It’s hard to imagine New York City without its streets overflowing with people, but this “home video” we’ve uncovered from 1968 gives us an incredible look at the city during one of its most transformative periods. Although the video quality isn’t all that great—the guy or gal filming this is using ’60s technology, after all—the footage captured is pretty stellar nonetheless. Expect to see a near-desolate Soho, a Strand bookstore that amazingly looks exactly like it does today, and a lot of tucked shirts and knee-length skirts. Though there aren’t any protesting hippies or riots in the near-30-minute video, there are signs of the politically contentious times, including a couple of poster boards urging citizens to join the U.S. Marines and Army.
Starting at the Brooklyn Bridge, going up Broadway, and ending at the lake in a very crowded Central Park, you won’t want to miss a second of this fantastic film.
Commercial landlords looking to compete with cutting-edge co-working spaces like the Navy Yard’s New Lab or amenity-filled developments like Industry City have their work cut out for them, and it looks like Two Trees is pulling out all the requisite stops for their new office building The Refinery at Williamsburg‘s massive, under-construction Domino Sugar Factory complex. Curbed got its hands on the first set of renderings of the 380,000-square-foot office space, which show how tenants can work with architects Beyer Blinder Belle to customize their spaces for “innovation” and “authenticity.” The interiors preserve the former industrial details (exposed brick, ceilings beams), while incorporating creative perks such as suspended glass-and-steel office pods, an indoor skate park, and a bevy of common areas.
Two Trees broke ground last spring on the three million-square-foot Domino Sugar Refinery Master Plan, which will altogether yield 2,300 apartments, 500,000 square feet of commercial space, a new school, and a public waterfront park. The developer recently put out a marketing package created by design firm Sagmeister & Walsh for The Refinery, which is where Curbed found the renderings.
Not surprisingly, the proposed designs have open floorplans with large, shared desks and plenty of areas to congregate, including four terraces totaling 34,000 square feet.
The 19th century building will have ground-floor retail, an open plaza out front, and direct access to the new park and ferry landing.
Provided Two Trees can secure an anchor tenant, The Refinery is expected to be completed in 2018.
Commercial landlords looking to compete with cutting-edge co-working spaces like the Navy Yard’s New Lab or amenity-filled developments like Industry City have their ...
Rockaway Beach is having a rebirth of sorts as more and more New Yorkers head for its waters on the hottest of days. On top of new restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, surf clubs and other hipster hotspots popping up along its main drags, now comes an opportunity to live in a brand-new construction at 9306 Shore Front Parkway, just steps from the sand. Per the NYC Housing Connect, households of up to six earning 40, 50 or 150 percent of the area median income can now apply for 63 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments priced between $494 and $2120.
The new building comes with a slew of conveniences and comforts including a video intercom, laundry room, indoor recreation, and for an extra fee, storage and parking; A location six blocks from the A/S train makes for a downtown Manhattan commute of about an hour.
Qualifying New Yorkers can can apply for one of 63 units starting today using this formhere (pdf). The lotto closes December 27, 2016. Questions regarding this offer must be referred to NYC’s Housing Connect department by dialing 311.
Use 6sqft’s map below to find even more ongoing housing lotteries.
If you don’t qualify for the housing lotteries mentioned, visit CityRealty.com’s no-fee rentals pagefor other apartment deals in the city.
Rockaway Beach is having a rebirth of sorts as more and more New Yorkers head for its waters on the hottest of days. ...
When this enormous Soho loft at 50 Wooster Street hit the market for $23.3 million last December, 6sqft ogled its sleek renovation, complete with a motorized headboard, twin beds that slide together to form a king, copper tub, color-changing walls, and a secret cat tunnel that goes from the kitchen to the litter box in the pantry. But this wasn’t enough to entice a buyer, as it’s now gotten a pretty major price chop down to $15.95 million. If saving $7 million doesn’t do the trick, though, LL NYC has uncovered that the 4,800-square-foot pad once belonged to none other than Sir Elton John. He sold the loft in 2010 for $7.45 million to its current owner, art consultant Sara Tecchia, who enlisted Jeff Goldberger at Urban Edition Architecture to complete the uber-contemporary and tech-forward renovation.
A private elevator opens to the foyer, framed by a curving, back-lit bookshelf that leads to the 47′ x 28′ great room. Here you’ll find exposed beams, two giant floor-to-ceiling arched windows, and two sets of French doors that open to a 528-square-foot terrace.
Off this space is an additional entertainment area, fully loaded with the latest in media gadgets, as well as a Piet Mondrian-inspired powder room that has an “LED mood wall” that changes color via remote control.
The open kitchen has top-of-the-line everything, including rubberized wood cabinets, Ceasarstone counters and backsplashes, and a huge island suspended between two columns. The adjacent pantry has a second dishwasher, washer/dryer, and wine cooler.
The incredible master suite has an Eco-smart fireplace, motorized shades, and a motorized headboard that allows you to face either the terrace or the fireplace, depending on your mood or the time of year. There’s also floor-to-ceiling closets with custom lighting, specialized luggage storage, a dressing area, and built-in motorized clothing rods. The master bath boasts a curved vanity, heated porcelain floors, a bidet, a raw copper soaking tub, and a double rain shower with several body jets, built-in shelves, a bench, and glass mosaic tiling paired with custom sparkle grout.
There are two more bedrooms, one of which has a pair of twin beds that slide together to form a large King bed.
According to owner Sara Tecchia, “the space is the art,” a fact that will hopefully get the condo off her hands. The cat tunnel she personally designed for her three pets may also draw interest from feline lovers.
When this enormous Soho loft at 50 Wooster Street hit the market for $23.3 million last December, 6sqft ogled its sleek ...
This may be your opportunity to live in one of northern Brooklyn’s most transformative new developments. Starting today, both low- and middle-income New Yorkers can apply for 102 newly-built affordable units at Five Blue Slip, one of Greenpoint Landing‘s three affordable buildings slated for completion by the end of next year. Available apartments range from studios to two-bedrooms priced between $368 and $1065, and households of one to four individuals earning between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income are eligible to apply.
Five Blue Slip is part of the 5,500-unit, mixed-use Greenpoint Landing development on Commercial Street, near Franklin Street. Over the next decade roughly 1,400 affordable units will be added to the project, in addition to a new school, 9,000-square-feet of retail space, and four acres of public park space that will include a waterfront esplanade designed by James Corner Field Operations.
Previous reports tell us that finishes inside the apartments will be the same for both the affordable and market-rate units, the latter set in two towers that will rise behind the low-slung portion. Building amenities include a laundry room, bicycle room, fitness room and landscaped community courtyard. Handel Architects is responsible for the the design of all three affordable structures, and move in date of 2017 is expected.
The lotto for these 102 units officially opened today, and you can apply using this formhere (pdf) up until December 29, 2016. Questions regarding this offer must be referred to NYC’s Housing Connect department by dialing 311.
Use 6sqft’s map below to find even more ongoing housing lotteries.
If you don’t qualify for the housing lotteries mentioned, visit CityRealty.com’s no-fee rentals pagefor other apartment deals in the city.
This may be your opportunity to live in one of northern Brooklyn’s most transformative new developments. Starting today, both low- and ...
Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore bought a duplex loft at 345 West 13th Street in 1999 for just $911,500. After she and her husband, director Bart Freundlich, decided to upgrade to the West Village building’s penthouse in 2002, they turned quite the profit, unloading the apartment for $1.95 million. The couple now live in a townhouse nearby at 335 West 11th Street, which they bought in 2003 for $3.5 million and subsequently renovated to the nines, but their original downtown abode is back on the market, this time asking $4.3 million, according to the Observer.
Though there are no interior photos, we do get a glimpse of the charming view from the terrace, overlooking the adjacent Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. The apartment has 2,573 square feet, three bedrooms, high ceilings, and hardwood floors. A private elevator opens directly to the main level, where you’ll find the open living/dining room with exposed brick walls, a galley kitchen with entrances from both the dining room and home office/library, and the master wing that comes complete with an ensuite bathroom and four large closets. Upstairs is a laundry room and two additional bedrooms, one of which opens to the 225-square-foot decked roof terrace.
Listing agent Tom Doyle of Sotheby’s International Real Estate told the Observer to expect more photos next week. Until then, why not ogle Moore’s charming, pond-front Montauk home?
Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore bought a duplex loft at 345 West 13th Street in 1999 for just $911,500. After she ...
When SpareRoom CEO and founder Rupert Hunt announced earlier this month that he was looking for two roommates to share his $8 million West Village apartment–both of whom would be paying just $1 a month–we knew the interest would be high. And after a “SpeedRoommating” session on the 19th, the room share service’s version of speed dating, we’ve learned that a whopping 8,795 people applied for a chance to live in the triplex loft. According to a press release, Hunt has narrowed it down to 10 lucky finalists, and he’ll be hosting them next week at house party, where he can learn more about them and see who gets along best.
Why the $1 deal? As 6sqft previously explained:
After separating from his wife in 2013, Hunt started sharing his apartment. Not only did he love the experience, but it gave the idea for SpareRoom. He believes compatibility is less about shared interests and more about rapport, lifestyle, and habits. He also personally knows what it’s like to have financial hurdles stand in the way of pursuing your dreams in a new city, which is why he’s excited to give two lucky people this opportunity.
If you can believe it, each of the available bedrooms has its own walk-in closet, private bathroom, and office area. And that’s not to mention access to the entire sprawling, 3,400-square-foot loft, which boasts a giant open-plan lounge/dining room/kitchen and a 1,500-square foot roof terrace with 360-degree views and a 17-seat barbecue area.
When SpareRoom CEO and founder Rupert Hunt announced earlier this month that he was looking for two roommates to share ...
Zagat is celebrating the release of its 2017 guidebook by opening a Tiny Café in Astor Place beginning Thursday, October 27, through Saturday, October 29. Inspired by the idea that shorter reviews are easier to digest, they’ve applied that concept to the signature dishes from some of its highest-rated restaurants in the city, including Los Tacos, the famous burgers (and pizza, too) from Emily, and Jacques Torres’ chocolate chip cookies.
Zagat is celebrating the release of its 2017 guidebook by opening a Tiny Café in Astor Place beginning Thursday, October 27, ...
Residents of today’s cities and neighborhoods are acutely aware of the cultural histories and social nuances that shape them almost as much as their streets and bridges, architecture and businesses. A few years ago Trent Gillaspie’s “judgmental maps,” from his site by the same name, hit a nerve and went viral; the totally unserious (but not necessarily inaccurate) maps pair geography with a snapshot of real life in modern cities, towns and neighborhoods. Gillaspie’s “Judgmental New York City” was spot on in many ways with its Manhattan of “amply rich people,” “super rich people,” “aging punks” and the “worst train station ever” and a Brooklyn that went from Jay-Z to Zombies. Now, Gillaspie is releasing a book (h/t Untapped) of his signature reality-check maps, including an updated New York City map and the city’s neighborhoods, decoded.
It’s not just cities that get judged. The clever cartography is divided into five categories: “The Yankees,” “The Deep South,” “The Flyover States,” “The Left Coast,” and “The Outlawed Southwest.” The book, which offers never-published material, highlights complicated and gentrifying neighborhoods in typical cheeky fashion in addition to a main New York City map.
And if readers are less than charmed, Gillaspie–who has referred to the Big Apple as, “the city that never sleeps with the same person twice”–says, “Go f*ck yourself.” As Untapped puts it, “Consider ‘Judgmental Maps’ to be your ‘truth atlas.’ ”
On his site, Gillaspie has also depicted “The United States according to Hillary Clinton,” and “The United States according to Donald Trump,” among others. “Snarktographers,” familiar with local quirks have contributed to the book by helping providing inside views on popular city areas.
Gillaspie is a comedian, tech product manager, graphic designer and self-proclaimed cartography nerd who lives in Austin, Texas. He has a goal of visiting all 50 states–as of fall 2016, his state count is at 48. “Judgmental Maps,” will be released on November 7. You can pre-order it here, and see more of Trent Gillespie’s work on his website.
Residents of today’s cities and neighborhoods are acutely aware of the cultural histories and social nuances that shape them almost as ...
After a bodega got a bad Yelp review because of its in-house feline, a petition is asking the city to legalize bodega cats. [Metro]
And other New Yorkers are suing the state over a law that makes it a crime to photograph ballots in a polling booths (hence take selfies). [DNAinfo]
130 years ago, the Statue of Liberty was officially dedicated in a day-long celebration led by President Grover Cleveland. [Untapped]
MoMA acquired the original set of 176 emoji from 1999 for its permanent collection. [NYT]
City Councilman Corey Johnson requested that no more air rights be transferred within his neighborhood from Pier 40, the site of the massive St. John’s Terminal project, which could cost the pier $140 million. [Crain’s]
The city’s 421-a program, which expired in January, provides tax breaks of up to 25 years to new residential buildings that reserve at least 20 percent of units as affordable. Proponents of the program feel it offers a much-needed incentive to build low- and moderate-income housing, but those not in favor think it gives unfair tax breaks to the wealthiest developers. The latter camp may be gaining steam, as a new report from ProPublica, outlined in Gothamist, says that nearly two thirds of the 6,400 rental buildings where landlords received tax reductions through 421-a didn’t have required rent stabilization paperwork on file, meaning they could raise rents as much as they chose. ProPublica compiled this data in both an interactive map and searchable database.
ProPublica estimates that these landlords have collectively saved $300 million annually in property taxes, some of whom have been reaping the benefits for more than 20 years while awaiting official approval from the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development and the Department of Finance. The city agencies, who have historically blamed each other for the issue, both play a part. Last year, HPD charged developers $27 million in fees to process 421-a applications, but only paid out $560,000 to nine employees to do so. These applications often sit in limbo for years (there are more than 2,200 from 2000 through 2010 still pending), but the Department of Finance will still sign off on them, meaning landlords receive the tax benefits without actually registering as rent stabilized and thereby being required to adhere to the city’s rent increase caps.
Both HPD and the Department of Finance say they’re working to identify property owners skirting the law and sending them notifications to comply or lose their benefits. And de Blasio has put forth reforms that would “require owners to meet all 421-a eligibility criteria before benefits are issued and set aside more units for low-income renters.” This has yet to win approval from the state, where the Governor has been working to revive 421-a with wage subsidies.
To see if your landlord is illegally receiving 421-a tax breaks, search the database here >>
View the map from ProPublica in its interactive form here >> The city’s 421-a program, which expired in January, provides ...
In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers!
This week, come join me as I present comic abstraction artist Ellanah Sadkin before heading to enjoy Eric Helvie’s film noir surrealist paintings in Chelsea. Untapped Cities wants to share Eldridge Street’s secrets with you, and Emilio Perez wants to bring you inside one of his paintings across the Times Square screens. Halloween is also upon us, and Last Rites does it right with a massive macabre show and after party. And if you want to keep the party going after, you can join nightlife legend Susanne Bartsch for her annual ball at MoMA PS1—or succumb to artist collective CHERYL on Monday at Le Poisson Rouge. Finally, get glamorous at the National Arts Club for the Accessible Art Fair, which is making its New York debut after a successful run in Brussels.
Toonology, a Solo Exhibition by Ellanah Sadkin, curated by Lori Zimmer ↑
The Pivot Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, Suite 407
Thursday, October 27, 6:00-9:00pm
Newcomer artist Ellanah Sadkin cut her teeth under the mentorship of art stars KAWS and Ben Eine, perfecting her craft in self-imposed solitude in Woodstock for three years. Now, she’s ready to present the toil of her hard work in a exhibition of comic-inspired abstract paintings, presented by me!
Eric Helvie- NOOL ↑
Massey Lyuben Gallery, 531 W. 25th Street, Ground Floor Gallery 5
Thursday, October 27, 6:00-8:00pm
Eric Helvie’s modern surrealism combines photorealistic painting with a largely black and white palette to create an eerie and alluring body of work that feels very film noir.
13th Hour (9th Annual) ↑
Last Rites Gallery, 325 West 38th Street
Saturday, October 29, 7:00-10:00pm
Just in time for Halloween, the massive group show focuses on artists using surrealism to take on the macabre. The exhibition reception is followed by Last Rites’ legendary Halloween party, which is complete with music, open bar and oddities!
5th Annual MoMA PS1 Halloween Ball with Susanne Bartsch ↑
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Saturday, October 29, 8:00pm-12:00am
It’s time to party with New York Nightlife legend Susanne Bartsch in a museum! This year’s theme, The White House of Horror, features live performances, DJs, dancing and the most artistic costumes in town.
The Secrets of Eldridge Street Walking Tour ↑
12 Eldridge Street
Sunday, October 30, 3:00pm
This weekend join Untapped Cities for one of their fantastic city tours. This Sunday’s jaunt takes guests to the site of a former prison, a synagogue turned-artist studio, a Chinese Hispanic grocery, the clothing supplier of notorious gangster Monk Eastman, and inside the beautiful Eldridge Street Synagogue.
ChERYL: CROW ↑
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street
Monday, October 31, 9:00pm
My favorite art collective, CHERYL, reunites for an immersive and inclusive evening of all things Halloween. Work on a costume and get inspired—think John Poppers, Big Bird’s moment of angst, bus terminal transformations, Lamps Armstrong, blood transfusions, Woodstock ‘94/’99, and boring hair.
The Accessible Art Fair New York ↑
The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South
Tuesday November 1 through November 25
Brussels’ artist-led fair is taking over the gorgeous National Arts Club in Gramercy Park for a month of fantastic art, parties and programming. We’d do anything to get inside the members-only mansion, and as a bonus, a portion of the affordable tickets also benefit Materials for the Arts.
Emilio Perez- Dream Season, #MidnightMoment ↑
Times Square, various screens
Evernight in November, 11:57pm-Midnight
November’s #Midnightmoment from Times Square Arts takes viewers inside the colorful, abstract paintings of Emilio Perez. The journey into his paintings will take over many of the ad screens in Times Square each night, giving passersby an arty Innerspace experience!
In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your ...
Rendering courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design
The Spofford Juvenile Detention Center (later renamed Bridges Juvenile Center) was built in 1957 in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, quickly gaining a reputation for its poor conditions–the Daily News once described it as “vermin-infested” and said it “held about 100 youth in dark cells with no air conditioning.” It was closed in 2011, at which time urban revitalization consultant Majora Carter began her quest to have the site transformed into a mixed-use housing complex. The city eventually stepped in, and today officials announced plans for the Peninsula, an affordable housing development that will rise on the five-acre site and offer 740 apartments, 52,000 square feet of open and recreational space, 49,000 square feet of light industrial space, 48,000 square feet for community facilities like health care providers, 21,000 square feet of retail, and 15,000 square feet of artist space, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Current Google Street View of Spofford
As 6sqft previously reported, Majora Carter “got the ball rolling on the development of Hunts Point Riverside Park and served as Executive Director of Sustainable South Bronx for seven years. She now operates the Majora Carter Group, a consulting company that works on sustainable developments.” They had previously worked with architects at Perkins Eastman on an idea for the Spofford site, but the mayoral transition left the proposal in flux. Then, the New York City Economic Development Corporation oversaw a selection process for the project and chose the Peninsula LLC, a proposal from Gilbane Development Co., the Hudson Cos. and Mutual Housing Association of New York.
Not only will apartments be reserved for low-income New Yorkers, but those with moderate income levels, as well. Food production will play a big role in the development; so far, a bakery, supermarket, and bank are planned. As for the artists’ space, the nearby Point Community Development Corporation is in talks to manage the space and hopefully bring back a dance company that moved from the neighborhood due to rising rents.
Maria Torres-Springer, president and chief executive of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, said, “In many ways, it was not just a symbol of how juvenile justice from a policy point of view was performed throughout the decades, but also the historic, negative stigma and perception of the area that was embodied in that building. Finally we are going to create a new space that is a positive space that hopefully supports the community and also gets people from outside to look at Hunts Point differently.” The EDC estimates that the project will cost $300 million and be completed by 2024.