Since opening in 1978, FXFOWLE has grown to become one of New York’s most prolific architecture firms, transforming the skyline with new and updated additions like the slick and sloping 35XV in Flatiron, showstoppers like 4 and 11 Times Square in Midtown, and their conversion of a massive Village medical complex into a luxurious celeb-filled residence called The Greenwich Lane. While FXFOWLE’s designs are most often lauded for their originality and contextual sensitivity, what’s often overlooked is that their work is also firmly rooted in sustainable design. Ahead FXFOWLE senior partner Dan Kaplan talks about how he and his colleagues have for over three decades used green building principles and sustainable design as common practice in New York City, as well as how he feels about the role of “signature style” in architecture today.
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Two of the smartest things you can do when decorating your small city-dwelling are to make use of indoor plants and to invest in multi-functional pieces of furniture. This brilliant new table, named The Living Table, brings these two concepts together seamlessly. The innovative table design from Habitat Horticulture, mimics how plants naturally absorb water from the ground, providing you with the perfect plant-ready furniture to house all of your favorite low-growing greenery.
The process is made possible through capillary action where water is drawn upwards through the table’s sub-irrigation system. The table comes equipped with various layers of material that allow for the perfect balance of moisture and aeration. The self-regulating layer system also eliminates the need for drainage and excessive watering.
The table is not only smart, but it’s also strong—the top is made of 3/8th thick tempered glass and can support a load up to 180 pounds per square foot. Designed to accommodate the standard 4-inch house plants, you can either place potted plants into the Habitat Horticulture Growtex capillary mat or replant them with any standard potting soil.
The tables are made to order and cost $850.
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Instead of hitting the bars this Friday night, check out the “Library After Hours” event at the main branch of the New York Public Library. On select Fridays, the landmarked library hosts a party after closing that lets guests mingle with food and drinks, music, and a behind-the-scenes look at some of their collections. This Friday, March 31st, the library is holding the event, “Women Marching Through History,” to coincide with the last day of Women’s History Month, where guests can admire feminist manuscripts, rare books, photographs, artwork, and films as well as participate in an interactive project to record one’s own story about living through this time in women’s history.
Held in the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman building, the event will celebrate the history of the feminist movement from the 18th century to present. It features a conversation between Women’s March co-president Bob Bland and Janet Mock, advocate and author of “Redefining Realness & Surpassing Certainty.” Additional activities for guests include crafts, puzzles, coloring and other fun games.
Guests, aged 21 and up, are encouraged to dress up as their favorite suffragist, activist or writer. The Library posted images from their Digital Collections for costume ideas. The event will run from 7 to 9pm, but get there early, as lines start forming at around 6 in front of the 5th Avenue entrance.
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With significantly lower rents than Manhattan and a less than 20-minute PATH ride to the city, Journal Square continues to blossom into the next hip neighborhood. In addition to the 10+ major residential projects going up in the neighborhood, it’s also looking to become an official Art District. According to Jersey Digs, the newest project to follow suit is a two-tower, mixed-use complex at 808 Pavonia Avenue, adjacent to the historic Loew’s Jersey Theater. Developer Harwood Properties tapped Studio V Architecture to create a pedestrian neighborhood, focused on arts and cultural facilities.
The development will have one tower at 55 stories tall with 591 residential units, and the second at 49 stories with 589 units. In addition, it includes 6,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and a 126-seat black box theater that may be home to the neighborhood’s Art House Production. The museum currently serves as an exhibition space but may collaborate with Jersey City’s famed MANA Contemporary to create a corridor linking the two spots.
According to the project’s website, residents will also have access to 450 parking spots, 32,260 square feet of amenity space, which includes a “skyline cabana club,” public rooftop garden, and an outdoor amphitheater.
The Jersey City Planning board has yet to hear the project, but the developer’s website clearly writes that it “has been carefully designed to work within the parameters of the Journal Square Redevelopment Plan,” which was adopted by the city council to ensure requirements for development are met.
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If you’ve ever dreamed of jumping on trampolines among the treetops, get ready to face your fantasy. New York-based design firm Dror has unveiled its master plan for a new city park six miles north of Istanbul’s center that will bend the forest landscape with the world of your dreams. Featuring elevated walkways, art installations, aerial swings, hammocks, lush lounge areas and (of course) treetop trampolines—to name a few—Parkorman Istanbul promises to deliver a park experience like no other.If you’ve ever dreamed of jumping on trampolines among the treetops, get ready to face your fantasy. New York-based design firm Dror ...
Today it seems like there’s a new food hall popping up every day, but one of the first incarnations of this trend was at Chelsea Market, when Irwin Cohen and Vandenberg Architects transformed the former Nabisco factory in the 1990s into an office building, television production facility, and food-related retail hub. New York City history buffs likely know that this is where a certain famous cookie was invented, but there are plenty of other fun facts about the location that are much less well known. Therefore, 6sqft has rounded up the top 10 most intriguing secrets of Chelsea Market.
1. The market’s concourse still rests on the original railway tracks used in the 1800s by the “Westside Cowboys.”
From 1846 to 1941, a deadly train system appropriately referred to by locals as “The Butcher” rode along 10th and 11th Avenues, which were also aptly dubbed “Death Avenue.” Before it was taken out of service in 1906, the train killed 436 people since there were no barriers, fences or platforms and it rode amongst foot traffic, cabs, and early motorcars. At one point, to curb fatalities, the Hudson River Railroad shipped in actual cowboys from the west to ride horses in front of the trains while waving a red flag to warn pedestrians of the oncoming trains.
2. It’s actually 17 different buildings.
In 1890, eight large baking companies merged to form the New York Biscuit Company, soon thereafter absorbing 12 more bakeries. To house the new company, they built a Romanesque-style complex on the block bound by 10th and 11th Avenues and 15th and 16th Streets. Eight years later, they merged with Chicago’s American Biscuit and Manufacturing Company to form the National Biscuit Company–Nabisco. Over time, the complex expanded to include 17 different buildings–a market, factory, retail stores, and offices.
3. The main structure was built on landfill where excavators found the remains of an old schooner.
The main structure of those described above is an 11-story building erected in 1913 by architect Albert G. Zimmerman. It occupies the full block and was built on landfill and during construction, excavators found the timbers, anchor, and chains of an old two-masted schooner.
4. The Oreo cookie was invented here.
In 1912, Nabisco wanted to create a cookie to compete with Hydrox, a creme-filled sandwich cookie (most people don’t realize the Oreo is the knockoff). Their lead food scientist Sam Porcello created the recipe for the filling and the Oreo Biscuit was first sold to a grocer in Hoboken on March 6th and trademarked a week later.
5. Visitors can still see the original Nabisco murals by the market’s Ninth Street Espresso’s outpost.
One features the Uneeda biscuit mascot of a boy in a raincoat and the other is an advertisement for Oreos.
6. “NBC” (National Biscuit Company) mosaics can still be seen at the entrances.
Elegant monogram mosaics can still be seen in the small entryways along 15th Street. When the renovation was being done in the 1990s, crews found a 1960s mosaic at the 1913 building at 85 10th Avenue. According to the Times, “whoever had installed the work had chiseled off the raised NBC letters, as well as the first inch or two of the surrounding field of brick.” But the new owner wanted to keep it in its raw form “to show New York that this was like the excavation of a mining site.”
7. There are two bridge passageways that were added in the ’20s and ’30s to connect the building to its neighbors.
When Nabisco acquired the American Can Company building on 14th Street, they hired architect James Torrance to erect a classical pedestrian bridge joining the two buildings. Similarly, when the company asked architect Louis Wirsching Jr. to replace some of the 1890 bakers on the east side of 10th Avenue, they also enlisted him to design an aluminum-covered Art Deco pedestrian bridge.
8. The building was nearly vacant and abandoned during the period where Nabisco left and prior to the 1990’s when Irwin Cohen purchased it.
According to Irwin Cohen, in the days post Nabisco when the building was nearly abandoned, “It was the Wild West in Manhattan. There had been three gangland-style murders in the building, with people on their knees shot in the back of the head. The building was controlled by street prostitutes, who told the staff when to open and close the loading docks. They used the loading docks for their clothes changes. And the tenants were in a revolt.”
9. The upper floor office space at Chelsea Market was created when Irwin Cohen purchased the property in the 1990s
The first tenants to lease space here were Food Network and several advertising companies. Back in the late ’90s, this was considered a risky move. Today, MLB.com and YouTube also call Chelsea Market home.
Via Cargo Collective
10. The market’s iconic fountain is constructed out of discarded drill bits and an exposed pipe.
Cohen brought in Vandeberg Architects to create the food hall space that we know today, focusing on adaptive reuse. The firm preserved the old factory floors, some old signs, and disused ducts. They also added funky touches like old cast iron light poles, banks of television sets, and portholes to the lobby. Perhaps the best-known of these projects, though, is the artificial waterfall made from discarded drill bits and an exposed pipe.
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You pretty much step back in time walking into this Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone, located in the eastern portion of the neighborhood at 538 Decatur Street. It is an 1895 Renaissance Revival, bay-fronted brownstone that is 18 feet wide with three stories and a two-story extension. When the listing brags that the interior boasts an “astonishing wealth of original detail” they aren’t kidding–everything from carved fireplace mantles to oak pocket doors to beveled glass. The home even has its original “speaking tubes,” which the original owners would have used to call to servants working on the garden floor of the home.
In no particular order, here is the list of historic details you will uncover inside this gorgeous townhouse: oak parquet floors with ornate borders; beveled pier mirrors; quarter-sawn oak wainscoting, shutters and moldings; five fireplaces with carved mantels and tiled hearths; oak pocket doors with restored, functioning hardware; wood cabinetry with beveled glass; and finally the speaking tubes.
You enter through the home’s original entry doors into a tiled-floored, oak-paneled vestibule. The parlor floor, with its nine-foot-tall pier mirror, is separated into a front and rear parlor by an arched fretwork partition.
Also on the parlor floor is a guest room lined with a fireplace and Persian-style wallpaper on the walls and ceiling.
The garden level holds a less formal entry hall, which opens to a front den/dining room with a bay window and another fireplace. Through a butler pantry is a kitchen renovated in the period style. It has its own custom-made prep table with drawers on both sides.
The upper floors hold two bedrooms, each with its own decorative fireplace, that are connected by dual dressing rooms. A former nursery on the third floor was turned into a galley kitchen, as it was previously used as a rental apartment.
And centered off the third floor hall, the sky-lit bathroom is clad in restored oak wainscoting as well as a 66-inch-long pedestal tub with nickel-plated fittings.
The cedar-fenced back garden was outfitted with bluestone paving, rectangular steel planters and plenty of greenery that includes a Japanese pine, magenta redbud tree, a cherry tree and colorful perennials. Top that off with a relaxing gurgle coming from the bowl-like fountain.
The home is located far east into Bed-Stuy, between Howard and Ralph avenues and near the J, A and C lines. According to the listing “The Knick” has filmed inside the home, and now we’re itching to be the next ones to live in it.
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According to the report the Brooklyn Bridge will receive an additional $34 million for painting and ramp rehabilitation; the Manhattan Bridge will get $33 million more for hazard mitigation and other rehab work totaling $127 million. The Williamsburg Bridge–which already has $280 million allocated for repairs in 2021–will be getting $40 million for hazard mitigation.
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Just a little over a month ago, Meg Ryan listed her super chic Soho loft for $10.9 million, which she bought in 2014 for $8 million from fellow actor Hank Azaria. Despite her love of revamping apartments–she recently told Architectural Digest, “I love renovating. I think it’s tied to living the actor’s life… it’s a chance for me to bring my vision into the world.”–Ryan may be opting to rent, as the Post reports that she was seen checking out one of the modern townhouses at the West Village’s 1 Morton Square development, which is currently available for $28,000/month.
What makes the 25-foot-wide, 4,100-square-foot townhouse unique is that it’s connected to a much larger condo development, with access to amenities such as a gym, bike room, parking garage, and full time valet/doorman/concierge.
Enter through a grand gallery connected to what’s currently configured as a home office, though it has an en-suite bath so could serve as an extra bedroom.
Stairs or a private elevator lead to the second floor, highlighted by the large living room with a wood-burning fireplace, wide-plank European Oak floors, and a wall of windows overlooking the Hudson River. At the rear, you’ll find the family room/kitchen/dining room, which leads out to a landscaped terrace.
On the third floor are three bedrooms, all with en-suites.
The oversized master has a built-out, walk-in closet and luxurious bathroom.
The townhouse is currently in contract, but the listing brokers told the Post that though there’s an accepted offer, “it has not been rented yet.”
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One of the most exciting things about exploring Brooklyn is seeing the unique architecture of each neighborhood. Now, thanks to an interactive map from urban_calc, you can also learn the age of these structures in the borough with the oldest buildings in the city. Using the city’s OpenData project and Pluto dataset, urban_calc found the median age of buildings in each census tract. The oldest neighborhood is Ocean Hill at 1911, followed by Cypress Hill, Park Slope and Stuyvesant Heights, all with a median building year of 1920. On the other hand, the newest neighborhoods include Coney Island, West Brighton, East New York, Canarsie and Williamsburg.
Brooklyn is the borough with the oldest original construction date, with a median year of 1932. Manhattan ranks as the second oldest with a median construction year of 1948.
To expand the research, the data also measured the diversity of the building ages within certain Brooklyn neighborhoods. In the map, the higher the diversity in age the darker the color, the lower diversity, the lighter the color. This recognized neighborhoods like Brownsville and East Flatbush to have the highest degree of homogenous construction age. Places like Williamsburg, Fort Greene and Greenpoint show a lot of variance in construction age, due to a lot of new development popping up in these neighborhoods.
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The thoroughly modern gut-renovation of this 1869 single family home at 281 West 4th Street is the creation of noted starchitect Anabelle Selldorf, and we’re assuming that its romantic-contemporary decor was inspired by the owners’ creative talents. Luxuries, comforts, and conveniences fill this somewhat narrow, 2,720-square-foot historic private home, from a finished and functional cellar to a planted and enchanted roof garden. For the why-own-when-you-can-rent-for-more monthly price of $29,000, you can step into this dream of a West Village townhouse, cue up a rooftop party and fire up the parlor-floor movie screen.
Looking out on tree-lined Perry Street through oversized casement windows, this classic brick row house–it was previously owned by master photo retoucher Pascal Dangin, who sold it for $9.55 million in 2013–is otherwise all 19th-century charm on the outside. The parlor floor has high ceilings, wide-plank white oak floors, and a hidden projector and movie screen. This floor is open to the garden level below and gets tons of light from that oversized wall of glass.
On the garden floor is a mansion-worthy kitchen with antique French slab stone floors, an eight-burner Lacanche French stove and a double-wide SubZero fridge. The handsome dining area overlooks a tranquil paved garden.
The interior of the house surrounds a mesmerizing wood-and-steel circular staircase.
All three bedrooms are well-proportioned and bestowed with the same casual luxury.
A rustic wood-beamed ceiling tops the master bedroom, which boasts a large, bright, sun-filled bath.
The roof deck, though, is where the magic happens. The huge space has walkways, mature plantings, and built-in seating, plus a shelter area with a wet bar for summer al fresco dining and gathering.
The basement gets put to great use with storage and a large well-stocked laundry room.
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Data shows the borough in which you work could decide what income you bring home. CityLab looked at the city’s divided class structure in three main classes of employment–creative, service, and working–and in which borough these workers reside. The data shows that the creative class, made up of tech workers, artists, designers, and educational professionals, cluster in Manhattan, which employs nearly 70 percent of the city’s entire creative class. On top of that, clear income discrepancies exist among boroughs with the average salary for a creative class worker iat $96, 970 in Manhattan, $79,248 in Queens, $77,875 in the Bronx, and $76,565 in Staten Island. Surpisingly, Brooklyn’s creative class earns the least, with an average of $74,963.
Home to the most billionaires in the city, Manhattan remains the borough with the largest economy. Nearly half of the city’s blue-collar working class, 60 percent of its service class, and 70 percent of its creative class work in Manhattan. Since Manhattan maintains a monopoly on creative class jobs, the other four boroughs have less of these jobs available. Just 12 percent of creative class jobs can be found in Brooklyn, 9.6 percent in Queens, 5.8 percent in the Bronx, and only two percent in Staten Island.
Citywide, nearly 2 million people have service jobs, making up about 42 percent of its residents. While this class remains the largest, service workers make just $38,900 on average. Incomes reach below that in every borough: Brooklyn ($29,370), Queens ($30,722), the Bronx ($30,160) and Staten Island ($29,328). The working class, which makes more than service workers on average, continues to shrink, and only make up 16 percent of total jobs in the city.
As 6sqft previously reported, Manhattan has the highest concentration of wealth in NYC, with boundaries between wealthy and low-income areas constantly in flux due to gentrification. The data also reinforces the idea of Manhattan as the center of high-end job employment and wealth.
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