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City Kids: Why Parents Pick City Living Over the Suburbs

By Michelle Cohen, Tue, September 23, 2014

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The ‘American Dream’ may have dominated the last few decades, causing a mass exodus to the suburbs, but today’s families are reversing the trend and turning their attention back to the city. The reasons are many: An appreciation for cultural offerings, the camaraderie and creative cross-pollination of networks of colleagues, friends and family, the convenience of being able to walk or bike to school, work or child care without a long commute—just to name a few. New York City has always been a haven for the forward-thinking, albeit a challenging one. And its newly-”discovered” outer boroughs as well as an unprecedentedly low crime rate have made the city a prime choice for family living.

But what is it about those city kids—the ones with parents who planned from the start to raise their kids in a non-stop urban environment? We interrupted the busy schedules of five families currently raising school-age (or soon-to-be) children in New York City’s many diverse and multifaceted neighborhoods to get some insight about why they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Hear what five parents of city kids have to say

Daily Link Fix

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  • NY Daily News announces the launch of the 7th annual Governors Island Art Fair where “100 artists fill 100 rooms in the island’s former military barracks with their paintings, video installations, sculptures and photography.”
  • I Quant NYC maps out where you can find the 25 winning street vendors of the 10th annual Vendy Awards. Time to grub on!
  • Supposedly in 1824 it was proposed to saw off part of Manhattan to keep it from sinking. Read the craziness on Untapped Cities.
  • Touchy subject, but why is Brooklyn part of New York anyway? Tremr tells the story of The Great Mistake of 1898.
  • Climbing into bed – literally. Designboom reports that in celebration of IKEA’s Clermont-Ferrand store in France, they’ve created a climbable apartment wall.

Images: Craffle food truck via their Facebook page; IKEA climbable apartment via Designboom

Architecture, Brooklyn, Design, Interiors

Kenig Residence - SLADE Architecture

Ricky’s NYC, by its own definition, is “an edgy, ultra-hip ‘beauty shop,’” which also has a somewhat, shall we say, eclectic range of products. So it should come as no surprise that the home of one of its former owners, co-founder Ricky Kenig, is all of those things – edgy, hip, eclectic, beautiful — and more. Fully renovated by Slade Architecture, the three-story Brooklyn brownstone, known as the Kenig Residence, is full of surprises at every turn, including a gigantic magnetic wall.

More details on the artsy wall and the rest of the trendy pad

Daily Link Fix

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  • If You’re Not In Brooklyn, You Can’t Be “Brooklyn Made”: This is for all the posers out there capitalizing on the made-in-Brooklyn trend. AM NY reports that the Brooklyn Commerce will now be certifying big and small companies in King County that are “Brooklyn born and made.”
  • Restaurants in the Heights History: Brooklyn Heights Blog featured some of the neighborhood’s favorite restaurants. Take a trip down memory lane and see what these eateries looked like back in the day.
  • Now’s Your Chance To Become A Tenement Inspector: Head down to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and for $20 you can be a “certified” tenement inspector. Read more about one person’s experience in The New Yorker.
  • Watch Where You Step: Brick Underground did some dirty work and find out the neighborhoods that got the most complaints for dog poop. Find out if your nabe tops the life.

Images: Tenement life photo courtsey of Ephemeral New York (left); The JtH Oyster Room by Evan Bindelglass for Brooklyn Heights Blog (right)

Daily Link Fix

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  • Artist Camouflages Her Human Canvases In NYC Scenescapes: You’ve never seen body art like this. Daily Mail features Trina Merry making people practically disappear in Central Park, in front of the Gugg, and on bridges.
  • Domino Sugars Sign Will Be Relocated: NYDN reports that the iconic sign will be taken down this month, but then reinstalled in a different location with a retail space, residential building and school.
  • Jewelry That Converts Kinetic Energy into Electricity: Why dig for renewable energy in some far away place when you’re a walking renewable resource? Dezeen covers industrial designer Naomi Kizhner’s line of jewelry that can store energy from your body and turn it into electricity. If you’re wondering how it works: think of a water wheel, but with your blood – eeek.
  • A Spin-The-Bottle Bar In, Wait For It, Bushwick – Games that you usually see at a bar: Jenga, Scattegories, Guess Who?, Connect 4. Leave it up to the up-and-coming nabe of Bushwick to have a bar with a spin-the-bottle table. Gawker assures us they also have food; just don’t forget your mints and floss before you pucker up.

Downtown Brooklyn, Major Developments

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Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to make a proposal on Wednesday that will launch an initiative to transform Downtown Brooklyn into a community that will rival some of its brownstone counterparts. The area has undoubtedly grown significantly over the last decade with new restaurants and cultural institutions that have attracted an influx of residents. However locals feel that the area still feels a bit disconnected. De Blasio’s plan aims to create a greater sense of community in the neighborhood.

Find out more about the proposal here

Celebrities, DUMBO, Interiors, Recent Sales

After re-listing her DUMBO digs for the second time in early June, Anne Hathaway has found a buyer for her Clocktower loft, last priced at $4.25 million. Hathaway snagged the 2BR/3.5BA unit at 1 Main Street with then-fiancé Adam Shulman in February 2013 for $4.1 million, but reportedly never moved in, instead using the 2,592-square-foot apartment as an extremely oversized closet. The unit first hit the market in September 2013, but was removed shortly thereafter in December.

The buyer hasn’t yet been identified, but he or she will certainly not be disappointed with the giant master suite, library and media room, corner layout, and spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, and Manhattan skyline.

Get All of the A-list details this way

Cool Listings, Greenpoint, Interiors

190 West Street #8 Living Room

When you hear about a Greenpoint apartment for sale, “loft” might not be what first pops into your head.  But apartment 8 at 190 West Street, currently listed for $1.825 million through CORE, will make you a believer in Brooklyn loft living.

The 1,364-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment has all of the loft-like charms you’d hope for–steel support columns, nine-inch oak plank flooring, and exposed wood ceiling beams, duct work, and pipes.  It also feels twice its size thanks to 16-foot ceilings, 40 feet of street-facing frontage, eight-foot-high windows, a large skylight, and an open layout that can easily accommodate a two-bedroom conversion.

Don’t miss the rest of this Brooklyn beauty

Brooklyn, Interiors, Park Slope, Recent Sales

272 Berekley Place dining room

When Evelyn and Everett Ortner bought their Park Slope brownstone at 272 Berkeley Place in 1963 for $32,000 they probably never imaged it would sell 50 years later for over $3 million.  But it was their own historically sensitive and forward-looking vision that helped revitalize the area and make it a much-sought-after Brooklyn neighborhood.

The Ortners moved to Park Slope when brownstones were unfashionable and the rich turned their noses down at the area.  They convinced their friends to also buy brownstones in the neighborhood. Evelyn was an interior designer specializing in period interiors, and the couple meticulously restored their home down to every last historic detail.  After a 25th anniversary trip to France, where they were inspired by local preservationists working to conserve a crumbling castle in Normandy, Mr. and Mrs. Ortner dedicated themselves to historic preservation efforts in Park Slope until their deaths in 2006 and 2012.

See the results of the couple’s tireless passion

Interiors, New Developments, Rentals, Williamsburg

139 North 10th Street, Printhouse Lofts, living room

If you follow Williamsburg real estate news, you likely read about a lot of glassy waterfront towers and swanky hotels.  It’s refreshing, therefore, to hear about the Printhouse Lofts, a new residential development housed in a 104-year-old manufacturing building that seamlessly blends historic character with modern design.

Located at 139 North 10th Street, the site originally housed a printmaking company and was later a toy factory.  After failed conversion attempts by two different developers, Greystone bought the property last year for $15.8 million and undertook an adaptive reuse project that resulted in 36 fabulous apartments.

Take a tour through one of these stunners

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