Posted On Mon, December 31, 2018 By

Posted On Mon, December 31, 2018 By In Features, Most Read Stories

As we wrap up 2018, 6sqft is taking a look back at the top stories of the past 12 months in topics like apartment tours, new developments, real estate trends, and history. From a behind-the-scenes tour of Williamsburg’s abandoned oil tanks to a sneak peek at Amazon’s new Long Island City home to a look back at how Native American ironworkers built the NYC skyline, these are the stories that readers couldn’t get enough of.

Photo via Smithsonian Institute


  1. Men of steel: How Brooklyn’s Native American ironworkers built New York
  2. This 1946 map shows how Native American trails became the streets of Brooklyn
  3. Six things you didn’t know about Arthur Avenue and Bronx Little Italy
  4. 720,000 New York City tax photos from 1940 are now digitized so you can find your building online
  5. The backstory on backhouses: How NYC’s hidden rear residences came to be

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Photo courtesy of The Sill 

NYC Guides

  1. The 10 best plant shops in NYC
  2. 2018’s best NYC neighborhoods for Halloween trick-or-treating
  3. NYC’s best alternative holiday markets and coolest pop-up shops of 2018
  4. Where to find fall foliage in Central Park
  5. The 7 best hikes near New York City

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Maker Park, THE TANKS at Bushwick Inlet Park, Bayside Oil Depot, Williamsburg waterfront, fuel tanks, Karen Zabarsky, Stacey AndersonPhoto © James and Karla Murray

Behind the scenes

  1. See this year’s completely outrageous Dyker Heights Christmas lights
  2. William Wegman’s famous dog murals cheer up the newly reopened 23rd Street F, M station
  3. Behind the scenes at Williamsburg’s abandoned Bayside Oil Depot, set to be NYC’s next public park
  4. Behind the scenes at the Loew’s Jersey City: How a 1929 Wonder Theatre was brought back to life
  5. Take a walk down West 69th Street, the most over-the-top Halloween block in NYC

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Photo © James and Karla Murray

Mysqft House Tours

  1. My 750sqft: Instagram’s ‘Apartment Botanist’ grows nearly 200 plants on the Upper West Side
  2. Our 1,000sqft: Creative couple Amy and Brian show off their newly renovated Prospect Park South co-op
  3. Our 2,500sqft: New homeowners Mark and Lauren take us inside their relaxed Bed-Stuy brownstone
  4. My 480sqft: Real estate publicist Kelly Kreth lives in a red, black, and white wonderland in Yorkville
  5. Our 2,200sqft: The founders of Ample Hills ice cream give the scoop on their sweet Boerum Hill home

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Geodome glampingPhoto via Airbnb

Cool Listings

  1. 10 glorious glamping sites near New York City
  2. This 68-square-foot Upper West Side ‘apartment’ is $950/month
  3. Live at Waterline Square for $1,041/month, lottery launches for 250+ affordable units
  4. Jackie Gleason’s circular “mothership” mansion in Westchester is on the market for $12M
  5. George and Amal Clooney’s supposed illegal Soho rental hits the market for $16M

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Rendering courtesy of  WXY architecture + urban design

New Developments

  1. See the waterfront site in Long Island City where Amazon will bring its new mixed-use campus
  2. Coney Island’s ‘Miami-inspired’ Ocean Dreams rental project tops out
  3. REVEALED: New renderings of Domino Sugar Factory’s waterfront park and esplanade
  4. See dizzying new renderings of 30 Hudson Yards’ outdoor observation deck, the highest in NYC
  5. Industry City’s 20,000-square-foot Japanese food hall opens this weekend

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Photo via CityRealty

Real Estate & Trends

  1. Why middle-income New Yorkers are turning down affordable housing
  2. The real value of $100 in New York is just $86.51
  3. Nearly 250,000 NYC rental apartments sit vacant
  4. The city will issue new Section 8 vouchers for the first time in two years
  5. A salary of $58,450 or less annually is now considered low income in the New York Metro Area

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Photo courtesy of Lord & Taylor


  1. FAO Schwarz will reopen this November in Rockefeller Center
  2. Lord & Taylor will end its 104-year run with a massive sale and just two holiday windows
  3. The L-train will not run between Brooklyn and Manhattan for 15 weekends
  4. Jersey City takes back the Hudson with massive July 4th fireworks display and a Snoop Dogg concert
  5. Sign up for early tickets to climb Hudson Yards’ Vessel next spring





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