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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Daily Link Fix

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
  • AM New York has plenty of cute pup pics from Saturday’s Halloween dog parade at Tompkins Square Park.
  • The Post unearths five hidden cemeteries across the city.
  • Happy 110th birthday to the NYC subway system! To mark the event, the MTA has commissioned a vintage low-voltage train to ride on the 2/3 line today from 11am to 3pm. Check out photos of the nostalgia train on Gothamist.
  • Have you always wanted to watch a music video homage to mid-century modern designers like Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen? Well, you’re in luck. “I’m All In Love With Vintage” is just that.
  • The iconic Fillmore East concert hall in the East Village is getting a historic plaque on Wednesday. You can celebrate the unveiling with GVSHP at a free event.

Images: Dog at Halloween parade via Getty Images (L); Vintage NYC subway car via MTA (R)

Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture

One World Trade Center

On Friday, news broke that anchor tenant Condé Nast will begin its big move in to One World Trade Center on November 3rd. And now we’ve learned that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, along with the Durst Organization, is predicting that one quarter, roughly $53 million, of the tower’s annual revenue will be generated from tourism by 2019.

The three-floor observation deck of the tower, known as One World Observatory, is expected to be visited by about 3.5 million people per year. Legends Hospitality LLC, the developer of the observatory, has not yet revealed what it will cost to visit the site, but it’s expected to be on par with the Empire State Building, which received $101 million in 2013 from visits to its observatory (it costs $29 per person), 40% of its annual revenue.

Learn more about this prediction and the state-of-the-art observation deck here

Weekly Highlights

Weekly Highlights: Top Picks from the 6sqft Staff

By Dana Schulz, Sat, October 25, 2014

Ghislaine Vinas Greenwich Street Apartment

Images: Greenwich Street loft via Ghislaine Viñas (L); Woolworth Building detail via Library of Congress (R)

Featured Story

Architecture, Features, History

potter building

Image © NewYorkitecture

Glazed terra cotta (a clay-based ceramic) became a popular architectural material in the United States between the late 1800’s and 1930’s thanks to being sturdy, relatively inexpensive, fireproof, and easily molded into ornamented detail. Plus, it was easy to make it look like granite or limestone, much more expensive materials.

Terra cotta really took off when some of Chicago and New York’s great architects, Cass Gilbert, Louis Sullivan, and Daniel H. Burnham, incorporated the material in to their most famous works such as the Woolworth Building, Bayard-Condict Building, and Flatiron Building, respectively. Additionally, Rafael Guastavino adorned many of the great Beaux-Arts masterpieces with his famous terra cotta tiled vaults.

There are countless buildings in New York City that owe their elegance to glazed terra cotta, and we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites.

Explore terra cotta in NYC

Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture

One WTC, One World Trade Center, One WTC construction update, progress at One WTC

Remember those jitters you’d get leading up to college move-in day? We wonder if Condé Nast is feeling that way in anticipation of its big move into One World Trade Center, now set for November 3rd. The tower’s anchor tenant will not make a big to-do of its move, but the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is planning a celebratory event later in the month following the fall elections. The exact date will be determined based on Governor Cuomo’s and Governor Christie’s availability.

The official open date of the city’s tallest building comes more than nine years after ground was first broken. Though Condé Nast will begin relocating its offices next month, it will not complete the move until January. Other tenants include Morgan Stanley, Legends Hospitality, and BMB Group.

[Via Metropolis]

Real Estate Wire

Brooklyn Lyceum
  • A new type of post-recession real estate fraud is wreaking havoc on Brooklyn neighborhoods like Canarsie, East New York, and Cypress Hills. [Brooklyn Brief]
  • Landmarked Brooklyn Lyceum sells at auction for $7.6 million. [Brownstoner]
  • Appraiser Jonathan Miller looks at what would happen if we eliminated rent regulation. [Bloomberg]
  • Kiefer Sutherland’s former Steven Gambrel-designed Greenwich Village townhouse is back on the market for $20 million. [Curbed]
  • Certain prominent apartment buildings are dominated by pieds-à-terre. [NYT]

Images: Brooklyn Lyceum via Brooklyn Relics (L); Kiefer Sutherland’s former home at 763 Greenwich Street via Urban Compass (R)

Daily Link Fix, Uncategorized

frank gehry
  • Yes, Frank Gehry literally gave today’s architecture the middle finger, saying that 98% of what’s built today is sh*t. Get more details on Dezeen.
  • Your Life on Earth by BBC on Archinect tells you how the world has changed since the day you were born. You’ll find out factoids like how many times your heart has beaten and how many volcanoes have erupted.
  • The Bronx’s only bookstore is saved! Barnes & Noble extended its lease for two years, according to Gothamist.
  • I Quant NY found the house in Brooklyn that is farthest away from the subway.
  • Impress your guests with this levitating, wireless speaker. Called Om/One, the orb is the creation of Oakland-based Om Audio. Check it out on Dwell.
  • Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways? Mental Floss has the answer.

Images: Frank Gehry (L); Om/One via Om Audio (R)

Celebrities, Interiors, Recent Sales, Soho

459 Broadway, Soho, Leonard Stern

Leonard Stern, billionaire businessman and real estate developer and namesake of NYU’s Stern School of Business, has sold his “ultimate Soho penthouse” for $14,650,000 according to city records released today. In April 2014, a year after Stern originally listed the apartment, New York Magazine released a video tour of the 4,315-square-foot, four-bedroom duplex, revealing everything from a zen solarium to a restaurant-caliber kitchen.

Stern bought the penthouse of 459 West Broadway in 2010 for $14,250,000, but the small profit likely won’t affect him too much since his net worth is estimated at $3.8 billion.

Check out the billionaire digs and watch the video tour

Featured Story

Brooklyn, Events, Features, Manhattan, Queens

Event Round Up: The Best Halloween Activities in NYC

By Dana Schulz, Thu, October 23, 2014

Pumpkin Patch, corn maze

It’s official–fall is here. And one of the greatest things about this time of year is the plethora of seasonal activities that comes with it. We’ve rounded up some of the best that New York City has to offer this fall, from corn mazes for kids to funeral reenactments for adults.

Check out our full list

Midtown West, Urban Design

New Madison Square Garden, Woods Bagot

If there’s one thing that all New Yorkers can agree on it’s that Penn Station is pretty awful. And if we’re ever going to get a new home for NJ Transit, Amtrak, and the LIRR, Madison Square Garden will have to move (just don’t tell any die-hard Rangers fans that).

The Alliance for a New Penn Station, a coalition of the Municipal Art Society and the Regional Plan Association, is proposing in a new report (revealed at this morning’s MAS Summit) that the world-famous venue take up residency in the Morgan Post Office and Annex, occupying the block bound by 9th and 10th avenues and 28th and 30th streets. The mail sorting facility site is large enough to accommodate a new state-of-the-art arena and is just a quick walk to Penn Station. The coalition told Capital New York: “Relocating the Garden to this site will provide the city with a new arena and allow for the reconstruction and expansion of Penn Station, each of which can be designed to vastly improve the conditions of the district.”

More on the proposal and renderings of what the new site could look like

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