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.

Cool Listings, Upstate

15 Kings Dock Road, cool listings, upstate,

Images courtesy of Douglas Elliman.

This modernist upstate riverfront home in the hamlet of Garrison, NY, asking $7.9 million, comes with a deep water dock on the Hudson, a guest house and a “play house” that looks like a Greek temple (h/t Curbed). The nine-acre estate is located just over an hour away from New York City. The 3,777-square-foot main house is a boxy, modernist dwelling painted dark green, with windows in every direction.

Check out those amazing river views

Cool Listings, Hamptons, Historic Homes, More Top Stories

20 harbor road, cool listings, north shore, stanford white

Image courtesy of Icon Properties

This estate in quaint St. James, NY–located in Suffolk County on the north shore of Long Island overlooking Stony Brook Harbor–is indeed, as the listing describes it, a piece of architectural history. Built in 1895 by famed and scandalous architect Stanford White of McKim, Mead and White (the firm who penned such icons as the Washington Square Arch and the former Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan), the rambling New England-style 16-bedroom estate spans 8,000 square feet and sits on 3.75 acres. Though it calls to mind a time long past, the home’s historic charm is more literal than most; it will likely take substantial effort beyond its $1.5 million ask to make it the 21st-century residence it undoubtedly could be.

Tour the many rooms of this Long Island mansion

Featured Story

Events, Features, holidays, Top Stories

14 un-boring ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in NYC

By Michelle Cohen, Tue, January 28, 2020

Image via Pixabay.

There are more ways to say “Be my Valentine” than we can count, and purveyors of all things romantic will be out in full force trying to win hearts this February 14. If February’s second week has you scrambling for a worthy celebration, it might be the perfect time to try something a little bit different. Below, we’ve rounded up 14 unexpected Valentine-inspired events–from whiskey and chocolate to bugs and sewage.

Details, this way

Brooklyn Heights, Celebrities, More Top Stories, Recent Sales

michelle williams, brooklyn heights, celebrities, recent sales,

Map data © 2020 Google

Actress Michelle Williams and her fiancé, theater and film director Tommy Kail (he directed the Broadway hit “Hamilton”), have just purchased a townhouse in historic Brooklyn Heights, the Wall Street Journal reports. The $10.8 million the pair reportedly paid for the 3,000-square-foot house, built in the 1820s, makes it one of the neighborhood’s most expensive sales.

Find out more

Cool Listings, Getting Away

50 crows nest road, cool listings, westchester, bronxville, mansions, gothic revival

Photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence.

With a 10,442-square-foot interior, 50 Crows Nest Road–known more casually as Crows Nest–in the Westchester County village of Bronxville, NY seems worth its $3.5 million ask (recently reduced from $4.4 million) on that information alone. This 1849 Gothic Revival manor house was built of local stone and sits on 1.3 acres of hilltop land–with the Manhattan skyline visible in the distance. It’s a suburban mansion rich with well-preserved dramatic flourishes, with modern infrastructure and design added to make it a 21st-century family home.

Tour this impressive stone mansion

Cool Listings, East Village

300 East 4th Street, east village, cool listings, co-ops

Photo credit: Melanie Greene courtesy of Compass.

This cozy East Village pad at 300 East 4th Street has the modern chic vibe that gives apartments in this neighborhood such charm. The building also has the architectural distinction of being in a former rectory that was converted to co-ops, giving each unit within a unique footprint. Asking $775,000, the one-bedroom home near picturesque and lively Avenue C gets 13-foot ceilings and a loft for storage or sleeping.

Get a closer look

Cool Listings, Greenwich Village

136 West 13th Street, greenwich village, cool listings, co-ops, townhouses

Photo credit: Matt Vacca for Douglas Kampsen, Compass

It’s easy to forget that this gorgeous duplex at 136 West 13th Street isn’t an entire townhouse. Located on the kind of Village block that inspires envy in even the most jaded passerby, it has all of the best bits within its two gracious floors. With historic charm in full effect and a stylish, sophisticated renovation adding custom design, the two-story, one-bedroom co-op is asking $2.75 million.

Take the tour

Cool Listings, Lower East Side

85 Stanton Street, cool listings, co-ops, lower east side

Image credit: RISE Media courtesy of The Corcoran Group.

It’s a challenge to find a nice apartment of any size for under $1 million–save perhaps a studio–in prime downtown neighborhoods like the Lower East Side. This two-bedroom co-op at 85 Stanton Street is a classic tenement walk-up with a small second bedroom; but in addition to location, it has a sparkling renovation on its side plus lots of brick and pre-war charm, and it’s only asking $875,000.

Have a look around

Midtown West, real estate trends

Apple may be a new tenant at 11 Penn Plaza

By Michelle Cohen, Wed, January 22, 2020

11 Penn Plaza, apple, vornado

Streetview of 11 Penn Plaza, Map data © 2020 Google

Apple is in negotiations to lease 200,000 square feet of space at 11 Penn Plaza, The New York Post reports. Sources told the Post that the tech giant is interested in the 1.15-million-square-foot building that stretches along Seventh Avenue between West 31st and 32nd streets across from Madison Square Garden after losing out to Facebook on a spot in the Farley Building. The building is owned by Vornado, who is looking for tenants to lease the fourth through 14th floors as a sublease from Macy’s.

Find out more

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Nolita

38 Prince Street, soho, townhouses, mansions

Photo credit: Elizabeth Dooley for The Trentham Team, courtesy of Compass.

This rare historic mansion right in the middle of Nolita on the Soho border at 38 Prince Street is on the rental market for a princely $65,000 per month. The historic Federal-style Manhattan townhouse, built in 1826, is unique in many ways. It was once the Saint Patrick’s Convent dating back to 1826. The building has seen a thorough overhaul with no expense spared, and it’s now a five-story, 9,600-square-foot mansion with an elevator and top-quality finishes throughout, anchored by a dramatic spiral staircase at its midst. Also here: A Pilates room, a “zen pillow room,” a music room–and more!

Explore the many rooms of this Soho mansion

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