Cool Listings, Noho

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , March 19, 2015

These days, the word “loft” is thrown around in real estate for any space with an open floor plan or high ceilings, but if you’re searching for a true old-fashioned loft, then look no further than this $2.7 million Noho co-op at 33 Bleecker Street. A myriad of exposed brick walls, chunky wooden beamed ceilings and columns, wrap-around oversized windows, hardwood maple floors and an expansive layout make this two-bedroom apartment the ultimate in downtown loft living.

Take a look around here

City Living, maps, real estate trends

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , March 19, 2015

Image © Matthew Richmond

It’s no secret that families are ditching Manhattan for Brooklyn or the Suburbs, where they can get more space for their money and maybe even a backyard, but a new report shows the shifting dynamics of those families who decide to stay in the big city.

According to amNY, the analysis conducted by shows that only 6 percent of households in Hell’s Kitchen and the Financial District have a child under 18 living in them, and in neighborhoods like Midtown, Soho, the West Village, and Gramercy, most of which are often thought of as more family-friendly, only 7 percent of households have at least one youngster. To be expected, Battery Park City is ranked as the most child-friendly neighborhood, where 36 percent of households have a child. Another shoo-in is Tribeca at 26 percent. Surprisingly, East Harlem at 32 percent, Harlem at 29 percent, and the Lower East Side at 20 percent round out the top five, none considered traditionally family-oriented.

See the full map here

Celebrities, Greenwich Village, Recent Sales

  • By Annie Doge
  • , March 19, 2015

After quite a few price cuts and almost three years on the market, Sarah Jessica Parker has found a buyer for her Greenwich Village townhouse at 20 East 10th Street. Originally listed for $25 million in 2012, and most recently re-listed in September for $22 million, the 6,800-square-foot, five-bedroom home finally entered into contract for $20 million, according to the Daily News.

Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick bought the townhouse in 2011 for $19 million. They completed a full renovation, but reportedly the family never actually lived there, using the home as a massive closet and residing in another Village townhouse.

Take a look around the house here

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Art, Features, History, photography

  • By Diane Pham
  • , March 18, 2015

Busta Rhymes (Leaders of the New School). 1990. Photographer: Janette Beckman

New York has long been a haven for creatives, with some of art and music’s most iconic producing their most profound works within the borders of our city. But few movements have proved as significant and lasting an influence on global fashion, politics and culture than hip-hop. In a new photo exhibit coming to the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) next month, three of the most dynamic and renowned photographers of the hip-hop scene, Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper, share their experiences at the height of the movement in the 1980s when it took not only the nation by storm, but the world.

The trio of shutterbugs share photos that zoom into hip-hop’s pioneering days in the South Bronx, as DJs, MCs, and b-boys and b-girls were inventing new forms of self-expression through sounds and movement. Prominent hip-hop figures such as Afrika Bambaataa, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Salt N Pepa and Flava Flav are just a few of the faces documented, and in the series you’ll get a look at the kind of life and vibrancy that permeated the Bronx and Harlem during the 1980s.

MCNY recently sent 6sqft a slew of the more than 100 photographs that will be on show starting April 1st. Jump ahead to get a taste of what’s sure to be one of your most memorable and nostalgic museum visits.

See all the incredible photos here

Brooklyn, City Living, gentrification, real estate trends

  • By Diane Pham
  • , March 18, 2015

Is Hoboken really America’s most hipster city? According to a study conducted by “data-driven” blog FindtheBest, Hoboken out-hipsters us all with its souped up offer of 13 cafes and one yoga studio per 10,000 residents—the vast majority of whom are aged between 20 and 34 years old.

FindTheBest looked at the top 19 municipalities with 50,000 or more inhabitants, evaluating both the locale and people against certain attributes they deemed characteristically hipster. Hilariously, the site defines a hipster as one who associates with a “subculture all about nonconformity and effortless nonchalance” and embodies an appearance that conjures up one “reading Proust over an overpriced cup of coffee.”

More on the study here

City Living, Transportation

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , March 18, 2015

Photo via 2010-03-12 via photopin (license)

At least we’re getting some validation for our title of “disgruntled New Yorker.” According to a new report called “The Hardest Working Cities” issued by Comptroller Scott Stringer, New Yorkers have an average work week of 49.1 hours, including six hours and 18 minutes for commuting.* And with subway service getting even worse–delays increased 46 percent in 2014–the future of our sanity isn’t looking good.

More findings from the study ahead

Architecture, Construction Update, Midtown West, New Developments, Rentals

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , March 18, 2015

In the shadow of the Empire State Building, the concrete frame of 855 Sixth Avenue has quietly risen to its full 500-foot height. Spanning the full western blockfront of Sixth Avenue between West 30th and 31st Streets, the 41-story mixed-use tower, designed by COOKFOX Architects and co-developed by the Durst Organization and Fetner Properties, is poised to bring 190,000 square feet of commercial space and 375 rentals to the southern fringe of Herald Square later this year.

While unremarkable in design and imperceptible in the city’s skyline, the building’s small claim to fame may be that its 152-meter (slightly under 500 feet) height is sometimes regarded as the benchmark figure for defining a skyscraper. Therefore, statistically, 855 Sixth could be considered the shortest skyscraper in New York. Huzzah!

More details ahead


  • Douglas Durst recounts life with his brother Robert while growing up. Here’s a tidbit: “I was always amazed that he had friends, because from what I saw, I didn’t see how anyone would see him as someone they wanted to be friendly with. Obviously, he is someone able to assume various identities as it pleases him.” [NYT]
  • WXY Studio has unveiled plans for the “Brooklyn Strand,” a brand new greenway that will stretch between Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO.[Brownstoner]
  • The NYC luxury real estate market has seen the world’s greatest price surge. [The Real Deal]
  • Buy a Sandy-ravaged property for as little as $28,000. [Brick Underground]

Images: Brooklyn Strand © WXY Studio (L); Douglas and Robert Durst (R)

Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings, Interiors

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , March 18, 2015

It doesn’t take much to convince someone to head out to Brooklyn Heights, but this townhouse at 28 Garden Place (h/t Curbed) decided to pull out all the stops anyway. This $6.2 million, 3,360-square-foot brownstone features high ceilings, east and west exposures, original details and enough wood-burning fireplaces to make you forget all about this brutal winter we’ve endured.

More pics inside

Daily Link Fix

  • Take a delicious dive into the surprising history of the New York City hotdog cart. [NYDN]
  • Outspoken Downtowner Chloë Sevigny shares her favorite city spots. [i-D]
  • How Brooklyn Heights, “America’s original suburb,” became the city’s first historic district. [Curbed]
  • Street artist Hanksy is organizing a Golden Ticket scavenger hunt around the city. [Gothamist]
  • There are now more Uber cars than yellow taxis on the street. [NYP]
  • Did you know the Waldorf Astoria hotel produces its own honey? [Urban Ghosts]

Images: Hotdog cart via NYC Food cart via photopin (license) (L); Brooklyn Heights (R)


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The Italian side of Williamsburg: History, famous joints, and today’s culture

  • By Michelle Cohen

Photo via Flickr cc

A bustling Brooklyn enclave that is today an impossibly trendy and diverse mix of glassy condos, hip new restaurants and storefronts, and unassuming multi-family homes in the northeast section of Williamsburg was one of New York City’s notable Italian-American neighborhoods for much of the 20th century. While it may not have the tourist cachet of Manhattan’s Little Italy–or the old-fashioned village-y coziness of Carroll Gardens–this swath of the ‘burg, bounded roughly by Montrose, Union, Richardson, and Humboldt Streets, was a little bit of Italy in its own right from the 1800s until as late as the 1990s. The north end of Graham Avenue was even christened Via Vespucci to commemorate the historic Italian-American community.

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