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6sqft gift guide, Features, holidays, Products

10 Unexpected and Affordable Host Gifts for Thanksgiving

By Dana Schulz, Fri, November 20, 2015

It’s always tough when your Thanksgiving host tells you not to worry about bringing anything for the meal. With stuffing and pumpkin pie out of the question, what can you bring as a token of gratitude? Forget standard run-of-the-mill host gifts like a jar of jam or Yankee candle–6sqft has rounded up some fun and affordable options that are unexpected yet surprisingly useful. From a clever wine tote made in Brooklyn to an adopted olive tree in Italy, here are our top ten hostess gift picks.

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Features, History, holidays

The 369th Infantry (old 15th National Guard of New York City) was the first New York regiment to parade as veterans of Great War; Photo via National ArchivesWikimedia Commons

It can be easy to forget that it’s Veterans Day since most offices and schools remain open and New York City’s veterans represent only about 2.6 percent of the total population. But it’s quite an important day, and the city’s Veterans Day Parade, known as “America’s Parade,” is the perfect way to honor our servicemen and women; it’s the country’s largest event marking the holiday. Like most events in New York City, the parade has a history all its own, so 6sqft decided to explore that a bit further as our way of saying thank you to the brave veterans who have fought for our freedom.

Find out the history of the NYC Veteran’s Day parade here

holidays, maps

Mapping the Most Popular Halloween Candy by State

By Dana Schulz, Sat, October 31, 2015

Halloween candy map

6sqft has already brought you a map of what Americans love to eat most by state, but when October rolls around, New Yorkers forget about the avocados (yes, that’s our state’s favorite food) and move on to sweeter treats. So before you get yourself into a sugar coma today, check out this fun map of the most popular Halloween candy by state (h/t Mashable). Turns out, the most number of states chose candy corn, but Reeses Peanut Butter Cups had the highest number of total votes. New Yorkers, however, have a very strange favorite…

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Features, holidays, Interviews, New Yorker Spotlight, People

starr ravenhawk

Image © Laia Abril/Institute

New York is a very diverse city, so it should be no surprise that within the city’s midst are witches—and we’re not talking the kind starring on Broadway’s “Wicked.” Witches is one term for women and men who practice the religion Wicca. (Of note, not everyone who practices Wicca refers to themselves as a witch—but more on this ahead).

Starr RavenHawk is a witch and the founder of The New York City Wiccan Family Temple. On October 31st, Starr and fellow witches/Wiccans will celebrate Samhain, a holiday that marks their new year. While this happens to be on the same day as Halloween, Samhain is not about sweets, scaring people or merriment. Rather, the new year is a time to honor those who have passed away. As Starr explains, this is a very personal holiday and how one celebrates it will vary.

This week 6sqft spoke with Starr to debunk some myths about witches and Wicca and to learn more about The New York City Wiccan Family Temple and Samhain.

Everything you need to know this way

holidays, maps

Map Shows Where Our Pumpkins Really Come From

By Dana Schulz, Thu, October 29, 2015

pumpkin map, U.S. pumpkin farms

Unfortunately, the pumpkins at Whole Foods don’t come with labels like “local” or “wild caught,” but the good news is that your Halloween purchase likely comes from nearby. This interactive map from the Washington Post highlights the total acres of pumpkins harvested, by county, in 2012. It was created using data from USDA Agricultural Census and shows that “pumpkins are grown commercially in just about every county in the Northeastern states.”

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Features, holidays, Quirky Homes

Surreal Estate halloween

As if New York City home prices, monthly rents and apartment sizes weren’t scary enough. Between the horrors of Airbnb, overpriced dorm-style “co-living,” super-expensive micro-apartments, and Donald Trump, it’s hard to imagine we’d need Halloween to scare ourselves silly.

But scare we do. Because of listings like these that know no season. Because sometimes real estate gets a little too real. From spookily dilapidated to eerily obscure to downright hideous, 6sqft has rounded up some of the most horrifying listings out there.

Be very afraid

holidays, maps

Still up in the air about your Halloween costume, but want to make sure you’re not one of 10,000 Donald Trumps wandering around NYC on Saturday? Check out this cool map called Frightgeist that shows what the most popular costumes are in cities across the country. Using Google Trends, the map from Google News Lab pulled the top 500 costume searches to create this handy national- and local-based resource.

Some fun facts from the map

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Features, holidays, Interviews, New Yorker Spotlight, People, Tribeca

frankie stein nyc

Frankie Stein transforms people for a living. At her aptly named costume shop Frankie Steinz, she turns New Yorkers into Marie Antoinette, Luke Skywalker, Mad Hatter, or whoever they desire to become. Available by appointment only, Frankie has a reputation as a costume maker extraordinaire. She’s designed attire for a myriad of clients including television giants Nickelodeon and HBO ans corporations like American Express, as well as for non-profit organizations’ charity galas. Her work can even be seen in major films like “One True Thing” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” In her Tribeca studio she keeps a large inventory of rentals in every character imaginable, but if something is not in her collection she’ll make it.

With Halloween quickly approaching and New Yorkers dutifully searching for their perfect ensemble, we recently spoke with Frankie about her work, the costume requests she’s been receiving this year, and why getting into character makes people so happy.

Read our interview with Frankie here

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Art, Art nerd ny, Events, Features, holidays

America, fireworks

Image via Michael Dougherty/flickr

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 which start tonight!

Of course, July 4th is on everyone’s mind this weekend. If you’re not into battling the crowds along the East River to see the fireworks (of if you’re not lucky enough to have east-side roof access!), we’ve rounded up some patriotic alternatives for festive Independence Day fun, including the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, a ride aboard a replica 1780 sailboat, and music and fireworks at the Seaport. If you’re going to be out on the Island, be sure to check out the ArtHamptons fair. And before we celebrate our own independence, let’s not forget about our neighbors to the north; an exhibit at Westbeth marks Canada Day with pieces from Canadian artists. Next, shift gears to Copenhagen, as this month’s #MidnightMoment in Times Square will transport New Yorkers to the Danish city. There’s also the “Summer Show” with Jorge Pardo, Jon Pylypchuk, and Dirk Skreber at the Petzel Gallery, free public hours at the Judd Foundation and a giant installation art exhibit at the Knockdown Center.

Get the details on all these events here

holidays, Polls

As the week goes on and we get closer to the July 4th holiday, the city seems to be emptying out little by little. But here in our office, the consensus is that it’s going to be a staycation weekend. While hopping on the Hampton Jitney and getting away to the beach to eat some hot dogs sounds like a great plan, so does hanging at home and taking advantage of all the events happening throughout the city–like the fireworks over the East River. What are your plans for this July 4th?

Images: 2012-08-04 08-10 Cape May 013 via photopin (license) (L); 2014-07-04 NYC Fireworks via photopin (license) (R)

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