At 10:30am EST on Thursday, May 2nd, One World Trade Center will become the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
Construction crews are set raise the final part of the spire on the 104-floor skyscraper, capping the building at 1,776 feet — referring to the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. The topping out of the building was originally scheduled for Monday, but was postponed due to wind. Read more
Looking up from your phone to cross the street is such a drag.
To remedy this texting-while-pedestrian-failing problem, prank collective Improv Everywhere worked with Buzzfeed to bring a fake “seeing-eye person” program to the streets of New York. Read more
Ninety-five per cent of people looking at home listings online view the first photo — usually an exterior shot — for 20 seconds. After that, it’s cursory glances at the other material, according to research from the Institute for Behavioral and Experimental Real Estate at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
“Without an eye-catching photo, the battle is lost before it begins,” Professional Michael Seiler told the Wall Street Journal. “You have to grab people’s attention within two seconds. Do it the way a billboard does.” Read more
Is Lena Dunham going full Williamsburg?
The creator of HBO’s Girls toured a $4.5 million penthouse at The Gretsch Building at 60 Broadway this past Sunday, the New York Daily News reported.
The full-floor, three-bedroom penthouse measures 3,198 square feet and has a 1,900-square-foot wrap-around terrace with views of Manhattan to the west and the Williamsburg Bridge to the north. Read more
No matter how gifted an urban photographer you might be, it’s hard to compete with Chris Hadfield. The Canadian astronaut, current commander of the International Space Station and prolific tweeter, has an out-of-this-world perspective on the big metros of the planet – literally!
His photos from the heavens will give you goosebumps. In space since December 19th, Cmdr_Hadfield has shared countless anecdotes about zero-gravity life and loads of pictures of the blue planet throughout his mission. Read more
Up close and impersonal: German-born photographer Michael Wolf snaps mind-squeezing views of Hong Kong high rises in his “Architecture of Density” series. Read more
It’s no secret that we’re huge urban-development geeks at BuzzBuzzHome, but we’re other kinds of geeky, as well. This post celebrates the top 7 architectural marvels from fantasy films. So check your moral alignment, hire a lutist and sprinkle some faerie dust on your wizard cap, because things are about to get… fantastical. Read more
On the path to homeownership, Generation Y faces three main roadblocks – and they’re not necessarily the same issues their parents experienced when buying their first home.
TD Canada Trust published new research that highlights the differences in the challenges Millennials say they face as first time buyers compared to the challenges Boomers recalled from when they first entered the market.
The findings point to big shifts in Canadian real estate in the last 30 years. Read more
Sure, everyone poops. But no one wants to hear it.
The “Akatu Fake Shower” app plays innocuous water-splashing sounds to mask the less-pleasant calls of nature, so you don’t have to broadcast the outcome of your twelve-taco lunch to everyone in a half-mile radius of the bathroom stall. Read more
Exactly what it says on the extraterrestrial tin: Canadian astronaut-blogger Chris Hadfield took this incredible shot of New York City, as seen from the International Space Station. Read more