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Art, Design, Events

the world's most expensive dollhouse, The Astolat Dollhouse Castle, Elaine Diehl

If you think Manhattan condos are pricey, feast your eyes on the world’s most expensive dollhouse! Valued at $8.5 million, The Astolat Dollhouse Castle is a 29-room micro-mansion that’s been is filled to the brim with 10,000 painstakingly crafted miniatures that include “elaborate furniture, oil paintings, mirrors, fireplaces, gold miniature jewelry, rare-mini books more than 100 years old, fine rugs, fabrics, and pieces made of and silver and gold.” Sound too absurd to be true? Well, you can check out this pricey and petite pad up close and personal starting this month. The Shops of Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center (TWC) will be showing the dollhouse for the first time ever since it was built in the 1980s.

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Wythe Hotel, Notorious Mr, Bout, The Veldt, Chad Turner, David Hollier, Elle, Gomas, Ian Ferguson, Joohee Park, world trade gallery, Reed Space, 1xrun, Dark Victoriana, Aperture foundation, Michael Arenella, Calm Before the Storm, costume party, Sailors Sirens and Sea Monsters, Logan Hicks, Beau Stanton

In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers!

This month, meet Detroit’s art power-house 1xRun before they finish their New York residency at two great takeover events at Reed Space and at my show “Calm Before the Storm.” Focus your art gaze south at FiDi’s World Trade Gallery, or head to Dark Victoriana for a history-meets-Halloweeny experience. The Aperture Foundation has their annual extravaganza at Terminal 5, and Michael Arenella gives us a time machine of Old New York at the classic Algonquin Hotel. The Wythe Hotel will host a screening of “Notorious Mr. Bout” followed by cocktails and live music. Finish it off by donning your best nautical-inspired gear and grab a cocktail at Sailors, Sirens and Sea Monsters, a closing party for “Calm Before the Storm”—hosted by me!

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Events, Features

This year’s Open House New York takes place this weekend on October 17th and 18th. A full roster of sites was revealed just over a week ago, and there is certainly plenty to see. But how will you prioritize? To help make planning your itinerary a bit easier, 6sqft has put together a list of recommendations for not-to-be-missed sites, from Google’s headquarters to a food factory tour at Industry City to the 1920s gilded Loew’s Kings Theatre.

See our picks here

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Andrew Zuckerman, Chamber NYC, Lowline Lab, Naturel, Joseph Gross Gallery, 1xrun, Susanne Bartsch, Museum at FIT, TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport, Open House New York Weekend, Welling Court Murals, Ad Hoc Gallery, Greenpoint Gallery, pretty offensive, Highline Loft, Natalie KAtes, Beau Stanton, Lori Zimmer, Logan Hicks

In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers!

This weekend is the end-all be-all for architecture mavens in New York—the annual Open House New York weekend! SO many amazing architectural icons are open and waiting for you to explore them, before they close their doors to the general public for another year. The weekend also brings a not-to-miss exhibition, “Calm Before the Storm,” with new works by Logan Hicks and Beau Stanton. Yes, this is curated by yours truly and Natalie Kates, and it’s guaranteed to be an epic marine-themed show, complete with a giant shipwreck in the gallery.

The intelligent concept store Chamber NYC has its second collection in play with earth-inspired art and design objects curated by Andrew Zuckerman. The Lowline, that underground park we hope comes to fruition, is hosting an open house to check out the techie gadgets they’re working on to make it a reality. Detroit print mavens 1xRun are taking over Joseph Gross Gallery, and Greenpoint Gallery is letting the people decide. FIT is hosting a two-day symposium on everything Susanne Bartsch, and lastly, Ad Hoc Gallery will be resurrected for the 6th annual Welling Court Mural Fest.

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Events, Historic Homes, Upper East Side

Gracie Mansion

Gracie Mansion will reopen for public tours starting next month, and visitors will be welcomed with a new, diverse art collection. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife wanted the art and objects inside the 1799 home where her family now lives—one of the oldest surviving wooden structures in New York City—to be a broader and more accurate reflection of the city as it looked in the late 1700s and early 1800s.” She therefore brought in 49 new works that include “portraits of freed slaves, historic documents, imported goods and items traded to American Indians.” The new installation is called “Windows on the City Looking Out at Gracie’s New York” and will be unveiled at an open house on October 25th.

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Architecture, Design, Events, Features, Interviews

ADFF kyle bergman, ADFF, kyle bergman architect

Attention all film, architecture and architecture film buffs! This week marks the start of the seventh annual Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF). For six glorious days, from October 13th-18th, New Yorkers are invited to enjoy more than 30 feature-length and short films centered on, you guessed it, architecture and design. While many of you may be thinking that watching a two-plus hour movie about a building is a guaranteed snoozer, ADFF’s Kyle Bergman would most definitely argue otherwise. We recently caught up with the festival founder and architect who turned the once five-film gathering into a multi-city phenomenon that has captured the eyes, ears and hearts of not just design professionals, but folks from all walks of life looking to be inspired and moved by great cinema. Learn more about how the festival came to be and what’s in store for this year’s ADFF ahead.

**BONUS: 6sqft readers can enjoy special discount on tickets! Just enter the code “FLOOR” at check out.**

read the interview with Kyle here

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Events, Features, Social Media

open house new york, ohny, photo contest winners

For the past two weeks, 6sqft readers have been exploring all five boroughs of the city and Instagramming photos of their favorite architecture to win an Open House New York Weekend Passport. We received tons of fabulous entries, and after much deliberation, we’ve picked our winner! Drumroll please….

The winner this way

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Pioneer Works

Pioneer Works via the Lit Up Show

In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers!

Times Square is abuzz this month, first with a new #MidnightMoment art flick taking over the ad screens and then with a partnership with Juxtapoz Magazine that brings a pop-up old-timey newsstand back to the area. Donald Judd’s former Soho abode welcomes guests to peruse a collection of his vibrant prints, while another artist from the very same era, John Havens Thornton, makes his first appearance back in New York since 1967. Joseph Gross Gallery opens a new ground-floor location with bold Mexican craft-inspired murals by Jet Martinez, and David Hinton explains the beauty of Chinese philosophy and art at the Rubin Museum. Sunday becomes funday with Pioneer Works’ monthly open studio party complete with live music, and for architecture nerds, the Architecture and Design Film Festival takes over theaters on 23rd Street–with a discount offered to our readers.

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Events, Features, Giveaways

OHNY 2015

For architecture buffs and design lovers, Open House New York Weekend is a veritable holiday. For two days every October, the doors to some of the five boroughs’ most important buildings are unlocked, allowing guests to experience the city in a new way and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. This year, 250 sites range from historic to contemporary and residential to industrial, and the event also includes walking tours, talks, and performances. Highlights include the 1920s gilded Loew’s Kings Theatre, Philip Johnson’s World’s Fair relic known as the New York State Pavilion, and Brooklyn Grange, the world’s largest rooftop farm.

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at OHNY to offer 6sqft readers the chance to win a Weekend Passport to the event, a unique VIP button that allows the wearer and a guest front-of-the-line access to all sites and programs that don’t require advance reservations.

Here’s how to enter:

Today is the last day to snap a picture (using your best photography skills, of course) of your favorite piece of architecture anywhere in the five boroughs. Share it with us on Instagram @openhousenewyork and @6sqft with the hashtag #sendmetoOHNY with the location. Tomorrow we’ll pick our favorite photo and send one lucky reader to OHNY in style.

Click here for more information about Open House New York Weekend 2015 >>

Architecture, Events, History, Queens

twa flight terminal at jfk

If you’re an architectural purist who’s somehow managed to miss exploring Eero Saarinen’s masterpiece at JFK in person all these year, you won’t want to miss out on what will foreseeably be your last chance to experience the structure as it was meant to be. For one day only, the iconic building will open to the public for FREE for just four hours as part of the annual Open House New York Weekend festival.

As written in an OHNY Weekend press release, Sunday, October 18th, “is likely to be the last time the TWA Flight Center will be open to the public in its current form.” As 6sqft previously reported, the terminal will soon be redeveloped into a 505-room hotel by MCR Development and JetBlue.

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