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The 10 most over-the-top festive bars in NYC

By Devin Gannon, Wed, December 1, 2021

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 1, 2021

When the weather outside is frightful, drinking seasonal spirits inside a cozy holiday-themed bar can be quite delightful. In New York City, there are many places to cure your winter blues while surrounded by over-the-top decorations and with an overpriced cocktail in hand. From Christmas classics like Rolf’s and Pete’s Tavern to high-end heated snow globes at the rooftop bar Mr. Purple, there is no shortage of festive spots to make the season merry and bright.

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Features, History, holidays, Midtown

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 1, 2021

The 1931 tree, courtesy of Tishman Speyer

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, considered the “worldwide symbol of Christmas,” will be lit on Wednesday, marking the 89th tree lighting ceremony. After last year’s event was closed to spectators because of the pandemic, the tree lighting will once again welcome the public to kick off the holiday season. Ahead of the event, learn about the history of the iconic spruce, from its start as a modest Depression-era pick-me-up for Rockefeller Center construction workers to World War regulations to its current 900-pound Swarovski star.

More on the history here

Cool Listings, Murray Hill

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , December 1, 2021

Images courtesy of Compass.

Built in 1857, the 4,000-square-foot townhouse at 113 East 35th Street on a tree-lined Murray Hill block is a fine example of Italianate brownstone style. Inside, a thorough renovation of the home’s five floors has resulted in two spacious apartments–a two-bedroom lower duplex and four-bed upper triplex–that offer the best of Manhattan living. Asking $4,500,000, the home has kept its historic details while adding modern style and convenience. It has also been blessed with well-deserved fame of the best New York City kind: Former residents include film and stage stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, who lived here in the 1940s and 1950s, during the heady days of their legendary romance.

Have a look inside

Policy, Restaurants

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , November 30, 2021

Image courtesy of Bubby’s

New York City Council Member Keith Powers last week introduced legislation that would allow the ongoing use of propane heaters for outdoor restaurant dining. The heaters, given the green light last year but banned again in October, helped restaurants stay afloat last winter by keeping diners cozy at Covid-safe outdoor tables.

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Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Cool Listings, West Village 

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , November 30, 2021

All photos by Ben Fitchett

The late architect Wallace Harrison had a major role in developing some of New York City’s most iconic structures, including Rockefeller Center, the United Nations, and Lincoln Center. Harrison, who was a close friend to Nelson Rockefeller, also designed the Clinton Hill Co-ops, a 12-building complex spread across two campuses in Clinton Hill. A charming and sunny junior two-bedroom at the historic complex is now available for $699,000.

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Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , November 30, 2021

Photo credit: Evan Joseph for The Corcoran Group

This 7,040 square foot townhouse at 37 Sidney Place in the postcard-pretty Brooklyn Heights Historic District spans six stories of living space–all accessed by a bronze-mirrored elevator. From the gym and sauna in the basement to the top-floor treehouse room, there are six bedrooms, nine baths, a landscaped garden, and two terraces. Asking $14,950,000, the Greek Revival-style home was built in 1846. A complete renovation by Baxt Ingui Architects has added every modern luxury and a sustainable future: The house is under review for passive house certification.

Hop on the elevator for a six-floor tour

Art, Design, Flatiron, holidays

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , November 30, 2021

Photos by Martin Seck for the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership

A new public art installation opened in the Flatiron Public Plaza as part of the neighborhood’s yearly “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” event. This year’s artwork, called Interwoven, comes from design firm Atelier Cho Thompson and features colorful interactive archways. When two or more people pass through sensors of the same color, corresponding lights and musical compositions by local artists are activated. Interwoven, selected by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute as the winner of the eighth annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition, also has a story wall that invites New Yorkers to share responses to the prompt: “I dream of a world where together we can…”

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Coney Island

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , November 29, 2021

Photo via Shinya Suzuki’s Flickr

The New York City Parks Department announced this month $114.5 million in funding will be used to kick off the reconstruction of Coney Island’s landmarked Riegelmann Boardwalk in the first such overhaul since the wooden walkway was built in the 1920s. But not everyone is on board with the reconstruction, which involves replacing the length of the hardwood boardwalk with recycled plastic decking as part of a sustainability plan. Some residents feel the synthetic material is a poor choice for the waterfront icon.

Find out more about the proposed new boardwalk

Policy

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , November 29, 2021

Photo: Mike Groll/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul on Flickr

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday declared a state of emergency for the state of New York to prepare for the new omicron variant of the coronavirus. The order allows the Department of Health to stop non-urgent surgeries at hospitals with less than 10 percent of beds available. While the new variant has not yet been detected in New York, “it’s coming,” according to Hochul, who in her order said the state is now experiencing Covid transmission rates not seen since April 2020.

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Cool Listings, lincoln square, Upper West Side 

For $4.5M, a palatial four-bedroom in prime Lincoln Square

By Devin Gannon, Mon, November 29, 2021

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , November 29, 2021

All photos: Eytan Stern Weber, Evan Joseph Images

Here’s a rare opportunity to own a four-bedroom on the Upper West Side for under $5 million. A sprawling condo located at 155 West 70th Street, within the cultural hub of Lincoln Square, is now available for $4,500,000. Mixing classic design with modern upgrades, the home boasts coffered ceilings and handcrafted moldings, along with a new home automation system and motorized shades.

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270 affordable apartments available at a luxury Long Island City tower on the East River

  • By Devin Gannon

All renderings courtesy of VUW Studio

Waterfront luxury living in New York City doesn’t have to be out of reach. Located on the East River in Hunter’s Point South, Gotham Point is a mixed-use complex with over 1,100 apartments, 75 percent of which are priced below the market rate. Applications are now being accepted for 270 rent-stabilized apartments at the Long Island City development’s South tower. The building is open to New Yorkers with a wide range of household income levels, between 30 percent and 165 percent of the area median income (AMI), or between $15,806 and $244,200 annually. That means a single person who earns between $15,806 and $25,090 annually would pay $738/month for a studio and a four-person household with an income range of between $126,686 and $196,845 would pay $3,580/month for a three-bedroom.

Find out if you qualify