All posts by Alyssa Alimurung

Alyssa is a NYC-based Jane of all trades, but here at 6sqft she’s the blog’s Community Manager. Previously, she was the Operations Manager at Inhabitat and a contributing writer for Ecouterre and Inhabitots. And daily, she daydreams about owning her own vintage clothing store slash DIY taco bar. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @nahnah_alyssa.


Social Media

Let us in on the good stuff: Send us tips!

By Alyssa Alimurung, Thu, March 16, 2017

6sqft, tipline, submit your tips, submit a tip, tipline

We’re opening up the tipline. Send us everything from historic maps to useful websites to fun events and even newsworthy photos. We also love knowing about what’s happening in your neighborhood. Any new developments? A cool art installation?  Tip us off at tips [at] 6sqft [dot] com. Make sure to include any attachments, photos, and links. All tips will be reviewed by our editors and if they find a great fit, we’ll write it up!


City Living, From Our Partners

After the divisive presidential campaign and the many other tumultuous events of 2016, the New York Public Library this week unveiled a campaign that aims to bring people together through a shared love of reading. “It’s a therapeutic way to be more open with each other around how they’re feeling and how they’re affected to help us move on,” said Christopher Platt, chief branch officer of the NYPL. Readers are encouraged to share their books via social media outlets using #ReadersUnite. The response so far has been enormous, with public libraries and school libraries, book lovers, bookstores and authors sharing their books du jour.


Featured Story

Features, Midtown, photography, The urban lens

Harlan Erksine, midtown past midnight, nyc photography

6sqft’s ongoing series The Urban Lens invites photographers to share work exploring a theme or a place within New York City. In this installment Brooklyn resident Harlan Erskine highlights the Midtown lobbies and streets past midnight, during the Great Recession. Are you a photographer who’d like to see your work featured on The Urban Lens? Get in touch with us at [email protected].

Though Midtown is now booming with larger-than-life skyscrapers and blockbuster condos along the likes of Billionaires’ Row, 9 years ago at the peak of the Great Recession, it was a much different story. In 2008, Brooklyn photographer Harlan Erskine took to the city after dark and documented the ghost town that was Midtown. While New Yorkers are today used to seeing bustling crowds spilling into the streets at all hours, Harlan’s photographs depict the polar opposite: empty office lobbies, streets and sidewalks.

photos this way

Daily Link Fix

  • The Trust for Public Land and New York Road Runners team up to transform NYC’s worst playgrounds into green spaces, with the help of the kids that’ll be using them. [Inhabitat NYC]
  • Inside the old carriage house in Astoria that the Modern Art Foundry, whose work includes the Alice In Wonderland sculpture in Central Park, calls home. [Untapped Cities]
  • In light of the increase in subway deaths, the MTA may be considering safety barriers. [NY Daily News]
  • LinkNYC comes to Brooklyn with their first kiosks in Bed-Stuy. [Engadget]
  • When you report blocked bike lanes through 311, they show up in this nifty city-owned interactive map. [Treehugger]

Images: Photo from LinkNYC’s Facebook page (L); Screenshot of NYC Open Data map for blocked bike lanes (R)

Daily Link Fix

Automat at NYPL
  • Looking to start your own art collection? Industry experts share nine golden rules from how to research to how to present the art in your home. [House & Garden]
  • The new Rockefeller Christmas Tree, a 94-foot-tall Norway Spruce from Oneonta, was placed into the plaza this weekend. [amNewYork]
  • Photographer Adam Pape shares his collection of New Yorkers who work the night shift. [The New Yorker]
  • Are automats making a comeback? One of the many healthy, affordable fast food joints popping up in food deserts takes on the food-in-a-cubby business model. [Pop-Up City]
  • Here’s a guide on what to do if you see racial harassment. [Mashable]

Images: NYPLs 2013 Lunch Hour NYC exhibition. Photo: Tales of a Madcap Heiress (R);Instagram @rockcenternyc (L)

Weekly Highlights

Weekly highlights: Top picks from the 6sqft staff

By Alyssa Alimurung, Sat, November 12, 2016

This Week’s Features

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Images: Original video by AE Superlab (L); “A Stroll in Chinatown” © Chaz Langley (R)

Daily Link Fix

  • Construction continues on Santiago Calatrava‘s new Ground Zero church in the World Trade Center’s Liberty Park. [DNAinfo]
  • These New Yorkers had unused closet space (?!), so they turned them into a bar, sound booth, and even another bedroom. [NYTimes]
  • Did you know 40 Wall Street is owned by Donald Trump? Here are the top 10 secrets about the downtown building with the green pyramidal roof. [Untapped Cities]
  • If you see something, say something…unless it’s a book. Then it’s probably from Emma Watson. [TIME]
  • The Manhattan Cocktail Classic is back after a three-year hiatus. [WSJ]

Images: WTC Progress Facebook page (L); Sutro Architect’s residential project (R)

Products, Technology

petcube, petcube app, pet camera, wifi pet camera, cat camera, dog camera

If you have four-legged family members, you’ve probably wondered what they’re up to while you’re at work all day. Sure, you can get yourself a regular camera, but Petcube takes pet monitoring to another level. Not only can you talk to, play with, and watch your dog or cat, you can do the same with other people’s pets and even shelter animals via Petcube’s app. And the best part? You don’t need to own a unit to play.

Learn all about Petcube

Weekly Highlights

Weekly highlights: Top picks from the 6sqft staff

By Alyssa Alimurung, Sat, August 27, 2016

One Vanderbilt, KPF Midtown East, SL Greene, Rezoning, Supertall Skyscrapers (14)

This Week’s Features

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Images: Conceptual image by of the East Midtown rezoning fully built out; Thompson Square Studios by Erin Kestenbaum for 6sqft (R)

Daily Link Fix

  • Heading back to college and hate laundry day? Get your hands on these biodegradable linens that are meant to be thrown away after just a few weeks. [Business Insider]
  • Here’s an idea for Red Hook’s IKEA: In China, IKEA shoppers are allowed to curl up on the furniture for a quick nap. [NYTimes]
  • Hear Majora Carter talk about the idea of “self-gentrification” in the South Bronx.  [Slate]
  • Imagine live/work buildings where you can grow veggies and fruit for neighboring eateries. [CityLab]
  • Explore the dark history and thinking of Madison Grant, the man behind the Bronx Zoo and Bronx River Parkway. [Mother Jones]
  • The Bronx grape is back after 80 years! But be ready to shell out a pretty penny for them: $6.99 a pound. [WSJ]

Image: Beantown Bedding


Daily Link Fix

  • Can today’s glassy skyscrapers outlast Egypt’s 5,000-year-old pyramids? [BBC]
  • You don’t need to go far to find woodland in NYC. There’s 10,000 acres of it up in the Bronx [New York Times]
  • Employees at The New York Times brace themselves for more drastic cuts [NYPost]
  • Remember eating freeze-dried ice cream when you were a kid pretending to be an astronaut? Well now there’s a supper club offering dishes you could actually eat if we became Martians. [Washington Post]
  • Welcome home, Captain America! [DNAinfo]

Images: All Giza Pyramids in one shot via Wikipedia (L); Menu 4 Mars website screenshot (R)


Weekly Highlights

Weekly Highlights: Top Picks From the 6sqft Staff

By Alyssa Alimurung, Sat, May 21, 2016

140 Franklin Street, Jennifer Lawrence, celebrity real estate

This Week’s Features

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Daily Link Fix

The Grand Madison, 255 Fifth Avenue
  • Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky’s former home at the Grand Madison at 225 Fifth Avenue is now for sale asking $6M. [6sqft inbox]
  • Why the New Yorker uniform has always been black-on-black-on-black. [New York Magazine]
  • End Bike to Work Week with a summer Friday and head out to these best bike routes in each borough. [DNAinfo]
  • This pooch has a nicer cabana (oh, you don’t have a cabana?) than you. [New York Post]
  • 1) Water sommeliers exist, 2) This one doesn’t like the taste of tap water, 3) We think he should taste NYC’s tap water before saying such things. [Pacific Standard Magazine]

Images: 255 Fifth Avenue, 10J via Corcoran (L); East Village Wikipedia (R)

Daily Link Fix

Major Bigtime, Donald Trump, Courtesy Counts campaign, MTA
  • Looks like Trump sucks at following subway etiquette. Street artists, Major Bigtime have been sticking his face on the Courtesy Counts posters in the train. [PIX 11]
  • Avocado toast for $21. In Williamsburg. Obviously. [Brooklyn Magazine]
  • Remember this Craigslist ad seeking a tortoise walker and how basically everyone applied for the job? Meet the lucky gal that got the gig. [NY Times]
  • Architect and urban planner Denise Scott Brown’s sage advice for architects and urban planners, both new and old. [Architizer]
  • Sienna Miller, the star of the new film “High-Rise” out today, on the favorite items in her cottage in London. [Architectural Digest]

Images: Trump manspreading via Major Bigtime’s Instagram (L); Amelia McCallistar and Henry the tortoise by Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times (R)

Daily Link Fix

baby goats, goat kids, goat billies
  • Brooklyn Brewery will be opening up a beer garden, brewing facility, and restaurant in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. [Gothamist]
  • Ditch the toxic pesticide: Prospect Park will be hiring eight weed-eating goats to feast on the poison ivy, English Ivy, and goutweed that have taken over parts of the park. [WNYC]
  • There are many places you can buy art in the city, but if you’re really on a budget here are some free printables and tips on which frames to display them in. [Krrb]
  • TaskRabbit is building a tiny home in Chelsea to be sold on eBay. 100 percent of the sales will go to non-profit Community Solutions. [Inhabitat NYC]
  • Starting this summer, the F express train will rise from the dead after almost 30 years. [Crain’s]
  • Everything you need to know about the new closing cost: co-op fees in escrow. [CityRealty]

Images: Goat kids via Prospect Park’s Facebook page (L); F-train via Wikimedia Commons (R)


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