Neighborhoods

Cool Listings, Rockaway

148-16 Newport Avenue, Neponsit, Rockaway

Listing images by Matt Vacca; courtesy The Corcoran Group

If you don’t mind the trek, you can find some nice properties out in the Rockaways—like this home at 148-16 Newport Avenue, nestled in the affluent enclave of Neponsit. With a $3.85 million price tag, it’s by no means a bargain—despite its distance from pricier Manhattan and Brooklyn—but if you have the budget, you’ll get 4,800 square feet of living space and an impressive backyard complete with an in-ground pool, gazebo, and sweet Jamaica Bay views.

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affordable housing, Bronx, Major Developments, New Developments

the peninsula, bronx affordable housing, gilbane development company, spofford juvenile center, hunts point,

Rendering courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design and Body Lawson Associates

The first phase of a project that will bring more than 700 units of affordable housing to the Bronx neighborhood of Hunts Point will get underway in the coming weeks, developers announced Tuesday. Dubbed the Peninsula, the mixed-use complex will rise on the site of the former Spofford Juvenile Detention Center, which closed in 2011 after the city recognized its awful conditions and treatment of children. The first phase, costing about $121.5 million, includes the construction of 183 affordable units by 2021.

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Cool Listings, East Village, Greenwich Village

114 East 13th Street, union square,

After 25 years as the home of The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, this 3,200 square-foot duplex condo asking $3.75 million is still a classic Village live/work loft. The late, famed photographer Phillip Leonian is known for his iconic portrait of Muhammad Ali in a crown and red velvet robe; the foundation has funded photographic education and documentary photography across the United States. The American Felt Building at 114 East 13th Street was once home to the suppliers of the hammer and bushing felt for the Steinway piano company; it was among the area’s first to be re-purposed for loft living, loved for the high ceilings and massive windows that made former industrial spaces so popular.

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Features, Restaurants, Where I Work, Williamsburg

“Asian fusion” is undoubtedly one of the most popular categories on Seamless, but for restauranteurs Lawrence and Ayako Elliott, it wasn’t about following the trends. “When we went out to dinner, we ate mostly [East] Asian food… so we wanted to create a menu that we would find interesting,” Lawrence told 6sqft. And this is exactly what they did at their Metropolitan Avenue restaurant Monarch Theater, which opened in February. Not only is the food influenced by traditional East Asian cuisine, but the design of the two-story restaurant–which the Elliots worked on themselves–was inspired by the former theater that occupied the site. Ahead, take a look around and learn more about this new Williamsburg gem.

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City Living, Long Island City, Transportation

mta, flooding, weather

Image courtesy of @subwaycreatures via Youtube.

A rush of brown water flooded into the Court Square-23rd Street station in Long Island City Wednesday night, making for a soggy commute–and a dangerous one for one passenger who was nearly swept onto the tracks. The MTA said the unfortunate overflow was caused by a plywood construction wall in a nearby building site, where the skyscraper known as Skyline Tower is rising, giving way in the recent downpour, the Daily News reports.

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Cool Listings, Fort Greene

Listing images by Russ Ross; courtesy of The Corcoran Group

This one bedroom on the third floor of a four-story co-op at 416 Clermont Avenue is “nestled in the treetops in prime Fort Greene,” per the listing. Judging from the green views out the windows, that description isn’t far off. The charming apartment was recently renovated to reflect more modern tastes but it held on to some of it’s best prewar details, like the wood-burning fireplace with a carved marble mantle in the living room. The unit is now available to rent for $3,000 a month.

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Coney Island, Events, Transportation

Nostalgia trains to roll into Coney Island this weekend

By Nicole Mondrus, Thu, July 18, 2019

Photos via the New York Transit Museum

This weekend, both history buffs and New Yorkers looking to hit the beach can ride on one of the NY Transit Museum’s vintage subway cars. Part of the museum’s “Nostalgia Rides,” on Saturday, passengers can board 1910s BMT B-Type Standards and 1930s IND R1-9 cars and ride them from the 96th Street/2nd Avenue station in Manhattan all the way to Coney Island. Find out more

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Features, History, Museums, Upper West Side 

Photo via Flickr cc

This year, the American Museum of Natural History celebrates its 150th anniversary. Though best known for its spectacular T. Rex skeletons and incredible hanging blue whale, the story of this Upper West Side museum isn’t just one of dinosaurs and dioramas. For example, did you know that Ulysses S. Grant laid the cornerstone? Or how about that in the 1930s, there was a proposal to build a promenade through Central Park to connect the Museum with the Met? Ahead, we’ve rounded up eight things you might not know about the American Museum of Natural History.

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Celebrities, Ditmas Park, Recent Sales

685 East 18th Street, Audrey Gelman, The Wing

Audrey Gelman, the co-founder and CEO of coworking company The Wing, is now the owner of Ditmas Park’s most expensive single-family home. Gelman and husband Ilan Zechory bought the nearly 5,000-square-foot Colonial Revival home for $3.2 million, as the New York Post first reported. Typically, homes go for around $2 million in the south Brooklyn neighborhood, which is known for its large Victorian homes. Gelman’s six-bedroom home boasts features not many New York City homes have, including a wrap-around front porch, finished basement, and a two-car driveway.

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Brooklyn Heights, Landmarks Preservation Commission, Starchitecture

Bjarke Ingels, 111 Hicks Street, St. George Tower

Rendering via LPC 

The Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday approved plans from starchitect Bjarke Ingels to build a rooftop addition at a landmarked building in Brooklyn Heights. As part of a penthouse renovation of the 29th and 30th floors of the St. George Tower at 111 Hicks Street, Ingels would construct a fake water tower to hold a new elevator shaft, raise the roof deck, and add a pool. As first reported by Brownstoner, the Danish architect, whose firm is known for New York City projects like The Eleventh and the Spiral, presented his plan to the commission as a personal project. “I have a massive self-interest because I hope to make it my home,” he said.

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