas, will see new venues opening up in five destinations deemed ‘cool’ enough for the brand, long regarded as an arbiter of taste on London’s art and media scene.