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Cool Listings, Upstate

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 22, 2020

Photos courtesy of Jump Visuals for Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

Near a cliffside overlooking the Hudson River, a Colonial-style home is on the market for $1.695 million. The property at 57 Tweed Boulevard is located just south of Nyack, a village in the Hudson Valley about 20 miles from New York City. Surrounded by wooded state parks, mountains, and water, the home’s two-story turret-like watchtower is perfect for taking in all of those scenic views.

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holidays, Midtown

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 22, 2020

All photos courtesy of Times Square Alliance 

2021 has arrived in Times Square. The famous, seven-foot numerals are in the plaza for folks to see up-close and take photos with before they’re placed on top of One Times Square underneath the famous New Year’s Eve ball. The four numbers use a total of 526 LED bulbs and will be in the Times Square Plaza between 46th and 47th Streets until tomorrow at noon.

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Crown Heights, Major Developments

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 22, 2020

Rendering: NYC Department of City Planning

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday announced his opposition to two controversial high-rise towers proposed for a Crown Heights lot across from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. As first reported by Gothamist, the mayor said the project would “harm the research and educational work carried out by one of this city’s prized cultural institutions.”

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Cool Listings, Park Slope

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 22, 2020

Photo Credit: Compass/Michael J. Franco

Just on appearances, this Park Slope townhouse stands out, with its unique neo-Federal style. But it’s also rare for the fact that it comes with a private driveway and garage. Located at 15 Prospect Park West, the location’s not too shabby, either. The home has four bedrooms, a finished basement, a backyard, and a roof deck, and it’s asking $4,400,000.

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East Village, Features, Where I Work

  • By James and Karla Murray
  • , December 21, 2020

All photos © James and Karla Murray exclusively for 6sqft

Tucked away on East 11th Street between First and Second Avenues is a small rubber stamp shop, which, according to the small sign in its window, is “closed when not open” and “open when not closed.” Casey Rubber Stamps is filled from floor to ceiling with rubber stamps that have all been handmade by John Casey and his two team members. John Casey is originally from Cork, Ireland and first founded his shop in 1979 on Seventh Avenue South in the West Village. He moved the shop to the East Village 19 years ago but still makes his stamps the old-school way with a negative, a plate, and a mold process that is both more time consuming and expensive than newer methods involving liquid polymer materials or laser cutting. Ahead, go behind the scenes to see how all the amazing rubber stamps are made, tour the interior and workspace, and learn about the shop’s history from John Casey.

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City Living, Policy, Transportation

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 21, 2020

Photo by (vincent desjardins) on Flickr

Congress on Sunday reached an agreement on a $900 billion emergency coronavirus relief package, roughly nine months after the first stimulus was signed into law. The package is expected to provide one-time direct payments of $600 to most taxpayers and provide an additional $300 per week to those unemployed. In some positive news for New York, the stimulus deal also includes $4 billion to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Save Our Stages bill, which provides funding for live performance venues, comedy clubs, and Broadway. Congress could vote on the package as early as Monday.

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City Living, East Village, Restaurants

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 21, 2020

The bar on opening day, courtesy of Finnerty’s

Considered New York City’s unofficial San Francisco sports bar, Finnerty’s announced this morning that it’s permanently closing its East Village location. For the past 11 years, the Irish pub on Second Avenue has been a go-to spot for Giants and 49ers fans, even hosting the Giant’s World Series trophy three times. “The pandemic, along with being unable to reach an agreement with our landlord, forced our hand. There just wasn’t any way forward for us,” said Finnerty’s owners Dieter Seelig and Brian Stapleton.

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City Living

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 21, 2020

Photo credit: Jonathan Blanc / NYPL

During an unusually tough year full of challenges, including the coronavirus pandemic, an election, and racial justice issues, New Yorkers relied on books to not only stay informed but to find comfort. The city’s three public library systems on Monday released their top checkouts of 2020 lists. At the New York Public Library, which includes branches in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island, the most borrowed book of the year was Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half. In Brooklyn, the top checkout was How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and in Queens, The Guardians by John Grisham.

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Clinton Hill, Cool Listings

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 21, 2020

Listing images courtesy of Douglas Elliman

A little over a year ago, we featured this townhouse, one of the most incredible in Brooklyn, when it lowered its asking price to $10 million after first listing for $13.5 million in 2018. It’s now returned for an even more reduced price of $9.2 million. Located at 280 Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill, the 10,000-square-foot Queen Anne mansion is not notable just for its opulent interiors but for the fact that it was built in 1887 for Charles Erhart, co-founder of the Pfizer pharmaceutical company and brother-in-law to Charles Pfizer. The home’s current owner is a designer and undertook a magnificent renovation that retained historic details like an original Otis elevator, moldings and woodwork galore, and stained glass, as well as added modern upgrades like a sunken “speakeasy” party room, wine cellar, and meticulously landscaped backyard.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 18, 2020

All photos courtesy of RMC Real Estate Photography for Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

In New Windsor, a 19th-century stone castle is on the market for $1.225 million. Located on two acres of land overlooking the Hudson River, the Roe Brewster Castle at 11 Oak Ridge Drive was constructed in 1870 and features fixtures designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The 8,400-square-foot estate has six bedrooms and seven baths but has operated as a multi-family rental property.

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