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Cool Listings, Hamptons

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , November 20, 2019

Photo credit: Evan Joseph/Compass

This Water Mill waterfront home at 38 Cobb Isle Road could easily be a glittering international resort, complete with gorgeous indoor pool and spa right off the kitchen. The pool becomes an outdoor pool in warm weather, and the house itself is on Mecox Bay with the views you’d expect, surrounded by water. Asking $9,495,000, the home, designed by renowned Southampton-based architect Mark C. Matthews, spans 6,150 square feet and has six bedrooms; there’s a gym and full bath above the garage, which could become a guest suite.

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Coney Island, real estate trends

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , November 20, 2019

Photo by Shinya Suzuki on Flickr

A number of small businesses on Coney Island’s landmarked boardwalk are facing major rent hikes, possibly threatening their ability to remain open. According to the Brooklyn Paper, six shops, including long-standing hangouts Ruby’s Bar and Grill and Tom’s Restaurant, could see a 500 percent increase in rent from Zamperla, the company that operates the amusement park. The potential increase has revived the group “Save Coney Island,” which advocates for the preservation of the neighborhood’s mom-and-pop shops.

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affordable housing, Policy

  • By Alexandra Alexa
  • , November 20, 2019

Image by Nick Normal via Flickr

In 2017, the de Blasio administration announced a five-year “Turning the Tide on Homelessness” plan to convert hundreds of cluster apartments, occupied by homeless families across the city, into permanently affordable units. Earlier this year, the City was able to complete the first phase of that plan by financing not-for-profit developers to acquire 17 buildings, rehabilitate them, and turn them into permanent affordable housing. Now the administration is moving forward with a second phase that will convert 14 more “cluster site” buildings. The first phase created housing for roughly 450 homeless families and the second phase is expected to aid another 200 families.

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Cool Listings, Crown Heights

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , November 20, 2019

Photo credit: Rise Media, courtesy of Compass.

This two-story row house in Crown Heights at 996 Saint Johns Place has plenty of space for family and friends without being too much house to handle. Asking $1.975 million, the barrel-fronted limestone facade looks out over a small front garden, and there’s lots more room in the back for al fresco activities. Interiors have been lovingly restored without being too fancy, and lots of old details remain.

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Policy

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , November 20, 2019

More than 2,460 residents at the LaGuardia Houses on the LES were affected by the outages Tuesday; photo via Wikimedia

Thousands of public housing residents did not have heat and hot water on Tuesday, making it the second widespread outage in less than two weeks. As first reported by Gothamist, 10,000 New York City Housing Authority tenants across six complexes suffered from the outages this week. And last week, when temperatures dropped below freezing, roughly 23,000 NYCHA residents did not have heat or hot water at some point.

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Brooklyn, Features, NYC Guides

13 Brooklyn condos with the best waterfront views

By Michelle Sinclair Colman, Wed, November 20, 2019

  • By Michelle Sinclair Colman
  • , November 20, 2019

Way back in 1992 when David Dinkins was mayor, a Department of City Planning report began, “New York City’s waterfront is a valuable but still untapped resource. Decades of declining maritime activity have left much of the city’s waterfront dormant. Today, after years of neglect and revitalization attempts stalled by the clash of competing interests, New Yorkers are coming together to fulfill the public’s claim to productive use and increased enjoyment of this resource.” Today, this transformation is perhaps the most evident along the Brooklyn waterfront, where views of Manhattan and beyond are enjoyed from contemporary towers, restored industrial buildings, and cool, open lofts. Ahead, we round up 13 condominiums with the best views on the waterfront in Brooklyn.

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Greenpoint, New Developments, Starchitecture

  • By Alexandra Alexa
  • , November 20, 2019

Rendering courtesy of OMA

Construction is now underway on the next phase of development at Greenpoint Landing, which includes one acre of additional public waterfront space designed by James Corner Field Operations and two new residential towers designed by Rem Koolhaas’ international architecture firm, OMA. In addition to 745 units of mixed-income housing, the new towers will also add 8,600 square feet of ground-floor retail.

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Events, South Street Seaport

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , November 19, 2019

Photo courtesy of The Howard Hughes Corporation

Ice skating in New York City is a must during the winter, with spots like the festive rink at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park’s winter village, and even newbie Runway Rink at the landmarked TWA Hotel. But there’s only one NYC ice rink where you can “skate the skyline.” Returning for a second season, The Rooftop at Pier 17 in the Seaport District opens this week, promising an even more spectacular season of skating as the city’s only open-air rooftop rink.

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Brooklyn, New Developments

  • By Alexandra Alexa
  • , November 19, 2019

Renderings of park courtesy of MNLA

Developer TF Cornerstone this week released new renderings for two sites within Brooklyn’s long-delayed Pacific Park development that have yet to break ground: 615 and 595 Dean Street. Their plans will bring 72,600 square feet of public open space with community amenities, 800 units of mixed-income housing, and retail to Pacific Park. In addition, Chelsea Piers is set to open a Field House that will offer a wide range of family and youth-focused programming when the site opens in 2023. 

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Features, Interiors, My SQFT House Tours, Soho, Top Stories

  • By Alexandra Alexa
  • , November 19, 2019

Our series “My sqft” checks out the homes of New Yorkers across all the boroughs. Our latest interior adventure brings us to the Soho loft and eponymous shop of designer Michele Varian. Want to see your home featured here? Get in touch!

For the design-minded, Michele Varian’s Soho storefront is a must-visit destination, stocked to the brim with her own designs alongside a rotating cast of 100+ designers. Since opening her first store in 2001, Michele has sought to create an oasis for quality pieces that straddle the line between tradition and modernity. Like a cabinet of curiosities, the shop offers an antidote to the increasing homogeneity of the retail experience in Soho.

Just a couple blocks away on Broadway, Michele lives in a quintessential Soho loft with her rock star husband, Brad Roberts of the Crash Test Dummies. Michele’s signature aesthetic and eye for the handmade is apparent in the duo’s eclectic and inviting space, which is a testament to their lives together. Filled with bold pattern plays, curiosities from their travels, and Brad’s collection of musical instruments, there’s hardly a surface that doesn’t catch the eye or capture the imagination. Ahead, tour Michele’s shop and loft and find out how she balances (and often intertwines) work with life.

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