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Flatbush, History

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , August 25, 2014

After nearly four decades of sitting vacant, the majestic Loew’s Kings Theatre in Flatbush will reopen. It was announced in 2010 that the 1920s movie palace would be restored to its former gilded glory thanks to a $70 million renovation, and now it’s been revealed that the reopening will take place in January 2015.

The theatre closed in 1977, but according to a press release, the new Loew’s Kings Theatre “will serve as both a cultural and economic cornerstone for the Brooklyn community, presenting more than 200 performances annually—including music, dance, theatre, and comedy—providing a resource to foster and support creativity in the area, creating jobs and attracting thousands of visitors to the neighborhood.” It will also have 3,000 seats, making it the largest theatre in Brooklyn.

Take a look at the stunning, historic interiors

Products, Technology

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , August 25, 2014

You know those instances when your feet are killing you, your back is sore, and all you want to do is sit down, but, of course, there’s not a seat in sight? Well, these uncomfortable dilemmas can now be a thing of the past. In a bid to keep factory line workers more alert and comfortable during long, tedious shifts, Zurich-based startup noonee created the Chairless Chair, a locking leg support device that allows you take a load off regardless of where you are.

Read more

Celebrities, Gramercy Park, Recent Sales

  • By Annie Doge
  • , August 25, 2014

Actress Julia Stiles may not make the news much these days, but she found her way into Variety over the weekend with the sale of her Gramercy duplex apartment. The three-bedroom pad, which sits in a six-unit brownstone building at 310 East 15th Street directly across from historic Stuyvesant Square, was placed on the market last summer for $3.5 million. While the apartment saw a price chop just a few months after being listed, Stiles still managed to finagle $2.7 million from a less than famous buyer—a pretty nice profit considering she originally paid $1.995 million for the unit 10 years ago.

Take a look inside Stiles’ former digs

Featured Story

Architecture, Brooklyn, Features, Manhattan

  • By Jason Carpenter
  • , August 24, 2014

American diners are neon-lit time capsules of architecture and design. They are the ’57 Ford Thunderbird of restaurants, shaping post-war optimism and far too much metal into something beautiful and quintessentially American. Best of all, you can still find plenty of little diners doing what they have always done, among the rising skylines and property values of New York City.

See our diner photos here

Weekly Highlights

Weekly Highlights: Top Picks From the 6sqft Staff

By Dana Schulz, Sat, August 23, 2014

Images: Mood Board App © The Morpholio Project (left); Tower House © Gluck+ (right)

Cool Listings, Interiors, Tribeca

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , August 22, 2014

It’s not very often that we show you an unfurnished listing, but we were so drawn to this duplex penthouse in the stunning Bazzini Building that we decided to break the rules. This 4,000-square-foot quintessential Tribeca loft is a buyer’s dream with exposed brick walls and giant windows, but it’s not looking to blend in with the rest of the inventory in Tribeca. This loft embraces its unique side with barrel-vaulted ceilings and arched windows framed in chestnut.

Take a look inside, here

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Crown Heights, Features, Interviews, New Yorker Spotlight, People

  • By Susan Cohen
  • , August 22, 2014

New York is known for having spectacular weddings of all shapes and sizes at every venue imaginable. Aside from the bride, the groom and the dress, flowers are often the center of attention at these affairs. And if you have attended one such wedding, Lilli Wright’s centerpieces may have graced your table. As the owner of Mimosa Floral Design Studio based in Crown Heights, Lilli has become one of the city’s most sought after florists. She recently did the flowers for a ceremony at the New York Public Library, and on another weekend she found herself designing flowers for five different weddings.

Lilli—whose full name is Lillian—has always had a flower in her name, but it wasn’t until a friend asked the then-actress to handle flowers at a wedding that she found her true calling. After a slew of floral-related adventures throughout the city, in 2010 Lilli became a bonafide Brooklyn entrepreneur when she started a flower business right out of her apartment. In June of this year, Lilli opened up a brand new storefront studio on Kingston Avenue.

6sqft recently caught up will Lilli at her Brooklyn studio to find out more about her new shop, Crown Heights’ renaissance, and why the New York wedding scene is like no other.

Read our full interview with Lilli here

Green Design, Technology, Transportation, Urban Design

Every day the NYC subway carries more than 1.3 million riders to all corners of our fair city. A feat yes, but if you’re a rush hour commuter, you know the hellish conditions that can arise when trying to pack several hundred (though it can feel like thousands) of people into a line of sardine cans. If you’re one of the many who constantly curse the MTA, try not to get too green-eyed as you read on.

As it turns out, our neighbors in grid-locked Secaucus, New Jersey are gearing up to test a out new form of solar-powered public transit called JPods. This innovative new system uses a combination of light rail and self-driving car suspended above roads, and unlike the NYC subway, you can leave your running shoes at home. This rail network is designed to get you as close to your final destination as possible.

More on the new venture here

Real Estate Wire

  • Yesterday we got a sneak peek at the penthouse floor plan of the Woolworth Building. Now floor plans for several other units have emerged. [TRD]
  • New Yorkers are loving Long Island City. Rockrose’s 709-unit, 42-story rental in Court Square is now fully leased. [TRD]
  • Sales at 325 Lexington Avenue will launch this fall. [Curbed]
  • Arlene Farkas’ duplex at the River House will be auctioned off September 3rd. The co-op board blocked Farkas’ $7.8M sale to a French ambassador, leaving her tied up with $6M in debt. She’s begging lenders to give her 60 days to find another buyer. [NYDN]
  • Could this be the site of the Williamsburg Apple Store? [Gothamist]

A Woolworth Building floor plan (left); The rumored Apple Store site (right)

Furniture, Green Design

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , August 22, 2014

ChopChop is the ideal product for people who hate cluttered kitchens but still love cooking (or for those of us who don’t have space in our apartments for an actual kitchen). It consists of two hyper-functional workbenches, one for preparing the meal and one for cleaning up. Created by Berlin-based industrial designer Dirk Biotto, ChopChop also takes into consideration elderly and disabled chefs by using a universal design philosophy.

More details on the clever kitchen

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