holidays

holidays, maps, Transportation

Holiday Taxi Map, ImageWork Technologies, NYC Holiday Taxi Visualization

Still recovering from a Thanksgiving travel fiasco? Or maybe you haven’t even made it home yet. Either way, this map is probably not going to make you feel better. It’s a visualization of taxi trips from NYC-area airports between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

The project was inspired by a previous mapping endeavor, NYC Taxis: A Day in the Life, and was created by designers at ImageWork Technologies. They looked at taxi trips originating from JFK and LaGuardia in 2013, and even have a feature that allows users to filter the results by individual airline terminals.

More details ahead

Cool Listings, holidays, real estate trends

On Sale Now: An Unofficial Black Friday Bargain Hunt!

By Michelle Cohen, Fri, November 28, 2014

135 West 70th Street PHBC

135 West 70th Street Penthouse BC; Listing photo Douglas Elliman.

Late November can be an anxious time for both buyers and sellers; unpleasant weather, family events and just plain seasonal shutdown mode can reduce the traffic at open houses to a trickle and get properties pulled off the market until after New Year’s Day or even springtime. Sellers may panic and prices get cut in the hopes of getting the deal done before year’s end; it’s a good time for intrepid buyers to stay in the game, though, because the competition factor is at a minimum.

After reading about Leo DiCaprio who, like Macy’s, Wal-Mart and Kohl’s, jumped the gun on the traditional discount day by price-chopping his haute-holistic Delos Living penthouse, we rounded up some stellar dwellings that received significant markdowns just in time for the popular post-Thanksgiving Day shop-a-thon. So if you’re on the hunt–or you’ve got a two-bed-two-bath-with-killer-views-sized stocking to fill–check out our list of sale merch of the real estate persuasion that–we hope–won’t require you to queue up at the crack of dawn.

10 more discounted deals that are better than lords a-leaping

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Features, holidays, opinion, People, Social Media

NYC scene

That’s the question that we’ve been asking 6sqft’s friends and Twitter followers leading up to Thanksgiving. It’s easy to get pulled into the NYC complaining vortex (The 6 train is delayed again?! You’re raising my rent how much?!), but the reality is that we live in the greatest city in the entire world, and there’s plenty here to be thankful for, whether it’s something as small as seeing a cute dog on the street or as large as visiting famous museums.

Read the responses we got here

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Features, holidays, Interviews, New Yorker Spotlight, People

Macy's Wesley Whatley, kermit the frog, Wesley Whatley

For one day each year, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade transforms the streets of New York City into the ultimate stage for marching bands, dancers, floats, and of course, giant balloons. As we can all imagine, putting on a parade of this magnitude is no small task. And that’s where Wesley Whatley, the Parade’s creative director, comes in.

Wesley is responsible for overseeing, developing and bringing the creative side of the event to life. His role requires vision, organization and a deep understanding of the parade’s history and its importance to both the city and America. Along with his team, he ensures it’s a magical event for spectators and television viewers.

In anticipation of tomorrow’s parade, we spoke with Wesley about selecting marching bands and performers, the logistics of organizing such a large event, and, on a personal note, what parades mean to him.

read the interview with Wesley here

holidays, Polls

POLL: Are You Eating Turkey for Thanksgiving?

By Dana Schulz, Wed, November 26, 2014

On Monday, we spotlighted Zaid Kurdieh, Greenmarket farmer of Norwich Meadows Farm and talked to him about how he’s preparing for the Thanksgiving turkey rush. There’s a lot more that goes into it than you might think, especially since the farm’s animals are raised halal and humanely.

But we were surprised when Zaid mentioned that this year he’s getting a lot of requests for chickens rather than turkeys, which got us  thinking, in the day of the tofurkey and turducken, how many Americans are steering away from the traditional turkey dinner. So let us know what you’re planning to fill up on tomorrow.

Images: Turkey via master phillip via photopin cc (L); Tofurkey via Clove Garden (R)

Events, holidays, Manhattan, quizzes

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You may not wake up early enough tomorrow to catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but we bet you know these balloon characters anyway. 10 of those famous helium-filled stars were matched up with “their” NYC neighborhood. Guess which character belongs in each neighborhood in this fun Buzzfeed quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ HERE…

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City Living, Events, Features, holidays

NYC Volunteer Opportunities: Giving Thanks and Giving Back

By Michelle Cohen, Tue, November 25, 2014

nyc volunteer events, new york food bank

The season of good cheer–and good food–has begun, but there are many who are left out in the cold. Share the abundance; volunteer your time, your food, or your funds (or all of the above) to help spread real warmth to all New Yorkers. We’ve rounded up Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities around the city to make it even simpler for you to give back.

Check out our list of ways to get involved

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Features, holidays, Interviews, New Yorker Spotlight, People

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Photo by Chris Franko

When Janna Kennedy Hyten was growing up in rural Florida, she probably never envisioned the crowds that would one day gather outside her Brooklyn home for Halloween 313. At the time, Janna’s physical world was small, but her imagination was large and primed to create the wonder, joy, and gore necessary to captivate thousands of children each Halloween.

Halloween 313 began 20 years ago when Janna opened her home at 313 Clinton Avenue to Clinton Hill‘s children. Over the last two decades, what began as elaborate Halloween decorations on the home’s exterior, developed into an annual, full-fledged, front yard production with fun names and storylines like “Grimm Scary Tale,” “Pirates of the Scarebbean, The Curse of the White Pearl,” and “20,000 Screams Under the Sea.”

We recently spoke with Janna to find out more about the woman and home behind Halloween 313.

Read the interview here

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Features, holidays, real estate trends

Calvary Cemetery Queens

Photo via Plowboylifestyle/CC

Not so surprisingly, Manhattan has a slew of cemeteries, graveyards and built-over potter’s fields (for unclaimed bodies). Madison Square Park was originally used as a potter’s field, as was Bryant Park. And though these swaths of land served many purposes over the years, it took an eternity before they were lovely public parks. From the late 1600s, burial grounds were generally confined to what would now be just south of City Hall, but more began popping up further uptown during the 1800s as the city’s population grew in leaps and bounds.

With Halloween upon us, tis’ the season for checking out if living near one might give a buyer a bit of a ghostly scare or whether it takes an eternity to sell when the living room window overlooks tombstones marking coffins buried six feet under.

Hear what experts say, and then learn about the city’s most notable graveyards.

Do homes near cemeteries sell at a discount in NYC?

Design, holidays, Products

Zia Priven, Philippe lamp, skeleton lamp

No, it’s not a Halloween decoration. Philippe is a year-round floor lamp that’s sure to spice up any room with its eerily glamorous appeal. Created by the lighting designers at Zia Priven, this lamp resembles a skeleton you might find at the doctor’s office. The only difference is it’s topped with lamp shade and comes finished in silver, bronze, or a natural-looking bone white.

More details on Philippe here

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