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Art

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , May 7, 2021

All images courtesy of Guernsey’s.

On Wednesday, May 12, Guernsey’s will open its “Urban Gems” auction, which features a graffiti-tagged refrigerator door from Keith Haring’s Soho apartment, Andy Warhol’s taxidermized mounted moose head, and mixed media works of art depicting Christo’s The Gates.

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Connecticut, Cool Listings, Quirky Homes

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , May 7, 2021

In Weston, Connecticut, about an hour-and-a-half drive from NYC, you can buy this amazingly converted church for $865,000, the price of a very tiny one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. Built in 1890, the former Swedish church has been transformed into a quirky yet beautiful single-family home, complete with stained-glass windows, cathedral ceilings, and wooden ceilings beams. At 2,382 square feet, it has three bedrooms, plus a lovely rear patio.

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Architecture, Design, Prospect Heights

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , May 7, 2021

All photos by Gregg Richards

This week, the Brooklyn Public Library revealed the first phase of a major remodel of its Central Library on Grand Army Plaza. Designed by renowned architect Toshiko Mori, the undertaking was the single largest renovation and restoration in the Central Library’s 80-year history. The modern, light-filled rooms now provide more accessible space for the public, which includes civic commons for community engagement (providing city and passport services), a “new and noteworthy” book gallery, and an enlarged and modernized business and career center.

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Art, DUMBO

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , May 7, 2021

Photo by Andy Lin

The pandemic has taken a toll on everyone, but especially so on parents who have had to help their children deal with this time of uncertainty and stress. A new photo exhibition launched in Brooklyn this week that pays tribute to the many “at-home heroes” of New York. The Dumbo Improvement District, in partnership with Photoville, is projecting photos of COVID-caregiving in action onto the Manhattan Bridge every night between Mother’s Day this Sunday and Father’s Day on June 20.

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Cool Listings, Hudson Square

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , May 7, 2021

Listing photos by Brad at DD Reps

To be precise, this home is located in the Charlton-King-VanDam Historic District, a tiny section of the Hudson Square neighborhood that has the largest concentration of Federal and Greek Revival style houses in New York City. This two-bedroom duplex is within one such 1830s townhouse at 49 King Street, and it’s currently on the market for $1,350,000. While it retains historic details like exposed brick and the original pine plank flooring, the home also underwent a modern renovation that added contemporary-glam touches.

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Morningside Heights, Upper West Side , Urban Design

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , May 6, 2021

Photo of Riverside Park by Momos on Wikimedia

The city announced this week plans to provide $348 million in funding for the rehabilitation of major infrastructure in Riverside Park, marking one of the largest investments at the waterfront park since the 1930s. The project restores the “overbuild,” a series of bridge structures built over the Amtrak tunnels between West 72nd and West 123rd Streets. The deteriorated structure has damaged pathways and affected the park’s usability, according to the city.

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Policy

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , May 6, 2021

Photo of Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Empire State Building on May 1, 2021 courtesy of Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

With tourism expected to ramp up this summer, New York City wants to be able to vaccinate visitors. On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to set up mobile coronavirus vaccination sites at tourist hotspots, like Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Central Park. While the mayor said these hubs could be set up as early as this weekend, the state must first approve the plan as well as change a rule to allow non-New Yorkers to receive the vaccine.

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Cool Listings, Hamptons, Historic Homes

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , May 6, 2021

Listing photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

In Sag Harbor Village, this $3,250,000 house shares all the history of its neighborhood. It was built in 1792 but updated with a modern take on its 18th-century origins. Throughout you’ll find handcrafted millwork and ironwork, wide-plank oak floors, and shiplap ceiling with exposed wood beams. And it’s just steps to both Sag Harbor Cove and all the shops and restaurants along Main Street.

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Art, Manhattan, Midtown

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , May 6, 2021

All photos courtesy of Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Tishman Speyer

A massive bronze sculpture has been installed at Rockefeller Center as part of a new multi-part public art exhibition. Designed by Sanford Biggers, Oracle stands 25 feet tall at the foot of the Channel Gardens and is a continuation of the artist’s recent Chimera sculpture series. As the first campus-wide takeover by a solo artist at Rockefeller Center, the exhibition also includes a flag installation at the iconic flagpoles, small-scale sculptures, a virtual experience, and murals, in addition to the sculpture that weighs over 15,000 pounds.

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Bed Stuy, Cool Listings

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , May 6, 2021

Listing photos by Shannon Dupre at DDreps

There are fun artistic touches almost everywhere you look at this Bed-Stuy loft, from the architectural built-ins to the retro and rustic decor. The two-bedroom home is located at 105 Lexington Avenue, a converted 1930s box factory on the Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy border, and it’s asking $1,150,000.

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In the heart of the Jersey City Heights, this luxury condo offers modern homes with NYC views

  • By Dana Schulz

The Heights section of Jersey City is perhaps the best-kept secret among New Yorkers. Its real estate hasn’t yet reached the prices of downtown, but it’s full of beautiful blocks with skyline views, hip new restaurants, and tons of green space. The Beckford is a new condo in the neighborhood that offers all this and more. Located right on Central Avenue, it has sleek urban luxury condos, along with a backyard and a shared roof deck with a BBQ grill and those NYC views. Currently, there are three two-bed, two-bath units on the market for $495,000.

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