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.

Bay Ridge, Cool Listings

Photo credit: Russ Ross Photography for The Corcoran Group

This chic single-family townhouse may be in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, but the semi-detached home at 356 94th Street has a decidedly laid-back Cali vibe that’s evident the moment its sky-blue-painted brick facade comes into view. The home’s modern casement windows let the sunshine in and provide a preview of the considered and livable design within. Asking $1,279,000, the home spans three levels and includes a finished basement, a driveway, and a garage.
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Cool Listings, Park Slope

Photo credit: Allyson Lubow Photography and Leonard Lo Russo for The Corcoran Group

This full-floor corner penthouse condo at 133 Sterling Place has the sleek interiors and views you’d expect from a $5,350,000 New York City apartment, with the full-house perks of parking and a huge roof terrace that doubles as an urban backyard. Inside are three bedrooms, two baths, and plenty of closets. It’s the 1,800 square feet of outdoor space that make this Park Slope home extraordinary.

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Features, Morningside Heights, New Developments, NYC Guides, Top Stories

Tom’s Restaurant is a landmark in Morningside Heights thanks to Seinfeld. Photo by  on Flickr

Bookended by Morningside and Riverside Parks on a high plateau in Upper Manhattan, Morningside Heights is tucked between the neighborhoods of Manhattanville to the north and Manhattan Valley to the south. The neighborhood’s street boundaries are Morningside Drive to the east, 125th Street to the north, 110th Street to the south, and Riverside Drive to the west, with Broadway as its main commercial thoroughfare. Morningside Heights is also considered to be part of Harlem–with the Upper West Side just below. To use a bookend analogy is fitting: Morningside Heights is the largest student neighborhood in New York City; it is this distinction that provides the city neighborhood with its college town vibe.

What to do and see, and where to live in Morningside Heights

Cool Listings, Tribeca

Photo credit: Eitan Gamliely for Sotheby’s International Realty

Peerless in form and function, this dazzling condominium residence at 111 Murray Street was designed by world-renowned French architect and designer Thierry Despont. Asking $13,500,000, the Tribeca trophy home, with its open city and water views and magazine-worthy renovation, is the perfect setting for an updated rendition of  “Zou Bisou, Bisou” against the glittering Manhattan skyline.

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Cool Listings, Flatiron

All photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

With 4,100 square feet of living space and five bedrooms, this nine-room co-op at 6 West 20th Street in Manhattan’s Flatiron district could easily be a custom-built family home in the suburbs, if it weren’t in the middle of a vibrant Manhattan neighborhood. Asking $7,950,000, this renovated loft residence designed by West Chin Architects even has the layout of a modern house, with large rooms arranged around a central gallery.

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Cool Listings, East Village

Photo credit: Rachel Kuzma for Sotheby’s International Realty

Now on the market for $2,500,000, this East Village loft at 431 East 6th Street is one of three in a building with a history that’s in keeping with its colorful downtown neighborhood. Available for the first time in 40 years, the apartment, belonging to model and interior designer Maria Von Hartz, represents the latest incarnation of what was once an abandoned synagogue. The building, which is a tenancy-in-common property, was purchased in the 1980s by a group of artists who transformed the abandoned house of worship into beautiful loft homes. Among these artist-owners was celebrated photographer William Wegman of whimsical Weimaraner fame.

Take a look inside

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Art, Design, Events, Features, Furniture

Photo: © 6sqft

NYCxDESIGN: The Festival, New York City’s official celebration of design, returns to the city from May 18 to May 25. This major international design event, now in its 11th year, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to celebrate globally renowned creative accomplishments, discover new ideas, and inspire through design. Anchored by several major industry fairs, including ICFF and WantedDesign, the festival is packed with independent shows, open studios, and exhibitions that inspire audiences and showcase new talent. The annual festival promises to be an opportunity to discover the newest and most exciting contributions in furniture, lighting, textiles, and accessories–many of which you’ll be seeing in magazines, blogs, and showrooms for years to come–and an opportunity to get ideas for your own living space. Read on for a few highlights.

NYCXDesign Festival 2023 highlights, this way

Chelsea, Cool Listings

Photo credit: Brown Harris Stevens
This four-story townhouse at 334 West 20th Street, asking $25,000,000 set a neighborhood record when it changed hands in 2021 for $22,500,000, according to the Wall Street Journal. Chelsea’s priciest townhouse is on track to outdo its previous record if it fetches its current ask. From the cellar gym to the elevator to the sprawling rooftop terrace, AD100 firm Gachot made use of every inch of usable space in a redesign that turned the home into a modern Manhattan mansion while preserving its historic elegance.

Tour this modern Manhattan mansion

Celebrities, Chelsea, Cool Listings

Photo courtesy of Will Ellis/COMPASS

Another of comedian and actor Mike Myers’ fabulous homes is for sale. This 5,600-square-foot penthouse adjacent to the High Line at 505 West 19th Street in West Chelsea, asking $20,000,000, has two terraces and five bedrooms, with designer interiors courtesy of Thomas Juul Hansen, the building’s architect. According to the Wall Street Journal, the “Shrek” star purchased the home for $15.35 million in 2017.

Take the penthouse tour

Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings

Photo credit: Russ Ross Photography

Though this three-bedroom co-op at 167 Clinton Street in the heart of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District might be a standard railroad flat, it’s definitely in the first-class section: The one inconvenience of the room-after-room layout–having to walk through every room to get to the others–has already been remedied with a closet-lined hallway in the bedroom wing. Situated on the suitably grand parlor floor of a mid-1800s townhouse, there’s plenty of space in this charming residence, asking $1,995,000, that spans the length of the main townhouse plus its rear carriage house.

Take the room-by-room tour


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