City Living

City Living, Hamptons, Recent Sales

6sqft reported last year that the Amagansett home at 45 Whalers Lane, featured in Seinfeld’s unforgettable “ugly baby” episode—also known as “The Hamptons!”—was for sale, asking $8.75 million. Now, according to Curbed, the 4,000- square-foot Hamptons estate with sweeping oceanfront views that helped introduce the term “shrinkage” into modern day vernacular has just sold for a somehow-appropriate $5.725 million–about $3 million less than its original ask.

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City Living, Features, Harlem, History

New York City’s 8 tributes to Martin Luther King Jr.

By Devin Gannon, Fri, January 12, 2018

Photo of King via Wikimedia; photo of the MLK cubed sculpture courtesy of Wally Gobetz on Flickr

While some of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most memorable moments of his career happened down South, like the Montgomery bus boycott and his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, support for his goals hailed first from advocacy organizations based in New York City, like the National Urban League. King held sermons at Riverside Church in Morningside Heights, led a march from Central Park to the United Nations in protest of the Vietnam War and received a Medallion of Honor from Mayor Robert Wagner. As a way to honor King and his immense impact on the advancement of civil rights, the city has named streets, parks, playgrounds and more after him. On MLK Day this Monday, 50 years after his untimely death, celebrate by learning about memorials dedicated to him citywide.

Learn more about NYC’s MLK memorials here

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City Living, Features, NYC Guides, Top Stories

The 12 best specialty bookshops in NYC

By Rebecca Fishbein, Tue, January 9, 2018

Albertine book store, via Wiki Commons

Independent bookstores are still going strong in NYC, with standouts like BookCulture, WORD Bookstore, McNally Jackson, and, of course, The Strand Bookstore, continuing to provide literary New Yorkers with the written word despite the specter of Amazon. But while the aforementioned shops are great places to find new and used literature, if you’re looking for a more curated collection, look no further than some of the city’s finest specialty bookstores, where mystery fiends, activists, artists, Francophiles, and others can find works tailored to their interests, as well as rub shoulders with like-minded readers. Here are some of our favorites.

NYC’s 12 best specialty bookshops

City Living, maps

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared on Thursday a state of emergency for both New York City and surrounding suburbs as Winter Storm Grayson continues to hit the area with heavy snowfall, over 40 mph winds and white-out conditions. While some New Yorkers are enjoying a snow day at home, many have to trek outside to get to work. Before heading outside to deal with the frigid conditions, the city’s Department of Sanitation has released an interactive map, PlowNYC, to see if and when your street has been plowed and salted.

See when your street was plowed last

City Living, real estate trends

Dunkin’ Donuts, photo courtesy of Robert S on Flickr

New Yorkers really do run on Dunkin’. According to a report from the Center for an Urban Future, beloved national coffee and donut chain, Dunkin’ Donuts, has the most stores of any chain in New York City, with 612 stores total, a net increase of 16 stores in 2016 and 271 stores since 2008. In their tenth annual ranking, CUF’s report found that the number of national retailers in the city increased by 1.8 percent from last year, with food retailers and restaurants showing the strongest growth. New to the list and ranking second is cell-phone store MetroPCS, which now has 445 stores citywide, adding a whopping 119 locations in the past year. Following Dunkin’, Subway is the most popular fast-food chain in each of the boroughs, with a total 317 stores.

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City Living, History

Photo via Wiki Commons

New York City has started taking down the yellow nuclear fallout shelter signs slapped on thousands of buildings across the city in the 1960s. According to AM New York, city officials believe these metal black-and-yellow signs “are misleading Cold War relics that no longer denote functional shelters.” But back in the ’60s, they were considered emblematic of the era. President John F. Kennedy created a shelter program in 1961 across U.S. cities as anxieties grew high over the nuclear arms race between the United States and the former Soviet Union. By 1963, an estimated 18,000 shelters had been designated across the five boroughs, and the Department of Defense had plans to add another 34,000 shelters citywide. Most were no more than basements marked by an official government sign–and now the remnants of such signs are coming down.

Read more history of New York’s fallout shelters

City Living, Policy

IDNYC adds eight new benefits for 2018

By Dana Schulz, Wed, December 20, 2017

nyc identification card

Three years ago, IDNYC‘s benefits included mostly free or discounted membership to museums and cultural institutions, but now that the ID card is entering its fourth year, it’s adding some more entertainment-based perks. A press release from the Mayor’s office announced that the 1.2 million cardholders (it’s the largest local identification program in the nation) will receive benefits from eight new partners in 2018, including Zipcar, Chelsea Piers Golf Club, Entertainment Cruises, and the SculptureCenter.

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City Living, maps

Will New York get a White Christmas this year?

By Devin Gannon, Tue, December 19, 2017

In the United States, if at least one inch of snow falls on the morning of December 25, it gets labeled as a “White Christmas.” While some states in the north and Midwest are the most likely to enjoy a snow day on Christmas, the phenomenon is uncommon in New York, but not impossible.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a federal agency that provides timely information about climate and weather patterns, created a map that shows the historic probability of there being at least one inch of snow on the ground in 48 states on Christmas. The darkest gray shows places where the probability is less than 10 percent and the white areas show probabilities greater than 90 percent.

Is New York dreaming of a White Christmas?

City Living, holidays

Photo courtesy of Steven Pisano on Flickr

Not sure how much to tip your doorman this holiday season? Triplemint has released its very own, first-of-its-kind “Holiday Doorman Tip-O-Meter” to dynamically calculate exactly how much tip you should give. With six quick questions (ranging from your building size to how generous a tipper you are), the Tip-O-Meter immediately generates a minimum-maximum tip range suggestion.

The program’s algorithm is based on data collected from surveys conducted on over 100 NYC doormen in major neighborhoods in Manhattan. NYC doormen were asked: How much do you recommend you give residents this year (based on apartment size Studio, 1-Bedroom, 2-Bedroom, 3-Bedroom +)? Do you expect More/Same/Less than last year? And what is the size of your building?

Tips on tipping this way

City Living, Technology, Transportation

Image via Wikimedia Commons.

If you’ve ever found yourself lost in a maze of corridors or trampled in a boarding stampede at Penn Station, help may have arrived in the form of yet another useful mobile app. Beginning this week, Amtrak will offer a free app, FindYourWay, that helps travelers–65,000 of whom pass through the station each day–find their way through the station and avoid the crush of crowds that form around electronic boards announcing train departures, the New York Times reports.

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