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Cool Listings, Interiors, Tribeca

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 29, 2014

High, barrel-vaulted ceilings? Check. Exposed brick? Check. Classic columns? Check. Oversized windows? Check. This apartment in the Dietz Lantern Building at 429 Greenwich Street offers everything you’d want from a historic Tribeca loft and is on the market for $5.25 million.

The four-bedroom, 2,700-square-foot apartment is located within the Tribeca North Historic District in a former factory building, erected in 1887, that manufactured lanterns for horse-drawn carriages. It was converted to condominium in 1996, and today its homes boast an enviable mix of historic details and modern conveniences.

Take a look inside unit 7B here

Cool Listings, Interiors, West Village 

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , September 29, 2014

Superstar broker Fredrik Eklund has a new listing for a two-bedroom condo in the Asymptote Architecture-designed 166 Perry Street, asking $2.995 million. The avant-garde structure with its sleek angled glassy façade began turning heads long before its 2009 completion. It resides in the desirable far West Village, with a few equally stunning Richard Meier structures close by. So let’s take a look behind the intriguing mirrored exterior and see what the inside of this apartment has to offer.

Check it out here

Green Design, Products

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , September 28, 2014

It’s always refreshing when an object requires actual human input. Just look at the brilliant Take-off Light; its simple design allows people to create their own geometrical pattern on its shade. Designed by German label Fifti-Fifti, it features a hanging paper shade for peeling, or to take off little bits, into endless patterns combinations.

Learn more about this stunning customizable lamp

Weekly Highlights

Weekly Highlights: Top Picks from the 6sqft Staff

By Dana Schulz, Sat, September 27, 2014

  • Michelle Williams lists her gorgeous ivy-covered Boerum Hill townhouse for $7.5 million.
  • See exclusive photos from the opening of the High Line’s third phase, as well as some beautiful snaps by photographer Iwan Baan.
  • City Kids: Why parents pick city living over the suburbs.
  • The Columbia Street Waterfront District, a quirky, 22-block enclave wedged between Red Hook and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, is making a comeback.
  • If you like bold colors, you’re going to love this bohemian apartment by Incorporated Architecture & Design.

Images: High Line © Iwan Baan (L); Bohemian apartment ©  Incorporated Architecture & Design (R)

Featured Story

Features, Interviews, Landscape Architecture, New Yorker Spotlight, People, Staten Island, Urban Design

  • By Susan Cohen
  • , September 26, 2014

Similar to Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s grand ideas for Central Park, there is a vision for the 2,200 acres of reclaimed land at the former Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island. Where trash once piled up for as far as the eye could see, the site is now a blossoming park full of wildlife and recreational activities.

The Park Administrator overseeing this incredible transformation is Eloise Hirsh. Eloise is a major force behind the largest landfill-to-park conversion in the world to date. In her role as Freshkills Park Administrator, she makes sure the park progresses towards its completion date in 2035, and regularly engages with New Yorkers to keep them informed and excited.

6sqft recently spoke with Eloise to learn more about Fresh Kills’ history, what it takes to reclaim land, and what New Yorkers can expect at the park today and in the years to come.

Read the full interview here

Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, Celebrities, Cool Listings

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , September 26, 2014

Michelle Williams’s gorgeous ivy-covered Boerum Hill townhouse just hit the market. And it comes with a three-car garage.

The listing calls it “the one and only,” and for someone looking for a huge single-family home in this coveted South Brooklyn neighborhood, it just might be–assuming they can cover the steep asking price. First, the size factor: The corner townhouse is 22 feet wide, offering four stories, four and a half baths, at least six bedrooms, 12-foot-ceilings and a three-car garage that currently includes a rec room.

Find out what else makes this home so exceptional

Featured Story

Architecture, Features, History, Urban Design

  • By Diane Pham
  • , September 26, 2014

In the internet hierarchy of “things the internets like”, we’d argue that ruin porn sits wedged somewhere between Buzzfeed quizzes and cats. Images of decaying architecture conjure up unsettling feelings of tragedy and loss, but somehow manage to grip us with its intangible beauty. Whatever the cause for this may be, the thrill and enjoyment we get from looking ruin porn is palpable.

The term ‘ruin porn’ is said to have been coined by blogger James Griffioen during a 2009 interview with Vice magazine in which he criticized photographers who scouted down-trodden Detroit for provocative photos. While ruin porn is the trend at hand, decades before its arrival there was something called ‘ruin value’.

learn more about ruin value

Real Estate Wire

Woolworth interior. Image courtesy of The Woolworth Tower Residences (left); 420 Albee Square (right)

Art, Events

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 26, 2014

An upcoming exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, New York: Assembled Realities, will showcase more than 40 works from Taiwanese artist Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao. His large-scale panoramas push the boundaries of traditional documentary photography by mixing several exposures of the same location taken over the course of many hours. The photographs that result are hyper-real and complex and provide a fascinatingly accurate depiction of the frenzy that is New York.

More on the exhibit and Liao’s work

Furniture, Green Design

No. 3 Bench by Floris Wubben Combines Natural and Hi-Tech Materials

By Ana Lisa Alperovich, Fri, September 26, 2014

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , September 26, 2014

Dutch designer Floris Wubben crafts beautifully strange pieces that combine natural and high-tech materials. It’s that blend of rough, textured surfaces with new technologies that makes his designs stand out from the crowd. One of our favorite examples is the No. 3 Bench, made from an accordion-folded sheet of white polypropylene that follows the contours of a piece of driftwood.

Learn more about this stunning sculptural design

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