It’s a Memorial Day Manhattanhenge. The spectacular sunset that aligns exactly with the Manhattan street grid and only comes twice a year is happening for the first time on Monday. The annual moment of magic will be visible on May 29 at 8:13 p.m., when a half-sun streams through major cross streets. The full sun can be seen on Tuesday at 8:12 p.m., according to the American Museum of Natural History. The next event takes place in July.
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City Living, Events
Manhattanhenge magic is returning to New York City’s grid, Fri, May 26, 2023
affordable housing, East New York, housing lotteries
125 affordable units available at energy-efficient building in East New York, from $419/month, Fri, May 26, 2023
Rendering by Nightnurse Images, courtesy of Magnusson Architecture and Planning
Applications are now being accepted for 125 affordable units at Linden Terrace, an energy-efficient residential development in East New York. Located at 583 Emerald Street, the 156-unit building represents the third phase of the new affordable development. New Yorkers earning 30, 50, and 70 percent of the area median income, or between $16,938 annually for a single person and $115,850 for a household of seven, are eligible to apply for the units, which range from $419/month studios to $1,963/month three bedrooms.
affordable housing, Policy
NYC Council passes legislation expanding rental assistance, Fri, May 26, 2023
Image courtesy of Filip Mishevski on Flickr
The New York City Council on Thursday passed a set of bills that will help house more New Yorkers and free up shelter space for asylum seekers. The legislation ends a rule requiring unhoused people spend at least 90 days in shelter before qualifying for a rental assistance voucher, known as CityFHEPS, and expands the number of people eligible for the vouchers. Mayor Eric Adams, who may attempt to veto the bill, said the legislation will cost the city billions over the next five years.
Cool Listings, Getting Away, Upstate
Artist Jasper Johns’ modern rustic former home and studio in the Hudson Valley lists for $600K, Fri, May 26, 2023
Photo credit: Scott McMenamin/Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty
American artist Jasper Johns’ former home among the treetops and winding wooded paths of the Hudson Valley is now for sale, asking just $600,000. The Rockland County home at 160 West Main Street, built in the 1930s, includes a spacious art studio, a detached garage, and a separate efficiency guest house, surrounded by stone walls and tall grasses that sheltered one of the most influential artists of our time.
Art, Harlem, Museums
This exhibit celebrates 100 years of art and pop culture in NYC, Thu, May 25, 2023
Richard Estes. M Train on Route to Manhattan Approaches the Williamsburg Bridge. 1995. Copyright Richard Estes, courtesy Louis K. Meisel Gallery
A new exhibition shares more than a century’s worth of creativity inspired by New York City. The Museum of the City of New York’s “This is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture” highlights what NYC has meant to generations of artists, musicians, writers, storytellers, and filmmakers who have captured the essence of the five boroughs through their work. The exhibition, which celebrates the museum’s centennial is on view at the museum at 1220 Fifth Avenue from Wednesday, May 26 through June 21, 2024.
affordable housing, Policy
Image courtesy of Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr
Citing the arrival of thousands of migrants in the city, Mayor Eric Adams wants to suspend a decades-old rule guaranteeing shelter to anyone. Adams on Tuesday filed an application with a judge asking to alter the city’s right to shelter rule, which guarantees any homeless person looking for shelter access to temporary housing. The mayor is looking to rewrite the rule, which has been in place for 40 years, to allow the city to suspend the right for homeless adults when it “lacks the resources and capacity to establish and maintain sufficient shelter sites,” according to Gothamist.
Coney Island, Green Design, New Developments, Rentals
NYC’s first multi-family geothermal project tops out in Coney Island, Thu, May 25, 2023
Images courtesy of LCOR
New York City’s first multi-family geothermal project has topped out in Coney Island. The residential development at 1515 Surf Avenue will include 463 apartments, of which 139 will be designated as affordable. The building’s geothermal system will use the Earth to heat and cool the property and power its water systems, eliminating the need for equipment that would run on fossil fuels.
Cool Listings, Getting Away
This $4.75M North Fork waterfront estate brings theme park fun to a Victorian-style dream house, Thu, May 25, 2023
Photo courtesy of The Corcoran Group
This pale blue Italianate Victorian-style confection of a seven-bedroom North Fork mansion might fit right in at Disneyland’s Main Street U.S.A., but the 10,000-square-foot home’s stylized interiors and carefully groomed grounds make it look like a really fun place to live. After all, how many East End estates boast an indoor pool with a twisty water park slide? And if it looks a little bit like Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House–there’s a reason for that, too. Asking $4,750,000, the home on nine acres of tidal pond at 13555 New Suffolk Avenue in Cutchogue may be filled with whimsy, but the included sugar sand beach across the street is a serious treasure.
Features, Hotels, More Top Stories, NYC Guides
NYC’s best rooftop hotel pools offering day passes, Wed, May 24, 2023
Photo courtesy of The Williamsburg Hotel
Coming soon: Full-time sun and swimsuit season. Some lucky apartment dwellers count a private pool among their building’s amenities. Otherwise, your local options include public pools or pricey pool clubs and gyms. One way to hack summer in NYC is to snag a day pass to a pool atop one of the city’s trendy hotels. Usually reserved for hotel guests, some hotels allow visitors to pay by the day–often with poolside restaurant and bar privileges. Some venues host events like pool parties with DJs, live music, and drink specials. Read on for cool pools with day rates. Many hotel pools will open on Memorial Day weekend. Pools may be reserved for private events, or rates and access information may change; be sure to check in with the venue before finalizing your plans.
Architecture, Brooklyn, Design, Greenwood
Green-Wood Cemetery’s $34M welcome center that wraps around historic greenhouse breaks ground, Wed, May 24, 2023
All renderings courtesy of Architecture Research Office (ARO)
Construction has begun on a new welcome center that will teach visitors about Green-Wood Cemetery’s rich history. Located across from the cemetery’s main entrance on 25th Street and Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn, the new $34 million Education and Welcome Center will feature two exhibition galleries for Green-Wood’s art and archival collections, host educational events and programs, and serve as a hub for scholarly research, staff offices, and meeting and event spaces. The new building, which will be built around the historic Weir Greenhouse, will be completed by June 2025.