Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens, Cool Listings, Gowanus, Interiors

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , September 23, 2014

By their very nature artists are visionaries blessed with an innate ability to create something out of nothing. Time and time again some of New York City’s most industrialized areas have seen rebirth as residential enclaves courtesy of these imaginative souls. Examples of such artist-led gentrification abound – think SoHo, Chelsea, and Williamsburg, to name a few.

So it should come as no surprise that it was two artists who came to the rescue of this former ink and brush factory located at 459 Carroll Street in Carroll Gardens and gave it new life as a practical-yet-cutting-edge home. Stripped to its core in 2006, the four-story manufacturing building built in 1888 was completely renovated into two distinct condominium residences, one of which is now on the market for $4.4 million.

From manufacturing-to-masterpiece right this way

Architecture, Green Design, New Developments

  • By Alyssa Alimurung
  • , September 23, 2014

We don’t usually cover Jersey here at 6sqft, but this inspiring adaptive reuse project was too good to pass up. Inhabitat NYC reports that a newly approved development, The Whitechapel Projects, will be converting an old industrial warehouse in Long Beach into a paradise for all things sustainable, artistic and foodie (read: super hip). The new project plans to feature “the artisan crafts of nanobrewing, house made cuisine, and emerging art and music in an engaging seaside environment.” See? Didn’t that sound pretty darn cool; and what exactly is nanobrewing?


Architecture, Design

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 23, 2014

Since we all have feminism on the mind thanks to Emma Watson’s empowering speech at the UN yesterday, we thought it was perfect timing to highlight the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation‘s competition, Built by Women New York City (BxW NYC).

Nominations are currently being accepted through October 31st for “outstanding structures and built environments in New York City, either contemporary or historic, designed and/or constructed by women.”

More on BxW NYC here

Featured Story

City Living, Features, Goldilocks Blocks, Landscape Architecture, Neighborhoods

Goldilocks Blocks: (Far) East 7th Street in Alphabet City

By Michelle Cohen, Mon, September 22, 2014

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , September 22, 2014

Between hyper-developed hotspots, main drags in up-and-comers, big-ticket townhouse enclaves, and those genuinely avoidable areas, there can often be found a city’s “just-right” zones. Free from corner menace, sticker shock and boom-time developer schlock, these special spots often span only a few blocks in each direction and are close enough to the center of their ‘cool destination’ nabes to legitimately bear their names. They aren’t commonly known, and are best found by pounding the pavement, but these micro-neighborhoods often hide within them real estate gems coupled with perfectly offbeat vibes—you just have to be willing to do a little legwork. But when you do find them, don’t sleep on them… Winners like the Columbia Street Waterfront District were once Goldilocks blocks.

Today we’ll look at a unique 7th Street stretch hidden in Alphabet City.

Find out what makes this Alphabet City block so special.

Brooklyn Heights, Celebrities, Recent Sales

  • By Diane Pham
  • , September 22, 2014

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris, and his poet wife Julia Sheehan have just closed on a charming three-bedroom at 22 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights for $1.9 million. According to city records, the couple will be following in the footsteps of another celebrated creative, having purchased the home from the estate of late Russian poet, 1987 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Joseph Brodsky.

Inside the book-filled home here

Midtown, New Developments, Starchitecture

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 22, 2014

Just last week, we announced that the Jean Nouvel-designed MoMA residential tower was finally moving forward, after the purchase of $85 million in air rights and with a new construction loan of $860 million. Now, The Real Deal has obtained penthouse floorplans for the 82-story tower, and they are nothing to sneeze at.

Check out the floorplans and dream about living in a Nouvel-approved penthouse

Real Estate Wire

  • A tower unit at 15 Central Park West has sold for nearly $10M, about three times what the owner paid for it. [NYO]
  • The Astoria Cove housing development is required to set aside 20% of its 1,700 units for lower-income residents, but the city may push for as many as 30%. [Crain’s]
  • The Fiscal Policy Institute wants the city to start taxing very expensive pied-à-terres. [TRD]
  • The B2 modular tower at the Atlantic Yards (a.k.a. Pacific Park Brooklyn) could leak says Skanska in documents to Forest City Ratner. The builder and developer are headed to court tomorrow. [Atlantic Yards Report]
  • Brooklyn-based real estate investor and lender Alliance Private Capital Group has purchased a residential development site in Williamsburg for $35M. [Crain’s]
  • A taste of the apartments at 1110 Park Avenue. [Curbed]

15 Central Park West (left); B2 Tower (right)

Architecture, Design, Interiors

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , September 22, 2014

In terms of ordinary living spaces this apartment by Incorporated Architecture & Design ticks off all the customary boxes. Kitchen? Check. Dining room? Family Room? Check? Plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms? Check and check. But one look at these stunning photos and it’s clear that the realization of Incorporated’s vision is anything but ordinary. Every room has a very distinct personality ranging from bold and modern to fun and playful, from muted and earthy to funky and retro.

Peek inside this Colorful and playful home

Daily Link Fix

  • Spend your Saturday touring the historic Spanish and Mexican baroque design of the former Valencia Movie Palace in Queens. Scouting NY has the details.
  • Forget the new iPhone, you can now pick a color for the first truly consumer 3D printer. Yanko Design reveals the Micro 3D Printer by Team M3D.
  • DNAinfo chats with Nadva Zeimer, principal of Harlem Renaissance High School, about how he transformed the transfer school.
  • StandStand portable standing desk is a three-piece wooden kit that locks together into one sturdy platform, and it’s less than two pounds, reports Co.Exist. You may never have to go into the office again…

Images: Valencia Movie Palace via Scouting NY (L); Micro 3D Printer via Team M3D (R)

Carroll Gardens, Interiors, Recent Sales

Bright and Sunny Carroll Gardens Townhouse Sells for $2M

By Annie Doge, Mon, September 22, 2014

  • By Annie Doge
  • , September 22, 2014

Bright, beautiful, and boasting plenty of space, one lucky buyer just scooped up this stunning townhouse at 297 Hoyt Street in Carroll Gardens for $2,175,500, according to city records released today. The brownstone home is currently configured in a two-family setup, but can easily be converted to one, adding an additional 1,300 square feet to the already spacious footprint. And with a private garden, full basement, and lots of original details, it will likely be hard for this home’s new owner not to keep the entire townhouse to themselves.

Take a look inside


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