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By Dana Schulz, Sat, September 6, 2014

  • We talk to Sue Chin, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Chief Architect, about designing for a very different clientele–tiger, sharks, gorillas, and more.
  • We’ve got the dirt on Frank Gehry’s Ground Zero Performing Arts Center rejection.
  • Coffee Culture: Are neighborhood cafes the first sign of gentrification?
  • Travel back in time to Radio Row, the city’s original Makerspace, now lost to the World Trade Center.
  • SONO can help block out city noise and keep your apartment nice and quiet (sign us up!)
  • You can live on the most beautiful street in the East Village…for $7.5 million, that is.

 

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Features, Interviews, New Yorker Spotlight, People

  • By Susan Cohen
  • , September 5, 2014

Susan (Sue) A. Chin, FAIA is an architect and designer with a very different type of clientele. Currently, her roster includes tigers, gorillas, and sharks, all of whom have very specific design needs. As the Vice President of Planning & Design and Chief Architect at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Sue oversees the architectural and design needs of the Society’s zoos and parks (Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo), as well as their conservation work around the globe. The organization currently has about 500 projects in 65 countries, which means her work is showcased as far away as Madagascar.

6sqft recently spoke with Sue about WCS, how she got into the field as a teenager, her clients (both human and non), and the exciting new exhibit under construction at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island.

Read our full interview with Sue here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Manhattan, Upper East Side

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , September 5, 2014

With all the hubbub over Common Core these days (have you seen the NEW math?), it’s nice to know that some things simply add up the way they should – like this incredible 4,125-square-foot single-family townhouse located at 506 East 87th Street.

Situated on a tree-lined street near Carl Schurz Park, this beautifully renovated residence built in 1899 was purchased in April 2013 for $7.99 million, but then sold in January 2014 for $6.85 million, a pretty steep drop for just eight months. It’s now back on the market for $7.75 million, so here’s hoping the third time’s the charm and the new owners will spend many years enjoying all that this home has to offer.

Take a peek inside this incredible home

Real Estate Wire

  • An image of what could go up at the long-stalled Kedem winery site in south Williamsburg. [Brownstoner]
  • They’re just like us? The super-rich buy super-expensive apartments and fill them with super-expensive furniture but never actually occupy them. [NYDN]
  • The priciest properties belonging to tech investors, entrepreneurs and CEOs. [TRD/Business Insider]
  • Joseph Chetrit has agreed to pay $190 million to acquire the Hotel Carter, the former Times Square flophouse that was long considered the “dirtiest hotel in America”. [WSJ]

Architecture, Green Design, Hamptons

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 5, 2014

Since it looks like New York’s summer heat wave came a little late this year, we decided to feature one of our most swoon-worthy seaside dwellings. The Chiat Beach House by HS2 Architecture is located in the small Southampton town of Sagaponack, notable for being the country’s most expensive zip code back in 2009. And though this home might not scream “million dollar listing,” it most certainly is something to see, as it’s built around an 18th century Vermont barn frame that was salvaged, restored, and re-erected to create the home’s striking “great room.”

Take a tour around the property

Green Design, Products

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , September 5, 2014

Extremely strong and light, carbon fiber is used in many applications, including aerospace and automotive parts, sporting goods, and structural engineering works. So we were struck when we spotted these sculptural bathtubs made from the material. Elegant, beautiful, and strong, the Vessel Series by Splinter Works brings the relaxing experience of lounging in a hammock to the everyday cleansing ritual.

Learn more about this luxurious sculptural design

Celebrities, Gramercy Park, Interiors, Recent Sales

  • By Annie Doge
  • , September 5, 2014

The Fallon family’s collection of 34 Gramercy Park East apartments continues to grow. According to the Wall Street Journal, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon just purchased a cozy, top-floor studio in the famed residence for $725,000. The small space neighbors his four-bedroom apartment, which he also recently bought for $1.35 million back in April. No word on whether the units will be combined, but either way, the petite pad is pretty nice as is.

Take a look inside here

Landscape Architecture, Manhattan, Meatpacking District

  • By Alyssa Alimurung
  • , September 5, 2014

Image credit: Blondie’s Treehouse

You would think creating an outdoor space right by the High Line would be counterproductive, but after you see this beautiful creation Blondie’s Treehouse built for clients in the Meatpacking District, you’ll think otherwise. Working with 3,000 square feet of contiguous exterior space, Blondie’s designers, Tina Dituri and Charles Casanova were tasked with combining the two distinct areas into one singular escape. See the amazing oasis that rose out of their design quandary over at Renovating NYC.

READ MORE HERE…

Architecture, Art, Events

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 5, 2014

In advance of the 13th anniversary of 9/11, the Museum of the City of New York will be premiering the documentary Rebuilding the World Trade Center. The 62-minute film features footage shot over the past eight years by artist Marcus Robinson, documenting the work at Ground Zero through the eyes of the construction workers, “from the site managers to those who dug the building’s foundations and the ironworkers who assembled its steel frames.”

The film will premier at the museum on the evening of Tuesday, September 9th and will be followed by a panel discussion with New York Times reporter James Glanz. It will then premier nationally on the History Channel on September 11th at 6 pm.

More on the documentary and upcoming event

Cool Listings, Interiors, Midtown West

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , September 5, 2014

Artists looking for a place to work and play will love this two-loft combo at 361 West 36th Street. The industrial chic apartment is the ideal live/work setup with 4,800 square feet of space. It’s a full-floor flexible combination of two units and comes complete with a darkroom and more than enough legroom to get your creative juices flowing. And with so many possibilities, this loft is the perfect canvas for a creative person looking to put their personal stamp on a premier pad.

Take a look inside this spacious pad, here

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