Whenever there’s a chance for a moment of peace in this city, New Yorkers know to take it. This week, Grand Central is making your commute a little less stressful with a pop-up Japanese zen garden in Vanderbilt Hall, part of the station’s annual Japan Week taking place March 8-10.
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Thirty feet below street level, Benton Brown and Susan Boyle of Crown Finish Caves age their deliciously moldy wares in the lagering tunnels of a former brewery beneath the Monti Building in Crown Heights, where 26,000 pounds of cheese ripens to perfection in one of the facility’s 15-foot-high brick tunnels. This weekend Crown Finish is opening up one of the unused former brewery tunnels, seldom seen by the public, to host a cheese-and-wine tasting event to benefit the expansion efforts of Maple Street School, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens’ cooperative preschool (h/t DNAInfo).
Benton Brown of Crown Finish Caves. Images courtesy of Crown Finish Caves.
The $70-a-ticket event, to be held Saturday, will offer a chance to sample an array of cheeses from New York, Vermont and Georgia along with wine and catered food; there will also be an auction from local artists and live music in addition to a rare peek at the subterranean space, identical to the one used to age cheese–but “maybe a little more romantic” according to Boyle.
Crown Finish Caves opened in 2014, the culmination of several years’ renovation effort in the tunnels to create “Brooklyn’s premier cheese-aging facility,” complete with state-of-the-art humidity control and cooling systems. The couple created the 70-foot space with advice from the world’s top cheese experts.
The fundraiser will happen from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at 925 Bergen Street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Tickets can be found here.
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To broaden people’s knowledge of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community’s history in New York City, the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project created a map-based online archive to document significant sites throughout the five boroughs. Although earlier maps highlighting LGBT history have been created, they focused solely on the history of Greenwich Village, the hub of gay activism. But the new interactive map, based on 25 years of research and advocacy, hopes to make “invisible history visible” by exploring sites across the city related to everything from theater and architecture to social activism and health.
According to a press release from the Project:
Separate from the interactive map, we are working with the New York State Historic Preservation Office to survey sites for potential listing on the National Register of Historic Places and develop a historic context statement that documents the city’s LGBT history. Of the over 92,000 sites on the National Register, only 11 are listed for their LGBT significance.
The map lets you explore historic LGBT sites dating back to the city’s founding in the 17th century, to the year 2000, and highlights different sites by type of place such as clubs, restaurants, medical facilities, residences and more. You can also filter your search based on neighborhood, era or specific identity. Highlights include the Walt Whitman Residence at Ryerson Street, the Apollo Theater on West 125th Street and Audre Lorde’s home at 207 St. Paul’s Avenue.
Plus, the organization has created curated themes and tours that will rotate throughout the year.
The map is the first initiative of its kind to document history associated with the LGBT community’s influence in all of the city’s boroughs and the rest of the country. It will continuously be updated to add any sites that reflect the ethnic and geographic diversity of the community. Find the full list of sites on the map here (pdf) and explore the map here.
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The drumbeat for making the statue of Fearless Girl a permanent fixture in Lower Manhattan continues. Over the weekend, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the bronze statue of the little girl staring down the Wall Street bull, which had been installed to celebrate International Women’s Day, will remain through February 2018. But that hasn’t satisfied several female elected officials, who have continued to insist the empowering symbol should remain forever.
‘Fearless Girl’ statue will remain on Wall Street for another year, but officials say that’s not enoughImage via Metro / Getty The drumbeat for making the statue of Fearless Girl a permanent fixture in Lower Manhattan ...
When Manhattan real estate mogul Michael Davis bought Donald Trump’s childhood home sight-unseen for just under $1.4 million in December, he had high hopes of flipping the Tudor-style residence in Jamaica Estates, Queens. Now, just three months later, the Times tells us that he’s done just that, re-selling it at auction last week for $2.14 million, more than double the neighborhood average. Interestingly, the transaction was facilitated by lawyer Michael Tang who specializes in real estate investments made by overseas Chinese buyers. Tang told the Times in an email that he was unable to disclose the name or any other information about the buyer, whose identity is being shielded behind the newly created LLC “Trump Birth House.”
Donald Trump’s father built the pale yellow Tudor home in 1940, but the family later moved to a larger home nearby on Midland Parkway. It has six bedrooms, mahogany floors, a fireplace in the living room, screened-in patio, finished basement with a bedroom suite, and a five-car driveway leading to a two-car garage.
As 6sqft previously explained:
Restaurateurs Isaac and Claudia Kestenberg bought the home in 2008 for $782,500. After beginning divorce proceedings, they listed it first in July for $1.65 million. They then chopped the price to $1.2 million, but took it off the market shortly thereafter to begin auction discussions. However, in mid-October they pulled it completely in the hopes of garnering more interest.
Initial reports predicted the home could bring in 10 times its worth, but with just a few months into his presidency, the estimates were far off its final $2 million price tag.
The Trump name “has had differing effects on properties around the world,” the Times points out. For example, just last month, a penthouse in the president’s Park Avenue building was sold to a Chinese businesswoman for $15.89 million. But New Yorkers seem to be distancing themselves from the President as much as possible, removing his name from an Upper West Side residential complex and even creating a giant inflatable rat out of his likeness.
In terms of Chinese buyers specifically, a 2015 study showed that 75 percent of Manhattan’s all-cash buyers have Chinese last names. In addition to Chinese investors using NYC real estate as a secure place to stash their cash, the Trump camp has had many personal dealings with the nation in recent months, most notable Kushner Companies’ proposed deal with Chinese company Anbang Insurance Group to take a major stake in their midtown skyscraper 666 Fifth Avenue.
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Photos courtesy of Laffey Fine Homes from a previous listingWhen Manhattan real estate mogul Michael Davis bought Donald Trump’s childhood home sight-unseen for just under $1.4 million in December, he ...
The listing calls this apartment a “gateway to a modern version of Narnia”–and it’s hard not to agree. A designer has decked it out with bold colors, quirky additions like a built-in swing and a sculptural wall paneling made of walnut, even a hidden door that leads to a bedroom. It’s like something out of a fantasy novel, if that novel took place in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The apartment comes from the Park Pavilion Condominiums development, at 372 15th Street. For 1,451 square feet of surprising, offbeat interiors, it’ll cost just under $2 million.
From the entrance, a wall paneling made of solid walnut runs the length of the hallway in order to conceal the master bedroom, walk-in closet, and a tiled en-suite bathroom. It leads to the open kitchen, living and dining room area.
This space faces south and gets lots of light. The kitchen, with its bright pink island, also has a dedicated pantry closet, appliance closet and a walk-in utility closet complete with a customized spice rack and wicker basket shelving. The piece de resistance, as the listing calls it, is the floral mosaic backsplash of climbing-vine peonies, which was designed by Elizabeth Bomberger and Sicis Tiles. (The intricate, floral tilework is a theme of this apartment.) The living and dining room, right off the kitchen, boast high ceilings and poured concrete floors.
The bedroom, tucked away off the foyer, can be accessed through a hidden door (with a silver pull in the wall) or two other pocket doors. It’s decked out with floral wallpaper, and boasts a walk-in closet.
The adjoining, en-suite bathroom has a teak soaking tub as well as a double-sized tile shower where the floral motif continues.
From the living room, take the floating, wood and acrylic panel staircase down to the lower level of the apartment, which holds a rec room and an office space. Oh yeah, there’s also a wood swing hanging from the ceiling. And also a humidified pet room, complete with a winter grass garden!
The main area of the recreation room includes a built-in storage unit with a queen-sized murphy bed and two retractable walls: one is soundproof to create a second bedroom when guests come to visit, while the other houses a movie screen to create a private theater space.
Finally, a door from the rec rooms leads out to a 22-foot by 11-foot private outdoor patio. As you might guess, it’s fancifully decorated in tiles and wood panelling that frames planting beds. When it comes to creative, eye-popping apartments–inside and out–this one takes the cake. Be sure to check out a few more photos in the gallery.
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Photos courtesy of CompassThe listing calls this apartment a “gateway to a modern version of Narnia”–and it’s hard not to agree. A designer ...
Our ongoing series Apartment Living 101 is aimed at helping New Yorkers navigate the challenges of creating a happy home in the big city. Previously, 6sqft rounded up a list of 10 nearly indestructible plants that are ideal for apartment dwellers with black thumbs. Now, we’re taking a look at plants that are powerhouses when it comes to cleaning indoor air.
Outdoor air quality is a concern for all, but few of us consider the airborne pollutants that have infiltrated our homes. Toxins from carpet, paint, upholstery and cleaning products are just a handful of modern-day products that can degrade indoor air quality, and studies have shown too much exposure to these manmade elements can cause lung and respiratory issues over the long run. Luckily, there are a number of houseplants that moonlight as efficient purifiers. Ahead you’ll find 15 of the best air-purifying plants suited for apartment living, according to Dr. B.C. Wolverton, a scientist who worked with NASA to develop a breathable environment for long-term lunar habitation.
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The plants we list below have been found to be among the most effective in cleaning indoor air, absorbing common emissions found in everyday products that surround us. Most of these are easy to grow, but some require a little more care than others. In his book “How to Grow Fresh Air,” Dr. Wolverton recommends introducing at least two mid-to-large-sized plants per 100 square feet of space. Just note that some of these are poisonous to pets, so choose accordingly.
1. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata) ↑
Boston ferns rank as one of the best plant air purifiers and they also release an abundant amount of moisture into the air which will make for a pleasant environment. These plants look great in standard and hanging planters and are generally easy to care for, but they’re one on our list of plants that require specific attention. First, they don’t like direct light, so keep them out of windows. You’ll also need to mist and water them frequently to avoid leaf drop or the soil from drying out (it should always be moist). One way to boost moisture, particularly if your apartment is dry, is to put your pot atop a shallow tray filled with rocks and water. This will give your fern additional water vapor to draw from.
2. Golden Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum) ↑
This is one of the easiest plants to grow. They work great in a hanging basket or on ledges, and you can also train them to climb up poles or walls. The golden pothos is virtually indestructible and this makes them a popular choice for many households. Indirect light and good ventilation will serve this plant well, but they also thrive under fluorescent light. Keep its soil relatively moist and be careful not to overwater.
English ivy seen in the left pot. Image by Miyo Sekimoto
3. English Ivy (Hedera Helix) ↑
This climber is another air-cleaning powerhouse that ranks as high as theBoston Fern. English ivy is extremely easy to grow and it boasts aerial roots that will attach to additional surfaces to proliferate. Put them in hanging baskets to fill voids in your home. They grow well in mid to abundant light but hate high temperatures.
4. Palm Trees ↑
Add a little tropical flair to your home by adding a palm tree into the mix. Palms are excellent air-cleaners and are extremely easy to care for. Areca palms, bamboo palms, dwarf date palms and lady palms are highly recommended by Wolverton.
5. Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica) ↑
Rubber plants are great for low light rooms and are easy to keep alive. Thick, leather-like, glossy green leaves also makes this an attractive interior addition.
6. Dracaenas (Janet Craig, Dragon Tree, Corn Plant and Warneckei) ↑
Dracaenas come in a variety of options, but the four we’re listing here are easy to grow and can tolerate dim light. The differences between them? Janet Craig grows with a slim silhouette and with full leaves, while the Warneckei grows more lush and stout. Dragon trees and corn plants grow as tall canes and are typically grouped into three stalks in large pots. Warneckeis and dragon trees can also both tolerate drier environments.
Image via Costa Farms
7. Ficus Binnendijkii Alii ↑
Ficus Aliis enjoy sun, so if you’ve got a bright space, theses trees will do well. Lack of light, however, will cause their leaves to drop. Given their tall stature (they can grow up to 15 feet) and long leaves, the Alii variety makes for great stand-alone decor.
8. Orchids ↑
Orchids are popular houseplants, loved for their exotic blooms. But in addition to being beautiful, these lithe plants are also great air-purifiers. Most people find orchids difficult to care for, but orchids and their flowers will endure if you understand how to tend to them. It’s common for orchids to fall victim to overzealous watering, as many believe that because they are native to tropical rainforests, they need to be kept very moist. But according to OrchidCare.com, “there are three basic types of orchids, as far as watering is concerned: those that should be kept evenly moist at all times; those that should be allowed to nearly dry out between waterings, except when in active growth; and those that should always be allowed to dry out a bit between waterings.”
Via My City Plants
9. Peace Lilly (Spathiphyllum) ↑
Blooms indoors, tolerates low light, and releases moisture into the air; if your looking for a low-maintenance plant that flowers year round, this is your best bet. Peace lilies also rank high on the air-purification scale, nearly on par with Boston ferns and English ivy.
Image by David B. Gleason
10. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum) ↑
Also known as the airplane plant, this lovely green sends up slim, arching shoots that extend between six to 12 inches and feature a cream or yellow stripe at the center. They’re ideal for hanging planters but also look great on side tables as accents. Semi-sunny to shaded environments will keep this plant happy.
11. Umbrella Tree (Schefflera Brassaia Actinophylla) ↑
This bountiful plant grows tall (up to eight feet—but more demure sizes can also easily be found) with branches with large deep green leaves. These plants prefer lit areas but will also tolerate shade.
12. Dumb Cane ↑
This luscious plant of beautiful green/white/yellow foliage grows fast and will do well in semi-sun to semi-shade environments—they are also poisonous to humans when consumed, and will cause your mouth to painfully swell to the point that you won’t be able to talk (hence its name). However, as long as you keep from chowing down on its leaves or stems and wash your hands if you come into contact with any of its sap, this plant makes for a wonderful household companion and an above average air-purifier.
13. King of Hearts (Homalomena Wallisii) ↑
This plant reaches a petite six inches in height and has very ornamental leaves that can grow up to eight inches. While eye-catching, this plant can be quite finicky if not carefully tended to. Homalomena Wallisii loves heat and lots of moisture but prefers semi-shaded areas. If you want to grow one indoors, we suggest using a terrarium.
Image via Pernell Gerver
14. Red Emerald (Philodendron Erubescens) ↑
Red emeralds are climbing plants with glossy bright green and red oval shaped leaves that bunch up close together along stems to create greenery with good coverage. Easy to grow, this plant thrives in both mid to low light and does best in a warm environment. But because it’s a climber, you will either need to provide it wall space or a stake to scale.
15. Florist Mums (Chrysanthemum Morifolium) ↑
And finally, the cheeriest of the bunch, sun-loving florist mums are a great way to add color to a space that’s lacking that bit of something. Although the plant is typically reserved for holidays like Easter, indoor versions of chrysanthemums have been cultivated to flower year round so that you can enjoy them even in dormant seasons. Unfortunately, the flowers will only last 6-8 weeks, but a major plus to this plant is that is has an incredible transpiration rate that makes it a top-notch air-cleaner.
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Although Justin Timberlake was spotted scoping out an $18.5 million Greenwich Village penthouse last month, he chose Tribeca to call home with wife Jessica Biel and their two-year-old son, Silas. According to the Real Deal, the power couple signed a deal for a penthouse at 443 Greenwich Street. Built in 1882 and recently restored by CetraRuddy Architects, the building boasts an interior courtyard, underground garage, 71-foot indoor swimming pool and landscaped roof terrace, so it’s no wonder celebrities are flocking here. Former residents include Mike Myers, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Jennifer Lawrence, and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. While the exact unit the couple bought remains unclear, Penthouse G is currently under contract for $27.5 million.
Penthouse G sits on 5, 375 square feet and has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a massive private terrace.
Other building amenities include a 24-hour doorman, valet and live-in manager, children’s playroom, and a fitness center with a Turkish steam bath. The units have access to private storage rooms and a temperature-controlled wine cellar. Plus, the building is LEED certified and some parking spaces will be available for purchase that come with an electric charging station.
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The 288 units of One Waterline Square, which is being designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier at the southwest corner of West 59th, will feature interiors by Champalimaud in white and natural-toned palettes that will showcase high ceilings, enormous windows, and a rich selection of materials from around the world. The interior design studio’s other local works include the Kent, the Chamberlain and 12 East 88th Street.
Two Waterline Square, penned by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), will be the master plan’s largest, with 696 residential units on 38 floors. Acclaimed boutique hotel and hospitality team Yabu Pushelberg are giving the building’s interior spaces modern finish palettes in either light or dark. The team is best known locally for the interiors at One57’s Park Hyatt New York.
Three Waterline Square , which is being designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects of 432 Park Avenue fame, will be 34 stories of sculpted glass surrounded by green space with 244 units within. Interiors by Groves & Co will frame dramatic park, river and city views; buyers can choose between finish palettes of oak or ash.
When finished, the trio of towers will offer 1,132 high-end condo and rental homes. Sales at Waterline Square are set to launch in the months to come, with delivery projected for 2019.
Waterline Square is the culmination of the 77-acre Riverside South Master Plan that has been more than 50 years in the making. Residents will enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River along with 100,000 square feet of sports, leisure and lifestyle amenity spaces. A three-acre park designed by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects will offer groves of trees, walking paths, a great lawn, a playground and water features.
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Designed by local architect Dimitri Bulazel, this 4,675-square-foot four-bedroom home at 51 Pecksland Road in Greenwich, CT was clearly inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Fallingwater house in rural Pennsylvania (h/t Curbed). While the listing calls it “reminiscent” of the 1935 architectural icon, we’ll just say it’s very, very reminiscent. Which is a good thing, because Fallingwater isn’t for sale, but this remarkable custom-built, privately commissioned modern house with its cantilevered design, walls of windows, hand-cut Tennessee limestone walls, rock gardens and rooftop terraces can actually be yours, right now, for $3.5 million.
Starting with a long private drive through 2.4 acres of woodland setting punctuated by Wright-appropriate rock outcroppings, the home’s cantilevered design was designed to find the sunlight during every part of the day. And similar to a Wright house, the home takes full advantage of the beautiful natural setting, incorporating aspects of the outdoors into every room.
Generously-sized open rooms are tied together by natural wood and stone details throughout. In the kitchen, custom-built cabinets and work spaces are totally timeless in natural materials.
Bedrooms are a mix of nature and shelter; keep clutter from spoiling these sun-filled open spaces with gorgeous floor-to-ceiling custom wood closets and a dressing room.
Outdoor spaces are just as amazing, from tiny rock gardens to a stone and concrete deck suspended across the top of the driveway. An in-ground saltwater pool with a safety cover sits just beneath a cantilevered patio. A separate office/guest house and pool house are easily accessible from the pool.
There’s also a garage off the guest house. The property adjoins a country club and nature preserve, so while it’s close to town, it’s never far from the wilderness. The listing adds that the home “has been lovingly updated and restored without changing the integrity.”
Perhaps the one Fallingwater aspect that’s most notably missing from this covetable example of homage is the actual falling water. For that, you have only to look to another recently-featured Wright-inspired home, where you’ll find a waterfall that ends in a heated Jacuzzi.
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Images courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway N.E. Properties.Designed by local architect Dimitri Bulazel, this 4,675-square-foot four-bedroom home at 51 Pecksland Road in Greenwich, CT was clearly inspired by Frank ...
This two-bedroom co-op occupies the parlor and garden floors of 4 East 82nd Street, a stately Carnegie Hill mansion. Despite a recent renovation, the apartment still boasts details from the past: original wood paneling, an impressive marble mantle and the original, leaded French casement windows. New additions include a chef’s kitchen, which leads to a terrace and the apartment’s private garden.
The parlor floor is most impressive, with all those historic details under high ceilings. The fireplace faces a wall of nearly floor-to-ceiling leaded windows that bring tons of light into the space.
The kitchen was renovated with marble counter tops and new appliances. Despite the renovation, the classic aesthetic matches the rest of the prewar interior.
A lovely terrace off the kitchen faces south and it looks out onto the apartment’s own backyard garden. Unfortunately, the listing doesn’t share any photos of the outdoor space.
Downstairs, on the garden floor, there’s a large master bedroom suite with an office. The second bedroom, also down here, has its own bathroom as well as French doors leading outside.
Even the bathroom off the master bedroom boasts a wall of oversized, leaded windows, not to mention a classic clawfoot tub.
It’s also worth mentioning the location of this co-op: just a half block up from Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Upper East Side location is just as fancy as the interior design, which hits just the right note between old and new.
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Photos courtesy of CorcoranThis two-bedroom co-op occupies the parlor and garden floors of 4 East 82nd Street, a stately Carnegie Hill mansion. Despite ...
As a symbol of resistance to the Trump administration, Chelsea-based contemporary art gallery BravinLee created a Kickstarter to raise $10,000 for an inflatable, 15-foot rat sporting a comb-over and an ill-fitting suit (complete with an inflatable piece of scotch tape to ensure his tie won’t blow in the wind) that will be placed outside Trump Tower. As the A.V. Club learned, artist Jeffrey Beebe was inspired by Scabby the Rat, the inflatable rat that attends union strikes to signal unfair and unsafe practices by management. With the deadline to fund “Trumpy the Rat” set for April 19, the project has raked in just over $5,500.
While outside of Trump Tower will remain his permanent residence, Trumpy will be available to make appearances at protests and rallies. Those who donate to the fund can expect different levels of rewards, which include attending a free picnic to witness the inflation, original artwork of Trumpy the Rat by artist Jeffrey Beebe, and a Trumpy the Rat t-shirt.
As their Kickstarter states, BravinLee and Jeffrey Beebe will receive no financial benefit from the project: “Beyond the obvious our larger purpose is to show how artists, art and the creative community can play a meaningful role during these dark times. We are the ones that need to make America great again–or at least as okay as it was last year.”
After the campaign reaches its goal of $10,000, it will then take 12 weeks to complete fabrication and delivery of the inflatable rat to Trump Towers. BravinLee said if the funds raised exceed their goal, they will continue to make as many rats as they can. Trumpy the Rat is expected to be inflated this July.
[Via The A.V. Club]
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