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Scaffolding in New York City is as much a part of the city’s skyline as the Empire State Building itself—and has been around for much longer. On the surface, scaffolding seems to be a necessary ugly; a kind of urban cocoon from which a beautiful new butterfly building emerges.

But if you are one of those people who cringes every time you see a building wrapped in scaffolding, you better get used to it because it’s only going to get worse. All while the scaffolding companies laugh all the way to the bank.

What’s with all the scaffolding?

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Features, Furniture, Interiors

5 Incredible Home Furnishings You’ll Love

By Jon Dioffa, Fri, April 11, 2014

  • By Jon Dioffa
  • , April 11, 2014

Looking to add a little something extra to your interior space? We’ve sought out five brag-worthy statement pieces that are sure induce envy amongst your friends. From a couch that converts into a punching bag to an amazing ‘lucid mirror’ that will bring heavenly clouds into your living room, click through our gallery for five truly unique home furnishings.

Check them all out here

Design, Lower East Side

“Plus Pool” Will Let You Safely Swim in the East River

By Jason Carpenter, Fri, April 11, 2014

  • By Jason Carpenter
  • , April 11, 2014

Last year, a Kickstarter crowd funding project for an ambitious public pool in the East River passed its $250,000 goal. This month, the project entered its first phase by dropping a miniature version of the pool called Float Lab into the river, testing the water quality and concept of the pool. If all goes according to plan, Gothamites will be splashing in this river pool in 2016!

See more renderings of this amazing design here

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Market Snapshot: The Week of April 9, 2014

By Diane Pham, Wed, April 9, 2014

Pritzker Prize winning architects are selling on average 47.5% higher than the Manhattan market average? Leonardo DiCaprio the real estate investor?

For the coolest listings that have hit the market to neighborhoods sales to celebrity moves, we turn to CityRealty‘s Weekly Market Snapshot for the scoop.

Check out their report for the latest

Architecture, Manhattan

  • By Patty Lee
  • , April 9, 2014

If it seems like Starbucks and Duane Reade are colonizing the streets of New York City, there’s now photographic proof. A new series from shutterbugs James and Karla Murray looks at the rapidly changing face of Gotham’s storefronts and — no surprise — they’re getting more corporate.

Gone are the colorful mom-and-pop signage the Murrays shot just a decade ago for their book Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York. In their place? Fast food franchises, banks, and high-end boutiques.

A peek inside the book

Architecture, Brooklyn, Green Design

Barclays Center is Getting a Green Roof!

By Susan Cohen, Mon, April 7, 2014

  • By Susan Cohen
  • , April 7, 2014

There is one more thing to cheer about at Barclays Center. The sports and entertainment venue in Brooklyn is about to get a little greener thanks to a collaboration between Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and the Shanghai-based Greenland Group Co. Barclays will soon be topped off with small plants and a soil-like cover to create an expansive 130,000-square-foot green roof!

Going green

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Architecture, Celebrities, Features, Soho

  • By Annie Doge
  • , April 5, 2014

The Soho home where Beyonce shot the video ‘Halo‘ is still renting for $80K a month — putting it out of reach of just about all of us. Though broker photos are aplenty across the nets, 6sqft got to explore the private home last fall on Dwell magazine’s City Modern Tour.

The 5-story structure, renovated by Asfour Guzy, is touted as one of New York’s most unique properties, and it’s no wonder why: This former Con Ed station boasts everything from a huge verdant terrace to 19-foot ceilings, and even a 007-like indoor pool that we bet B took a dip in.

Take a look inside

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Architecture, Features, Interiors, Manhattan

  • By Diane Pham
  • , April 5, 2014

Manhattan is known for hosting more than a handful of the world’s most luxurious homes — many of which are perched hundreds if not thousands of feet above ground. Though few folks will ever get to see the interior of anything higher than their 5-story walk-up, we’re offering up a look into how New York’s loftiest live.

From the “smallest” to the tallest, take a peek into the penthouses of 10 of Manhattan’s supertall condos ahead. And just to give you a little more context, the Empire State Building soars 1,250 feet high.

It’s a tall, tall world

Architecture, Events, Green Design, Urban Design

How can we create sustainable and livable cities in the face of climate change? On April 8, 2014, the AIA New York Chapter is joining forces with the Consulate General of Denmark in New York to host a panel discussion on the water-related challenges faced by New York City and Copenhagen, and the wide array of approaches and solutions that have already been deployed or will be implemented.

attend the event

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Market Snapshot: The Week of April 2, 2014

By Diane Pham, Wed, April 2, 2014

What are the tallest condo buildings under construction right now? Is Taylor Swift buying of a pair of penthouses in Tribeca? And why are buyers flocking to Sutton Place and Beekman Place?

For the coolest listings that have hit the market to neighborhoods sales to celebrity moves, we turn to CityRealty‘s Weekly Market Snapshot for the scoop.

Check out their report for the latest

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