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.

Construction Update, Design, Transportation

Second Avenue Subway construction

Image: MTA Capital Construction / Rehema Trimiew

It seems to be taking forever for the Second Avenue Subway (SAS) to be finished, but alas, never say never. Yesterday evening, community members and MTA Capital Construction officials gathered at Temple Israel for the SAS eighth quarterly workshop to discuss the line’s construction updates, future plans and to take any comments or concerns from citizens. In his opening statement, MTA Capital Construction President Dr. Michael Horodniceanu reported that Phase I is now 78.7 percent complete (as of February 1, 2015). The number seemed to please many, but in light of the MTA’s budget crisis, the top question on everyone’s mind was still: “Is this thing on schedule to be completed in December 2016?” Dr. Horodniceanu reassured everyone, “We’ve been having these workshops for four years, and the date has stayed the same.”

the next stop will be…

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City Living, Features, Giveaways, Lower East Side

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Whether you’re the worst cook in the world or a seasoned top chef, it’s always fun to cook with others and learn more about the craft. We’ve partnered up with our friends at Whole Foods Market to host a private cooking class for eight lucky 6sqft readers in their Bowery Culinary Center! In this two-hour class you’ll learn how to whip four delicious dishes—made with fresh and yummy products right from Whole Foods—in their state-of-the-art kitchen alongside pro chef and Culinary Center educator Chef Wai Chu. Wai will be teaching his hit class “Dumplings of the World“, a fun, very hands-on course that will afford you plenty of Instagram-worthy moments alongside your delicious creations.

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And that’s it—you’re entered to win a spot in our cooking class! The deadline to enter is Wednesday, February 25th. We’ll be announcing the winners on the 26th in our newsletter so make sure you’re signed up. Please note that the class is will be on Wednesday, March 4th.

Check out the menu for our private course here

Architecture, Design, Interiors

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Interiors winner WORKac’s Wieden+Kennedy NY © Bruce Damonte

The votes are in, and the people of the architecture and design community have spoken. ArchDaily has announced the winners of its Building of the Year 2015 contest. The winners of the 14 categories included NYC-based firm WORKac’s Wieden+Kennedy NY headquarters for Interiors (which have been featured on 6sqft before), Herzog & de Meuron’s Arena do Morro for Sports Architecture, and OTO’s Fogo Natural Park Venue for Cultural Architecture. Congratulations!


Architecture, Green Design, Hamptons

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When a brownstone-living couple were looking to build an idyllic family home in the Hamptons, they turned to Resolution: 4 Architecture to create a place the could call home far from the city. Called “Swingline,” this wonderful retreat was completely prefabricated and assembled on site. And with six bedrooms, seven baths, a pool house, a rooftop deck and numerous screened-in porches, there’s no shortage of space in this 4,239-square-foot home. See more of this gorgeous house on Inhabitat.


adaptive reuse, Architecture, Bronx

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An old factory in Hunts Point has been given new life as a colorful learning center for kids, thanks to the team over at WXY Studio. The Bronx Charter School for Arts was built using 80 percent repurposed materials, with the the biggest recycled piece being the façade. Though on a tight budget, WXY Studio was able to reinvent this space using cost-effective strategies and featuring some cool eco-friendly highlights.


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By Alyssa Alimurung, Thu, January 22, 2015

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Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture, Video

Back in October, we revealed renderings for Santiago Calatrava’s Ground Zero Church, which will overlook the 9/11 Memorial. Now we have a BBC video that features Calatrava explaining his vision for Saint Nicholas Church. ArchDaily, who spotted the feature, writes that “the building, which broke ground last year, has been described by Calatrava as a ‘tiny jewel’ for lower Manhattan.” Moreover, when completed, his creation will be the only non-secular building at Ground Zero. Watch the video above to find out what inspired his unique design, as well as the starchitect’s thoughts on creating a structure for a site with such historical and cultural significance.

[via Archdaily]

Daily Link Fix

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  • Meet the fluffy and cuddly but “angry, hardened city rabbits and possibly carnivorous” bunnies of Gowanus. [DNAinfo]
  • How a ferry ride helped make Brooklyn the original suburb. [NYTimes]
  • An adorably preppy apartment on Hudson Street with English touches designed by Jenny Wolf Interiors. [Domaine]
  • When time is money, you have to learn how to eat your meals while walking to your next destination. Here’s how and why we, as New Yorkers, do it. [Narratively]

Images: Rabbit photo by Leslie Albrecht for DNAinfo (L); Flickr image by yourdon (R)

Architecture, Design, Upstate

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Images from Find Everything Historic

Imagine waking up one morning and getting pulled into a whirlwind of adventure, art, history, and preservation. That’s exactly what happened to Doris Cultraro of DC Studios in upstate New York when she was called in to clean and restore a 60-square-foot stained glass panel with over 6,000 pieces in 2007. “Although the original studio that produced the window was unknown, I could tell from the types of glass used that it was consistent with the great work of Louis Comfort Tiffany or Lafarge,” Cultraro told our friends at Find Everything Historic. And yes, that Tiffany. Louis’s father founded the turquoise-box silver jewelry retailer in 1837.

But how did this 19th century piece of art land in the hands of a family in the mid-Hudson Valley? They found it dumped in a salvage yard in Yonkers back in 1960 and bought it for a mere $100. According to the yard’s owner, when a wealthy tycoon’s Tarrytown mansion was demolished, the glass was left outside to rot. And the story only gets better. See if Doris was able to find out the artist of the stained glass, which wealthy businessman owned it, and where it is now on Find Everything Historic.


Architecture, Getting Away, Green Design, relax shacks, Derek "Deek" Diedricksen, deek Diedricksen, tiny home, study pod, tiny cabin, woodland cabin

Everyone can use a break from the city, even those college professors we can’t imagine having lives outside the classroom. Equipped with a dream and a newly-bought plot of land in New Jersey, one NYU educator hired Derek “Deek” Diedricksen of to build a tiny cabin perfect for grading papers and relaxation. The micro-pod was constructed on wheels and made almost entirely out of salvaged and recycled materials. The damage? Just $400! Learn more about this awesome study cabin over at Inhabitat.



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