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.
September 7, 2023

For $4M, this Gramercy condo gives you the living space of a duplex with a private backyard

It's hard to find a Manhattan apartment that embodies city living and still has outdoor space for gardening. This three-bedroom-plus-guest-suite condo at 355 East 19th Street is the rare exception. Asking $4,000,000, this 2,663-square-foot Gramercy duplex offers three bedrooms, two full baths, and a fabulous bi-level 1,521-square-foot outdoor oasis.
Gramercy on two levels, this way
September 6, 2023

For $2M, this Cobble Hill brownstone duplex includes a perfect private garden

If you've always envied the magical back gardens of brownstone Brooklyn neighborhoods like Cobble Hill, here's a chance to enjoy your own–without having to buy a brownstone. This two-bedroom co-op at 193 Clinton Street, asking $2,000,000, spans the lower levels of a pretty townhouse. In addition to the outdoor oasis, there's bonus space on the lower level–and a laundry room.
home and garden, this way
September 5, 2023

$1.85M Dumbo loft condo has city and harbor views, plus plenty of room to live and work

If you've ever admired the views from the original loft-conversion condos in Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood, here's your chance to gaze out on the city and New York Harbor daily. This one-bedroom-plus-office home at 70 Washington Street, listed for $1,850,000, also has two full baths, expansive living and entertaining space, and plenty of closets. The building's amenities are just right, too.
Dumbo condo tour, this way
August 25, 2023

Cozy up by the fireplace in this $559K Upper West Side brownstone studio

On a leafy and historic block at 134 West 88th Street in the heart of the Upper West Side, this maisonette-style studio co-op is the compact version of brownstone living. Elegant burnished wood paneling frames the tidy space, anchored by a wood-burning fireplace. Turn-of-the-century details also include ceilings well over 11 feet high. The ask for this compact co-op? $559,000.
more pretty pre-war details, this way
August 23, 2023

For $14M, this full-floor Upper East Side condo feels like a designer show house, wine room and gallery included

Situated a prime Park Avenue location, in the Parkside condominium building at 525 Park Avenue, this sprawling 4,000-square-foot home occupies an entire floor, with a layout that feels like a townhouse in the sky. Designed by noted decorator David Kleinberg, each room of the pre-war condo, asking $13,995,000, is a showcase of elegant texture, color and pattern. An extra-large gallery is perfect for a sizable art collection; a wet bar and a wine room await grand-scale entertaining. A high floor location means iconic unobstructed views in every direction.
Upper east side design, this way
August 21, 2023

Listed for $7M, this Bronx mansion could be the borough’s most expensive sale ever

Located in the historic Fieldston section of Riverdale in the Bronx, this 10,000-square-foot neo-Georgian home at 5020 Grosvenor Avenue was built to resemble the grand estates of the 1920s, with a formal driveway and an elegant motor court highlighted by a colonnaded portico. The home is one of 15 contemporary mansions in a private community known as Villanova Heights, with homes designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the firm behind high-profile Manhattan residences like 15 Central Park West. If it sells for its current $7 million ask, the Bronx residence would be the borough's most expensive sale, as the New York Post reported. That record is currently held by the $6.25 million sale of a 17-room Fieldston mansion that was built in anticipation of a visit from Jesus, as 6sqft previously reported.
Mcmansion tour, this way
August 18, 2023

For $1.95M, this Morningside Heights co-op has pre-war elegance in a building with a presidential past

This pretty pre-war co-op at 622 West 114th Street in Morningside Heights has gracious proportions and the rare-for-Manhattan four-bedrooms. Filled with well-preserved architectural details and elegant wood built-ins, this uptown "classic seven," asking $1,950,000, doesn't need a celebrity angle to attract buyers–but a presidential pedigree never hurts: President Barack Obama lived in a fourth-floor walkup in the same building (that unit was listed for $1,450,000 back in 2020) after graduating from Columbia University in the 1980s.
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August 17, 2023

This $2.4M Manhattan Valley condo overlooks Morningside Park from a 1,000-square-foot terrace

Tucked between Central Park and Morningside Park, the Manhattan Valley neighborhood on Manhattan's Upper West Side is convenient to everything great about New York City, yet surrounded by green space. Asking $2,399,000, this two-bedroom condo at 352 Cathedral Parkway offers the best of city living while taking advantage of its parkside location. The star feature of this spacious, modern apartment: A 1,051-square-foot private terrace with unobstructed park views.
park views and outdoor living, this way
August 16, 2023

Avoid rodent run-ins–or rat out your landlord–with NYC’s newest interactive rat map

The mayor's notorious war on rats is heating up. Along with the recent appointment of Kathleen Corradi as the city's $155K/year rat czar, New Yorkers have some new tools in our digital rat-fighting arsenal in the form of an updated interactive map and a revamped rat information portal. Adding firepower to the battle are a handful of super-military-sounding RMZs (Rat Mitigation Zones), complete with training academies to help neighborhood combatants put up their best fight. And Harlem recently hosted an Anti-Rat Day of Action.
New rat map, this way
August 16, 2023

This $31M Upper East Side mansion with long and layered history is now four beautiful apartments

This beautifully renovated limestone townhouse in Manhattan's Carnegie Hill, adjacent to Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was built in the 1890s as part of a row of four mansions for members of New York City's wealthiest families. The home at 9 East 82nd Street, now asking $31 million, was first owned by stockbroker J. Prentice Kellogg. The home's facade, built in the Neoclassical style, features a raised portico entrance and a secondary service entrance. A fifth floor was added to the 25-foot-wide townhouse in 1920. The property's current configuration as four turn-key luxury rental apartments is the result of a 2021 stem-to-stern renovation and restoration effort.
One mansion, four apartments, this way
August 15, 2023

Newly-minted Bed-Stuy townhouse is filled with sunlight and fresh design for $3M

For all the ways townhouse living is near perfection in the city, modern homes with new interiors and tons of light can be a refreshing refuge. This four-story townhouse at 151 Monroe Street in Brooklyn's brownstone-filled Bed-Stuy neighborhood gives you both: The two-family home, asking $2,995,000, has four stories of living space, six bedrooms, and plenty of outdoor space. It's also a showcase of contemporary design and comfort, with sun-filled open rooms, colorful details, carefully-selected materials, and top-quality craftsmanship on every level.
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August 14, 2023

$65M UES mansion is a showcase of Gilded Age history, updated for a new era of grand-scale living

On a Central Park-adjacent block near Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side, the 35-foot wide limestone mansion at 4 East 79th Street is a historic testament to Manhattan's Gilded Age; asking $65,000,000, it's among a handful of the most expensive townhouses to ever be listed in New York City. The six-story home with over 15,000 square feet of interior space offers an opportunity for living and entertaining befitting a new era of opulence, including two elevators, a professional-grade catering kitchen, a security office, a wine cellar and reception room, a grand center stair hall, and a top-floor skylit gym.
August 10, 2023

$2.25M Hudson Valley home with pool and guest house is a mid-century icon

If you dream of a mid-century modern house surrounded by forest, you’ll want to take a look at this perfect specimen of a home, surrounded by 11 acres of meadow, wildflower fields, trails, and forest in Millbrook, New York. As one of a handful of Deck House homes in the area, this iconic Hudson Valley property, asking $2,250,000, includes a gunite pool, a two-bedroom vintage-inspired guest house, and an organic garden. 
Modern dream house, this way
August 2, 2023

This $1.2M Clinton Hill prewar triplex condo unfolds beneath the arches of a former seminary

This one-bedroom home at the rarely-available Cathedral Condominiums at 555 Washington Avenue on the border between Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights has a unique history to go with its dramatic architecture. Built in 1914, the striking building was first home to Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception. Converted to a 53-unit condominium in 1988, the building is a neighborhood landmark, noted for its Gothic design. In addition to access to the building's lushly landscaped common courtyard, the unit, asking $1,195,000, has a private, fenced-in brick patio for entertaining or growing one's own tranquil seminary garden.
More this way
August 1, 2023

$1.5M Upper West Side brownstone co-op has a cozy cottage vibe

Located on a tree-lined Upper West Side street less than a block from Central Park, this eye-pleasing co-op at 71 West 83rd Street is one of those non-cookie-cutter Manhattan apartments everyone dreams of–but rarely finds. Asking $1,450,000, the two-bedroom home is blessed with rustic exposed brick walls, arched windows, and large, sunny rooms in a gracious floor plan. There's even a terrace for an outdoor version of the French country villa effect.
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July 31, 2023

For $11M, live in a Brooklyn Heights mansion with perfectly restored details and a literary past

From the wine cellar to the landscaped roof deck, this 19th-century Greek Revival mansion represents five stories of pristine restoration, with historic flourishes accenting modern style and ease of living. Asking $11,500,000, the 6,094-square-foot two-family townhouse at 20 Remsen Street in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District has some notable literary history: Norman Mailer had his writing studio here. The house was also, according to the listing, the inspiration for Mailer's 1951 novel "Barbary Shore."
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July 27, 2023

This $2M garden flat in Margaret Mead’s former home is the picture of cozy West Village charm

On a postcard-perfect West Village street among the neighborhood's historic brownstones, this garden co-op at 72 Perry Street is a rare chance to live a bohemian dream not often found in today's New York City. Asking $1,995,000, the two-bedroom home in a restored townhouse has a landscaped private back garden as the almost-too-good-to-be-true addition to the elegance of its interior living spaces. The boutique co-op building is known as Mead House in honor of one-time resident Margaret Mead. The famous anthropologist lived in the townhouse with her husband Gregory Bateson and other colleagues from 1941 to 1955.
West Village charm, this way
July 25, 2023

Industrial chic and Soho street life meet in this $4.4M loft condo

If you've often strolled the streets of Soho admiring the iconic former warehouses and tall-windowed lofts within, this concrete and steel-filled condominium at 487 Greenwich Street could be your dream come true. Asking $4,400,000, the sprawling 4,000-square-foot-plus renovated duplex in the former Tetley Tea Company warehouse offers open-plan living on a grand scale with impossibly high ceilings, concrete columns, and beams–and a sauna in the basement.
Loft living, this way
July 24, 2023

$7.9M Soho penthouse feels like a country estate with a magical rooftop garden, hot tub included

This 3,121-square-foot Soho co-op at 80 Greene Street is the real downtown loft deal, disguised as a perfectly decorated home (enchanted 1,200-square-foot roof terrace with hot tub included). The three-bedroom triplex tops a classic Soho cast-iron building on a historic Belgian block street. Comprised of a designer-renovated main floor, mezzanine, and dramatic top-floor bedroom suite, the tranquil apartment, asking $7,900,000, is bathed in white, with outdoor space to rival a country manor.
Take the triplex tour
July 20, 2023

This $1.2M Princeton home is a modernist gem designed by Otto Kolb

This Otto Kolb original home at 140 Heather Lane, asking $1,195,000, is tucked into a wooded 2.39-acre lot on a quiet Princeton street. The Swiss-born Modernist architect designed this one-of-a-kind jewel box of a single-story home in 1959. Rooms in the five-bedroom house wrap around two courtyards, surrounding them with nature and sunlight.
Get a closer look at this Modernist masterpiece
July 18, 2023

A retreat reborn in Bridgehampton, this $6M home has every detail covered–including the furniture

While older Hamptons properties are often torn down to make way for new construction, this modern estate at 325 Mitchell Lane was reimagined with architectural finesse in a complete renovation. Now on the market for $5,995,000, the iconic Bridgehampton house, grounds, and pool were painstakingly redesigned with every detail considered, right down to the furniture, which is available to purchase as well.
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July 14, 2023

For $2.8M, this two-family Red Hook home with endless outdoor space is a modern townhouse dream

The Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook is known for its architect-designed modern townhouses; if you've ever admired their sleek interiors and unique facades, 138 Coffey Street is just what you're looking for. Asking $2,800,000, this three-story home with several decks, a landscaped backyard, and a roof terrace includes a two-bedroom garden apartment. A carefully considered renovation transformed the 1899 townhouse into a 21st-century multi-family home with 2,000 square feet of outdoor space. You can use the apartment for rental income or as a guest suite–or use the entire space as a single-family home.
Take the modern townhouse tour
July 13, 2023

Stephen Sondheim’s Turtle Bay townhouse is on the market for $7M

The Turtle Bay townhouse at 246 East 49th Street that was home to late songwriter Stephen Sondheim is now on the market, asking $7,000,000. The celebrated songsmith, who received eight Tonys, eight Grammys, an Oscar, and a Pulitzer for the iconic words and melodies to Broadway hits like “West Side Story,” "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," and many more, bought the historic townhouse in 1960. Sondheim needed the privacy of a townhouse, according to Curbed, so he could finesse melodies on the piano without bothering the neighbors.
A home filled with Broadway history, this way
July 12, 2023

Spend summer in your rooftop garden with a wet bar and shower in this $12.95M Chelsea penthouse loft

The 4,800-square-foot full-floor penthouse atop the prewar co-op at 227 West 17th Street is a perfect summertime paradise, featuring a fully irrigated private rooftop garden space with a bar and outdoor shower. Asking $12,950,000, this renovated three-bedroom home is an all-season refuge as well; in addition to the warm-weather haven, there's a massive great room with a wood-burning fireplace for cozy winter nights.
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