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Take A Tour Of Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka's Five-Story Harlem Townhouse: VIDEO

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

Gay superstar Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka were interviewed by Architectural Digest for a story on their massive Harlem townhouse for the March issue. So if you've ever wondered what NPH's "retro magic" room looks like then this will be the issue to pick up. Or, if you'd prefer to keep things audio-visual, the magazine also created a video of the interview with photos of the estate throughout.

You can watch the video, complete with ultra-modern bathroom, a Keith Haring-accented children's bedroom, and some questionable taxidermy AFTER THE JUMP...

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Check Out The $81 Million View from the New Tallest Residential Tower in NYC: VIDEO


An imposing-but-thin building is dominating the midtown Manhattan skyline these days, and its name is not Empire State. No, this new behemoth is simply called 432 Park, and it is the tallest residential tower in New York City. Visible from all five boroughs, the building houses what will be some of the most expensive condos in the city, including a $95 million penthouse, and stellar views for miles.

The New York Times reports:

On Friday, the 104-unit condominium tower, between 56th and 57th Streets, reached its peak of 1,396 feet. At 96 stories, it is arguably the tallest building in the city. One World Trade Center has its spire, but the skyscraper itself is 28 feet shorter than 432 Park. As for the Empire State Building, this new 93-foot-by-93-foot concrete megalith bests it by nearly 150 feet. From the living room of 432 Park’s penthouses, it is possible to look down on the observation deck there, flash bulbs glittering like an oversize chandelier.

But even more than the views from the apartments, it may be the views of them that give 432 Park its allure. From Central Park, Park Avenue or Park Slope, there it is. On the George Washington Bridge or Long Island Expressway, there it is. In the bleachers at MetLife Stadium or Citi Field, there it is. Everyone from cinematographers and muralists to tourists and snow globe makers must now contend with the tower.

Not everyone loves the new look of midtown, though. The tower is an admirable piece of engineering but also a symbol of New York elitism.

“God, does it stand out,” said Marlene Rosenthal, who regularly glimpses it while riding Metro-North. “It’s a status symbol, and that’s the name of the game in this city...”

“For people who watch the skyline and love it, I think there’s a real struggle,” said Vin Cipolla, president of the Municipal Art Society. “There’s a handsomeness about the building you can’t deny, but it’s so out of context and so imposing, it’s hard to know what to make of it.”

His group has urged City Hall to monitor these supertowers more closely. A dozen others are already in the works throughout Manhattan.

Looking on and discussing it may be the only interaction you'll have with the luxe millionaire pad at 432 Park, but it'll no doubt make an impression. What do you think of the new tower? Sound off in the comments below!

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World's Tallest Residential Tower Planned in NYC


The Nordstrom Tower at 225 w. 57th street will rise to 1,775 feet, jut one foot short of the new 1 WTC, according to plans revealed by New York Yimby:

In terms of contemporary comparisons, the design looks to draw from Smith + Gill’s Trump International Tower in Chicago, which is also replete with setbacks and ends in a distinctive but far shorter spire; indeed, it almost looks like a merger between Trump and Willis, though the notched indentations at Nordstrom will be far less intrusive than the setbacks on the former Sears Tower.

Extell’s latest development will have a collection of superlative titles, but its (hopefully) imminent rise underscores the velocity of New York’s general ‘supertall’ boom, which is now the most impressive on the planet. In Midtown alone, other supertalls on the near-horizon include 111 West 57th Street, 432 Park Avenue, 53 West 53rd Street, 3 Hudson Boulevard, 30 Hudson Yards, and 35 Hudson Yards, all of which are already under construction or on their way.

Austrian Artist Reinvents The Door: VIDEO

Torggler Evolution Door

And it looks pretty cool. Klemens Torggler apparently decided that doors were a bit boring and decided to make some changes to basic door design. The result is the torggler door, of which Torggler has created a few variations on the theme of "two large squares that roll out of the way."

The first is the Evolution Door - or "flip panel door" or "Dryehplattentür" - which folds outward, origami-like, as it rotates before flattening out once again. The second presently unnamed version uses careful placement of steel rods to rotate the door open and closed.

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Jon Stewart Celebrates the New NYC-Chicago Skyscraper Rivalry: VIDEO


This week NYC's One World Trade Center was declared the tallest building in the United States, a title that Chicago isn't giving up so easily.


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Dartmouth College Approves Plan For $3.6 Million LGBTQIA 'Triangle' House


Dartmouth College, an Ivy League institution in Hanover, NH, has approved plans for a multi-million dollar housing complex created specifically for the school's LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendre, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Allied) community. The project, referred to as the "triangle" house, will house twenty-seven students and host a variety of college-wide events and activities. Just two years ago, Towleroad reported on a less-than-exciting gay development at the school: homophobic graffiti. Perhaps the "triangle" house will encourage and support more conversation and understanding around campus. 

Campus Reform reports:

The ‘triangle’ house is named after the triangle symbol gay men in Nazi concentration camps were forced to wear during World War II, LGBTQIA adviser Reese Kelley told Dartmouth Now, a school publication.

According to Reese, the three points of the triangle also symbolize “community, knowledge, and action.”


The triangle house will function as a living space and will also host programs on “sex, gender, identity and expression, sexuality, and interpersonal relationships.”

JohnsonThe Dartmouth board of trustees made the official decision, but others are just as excited about what the new housing project could offer the school.

Dartmouth College Dean Charlotte Johnson, told Dartmouth Now she is in full support of the measure.

“By engaging our students outside of the classroom, Living Learning communities such as affinity houses further enhance the core mission of the institution by tying what we learn in the classroom to who we are, what we do, and how we live,”” she said.

The triangle home will be part of Dartmouth’s affinity housing option, which provides students communal living spaces with peers who share a common language, culture, or religion.  Other affinity housing options include a sustainable living center and a gender neutral program.

What do you think of the new "triangle" house? Do you wish you had had a similar housing option in college? And what about the name; is appropriating the pink triangle a meaningful or divisive idea? Share your thoughts below.

Photo via Dartmouth College Offices of Planning and Design and Project Management.


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