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Cool Listings, Red Hook

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 8, 2021

Photo credit: DDreps

True to its Red Hook roots, this newly reimagined property is completely unique, blending laid-back vibes reminiscent of a California surf shack with contemporary design and industrial touches. The house itself is tiny, with just two rooms and a bathroom, but there’s a separate detached worked studio, a roof deck, and an outdoor oasis complete with two decks, a covered patio, and even a fire pit. This magical home is now on the market for $1,595,000.

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Art, Bronx, Events, Museums

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 8, 2021

Dancing Pumpkin, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts and David Zwirner

This Saturday, April 10, the New York Botanical Garden’s hotly-anticipated exhibit KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature will open to the public and remain on view through October 31, 2021. The blockbuster show dedicated to legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama was originally planned to open in May 2020, but of course, was postponed due to the pandemic. Among the works on view are Kusama’s famous polka-dot pumpkins, her larger-than-life flowers, and the famous Narcissus Garden, composed of 1,400 stainless steel spheres floating on water.

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condos, lincoln square, New Developments, Upper West Side 

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , April 8, 2021

Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios

Sales have resumed at 200 Amsterdam Avenue, the 52-story Upper West Side tower that has faced a series of legal challenges since 2017. Developed in partnership by SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan, the building is 668 feet tall, the tallest in the neighborhood. The tower nearly lost that superlative after a judge in February 2020 ruled that as many as 20 floors may have to be chopped from the building for violating zoning rules. But last month, the New York State Appellate Court reversed that decision and declared the developer’s permit valid.

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Cool Listings, Upper East Side, yorkville

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 8, 2021

Listing photos by Mentis Photography for Sotheby’s International Realty

Visions of a medieval castle or Bavarian lodge come to mind when looking at the incredible woodwork throughout this Yorkville maisonette. But all of the hand-carved wood finishes and ceilings were designed by former Columbia University campus architect and architectural history professor Dean Telfer. Located at the pre-war co-op 520 East 86th Street, the three-bedroom duplex is on the market for $2,995,000.

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History

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , April 7, 2021

Photo via banjo d’s Flickr

In a city full of symbolism, from bright yellow taxis to black-and-white cookies, New Yorkers also find comfort and nostalgia in a certain cardboard coffee cup. Known as the Anthora, the blue-and-white drinking vessel first became an icon of New York City in 1963 when Leslie Buck, a Czech-American immigrant, designed the first-ever to-go coffee cup to appeal to Greek-owned coffee shops and diners. With its customer-friendly “We Are Happy to Serve You” inscription and Greek-style letters, the Anthora has now become an important part of the city’s identity.

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City Living

NYC beaches will open for Memorial Day Weekend

By Devin Gannon, Wed, April 7, 2021

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , April 7, 2021

Photo of Coney Island by Dan DeLuca on Flickr

After a shortened season in 2020, New York City’s public pools and beaches will open on time this summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday. All eight city beaches will open for the season starting Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, May 29, with 48 outdoor pools welcoming swimmers beginning on June 26. Last year, beaches and pools did not open for swimming until July 1 and August 1, respectively, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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New Developments, Upper East Side

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 7, 2021

All photos by Evan Joseph

Maplewood Senior Living is known for its upscale senior living residences, but its newest brand, Inspīr, was designed specifically for urban markets. The brand’s flagship senior living residence, Inspīr Carnegie Hill, is located on the Upper East Side at 1802 Second Avenue at 93rd Street. It recently opened, offering residents the “Ultimate New York City Experience,” which includes partnerships with local cultural institutions and wellness providers, as well as with the geriatrics program at Mt. Sinai. In addition, amenities at the 23-story tower include an open-air SkyPark, fitness center, heated saltwater pool, and daily meals from two fine dining establishments.

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City Living, Events

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , April 7, 2021

A “dumpster pool” opened on Park Avenue in 2010 as part of the city’s Summer Streets initiative, courtesy of NYC DOT on Flickr

Last year, New York City public beaches and pools did not open until July because of the coronavirus pandemic. This year, city comptroller and mayoral candidate Scott Stringer wants to make sure New Yorkers from all boroughs can enjoy the summer season by making pools, beaches, and the city’s waterfront more accessible. In a proposal announced on Tuesday, Stringer called on the city to bring a series of pop-up pools to Open Streets and vacant lots in neighborhoods that lack green space.

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Chelsea, Cool Listings

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 7, 2021

Listing images courtesy of The Corcoran Group

Retro accents, mid-century decor, and a pleasant pastel color scheme make this Chelsea studio a picture-perfect home. Located on the top floor of the Kensington House co-op at 200 West 20th Street, the roughly 430-square-foot home has been fully renovated and includes an office nook perfect for work-from-home life.

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City Living, Policy

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 6, 2021

Photo courtesy of NYC Mayor’s Office

As of today, all New Yorkers ages 16+ are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, and one of the ways the city is making the process easier is through a new mobile vaccine bus. The bus can administer 150-200 doses per day and will be focused on NYC’s most vulnerable residents. To that end, during its first week, the bus will focus on vaccinating restaurant and delivery workers. Currently, the city’s mobile vaccine fleet includes 20 vans.

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