Watchdog group Inside Airbnb released a new report, which shows that across 72 predominantly African-American neighborhoods in New York City, 74 percent of Airbnb hosts are white–a startling figure considering only 14 percent of the total population in these areas is white. As outlined in the Daily News, these white hosts earned $160 million from Airbnb rentals, compared to just $48 million for black hosts.
Inside Airbnb founder Murray Cox feels the rental site is “a racial gentrification tool.” In 2015 alone, use of the site in black neighborhoods has grown by 78 percent. “They’ve been using people of color and black faces in their marketing and lobbying campaign, but they’re not fundamentally the people who are using it.”
The Stuyvesant Heights section of Bed-Stuy has the widest racial gap with a 1,012 percent disparity. Here, 75 percent of hosts are white, but the demographic makes up only 7.4 percent of the neighborhood’s population. Similarly, southern Bushwick, northern Crown Heights, Central Harlem, and Hamilton Heights account for 54% of Airbnb’s listings in black neighborhoods, but all of these areas have seen the pulls of gentrification and in influx of white residents in recent years.
Airbnb called the report “nothing more than racial profiling” and said it’s an “offensive and intentionally divisive piece of fiction.”
Watchdog group Inside Airbnb released a new report, which shows that across 72 predominantly African-American neighborhoods in New York City, 74 ...
Though it looks like this cedar cabin is floating above the terrain, the structure actually sits atop nine steel stilts. Architect Steven Holl employed the building technique to minimize the home’s impact on the forested environment and likewise wrapped the construction in a cedar skin so it would meld with the trees. Known as “T Space,” the minimalist art gallery is located on a privately-owned, four-acre woodland property in Dutchess County.
The contemporary gallery space sits near Holl’s stone U-shaped house dating back to 1952, which itself received a steel L-shaped addition in 2001.
T Space’s skin is made from 2″ x 2″ horizontal cedar slabs screwed to a steel structure. The interior is accessible through a gently sloping wooden ramp on the east side.
While its wooden exterior offers a natural, more organic look, in contrast, the interiors are bright, open and minimal.
Through skylights, 25-foot “candles of natural light” are used to brighten the interior space. As such, there is no need for electricity.
Discover more enchanting homes from Steven Holl here.
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After selling the $50 million penthouse at the beginning of the year and celebrating the building’s topping out last month, the Related Companies has unveiled the $65 million penthouse atop their Tribeca condo 70 Vestry, the largest apartment listed in New York this year. The massive, incredibly luxurious home is the crowning jewel of the Robert A.M. Stern-designed project, boasting close to 8,000 square feet of interior space designed by Daniel Romualdez and 3,687 square feet of private outdoor space across three levels and including a rooftop terrace. Benjamin Joseph, Executive Vice President at Related Companies, said in a press release, “A penthouse of this caliber has never before been offered in Tribeca, and may never be again.”
On the “entertainment level,” is a 36-foot-long corner living room with a fireplace and adjacent formal dining room. There’s also the kitchen and breakfast room, a library, gallery, and a solarium with a wet bar and study, both of which have double doors that open onto nearly 1,500-square-feet of south- and east-facing terraces that come complete with a sink and a grill.
The master suite–with its dual en-suite bathrooms, dressing room, and three walk-in closets–is on the lower level, as are the four additional bedrooms, which all have en-suite baths. Also on this level are a family room and adjacent eat-kitchen that open to yet another terrace, this one with amazing Hudson River views.
Finally, the private rooftop terrace is described as “one of the most remarkable outdoor spaces in New York,” and can be reached via private elevator.
In addition to the bragging rights of having Tom Brady and Giselle as neighbors, the lucky owner of the penthouse will have access to a gated porte-cochere that opens to a private cobblestone garden courtyard and a double-height lobby with 24-hour concierge. Amenities include a library, cafe, billiards room, lounge and dining suite, children’s playroom, and pet spa. There’s also an entire wellness level complete with a squash court, 82-foot lap pool, sauna and steam rooms, yoga/pilates studio, and a fitness club from the Wright Fit.
As 6sqft previously described, 70 Vestry “will pay homage to the neighborhood’s distinctive warehouse architecture, and in true Stern fashion, will be clad in sumptuous French limestone.” The building is already more than 60 percent sold, with occupancy slated for early 2018. Last year, it had more sales above $10 million than any other downtown condo.
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Now celebrated worldwide during the month of March, the observance originated in New York City in 1909 as “Women’s Day,” on February 28 to mark the anniversary of the city’s garment industry strike led by the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union one year prior. The Socialist Party of America chose the day to honor the women who bravely protested miserable labor conditions. American Socialist and feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilmanaddressed a New York crowd, saying, “It is true that a woman’s duty is centered in her home and motherhood but home should mean the whole country and not be confined to three or four rooms of a city or a state.” At the time, women still couldn’t vote.
By 1911, the tradition had caught on throughout Europe, becoming an “International Women’s Day” during March, set aside to reflect on the origins of one half the population’s early foray into demanding well-earned recognition and equal treatment.
It would still be a few years before women were granted the right to vote in national elections throughout the world. Denmark gave the nod to women’s suffrage in 1915 with Canada, Russia, Germany and Poland soon to follow and propertied British women over 30 given the vote in 1918; the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving American women the vote didn’t happen until 1920.
‘The Garment Worker’ (1984) by Judith Weller, outside 555 Seventh Avenue in the Garment District, is intended to be a reminder of the role of the ILGWU’s members in making New York one of the garment and fashion centers of the world. Note: It’s a man.
In 1987, Congress voted to expand the observance in the U.S. to the entire month of March. But America still lags behind much of the world in ways worth noting during any observance of women’s ongoing struggle for recognition and respect; for example, we’ve never had a woman serve as head of state. The United Nations website tells us:
International Women’s Day…is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.
Women’s History Month comes this year at a moment when Americans have been rallying in record numbers in support of, among other things, women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas, recognizing that it’s time to take a good long look at the fact that many among us are uncomfortable with the idea of a female president, having never had one previously unlike so many other countries around the world. There’s plenty to celebrate and honor but just as much to question, as recent weeks have shown.
There has never been a better time to challenge the status quo. New York gave us Women’s History Month–and our 45th president; it’s a city filled with conflicting ideas, but also opportunity, role models and inspiration. The city offers a list of parks and monuments that honor the contributions of women and a full calendar of events can be found here. The National Women’s History Project has designated a 2017 theme of honoring women who have successfully challenged gender roles in both business and the paid labor force: “The 2017 Honorees represent many diverse backgrounds and each made her mark in a different field…These women all successfully challenged the social and legal structures that have kept women’s labor underappreciated and underpaid.”
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A stiff wind squeezes a draft through the bedroom window. The radiator is ice-cold. The building super says there’s nothing he can do to help. There have been more than 146,000 complaints from New Yorkers about lack of heat and hot water in their buildings during the fall and winter months, according to city data. Some housing advocates say many of the complaints stem from rapacious landlords trying to force low-income tenants out of their homes. Tenants who chose to do battle with their landlords can seek justice in the New York City Housing Court. But providing the court tangible proof of a frigid apartment is a daunting task.
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In 2006, construction crews discovered a 13-foot section of the wooden water mains under Beekman Street near the South Street Seaport, photo courtesy of Chrysalis Archaeology
At the turn of the 18th Century, New York City had a population of 60,515, most of whom lived and worked below Canal Street. Until this time, residents got their water from streams, ponds, and wells, but with more and more people moving in, this system became extremely polluted and inefficient. In fact, in the summer of 1798, 2,000 people died from a yellow fever epidemic, which doctors believed came from filthy swamp water and led the city to decide it needed a piping system to bring in fresh water. Looking to make a personal profit, Aaron Burr stepped in and established a private company to create the city’s first waterworks system, constructing a cheap and ill-conceived network of wooden water mains. Though these logs were eventually replaced by the cast iron pipes we use today, they still live on both under and above ground in the city.
In 1799, State Assemblyman Aaron Burr convinced the city and state to create a private company to supply the city “with pure and wholesome water.” He then snuck in a provision that his newly formed Manhattan Company could use surplus capital for business purposes as long as they weren’t inconsistent with state and federal laws. Burr, a Democratic-Republican, had a secret motive to establish a bank to compete with Alexander Hamilton’s Bank of New York and the New York branch of the First Bank of the United States, both run by the Federalist party. Later that year, he did just that, opening the Bank of the Manhattan Company at 40 Wall Street (it would later become JP Morgan Chase).
Collect Pond in 1798
The Manhattan Company next began their waterworks venture, building a small reservoir on Chambers Street to source water from wells below Canal Street and Collect Pond, a 48-acre fresh water pond at the current intersection of Mott and Grand Streets. They constructed a disorganized system of wooden pipes to take the water from the reservoir to New Yorkers. Using an auger, they cored out yellow pine logs with the bark intact, tapering one end to fit them together, fastened by wrought iron bands.
Image via NYPL
However, the system was plagued with problems, not surprising considering Burr’s main goal was to pocket funds. The pipes had low pressure, froze in the winter, and were easily damaged by tree roots. Plus, since Burr decided to only source water from Manhattan (even though he was given permission to go outside and get known clean water from the Bronx River), the supply was polluted from years of industrial, animal, and human runoff.
Despite the fact that most other U.S. cities made the shift to cast iron pipes in the 1820s, the Manhattan Company continued to lay wooden pipes and remained the only supplier of drinking water until 1842, at which time the Croton Aqueduct first brought water from upstate to Central Park through cast iron water mains.
In 2006, during a project to replace Department of Environmental Protection water mains and other utilities near the South Street Seaport, two of the 200-year-old wooden pipes were discovered four feet below ground along the stretch of Beekman Street between Water and Pearl Streets. They measured 12 and 14 feet in length with a 2.5-foot circumference and 8-inch center holes. Amazingly, they were completely intact and still connected.
The DEP brought on Chrysalis Archaeology to clean the logs, stabilize the deteriorating wood and prevent it from further decay, and reattach pieces of the original bark. The wooden mains sat in the DEP’s headquarters for several years before they brought to the New-York Historical Society and added to a display near an 1863 Civil War draft wheel and George Washington’s cot. Learn more about this endeavor in the video below:
In 2006, construction crews discovered a 13-foot section of the wooden water mains under Beekman Street near the South Street ...
We tend to think of New York as a hub for millennials living paycheck to paycheck, hindered by a higher-than-average cost of living coupled with their average yearly salary of $64,000. But young professionals are struggling throughout the nation. A new report detailed in the Washington Post looked at 25 major cities across the U.S. and found that in nearly half of these locales, “a millennial living alone in a one-bedroom apartment would need to spend more than 30 percent of his or her income on rent — surpassing the threshold for what financial experts say is affordable.” The solution, though, could be to get a roommate. Take New York, where millennials spend about 34 percent of their income on rent. By shacking up with a buddy, they can save $728 a month, or 14 percent of their income.
The study notes that, as of 2015, 60 percent of millennials lived with roommates or a parent or relative, the highest rate in 115 years. This is especially appealing in the cities where millennials can save the largest portion of their income by splitting a two-bedroom apartment with a roommate–Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, Boston, and Atlanta, respectively. In Miami, where real estate clearly outpaces salary, renting a one-bedroom can use up to 54 percent of one’s income, the median of which is $40,000. But getting a two-bedroom with a roommate would save 19 percent, or $640 a month. The full reach of the situation can be felt in this statement from the Post: “Even in Minneapolis, where moving would make the least difference, millennials would save 6 percent of pay by gaining a roommate.”
New Yorkers looking to get in on the cash-saving may consider Astoria; another study recently found that, for 20- to 36-year-old New Yorkers searching for someone with whom to split the rent, the top neighborhood is the Queens ‘hood.
We tend to think of New York as a hub for millennials living paycheck to paycheck, hindered by a higher-than-average ...
This Chelsea townhouse at 332 West 20th Street is being sold off by a power couple: Adriana Cisneros, the CEO of Grupo Cisneros, a Venezuelan media and entertainment company, and her husband Nicholas Griffin, a novelist. They bought the pad in 2004 for $4.005 million and have put it on the market for nearly double, $7.85 million. The single-family, four-bedroom townhouse is decked out with fireplaces and a modern kitchen, not to mention a wall of bookshelves that would impress any writer.
Fireplaces and mantlepieces line the parlor floor, which holds a large foyer and living room. 11-foot ceilings and light flooding in from the front windows give this floor a open, spacious feel.
The ground-floor of the home has been separated into two distinct spaces. The front area is a dining room and adjacent kitchen, which has been completely modernized and decked out in white cabinetry. In the rear there’s a casual, bookshelf-lined dining space. This charming room, sure to impress book lovers, leads out to the back garden through three French doors.
Here’s a look out to the lovely paved garden, which has been landscaped to feel like a private green oasis.
The third floor holds the master bedroom, with its own Carrera marble bathroom with a soaking tub and rainfall shower. A large office, which could be used as an additional bedroom, is right next door.
There are three more bedrooms and two bathrooms on the fourth floor.
The townhouse even comes with room to grow: according to the listing, there are over 1,100 square feet of unused air rights to build something like a penthouse. But we think it’s plenty charming how it is, with a prime Chelsea location just about a block from the High Line.
This Chelsea townhouse at 332 West 20th Street is being sold off by a power couple: Adriana Cisneros, the CEO ...
Not only has this landmarked four-story home standing among the rarely available townhouses in Harlem’s Saint Nicholas Historic District–better known as Strivers’ Row–been featured in district house tours–it used to belong to Bob Dylan. The early 1900s townhouse at 265 West 139th Street is one of a handsome row designed the firm of McKim Mead & White; the current owners purchased it from the enigmatic Pulitzer Prize-winning polymath for $560,000 in 2000. Times have been a-changin‘ in the central Harlem neighborhood, and it’s now on the market for $3,689,000.
The neighborhood is no longer singing the workingman’s blues, and this distinguished four-plus-bedroom single family home reflects that, loaded with gorgeous original details throughout with more than enough 21st century updates for modern living. Just a few examples include inlaid wood floors, original pocket and wood doors, dramatic crown molding, wainscoting, six original decorative mantel fireplaces and high ceilings. The townhouse has an interior courtyard that works for outdoor entertaining and leaves room for the elusive perk of private parking.
The home’s entry level begins with a receiving room. Next is an informal breakfast area and what is clearly a custom-designed chef’s kitchen featuring a Gaggenau five-burner cooktop with an under-counter oven and an additional wall mounted oven, a SubZero refrigerator and a built-in wine storage unit.
For one more cup of coffee, the kitchen overlooks a landscaped and laid-back patio deck at the back of the house.
As is the case with many homes built during this period, a separate staircase leads from the kitchen to a butler’s pantry on the parlor level–which comes handy if you’ve gotta serve somebody. From the receiving room in front, a wider staircase leads to the home’s elegant front landing, an adjacent formal dining room and an elegant living room with a Juliet balcony.
On the third floor you’ll find a den/library and a gracious master bedroom and bath. On the fourth floor are the home’s remaining three bedrooms, with skylights to keep things bright up here.
You won’t be singing the north country blues; in addition to being near St. Nicholas Park, you’re only a couple of blocks to the C and B subway lines. It takes a train to cry–and also to get you to Columbus Circle in 17 minutes.
Not only has this landmarked four-story home standing among the rarely available townhouses in Harlem’s Saint Nicholas Historic District–better known as ...
This loft apartment comes from the well-known Brooklyn condo the Chocolate Factory Lofts at 689 Myrtle Avenue. (The building was once, not surprisingly, a chocolate factory.) The Bed-Stuy pad, asking $860,000, is much like the other units that have hit the market: spacious, 13-foot ceilings and oversized casement windows. The building’s also known for its creative owners who deck out their apartments (just check out this apartment on the market last summer with a “floating” closet and custom staircase) and this latest apartment is no different.
A long entrance foyer is framed by a walk-in closet and large storage space. It ultimately leads to the living room of the 950-square-foot apartment, a wide open space lit by massive casement windows that line the eastern wall.
This customized, built-in banquette that’s lined with white subway tiles separates the living area from the kitchen.
The cute open kitchen was renovated with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and a dishwasher. Some greenery gives the space a little pop.
A tiled stairway leads up to the lofted bedroom, which looks down onto the bright living room. There are two closets up here, as well as storage underneath this loft.
This condo conversion was one of the first to boast a green roof deck in Brooklyn, and it’s still decked out with landscaping, crickets and butterflies. (Not to mention 360 degree views of Manhattan and Brooklyn.) Residents also have a private glass enclosed fitness center off the roof amenity. The only drawback to this cool building filled with quirky lofts: the single train nearby is the G, at Myrtle-Willoughby.