All posts by Dana Schulz

Dana is a writer and preservationist with a passion for all things New York.  After graduating from New York University with a BA in Urban Design & Architecture Studies, she worked at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, where she planned the organization's public programs and wrote for their blog Off the Grid. In her free time, she leads walking tours about the social and cultural history of city neighborhoods. Follow her on Twitter @danaschulzNYC.

City Living, Policy, Transportation

Photo courtesy of NYC DOT/Flickr

After receiving pressure from both Governor Cuomo and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson to close some streets to vehicular traffic in an effort to give New Yorkers more outdoor space to exercise, Mayor de Blasio finally launched a Safe Streets pilot from Friday, March 27, to Monday, March 30 that included a roughly six-block stretch in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, totaling 1.6 miles of the city’s 6,000 miles of roads. Today, the Mayor’s office announced that they’ll be extending the pilot program through Sunday, April 5th with the same hours of 10am-7pm.

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Battery Park City, Cool Listings

70 Little West Street, The Visionaire

Listing photos courtesy of Warburg Realty

Famed architecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli completed the LEED Platinum-certified Battery Park City condo tower The Visionaire in 2008, two years after construction began on One World Trade Center. Today, many of its apartments have stunning views of the tallest building in the western hemisphere, including this two-bedroom unit currently listed for $1,750,000. The unique shape of the living space, coupled with its 11-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, put this view front and center.

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Cool Listings, Prospect Park South

85 Buckingham Road, Prospect Park South, Dutch Colonial house Brooklyn

Listing photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

It’s always a nice reminder that you can get a slice of suburban living without leaving the city, and this Dutch Colonial charmer in Prospect Park South is the perfect example. Just listed for $3,875,000, the seven-bedroom house has the ideal combination of preserved interiors and modern upgrades. But what really makes it stand out is the “enchanted forest” in the back. The huge outdoor space has meandering pathways shaded by tree canopies, a pond and waterfall, and several seating areas and planted gardens.

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Policy

Photo by Darren McGee- Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, via Flickr cc

On Monday, Governor Cuomo announced that the Army Corps of Engineers began work to create a temporary hospital inside the Javits Center. And though he said the work would last a week to 10 days, today he held his daily press conference inside the completed 1,000-bed facility, which will officially open on Monday. After profusely thanking the men and women who worked tirelessly to construct this overflow hospital, the Governor said that he is joining all New Yorkers to “kick coronavirus’ ass.”

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Cool Listings, West Village 

Photo credit: Elizabeth Dooley, Courtesy of Compass

19 massive windows, three exposures, 11-foot ceilings, and one very stylish design–this $1.8 million West Village loft is bright, beautiful, and was designed by famed architect Aurelie Paradisio in collaboration with a bohemian fashion designer. Located at 99 Bank Street, it’s in the heart of the West Village, just off Abingdon Square and has one bedroom, as well as a bonus lofted bedroom.

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CityRealty, Policy

NYC removed 80 basketball hoops from parks

By Dana Schulz, Fri, March 27, 2020

Rimless basketball hoops at Riverside Park and 74th Street on Friday, March 27. Photo © Dana Schulz for 6sqft.

In the recent weeks, Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo have taken different approaches when it comes to social distancing measures in public spaces, but one thing they’ve agreed on is that basketball games need to stop. In his press conference on Wednesday, the Mayor spoke about the specific problem related to basketball courts and announced that he’d received reports from the Parks Department and the NYPD that 80 courts around the city, out of a total of 1,700, were an ongoing issue. He went on to say that the basketball hoops at these locations would be removed, which they were yesterday.

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Cobble Hill, Cool Listings

Photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

From the outside, this corner Cobble Hill townhouse is classic Brooklyn with its 1899 brick and brownstone facade, ornate doorframes, and stately bay windows. But inside, it’s like stepping into a Parisian flat, with floor-to-ceiling arched windows, historic mantles and moldings, and a design aesthetic full of gold accents, lush fabrics, and an eclectic mix of classical furnishings. That said, the best part of this $21,000/month, five-bedroom rental is that it comes fully furnished.

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Cool Listings, Williamsburg

Listing photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

How’s this for views? From both the terrace and the rooftop cabana of a classic Williamsburg loft near the waterfront, you’ll gaze at all five East River bridges, the Manhattan skyline, and a cool birdseye view of Domino Park. The interior of the penthouse at 58 Metropolitan Avenue isn’t too shabby, either. Asking $2,595,000, the three-bedroom apartment has a huge living area with oversized windows on three sides, contemporary finishes, and a private indoor parking spot with an electric charger and storage space.

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City Living, Policy

Photo by Daniel Schludi on Unsplash

With four sites already identified as temporary hospitals–and construction underway on the largest, the Javits Center–the city is now looking for additional spaces that can be used to support NYC Emergency Management. The call is for community spaces with a large interior room such as community centers, places of worship, or campus facilities that can be utilized for outreach, training, or gathering during an emergency or as a disaster recovery center. Though it’s not explicitly stated, NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson noted on Twitter that some of these spaces could be “suitable for converting to temporary hospital rooms.”

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Featured Story

City Living, Features, Interviews, More Top Stories, People

Photos courtesy of Invisible Hands

If you needed more evidence that New Yorkers come together in a time of crisis, look no further than Invisible Hands. The premise of the volunteer group is that low-risk people can help to bring groceries and supplies to those in demographics at high risk for COVID-19. Simone, Liam, and Healy — “healthy 20-somethings in NYC” — started the group just nine days ago, and today have amassed 7,000 volunteers across New York City and parts of Jersey City. Yesterday, we spoke with Liam Elkind about what it’s been like starting this incredible group, how New Yorkers have been able to “pull together when it feels like the world is trying to pull us apart,” and what Invisible Hands hopes for the future.

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