As the Upper East Side continues to extend itself northward, the southern portions of East Harlem are becoming increasingly trendy, yet still relatively affordable compared to other on-the-cusp ‘hoods. And if you’re looking to get in on the action, three $822/month studios have just come up through the city’s affordable housing lottery at 1674 Park Avenue, a newly constructed rental building at 118th Street. They’re available for single persons earning between $28,183 and $36,300 annually.
Interiors of already-rented units in the building
The six-story, 13-unit building was completed last summer and has an elevator, voice intercom, and two common outdoor spaces. Plus it’s just a few blocks away from the 6 train.
Applications are being accepted through May 17th. Those who qualify can apply here. Find below our map of other ongoing housing lotteries:
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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. Ahead Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer shares her top event picks for 6sqft readers!
The work of the wonderful Pipillotti Rist has won over New Yorkers at both the New Museum and in Times Square, and now a new event invites guests to hear from the artist herself as she closes out her much-lauded “Pixel Forest.” Also this week, Albertine at the French Embassy invites guests to their beautiful space for a talk between Frédéric Beigbeder and American novelist Jay McInerney on his new book. If you’re searching for affordable art, you can grab a work for $120 while also supporting Planned Parenthood and the ACLU at the MF GALLERY in Gowanus. Finally, head to sister galleries Last Rites and Booth Gallery, to discover new photography, and a realist group show, respectively.
Pipilotti Rist in Conversation with Massimiliano Gioni ↑
New Museum, 235 Bowery
Thursday, January 19, 7:00-9:00pm
Following her amazing exhibition “Pixel Forest,” as well as her #midnightmoment in Times Square, Rist speaks with New Museum’s director about her most recent work and surveys the last 30 years of her career.
Frédéric Beigbeder and American novelist Jay McInerney present Manhattan’s Babe ↑
Albertine, 972 5th Avenue
Thursday, January 19, 7:00pm
The beautiful book store at the French Embassy is hosting an evening with French writer-filmmaker Frédéric Beigbeder and American novelist Jay McInerney as they discuss “Manhattan’s Babe,” the illustrated English-language edition of Beigbeder’s bestselling novel, “Oona & Salinger.”
Handbills of Subversion ↑
MF GALLERY, 213 Bond Street, Brooklyn
Friday, January 20, 7:00-10:00pm
Officially called “Handbills of Subversion – Tremendous Art from Losers, Nasty Women and The Gays,” this evening is an alternative to inauguration night, with dozens of artworks up for grabs for just $120. Curated by Sara Antoinette Martin, ALL proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, allowing artists and art buyers to begin the long fight to support organizations that are now in jeopardy. Martin has also put together a great roster of artists.
MAN’S RUIN by Mark Warren Jacques ↑
Brilliant Champions Gallery, 5 Central Avenue, Brooklyn
Friday, January 20, 6:00-9:00pm
Artist Mark Warren Jacques’s New York debut will be a new foray into unchartered territory, involving works that address and examine sex, money, drugs and power.
Lens Obscura ↑
Last Rites Gallery, 325 W 38th St, Frnt 1
Saturday, January 21, 7:00-11:00pm
The gallery’s first photography exhibition focuses on a group of emerging photographers, including Sarah Elise Abramson, Paola Durán, Jason Guffey, Benjamin Hardman, Amy Haslehurst, Gabriel Isak, Darby Lahger, Deidra Leigh (Relic Imagery), Nona Limmen, Darla Teagarden and Insuh Yoon.
Psychological Realism ↑
Booth Gallery, 325 W 38th Street
Saturday, January 21, 7:00-11:00pm
The sister gallery to Last Rites presents a group show of artists tackling the intricacies of identity through depictions of the human body- including personal faves Jonathan Viner and Jean-Paul Mallozzi.
Birthing a Brave New World ↑
MINKA brooklyn, 1120 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn
Sunday, January 22, 10:00am-2:00pm
Artist, priestess and guru Lainie Love Dalby leads a program of artful meditation, ritual and movement to get yourself centered for 2017.
Xavier Robles de Medina, If you dream of your tongue, beware ↑
Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, 250 Broome Street
Sunday, January 22, 6:00-8:00pm
The Surinamese artist shares his otherworldly drawings that elevate traditional pencil and paper into mysterious gradations and figures that blur between dream and reality.
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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.
The lofty parlor floor boasts two wood-burning fireplaces. A living room in front leads to a dining space and finally the kitchen.
A wall of glass frames the kitchen, leading out through French doors to a deck and backyard.
Our guess is that this glass extension–which looks like a bona fide sun room–will become any renters favorite room in the house. The paved backyard it leads to is complete with seating and landscaping.
Up one flight, a bedroom comes with an ensuite bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub, ample closets and its own gas fireplace. Then two additional bedrooms share their own full bath. Finally, the top floor has a laundry room, another bedroom with its own bathroom, and an enormous front den/bedroom with yet another ensuite bath. This front room also boasts hand-crafted, built-in bookcases, a gas fireplace, and upholstered window seats that look out over the brownstone block.
This home is located just one block north of the Atlantic Avenue shopping drag and is a short walk to Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Downtown Brooklyn.
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Millennial homeowners—yes, they do exist—are a careful lot, according to Better Homes & Gardens’ ninth annual survey of trends in U.S. homeownership. For 85 percent of millennials (ages 22-39), The American Dream still includes home ownership, according to the survey, but they’re not necessarily willing to go into major debt to achieve it. Only half are willing to pay what it takes to get their ideal features and quality, and only 36 percent are willing to go into debt to afford it.
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Did you spend months decorating your apartment? Is your home historic or quirky? If you live in a unique or just plain beautiful space, 6sqft wants to see it! We’ll send a reporter out to your residence for a photo shoot and short interview and then feature your abode in all its glory for our Mysqft series!
If you’d like to see your home featured, get in touch with us at [email protected],including details about the apartment (architectural details, furniture specifics, fun stories), a bit about yourself, and a few snapshots of the space available. We will try to respond to every submission we get.
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As Washington, D.C. attempts to rein in the crowds on this Inauguration Day, New Yorkers can be thankful someone else is dealing with the traffic snarls for a change. We’re guessing, though, that if Donald Trump had any say on the matter, New York City would be hosting the inauguration as it did for the nation’s first president in 1789.
In that year on April 30, the first United States Congress met, and the first president was sworn in (the presidential term had already started on March 4 of that year, but logistical delays had kept the votes from being counted or certified). With a quorum finally in place, George Washington took the oath of office as the first president of the United States, alongside Vice President John Adams, on the balcony of the Federal Hall in what is now the Financial District.
The day included plenty of anxiety–mostly on the part of Washington himself, who began his inauguration speech with, “Among the vicissitudes incident to life, no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the fourteenth day of the present month…” Expressions of humility and the location of the ceremony–New York was the nation’s temporary capital at the time–are but a few differences between the first inauguration and the one in which Donald J. Trump assumes the role of America’s 45th president. Here are a few others.
Number of people in attendance at the ceremony: George Washington: About 10,000. Donald Trump: 800,000 to 900,000 people are expected to be in attendance at the swearing-in ceremony and inaugural parade. Barack Obama set a record eight years ago, drawing an estimated 1.8 million people to the National Mall for the ceremony.
What they wore: George Washington: The new POTUS dressed in an American-made dark brown suit with white silk stockings and silver shoe buckles, accessorizing with a steel-hilted sword and dark red overcoat. Donald Trump: He’s wearing a dark suit with a red tie.
Tweets? Donald Trump: Mr. Trump’s Inauguration Day messages have included, “It all begins today!” and “I’ll see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES — THE WORK BEGINS.” George Washington: Nope.
How wealthy is the new president? George Washington:According to History.com, the first president “borrowed money to pay off his debts in Virginia and traveled to New York” on April 30, 1789. Donald Trump: Trump himself claims to be worth $10 billion, but no one knows for sure.
How many inaugural balls the new president will attend today: George Washington: 0. He dined alone later in the evening at the presidential mansion at 1 Cherry Street (it was demolished in 1856). Donald Trump: The Inauguration Day committee has announced three official balls so far. Barack and Michelle Obama attended 10 balls in 2008. Bill Clinton partied his way through 14.
If you’re interested in learning more about New York’s turn in the inaugural spotlight, the New York Historical Society Museum and Library has an exhibition running through February 26, 2017 titled, “The First Inauguration: George Washington’s 1789 Ceremony at Federal Hall.”
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This past May the MTA recorded 50,436 subway delays, 697 of which were caused by track fires that could have been ignited by the 40 tons of trash that are removed from the system every day. To curb this ongoing issue, the agency announced in August “Operation Trash Sweep,” an initiative that upped the frequency by which the 622 miles of tracks get cleaned. At the time, the MTA said it would also employ individually-operated Mobile Vacs that workers can use to quickly suck up trash. Yesterday, the agency released a video of the Vacs being tested, which not only shows their incredible force, but gives an overview of how the Operation is shaping up.
The video explains that Operation Trash Sweep is three phases. The first was a new cleaning schedule that redirected resources to the stations most in need and nearly tripled the number of stations that are cleaned every two weeks. Phase two was a system-wide cleaning blitz in which all 469 stations were totally cleaned over just two weeks. Which brings us to phase three, testing out two types of mobile vacuums. The video says they’ve been successful so far, and if that continues for the 30-45 days they’re being tested in Manhattan and Queens, the MTA will purchase more to deploy throughout the system. As the MTA explains:
Both prototypes are powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries that supply enough electricity for strong suction but can be moved from station to station on a regular passenger train and be operated from the platform.
Prior to Operation Trash Sweep, the agency relied on two VakTraks, or vacuum trains, to clean tracks. An earlier article in WNYC explains that they’re “composed of two propulsion cars, two filter cars and one vacuum car” and that they “move through the tracks between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m, cleaning one third of a track bed at a time.” The fourth phase will roll out later this year, when the first of three new vacuum trains arrive.
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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.
What do you feel makes Brighton Beach unique?
What I feel makes Brighton beach unique is the community of mostly Eastern European immigrants who share a common bond of coming to America to make a better life for themselves and their families.
You’ve been singing in a Russian restaurant down in Brooklyn for nearly a decade. How did you get involved with that?
I [used to be] an entertainer on Celebrity Cruiselines. There I met a beautiful Russian girl from New York. After my contract, I moved back to Nashville, where I’d resided prior. I went to visit her a couple of times, and during the visits I learned that she was a dancer in Russian night clubs in Brighton Beach. She introduced me to one of the owners of the club, and almost 10 years later, here I am ingratiated and fully immersed in this beautiful community.
What are some of your favorite places in the neighborhood?
Some of my favorite places range from the best pizza I’ve ever had to the best vereniki (Russian dumplings), but one of my favorite places is Coney Island and the boardwalk of Brighton Beach. Before moving here, I had seen movies and heard stories about this famous place, but I’d never in a million years thought that I would ever live walking distance from it. I also can’t forget Chinar Restaurant that has the best food and entertainment in this neighborhood, not to mention that I perform there every weekend (shameless plug!).
You also recently traveled to Russia. Tell us a bit about that.
My experience with actually going to Russian and Ukraine was surreal to say the least. This experience came to me courtesy of an international singer, Alexander Kogan, and the legendary Julio Iglesias. I was referred to sing background vocals for a month-long tour to Russia and Ukraine, and as luck would have it, they were looking for someone who wasn’t Russian but who knew the language enough to sing with Alex on tour. It was beautiful over there, and I’ve shared those photos on my Instagram page.
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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.
Rendering of the Lake Oswego, OR 365 store, one of three concept stores already opened by Whole Foods
While the store will feature more affordable items than the main chain, it promises to keep “the same standards as Whole Foods Market.” Additionally, 365 will emphasize self-service and feature local items procured through Whole Foods’ Friends of 365 program. The total offer will include “ready-to-eat meals and snacks, fresh produce, meat, seafood, cheese, beer and pantry items,” according to the press release.
In their announcement this morning, reps were quick to stress that Two Trees’ choice to open a budget-friendly version of the retailer reflects a broader goal to “build and enhance” the local community rather than drive gentrification. As many know, Whole Foods is often referred to as “Whole Paycheck” and has had trouble shedding its elitist image.
“We believe our fresh new format will be a perfect fit for the Brooklyn community,” said Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “We can’t wait to make 365 a part of this vibrant cultural district.”
Moreover, beyond the immediate neighborhood, the store’s location next to the Atlantic-Barclays terminal (served by the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q, R and LIRR trains) is expected to also pull in shoppers from other borough neighborhoods.
The 365 concept is the first to open in the tri-state area and will measure about 43,000 square feet. According to the Journal, long before any lease was signed, Two Trees was eyeing Whole Foods as their flagship retailer and built the ground-level space to suit.
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At a board meeting over the summer, the MTA began discussions about increasing subway and bus fare to $3 by 2017 “in an effort to raise more than $300 million annually,” as 6sqft reported at the time. The Daily News has now learned that the agency will officially recommend the four-percent increase at their board meeting next week. Though they’ll be passing on another option that would’ve kept fares at $2.75, the hike will increase the bonuses that come with re-loading one’s MetroCard from 11 to 16 percent, “an extra 96 cents for every $6 purchase.”
Since 2005, fares have increased a whopping 50 percent, from $2 to $3. The current proposal will be the MTA’s fifth fare hike since 2009; the most recent was in March 2016, when rides when from $2.50 to $2.75. But the Daily News explains that when you factor in the bonuses, the $3 plan is actually the smallest increase in the past eight years.
The alternate plan would have kept fares at $2.75, but cut the round-trip bonuses by five percent, adding only 28 cents for every $5.50 purchase. Sources said the MTA went with the alternative because it was the best option for those who swipe their MetroCards the most. It will also bring in about $308 million for the agency through 2020. And under their current plan that issues increases every two years, another hike would occur in 2019.
But for low-income New Yorkers, an extra 25 cents per ride may make a significant difference. Fighters for the Fair Fare recently proposed half-price fares for the 800,000 persons who would be eligible. They estimate that it would save each person $700 a year, and have called on Mayor de Blasio to set aside $200 million in his budget to cover the reduction.
If approved at next week’s January 25th meeting, the hike will go into effect on March 19th. Single rides will jump from $3 to $3.25; weekly MetroCards from $31 to $32; and monthly from $116.50 to $121.