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Events, Features

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , May 26, 2020

Photo by Carol M. Highsmith via Wikimedia Commons

If you’re having a tough time coming back to work after the long weekend, this roster of virtual events will help soften the blow. From an all-day celebration of the first US human mission to space in almost a decade to a virtual dinner party hosted by Questlove to a six-part sourdough class, there’s plenty to do this week to keep busy and stay entertained.

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Policy

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , May 26, 2020

Photo by Julian Wan on Unsplash

After a photo of a jam-packed Hudson River Park filled with non-mask-wearers went viral earlier this month, Governor Cuomo launched a new competition that asked New Yorkers to submit videos that show why it is so important to wear a mask in public. After receiving more than 600 submissions, the state narrowed it down to five finalists last week. And today, after 186,117 votes were counted, the winning video was announced, titled “We <3 New York.”

Watch the winner and the runners up here

affordable housing, East New York, housing lotteries

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , May 26, 2020

Rendering by Nightnurse Images, courtesy of Magnusson Architecture and Planning

In East New York, a new affordable housing lottery has just launched for 206 units at a large new development at 2858 Linden Boulevard. Ranging from $375/month studios to $2,143/month two-bedrooms, the apartments are available to those earning 30, 40, 50, 60, and 100 percent of the area median income. The building was designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning, which is responsible for four buildings on the mixed-use site. They all surround a landscaped courtyard terrace, and this building, site one, also has a community room, children’s playroom, bike room, on-site card-operated laundry room, and parking.

Find out if you qualify

Policy

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , May 26, 2020

Photo of Rockaway Beach via Dan DeLuca on Flickr

The New York City Council on Saturday urged Mayor Bill de Blasio to open the city beaches this summer safely amid the coronavirus pandemic, including allowing swimming. Currently, swimming is not permitted, but local residents are allowed to walk or sit on the beach. A number of council members this weekend released 10-point beach reopening guidelines, which include limited capacity, social distancing markers, mask requirements, and increasing transit options to beach communities.

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Clinton Hill, Cool Listings

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , May 26, 2020

Listing images courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

This adorable three-story carriage house in Clinton Hill has just about everything you’d want from Brooklyn townhouse living–curb appeal, modern interiors, and amazing outdoor space. And if you’re looking to get your feet wet in the home market, this could be the perfect place to start, as it’s available as a $7,000/month rental. Located at 435 Waverly Avenue, the brick house has three or four bedrooms, a top-floor balcony, and both a deck and garden that feel like a grownup version of a treehouse.

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Cool Listings, kensignton

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , May 22, 2020

Photo credit: Christophe Tedjasukmana for The Corcoran Group

Kensington tends to be an overlooked neighborhood, but it’s close to Green-Wood Cemetery and the southeastern end of Prospect Park, and this building at 350 Ocean Parkway is also right near all the shops and restaurants on Cortelyou Road and Church Avenue. Plus, the price is most certainly right for this $599,000 co-op. The listing says it’s one-and-a-half bedrooms, but the second room is still plenty bright and big. And speaking of bright, the unit gets natural light from three exposures, perfect for this lovely plant collection.

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Events

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , May 22, 2020

Photo: Jonathan Blanc/NYPL

While summer vacation is sure to look different this year, the New York Public Library hopes kids will stay busy reading. In celebration of its 125th anniversary on Saturday, the library has released a list of 125 children’s books from the last 125 years, aimed at sparking a lifelong love of reading. The collection of books, which is available online, follows a list released in February of the best adult titles, with a list for teenage readers expected this fall.

More here

East Village, Restaurants

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , May 22, 2020

Photo © James and Karla Murray exclusively for 6sqft

After a two month break, McSorely’s Old Ale House officially reopened on Friday. The East Village watering hole, which claims to be the oldest bar in New York City, announced a new take out menu, including its two ale options, light or dark, served in to-go growlers. The reopening comes after a two-month closure due to the coronavirus, the longest the historic bar has ever been closed, as EV Grieve first reported.

Details here

Policy, Restaurants

To-go booze in New York could be here to stay

By Devin Gannon, Fri, May 22, 2020

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , May 22, 2020

Photo: Louise Ma / WNYC via Flickr Creative Commmons

When the state closed all restaurants and bars in March except for takeout service, the New York State Liquor Authority legalized to-go alcoholic beverages, including wine and liquor, for the first time. A state official wants to make the temporary law change permanent. State Sen. Brad Hoylman on Thursday introduced legislation that would let bars and restaurants continue to serve wine, beer, and cocktails for take-out and delivery for at least two years after the state of emergency ends.

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City Living, More Top Stories, Transportation

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , May 22, 2020

Photo looking south on open West End Avenue, taken by 6sqft on 5.16.20

In his press conference this morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city is adding 13 more miles of open streets, bringing the total across the boroughs to 45 miles and exceeding his goal of opening 40 miles by the end of May. After stating that this is the largest amount of protected streets in the nation, he assured New Yorkers that “it won’t stop there.” When the mayor first announced the program, he committed to opening 100 miles of streets throughout the pandemic. The latest batch will open tomorrow and includes tons of park-adjacent streets across Queens and the first open streets in Greenwich Village and Red Hook.

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