Images: Mall of the World rendering (left), Brooklyn (right)
- RocketSkates Go Up to 12 MPH: Apparently Kickstarter is where people go to find new ways to be a nuisance for city dwellers. Engadget spotlights the newest development–fashion-handicapped skates that let you zip along the sidewalk at insane speeds. Great news for the wearer. Bad news for everybody else.
- Ellen is Coming to New York!: Not her show though. According to Commercial Observer she just signed a new lease on East 24th Street for her brand. Look out Martha Stewart.
- Junk Mail Art Installations: PSFK features Aurora Robson, a New York-based artist who makes incredible, environmentally-friendly artwork out of everyday trash.
- Insane Soho Bachelor Pad Back on the Market: Apparently people with $17,000 for rent aren’t looking for a place with the Wall Street bull’s brother’s head mounted on their wall. Well, we beg to differ. Curbed takes you inside this crazy Soho pad.
Images: Ellen Degeneres (left), Junk Mail Art (right)
- By the Year 2016 Sharks Will Take Over Brooklyn: With Brooklyn growing the way it is, it only makes sense that it would attract sharks. We’re talking about the new exhibit the New York Aquarium plans to open. The Brownstoner tells you how you can help make this dream come true.
- A Blue Whale Gets a Bath: We think it wants to look pretty for the sharks (see above). The Verge tells you how you can watch the giant sculpture at the Museum of Natural History get it’s scrubbing live… right now.
- No More Crumbs: Sad Closings: Yes, it’s cruel. We lured with you a picture of cupcakes and then we shut the door in your face. Well that’s how we feel. According to the NY Daily News the decadent bake shop is closing its doors. This just after the news that the iconic Bowlmor Lanes has closed down too.
- The Original Kickstarter Project Was the Statue of Liberty: Few things are better than getting an education while listening to the slurred speech of an inebriated man. Gothamist has a hilarious clip of Comedy Central’s Drunk History, along with some actual documents to support it.
Images: Crumbs cupcakes; Blue Whale at Museum of Natural History
- Mind-Bending Bamboo Structures: It’s strong, it’s flexible, and it doesn’t even do yoga. Architizer showcases 7 bamboo structures you’ll have to see to believe.
- A Blast from Brooklyn’s Past: Take a step back in time with the Brookyn Historical Society’s old map showcase on July 10. The Brooklyn Paper has more on the nostalgic exhibit.
- Tiny Furniture: Looking for furniture for that tiny parlor or that landing off the staircase you just don’t know what to do with? We’ve all been faced with decorating a smaller space. Well Apartment Therapy has come to the rescue with some stylish sofas that will look chic in your tiny space.
- A Colorful Laight Street Loft Remodel: Our name is 6sqft and we have an interior addiction. The last time we looked at apartment interiors was… what time is it? It’s no secret we adore a good loft interior here at 6sqft so we couldn’t resist taking a glimpse–or a long, dreamy gaze–at this Laight Street remodel featured in Freshome.
Images: Laight Street loft (left), Bamboo Structures (right)
- IKEA Lamp Changes Colors with Your Mood: It’s the mood ring of the 21st century. PSFK examines how designer Vittorio Cuculo hacked an IKEA lamp so that the world may know exactly how he’s feeling. Invasion of privacy? Possibly. Totally awesome? Definitely.
- Architects Pushing Fashion Forward: Architizer shows us that architects love fashion, and demonstrates it by giving us a few examples of how architects are infiltrating the fashion industry.
- A Skyscraper on Top of a Building: A Manhattan building has been eating its veggies and plans to grow 51 stories in the next three years. Or maybe Hudson Yards is building a skyscraper on top of it. Details. Gizmodo has more details on 55 Hudson Yards, the building that literally rests on the shoulders of another.
- Run, Don’t Walk, to Shake Shack Right: Because we love you and want your tummy to get all the yummy goodness the city has to offer, we’re spreading the word for Brooklyn Mag: Shake Shack is serving corn dogs and blueberry pie milkshakes, all to honor our country’s birthday. Just make sure you brush up on your 6sqft news while you eat that patriotic meal.
Images: 55 Hudson Yards (left), Shake Shack patriotic meal (right)
- 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)