All posts by Emily Nonko

Emily is a Brooklyn-based writer who has covered New York City real estate, architecture and design for Brownstoner, The Wall Street Journal, Dwell and other publications. You can follow her on Twitter @EmilyNonko.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Park Slope

572 1st street, park slope, brownstone, park slope brownstone, compass

This five-story Brooklyn brownstone–packed with pre-war details–is less than 25 yards from the borough’s beloved Prospect Park. Located at 572 1st Street in Park Slope, it’s currently configured as an owner’s triplex with a rental duplex on the top two floors. And it’s huge: the building measures 22 feet wide and 52 feet deep, with 18 feet extensions on two levels. Details include everything from tiled fireplaces to stained glass to enormous mirrors to ornate woodwork. It’s just been listed for the substantial sum of $5.995 million.

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Transportation

MTA will spend $4 billion to buy 1,600+ new subway cars

By Emily Nonko, Mon, January 22, 2018

NYC subway, MTA, open gangway subway cars, R211 subway car

R211 subway car prototype © 6sqft

Following a very rough year for the city’s subway system, the MTA announced it’ll spend close to $4 billion to buy over a thousand new train cars to modernize the aging fleet. The New York Times calls it “a major investment meant to help remedy the delays and breakdowns that plague the system.” The MTA has set up a three-phase contract with the Japanese company Kawasaki in which the first new cars should be delivered July 2020. Known as the R211, the cars will have brighter lighting, 58-inch-wide doors, rather than the current 50 inches, and eight digital screens displaying information and advertisements. An initial batch of 20 trains will feature the open-gangway cars, pictured above and on display to New Yorkers late last year.

The cars will also perform

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper East Side

150 east 61st street, lenox hill, co-op, corcoran

Summer feels far away… but this apartment’s lovely patio will at least bring back memories of New York’s warmer months. The very private, enclosed outdoor space is a part of this one-bedroom at the Lenox Hill cooperative 150 East 61st Street. After selling in 2010 for $400,000 it’s back on the market asking $599,000. The ground-floor abode boasts some unique design quirks like colorful wallpaper and decor, but a new buyer will have an opportunity to make the interior–as well as that awesome patio–their own.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Tudor City

45 tudor city place, tudor city, studio, compass

Tudor City, the Turtle Bay apartment complex built in the 1920s, is known for its tiny, affordably priced apartments. This one comes from 45 Tudor City Place, which holds a whopping 403 units over 25 stories. Despite the small space, there are charming interior details, like dark hardwood flooring and beamed ceilings, and the owner has added some extra touches to maximize space. It’s now on the market asking $329,000 after selling in 2006 for $280,000.

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Cool Listings, Greenwich Village, Interiors

2 east 12th street, greenwich village, nest seekers, short term rental

For a short-term rental option, this one-bedroom apartment with some Parisian style in Greenwich Village is up for rent. What’s so French-feeling about the space? 12-foot ceilings, beautiful crown moldings, large arched framed windows and some classy decor and art. The $5,000/month pad is available for between one and six months, according to the listing. It’s on the second floor of the walk-up building at 2 East 12th Street, just east of Fifth Avenue.

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Cool Listings, Gramercy Park, Interiors

105 east 16th street, co-op, loft, brown harris stevens

The interior of this full-floor Gramercy loft is popping with color, made all the more brilliant by the light streaming through the apartment’s 17 windows. It takes up an entire floor of the cooperative at 105 East 16th Street, spanning 4,100 square feet. The private elevator entrance opens up to an expansive living and dining area, while the flexible floor plan holds three bedrooms but could accomidate four.

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Cool Listings, Gramercy Park, Interiors

112 east 19th street, gramercy, co-op, brown harris stevens, set designer

For a modern apartment with plenty of customized elements, look no further than this cooperative at 112 East 19th Street in Gramercy. The interior is the incredible handiwork of an Emmy Award-winning set designer, who also happens to be one of the building’s original co-op shareholders. As the listing says, “this sprawling and serene space has been planned, built and maintained with a meticulous eye for detail and utter devotion to aesthetics.” The owner was influenced by the Arts and Crafts aesthetic, alongside traditional Japanese interior design. The apartment, lined with 12 extra-tall windows, achieves an indoor-outdoor vibe reminiscent of a Pacific getaway. It has been on and off the market since 2016, asking a high of $3.2 million. Now the ask is down to $3.1 million.

There’s custom panels, screens and lighting

Cool Listings, East Village, Interiors

634 east 14th street, co-op, east village, real direct, east village studio

Studio living in this East Village apartment comes with some perks. It’s been fully renovated and boasts bonus storage, like a walk-in closet and reserved space in the building’s basement. This cooperative at 634 East 14th Street also offers a bike garage and private garden for residents. The cute pad, finished with exposed brick, crown moldings and maple hardwood floors, is now listed for $499,000 after being taken off the market last year with an ask of $525,000.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper West Side 

pamela hogan, Jeffrey L. Kimball, 44 west 76th street, upper west side, co-op, central park west, douglas elliman

This four-bedroom co-op, inside the Central Park West brownstone at 44 West 76th Street, is owned by the documentary filmmaker and journalist Pamela Hogan and her cinematographer husband Jeffrey L. Kimball. Hogan’s behind the independent film Looks like Laury Sounds like Laury and was the co-creator of the PBS series Women, War & Peace. She and her husband snatched up the penthouse property in 1996 for $1.2 million, and they’ve just listed it for $4.375 million. The impressive space–which occupies the upper floors of an 1880s brownstone–boasts walls of windows and incredible light. It’s a seamless blend between the historic townhouse and a bright, lofty aesthetic.

It’s a triplex with a private terrace

Featured Story

Battery Park City, Features, History

Image courtesy of NYPL

New Yorkers today know Castle Clinton, in Battery Park, as a national monument and departure point to visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. But the circular sandstone fort dates all the way back to 1811–and has served as everything from an immigration station, exhibition hall, theater, and public aquarium since. One forgotten fact of the historic structure is that it’s considered the site of America’s first beer garden, which opened as Castle Garden on July 3rd, 1824. The illustration above shows the beer garden–which also had a grand theater–featured in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine in the 1800s. The open-air space, which eventually got a roof, was considered one of the premier attractions in Manhattan.

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