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Vote for 6sqft’s 2016 Building of the Year!

By 6sqft, Sat, December 3, 2016

  • By 6sqft
  • , December 3, 2016

For new developments, 2015 was the year of reveals, but 2016 was all about watching these buildings reshape our city. Ahead we’ve narrowed a list of 12 news-making residential structures, each noted for their distinctive design, blockbuster prices, or their game-changing potential on the skyline or NYC neighborhoods.

Which of these you think deserves 6sqft’s title of 2016 Building of the Year? Have your say below. Polls for our third annual competition will be open up until 11:59 p.m., Sunday, December 11th, and we will announce the winner on Tuesday, December 13th!

Learn more about each of the buildings in the running here

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

  • By Diane Pham
  • , December 3, 2016

Your holiday shopping companion has arrived! For the second year in a row, 6sqft has asked a handful of New York City designers, architects and artists to share five things they plan of gifting this season (and maybe one they hope to receive). Ahead find 85 truly unique and unexpected items curated by the city’s most talented creatives. We promise that there is something for every budget and taste—and plenty of ideas to choose from if you happen to find yourself scrambling for a present at the last minute.

See all their gift picks here

Celebrities, Recent Sales, Tribeca

  • By Annie Doge
  • , December 2, 2016

Mansion Global reports that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who made national headlines and became a campaign topic when he chose not to stand during the National Anthem, dropped $3.21 million on a luxury condo at One York in Tribeca. The 29-year-old NFL player recently listed his San Jose mansion for $2.895 million, igniting rumors that he’ll leave the team after this season. The sale in New York may add further fuel to the fire, but it actually closed in July through a family trust, prior to his August sit-ins.

See the apartment here

Celebrities, Gramercy Park, Recent Sales

  • By Annie Doge
  • , December 2, 2016

English drummer Simon Kirke, of Free and Bad Company and father to “Girls” actress Jemima Kirke, sold his Hamptons beach cottage for almost $1.4 million over the summer, and it looks like he’s used those earnings to buy a Manhattan home. Though he allegedly toured a $1.7 million spread at the famed Dakota in August, the Observer reports that Kirke spent of $1.3 million on a corner co-op at 201 East 17th Street in Gramercy.

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From Our Partners, Policy

Smoking ban placed on New York and U.S. public housing

By Metro New York, Fri, December 2, 2016

  • By Metro New York
  • , December 2, 2016

Smoking anywhere inside New York City Housing Authority buildings, and in public housing across the country, will be illegal at some point during the next 18 months. The new rule, designed to to minimize health and fire risks, will impact 400,000 NYCHA residents, according to the advocacy group NYC Smoke-Free. Smoking causes 100,000 fires across the country every year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development said. “Living free from the dangers of secondhand smoke will no longer be a luxury out of reach for New Yorkers who depend on NYCHA public housing,” said NYC Smoke-Free Director Patrick Kwan in a news release.


Celebrities, Midtown, More Top Stories

  • By Diane Pham
  • , December 2, 2016

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member Dan Garodnick won’t have New York City shafted with the bill for “White House North.” The pair have launched a petition demanding that the federal government pony up whatever cash is needed to keep Trump Tower secure during the president-elect’s term of office. As 6sqft previously reported, Trump hopes to spend weekends and even some weeknights at the Midtown tower over the next four years, particularly as wife Melania will stay put until son Barron finishes school—and more simply because Trump likes waking up in his own bed. It has been estimated that turning Trump Tower into a 24/7 armed fortress will cost New York City taxpayers $1 million a day, and the total bill over the president-elect’s four-year term could swell beyond $1 billion.

more details here

Chinatown, Lower East Side

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 2, 2016

L to R: One Manhattan Square, 247 Cherry Street, 260 South Street, and 271-283 South Street. The image above, created by CityRealty, depicts the possible massing of the new towers; No official design has been released

When L+M Partners and CIM Group announced plans last May for two 50-story towers at 260 South Street, their project joined a growing list of controversial towers sprouting up along the Two Bridges waterfront, including Extell’s 823-foot condo One Manhattan Square, JDS and SHoP Architects’ possible 1,000+ foot rental at 247 Cherry Street, and Starret Group’s shorter rental at 275 South Street. Now, in what’s becoming a trend for the Lower East Side-meets-Chinatown ‘hood, L+M and CIM have revealed plans for their project that actually show increased heights of 69 and 62 stories, or 798 and 728 feet. As first reported by The Lo-Down, the developers plan to include up to 1,350 apartments, 338 of which will be reserved as affordable, senior housing, ground-floor retail, landscaped outdoor spaces by Mathews Nielsen, and an upgraded flood-protection system.

Renderings and more details ahead

Daily Link Fix

  • Need a dose of holiday spirit throughout the day? Watch this live feed of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. [NBC]
  • Danny Meyer’s new Union Square Cafe will open next week. Here’s a look inside. [Eater]
  • President-elect Donald Trump says he’ll invest $550 billion in new infrastructure projects. These six maps show the current scope of the country’s infrastructure. [Washington Post]
  • Check out this year’s Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden, featuring more than 150 replicas of NYC buildings. [DNAinfo]
  • A new interactive map of Red Hook includes the ‘hood’s history, local businesses and resources, and real-time data on vessels in the port. [Untapped]
  • The best and worst times for shopping this holiday season. [Food & Wine]

View from NBC’s Rockefeller Center live cam (L); The original Union Square Cafe (R)

Architecture, condos, Construction Update, New Developments, Rentals, Starchitecture, Turtle Bay

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 2, 2016

Richard Meier’s 685 First Avenue–the starchitect’s largest and tallest building in the city to date–has begun its above-ground ascent, reports CityRealty. The 42-story, 460-foot-tall slab tower is located along the East River at 40th Street, just south of the United Nations, and has gained attention for its dark glass facade, a noticeable shift from Meier’s signature beige aesthetic. Its 408 rentals and 148 condominiums are expected to be completed by early 2019, and now that construction is “craned and above street level,” the project is well on its way.

More this way

Bronx, Major Developments

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , December 2, 2016

As the city’s land costs rise, interest has been focused on the South Bronx, including the potential for a huge waterfront development above the MTA’s Concourse Yards, as 6sqft previously reported. Now, Crains reports that Empire State Development (ESD) has invited developers to present offers for leasing or purchasing a 13-acre South Bronx rail yard along the Harlem River just north of the Willis Avenue Bridge and decking it over to build a residential or mixed-use project.

Find out more

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Features, Policy, real estate trends, stuff you should know

How 100 years of zoning has shaped New York City

By Cait Etherington, Fri, December 2, 2016

  • By Cait Etherington
  • , December 2, 2016

In October, city officials unveiled plans to rezone a large swath of East Harlem. The major thrust of the rezoning initiative is to bring more high-rise buildings to a corridor running several blocks along Park, Second, and Third avenues. By building up, city officials hope the neighborhood will increase its housing stock, including its affordable housing stock. In the long term, the proposed rezoning will also radically reshape the East Harlem’s appearance and street life, turning it from a mostly low-rise to high-rise neighborhood. What is about to happen to East Harlem, however, is a familiar story. Since 1916, when New York passed its first zoning resolution, the city has been profoundly shaped by zoning regulations.


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Features, holidays, Murray Hill, photography, The urban lens, Top Stories

  • By James and Karla Murray
  • , December 2, 2016

6sqft’s ongoing series The Urban Lens invites photographers to share work exploring a theme or a place within New York City. In this installment, award-winning photographers James and Karla Murray return with a look inside Rolf’s German Restaurant, known for its over-the-top Christmas decorations. Are you a photographer who’d like to see your work featured on The Urban Lens? Get in touch with us at [email protected].

Beginning the last week of September, a six-man team starts the process of adorning Rolf’s German Restaurant with 15,000 Christmas ornaments, 10,000 lights, and thousands of icicles. By the first of November, the process of turning this historic Murray Hill restaurant into a holiday wonderland is complete, attracting both locals and tourists who are eager to see the one-of-a-kind display of Victorian-style decorations.

We recently paid a visit to Rolf’s, capturing everything from dolls found in New England antique shops to 19th century German ball ornaments worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. And we’ve shared an interview with owner Bob Maisano where he talks about the building’s past life as a speakeasy during Prohibition, German history in NYC, and what makes Rolf’s a unique holiday destination.

All the photos and the interview with Bob

Cool Listings, East Village, Interiors

  • By Emily Nonko
  • , December 2, 2016

This floor-through apartment at 307 East 10th Street in the East Village is a convenient and chic option for someone on the hunt for a short-term rental. Asking $6,500 a month, it’s a furnished space with lots of drool-worthy furniture and a good location right across from Tompkins Square Park. It’ll be available from January 15th through April 15th, with the option to extend if a renter happens to fall in love.

Take a look

affordable housing, Clinton Hill, housing lotteries

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 2, 2016

The stretch of Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill between Hall Street and Classon Avenue, just across from Pratt Institute, is bustling with construction activity. As CityRealty recently reported, three mixed-used projects are in development along the street– condo 525 Myrtle Avenue, the recently opened rental 490 Myrtle Avenue, and the soon-to-open rental 531 Myrtle Avenue–and between these projects will be a pedestrian plaza with streetscape improvements, seating areas, and trees. The latest to join the list is 504 Myrtle Avenue, a 143-unit rental with ground-floor retail that’s rising on the former Pratt Station Post Office. Twenty-nine of its units are now available through the city’s affordable housing lottery, and they include 10 $735/month studios, 12 $741/month one-bedrooms, and seven $888/month two-bedrooms reserved for individuals earning less than 60 percent of the area media income.

More on the lottery

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Art, Art nerd ny, Events, Features

  • By Lori Zimmer
  • , December 2, 2016

Image © Luigi Rocca/Arnott Gallery

In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers!

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to compose a Wikipedia entry, do it in style this week at the Guggenheim’s #guggathon while helping beef up the entries on Chinese artists. If you’re feeling down on the current state of affairs, indulge in Luigi Rocca’s hyperrealistic acrylic paintings that honor the honest beauty of roadside Americana, or check out the fresh works from the artists in residence at the New York Studio Residency Program. Celebrate the beauty of the beard (yes, seriously) at Atlantic Gallery, and take a look at wearable art at Tee Time by Choice Royce. If lectures are your thing, head to the historic Loews Theater for a day of TEDx Jersey City, or pop over to the Mid-Manhattan Library for an artist talk with Paul Sunday. Finally, experience the media mogul Kippy Winston, in his talk-show style lecture that looks at current issues through an artistic lens.

More on all the best events this way

Art, Urban Design, West Village 

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 1, 2016

When the AIDS epidemic struck in the 1980s, New York City was the first place in the country to report a case, and in the years following, the area around Greenwich Village had more cases and deaths than anywhere in the city. The now-shuttered St. Vincent’s Hospital at 11th Street and Seventh Avenue South became known as the “ground zero” of the epidemic; it was the nation’s second institution to treat HIV, and its staff of Catholic nuns refused to turn away any patient. To commemorate this effort and honor those who were lost, the city has today, on World AIDS Day, dedicated the new $6 million NYC AIDS Memorial, located in St. Vincent’s Triangle, across from the old hospital site (h/t Curbed). Designed by architecture firm Studio a + i, the 18-foot geometric steel canopy hovers above granite pavers by visual artist Jenny Holzer that feature selections from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself.”

See images of the new memorial and today’s dedication

Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

  • By Emily Nonko
  • , December 1, 2016

This duplex from the 444 Central Park West co-op, in the Upper West Side, has a lot going for it. Its upper-floor location—and three exposures to the east, west and north—affords views over Central Park, St. John the Divine Cathedral and upper Manhattan. It is also decked out with unique details like wood paneling from an 1800s English church, crown moldings and a marble fireplace. The asking price comes in at $2.5 million.

Take the grand tour

Art, History

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , December 1, 2016

Image Archives of the Century

Sidewalks and street art are pretty much synonymous in modern day New York City, but have you ever stopped to question when it all started? In the winter of 1969, New York City saw the birth of the sidewalk sculpture. While public art in an outdoor setting was not necessarily a new concept, this was the very first time it was situated immediately on the sidewalk. The work was a marble sculpture made by artist Gonzalo Fonseca, commissioned by the Twentieth Century Fund. Upon completion, it stood six feet outside of the organization’s headquarters and weighed a whopping two tons.

Read more

Daily Link Fix

  • How do you sell a nondescript Midtown East apartment? Write a poem about it. [CityRealty]
  • The planned 950-foot Sutton Place tower with a Norman Foster design will proceed to a foreclosure auction on December 13th. [TRD]
  • McDonald’s golden arches influenced not only how the world sees America, but post-modern architecture. [Architizer]
  • USPS is testing out a new service in NYC that will send a morning email of the snail mail you’ll receive later that day. [ABC7]
  • Those blue “I love NY” signs that pop up all over the state’s highways may actually be illegal. [NYT]


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