City Living, Transportation

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , February 5, 2015

While we love a good infographic or interactive map, this “musical data-viz project” really sparked our interest as a new way of looking at geographic trends. Artist and programmer Brian Foo translated a 1.5-hour subway ride on the 2 train into a 4.5 minute song that rises and falls based on the income of the neighborhood the train is passing through. What results is an audibly beautiful rendition of the often not-so-pretty diversity in the city’s income levels.

Listen to the full song here

Daily Link Fix

  • Brush up on architectural history through Time magazine covers from 1923 to now. [Curbed]
  • Most New Yorkers leave their houses at 8am, according to this interactive map of when Americans leave for work. [FlowingData]
  • If this isn’t romantic, we don’t know what is. Take a Valentine’s Day tour of the Newtown Creek sewage plant’s digester eggs. [Gothamist]
  • Sean Lennon’s not the only one pissing his neighbors off. Here’s a list of the 29 worst celebrity neighbors. [Vulture]
  • Fuhgeddaboudit: Linguists say the New York accent is on its way out. [NPR]
  • Plus, check out 6sqft’s feature on Thrillist: 15 Amazing NYC Apartments That Used to Be Something Else.

Images: Magazine covers via Time (L); Robert De Niro (R)

Brooklyn, Manhattan, real estate trends

  • By Diane Pham
  • , February 5, 2015

MNS has just released their 2014 report pointing to rental performance in the Manhattan and Brooklyn markets over past year. And as you’ve probably already guessed there are no surprises here—rents were up. Leading the charge in growth were Harlem where new luxury listings gave the area a major boost, and of course Brooklyn which continued see growth at remarkable rates, particularly with studio units which were up more than 20 percent in some nabes.

Find out more here

Green Design, Hudson Square, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , February 5, 2015

Back in June, the Hudson Square Connection (a neighborhood BID) announced their plans to turn Soho Square, the half-acre open space at the intersection of Spring Street and Sixth Avenue in Hudson Square, into a public park. Since then, the Business Improvement District, in partnership with the city and neighborhood stakeholders, has been seeking input from the community to inform the $6 million renovation. Just last night, the design by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects was presented to the Community Board 2 Parks Committee, and it features sustainable, green infrastructure, storm water management, and more.

Check out the renderings here

Chelsea, Cool Listings, Interiors

You Can Live Right by the High Line for Just $550K

By Aisha Carter, Thu, February 5, 2015

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , February 5, 2015

Here’s a cute one-bedroom apartment at 333 West 21st Street near the High Line, asking $550,000. The home has attractive features like wood beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls, and with enough wall space to hang a multitude of pictures and a décor that’s vaguely reminiscent of the Golden Girls, this charmer is definitely worth a look.

More pics inside

maps, Policy, Transportation

Map Revealed for de Blasio’s City-Wide Ferry System

By Dana Schulz, Wed, February 4, 2015

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , February 4, 2015

While there were plenty of highlights in Mayor de Blasio’s State of the City address yesterday–from affordable housing to raising the minimum wage–it was undoubtedly the announcement of a city-wide ferry system that really got New Yorkers talking.

De Blasio said that the ferry service will open in 2017, with pricing on par with the Metrocard, as a way to accommodate the growing population of New York. It will serve neighborhoods including the Lower East Side, Astoria, the Rockaways, Sunset Park, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Bay Ridge, Red Hook, and Soundview, among others. A new map released today shows the entirety of the system, breaking down existing ferry lines, those planned for 2017 and 2018, and those proposed.

More details and the full interactive map ahead

Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings, Historic Homes

  • By Diane Pham
  • , February 4, 2015

There’s no shortage of beauty inside, out, or around this stunning Brooklyn Heights mansion which has just hit the market for a record $40 million—the most expensive residential property ever listed in the borough. While that amount may make our mere mortal hearts skip a beat, the price tag is certainly warranted when you consider the following: It encompasses 17,500 square feet, there are 15 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, and more than 9,000 square feet of garden and outdoor space, and it boasts enough original details to make even the biggest history buff’s head spin.

As the listing so aptly states, “Much like a long awaited centennial celebration, a residential sale of this magnitude comes around very seldom, and when it does, quite often history is made.”

Tour the spectacular $40M home here

Real Estate Wire

  • 5 Pointz was once a legendary venue for street art, but today is nothing more than rubble. Why couldn’t the art icon be saved? [Failed Architecture]
  • Construction on Staten Island‘s New York Wheel will start next month. [DNA Info]
  • A duplex penthouse in the celebrity-filled El Dorado has hit the market asking $29 million. The home was once occupied by Nobel Prize-winning author Sinclair Lewis. [NYT]
  • In Bronx news: The borough saw a record $2.4 billion in residential sales in 2014. [Welcome2theBronx]
  • Look out below! Ice chunks were falling from atop the World Trade Center. [NYDN]
  • The real estate developer that scooped up Vice Media’s headquarters in Williamsburg is buying an adjacent building that houses another media brand. Plans are to put up a block-long office tower on the site. [Crain’s]

Images: 5 Pointz being demolished (L); The New York Wheel (R)

Design, Furniture, Technology

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , February 4, 2015

Although our bodies are designed to move, the furniture we possess is usually based on a monofunctional posture. Day to day, we tend to segregate our basic bodily needs and just stare at screens, often forgetting how important it is to keep joints and muscles moving. To compensate for this inertia, we’d like to introduce you to “Segregation of Joy” by Govert Flint. This innovative skeletal seat allows you to take different postures and move freely, and boost your health and happiness, all from the comfort of your chair.

Learn more about this interactive seat

City Living, Greenwich Village, People

  • By Annie Doge
  • , February 4, 2015

Well, at least that’s what one disgruntled Greenwich Village neighbor is hoping. Gary and Addie Tomei, parents of actress Marisa Tomei, have filed a lawsuit against next-door neighbor Sean Lennon, son of John and Yoko, alleging that a tree on his property (153 West 13th Street) has spread its roots onto their property (155 West 13th Street), cracking the stoop, breaking the railings, and coming through the basement floor of their townhouse. Sure, they want Lennon to chop the tree down, but they also want $10 million, according to the Post.

More details on the neighborly beef


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