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By Dana Schulz, Sat, November 1, 2014

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Features, holidays, Interviews, New Yorker Spotlight, People

  • By Susan Cohen
  • , October 31, 2014

Photo by Chris Franko

When Janna Kennedy Hyten was growing up in rural Florida, she probably never envisioned the crowds that would one day gather outside her Brooklyn home for Halloween 313. At the time, Janna’s physical world was small, but her imagination was large and primed to create the wonder, joy, and gore necessary to captivate thousands of children each Halloween.

Halloween 313 began 20 years ago when Janna opened her home at 313 Clinton Avenue to Clinton Hill‘s children. Over the last two decades, what began as elaborate Halloween decorations on the home’s exterior, developed into an annual, full-fledged, front yard production with fun names and storylines like “Grimm Scary Tale,” “Pirates of the Scarebbean, The Curse of the White Pearl,” and “20,000 Screams Under the Sea.”

We recently spoke with Janna to find out more about the woman and home behind Halloween 313.

Read the interview here

Featured Story

Features, holidays, real estate trends

  • By Lauren Price
  • , October 31, 2014

Photo via Plowboylifestyle/CC

Not so surprisingly, Manhattan has a slew of cemeteries, graveyards and built-over potter’s fields (for unclaimed bodies). Madison Square Park was originally used as a potter’s field, as was Bryant Park. And though these swaths of land served many purposes over the years, it took an eternity before they were lovely public parks. From the late 1600s, burial grounds were generally confined to what would now be just south of City Hall, but more began popping up further uptown during the 1800s as the city’s population grew in leaps and bounds.

With Halloween upon us, tis’ the season for checking out if living near one might give a buyer a bit of a ghostly scare or whether it takes an eternity to sell when the living room window overlooks tombstones marking coffins buried six feet under.

Hear what experts say, and then learn about the city’s most notable graveyards.

Do homes near cemeteries sell at a discount in NYC?

Policy

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , October 31, 2014

Since FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) updated its flood-zone maps after Superstorm Sandy, we learned that it could cost the city $5 billion to comply with the new regulations, as 60,000 additional buildings were identified as being within the flood zones. This brings the total to 84,000 buildings worth over $129 billion, according to a new report released by the Office of New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer on the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

What does this mean for the city?

Real Estate Wire

BIG’s pyramid. Image by Untapped Cities (left); 118 Amity Street (right)

Architecture, Interiors, Upstate

  • By Ana Lisa Alperovich
  • , October 31, 2014

When Brooklyn-based architecture firm Tsao & McKown arrived to this farmer’s cottage in upstate New York, they found the 1850’s building in a complete derelict state. They made all efforts to preserve its original charm, paying special attention to the materials and details found in every corner of the house. Located in Rhinebeck, this woodland retreat is full of endangered crafts and classic pieces by the likes of Victorian designer Christopher Dresser and Danish designer Hans Wegner.

Learn more about this charming renovation filled with classics

Cool Listings, Interiors, Soho

Live-Work Loft in SoHo is a Museum for Luxury Living

By Rebecca Paul, Fri, October 31, 2014

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , October 31, 2014

This live-work loft, currently home to a prominent art dealer and his a notably impressive art collection, was recently put on the market for $6.5 million. Located in the heart of SoHo at 84 Mercer Street, this galley-style home occupies a full floor that was gutted and rebuilt with the help of loft architect Todd Ernst. The building was first constructed in 1884, and in 1978 was declared a National Historic Landmark. The cast-iron structure features massive windows, 16′ ceilings, a private elevator, and a definitively cool interior style.

Tour this spectacular loft

Daily Link Fix

Images: Green Wood Cemetery via lostinbrooklyn via photopin cc (L); Gay Street via aurélien. via photopin cc(R)

City Living

Animated GIFs Remembering the Post-Sandy Devastation

By Rebecca Paul, Fri, October 31, 2014

  • By Rebecca Paul
  • , October 31, 2014

Before-and-after views of Staten Island

This week marks the two-year anniversary since Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City and the surrounding coast lines. In its wake, the storm forever altered our coastal areas. These before-and-after satellite images from the Huffington Post taken via Google Earth, show just how dramatic the damage was—and they ask us to consider the progress we’ve made recovering from the destruction over the last two years. Our rebuilding efforts in the post-sandy aftermath have been significant, however our work is far from over.

More details here

Art, Chinatown

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , October 31, 2014

Looking for something off-the-beaten-path to do this Halloweekend? Mmuseumm might be right up your alley. And speaking of alleys, it’s located on Cortland Alley in Chinatown within a single, abandoned elevator shaft.

The 60-square-foot Mmuseumm is a modern natural history museum that exhibits contemporary artifacts, illustrating “the complexities of the modern world.” Its eclectic collection of everyday items includes toothpaste tubes from around the world and papers left behind in copy machines.  It even manages to fit a gift shop and café in its tiny footprint.

More info on the museum here

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