Lower Manhattan is the nation’s third-largest business district and in recent years its residential building stock–both conversions of historic structures and new developments–has exploded. To track this booming urban landscape, the Alliance for Downtown New York launched an interactive 3D map to serve as a “comprehensive visualization” of the area, tracking all current and future developments within the square mile below Chambers Street. In addition to residential, office, and hotel properties, LM3D also breaks down restaurants, retailers, transit, parks and open space, landmarks, and vacant land.
The map was created as a “new way to see, strategize, and envision” for planners, investors, and residents. It’s also an amazing way to see change over time, as users will be able to toggle the date from the past to the present to the future.
They’re also able to filter data in a variety of ways–condo/co-op vs. rental, new construction vs. conversion, and under construction vs. planned.
If a specific building is selected, the tool provides its square footage, construction date, floor count, and number of units (if applicable).
The map is currently in its beta stage but will be updated over the next few months to include historical perspectives of Lower Manhattan development.
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6sqft’s series Apartment Living 101 is aimed at helping New Yorkers navigate the challenges of creating a happy home in the big city. This week we’ve got some artistic ways you can update your rental without spending a lot of money.
No matter how ephemeral a rental unit may feel, refusing to put any love into your space will ensure a feeling that your lease is taking forever to end. But it doesn’t take a professional or a full-scale renovation to make a shoebox of an apartment go from a depressing Craigslist find to a lively and stylish pad. Ahead are some creative DIY ways to decorate your space that can be done inexpensively—and without putting your security deposit at risk.
A little Scotch Tape and some cut-out paper triangles can go a long way. Photo by Hannah Frishberg
1. Make your own wall decals
Decals work best on a clean white space, but even if your walls are brick, a mess of pipes, or otherwise unsuitable for decorating, your ceiling is also a great area for a DIY mural. Using cardstock, cut out an easily repeatable shape, like a triangle, and tape it in a pattern on your wall.
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2. Window art Not all of us can afford to live in homes with original stained glass, but GelGems, Window Art, and vellum make for a pretty good alternative. While personal experience has shown GelGems to have the shortest lifespan, they’re also the least effort to acquire and apply, available at plenty of local and corporate retailers. Window Art, meanwhile, is a pricier option, but makes for a fun art project and can last for decades (at the risk of having to chisel the material off your windows).
3. Paint chip collages Using the free paint chips available at your local hardware store, create a gradient mural or mini collages by designating a background color and a front color. Cut the front color, as you would with a paper snowflake, and paste it on the background one. Easy peasy!
4. Smash a mirror
Find a mirror, break it, coat the shards in rubber cement, and securely tape, paste, or otherwise fasten them to your wall in a design of your choosing. Sure it’s taboo, but it’s neat, so burn some lavender and enjoy your creation. It’s worth the risk of bad luck.
5. Add greenery
Whether it be a single mini succulent, a window box of perennials, or a full indoor garden, plants will bring oxygen and literal life to your apartment. For those with limited window space and not a lot of light, try setting up a grow light for your plants (yes, these can be used to grow things besides marijuana). Put it on a timer, leaving you responsible only for watering them. Here’s a full list of plants suitable for apartment dwellers.
6. Paper taxidermy
Cheap, animal-friendly, and fun, paper taxidermy is a growing trend with kits increasingly available for purchase at local art suppliers. An added bonus is that they are light and easily mountable.
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7. Hang Plates
Decorative plates are another easy and cheap way to dress up a plain white wall. Use sets that you already have, or if you don’t have a collection you feel you can show off, hit up your local thrift store, flea market, or even Target for some inexpensive but attractive options.
8. Washi Tape Frames
Can’t afford to frame your art? Consider creating Japanese washi tape frames. This handy tape comes in all sorts of colors and costs just a few dollars a roll.
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9. Tie dye
Sure you haven’t done it since summer camp, but the fact that you were able to tie dye shirts back then proves that tie dying is pretty difficult to screw up. You’ll need white sheets within your price range, a tie dye kit, and somewhere to put your creation as its drying. Follow instructions (they’ll be more pleasant to follow outdoors, in warm weather) and voila, you now have a lovingly made, posi-vibed bed spread (it works for throw pillows and couch covers, too!). Pro tip: Thinking beyond the typical swirl tie dye pattern of psychedelic rainbow colors will keep you from looking like a Dead Head. Instead, carefully choose your color palette and consider different folding styles like shibori, suburst, or ombre.
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Now here’s an opportunity to own something really unique, if you’re willing to decamp New York City to run a historic hotel upstate. The Pleasant Beach Hotel, at 14477 Fancher Avenue in Fairhaven, has hit the market for $975,000. Less than $1 million will get you a nine-room hotel, as well as a bar, restaurant, private pier, and an attached owner’s apartment. With incredible views out toward Lake Ontario, this hotel has been in business since 1910… and is looking for its tenth owner to carry on the traditions of the charming waterfront getaway.
The property comes with beautiful surroundings on a plot of land in the small town of Fairhaven, which is located midway between Rochester and Syracuse. The hotel is located right off of popular fishing spot Little Sodus Bay on Lake Ontario, and that waterfront locale has been a part of the appeal since this opened more than 100 years ago.
The ground-floor restaurant comes with seating for 185 and a picturesque outdoor patio. The interior still has its historic wood and tin-lined ceiling.
Much of the building’s historic architecture is on display throughout the nine guest rooms on the first and second floors. When the property was built in the early 1900s it had no telephone or electricity lines. The exterior walls were built of patterned blocks made individually on site with forms bought from Sears and Roebuck, while the ceilings and walls were lined with pattered tin to help with fireproofing.
The owner’s apartment is located on the top floor of the hotel. It comes with one bedroom, a full kitchen and bathroom, as well as an elevated deck with views out to Little Sodus Bay.
There are quirky details and exposed wood and brick throughout the apartment.
This area had many luxury waterfront hotels in the early 1900s–but the Pleasant Beach Hotel was the only one to stay open. As the owner said in the listing, it’s “survived through two World Wars, influenza, the Great Depression, the baby boom, hippies and yuppies, Disney World and virtual reality. Her history is that of changing with the times, but never losing her heart or soul. She is a survivor.” Be sure to check the gallery for more photos of this special property.
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In the heart of the Jumel Terrace Historic District in Washington Heights, already known for the Morris Jumel Mansion, the oldest house in Manhattan, the quaint row houses of Sylvan Terrace are tucked away on one of the city’s “secret” streets. The mansion is not only famous for being General George Washington’s temporary headquarters during the Revolutionary War but for hosting dignitaries from John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton; in more modern times, “Hamilton” fans may know it as being the spot where the musical’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda penned songs from the Broadway hit. The historic row of houses, built in the 1880s, was restored by the Landmarks Preservation Commission; 16 Sylvan Terrace was further renovated by its current owners and is now on the market for $1.625 million.
The row of identically-designed and painted homes occupies what was once the drive leading up to the Morris Jumel Mansion. Among them, this rarely-available row house has been renovated with painstaking attention to every detail. While it’s only 1,425 square feet, there’s plenty of room for comfortable living and entertaining–and you’ll want to show off this piece of New York City history. Entering the home from the stoop, the first stop is a spacious parlor with Brazilian cherry wood floors, crown molding, custom antique chandeliers and double-height windows that overlook the other historic row houses on the street.
The home has both a great room and a grand living/dining room. A small outdoor space is perfect for planting and entertaining. There’s a fireplace on each floor, zoned central A/C, radiant heat and lots of closet space.
A thoroughly modern kitchen keeps things definitely un-historic (in a good way) with Caesarstone countertops, custom cabinets , top-of-the-line appliances and a stackable washer/dryer. The home’s mechanical systems are either well-maintained or brand-new.
This unique townhouse is currently configured as a two-bedroom with room to create a third.
In the heart of the Jumel Terrace Historic District in Washington Heights, already known for the Morris Jumel Mansion, the oldest house ...
Despite the claim by some preservationists that the building looked like “a block of swiss cheese,” back in June the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved Maya Lin Studio‘s design of a contemporary mega-mansion in the heart of Tribeca‘s historic district. The plans call for a five-story, 20,000-square-foot home at 11 Hubert Street–including incredible amenities such as an 82-foot swimming pool, basketball/squash court, four-car garage, and an open-air courtyard–and, as the Post reports, the corner site has just hit the market for $35 million, though this doesn’t include the $15 million it’ll cost to actually build the house.
The site is currently home to a nondescript, three-story commercial building. The owner, hedge funder Adam Zoia according to Curbed, bought that building in 2014 from architect Winka Dubbledam for $15.3 million. Maya Lin‘s plans call for gut renovating this structure and adding two more stories on top. It will be the architect/artist’s first ground-up residential home (she has designed apartment interiors before). She first rose to fame after designing the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. when she was just a 21-year-old student at Yale and has since completed the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, Museum for African Art in New York, and Wave Field at the University of Michigan. In 2016, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The project’s most distinguishing feature is a multi-story, wrap-around glass and perforated metal wall highlighted by areas of fritted glass, bronze-colored mullions and a perforated metal screen whose pattern is based on the porosity of volcanic rock. Chelmsford stone cladding quarried from Massachusetts and an abstract array of punch-hole windows articulate the remainder of the exterior. Lin explained that the modern exterior is an expression of the simplistic features and forms of the warehouse district.
On the ground floor is a family room, 450-square-foot screening room with stadium seating, catering kitchen, and three guest/staff suites. The second floor is the main living space, with its magnificent double-height, 50-foot-long living/dining room, 400-foot-long bar, massive kitchen and breakfast room, and access to the courtyard that extends up to the top of the house. The formal dining room is on the third floor, looking down on the living room.
The fourth floor holds three large bedroom suites, all with 500-square-foot walk-in closets, full bathrooms, and studies. The master suite takes up the entire fifth floor and has a two-story, walk-in closet with internal staircase.
The entire below-grade floor will be “devoted to health and wellness,” boasting a sauna, steam room, hot tub, cold plunge pool, half Olympic-size swimming pool, half basketball court, retractable squash court, and full gym. Other amenities include a high-speed commercial elevator, pet room, game room, wine room, security office, interior courtyard, roof terrace, 5,000-square-foot outdoor space designed by Thomas Balsley, and a four-to six-car garage with two car lifts.
Listing agent Andrew Azoulay said of the home, “Due to the size of the entertaining space, the crazy amenities, private parking and security, we know that this will be perfect for celebrities like Jay-Z, Beyoncé and their growing family.”
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While it’s immediately evident that this quaint brick townhouse at 65 Bedford Street in the West Village couldn’t be in a more charmed location, a connected panel of windows on the home’s top floor is the only indication of more to come. The 4,000-square-foot, 20-foot-wide renovated townhouse has the necessary combination of modern and traditional, including an elevator, walls of windows and multiple terraces. The entire package–four bedrooms, four stories–is on the rental market for a one- year lease at $25,000 a month.
On the garden level, you’ll find a somewhat rare front kitchen with a big cozy living room and an office tucked away at the rear. The first of the home’s many fireplaces can be found here as well.
The back of the house is virtually all glass, so the entire floor is bathed in light, but the shape of the rooms affords more privacy. There’s also a terrace for indoor-outdoor living and a small but absolutely charming landscaped, brick-paved back yard.
On the second floor are two bedrooms and a full bath. There’s another terrace here and more windows galore. The third floor offers two more bedrooms and two full baths. Lots of windows and light, but, alas, no terraces up here; a quick trip in either direction can fix that. The home’s top floor offers a huge office/studio with a fireplace (the home boasts five in total, so winters here are just as nice), a spacious front terrace and–of course–lots of windows.
This sun-loving rental home is being offered furnished or unfurnished, so that grill is yours if you want it (for a year, that is).
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When one thinks of a sprawling Park Avenue apartment, what comes to mind is typically muted colors, clean lines, and classic decor, but for this Upper East Side duplex, the Steven Gambrel and the designers at his firm S.R. Gambrel created a home that retains this sophistication while displaying a bevy of cheery pastel hues, geometric patterns, and unexpected accessories.
In the living room, gum ball pink plays with turquoise among carefully curated details like blonde wood built-in shelving and window seats, as well as statement pieces like the furry ottoman and colorful rug.
The low, square-shaped furniture in both sitting rooms adds a modern flare to the eclectic design. The room pictured above is more muted on the walls and floors, letting the zig-zag couch take center stage.
Adjacent to the second sitting room is the stairwell, yet another display of interesting shapes and tonality. The blue from the living room is carried over into this light-bathed opening, but in a more muted and gentle shade.
There is no respite from pattern in the dining room; from the carpet to the walls, the room is adorned with energetic visuals that delight the eye.
The same color combination can be found in the kitchen, with blue colored subway tiles framing the natural wood grain cabinetry.
This funky bedroom gives new meaning to the concept of built-ins, creating the perfect sleeping nook. And when you’re done resting, the wet bar and counter make the transition to entertaining a breeze.
As 6sqft previously reported, SHoP was awarded a $1.5M prize for the project in 2015 following a competition hosted by the United States Department of Agriculture. Architecture firms were asked to design a wood structure of at least 80 feet tall and SHoP delivered a 120-foot tower design using engineered wood.
SHoP was one of two firms given the hefty sum for research and development, but the cash windfall in the grand scheme appears to have provided little more than a drop in the bucket; Developer Ghassemi paid $10.6 million for the site alone in November, and with a tight lending market weighing down developers, “The project just wasn’t feasible,” Ghassemi told TRD.
The news is certainly a blow for proponents of wood buildings who tout the material’s environmental benefits and financial advantages and who hoped that the wood structure would inspire more of its kind in NYC. TRD, however, is also apt to point out that current NYC building codes don’t even allow for wood constructions of more than six stories, so irrespective of capital, the high-rise would still have encountered major hurdles.
In a statement to TRD, a SHoP spokesperson expressed disappointment but maintained optimism, “While we had hoped the Chelsea project would move forward, we remain enthusiastic about mass timber technology and continue to evolve the technology through other potential opportunities.”
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While there are many doggie-abodes on the market, the designers at RAH:DESIGN found themselves struggling to find something that fit with their carefully curated home decor. Instead of continuing their search, they decided to take matters into their own hands and launched MDK9 Dog Haus. Not only was it constructed using modern home-building materials, but it includes human-level amenities such as an overhang for shading, metal mesh siding for ventilation, wheels for easy mobility, and a built-in feeder.
To build MDK9 Dog Haus, which is currently going for $3,650, RAH:DESIGN employed several techniques and materials currently being used in the construction of modern homes such as Brazilian Teak, powder-coated steel, and concrete. Included in this mix are custom name plaques that were created in collaboration with ModernHouseNumbers, as well as a variety of custom dog bedding from Jax and Bones.
RAH:DESIGN is a full-service custom furniture design company based in Los Angeles. They pride themselves on their process and strive to make each piece they produce extraordinary. See more work from this up-and-coming company here.
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A standout even among the region’s Great Camps, the secluded Camp Uncas was built in 1895 by Brooklynite William West Durant, who is credited with perfecting the iconic Adirondack Great Camp style. The compound’s biggest claim to fame, however, is that it once belonged to financier J.P. Morgan, who purchased the 1,500 acre property from Durant in 1897; for the fifty years that followed, it served as a vacation home for Morgan and his family. Though the property has traded hands several times since, the appeal of its iconic architecture remains as compelling as its history. Designated as a national landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2010, this historically significant piece of the Adirondacks is for sale for $2.7 million, reduced from its original 2015 ask of $3.25M.
After the death of J.P. Morgan, Jr. in 1943, the family sold the lodge to Mrs. Margaret Emerson who used it to entertain distinguished guests from around the globe, including Secretary of State George Marshall, Madame Chiang Kai-shek and Bernard Baruch. After 1965 the property was sold to the Boy Scouts of Rockland County, New York. Years of hard use and little upkeep left Camp Uncas in desperate need of maintenance.
Fortunately for the storied property, Howard Kirschenbaum and Barbara Glaser restored to its former glory when they bought it in 1975. Following their divorce sometime in the 1980s the property was split, and Kirschenbaum’s share of Camp Uncas seeks a new owner.
Considering the offer, the price, though in the millions, almost seems to good to be true. Besides being steeped in luxury and history, the rambling lodge contains five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and an intimate great room on the first floor—the perfect space for entertaining family and friends. A fieldstone fireplace serves as the focal point of the room, while exquisite built-in furniture throughout the lodge combine design and functionality. These original rustic furnishings are also included with the purchase, which should make it easy for the next owners to settle in.
Though new owners will want to make updates to meet modern needs, the home’s historic decor and finishes seem almost untouched by time. Remnants of the camp’s past, which date all the way back to when Durant was a resident, are evident throughout. The queen-sized bed in the master bedroom, for example, is dressed in an original Uncas blanket; in the same room you’ll find rare arts-and-crafts furniture including a Gustav Stickley night stand.
Steps from the kitchen is a covered screened porch that serves as an important part of Adirondack living for three seasons of the year. One area seats 12 people for outdoor dining while another provides a sitting space filled with the original couch and porch rockers.
In addition to the main lodge there are two cabins on-site, the Hawkeye and the Chingachgook (kitchen, pictured above), as well as a boathouse. The two cabins carry the same unique regional charm found in the main building and provide excellent private quarters for visiting guests.
Camp Uncas is sited within the Great Camps Historic Recreational Area, a reserve designated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as part of the Moose River Plains Wild Forest and Blue Ridge Wilderness Areas. Although there is plenty to do on the property, there is also an abundance of hiking trails surrounding the home, and a sandy beach just a few minutes away. You can also go fishing for trout and northern pike in the 60-acre Mohegan Lake which wraps three sides of the land. The lake is also perfect for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, rowing or windsurfing. And as a bonus, the buyer of the Camp Uncas will also get an Emerson Adirondack guide boat original to the compound, two modern canoes and a rowboat.