“American Pie” and “Orange is the New Black” actor Jason Biggs married actress and author Jenny Mollen in 2008, after they met filming “My Best Friend’s Girl.” Five years later, the trendy couple bought a sprawling Tribeca loft at 288 West Street for $2.55 million, enlisting designer-to-the-stars Cliff Fong (with whom they’d worked previously on two L.A. homes) to outfit the space with a combination of modern furniture and accessories from Wayfair.com, their extensive art collection, and playful and comfortable pieces to accommodate their three-year-old son Sid–all of which blend seamlessly with the loft’s brick walls, exposed timber framing and beams, raw pipes, and open floorplan. They’ve now decided to put the apartment on the market, and it’s asking a not-especially, marked-up price of $2,995,000.
The 2,200-square-foot home is currently configured as a three-bedroom plus home office. Throughout are high ceilings, hardwood floors, and sleek recessed lighting. Fong used patterned and textured rugs to divide the open space into separate functions; he also thoughtfully mixed colorful statement pieces like the orange chairs in the sitting area with more classic choices like the Danish-style dining table and chairs. In a feature on their home, Biggs told People magazine that his style is “eclectic, rebellious and comfortable,” which certainly comes through in the interior design and artwork.
The kitchen is outfitted with all stainless steel, high-end appliances, as well as custom concrete countertops, a wine fridge, and industrial-style open shelving.
The master suite is quite large and has two window seats, an updated bathroom, and a washer/dryer.
In addition, the building has a 1,000-square-foot common roof deck with a gas grill and panoramic Hudson River views.
“American Pie” and “Orange is the New Black” actor Jason Biggs married actress and author Jenny Mollen in 2008, after ...
Brooklyn Bridge Park is the last place we’d expect to find a menacing art installation summoning feelings of nothingness. But come May, Anish Kapoor will bring his acclaimed installation “Descension” to one of the park’s busiest stretches, Pier 1. As described by The NY Public Art Fund (the project’s curator), Descension is a 26-foot diameter whirlpool that funnels pitch-black, naturally dyed water below ground, inviting visitors to carefully peer into its swirling abyss.
The project when it was first realized in India; image courtesy of the artist
In a statement, Public Art Fund Director and Chief Curator Nicholas Baume said, “Anish Kapoor reminds us of the contingency of appearances: our senses inevitably deceive us. With Descension, he creates an active object that resonates with changes in our understanding and experience of the world. In this way, Kapoor is interested in what we don’t know rather than in what we do, understanding that the limit of perception is also the threshold of human imagination.”
To that end, Kapoor also recently formed Hands Off Our Revolution, a coalition against the “rise of right-wing populism,” alongside several other artists including Ed Ruscha, Laurie Anderson, and Steve McQueen. Part of the group’s programming will include art exhibitions that point to social injustices and “help counter the rising rhetoric” of the current populist movement.
The Brooklyn appearance of Descension will be the project’s first in North America. Kapoor previously installed similar versions in India, Italy, and Versailles. The work will be on show from May 3 through September 10. Kapoor will also discuss the project at the New School’s Vera List Center for Art and Politics on the 3rd.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is the last place we’d expect to find a menacing art installation summoning feelings of nothingness. But ...
Once you settle in to the rustic vibe of this pre-war Flatiron co-op at 41 East 19th Street, you might feel like you’ve been living there for years. The artful lived-in look is only part of the package; a 270-square-foot terrace adds the possibility of lavish entertaining, and a living room with a greenhouse roof keeps things sunny in all seasons of the year.
The furnished one-bedroom-plus-home-office co-op also offers 1.5 baths. A brick-tiled terrace is landscaped, furnished and barbecue-enabled, ready for outdoor dining–and you can bring your green thumb indoors for the winter.
Shabby-chic dreams come true in the master bedroom, where a king-size Tempurpedic mattress joins whitewashed vintage furnishings. You’ll also find a walk-in closet and plenty of light.
The home office/spare bedroom plays the loft card with high ceilings, exposed brick, steel-framed frosted windows and a pale wood floor. The apartment, tucked into a landmarked 1898 brownstone, also has a washer/dryer. According to the listing, it’s available for a minimum of three months and a maximum of twelve.
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The living room of this Tribeca loft offers–through big, south-facing windows–impressive views over Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center. The apartment, located at the condop building 112 Franklin Street, also boasts its own key-locked elevator entrance, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, all under 15-foot ceilings.
The elevator opens right into the open living room, which is framed by those south-facing windows. The high, tin ceilings, which have been decked out with custom lighting, offer a nice canvas to hang artwork. The listing boasts that the apartment has “gallery-sized walls, and gallery-quality lighting.”
The living room opens up to a dining area and kitchen, which has been renovated with high-end fixtures. A screen provides a little distinction between the dining and kitchen spaces.
This alcove, decked out with built-in shelving, looks good with the tin ceilings, exposed brick and maple floors.
Both bedrooms are located on the opposite side of the living room, and the master has a fancy bathroom with a steam shower, jet tub, double vanity and towel warmers. There’s also an extra lofted area, not pictured in the listing, as well as a landscaped roof deck that this apartment shares with two of its neighbors.
112 Franklin Street, built in 1867, only holds four condop units–the listing says the building comes with condo-like rules and a condo-like application. It is located just west of Church Street in Tribeca, and a block away from the 1 train at Franklin Street.
The living room of this Tribeca loft offers–through big, south-facing windows–impressive views over Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center. ...
Even the city’s most public places conceal secrets paved over by the years, some more hidden than others. Grand Central Station is no exception despite the 750,000 or so people who make their way through its halls each day. You may already know of the terminal’s secret train track and whispering walls, but did you know that there are tennis courts in Grand Central? Once an exclusive club run by Donald Trump, the courts are now open to the public—and you can reserve a court at midnight.
The “secret” tennis courts are tucked away in a relatively obscure space called the Annex, which has at various times been used as a TV studio for CBS, an art gallery, and a 65-foot-long indoor ski slope. The athletic complex was first installed in the 1960s by Geza A. Gazdag, an immigrant from Hungary who founded the Vanderbilt Athletic Club on the third floor. Named after Cornelius Vanderbilt, who built the Grand Central Depot, the facility had two clay courts and the aforementioned indoor ski slope.
The club hit the skids in the ’80s, and in 1984 it was scooped up with some real estate deals by Donald Trump, who leased the space, renovated and turned the third-floor annex into an exclusive $155-an-hour ($130 on weekends) cash-only court for the well-heeled and well-connected. The pristine clay courts remained in semi-secrecy until Trump’s lease ended in 2009 and the space became a decidedly non-Trumpian full-service lounge and rest area for MTA workers. But the sound of secret tennis balls in the terminal wasn’t silenced; there was enough space in the cavernous Annex for all. The soaring three-story atrium got a new ceiling, and the re-invigorated and certifiably Trump-free Vanderbilt Tennis Club moved into the newly-created fourth floor.
The courts are now open to the public—if you can find them (some station employees don’t even know they exist). Start by finding the elevators in the lobby outside the now-shuttered Campbell Apartment bar—they’ll take you directly there. The elevators located halfway down the ramp leading to the Oyster Bar and tracks 100-117 will work, too.
The tennis facility boasts one junior court, two practice lanes, a fitness room and one regulation-sized main court—reportedly the only one in New York City that features on-court, slow-motion video analysis. Regular court time rates reportedly make the Trump era look like a bargain, but you don’t have to be a member; the club is open until 1 a.m. daily and hosts Night Owl Tennis for as little as $70 an hour, programs for kids and more. New guests can also play for an hour for free with an appointment.
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We all know big-city living can be expensive, but the proof is definitely in the rent check. According to Nested’s newly released “2017 Rental Index,” three of the world’s most expensive cities to rent in are found right here in the U.S. San Francisco, New York and Boston renters pay more per square foot than their fellow renters around the globe, the London-based online realtor found. Washington, D.C., and Seattle also made the global Top 10.
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Designer Kelly Behun created a completely shoppable model apartment on the 92nd floor of 432 Park. [Arch Digest]
How the MoMA Store has become an unlikely champion of products that got their start on Kickstarter. [Fast Co. Design]
Only five original owners from the ’50s remain in their Frank Lloyd Wright homes. Meet the young couples who “were bold enough to have the world’s most famous architect design houses specifically for them.” [WSJ]
This reporter thinks the Park Slope Food Coop is a “socialist utopia.” [NYP]
Check out the ARK, JFK Airport’s new $65 million animal terminal and quarantine facility. [Inhabitat]
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It never hurts to think of warmer months on days like today, and MoMA PS1’s announcement of whose design will fill their courtyard this summer certainly does the trick. The winner of their 18th annual Young Architects Program is Jenny Sabin Studio. The Ithaca-based experimental architecture studio created “Lumen” in response to the competition’s request for a temporary outdoor installation that provides shade, seating, and water, while addressing environmental issues such as sustainability and recycling. The result is a tubular canopy made of “recycled, photo-luminescent, and solar active textiles that absorb, collect, and deliver light.”
Jenny Sabin is principal at Jenny Sabin Studio, as well as a professor of Design and Emerging Technologies at Cornell’s Department of Architecture and the director of the Sabin Design Lab at Cornell APP, a research-design program that specializes in computational design, data visualization, and digital fabrication. According to the Studio’s page, their mission is to investigate “the intersections of architecture and science.” Along these lines, the canopy’s highly responsive, digitally knit, 3D fabric was first developed for Nike. By draping it above the courtyard, the firm creates a “multisensory environment” that changes from day to night. Not only can it absorb and produce light when it’s needed, but its hanging “stalactites” take into account visitors’ proximity, letting off a refreshing mist as people walk by.
In a statement, Sean Anderson, Associate Curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, said, “Jenny Sabin’s catalytic immersive environment, Lumen, captured the jury’s attention for imaginatively merging public and private spaces. With innovative construction and design processes borne from a critical merging of technology and nature to precise attention to detail at every scale, Lumen will no doubt engage visitors from day to night in a series of graduated environments and experiences.”
Lumen will be on view beginning June 27th through MoMA PS1’s summer Warm Up series.
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It’s that time of month again when the MTA cleans house and gathers up all the stuff collecting dust in their offices and puts it up for public auction. While past offerings from the agency yielded all sorts of cool items ranging from vintage subway signs to old tokens to shiny grab holds, one eagle-eyed Reddit user noticed this month’s selection includes a very curious lot: 350 bags of “Mixed Non-Ferrous Metal Foreign Coins & Slugs.”
According to the photos provided, it looks like each bag is filled with everything from Candian loonies to those far more desirable Euros. In its entirety, the complete haul weighs exactly 13,434.75 pounds.
With that said, if you can figure out the logistics of transporting all these coins home, the MTA is taking bids via email until 5 p.m. on March 1st. They do, however, recommend you come by and inspect the goods before making an offer, as all bids are final and binding. You can schedule a visit by shooting an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A study released Thursday by the Citizens Housing and Planning Council (CHPC) suggests that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s initiatives to ease the city’s housing woes should include a program that would convert the 38,000 or so basements in the city’s single-family homes without having to make big changes to city or state laws. As Crain’s reports, the study is part of the CHPC’s Making Room initiative that explores how alternative housing typologies can better meet the needs of New York’s diverse households. The council introduced the study by stating their belief that “based on the ﬁndings we present here, that a basement conversion program in New York City would be an eﬃcient and exciting way to add residential density and expand housing choices in our expensive and highly constrained urban market.”
Where the basements are (and the parking spaces aren’t): Staten Island.
The council goes on to make arguments in favor of conversion, and to recommend some ways a pilot program could take shape; the report includes an interactive map to help estimate the potential supply and distribution of basement units and as an “essential planning tool that helps to identify areas of the city where a conversion program could have the most impact.”
The council provided six recommendations for how a basement legalization pilot could be structured. Beyond creating the program and identifying key geographic areas, recommendations include revising building regulations that are the most prohibitive, training and accrediting design and construction professionals to participate in the program and coming up with “new ﬁre suppression and prevention technologies.”
According to Crain’s there are already as many as 210,000 basement spaces that could be converted to legal dwellings, which some feel could make a dent in the city’s housing crisis. But the regulatory hurdles to making it happen are many and complex, which is why the council sees the benefit in a program to help harness the potential housing windfall and provide valuable supplemental income to owners of single-family homes.
Where the basements are (besides Staten Island): southeast Brooklyn, Queens and the eastern Bronx.
In no place would this be a simple solution. For example, the majority of available basements are in Staten Island, southeast Brooklyn, Queens and the eastern portion of the Bronx (and those areas show the most need may exist for extra income as foreclosure rates are highest). But those areas would require homeowners to provide an additional parking space for tenants. The study suggests finding a middle ground for a pilot program in a community that has both a surplus of underground real estate and less need for parking. Another argument for the conversion program is that it would reduce dangerous living conditions that might currently exist in illegal basement and cellar spaces because homeowners aren’t able to bring them up to safe standards due to cost or prohibitive red tape.
If the pilot program works, the report suggests the city could work toward changing zoning and housing laws to unlock this new layer of potential housing (including the slightly terrifying prospect of allowing the currently off limits below-ground cellars to be occupied). The belief is that if this “hidden” housing stock could be cost-effectively and safely converted, it would “provide a serious amount of new housing that would likely rent for less than the market rate”–though there would be no guarantee that owners wouldn’t simply attempt to keep up with current market rates.
There’s plenty of opposition to the idea, particularly in Queens, which could be why the mayor hasn’t mentioned it past including it in his 2014 Housing New York plan. But De Blasio’s office is reportedly working with Councilman Rafael Espinal on a separate pilot project in East New York which has included discussing first steps with the Department of Buildings and City Planning and the Fire Department, both of whom are wary of basement units for safety reasons.
A study released Thursday by the Citizens Housing and Planning Council (CHPC) suggests that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s initiatives to ...
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, Alexey Kashpersky takes us above NYC at daybreak. Are you a photographer who’d like to see your work featured on The Urban Lens? Get in touch with us at email@example.com.
We couldn’t think of a better day than this frigid Friday to lose ourselves in the warm glow of Manhattan during golden hour. Having ventured where many would dare not go—i.e. several thousand feet up in the air in a doorless helicopter—artist Alexey Kashpersky shares photos of his recent sky-high journey above New York, revealing a glorious metropolis at daybreak shining a fiery red and orange. From the piers of Battery Park City to hovering just above the tip of the Chrysler Building, lose yourself ahead in the quiet beauty of our dear city.
First, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m Ukrainian artist but I’ve been living and working in NYC for four years—I love this stone jungle a lot. By day I’m involved in producing 3D art in the field of medicine and microbiology. Photography is a hobby for me and a way to take a break from my day job.
Where did the idea for this series come from?
My father was turning 80 and he made a 10-hour Ukraine-USA flight to see me. I thought to myself: What gift could I give him for his birthday? A helicopter tour around the New York was a pretty exciting choice, and of course, it was a great opportunity to take some photos of the city from the sky during the early morning.
What was photographing from so high above like?
For one, the helicopter is pretty shaky in the air and my camera is vintage-built without any stabilizer inside or in the lens. The helicopter was also photography-specialized so it didn’t have any doors. This made for certain kind of turbulence—and way more adrenaline in the blood than I’m used to!
Did having this aerial perspective of NYC change how you view or feel about it?
Definitely. Before the flight, I thought that it would be a singular experience. But after the flight I understood how awesome it is and now I want to do more flights in other great US cities. But as for seeing New York from a bird’s eye, it gave me this very interesting feeling… Pride? Honor? Maybe both? From above you’re able to see how humans have created all this beauty with their hands; a city with its arteries of roads, social infrastructure that can handle and feed millions of people. It’s pretty amazing.
What else are you working on right now?
Right now I’m art directing a science animation film with Radius Digital that will help educate people on micro-level mechanism action in their fight with cancer.