The open floor plan has dominated new constructions over the last several decades, first popularized in the 1950s by Frank Lloyd Wright with his Usonian designs. But as architectural trends wax and wane, the pendulum is swinging back to the classics, and more and more architects are looking to the early 20th century works of Rosario Candela for an “updated” living typology. Candela’s buildings have become a sought-after counterpoint to the glass and steel developments rising across the city, admired for their architectural detail inside and out, and loved for their gracious layouts which emphasize the separation of public and private spaces. Ahead we look at Candela’s most famed residences (many of which have been redeveloped) as well as several new developments that draw upon the icon’s sensibilities.
Though it might seem that each recent generation attempts to take credit for the rise of the futuristic “skyscraper,” buildings that rise ten floors or higher were born with the Gilded Age. “Ten & Taller: 1874-1900,” on view through April 2017 at the Skyscraper Museum in Battery Park City examines every single building 10 stories and taller that was erected in Manhattan between 1874 through 1900 (h/t Curbed). Beginning in the mid-1870s, the city’s first ten-story office buildings rose on masonry to 200 feet high with spires that stretched 60 more feet. By 1900 New York City could boast of 250 buildings at least as tall; the world’s tallest office building was the thirty-story 15 Park Row; framed with steel, it soared to 391 feet. As technology brought elevators and new methods of construction, the vertical expansion was becoming a forest of tall towers.
The “Ten & Taller” project began as a way to use and share the treasure trove of research conducted and documented by engineer and historian Donald Freidman on the structural systems these early buildings utilized. This incredibly comprehensive survey–every building of ten or more stories erected in Manhattan through 1900 was accounted for–begged for visualization. The museum created an exhibition that combines three methods of viewing the city’s first push skyward.
An eye-opening map shows all Manhattan buildings from 1874 to 1900 that are ten stories or taller by use and date. From a grid we learn more about each building; for example, the Standard Oil Building at 24-28 Broadway, built in 1886 by E.L. Roberts and J.M. Farnsworth, rose to 145 feet/10 stories with a steel frame with granite walls. The office tower cost $450,000 at the time–or $2.42 per square foot. A colorful timeline charts the explosion of ever taller buildings–and more of them–with the passage of very little time. The aforementioned technological advances made tall buildings possible, but it was the unprecedented growth of New York City itself–the city’s population went from less than a million in the 1870s to over 3.4 million in 1900, that sparked the drive to go vertical.
As we map the city’s first skyscrapers we learn some obvious and surprising facts: The density of office buildings concentrated in lower Manhattan–as well as the number of them in the area taller than 200 feet, increased dramatically after 1893, while hotels and apartments towered over the uptown scene. Light manufacturing buildings that also had offices and showrooms–what we now call lofts–accounted for nearly a third of high-rises in the last years of the 19th century.
Though it might seem that each recent generation attempts to take credit for the rise of the futuristic “skyscraper,” buildings ...
6sqft recently shared analysis that 3,000 ridesharing vehicles could replace the city’s fleet of 13,587 taxis. And while this was more a comment on how carpooling can decrease congestion and emissions, it also points to a changing landscape for yellow cabs. In a piece this weekend, the Times looks at how taxis have fallen out of favor with New Yorkers since apps like Uber and Lyft came onto the scene; these vehicles now number more than 60,000. In 2010, for example, yellow cabs made an average of 463,701 trips, 27 percent more than the 336,737 trips this past November, which also resulted in a drop in fares from $5.17 million to $4.98 million. And just since 2014, the cost of a cab medallion was cut in less than half of its former $1.3 million price tag.
The Times laments that the yellow cab “was once the main alternative to subways and buses, hailed by rich and poor alike.” But today, the “e-dispatch services” cater a tech-focused society and offer incentives that cabs cannot, such as promotions, estimated wait times, mobile payments, and low-cost carpool options. They’ve also filled the gaps in neighborhoods where taxis historically haven’t traveled.
And if the competition from ridesharing apps wasn’t enough, taxis must also complete with improved transit options like Citi Bike and the new Second Avenue Subway. To deal with this shift, the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade, have introduced their own apps, Arro and Curb, and are opening a training and recruitment center in Queens. But still, many taxi drivers have made the jump over to Uber and similar services, and the numbers don’t lie: In October 2016, Uber provided an average of 226,046 rides a day, followed by Lyft’s 35,908, Via’s 21,698, Juno’s 20,426, and Gett’s 7,227.
6sqft recently shared analysis that 3,000 ridesharing vehicles could replace the city’s fleet of 13,587 taxis. And while this was more ...
A year after the city’s 421-a tax exemption program expired, a new version of the affordable housing incentive is officially moving forward. In August, Governor Cuomo released a new version of the plan that which include wage subsidies for construction workers and extended terms for the tax breaks, and after the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) reached an agreement in November to move ahead with this version, the Governor’s office now reports that they’ll be advancing new legislation to move ahead the program that’s now been re-named “Affordable New York.” Cuomo says this will create 2,500 new affordable housing units per year.
Under Affordable New York, rental buildings with 300 or more apartments–in Manhattan south of 96th Street and in Brooklyn and Queens’ Community Boards 1 and 2 one mile from the East River waterfront–that reserve at least 20 percent of units as affordable for 40 years will be eligible for tax incentives for 35 years, up from 421-a’s 35-year requirement and 25-year tax break. Construction workers on those projects in Manhattan must receive an average rate of $60 per hour, while those in Brooklyn and Queens $45. Other provisions of the agreement are:
Expand housing opportunities for low-income individuals by lowering income eligibility requirements
Ensure enforcement and compliance of the wage and benefits requirements by requiring developers to hire independent monitors to audit payroll reports and create penalties for developers who do fail to meet the requirements.
Allow projects that began construction after December 31, 2015 and on or before June 15, 2020 to qualify for the program if the completion date is on or before June 15, 2026.
In a statement Governor Cuomo said, “This agreement will help fulfill the real need for more affordable housing in New York City while recognizing the work of the employees who build them. [It] will expand housing opportunities for low-income individuals by lowering income eligibility requirements, and extend affordability for projects created with 421-a for an additional five years. This is a major step forward in our efforts to provide affordable housing in New York City and ensuring benefits and fair wages are paid to hardworking men and women. I’m urging the Legislature to pass the Affordable New York bill and release the $2 billion housing fund.”
The bill was sent to the legislature on Sunday. Cuomo hopes this will also incentivize Senate Republicans to release a $2 billion housing fund to createsupportive affordable housing.
A year after the city’s 421-a tax exemption program expired, a new version of the affordable housing incentive is officially moving ...
File this one under things you won’t find in Brooklyn: This pretty, totally modernized 2,828 square-foot Queen Anne row house at 418 East 136th Street in the Bertine Block Historic District offers four bedrooms with room for more, and four stories of townhouse loveliness, all for the well-under-a-million price of $800,000. Caveats apply, of course: It’s a narrow house at only 14 feet wide, and single-family so no rental income if you live there. But The Bronx is the place to be if you’re looking for townhouse living for under a mil.
Named for developer Edward D. Bertine who built 10 Queen Anne style row houses here in the 1890s, the Bertine Block Historic District is as pretty as they come. This move-in-ready home has turn-of-the-century details galore, including inlaid parquet floors, decorative moldings and pocket doors, with a full helping of modern amenities. The single-family townhouse has four stories with additional space for another kitchen on the garden level, and plenty of sunlight throughout.
The bright, cleanly renovated kitchen leads to a terrace and a landscaped back yard for dining, entertaining and watching your garden grown. An equally bright and tastefully outfitted dining room is outfitted with a decorative fireplace, vintage lighting and built-ins.
Upstairs you’ll find four bedrooms with possibilities for a fifth, and three and a half baths. Rooms are spacious airy with painted and exposed brick detail. There’s also an upper terrace, great for a nightcap or a morning weather-check.
This slender find is just twenty minutes to midtown Manhattan, and the neighborhood is as unique as the block itself.
File this one under things you won’t find in Brooklyn: This pretty, totally modernized 2,828 square-foot Queen Anne row house ...
There are over 1,700 glorious square feet in this Greenpoint loft, now up for rent at the Pencil Factory building at 59 Kent Street. It’s boasting plenty of character, too, with 12-foot ceilings topped with the original wood beams, polished concrete floors, exposed brick and massive factory windows. To live in this sprawling, dreamy loft will cost $4,750 a month.
The loft covers two floors, with a living room and kitchen on the main level. Although there are no photos of the kitchen, the listing promises oak and stainless steel details. Downstairs, you’re in a den that has a much more modern aesthetic than the floor above.
There are two bedrooms total, and the master is lined with a wall of exposed brick. A nook in the brick–a remnant from the building’s past as a pencil factory–is now used to showcase some design.
Large apartments mean large closets. This is a walk-in worth bragging about.
And finally, a modernized bathroom to top it all off. The Pencil Factory is known for these types of loft apartments–a blend of factory details and modern additions–as well as its waterfront location. Residents are just a block from Transmitter Park (which looks over the Manhattan skyline) and two blocks from the Greenpoint G train stop.
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Like many organizationally challenged folks, Argentinean designer Natalia Geci was inspired by Marie Kondo’s bestselling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Following the author’s principal of only holding onto items that bring us joy, Geci created a freestanding, multifunctional furniture system to not only encourage de-cluttering, but to display these prized possessions.
The LYNKO system is so lightweight that it comes flat packed in a bag, which also makes it perfect for those with a more transient lifestyle.
It’s made from powder-coated metal frames linked through wooden hinges, and it comes with a customizable selection of accessories for storage and display.
LYNKO works well as a entryway catchall or as a small office complete with a desk, bookshelf, and cork board.
In the kitchen, LYNKO holds pans, plates, cutlery and even a small dining table. It can even work as a shower caddy.
And in the bedroom, it functions as an open wardrobe full of pockets, fabric shelving and hangers.
See more furniture for current times by Natalia Geci here.
Forget Scandinavian design—when it comes to décor, these days plants are all the rage. But you can’t just go buy any ol’ plant and plop it down in its flimsy plastic container and expect it to transform your place. There’s way more thought put into those gorgeous bohemian dens or chic minimalist lofts you stalk on Pinterest. The plants in those homes have probably been curated by an expert, which is why we hit up Brooklyn-based plant designer Lisa Muñoz of LeafandJune.com. The certified horticulturist and self-proclaimed “plant lady” shares some of her best styling tips.
One woman’s plant filled bedroom. Image by 6sqft Forget Scandinavian design—when it comes to décor, these days plants are all ...
We won’t blame you if this Park Slope apartment makes you drool. Located at 85 Sixth Avenue, the 10-unit condo was built for the Brooklyn social club the Carleton Club in 1890. The historic brick building holds this bright and lofty apartment, which hits the right balance between simple, modern design and some more historic interior touches. It’ll likely get snatched up quickly with an ask of $675,000.
The listing calls this an “open plan artist’s studio” considering the only bedroom is situated on the upstairs loft. (An alternative floorplan suggests another bedroom could be carved out of the main floor.) But for now, the living area boasts lots of lofty space, with pressed tin ceilings at a height of 13 feet. The loft is separated by large glass doors so the light streams through to the upper floor.
The current configuration allows for office space on the lower level, which has been cleverly built out atop a platform. The loft is heavy on storage: besides these bookcases, there are four closets, overhead cabinets and a drawer and pull-out twin bed platform beneath the platform.
A wall of exposed brick provides a dramatic backdrop to the formal dining area.
The historic building, on the corner of Sixth Avenue and St. Marks, is close to Atlantic Terminal in one direction and Grand Army Plaza in the other. But who would want to leave such a lovely apartment?
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Not only did the Times recently name the South Bronx one of this year’s hottest travel destinations, but the up-and-coming ‘hood has become a hotbed for new development. Many of these include affordable housing, which is the case at Bronx Commons, a mixed-use development in the Melrose Commons neighborhood that broke ground this morning. The $160 million project includes 305 all-affordable apartments, retail, and a landscaped public plaza, all of which will be anchored by the Bronx Music Hall, a new 300-seat venue that will serve as an “arts-centered community hub focused on the deeply rooted history of cutting edge Bronx music,” according to a press release from developers WHEDco and BFC Partners.
Bronx Commons is the last undeveloped plot at the 35-block Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area, which was first enacted in 1994. By bringing this new 426,000-square-foot development to the neighborhood, the developers hope to accomplish four goals:
Celebrate the rich musical heritage of the Bronx by drawing upon and restoring pride in its history
Meet the need for affordable housing options in the Bronx
Bring housing together with the arts, open green space, and health and fitness initiatives
Utilize the arts as a means of catalyzing the renewal of a neighborhood rich in history and culture
The affordable apartments, a mix of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, hope to attract a diverse group of New Yorkers, ranging from households earning 30 percent of the area media income to 110 percent and including families exiting the shelter system. This includes those earning as little as $4,000 annually up to those earning $115,600. The unit breakdown is as follows:
5 percent for families exiting New York City’s homeless shelter system
10 percent for households at 30% AMI
20 percent for households at 50% AMI
25 percent for households at 60% AMI
40 percent for families between 80%-110% of AMI
As for the 14,000-square-foot Music Hall, it’s being designed by WXY Architecture + Urban Design (the architects for the greater Bronx Commons projects are Danois) and will include the 300-seat flexible performance space, exhibit areas, music and dance rehearsal spaces, a cafe, and an outdoor performance space and recreation area.
Of the project’s $160 million cost, $11.4 million will go towards the Music Hall. It’s being largely funded with city and state dollars and is expected to be complete in 2019.