By Diane Pham, Tue, February 10, 2015
Our new series “My sqft” checks out the homes of 6sqft’s friends, family and fellow New Yorkers across all the boroughs. On our first interior adventure, we check out a home in Clinton Hill.
What happens when you let four ladies run loose in a four-story Clinton Hill townhouse? Closets, corners and a pantry spilling over with shoes and coats, apparently. “There are shoes lining the kitchen pantry shelves; the tiny third bedroom upstairs that resembles a Swiss chalet in the twilight zone is filled with racks of vintage frocks, coats and designer handbags. You can really tell almost everyone in this house either works in fashion or hoards it,” says owner and 6sqft writer extraordinaire Michelle Cohen.
We recently visited Michelle in her Brooklyn home to see the pretty amazing setup she has created for herself. Michelle, whose house you’ve certainly seen on our site before, is currently undertaking a major renovation that will turn her and her fiance Stanley’s brick-clad buy into a modern-meets-historic home with a rental garden apartment. But while Michelle’s poring over drawings with her architect, she’s found a few friends to share the journey, and the house; namely three fabulous women with wonderfully different personalities. “Stanley likes to call it a sorority for outstanding ascendant young creative professional women,” she muses.
Jump ahead to meet Michelle and the girls—who range from a Vogue fashion stylist to a creative producer to a journalist who covers evolution, disease and health policy—in their home to get a closer look.
See more here
By Dana Schulz, Fri, February 6, 2015
Studio 505N at 540 West 49th Street, available for $815,000 via Halstead
As anyone who lives in a studio apartment can tell you, it’s often the best–if not the only–way to live without a roommate in New York. But with developers finding it much more profitable to build large apartments, studio apartments may be heading to extinction. And those existing one-room units are seeing steep price increases as demand is outpacing supply.
As the Daily News reports, “Listings for new studios compose just 4% of the units in Manhattan — down from 15% in 2013… As of January, just 30 such apartments were on the market, compared with 161 in January 2012.” The median price for a new Manhattan studio rose over the past year to $930,000, a whopping 60 percent increase. Comparatively, the median price for a new one-bedroom unit rose 30 percent and for a two-bedroom home it dropped by 11 percent.
More on the real estate trend here
By Stephanie Hoina, Wed, February 4, 2015
In a city filled with space-challenged (okay, let’s just admit it, tiny) living spaces, one can only hope the expression “good things come in small packages” holds true. When we took one look at this adorable East Village co-op at 323 East 8th Street we felt compelled to take a little literary license with the well-known phrase because sometimes “great things come in small packages.”
Check out more of this East Village treasure
By Susan Cohen, Fri, January 23, 2015
If you’re an Instagram-loving New Yorker, then you’ve likely seen, or maybe even posted, photos of the salads, egg dishes, and even the menus at the downtown restaurant Jack’s Wife Freda. Through the app, diners at Jack’s Wife Freda have been spreading the word about the establishment’s food and polished-yet-relaxed atmosphere. These sepia-toned photos certainly caught our attention, especially the beautiful meals plated on crisp white dishes.
The visionaries behind the restaurant are husband-and-wife team Dean and Maya Jankelowitz. The pair opened Jack’s Wife Freda three years ago on Lafayette Street in Soho, and just opened a second location on Carmine Street in the West Village. Together, the two restaurants are designed for New Yorkers to sit down and enjoy simple dishes that remind Dean and Maya of their families and respective countries, South Africa and Israel. For the couple, it’s only a perk that they are getting so much attention on social media, as their primary goal has always been the two H’s: hospitality and happiness.
We recently spoke with Maya at the new Carmine location to find out about running two restaurants in the city with her husband and what it means to give New Yorkers a restaurant to call “their spot.”
Read the full interview here
By Dana Schulz, Thu, January 8, 2015
One of the reasons Girls became such an instant hit is because it was lauded as the anti-Sex & the City. Its characters live in Greenpoint, not the Upper West Side; they wear Converse instead of Manolos; they struggle to pay the rent rather than living in completely unrealistic apartments. But when it comes to their real lives in New York City, the cast of the HBO show is definitely not struggling to make ends meet, as is evidenced by their impressive collection of real estate. So, in anticipation for this Sunday’s season four premier, let’s take a look at how Lena Dunham and her posse actually live in the city, as compared with their characters’ fictional digs.
See where the stars of ‘Girls’ live on and off the screen
By Dana Schulz, Wed, January 7, 2015
- This Greenpoint artist uses discarded glass found on the street and McCarren Park turf to create mini sculptures [DNAinfo]
- Here’s what Central Park looked like in the 80s…a lot different than today. [Gothamist].
- What if Nike sold oranges and Apple made iMilk? An artist reimagines fashionable brands as they’d exist in the grocery store. [Fast Co. Design]
- You won’t think your apartment is so small after watching this video of people trying to live in a 112-square-foot “house.” [Buzzfeed]
- LES “farm to sandwich” favorite Black Tree is opening a chef’s counter in Williamsburg. They’ll even use local designers to deck out the space. [Bedford + Bowery]
- Wouldn’t it be nice to walk down the street and hear a tune from an organ grinder and his “regally outfitted capuchin monkey?” Here’s a history of the grinders’ sudden demise. [Ephemeral NY]
Images: Belvedere Castle in the 80s via Central Park Conservancy (L); iMilk via Peddy Mergui
By Diane Pham, Wed, December 31, 2014
5, 4, 3, 2….. It’s hard to believe but 2014 has almost come to a close, so we thought what better time than now to reflect on the past year’s stories. We launched 6sqft back in May and since then, New York’s lively, dynamic, and ever-evolving urbanscape and inhabitants have kept us on our toes. From architecture and new developments to celebs and your fellow New Yorkers, here are the 6sqft stories that really caught our and—more importantly—your eyes this year.
See all the top 6sqft stories here!
By Diane Pham, Wed, December 24, 2014
Image by Avagara via Panoramio
Amongst Williamsburg‘s ever-growing, rapidly-rising new developments remains a neighborhood icon that has managed to stick around in the face of change. However, it looks like time has finally caught up to this tiny 1950s treasure, as Brownstoner reports that permits were filed today to replace the classic metal structure with a six-story, 10-unit apartment building. The replacement may not surprise too many given the transformation of the area, as well as the restaurants taking up space—from a diner in ’52 to a beloved burger joint from ’97 to 2010 to today providing a somewhat less fitting location for upscale La Esquina’s satellite Mexican restaurant/cafe—but without a doubt it’s still one that we’re sad to see happen.
More details here
By Diane Pham, Thu, December 18, 2014
This home may be smaller than the average of those we showcase on 6sqft, but when it comes to incredible design details, it definitely doesn’t come up any shorter than the rest. Jourdan Lawlor and her fiancé Tobin Ludwig purchased this sweet West Village pied-à-terre a few years ago for just $270,000, and after a $33,000 renovation, they turned their cramped 242-square-foot studio into a comfy home with brilliant, smart space-saving techniques like built-ins and space-maximizing illusions like white walls and good lighting. But a subdued color palette doesn’t hurt this home. What it lacks in wacky wall coverings it makes up in the delightful interior touches all throughout. Curbed‘s Hana Alberts recently visited the apartment with photographer Max Touhey in tow—see some of their images ahead.
Tour the home here
By Steven Fleming, Fri, December 12, 2014
© NYCDOT via photopin cc
NYC is well on its way to becoming a bike-friendly city. With Citi Bike expanding and designs for bikes of all shapes and sizes growing in popularity, it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing architecture built specifically for cyclists’ use. In his article, “10 Points of a Bicycling Architecture”, originally published on ArchDaily, Steven Fleming explores ten ways major cities, like New York, can make this happen.
A revolution is occurring in street design. New York, arguably the world’s bellwether city, has let everyday citizens cycle for transport. They have done that by designating one lane on most avenues to bicyclists only, with barriers to protect them from traffic. Now hundreds of cities are rejiggering to be bicycle-friendly, while in New York there is a sense that more change is afoot. Many New Yorkers would prefer if their city were more like Copenhagen where 40% of all trips are by bike. But then Copenhagen wants more as well. Where does this stop? If you consider that we are talking about a mode of transport that whips our hearts into shape, funnels many more people down streets than can be funneled in cars, has no pollution, and costs governments and individuals an absolute pittance, you won’t ask where it stops, but how close to 100% the bike modal share can possibly go and what we must do to achieve that.
It’s a beautiful day for a bike ride