All articles by Hannah Frishberg

December 3, 2020

How NYC brought Christmas tree markets to the U.S.

The convenience of walking to the corner bodega and haggling for a Christmas tree is something most of us take for granted, but this seasonal industry is one that actually predates Christmas’ 1870 establishment as a national holiday and continues to be a one-of-a-kind business model today. In fact, in 1851, a tree stand set up for $1 at the west side's Washington Market became the nation's very first public Christmas tree market, the impetus behind it being a way to save New Yorkers a trip out of town to chop down their own trees. Ahead, find out the full history of this now-national trend and how it's evolved over the years.
The roots of the Christmas tree industry
October 5, 2018

7 train service suspension planned on Comic-Con weekend and other subway woes

Among other bad news – including the fact that the L train will hardly be running on weekends for the rest of October – the fact that the 7 train service will be suspended between Queensboro Plaza and Hudson Yards, making Comic-Con much more difficult to access than it would usually be, stands out as beyond poor planning. But the MTA on Friday did map out multiple transit alternatives to make your 7-less trip not so bad, including overnight shuttle service at 42nd Street, shuttle buses running every five minutes, and special (and discounted) Long Island Rail Road service that will get customers between Manhattan and Citi Field. Here's the lot of it...
Expect 12-minute minimum delays across the 2 line
September 28, 2018

163rd Street C station reopens, no 5 train service, and more weekend subway service updates

Yesterday, the 163rd Street-Amsterdam Avenue C station reopened for service in both directions after being closed since March for extensive renovations. In addition to structural improvements, cosmetic additions were added in the form of four new glass mosaic murals by area artists. That's the good news – the bad news is there's no 5 train service this weekend and the D and F trains are once again masquerading as one another for a large number of stops.
Here are all the planned service changes for this weekend
September 21, 2018

Entire 2 and M train lines to run with 12- and 20-minute planned delays

Straphangers can expect planned delays on the entire 2 and M lines this weekend, which will respectively be running with 12-minute and 20-minute delays (incredibly exact estimates for an agency rarely known for predictable service). Otherwise, this weekend has a relatively non-crippling array of planned service changes.
Here's the full line-up
September 14, 2018

See the Meatpacking District’s 20-year metamorphosis from desolate to under-construction

6sqft’s series The Urban Lens invites photographers to share work exploring a theme or a place within New York City. In this installment, Brian Rose shares his past and present Meatpacking streetscapes. Are you a photographer who’d like to see your work featured on The Urban Lens? Get in touch with us at [email protected]. A native of Virginia's Colonial Williamsburg, photographer Brian Rose moved to New York City in 1977 and captured some of the most fleeting, bankrupted moments of the Meatpacking District in one January of 1985. In 2013, he returned to the neighborhood – impossibly changed – and once again photographed it. He then presented both sets of photos in his 2014 book "Metamorphosis: Meatpacking District 1985 + 2013." Read on for an interview with Rose on old-school NYC, 9/11, and the city's unknowable future.
See the before-and-afters
September 14, 2018

Cortlandt Street Station reopens 17 years later, rest of subway still a mess

Almost two decades later, the WTC Cortlandt 1 station has reopened, and boy does it look spiffy. Maybe not two decades worth of no service spiffy, but certainly it's in better shape than most other subway stations. Meanwhile, weekend G service is once again modified, all M trains are running with (at least) a 20-minute delay between trains, and D, F, and A trains are masquerading as one another.
Now, for the full roster of bad news:
September 7, 2018

Manhattan-bound 238th Street 1 train platform will close through winter 2019

Looking for a study in why passive sentence structure is a poor way to communicate, especially in the context of public transit service announcements? English teachers take note: the MTA's Weekender is a bonafide study in this. Below, a translation of the poorly written, redundant and unclear information available for this weekend's subway service changes. And to boot, beginning at a time this weekend the MTA can't, apparently, be bothered to make publicly available online, the Manhattan-bound 1 platform at 238th Street will temporarily close through winter 2019 – South Ferry-bound trains will skip 238 Street during this time.
Buy the ticket, take the ride
August 31, 2018

The private terrace at this $850,000 Kips Bay duplex is dinner party-ready

Here's a top-floor, one-bedroom duplex condop at 61 Lexington Avenue in Kips Bay that's nicely updated, bright, and pretty sizable for the price--and if you like the simplistic stlye, it's available fully furnished. But the best part is the 300-square-foot private terrace off the master bedroom on the second floor. It boasts sweeping city views, surround sound, an outdoor TV, grill, storage shed, and built-in seating for 10 with cushion storage .
Take a look
August 31, 2018

Your Labor Day weekend subway guide: J’Ouvert diversions and station reopenings

This Labor Day weekend, there will be the usual slew of service changes in addition to some special ones just for the holiday. The 2 train will be skipping Church Avenue in the wee hours of Monday during the J'Ouvert Festival – an odd rerouting, seemingly in the name of obstruction, likely to limit attendance to the celebration, which has attracted controversy following past years' violence. The Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum stop will be passed during the West Indian Day Parade. In good news, southbound service at the Cathedral Parkway-110th Street B and C stop – which has been closed for four months for structural repairs – will resume at noon on Sunday and northbound service at 5am on Tuesday. As well, regular A and Rockaway Park Shuttle service will resume on Tuesday following a disruptive summer of flood protection work. Plus, the LaGuardia Link Q70 bus will operate free of charge all weekend.
Here's what else is in store
August 30, 2018

At this five-acre Hamptons getaway, a grass roof and infinity pool camouflage with the landscape

This five-acre waterfront family getaway on the Hamptons' Peconic Bay was designed by Manhattan-based firm Mapos with the intention of being sustainable and timeless (h/t Dezeen). The site's existing tree arrangement was maintained at the request of the family, who were particularly taken by an old Sycamore. So as to not disturb the existing fauna on the property, it was also decided that only unfinished materials would be used in the home, including steel and concrete – painted sheetrock was strictly out – and allowed to naturally patina.
See the whole property
August 24, 2018

M train’s taking a break from the rails this weekend and 167th Street B, D station set to close

The M train is not running this weekend, a fact the MTA buries in the second sentence of a note about station improvements along the J line. As well, beginning the Monday, the 167th Street B and D station will be joining the slew of other "temporarily closed" stations until January 2019. Strangely, the MTA does not list any service changes for the L train, despite an extended closure of weekend service between Brooklyn and Manhattan.
August 20, 2018

$3.4M West Village triplex has three outdoor spaces and a glass atrium

In the converted brick West Village loft building formerly home to the Pickwick Paper Company, and now to 22 condos, this apartment at 35 Bethune Street offers an amenity-rich triplex with original details. The modern three-bedroom apartment is defined by a 24-foot, tiered glass atrium in its center and has more than 2,100 square feet of space. It's currently asking $3.4 million.
Check it out
August 17, 2018

No G trains this weekend and other bad subway news

This weekend, the L continues its mini shutdown and is not running between Brooklyn and Manhattan, A and S service remains confusing and limited in the Rockaways, and the G train is taking a summer vacation and going on hiatus, leaving a free shuttle bus and the F to pick up the slack. And beginning this weekend, 5 trains will stop running in a hunk of the Bronx through September.
Read it and weep
August 14, 2018

Where to experience Bangladeshi culture in NYC, from the East Village to Ozone Park

It's hard to miss the two floors of flashing, chili pepper light-adorned Indian restaurants on First Avenue and Sixth Street in the East Village. The origin of these two stacked eateries, though, is much more frequently overlooked, as is the fact that the neighborhood's adjacent "Little India" is really more "Little Bengal." New York's main Bangladeshi community is often cited as being in Jackson Heights, which boasts a large South Asian population and a great representation of its diverse culture, including the beloved Patel Brothers grocery store. Less well known is that East New York also has a large Bangladeshi community, and in the 1990s, the East Village's "Curry Row" worked to identify itself as Indian, a culture more Americans at the time were familiar with. Ahead, we look at the whole history and break down the best places to experience Bangladeshi culture in NYC.
August 10, 2018

174-175 Street B, D station to close through December

On the heels of the news that the L train will not run between Brooklyn and Manhattan for 15 weekends, yet another subway station is also temporarily closing. This time, it's the 174-175 Street B, D station, which will be modernized as part of an $88 million contract to repair a total of three stations in Harlem and the Bronx in dire need of renovations. It will close through December beginning Monday.
Here are all the service changes to anticipate this weekend
August 3, 2018

E and F trains masquerading as one another and more weekend subway changes

Despite continued work in the Rockaways, E and F train riders share the pity prize for most debilitating service changes this weekend. The E will be masquerading as both the F and R, in parts, and skipping a huge portion of its usual stops, including express stations, while the F will be masquerading as the E (naturally) as well as the A, in parts. This weekend's work also holds particularly unpleasant change-ups for N and R straphangers.
July 23, 2018

East Hamptons’ mortality-fighting Bioscleave House could be yours for $2.5M

In East Hampton, the mortality-fighting Bioscleave House (aka the Life-Span Extending Villa) has returned to the market for the second time in its existence and is asking $2,495,000. Combination experimental art installation and dwelling, the 52-colored Cubist four-bedroom was commission by Italian art collector Angela Gallman from the late design duo Arakawa and Madeline Gins for $1.25 million in 2007, according to Curbed. As 6sqft previously explained, "the duo’s design philosophy is to combat mortality by creating architecture that makes people use their bodies in unexpected ways, challenging them to maintain equilibrium, in turn stimulating their immune systems."
It offers alleged eternal youth
July 20, 2018

23rd Street and 145th Street subway stations to close for months beginning Monday morning

Monday will be a dark day for straphangers: At 5am, the 145th Street 3 station will close through November, the 23rd Street F, M station will close through December, and the Jamaica Center-bound 104th Street J, Z platform will close through January. This compounds the usual slew of service changes and the fact that the M is simply not running this weekend, and the E and F are having a masquerade as one another. In good news, by the MTA's estimates the Avenue U, Avenue P, Avenue N, Bay Parkway and Avenue I Manhattan-bound platforms should be reopening this month.
Compared to the above, the other changes are more palatable
July 13, 2018

28th Street 4, 6 station to close through December, and more weekend subway madness

Next week will start with the closure of yet another station for "enhancements." This time, the 28th Street 4, 6 station will be the one to close, through December, while it is "enhanced". Additional bad news this week is that even alternate shuttle buses now have service changes, apparently, with crane operations requiring eastbound 4 shuttle buses to reroute and run via Riverdale Avenue instead of from Livonia Avenue to Thomas S. Boyland Avenue. Also, for those who missed the initial news: the A isn't running to Far Rockaway-Mott Av, and the Rockaway Park Shuttle isn't servicing Broad Channel through September.
The full slate of service changes this way
July 6, 2018

57th Street F station to close through December and other weekend subway changes

Beachgoers, beware: there aren't any A trains running to Far Rockaway-Mott Av, nor Rockaway Park Shuttle service at Broad Channel, through the end of the summer. Some seriously poor timing on the MTA's part, but the agency has never been known for greatness or awareness. As well, a slew of stations remain closed in Manhattan on the A, C and B lines and new this weekend, an elevator is being installed at the 62nd Street/New Utrecht Av D, N station, causing the closure of its transfer passageway through August. Beginning 5am Monday, the 57th Street F station will also close, through December.
There are of course plenty of temporary service changes as well