Williamsburg is best known for its stock of new condo buildings and converted warehouses, but the neighborhood boasts its share of historic gems in the form of 19th century townhouses. They don’t come on the market very often, so that’s why this one at 130 North 1st Street is asking nearly $4 million. Inside, it looks more like a loft than a townhouse–this is still Williamsburg, after all.
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If recent sweltering temperatures have you reconsidering your outdoor plans for Labor Day, you may want to check out this new product before resigning yourself to a holiday weekend indoors. Zero Breeze is the first portable air conditioner that will not only keep you cool indoors and out, but also includes a blue tooth speaker, night light and charging station for your devices.
Photo: Julie Larsen Maher, Wildlife Conservation Society
Oh deer! A baby tufted deer who was born earlier this month at Prospect Zoo Park is making its public debut. The fawn is male and was born to mother Lucy and father Gage on August 2. According to zoo officials, this is Lucy’s seventh fawn. You can watch a video from the zoo featuring him ahead.
The Flatiron building is best known for its angular form and its striking architectural details. But back in the early 1900s it gained notoriety for something far less virtuous: the 23 skidoo.
Because the Flatiron building sits at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Broadway, which together form a sharp angle, winds will often collect to create currents strong enough to lift a woman’s skirt. While by today’s standards bare legs and ankles aren’t worth taking note of, back then this sight was a real treat for the fellas. As such, hordes of men would flock to 23rd Street in hopes catching one of the many old-timey wardrobe malfunctions that occurred throughout the day. In fact, according to Andrew S. Dolkart, professor of Historic Preservation at the Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the number of men who gathered would sometimes become so disruptive that police would have to shoo them away!
- A new website catalogs the 45 mid-century modern homes in Fire Island Pines, many of which are at risk. [Architizer]
- What to eat and drink at this year’s U.S. Open. [Grub Street]
- Katie Couric opens the doors to her gorgeous East Hampton home and explains why house hunting is like dating. [NYT]
- Another historic Chelsea townhouse once owned by Clement Clarke Moore, author of The Night Before Christmas, is for sale. [Curbed]
- The Pepper Hacker shuts down Wi-Fi and temporarily disable televisions and mobile devices to disconnect at meal time. [Fast Co. Design]
Controversial South Bronx Developer Keith Rubenstein of Somerset Partners, along with the Chetrit Group, received approvals earlier this summer for a two-site, six-tower, mixed-use master plan on the Mott Haven banks of the Harlem River. This is the same project that Rubenstein touted as part of his campaign to rebrand the southern portion of the borough as the “Piano District,” a marketing ploy that nodded to the piano manufacturers that dotted the area 100 years ago, but that featured a misguided party with burning trash cans and a bullet-ridden car, referencing the horrible “Bronx is burning” days of the 1970s.
Contention aside, the development is moving ahead, and CityRealty.com has a 360-degree look at how the first site’s three towers (two at 20 stories and one at 25) will transform the South Bronx skyline. These buildings at 2401 Third Avenue will rise just to the northwest of the Third Avenue Bridge, the former site of an 1880s iron works building that will soon boast $3,500/month apartments.
6sqft’s series Apartment Living 101 is aimed at helping New Yorkers navigate the challenges of creating a happy home in the big city. This week we’ve got tips on how to give your rental kitchen an inexpensive makeover.
For renters, the kitchen is often the least attractive area of their home. And this is especially true in NYC where landlords often turn to the cheapest finishes, built-ins and fixtures they can find in order to save a few dollars. But even if your apartment ultimately won’t be your forever home, there’s no reason suffer through an interior design nightmare. Ahead 6sqft highlights 10 easy and affordable ways to transform a ugly rental kitchen into a chic space—all without putting your deposit at risk.
Google Earth rendering of the new residential buildings going up in Downtown Brooklyn, via CityRealty.com
This time last year, 6sqft shared a report from CityRealty.com that detailed how Northern Brooklyn would be getting a staggering 22,000 new apartments over the next four years, with the majority, 29 percent or roughly 6,500 apartments, headed for Downtown Brooklyn. The trend has kept up, as the Times reports today that this number of units is concentrated among “19 residential towers either under construction or recently completed along the 10-block section of Flatbush stretching from Barclays Center north to Myrtle Avenue.” Another 1,000 units are coming to four buildings on Myrtle Avenue, and all of these are overwhelmingly rentals. In fact, 20 percent of the entire city’s rentals that will become available this year and next are in the neighborhood. But many believe this rental boom is fast approaching a glut that will cause prices to soften in a saturated market.
Starting tomorrow, qualifying New York residents can apply for 116 sparkling new apartments at 10 Freedom Place South in Christian de Portzamparc’s masterfully planned Riverside Center on the Upper West Side. The affordable offer is part of Silverstein Properties and the Elad Group’s luxurious new Pelli Pelli Clarke-designed 1 West End Avenue project, built through the city’s 421-a Inclusionary Housing Program. As such, the development’s 365 units have been divided into two sections served by two separate entrances—116 affordable apartments located in the lower eight floors marked by stone, and 249 lavish market-rate units topping them off in the glass tower.
While this one-bedroom Park Slope co-op at 443 Seventh Avenue might not exactly be sprawling at 700 square feet, for $780,000 the diminutive garden duplex packs a lot of living space into its two-and-a-half levels. The large and sunny patio garden is the obvious draw for summer parties and spring planting. A wood-burning fireplace ups the cozy factor in cooler months. And a loft level sandwiched between upstairs and down might be just the place to store your seasonal gear off-season. Two blocks away, Prospect Park is another warm-weather plus, and living steps from welcoming spots like Talde and Cafe Grumpy makes it easy to stay warm in winter.
When 6sqft recently looked at a study pertaining to why millennials are leaving cities, we learned that to this generation, factors such as safety, education and health are more important than fashion, food and nightlife. Though it may sound surprising, it points to a shift in urbanites deciding to relocate to the surrounding areas in search of this quality of life. For members of this generation, or anyone else hoping to jump on the suburbanization train, a new site called PicketFencer asks a series of simple questions to determine which of 600 suburbs within commuting distance to NYC will be best suited.
Composting in New York City can be challenging to say the least. Not only are you dealing with the constant changing of the seasons, but space in this densely packed town is also sparse. However, with every challenge is also an opportunity, and much like many of the other problems associated with these limitations we look to design to keep us moving in the right direction. On the composting front Polish designer Ala Sieradzka‘s as made for us Bono, a compact countertop composter spun from powder-coated aluminum that comes with an equally stylish cork lid and base.
- A group is raising money to erect the first statue of a woman in Central Park. [West Side Rag]
- Now that construction has kicked off on LaGuardia’s $8 billion overhaul, traffic issues are getting worse, and the Port Authority is looking for a solution. [NYT]
- Tour the colorful and historic Crown Heights home of a growing, creative family. [Design Sponge]
- Exploring the architecture and technology behind Beyoncé‘s performance sets and stages. [Architizer]
- The Kavli HUMAN Project wants to create an atlas of the human experience based on biology, psychology, and the environment. It’ll track 10,000 New Yorkers in 4,000 households over 20 years. [Vox]
- Penn Station’s archaic departure board is getting a digital upgrade, but it comes with a mix of emotions. [NYT]
Terminal B at LaGuardia via Dean Zanello/Panoramio (L)
This three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment at the Financial District condo 54 Pine Street has been totally remodeled into an open-concept loft. The owners moved the kitchen (and then outfitted it with new appliances) to create the third bedroom/office space. The open kitchen now looks out onto a long, open living and dining room that’s anchored by exposed brick and arched ceilings. The entire apartment, in fact, boasts lots of lofty details, and it’s now on the market for $2.285 million.
Black potential tenants who just wanted a decent place to live were routinely turned away at the Trump family’s Queens housing complexes and others. Housing activists and equal housing organizations took note, and in 1973 Trump Management was sued by the Justice Department for discrimination. Some of those tenants who stood firm remember the indignities all too well.
The New York Times took a look at the early days of the Trump empire, when Donald‘s father, Fred C. Trump, built and managed middle-income residential complexes like the Wilshire Apartments in Jamaica Estates, Queens. A former employee of the elder Trump tells the Times that when receiving applications from potential tenants who happened to be black he was told, “Take the application and put it in a drawer and leave it there.”
It can be a bit frustrating to start getting into a book on your commute when you just as soon have to put it down, which is part of the idea behind a new initiative called Subway Reads, a web platform that offers free e-books to subway riders that can be timed to their commute.
The program is a collaboration among the MTA, Transit Wireless (the company behind the $250 million+ project to put Wi-Fi in 278 underground stations), and Penguin Random House. According to the Times, the platform was launched as a way to promote the fact that connectivity has already reached 175 stations, but it will only last eight weeks. During that time, users can download novellas, short stories or parts of complete books to their cellphones or tablets, and they can make their selections based on how long they expect to be on the train (the formula accounts for about a page a minute).
Did you check your email while you were on the train or before you left home? If you’re reading this on a smartphone or laptop, does your reading history get stored in “the Cloud,” an all-knowing nebula of information that floats above us? What does the internet look like? Those are some of the questions artist and author Ingrid Burrington asked herself, and the answers spawned “Networks of New York: An illustrated field guide to urban internet infrastructure,” a book from the presses of Melville House Books due out August 30th.
“In 2013, after a lot of the [Edward] Snowden stories started dropping, all of these [news] stories had the worst clip art and stock photos on them,” Burrington said. “Like a black screen with some green letters and a lot of arbitrary looking things like this one photo of the NSA that was taken in the 1970s, and I just kind of thought to myself, ‘I don’t know what the internet looks like, but I don’t think it looks like this.’”
There must be something about the Village and Facebook that go together. Back in January, the social media company’s co-founder Chris Hughes sold his Soho loft for $8.5 million and relocated to a $23.5 million West Village townhouse. And now the Post reports that the other founding partner, Sean Parker, who also created Napster, has acquired three homes along West 10th Street, where he plans to create one big mega-mansion.
Cary Tamarkin is the founder and president of Tamarkin Co., an architecture and real estate development company established in 1994 and based in New York City. He worked as an architect exclusively for many years before deciding to go into development. As it turned out, he was able to combine his passion for both architecture and business by designing the buildings he develops.
His notable projects include the renovation of Anderson Cooper’s Greenwich Village firehouse, 10 Sullivan Street, 456 West 19th Street, 508 West 24th Street, which is adjacent to the Highline, and 550 West 29th Street, also near the Highline. His designs use materials reminiscent of old New York, such as industrial steel windows, corbelled bricks, outdoor loggias, and oversized casement ribbon windows, however, he’s not interested in mimicking existing architecture. Nor is he looking to create a “self-contained statement.” Ahead he discusses his career path, his inspirations, and the meld of architecture and development that he balances today.
If you’re looking for an apartment that’s, as the saying goes, “perfect for one person or a couple,” this charming Chelsea co-op at 335 West 21st Street looks to be every bit the “jewel box oasis” the listing claims. On a prime and pretty block near the High Line, asking $1.395 million, this one-bedroom-plus-den duplex has been optimized for livability–if you can live with a few flaws.