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Looks like Jonah Hill is battening down the hatches in hopes of finding a new Downtown pad. Three years ago, the actor bought a Soho loft at 27 Howard Street for $2.65 million, but put it on the market in August 2014 for a hefty $3.8 million. Back in March, he chopped the price to $3.5 million, and now a tipster tells us that he was seen taking photos outside The Schumacher, the newly unveiled Noho condo conversion at 36 Bleecker Street.
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It’s been estimated that roughly 70 percent of working people spend more than six hours a day basking in the artificial light of a computer screen. Research has concluded that overstimulation by artificial light can have negative consequences on your health as bad as metabolic problems, insomnia, depression, concentration disorders, headaches, fatigue and increased stress. This unfortunate reality for today’s working population was the inspiration for the development of HEAVN Caffeine, an innovative office light designed to mimic the therapeutic frequencies of natural light. The light is said to not only make you more productive by optimizing your biorhythms—”it boosts your attention levels with the push of a button, just like a strong espresso,” says its designers—but it will also help you stay healthier.
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Photo by Garry Winogrand via Worcester Art Museum
“New York in the ’60s” is a memoir series by a longtime New Yorker who moved to the city after college in 1960. From $90/month apartments to working in the real “Mad Men” world, each installment explores the city through the eyes of a spunky, driven female.
In the first two pieces we saw how different and similar house hunting was 50 years ago and visited her first apartment on the Upper East Side. Then, we learned about her career at an advertising magazine and accompanied her to Fire Island in the summer. Our character next decided to make the big move downtown, but it wasn’t quite what she expected. She then took us through how the media world reacted to JFK’s assassination, as well as the rise and fall of the tobacco industry, the changing face of print media, and how women were treated in the workplace. She also brought us from the March on Washington to her encounter with a now-famous political tragedy that happened right in the Village–the explosion at the Weather Underground house. Now, in the last installment of the series, the girl takes a look at just why New York in the ’60s was such a special place to her.
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While we all like to think of New York City as the center of the universe, our little metropolis really only started to pulsate in the last couple hundred years. Way, way before this (think 1 A.D.) ancient civilizations like the Mayans experienced “urban booms” of their own. This mind-boggling interactive map made by Esri puts thousands of years of global population growth into perspective, ultimately showing us that NYC is kind of just a blip on the radar—or in this case, the 2,000-year timeline of life.
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It’s commonly known that Hank Moody, the main character from Showtime’s Californication is an ex-New Yorker making his way through the wild streets of Los Angeles. But this small factoid didn’t stop the agency responsible for the show’s marketing from building a New York homage to the sexual freedom explored by Moody and many of the other characters in the show. As described by StudioMDA, the designers behind this out-of-the-box deliverable, “the bedroom we designed for him is a perfect room for one of his trysts – a place where pleasure and fetishism are tangible and the boundaries between desire and reality are blurred.” Well, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
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Yesterday, Business Insider put out a list of the top ten Christmas songs in the world according to Spotify. Taking the number one spot is Mariah Carey’s painfully catchy “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” It’s followed by Michael Bublé’s “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas;” The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York;” Wham!’s “Last Christmas;” and Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” respectively. And while there’s no denying Miss Mariah’s success with her jingle (it’s the world’s 11th best-selling single of all time), it seems not everyone agrees that the song is worthy of its ranking. We want to know if “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is your favorite holiday carol; if not, tell us what is in the comments!
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn is a neighborhood that’s famed for its architecture: majestic Italianate, Neo-Grec, Romanesque Revival and Queen Anne townhouses, churches and schools line a majority of the side streets. But this little house, at 288 Chauncey Street in East Bed-Stuy, stands in a category all its own. It looks more “New Orleans shotgun house” than Brooklyn townhouse, although it does boast a classic, historic cornice. It’s also rare to see a townhouse in the neighborhood that’s so stubby, with a one-story front facade (The home is actually a compact two-story, but the lower level sits mostly underground). What’s even the proper price tag for such an oddball home? A few years ago, it was asking $350,000, but now that the Bed-Stuy market is so hot it’s aiming high with an ask of $775,000.
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- All the NYC restaurants that have eliminated tipping. [Grub Street]
- The plan for a memorial at the location of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, where 146 garment workers died in 1911, received a $1.5 million state grant. [NYT]
- The top 10 Christmas songs in the world, according to Spotify. [Business Insider]
- A new video game explores the physics of architecture. [CityLab]
- CBGB will reopen in Newark Airport as a restaurant. [Gothamist]
Images: Renderings of the Triangle Fire memorial via Richard Joon Yoo and Uri Wegman for Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition (L); Mariah Carey Christmas album (R)
The market may be in its winter slump, but that hasn’t affected Cameron Diaz, whose West Village apartment has gone into contract after just 47 days, reports the Observer.
The actress bought the two-bedroom home in 2008 for $2.95 million and then enlisted famed California-based designer Kelly Wearstler to outfit the pre-war condo with lots of gilding and luxe finishes. After purchasing a $9.5 million home in the Walker Tower two years ago and recently marrying musician Benji Madden, Diaz put the 12th Street residence on the market for $4.25 million last month.
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Tribeca has been a NYC hot spot for well over a decade and is home to one of the city’s most sought-after zip codes. Thanks to its large stock of lofts and historic architecture, the trendy ‘hood is chock full of drool-worthy real estate, and this classic penthouse is no exception. The home was renovated in 2014 by the design team at Studio DB, who set out to make the space both beautiful and functional for the homeowners’ growing family.
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It’s that time of year when we take a look back at all the news-making topics that caught the eyes of 6sqft’s readers. Jump ahead for our top stories of 2015 in everything from new developments to architecture to product design, people, celeb real estate and NYC history. You can also peruse 2014’s most popular posts here to see how they compare!
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Well ahead of his time, naval historian Charles Paullin created the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States in 1932. Its 700 maps covered all sectors of American life, from geographic boundaries to topography and European settlement to the development of railroads. Last year, the University of Richmond digitized these maps, and they’ve now taken inspiration from the catalogue to create a modern version of the project.
Called American Panorama, the platform aims to be an “historical atlas for the online era,” according to CityLab. The four interactive maps currently on the site are: The Forced Migration of Enslaved People; The Overland Trails; Foreign-Born Population; and Canals.
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The latest project to come from starchitect-of-the-moment Bjarke Ingels is a set of towers that will rise along the High line at 76 11th Avenue. The renderings made waves a month ago when the angular, asymmetrical structures were revealed, and at this time it was also announced that the project would encompass a hotel, retail space, and around 300 luxury condos. But new plans filed by developer HFZ Capital Group, first uncovered by The Real Deal, show that the towers’ four-story base will not include a hotel, but rather retail and office space, likely because “[commercial office space] vacancy rates in the [Meatpacking District] are notoriously low–around 2 percent–while prices are high.”
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