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Policy

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 6, 2021

Mayor Bill de Blasio is tested for COVID-19 in 2020. Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr

Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday called for free rapid at-home coronavirus test kits to be available at community health centers across New York as the number of virus cases continues to grow. While last week President Joe Biden announced private health insurers will reimburse those who purchase over-the-counter tests starting January 15, Schumer said it’s important to offer free tests to New Yorkers in the meantime, with the arrival of winter and the new Omicron variant.

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Events, Midtown West

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , December 6, 2021

Images courtesy of RiseNY

If you love the vertigo-inducing excitement of SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, Midtown’s high-in-the-sky observation deck, you can look forward to RiseNY‘s pairing of aerial adventure and cultural museum exhibit, powered by the city’s first flight simulation ride. Opening December 17 at 160 West 45th Street, the new immersive attraction combines the ultimate feeling of flight with the inspiration of the city’s most famous sites and moments.

Up, up and away

Cool Listings, Midtown East, Sutton Place 

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , December 6, 2021

Photo Credit: Warburg Realty

This 5,000-square-foot penthouse at 303 East 57th Street in the Excelsior co-op tower is the sort of apartment you see in your favorite 20th-century New York City films. Asking $4,995,000, the duplex is wrapped by 2,500 square feet of terrace and offers 360-degree views from four exposures including Central Park and the East River.

Take the grand tour

Policy

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 6, 2021

Photo of NYC vaccine hub, The Jefferson by Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday announced a new coronavirus vaccination mandate for all private-sector employers in New York City, described as a “preemptive strike” to stop the spread of the Omicron variant. The city has already put in place a vaccine mandate for all city workers and for most indoor activities. The new mandate, considered to be a first in the United States, goes into effect on December 27.

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Cool Listings, Hamptons

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , December 3, 2021

Photo credit: RISE Media for The Corcoran Group

For anyone with cottage dreams, this pretty pair of homes at 10 Schwenks Lane in the Southampton hamlet of Water Mill definitely fits the bill. Asking $1,950,000, the property consists of the main cottage, a second cottage, and a historic barn/garage, all with charming architectural details and bespoke comforts. The equally charming surrounding property offers a koi pond and flowering foliage.

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City Living, Museums

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 3, 2021

Photograph of Sondheim at the piano by Friedman-Abeles (Firm) Courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Collections.

The New York Public Library has opened a new exhibit honoring the legacy of the late Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim, considered one of the best musical theater composers of our time. Sondheim, the mastermind behind works in West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and many others, died last week at age 91. Free and open to the public until early next year, the display features letters and other objects related to Sondheim found in the archives of the Library of the Performing Arts.

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6sqft gift guide, Features, More Top Stories, Shop

44 perfect gifts for every New Yorker

By Michelle Cohen, Fri, December 3, 2021

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , December 3, 2021

As much as we all want the same things sometimes, when it comes to the goodies that peek from stockings and hide in wrapped boxes, it can be a real challenge to find the right match. New Yorkers are finicky, have it all, and want everything and nothing–all at the same time. Our 2021 gift guide is up to that challenge.

All of these products have been hand-selected by team 6sqft. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these affiliate links. All prices reflect those at the time of publishing.

This way for the 2021 gift guide

affordable housing, Jamaica, Queens

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 2, 2021

Rendering courtesy of Omni New York

A new rental with nearly 400 affordable apartments and a low-cost grocery store officially opened in Jamaica, Queens this week. Located at 92-23 168th Street, Archer Green was developed by Omni New York and designed by ESKW/Architects. The development has 389 total apartments across two towers, one at 23 stories and the other at 20 stories, and will be home to an ALDI grocery store and 15,000 square feet of community space.

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Art, Financial District

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , December 2, 2021

Image via Anthony Quintano’s Flickr

In 2018, 6sqft reported that artist Kristen Visbal’s “Fearless Girl” statue was on the move to her current spot across from the New York Stock Exchange. Now, the diminutive statue is in the news once again, as her time there may be drawing to a close. The statue’s permit with the Landmarks Preservation Commission expired on November 29, and with a city hearing scheduled for December (or even later), the fate of “Fearless Girl” is not a sure thing.

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Events, holidays

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 2, 2021

Governors Island in winter; Photo: Trust for Governors Island

For its first winter season ever, Governors Island is pulling out all of the stops. The Trust for Governors Island on Thursday announced it will transform its historic Colonels Row into a winter village with an ice skating rink, fire pits, sled rentals, games, festive food and drinks, and more. Dubbed Governors Island Winter Village, the seasonal destination will open on December 17.

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270 affordable apartments available at a luxury Long Island City tower on the East River

  • By Devin Gannon

All renderings courtesy of VUW Studio

Waterfront luxury living in New York City doesn’t have to be out of reach. Located on the East River in Hunter’s Point South, Gotham Point is a mixed-use complex with over 1,100 apartments, 75 percent of which are priced below the market rate. Applications are now being accepted for 270 rent-stabilized apartments at the Long Island City development’s South tower. The building is open to New Yorkers with a wide range of household income levels, between 30 percent and 165 percent of the area median income (AMI), or between $15,806 and $244,200 annually. That means a single person who earns between $15,806 and $25,090 annually would pay $738/month for a studio and a four-person household with an income range of between $126,686 and $196,845 would pay $3,580/month for a three-bedroom.

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