All posts by Shiloh Frederick

Shiloh is an aspiring journalist looking to gain experience writing about a wide range of topics. A Brooklyn native, she is fascinated by all things New York, especially pertaining to the city's history. Shiloh currently studies history and journalism at Mount Holyoke College and she is summer intern at CityRealty.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

brownstone mansion, emma flower taylors mansion, watertown

For only $825,000 you can own a home fit for a princess, or at least for a governor’s daughter. The Emma Flower Taylor Mansion is the historic Watertown home of its namesake and her husband John Byron Taylor. The 14,000-square-foot residence was built in 1896 as a wedding present from Mrs. Taylor’s father, former New York Governor and financier Roswell Pettibone Flower. He recruited acclaimed architects Lamb and Rich to create the palace-like home perfect for his only daughter. Today, the 14 bedroom, nine bathroom mansion is divided into eight separate apartments; however, it has still retained the regal Victorian look that’s made this home a cherished piece of New York history.

Take a look at the mansion

Design, Furniture

Become One With Nature Safely From Your Cocoon Tree

By Shiloh Frederick, Tue, August 18, 2015

Cocoon Tree, suspended pod, treehouse

French designer Berni du Payrat has created the perfect product for those who want to be one with nature, but not exposed to the elements. Like a combination of the Kodama Zomes we recently featured and these suspended tents, the Cocoon Tree is a durable pod that’s held in suspension by ropes tied to trees. It’s made of aluminum and covered with waterproof tarpaulin that can stand up to all sorts of weather in any season. The 130-pound Cocoon Tree comfortably fits two people and comes with a mattress for total relaxation. According to the product website, you will be sure to “reconnect with sensations forgotten since the modern world consumes us today.”

More on the Cocoon Tree here

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

Drovers Tavern, 4065 Pompey Hollow Road, historic Upstate NY houses

In its 195 years of existence, Drovers Tavern has changed hands several times; however, the one thing that hasn’t seemed to change is its facade. Completed around 1820, the Cazenovia, New York property is a typical Federal-style house, but its history is anything but. In its earliest days, the four-bedroom house served as a resting spot for drovers shipping livestock down to New York City. After the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825, the droving profession, and consequently the tavern, became obsolete. Eventually, the 114-acre property was put to use as a family farm.

Drovers Tavern has had its share of notable residents. It was home to Melville Clark, the creator of the Clark Irish Harp, and his nephew Melville Clark, Jr., a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project. Now up for auction, the historic mansion is in search of a new owner to continue its long, quirky history. Bids start at $525,000 and will be accepted until August 31st.

Tour the historic tavern here

Hamptons, Interiors

DHD Interiors, Hamptons beach house, Steven Tupu

When a Manhattan couple first bought this 8,000-square-foot Hamptons home, it seemed like more of a hunting house than a beach house. Wall-mounted deer heads and paisley wallpaper outfitted the space, while dark mahogany floors sucked the light out of the rooms. But the new homeowners didn’t let this turn them away. “It was a big house with unbelievable water views and we thought it would be a fantastic place to host family and friends,” the wife told luxe. “But we knew it needed some work.”

The couple called in Steven Wakenshaw and Steffani Aarons of DHD Interiors, as well as landscape architect Steven Tupu, to bring out the best in their now house, but what had started out as small-scale remodeling and redecorating snowballed into an architectural intervention. Given the placement of the house on the eroding shoreline, DHD was prevented from changing the shape of house without obtaining local ordinances, which could take years to get. The homeowners wanted the house ready in time for Memorial Day, giving the team only five months to complete the task. With those restrictions, the firm decided to work with what they had to create a stylish, family-friendly beach house.

See how DHD Interiors turned the house around

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

41 Cramer Road, Lake George, upstate NY lakeside properties, Tudor style houses

You’d think having a private peninsula would appeal to people looking for seclusion, but this Lake George estate is geared for the gracious host who’s ready to throw a serious lakeside party. The four-bedroom Tudor-style house is nearly ninety years old and is full of original architectural details like stone mullions and steep beamed ceilings. But when it comes to inviting friends and family over, it’s the outdoor spaces that seal the deal. The 1.26-acre property has a whopping 600 feet of private waterfront, as well as three outdoor dining and cooking areas, a secluded spot to fish and swim, a massive five-slip boathouse, and a carriage house that boasts amenities like a 2,000-bottle wine cellar and home theater. What’ll all this cost you? $7.4 million.

View the lakeside estate

Design, Hamptons, Interiors

East Hampton Retreat, Amy Lau, Sandra Brauer, 1960s furniture, modern art

When two New York art enthusiasts left the city behind for a getaway home in East Hampton, they made sure to take along designer Amy Lau to create their relaxing lagoon-side residence. After purchasing the four-bedroom house in 2012 for $3.75 million, the couple wanted to create a setting that contrasted their art deco Upper East Side apartment. “We did not set out to collect modernist furniture for our house in the country but rather to find furnishings and art we could live with while relaxing,” homeowner Joel Portugal told Modern Magazine. So they enlisted their long-time style influence Amy Lau, in addition to East Hampton architectural consultant Sandra Brauer, to combine mid-century art with tranquil, summery touches.

See the interior here

Furniture, Green Design

BedUP Saves Floor Space by Storing Your Bed on the Ceiling

By Shiloh Frederick, Tue, August 4, 2015

BedUp, Remmerie's, murphy beds, space saving beds, foldaway beds

BedUP is out to challenge the Murphy bed as the ultimate space-saving sleep solution in increasingly tight city apartments. Designed by French inventors Decadrages, BedUP utilizes the ceiling to house your bulky mattress and frame. The bed retracts from the ceiling when you need it and can suspend above the room as you use the space below.

More on BedUP

Art, City Living, maps

1970s Map Reveals Worldview According to New Yorkers

By Shiloh Frederick, Fri, July 31, 2015

nyc worldview, nyc as center of the world, greatest city on earth, map of nyc

Does anything really exist outside of New York? The creator of this map doesn’t think so. Made in the 1970s by an anonymous artist, this maps depicts the worldview of the stereotypical New Yorker. The greatest city in the world occupies the greatest amount of space on the map, while the rest of the country is reduced to a narrow strip of land. That is, the rest of the country that’s worth acknowledging.

See the full map here

Design, Interiors, Midtown

LinkedIn Offices, Interior Architects, Empire State Building, cool workplaces

The Empire State Building is already one of the most unique places to work in the city, but the LinkedIn offices on the 28th floor have made the iconic building even cooler. Interior Architects recently remodeled the 33,005-square-foot space, which houses the social network’s sales team. The result is a floor that is “fun and vibrant,” but maintains the professionalism of a “club level of a hotel.” Just a warning, though, everything about this office–from a wall of rotary phones that conceals a speakeasy to a photo display that celebrates employees’ pets–is going to make you pretty bummed about your boring cubicle.

Take a tour of the office here

Art, photography

Paul Cadden, hyperealism, pencil drawings

Nowadays, when people want to get the details right in a photograph they turn to Photoshop. When artist Paul Cadden wants to capture all of a photo’s details, he uses nothing more than a pencil. Cadden describes his art as hyperrealism–drawings that are so realistic that they are easily mistaken for photographs.

The Scottish artist bases his work off photographs of objects and people that catch his attention. If he isn’t drawing inspiration from his own photographs, Cadden told Don’t Panic magazine that he “trawl[s] through a lot of stock images sites.” What he does next isn’t just a simple reproduction. “The idea is to go beyond the photograph,” he says.

View more of Cadden’s drawings here

Architecture, Brooklyn

Brooklyn row house, Office of Architecture, landlords, tenants, gut renovations

Usually, there isn’t much individuality to be found among Brooklyn row houses, at least not until you step inside. When a Brooklyn couple approached Office of Architecture about gut renovating their row house, the firm took it upon themselves to create a home that not only would stand out, but would be adaptable to the pair’s needs as their life progressed.

Get a closer look

City Living, Transportation, Video

MTA new system, MTA old system, Communication-Based Train Control, Fixed-Block Signaling

The MTA is showing its age in a new video put forth by the public benefit corporation. “People know the system is old,” the narrator of MTA’s video opens, “but I don’t think they realize just how old it is.” The New York City subway system has been running since 1904, and as we previously reported in December, it’s been running on the same technology used in the 1930s.

In the video, computers are noticeably absent from the West 4th Street Supervisory Tower, which is in control of all of the train movements around the area. Instead there are plenty of pens and papers, as well as old, lever-operated machinery that the railroad industry has long stopped manufacturing. It’s no wonder that the MTA has put out this video promoting their Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) system, a project that aims to modernize the subway.

Watch the incredible video here

History, Video

No York City, Rick Liss, 1980s NYC, stop motion film

Feeling nostalgic for 1980s New York? Artist Rick Liss‘ short film “N.Y.C. (No York City)” transports you back to the city’s grittier days. He uses stop motion to move you through the city “at the speed of blood,” a pace that doesn’t seem too different from the city’s normal flow. But don’t expect the typical tourist attractions on this journey. “No York City” features graffiti, street fights, and lots of crowds, all set to Laurie Anderson’s “For Electronic Dogs.”

Watch the video here

Featured Story

Brooklyn, Features, Sunset Park, Technology

MakerBot, MakerBot Factory Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting, Industry City, Made in Brooklyn, 3D Printing

MakerBot has officially opened its brand new factory in Industry City in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. The 170,000-square-foot space spans three floors, with the main production lines on the third floor of the building. The new location is four times larger than the company’s previous Industry City location and will allow the company to double its production of 3D printers. This is far cry from the garage it started out in nearly two and a half years ago.

MakerBot kicked off the opening of its new locale yesterday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that featured MakerBot CEO Jonathan Jaglom and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. We were on the scene to capture this latest milestone for the 3D printer company.

Have a closer look here

Art, Bushwick

Owen Dippie, Renaissance Masters, Ninjas Turtles, Radiant Madonna, Keith Haring

Owen Dippie is starting a modern renaissance in Brooklyn. Within the past couple of months, the New Zealand-born street artist has put up two pieces in Bushwick that skillfully remix the work of the Renaissance masters and contemporary art and culture. Dippie’s clever pieces appeal to art lovers of all styles.

For Dippie, creating these mashups is like paying homage to his idols. Growing up, Dippie’s biggest influences were Biggie Smalls, Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson, Andy Warhol, Basquiat and Keith Haring. As he grew older and became more exposed to other artists, the Renaissance masters began to grow on him as well. With such varying influences, it makes sense for Dippie to have created these pieces.

See the stunning mashups here

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