6sqft is pulling back the curtain on New York City. More than just current events, here you’ll learn about the places, people, and ideas that are shaping your city. Whether we’re writing about the subway system, touring a quirky home, recalling a historical event, discussing trends in interior design, or unveiling a new development, 6sqft’s carefully edited selection of stories will enliven your conversations on what it means to live in an electric metropolis.
6sqft takes its name from the notion of “personal space.” This concept was introduced by anthropologist Edward T. Hall back in 1966 as a way of defining how people behave and react in different types of culturally established spaces.
As New Yorkers, the size of our personal space is in constant flux—it shrinks as we travel on the subway, and we typically regain our latitude when we enter our neighborhoods and homes. Though oftentimes our limited space is attributed to the sheer number of people that inhabit our dense cityscape, at the same time, we are unique in that we constantly allow our personal space to blend with our social: The thoughtful coffee shop conversations we have with strangers; when we enlist the help of a passerby to carry our stroller down a crowded stairwell.
Hall theorizes that personal space measures just a little over two square feet, while our social space can extend well beyond sixty-four square feet. We believe that the area where these two meld—that area where New Yorkers are at their best—is six square feet.
6sqft is headquartered in Chelsea, but our illustrious team of writers and editors are reporting from all corners of our vibrant city. 6sqft is published by CityRealty and was founded in 2014.
About our team…
Diane Pham, Founder & Editorial Director
Diane is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Real Estate Finance & Development and a minor in Architecture, she enjoyed stints at SCI-Arc, the A+D Museum Los Angeles, Perkins Eastman Architects and Resolution 4: Architecture. She also previously served as Senior Editor of Inhabitat.com and spent several years as an analyst at CB Richard Ellis Investments in Milan, Italy. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
Dana Schulz, Editor
Dana is a writer and preservationist with a passion for all things New York. After graduating from New York University with a B.A. in Urban Design & Architecture Studies, she worked at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, where she planned the organization’s public programs and wrote for their blog Off the Grid. Outside of 6sqft, she writes for CIRCA, an online historic house marketplace, and leads walking tours about the cultural history of city neighborhoods. Follow her on Twitter @danaschulzNYC.
Ondel Hylton, New Developments Editor
Ondel is 6sqft’s New Developments Editor and the Digital Content Manager for CityRealty. He’s a lifelong New Yorker and comprehensive assessor of the city’s dynamic urban landscape. Ondel is an alumnus of Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture, and is a LEED accredited professional. Beginning his career as a Junior Architect at DaSILVA Architects, Ondel moved to the public sector as an Analyst Architect for the New York City Office of Management and Budget. Aside from CityRealty and 6sqft, he is a volunteer at the Skyscraper Museum, a docent for the Municipal Arts Society, and leads architectural tours around the city.
Devin Gannon, Contributing Editor
Devin is a Brooklyn-based writer and a politics nerd. After graduating from American University with a degree in journalism and political science, she covered New York City and State politics for the Gotham Gazette. You can follow her on Twitter at @devingannon_
Michelle Cohen, Contributing Editor
Michelle is a New York-based writer and content strategist who has worked extensively with lifestyle brands like Seventeen, Country Living, Harper’s Bazaar and iVillage. In addition to being a copywriter for a digital media agency she writes about culture, New York City neighborhoods, real estate, style, design and technology among other topics. She has lived in a number of major U.S. cities on both coasts and in between and loves all things relating to urbanism and culture.
Emily Nonko, Contributing Writer
Emily is a Brooklyn-based writer who has covered New York City real estate, architecture and design for Brownstoner, The Wall Street Journal, Dwell and other publications. You can follow her on Twitter @EmilyNonko.
Annie Doge, Celebrity News Writer
Annie is a NYC-based writer focused TV, lifestyle and pop culture. When she isn’t reporting on Taylor Swift’s most recent move, she can be found searching out and snapping photos of the latest trends in food and fashion.
Lori Zimmer, Art and Events Writer
Lori is a New York-based writer with a passion for sustainable design, eco-tourism, and art. She has written for The Daily Beast, Ecouterre, ArtSlant, Patrick McMullan Mag, Flavorpill, WhiteHot, and ArtFetch. She received her M.A. in Art, Media & Business at FIT. In her free time, she writes an art and art history guide called Art Nerd New York, and curates art shows across NYC. Follow her on Twitter @LoriZimmer.
Rebecca Paul, Contributing Writer
Rebecca Paul is a Brooklyn based artist, writer, designer and strategist currently living in Greenpoint. With and undergraduate degree in illustration and a Master’s in Design & Business Strategy from Pratt, Rebecca is equally passionate about discovering compelling business ventures as she is about exploring her own artistic expression. The written word is her tool for bringing the two worlds together. Previously, she was the Director of Content Strategy for Prodigy Network, an international company committed to building new economic structures through crowd-funding in real estate. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @rebeccapaulz.
Dain Gordon, Contributing Design Editor
Dain is a Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary designer who hails from a ranch settled within the majestic mountains of Montana. Dain often takes inspiration from his homeland, distilling his industrial-rustic design sensibilities into clean and modern forms. When Dain isn’t contributing to 6sqft, he can be found sawing, cutting, sanding, soldering, nailing, stitching….one of his many design projects.
Ana Lisa Alperovich, Architecture and Design Writer
Ana Lisa is an independent writer and curator born in Buenos Aires, trained as an eco-designer at Goldsmiths University of London. In addition to writing for 6sqft she is a frequent collaborator at Inhabitat.com, where she reports on global design week events and sustainable architecture. She also contributes to Australian BlackleMag, Argentina’s Casa Foa magazine and Inhabitots. She loves Japanese architecture and Dutch design, and is constantly in search of good ideas to share with the world. Currently she splits her time between Buenos Aires, NYC and The Netherlands.
Michelle Colman, Contributing Writer
Michelle writes children’s books and also writes articles about architecture, design and real estate. Those two passions came together in Michelle’s first children’s book, “Urban Babies Wear Black.” Michelle has a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in the Cities Program from the London School of Economics. Follow her on Twitter @urbanbabies.
Cait Etherington, Contributing Writer
Cait Etherington has over twenty years of experience working as a journalist and communications consultant. Her articles and reviews have been published in newspapers and magazines across the United States and internationally. An experienced financial writer, Cait is committed to exposing the human side of stories about contemporary business, banking and workplace relations. She also enjoys writing about trends, lifestyles and real estate in New York City where she lives with her family in a cozy apartment on the twentieth floor of a Manhattan high rise.
Penelope Bareau, Contributing Writer
Penelope Bareau has worked as a writer, editor and interior designer. Today she is active in historic preservation, serving on the boards of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and the Historic Districts Council. She was a member of the Save Gansevoort Task Force, which campaigned for historic district designation by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. It was granted in 2003.
Erin Kestenbaum, Photographer
Erin is a New York-based lifestyle photographer with a love of eclectic interiors and all things edible. Erin’s photography has been published in Forbes, Gothamist, The Everygirl, and more. You can follow her adventures in photography and interior design on Instagram @erinkestenbaum.
James and Karla Murray, Photographers
James and Karla are husband-and-wife New York-based photographers and authors. Their critically acclaimed books include Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, New York Nights, Store Front II- A History Preserved and Broken Windows-Graffiti NYC. The authors’ landmark 2008 book, Store Front, was cited in Bookforum’s Dec/Jan 2015 issue as one of the “Exemplary art books from the past two decades” and heralded as “One of the periods most successful New York books.” New York Nights was the winner of the prestigious New York Society Library’s 2012 New York City Book Award. James and Karla Murray’s work has been exhibited widely in major institutions and galleries, including solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Historical Society, Clic Gallery in New York City, and Fotogalerie Im Blauen Haus in Munich, Germany, and group shows at the New-York Historical Society and the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, CA. Their photographs are included in the permanent collections of major institutions, including the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the New York Public Library, and NYU Langone Medical Center. James and Karla were awarded the 2015 Regina Kellerman Award by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) in recognition of their significant contribution to the quality of life in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo. James and Karla live in the East Village of Manhattan with their dog Hudson.