In the News

Covered in White Brick, and Showing Their Age
Published in The New York Times on October 3, 2011
By: Diane Cardwell
Over the decades, white brick buildings — those wedding-cake-shape stalwarts of postwar living — have fallen out of favor and in again among residents, architects and preservationists. Now some of them are falling apart.

Battle of the Butts
Published in the New York Post on July 14, 2011
By: Kristen Fleming
For many New Yorkers, owning a 1,000-square-foot one-bedroom condo in a posh Upper East Side doorman building is a dream come true.
A Restoration Revealed Piece by Piece
Published in The New York Times on July 8, 2011
By: Alison Gregor
Chelsea residents could be pardoned if they’ve forgotten what the Anglo-Italianate facade of the statuesque London Terrace Gardens apartment complex looks like: It’s been shrouded in scaffolding for years while undergoing a painstaking restoration.

Star of Real Estate Boom is Confronting Hard Times
Published in The New York Times on December 1, 2009
By: Christine Haughney
Through the real estate boom, few new developers filled the city with luxury condominiums as fast as Shaya Boymelgreen. He turned Wall Street corner offices into minimalist bachelor lairs, built TriBeCa apartments snapped up by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and crowded the edges of Park Slope, Brooklyn, with condos.

Your New Condo Leaks? Join the Club
Published in The New York Times on October 25, 2009
By: Vivian S. Toy
Roofs and windows that leak whenever it rains. Heating and air-conditioning units that can’t quite heat or cool the entire building. Balconies with flaking concrete and wobbly railings. These kinds of complaints have become more and more common in recent months, according to lawyers and engineers who represent owners of sleek new condominium units across the city.

Traditional Trappings for a Modern Mission
Published in The New York Times on January 20, 2008
By: Christopher Gray
Riverside Church, completed in 1930 at 122nd Street and Riverside Drive, embodied modern religious thought but was clad in 13th-century French Gothic. Its massive tower is now ringed by construction scaffolding, as restoration crews go piece by piece, inspecting and repairing the limestone.

When a Sixth Avenue Flagship Struck its Colors
Published in The New York Times on October 21, 2007
By: Christopher Gray
It is now hidden under renovation tarps, but in 1877, when the chunky cast-iron B. Altman department store opened on Sixth Avenue at 19th Street, it played a major part in attracting retailers like Siegel-Cooper to this stretch of the avenue in the 1890s.