Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

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82 Quaker Hill Road, Pawling, NY, United States

At first glance, you’ll be drawn to this farmhouse‘s classic colonial facade and beautiful surrounding landscape. Once inside, you’ll love the original architecture and old-time decor. But there’s much more than meets the eye at this Dutchess County beauty. Located atop the historic Quaker Hill and built circa 1700, this home reportedly welcomed four Presidents–Washington, Coolidge, Hoover, and Roosevelt–and Marie Curie was a frequent house guest whose gifted backyard tree still stands today. And this amazing piece of history in Pawling, New York can be yours for $699,000.

Take a tour around the sprawling premises here

 

Weekly Highlights

Weekly Highlights: Top Picks from the 6sqft Staff

By Dana Schulz, Sat, May 23, 2015

Cool Listings, Interiors, Soho

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514 Broome Street, New York, NY, United States

Soho’s only freestanding home has found new owners. Bonnie and Seth Harris paid $6.887 million for the Broome Street townhouse, which initially popped up on the market a year ago, asking nearly $10 million. The two-bedroom home, listed by “Million Dollar Listing” star Ryan Serhant, has 3,430 square feet of living space with a 280-square-foot terrace and an additional 2,600 square feet of building rights.

More pics inside

 
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Chelsea, Events, Features

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Chelsea, New York, NY, United States

6sqft is officially one year old and to celebrate we’re throwing a party in Manhattan—and you’re invited! Join us on Tuesday, June 2nd for a night of trivia, prizes, photobooth fun, grub and booze. It’s the perfect opportunity to take a break from your weekly grind and party hardy with your fellow New Yorkers. See you soon!

When: Tuesday, June 2nd from 6:30 – 8:30pm
RSVP: This event is free but you need to RSVP through Eventbrite here or by emailing [email protected] (this is how you’ll receive the location). If you’d like to participate in the night’s trivia game, please select the the corresponding ticket type instead of general admission. If you’re bringing friends, include them when selecting the ticket type. (Questions? E-mail Alyssa at [email protected]

 

History, maps, photography

For us NYC history nerds, the New York Public Library‘s digital archive is one of the most valuable tools. We can search historic photos by address, building name, or neighborhood. This can get a little tedious, though, especially if a location no longer exists or we don’t know the exact street number. But sleuthing for vintage pictures just got a whole lot easier thanks to a new mapping tool from the library’s NYPL Labs team. OldNYC is an interactive map that features red dots on every location for which the collection has photos from the 1870s through the 1970s and lets you explore and interact with the images.

Find out more here

Celebrities, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

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1045 5th Ave, NY, United States

Paul McCartney has just nabbed a $15.5 million penthouse at 1045 Fifth Avenue, the Post reports. Laid out as a duplex, the unit was previously owned by developer Manny Duell who made a living turning rentals into co-ops. This particular unit was one of Duell’s creations, assembled as a gift for his wife who lived in the home until her death last year at the age of 92. Duell himself passed in 1977. With its roots in the Beatles era, McCartney should quickly feel at home here. The unit was previously described by the Times as a “glamorous 1960s time capsule with a dash of Hollywood.”

Have a look inside

 

Cool Listings, Design, Furniture

If you like the idea of a workspace that can be placed out of sight when it’s time to shut down for the day, take a look at this design inspired by the planes of the 1950s. The Blackhawk Secretary is an aviation-themed working station wrapped in a patchwork of aluminum panels and accented with exposed steel screws. On sale at the upscale Restoration Hardware, this office-furniture piece not only shuts down so you forget about work, but you can even move it totally out of sight and into another room.

Learn more about this aviator-inspired working station

Architecture, Design, Hamptons

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Amagansett, NY, United States

If you’re spending the holiday weekend out on the Hamptons, chances are you’re in for crowded beaches, bustling restaurants, and high-energy parties. But for those of us looking for something a little more low key, this contemporary pool house and spa by ICRAVE couldn’t be any more perfect (well, except for the fact that we’re not invited over).

The designers were tasked with creating a fresh outdoor space in Amagansett where their clients could entertain, and seeing as ICRAVE is responsible for such hospitality projects as the Borgota casino’s Bask by Exhale Spa and eight STK restaurants, we’re not surprised that the result is so flawless. A mix of natural cedar and industrial steel, the pool house is a modern oasis, highlighted by the central pool.

Get up close here

 

Cool Listings, Interiors, Williamsburg

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85 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Two apartments, units 408 and 309, are now available at the Mill Building, 85 North 3rd Street in Williamsburg, with the potential to create a massive loft apartment. When we first saw this listing, only one unit was up for grabs, but now a buyer will have two floors and 3,600 square feet to work with, as well as the potential to build out as many as five bedrooms alongside a media room and library. How much for the opportunity to create this mega loft? The asking price is $4.775 million.

Take a look inside

 

Central Park South, Midtown West, Rentals

Fully-Furnished Rentals Launch at One57

By Dana Schulz, Fri, May 22, 2015

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157 West 57th Street, New York, NY, United States

In the past when we’ve talked about the latest occupancies at billionaires’ row blockbuster One57 we were referring to the record-breaking $100 million condo sale (the most expensive in the city ever) or Bill Ackman’s $91.5 million flip attempt. But now those looking to get in on the city’s most expensive condo building can do so without dropping seven figures in one fell swoop.

Extell Development, after selling most of the condos at One57, has quietly listed 38 fully-furnished apartments for rent on the building’s seven lower residential floors. But don’t get too excited if you’re not in the billionaires’ club; asking prices range from $13,350/month for a one-bedroom unit to $50,366 for a three-bedroom.

More details ahead

 

Celebrities, Recent Sales, Upper West Side 

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522 West End Avenue, New York, NY, United States

When we took a look at the real estate of the stars of “Girls,” we said the characters “live in Greenpoint, not the Upper West Side.” The same cannot be said for their real-life digs, as evidenced by Zosia Mamet’s (she plays Shoshanna on the hit show) purchase of a pretty bland Upper West Side co-op. According to city records released today, she paid $1,225,000 for the two-bedroom apartment at 522 West End Avenue. We knew she was looking to relocate–she and her boyfriend listed their Bushwick house back in October, and it recently sold–but we can’t deny that we’re a little surprised by her choice.

See Zosia’s new home here

 
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Art, Art nerd ny, Events, Features

In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers, beginning tonight!

It’s almost Memorial Day, which means your weekend is probably already chock full of picnics, barbecues and outdoor drinking activities. But in case it isn’t, we’ve rounded up some arty- and some Memorial Day-themed activities to keep the long weekend packed full of fun. Cool off with some public art in Brooklyn Bridge Park, be the first to hop over to Governors Island this season, or see Tom Cruise on the deck of the Intrepid. You can also get outside of your borough comfort zone and head to Far Rockaway to celebrate surf and photography, hear from some women in downtown rock, or try out your best dance moves at a hip hop party sponsored by the Museum of the City of New York. Then round out the weekend with the serenity—and opulence—of Buddhist art from Kashmir. There, weekend sorted.

All the best events here

CityLiving, maps

Though we often chalk American cuisine down to hamburgers and apple pie, in reality folks across the country indulge in foods far more diverse. Foursquare and Mapbox have created a new map that reveals what foods Americans are statistically eating more of in every state. To make the map, they used an algorithm that analyzed Foursquare’s data set of menus, tips, and ratings—which represent stats from some 55 million users and two million businesses worldwide over the span of six years—and zoomed in on the food and drink items that appeared to be “disproportionately popular” across the states. In addition to getting what was uniquely popular to each state, they were also able to use the algorithm to determine just how much more—represented as a percentage—individuals seek out that favored food or drink item as compared to the national average. So, what do New York inhabitants crave the most? Hint: It’s not pizza.

FInd out here

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Features, infographic, real estate trends

This year is full of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law, and in marking this milestone we tend to look at all of the historic buildings that have been perfectly preserved in their appearance and function. But what about those that retain their original character, yet have a new use? The folks over at CityRealty have taken a look at this group, focusing on city landmarks that have been converted from commercial spaces into condominiums. Zoning in on the five largest landmarks (by number of units), they found that owning a piece of history will cost you. In fact, the average unit price in these Manhattan landmarks was 45 percent higher than other condos; in Brooklyn, 26 percent.

Check out the full infographic here

Real Estate Wire

  • A Time exec has bought Million Dollar Listing star Fredrik Eklund’s West 27th Street pad. [NYP]
  • Ziel Feldman’s HFZ Capital Group recently purchased one of the most expensive development sites ever sold in Manhattan, but he doesn’t plan on putting ultra-expensive condos up there—he’s opting for a small project instead. [Crain's]
  • Pierhouse blocked from being constructed any higher. [TRD]
  • With Auction.com Chinese investors will be able to purchase U.S. properties from the comfort of their own homes. [Bloomberg]
  • New York remains the world’s most global city according to A.T. Kearney’s latest review. However, San Francisco is expected to grab hold of first in the near future. [Archinect]

Art, Brooklyn, Design, Interiors

For most creatives, waking up and building things with LEGOs every day sounds like a dream. For artist Sean Kenney, it’s a reality. Self-described as a “professional kid” who builds everything from lamps to portraits to entire rooms with the colorful bricks, Kenney needed a studio where he and his team could construct the fanciful works. He employed studioMET Architects to transform an old Brooklyn parking garage into his dream work space. With a project budget of less than $250,000, the firm designed a 4,000-square-foot artist studio with just as much personality as its owner’s sculptures. The bright white, open space allows the fun creations and bins of colorful bricks (4 tons of them to be exact!) to stand out while still maintaining a logical, functional layout.

Find out more about this fun and functional artist studio

Cool Listings, Interiors, Park Slope

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103 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY, United States

After Prospect Park opened in 1867, a wave of development hit the surrounding area, now known as Park Slope. The stretch of Prospect Park West, which bordered the park, was dubbed the “Gold Coast” for its many lavish mansions. Today, the stretch is still home to some of Brooklyn’s most impressive buildings. This townhouse at 103 Prospect Park West is one of them. A triplex co-op there is on the market for $1.995 million, and it retains much of its pre-war detailing.

See the interior here

 

Daily Link Fix

  • Minnesota-based artist HOT TEA used 120 gallons of rainbow-colored paint to transform a Roosevelt Island swimming pool. [Colossal]
  • Geodesic dome creator Buckminster Fuller had a pretty hefty FBI file. Find out what these documents say. [Gizmodo]
  • Go inside the secret basement that powers New York’s wireless subway network. [Fast Co.]
  • How the Twin Towers went from “filing cabinets” to American icons that remain symbols of the city even in their absence. [The Guardian]
  • New York City is the second most energy-efficient city in the country, behind only Boston. [NYDN]
  • Lilac, the last remaining steam-powered lighthouse tender in the country, has been transformed into an art gallery. Visit all summer at Pier 25 in Tribeca. [Gothamist]
  • Mapping all of NYC’s public bathrooms. [BK Mag]

Images: Asylum by HOT TEA (L); Wireless station via Fast Co. (R)

Celebrities, Chelsea, Cool Listings, Interiors

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420 West 25th Street, New York, NY, United States

Star of “Gotham” (or Ryan from “The O.C.” for our 20-something readers) Benjamin McKenzie was seen checking out a glitzy duplex at 420 West 25th Street, reports the Post. The $2.5 million pad near the High Line is located in the pre-war Ink Press building and features two bedrooms, double-height ceilings, and a private terrace. It’s currently decked out with crystal chandeliers, gold decor, and elegant fabrics, a style we think would well suite the handsome actor.

Take a look around the home here

 

Cool Listings, Interiors, Park Slope

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326 15th Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

There’s something intriguing about this $1.5 million two-family townhouse at 326 15th Street in Park Slope. The home almost looks like an upscale tool shed with wood everywhere you look: wooden built-ins, wooden beams, hardwood floors. But with the right owner and enough tender love and care, this 1,800 square-foot beauty could be a dream home in the making. Built around 1899, and available for the first time in 35 years, it can be yours for $1.5 million.

More pics inside

 

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