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Architecture, Getting Away, History

  • By Jason Carpenter
  • , August 15, 2014

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is an immortal novel about Long Island millionaires in the Roaring Twenties, inspired by actual parties Fitzgerald attended at the time. The Jazz Age mansions of Long Island’s “Gold Coast” certainly represent a bygone era, but you can still visit several of these Gatsby-esque architectural relics today.

Plan your architecture day trip here

Real Estate Wire

  • Sales have launched at the Soori High Line condos. Three of the building’s 27 units are currently listed, and two of them have heated pools. The cheapest, pool-less unit is asking $3.7M; and the steepest, which comes with a 24-foot-long pool, is asking $10.995M. [Curbed]
  • Rents in Crown Heights have jumped 17.5% in a year. [Brownstoner]
  • Rent one of J Wasser & Co’s apartments in Williamsburg, Bushwick or Bed-Stuy and get the ultimate hipster ride free: A $100 ‘fixie’ bike. [DNA Info]
  • Simon Dushinsky, of real estate investment firm Rabsky Group, has picked up a stake in a development located at the former site of Rheingold Beer’s brewing operations. A 1,000-unit residential project is slated for the Bushwick locale. [Crain’s]
  • Thor Equities has closed on three commercial condominium units at 120 Greenwich Street at Albany Street for $31.1 million. [CO]

Design, Products

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , August 15, 2014

The beautiful Aureola tea set was born out of a collaborative effort between a Venetian and a Russian designer. Luca Nichetto and Lera Moiseeva created the elegant set from two noble materials, porcelain and wood. The inspiration comes from traditional objects used by ancient Russian nomads and consists of a stackable teapot and cups that can be carried with just one hand.

More about the Russian-inspired tea set here

Daily Link Fix

  • New Yorkers Like To Stay In New York: Why would you ever want to leave this great state?! The New York Times’ Upshot features interactive graphs that show where the people in your state were born. The second largest group of people to live in New York were born internationally – not surprising.
  • Old Museum Prints GIF-ified: Because if you want to catch anyone’s attention online, you GIF. The Smithsonian has been releasing GIFs made from their steampunk-inspired print collection on their social media platforms for the past year. Wired rounds up a couple of favorites.
  • You Won’t Even Recognize NYC In This Photo From 1860: We’re sure you’ve seen your share of vintage city photos, but you’ve never seen these. Distractify features 60 pics of the city you love. Some of our favorites are the Statue of Liberty being constructed in Paris, NYFD new steam-powered fire engine, Bleeker Street vegetable market and women walking in their furs on Fifth Avenue.
  • Why We Love “Ruins Photography”: Looks like we have some obsession with urban decay. What is it about abandoned buildings with shattered windows and graffiti-filled walls? And how is it affecting preservation efforts and improvements in construction? ArchDaily finds out.

Brooklyn, Cool Listings, Interiors

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , August 15, 2014

While we can’t quite own up to being a star student, we were definitely excited to learn a little more about this hidden gem located at 199 Warren Street in a late 1880’s landmarked schoolhouse. Rest assured, you won’t find any blackboards here – though they probably wouldn’t seem out of place given this home’s curious aesthetic. Each room has a distinct personality that offers a wonderful lesson (see what we did just there?) in the charm of eclectic design.

See why this co-op more than makes the grade

Technology, Transportation

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , August 15, 2014

Admit it–you’ve perfected your selfie pose. And now that you’ve got the duck face and skinny arm down pat, why not explore the art of the skyline selfie? We’re not talking an upward-gazing shot of the Empire State Building or semi-panoramic view of Manhattan; we mean full-on aerial photos taken from 40,000 feet up in the air. That’s exactly what the IXION windowless jet from Technicon Design is doing.

The firm’s groundbreaking new design has removed windows from the cabin and, using near-future technology, displays the surrounding environment on interior cabin surfaces via external cameras. Not only does this provide incredible views, but greens the aircraft by reducing weight (thereby requiring less fuel and maintenance), simplifying construction, and opening doors for a variety of design possibilities. To boot, expansive solar panels would power the on-board, low-voltage systems, creating a one-of-a-kind visual for the jet’s exterior body.

More on the sky-high design here

Interiors, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , August 15, 2014

Dune Realty CEO Daniel Neidich has just sold his gorgeous six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath Yorkville apartment for $10.25 million to David Steinhardt, the son of “Wall Street’s greatest trader“, Michael Steinhardt, according to city records filed yesterday. This Austere apartment is certainly a sight to behold with its spectacular finishes and expansive views. Designed by such notable names as Jed Johnson, along with Alan Wanzenberg and Thad Hayes, its no wonder this home is the perfect blend of formal entertaining and luxurious living.

Trust us. You want to take a look inside this home…

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Features, Interviews, New Yorker Spotlight, People

  • By Susan Cohen
  • , August 15, 2014

Chloe Stinetorf is the New York City cookie fairy. Each month, her company Chloe Doughy delivers two tubs of cookie dough to apartments and offices across Manhattan and in parts of Brooklyn. And while she doesn’t fly with sparkly wings to make deliveries, her staff can be found riding around on Citi Bikes. In return for her delectable service, all she asks is that New Yorkers focus on the important part of baking: being with friends and family. Of course, Chloe also wants bakers to enjoy all the fun that comes from scooping dough, eagerly waiting as the cookies bake, and that first fresh-out-of-the-oven bite.

Thanks to Chloe Doughy’s membership delivery service, New Yorkers—who want to bake at midnight, need cookies for their children’s school, or have to prepare dessert for that last minute-dinner party—can now bake without the hassle.

Over iced teas in Chelsea, 6sqft spoke with Chloe and learned how Chloe Doughy is changing the way the city bakes cookies.

Read our interview with Chloe

Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Cool Listings, Fort Greene, Interiors

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , August 15, 2014

The minute we laid eyes on the interior of this 4,400-square-foot home at 331 Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill we knew we happened upon something special. While it’s true the million dollar listings we typically feature boast some of the most gorgeously renovated spaces in the city, there’s no denying the timeless beauty of this turn-of-the-century residence built in 1899.

Located in the heart of the Clinton Hill Historic District, the dramatic scale and original details at every turn evoke the grandeur of Brooklyn’s most prestigious homes. The gracious parlor entrance with an original pier mirror and striking dark wood staircase sets the tone for the rest of the interior. Sure the treads on the stairs are worn and tattered, but look at that gorgeous wood; a little refinishing and your entryway will be transformed into a magnificent first impression.

Check out the incredible home here

Architecture, Art, Art nerd ny, Design, Events

  • By Lori Zimmer
  • , August 15, 2014

Another summer weekend is upon us and we can’t wait to get out the office and into the city. This weekend Manhattan’s Summer Streets is back, and New Yorkers are invited to stroll (or bike) up and down Park Avenue, which will not only be closed to moving traffic, but jam packed with countless activities, music and food the whole way through. And if you decide to take this car-free jaunt, be sure to check out Ewerdt Hilgemann’s sparkling sculptures along the pedestrian median.

Once you’ve got your fair share if sunshine, head on over to the AIA NY’s happy hour and mingle with architects and their fans. If art is more your thing, get to know Newark’s public art community and their ideas over drinks at the NeWWalls mixer. And finally, for graffiti art and heady assemblages pay visits to the exhibitions at Tabla Rasa Gallery and Pioneer Works in Red Hook—the latter followed with a wild after party, of course.

More details on all the best events here

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