- To Buy or Not to Buy, That Is the Question: Millions of Americans are plagued with dilemma of renting vs. buying every year. Sparefoot helps us crack the code with this helpful infographic.
- A Tree-Shaped Farm-on-a-Skyscraper: Green Acres is the place to be. Or at least that’s what the designers of the Urban Skyfarm believe. FastCo. has more on the crop-friendly design.
- Algae Canopy Creates Clean Air for Cities: There are tons of benefits of living in the city, but we could always use cleaner air. ecoLogicStudio might have the solution with the Urban Algae Canopy. PSFK takes an in depth look at this innovation.
- Where to Watch the Fourth of July Fireworks in Brooklyn: It’s nearing the holiday of hot dogs and hamburgers and we bet you’re mapping out your day for an optimum firework viewing experience. Well, Brooklyn Magazine has already done the work for you with this list of prime locations to watch the gunpowder display. But get an early start because these places are bound to be crowded.
- The Best Products of the Year, According to Designers: We love the best. And who to tell us the best of the best other than designers themselves? Gizmodo has a list of designer-approved top products of the year.
Images: Fireworks over East River (left), Urban Skyfarm (right)
- Jail Cell Studio Rents for $1/Night: Only in NYC could there be a month long wait list to stay in a jail cell. For a buck a night, Brooklynites can discover what it’s like to be incarcerated. But in this city, a roof over your head will do. NY Daily News has more on the story while we dig through the couches for that Aug. 1st slot. Totally kidding.
- Brooklyn Summer Fashion Guide: It’s hot, it’s muggy, it’s frizzy hair central. But Brooklyn Mag’s got you covered with some cool summer fashions so you can rock your fro in style.
- Modern Dollhouses Nicer Than Your Home: Gizmodo has some nice dollhouses that will put Barbie’s dream house to shame.
- Manhattan Athletic Club Heads to Brooklyn: Brooklynites need to exercise too, ya know. So Manhattan Athletic Club is spreading the love and taking up residence in one of the borough’s tallest residential towers. The Real Deal has more heart-pumping details.
Images: Jail Cell Studio (left), Modern Dollhouse (right)
- One57 Gets its First Residents: If you haven’t heard of One57 you’ve probably been living under a rock. Well, the NY Times is here to lift that rock with an update of the “Billionaire’s Row” building, along with some residents who have already moved in.
- Extell’s $65 Million Townhouse: The NY Daily News spotlights Extell’s 10,000-square-foot, unfinished town home that plans to shatter the record for the city’s most expensive “white box” sale ever.
- Google Wants Apps for Cardboard: FastCo. covers Google’s most head-scratching I/O moment, an advanced virtual reality headset designed with the state-of-the-art material… cardboard.
- A 3D Desk Made of 2D Graph Paper: PSFK spotlights Yin Chang who takes a 2D grid system and turns it into a 3D structure. Impressed yet?
Images: Modular desk (left), Cardboard headset (right)
- A Dog Cage That Protects Fido in a Car Accident: Yes, we lured you with a puppy. And we don’t apologize. Our pups are like family, so we’re excited that this new cage with crumple zones, featured by Gizmodo, has made it to the States.
- New LEGO Set Combines Physical and Virtual Play: Everything is awesome! Is that song in your head now, too? PSFK profiles a new lego game that lets kids import their genius lego designs into an app to play games and win rewards. Sounds… awesome.
- Wink Connects Your Home to Your Smartphone: The Jetsons are here. Architizer spotlights an app that will let you control your home from your phone, for your convenience or practical joke fun.
- Does the Architecture Industry Need Radical Change?: Architects in Chicago are preparing to protest against working conditions and Dezeen’s Mimi Ziegler explains why she feels the industry needs to take action.
- Big-Soda Ban Denied: Despite repeated attempts to curb the city’s obesity rate by targeting drinks made for the Jolly Green Giant–but wait, does he drink sugary liquids because he’s pretty healthy…–Crain’s reports that the city’s ban is officially over.
Images: Adorable puppy (left), LEGO app (right)
- Borrowing the Internet from the Library: Anything that involves more internet hotspots is a good thing. Well, according to Gizmodo, libraries may start offering Wi-Fi in areas with lower bandwidth. We can’t help but wonder what the overdue fees will be.
- Multitasking is So Yesterday: According to FastCo. there’s a new group of people in town to make us feel bad about ourselves. These “supertaskers” are roughly 2.5% of the population and no, just because you’re reading this and petting your dog does not mean you’re one of them.
- A Quirky Mmuseumm Serenade: Whether it’s fun or just plain awkward is up to you. Brooklyn Magazine takes us to a Mmuseumm exhibit where musician Grey Gersten writes personalized songs and sings them for visitors.
- Who Bought the Record-Breaking Sales in Crown Heights and Bed Stuy?: Bed Stuy has had some record-setting purchases lately signifying a change in the neighborhood. Who do we thank/blame? The brownstone has the answer, along with a recap of the four unprecedented purchases.
- De Blasio to Rent Family Home: While we’re paying for Mayor Bill De Blasio and his family to live in Gracie Mansion, he’s looking to make a buck (or $6,500) off of his family home. Get all up in the mayor’s business in this NY Post article.
- NYC Stars in Video Pitch for Democratic Convention: Mayor Bill De Blasio is vying for Brooklyn to be the home of the 2016 Democratic National Convention and he and his team are pulling all the stops. The NY Times has their two-minute video showcasing all that the city has to offer.
Images: Eternal Lips exhibit (left), Mayor De Blasio’s home (right)
- Great White Sightings Off Rockaway Beach: Shark Week is a couple of months early this year, as a baby great white was caught (and released), and a a 10-footer was spotted… on the same day… by the same group of people. DNAinfo gives you the shocking details.
- Girl Scouts President Gives Advice: No, it’s not a recipe for Thin Mints. FastCo. sits down with Girl Scouts President Anna Maria Chavez, who gives girls some great tips on life and success.
- Proof That Math is Cool: Quick! Grab your kids! GIF makers are using mesmerizing (and possibly dizzying) images to show that math is fun. So, if your kid still thinks math isn’t fun, put him in front of this Gizmodo article and make him stare at it until he’s convinced… or just thrown into a trance.
- Cooper Hewitt Museum Lets Visitors Draw on the Walls: That’s right. According to PSFK, visitors of the Smithsonian design museum will be able to relive their toddlerhood and create their own designs.
- Union Square Cafe Not to Renew Lease: With NYC rents on the rise, Danny Meyer’s cafe is the latest restaurant to relocate. The NY Times has more details on the story.
- New Rendering of Downtown’s New Beach: They’re bringing board games, beer gardens, and a mini-golf course to the East River waterfront and Bedford and Bowery will show you what it’s going to look like.
Images: Shark (left), Cooper Hewitt drawing (right)
- A Mechanical Pharaoh Fan: Thanks to Thanko – not done on purpose, we promise – you can experience fanning Pharaoh-style, and you don’t even have to hire servants. Gizmodo spotlights the interesting new fan (lush grapes not included).
- A New Chef in Town: Brooklyn Magazine has discovered a new restaurant that just opened up under the Williamsburg Bridge, and they give us a little pre-taste to pique our appetite.
- 10 Sullivan Units Hit the Market: 6 units, including a $25 million duplex, have hit the market in the former site of a Soho car wash. Curbed has details on the listings along with a few images.
- Caffe Bene Continues New York Expansion: According to the Wall Street Journal, the South Korean coffee chain will add 11 stores in the next four months. After that… they’ll take over the world!
- 500 Sterling Place Launches Sales: The listings have been posted for the rental building and the Brownstoner has the details.
- Williamsburg Rooftop Bar With a View: Bedford and Bowery spotlights Sheltering Sky, the new rooftop bar at the top of McCarren Hotel & Pool, with incomparable views.
- Stephen Green vs. Trump World Tower: Real estate giant Stephen Green of SL Green Realty Corp is at odds with fellow residents of the Trump World Tower after filing a lawsuit over a spill he took last fall. The NY Post has more on the contentious situation.
Images: Sheltering Sky bar (left), 10 Sullivan (right)
Images: Mushroom Tower rendering (left), Brooklyn workspace (right)
- Check Out Apple’s New Aerial App: Apple Maps has a new feature called Flyover City Tours… and its awesome. Gizmodo has more details on the app along with a video that might actually make you feel like you’re flying.
- The Rocky Road to Pre-K: Let’s be honest. The competitive process of getting tots into preschool in NYC is always an interesting topic. Chelsea Now takes an inside look at the journey from the eyes of parents and school officials.
- Hedge-Funder Scott Bommer Sells Southampton Home: He just purchased the sprawling home at 16 Gin Lane from shoe mogul Vince Camuto last year for $75 million, but according to the Real Deal, the home is back on the market.
- A Look Inside 12 Brownstones: Apartment Therapy celebrates the classic American style, made popular by TV families like the Huxtables, by taking you inside several quintessential brownstones.
- How to Survive a Music Festival: Bowery Boogie gears up for festival season with an interview with one of their favorite bands: SKATER.
- James Corner’s Essay on the High Line: Arch Daily showcases an excerpt of James Corner’s essay as part of a collection of essays called “The Landscape Imagination”.
- Alf Naman Seeks to Break Chelsea Record: According to the Real Deal, the developer is asking $27 million for the site of the Anton Kern Gallery, a record-setting $982 per square foot.
Images: Clinton Hill brownstone interior (left), High Line (right)
Images: Marble Bowl by Earnest Studio (left), hotel rendering (right)