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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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affordable housing, Harlem, housing lotteries

265 West 139th Street, cool listings, celebrities, bob dylan, townhouses, historic homes, harlem, strivers row

Striver’s Row via Wiki Commons

Less than a half block outside the bounds of Central Harlem’s Striver’s Row historic district, five middle-income units are up for grabs for households earning 130 percent of the area median income. Once home to prominent African-American performers, artists, and professionals, the district’s rows of stately brick rowhouses are about as charming as it gets. The building in question is 303 West 137th Street, a new 15-unit rental, which is also just one block from St. Nicholas Park and two blocks from the A, C, and B trains at 135th Street. The units range from $1,850/month studios to $2,695/month two-bedrooms.

Find out if you qualify

City Living

A carriage near Central Park South, amongst traffic, via Flickr cc

In an effort to “reduce the amount of time that horses spend alongside vehicular traffic… thereby promoting the safety and well-being of the horses,” the de Blasio administration announced today that Central Park‘s well-known (and equally notorious) horse-drawn carriages will only be able to pick up and drop off passengers at designated boarding areas within the park. But for many groups, this will not be enough to improve conditions for the horses.

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Features, History

Williamsburg Bridge and Donald Trump via Wiki Commons

In addition to thinking he could own the Empire State Building and build the tallest building in the world, Donald Trump also had a pipedream of single-handedly repairing the Williamsburg Bridge in 1988. Yesterday, Gothamist’s Editorial Director Jen Carlson tweeted a series of stories from the time detailing how the Donald presented the city with a proposition to get the necessary repairs (the then-85-year-old bridge was closed due to cracked and corroded beams) done quicker and cheaper. According to the Associated Press, “Trump said the deal could work the same way as [Central Park’s Wollman Rink] construction in 1986 – he would advance the money, get the job done and be reimbursed for costs.”

So how’d he screw this one up?

Bay Ridge, Cool Listings

Bay Ridge Colonial, Bay Ridge real estate, 150 78th Street

If there was ever a time to invest in Bay Ridge, now is it. The charming suburban neighborhood in the southwest corner of Brooklyn has always been served by the R train, but as of last year, it’s also accessible via the NYC Ferry’s South Brooklyn line. And average sales prices in the area rose 10 percent from 2016 to 2017. Take this charming colonial home at 150 78th Street, for example. It last sold in 2013 for $900,000, and it’s now asking $1.5 million. Not only does the three-bedroom, freestanding house have a real backyard and detached garage, but it’s just two blocks from the beautiful Shore Road Park and Narrows Botanical Garden and the quickly-expanding list of restaurants on Third Avenue.

Have a look around

affordable housing, housing lotteries, Sunnyside

Rendering via AB Capstone

Just a block from the 46thth Street-Bliss Street station on the 7 line, a middle-income housing lottery has opened up at a new mixed-use development at 47-16 Greenpoint Avenue. And with the enormous Sunnyside Yard project in the planning stages, it’s a great time to get into the Queens neighborhood. The units up for grabs are a $2,251/month one-bedroom and two $2,714/month two-bedrooms. The building will have retail on the ground floor, a community facility on the second floor, and a total of 10 rentals on floors three and four. It offers laundry and a roof deck.

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Midtown

FAO SCHWARZ Rockefeller Center, FAO SCHWARZ NYC, FAO SCHWARZ flagship

It’s been more than three years since FAO Schwarz closed its doors after 150 years, ending its run as the nation’s oldest toy store. At the time, owner Toys “R” Us blamed rising rents at Midtown’s General Motors Building, but assured the public they’d be looking for a new location. And since California-based firm ThreeSixty Group Inc. took over ownership in 2016, that day has finally come. According to the Wall Street Journal, FAO Schwarz will open a new 20,000-square-foot location in Rockefeller Center this November. Part of the company’s new strategy is to bring a “sense of theater” to the store, which will include costumed employees, magicians and dancers, and product demonstrators.

Get a look at the new storefront

Cool Listings, Interiors, Lower East Side

HDFC co-op, 208 Forsyth Street, Lower East Side co-op

A prime Lower East Side location for under $1 million, a top-floor duplex layout with lots of windows, and a super-low maintenance fee of $498/month–no, it’s not too good to be true. This charming unit at 208 Forsyth Street is an HDFC co-op, meaning that prospective buyers can’t make more than a certain amount in order to qualify. And with loads of exposed brick and wood ceiling beams, an adorable spiral staircase, and a country-chic kitchen, this $850,000 is even more of a deal.

Check it out and learn the income requirements

affordable housing, Bronx, housing lotteries

Via Wiki Commons

The second housing lottery to open today in the South Bronx’s Longwood section is at Thessalonia Manor, a two-building affordable project adjacent to the Thessalonia Baptist Church. The 120-unit development, from Urban Builders Collaborative and CMC Development, was announced two years ago, and now households earning 60 percent of the area median income can apply for 83 of the units, ranging from $929/month one-bedrooms to $1,289/month three-bedrooms. Like the earlier lottery, the buildings at 960 Prospect Avenue and 961 Reverend James A. Polite Avenue are right near the family-friendly Bill Rainey Park and the 2 and 5 trains at Intervale Avenue. The buildings offer on-site laundry, a community room, courtyard, and roof top terrace.

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affordable housing, Bronx, housing lotteries

915 Dawson Street, Propco Holdings, Longwood Bronx

A recently completed 29-unit rental at 915 Dawson Street in the Longwood section of the South Bronx has opened up an affordable housing lottery for nine middle-income units reserved for households earning 130 percent of the area median income. The 1,404/month one-bedrooms and $1,575/month two-bedrooms not only offer the chance to live in a lovely new building, complete with a recreation room, laundry room, and parking, but the location just off Bill Rainey Park is the perfect enclave for families. The park has a baseball field, football field, and playground, and just a few blocks away are the 2, 5 trains at Intervale Avenue and the 6 at Hunts Point Avenue. Plus, the New York Public Library’s Hunts Point branch is close, as are a myriad of schools, including Longwood Preparatory Academy, Success Academy Middle School, PS 333 The Museum School, PS 39, and PS 130.

See the income breakdown

Cool Listings, Gramercy Park, Historic Homes, Interiors

In 1876, Philadelphia hosted the Centennial International Exhibition, the country’s first official World’s Fair, which brought new technologies and European styles to the forefront. One outcome was a new interest in Aestheticism, especially in New York City. As The Met explains, the “cultural phenomenon” was “the flourishing of an artistic culture and lifestyle” with “an intense interest in collecting and decoration.” And if you want to see a modern-day display of this more-is-more trend, look no further than this opulent co-op at 34 Gramercy Park East. Listed for $2,950,000 (including a coveted key to the Park), the home underwent a recent renovation that looked towards the Aesthetic Movement, restoring period details of the city’s oldest co-op

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