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Cool Listings, Interiors, ridgewood

  • By Emily Nonko
  • , June 25, 2017

This historic frame home is looking picture perfect in Ridgewood, Queens. It’s located at 62-46 61st Street, a block off the neighborhood’s main drag of Metropolitan Avenue. The listing says you “step back into 1899 every evening in this beautiful two-story Victorian.” We have to admit the property remains impressively intact, from the front porch to the ornate woodwork and pocket doors inside. After selling back in 2014 for $560,000, then getting some modern structural upgrades, it’s now on the market for $850,000.

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Brooklyn, CityRealty, Manhattan, New Jersey, Queens, Rentals

FREE RENT: This week’s roundup of NYC rental news

By Emrys Fitzgerald, Sat, June 24, 2017

  • By Emrys Fitzgerald
  • , June 24, 2017

Images (L to R): Hub, The Forge, The Corner and The Lane

  • A Look Inside Harlem 125 as the New Rental Debuts on Harlem’s Main Street [link]
  • Leasing Special on West 72nd Street: Apartments Above Trader Joe’s Listed with 1 Month Free [link]
  • Newly Launched Jersey City Rental Partners with Airbnb, Achieves Record Price Per Square Foot [link]
  • Live in Brooklyn’s Tallest Building: New ‘Hub’ Rental Tower Leasing with 1 Month Free[link]
  • Leasing Launches at Long Island City’s The Forge; Luxury Rentals from $2,485/Month [link]
  • Williamsburg Mega-Rental, “LEVEL” Launches Leasing for July 1 Move-ins [link]
  • Kips Bay Rental Tower Relaunches as The Lanthian; Renovated Apartments from $3,438/Month [link]
  • Pair of Rental Buildings Debut on Greene Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant [link]
  • Teaser Site Launches for 21-Story Rental Tower Coming to Downtown Brooklyn[link]
  • Leases with 1 Month Free at West 52nd Street Rental Tower, The Ellington [link]

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History, Midtown East, Top Stories

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , June 23, 2017

A vintage postcard of the Airlines Terminal Building, via drivingfordeco.com

For more than 30 years, the Art Deco-style Airlines Terminal Building served millions of travelers as a spot where flight tickets servicing New York could be purchased and where passengers could board shuttle buses to take them to the various airports. The building, located on the southwest corner of Park Avenue and 42nd Street, sat on the former site of the Hotel Belmont, which was built in 1906 and later demolished in 1930. Construction of the Airlines Terminal began in 1939 to create the chic, futuristic design, which included a steel frame and a crown flanked by two eagles.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper East Side

  • By Emily Nonko
  • , June 23, 2017

This south-facing apartment comes from the prewar cooperative known as Morgan Studios, at 170 East 78th Street on the Upper East Side. A thoughtful renovation didn’t take anything away from the prewar charm—the living room still looks stunning with 13-foot ceilings and large casement windows, alongside a wood-burning fireplace with a custom mantle. A ladder helps access the floor-to-ceiling shelving, and a staircase leads to the upper-level bedroom and kitchen. This was just listed under $1.5 million, after last selling in 2009 for $1.35 million.

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Policy, Technology

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , June 23, 2017

In May 2015, New York City’s Department of Transportation began an initiative to replace roughly 250,000 old streetlights with new LED fixtures in all five boroughs. The city chose to switch over to energy-efficient lights to save money and time; the lights last 15 years and require less maintenance. Following hundreds of complaints from residents about the harshness of the lights, the city had to then replace these new lights with dimmer bulbs. Now, the American Medical Association (AMA) warns of the potential harmful human health and environmental effects of LED lights, including damage to one’s eyesight and disruption in sleep patterns. As CNN reports, the AMA has released guidelines for communities to follow when choosing LED streetlights.

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Architecture, Construction Update, Major Developments, Midtown East, Top Stories

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , June 23, 2017

With the installation of its first steel column, One Vanderbilt, soon to be New York City’s second-tallest skyscraper, officially began vertical construction on Friday. Banker Steel Company provided the 26,000 tons of domestically milled and fabricated structural steel for development, which included the first 20-ton column installed. According to the team, the construction of One Vanderbilt is three weeks ahead of schedule. SL Green Realty and AECOM Tishman say the supertall skyscraper will add to the modernization of East Midtown’s business district, as the office building will boast column-free floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, and 360-degree views.

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Art, Features, More Top Stories, Restaurants, The urban lens

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , June 23, 2017

Former New Yorker editor, artist, and food writer John Donohue is on a mission not to eat at every restaurant in New York City, but to draw them. He describes his project, Every Restaurant in New York as “an ongoing visual compendium of the city’s eateries,” and as “intentionally hyperbolic.” He’s figured out that by spending 20 minutes on each illustration, it’s mathematically possible to visit all 24,000 restaurants in the city in under a year. To date, he’s drawn nearly 200 restaurants, has an exhibit up of his drawings in Park Slope, and is selling prints of the restaurants (a portion of the proceeds from which he’ll donate to hunger-relief organizations). Ahead, John shares a collection of his drawings, from classic New York restaurants like Katz’s and the Grand Central Oyster Bar to new spots like Shake Shack and Carbone, and tells us how he got started on the project, about his process, and why he thinks drawing is good for the mind.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, West Village 

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , June 23, 2017

This parlor floor co-op at 135 Perry Street in the West Village is more than meets the eye: Listed as a one-bedroom for $3,500 a month, it’s configured as a studio–and according to the listing, it was once a two-bedroom. So whatever you imagine for the space, it could be a reality. Of course, you’ll have to get permission from the owner as it’s currently being offered as a rental. And we’re guessing the co-op board will need to be involved. If you leave it the way you found it, you’ll still have a stylish if somewhat linear home in a neighborhood everyone’s fighting over.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, West Village 

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , June 22, 2017

Actor Topher Grace of “That ’70s Show” fame bought this full-floor loft at 59 Bank Street for $2.2 million in 2006, but ever since 2011 he’s been renting it out, first for $14,000 a month and several years later for $16,000. After unloading his Los Angels home for $1.7 million in the summer of 2015 and marrying actress Ashley Hinshaw in May 2016, Grace is finally ready to unload the West Village condo, as LL NYC tells us that it’s hit the market for $4.25 million.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, New Jersey

  • By Diane Pham
  • , June 22, 2017

History buffs and old house lovers will not want to miss this opportunity to gawk inside what is the country’s oldest log cabin, a quaint oak construction currently seeking an incredible $2.9M. Known as the C.A. Nothnagle Log Home, the structure was built around 1639 by Finnish immigrants and is located just two hours outside of NYC in the town of Gibbstown, NJ. Although modest by today’s standards, measuring 16 by 22 feet and boasting just a single room, the cabin’s current owners say it’s actually quite palatial considering cabins back then clocked in at only 12 by 12 feet on average. Now, is it worth the price tag?

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  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , June 22, 2017

This two-bedroom co-op occupies a full floor in West Chelsea‘s Fitzroy Townhouses at 440 West 23rd Street, a grand row of converted 19th century Italianate homes–once owned by Clement Clark Moore–in the neighborhood’s historic district. A loft-like open layout frames a balance of 21st century comfort and historic details like high ceilings, hardwood floors and a natural stone mantel above one of the apartment’s of two fireplaces. A south-facing private terrace adds the luxury of outdoor space to this urban refuge.

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Policy, real estate trends

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , June 22, 2017

Following two years of rent freezes, the city’s Rent Guidelines Board will take a final vote on Tuesday to determine whether or not rents will be increased by at least one percent. Earlier this year in April, the board voted to increase rents by one to three percent for one-year leases and four percent for two-year leases in a preliminary vote. According to the Wall Street Journal, the board released a study that showed landlord costs rose in the past year, a shift that landlords say warrants an increase in rents on new leases that take effect on or after Oct. 1.

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apartment living 101, Features

How to choose and install an air conditioner in NYC

By Devin Gannon, Thu, June 22, 2017

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , June 22, 2017

While a summer spent in the city can be an exciting time for New Yorkers (outdoor movies and concerts, rooftop bars, barbecues in the park and of course, ice cream trucks), it can also be quite miserable for those whose apartments don’t have central air conditioning. For renters, though, a window AC unit makes the most sense since it’s a much cheaper alternative to installing central air and can be taken to your next apartment. Although installing your own air conditioning unit can be intimidating, 6sqft has put together a comprehensive list of AC installation tips to help you chill out and enjoy the short and sweet summer months ahead.

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Policy

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , June 22, 2017

In April, Mayor de Blasio announced his support of closing the jail complex on Rikers Island after protests and calls from activists and public officials. In a proposal released Thursday, the mayor says closing Rikers will take at least ten years and will require a big decline in the number of inmates there, a drop in crime rates and significant funding. As the New York Times reported, according to the city’s 51-page report, in order to close Rikers within a decade, the population at the complex needs to drop to 5,000. Currently, the daily population is about 9,400, much lower than the average of 20,000 inmates the prison held during the 1990s.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Noho

Sheryl Crow sells her incredible Noho loft for $2.72M

By Michelle Cohen, Thu, June 22, 2017

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , June 22, 2017

Singer Sheryl Crow has sold her Noho nest at 46 Great Jones Street. The second floor loft just sold to J.P. Morgan managing director Fadi Hanna for $2.72 million according to city records (h/t New York Post).

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