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Events, Features, Giveaways

Open House New York Weekend is back for its 16th year from Friday, October 12th through Sunday the 13th, with an impressive roster of tours, events, and access to typically off-limits sites. Yesterday, reservations went live for the 123 reservation-only sites, but there are also close to 150 open-access sites, including the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn, and several architecture offices. And while these open-access sites don’t require reservations, the lines can build up. Which is why 6sqft has teamed up with Untapped Cities and fellow partner Brooklyn Based for a giveaway of two OHNY Weekend Passports, a VIP pin that lets you and a guest have front-of-the-line admittance!

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Rendering of 99 Hudson Street via China Overseas America, Inc. (L); Photo via Queens International Night Market on Facebook

  • Public observation decks at New York City skyscrapers are having a moment. [WSJ]
  • Roughly 33,000 new apartments will be delivered in Manhattan by 2021. [Crain’s]
  • MTA hires two dozen station managers to keep platforms clean and enhance straphanger customer service. [MTA]
  • The Queens International Night Market returns for its fall season this Saturday. [TimeOut]
  • A new pop-art museum in the Greenwich Village highlights the “ineffectiveness of broken windows policing” with performances and installations. [CityLab]
  • More than 320,000 high school students in NYC will receive S’well reusable bottles with the goal of displacing more than 54 million single-use plastic bottles. [Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office]
  • 99 Hudson Street surpasses 30 Hudson Street as the tallest tower in New Jersey. [YIMBY]

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Via 6sqft (L); Via WNYC/Flickr (R)

  • The New York Blood Center is holding nearly 100 blood drives across the NYC metro region to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11. [Metro NY]
  • First came the two Targets, now a Marshalls is opening next to Katz’s. Is the Lower East Side “already gone” to gentrification? [NYDN]
  • A guide for NYC residents to voting in Thursday’s primaries. [NYC Votes]
  • 6sqft photographers James and Karla Murray have an Instagram of vintage storefronts that is pure NYC nostalgia. [Vogue]
  • Speaking of storefronts… here’s a panoramic view of the staggering numbers of vacant storefronts along the city’s once-popular retail corridors. [NYT]
  • London has tested out several ways to cool its Tube stations. Can the MTA follow suit? [Vice]

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Events, Features, Giveaways, Greenwich Village

Photo © Washington Square Park Conservancy/Flickr

The 16th annual Taste of the Village is back next month with the chance to sample food and drink from 30+ local establishments, all in a magical setting under the Washington Square Arch. 6sqft has teamed up with the Washington Square Park Conservancy to offer two lucky readers a set of VIP tickets to the event–which is worth $270 and provides one-hour early access to the event on October 4th plus a special taste. This year’s roster includes longtime favorites like Murray’s CheeseOtto, and Rafetto’s Pasta along with hip newcomers including Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Tacombi, and Mekki.

Find out how to enter!

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Bedford Union Armory Redevelopment rendering by JM Zoning; A conceptual rendering of the pool via Brooklyn Bridge Park (R)

  • Governor Cuomo announced that his office will fund the $15 million Carey Gabay Community Center at Crown Heights’ Bedford-Union Armory development. [Curbed]
  • In 2011, the city introduced green cabs as a way to service areas where yellow cabs typically wouldn’t travel. That same year, Uber began operating in NYC. [NYT]
  • The Hunters Point South ferry landing has been out of service for almost all of August, and it’s probably not reopening any time soon. [LIC Post]
  • In the most bizarre marketing campaign ever, Adidas released a new sneaker inspired by NYC bodegas because they’re “vibrantly colored.” [Sneaker News]
  • Sixty-three years after it was launched as an alternative weekly newspaper, the Village Voice has ceased all operations. [Gothamist]
  • The MTA added permanent “Respect” tributes to Aretha Franklin at the Franklin Avenue subway station. [Untapped Cities]
  • On September 12th and 16th, Brooklyn Bridge Park will hold community meetings about their plan to build a pool at Squibb Park. [BK Bridge Park]

 

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A photo of the Malbone Street Wreck on Nov. 1, 1918, courtesy of the New York Transit Museum (L); Via NYC Ferry (R)

  • On Nov. 1, 1918, 100 lives were lost when a Brooklyn Rapid Transit employee lost control of a train at the Prospect Park station. The event was so horrific that the name of the street was changed so New Yorkers would not be reminded of it. [NYP]
  • Eight unique ways to celebrate Labor Day weekend in NYC. [Untapped Cities]
  • The connection is unclear, but SpikedSeltzer is giving out 60 bicycles between today and Thursday to residents affected by the L train shutdown. [Bushwick Daily]
  • The city released a framework for the Gowanus rezoning in June, but local developers are concerned it doesn’t allow for great enough density to offset construction costs. [Crain’s]
  • The NYC Ferry’s Lower East Side route, the sixth and final route, launches today. It connects Long Island City, the LES, and Lower Manhattan in 32 minutes. [Office of the Mayor]
  • A new study shows that conditions at NYCHA units have remained in a deteriorated state over the past four years, while private apartments have improved. [NYDN]
  • Foundation work has begun for Thomas Heatherwick’s High Line-straddling “bubble” condo towers. [CityRealty]

 

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ominous nyc skyline

Via Pexels (L) ; Flower District via Flickr/cc (R)

  • The city will preserve 669 Section 8 apartments for 40 years. They’re located in “high-cost neighborhoods”–Williamsburg, Harlem, the East Village–“where the majority of similar buildings have converted to market-rate.” [NYC HPD]
  • Twenty percent of dwelling units currently under construction in New York City are in a hotel. [TRD]
  • Once a $120 million engine, NYC’s Flower District is being killed off by competition, construction and ICE. [Bloomberg]
  • The Museum of Ice Cream, the Museum of Pizza, the Color Factory–how do the city’s new influx of pop-up museums find real estate? [Commercial Observer]
  • Essex Crossing’s Target is now open! [The Lo-Down]
  • And so is the new Four Seasons restaurant after a two-year hiatus and a $30 million buildout. [Gothamist]

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NJ Transit via Wiki Commons (L); Watchtower sign via Wiki Commons (R)

  • NJ Transit admitted to extremely poor service this summer–but warned that it probably won’t end until the fall. [NYT]
  • Go inside the world Of NYC “canners,” who survive by collecting recyclable cans and bottles. [Gothamist]
  • And meet the Brooklyn can collector who’s worth $8 million. [NYP]
  • The iconic Watchtower sign that stood atop the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ former Brooklyn Heights HQ was illegal for its entire half-century existence says the DOB. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
  • Mayor ee Blasio shifted his plan for a 50-story apartment tower on a Hell’s Kitchen NYCHA parking lot from 100% affordable to 75% luxury. [NYDN]
  • The Yankees are the only major league team never to have held a pride night at a game, so to mark next year’s 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, they’re planning a special event. [NYT]
    How Brooklyn changed the neighborhood restaurant across the country. [Bloomberg]

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666 Fifth Avenue, Kushner Companies, Vornado

Google Street View of 666 Fifth Avenue (L); Coney Island’s Ocean Dreams development via Hill West Architects (R)

  • With a wave of bland real estate development, will Coney Island become just like much of the rest of the city–gentrified, but with rides? [The Bridge]
  • For two centuries, New Yorkers have loved giant oysters. [Atlas Obscura]
  • Kushner Companies finally unloaded the troubled 666 Fifth Avenue to Brookfield, whose 99-year lease will likely give the family enough to pay off its $1.1+ billion debt on the building. [WSJ]
  • How Google Maps renames neighborhoods. [NYT]
  • Trump International Hotel at Columbus Circle had a surprise revenue jump this spring thanks to a visit by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. [Washington Post]
  • Construction is underway at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Admiral’s Row site, which means Wegmans is one step closer to reality. [Brownstoner]
  • All the restaurants in NYC ditching plastic straws. [Grub Street]

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Via NYC Ferry (L); key lime pie via Flickr/cc (R)

  • The NYC Ferry’s Soundview and Lower East Side routes will launch on August 15th and 29th. [NYC Ferry]
  • What it’s like to live in an SRO, NYC’s original “micro-housing.” [NYP]
  • There is a fierce debate going on after a cookbook author claimed key lime pie was invented by the Borden condensed milk company at their Madison Avenue test kitchen in 1931. [Gothamist]
  • Some of the city’s most contaminated water tanks are at NYCHA buildings, so why was this erased from inspection reports? [City & State]
  • The 24th annual “Greenest Block in Brooklyn” award goes to the stretch of Lefferts Avenue from Bedford to Rogers Avenues in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. [amNY]
  • Vote for Central Park’s cutest dogs to make it into their 2019 calendar. [Central Park Conservancy]
  • There’s an Instagram account documenting the apartments of rent-stabilized tenants living in the East Village. [EV Greive]

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