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.

Architecture, Design, Events, Giveaways

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Image of The Oslo Opera House from the film Cathedrals of Culture

Your three favorite things rolled into one five-day event: the Architecture and Design Film Festival. Starting October 15th, 25 curated films will be on show at the Tribeca Cinemas for the nation’s largest film festival dedicated to architecture and design. Sound like something you’d love to see? We’ve teamed up with ADFF to give one lucky reader two free tickets to the film of their choice!

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We’re accepting entries until Sunday, September 28th and we’ll contact the winner via e-mail the following day.

Don’t want to wait to find out if you’ve won? Purchase tickets here and stop by the festival from October 15-19 at Tribeca Cinemas. For more information on what’s on show at this year’s ADFF, visit their website.

Architecture, Green Design, New Developments

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We don’t usually cover Jersey here at 6sqft, but this inspiring adaptive reuse project was too good to pass up. Inhabitat NYC reports that a newly approved development, The Whitechapel Projects, will be converting an old industrial warehouse in Long Beach into a paradise for all things sustainable, artistic and foodie (read: super hip). The new project plans to feature “the artisan crafts of nanobrewing, house made cuisine, and emerging art and music in an engaging seaside environment.” See? Didn’t that sound pretty darn cool; and what exactly is nanobrewing?

FIND OUT MORE HERE…

Daily Link Fix

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  • Get weather and train updates via text or e-mail when you wake up and when you leave work with PONCHO.
  • Ephemeral New York reminds us of the beautiful fortress in Gramercy Park.
  • “I’ll be there for youu!” Metro New York reports that Central Perk, the fictional cafe in Friends, is now open in Soho to celebrate 20 years since the famous 90s show premiered on television. Oh yeah, did we mention the coffee is free?!
  • Four smartphone app start-ups took home a big cash prize yesterday at the fifth annual NYC BigApps competition. The contest was to develop an app that would make NYC life better. See the list of winners on AM New York.

Images: Central Perk logo via Friends Wikia (left); Mayor de Blasio presents prize to Heat Seeker team at BigApps by Agaton Strom for AM New York (right)

Daily Link Fix

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  • Tired of trips to MoMA and the Met? Try out these 10 obscure NYC museums, like the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art or the Underpenny Plane and Cast Iron Museum, rounded up by Untapped Cities.
  • In case you were wondering, this is where NYC’s poop goes. Gizmodo does the dirty work.
  • Help out the sweetest cab driver in the city get a new CandyCab! Learn how on Huffington Post.
  • Curbed features 9 disasters that resulted in making NYC a safer, more resilient city.

Images: Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art by Bill Lyons for Staten Island Advance (left); Triangle Shirtwaist Factory prior to fire courtsey of UPI/Cornell University (right)

Daily Link Fix

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  • NY Daily News announces the launch of the 7th annual Governors Island Art Fair where “100 artists fill 100 rooms in the island’s former military barracks with their paintings, video installations, sculptures and photography.”
  • I Quant NYC maps out where you can find the 25 winning street vendors of the 10th annual Vendy Awards. Time to grub on!
  • Supposedly in 1824 it was proposed to saw off part of Manhattan to keep it from sinking. Read the craziness on Untapped Cities.
  • Touchy subject, but why is Brooklyn part of New York anyway? Tremr tells the story of The Great Mistake of 1898.
  • Climbing into bed – literally. Designboom reports that in celebration of IKEA’s Clermont-Ferrand store in France, they’ve created a climbable apartment wall.

Images: Craffle food truck via their Facebook page; IKEA climbable apartment via Designboom

Architecture, Getting Away, Green Design, Upstate

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Back in July, we sat down with Drew Lang of Lang Architecture to chat about his new eco-village, Hudson Woods, located in the Catskills. Now that the homes are finished, they need forever owners (us! us!). Inhabitat NYC featured the gorgeous—and we mean drop dead gorgeous—homes within the private 26-house neighborhood. The community is located upstate, but only two hours from the city; so when you need your fill of civilization you can get to it with ease. OK let’s get to the photos already. See them all here and then catch our interview with Drew.

READ MORE HERE…

Daily Link Fix

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  • See how Manhattan was mapped out back in 1811 on Untapped Cities.
  • Marlow Goods is taking the saying “using all parts of the animal” to heart. In their pop-up shop in Wythe Hotel, they’re selling bags made from hides of the animals served at the restaurant. Learn more on PSFK.
  • Drivers, think twice before cursing bikers the next time your driving around the city. Vox reports that bike lanes have actually sped up car traffic. You’re welcome.
  • 9/11 isn’t the only tragedy that happened on September 11th. In 1905 the elevated train on Ninth Avenue and 53rd Street derailed and fell off the tracks onto the road below. Stuff Nobody Cares About has the whole story.

Images: 1811 Commissioner’s Map of Manhattan by Michelle Young for Untapped Cities (left); Newspaper clipping of the 1905 train wreck courtesy of Stuff Nobody Cares About (right)

Interiors, Manhattan, Quirky Homes

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Why settle for a boring one-bedroom when you can live in a home that morphs to create different rooms? Inhabitat NYC recently featured Studio Garneau‘s Transformer, a cool mini-loft that can, you guessed it, transform to fit its tenants’ needs. The NYC-based architecture firm started with a dilapidated, multi-room prewar apartment, knocked down the walls, and then built a large, track-mounted sliding wall that acts as the main transforming piece. Flexible and easy to move, the wall can be closed to separate the bedroom and common areas for a sleek minimalist look, or be opened up to create one airy, uninterrupted space.

READ MORE HERE…

Daily Link Fix

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  • Move over Uber, Lyft and Hailo, SheTaxis are coming to NYC. The New York Times reports that this e-hailling app service will only have female drivers for female riders.
  • Proving our point that Staten Island is the new cool place to live and play, Thrillist featured a list of 11 reasons why you shouldn’t dismiss the oft-forgotten borough.
  • Because your little pooch only deserves the best. Check out these spiffy, yet functional and fully customizable dog-sized trailers made from eco-friendly materials on Freshome.
  • All board the 81-year-old steamship to visit the Floating Library! AM New York reports that for the next four weeks, the Lilac Museum Steamship will be home to the pop-up, mobile device-free public space.

Images: Dog trailers via Freshome (left); Floating Library by Wendy Joan Biddlecombe for AM New York (right)

Landscape Architecture, Manhattan, Meatpacking District

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Image credit: Blondie’s Treehouse

You would think creating an outdoor space right by the High Line would be counterproductive, but after you see this beautiful creation Blondie’s Treehouse built for clients in the Meatpacking District, you’ll think otherwise. Working with 3,000 square feet of contiguous exterior space, Blondie’s designers, Tina Dituri and Charles Casanova were tasked with combining the two distinct areas into one singular escape. See the amazing oasis that rose out of their design quandary over at Renovating NYC.

READ MORE HERE…

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