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Brooklyn, CityRealty, Manhattan, New Jersey, Queens, Rentals

  • By Annie Doge
  • , December 8, 2018

Images (L to R): Renting Downtown: Top 10 Rental Buildings in Financial District + Battery Park City

  • Renting Downtown: Top 10 Rental Buildings in Financial District + Battery Park City [LINK]
  • Cobalt Lofts in Harrison Launches Luxury Rentals from $1,915/Month; 20 Minutes from NYC [LINK]
  • Contemporary Rentals at Historic 71 Broadway: No-Fee Listings from $3,035/Month [LINK]
  • Bed-Stuy Rentals Launch at 1247 Atlantic Avenue with 1 Month Free; Net Prices from $1,825/Month [LINK]
  • New Midtown Luxury Rental Tower ARO at 242 West 53rd Street Leasing from $2,920/Month [LINK]
  • New Rentals Launch at ML House Across from Bryant Park; Priced from $3,225/Month [LINK]
  • Downtown Brooklyn’s The Amberly Leasing Luxury Rentals from $2,550/Month, See New Photos [LINK]
  • Live in South Brooklyn at The Hamilton; Contemporary Rentals from $1,950/Month [LINK]

SEE MORE RENTAL NEWS AND OFFERS HERE

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Features, Greenwich Village, GVSHP, History, Union Square

From Mark Twain and the Lovin’ Spoonful to Tech Hub: The overlooked history of Union Square South

By Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Fri, December 7, 2018

  • By Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
  • , December 7, 2018

Photo of the former St. Denis Hotel courtesy of MCNY

Straddling Greenwich Village and the East Village, the neighborhood south of Union Square between Fifth and Third Avenues was once a center of groundbreaking commercial innovations, radical leftist politics, and the artistic avant-garde. With the city’s recent decision to allow an upzoning for a “Tech Hub” on the neighborhood’s doorstep on 14th Street, there are concerns that the resilient and architecturally intact neighborhood may face irreversible change. While they’re still here, take a tour of some of the many sites of remarkable cultural history, nestled in this compact neighborhood just south of one of our city’s busiest hubs.

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Events, Giveaways, holidays

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 7, 2018

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

Did you know the nation’s first public Christmas tree went up in NYC? Or how about the fact that Santa Claus was born here in both literature and drawing? And have you seen the famous restaurant decorated with 15,000 Christmas ornaments, 10,000 lights? Join 6sqft’s managing editor Dana Schulz for her Christmas in Gramercy tour with the Municipal Art Society to see and learn about all this and more. Taking place, Saturday, December 15th, the two-hour event will reveal the surprising origins of our most beloved holiday traditions.

Enter to win tickets here!

Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings

  • By Michelle Cohen
  • , December 7, 2018

As one of a trio of distinctive townhouses on an almost-hidden historic Brooklyn Heights street known by locals as Willowtown, the house at 44 Willow Place is a gift of mid-20th-century architecture and holds a spot on the star map for modern house lovers–and it’s on the market for $3.9 million. Designed by the beloved local architect duo Joseph and Mary Merz in 1965 for Ron and Hortense Clyne, the home is a timeless example of Modernist design as both visually appealing and ultimately livable. Treasured by the community as both brilliant designers and active preservationists, the architects also built the better-known home at 40 Willow Place along with a house at number 48.

Take a tour

Long Island City, Major Developments, Queens

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 7, 2018

Rendering via Handel Architects

New renderings were released this week of the one million square foot development coming to the Long Island City’s Hunter’s Point South neighborhood. Designed by Handel Architects, the complex features two high-rise towers, retail, and community space. Notably, the project is expected to bring 1,100 new residential units, with 80 percent of them permanently affordable. The complex sits less than a mile from the planned office complex of Amazon, which chose the Queens neighborhood last month for its new home. As CityRealty reported, the two towers will rise 57 and 33 floors, with the taller of the two reaching 600 feet high, which would make it the tallest building on the waterfront.

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Celebrities, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

  • By Alexandra Alexa
  • , December 7, 2018

Shonda Rhimes — the showrunner behind TV hits like “Scandal,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” and “Grey’s Anatomy” — just picked up a penthouse at 765 Park Avenue for $11.75 million, The Real Deal reports. The Lenox Hill unit first appeared on the market in March for $14.75 million before being dropped to $12.5 million in June. This is Rhimes’ second real estate move in the past few months. In October she listed one of her several Los Angeles properties, a Hancock Park mansion, for just under $10 million.

Look around

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Features, holidays, photography, The urban lens

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 7, 2018

6sqft’s series The Urban Lens invites photographers to share work exploring a theme or a place within New York City. In this installment, NYC-based photographer Betsy Pinover Schiff shares photos from her new book, “‘Tis the Season New York.” Are you a photographer who’d like to see your work featured on The Urban Lens? Get in touch with us at [email protected].

Two years ago while attending for the first time the Winter’s Eve Festival, billed as the largest holiday festival in New York City, photographer Betsy Pinover Schiff had an ah-ha Christmas moment. If she, a native New Yorker, just recently learned about this huge annual celebration that draws thousands to Lincoln Square, what other Christmas celebrations was she missing? In a quest to find out, Betsy ended up taking hundreds of photos and attending hundreds of events across the city, all within a six-week period.

Her curiosity grew to become the basis of her latest book, “‘Tis the Season New York,” which was released this fall. Her book takes us on a tour of NYC during its most festive time of the year, from photos of the holiday windows at Saks Fifth Avenue to the elaborately decorated homes of Dyker Heights. Plus, 15 different New Yorkers, ranging from philanthropist Agnes Gund to Betsy’s postman, provided their own NYC experiences for the book. Ahead, Betsy shares with 6sqft some of her sparkling photos and tells us how New York during Christmastime becomes a place for “fun, fantasy, and endless heartwarming moments.”

See the spirited photos

weekend subway service

  • By Alexandra Alexa
  • , December 7, 2018

Via Flickr

It’s going to be another good weekend for the L train, which continues to run on weekends through late January. Not so much for the J train, which is not running again between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Like last weekend, there will be shuttle buses available from Hewes Street to Essex Street and between Essex and Metropolitan Avenue. The M train is going to have a rough weekend as well: all service is suspended. There will be M shuttle buses running between Metropolitan Avenue and Myrtle Avenue, and express to/from Delancey Street/Essex Street, but otherwise M riders will have to look to the 4, 5, and F for alternative routes.

Know before you go

Daily Link Fix

Via Public Domain Pictures and Flickr cc (L); Via Wiki Commons (R)

  • Despite calls to remove it, the Christopher Columbus statue in Columbus Circle has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [NYP]
  • Visit the last chess shop in NYC. [The Atlantic]
  • Amy Poehler has opened a wine store in Park Slope. [Eater]
  • How Staten Island is keeping brick-and-mortar retail alive and repurposing its shopping malls. [CO]
  • MTA president Andy Byford announced the appointment of an “internationally renowned signaling expert.” [MTA]
  • Free winter weekdays have begun at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and will run through February. [Brownstoner]

 

Cool Listings, West Village 

  • By Alexandra Alexa
  • , December 6, 2018

A corner one-bedroom co-op combining modern amenities with historic details was listed today for a cool $835,000. Located in the heart of the West Village at 242 West 4th Street, it more than makes up for its compact size with 10-foot ceilings and a central skylight, tons of original details, and quick access to everything the bustling neighborhood has to offer.

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