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Features, Interviews, New Yorker Spotlight, People, photography

  • By Susan Cohen
  • , April 3, 2015

Elias Weiss Friedman has devoted himself to photographing everyday New Yorkers. His subjects are diverse, come in all shapes and sizes, and they also happen to be dogs.

In a city that is estimated to have 600,000 dogs, it’s only fitting that Elias developed The Dogist, a photo-documentary series capturing New York’s four-legged friends. His work highlights the canines that bring so much character to the city, yet rarely get the recognition they deserve. As a photographer, blogger, and “dog humanitarian,” Elias is committed to introducing the Big Apple’s dogs to the world.

We recently caught up with Elias to find out how The Dogist came to be, and to find out what it takes for a pup to grab his attention.

Our interview with The Dogist here

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Architecture, Features, Interiors

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , April 3, 2015

We admit it: We’re a bit obsessed with mid-20th century modern design–its architecturally and socially advanced concepts so often result in a perfect mix of aesthetic appeal and livability. Sometimes met with suspicion and derision in its earlier days, modernist architecture has endured the test of time and is having an enormous resurgence in popularity and appreciation. How else could you explain fans’ obsession with the award-winning and pitch-perfect mid-mod sets on Matthew Weiner’s “Mad Men.”

It’s often said that the best ideas in home design are the ones that make the home a great place to live; the origins of modernist design had that idea at their heart. We’ve rounded up a few of the city’s mid-century architectural treasures and a handful of homes that embody modernist style.

More on the ‘Mad Men’sets and NYC’s Mid-Century Modern gems this way

History, Transportation

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 3, 2015

Via NYCVintage

Those shuttle trains between Grand Central and Times Square can certainly get crowded during rush hour, so imagine bypassing the underground connection and hopping on a giant conveyor belt in clear, gondola-like cars? We’re not exactly sure if this sounds more or less appealing, but it’s exactly what the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company proposed in 1951, hoping to transport 60,000 New Yorkers daily a third faster than the subway thanks to a continuous loop.

More on this never-built conveyor belt

Real Estate Wire

  • Artist and Poet John Giorno gives the Times a tour of his three-loft “Italian-inspired palazzo for the beggars.” [NYT]
  • William Hearst’s penthouse gets at 137 Riverside Drive $14 million price cut. [NYDN; listing]
  • Inside Mickey Rourke’s former Meatpacking apartment, now an Absolut Elyx vodka hangout. [NYO]
  • New look and teaser site out for Bryant Park’s long-stalled condo-hotel. [Curbed]
  • Lots of people say they want to move, but it turns out very few actually do. [CityLab]

John Giorno’s home at 222 Bowery. Image © NYT (L); William Hearst’s penthouse. Image courtesy of Corcoran (R)

Cool Listings, Harlem, Interiors, Quirky Homes

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 3, 2015

Portuguese-born architect/artist Luis Da Cruz bought the run-down brownstone at 532 West 148th Street in 2006 for $995,000. He then embarked on a complete renovation, turning the three-family home into his own personal playground. Cruz beautifully restored original features of the 1920 house like carved wood stairways and railings, gorgeous moldings, five fireplaces, beamed ceilings, and exposed brick walls. But on that historic canvas he overlaid his signature art pieces made with repurposed objects and decorated the space in an industrial/Victorian mash up. Luis also used the townhouse, dubbed Musée Maison (aptly, Museum House), as his studio and workshop and often hosted art shows there (including trapeze shows in which he participated) where all of the work was for sale. He’s now put the 3,500-square-foot Hamilton Heights house on the market, asking $2.5 million.

See the rest of this one-of-a-kind home

Daily Link Fix

  • The first major exhibition of Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s notebooks opens today. [Brooklyn Museum]
  • Sources are reporting that Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters will work out of two full floors at 1 Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn Heights. [Politico]
  • This 1974 government document shows how to make a proper cocktail. [Washington Post]
  • There’s an Occupy Wall Street walking tour. [NYT]
  • Why do we eat chocolate bunnies at Easter? There’s more to it than you’d think. [Mental Floss]

Images: Hillary Clinton (L); Chocolate bunnies (R)

Cool Listings, East Village, Interiors

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , April 3, 2015

Who would’ve thought there was a backyard like this hiding in Alphabet City? Built in the 1880s, this historic $7.25 million townhouse at 263 East 7th Street was masterfully redesigned by one of the architects behind the DIA Beacon Museum, and it comes with two layouts. The current floorplan is an owner’s duplex, an income suite, and separate guest quarters. Option two is one giant, 4,900-square-foot single-family home with 2,400 square feet of exterior space. Plus, it’s located on one of the most charming blocks in the neighborhood.

More pics inside

City Living, real estate trends

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 3, 2015

via 20071110_0213 via photopin (license)

Young professionals living in Manhattan who have the means to make a down payment on a seven-figure property are still opting to rent. Why make payments towards someone else’s mortgage when you can be paying your own? It’s a lifestyle choice, the Observer notes in a new article exploring the trend. “With their increasingly mobile jobs and lifestyles, successful New Yorkers in their 20s and 30s are shying away from making a commitment to one city, let alone one apartment. And despite Manhattan’s astronomical rents, it’s costlier still to buy here, with the average Manhattan apartment now going for $1.73 million.”

More on the trend ahead

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper East Side

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , April 3, 2015

Before we get into this listing, we just have to point out that the owner of this lavish prewar co-op at 79 East 79th Street is a man named Timothy O’Hara from Savannah, Georgia. We wonder if he has a fictional ancestor named Scarlett. We also wonder if he hasn’t heard that joke a million times in his life. O’Hara and his wife Dara purchased the Upper East Side home for $7.25 million back in 2012, and in a flip for the ages, it’s back on the market for nearly double that price, at $13.5 million. However, this newly renovated home’s custom millwork and bold lacquer paint finishes create a blend of subtle sophistication and vitality that just might be enough to lure buyers to drop some serious cash.

Tour the elegant abode here

Featured Story

Art, Features

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 2, 2015

L to R: Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda’s original NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual; Mets Bullpen Cart; Gage Gold Freedom Box

The highly anticipated New York Sale, an online auction hosted by eBay and Sotheby’s, took place yesterday. The first platform of its kind, the sale offered 91 NYC-related lots, including many photographs and artworks, as well as rare city mementos like Andy Warhol’s 1963 lease for his first studio on 87th Street (which sold for $13,750, over the $12,000 high-end estimate). Not only does the auction site feature pricing information for the items, but it offers thorough descriptions and historic information about them, accompanied by relevant media.

In total, the sale raked in $2,101,814 for Sotheby’s, with the most expensive item being a replica of Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi’s clay model of “La liberté éclairant le monde”(the Statue of Liberty) that sold for $970,000. Other top sellers include a gold “freedom box,” the Mets Bullpen Cart, and a Tiffany & Co. silver Art Deco cigar box.

See all the top sales and those that didn’t make the cut here

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