Coasters are definitely high on the list of “gifts for people who you don’t know what to give,” and if you’re like us, you’re always searching for sets that aren’t the standard square cloths or round pieces of wood. So, we’ve found the perfect coasters–not only are they unique and visually appealing, but they have a personal touch.
Neighborwoods Map Coasters were created by San Francisco graphic designer Aymie Spitzer, who has a passion for hand-lettered vernacular and antique maps. The cedar wood coasters celebrate the special neighborhoods of some of the country’s biggest urban sites, including Manhattan and Brooklyn.
More on Neighborwoods Coasters here
- Take a tour inside the Greenpoint home of Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge. [BK Mag]
- A then-and-now photo comparison shows how many trees have been planted in NYC in the last century. [NY Times]
- Astor Place gets a Keith Haring sculpture. [EV Grieve]
- The Sturgeon Queens, a documentary about Russ & Daughters, premieres tonight on Channel 13. Here’s a Q&A with director Julie Cohen. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]
- This Sunday you can volunteer with the Parks Department to plant dune grass in Rockaway. [Brokelyn]
Images: NYC trees via orchidgalore via photopin cc (L); Astor Place Keith Haring sculpture via EV Grieve (R)
An exclusive four-story townhome on one of Manhattan’s most attractive blocks has just popped up on the market, asking literally $5 less than $7 million. The Renaissance Revival home was built in 1890 by McDowell & Henry and still retains its unique Eastlake style details with four original fireplaces, historic wood shutters, and a stained glass skylight over the stairs. And that’s just the beginning.
Take a closer look here
The renovation of this beautiful West Side property was made possible by the design team from Chelsea‘s very own respected architecture firm, Archi-Tectonics. This project included the addition of a garden extension, two floors, and a rooftop terrace. The client, who is a fashion designer, wanted the home to reflect a “textured” or layered approach in its design, and the cool, narrative style does just that.
The contemporary renovation was completed in 2011, when the original 3,400-square-foot brownstone–also a New York City landmark–was extended by 550 feet with the addition of the new garden space to create a residence that was light and airy.
Take a look at the rest of the house
Shopping for the holidays can get complicated. How do you pick just the right gift for someone? In a perfect world we could buy our loved ones gifts they could turn into whatever they wanted. Well, we’re not going to be doing your Christmas shopping this year, but we do have a listing that’s ready for its new owner to add his or her own personal stamp. We’re talking a fully gutted townhome in Murray Hill with all the renovation plans and permits already set and approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Department of Buildings. So all you have to do is sit back and let your imagination do the rest.
Take a look at the possibilities, here
When ABC No Rio announced more than five years ago that they would be demolishing their building in favor of an updated facility, artists immediately began grieving over the impending loss of the cooperative’s hardcore punk roots. Not much movement was made after that—only word that the artists would be going green with their renovation—but lo and behold, a new rendering revealed by Bowery Boogie shows us what will soon replace the artists’ collective: a 9,000 square-foot, LEED-certified Passive House complete with exhibition and performance spaces, a green roof and a second floor terrace.
find out more here
- New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman reviews the design of One World Trade Center. Kimmelman does not mince words. [NYT]
- 95 historic city sites will be removed from Landmarks consideration without any public consideration or input. [GVSHP]
- Construction on 56 Leonard is well underway and the building already looks as crazy as the rendering. [Field Condition]
- Sales begin at Tribeca’s 60 White Street. [6sqft inbox]
- Foundation has been poured for Greenpoint Landing. [Brownstoner]
- Sarah Jessica Parker has slashed the price on her Village townhouse by $2M. [NYDN]
Images: One WTC (left); Sites under consideration for landmarking (right)
Zaha Hadid has just unveiled one of her smallest structures to date: an advertising billboard featuring all the shiny swoops and curves that have come to define her architectural style. Though at first glance the design comes off as a little bulky, Hadid actually describes it as a “slim dynamic form” that makes way for public improvements such as a more open, safer, and de-cluttered sidewalk. Though the billboard is part of a proposal destined for West London, New Yorkers who love Hadid will appreciate her bold claim that the design will “create a new genre in the roadside advertising canon.”
Take a closer look here
As soon as the clocks get set back in the fall, we can’t help longing for sunny days and bright evenings. But we still have a long, dark winter ahead of us, so the new Sunn Light could be exactly what we need to help us beat the winter blues.
The Sunn Light mimics the sun in that it continuously changes color and brightness with the sun’s rhythm, thereby promoting healthy living and creating cheerful, vibrant indoor spaces. And when we say mimic, we’re not kidding, as Sunn sets itself by what the sun is doing down to the minute.
More on the Sunn Light
- A round-up of nine river-based proposals for NYC. [Web Urbanist]
- When traveling, doesn’t it always seem like your belongings multiply on the way back? There’s a suitcase for that. [Dornob]
- Here’s what Christmas shopping in New York looked like 100 years ago. [Ephemeral NY]
- If you miss having an entire house to decorate for the holidays, you can help decorate the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion this Saturday. [Harlem Bespoke]
Images: +Pool (L); Fugu Luggage (R)