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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maps, real estate trends

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For New York home buyers, a lot can change in a year. A neighborhood that was considered affordable can all of a sudden become out of reach, whether it be from new developments like a subway or good old fashioned gentrification. For this reason, Fast Forward Labs created an interactive map that predicts the price of real estate in 2018. As Google Maps Mania explains, “The map allows you to input a housing budget and see how likely it is that you will be able to afford to buy a property in different New York neighborhoods during different future time periods.”

More on the map here

Daily Link Fix

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  • Penn Station’s archaic-yet-iconic Amtrak departure board is officially coming down today to make way for a series of updated, smaller information screens. [ABC 7]
  • Mapping the top 10 fast food chains around the country. [Story Maps]
  • A year ago, the feds began databasing high-end real estate buyers making all-cash transactions or hiding behind an LLC in effort to curb money laundering. Will and should the regulation be renewed next month? [Miller Samuel]
  • Ousted “Today” show anchor Billy Bush took a $1.4 million loss on his Chelsea townhouse. [Curbed]
  • Nominate your favorites in architecture for ArchDaily’s 2017 Building of the Year Awards. [ArchDaily]

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Have your apartment photographed by 6sqft!

By Dana Schulz, Fri, January 20, 2017

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Did you spend months decorating your apartment? Is your home historic or quirky? If you live in a unique or just plain beautiful space, 6sqft wants to see it! We’ll send a reporter out to your residence for a photo shoot and short interview and then feature your abode in all its glory for our Mysqft series!

How to submit your home!

Daily Link Fix

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  • The express N train tunnel between the 36th and 59th street stations in Brooklyn will close for a year for repairs starting next spring. [BK Paper]
  • Brooklyn Brewery scrapped plans to relocate to the Navy Yard and will remain in Williamsburg. [NYT]
  • Mapping the CO2 emissions of CitiBike and how they compare to the equivalent vehicle rides. [Inverse]
  • Elizabeth Diller, founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is producing the “Mile Long Opera” to be set on the High Line. [ArchDaily]
  • City Councilman Dan Garodnick wants the NYPD to set up a special unit to provide security around Trump Tower to alleviate confusion. [NYDN]

 

Transportation, Video

This past May the MTA recorded 50,436 subway delays, 697 of which were caused by track fires that could have been ignited by the 40 tons of trash that are removed from the system every day. To curb this ongoing issue, the agency announced in August “Operation Trash Sweep,” an initiative that upped the frequency by which the 622 miles of tracks get cleaned. At the time, the MTA said it would also employ individually-operated Mobile Vacs that workers can use to quickly suck up trash. Yesterday, the agency released a video of the Vacs being tested, which not only shows their incredible force, but gives an overview of how the Operation is shaping up.

Watch the full video here

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Brighton Beach, Features, photography, The urban lens, Top Stories

Chaz Langley, Brighton Beach, Russian culture NYC, NYC photography

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, Chaz Langley explores the people and establishments that breathe life into Brighton Beach. Are you a photographer who’d like to see your work featured on The Urban Lens? Get in touch with us at [email protected].

6sqft recently featured Chaz Langley‘s photo series “A Stroll in Chinatown,” where he captured the neighborhood’s unique cultural establishments and the everyday comings and goings of its residents. He’s now taken the same approach with Brighton Beach, Brooklyn’s beach-front community that’s often referred to as “Little Odessa” for its strong Russian community. Langley, a Nashville native who moved to New York almost a decade ago to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter/actor/model, has taken to sharing his location-specific collections on Instagram, integrating his graphic design background in their presentation. From a fruit stand to boardwalk, his Brighton Beach series certainly paints a picture of the neighborhood.

See all the photos here

Policy, Transportation

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At a board meeting over the summer, the MTA began discussions about increasing subway and bus fare to $3 by 2017 “in an effort to raise more than $300 million annually,” as 6sqft reported at the time. The Daily News has now learned that the agency will officially recommend the four-percent increase at their board meeting next week. Though they’ll be passing on another option that would’ve kept fares at $2.75, the hike will increase the bonuses that come with re-loading one’s MetroCard from 11 to 16 percent, “an extra 96 cents for every $6 purchase.”

Find out more

Daily Link Fix

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  • Bjarke Ingels will be featured in Netflix’s new series, “Abstract: The Art of Design” as one of eight design professionals in different fields. [ArchDaily]
  • You can now forego the long lines at enrollment centers and apply for IDNYC online. [Brokelyn]
  • Restaurateur Keith McNally’s historic West Village townhouse has been on and off the market since 2012, but it’s now back as a $27,500/month rental. [Curbed]
  • Do is a new Greenwich Village shop devoted to raw cookie dough. But fear not FDA, it’s safe thanks to “a pasteurized-egg product and heat-treated flour.” [Grub Street]
  • Ever wonder how public art gets commissioned and installed in NYC? [Untapped]

 

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Events, Features, Top Stories

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A couple weeks ago, a long list of artists, including Cindy Sherman and Richard Serra, started a petition calling for cultural institutions to close on Inauguration Day as “an act of noncompliance” against “Trumpism.” That list has grown to 740 artists and critics, and many galleries, museums, and academic spaces will shut their doors tomorrow according to the J20 Art Strike. But there’s also a long list of museums and cultural institutions across the city that have decided to take an alternate approach and remain open, offering free admission and/or special programming. From a marathon reading of Langston Hughes’s”Let America Be America Again” at the Brooklyn Museum to special gallery tours at the Rubin, these are all the (free!) ways to use the arts as an outlet on Inauguration Day.

See the full list here

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

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When he penned an essay about his neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights in 1959, it was this wood-frame house at 13 Pineapple Street that inspired Truman Capote. “Cheerfully austere, as elegant and other-era as formal calling cards, these houses bespeak an age of able servants and solid fireside ease; of horses in musical harness,” he wrote, referencing the 1830 Federal-era home that was around the corner from his personal house. The Wall Street Journal reports that, for the past 26 years, the residence has been preserved by a couple who were drawn to its grey shingles as a reminder of the old houses in Nantucket they love. But now that their children are grown, they’re looking to downsize and have listed the storied property for $10.5 million.

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City Living, maps

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The Houston Street 1 station is #cronut; the PATH train’s World Trade Center station is #neverforget; and the Cathedral Parkway/110th Street station is #Seinfeld. This is the NYC subway map according to each stop’s most popular Instagram hashtag. CityLab first shared the fun visualization, titled #tagsandthecity, and pointed out that, though the map has categories for sightseeing/monuments, shopping, leisure, culture/museums, and hotel/travel, it’s the food and drink that really takes the cake. From #redrooster and #robertas to #shakeshack and #halalguys, it seems New Yorkers really like to post some food porn.

See the full map

Daily Link Fix

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  • There are 145 statues around the city honoring historical male figures, but only five for women. The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund hopes to change this. [Gothamist]
  • The Department of Finance estimates that NYC’s real estate is now worth $1.16 trillion. [TRD]
  • Did you know there are more than 300,000 historical artifacts in Carnegie Hall’s archives, from Tchaikovsky’s opening-night program to the Beatles’ booking slip. [Atlas Obscura]
  • The State Senate voted to cancel the city’s five-cent plastic bag fee, which was supposed to go into effect next month. [Grub Street]

Images: The Eleanor Roosevelt Monument in Riverside Park via Wally Gobetz/Flickr (L); Carnegie Hall (R)

Gowanus

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The real estate community has been looking closely at Gowanus as of late thanks to rezoning plans that will likely spur high-end development and proposals for a public esplanade. To some, this waterfront vision seems a bit off due to the toxicity of the Canal and its history as a Superfund site, but naysayers may be changing their tune as a new report from the New York State Department of Health tells us that “limited direct contact with the canal’s waters, through boating or fishing” doesn’t increase the risk of cancer and other diseases, according to Gothamist. It’s still not safe to swim in the water, but, believe it or not, men and women of certain ages can even eat some of the Canal’s fish.

Find out more

Daily Link Fix

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  • Seven places to go in NYC to hibernate from Inauguration Day. [Untapped]
  • Donald Trump’s childhood home in Jamaica Estates, Queens is headed to auction tonight, but you can take a virtual tour beforehand. [NYT]
  • A year after Fox and News Corp. ditched their plans to move into 2 World Trade Center, they’ve signed extension and expansion leases at their current midtown homes. [NYP]
  • These Swedish billboards cough at passersby who are smoking. [CNN]
  • The Disco-era interiors of the UN Plaza Hotel’s Ambassador Grill were declared an official city landmark. [DNAinfo]

Images: Trump’s childhood home at 85-15 Wareham Place (L); Ambassador Grill via Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates (R)

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Features, History, Midtown East

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Grand Central Station in the early 1900s

Historic photos of the original Penn Station are almost as common as images of the current site, since its demolition in 1963 is often credited with spearheading the modern preservation movement (and because its grandeur is a startling reminder of how loathed the current station is). Conversely, Grand Central is typically celebrated as a preservation victory. In 1978, the courts ruled in favor of the Landmarks Preservation Commission when Penn Central Railroad sued them to build a huge tower atop the terminal and demolish one of its facades. But believe it or not, the 1913 Beaux-Arts building was not the first Grand Central, and photos of these grand earlier structures are rarely shared.

See them here and get the full history

Policy

Donald Trump, Fred Trump, Policy, Discrimination, Trump

President-elect Donald Trump has previously outlined his $1 trillion infrastructure plan not just as a means to repair and build bridges and roads, but as a real estate platform for private entities to build and subsequently own public works such as schools, hospitals, or energy pipeline expansions through $137 billion in tax credits. So it comes as no surprise that he’s tapped two of his longtime buddies and big-time New York real estate developers to head up the new council that will monitor this spending. The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump asked Richard LeFrak and Vornado’s Steven Roth to manage this council of 15 to 20 builders and engineers, referring to the men as “pros” because “…all their lives, they build. They build under-budget, ahead of schedule.”

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Upstate

Helen Hayes’ former Nyack home asks $719K

By Dana Schulz, Mon, January 16, 2017

Helen Hayes Nyack, Helen Hayes Honeymoon Cottage, 29 Shadyside Avenue, Nyack real estate

Helen Hayes‘ acting career spanned nearly 80 years, earning her the nickname “First Lady of American Theatre” and garnering her distinctions such as being one of only 12 people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony and earning her the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts. When her storied life came to an end in 1993, she was living in Nyack, New York, where she first took up residency when she married playwright and screenwriter Charles MacArthur in 1928. At that time, the couple moved into a home at 29 Shadyside Avenue that Charles’ father had built in 1908. Now dubbed the “Helen Hayes Honeymoon Cottage,” the lovely Arts and Crafts-style home is on the market for $719,000 (h/t CIRCA).

See it all

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  • You may get special privileges when you live above a bar, but you’ll likely have to deal with noise and crowds. [NYT]
  • Divorces in NYC were down eight percent in 2016, tied to an improving economy. [NYP]
  • The Big Apple Circus announced it was shutting down last year, but it’s now putting all of its assets up for auction in the hopes someone will revive the Lincoln Center show. [DNAinfo]
  • The world’s eight richest people have as much wealth as the entire bottom half of the global population. [NYT]
  • The “most compact folding bike” in the world can fit in your carry-on luggage. [Inhabitat]

Big Apple Circus via Lincoln Center (R)

 

City Living, Transportation

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6sqft recently shared analysis that 3,000 ridesharing vehicles could replace the city’s fleet of 13,587 taxis. And while this was more a comment on how carpooling can decrease congestion and emissions, it also points to a changing landscape for yellow cabs. In a piece this weekend, the Times looks at how taxis have fallen out of favor with New Yorkers since apps like Uber and Lyft came onto the scene; these vehicles now number more than 60,000. In 2010, for example, yellow cabs made an average of 463,701 trips, 27 percent more than the 336,737 trips this past November, which also resulted in a drop in fares from $5.17 million to $4.98 million. And just since 2014, the cost of a cab medallion was cut in less than half of its former $1.3 million price tag.

Read more on this trend

affordable housing, Policy

Brooklyn Construction

A year after the city’s 421-a tax exemption program expired, a new version of the affordable housing incentive is officially moving forward. In August, Governor Cuomo released a new version of the plan that which include wage subsidies for construction workers and extended terms for the tax breaks, and after the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) reached an agreement in November to move ahead with this version, the Governor’s office now reports that they’ll be advancing new legislation to move ahead the program that’s now been re-named “Affordable New York.” Cuomo says this will create 2,500 new affordable housing units per year.

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