All posts by Annie Doge

DUMBO, Neighborhoods, New Developments

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In New York, if there is anything we talk about more than weather, it’s how “____ is the new ____”. Now, the owner of a storage building at 80 Hudson Avenue in Brooklyn is banking on Vinegar Hill becoming the new DUMBO.

Globe Storage and Moving Co. just hired Dan Marks at TerraCRG to get the word out that his seven-story, 80,000-square-foot storage warehouse is a covetable piece of real estate worthy of one ambitious investor willing to refurbish it and rent it out, or use it, as an office space. The owner’s plans come on the heels of DUMBO’s strengthening office leasing market and he hopes this trend will stay strong enough to spill some of that demand for space over his way. Crazy? Probably. But Etsy did make plans to move into the neighborhood, signing up for 200,000 square feet in the Jehovah’s Witness Towers conversion just 10 minutes away from Globe. The towers will soon see a transformation into a high-tech incubator and residences (seen above). Mr. Marks told Crains: “Office tenants will start to see it as a great location.” By association, of course.

[Related: Plans to Convert the Jehovah Witness Watchtower Complex Into a High Tech Incubator Revealed]

[via Crains]

Celebrities, Interiors, Nolita, Recent Sales

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Electronic music maker Moby has just sold off his “tiny” penthouse at 262 Mott Street in Nolita. Moby bought the home for a mere $215,750 back in 1996 and managed to make quite a bit of money with the recent sale, turning a profit of about $1.5 million after taxes (we guess the artist is now eating crow). The 950-square-foot, 1BR/1BA home is covered with large vaulted skylights and also boasts exposed brick walls, a sleeper mezzanine loft and a private 875-square-foot garden terrace. The listing was held by Corcoran’s Julie Pham.

Check out the interiors here

Design, Events

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It’s May, which means that NYC’s most exciting month for design is here! We’ve rounded up a few must-see shows that will feature furniture and products by local creatives, and designers from across the globe. Find out the best places to get your furni fix ahead — we promise plenty of Instagram-worthy design-stuffs will abound!

Our top picks ahead

Celebrities, Prospect Heights, Recent Sales

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It looks like documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is moving his family into Pritzker Prize winning architect Richard Meier’s On Prospect Park. The Burns family dropped $2.75 million on the home, which is located in one of Brooklyn’s most beautiful (and active) corners — just steps away from Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and the incredible Brooklyn Museum and Public Library.

It’s reported that the Mamma and Papa Burns spend most their time in New Hampshire, so it’s likely that the 2,107-square-foot, 3BR/2.5BA modern abode will become the love nest of his daughter Lily (who was also listed on city records) and her fiance Tony Hernandez, both of whom are producers.

A look inside the on prospect park apartment here

Interiors, Recent Sales

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Society pianist Peter Mintun, has just sold his stunning Washington Heights townhouse to Columbia Artists Music mogul Jean-Jacques Cesbron and his wife, for $2.2 million.

The beautiful four-story, 5BR/3BA  home was designed by Henri Fouchaux and constructed in 1896. Located at 436 West 162 Street in the Jumel Terrace Historic District, it is considered one of the best preserved buildings of its type. Original wood and details like speaking tubes, skylights, pocket doors, a working dumb waiter, and seven tiled fireplaces are just some of the incredible features that can be found within. The home has even appeared in the scenes of several movies and documentaries, and is often highlighted on neighborhood tours.

See more photos of the interior

infographic, Manhattan, Neighborhoods, People

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Every NYC neighborhood has its archetype, and this infographic by Apartment List perfectly depicts every Manhattan nabe to a tee.

While you’ll of course find the obvious characterizations like the Goldman Sachs associate who galavants around the Upper East Side, hilarious insights like what Chelsea residents do for fun (“People watching at the High Line, eating a popsicle”) will give you a giggle. The infographic also provides useful info like the average cost of one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as how much cash you can save by sharing — all in terms any New Yorker can understand (ex. in Tribeca you can pocket $1,548/month; a.k.a. 19 pairs of Lullemon pants). And though Apartment List’s creation just depicts Manhattan ‘hoods right now, given the easy target that lies just across the East River, we’re keeping our eyes peeled for their take on Brooklyn.

Check out the full-size version here

Interiors, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

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Society couple Pamela Farkas and Andrew Paul have finally found a buyer for their co-op at 820 Park Avenue.

The duo placed their property on the market last September, and it looks like Wall Street exec Matthew Cherwin, who was recently named co-head of JPMorgan’s Global Credit, Securitized Products and Public Finance, and his wife, Wendy Cherwin, handed over $22 million for the digs. The interiors of the duplex are definitively Upper East Side, and the residence boasts five bedrooms and 180-feet of Park Avenue frontage.

A look Inside the luxury home here

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Architecture, Celebrities, Features, Soho

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The Soho home where Beyonce shot the video ‘Halo‘ is still renting for $80K a month — putting it out of reach of just about all of us. Though broker photos are aplenty across the nets, 6sqft got to explore the private home last fall on Dwell magazine’s City Modern Tour.

The 5-story structure, renovated by Asfour Guzy, is touted as one of New York’s most unique properties, and it’s no wonder why: This former Con Ed station boasts everything from a huge verdant terrace to 19-foot ceilings, and even a 007-like indoor pool that we bet B took a dip in.

Take a look inside

Architecture, Events, Green Design, Urban Design

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How can we create sustainable and livable cities in the face of climate change? On April 8, 2014, the AIA New York Chapter is joining forces with the Consulate General of Denmark in New York to host a panel discussion on the water-related challenges faced by New York City and Copenhagen, and the wide array of approaches and solutions that have already been deployed or will be implemented.

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Architecture, Cool Listings, Interiors, Soho

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Back in 2009, Graham Hill purchased two apartments at 150 Sullivan Street with the express purpose of showing that people could have everything they need using less stuff and space. Rather than hiring an architect, the eco-entrepreneur, TED-Talk alum, and founder of Treehugger.com, decided to kickstart a competition to find his unique one-size-fits-all design. What turned up was an innovative transforming apartment filled with brilliant space-efficient features like sliding walls, hidden storage, and multi-tasking furniture. Though Hill’s ‘Life Edited‘ apartment measures an ultra tiny 420-square-feet, the elegant, high-tech space still manages to pack in all the amenities of a home of more than twice its size.

How many people can you pack into 420 sq ft?

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