Around 3:40 this afternoon, an all-hands fire broke out atop an apartment building at East 13th Street and 3rd Avenue. Many will recognize this building as the home of the adorable rooftop cottage that reportedly just sold for $4.4 million. In photos, flames and black smoke appear to be coming from the middle of the rooftop along 13th Street. StreetEasy shows that there are three penthouses in the building, so it's possible that the fire originated in one of the other units and not the cottage that faces Third Avenue. At this point, it's unclear if anyone was hurt, but we will update as more information becomes available.
UPDATE: The fire was extinguished in under an hour. No injuries have been reported.
MAN ALL HANDS 109 3RD AVE, MIXED OCCUPANCY FIRE ON THE ROOF,
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In less than two weeks' time, Apple will unveil its latest hardware. The Cupertino tech giant sent out invites for a September 9 event at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, confirming widespread rumors that the historic venue would play home to Apple's latest unveilings. As per usual, Apple won't confirm what exactly the press can expect to see at the event, but all signs point to the debut of new iPhones -- complete with Force Touch technology, improved cameras and faster processors -- as well as the premiere of the so-called iPad Pro, newly redesigned Apple TV and overhauled Siri.
Stay tuned for in-depth looks and info on Apple's latest products and look for the event to kick off September 9 at 10 a.m. PT.
The last we heard from The Boerum, Flank's hotel-residential hybrid in Boerum Hill, more than 70% of its 128 condos had been sold, with residents expected to move in beginning next year. And now we've gotten an update: The building is reporting that 85% of its units are sold, and its last remaining penthouse, PH04, just went on the market for $4.15 million.
The four-bedroom apartment, one of four penthouses in the building, is spread out over more than 2,300 square feet, with an additional 1,689-square-foot private rooftop terrace. The space includes a large corner "great room" along with a formal dining room and 3.5 bathrooms. And in addition to the building's already over-the-top amenities—including art classes for kids and an on-site concierge—the penthouse is equipped with top-of-the-line kitchen appliances, heated marble floors in the master bathroom, and views of the Statue of Liberty.
The exterior of the building, which is still under construction—it'll top out at 20 stories tall, with floors three through six set aside for a new hotel.
There will be separate lobbies for hotel guests and residents; the latter is pictured here.
A view of the residents' lounge, located on the 15th floor.
The penthouse's master bathroom comes with heated floors and marble vanities.
The kitchen will have a six-burner Smeg stove and a built-in coffee machine, among other swank features.
Is your backyard or patio in desperate need of a makeover? If you’re going to do any sprucing up this summer, consider adding this Field Hammock, which combines the best of two worlds: a neatly-manicured lawn and ultra-comfortable seat. Designed by Toer, a studio based in the Netherlands, the swinging seat instantly brightens up an outdoor space with its bright green color. But unlike the real stuff, there’s no need to trim this “grass,” which is made from water and UV-resistant fabric. Two hardwood poles keep the mat in shape, while durable polyester straps ensure that the hammock won’t suddenly send you to the […]
You (probably) won’t find the best ramen or sushi at izakayas in Singapore. But what you will find are the smoothest sakes, ice cold craft beers, and delicious savoury bar bites. Not to mention, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a rowdy atmosphere that’s perfect for letting loose and going wild. What are you waiting for? Pop into the most happening watering holes in the city.
Best izakayas in Singapore
1. Fukusen Izakaya
This cosy izakaya along Bugis Street is the place to be for affordable yakitori, tempura and sashimi. Its location makes it great for drinks after work with colleagues or close friends. Pair your sake and craft beer with umami delights like saikoro beef steak, grilled scallops and juicy karaage. Fukusen Izakaya, 51 Jalan Sultan, Singapore 198975
This is one hidden gem in Chinatown you’ll love. It’s only been around since 2021, but Nomiya has already snatched a place in our hearts for its chill vibes, stellar sake, warm service and fantastic take on Japanese food. Don’t expect traditional dishes – the chefs are happy to let loose their creativity with modern reinventions that taste oh-so-good. We’re talking about foie gras chawanmushi, lobster croquette, yuzu-glazed char-grilled pork jowl, gold dust charcoal chicken and cold udon with seasonal truffle. With its dimly-lit space, wall murals by local artists and upbeat tunes, it’s easy to spend an evening here sipping on sake and catching up with good friends over good food. Kanpai! Nomiya, 11 Trengganu Street, Singapore 058465
3. Shukuu Izakaya
Shukuu Izakaya is founded by four young individuals who harbour a deep love for all things Japanese. You’ll find a sublime selection of food and drinks, as well as an ambience that emulates the authentic izakaya experience in Japan. Think fun and exquisite dishes like uni somen, rosti mentai, and fried chicken skin served with ponzu sauce. Grab your pals and immerse in the izakaya culture – you might even make some new friends once you’ve got a drink or two in your system. Shukuu Izakaya, 8 Stanley Street, Singapore 068727
4. Neon Pigeon
This modern izakaya boasts artsy, gritty interiors and a selection of unique tipples (that come served in bird-shaped glassware). We recommend kicking off the evening with small plates from the raw bar that features seasonal catches. You can also expect mod-Japanese dishes like Tokyo hummus – a creamy blend of edamame and curry chips that’s a crowd favourite. Neon Pigeon, #01-01, 36 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059915
If you’re a fan of rich flavours, you’ll want to give Mikoto a try. Think dishes like grilled yellow tail head and chicken nanban. Made Kyushu-style, these are way more flavourful than items from other Japanese prefectures. When you’re done selecting the food, choose your poison from a wide selection of alcohol including whiskey, house sake and Japanese-style cocktails. Mikoto, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252
6. Tomo Izakaya
Meaning “friend” in Japanese, Tomo is an ideal watering hole to see the best (or worst) sides of your pals when they’re hammered. With irresistible happy hours for beers, it’s easy to see why this place is ideal for bonding and catch-up sessions. As for grub, expect typical izakaya fare like deep-fried king prawns, grilled squid and garlic fried rice. Tomo Izakaya, #01-04, 3A River Valley Road, Singapore 179020
7. Jibiru Craft Beer Bar
As its name implies with gusto, Jibiru is a post-work haven for those craving a bespoke tipple. Here, you’ll see beer brands you’d usually only find in the heart of Japan. But aside from these rare brews, Jibiru also feeds the hungry with grilled kushiyaki inspired by the Saitama region near Tokyo. Tempura, gyoza and Japanese curry are just some of the dishes you won’t be able to resist! Jibiru Craft Beer Bar, #01-26, 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895
8. The Public Izakaya
The Public Izakaya, located on the ground floor of 100AM, is great for alfresco dining. Its Tokyo fish and chips is an interesting East-meets-West mish-mash we can’t get enough of. Want something a little more authentic? Try the Negitoro don topped with fresh raw tuna and spring onion. Delish! The Public Izakaya, #01-09, 100AM, 100 Tras Street, Singapore 079027
9. Standing Sushi Bar
Pocket-friendly sashimi and cheap drinks? Best. Combo. Ever. Standing Sushi Bar serves up pretty attractive promotions that you’ll be crazy to pass on. Think $2 sakes and $5 beers to go with affordable salmon sashimi, nigiri, sushi rolls and donburi (depending on which day of the week you’re visiting). We particular love Mondays because we get to have slices and slices of sashimi for just $3.90 a plate. Standing Sushi Bar, multiple locations including Marina One and Odeon Towers
10. Shunjuu Izakaya
You’ll be greeted by a wall of dining awards as you enter Shunjuu Izakaya. This joint specialises in sumiyaki (charcoal-grilled items). Offering over 60 types of sake by the glass, it can get real boisterous on weekends. It sure reminds us of youthful nights out in Japan! Shunjuu Izakaya, #01-15, Riverside View, 30 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238251
No, we’re not talking about the anime. Furnished with huge sake barrels from floor to ceiling, Boruto reminds us of Tokyo’s upper-class tachinomi (standing) bars. It’s founded by Patrick Tan, owner of one of the best robatayaki restaurants in Singapore – Tamashii Robataya. You can bet this sake bar has a steady following, most of whom are Japanese expats. Boruto, #01-01, Golden Castle Building, 80 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058710
12. Ishinomaki Grill & Sake
Serving up robatayaki and izakaya dishes, this grill and sake restaurant in Orchard is all about fresh seafood and seasonal produce. Follow ’em on Facebook to see what’s new for the day. When you’re visiting, order from the yakitori menu or go for a kaiseki-style meal. Ishinomaki also takes pride in its sake selection and houses premium sake grades like the junmai daiginjo and junmai ginjyo. Ishinomaki Grill & Sake, #B1-02/02A/03, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
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Imagine going a week without recharging your phone. British power technology firm Intelligent Energy has developed the world's first hydrogen-powered battery that creates its own electricity by combining oxygen and hydrogen together with its own patented technology, at the expense of a small amount of heat and water vapor waste. The prototype is a built-in, rechargeable fuel cell that does not add to the size of your iPhone, and has the capacity to charge it for about seven days and can be refueled with hydrogen via its headphone socket. Complex reports on how Intelligent Energy is closely working with Apple for the product, which is currently only compatible with iPhone 6 models. Company executives are also still finalizing the battery's retail price point.
These days, delivery is the name of the game. From restaurants to cakes to flowers, there’s nothing quite like having it all in the comfort of home. But don’t forget the booze! Whatever your poison – beer, wine, sake, spirits – we’ve got you covered. Check out these alcohol delivery services in Singapore and throw your own small house party or clink glasses with your other half on virtual dates.
Best alcohol delivery services in Singapore
1. Little Farms
Serving up your favourite red and white wine, beer and classic cocktails (we’re lookin’ at you, sangria!) in the comfort of your own home is just a click away with Little Farms. Enjoy bottled ice cold spirits delivered to your doorstep, or pop by for a takeaway if you’re around the ‘hood. Psst: there’s free islandwide delivery if you order more than $100!
Plus, don’t miss the happy hour deals from 4pm – 8pm daily when you order online. Feeling like stocking up on more booze? You can also drop by Little Farms Grocer for an in-person alcohol haul. Little Farms, order online
Good wine only: Vinomofo quenches your thirst for a glass of red, white or sparkling. Promising epic wine deals and the best picks, Vinomofo stocks bottles from France, South Africa, New Zealand, Spain and more. Not sure what to get? Try one of the mixed cases for a fine lineup that’ll keep the (house) party going all night. Psst: refer a friend and you’ll both get $35 off your next purchase! Vinomofo, order online
3. Temple Cellars
Your wine chiller looking a little empty these days? Fret not, bottles are just a click away. Boasting the country’s biggest range of beers, wines and spirits, Temple Cellars offers free delivery within the hour for orders above $199. It brings in new varieties every so often and puts together sweet packages for special occasions too. Oh, and if sake is what’s on your mind, head over to its sister site Sakechan for happiness in a bottle. Temple Cellars, order online
4. Drinks & Co
With multiple hangouts across Singapore, Drinks & Co shows its love for wines and spirits with a beautiful selection of booze. Want a bottled cocktail instead? You’ll find concoctions made in collaboration with hot bars such as 28 HongKong Street and Native for your drinking pleasure. Drinks & Co, order online
This international online alcohol retailer brings the booze to your door with spirits, wines and beers from across the globe. It stocks coffee too, if you need a little mid-day perk-me-up. New to the cocktail world? Scroll through its recipe section to learn how to shake up your own cosmopolitan, martini, negroni, and yes, even the iconic Singapore Sling. Paneco, order online
Working directly with wineries to nab wholesale prices, this wine shop brings you the finest varieties of the grape stuff. It only features bottles that the team loves, shipped to Singapore from family-owned vineyards around the world. You can narrow down your search by country and price range to find the chardonnay, riesling, cabernet sauvignon or shiraz best suited to your taste. 75cl, order online
7. Trouble Brewing
We’re not looking for trouble, just damn good brews. And this local craft beer brand offers just that. Toast to its Singapore brews like Stolen Boat summer ale, Road Hog session IPA, Brick Head pilsner and Middle Child wheat beer. All delivered within the same day (or even in an hour!). Otherwise, go ahead and treat yourself to Temple Street’s boozy cocktails such as espresso martini and negroni. Trouble Brewing, order online
8. Sake Inn
Sake Inn has been around for over a decade, bringing you a range of popular sake, shochu and liqueur bottles from Japan. Think barley shochu, sweet potato shochu, plum liqueur, yuzu liqueur, junmai, daiginjo and loads of other good stuff. Psst: you can also shop by taste profile to get aromatic, aged, rich or refreshing drinks. If you’re craving a bite to eat, pair your alcohol delivery with Japanese munchies available on the site. Sake Inn, order online
Featuring a neat selection of booze, this alcohol hotspot offers same-day delivery services across Singapore. Plus, it won’t charge you a dime for delivery if your order adds up to more than $100. Those who like to try new things will find yourself spoilt for choice with the massive range of wine, beer, cider, sake, umeshu, spirits, aperitifs, vermouth, mixers, syrups, sauces and basically anything you’d require to concoct the cocktail of your dreams. Fuss-free snacks are also available for anyone who likes to sip and nibble. Alcohaul, order online
10. Wines N Spirits
In the mood to guzzle down cocktails at home? Try the bottled versions from this retailer – or purchase your favourite spirit to make your own concoctions. Champagne, sparkling, red and white wines are on the list here as well, alongside beers and ciders. Wines N Spirits, order online
11. Thirsty Beer Shop
Can’t wait to crack open a cold one? Thirsty’s here for you. Part of the beer scene since 2012, the store highlights great craft beers – all affordably priced, too! You can comb through the selection according to your fave flavour profile, filtering by light, medium, bold, dark, complex, sour and fruity bottles. Ciders are included here as well, alongside wines and hard sodas. Thirsty Beer Shop, order online
Sending booze to homes since 2012, Cellarbration prides itself on having the largest collection of wine, spirits and beers in the region. Those with an eye for discounts can keep tabs on its sale promos for regular deals. Or go straight to the liquor of your choice. Think whisky, gin, vodka and tequila, alongside wines sorted by type, country and varietal, as well as beers and mixers. Cellarbration, order online
13. Bound by Wine
You know what’s better than wine delivered to your door? A wine subscription that ensures you’re perpetually well-stocked with favourites, both new and old. This works great for those new to the scene or drinkers who aren’t entirely sure what to go for (we can’t all be sommeliers!). Just sign up for the weekly delivery, which will be crafted according to your preferences. Each bottle order will go into your virtual wine diary for you to access anytime. Oh, and the more you review and rate your wines, the closer you’ll get to uncovering the flavour profile you love! Bound by Wine, order online
14. Liquor Bar
In desperate need of a G&T after a long day? Browse through Liquor Bar’s offerings and get your bottles delivered to you on the same day. Besides its long list of spirits, craft beers and wines, the retailer also stocks soft drinks and juices so you can get everything you need for a dinner party at home. Liquor Bar, order online
15. Alcohol Delivery
This is essentially your one-stop delivery shop for anything and everything alcohol-related in Singapore. The extensive online store is home to tequila, vodka, gin, rum, brandy and cognac, as well as sake, umeshu, soju, wine, champagne, beer and cider. Plus, it can deliver goods to your door in an hour – chilled, no less. Thinking of throwing a house party (perhaps virtual for now)? Get your hands on the drinking games for maximum entertainment. Alcohol Delivery, order online
16. Through the Grapevine
Got a thing for sustainable, organic wines produced by family-run vineyards? Forget mass-produced bottles and get acquainted with boutique varieties spotlighted by TTG. From Walnut Block to Wild River, the collection here includes both New and Old World classics for your sipping pleasure. Through the Grapevine, order online
Working only with renowned and established breweries in Japan, this sake retailer is obsessed with its drink of choice. Find your favourites, learn more about its partners, and read about the basics of sake on its site. Can’t get enough? Pick a subscription package and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the bottles that arrive at your door every month. Sake.sg, order online
18. Prime Liquor
Fast service is what this platform aims to give its customers, with a promise of delivering alcohol to you in 45 minutes – even at midnight. If you’re amassing supplies for your depleted liquor cabinet, chalk up a bill of more than $120 to get free delivery. This joint has all kinds of good stuff for a fun time at home – think soju bundles, spirits, and all the beers, ciders and wines you can get your hands on. Prime Liquor, order online
19. EWine Asia
Specialising in fine wines and spirits, this streamlined alcohol delivery platform in Singapore lets you browse by style, grape variety, vintage, price, region and country. Customers can also search for promos, bestsellers and recommended food pairings. That means you’ll have an easier time finding whatever it is you’re looking for. EWine Asia, order online
20. Destination Beverage
A supplier to bar establishments in the city, Destination Beverage houses premium rums, great gins and brands like Tito’s Handmade Vodka and WhistlePig Rye Whisky from the US, as well as Copperhead Gin from Belgium. Treat yourself to bottle packages or browse through the range of cocktail kits to make your own Singapore sling, pisco sour, espresso martini and more. Destination Beverage, order online
21. Inter Rice Asia
Inter Rice Asia is well-acquainted with all there is to know about the fermented rice drink – and serious sake lovers will find everything they want here. From junmai to honjozo to daiginjo, originating from multiple regions across Japan, there’s plenty to pick from. You can also find your preferred flavour and search through its collection for sweet, dry, complex, light and full-bodied varieties. Inter Rice Asia, order online
With alcohol delivery services like these in Singapore, you’ll never run out of booze at home again!
If you're walking down the tracks, listening to music and playing games on your phone, I'm pretty much okay with you dying by train.
In response to the tragic Metro-North Railroad crash back in February which killed six and injured over a dozen, this summer the MTA released a new campaign hoping to get pedestrians and motorists to be more aware of their surroundings when around train tracks. The campaign—made up of five posters and three videos—is illustrated in the same vein as the also recently rolled out “Courtesy Counts” posters found throughout the city’s subways. But what’s most surprising about the agency’s railroad crossing adverts is that like those in the subway (e.g. man-spreading and poll hogging), they’re all inspired by real life events. Image via reddit The […]
When you’re done lazing around Asia’s best beaches (or villas!), put on your mask, snorkel, and fins and dive into the blue to explore a different side of these hot vacation spots. Here are our top 10 destinations in Asia to see big, beautiful corals, turtles, rays, sharks and more.
Pulau Perhentian, Terengganu, Malaysia
Terengganu’s well known for its crystal-clear waters, and the two islands that make up Pulau Perhentian – Besar and Kechil – are no exception. It’s a great place to spot sea turtles and small sharks (don’t worry, reef sharks won’t bite).
Getting here: Fly to Kuala Terengganu, and then take either a bus or taxi to Kuala Besut jetty for boat services to Pulau Perhentian
Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia
You’d need to scuba dive to see Nusa Penida’s main star – the ocean sunfish. But for an encounter that’s just as exhilarating, you can snorkel at the Manta Point site and spend hours swimming with schools of playful manta rays.
Getting here: Fly to Bali, and then head to Sanur beach for boat services to Nusa Penida
Donsol, Sorsogon, Philippines
In 2014, TIME Magazine named Donsol the best wildlife encounter destination in Asia. What exactly can you spot here? Whale sharks, lots and lots of them, feeding on plankton near the water surface. Best time to visit: February through May.
Getting here: Fly from Manila to Legaspi, and take a public van to Donsol
Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua, Indonesia
Another spot that’s ideal for some whale shark action is Cenderwasih Bay in Indonesia’s remote West Papua province. Sure, it’s not easy to get to this place, but ponder the fact that you’ll get to spend lots of time with these gentle giants, sans annoying crowds. Convinced yet?
Getting here: Fly from Jakarta to Nabire Airport, and then rent a boat to Cenderawasih Bay
Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia
In addition to party boats, yoga, and surfing, Gili Islands is a popular destination among snorkellers, thanks to its beautiful shallow reefs and its sea turtle population. Either rent masks or fins off the beach, or go on a snorkelling boat trip that will take you to three or four spots.
Getting here: Fly to Ngurah Rai International Airport in South Bali and take a fast boat from Benoa or Serangan Island
Havelock Island, The Andaman Islands, India
The best thing about snorkelling around the Andaman Islands in India is that the most gorgeous sites are actually really near the shore, so just grab your gear and go. Elephant Beach on Havelock’s extremely popular, and in the water, you can expect to see critters like butterflyfish, parrotfish, snappers, and clams.
Getting here: Fly from Chennai to Port Blair, and then head to Port Blair Harbour for ferry services to Havelock Island
Cape Maeda, Okinawa, Japan
One of Okinawa’s most popular snorkelling spots, Cape Maeda is home to a colourful array of marine life – from turtles to sharks, and even manta rays. The most spectacular feature of this site is inarguably the Blue Cave. Located at Maeda Point, you can swim into the cave and be mesmerised by the blue-coloured sunrays that beam down from above.
Getting here: Fly from Tokyo to Okinawa Naha, and then rent a car to Cape Maeda
Pulau Kakaban, Derawan, Indonesia
It’s about a 12-hour journey from Singapore to Derawan, but for the uber-unique experience of snorkelling with millions of stingless jellyfish on the island of Kakaban, we say it’s worth it. It’s a bit of a trek to get to Jellyfish Lake from the main jetty, but when you get there, you’ll be greeted with crowd-free waters and majestic green hills towering over the lake.
Getting here: Fly from Jakarta to Tarakan. From Tarakan, rent a speedboat to Derawan Island
Maalifushi Island, Southern Thaa Atoll, Maldives
With amazing marine life to be seen off the pristine beaches, private island resort, Maalifushi by COMO (located on the idyllic Southern Thaa Atoll), is a great place to stay if you’re a snorkelling fanatic. Plus, there’s a resident marine biologist on-site to answer your various queries.
Getting here: Fly to Malé International Airport in Maldives, and then take a Sea Plane Transfer to Maalifushi Island
Green Island, Taitung, Taiwan
Besides cycling and hiking, Taiwan’s Green Island is great for both diving and snorkelling. The water visibility can go up to 20 metres, and you’re likely to see marine life such as moray eels, parrotfish, and sea snakes while exploring the island’s cool waters.
Getting here: Fly to Taipei, and then hop on a train to Taitung. Afterwards, take a quick taxi ride to the ferry dock for ferry services to Green Island
Hikkaduwa, Galle, Sri Lanka
The clear waters of Hikkaduwa – a small town situated about 17 kilometres North-West of Galle – are great for spotting tropical reef fish like angelfish and snappers. If you’re lucky, a green turtle might show up!
Getting here: Fly to Colombo Airport in Sri Lanka, and then rent a car to Hikkaduwa
Airports are generally not a pleasant place to be -- filled to the brim with frantic souls yet simultaneously alienating, the less time spent in them the better. This playful design by architecture firm Nikken Sekkei for Terminal 3 of Tokyo's Narita Airport, is therefore a breath of fresh air, with its brightly-colored track-and-field theme -- in keeping with the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics -- clearly guiding travelers to different areas of the building. This is just one of many cost-saving measures used by Nikken Sekkei to stay within the given budget to build the terminal, which was about half of the normal cost. Other measures include large mural signs at eye level as opposed to expensive electronic signage, the decision to leave the ceiling unfinished, and custom low-cost furniture by MUJI. Making it practically impossible to get lost in, savor the experience if you ever find yourself at Narita's Terminal 3.
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one moment please...320 Long Hill Rd, Hopewell Junction, East Fishkill, NY 12533, United States+ Expand- collapseHave you spent the summer dreaming about where you want to escape to in upstate New York? This listing won’t make you feel any better. Called the Mission House, it is a beautiful modern mansion located in East Fishkill, a charming town on the southern border of Dutchess County, New York. The house itself is gorgeous, with stunning landscaping, modern design, and tons of space. Get this: the house covers 4,000 square feet, with an additional 2,400 square feet of decks. Of course, it isn’t […]
The carriage house at 165 Columbia Heights underwent a full Landmarks Preservation Commission-approved renovation, and it's now seeking a new owner for $9.95 million. The adorable house once belonged to the Jehovah's Witnesses, and in 2012, after four years on the market, they sold it for $4.5 million. With LPC's approval, the new owners embarked on a renovation to restore the white stucco facade to its original red brick, and they overhauled the interiors, too, replacing all of the mechanical systems. There's a great room with a fireplace and skylight, four bedrooms, and a rooftop terrace off of the master bedroom. All of the bathrooms have heated floors, and the lighting is by designers Holly Hunt and Lindsey Adelman.
The Embassy Gardens near the River Thames in London will be getting a stunning addition to bridge its two buildings. Developed by Ballymore, the structure will have a swimming pool on its top floor, with a glass bottom residing 10 stories high. Aptly dubbed the "SkyPool," it will be 90 feet long, 19 feet wide and nearly 10 feet deep. Its transparent bottom will be an 8-inch-thick glass. This establishment launches this September.
Want a day trip with a difference? It’s worth heading over to Pulau Ubin, a rustic island located just off the East Coast of Singapore. It’s home to Singapore’s last authentic kampung (village) and one of the most unique cultural experiences you can enjoy beyond the city. The bumboat ride is fun, the cycling is a good laugh, and there’s plenty of nature to see on the little island – plus, the whole shebang is affordable! Here’s what to do on your adventurous day out.
What to bring and how to get there
Two things you need in your arsenal of island necessities: sunscreen and insect repellent. The sun’s rays in non-forested areas can be seriously intense, so don’t skimp on the layers of sun protection for your face. You’ll want to spritz on insect repellent generously to stave off pesky mosquitoes, too. And, to relieve those bites, a tube of Mopiko or SuuBalm will come in handy.
The fun begins at Changi Village Ferry Terminal. Arrive early in the morning to avoid spending the bulk of your day under the scorching afternoon sun. A one-way trip to the island will cost you $4, and will only depart when 9 to 12 passengers are in line. There’s an additional cost of $2 if you bring a bicycle along. Want to skip the waiting? The ferryman will take your group for a fee of $48.
Things to do in Pulau Ubin
1. Go on a temple run
You’re not likely to miss the shrines and temples dotted across the island of Pulau Ubin. A popular one that most come to visit is the German Girl’s shrine on the southern coast. The story goes that it was established in 1914, after a German girl fell off a cliff escaping from British soldiers.
Don’t forget to stop by Wei Tuo Fa Gong Temple as well. It’s decorated in colourful, fluttering prayer flags, making it stand out from its spot amidst a sea of green trees. The main temple contains various religious statues including one of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. If you’re feeling brave, you can even explore the graveyards and gravestones of Pulau Ubin that are shrouded in vegetation. Be warned that there have been plenty of ghostly sightings on this little island, though…
2. Hit the waters on a kayak
For a unique way to experience Pulau Ubin’s rugged terrains, hit the waters on a kayak. Choose from three expeditions organised by Adventures: the beginner-friendly Mangrove Kayaking is perfect for wildlife-seeking adventure junkies, while Ubin Bisect Kayaking takes you on a challenging 8.27km trail from one end of the island to the other. But for a real workout, hit the open seas with Round Ketam Kayaking. It’s an adrenaline-pumping journey that’ll take you around Ketam Island while learning better paddling techniques.
3. Go on two-wheeled adventures
Unlike the biking trails of Singapore’s well-manicured paths, cycling in Pulau Ubin is a real adventure. Rent from one of the bike shops in the village and follow the signs to the main attraction: Chek Jawa. Make sure your phone and portable charger are fully juiced up – there are plenty of scenic ponds, paths, quarries and kampung houses for you to photograph along the way.
If it’s an adrenaline-pumping adventure you seek, go on the physically challenging Ubin Bike Trail Adventure. You’ll be pushing your legs and glutes to the limit thanks to steep uphill paths. But the speedy downhill slopes, wildlife spotting, quarry views and hidden scenic spots are worth the week-long ache.
4. Explore the island on foot
Lace up those hiking shoes ’cause there’s plenty to see. Take a 40-minute walk to Chek Jawa Wetlands, where you’ll be greeted by gorgeous sea views, a natural rocky shore and a mangrove swamp at the end of a boardwalk. Something else hikers should strike off the bucket list: Puaka Hill, the highest peak of Pulau Ubin. Be careful, as the trail is steep (especially when you’re going downhill). But the peak will grant you breathtaking quarry views and even distant CBD views of Singapore.
5. Surround yourself with nature
Prefer immersing yourself in the island’s impressive natural landscapes? Learn about Ubin’s native plants, fruit trees and herbs at the Sensory Trail or see rare species of butterflies at Butterfly Hill. Alternatively, go birdwatching at Pekan Quarry, which is home to a variety of feathered creatures including hornbills, herons, egrets and sunbirds.
6. Go camping
If detaching yourself from urban life is the goal, a night on Ubin’s shores should do the trick. While you don’t need a permit, be sure to inform Pulau Ubin Police Post so they’ll look out for you. Note that camping is only permitted on Jelutong, Mamam Beach or Endut Senin campsites. Strict guidelines apply as Ubin’s untouched environment is precious – these may include no campfires, littering, tying ropes or tent lines to the trees, or cutting off branches.
So, what are you waiting for? Hop on a ferry to Pulau Ubin and begin your adventure!
Between starting a college fund for Akron youth stateside and his tour around Asia for Nike's Rise 2.0 series, LeBron James has been in a bit of a philanthropic hot streak over the summer. Here we find the Cavaliers superstar wrapping up Nike's Rise 2.0 tour in Asia, which found James in Shanghai and Manila promoting basketball and positive physical activity. Teaming up with surprise guest Yao Ming, the two unveiled Nike's very first public basketball court that uses Nike Grind – a program that recycles shoes into reusable building material. Check out a recap of the event with the photoset above.
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Quarterback Geno Smith will be out six to ten weeks with a broken jaw, Todd Bowles announced.
Bowles said that Smith was “sucker punched” by linebacker I.K. Enemkpali in the locker room on Tuesday morning. He later said Smith was “cold-cocked” by Enemkpali.
Smith’s jaw was broken in two places, according to Adam Schefter (August 11). Smith will require surgery to repair his broken jaw, Bowles said.
“From what I was told, Smith put his finger in Enemkpali’s face during an argument and that’s what led to the punch,” according to reporter Mike Garafolo (August 11).
The head coach called the altercation before the punch “childish.”
“It was something very childish that sixth graders could have talked about. It had no reason to happen,” Bowles said (August 11).
Enemkpali was released by the team, the Jets announced.
“It’s something we don’t tolerate. It’s something we can’t stand. You don’t walk up to another man and punch him in the face,” Bowles said (August 11).
With five weeks until the season opener, Smith could miss up to four games, if not more. The team has a bye in Week 5 and resumes play on October 18 against Washington.
The Jets have quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty and Jake Heaps on the roster. Bowles said the team may sign another quarterback.
The first word I can think of to describe this chain of events is jaw-dropping. That might not be the best choice of words at this point in time, but it’s difficult to process my thoughts on this. Maybe the biggest repercussion here is that Fitzpatrick is now the starting quarterback for your New York Jets and with Petty and Heaps being seemingly at least a year away from being NFL ready, that leaves the Jets perilously thin at the position.
They’ll almost certainly have to sign a veteran back-up, but then what do they do with Smith? If they add him to injured reserve with a designation to return then he’d likely be stuck there longer than necessary. That therefore ties up a valuable roster spot for the first month or so of the regular season. Then when Smith is ready to return, will the team be compelled to immediately put him back into the starting line-up or will they phase him in gradually like the Jets did with Chad Pennington in 2003?
Another issue is the loss of Enemkpali. There’s no doubt that he had to be released after this incident based on the facts as Bowles presented them to the media. However, he was a guy who was having a good camp and looked like he might be a contributor with a lot of potential to develop into a key player down the road. Finally, there will be concerns over team chemistry and whether Bowles has his team under control, especially when much was made of the fact he would not tolerate fighting just days ago. This offseason just got a lot more interesting. I don’t know if that’s a good thing for the team though.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
Simply unbelievable. While we have no idea at this point went into the story (ie who started it, who escalated it, who made it physical) Enemkpali ended it — and likely his NFL career — with a punch to the mouth of the team’s starting quarterback. Just when the Jets might have been crawling out from under the shadow of Sheldon Richardson, this happens. Fitzpatrick is now thrust into the starter’s role to start the season and we will see what happens from here.
Everyone wants Bowles to succeed, but it’s been a bumpy start for the head coach. Even though the team might not be on their best behavior, between Sheldon toiling with the backups and the immediate dismissal of Enemkpali, at least there appear to be more consequences for player’s actions.
Enemkpali was a sixth-round pick of the Jets in the 2014 NFL Draft, by then-GM John Idzik.
Last week, SNY analyst Mike Westhoff had this to say about the second-year linebacker: I think he’s going to fit into a number of packages. He plays with excellent leverage. … I think you’re going to see him in some of their packages to rush the passer. He jumped out at me with his abilities. He’s very, very quick off the ball, with an explosive, high-leverage technique” (August 4).
Enemkpali was suspended from Louisiana Tech in 2011 after a disturbing the peace and battery of a police officer charges, but was re-instated with his team before that season began (May 10, 2014).
Here’s what Bowles had to say…
This is very brief because I have practice, but our quarterback is out six to 10 weeks, meaning Geno (Smith). There was an altercation in the locker room. It had nothing to do with football. It was something very childish. He got coldcocked, sucker punched, whatever you want to call it, in the jaw. He has a broken jaw, fractured jaw, it requires some surgery. He won’t be at practice today, so you won’t see him today. The culprit was IK (Ikemefuna Enemkpali), the outside linebacker, who has been released. We released IK and that’s pretty much the gist of it. I have meetings and if you want to know more after practice, I can tell you more, but he (Geno Smith) will be out six to ten weeks at least and IK is gone and he won’t be practicing today. (Smith) won’t be playing this weekend, he probably won’t play in the preseason and depending on how surgery goes, we’ll see where we go from there. We may add or not add another quarterback, but we are down (a player at the quarterback position). It’s something we’re dealing with. The team knows it’s something we don’t tolerate, something we can’t stand. You don’t walk up to another man and punch him in the face.”
On when the incident happened…
It happened this morning.
On coach’s bewilderment level on this…
It’s something you don’t tolerate. You can’t tolerate that. If you have a team and you have a bunch of side issues, you can’t tolerate that and this is something that happens in the locker room. We’re dealing with it internally and that’s where we’re at right now.
On what caused IK to punch Geno Smith…
I’ll let them tell you. It’s something very childish, something that sixth graders could have talked about. It had no reason happening and if they want to tell you what happened, they can tell you what happened, but I told them I wouldn’t say anything about it, so I’ll keep it there. I can talk to you guys after practice because I have meetings and then practice.
On whether there was a prior issue between the two players…
Not to my knowledge. Obviously, it was a sudden thing. I don’t know what kind of history they have, but I’ll get more details and I’ll let you know after practice. You can ask their people what happened, but he (Smith) is down and he won’t be playing this weekend.
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Vanity Fair has released its 2015 International Best Dressed List, and on it are various names, from the ubiquitous to the lesser-known. Separated into several categories such as: women; men; Hollywood; couples; originals and professionals, the list is fully-encompassing and doesn't only include your typical celebrity-filled fare. The Condé Nast publication names royals such as Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and of course, Prince Harry on its list of best dressed men amid their female royal counterparts including Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned of Qatar who takes home the Hall of Fame recognition. Aside from royalty are Hollywood actors, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Matt Bomer, Bill Nighy, Eddie Redmayne, while fashion designers get a nod with Public School's Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, Zac Posen and more. However, the list isn't without its surprises, such as Jonathan Ive and Russell Wilson. Head over to Vanity Fair for the full list.
One bedroom coops are now fetching prices well over $300,000. One bedroom apartments are renting for as high as $2,100. And Sunnyside Gardens houses are often selling above the $1 million mark.
Sunnyside real estate prices have reached an all time high– with houses, coops, condos and rentals reaching levels not seen before.
“We are in record territory,” said Amy Fitzgerald, the owner of Welcome Home Real Estate, referring to real estate across the neighborhood. In most cases, there are “multiple bids over asking price.”
One-family Sunnyside Gardens homes are now selling for between $850,000 and $1 million (depending on whether they have been renovated), Fitzgerald said. Two families are going for north of $1 million.
For example, a two-family Gardens home just sold on 47th Street (between 43rd Ave. and Skillman) for $1.14 million. Meanwhile, another two-bedroom—which comes with extra living quarters for a relative/worker– has just gone on the market for $1,295,000. (see listings)
In 2012, a one-family Gardens home would have sold for between $550 and $700,000 and two families around $825,000, Fitzgerald said.
But the big jump in prices is not just isolated to the Gardens; its happening throughout the neighborhood.
Linda Santini-Tripodis, the owner of Merit Group & Associates, said that there is not enough housing inventory in Sunnyside to keep pace with demand.
“The housing market is crazy right now,” she said. One-family houses on the north side of Queens Blvd between 39th and 44th Streets (outside of Sunnyside Gardens) are fetching $845,000 and up—depending on whether they are renovated and have a garage. Two families can also reach $1 million, she said.
Santini-Tripodis said that when she opened Merit Group in 2008, one-family houses in that location sold for about $550,000 and 2 families in the high $600,000s.
Meanwhile, on the south side of Queens Boulevard—between 39th and 47th Streets—one family houses are going for between $650-$750,000 and two families for between $800,000- $950,000, Santini Tripodis said.
Fitzgerald said that the coop market is also starting to march higher with a good-sized one-bedroom going for between $285,000 and $325,000 (depending on renovations). Two-bedrooms are going for more than $375,000, she said. (see Zillow listings)
The higher rental prices have made coops much more attractive. Many cost less on a monthly basis—net of tax deductions—than rentals, said Nilo De La Torre, who runs Century 21 Sunny Gardens Realty.
Santini-Tripodis said that the strong rental market has led, in part, to the jump in coop and house prices.
She said that property owners are getting $2,100 for 1 bedroom apartments and $2,300-$2,400 for 2 bedrooms. Even studios are going for $1,650, she said. (see Craigslist listings).
Santini-Tripodis said that people know that Sunnyside is getting expensive. She said that people come to her office and say: “’We can’t afford Sunnyside, but do you service other areas?’”
Nevertheless, Sunnyside is still considered to be an area where buyers and renters can get some bang for their buck.
The buyers of the houses and coops are often people who are coming from high-priced markets in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Furthermore, a significant number are residents who have been renting in Sunnyside for some time and want to buy.
Fitzgerald expects the market to continue to rise over the course of the next year and then begin to stabilize.
“We are below Astoria prices and far less than Long Island City,” she said.
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