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.

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

  • 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]

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)

Featured Story

apartment living 101, City Living, Features, Interiors, NYC Guides

Tips for Keeping Pets Happy and Healthy in an Apartment

By Alyssa Alimurung, Wed, April 13, 2016

apartment cats

6sqft’s series Apartment Living 101 is aimed at helping New Yorkers navigate the challenges of creating a happy home in the big city. This week we offer up helpful tips on how to live with a furry family member (or members) from choosing the right furniture to actually getting your pet OK’d to move into a new place with you.

Owning a dog or cat in the city is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Not only can small apartments and loud noises be stressful for humans, but animal anxiety can also be exacerbated by these external elements (and de-stressing for them isn’t as easy for them as getting a massage or happy hour). On top of this, pet messes and their manic outbursts can seem exponentially larger when compacted into an home that’s barely 500 square feet. Ahead, with the help of Erin McShane, owner of Manhattan’s new cat cafe and teahouse Little Lions, we’ve rounded up a few tips and things to consider when it comes to making apartment living with dogs and cats comfortable for all—especially humans.

A happy home, happy pet and happy you this way

Daily Link Fix

Donald Trump Halloween costume
  • Take this quiz to find out what percentage of Donald Trump you are. [BuzzFeed]
  • “Jamaica Bay,” a documentary exploring the history and future of the 18,000-acre wetland estuary surrounded by Brooklyn and Queens, is debuting at the Queens World Film Festival. [NYDN]
  • Privacy concerns are being raised about the new free WiFi hotspots by LinkNYC. [FastCompany]
  • Greening up the apartment? Here are the top houseplants that will purify the air according to NASA. [Inhabitat]
  • If you want more vacation time, consider becoming a nanny for an Upper West Side family. [DNAinfo]
  • A blacklight slide is coming to Brooklyn this summer! [TONY]

Images: Donald Trump Halloween costume (L); Blacklight Slide via Facebook (R)

Featured Story

apartment living 101, City Living, Features, Interiors, NYC Guides

10 storage ideas

6sqft’s series Apartment Living 101 is aimed at helping New Yorkers navigate the challenges of creating a happy home in the big city. This week we offer up spots in your apartment that may be underutilized as storage.

Unless you’re living in a mega-mansion with amazing closet space, chances are your belongings are scattered across your apartment and overstuffed into drawers and cabinets. With spring right around the corner, you may want to rethink how you’ve been tackling clutter at home. Below we’ve rounded up 10 clever, creative and unexpected storage ideas that you can put into action in your apartment right now.

Spring cleaning organization this way

Featured Story

Bronx, Features, People

a new york minute, majora carter, urban revitalization consultant

6sqft’s new mini-series A New York Minute features influential New Yorkers answering spitfire (and sometimes very random) questions about their life in the big city. Want to nominate yourself or someone you know? Get in touch!

The last time we checked in with Majora Carter she was spearheading a proposal to turn Spofford Juvenile Center in Hunts Point into mixed-income housing—but that’s just a kernel on her resume. Majora is an urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. Her 2006 TEDtalk “Greening the Ghetto,” was one of the first six videos to ever appear on TED’s website, and in it she passionately describes her solutions for environmental equality in the South Bronx. Now, fast forward ten years later, and she’s still pushing for green infrastructure projects in her beloved neighborhood. We recently caught up with Majora to find out some fun facts, including what she loves, hates and would change about New York City.

Majora’s NY minute this way

Featured Story

Bronx, Features, People

A New York Minute With Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

By Alyssa Alimurung, Sun, January 17, 2016

Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx borough president, the bronx

6sqft’s new series A New York Minute features influential New Yorkers answering spitfire (and sometimes very random) questions about their life in the big city. Want to nominate yourself or someone you know? Get in touch!

With the somewhat-recent arrivals of The Bronx Brewery and Trump Gold Links at Ferry Point, as well as talks of a Lowline-style park and bringing back streetcars, it’s no wonder Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has described the borough as “The New Bronx.” Though BP Diaz has only held his position for about seven years, he’s a lifelong Bronxite, and he’s taken some time out of his busy schedule to chat with 6sqft about what his life has been like in the Boogie Down.

BP Diaz’s NY minute this way

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