View west from Skillman Avenue; All images courtesy of Architecture Outfit/Magnusson Architecture and Planning
New details and images of an affordable housing development planned for the site of an abandoned hospital in Brooklyn were released earlier this month, ahead of the project’s expected public review. During an April 13 meeting, Hudson Companies and St. Nicks Alliance presented Brooklyn Community Board 1 with an updated proposal for Cooper Park Commons, a four-building 100 percent affordable complex that will be built at the long-vacant Greenpoint Hospital site at 288 Jackson Street in East Williamsburg.
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As climate change and environmental issues continue to be hot topics on a global scale, more and more people are trying to do their small part at home. To get some easy lifestyle tips on how to “green” your apartment right here in New York City, we spoke to an NYC-based zero-waste expert and an eco-conscious interior designer who filled us in on things like eliminating single-use items, saving energy, and composting.
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For the price of a not-huge Manhattan apartment, you can own this entire 17.5-acre farm in New Canaan, Connecticut, just one hour from NYC. The Extown Farmhouse was originally constructed circa 1776 in the Georgian vernacular style, and it retains much of its original character including structural timber framing, woodwork, floorboards, and fireplace mantels. Also on the property are a main barn with a silo, a three-bay garage, a restored farmhouse cottage, a wood shed, hobby house, chicken coop, turnkey shed, smoke house, large raised-bed vegetable garden, and a fruit orchard.
View from 33rd Street, a shared space for pedestrians
A dark and cramped Penn Station could soon be replaced with a light-filled transit hub with more space for commuters. Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled on Wednesday two possible options for the reconstruction of the Midtown train station as part of his broader Empire Station Complex project, which would unify an upgraded Penn Station and the new Moynihan Train Hall. The interconnected station would increase train capacity at the site, which is considered the busiest in the country. It could serve 830,000 daily passengers by 2038, up from 600,000 the station served each day before the pandemic.
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The funky barrel-vaulted ceilings at this Union Square loft set the stage for a truly unique home, which has even been featured in Elle Decor. A greenhouse-windowed skylight, a spiral staircase, and an eclectic, colorful mix of decor add to the cool vibe, as does the roof deck that’s right below the building’s vintage water tower and trusses. Located at 13 East 16th Street, the two-bedroom condo is asking $2,175,000.
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A truly unique home in the Hamptons has just hit the market. Located at 14 Water Mill Heights Drive in the Southampton hamlet of Water Mill, the five-bedroom property sits nestled among trees, while also boasting panoramic water views thanks to its creative design. Asking $3,995,000, the home offers several living and dining areas, a curving wraparound deck, a heated outdoor pool, and a wine cellar.
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This Earth Day, New Yorkers can give back to the green spaces that gave us so much during the last year by volunteering to help keep them beautiful. Several organizations and community groups are hosting cleanup sessions at parks across the five boroughs this week, allowing city residents to nurture their green thumbs, enjoy the springtime weather, and connect with nature. “There is no single greater resource than the natural world around us,” Mitchell J. Silver, NYC Parks Commissioner, said in a press release. “The Earth offers us so much; it is our home and it is imperative that we work to protect, beautify, and preserve it.” Ahead, find an Earth Day event happening in your neighborhood.
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Large, high-end penthouses aren’t uncommon on the Upper West Side, neither are outdoor terraces. But the views afforded from this duplex penthouse are something special. An outdoor space spanning the entire length of the main level overlooks the supertall towers along Billionaires’ Row, while other vantages show off all the skyscrapers in the neighborhood. The $4,790,000 home is located at 135 West 70th Street, an Egyptian Revival condo building known as The Pythian, which was designed by famed theater architect Thomas W. Lamb (it’s also where Lady Gaga grew up and where her family still lives).
Tulips in the spring, wildflowers in the summer, sunflowers in the fall–whatever you fancy, there’s a farm nearby where you can pick your own flowers. Whether it’s upstate, on Long Island, or down in Jersey, we’ve rounded up the eight best you-pick flower farms within driving distance to NYC. Most of them also offer beautiful photo opportunities, pick-your-own produce, or farm shops.
Currently on the market for $19.8 million, this contemporary waterfront home in Quogue is giving off some very cool Miami vibes, from its curving architecture to its crisp white and bright blue interiors. The 13,200-square-foot mansion has eight bedrooms and a whopping 16 bathrooms, along with a gym, theater, and billiards room. There are also generous ocean- and bay-facing decks and an oversized Gunite pool with a spa and pool house.