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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Coney Island, holidays

Mermaid Avenue, Coney Island holiday lights

Photo courtesy of the Alliance for Coney Island

For the first time in more than 20 years, Coney Island’s Mermaid Avenue, its main retail corridor, will light up for the holidays. Alexandra Silversmith, the Alliance for Coney Island‘s executive director, told us that the snowflake-themed display “invites shoppers to visit Mermaid Avenue and support our local merchants while simultaneously welcoming residents home.”

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Cool Listings

Chelsea co-op, Homepolish designs, 221 West 21st Street

Perhaps the Homepolish-designed interiors were not enough to entice buyers, as the price of this Chelsea co-op at 221 West 21st Street has dropped to $599,000 since it was first listed for $665,000 in August. Last year, we featured the unit below, which was then owned by BuzzFeed coder & investment banker Will Nathan, who became a partner in the interior design startup after they redid his place. Looks like word spread around the building, because the interiors at this unit are just as chic and charming, with colorful accents popping against exposed brick walls and bold statement pieces. Like the look? These furnishings are available for purchase, too.

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Events, Giveaways

6sqft and our friends at Untapped Cities recently announced a new joint event series where we’ll offer behind-the-scenes tours of some of the city’s top architectural and design firms’ studios. First up is COOKFOX, who will open up their Midtown office space this coming Monday evening. Guests will be treated to a tour of the space’s biophilic tools, wellness technology, and functional outdoor spaces, as well as a discussion with the firm about some of their most notable projects past and present. Interested in attended? Enter our raffle for a chance to win a pair of tickets!

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City Living

An Ikea store on Tottenham Court Road in central London, via Ikea

Amazon, Target, and Trader Joe’s have all cemented their Manhattan presence in recent years, and it looks like Ikea does not want to be left out of the action. In a Wall Street Journal story today that discusses the Swedish furniture company’s larger restructuring plans (which includes slashing 7,500 jobs in an attempt to focus on delivery and digital efforts), it was revealed that Ikea will open 30 new stores in city centers over the next two years. There is currently a store in central London, and the next foray into major urban hubs will be its largest yet, a 5,000-square-foot space in Paris. After that, they’ll open a city-center store in NYC, which we assume will be somewhere between FiDi and the 80s.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, yorkville

Unless we’re talking about a “sleeping loft,” it’s not that easy to find a true one-bedroom on the Upper East Side for under $1 million, but this charmer at 335 East 90th Street offers that and so much more. The completely renovated duplex not only has a large open living/dining area on the upper level, but below, it boasts a bedroom, bonus room, and 660-square-foot landscaped backyard. Pre-war touches such as exposed brick and a wood-burning fireplace remain but are complemented by modern built-in storage, a sleek kitchen, and contemporary spiral staircase.

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Events, Features

It’s pretty simple to get a look at renderings and photos of NYC’s latest architecture projects, and oftentimes just as easy to get inside the buildings. But what about the firms behind the buildings? To offer a fresh take on the architectural landscape of New York, 6sqft has teamed up with Untapped Cities to offer a brand new behind-the-scenes tour series of some of the city’s top architectural and design firms’ studios.

Our first event will take place next Monday, December 3rd, at the Midtown offices of COOKFOX. Not only will you have the chance to explore the space, which has been outfitted with biophilic tools, wellness technology, and functional outdoor spaces, but you’ll hear from Jared Gilbert, COOKFOX‘s Director of Communications, about designing the studio and how some of the firm’s biggest projects (the proposed St. John’s Terminal addition where Google is rumored to be headed, a mixed-use tower at the Domino Sugar site that will be Williamsburg’s tallest, and the Bank of America Tower, NYC’s first LEED Platinum skyscraper) have come to fruition.

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City Living

Of all Grand Central‘s amazing architectural feats and quirky secrets, nothing is more iconic than its famously backward celestial ceiling. So when Sunset Park-based Five Boroughs Brewing Co. started thinking about their next brew, they decided to pay homage to this work of art. “We may be biased, but to us, New York City is the Center of the Universe,” Five Boroughs told 6sqft. “This beer pays homage to the beautiful ceiling at Grand Central Terminal and this amazing city we are lucky to call home.”

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Bronx, Cool Listings, Interiors

The hipster-taxidermy theme may be a bit strange, but that aside, everything about this Bronx co-op at 860 Grand Concourse is perfect–especially the $450,000 price tag. As the listing says, the spacious, two-bedroom spread is “contemporary, classic and sophisticated,” with an infusion of colorful, quirky decor. And if moving to our northernmost borough seems like a hike, think again. With a location in the Grand Concourse Historic District just three blocks from Yankee Stadium, that means the building is equally close to the 4, B, and D trains, as well as right next to the shops at Concourse Village. Read more

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper West Side 

This Upper West Side co-op at 224 Riverside Drive would be a great deal on its own, with a spacious one-bedroom layout, totally renovated kitchen, and oversized windows that let in lots of sun and incredible Hudson River views. But add in these subtle steampunk touches–moody grey walls paired with whitewashed brick, vintage-style furnishings like a leather Chesterfield sofa and industrial lighting, and an all-black bathroom–and that $900,000 price tag seems like even more of a steal.

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Cool Listings, Greenwich Village, Interiors

Library or apartment? The lines are blurred at this amazing duplex co-op at 40 Fifth Avenue that just hit the market for $4,995,000. The entire maisonette spread is full of pre-war details mixed with modern amenities, but it’s the dramatic double-height living room that steals the show. The first level has creative built-ins that extend to the furniture, and the second floor is a wrap-around atrium balcony lined completely with bookshelves and window seats overlooking Fifth Avenue and 11th Street.

It doesn’t stop there for bibliophiles

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