Green Design, Products, Technology

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , January 20, 2015

Meet Miito, one of those objects that makes you think, “Why didn’t anyone think of this before?!” Innovative, minimal, sustainable, and most importantly, logical, it works by simply heating up liquids directly in one’s mug as opposed to a kettle. Invented by Copenhagen-based Studio Chudy and Grase, Miito’s clean, innovative design saves both money and time.

Learn more about this innovative boiler

Design, Interiors, Upper East Side

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , January 20, 2015

At first glance, this urban-chic apartment with its industrial vibe and cool pops of geometric colors definitely appears to be located in trendy Soho or any up-and-coming section of Brooklyn. But it’s actually in the neighborhood that’s often considered the most unhip of all–the Upper East Side.

A creation of The New Design Project, this 400-square-foot Uptown apartment was inspired by the urban features that the design team uncovered during the renovation at the landmarked Cherokee Apartments. Exposed brick walls and metal frames were left raw and are juxtaposed with bold colors, geometric patterns, and custom artwork. As the firm states, “the result is a space that does not take itself too seriously, where each room has a strong personality that delivers a happy experience.”

Tour the apartment here

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Architecture, Features, Interviews, People

  • By Diane Pham
  • , January 20, 2015

Mark our words: Bittertang Farm is a studio to keep your eye on in 2015. Led by Michael Loverich and Antonio Torres, Bittertang features two enterprising architects who are bringing us wild works that have more than once been described as “squishy,” “vivid,” “frozen,” and “frothy.” Definitely not your run-of-the-mill designers, Bittertang’s work is all about using innovative materials—often filled with gases and liquids, or brimming with plant life—to create public spaces that get people thinking about daily life and living in a whole new way.

The studio’s whimsical works have won them everything from an exhibit at the Storefront for Art and Architecture to an “AIA New York New Practices Award” just last year, and Antonio himself was even honored as a TED Fellow in 2013. But if that isn’t enough to convince you of their rising stars, the studio was also recently short-listed as a finalist in MoMA PS1’s 2015 Young Architects Program, which, for those who don’t know, has for the last decade seen its entrants grow into globally recognized names.

Keep reading for our interview with the up-and-coming duo as they discuss their work, their mind-bending process, and a few of the projects they’re most excited about.

Get a taste of Bittertang Farm here

Daily Link Fix

  • New York state will construct an air train connecting the 7 subway line to LaGuardia Airport. [WSJ]
  • Afflicted with germaphobia? Here’s a guide to navigating the MetroCard vending machine while staying clean as a whistle. [Next City]
  • Meet New York’s bail bond queen. [BuzzFeed]
  • Renzo Piano’s restaurant underneath the High Line opens. [FC]
  • Tour an inventively rustic apartment in Crown Heights. [Apartment Therapy]
  • Karim Rashid‘s office desk is unsurprisingly very pink and full of whimsical touches. [TRD]
  • Mapping NYC’s noisiest neighbors: an in-depth look at noise complains. [New Yorker]

Images: The existing air train via cc (L); MetroCard vending machine paulmmay via photopin cc (R)

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Upper West Side 

  • By Stephanie Hoina
  • , January 20, 2015

One look at this richly decorated Central Park West maisonette in The Atelier and you’ll be swept away into a scene harkening back to 18th century Vienna where couples minuet across the floor to strains of Mozart playing softly in the background.

Turns out your imagination wouldn’t bring you too far from the truth, as in recent years this home has become a beloved gathering place for artists and art lovers alike, attracting opera singers, conductors, musical soloists, cabaret entertainers, diplomats, artists, aristocrats, and movie celebrities. The annual Christmas parties given here are legendary, as are frequent dinners and musical soirées for up to 150 guests.

Feast your eyes on more of this exquisite home

real estate trends

NYC Real Estate Firms Cater to Chinese Investors

By Dana Schulz, Tue, January 20, 2015

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , January 20, 2015

The Oosten condos in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, overseen by Xin Development Group of China

It’s no surprise that Chinese investors, who feel that New York City condos and other properties are a safe place for their money, are making major waves in the real estate market, so it makes perfect sense that high-profile real estate firms are tapping Chinese brokers to cater to this growing clientele. These international deals come with many complexities in addition to the traditions and language of the buyer, and having a broker who can easily navigate the process makes closing the deal that much more certain.

Read more

Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Cool Listings, Interiors

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , January 20, 2015

What if we told you we found a beautiful move-in ready Brooklyn townhouse with a landscaped garden and a great location, and the only downside is it has one green bathroom? Well, you can’t have it all. But this four-bedroom townhouse in Cobble Hill comes pretty close. The owner “lovingly updated” the home, and it seems to have had a pretty successful run on the rental market over the last few years, but it’s back on the market again, asking $12,500 a month.

More pics inside

Art, Brooklyn, History, photography

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , January 19, 2015

Mother and daughter in Flatbush

An online gallery from the New York Public Library provides a stunning glimpse into domestic life in Brooklyn in the 1970s, courtesy of photographer Dinanda Nooney, who traveled through the borough from January 1978 to April 1979, capturing locals in their homes and asking them to then suggest other subjects. The black-and-white photos range from everyday scenes of Brooklynites to the residence of a local celebrity biker to the childhood home of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Take a look at Dinanda Nooney’s photos here

Bushwick, City Living, Video

  • By Diane Pham
  • , January 19, 2015

If you tuned in to SNL this past Saturday, you probably saw this hilarious sketch featuring Kevin Hart, Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah spoofing life in hipster-laden Bushwick. The trio are huddled on a street corner talking about all the “crazy things” they’ve been doing over the last week. SNL uses the opportunity to poke fun at everything that’s gone granola in the ‘hood, from handmade dog sweaters to the $8 artisanal mayonnaises that now dominate the area’s once crime-ridden streets.

“That last party was off the chain, bro!” Pharoah says. “There was drinking wine. It was painting landscapes, barriers, fruit. You know what I’m saying?”

Hart: “Did you have any cheeses tho?”

“You acting like somebody put gluten in your muffin.”

Watch the video here

Celebrities, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

  • By Diane Pham
  • , January 19, 2015

While some billionaires are busy eyeing the glass penthouses of the city’s up-and-coming and ultra-luxe towers, others are taking a more DIY approach to realizing their dream home. The latest to join the building-your-own-mansion trend is billionaire Roman Abramovich, who according to the  NY Post has just “secretly” purchased a 9,495-square-foot townhouse at 11 East 75th Street for $29.7 million from developer Larry Gluck. The buy follows Abramovich’s December purchase of another 7,286-square-foot townhouse two doors down for $18.3 million, and word on the street is that he’s in contract for the townhouse wedged right in between.

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