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Architecture, Art, Features, Interviews

Developers are increasingly using art as a way to turn their buildings into more than just stacks of expensive apartments. Many see adding sculptures or installations as ways to activate a place, making it an integral part of the urban experience. But while most are eager to jump on the biggest names in the business, there are others that prefer to look locally for talent, using art as an opportunity to invest in the community in which they are building. One such company is Two Trees Management, which believes that “developers and property-owners must play a fundamental role in cultivating livable streetscapes.” To that end, Two Trees sponsors local creatives to work with them on their buildings, and for one of their most transformative Brooklyn projects, 300 Ashland, they commissioned local artist, designer and product inventor, Adam Frank (who lives less than two miles from the building) to install a stunning, large-scale, mirrored artwork, called LUCID.

Ahead, CityRealty speaks to Frank about his dreamy, out-of-the-box creation, and Lisa Kim, Two Tree’s Cultural Affairs Director, about the company’s community-driven approach to art and real estate.

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130 Grotke Road, Eichler, Jones & Emmons, upstate, Chestnut Ridge, cool listings, Modern homes, modernism, historic homes, architecture

 

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Images: 130 Grotke Road courtesy of Coldwell Banker (L); 71 East 77th Street courtesy of Stribling

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Have your apartment photographed by 6sqft!

By 6sqft, Wed, March 15, 2017

Did you spend months decorating your apartment? Is your home historic or quirky? If you live in a unique or just plain beautiful space, 6sqft wants to see it! We’ll send a reporter out to your residence for a photo shoot and short interview and then feature your abode in all its glory for our Mysqft series!

How to submit your home!

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Images: Avalon Brooklyn Bay (L); Samuel Brooks via Erin Kestenbaum exclusively for 6sqft

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Design, Features

The best design museums in New York City

By 6sqft, Mon, March 6, 2017

New York is an international center for design. World-famous architects and designers have learned here, lived here, and worked here. And New York shows off the immense talent in the city and elsewhere with some of the world’s greatest design museums. Here is a small sample of some of the best places to see the latest and greatest works, as well as where to dig when you’re looking for inspiration from the past.

See our top picks here

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Features, Interiors

The all-glass building. It’s an architectural staple. But admiring their beauty from afar (or the street) and living inside their glass confines are two very different things. Glass walls can be modern and sleek, but they can also be cold. They make arranging furniture a challenge as well as achieving a more traditional or eclectic design. Not to mention, do you really want your life on display?

So how do you turn a glass house suited for an exhibitionist into a warm and inviting private home for someone more modest? CityRealty asked Ximena Rodriguez, Principal and Director of Interior Design at CetraRuddy, for some suggestions.

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Second Avenue Subway, New York Transit Museum, The Center for Architecture, SAY IT LOUD, Amy Kao, Brookfield Place, Robert Malmberg, DK Johnston, the Quin, work x work, Wythe Hotel, Central Park Ice Festival, Rough Textures, Artists & Fleas, Love in Times Square

 

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Images: Love in Times Square (L); Vince Clarke’s home at 178 Garfield Place by Richard Caplan courtesy of Core (R)

CityRealty, Interviews

Developer and architect Daniel Kohs isn’t one of New York’s heavyweight developers. He’s not one to pursue glossy, big-ticket skyscrapers containing thousands of square feet of ubiquitous space. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just that there’s a lot to be gained from “transformation.” Best yet, preserving the integrity and culture of existing structures, even if they’re humble in size and utility, can be just as profitable. The Danville House at 178 East 94th Street is a product of such transformation. The once-humble garage building has just finished its conversion into an eight-story mansion on a tree-lined side-street in the Upper East Side. Now on the market for $18 million, the single-family abode holds 9,500 square feet of living space finished in a magnificent prewar aesthetic.

Recently, CityRealty had a chance to sit down with Daniel Kohs to learn more about this one-of-a-kind home and the inspiration behind his tasteful addition to Carnegie Hill.

READ THE INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL ON CITYREALTY…

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Empire State Development, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, ESD, Javits Center, Javits, Lendlease, Turner, Midtown West, New York Convention Center Development Corporation

 

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Images: Rendering of the Jacob K. Javits Center expansion courtesy of Empire State Development Corporation (L); Syrian children on Washington Street in 1916 (R)

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Features, Interviews, People

Skyscraper heights may be what make news headlines, but at the end of the day it’s the call of a stunning interior that gets a contract signed.

Developers of New York City’s most luxurious buildings understand this well, and it’s why the same bold-faced names in interior design are often associated with the most splendid of buildings. One firm that has firmly cemented its place on this esteemed shortlist is Pembrooke & Ives. Established in 1987 by Andrew Sheinman, Pembrooke & Ives has worked on everything from sprawling lodge interiors in Aspen to outfitting private jets for the world’s 1 percent. And here in NYC, the firm has been involved in designing the interiors for a number of much-talked about residential buildings, including The Chatsworth at 344 West 72nd Street, The Astor at 235 West 75th Street, 155 East 79th Street, and what some call the ultimate Manhattan address212 Fifth Avenue (In fact, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin recently toured a $16.6 million spread at the building). Ahead we catch up with founder Andrew Sheinman about the evolution of Pembrooke & Ives, what it’s like to work with game-changing developers like Thor and Madison Equities, what influences his firm’s work, and more.

READ THE INTERVIEW WITH ANDREW AT CITYREALTY…

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Images: Governor Cuomo’s rendering of a new JFK (L); Second Avenue Subway (R)

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Images: Ivanka Trump’s apartment at 502 Park Avenue (L); Milton Glaser’s Woodstock home at 148 Lewis Hollow (R)

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Architecture, building of the year, condos, Features, New Developments

Announcing 6sqft’s 2016 Building of the Year!

By 6sqft, Wed, December 14, 2016

You came, you voted, and now it’s time to award the title of 2016 Building of the Year to none other than 520 West 28th Street! The undulating beauty along the High Line beat out 11 other game-changing buildings in a fierce two-week competition held right here on 6sqft. Out of nearly 25,000 votes cast, the Zaha Hadid-designed, Related Companies-developed structure emerged as the winner, taking away 8,382 of the count, or 33.62% of the total.

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building of the year, Features, New Developments

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

By 6sqft, Sat, December 10, 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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Eero Saarinen, JFK Airport, MCR development, Mid-century Modern, Neo-Futurist, TWA Terminal

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Be my roommate, Features

Let 6sqft help you find a roommate!

By 6sqft, Fri, November 4, 2016

Pacific Street Cobble Hill Apartment, cobble hill real estate, cobble hill apartment, brooklyn apartment

Are you embarking on a roommate hunt over the next few weeks? Forget about Craigslist—let 6sqft help you find the right person to fill your spare room through our “Be My Roommate” feature. We’ll send a reporter out to your home for an interview and a photo shoot (because staging is everything), and then we’ll roll out a snazzy front-page story right here!

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Nomad, real estate trends

L to R: 212 Fifth Avenue; The Whitman; 10 Madison Square West

Prices in Nomad shot up a whopping 43 percent over the past five years, according to a new index from CityRealty, a marked increase that the developers of 212 Fifth Avenue may have been aware of when they put a $68.5 million price tag on their building’s triplex. If the sprawling apartment sells for anywhere near its asking price, it will set a record as the most expensive sale in the neighborhood, where other new developments have already raised the ceiling on the area’s sale records.

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real estate trends, Starchitecture

As part of a recent expansion of its market indices, CityRealty has pulled together a new index tracking condo prices in NYC buildings designed by starchitects. The index quantifies the extent to which buyers are willing to pay a premium for apartments in buildings designed by big-name architects such as Robert A.M. Stern, Jean Nouvel and Norman Foster.

is hiring a starchitect worth it?

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