All posts 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.

Policy, Transportation

Photo courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York and Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey announced Tuesday that they’ve agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding that they would split the local portion of the cost of the long-stalled Gateway Project‘s Hudson River tunnels, the New York Times reports. The agreement on who would pay the $14 billion tab for the project’s first phase is a step ahead in one of the nation’s most ambitious infrastructure plans.

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Cool Listings, Upper East Side

Photo credit: Coldwell Banker Warburg

Built in 1929 by Bing & Bing and designed by prolific architect Emery Roth, this bright one-bedroom co-op at 225 East 73rd Street is as classic as it gets. Part of the Eastgate complex, this Upper East Side home has plenty of pre-war charm in the form of beamed ceilings, original hardwood floors, and gracious proportions, with the cozy surprise of a wood-burning fireplace. It’s now available for $725,000.

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Clinton Hill, Cool Listings

Photos courtesy of Compass.

Among the brick homes and brownstones of Clinton Hill, this federal-style two-family townhouse at 240 Lafayette Avenue is currently configured as a single-family home. Asking $3,300,000, the four-story house has maintained its historic character, with five marble mantels, ornate ceiling medallions, exposed brick, tall ceilings, and full-height townhouse windows. Within the traditional layout are modern upgrades–like central heat and A/C–that make it a lovely and livable home–with the option of creating a rental apartment or suite.

Take the townhouse tour

Cool Listings, Prospect Heights

Photo credit: Russ Ross for The Corcoran Group

This top-floor co-op’s current floor plan can be re-imagined almost as easily as its interiors, giving the two-bedroom home an additional bedroom; the dazzling city views, all-day sunlight and perfect sunsets expected of penthouse living are already here. Asking $1,695,000, the Prospect Heights co-op at 34 Plaza Street East –overlooking Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park–also has a private terrace for beholding those panoramic views.

Take the top-floor tour

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City Living, Events, Features, holidays

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America’s largest 4th of July fireworks show is getting ready to light up the New York sky; Macy’s 46th annual Fourth of July live fireworks extravaganza happens Monday, July 4th at 8 P.M., Plans are being hatched to snag a spot at one of the city’s better viewing locations (or in front of a bigger screen; the show is being broadcast live) to watch the amazing choreography of pyrotechnics throughout the two-hour display. The fireworks are set to sail skyward from five barges stationed on the East River centered around Midtown Manhattan starting at about 9:25 P.M.–and the numbers behind the show are even more impressive this year.

Check the figures behind the fireworks

Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Photo courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens
Near the top of the sleek glass tower at 10 West End Avenue, this 3,383-square-foot condominium residence shares the floor with only one other apartment. The two-unit combination means there are two distinct wings–and two full kitchens–within its sprawling footprint, with a four-bedroom (with room for more) configuration that’s perfect for entertaining while maintaining private living quarters. Glass-wrapped rooms with three exposures mean panoramic views of the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge, and the Empire State Building through floor-to-ceiling windows.

See more of this sprawling glass-clad pad

Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Photo courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

Pre-war apartments with their high ceilings and gracious proportions rarely come in condo form, so this 3,200-square-foot condominium residence in The Olcott at 27 West 72nd Street is something of a find to start with. In addition to three-convertible-to-four bedrooms, the Upper West Side home, asking $9,200,000, has plenty of indoor entertaining space. But the best thing about it might be the sprawling terrace that’s the size of a townhouse garden–all in a full-service building on a Central Park block.

Private outdoor living, this way

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DUMBO, Features, NYC Guides

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Brooklyn’s 25-block Dumbo neighborhood gets its name from where it can be found: Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, which explains not only the neighborhood’s location, but its cultural and residential evolution. The waterfront district’s iconic East River and Manhattan views and its stunning bridge-framed architectural vistas have defined it long before its current acronym and status as a coveted residential choice. Unlike many other Brooklyn neighborhoods, the area it occupies is quite small, but its architecture, infrastructure, and economic status are formidable.

Your guide to Dumbo, this way

Cool Listings, Getting Away, Upstate

Photo credit: Thomas Kates at HomeTourVision

For cottage lovers or anyone who dreams of escaping to a bucolic country life, this circa 1782 stone farmhouse on 49 acres in the Hudson Valley village of Warwick, NY could be a dream come true. Asking $875,000, 297 Bellvale Lakes Road includes a historic 2,887-square-foot farmhouse, a horse barn, a garage and a workshop. The verdant property offers field acreage that abuts Wickham Lake, plus wetlands, marshes, farm fields and creeks.

Explore the farmhouse and 49 acres

Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings

Photo courtesy of The Corcoran Group

The 25-foot-wide six-family townhouse at 118 Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights has the classic good looks that define the neighborhood’s covetable brownstones, complete with restored original interior details dating from 1900. Asking $8,599,000, the 10,200-square-foot property represents an opportunity for both living and earning–or creating a new space altogether. The house currently offers an owner’s triplex and five separate market-rate one-bedroom apartments. Options include creating a single-family mansion or condominiums, or skipping the renovation effort and enjoying the home as-is, with income-producing units and a spacious residence.

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