Our ongoing series “My sqft” checks out the homes of 6sqft’s friends, family and fellow New Yorkers across all the boroughs. Our latest interior adventure brings us to Park Slope. Want to see your home featured here? Get in touch!
We’ve all been there: dreaming of leaving the city behind and heading out west for a new adventure. Some of us do it, but most of us continue dreaming. For financial services executive Bill Fellows and his graphic designer and nurse practitioner-in-training wife Kerr, change wasn’t something to be feared, and more than six years ago the pair took a leap of faith and left for San Francisco. However, as anyone who’s spent more than a year in the Big Apple can attest, once you’ve lived in a city as great New York, it’s only a matter of time before you’re sucked back in. And after a long stint on the other side of the country, Bill and Kerr came back to the city—this time in search of a calmer experience more akin to what they had on the west coast.
Since August of last year, the pair have been cozying it up in the bottom two floors of a Park Slope brownstone. Originally an unkempt photography studio and living space, Bill signed for the house before Kerr even had a chance to see it (now that’s trust, people). When Kerr did finally check out the place, her design-background kicked in. She saw the challenges and opportunities that steeped the 2,200 square feet, and she got to work.
Keep reading to find out how Kerr and Bill turned a shamble into a tranquil, well-composed space.
Getting settled in Manhattan can be challenging, but with help from the designers at Peti Lau Inc. this bachelor from Bangalore, India created a place to call home with an epic interior inspired by his love for travel, all things vintage, and coffee. Located in Union Square, this 1,800-square-foot one-bedroom apartment boasts a variety of noteworthy design details, including a cafe-inspired kitchen and tchotchkes and rugs gathered from the owner’s trips to Africa, Morocco and India.
Yes, there’s A-list star cred here, but really, the pitched gabled roof is more than enough to convince us to take out a mortgage for this mid-century modern gem just 20 miles out of Manhattan. According to the WSJ, the Rockland Country home where Angelina Jolie spent her formative years has just hit the market for $2.049 million. Measuring a sprawling 4,088 square feet, it features three bedrooms, a dramatic pitched roof, exposed roof beams, and two very lush acres within the hamlet of Snedens Landing. Given that hubby Brad Pitt is quite the modern architecture enthusiast himself, could this not be a wonderful investment for the Jolie-Pitt brood?
We’ve already gotten some teasers from our friends over at Open House New York about which sites will be opening their doors for this year’s OHNY Weekend on October 17th and 18th, but just this morning the full roster of sites was revealed, and it’s looking pretty good. To help make your itinerary planning a bit easier, 6sqft has put together a list of recommendations for not-to-be-missed sites, from Google’s headquarters to a food factory tour at Industry City to the 1920s gilded Loew’s Kings Theatre.
The fate of Jason Reitman‘s Chelsea pad is no longer up in the air. After just 32 days on the market, the director/producer/screenwriter, best known for the beloved indie flick “Juno,” as well as well as the aforementioned pun starring George Clooney, has sold for $3.05 million. As noted by the Observer, the 1,600-square-foot space at 434 West 20th Street was purchased by Reitman with his then-wife Michelle Lee back in 2011 for $2.15 million, with the pair said to be drawn in by the home’s prewar detailing and its location just across from the New York Seminary’s gorgeous gardens.
The buildings of the skyline have been illuminating the dark city nights for centuries, and now with Stalaclights they can light up your home as well. These awesome 3D-printed shades from Studio David Grass were designed to replicate the Art Deco skyscrapers of New York City and Chicago while providing a nice warm glow.
- NY apartments where the ratio of people to rooms is more than 1:1 has gone up more than 15 percent between 2005 and 2013. [Gothamist]
- Two Hudson Yards holdouts could get a payday as large as $25 million from developer Tishman Speyer. [Crain's]
- Foreign buyers prefer new buildings. [NYP]
- Murray Hill is Manhattan’s sluttiest neighborhood. [NYDN]
- The real estate titans who are among the world’s richest. [TRD]
- The Lenox Hill townhouse near Andy Warhol’s last residence has gotten a new facade and a $5m price increase. [Douglas Elliman]
This Chelsea co-op, located at 139 West 19th Street, has got lots of things going for it: it’s super stylish, has some great interior details, there’s an expansive living room along with two full bedrooms and bathrooms, and it has a huge backyard that will incite envy. It’s also located in a charming central location on 19th Street between 6th and 7th avenues. The cost for all this good stuff comes in at $3.895 million.
Google Street View of the McDonald’s site with other Hudson Yards construction in the background
Crain’s reports that the Related Companies has bought the site of a McDonald’s at 34th Street and 10th Avenue for an undisclosed sum, the final parcel needed to build 50 Hudson Yards. The fast food chain has owned the property for decades, but at the end of last month, the company notified the state that it would lay off all of the location’s 65 employees by the end of 2015. Though no formal designs have been released for the corner lot, the developer’s website tentatively envisions a 2,300,000-square-foot commercial tower that would reach 62 stories and higher than 1,000 feet.
For architecture buffs and design lovers, Open House New York Weekend is a veritable holiday. For two days every October, the doors to some of the five boroughs’ most important buildings are unlocked, allowing guests to experience the city in a new way and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. This year, 250 sites range from historic to contemporary and residential to industrial, and the event also includes walking tours, talks, and performances. Highlights include the 1920s gilded Loew’s Kings Theatre, Philip Johnson’s World’s Fair relic known as the New York State Pavilion, and Brooklyn Grange, the world’s largest rooftop farm.
We’ve teamed up with our friends over at OHNY to offer 6sqft readers the chance to win a Weekend Passport to the event, a unique VIP button that allows the wearer and a guest front-of-the-line access to all sites and programs that don’t require advance reservations.
Here’s how to enter:
Between today and October 7th, snap a picture (using your best photography skills, of course) of your favorite piece of architecture anywhere in the five boroughs. Share it with us on Instagram @openhousenewyork and @6sqft with the hashtag #sendmetoOHNY with the location. After the 7th, we’ll pick our favorite photo and send one lucky reader to OHNY in style.
Click here for more information about Open House New York Weekend 2015 >>
Though they’re charming and often in great neighborhoods, condos created from historic townhouses often disappoint. Railroad-style layouts get circumvented by oddly-configured hallways (left resembling a linear “ant farm” accessed by tunnels), kitchens are across the apartment from living rooms, bedrooms get subdivided into virtual closets, and so on.
This lovely two-bedroom parlor-floor home at 122 Fort Greene Place in prime Fort Greene escapes most of those fates, and interiors by popular brownstone Brooklyn design firm The Brooklyn Home Company elevate it even further into the charm circle. The $1.6 million ask may seem high, but a sizable 1,384 square feet, tons of restored original details within a superb renovation, stellar location, and designer showcase status (it was featured in the coffee-table-favorite “Design Brooklyn,” and a slew of interiors mags) rack up plenty of selling points.
- A six-year-old on the Upper West Side developed Pops for Pups, a lemonade stand-like dog treat business that donates its proceeds to a no-kill shelter. [DNAinfo]
- Map shows all Uber pick ups between January and June 2015. Not surprisingly, 73% were in Manhattan. [Politico]
- Don’t miss the annual Harlem Harvest Festival this Sunday. There will be cooking competitions, food vendors, and live music. [Harlem Bespoke]
- The history of the Great Fire of 1776, including the Revolutionary War events leading up to the disaster and the tragic tale of patriot Nathan Hale. [Bowery Boys]
- You can start ice skating in NYC this Saturday! [NYDN]