Best week since 2019 for Manhattan luxury market

first_img Email Address* The No. 2 contract by asking price was unit 62B at Extell Development’s 157 West 57th Street.The 4,193 square-foot unit was last asking $19.9 million — down from $25.2 million. It has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and views of Central Park.It was one of a growing number of sponsor units to trade recently, as developers bring prices down to meet the market.According to Olshan’s report, of the 57 contracts signed in the past two weeks, about half have been sponsor units.Contact Sylvia Varnham O’Regan Tags condo marketdonna olshanNYC Luxury Market Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink A two floor unit in The Benson on Madison Ave was the priciest home to go into contract last week. (The Benson) Buyers are returning to New York’s luxury market in force, with last week netting the largest number of contracts for properties asking $4 million or more since November 2019.There were 30 such contracts signed in total, according to the latest market report from Olshan Realty. Of those, 21 were condo units, four were co-ops and five were townhouses.The surge builds on an upward trend that emerged in the luxury market late last year, offering hope to developers whose sales plunged when the pandemic hit.“It’s a very optimistic report because really what it’s showing is the consumer is out there and aggressively looking at New York as a place to buy and live,” said Donna Olshan, who tracks luxury sales.The priciest home to go into contract last week was the 10th and 11th floors at Naftali Group’s Benson condo at 1045 Madison Avenue, a 15-unit building that’s seen a string of big-ticket contracts of late.The unit measures 8,386 square feet and the buyer will pay the sponsor for the additional construction needed to create the duplex, the report said.Bo Poulsen of Brown Harris Stevens, who represented the buyer, said his clients never visited the building and instead did the deal virtually.“We looked on and off for years,” he told Olshan. “The apartment checked off the right boxes.”Read moreFinancier lists Brooklyn Heights townhouse for $18M432 Park tenants plagued by creaks, leaks and design flawsDaughter of casino magnate Neil Bluhm buys $20M condo Full Name*last_img read more

Gowanus rezoning gets green light

first_img Message* Full Name* Share via Shortlink Bill de Blasiobreakingcity planningGowanusMarisa LagoPolitics Email Address*center_img City Planning Commission Chair Marisa Lago (Getty, Dept. of City Planning)UPDATED, April 19, 2021, 4:30 p.m.: The Gowanus rezoning is a go.Judge Katherine Levine on Monday agreed to lift a temporary restraining order, allowing the proposal to enter the city’s seven-month approval process.The City Planning Commission certified the neighborhood rezoning application Monday afternoon, officially kicking off the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. City Planning Chair Marisa Lago called the move a “giant step closer” to building a more “inclusive” and “green future” for the neighborhood.“The Gowanus plan is an antidote to the status quo, a status quo that has long put wealthy, amenity-rich neighborhoods under glass and out-of-reach for too many New Yorkers,” she said.ADVERTISEMENTThe move comes three months after the state judge halted the rezoning in response to a lawsuit by community groups. Their complaint accused City Planning of not properly notifying the public of its intention to start the rezoning process and claimed that Ulurp hearings must be in-person under city law.As a condition of the rezoning moving forward, Brooklyn Community Boards 6 and 2 have agreed to a joint hearing, with one outdoor location held simultaneously with virtual proceedings, according to an attorney on the case.“The effort to prevent public participation in the guise of increasing public participation has failed,” declared Ken Fisher, who represents a community that intervened in support of the rezoning moving forward.“The judge properly concluded that she could not block a virtual hearing and that she couldn’t hold the process up any longer,” the attorney said. “She will order the city to have an in-person location in addition for people who don’t have Internet service, but they are well on their way to figuring out the logistics.”The Department of City Planning had announced Friday that Levine might lift the restraining order as soon as Monday. That angered Voice of Gowanus, one of the groups fighting the rezoning, which said the administration “shamefully opted to divulge details of confidential settlement discussions.”In a statement on Monday, an attorney for the group noted that the judge’s order is “provisional and is contingent upon the city meeting certain requirements.”“The court proceeding continues, and Voice of Gowanus will not waver in its fight on behalf of the community to ensure there is increased public participation, access and transparency at any Ulurp public hearings on the controversial Gowanus rezoning plan,” said Jason Zakai, an attorney for the group.To be sure, Voice of Gowanus is also trying to stop the rezoning itself, which it calls “enormous, socially irresponsible, extremely expensive, unjust and developer-led.”The 80-block rezoning would allow for the construction of 8,000 new apartments, of which 3,000 would be set aside as affordable. The administration has not yet committed funding for upgrades to public housing complexes in the neighborhood, which local City Council members have indicated are necessary for them to approve the new zoning.Because the review process takes seven months, any further delay could push its conclusion beyond the end of the de Blasio administration and the tenure of the two City Council members, Brad Lander and Steve Levin, who collectively control its fate.The lifting of the restraining order means the rezoning review can proceed while the lawsuit plays out. Whatever the trial-court judge decides is likely to be appealed, but supporters of the rezoning saw the delay as the main threat to it.Contact Kathryn Brenzel Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tagslast_img read more

Assessing the contamination of SuperDARN global convection maps by non-F-region backscatter

first_imgGlobal convection mapping using line-of-sight Doppler velocity data from the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) is now an accepted method of imaging high-latitude ionospheric convection. This mapping process requires that the flow measured by the radars is defined solely by the convection electric field. This is generally only true of radar backscatter from the ionospheric F-region. We investigate the extent to which the E-region and ground backscatter in the SuperDARN data set may be misidentified as F-region backscatter, and assess the contamination of global convection maps which results from the addition of this non-F-region backscatter. We present examples which highlight the importance of identifying this contamination, especially with regard to the mesoscale structure in the convection maps.last_img read more

Consistency of the current global ocean observing systems from an Argo perspective

first_imgVariations in the world’s ocean heat storage and its associated volume changes are a key factor to gauge global warming and to assess the Earth’s energy budget. It is also directly link to sea level change, which has a direct impact on coastal populations. Understanding and monitoring heat and sea level change is therefore one of the major legacies of current global ocean observing systems. In this study, we present an inter-comparison of the three of these global ocean observing systems: the ocean temperature/salinity network Argo, the gravimeter GRACE and the satellite altimeters. Their consistency is investigated at global and regional scale during the period 2005–2010 of overlapping time window of re-qualified data. These three datasets allow closing the recent global ocean sea level budget within uncertainties. However, sampling inconsistencies need to be corrected for an accurate budget at global scale. The Argo network allows estimating global ocean heat content and global sea level and reveals a positive change of 0.5 ± 0.1W m−2 and 0.5 ± 0.1 mm yr−1 over the last 8 yr (2005–2012). Regional inter-comparison of the global observing systems highlights the importance of specific ocean basins for the global estimates. Specifically, the Indonesian Archipelago appears as a key region for the global ocean variability. Both the large regional variability and the uncertainties in the current observing systems, prevent us to shed light, from the global sea level perspective, on the climatically important deep ocean changes. This emphasises, once more, the importance of continuing sustained effort in measuring the deep ocean from ship platforms and by setting up a much needed automated deep-Argo network.last_img read more

Improvements to stratospheric chemistry scheme in the UM-UKCA (v10.7) model: solar cycle and heterogeneous reactions

first_imgImprovements are made to two areas of the United Kingdom Chemistry and Aerosol (UKCA) module, which forms part of the Met Office Unified Model (UM) used for weather and climate applications. Firstly, a solar cycle is added to the photolysis scheme. The effect on total column ozone of this addition was found to be around 1–2% in mid-latitude and equatorial regions in phase with the solar cycle. Secondly, reactions occurring on the surfaces of polar stratospheric clouds and sulfate aerosol are updated and extended by modification of the uptake coefficients of five existing reactions and the addition of a further eight reactions involving bromine species. These modifications are shown to reduce the overabundance of modeled total-column ozone in the Arctic during October to February, southern mid-latitudes during August, and the Antarctic during September. Antarctic springtime ozone depletion is shown to be enhanced by 25 DU on average, which now causes the ozone hole to be somewhat too deep compared to observations. We show that this is in part due to a cold bias of the Antarctic polar vortex in the model.last_img read more

Distribution and Habitat Preferences of the Newly Rediscovered Telmatogeton magellanicus (Jacobs, 1900) (Diptera: Chironomidae) on Navarino Island, Chile

first_imgThe habitat of the intertidal flightless midge Telmatogeton magellanicus (Jacobs, 1900) is described for the first time from the northern coast of Navarino Island, Tierra del Fuego, Chile. Additionally, we report the first observations of adult behaviour in the wild. We delineate the species’ distribution across three tidal zones (high, mid and low), and identify substrate characteristics that favour the presence of the midge. The mid-tide zone was the key habitat utilized by T. magellanicus, with lower densities in the low-tide zone and no presence in the high-tide zone. There was a strong association between the presence of larvae and filamentous algae, especially Bostrychia spp. and, to a lesser extent, Ulva spp., as well as between larvae and the presence of larger, more stable boulders. As a result, the species’ overall distribution was widespread but patchy. We suggest that the main limiting factor is the relative humidity experienced in different habitats. One of the most striking features of the behavioural observations during data collection was the extremely active adults, which suggests high energy expenditure over a very short period of time. This may be due to the limited time available to find mates in a single low-tide period, when adults have about three hours after emerging from the pupa to complete mating and oviposition before inundation by the tide. The data presented here provide a baseline for future studies on this species’ ecology, phenology, physiology and general biology.last_img read more

NCAA Tournament Final Four is set

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDigitalVision/Thinkstock(OMAHA, Neb.) — The field for the NCAA basketball tournament’s Final Four is set after Kansas defeated Duke, 85-81, in overtime Sunday.Joining Kansas in San Antonio for the semifinals are fellow No. 1 seed Villanova, as well as powerhouse Michigan, and the Cinderella story Ramblers of Loyola-Chicago.Loyola-Chicago has been the talk of the tournament so far, as they beat Kansas State, 78-62, on Saturday, becoming just the fourth No. 11 seed, and first since VCU in 2011, to reach the Final Four. The other two were George Mason in 2006 and Louisiana State in 1986.This is Loyola-Chicago’s second Final Four appearance. The first time was in 1963, when they went on to win the only championship in school history.The Ramblers will face No. 3 seed Michigan, who secured their eighth Final Four appearance by knocking off Florida State, 58-54.On the otherside of the bracket, a match-up of No. 1 seeds pits Kansas against Villanova, who are making their 15th and sixth Final Four appearances, respectively. The Final Four begins on Sunday, March 31 in San Antonio, as Loyola-Chicago takes on Michigan at 6:09 p.m. ET, followed by the Villanova-Kansas match-up at 8:49 p.m. ET.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img March 25, 2018 /Sports News – National NCAA Tournament Final Four is setlast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 1/24/19

first_imgJanuary 25, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 1/24/19 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONGolden State 126, Washington 118Oklahoma City 122, New Orleans 116Portland 120, Phoenix 106Minnesota 120, L.A. Lakers 105TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL(4) Gonzaga 98, Santa Clara 39(6) Michigan St. 82, (19) Iowa 67(23) Louisville 84, (21) NC State 77Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 3/1/19

first_imgMarch 2, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 3/1/19 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:   INTERLEAGUE Final  Atlanta      4  Toronto       3 Final  N-Y Mets     7  Detroit       1 Final  Pittsburgh   1  Toronto       1 Final  Oakland      6  Colorado      3 Final  Seattle      7  Milwaukee     3 Final  St. Louis    4  Houston       4 Final  Cleveland    8  L-A Dodgers   4   ——   AMERICAN LEAGUE Final  Tampa Bay      10  Baltimore     5 Final  Minnesota       4  Boston        3 Final  Chi White Sox   8  Texas         5 Final  L-A Angels     10  Kansas City   7 Final  Baltimore       2  N-Y Yankees   2   ——   NATIONAL LEAGUE Final  Philadelphia    7  Pittsburgh    3 Final  Washington      5  Miami         4 Final  Chi Cubs       10  Arizona       2 Final  San Diego       5  L-A Dodgers   4 Final  San Francisco   5  Cincinnati    3   ——   NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final 4OT  Chicago      168  Atlanta     161 Final  Charlotte    123  Brooklyn    112 Final  Boston       107  Washington   96 Final  Toronto      119  Portland    117 Final  New Orleans  130  Phoenix     116 In 3rd  L.A. Clippers   87  Sacramento   82 In 3rd  L.A. Lakers     74  Milwaukee    67   ——   NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final OT  Buffalo        4  Pittsburgh      3 Final  Washington     3  N-Y Islanders   1 Final  Philadelphia   6  New Jersey      3 Final  Montreal       4  N-Y Rangers     2 Final  Carolina       5  St. Louis       2 Final  Winnipeg       5  Nashville       3 In 2nd  Vegas      2  Anaheim    0 In 2nd  San Jose   2  Colorado   1   ——  TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLFinal  (21) Buffalo   77  Miami (Ohio)   69Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Zion Williamson to sit out final preseason game with sore right knee

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW ORLEANS) — First overall draft pick Zion Williamson will sit out the New Orleans Pelicans’ final preseason game with a sore right knee, the team announced Thursday.New Orleans is in New York City to take on the Knicks on Friday. Williamson did not travel with the team, and will undergo further testing. There was no immediate timetable for his return.In four preseason games, Williamson has averaged 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in 27.3 minutes.The 19-year-old missed most of the Las Vegas Summer League after suffering a bruise of his other knee. He had not missed any time during training camp.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by October 17, 2019 /Sports News – National Zion Williamson to sit out final preseason game with sore right kneecenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more