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.

History, Transportation, Video

The Atlantic, funicular, history of transportation, human travel

The fact that skiing has gone from a major mode of transportation to a winter recreational activity says a lot about how getting from point A to B has changed over the course of human history. “Here to There,” the latest video in the Atlantic’s 10-part animated series (we previously featured an installment on housing through time), traces the history of transportation from the canoe in 8,000 B.C. to the recent debut of the hydrogen fuel-cell car. Covering more than 10,000 years in two-and-a-half minutes, this video shows that there is much more to the timeline of transportation than the switch from horses and buggies to motor vehicles.

Watch the video here

Design, Interiors, Union Square

Union Square loft, Kimberly Peck, loft renovation, NYC interior design

Normally, white is a color families shy away from in fear of kid-related accidents. But daring architect Kimberly Peck has brushed off the age-old design restriction in this Union Square loft renovation that makes white the central color. Addressing the growing family’s needs, she carved a second bedroom and bathroom out of the loft’s 1,375 square feet, in addition to enlarging the kitchen. Working with the space’s characteristic wooden floors and exposed brick walls, Peck created a space that’s stylish, yet still homey.

See the renovation here

Cool Listings, Quirky Homes, Upstate

Blueberry Hill House Exterior

It’s obvious why this was once called the Blueberry Hill House. This 2,178-square-foot eclectic round house is the quirkiest residence in the Skaneateles Lake area thanks to its bold blue exterior and hut-like shape. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, this house makes for the perfect forest hideaway, whether you use it as a vacation home or if you want to make your stay in Skaneateles permanent. Best of all, you can live your blueberry bungalow dreams for a very affordable $400,000.

Take a look around the house here

Featured Story

Chinatown, Features, Restaurants

Chinatown skyline

Image by Madhu Nair via Flickr

Back in March, we took a look at how Chinatown is predicted to undergo rapid changes within the next decade, transforming it into another haven for hipsters and real estate developers. As of right now, these changes are hard to see–luxury condos like Hester Gardens stand alone among the array of colorful shops and signs covered in Chinese characters. In fact, a past poll shows that readers are equally divided on Chinatown’s future.

As with all gentrifying neighborhoods, one of residents’ biggest fears is that the neighborhood will lose the cultural characteristics that make it unique. With this in mind, we’re taking stock of the iconic places that make Chinatown what it is. We’ve highlighted some of the neighborhood’s best restaurants and shops (think Economy Candy and Joe’s Shanghai), along with a few standout structures (the largest Buddhist temple in New York City, to name just one) that make this neighborhood unlike any other in the city.

See which places made the list here

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

Babylon Victorian, Italianate,

With one look at this house you can immediately see the harmony at work between modern and traditional. Only a modern house would dare to be coated in a color so striking. However, the Victorian features of this Babylon, NY home elevate it from merely striking to sophisticated and chic. This 3,956-square-foot Babylon Victorian (h/t CIRCA) is perfect for the person who loves old world charm with modern conveniences (and who has $1.3 million to spend).

Look around the house here

Architecture, Art, Events, Green Design

Office for Political Innovation, MoMA PS1, Andrés Jaque, MoMA Young Architects Program

Photo © Miguel de Guzman

“COSMO” has officially brought the party to MoMA PS1.

The winning project of MoMA PS1’s 16th Young Architects Program (YAP) is now open for public viewing in the museum affiliate’s courtyard. “COSMO: Give me a pipe and I will move/celebrate the Earth,” which was designed by Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation, is a moveable artifact made from customized irrigation components that puts out an effort to make visible–and enjoyable–the hidden urbanism of the water pipes we live by. We stopped by the courtyard earlier today as “COSMO” got its finishing touches, and we must say, this installation looks as incredible as its renderings.

Your first look here

Design, Getting Away, Hamptons

upside down house, bergdesign, montauk, hamptons houses

BergDesign Architecture has really outdone itself this time with their latest creation, an “upside down house” in Montauk. Designed with the ocean in mind, this single family residence conjures up images of beach houses while maintaining the sophistication and innovation we’ve come to expect from the studio.

Look around the house here

City Living, Design, ideas from abroad, Technology

antwerp, Belgium, text walking lanes, pedestrians, cell phones

You’ve seen them. You’ve tried to get around them. You’re probably one of them.

In a world where there are more mobile phones than people, it’s become commonplace to find folks paying more attention to what’s on their phones than what’s in front of them on the street. These so-called “text-walkers” are often a nuisance to other pedestrians as well as a danger to themselves (and their precious phones). A smart solution to this problem has appeared on the sidewalks of Antwerp, Belgium in the form of  “text walking lanes.” These lanes, marked by simple white lines painted onto the sidewalk, designate a separate walking space for people who use their phones while walking.

More on text-walking lanes

History, Video

Home is Where the Hearth Is, Housing through time, housing styles,

With 3D printing taking hold as the hottest new building trend, it’s worth taking a look back at how far humans have come in the realm of home construction. Over 16,000 years ago, mammoth-bone houses were the biggest thing in architecture, and that was only a step up from painted caves. These and other home construction milestones are highlighted in a short animated video by the Atlantic called “Home Is Where the Hearth Is: A Brief History.” The astutely named video demonstrates how housing has changed from prehistoric times to the present.

Watch the video here

Cool Listings, Getting Away, Historic Homes, Upstate

Camp Uncas, Adirondacks, JP Morgan vacation home

You can now own a piece of the Adirondacks that has provided serenity for so many others for over a century.

The secluded Camp Uncas was built in 1895 by Brooklynite William West Durant, who is credited with perfecting the Adirondack “Great Camp” style. While the compound is unquestionably a spectacular work, its claim to fame is that it was once owned by financier J.P. Morgan. Morgan purchased the 1,500 acre property from Durant in 1897, and for the fifty years that followed, his family used it as a vacation home. Though the property has traded hands several times since the Morgans graced its grounds, its roster of owners is no less interesting—nor is its rustic architecture.

Explore the forest hideaway

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