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.  Currently, she writes for CIRCA, an online historic house marketplace, and leads walking tours about the cultural history of city neighborhoods. Follow her on Twitter @danaschulzNYC.


Daily Link Fix

  • Disney Research created a new technology that can wirelessly power an entire room and charge devices. [Travel + Leisure]
  • Ellen DeGeneres and Walmart are donating $1.6 million to send the graduating class of Red Hook’s Summit Academy Charter School to any SUNY school on four-year scholarships. [DNAinfo]
  • See all 60,000+ New York Times front pages since 1852 in less than 60 seconds in this amazing timelapse. [Colossal]
  • This Sheepshead Bay store sells hundreds of evil eye amulets, handpicked in Istanbul markets. [NYT]

Images: Via Josh Begley (L) Via Vik Walker/Flickr (R)


Featured Story

Features, photography, Staten Island, The urban lens, Top Stories

6sqft’s ongoing series The Urban Lens invites photographers to share work exploring a theme or a place within New York City. In this installment, Will Ellis takes us through the relics and ruins of Staten Island’s Arthur Kill Road. Are you a photographer who’d like to see your work featured on The Urban Lens? Get in touch with us at [email protected].

Step into the New York section of any bookstore these days and you’ll likely see front and center “Abandoned NYC” by Will Ellis, which puts together three years of his photography and research on 16 of the city’s “most beautiful and mysterious abandoned spaces.” Will’s latest photographic essay is titled “Arthur Kill Road,” an eerily handsome exploration of the “quiet corners” and “remote edges” of Staten Island. He decided to focus on this thoroughfare as it winds through some of the NYC’s most sparsely populated areas, including the defunct waterfront, remnants of historic architecture, and desolate industrial complexes. Here, as Ellis describes it, “the fabric of the city dissolves, and the past is laid bare through the natural process of decay.”

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Harlem’s gentrification and increasing real estate prices aren’t news at this point, but a local community board thinks certain real estate brokers have crossed a line. As DNAinfo reports, Keller Williams created a separate office for “SoHa,” their new branding for South Harlem. Following in the footsteps of NoLo (SoHo + Nolita + Lower East Side), DoBro (Downtown Brooklyn), and Hellsea (Hell’s Kitchen + Chelsea), the moniker is seen as an attempt to make buyers and renters feel like they’re cashing in on the next trendy ‘hood. But residents of the Central Harlem area, roughly West 110th to 125th Streets, feel the marketing tactic is “arrogant” and “disrespectful,” and so Community Board 10 has introduced a resolution that would prevent brokers from using the nickname.

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affordable housing, Bronx, housing lotteries

Compass Residences, Crotona Park East, West Farms Redevelopment Plan, 1544 Boone Avenue, Dattner Architects

Back in 2011, Dattner Architects created the West Farms Redevelopment Plan, a rezoning (the largest ever in the Bronx at the time) of a 17-acre, 11-block former industrial area in Crotona Park East. The plan calls for a total of 1,325 affordable housing units, 46,000 square feet of retail, and community facilities. Dattner’s first two buildings in the complex are called theCompass Residences, which provide 237 apartments arranged around a series of courtyards. This past December, 114 of these residences at 1544 Boone Avenue came online through the city’s affordable housing lottery, and now, 120 more at 1524 Boone Avenue are open to New Yorkers earning 60 and 90 percent of the area median income, ranging from $822/month studios to $1,740/month three-bedrooms.

Find out here if you qualify

Architecture, New Developments, New Jersey, Starchitecture

Richard Meier, RBH Group, Teachers Village, downtown Newark

Residential Building VII, via Scott Frances

With Hoboken long gone and Jersey City well in the throes of gentrification, it makes sense that Newark is the next New Jersey city poised for a renaissance. Not only is it easily accessible via both NJ Transit and the PATH, but its wealth of former industrial buildings lend themselves to a DUMBO-esque revitalization. In the up-and-coming downtown area, Newark native Richard Meier is behind Teachers Village, a 23-acre, mixed-use complex that is well on its way to restoring a sense of community to the neighborhood. The $150 million project will encompass three charter schools, ground-level retail, and 204 residential units with a preference given to educators, all located in six new buildings designed in the starchitect’s signature style of white materials and gridded facades.

All the renderings and details this way

Daily Link Fix

  • The Renwick Hotel opened its Gertrude Stein Suite, the first in the historic building dedicated to a female author. [Conde Naste Traveler]
  • Though Mayor de Blasio asked for $35 million in federal funding to cover Trump Tower security for 73 days, it actually only cost $25 million. [Gothamist]
  • The Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative wants to construct the architect’s unbuilt and demolished buildings. [Architect Magazine]
  • When the High Line’s Spur opens in 2018, it will feature monumental works of public art. Now on view are 12 small-scale versions of what may come. [CityLab]
  • The gritty history of the Elk Hotel, one of Times Square’s last pay-by-the-hour hotels. [Untapped]
  • NYPD’s media sensation “Hipster Cop” is retiring after 25 years. [Metro]

Bell Machine by Jonathan Berger, via Friends of the High Line


affordable housing, Bronx, New Developments

Yesterday, mental health nonprofit Community Access broke ground on a new, $52.2 million supportive and affordable housing complex in the Mount Eden neighborhood of the Bronx. Located at 111 East 172nd Street, the building has 126 units, 60 of which will be set aside for Medicaid high-need individuals with mental health concerns and 65 for low-income families. It incorporates sustainable elements such as solar panels and a co-generation plant, as well as health-focused amenities like a community garden and kitchen to encourage and teach about healthy eating, outdoor exercise equipment, and a bike sharing program.

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Architecture, Green Design, Meatpacking District, New Developments, Starchitecture, Top Stories

Renderings © Neoscape for Studio Gang Architects

Just yesterday, 6sqft shared the news that Jeanne Gang‘s first ground-up project in NYC–the Solar Carve Tower at 40 Tenth Avenue–had begun construction along the High Line. Now, the Post shares new renderings of the jewel-like, glassy structure, which is so named for its employment of the firm’s strategy that uses the sun’s angles to shape a building. Along with these views of its chiseled edges, connection to the park, terraces, and interior spaces, comes word that developers Aurora Capital and William Gottlieb Real Estate have tapped Bruce Mosler of Cushman & Wakefield to begin leasing the 139,000-square-foot, 12-story boutique office building in anticipation of its 2019 opening.

Lots more details and renderings ahead

Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, More Top Stories

Built in 1824, 24 Middagh Street is a charming, wood-frame, Federal house in Brooklyn Heights that has the distinction of being the oldest home in the neighborhood. And it’s just gotten a price chop to $6,650,000 (it first listed this past September for the first time in nearly 60 years, asking $7 million). The listing says most of the original interior details–like wood floors, fireplaces, and moldings–are intact, and the five-bedroom residence even comes with a landscaped backyard and separate, two-bedroom carriage house.

More on the home this way

Connecticut, Historic Homes

Old Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse, Frank Sciame, Katharine Hepburn estate, Connecticut lighthouse

In 2004, New York-based developer and builder Frank Sciame paid $6 million for the 3.4-acre waterfront Connecticut estate of the late Katharine Hepburn. In late 2015, he also dropped $290,000 at auction for the Old Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse, which is within walking distance to the estate. The 131-year-old lighthouse was built in 1886 to mark a sand bar on the west side of the Connecticut River, but it will soon see a new life as a giant children’s playroom. The Post reports that Sciame asked yacht-design architects Persak & Wurmfeld to redesign the structure as a clubhouse for his grandkids, complete with the original cast-iron windows and portholes, watch room and lantern room, and upper wrap-around deck.

Get the full scoop

Daily Link Fix

  • The Driverless Future Challenge seeks proposals that actively shape the city’s response to driverless cars. [Blank Space]
  • Gwyneth Paltrow is opening her second 3 Green Hearts cafe in Midtown, which will serve gluten-free kale ravioli and “healthy” frosting shots and offer a meal delivery service from partner Tracy Anderson. [Eater]
  • Find out how to win an unlimited MetroCard for a full year just by sending a text. [Pix 11]
  • The DOT and MTA plan to release their decision on an L train replacement this fall. Options include car-free streets and the East River Skyway. [Streetsblog]
  • While congress is in recess this week, many are holding community meetings. This Town Hall Tracker helps find those in your area. [WNYC]
  • Get a look inside the new Harlem home of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, located in an abandoned historic firehouse. [Untapped]

Architecture, Construction Update, Green Design, Meatpacking District, Starchitecture

For an architect who had yet to break into the NYC scene, Jeanne Gang is now moving full steam ahead. Her firm, Studio Gang, received LPC approvals back in October for their much-hyped, $340 million Museum of Natural History expansion, and now, CityRealty tells us that construction has begun on their razor-edged glass tower along the High Line. Dubbed “Solar Carve Tower” for the firm’s strategy that “uses the incident angles of the sun’s ray to form the gem-like shape,” the 12-story office building will be Gang’s first ground-up project when completed.

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Daily Link Fix

  • Vote to have this LEGO version of Grand Central Terminal made into a real block set. [LEGO Ideas]
  • To fill the gap left when Cobble Hill’s beloved BookCourt closed, local novelist Emma Straub is opening Books Are Magic on Smith Street. [Gothamist]
  • Eighty-six percent of all $2 million+ home sales over the past three years have been in Manhattan, with Soho, Tribeca, Civic Center and Little Italy topping the list. [NYP]
  • In January, the state formally established Harriet Tubman National Park in Auburn, NY, which is made up of several sites where Tubman lived and worshiped during the second half of her life. [Brownstoner]
  • Milton Glaser discusses his “I ♥ NY” logo, Brooklyn Brewery’s branding, and much more. [Elle Decor]
  • The Cross Bronx Expressway has the worst congestion in the nation. [NYP]

Via LEGO ideas (L)

Astoria, real estate trends

married with roommates

Roommate app Roomi recently compiled data based on the 20 to 36-year-olds searching for someone with whom to split the rent, and the top neighborhood for this trend is Astoria. DNAinfo shared the analysis, which found that nearly 38 percent of Roomi’s users looked for housing in the up-and-coming Queens ‘hood, and each applicant in this area gets about 20 applicants, almost double all other neighborhoods.

What other ‘hoods top the list?

affordable housing, Policy

To set qualification guidelines for its affordable housing lotteries, the city turns to the set area median income (AMI), basing annual household income and rents off this figure. However, as The Real Deal explains, “the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development calculates AMI regionally, “using a formula that lumps the five boroughs together with Putnam, Westchester, and Rockland counties.” For 2016, this equated to $65,200 for a single person and $90,600 for a family of four, but a new bill proposed by Democratic State Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblymember Brian Barnwell would require developers of new 421-a projects to calculate AMI based on the specific zip code in which the building is going up.

More info ahead

Weekly Highlights

Weekly highlights: Top picks from the 6sqft staff

By Dana Schulz, Sat, February 18, 2017

Carroll House, LOT-EK, shipping containers, williamsburg, design,

This Week’s Features

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Images: Via LOT-EK (L); via Douglas Elliman (R)

Daily Link Fix

  • Designer Kelly Behun created a completely shoppable model apartment on the 92nd floor of 432 Park. [Arch Digest]
  • How the MoMA Store has become an unlikely champion of products that got their start on Kickstarter. [Fast Co. Design]
  • Only five original owners from the ’50s remain in their Frank Lloyd Wright homes. Meet the young couples who “were bold enough to have the world’s most famous architect design houses specifically for them.” [WSJ]
  • This reporter thinks the Park Slope Food Coop is a “socialist utopia.” [NYP]
  • Check out the ARK, JFK Airport’s new $65 million animal terminal and quarantine facility. [Inhabitat]

Images: Kelly Behun‘s design for 432 Park via DBOX (L); Frank Lloyd Wright’s Tirranna home in New Canaan, CT via Houlihan Lawrence

Art, Green Design, Long Island City, Urban Design

It never hurts to think of warmer months on days like today, and MoMA PS1’s announcement of whose design will fill their courtyard this summer certainly does the trick. The winner of their 18th annual Young Architects Program is Jenny Sabin Studio. The Ithaca-based experimental architecture studio created “Lumen” in response to the competition’s request for a temporary outdoor installation that provides shade, seating, and water, while addressing environmental issues such as sustainability and recycling. The result is a tubular canopy made of “recycled, photo-luminescent, and solar active textiles that absorb, collect, and deliver light.”

More renderings and info on Lumen

Policy, Transportation

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners yesterday approved a $32.2 billion, 10-year capital plan–the agency’s largest ever. The major allocations include: $3.5 billion to begin the planning and construction of a new Port Authority Bus Terminal; $10 billion towards improving trans-Hudson commuting, including a $1.5 billion Goethals Bridge replacement, completion of the $1.6 billion Bayonne Bridge rebuilding, and a $2 billion rehab of the George Washington Bridge; $11.6 billion in major airport upgrades, which factors in $4 billion for the new LaGuardia Terminal B, a plan to extend the PATH train from Newark Penn Station to the Newark Airport, and the beginning of Cuomo’s JFK overhaul; and $2.7 billion towards the Gateway rail tunnel project.

More details ahead


This 100-year-old subway sign can be yours for $150,000

By Dana Schulz, Thu, February 16, 2017

We already know that the MTA holds monthly online sales of ephemera–including everything from retired subway cars to vintage tokens–but apparently individuals with their own collections of transit collectibles can also make a pretty penny selling the goods. Take for example this 100-year-old subway sign that Gothamist spotted for sale on Etsy for $150,000. Sure, the price tag may seem fair for a century-old relic, but the 8′ x 11″ piece is a simple white sign with black letters that read “Times Square.” And it’s authenticity isn’t actually confirmed…

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