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Apartment Deals, Friday 5

Every Friday 6sqft is rounding up five of the best rental deals showcased on’s newly launched no-fee rentals page, a space where house hunters can find the best concessions being offered by landlords across the city.

As we sizzle in this uncomfortable pocket of August air, many of us yearn for a picturesque beach or pool-side locale to cool off, but when a swim in the East River starts to look inviting, you know things are dire. Not to worry; for those looking to stay close to home, these premier rental buildings are outfitted with resident-only swimming pools accompanied by sun decks, resort-style amenities, and killer views. And with months of free rent embedded into leases, and thousands of newly available apartments on the market, this season could be your best chance to snag a home in one of these coveted buildings.

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Features, Getting Away, Hamptons, real estate trends

For New Yorkers looking for a break from the city’s summer pollution and noise, Fire Island has much to offer. Accessible via the Long Island Railway and Fire Island Ferries, the narrow strip of land running along Long Island’s south shore is one of the region’s few vacation spots that city residents can reach without a car. Better yet, once you arrive, you encounter a rare vehicle-free oasis where walking, cycling and golf carts are the primary modes of transportation. Fire Island is also home to some of the region’s best beaches and is well known for its impressive modernist architecture.

Yet, as recent aerial photographs reveal, the getaway is not quite the island it used to be. Indeed, since it first became a popular vacation spot for New Yorkers nearly a century ago, its shoreline has diminished considerably, which raises a critical question: Is Fire Island a better bet for seasonal renters than owners?


Apartment Deals, Bed Stuy, Brooklyn Heights, Friday 5

Every Friday 6sqft is rounding up five of the best rental deals showcased on’s newly launched no-fee rentals page, a space where house hunters can find the best concessions being offered by landlords across the city.

If you’re an urban dweller that appreciates the opportunity to disconnect from the craze of the city, Bed-Stuy or Brooklyn Heights are two of the best places to find respite. While these neighborhoods don’t boast the same trendsetter vibes as other borough favorites like Williamsburg or DUMBO, they do offer an unparalleled beauty highlighted by leafy streets and rows and rows of historic brownstones and brick townhouses. Below we’ve rounded up five buildings in these two lovely locales offering free rent and more.

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Apartment Deals, Friday 5, Starchitecture

Every Friday 6sqft is rounding up five of the best rental deals showcased on’s newly launched no-fee rentals page, a space where house hunters can find the best concessions being offered by landlords across the city.

No longer are New York’s most distinguished and architecturally avant-garde residential buildings limited to condos and co-ops. With more design-attuned renters on the market, developers are tapping the world’s best architects to make their rental properties stand out. A spate of renowned designers have hit the city’s architectural scene as of late, including of-the-moment starchitect Bjarke Ingels, long-time favorite Robert A.M. Stern, and Pritzker Prize winner Christian de Portzamparc.

While rental prices in these properties are usually higher than average, these buildings provide condo-level finishes, gracious and unique layouts, and all the amenities a renter could wish for. The slowing rental market and the influx of hundreds of new apartments have compelled landlords to offer some short-lived deals and incentives to attract lease-signers. See our list below of the five most stunning new rental buildings that are now offering rental concessions.

See all the deals here

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Cool Listings, Features

That elusive creature, the two-bedroom apartment for under $1 million, is alive and well, even in some of the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods. They’re not easy to find, but diligence—and access to great listings—goes a long way. 6sqft’s rounded up a few two-under-one finds now on the market in great nabes like Park Slope, Harlem and Prospect Heights, and even on a stretch just a half-block from amazing Central Park.

See what beautiful two-bedroom deals we’ve found ahead

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Features, Most Read Stories

6sqft’s Most Read Stories of 2015!

By 6sqft, Mon, December 21, 2015

It’s that time of year when we take a look back at all the news-making topics that caught the eyes of 6sqft’s readers. Jump ahead for our top stories of 2015 in everything from new developments to architecture to product design, people, celeb real estate and NYC history. You can also peruse 2014’s most popular posts here to see how they compare!

all the top stories of 2015 here

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Architecture, building of the year, Features, Manhattan, New Developments, real estate trends

VOTE for 6sqft’s 2015 Building of the Year!

By 6sqft, Mon, December 7, 2015

If you thought 2014 was an outstanding year that gave way to great new developments, 2015 could easily be considered epic. In the last 12 months, we’ve seen the rise of the supertalls along Billionaires’ Row, a few groundbreaking structures that challenge traditional architectural geometry, and starchitect-designed towers with absurd asking prices.

Here we’ve vetted 12 of the hottest buildings in NYC, noteworthy for their envelope-pushing design, record-breaking prices, or unprecedented height. So, in our second annual poll, we want to know what you think: Out of the dozen, which deserves the title of “2015 Building of the Year? To help you make an informed decision, we’ve provided an overview of each contender, along with news highlights from the year.

We’re taking votes up until 11:59 p.m., Monday, December 7th, and we will announce the winner on Wednesday, December 9th. Happy voting, 6sqft readers!

Learn more about all the buildings in the running ahead

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Architecture, Features, History, Interviews

michel madie real estate broker

Photo of the Ansonia by Jeffrey Zeldman 

Today, the Upper West Side‘s Ansonia is considered one of the city’s most iconic and prestigious addresses. With former residents ranging from Sergei Rachmaninoff, Gustav Mahler, Babe Ruth and more recently Natalie Portman, its history reaches far back. And along its more than century-old ride, it’s no surprise that it has also attracted plenty of strange activity, including playing host to what probably was the city’s first rooftop farm in 1904 and a debaucherous sex club known as Plato’s Retreat. While there’s lots of ground to cover when looking back on this 111-year-old building, we decided to tap an insider for his take on this storied structure.

Michel Madie of Michel Madie Real Estate Services has over the years become an unofficial historian of sorts to the Ansonia. Madie moved from France to New York in 1984 and almost immediately fell in love with the French-inspired building. However, being near-penniless at the time, the thought of ever taking up space in such a grand building seemed like just a dream. But as he found success in the real estate business, he focused his attention on the Ansonia. He eventually purchased an apartment and then spent decades tending to the architecture, restoring its original layouts and recreating original finishes and fixtures in the building’s many units whenever the opportunity would arise. During this time, Madie also learned a thing or two about the residence, stories which he shares with 6sqft ahead.

stories from michel this way



By 6sqft, Thu, December 25, 2014

happy holidays

Image by Lauren Manning

The 6sqft team wishes you a joyous holiday with plenty of food, fun, family and friends!

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By 6sqft, Tue, September 23, 2014

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