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The Village Voice is coming back next month

By Dana Schulz, Wed, December 23, 2020

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 23, 2020

Photo (cropped) of the Village Voice’s Cooper Square offices by Ajay Suresh via Wikimedia Commons

In August of 2018, after 63 years as a NYC icon, The Village Voice folded. But in some good news for local journalism, the New York Times reports today that the Voice will “[rise] from the dead.” Brian Calle, chief executive of Street Media which owns LA Weekly, has acquired the publication from its current owner Peter Barbey. Calle said he will start publishing online content next month, with a quarterly print edition set to launch in March. He also said he hopes to re-hire former Voice staffers.

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City Living, real estate trends

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 23, 2020

Photo by Peter Burka on Flickr

More than 1,000 chain stores in New York City have closed over the past year, the largest year-over-year decline in over a decade. According to the Center for an Urban Future’s annual “State of the Chains” report, nearly one out of every seven chain retailers open at this time last year is now closed, due to the coronavirus pandemic coupled with the continued growth of e-commerce. Even Dunkin’, the city’s largest retailer, closed 18 locations in 2020, the first time the coffee chain experienced a decline since CUF began tracking chains 13 years ago.

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Cool Listings, Williamsburg

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 23, 2020

Photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

Right across from McCarren Park in Williamsburg is the modern condominium 20 Bayard Street, notable for the fact that every unit has gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows. This three-bedroom apartment on the 10th floor is one that has a full-wall, curved window with views of the skyline, as well as a rear balcony. Add to that the abundance of plants and subtle bohemian vibe, and the 1,312-square-foot home is a serene escape, currently listed for $1,779,000.

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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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