Architecture, condos, Lower East Side, New Developments

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120 Essex Street, New York, NY, United States

Here’s our first look at what the site of the storied Essex Street Market could hold. Known simply as “Site 9″ in the Essex Crossing mega-development, the 12-story mixed-use development would contain market-rate condominiums and two levels of commercial space at its base. The design of the market-replacing building was penned by GF55 Partners who hope the brick, metal, and glass structure will “co-exist with the area’s visual clutter and loudness of the Williamsburg Bridge traffic.” In the sole image provided, a distinguished  two-story base recalls the structural features of the nearby Williamsburg Bridge. According to their description, the commercial base is for a restaurant with various bars and dining areas.

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Book Reviews, Features, New Yorker Spotlight, People

Photo of Julia Pierpont via Shiva Rouhani

One of the many books published this summer is Julia Pierpont’s “Among the Ten Thousand Things.” Her debut novel tells the story of an Upper West Side family–parents Jack and Deb and kids Simon and Kay–following the discovery of infidelity. Published earlier this month by Random House, it’s received plenty of praise, including a rave review in the New York Times.

Julia, who is in her late 20s, grew up on the Upper West Side and currently resides in Brooklyn. She went a few blocks north to attend Barnard College and then went downtown to to NYU’s M.F.A. program, where she began writing the book. The story is peppered with lines New Yorkers will relate to, especially anyone who spent their childhood in Manhattan. “There were things you learned early, growing up in the city, and there things you learned late, or not at all,” she writes, exploring the idea of what city kids gain, but also what they lack in comparison to their suburban counterparts. Then there are her descriptions. One line that seems particularly fitting given the temperature reads, “Central air seemed the greatest of suburban luxuries. It was like living inside a Duane Reade.”

Before she did a reading in Oxford, Mississippi, we spoke with Julia to find out about her life in New York and what role it played in “Among the Ten Thousand Things.”

Get the scoop from Julia here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Prospect Heights

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598 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

There’s a certain type of interior style you see a lot in Brooklyn these days. It’s historic, with original wood floors and fireplaces and crown moldings. But there’s also something very modern to it, maybe in the lighting or the kitchen design or the furniture. This apartment, a duplex at 598 Bergen Street in Prospect Heights, covers all those bases. It’s got the perfect Brooklyn vibe throughout both floors of the townhouse rental–even the listing calls it the “classic Brooklyn townhouse.” It’s asking $5,100 a month.

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Real Estate Wire

  • Michael Bloomberg’s ex wife, Susan Brown Bloomberg, sold her Noho penthouse in just over a month. [NYO]
  • NYU’s $6 billion expansion plan is kicking off with plans to demolish Coles Gym. [DNAinfo]
  • The owner of a $10.5 million Soho penthouse is suing the building’s restaurant for an “illegal” rooftop bar that’s caused him $1.5 million in distress. [NYP]
  • Because of problem with dog waste in hallways, One Brooklyn Bridge Park has taken to DNA testing it’s four-legged residents. [NYT]
  • Manhattan’s top ten condo flips over the past year netted sellers over $11 million. [TRD]
  • The Brooklyn Academy of Music is announcing a $25 million building that will connect its three current sites. [NYT]
  • Here’s the charities to which Donald Trump donated. [Crain's]

Design, Furniture

Jack Craig Fixes a Smashed Table With a Caramelized Resin Top

By Ana Lisa Alperovich, Fri, July 31, 2015

Detroit-based industrial designer Jack Craig crafted a curious table and stool that are all about the process. Made from smashed and reconstituted pinewood, the Broken Board Series 2 is sealed with caramelized resin. Its clear honey-hued top leaves the broken wooden ends exposed while creating some surprising visual effects when objects are placed on it.

Learn more about the piece here

Art, CityLiving, maps

1970s Map Reveals Worldview According to New Yorkers

By Shiloh Frederick, Fri, July 31, 2015

Does anything really exist outside of New York? The creator of this map doesn’t think so. Made in the 1970s by an anonymous artist, this maps depicts the worldview of the stereotypical New Yorker. The greatest city in the world occupies the greatest amount of space on the map, while the rest of the country is reduced to a narrow strip of land. That is, the rest of the country that’s worth acknowledging.

See the full map here

Design, Interiors, Soho

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Crosby Street, New York, NY, United States

We’ve highlighted a few projects from DHD Architecture + Interior Design before, and one thing we love about the firm’s work is their talent for combining classic spaces with modern ideals and adding unexpected twists. Their designs often feature clean, crisp lines, interesting lighting and open floor plans and integrate residents’ multifaceted personalities. In this case, they work their eclectic magic on a Crosby Street loft located on a cobblestoned Soho block in that neighborhood’s Cast Iron Historic District. Dating from 1882, the building, a former department store, was converted to a 10-unit condominium residence in 2001.

Step into this cool loft space…


Daily Link Fix

  • Photo essay by Nathan Kensinger documents the changing Coney Island boardwalk. [Curbed]
  • The city’s 10 oldest surviving commercial real estate dynasties. [BisNow]
  • Thomas Heatherwick’s designs may be unique and evocative (just look at the renderings for his Pier 55 floating park), but at what price? [NYTimes]
  • A new infographic from the Design Trust links urban agriculture to positive impacts in neighborhoods. [BuzzBuzzHome News]
  • Potholes aren’t just terrible for cars; they’re terrible for the city’s budget. [WSJ]
  • Designers weigh in on what they think NYC’s climate change museum should look like, that is if it comes to fruition. [Next City]

Images: Coney Island boardwalk by Nathan Kensinger for Curbed (L); Second Avenue pothole (R)

CityLiving, Transportation, Urban Design

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In the ongoing discussion of expanding the city’s mass transit options to underserved areas, we may be a step closer to addressing the need for transit along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront–between Astoria, Red Hook and Sunset Park, according to CapitalNY. While many of those areas have transit to and from Manhattan covered, a north-west connection is needed (and relying on the G train doesn’t help much). An advisory committee comprised of developers, transportation experts and civic organizers has formed to address this need.

Recently, the consulting firm of HR&A Advisors (former employers of city planning commissioner Carl Weisbrod) was hired by the committee to study the feasibility of a streetcar service or a light rail line to connect Sunset Park to Astoria, connecting rapidly growing neighborhoods like Red Hook, Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn, as well as burgeoning business and industry hubs like Long Island City and the Brookyn Navy Yard.

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Design, Interiors, Midtown

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Empire State Building, 5th Avenue, New York, NY, United States

The Empire State Building is already one of the most unique places to work in the city, but the LinkedIn offices on the 28th floor have made the iconic building even cooler. Interior Architects recently remodeled the 33,005-square-foot space, which houses the social network’s sales team. The result is a floor that is “fun and vibrant,” but maintains the professionalism of a “club level of a hotel.” Just a warning, though, everything about this office–from a wall of rotary phones that conceals a speakeasy to a photo display that celebrates employees’ pets–is going to make you pretty bummed about your boring cubicle.

Take a tour of the office here


Celebrities, Recent Sales, Upper West Side 

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145 Central Park West, New York, NY, United States

Starchitect César Pelli and his wife Diana Balmori have bought a $17.5 million apartment at the San Remo, according to city records released today. And the seller of the 4,900-square-foot, 12-room residence is Rona Maurer, John Leguizamo’s mother-in-law who was recently involved in a lawsuit claiming she was covering up the sale of the home to keep her stepdaughter from getting any of the profits.

The corner unit has all the details one would hope for from the Upper West Side‘s most prestigious co-op, including 65 feet of Central Park views, soaring ceilings, herringbone floors, three entertaining rooms, and a marble entry gallery.

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Architecture, Art, Art nerd ny, Events, Features

Image via Wendy Perrin

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 end of week picks for 6sqft readers!

A weekend of adventure awaits your beckoning call. Choose your own adventure: a cruise on the high seas whilst dressed as a sea monster (or sea siren if that’s your preference), sleep amidst the taxidermy animals at an adult sleepover hosted by the American Museum of Natural History, or get dirty and explore “Old New York” through trash at Dead Horse Bay with Abandoned NYC.

Feeling less adventurous? You can always learn about our ever-changing city at Van Alen’s latest exhibition with the Gentrification Lab NYC, which reconnects the role of architecture with expansion. Try out a different kind of studio visit with dancer and artist Jillian Peña, who will perform her new architecturally-influenced dance and actually take time to explain it to visitors, or check a screening of the Swedish film making waves with its representation of transgender life at Pioneer Works. Enjoy the new José Parlá pieces outdoors at The Standard High Line while sipping cocktails from the garden. Lastly, trek to Times Square late at night as artists Os Gemeos take over the ad screens for Midnight Moment all month long.

All the best events to check out here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Prospect Heights

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390 Sterling Place, Brooklyn, NY, United States

We’ve featured the work of this home’s current owners–principals at WE Design–before, including the architects’ previous home, and this latest oeuvre (or possibly magnum opus) is yet another impressive example. Though the luck of having a great house to begin with helps, this 4,100-square-foot, four-story beauty at 390 Sterling Place, on what is arguably the prettiest street in prime Prospect Heights, hits all the high notes after an amazing renovation.

For lovers of historic homes there are pristine original details at every turn. For modern interior design fans the renovation has meant the latest and greatest in appliances and fixtures (including central A/C and “new everything”) and a perfectly on-trend clean and modern look throughout. At $4.25 million, it’s a big price tag, but the location is super-prime–and so is the home.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Tribeca

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35 North Moore Street, New York, NY, United States

Now that he’s taking over as the starting point guard for the Dallas Mavericks, Deron Williams is parting ways with his massive Tribeca penthouse. The Post reports that the former Nets star has listed the 6,800-square-foot duplex at 35 North Moore Street for $33.5 million. The stunning, six-bedroom “trophy” apartment also boasts 3,000 square feet of private outdoor gardens, huge 17-foot ceilings with wrap-around skylights, a climate-controlled wine room, and a custom-made floating staircase.

Check it out here


Architecture, condos, East Village, New Developments

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64 East 1st Street, New York, NY, United States

Here’s our first look at the lofty interiors of an upcoming GF55 Partners-designed condominium at 64 East 1st Street. The seven-story property is being developed by MGM Property Group, and the site was previously occupied by the much-maligned restaurant/hookah bar La Vie. MGM purchased the 3,300-square-foot lot in late 2013 to the tune of $5.4 million and swiftly demolished the one-story building last year. Excavation work is currently ongoing.

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