All articles by Michelle Cohen

Michelle is a New York-based writer and content strategist who has worked extensively with lifestyle brands like Seventeen, Country Living, Harper’s Bazaar and iVillage. In addition to being a copywriter for a digital media agency she writes about culture, New York City neighborhoods, real estate, style, design and technology among other topics. She has lived in a number of major US cities on both coasts and in between and loves all things relating to urbanism and culture.
February 20, 2024

Asking $20M, a university president’s Greenwich Village residence enters a new chapter

This circa 1850 Greek Revival Federal Style townhouse at 21 West 11th Street on a postcard-perfect Greenwich Village block has the distinction of having been the official president's residence at the New School in Manhattan for four decades. As mentioned in a recent New York Times feature highlighting the listing, the elegant home, like many similar university residences, is considered by some to be an incongruous symbol of opulence–and smaller schools throughout the nation are growing more mindful of their bottom line. The home is now on the market for $20,000,000.
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February 16, 2024

Daring details add a spark of personality to a classic $2.35M Village co-op

On a Gold Coast block, this vibrant Village apartment at 2 Fifth Avenue stands out against a classic co-op setting. A thorough renovation by interior designer Sasha Bikoff leaves no corner untouched by creative detail and adventurous design. Asking $2,350,000, the two-bedroom home has a private balcony and unrivaled views down the Avenue.
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February 15, 2024

Gaze at the sun, moon, and stars above from this $5.45M Tribeca penthouse

With a private terrace, fireplaces, open city views, and a front-row seat to the sky above, you could definitely call this sprawling three-bedroom condo at 459 Washington Street a trophy pad. Asking $5,450,000, this downtown Manhattan home boasts plenty of living and entertaining space along with modern design details and amenities exactly where you need them.
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February 13, 2024

This $7M limestone townhouse brings restored Park Slope perfection to historic beauty

The stately limestone townhouse at 615 Third Street embodies the dream of Park Slope living within the landmarked, historic blocks that surround Prospect Park. Asking $6,995,000, the four-story single-family home spans 4,550 square feet, including a triplex anchored by a ground-floor apartment. Built in 1899, this iconic property is filled with meticulously restored historic details that form a backdrop for equally considered top-of-the-line renovations.
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February 9, 2024

Bed-Stuy brownstone living in a compact condo for $725K

On a historic block on the Clinton Hill-Bed-Stuy border, this top-floor home at 190 Lefferts Place offers townhouse living and modern condo convenience. On the highest floor of a beautifully restored four-unit brick-and-stone townhouse, this one-bedroom home, asking $725,000, blends pre-war details with 21st-century additions like central air, a newly-minted kitchen and bathroom, and a washer/dryer.
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February 8, 2024

22 unexpected NYC date ideas for the offbeat romantic

When February arrives, we're reminded that love is, in fact, in the air, filling our inboxes with a never-ending litany of ways to summon Cupid's attention, from expensive restaurant seatings to every bloom and bonbon that will fit in a heart-shaped box. If you're looking for a romantic New York City (or nearby) date idea with a bit more thought behind it, check out our love-infused list.
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February 1, 2024

Look out on the city from high above the Lower East Side in this $3.8M penthouse

Manhattan's Lower East Side is enjoying a true 21st-century glow-up; this three-bedroom penthouse atop 196 Orchard Street embodies the layers of luxury that now define the storied neighborhood. The 1,925-square-foot condo offers an iconic city perch surrounded by 18-foot ceilings and views of downtown Manhattan through bronze-edged casement windows.
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January 29, 2024

This $9.75M East Village duplex has Cape Cod-style charm topped by a rooftop cottage

As one of Manhattan's coveted properties with quaint rooftop cottages and cabins, the duplex condo at 72 East 1st Street isn't merely a quirky curiosity. The two-floor-plus-studio apartment has all of the perks of penthouse living. The thoroughly renovated home, asking $9,750,000, has the feel of an English country manor throughout, while offering modern style and convenience in its details and construction. At its apex, a Cape Cod-style shingled cottage and terrace provide a unique outdoor experience, in a neighborhood that's as urban as it gets.
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January 26, 2024

Enjoy a short commute to the office in this $2.85M Nomad loft

This three-bedroom loft at 130 West 24th Street is perfect for both work and play. In addition to its four bedrooms, the classic Manhattan co-op, asking $2,850,000, comes with an office space across the hall. The top-floor apartment has loft details like high ceilings, wood beams, restored original hardwood flooring, painted brick walls, and tin ceilings; arched windows join metal skylights to keep the space light-filled. There's plenty of space for entertaining in addition to the abundant private workspace.
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January 25, 2024

Modern architectural details make this $2.75M West Village co-op a turnkey urban refuge

This exceptional corner loft at 2 Jane Street is blessed with a combination of form and function rarely found in a city apartment, especially in the covetable West Village neighborhood. The architect-designed co-op, asking $2,750,000, features an open layout that confers privacy, light, and living space as well as a wealth of custom finishes and modern conveniences.
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January 24, 2024

Neighborhood insider: Lyon Porter on Williamsburg’s evolving identity and enduring charm

New York City's most successful real estate agents make it their business to know the city's highlights, hot spots, secrets, and specialties; many are NYC natives or longtime residents whose love for the city's streets and avenues predated their career choice. We've asked top agents to tell us about their favorite neighborhoods and share their insider picks. Read on for a longtime resident's view of Williamsburg: Lyon Porter, Associate Real Estate Broker with Compass, explains how the popular Brooklyn neighborhood has grown and evolved with him.
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January 23, 2024

Beneath 16-foot ceilings, this $4M Tribeca loft condo has unexpected Gothic details

This three-bedroom condo at The Tribeca Lofts at 79 Worth Street, asking $3,995,000, is, at first look, everything we love about authentic loft living, with ceilings of over 16 feet, exposed brick and columns and more than 3,400 square feet of interior space. Beyond the raw industrial feel of most lofts in the neighborhood, this home contains a collection of details that range from modern design to vintage gothic.
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January 19, 2024

For $4.75M, this Williamsburg condo wraps 21st-century living in glass, with a priceless view

If you love the idea of modern Williamsburg living, with every convenience within and neighborhood views–including the landmarked Russian Orthodox Cathedral–as far as the eye can see, this four-bedroom duplex at 201 North 11th Street is worth a visit. Spanning the fifth and sixth floors of a four-unit condominium building, the 2,100-square-foot home has elevator access to each floor and a private rooftop patio above. The $4,750,000 ask also includes four private outdoor spaces and a private garage with an electric car charging station.
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January 17, 2024

This $5M Riverdale home is like a house in the Hamptons without the crowded commute

The shingle-style home at 5031 Grosvenor Avenue in the sought-after Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale was designed in the 1890s style often associated with the architects McKim, Mead & White. Atop a stone bluff overlooking Riverdale and neighboring Fieldston, the five-bedroom house, asking $4,900,000, has family-sized charm, an elevator, a pool, and outdoor living spaces, adding up to the subtle grandeur of homes much further afield, without the hassle of a traffic-filled commute.
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January 16, 2024

$450K Bay Ridge co-op has a beach house vibe in a waterfront neighborhood

Located in the waterfront neighborhood of Bay Ridge, surrounded by parks, Verazzano Bridge views and a convenient ferry landing, this two-bedroom, two-bath co-op at 191 73rd Street is filled with laid-back, beachy details not often found in a city apartment. With plenty of light and space and recently renovated interiors, this 800-square-foot home is asking $450,000.
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January 12, 2024

This $3.5M Harlem townhouse has stylish new interiors, outdoor space, and lots of options

Among the stately brownstones and historic buildings that line this Harlem block, the 19-foot-wide home at 23 East 127th Street holds its own. Within the classic 3,460-square-foot two-family townhouse are sparkling new interiors and luxurious finishes combined with original details. Set up as a triplex over a garden unit, the home, asking $3,475,000, offers coveted outdoor spaces that include a deck and a landscaped back garden.
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January 11, 2024

$3.65M Soho loft has a just-right layout, with two bedrooms, a den, and closets everywhere

Every bit the classic Soho loft, this 2,500-square-foot co-op at 438 Broome Street has none of the raw space drawbacks that often come with industrial charm. The pre-war property, asking $3,650,000, starts with private elevator service and turns the key on a renovated and updated home with 11-foot ceilings and flexible spaces that include two bedrooms, two baths, and a den/lounge room.
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January 10, 2024

This $1.3M Carroll Gardens loft has a warm industrial vibe and condo convenience

Straddling the classic Brooklyn neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens and Gowanus, the Mill Building, a former jute factory at 376 President Street, adds a loft aesthetic to the low-rise brick-and-industrial enclave. Asking $1,299,000, this two-bedroom condominium residence offers vintage industrial details, plenty of windows, and a balcony, along with condo conveniences like on-site parking.
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January 8, 2024

This $3.4M Village co-op feels like a sky garden with a solarium and a terrace

Located on a high floor of the Brevoort East, a classic postwar terraced building at 20 East 9th Street, this two-bedroom co-op offers indoor-outdoor living in the heart of Greenwich Village near Washington Square Park. Asking $3,370,000, this designer-renovated home offers iconic Manhattan views from within. A glass-enclosed solarium and a spacious terrace offer unique spaces for enjoying those views and a big dose of daily sunlight.
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January 4, 2024

For $2.4M, this pretty pre-war co-op embodies classic Manhattan chic and timeless Village charm

Set among the classic apartment buildings and shops of Greenwich Village, this two-bedroom co-op at 50 East 10th Street is the very picture of New York City elegance. Asking $2,425,000, the pre-war pad is spacious enough to offer an office or guest room as well as closet space. With design flair and carefully selected finishes already in place, this downtown home offers both flexibility and functionality.
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January 3, 2024

Storied $150M Hamptons ‘La Dune’ estate heads to auction next week

Once the most expensive listed property in the Hamptons, the compound known as La Dune at 366 and 376 Gin Lane will be sold to the highest bidder at Sotheby's Art and Real Estate Auction, coordinated by Concierge Auctions, with bidding to begin on January 10. The auction is part of Sotheby's "Visions of America" event–and the iconic estate, currently owned by French-Canadian art publisher Louise Blouin, is indeed a vision of American luxury. The seaside property, originally designed by architect Stanford White on over four acres, offers beach access, ocean views, sea breezes, and two impressive residences.
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January 2, 2024

This $5.25M Soho co-op combines loft living with penthouse luxury

Perched atop a classic 1920s Soho building, this six-room co-op at 45 Crosby Street retains the treasured ingredients of loft living, brought into the 21st century with a pristine top-of-the-line renovation helmed by contemporary design practice RAAD Studio. Asking $5,250,000, the turnkey home features direct elevator entry, 13-foot ceilings, large, light-filled rooms, and exposed original brick and beams, highlighted by luxurious fixtures and finishes in innovative modern materials.
Loft luxe, this way
December 21, 2023

A designer’s sophisticated Hell’s Kitchen loft in a former bakery asks $1.27M

This one-bedroom loft co-op at 521 West 47th Street gets loft authenticity from its former bakery exterior. Inside, dark, moody tones evoke a polished cave with a hint of disco sparkle. Ceilings that rise to over 11 feet frame the renovated space, asking $1,275,000. The lush design and color palette come courtesy of the home's current owner, designer Eddie Lee.
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December 19, 2023

Designer gift picks: 10 NYC creatives share what they’re giving (or hoping to get) this holiday season

6sqft once again questioned New York City designers, architects, and artists on which goodies they'd love to give–or, perhaps, receive. Read on for a covetable mix of unexpected items curated by some of the city’s most talented creatives. We hope you'll find some inspiring ideas among them if you happen to find yourself scrambling for one last (perfect) gift.
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