All posts by Jason Carpenter

Jason is a New York writer who has contributed to many design, renovation, and real estate publications including This Old House, Home, and Habitat magazine. He was a founding editor of The Franklin Report, a home design guide in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. He’s also a ghost writer of numerous business and health books, as well as a producer of web documentaries and how-to videos. Jason’s work has appeared in a wide range of publications ranging from Consumer Reports to Maxim to Businessweek. Follow him on Twitter @carpyeditor.

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Architecture, Features, History, Upper East Side

The Carnegie Mansion, now the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Everyone knows Manhattan is all about high-rise condos, tall apartment buildings, and any other kind of building in which people live above other people. But it wasn’t always that way. A hundred years ago, there was still room on this small island for the ultra-rich to build mansions all to themselves, single-family homes with the square footage of a castle. Today many of these buildings, all “Millionaire’s Row” mansions in the Upper East Side, belong to museums and schools, but the question remains: What are the biggest buildings in Manhattan today that were built as single-family homes?

See our list of mansions here

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Features, Interiors, Manhattan

Raines Law Room Interior, nyc speakeasy, 5 prohibition style speakeasies

Speakeasies and retro bars have been the new trend in New York for so long that this style may not be a trend at all. These “speakeasy bars” hearken back to a time somewhere between the Gilded Age and Prohibition, giving their interior designers a chance to play around with this fantastic historical style. The five speakeasies and retro bars below show a true design sense that transports us to the time of outlawed alcohol and tiny flapper dresses.

See our speakeasy gallery here

Architecture, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens

the oldest buildings in nyc

New York has a lot of old buildings. Perhaps surprisingly, many of those buildings are actually houses (yes, like real houses). These remnants of the early Dutch farming days can be spotted throughout the five boroughs, as can churches, apartments and “skyscrapers” from earlier times. We’ve rounded up some of the city’s oldest structures. Test your knowledge and see how many you’re familiar with ahead. And while you’re at it, make plans to visit one of these historic landmarks the next time you’re out and about.

Your blast from the past this way

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Architecture, Bronx, Features, Green Design, Major Developments, Manhattan, Queens

Green City: Eight of the Biggest Eco-Friendly Developments Happening Right Now in NYC

While going green has more or less become the norm in most modern day construction in New York, some projects have really outdone themselves from the ingenuity of design to the sheer scale of size. This is a city where the new police academy will harness the power of re-usable rainwater, and where the Barclays Center‘s arena roof is being covered with 130,000 square feet of new garden space. New York is placing itself at the forefront of green design and green construction, and here are just eight of the biggest green projects happening right now.

The top green developments in the city this way

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Design, Features, Hotels, Interiors

The Most Gorgeous New York City Hotel Interiors

By Jason Carpenter, Fri, May 23, 2014

The reception area at The Hudson in New York.

Design is on display in New York’s luxury hotels, where the interior look and feel is as important as where it’s located. From the lobbies that welcome guests on their first steps into the building to the bars and dining areas later at night, some of a hotel’s best design work lays outside the guests’ rooms. Here are just a few of our favorite hotel interiors.

See more amazing hotel lobbies here

Hotels, Interiors

Get Cozy With These Compact Luxury NYC Hotel Rooms

By Jason Carpenter, Wed, April 23, 2014

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In New York, time is money, and so is square footage. As a result, hotel rooms are some of the most expensive in the country, out of the reach of many. But a number of NYC hotels have begun to pack luxury design into tiny quarters, lowering the cost and making for some beautiful rooms.

At the forefront of this small space sensation? The YOTEL, located right in the heart of NYC, and hip kids’ haven, The Jane.

See more interior photos here

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scaffolding, nyc scaffolding, the story behind scaffolding, the history of scaffolding, nyc construction, new your construction sites, post no bills

Scaffolding in New York City is as much a part of the city’s skyline as the Empire State Building itself—and has been around for much longer. On the surface, scaffolding seems to be a necessary ugly; a kind of urban cocoon from which a beautiful new butterfly building emerges.

But if you are one of those people who cringes every time you see a building wrapped in scaffolding, you better get used to it because it’s only going to get worse. All while the scaffolding companies laugh all the way to the bank.

What’s with all the scaffolding?

Design, Lower East Side

“Plus Pool” Will Let You Safely Swim in the East River

By Jason Carpenter, Fri, April 11, 2014

concept drawing, Plus Pool, Brooklyn design team, concept art, pool design, East River

Last year, a Kickstarter crowd funding project for an ambitious public pool in the East River passed its $250,000 goal. This month, the project entered its first phase by dropping a miniature version of the pool called Float Lab into the river, testing the water quality and concept of the pool. If all goes according to plan, Gothamites will be splashing in this river pool in 2016!

See more renderings of this amazing design here

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