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.

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Events, Features

The 11 best places to watch the Super Bowl in NYC

By Dana Schulz, Today, January 29, 2020

Photo courtesy of John Brown Smokehouse

Whether you’re rooting for the Chiefs or the 49ers, prefer wine or beer, or want wings or barbecue, there’s a special event for everyone going on this Super Bowl Sunday. Ahead, we’ve rounded up 10 offbeat and specialized spots where you can watch game LIV.

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Features, Tribeca, Where I Work

All photos taken by James and Karla Murray exclusively for 6sqft

Marvel Architects say they were drawn to their Tribeca office space 25 years ago because of its connection to NYC history and its openness, qualities that also resonate throughout the firm and its practice. They regularly work on cultural projects (like TheatreSquared and the Northeast Bronx YMCA), adaptive reuse projects (such as St. Ann’s Warehouse and the Bedford Armory in Brooklyn) and affordable housing developments (like the Stonewall House and Rockaway Village) and they are receptive to community feedback (as was the case with their current One Clinton project). With another office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Marvel continues this open dialogue throughout its team, as staff members contribute reciprocally to projects in both cities. To learn more about this unique firm, 6sqft had a chat with founding principal Jonathan Marvel and founding partners Lissa So and Guido Hartray and toured their open and airy office that brings a bit of tropical flair to Tribeca.

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Chelsea, Cool Listings

300 West 23rd Street, Chelsea co-op

Photos by Katie Breitic for Tom Cooper, courtesy of Compass

If there’s one name that harkens to the glamour of pre-war architecture, it very well might be Emery Roth, the designer of the 1931 building at 300 West 23rd Street. And this one-bedroom corner unit, currently on the market for $750,000, has taken this notion of Art Deco glamour and infused it into a modern renovation that also adds some glitz and mid-century nods. With two gracious walk-in closets, a contemporary open kitchen, and plenty of street-facing windows, the co-op is sure to turn some heads. Read more

Astoria, Bay Ridge, Transportation

The Bay Ridge Branch crossing Ralph Avenue in Canarsie, photo by Jim HendersonWiki Commons

Since the 1990s, the Regional Plan Association has been advocating for the restoration of passenger service to a rail line known as the Bay Ridge Branch that runs from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to Astoria, Queens and is now used as a freight line. The MTA has announced that it will begin a feasibility study to “evaluate the potential for subway, commuter rail, light rail or bus service” along the line, which the agency notes would create the potential for reverse commuting and connect to 19 subway lines and the LIRR. In October, the RPA’s Kate Slevin explained to NY1, “We don’t have unlimited resources here in New York City, as we know, so the fact that we already have tracks there, that are underutilized, really means a lot.”

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Architecture, Chelsea, New Developments

Terminal Warehouse, Chelsea, COOKFOX

All renderings by COOKFOX

The entire city block bound by 11th and 12th Avenues and 27th to 28th Streets in West Chelsea is occupied by the Terminal Warehouse complex, a former freight distribution hub built in 1891. After losing its place in the shipping industry in the 1930s, it then became infamous in the 1980s and ’90s as the home of The Tunnel nightclub. Now, after years as a mini-storage facility and commercial offices, the structure will once again see new life, this time as a wholistic, modern office complex. L&L Holding and Normandy Real Estate Partners have partnered with COOKFOX architects to adaptively reuse the building, preserving and restoring its historic elements, as well as to add shops and restaurants on street level, a central courtyard, and a contemporary glass addition. Yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved the plans.

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CityRealty, Upper West Side 

Book Culture on Columbus on Thursday 1/9/20, taken by 6sqft

Drawing comparisons to “The Shop Around the Corner” in the movie “You’ve Got Mail” (which is also set on the Upper West Side), Book Culture became a beloved neighborhood shop for its whimsical atmosphere, great selection of books, and cozy children’s reading room. But this past year, the store’s owner penned a letter to city officials asking for a $500,000 loan to stay afloat amid unpaid vendor debts and loans. Earlier this month, a city marshal seized the store for “eviction action” due to unpaid rent, West Side Rag reported. Though the store was hopeful it could find a solution to remain open (even starting a Post-it Note campaign where customers left their support on the storefront), they announced today in an email that their doors are shut forever.

What happened?

Art, East Village, Events, Lower East Side, photography

The Rite Aid at 81 1st Avenue. Photo © Adam Friedberg

In 2015, photographer Adam Friedberg was passing through Astor Place and took notice of the two single-story buildings on Third Avenue and St. Marks Place–the one that housed Continental Bar and the other a McDonald’s. From there, Friedberg began a project to photograph all the single-story buildings throughout the changing East Village and Lower East Side neighborhoods and the negative space they created. After capturing 97 of the roughly 105 structures, his work is now on view at the Center for Architecture in an exhibit titled “Single-Story Project.”

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Carroll Gardens, Cool Listings

181 President Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn townhouse

Back in 2014, an oversized, four-story townhouse replaced an old garage at 181 President Street in Carroll Gardens, and it became known as one of the most “lavish” homes in Brooklyn thanks to its 5,356-square-foot layout, elevator, landscaped roof deck, wine cellar, home gym, two-car garage with a Tesla charging station, and more. So it was no surprise when it set a neighborhood record upon selling for $9.15 million in 2018. The five-bedroom home is now back on the market, asking a pretty comparable $9,995,000.

Have a look around

Cool Listings, Upstate

39 Old Snake Hill Road, Pound Ridge listing

All listing photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

Located in Pound Ridge, a quaint town in northeastern Westchester just an hour’s drive from NYC, this sprawling estate set on nearly six acres is asking $1,250,000 (h/t Curbed). The New York Times wrote of Pound Ridge’s “wooded slopes, streams and lakes and 19th-century stone walls,” all of which create a “bucolic feel” that this home at 39 Old Snake Hill Road also embodies. Originally an 1860s barn, the listing tells us that the property was converted by Vito Fosella, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, into a charming mid-century residence “ideal for weekend or year-round living.”

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Events, Upper West Side 

Photo courtesy of Dandy Wellington

The New-York Historical Society is calling all “fabulous flappers and dapper dandies” for a Roaring 20s-themed fete this Saturday. The Jazz Age soiree will come to life with music from Dandy Wellington and encouragement for attendees to wear their most festive costumes. There will also be an open bar, snacks, and a photo booth.

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