Art, City Living, Transportation

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , September 16, 2015

Original art is a great way to adorn the walls in your home, but for some of us, it can also be outside of our budget. One excellent solution to this conundrum is to purchase original prints from local artists like Massimo Mongiardo. Mongiardo recieved his BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art, and he now lives and works in New York City. His playful collection of bike prints were inspired by the bike culture he observed around his studio.

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Daily Link Fix

  • 7-11 created a coffee just for the city called “New York Bold.” [Grub Street]
  • Did you know Elvis recorded a song about  NYU? [NYU Local]
  • In this self-shot video, pro BMX rider and Queens native Nigel Sylvester terrifies New Yorkers as he tears through the city. [DNAinfo]
  • This $30 lightweight water bottle doubles as a bike light thanks to a small but powerful LED light. [CityLab]
  • A new pilot program from the city, It’s Showtime NYC, encourages subway performers to take their acts above ground. [NYT]
  • InstaMap shows all the Instagram posts popping up around you. [Business Insider]

Video via nigelsylvesterlive/YouTube

Cool Listings, Interiors, Quirky Homes, West Village 

  • By Emily Nonko
  • , September 16, 2015

If you’re a reader, prepare to fall in love. This West Village condo apartment at 302 West 12th Street is essentially one big book shelf, and beautifully designed at that. It’s also located in a pre-war apartment building right in the heart of the West Village and just a short walk away from the Hudson River Greenway, the Chelsea art galleries and the Meatpacking District. For bookshelves galore and such a charming location: $2.4 million.

Check it out

Cool Listings, Fort Greene, Quirky Homes

  • By Emily Nonko
  • , September 15, 2015

If a New York townhouse is only as good as its outdoor space, this place in Fort Greene is one of the best. Located at 283 Adelphi Street, the historic brick house boasts a beautiful interior with both modern and historic touches, and then a downright awesome exterior. A fire pit, an outdoor dining area, and yes, there’s a treehouse. (It looks just large enough to fit a grownup, too!) Simply put: this house has us sold, inside and out. It’s up for rent during a six-month period–January 2016 to June 2016–asking $8,500 a month.

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apartment living 101, City Living, Design, Features, NYC Guides

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , September 15, 2015

Finding the time and money to properly adorn your living space is challenging in any capacity, and living in a city as expensive as New York makes it that much more difficult. However, this bustling metropolis is not only filled with people, it’s also home to all of their furniture! As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and New York is the perfect town to hunt for good deals on vintage pieces that are often better in quality and better looking than what you’d buy new from IKEA (minus the ferry ride). To save you time, we’ve put together this list of some of our favorite NYC spots to hunt for cheap vintage furniture and accessories. We also included a few new and not so new websites that also offer excellent deals.

The best shops to find great deals here

Architecture, Midtown

  • By Diane Pham
  • , September 15, 2015

Bjarke Ingels is most certainly on his way to New York architectural greatness, and scattered on the path behind him are the remains of Norman Foster‘s abandoned designs. Curbed has caught wind that the baby-faced starchitect is currently being considered for the redesign of the New York Public Library’s landmarked Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street. Yesterday afternoon, Theodore Grunewald, Vice President of the Committee to Save the New York Public Library, tweeted that both Bjarke Ingels and Ennead Architects were among the eight finalists being considered for the project—a list that also includes Studio Gang Architects and Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

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Coney Island, History

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 15, 2015

In 1906, architect Samuel Friede announced his plans to build the Coney Island Globe Tower, a 700-foot-tall, 11-story structure that would have contained the Brooklyn neighborhood’s attractions in one giant globe in the air. A New York Tribune cover revealing the project said investors were being offered “a ground floor chance to share profits in the largest steel structure ever erected…the greatest amusement enterprise in the whole world…the best real estate venture.”

Had the $1,500,000 plan gone through, the whimsical structure (part Unisphere, part Eiffel Tower) would have contained restaurants (one of which would rotate), an observatory, the United States Weather Observation Bureau and Wireless Telegraph Station, a vaudeville theater, the world’s largest ballroom, bowling alley, roller skating rink, casinos, 50,000-room hotel, 5,000-seat hippodrome, and a four large circus rings.

Read the rest of the history

Real Estate Wire

  • Obama is no longer staying at the Waldorf Astoria, purportedly because of China’s Anbang Insurance Group’s takeover of the hotel. [Guardian]
  • The city’s office building boom still isn’t enough to meet demand. [Crain’s]
  • The homeless will be cleared from an area near the 32nd Street plaza between Penn Station and Herald Square in anticipation of the Pope’s arrival. [NYP]
  • Brokerage Compass is now valued at an incredible $800M. [TRD]
  • Inside Nate Berkus’ New York home. [Arch Digest]

Images: The Waldorf Astoria (L); Strangers offer a helping hand to a homeless man in NY (R)

Architecture, Getting Away, Interiors

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , September 15, 2015

We don’t always have enough free time to escape NYC as often as we’d like (or need). However, when we find ourselves desperate for some immediate R and R there are a few gems of tranquility hidden inside the walls of this concrete jungle. One breathtaking example is AIRE’s Ancient Bath House located right in Tribeca behind a very unassuming cast iron storefront (we didn’t know it existed either!). This sexy newcomer offers guests access to a suite of amenities including pools of hot, warm, cold and ice water; jet and salt baths; and a steamy hammam.

Have a look inside the incredible space ahead

Cool Listings, Flatiron, Interiors

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , September 15, 2015

As much as we love lofts, they’re sometimes better in theory than reality; they’re either too slick and highly customized as someone’s dream palace, or they’re a little too raw and lack privacy and separation of space. And their rooftops, while huge, are often gritty urban spaces. In the penthouse loft at 22 East 18th Street asking $2.995 million, you can have your cake in a custom kitchen worthy of a newly-minted luxury apartment and eat it in a verdant enchanted roof garden high above the Flatiron district.

This one- (convertible to two-) bedroom co-op has authentic 1900 cast-iron loft bones, details and all, state-of-the-art interiors and mechanical systems (central air and sound and a private elevator to name just a few), plus tons of light and, perhaps best of all, a magical common roof garden with self-irrigated plantings, benches and a custom outdoor cinema–and movie-worthy views of the city.

Have a look around, this way…


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