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.

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Cool Listings, South Street Seaport

What this newly built townhouse lacks in width, it makes up for in height (h/t CityRealty). Located on one of the historic area’s original cobblestoned streets, at 246 Front Street, the 12-foot-wide home has four stories, plus a basement and private roof terrace. In addition to its narrow frame, the house also stands out for its unique metal facade, made entirely of steel and zinc.

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affordable housing, housing lotteries, Williamsburg

Looking west down South 4th Street with Pies n’ Thighs on the corner, via *Bitch Cakes*/Flickr

If you’re a fan of Williamsburg’s food scene (what good New Yorker isn’t?) and earn between $31,646 and $50,100 annually, you may want to apply for one of two affordable apartments up for grabs at the new boutique rental 94 South 4th Street. For just $923 a month you’ll get a one-bedroom unit right near hot spots like Pies n’ Thighs, La Superior, Sunday in Brooklyn, Maison Premiere, and The Woods.

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Architecture, Features, Flatiron, Interviews, More Top Stories, Where I Work

6sqft’s series “Where I Work” takes us into the studios, offices, and off-beat workspaces of New Yorkers across the city. In this installment, we’re touring the Flatiron office of architecture firm FXCollaborative. Want to see your business featured here? Get in touch!

To mark their 40th anniversary, architecture firm FXCollaborative recently debuted their new name (formerly FXFOWLE), along with a slew of big-name projects such as the Statue of Liberty Museum, a nearly 1,000-unit affordable housing development in the Bronx, and Downtown Brooklyn’s One Willoughby Square, which will be the borough’s tallest office building as well as the firm’s new home. Ahead of their big move when the tower is completed in a few years, 6sqft paid a visit to FXCollaborative’s current Flatiron office space to see how these prolific architects make their magic happen, thanks to a behind-the-scenes tour and talk with senior partner Dan Kaplan. From sustainable architecture and office design to equality in architecture and the importance of collaboration, learn how FXCollaborative remains one of NYC’s top firms after four decades.

Take the tour and hear Dan’s thoughts

Brooklyn, History

Photo via Kirti Poddar/Flickr

Chocoholics all over the country know Brooklyn blackout cake, a three-tiered devil’s food cake with layers of chocolate pudding and chocolate frosting topped with cake crumbs. In recent years, the rich cake has become re-popularized from its heyday in the first half of the 20th century. But most of us who gluttonously indulge in this tasty dessert have no idea where its borough-centric name came from or just how long this confectioner’s delight has been around. It all started in 1898 at a German bakery called Ebinger’s on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, but it wasn’t until World War II that the moniker took hold.

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Architecture, Midwood, New Developments

1508 Coney Island Avenue, Baruch Singer, SHoP Architects

Midwood might not yet be considered an up-and-coming ‘hood, but this new mixed-use project from trendy architects SHoP might be the first step. CityRealty spotted renderings for a 10-story commercial building at 1508 Coney Island Avenue, which will be one of the largest in the area. Preliminary outlines detail three floors of medical offices, three floors for non-profit offices, and two floors for co-working. Plus, there will be two levels of parking, two levels of retail, an event space, restaurant, and, of course, food hall. And while SHoP’s design for the exterior seems pretty straightforward, the interiors take on a bit more of a fantastical approach.

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Features, Hell's Kitchen, Interiors, My SQFT House Tours, Top Stories

6sqft’s series “My sqft” checks out the homes of New Yorkers across all the boroughs. Our latest interior adventure brings us to retiree Andrew Ackerman’s new studio in Extell’s 555Ten. Want to see your home featured here? Get in touch!

A year ago, retired lawyer Andrew Ackerman gave up his long-time home, a 1,300-square-foot duplex in a Philadelphia brownstone, to move to NYC. Wanting to be near his friends, the theater district and art museums, and transportation options, he settled on Hell’s Kitchen, and ultimately found the perfect high-rise apartment in Extell Development’s luxury rental building, 555TEN.

Getting used to the hustle and bustle of the city was easy for Andrew, but downsizing to a 500-square-foot alcove studio was a bit more challenging, especially considering he’s been an avid art collector since childhood. 6sqft recently visited Andrew at 555Ten to see how he made the adjustment, which art pieces made the cut, and why the jump was all worth it.

Take a tour of Andrew’s place

Architecture, Hell's Kitchen, New Developments, Starchitecture

Historically, Auto Row, the stretch of eleventh in the 50s, has been somewhat a no-man’s land to most, save for those rare New Yorkers who own a car. But with Hudson Yards pushing development westward, it’s now coming out of the shadows. One of these projects is Rafael Viñoly Architects‘ addition to 787 Eleventh Avenue, an Art Deco industrial building that was originally home to the Packard Motor Company when it opened in 1927 to the designs of Albert Kahn. Viñoly’s $100 million commission is adding two stories off office space to the top of the eight-story building, converting the other floors to commercial space, and retaining the current auto dealerships on the lower five levels. It’s been more than two years since the first renderings were revealed, and now the firm has released an additional batch that show aerial views of the addition, more office views, and a closer look at the 12,000-square-foot roof deck.

More details and renderings ahead

affordable housing, Bed Stuy, housing lotteries

As any New Yorker knows, convenience is key, but it’ll often cost you. The city’s latest affordable housing lottery, however, offers a location on the same block as the Franklin Avenue stop in Bed-Stuy, and just a short walk to both the subway and LIRR at Nostrand Avenue. The brand new building at 1068 Fulton Street has 13 middle-income units up for grabs for New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income, including $1,744/month one-bedrooms and $2,099/month two-bedrooms.

Find out if you qualify

Cool Listings, Soho

Soho co-op, 57 Thompson Street, urban terrace

The railroad layout may not seem ideal at first, but this one-bedroom Soho co-op more than makes up for it with two bathrooms and a dreamy outdoor terrace. Asking $945,000, the apartment at 57 Thompson Street lends itself to a shabby chic aesthetic, with whitewashed brick walls, cozy angled rooms, and large windows perfect for window boxes and hanging plants.

The inside is just as charming

Celebrities, Cool Listings, Greenwich Village

11 5th Avenue, The Brevoort, Buddy Holly apartment, Buddy Holly Greenwich Village

Before his untimely death in 1959–the “day the music died”–Buddy Holly briefly lived at the then-brand-new Brevoort apartment building in Greenwich Village. His band the Crickets had moved to NYC in 1958 to be a part of the music scene, so Holly and new wife Maria Elena Santiago rented a corner two-bedroom apartment with a wrap-around terrace for just $1,000 a month. This unit, where he made his final recordings of “Crying,” “Waiting, Hoping,” and “Peggy Sue Got Married,” has just hit the market for $1,595,000 (h/t Curbed).

See his former home

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