New Developments, opinion, Polls, Starchitecture, Urban Design

Before 9/11, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum planned a new outpost on the East River in Lower Manhattan, sculpted by none other than starchitect Frank Gehry. But after the tragedy, the project was scratched. Now, the planned South Street Seaport project would replace the area’s main pier with a lower, glass structure that looks like a surburban mall at the base of a new 40-something-story tower on the former site of the Fulton Fish Market. But 6sqft’s Architecture Writer Carter B. Horsley thinks the Howard Hughes Corporation should abandon the current SHoP Architects-designed plan and replace it with a resurrected version of Gehry’s fabulous, titanium ribbon-laced Guggenheim vision. Do you agree?

Images: Guggenheim Bilbao by Frank Gehry via Wiki Commons (L); Current South Street Seaport plan via SHoP Architects (R)

[Related: Unleash Gehry: Give Frank the East River and Churn the Lower Manhattan Pot]

Cool Listings, Interiors, Tribeca

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , January 28, 2015

If you’re looking to drop $7.5 million on a showstopper in a prime location, you’re going to love this North Tribeca duplex penthouse at 39 Vestry Street. The Jessica Shaw-designed home sets the bar high with a northern skylight climbing from 11 feet to 22 feet and covering the entire living and dining areas. And it only gets better from there.

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City Living, real estate trends, Upper East Side

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , January 27, 2015

Say goodbye to afternoon tea and hello to happy hour, via roboppy via photopin cc

You don’t have to tell us twice that the Upper East Side is trading its reputation as a stodgy, ladies-who-lunch spot for a younger, more hip vibe. Not only do we think it’s a hidden hot spot for artists, but we recently profiled the unofficial “new” Upper East Side, the high 80s and 90s, clustered between Park and 1st Avenues. And let’s not forget how the Second Avenue subway is already shaking things up.

But with a new generation of Upper East Siders gobbling up the surprisingly affordable real estate offerings, it’s no surprise that trendy commercial spots are also getting in on the action. Small, local shops and restaurants create little communities that you might expect to find in brownstone Brooklyn, and larger, big-name businesses like Warby Parker and Whole Foods promise to make it a neighborhood to rival Union Square or Chelsea.

More on the real estate trend ahead

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Features, Harlem, Landscape Architecture, Long Island City, real estate trends

  • By Lauren Price
  • , January 27, 2015

Riverbank State Park. Image via Dattner Architects

In a city that moves so fast that the Sunday edition of the New York Times comes out on Saturday, it is not surprising that New Yorkers might overlook some interesting factoids. For instance, New York City is home seven state parks! So, instead of enjoying a day inside other state parks filled with the ubiquitous lush greenery and a plethora of activities that might surely mean a couple of hours of driving—cityside state parks are but a subway ride away or possibly a short walk to the likes of the East River State Park on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, the Clay Pit Ponds State Park in Staten Island and the Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx.

One of the most popular, with its grassy stretches of pastoral idyll against a spectacular backdrop, is the 28-acre Riverbank State Park near 143rd Street (seen in the two images above). A multi-level facility set 69 feet above the Hudson River on Riverside Drive, it opened in 1993. What’s more, this park is the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Inspired by Japan’s urban rooftop designs, it was created on top of a now-odorless sewage treatment facility on the Hudson.

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Art, Brooklyn, Manhattan, photography

  • By Diane Pham
  • , January 27, 2015

While the rest of us were bundled up indoors last night in anticipation of Snor’easter Juno, Brooklyn photographer Jaka Vinsek set out on a journey to capture New York’s streets covered in snow. “I started at 10pm and got home at 7am,” he says. “I walked on foot around nine miles.”

With transit shuttered at 7pm Monday, and a city-wide ban on vehicles (except emergency) beginning at 11pm, what Vinsek captures on camera is a desolate but eerily beautiful city. His photos feature unlikely scenes, including a completely empty Grand Central, as well as some wonderful moments of lone souls roaming amidst the city’s dedicated workers pounding the pavement. Vinsek’s photos show another, more peaceful side to our city that we often forget exists.

See more of the photos here

Real Estate Wire

  • Jimmy Mcmillan, a.k.a. founder of the ‘Rent Is Too Damn High’ movement, receives an eviction notice. [NYDN]
  • Leasing starts tomorrow at the incredible Cartlon Mews church conversion development. [Brownstoner]
  • The HPD is selling a coveted piece of land in Fort Greene near BAM to Jonathan Rose Companies for $1. In return the company must build a 12-story complex with 40% affordable apartments. [NYDN]
  • Works begin on Ridgewood’s biggest development, a 90-unit residential building designed to offer creative-type tenants an inexpensive alternative to Williamsburg. [Crain’s]

Images: Jimmy Mcmillan meme (L); Cartlon Mews at 232 Adelphi Street (R)

Architecture, Cool Listings, Getting Away, Upstate

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , January 27, 2015

Just a stone’s throw away from NYC in Brewster, NY, this charming Tudor-style home sits atop a rock bluff on four private acres of lush grass, Japanese maple trees, enchanting woods and seasonal streams. Built in 1940 by architect Manus Imber, and featuring three bedrooms and 1,273 square feet of space, this is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The Stone House is chock full of original details like the stone fireplace and hearth, wide pine floors, Dutch doors, built-ins, and decorative wood trims.

The magic continues here

Green Design, Products

Ienami Bonkei Planters Are Tiny Houses with Green Roofs

By Dana Schulz, Tue, January 27, 2015

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , January 27, 2015

We’re big fans of green roofs here at 6sqft, so we were pretty excited when we found these planters that let us have our own miniature green roof right on our desks.

A design of Metaphys, the Ienami Bonkei planters are simplistic models of homes with actual planted green roofs or gardens. The Japanese art of Bonkei refers to 3D, miniature landscapes created using dry materials like rock, cement, or sand. They often feature tiny figurines of people, buildings, and other outdoor elements.

More details on the Bonkei planters

Cool Listings, East Village, Interiors, Quirky Homes

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , January 27, 2015

Located just a few steps off the Bowery, this five-story home at 4 East 2nd Street in the East Village, currently functioning as four separate units, offers a multitude of options. Looking to stretch out and have nearly 6,000 square feet all to yourself? Go right ahead, as the house will be delivered vacant and is ready for your personal touch. Or perhaps you’d prefer to keep the parlor floor as a gallery space and make do with the remaining few thousand square feet to accommodate your humble abode. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

See more of this imaginative home

Daily Link Fix

  • Those star-shaped snowflakes you thought you saw last night were real. [HuffPo]
  • Did you know the statues in front of the Brooklyn Museum came from the Manhattan Bridge? Find out 12 more secrets of the iconic institution. [amNY]
  • Mapping classic Village businesses that closed in the past year. [DNAinfo]
  • No sled? No problem. Here’s the best household items to turn into a DIY sled. [Brokelyn]
  • An animated history of New York’s love-hate relationship with commuting. [NY Times]
  • Check out a Brooklyn-based rug designer’s funky Williamsburg home. [Racked]
  • If you’re feeling blizzard deprived, look at these snowy snapshots from 1888. [Mashable]

Images: Brooklyn Museum via Wiki Commons (L); Sledding via mogrify via photopin cc (R)


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