Architecture, Cool Listings, Getting Away, Upstate

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Ballyhack Road, Brewster, NY 10509, United States

Just a stone’s throw away from NYC in Brewster, NY is a charming Tudor-style home sits atop a rock bluff on four private acres of lush grass, Japanese maple trees, enchanting woods, and seasonal streams. Built in 1940 by architect Manus Imber, and featuring three bedrooms and 1,273 square feet of space, this is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The Stone House is chock full or original details like the stone fireplace and hearth, wide pine floors, dutch doors, built-ins, and decorative wood trims.

The magic continues here


Green Design, Products

Ienami Bonkei Planters Are Tiny Houses with Green Roofs

By Dana Schulz, Today, January 27, 2015

We’re big fans of green roofs here at 6sqft, so we were pretty excited when we found these planters that let us have our own miniature green roof right on our desks.

A design of Metaphys, the Ienami Bonkei planters are simplistic models of homes with actual planted green roofs or gardens. The Japanese art of Bonkei refers to 3D, miniature landscapes created using dry materials like rock, cement, or sand. They often feature tiny figurines of people, buildings, and other outdoor elements.

More details on the Bonkei planters

Cool Listings, East Village, Interiors, Quirky Homes

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4 East 2nd Street, New York, NY, United States

Located just a few steps off the Bowery, this five-story home at 4 East 2nd Street in the East Village, currently functioning as four separate units, offers a multitude of options. Looking to stretch out and have nearly 6,000 square feet all to yourself? Go right ahead, as the house will be delivered vacant and is ready for your personal touch. Or perhaps you’d prefer to keep the parlor floor as a gallery space and make do with the remaining few thousand square feet to accommodate your humble abode. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

See more of this imaginative home


Art, Brooklyn, Manhattan

While the rest of us were bundled up indoors last night in anticipation of Snor’easter Juno, Brooklyn photographer Jaka Vinsek set out on a journey to capture New York’s streets covered in snow. “I started at 10pm and got home at 7am,” he says. “I walked on foot around nine miles.”

With transit shuttered by at 7pm Monday, and a city-wide ban on vehicles (except emergency) beginning at 11pm, what Vinsek captures on camera is a desolate but eerily beautiful city. His photos feature unlikely scenes, including a completely empty Grand Central, as well as some wonderful moments of lone souls roaming amidst the city’s dedicated workers pounding the pavement. Vinsek’s photos show another, more peaceful side to our city that we often forget exists.

See more of the photos here

Daily Link Fix

  • Those star-shaped snowflakes you thought you saw last night were real. [HuffPo]
  • Did you know the statues in front of the Brooklyn Museum came from the Manhattan Bridge? Find out 12 more secrets of the iconic institution. [amNY]
  • Mapping classic Village businesses that closed in the past year. [DNAinfo]
  • No sled? No problem. Here’s the best household items to turn into a DIY sled. [Brokelyn]
  • An animated history of New York’s love-hate relationship with commuting. [NY Times]
  • Check out a Brooklyn-based rug designer’s funky Williamsburg home. [Racked]
  • If you’re feeling blizzard deprived, look at these snowy snapshots from 1888. [Mashable]

Images: Brooklyn Museum via Wiki Commons (L); Sledding via mogrify via photopin cc (R)

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Features, Harlem, Landscape Architecture, Long Island City, real estate trends

Riverbank State Park. Image via Dattner Architects

In a city that moves so fast that the Sunday edition of the New York Times comes out on Saturday, it is not surprising that New Yorkers might overlook some interesting factoids. For instance, New York City is home seven state parks! So, instead of enjoying a day inside other state parks filled with the ubiquitous lush greenery and a plethora of activities that might surely mean a couple of hours of driving—cityside state parks are but a subway ride away or possibly a short walk to the likes of the East River State Park on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, the Clay Pit Ponds State Park in Staten Island and the Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx.

More on two of the city’s best state parks here

CityLiving, real estate trends, Upper East Side

Say goodbye to afternoon tea and hello to happy hour, via roboppy via photopin cc

You don’t have to tell us twice that the Upper East Side is trading its reputation as a stodgy, ladies-who-lunch spot for a younger, more hip vibe. Not only do we think it’s a hidden hot spot for artists, but we recently profiled the unofficial “new” Upper East Side, the high 80s and 90s, clustered between Park and 1st Avenues. And let’s not forget how the Second Avenue subway is already shaking things up.

But with a new generation of Upper East Siders gobbling up the surprisingly affordable real estate offerings, it’s no surprise that trendy commercial spots are also getting in on the action. Small, local shops and restaurants create little communities that you might expect to find in brownstone Brooklyn, and larger, big-name businesses like Warby Parker and Whole Foods promise to make it a neighborhood to rival Union Square or Chelsea.

More on the real estate trend ahead

Celebrities, Chelsea, Cool Listings, Starchitecture

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100 11th Avenue, New York, NY, United States

Actor and filmmaker Vincent Gallo is ready to bid adieu to his Chelsea pad. According to the NYDN, Gallo has listed his apartment for $2.95 million—about a $1 million more than what he paid for it two years ago. The one-bedroom home is located on the fifth floor of starchitect Jean Nouvel’s glassy creation at 100 Eleventh Avenue. A few highlights of Gallo’s space include a curved wall of glass and a floor-to-ceiling pivoting glass door that opens to a den with a private terrace.

Have a look inside this Nouvel gem


Cool Listings, Interiors, Long Island City

Modern Loft in Long Island City’s Powerhouse Asks $1.2M

By Aisha Carter, Today, January 27, 2015

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2-17 51st Avenue, NY, United States

We’re going to switch things up a bit and head into increasingly-coveted Long Island City where a 1,010-square-foot duplex is asking $1.15 million. This Powerhouse loft features 20-foot ceilings, a home office and a lofted sleeping area, giving you a modern two-bedroom if privacy isn’t an issue. But its impeccable finishes and attention to detail make it a standout, and who are we kidding? Just look at that colossal window.

Let’s take a look


Events, Transportation

With winter storm Juno in the midst of dumping several feet of snow on us, many of you are probably wondering if you’ll be trapped behind a barricade of white tomorrow. Have no fear because the Department of Sanitation is sending out 2,100 plows to plow the city streets, and you can even track the work that’s being done on their site. Called PlowNYC, this handy map shows all five boroughs with color-coded streets based on priority: red for primary, blue for secondary and yellow for tertiary. Green streets are not plowed by the Department of Sanitation. You can access the map here to see how your streets are faring. And for the rest of you unfortunate souls still stuck at work, know that “limited” subway service starts at 7 p.m. today, and the LIRR and MetroNorth will start shutting down at 11 p.m.

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Features, History, Transportation

Broadway in Brooklyn via wallyg via photopin cc

Last week we took a look at why there are three Broadways in Manhattan–the thoroughfare proper, East Broadway and West Broadway– and learned that Broadway actually extends through the Bronx and into Westchester. There’s even a one-block street in Harlem called Old Broadway. As if that weren’t enough confusion, though, there are four other Broadways in the outer boroughs–one in Brooklyn, one in Staten Island, and two in Queens.

Learn about these outer-borough Broadways


432 Park

The race to build the tallest residential building seems to never end. In NYC, One57 briefly held the title at 1,005 feet before it was outdone by 432 Park at 1,396 feet. But both of these supertall towers are expected to be beat by the Nordstrom Tower, which will come in at 1,775 feet. Across the world, though, towers rise even higher; World One in Mumbai, India is 1,450 feet, the 106 Tower in Dubai is 1,421 feet, and the mixed-use Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia will hit 167 stories and 3,281 feet. In fact, according to The Real Deal, “of the 445 residential towers in the world over 650 feet that are built or under construction, only 12 are located in Manhattan.”

With these dizzying heights becoming the new normal, the elevator becomes perhaps the most important construction element, and a feature in the Wall Street Journal calculates the annual “elevator miles” logged by residents of supertall condo towers around the world.

Check out the mileage here

Real Estate Wire

  • Billionaire Roman Abramovich will likely butt heads with the Landmarks Preservation Commission over the creation of his makeshift mansion. [Observer]
  • All the layers of the ‘Save the View’ controversy happening by the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn Heights. [Curbed]
  • More than 32 contracts for homes priced at $4 million or more were signed last week. [TRD]
  • City Tower, the 48-story COOKFOX-designed, Brodsky-developed residential tower has topped off. [6sqft inbox]

Images: View of the three townhouses bought up by Roman Abramovich to build his mansion (L); Brooklyn Bridge Park (R)

Cool Listings, Design, Furniture, Green Design

Tel Aviv-based designer Hilla Shamia has a thing for what she calls “controlled imperfections.” And this particular interest is what makes her Wood Casting furniture line so poetic and special. Hilla’s unique tables, stools, and benches are made by casting molten aluminum into wood—an unusual pairing of two very different elements that when fused not only reveal surprising details, but a third element born from the unlikely marriage.

Learn more about these striking designs

Daily Link Fix

  • With perfect timing, the new Snow Monsters art installation arrives at Flatiron Plaza. [Untapped]
  • Seltzer deliverymen used to be commonplace in the city, but now there’s just one left. [The Awl]
  • The popular photo-documentary series Humans of New York has raised close to $700,000 to help underprivileged students in Brownsville, Brooklyn visit Harvard. [Gothamist]
  • A guide to Billie Holiday’s New York. [The Bowery Boys]
  • Here’s some photos of the crazy lines at NYC supermarkets in preparation for what could be a “historic” blizzard. [Business Insider]
  • Did you know there are two Empire State Buildings in the city? [Curbed]
  • Today is Australia Day! Here’s a guide to all things Australian in Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Paper]
  • Looking back at New York’s terrifying blizzard of 1888. [Gawker]

Images: Old seltzer delivery bottles via Reclaimed Home Flickr (L); Empty shelves at Trader Joes via bryanesque via photopin cc (R)

Cool Listings, Interiors, Park Slope

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593 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Did we get your attention? With the upcoming release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, a wider audience will no doubt become familiar with Christian Grey’s infamous “red room”. But we’re guessing a very different kind of decadence is likely to be served up in the partially red (okay, it was a bit of a stretch) and very proper formal dining room located on the parlor level of this neo-Italian Renaissance limestone townhouse at 593 3rd Street in Park Slope.

Check out the ‘red room’ and more


Architecture, Tribeca

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187 Franklin Street, New York, NY, United States

This isn’t the sort of design we’d expect to see in Tribeca, but lo and behold, this bold statement by architect Jeremy Edmiston is about to become a reality along its brick and mortar block. The Tribeca Citizen reports that the single-family residence located at 187 Franklin Street is moving forward with construction on the kooky design which was first proposed in 2010. The project will see the building’s facade removed and replaced with an undulating red facade complemented by silvery, net-like balconies.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Soho

This Awesome $10.8M Soho Pad Will Make Your Head Swim

By Aisha Carter, Mon, January 26, 2015

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45 Greene Street, New York, NY, United States

There’s an impressive new listing at 45 Greene Street in Soho’s Cast Iron District, asking $10.8 million. For that sum, you can get a two-bedroom duplex penthouse loft with 5,400 square feet of space, two terraces, and one of New York’s rarest and most treasured gems: a swimming pool. Do we have your attention now?

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Architecture, condos, Green Design, New Developments, Williamsburg

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237 Devoe Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

A new residential building is going up on an East Williamsburg street that’s already an eclectic mix of modern buildings, single-family homes with vinyl siding, and classic tenement apartment buildings. Designed by James Cleary Architecture, 237 Devoe Street will add some creative environmental design to the mix, thanks to its signature element–a double-height solar shade, clad with reclaimed barn wood, that opens onto the street.

More details on the project


Architecture, Getting Away, Historic Homes, holidays

If you need a few days out of the city to disconnect from the world and reconnect with nature, we can recommend a gorgeous spot in the most magical of pine-scented locales. Situated right in the heart of the Adirondacks and immersed in a forest of majestic trees, the White Pine Camp is a lovingly restored, historic accommodation built by the rich and powerful of the Gilded Age. Featuring a number of cozy cabins and cottages for rent, this rustically grandiose retreat also once served as the secret summer house of President Calvin Coolidge.

Learn more about this pine-scented spot in the Adirondacks

Weekly Highlights

Weekly Highlights: Top Picks from the 6sqft Staff

By Dana Schulz, Sat, January 24, 2015

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Features, New Yorker Spotlight, People, Restaurants, Soho, West Village 

If you’re an Instagram-loving New Yorker, then you’ve likely seen, or maybe even posted, photos of the salads, egg dishes, and even the menus at the downtown restaurant Jack’s Wife Freda. Through the app, diners at Jack’s Wife Freda have been spreading the word about the establishment’s food and polished-yet-relaxed atmosphere. These sepia-toned photos certainly caught our attention, especially the beautiful meals plated on crisp white dishes.

The visionaries behind the restaurant are husband-and-wife team Dean and Maya Jankelowitz. The pair opened Jack’s Wife Freda three years ago on Lafayette Street in Soho, and just opened a second location on Carmine Street in the West Village. Together, the two restaurants are designed for New Yorkers to sit down and enjoy simple dishes that remind Dean and Maya of their families and respective countries, South Africa and Israel. For the couple, it’s only a perk that they are getting so much attention on social media, as their primary goal has always been the two H’s: hospitality and happiness.

We recently spoke with Maya at the new Carmine location to find out about running two restaurants in the city with her husband and what it means to give New Yorkers a restaurant to call “their spot.”

Read the full interview here

Celebrities, Cool Listings, Interiors, Soho

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565 Broadway, New York, NY, United States

You know an apartment is exceptional when Philip Johnson once referred to it as “the most beautiful loft in Soho.” Home to sculptor Edwina Sandys, the granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill, and her husband, architect Richard Kaplan, this one-of-a-kind space at 565 Broadway was also the location for the original season of “The Real World” in 1992 and has since seen the likes of architects Richard Meier and Rafael Vinoly, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Massimo Vignelli and Christine Ebersole pass through its doors for high-society parties hosted by Sandys and Kaplan.

But the real draw here is the simply stunning historic architecture. Originally home to Ball Black & Co., the top 19th century jeweler before Tiffany’s, the five-bedroom duplex boasts a double-height, 17-foot, exposed-brick vault ceiling, stately Corinthian columns, and a Carrara marble floor, which certainly justifies the $10 million price tag.

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History, Lower East Side, Video

It’s hard to imagine the Lower East Side without all of its barflies and bros, but get ready for a blast from the past. Bowery Boogie has found an amazing video that gives us a glimpse into the neighborhood’s quirky past—well before it became a nightlife mecca for New York’s downtown set. The four-minute film, aptly titled “Planet Ludlow,” takes us through the block via Ludlow Street circa 1995.

Watch the video here

Real Estate Wire

    • The New York Times visits Bed-Stuy, the first neighborhood featured in their new “Block by Block” series. [NYT]
    • An historic building at 187 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope will be turned into condos. [NYT]
    • A “Joie de Vivre” hotel is on the rise at 50 Bowery. [Bowery Boogie]
    • A landmarked Brooklyn bathhouse, the Brooklyn Lyceum, will be turned into condos. [Crain's]
    • Billionaire Roman Abramovich’s makeshift mansion will be comprised of *just* three townhouses after all. Previous reports saying he was in talks to buy a fourth property are false. [NYDN]

Images: A Bed-Stuy resident featured in the Times’ video series (left); 187 Seventh Avenue (right)

Events, History, Long Island City

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43-39 21st Street, Long Island City, NY, United States

Even true New York City culture buffs may have never heard of the Elevator Historical Society Museum (or known that such a society exists), so if you really want to impress a crowd with your knowledge of little-known urban trivia, be sure to sign up for tomorrow’s tour of the Long Island City museum. The private tour, hosted by the New York Adventure Club, is being led by the museum’s founder and curator Patrick Carrajat, who has collected more than 2,000 pieces of elevator ephemera like manuals, metal identification plates, pop culture paraphernalia, and obscure mechanical parts from the early days of vertical travel.

More on the museum and tour here


Design, Green Design, Interiors

La Cabine: A Hidden Bathroom Inside an Elegant Oak Wardrobe

By Ana Lisa Alperovich, Fri, January 23, 2015

It’s hard to believe, but hidden at the heart of this elegant oak wardrobe is a fully functioning bathroom. Minimal, space saving, and very classy, this stand-alone design shelters everything an average bathroom has. Designed by French bathroom designers Line Art together with high-end product manufacturer La Fonction, “La Cabine” can bring the intimacy of a bathroom into any room.

Learn more about this innovative bathroom

Daily Link Fix

  • The design history of New York City’s public drinking fountains. [re:form]
  • Inside Underwest Donuts, a boutique donut shop in a West Side car wash. [Untapped]
  • What you can see from the tallest observation decks on Earth. [Gizmodo]
  • China constructs the world’s first 3D-printed apartment building. [CNET]

Images: Drinking fountain (L); West Side Highway Car Wash via Underwest Donuts (R)

Cool Listings, Interiors, Park Slope

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266 Berkeley Place, Brooklyn, NY, United States

It’s everything you imagine a classic brownstone to be. For nearly 50 years this townhouse at 266 Berkeley Place in Park Slope has been under the careful stewardship of a single owner, and the love they showered on their home is evident in every one of its four floors—even the basement is immaculate with its whitewashed walls and brick archways.

take a tour here


Chelsea, Cool Listings, Interiors

Grab Your Architect and Race to This $4M Chelsea Loft

By Aisha Carter, Fri, January 23, 2015

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141 West 26th Street, New York, NY, United States

Let your imagination run wild in this 4,050-square-foot loft at 141 West 26th Street, right in the heart of Chelsea. This loft has 12-foot ceilings, oak wood floors, tons of light from multiple exposures, and enough space to create your dream home, all for $3.95 million.

Take a look inside



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