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Landscape Architecture, Policy, Urban Design

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , June 21, 2021

All renderings courtesy of SeeThree and ODA

When the coronavirus pandemic hit New York City last spring, the city launched a successful effort to give pedestrians safe outdoor space through its”Open Streets” program, which closed some streets to cars. Extremely popular with New Yorkers, the initiative, along with its Open Restaurants and Open Culture counterparts, was expanded and made permanent this year. A local architecture firm is looking to capitalize on this reclamation of public city space with a new proposal aimed at reviving the once blossoming Flower District.

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Cool Listings, Upstate

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , June 21, 2021

Listing photos by Devin Groody

Spanish architect and industrial designer Paul Mayén is perhaps best known for working with Frank Lloyd Wright on the design for Fallingwater, as well as for his modernist furniture designs, many of which are in the permanent collection at MoMA. At WaterRun, a 14+ acre estate in Garrison, New York, all of Mayén’s expertise is on display. The 7,500-square-foot contemporary home employs Wright’s penchant for bringing the outdoors in, and it is full of lighting and built-in furniture personally designed by Mayén. But the home is most famous for its landscape, where you’ll find perennial gardens, pavilions, grottos, obelisks, ponds, winding streams, and even a cascading waterfall.

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Features, NYC Guides, Top Stories, Washington Heights

The 18 best places to visit in Washington Heights

By Devin Gannon, Mon, June 21, 2021

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , June 21, 2021

A hilly neighborhood with stunning public parks, incredible food, and community pride, Washington Heights is special. Not only is this area full of natural beauty (it has the highest natural point in Manhattan and boasts incredible Hudson River views) and historically important (it served as a strategic defense point during the Revolutionary War), Washington Heights has long been an immigrant enclave.

As development hit the largely rural neighborhood in the early 20th century, Irish, Jewish, African American, Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican communities have all called Washington Heights home. Today, a strong Latin American and Caribbean presence remains, with Washington Heights and nearby Inwood considered the most populous Dominican neighborhoods in the U.S. With this month’s release of the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical In The Heights, we’ve put together a guide of must-visit places in Washington Heights, from Manhattan’s oldest home to the city’s only underground street, with stops for roasted chicken and chicharrón along the way.

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Cool Listings, West Village 

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , June 21, 2021

Listing photos by Yoo Jean Han for Sotheby’s International Realty

In the West Village, many of the buildings along Seventh Avenue South tend to be oddly shaped, as the avenue was cut diagonally through the neighborhood in the early 1900s to make way for the IRT Broadway subway line. This townhouse at number 54 is one such example. The rare, nearly freestanding building has a trapezoidal footprint, as well as a gated courtyard that has parking for two cars and a beautiful secret garden. The 5,820-square-foot townhouse, on the market for $11,950,000, is currently set up as a commercial space on the ground floor (occupied by the designer Markarian, who designed Jill Biden’s Inauguration Day outfit), a two-bedroom apartment on the second floor, and a three-bedroom owner’s duplex plus roof terrace on the third and fourth floors.

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Cool Listings, Hamptons, More Top Stories

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , June 18, 2021

Listing photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

If you’re a lover of A-frame houses and are looking for a Hamptons getaway, it doesn’t get any more perfect than this three-bedroom home in Noyack, currently on the market for $1,350,000. The unique home is actually three separate, adjoined a-frames, all centered around the big backyard that has a 40-foot freeform heated pool and multiple patio seating areas.

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Architecture, Design, Hotels, Roosevelt Island

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , June 18, 2021

All photos courtesy of Steve Freihon Photography

Roosevelt Island’s first hotel recently opened as part of Cornell University’s new tech campus. Graduate Roosevelt Island rises 18 stories, contains 224 rooms, and boasts incredible views of the Manhattan skyline, Queensboro Bridge, and beyond. The hotel aims to offer a “scholastic retreat” for the Cornell community and New York City visitors, with playful touches like a 12-12-foot statue of artist Hebru Brantley’s Flyboy in the lobby and neon light fixtures inspired by a Cornell science project in the guest rooms. There’s also a ground-level restaurant and an indoor-outdoor rooftop bar and lounge.

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City Living, Events, Queens

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , June 18, 2021

Photo via Wikimedia

The U.S. Open this year will allow spectators at 100 percent capacity throughout the two-week tournament in Queens, a year after fans could not attend the event because of the pandemic. The U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) announced on Thursday that tickets for the general public will go on sale starting July 15, with an early access presale for select American Express card members.

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affordable housing, Bronx, Major Developments, New Developments

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , June 18, 2021

Photo © Julienne Schaer

The first two rentals at the five-building South Bronx complex La Central officially opened on Wednesday. The mixed-use towers, located at 556 and 600 Bergen Street in the borough’s Melrose neighborhood, contain 500 units of housing, a new YMCA, studio space for BronxNet, and a rooftop farm operated by GrowNYC.

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Cool Listings, Harlem

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , June 18, 2021

Listing photos by Eitan Gamliely for Sotheby’s International Realty

Considered one of the most beautiful and historic parts of Harlem, the Mount Morris Park Historic District is mainly comprised of late-19th-century townhouses, ranging in style from Romanesque Revival to Queen Anne. The most stately are along Mount Morris Park West, like this gorgeous mansion at number 12, currently on the market for $8.2 million. It has nearly 8,000 square feet of interior space, 10 bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and two half baths, and loads of preserved woodwork that harken back to the home’s construction in 1888.

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Cool Listings, Hamptons

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , June 17, 2021

Listing photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

This Wainscott home is not a Hamptons mega-mansion, but it’s also not a historic cottage. Built in 1989, the three-bedroom home has been renovated in a contemporary farmhouse style, mixing rustic wood ceiling beams with whitewashed floors and modern furnishings. Add in the outdoor space, and it’s the perfect summer home. The half-acre lot includes a large heated pool, adorable storage shed, and a deck overlooking the magical garden. It’s asking $1,795,000.

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