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Features, Interviews, New Yorker Spotlight, People

  • By Susan Cohen
  • , January 30, 2015

Photo courtesy of Erin Kestenbaum

Food artist Jessica Siskin requires just three ingredients before getting to work: Rice Krispies, marshmallows, and butter. Yes, Jessica’s specialty is masterfully molding Rice Krispies Treats, but these are far from your average after-school snack. She has taken the childhood favorite up a few notches to create edible works of art, and developed it into her business, Misterkrisp.

The company was born a little over a year ago in Jessica’s New York kitchen. Since then, she’s been exploring the Rice Krispies possibilities all the while growing a loyal following on Instagram where 15,000 followers delight in her work. A quick scroll through Misterkrisp’s photo page reveals everything from classic New York bagels to emojis to a bowl of ramen–all made out of Rice Krispies Treats. It’s fair to say that Jessica’s creativity is limitless, especially since many of her krisps, as she calls them, are customer requests.

We recently spoke with Jessica to learn more about the architecture of Rice Krispies Treats and the daily rewards of providing New Yorkers with food art.

Read the full interview here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Lower East Side

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , January 30, 2015

The expansive living area of this rare-to-the-market designer loft in the former Garfield Building on the Lower East Side offers complete flexibility within its gorgeous exposed brick walls. Floor-to-ceiling double-paned windows, beamed ceilings, and white oak floors all artfully combine to present a beautiful blank slate easily configured to perfectly suit your needs.

More pics this way

Architecture, Green Design

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , January 30, 2015

Wouldn’t it be great if you could stock up on kale during the workday without having to wait on the lunchtime line at Whole Foods? If Organic Grid+, the winner of Metropolis magazine’s “Workplace of the Future” design competition, comes to fruition you’ll be able to grow your own greens at the office while taking in the various other health benefits that the proposed sky gardens afford.

Conceived by London-based interior designers Sean Cassidy and Joe Wilson, Organic Grid+ proposes a flexible office layout, health-conscious technology, and glass sky gardens that latch onto existing buildings–all with the goal of improving the physical and mental well-being of employees as well as changing “the negative associations of working in open-plan offices.”

More details here

Real Estate Wire

  • Rent a crumbling historic church in Fort Greene $18,000 a month. [DNA Info]
  • More than $55 billion worth of NYC properties sold last year. This includes multifamily buildings, development sites, and commercial buildings across New York City. It was the best investment sales market seen in 30 years. [Crain’s]
  • Things got heated over the 421-a affordable housing program during a City Council meeting last night. The scheme is set to expire this summer and the city is looking for an overhaul of the program that would make the number of affordable housing units in new developments more equitable. [Gothamist]
  • What happens to the rent stabilized tenant when a landlord dies? [Brick Underground]
  • This week’s best new renderings. [TRD]
  • A map of Manhattan’s disappearing bookstores. [Gothamist]
  • An interview with Will Ellis, ruin porn photographer extraordinaire. [Curbed]

Images: Interior of the Fort Greene church for rent (L); NYC aerial view(R)

Design, Furniture

Philippe Malouin Designs Space-Saving Hanger-Chair Hybrid

By Ana Lisa Alperovich, Fri, January 30, 2015

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , January 30, 2015

Hosting dinner parties can be a challenge for those of us who live in cramped city apartments. If you don’t enjoy asking your guests to eat while sitting on the floor, there’s a simple space-saving solution that will help with this common dilemma.

Created by London-based, Canadian-born designer Philippe Malouin, the Hanger Chair is an elegant collision between, you guessed it, a hanger and a folding chair. When you don’t need the extra seating, you can hang the chairs in the closet, neatly and out of sight.

Learn more about this innovative chair with a hook

Architecture, Interiors, Upstate

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , January 30, 2015

Award-winning firm Joel Sanders Architect specializes in designing residential spaces with an approach that merges architecture, interiors and landscape. One expertly-executed example is the design of a house on Mt. Merino. The contemporary home located in Hudson is perched at the peak of a mountain and features a distinctive butterfly roof and beautiful cedar and bamboo cladding. Being so well-sited, this lovely retreat takes full advantage of iconic views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains.

Learn more about this stunning modern home

Architecture, Green Design, Hamptons

  • By Alyssa Alimurung
  • , January 30, 2015

When a brownstone-living couple were looking to build an idyllic family home in the Hamptons, they turned to Resolution: 4 Architecture to create a place the could call home far from the city. Called “Swingline,” this wonderful retreat was completely prefabricated and assembled on site. And with six bedrooms, seven baths, a pool house, a rooftop deck and numerous screened-in porches, there’s no shortage of space in this 4,239-square-foot home. See more of this gorgeous house on Inhabitat.

VIEW MORE PHOTOS HERE…

Midtown, Midtown East, New Developments

  • By Diane Pham
  • , January 30, 2015

Gale Brewer is no shrinking violet when it comes to city planning, and having her on your side is never a bad thing. The borough president of Manhattan has just come out as a full-fledged supporter of not only Midtown East’s rezoning, but more notably, One Vanderbilt, the controversial 1,514-foot supertall slated to pop up right next door to Grand Central. Curbed reports that Brewer coupled her approval with an announcement that her office negotiated a slew of additional community benefits from developer SL Green—the developer that has already put up $210 million for the improvement of Grand Central’s subway station.

More on what’s included in the plan

People, Transportation, Video

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , January 30, 2015

Regardless of which side of the man-spread debate you’re on, you’ve definitely heard plenty about the MTA’s new Courtesy Counts etiquette campaign. To get their point across, the MTA has deployed a new set of posters featuring the ubiquitous faceless green and red stick figures doing uncourteous things on the subway, including pole dancing, grooming, and, of course, manspreading.

Two New Yorkers, Christian “CJ” Koegel and his partner Chris Zelig, have now created a one-minute, tongue-in-cheek video where they don full-body red and green spandex suits to bring Courtesy Counts to life as part of the #ridewithclass hashtag campaign.

Watch the amusing video

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