Design

Brooklyn, Design, Policy

“Back to the Future,” Bjarke Ingles Group and Arup

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of public space, especially in a city like New York, where residents lack private backyards and most common spaces are too narrow for proper social distancing. A design contest launched earlier this year looking for ideas on how to improve the overcrowded pedestrian promenade of the Brooklyn Bridge, where thousands of walkers and cyclists fight for space daily. The Van Alen Institute and the New York City Council on Thursday announced the six finalists for the “Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge” design contest, with selected proposals calling for less space for cars and more for people.

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Design, Features, Interviews

A prototype of D-Tec 1 clinic courtesy of SG Blocks

As the country enters the fourth month of fighting the coronavirus pandemic, public health experts and officials say the best way to keep the virus under control is expansive diagnostic testing. Harvard research group Global Health Institute says states should greatly ramp up testing to contain the spread of COVID-19, to at least 900,000 tests per day; currently, the U.S. is testing about 500,000 people per day. Paul Galvin realized his company, SG Blocks, which repurposes shipping containers for a variety of uses, could meet this crisis head-on. The Brooklyn-based construction organization has designed a new product line of medical pop-up clinics and COVID-19 testing facilities that are affordable, eco-friendly, and can be constructed just about anywhere.

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Design, Green Design, Greenpoint

Rendering courtesy of Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP.

The city’s plan to bring a waterfront park and small beach to Greenpoint is moving forward. The Parks and Waterfront Committee of Brooklyn’s Community Board 1 earlier this month approved a revised design from New York City Parks and architect firm Abel Bainnson Butz for a 1.9-acre passive park at Bushwick Inlet Park. The nearly $10 million project redevelops and remediates a section of land known a the Motiva parcel, which is bounded by Kent Avenue and Quay Street and North 14th Streets.

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Design, Features, My SQFT House Tours, Upper East Side

All apartment photos by Ashok Sinha

Wid Chapman‘s parents were profound modernists, his father an architect who worked for Marcel Breuer, and his mother an artist who studied with Josef Albers. The career that Wid has built for himself as an architect and interior designer who specializes in hospitality design is uniquely his own but showcases the influences of his parents. When it came time to design his personal apartment on the Upper East Side, it was his own family who influenced the renovation. “Providing space intimate enough for our small immediate family but room for an extended one, the project reconfigures and reshapes extant spaces to defer to the apartment’s sweeping Central Park views,” said Wid, adding that “color and materiality” were also central to the project. Ahead, take a full tour of this one-of-a-kind apartment and hear from Wid about his background and career and the specifics of the renovation.

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Design, Meatpacking District

Little Island in May 2020 © CityRealty

The much-anticipated offshore public park in the Hudson River is coming together, with its concrete tulip-shaped pots in place and the first trees planted. New photos of “Little Island” at Pier 55 show construction progressing ahead of its scheduled spring 2021 opening. The two-acre park, designed by Heatherwick Studio and MNLA, is meant to resemble a leaf floating on water, with its concrete base sitting above the river.

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Design, Restaurants

Illustration by the Rockwell Group

The idea to turn New York City streets and sidewalks into space for al fresco dining when restaurants can eventually reopen has been supported by local officials, small businesses, and even architects. Designer David Rockwell and his firm the Rockwell Group have put together a template for ways to use outdoor space for restaurant use while maintaining safe and socially distant conditions.

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Design, New Developments, Williamsburg

Rendering of the roofdeck by Lifang

Leasing has officially kicked off at The Dime, a rental building in South Williamsburg that combines the landmarked Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh with a new 23-story residential tower. Designed by Fogarty Finger Architecture, the project incorporates the century-old Neoclassical-style bank building as the tower’s podium and includes 177 luxury apartments and office space above it. Apartments range from roughly $3,000/month for a studio to more than $6,000 for a three-bedroom. The two penthouse apartments available are starting at $13,000/month.

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Features, Products, Shop

25 great ways to turn your apartment into a calming home

By Michelle Cohen, Tue, April 28, 2020

Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash

Call it zen or hygge or just plain cozy, we look to our homes to be a welcoming refuge, especially during the current times. From creating a reading nook to setting up a bathroom “spa,” we’ve rounded up the best projects to help you carve out a tranquil space in a stressful world, no matter what size your apartment or home.

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City Living, Design, Events

Photo by Julian Wan on Unsplash

With the Mermaid Parade officially canceled, the Coney Island nonprofit behind the event is hoping to celebrate creativity in another way this year. Coney Island USA announced on Friday plans to host a “Put on a Funny Face Design Contest,” described as the “world’s first-ever mask design contest.” The virtual contest is being presented by Spectrum News NY1 and will be judged by yet-to-be-announced celebrities of Coney Island.

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Design, Hamilton Heights, Interiors, Sweeten

“After” photos by Kate Glicksberg for Sweeten

When Erin and Chris first started their family, they bought a one-bedroom in Hudson Heights and fell in love with the neighborhood. But three kids and nine years later, Chris’ job took them to the California Bay Area. After two years, they had the chance to come back to NYC and jumped at the chance to return to Hudson Heights. They found a three-bedroom in its “original, fifties-era condition,” but knew the space and layout were perfect. Ahead, see how they came to Sweeten to find a contractor and took the co-op from drab to a contemporary and comfortable family home.

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