Brooklyn

Cobble Hill, Cool Listings, Interiors, Top Stories

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Two Manhattan gallerists, one six-story Brooklyn townhouse—you’d think it would be a match made in heaven. But the home’s current owners—his Madison Avenue gallery specializes in Surrealist and Modern art, her company looks out for new talent and helps clients build contemporary art collections—bought the house in 2015 for $4 million, and they’ve just listed it for $6.5M. 124 Congress Street is one of nine units that comprise the Morris Adjmi-designed Cobble Hill Townhouses. Completed in 2014, the development features a mix of restored and newly-constructed homes. With four bedrooms, a private garden and a roof terrace with Manhattan views—but no elevator—the home’s interiors were clearly designed by a pro, but they’re surprisingly low-key given the sellers’ contemporary art milieu.

Take the tour. Hope you like stairs

Boerum Hill, Cool Listings, Interviews

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Renters can enjoy Brooklyn townhouse living in all its glory here at 306 State Street, a Boerum Hill property now asking $12,000 a month. The 25-foot landmark home spans three floors and holds five bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms and an upgraded chef’s kitchen. Better yet, a dramatic glass extension was added to the back of the home, making for a sunroom you don’t see in many historic New York townhouses.

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Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Rentals

FREE RENT: A roundup of NYC’s latest rental concessions

By Ondel Hylton, Fri, January 20, 2017

No Fee rentals, Rental Concessions, NYC apartments, NYC rental offers

See full list of rental concessions and special offers here >>

Images (L to R): The Lara, EOS, The Grand Tier and Prism

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Brighton Beach, Features, photography, The urban lens, Top Stories

Chaz Langley, Brighton Beach, Russian culture NYC, NYC photography

6sqft’s ongoing series The Urban Lens invites photographers to share work exploring a theme or a place within New York City. In this installment, Chaz Langley explores the people and establishments that breathe life into Brighton Beach. Are you a photographer who’d like to see your work featured on The Urban Lens? Get in touch with us at [email protected].

6sqft recently featured Chaz Langley‘s photo series “A Stroll in Chinatown,” where he captured the neighborhood’s unique cultural establishments and the everyday comings and goings of its residents. He’s now taken the same approach with Brighton Beach, Brooklyn’s beach-front community that’s often referred to as “Little Odessa” for its strong Russian community. Langley, a Nashville native who moved to New York almost a decade ago to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter/actor/model, has taken to sharing his location-specific collections on Instagram, integrating his graphic design background in their presentation. From a fruit stand to boardwalk, his Brighton Beach series certainly paints a picture of the neighborhood.

See all the photos here

Downtown Brooklyn, Fort Greene, Top Stories

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Downtown Brooklyn is quickly becoming one of NYC’s most desirable commercial hubs. On top of hosting a lengthy roster of big name retailers and entertainment centers—which include a new Target, Trader Joe’s, Century 21, Apple store, Alamo Drafthouse cinema, and Barclays Center—the neighborhood will also welcome a brand new, lower-priced Whole Foods concept store called “365.” According to a press release, the store will open in early 2018 at Two Trees’ 300 Ashland Place, and be set up as a no-frills version of the grocery giant.

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Bed Stuy, Celebrities, Cool Listings

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Singer and songwriter Santi “Santigold” White—best known for her singles “Creator” and “LES Artistes,” and more recently her video “Can’t Get Enough of Myself” which featured cameos by Jay Z, Pharrell, Olivia Wilde, amongst other A-listers—has just listed her stunning Bed-Stuy brownstone for $1,950,000. White originally purchased the property back in 2010 for just $775,000, meaning if she can make a sale, she’ll walk away with quite a tidy profit. With that said, the home at 786 Putnam Avenue should have no issues drawing in buyers. In addition to offering generous quarters as a “one-of-a-kind 2-family brownstone, currently used as an extra-large one-family residence,” plenty of lavish details make this home a standout.

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Brooklyn Heights, Green Design, Top Stories, Urban Design

Rendering via Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

You won’t need to see more than a few renderings and photos of new park space slated for Brooklyn Bridge Park to feel ready for summertime. First posted by Curbed from the park’s landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, renderings show the final design for one of the last undeveloped sections of the park between Montague and Joralemon streets. Known as the Pier 5 uplands, the hilly green space will be comprised of a stepped lawn, shaded grove, waterfront seating and new entrance off Joralemon Street. A sound-dampening berm will reduce noise from the nearby roadways. And it’s all on track to wrap construction right before summer.

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Brooklyn Heights, Celebrities, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Top Stories

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When he penned an essay about his neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights in 1959, it was this wood-frame house at 13 Pineapple Street that inspired Truman Capote. “Cheerfully austere, as elegant and other-era as formal calling cards, these houses bespeak an age of able servants and solid fireside ease; of horses in musical harness,” he wrote, referencing the 1830 Federal-era home that was around the corner from his personal house. The Wall Street Journal reports that, for the past 26 years, the residence has been preserved by a couple who were drawn to its grey shingles as a reminder of the old houses in Nantucket they love. But now that their children are grown, they’re looking to downsize and have listed the storied property for $10.5 million.

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Gowanus

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The real estate community has been looking closely at Gowanus as of late thanks to rezoning plans that will likely spur high-end development and proposals for a public esplanade. To some, this waterfront vision seems a bit off due to the toxicity of the Canal and its history as a Superfund site, but naysayers may be changing their tune as a new report from the New York State Department of Health tells us that “limited direct contact with the canal’s waters, through boating or fishing” doesn’t increase the risk of cancer and other diseases, according to Gothamist. It’s still not safe to swim in the water, but, believe it or not, men and women of certain ages can even eat some of the Canal’s fish.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Park Slope

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Even in the land of many mansions otherwise known as north Park Slope, 106 Eighth Avenue is, as the listing says, a rare Brooklyn treasure. Built in 1905 for furniture tycoon Henry Wallace Partridge, this Beaux Arts mansion built to accommodate “family, full time employees and guests” spans 8,000 square feet and 20 rooms, including seven bathrooms and nine fireplaces. Maintained with care, this extraordinary home has retained original details throughout, including hand-painted frescoes and a Tiffany stained glass atrium. It’s currently on the market for $8.789 million (still far below the 17,500-square-foot Low mansion at 3 Pierrepont Place for $40 million), and awaits more family, full-time employees and guests to reimagine it for the 21st century.

Take the grand tour

Cool Listings, Greenpoint, Interiors

59 kent street, greenpoint, rental

There are over 1,700 glorious square feet in this Greenpoint loft, now up for rent at the Pencil Factory building at 59 Kent Street. It’s boasting plenty of character, too, with 12-foot ceilings topped with the original wood beams, polished concrete floors, exposed brick and massive factory windows. To live in this sprawling, dreamy loft will cost $4,750 a month.

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Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Rentals, Uncategorized

FREE RENT: A roundup of NYC’s latest rental concessions

By Ondel Hylton, Fri, January 13, 2017

NYC rentals, No fee apartments, rental concessions
  • Renovated Apartments on West 30th Street Near Hudson Yards Offering One Month Free [link]
  • Free Rent & Special Offers at Spencer Street Apartments in Bed-Stuy [link]
  • Name Revealed for New Clinton Hill Rental, Leasing Site Launched for 5-Story ‘Myrtle & Steuben‘ [link]
  • Stonehenge 57, Midtown East High-Rise in Sutton Place, Offering One Month Free [link]
  • Soaring 507 West Chelsea Opens, Launches No-Fee Leasing with Two Months Free [link]
  • Grand Opening of Sleek Bushwick Rental at 1513 Gates Ave; Two-Bedrooms Priced from $2,530/Mo. [link]
  • One Month of Free Rent at the James Marquis on West 90th Street [link]
  • Two Months Free + $1000 Security Deposits at The Olivia on West 33rd Street [link]
  • Lincoln Center’s 48-Story Rental, The Encore, Offering Up to Three Months Free [link]
  • Timeless 365 West End Avenue with Massive 4+ Bedroom Apartments Leasing with One Month Free [link]

Images (L to R): The Olivia, The Encore, 507 West Chelsea, 1513 Gates Avenue

Cool Listings, Interiors, Park Slope

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We won’t blame you if this Park Slope apartment makes you drool. Located at 85 Sixth Avenue, the 10-unit condo was built for the Brooklyn social club the Carleton Club in 1890. The historic brick building holds this bright and lofty apartment, which hits the right balance between simple, modern design and some more historic interior touches. It’ll likely get snatched up quickly with an ask of $675,000.

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Celebrities, Clinton Hill, Interiors

119 Vanderbilt, Clinton Hill, townhouses, Lake Bell, Celebrities, Cool listings, Wallabout, historic homes, outdoor spaces, interiors, lake bell home

Back in 2013 director/actress/screenwriter Lake Bell and tattoo artist to the stars Scott Campbell bought this quaint townhouse in north Clinton Hill in the Wallabout Historic District for $1.55 million. Three years, a baby and some creative renovations later they listed the home at 119 Vanderbilt Avenue for an ambitious $3 million. After a price cut last November to $2.55 million and a broker switch, the home with the enchanted Zen garden and top-floor atelier is now asking $2.3 million with new photos to boot.

Check out the cool, quirky townhouse interiors

affordable housing, housing lotteries, New Developments, Prospect Heights, Rentals

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Last spring, the first housing lottery opened at Pacific Park Brooklyn when 181 affordable units at SHoP’s 461 Dean Street (the world’s tallest modular tower) came online. It was followed a few months later by 298 openings at 535 Carlton Avenue, COOKFOX‘s entirely affordable building, and now the third set of apartments for low- to middle-income New Yorkers is open. SHoP Architects also designed an all-affordable building at 38 Sixth Avenue, adjacent to the Barclays Center, and as of today these 303 residences are up for grabs, ranging from $532/month studios to $3,695/month three-bedrooms. Households earning between 101 and 165 percent of the area media income (or up to $173,415 annually) are eligible for 198 of the units, while 105 units are set aside for those earning between 30 and 100 percent (as low as $20,126 a year).

More details and the whole qualification breakdown

Art, Downtown Brooklyn

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Image via mike_by_bike_/Instagram

In the early 1900s, renowned sculptor Daniel Chester French was asked to create “two allegorical figures,” a Miss Manhattan and a Miss Brooklyn, to stand at the Brooklyn entrance to the Manhattan Bridge. The granite women were removed, however, in the 1960s when Robert Moses decided to move them. They were then relocated to their current home at the Brooklyn Museum’s entrance, but after a 10-year, $450,000 project, a resin replica of the original has returned to the bridge. As the Times tells us, sculptor and installation artist Brian Tolle (he’s also responsible for the Irish Hunger Memorial) designed the new version to glow at night with interior LED lights and rotate “on two lamppost-like arms.”

See the ladies in action

affordable housing, Crown Heights, housing lotteries

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It’s been over two years since ODA Architects first released a rendering of their rental project at 1040 Dean Street (formerly 608 Franklin Avenue) in Crown Heights. Featuring the firm’s signature glassy, boxy aesthetic, the eight-story, 133,582-square-foot project rose on part of the site of the shuttered Nassau Brewery, just a block away from hot-spot food hall Berg’n. Of its 120 units, 20 percent will be reserved for those earning no more than 60 percent of the area media income, and starting tomorrow, qualifying New Yorkers can apply to these affordable units, ranging from $845/month studios to $1,022 two-bedrooms.

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Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Rentals

FREE RENT: A roundup of NYC’s latest rental concessions

By Ondel Hylton, Wed, January 11, 2017

Rental concessions, special offers, no fee apartments, NYC rentals
  • The Eugene, Midtown’s Tallest Rental Skyscraper, Gears Up for Early 2017 Leasing [link]
  • Grand Opening: Leasing Begins at 681 Franklin in Crown Heights [link]
  • Grand Opening: Leasing Begins on No Fee Bed-Stuy Apartments at 766 Lafayette Avenue [link]
  • One Month Free on Select Units at Brodsky’s Midtown West High-Rise, One Columbus Place [link]
  • One Month Free on Select Units at East Harlem’s Eco-Friendly Rental, Tapestry [link]
  • Two Months Free on Newly Renovated Apartments in Brooklyn Heights [link]
  • Hallet’s Cove, Boutique Astoria Rental, Offers No-Fee Apartments with One Month Free [link]
  • No-Fee Rentals Launch with One Month Free at New Bed-Stuy Rental ‘The Dekalb‘ [link]
  • Stately Prewar Tower in Morningside Heights Leasing with Two Months Free + $1,000 Security Deposits [link]
  • Have Stunning City & Waterfront Views from 200 Water Street, Now Leasing with One Month Free [link]
  • At Epicenter of Upper East Side, High-Rise Rental ‘The Colorado‘ Offering Up to Three Months Free [link]
  • LIC’s Tower 28 to Begin Leasing in March with Units Priced from $1,900/Mo., See new Renderings and Model Interior Photos [link]
  • Grand Opening: Leasing Launches with One Month Free at Historic Townhouse Conversion in Bed-Stuy [link]

Images (L to R): One Columbus Place, 200 Water Street, Stonehenge NYC, The Colorado

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Features, Interiors, MY SQFT, Park Slope

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Our ongoing series “My sqft” checks out the homes of 6sqft’s friends and fellow New Yorkers across all the boroughs. Our latest interior adventure brings us to the Park Slope apartment of journalist and gallery owner Alexandra King. Want to see your home featured here? Get in touch!

If you needed any more proof that British women just have “it” when it comes to style, place your gaze no further than Alexandra King. The expat journalist, writer and one half of downtown gallery Lyles & King seems to have a knack for turning naught into something noteworthy—just look at her apartment.

Alexandra came to NYC seven years ago, first living on her own and then moving into a grimy Chinatown pad with her then-boyfriend-now-husband, Isaac. Following a somewhat traumatic event at their old building, the pair decided to leave Manhattan and high-tail it to leafy Park Slope. While their new neighborhood offered a different kind of charm than Chinatown, their one-bedroom rental still left a lot to be desired; the accent walls for example were painted in what Alexandra describes as “a bizarre shade of poop brown.” But leave it to an enterprising creative to transform a turd into a gem. Alexandra saw plenty of potential in the dank space and jumped on the lease. Despite having a few what have I done?! moments, Alexandra worked her magic and completely transformed the apartment. Ahead she gives 6sqft a tour of her bright boho-chic abode, and shares her fail-safe plan for creating an inspiring home.

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Gowanus, Urban Design

Under the Tracks Playground, Kentile Floors sign, Gowanus Alliance, Loci Architecture, Gowanus by Design

Renderings via Loci Architecture

Two summers ago, the Gowanus Alliance teamed up with Gowanus by Design on their vision to transform the land underneath the elevated subway tracks on 10th Street between Second and Third Avenues into a public park that would serve as a home for the iconic but dismantled Kentile Floors sign. Now that the MTA has completed its repairs on the tracks above, Brooklyn Paper reports that the group has tapped Loci Architecture for preliminary renderings of what this space, dubbed Under the Tracks Playground, could look like.

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