Last month, 6sqft kicked off a fun new series called A New York Minute, where we ask influential New Yorkers spitfire (and sometimes very random) questions about their life in the big city. Want to nominate yourself or someone you know? Get in touch!
When 6sqft last heard from Andre Kikoski, he was itching to fly off to Niseko, Japan with his son for a ski trip; but it looks like the vacation may be on hold. Andre heads his own architecture firm, Andre Kikoski Architect, where they are currently working on a Nolita condo at 75 Kenmare, due to open in 2017. He’s been living in Manhattan since 1995, making his way uptown from the Lower East Side to the Upper East Side. 6sqft shot him a few questions to find out more about his own New York experience.
Andre’s NY minute this way
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A couple of weeks ago, 6sqft asked you which building you thought deserved the title of 2015 Building of the Year. We gave you 12 of the hottest new buildings in NYC, noteworthy for their envelope-pushing design, record-breaking prices, or unprecedented height. And now is the time to reveal the winner!
We’re kicking off a fun new series called A New York Minute, where we ask influential New Yorkers spitfire (and sometimes very random) questions about their life in the big city. Want nominate yourself or someone you know? Get in touch!
Gerard Koeppel is an author and historian of New York streetscapes and he’s lived in NYC his entire life (he was actually born in a Manhattan hospital that’s since been replaced by a high rise condo). Gerard just released a brand-spankin’ new book yesterday, “City on a Grid: How New York Became New York,” and between talks at the Museum of the City of New York and book signings, he was nice enough to answer some quick questions about his personal New York experience.
a NY minute this way
Whether you’ve been a long-time typography enthusiast or just recently jumped on the bandwagon of Helvetica fans and Comic Sans haters, you’ll love this new book from South Carolina-based graphic designer Nikki Villagomez. Titled “Culture+Typography How Culture Affects Typography,” her book investigates how design choices from type selection, color usage and more can be informed by the language of the cultural surroundings. If you’re looking for a new great design for your brand or you’re just a font fanatic, this book will be a great addition to your collection or your coffee table. We’ve teamed up with Nikki and are giving away THREE of her books to three lucky readers!
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- Reasons why the subway operators are actually pretty awesome. [Thrillist]
- A cafe only serving decaf is popping up in Soho. [CityLab]
- One die-hard “Friends” fan calculated how much Joey owes Chandler. Hint: it’s a lot. [Daily Dot]
- Find out what it’s like to be an interior designer to major A-listers and celebs. [VICE]
- Inside the super secret (well, not really anymore) hidden staircase in Grand Central Station. [Gothamist]
Images: Subway operator via Yahoo (L) ; Joey and Chandler via giphy (R)
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- It’s Columbus Day, but it’s also National Native Americans’ Day. Take a look at the Museum of the City of New York’s gallery of the Blackfeet Tribe. [MCNY]
- JFK has an urban garden outside of Terminal 5 that provides potatoes for JetBlue’s Terra Blue chips that are complimentary to passengers. [Grist]
- If your two favorite things to do are reading and eating (preferably at the same time?), the new Archestratus Books and Food will be your next go-to spot in Brooklyn. [Greenpointers]
- The city wants cyclists to use bike lanes, but most of the time there’s something in the way. Snap a pic of the “bike blocker” and upload it to this map. [WNYC]
- Calling all b-boys and b-girls! Queens start-up Muta will be hosting an international breakdancing competition this Saturday. [NYDN]
Images: Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation of Monta via MCNY (L); JetBlue’s urban garden at Terminal 5 via press release (R)
For the past two weeks, 6sqft readers have been exploring all five boroughs of the city and Instagramming photos of their favorite architecture to win an Open House New York Weekend Passport. We received tons of fabulous entries, and after much deliberation, we’ve picked our winner! Drumroll please….
The winner this way
Our ongoing series “My sqft” checks out the homes of 6sqft’s friends, family and fellow New Yorkers across all the boroughs. Our latest interior adventure brings us to Park Slope. Want to see your home featured here? Get in touch!
We’ve all been there: dreaming of leaving the city behind and heading out west for a new adventure. Some of us do it, but most of us continue dreaming. For financial services executive Bill Fellows and his graphic designer and nurse practitioner-in-training wife Kerr, change wasn’t something to be feared, and more than six years ago the pair took a leap of faith and left for San Francisco. However, as anyone who’s spent more than a year in the Big Apple can attest, once you’ve lived in a city as great New York, it’s only a matter of time before you’re sucked back in. And after a long stint on the other side of the country, Bill and Kerr came back to the city—this time in search of a calmer experience more akin to what they had on the west coast.
Since August of last year, the pair have been cozying it up in the bottom two floors of a Park Slope brownstone. Originally an unkempt photography studio and living space, Bill signed for the house before Kerr even had a chance to see it (now that’s trust, people). When Kerr did finally check out the place, her design-background kicked in. She saw the challenges and opportunities that steeped the 2,200 square feet, and she got to work.
Keep reading to find out how Kerr and Bill turned a shamble into a tranquil, well-composed space.
Inside the home here