Keith Haring Mural Cut Out of New York Stairwell Heads to Auction

For a time, a crucifix hung on the wall of the Grace House lobby. Then, in the early 1980s, something else took its place: the stark black outline of a crawling infant, in thick strokes of paint beaming outward. In the decades at Grace House, a Catholic youth center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the image was a tag: Keith …

To Her, He Was More Than a Doorman

In her 2015 Modern Love essay “When the Doorman Is Your Main Man,” the writer Julie Margaret Hogben tells of a time in her life when she was dating in New York City and living in a building where the doorman, Guzim, felt obliged to protect her from men he deemed unsuitable. When an unexpected pregnancy sent her into crisis …

Six Must-Haves Needed to Seduce Buyers

Developers have long worked with starchitects on their luxury buildings, but some years ago they also began hiring top-flight designers to give the interiors the same panache as the exteriors. Having the likes of Paris Forino, Ryan Korban or Lee Mindel associated with a building became yet another way to brand it as special — and worthy of prices that …

The Return of Golden Age Design

“Obviously, it’s not an Art Deco building in the sense that the Chrysler Building is, but it’s these little touches that make the building interesting,” said Art Hooper, the president of Ceruzzi Properties, who credited the company’s founder, Louis Ceruzzi Jr., with setting the design direction before his death in 2017. “He would never build just a plain glass cube,” …

$750,000 Homes in Louisiana, the District of Columbia and New York

New Orleans | $749,000 An 1836 house with two bedrooms and two bathrooms on 0.07 acres This two-story house with plantation shutters and a wrought-iron balcony is in the Marigny neighborhood, three blocks east of the music clubs on Frenchmen Street. Walk another block west, and you’re in the French Quarter. Built as a single-family home for Jean Baptiste Lamothe, …

Empty Garages: The Answer to California’s Housing Shortage?

“Steps from USC campus, a modern, newly built detached studio apartment. Full kitchen w/ brand-new gas stove, dishwasher. Washer/dryer, full bath, a/c, bedroom nook, ready-to-go entertainment hookups. Scandinavian design appeal. Walking distance to L.A. Metro. $1,400/month.” A dream Los Angeles rental listing? At 20 percent below market, in a neighborhood where the alternative is a 70-year-old building with a coin-operated …

High-Rises Are on the Horizon for Bangkok’s Chinatown

BANGKOK — On the northern edge of Bangkok’s Chinatown is a fenced-in, six-acre lot filled with vacant two-story shops where the only sound is the yowling of abandoned cats. Once a thriving market that specialized in auto parts and musical instruments, the lot has been bought by a developer in preparation for something bigger and flashier — a vision of …

Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions

$18 MILLION 800 Avenue H (between East Eighth and East Ninth Avenues) Brooklyn This six-story, 76,438-square-foot building in the Midwood neighborhood was built in 1938. It has 67 residential units, including studios and one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Buyer: Albert Srour Seller: 800 Avenue H Brokers: Shaun Riney, Peter Von Der Ahe, Joe Koicim, Daniel Greenblatt, Mark Zarrella and Zalman Yarmush …

A Rent-Stabilized Apartment on Central Park? Of Course He’s Staying

In 2014, Ian Jarvis — along with many of his neighbors at 360 Central Park West — received some unwelcome news. He got a letter from the landlord, Argo Real Estate, informing him that Argo would not be renewing his lease. The building, an elegant prewar rental on the park, was going condo, and he would have to leave. Mr. …