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Send In Your Questions and Get Them Turned Into Stories

By Alyssa Alimurung, Mon, June 15, 2015

nyc skyline illustration

Ever wondered how designers work around NYC’s tiny apartments? We’ll get in touch with the space-saving gurus at noroof Architects. Or maybe you want to know about the origins of the city’s street art? We know an artist who was part of the first generation of subway graffiti artists. Or it could be as simple as wanting to know more about your beloved neighborhood. We’ll chat with brokers who’ve been working the nabe for decades. You’ve got questions about this big city, and we’re willing to get the answers. Whatever they may be, send in your inquires to [email protected] or tweet them to us with #Ask6sqft and we’ll select a few to turn into stories on 6sqft!

Illustration via imgkid

Design, Social Media, Technology

morpholio project, morpholio crit, crit, iphone app

Gone are the days of sifting through email threads, text messages and sketches on napkins. Imagine being able to comment, suggest changes, and markup images with your architect throughout the whole design process using just your iPhone or iPad. Enter Morpholio Crit, the newly launched brainchild of The Morpholio Project.

Learn more about the app here

History, Social Media, Technology

We’ve taken a look at a couple of fascinating websites that let users tour their city’s history through historic photos or overlaid maps from 1600 to present day, but a new app is trying to reach a similar goal on your mobile phone in real time. Pivot is an augmented reality app that alerts users when they’re near a “pivot point,” at which time they can raise their phones and see pictures and videos of what that exact location looked like in the past. The app’s creators hope this will become a historical preservation platform.

Read more

maps, photography, Social Media, Transportation

Though many of us would rather not look at another train once we get done with our daily commutes, others of us revel in the images of railfandom, a subculture of train enthusiasts. One self-professed rail geek, Nick Benson, even went so far as to create the Railfan Atlas, a worldwide collection of Flickr train photos. The images are geotagged, and there’s a heat map that shows the hottest spots for train porn.

Click here to see the most popular spots in NYC for railfandom

Architecture, holidays, hudson yards, Social Media

35 Hudson Yards, Building Mingle, Valentine's Day marketing

Single building lovers, have no fear. Hudson Yards is happy to be your Valentine. As a marketing tactic, the entire project, along with all five of its towers, got profiles on the fake dating site Building Mingle.

15 Hudson Yards, the residential tower designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, has a celeb crush on the Guggenheim and its great curves and describes his type as “Anyone who works with concrete and steel. I’m looking for stability.”; 10 Hudson Yards enjoys “When Harry Met Sally” (It’s a classic romantic comedy!); and 30 Hudson Yards is a little shallow and is looking for someone tall and slender who isn’t afraid of heights.

See all the profiles here

Social Media

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By Alyssa Alimurung, Thu, January 22, 2015

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History, Social Media

NYPL, New York Public Library

Remember the old days of pay phones, encyclopedia collections, and writing letters on actual pieces of paper? Before the internet, life was a lot different, and the New York Public Library has a fun new project to remind us of that.

Referring to themselves as “Google before Google existed,” the NYPL will be posting old reference questions from the 1940s to 80s on their Instagram account every Monday. The staff recently found a box of these old gems, all of which were asked either via phone or in person.

Take a look at the first batch of questions from the NYPL

Financial District, Social Media, Technology

Selfie Kiosk, One World Trade Center, Downtown Alliance

It’s hard to get the perfect selfie when you’re worried about holding the phone at the right angle and pressing the button without dropping it. So a new Financial District photo kiosk will come as a welcome relief to architecture-loving selfie-takers. The bright red “selfie station,” sponsored by the Downtown Alliance, a lower Manhattan business improvement district, lets users take photos of themselves with One World Trade Center soaring in the background. Located at Albany Plaza at the corner of Greenwich and Albany Streets, the high-tech kiosk also lets visitors choose photo filters and email, tweet, or Facebook their selfie.

More details on the One WTC Selfie Kiosk

6sqft gift guide, Social Media, Technology

The kids today posting their selfies and cat pictures to Instagram have no idea that they owe the square-shaped insta-photos to the good old Polaroid. So give them a little history lesson this holiday season with the Polaroid Socialmatic camera. It prints your photos on the spot like the original model, but also uploads them directly to social media outlets thanks to a WiFi connection that also lets users download apps and use the internet.

More details on the Polaroid Socialmatic camera

Featured Story

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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