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Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , September 20, 2018

This townhouse-sized and undeniably grand parlor floor duplex at 196 Hicks Street (also known as 34 Pierrepont Street) in historic Brooklyn Heights is one of only three apartments within the “mansion annex” of the 200 Hicks Street cooperative. But unlike most townhouses, the 2,800-square-foot property steps from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade comes with around-the-clock doorman, plus secure storage and a gorgeous roof deck. The apartment does, however, have its own private stoop.

Take the grand tour

Brooklyn, Downtown Brooklyn, Policy

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , September 20, 2018

Rendering of the 986-foot tower (left) and revised 840-foot tower (right) via Alloy Development and Luxigon

The New York City Council’s subcommittee on zoning voted unanimously Thursday to approve the rezoning application that allows for the construction of 80 Flatbush, a five-building complex planned for Downtown Brooklyn. Following negotiations between Alloy Development and Council Member Stephen Levin, the developers agreed to cut the height of two buildings, one from 986 to 840 feet and another from 560 to 510 feet (h/t Brooklyn Paper). New renderings reveal not only smaller buildings but an updated design as well. With this key approval, the project will most likely get support from the full City Council followed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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affordable housing, Policy

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , September 20, 2018

Photo via Public Domain

According to a new city management report, during the 2017 fiscal year, the city spent an average of $99 a day to house single adults in facilities in New York City; in fiscal year 2018, that number grew to $117 a day, the Wall Street Journal reports. The cost of housing homeless families in shelters rose in fiscal year 2018 as well, with over 22,340 children living in shelters–an average of $192 a day compared to $171 in fiscal year 2017. It cost $147 each day to house adult families in fiscal year 2018 compared with $138 a day a year prior. According to the city’s Department of Homeless Services, the bigger numbers are the result of an increased investment in services, repairs and security at shelters.

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New Jersey, Transportation

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , September 20, 2018

Via Wikimedia

New Jersey Transit announced Thursday it will offer discount fares for three months as it reduces train service to and from New York Penn Station. In addition to its already diminished service, the agency plans to cancel 18 daily trains on five lines and suspend all train service on a short rail segment in Princeton. There will also be no weekend service on the Gladstone Branch of the Morris & Essex line. All fares will be cut by 10 percent from November through January, Bloomberg reported.

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Design, Green Design

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , September 20, 2018

Rendering via JCW Studio

To revitalize the drab medians of Park Avenue in Midtown, a design studio suggests building an elevated, multi-functional shelf to create more public space and ease pedestrian traffic. Studio JCW’s proposal, called Big Shelf, would be installed on every median of Park Avenue between 46th and 47th Street, according to designboom. The proposed design is meant to reflect a similar structural facade as the many skyscrapers around it.

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Events, Features, maps

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , September 20, 2018

Whether you’re good and ready for sweater weather or you’re sorry to see summer go, there’s no avoiding the fact that fall is on the way. One way to savor the changing seasons is to enjoy the majestic hues of autumn foliage. If you’re hoping to catch the changing season at its peak, there’s no better tool to plan your leaf-peeping strategy than SmokyMountains.com‘s Fall Foliage Prediction Map. This interactive infograph will tell you when and where foliage is expected to appear, and when it will reach its peak, in your area.

Check out the map

adaptive reuse, navy yard, New Developments

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , September 20, 2018

The Brooklyn Navy Yard and the area surrounding it continues to expand and live up to predictions calling it the city’s new creative hotspot. Just a few months after the Navy Yard and developers broke ground on a nine-story mixed-use creative and manufacturing project at 399 Sands Street, RXR Realty has announced plans to renovate a 10-building, 650,000-square-foot block-long complex at the site of the former Mergenthaler Linotype Company printing press factory, across from the Yard. The refurbished complex will be home to industrial, design, and office space, with ground-floor retail, and restaurant tenants.

More renderings of the new creative space, this way

Celebrities, Manhattan, Upper East Side

  • By Annie Doge
  • , September 19, 2018

Photo of Bourdain via Wikimedia

The Upper East Side home of late chef Anthony Bourdain is for sale for $3.7 million, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Located at 40 East 94th Street in the Carnegie Hill Tower, the apartment features Italian marble bathrooms, bamboo hardwood floors, and custom cabinetry. Bourdain and his wife, Ottavia Busia, purchased the home in late 2014 for $3.35 million, according to city property records.

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affordable housing, housing lotteries, Williamsburg

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 19, 2018

Rendering via JW Real Estate Services

If the Manhattan-fication of Williamsburg proper isn’t quite your thing but you still want some of that artsy, gritty edge, consider heading a bit east. And if your household earns 60 percent of the area median income, or between $33,875 and $62,580 annually, you might want to apply for one of the 25 affordable units currently available at 125 Borinquen Place, a new 133-unit rental building with an impressive roster of amenities: a rooftop with hammocks, cabanas, dining, and outdoor movies; an indoor cinema room; a duplex fitness center; co-working areas; and a lovely landscaped courtyard. The units range from $801/month studios to $974/month two-bedrooms.

Find out if you qualify

Architecture, Design, Events

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , September 19, 2018

Proposal for JXTA Arts Center, 4RM+ULA

The emerging movement of Hip-Hop Architecture will be highlighted in an exhibit for the first time, the Center for Architecture announced last week. The exhibit, Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture, will feature the work of 21 practitioners, academics and students, curated by Sekou Cooke of the Syracuse University School of Architecture. According to the center, “hip-hop’s primary means of expression—deejaying, emceeing, b-boying, and graffiti—have become globally recognized creative practices, and each has significantly impacted the urban built environment.” It opens on the first day of Archtober 2018, Monday, Oct. 1.

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