Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, Cool Listings, Interiors

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , April 22, 2015

This multi-family townhouse at 633 Macdonough Street in Stuyvesant Heights is an exquisite combination of high-end renovations and beautifully restored details—and green in more ways than one. Fully renovated in 2011 and impeccably maintained, this three-story home features a new EPDM roof with an environmentally-friendly solar array (green #1), an income-producing rental on the top floor (green #2), and your very own garden (green #3).

See more of this very green home

Daily Link Fix

  • Data shows that taxi drivers are costing commuters money when making trips to LaGuardia. [Value Penguin]
  • A nine-foot Hello Kitty Time Capsule is coming to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. The translucent sculpture will get filled with people’s memories. [Untapped]
  • Take a ride on one of NYC’s tugboats, which are making a comeback in marine freight towing. [Animal]
  • How Earth Day came to be. [Inhabitat]
  • Inside the subterranean passageway that once linked Grand Central to the Roosevelt Hotel. [Gothamist]
  • How livable will your neighborhood be as you age? Surprisingly, NYC ranks 62 in AARP’s livability index. [Curbed via CityLab]

Images: Drawing of Hello Kitty sculpture via “Time After Time Capsule” (L); The over 65 crowd via Ed Yourdon (R)

New Developments, Park Slope

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 22, 2015

Back in December we revealed that Park Slope’s iconic Pavilion Theater may be going residential after scoping out renderings on the website of architecture firm Architecture Outfit, which showed two possible schemes. The first was a six-story residential building rising behind the theater’s sublime Moorish façade and from a neighboring lot just south of the theater, and the second was a plan that preserved the theater in its entirety, limiting construction to the neighboring lot.

Now, The Real Deal reports that Hidrock Realty, who bought the theater in 2006 for $16 million, has officially filed plans to build a six-story, 24-unit building on the site at 188 Prospect Park West, replacing the theater. And the architect of record is none other than Morris Adjmi, well known for his ability to create structures that seamlessly blend with their historic surroundings while still displaying subtle, modern touches. But since the theater is part of the Park Slope Historic District, this plan will likely not be so cut-and-dried.

More details on the project ahead

Cool Listings, Interiors, Morningside Heights

Live in This Modern Medieval Marvel for $6,200/Month

By Aisha Carter, Wed, April 22, 2015

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , April 22, 2015

If you prefer medieval architecture, consider this three-bedroom Morningside Heights unit at the Brittania, available for $6,200 a month. The layout of this apartment is referred to as a “classic seven,” referring to a popular style in pre-1940s New York that included three bedrooms, a formal dining room, and a separate maid’s room. The condo also has original details like wood floors, crown molding, and cathedral ceilings.

More pics inside

Architecture, Gramercy Park, New Developments, Rentals

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , April 21, 2015

Just in time for Earth Day, New York’s first micro-unit apartment building, dubbed My Micro NY, is entering its final construction phase. When finished later this year, urbanites will have a chance to live within the center of the city in a brand new building flush with amenities, all for under $3,000. Developed by Monadnock Development and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the soon-to-be-nine-story structure wrapped up foundation work this past winter, and a one-story steel platform is ready to receive 55 modular units.

The units are currently being built off-site at the Brooklyn Navy Yard by a team of 50 workers. In late May, the units will be shipped to the Gramercy Park lot at 335 East 27th Street where they will be stacked and bolted together along with stairs, an elevator, and other shared spaces.

More details ahead

Featured Story

Features, Midtown East, opinion

  • By Penelope Bareau
  • , April 21, 2015

The restored façade of St. Patrick’s Cathedral © 6sqft

“Is that St. Patrick’s Cathedral?” asked the passerby.

“Yes. It’s just been cleaned.”

“So that’s why I didn’t recognize it. I was looking for something gray.”

To the pleasure of all, St. Pat’s has emerged from its cocoon and it is brilliant to behold. Scaffolding is still up inside the cathedral, sharing the space with worshippers; and work may go on through the rest of this year. It is an enormous building, after all, occuping a full city block between 50th and 51st Street, and Fifth and Madison Avenues. On the outside the building was always impressive; now it is magnificent. It makes one think of the panoply and power of the Church, stately processions, gorgeous robes, bejeweled crosses and cardinals’ rings, incantations of the priests and congregation extolling the glory of God.

It also makes one think of the cost—$177 million—and wonder how far that money would go to aid the poor and feed the hungry of the earth, traditional missions of Christianity. Not very far, maybe, since world hunger is not assuaged by one meal. But to be a glittering promise of sublime afterlife for millions—that is conceivably worth it.

What’s next for St. Patrick’s?

Cool Listings, Interiors, Manhattan, West Village 

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , April 21, 2015

Every now and then a Cool Listing comes along that is so spectacular we find ourselves at a loss for words. Well, not today. That’s because there’s so much to share about this incredibly sumptuous home at 75 Bedford Street in the West Village we’re afraid we’ll run out of room!

Let’s start with those responsible for our enthusiasm–namely,  M.N. Ahari, architect for the recent renovation, and interior designer Fernando Santangelo, the genius behind one of Hollywood’s havens for the rich-and-famous, the Chateau Marmont, who transformed this historic townhouse from an all-white Zen oasis into a brooding bachelor pad for his friend James Oakley, a filmmaker who originally hails from Tennessee. Oakley, whose stepfather owns the Cleveland Browns, bought the home in 2012 for $5.8 million, but after the extensive renovation he’s now looking to unload the residence for $12.5 million.

See why there’s so much to talk about

Cool Listings, Interiors, West Village 

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , April 21, 2015

The cool thing about tiny living spaces is how it makes you so aware of all the wasted space you have in your own home. This micro apartment at 340A West 11th Street makes the most of every inch of its usable space, and if storage is key, then this pad has the combination. We think you’ll quickly see that inside this red brick “back house” less really is more.

More pics inside

Real Estate Wire

  • Architecture critic Michael Kimmelman reviews Renzo Piano’s design of the Whitney Museum. [NYT]
  • Visualizing Manhattan’s income inequality in two charts. [The Atlantic]
  • Writer and 6sqft contributor, Emily Nonko launches The Bed-Stuy Blog. [The Bed-Stuy Blog]
  • 20 NYC institutions shuttered by rent hikes. [Curbed]
  • The remaining three townhouses at the new development Four on Degraw in Boerum Hill, have hit the market. [6sqft inbox; listings]


  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 21, 2015

The exhibit’s title image © Iwan Baan for the Museum of the City of New York

Last night we attended the Museum of the City of New York‘s symposium, “Redefining Preservation for the 21st Century,” which explored the challenges and the opportunities of the preservation movement today and in the future. The event included such distinguished speakers as New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, starchitect Robert A.M. Stern, preservation guru Roberta Gratz, and president of the Real Estate Board of New York Steven Spinola (needless to say, it was quite the lively discussion), and it kicked off the opening of the museum’s exciting new exhibit “Saving Place: Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks,” which marks the 50th anniversary of the landmarks law in NYC. As part of the symposium we got a first look at the exhibit, which opens to the public today.

Check out Saving Place here


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