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.

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Events, Features, Giveaways

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The New York Media Festival is back again and better than ever, ready to offer everyday folks an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at NYC’s top tech firms. The three-day event, held October 6–9th, will bring together more than 1,000 leaders in digital media, games, music, television, and more.

Our partners at CityRealty are on the amazing list of participants, and as part of the Tech Crawl event—which will also take ticket-holders into the workspaces of iHeart Radio, Conde Nast Entertainment, DOTS and many, many others—they’re hosting “Boozy History of New York City,” featuring drinks from local breweries and distilleries accompanied by facts, figures and history on the neighborhoods from which they hail—all to make for an educational and enlightening evening through the lens of real estate tech, architecture, and, well, booze. We’ve teamed up with CityRealty and New York Media Festival to give one lucky 6sqft reader two V.I.P. all-access passes to the festival (WORTH $2,200), which includes all the fun going down at CityRealty on Wednesday, October 7th.

To enter, all you need to do is:

1. Follow CityRealty on Twitter

2. Tweet this message “I want to throw one back with @cityrealtyny and learn about NYC brewery history!”

And that’s it—you’re entered to win an all-access pass to the New York Media Festival! The deadline to enter is Wednesday, September 30thPlease note that the event at CityRealty will be held on Wednesday, October 7th. The conference takes place over three days from October 6-9th.
More details on the event this way

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Features, Interiors, Manhattan, My SQFT House Tours, Upper West Side 

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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 the Upper West Side. Want to see your home featured here? Get in touch!

Carlos Alimurung has been calling Manhattan home for nearly all of his life; he’s lived in Midtown East, the West Village, and today he can be found in the Upper West Side. But for Carlos, the neighborhood is more than just a place to lay his head. Rather, he feels a very special connection with it: his parents met at a party there in the 1970s and he has fond memories of eating freshly sliced hot pastrami at Zabar’s as a kid. As such, in 2007, while hunting for a new home to settle into, Carlos decided to replant his roots along 88th Street in a one-bedroom apartment in a pre-war condo conversion.

As a media executive and a passionate traveler, Carlos has been around the globe and back, collecting art, baubles and all sorts of worldly items along the way. But while world travelers are often susceptible to hoarding goods, Carlos has created an ultra-zen space in the city that feels like a museum without all the “do not touch” signs. From the South American and Asian artifacts he’s collected during his expat days to mementos from his parents’ time living in NYC to gifts from the friends he’s met on his journeys, see how this cultured minimalist has outfitted his 770-square-foot Upper West Side pad.

Tour this well-traveled residence

Daily Link Fix

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  • Have you ever noticed the flag atop Trader Joe’s in Cobble Hill? Here’s the reason why the chain store flies the flag. [DNAinfo]
  • Feeding your suburban-mall-food craving, Focus Brands (parent company to Carvel, Cinnabon and Auntie Anne’s) will now be delivering in the city starting this week. [CNN Money]
  • A timeline of how Empire Stores went from a cargo warehouse in 1868 to the present development site. [Brownstoner]
  • For their “Stats and the City 2015” series, Crain’s looks at “the mother of all megaprojects,” Hudson Yards [Crain’s]
  • With projects like +Pool and 17 John Cotel, how does crowdfunding play into architecture? [ArchDaily]
  • This sleek portable desk by Baine & Fricker comes with its own wheels for easy transportation. [ELLE Decoration]

Images: Cobble Hill’s Trader Joe’s flag via Google Maps (L); Cinnabon’s classic roll via Wikipedia (R)

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  • Get ready to cry your eyes out. These maps show that one-bedroom rentals have gone up $200/month since just six months ago. [Brokelyn]
  • Gentrification summed up in 311 calls. [NY Mag]
  • If you’re heading upstate this weekend, be sure to hit up these eateries in the Hudson Valley and Catksills. [Brownstoner]
  • This construction worker doesn’t let his 9-5pm job get in the way of his love of creating art. [NYTimes]
  • Earlier this week, CityRealty released a report about 22,000 new apartments coming to Brooklyn. Now see what’s in store for Long Island City in Queens. [DNAinfo]

Images: Pajtim Osmanaj artwork by Tony Cenicola for The New York Times (L); Long Island City’s high-rise buildings by Nigel Chiwaya for DNAinfo (R)

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  • Find some peace in Times Square at FAILE’s hand-carved, seven-foot tall prayer wheel installation. [Gothamist]
  • Enjoy the Hamptons without all the popped collars in this amazing drone video. [Curbed Hamptons]
  • A Homepolish designer works her magic on her own Columbus Circle home. [Design Milk]
  • Good job, New Yorkers. Our most used emoji is the Statue of Liberty. [NYDN]
  • If there’s one thing you should take away from the MTA’s Courtesy Counts campaign, it’s that you should give your seat up to pregnant women. [The Daily Beast]

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  • Be transported to a Spanish villa just by looking at this unique adobe-style house in Brooklyn Heights. [Gothamist]
  • Mister Softee may serve up summer deliciousness, but don’t mess with him when it comes to his jingle. He’s suing a rival ice cream truck for allegedly stealing the signature tune. [NYDN]
  • Ennead Architects and RAFT Landscape Architecture plan to build a Heroic Food Farms in the Hudson Valley to provide housing and training for military veterans. [Dezeen]
  • No, it’s not your imagination; here’s why the tap water has been tasting a bit funky lately. [Village Voice]
  • Mayor de Blasio wants to regulate the body-painted topless women in Times Square. [Crains]

Images: 220 Columbia Heights by the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Collection via Gothamist (L); Heroic Food Farms rendering by Ennead Architects via Dezeen (R)

Brooklyn, Manhattan, Transportation, Urban Design

Vote to Bring the East River Skyway to SXSW 2016!

By Alyssa Alimurung, Tue, August 18, 2015

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These are the facts: NYC subways still run on 1930s technology, the delays are getting longer, and there’s no stopping the residential development boom happening not only in Manhattan, but also in Brooklyn. If you’ve commuted from Brooklyn to Manhattan (and vice-versa) during rush hour you know that the subway ride is a nightmare. That’s why we need the East River Skyway, an aerial gondola system that would run along the Brooklyn waterfront and into Manhattan, bringing commuters over the river in just 3.5 minutes.

The project is being led by Dan Levy, the president and CEO of CityRealty* and a Williamsburg resident, who noticed while skiing how quickly gondolas moved and how comfortable they were. He has spent several years investigating the technology and completed preliminary studies to see what it would take to adapt a similar system to meet the needs of New York City. What he found was that implementation would be relatively inexpensive and quickly deployable.

Learn how you can help

Daily Link Fix

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  • Artist Nicholas Holiber crafts a big head out of reclaimed materials that’ll be on display in Tribeca Park until September. [Contemporist]
  • From brothels to boutiques, maps out 400 years of one Soho street’s gentrification. [WIRED]
  • CUNY professor William Helmreich did something meshuga (our new favorite word): He walked every block in every borough. [CBS New York]
  • A look at how the Dakota has been able to stay on top of the NYC’s real estate game for more than a century. [Bloomberg]
  • See ten iconic NYC sites through a panoramic lens. [Curbed]
  • Here’s your chance to tour more than 15 of Harlem’s gorgeous community gardens. [Harlem + Bespoke]

Images: Nicholas Holiber’s “Head of Goliath” via Contemporist (L); The Dakota (R)

Design, Technology

Whether you carry around notebooks for sketching, journaling, or keeping a running grocery list, one thing is for certain; we’d be lost without these little pads of paper. They quickly become a part of our lives, holding ideas and thoughts, even if is just a reminder to buy toilet paper. Today The Morpholio Project, the innovative creators behind Mood Board and Crit, launches a brand new app to their suite: Journal.

This free app for iPhones and iPads redefines the sketchbook as a catch-all for your photos, drawings, ideas, and thoughts. Think of it as your trusty notebook, but just way more intuitive. Now creatives of all mediums can write, draw, sketch, collage, paint, or color on anything, anywhere.

Sketch your way over here

Daily Link Fix

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  • Are you guilty of gentrifying your neighborhood? Find out with this gentrification calculator. [Slate]
  • New Yorkers don’t like to follow directions. Looks like we’ve been illicitly cracking open fire hydrants for centuries. [Atlas Obsurca]
  • Ten modern playgrounds in the city design-loving-parents will love taking their tiny tykes to. [Curbed]
  • All of the states’ economies were ranked from worst to best. See where New York landed on the list [Business Insider]
  • A big pull for moving to the ‘burbs is having a yard, but that’s slowly changing. Millennial homeowners in urban areas are staying put and pushing for better sidewalks since they’re more likely to walk or bike for transportation. [Next City]

Images: Tom Otterness’ playground photo by James Dee via Tom Otterness (L); Bed-Stuy photo by brandon king cc (R)


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