“Public squares, parks, and places in the City of New York.” Via NYPL Digital Collections.
Built to emulate Great Britain’s enviable squares, which were actually square, Manhattan’s public squares were created in the celebrated New York City tradition of being whatever they pleased–and definitely not square. According to the New York Daily News, Manhattan doesn’t have any actual squares at all: Lisa Keller, executive editor of the Encyclopedia of New York City, said “Americans just call it a square if it’s bigger than a breadbox.” But those 40 squares from Madison to Foley, Herald and Greeley have been vital in defining the city’s public spaces; they were its first parks, and a predecessor to the granddaddy of all squares, Central Park.
Squares that shaped the city
Back in the 20th century, before luxury loft condos were a thing, artists, heiresses and the adventurous lived large in city lofts, and while the artists needed the square footage for living and working, others enjoyed the idea of carving out living areas in a cavernous open space with ceilings so high you almost couldn’t see them, and windows almost as big. It was a world of (private) freight elevators and DIY kitchens (the look of which today’s high end kitchens emulate).
This Flatiron loft at 10 East 18th Street offers a hangar-esque 2,700 square feet of living space accessed by private keyed elevator; exposed brick walls are lined with oversized windows and there are plenty of custom-built luxuries that are more professionally-crafted than DIY; though there’s no floor plan, it’s listed as having two bedrooms and 2.5 baths. There are also more modern comforts than you’d find in an old-school loft, such as a wine cooler, central air and a Bosch washer-dryer–and there’s a totally 21st century price tag of $14,000 a month.
Take a look around this huge loft
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You’ve surely walked past these bright red frames beneath 14th Street-Union Square numerous times, but probably haven’t given much thought to why they are there—or if you have, you’ve likely just assumed they were another one of the city’s unfinished construction projects. But as it turns out, these seemingly simplistic outlines hold great significance, each piece pointing to a very special time in New York’s transportation history.
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The charm of Greenwich Village is undeniable. You have tree-lined streets, shops and celebrities. Well this $3.995 million full-floor pad at 54 East 11th Street is not to be outdone. We’ll put it this way, If this loft were the setting of an episode of “Sex and the City” it would be called “An American Girl in Paris Without Actually Leaving New York.”
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, Fri, September 26, 2014
As you’re walking in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Union Square, it might not occur to you that you’re just paces away from a rather gorgeous retreat waiting to be someone’s home or pied-a-terre. But just a few blocks from the thriving landmark, one such adorable unit at 49 East 12th Street has popped up on the market, asking $1.795 million.
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, Fri, September 12, 2014
If you’re looking for a pied-a-terre in the coveted historic Gramercy Park, you’re in luck. An adorable one-bedroom penthouse at 206 East 18th Street has just popped up on the market, and it’s the perfect setting for anything from dinner parties to book club. This charming pad won us over with a lovely skylit living room, so we had to take a look inside to see what else it has in store.
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If you’re looking for a bachelor pad to end all bachelor pads, we’ve got exactly what you need. This 4,600-square foot, 3BR/3.5BA loft, designed by award winning architects at Contegiacomo and Associates, understands the importance of meeting the needs of the single guy without filling potential mates with an overwhelming desire to overhaul his entire apartment with a woman’s touch. That’s right, 17 West 17th Street #3FL is more than just any apartment; it’s the best wingman in town.
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