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December 3, 2019

First phase of affordable community completed in Chicago

Lathrop debuts revitalized historic residences and 11 acres of green space

Situated on 34 acres along the Chicago River’s North Branch, Lathrop is a revitalized mixed-income rental community. ...Originally established in 1938 as a public housing community, Lathrop now includes market rate, affordable and subsidized public housing, along with plentiful green space and a reimagined riverfront.

The first phase of redevelopment presents 355 apartments, ranging from studios to four-bedrooms, housed within historic residential buildings. The apartments’ interiors have been fully renovated and most of the buildings’ charming brick exteriors have been preserved. An additional 59 apartments have been completed within a new-construction mid-rise building. When finished, Lathrop will house over 1,000 apartments—the majority of which will be below market rate.

Award-winning firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) has reimagined the 5-acre riverfront Lathrop Park. The public green space, including the 2-acre Great Lawn originally designed by Danish landscape icon Jens Jensen, has been restored for residents and neighbors while conserving the original grounds’ sense of peace and communal gathering. MVVA has made the adjacent river and native plants focal points in the landscape, with a quarter-mile of riverwalk lined by a promenade of birch trees and a new dog park encircled by a grove of gingko trees. Additional amenities encourage outdoor fun, like the boathouse and riverfront kayak launch or the Elizabeth Wood Park with a playground and climbing equipment for kids of all ages.

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December 3, 2019

Lushly landscaped urban oasis now leasing in San Francisco

Mason on Mariposa is a green respite in sunny Potrero Hill

San Francisco’s newest luxury rental, the 299-apartment Mason on Mariposa, offers over 65,000 square feet of upscale amenities—...including 25,000 square feet of landscaped outdoor spaces like Mariposa Mews, a private, creek-inspired greenway that connects Mariposa and the 18th Street corridor. Native vegetation like chain ferns and southern magnolia trees line the Mews and the buildings’ ample courtyards, which feature barbecue grills and outdoor dining areas. Additional open-air perks include a garden lounge with dedicated co-working space, as well as a rooftop deck with outdoor kitchens, fire pits and TVs with lounge seating set against a backdrop of expansive city and bay views.

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November 26, 2019

Interactive artwork and winter celebrations to illuminate South Florida

Rosemary Square is toasting the holidays with large-scale art installations and a festive event series

West Palm Beach’s Rosemary Square will soon transform into a winter spectacle brimming with cultural events and year-end festivities.... “Holiday Celebration on the Square” will kick off the holiday season on November 30th by debuting light installation The Wishing Tree, a 32-foot tall banyan tree designed by Symmetry Labs with 10,000 leaves made of 100,000 full-color LED lights. Each individual light can be programmed with a different color and brightness level—resulting in a glimmering, ever-changing light show. On that same evening, visitors will experience Rosemary Square’s first night of “real” snowfall, which will recur every night thereafter through New Year’s Eve.

Another forthcoming installation that plays with light is MEIYW (My East Is Your West), a pulsating LED statement by Mumbai-based artist Shilpa Gupta. Each neon letter in the sequence “WMYEIAOSUTR” gradually lights up to reveal the sentence “My East Is Your West.” Gupta’s work encourages viewers to reflect upon social, political and geographical boundaries and how they affect identity.

On December 6th, Danish artist Jeppe Hein will be present at the Square to unveil Water West Pavilion, his first permanent art exhibition in Florida. The celebration of Hein’s interactive, large-scale water installation will include dance performances commissioned by local not-for-profit Ballet Florida. Hein will be available to meet and greet the public as they play with his “social sculpture” and weave through the transient rooms made by vertical columns of water.

Additional holiday event highlights include live music and activities observing the first day of Hanukkah (with a candle lighting lesson and children’s storytelling), Christmas Day, Kwanzaa (with live West African dancing and drumming) and New Year’s Eve. For visitors who want to satisfy their Christmas fixes, pop-up bar Miracle on Rosemary opens November 25th with “naughty and nice” themed cocktails, an abundance of vintage holiday decorations and classic Christmas carols. Miracle on Rosemary will also host an ugly sweater party on December 2nd alongside other global Miracle locations in an attempt to break the world record for the largest ugly sweater party.

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November 19, 2019

New art installations brighten up Long Island City

The Point features lighting displays and murals by famed local artists

Commissioned by Related Fund Management and coordinated by urban design firm Totem, a series of bright and colorful design installations by local creatives and fabricators... are livening up high-traffic walkways in Long Island City. Bright geometric pieces include a neon lighting display, interactive digital projections and two massive murals situated near The Point LIC, a growing commercial and retail community encompassing two marquee buildings: The Blanchard and The Paragon.

Artist Todd Polenberg worked with FANTÁSTICA, Totem’s in-house design studio, to transform a 140-foot-long fence into a brilliantly glowing passageway. The blocks of horizontal LED lights, called Light Speed, not only beautify the underpass, but also improve visibility for people passing through on foot. Up above on the pedestrian bridge at 21st Street between 50th and 51st Avenues, Chris Jordan’s vivid geometric projections entitled Lumi Ciclo similarly brighten up the busy walkway, the high contrast stripes steadily changing over time without spilling onto the tracks below. The lighting displays also connect The Paragon to The Blanchard, making it easy for employees to travel between each building and get their caffeine fixes at the new Coffee Project NY (located at The Blanchard) and Starbucks (located at The Paragon). Street artist Mauricio Arenas aka DeGrupo also contributed art to the underpass in the form of a mural called DIVERSITY AND UNITY. Two additional artworks by DeGrupo consist of THE POINT LIC, a vibrant, welcoming mural situated next to The Paragon, and original painting WELCOLORS 23 displayed within The Paragon’s lobby.

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November 19, 2019

Comprehensive research, academic and business center to connect downtown Detroit

14-acre Detroit Center for Innovation is forming the next frontier of tech and business leadership

Detroit Center for Innovation (DCI)—a new multi-building research, education and business complex—is coming to downtown Detroit... with the mission to help stimulate the local economy, strengthen the region’s talent pipeline and engage the community. Related Founder and Chairman Stephen M. Ross contributed a major gift to help develop the site’s central 190,000-square-foot academic building, which will be operated by the University of Michigan. The research and education center is anticipated to serve up to 1,000 graduate and senior-level undergraduate students as they conduct research and take courses in high-tech disciplines like artificial intelligence, data science, entrepreneurship, sustainability, cybersecurity, financial technology, mobility and more. The Center’s first phase of development will also include a business incubator and startup services, collaboration and R&D space for established companies, housing, a hotel and a conference center.

DCI aims to bring the top minds from the private sector together with the public and academic sectors. University of Michigan’s faculty will consult with local businesses to design academic programs that will address the community’s most urgent needs, such as keeping the area’s workforce up to speed with evolving technological advancements, and programs will be reevaluated every few years to determine whether they are still in demand. This collaborative approach intends to encourage business growth in Detroit and inspire graduating students to establish their companies locally, where they would receive ongoing support from the Center.

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November 12, 2019

Penthouse condo in Manhattan designed by an icon

A nearly 7,000-square-foot triplex from the late legend Zaha Hadid overlooks Chelsea

With views to the south, east and north, the crown jewel of this penthouse residence at 520 West 28th Street... is the 2,218-square-foot private wraparound roof terrace with automatic sliding doors that features a bird’s eye views of the adjacent High Line. Tinted electrochromic glass in bathrooms maximizes sunlight and allows residents privacy with the touch of a button while a private elevator entrance enables them to come and go discreetly. Owners can also take advantage of a fully-robotic indoor parking garage that safely shepherds cars into individual storage pods, and they can store valuables and seasonal items inside Swiss bank-inspired automated vaults with private viewing rooms.

Situated in Chelsea, 520 West 28th fully embodies the neighborhood’s cultural and artistic vibe. The late Zaha Hadid’s approach to crafting a luxury condo has resulted in a graceful and functional steel façade—the chevron pattern seamlessly links all eleven levels and provides residents enhanced privacy while not compromising on views. Over 900 individual pieces of steel, glass and stone compose the exterior, woven together using an intricate design process. Each curved steel section was initially hand-prepared in Pennsylvania and then laser cut by computers to achieve ultimate precision, resulting in a sinewy appearance heavily inspired by the natural world. The novel design has contributed to Hadid’s legacy of working with—rather than against—a building’s surrounding landscape. The first woman to win the Pritzker Prize and the Royal Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects, Hadid will be remembered for creating iconic and organic spaces that dare us to dream bigger.

Click here to inquire about 520 West 28th.

November 12, 2019

Three-bedroom corner unit floats over New York City

Access to exclusive wellness amenities sets this luxury condo apart

This 3,100-square-foot 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom corner apartment is perched on the 65th floor of the tallest residential building at Hudson Yards.... Designed for wellness enthusiasts, the building offers private amenities including a fitness center with advanced equipment exclusively reserved for residents and their trainers, as well as complimentary two-year access to the building’s 60,000-square-foot Equinox fitness club (part of Equinox Hotel) that features a SoulCycle® studio and outdoor pool. For a more tailored workout, elite gym-within-a-gym service “E by Equinox” offers personal training sessions and more intimate fitness classes than what’s available to everyone else. Owners can also wind down at the Spa at Equinox, which offers premier treatments and amenities like cryotherapy—where a flash frozen session in minus 150 degrees reaps anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory benefits—private meditation pods and infrared saunas. Residents are in safe hands, since each service has been approved by a team of health experts specifically to help manage stress, promote rejuvenation and reduce signs of aging.

Designed to achieve stringent LEED Gold certification, 35 Hudson Yards has sustainability baked into its DNA. Within Hudson Yards, energy is constantly being conserved and reused, whether it’s rooftop stormwater being collected and filtered to water plants in the gardens or the microgrid and cogeneration plants. Each residence also comes ready with smart lighting fixtures and programmable climate controls with multiple zones, intended to reduce energy usage while maximizing comfort. Purified water, ducted fresh air with multiple filtration points, enhanced soundproofing and green cleaning all contribute to optimal resident health and well-being.

Click here to inquire about 35 Hudson Yards.

November 5, 2019

First-ever residential “makerspace” opens in New York

Sandbox Powered by Related, an innovation lab for tinkerers and artists of all ages, welcomes residents of 520 West 28th Street

Sandbox Powered by Related is an innovation space for imagination:... residents and their guests can design new creations with the state-of-the-art Glowforge laser cutter or Ultimaker 3D printer, or fly high above distant foreign cities in the VR room featuring equipment by VIVE and Oculus. With a mission to engage and inspire thinkers of all ages, Sandbox presents a one-of-its-kind amenity space for residents of the Zaha Hadid’s 520 West 28th condominium.

Beyond its role as a makerspace, Sandbox strives to create a sense of community and belonging, no matter your experience level or knowledge of tech. Hands-on programming spans topics like robotics, game design and app development. Each event provides opportunities to meet and team up with other creators, held in collaboration with industry leaders like Morphi and the Brooklyn Robot Foundry. If you have any questions or you need extra help solving a problem, you’ll also have access to vetted STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art and math—professionals available for on-site mentoring and training.

One area to explore is the littleBits station where young (and young-at-heart) creators can connect small pieces of modular circuitry to form interactive objects, such as a battery-powered LED light that turns on and off with a tiny lever. Designed by an MIT alumna, littleBits imparts engineering fundamentals through physical trial-and-error, which teaches valuable new skills and engages non-traditional learners.

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November 5, 2019

Hover 1,131 feet above New York City at Hudson Yards

Tickets on sale now for the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere

Opening March 11th, 2020, Edge is a 7,500-square-foot outdoor sky deck offering a panoramic playground for urban explorers.... From 8am to midnight 365 days per year, visitors will be able to venture out 80 feet extending from the building’s 100th floor and take in 360-degree views of New York City from Central Park down to the Statue of Liberty to New Jersey and beyond. Edge’s lofty design integrates frameless, angled glass walls to encourage visitors to lean forward for a gravity-defying view of the city. A transparent glass floor lets you peer directly down onto Manhattan’s streets—an incredible selfie opportunity from a staggering 1,131 feet. One floor up, visitors can sip champagne on the even higher skyline steps and enjoy the outdoor seating area with light fare by Peak, the restaurant, bar, café and event space from acclaimed London-based rhubarb hospitality group.

Click here to buy tickets for Edge.