• By Devin Gannon
  • , July 10, 2020

Photo courtesy of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s office

First announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio as a celebration of Juneteenth last month, giant murals spelling out Black Lives Matter have been popping up across New York City, with the streets also officially co-named after the movement. There are eight large-scale murals total: Centre Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Manhattan, Richmond Terrace on Staten Island, 153rd Street in Queens, Joralemon and Fulton Streets in Brooklyn, Morris Avenue in the Bronx, and on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower.

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Policy, Restaurants, West Village 

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , July 10, 2020

Photo by Eden, Janine and Jim on Flickr 

The state’s liquor authority this week suspended the liquor license of the White Horse Tavern, charging the 140-year-old West Village bar with more than 30 violations. The New York State Liquor Authority on Wednesday said the business repeatedly violated Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order mandating bars and restaurants to comply with social distancing guidelines. It’s the first establishment in New York City to temporarily get its liquor license revoked since the start of the city’s open restaurants program last month, Eater New York first reported.

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Policy, Transportation, Urban Design

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , July 10, 2020

If parking was removed and private cars banned on West 45th Street; courtesy of PAU

In a city that currently has the most streets closed to cars in the country, with plans in store to add more designated busways and charge vehicles entering its busiest streets, is New York ready to be car-free? Architect Vishaan Chakrabarti and his firm Practice for Architecture and Urbanism think so. The New York Times took a look at PAU’s plan, “N.Y.C. (Not Your Car),” which calls for a ban of private motor vehicles in Manhattan and an expansion of sidewalks and pedestrian-only space.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Upper East Side

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 10, 2020

Photos courtesy of Compass

Marilyn Monroe may not have been very open at the time about her mental health struggles, but they’ve since been documented through diary entries and letters she’d written. As Vanity Fair noted, in the mid-1950s, Monroe saw a psychiatrist, Dr. Margaret Hohenberg, on the recommendation of her acting coach Lee Strasburg. Dr. Hohenberg, whom she visited up to five times a week, operated out of a first-floor office at 155 East 93rd Street. This exact Carnegie Hill apartment, now a residential co-op unit, has just hit the market for $1,125,000. It has lovely pre-war details, lots of closet space, and a nicely modernized kitchen.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, yorkville

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 10, 2020

Photo credit: David Paler for The Corcoran Group

How’s that for bragging rights? This incredible townhouse at 530 East 87th Street in Yorkville was built in the 1870s by the Astor family, and it later was owned by one of Theodore Roosevelt’s granddaughters. In more recent years, it underwent a designer renovation (it was even featured in Architectural Digest) that includes four wood-burning fireplaces with original mantles, lacquered walls, and a whimsical garden with climbing vines and lanterns.

Lots more to see


NYC cancels all large events through September

By Devin Gannon, Fri, July 10, 2020

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , July 10, 2020

Photo by James and Karla Murray exclusively for 6sqft

All major events that require a city permit have been canceled through September 30, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday. The city said it will not issue a permit for any event that would be located within a designated Open Streets or Open Restaurants area, an attempt to “prioritize open spaces for public use.” This means annual street fairs and parades, like favorites the Feast of San Gennaro and the West Indian-American Day Carnival, will not take place this year.

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Midtown, Policy

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , July 9, 2020

All photos by Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

After announcing last month that he’d be painting “Black Lives Matter” in front of Trump Tower, Mayor de Blasio today helped paint the mural in bright yellow letters outside the building on Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets. “Let’s show Donald Trump what he does not understand, let’s paint it right in front of his building for him,” the mayor said today.

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Events, Features, More Top Stories, Museums

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 9, 2020

Though many public spaces and venues won’t be able to reopen until the fourth phase of reopening, we’re starting to see some plans surfacing. In some cases, it’s positive news–the Met will reopen on August 29th, the Yankees and the Mets have started training at their home fields. In other cases, reopening is further off–Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Met Opera have all cancelled their fall seasons. We’re also seeing events, like the U.S. Open, taking on a new life, while others, like the NYC Marathon, will have to wait until next year. But whatever the case, 6sqft has put together a list of reopenings, postponements, and cancellations for New York City’s many museums, performance venues, outdoor spaces, and events.

The full list here

Brooklyn, Design, Policy, Top Stories

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , July 9, 2020

“Back to the Future,” Bjarke Ingles Group and Arup

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of public space, especially in a city like New York, where residents lack private backyards and most common spaces are too narrow for proper social distancing. A design contest launched earlier this year looking for ideas on how to improve the overcrowded pedestrian promenade of the Brooklyn Bridge, where thousands of walkers and cyclists fight for space daily. The Van Alen Institute and the New York City Council on Thursday announced the six finalists for the “Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge” design contest, with selected proposals calling for less space for cars and more for people.

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Bronx, City Living, Restaurants

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , July 9, 2020

All photos courtesy of the Belmont Business Improvement District

With indoor dining on hold, the city has committed to expanding the already very successful outdoor dining program it launched in late June when phase two began. With more than 7,000 restaurants participating, the program grew this month to include several open streets across the five boroughs, and in the Bronx, the selected street is Arthur Avenue, the heart of Bronx Little Italy. Starting tonight, from Thursdays to Sundays, Arthur Avenue between East 188th Street and Crescent Avenue is transforming into a European-style al fresco dining setup called Piazza di Belmont, with more than 25 restaurants participating.

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