After a two-year restoration, the New York Public Library’s historic Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Public Catalog Room will reopen to the public on Wednesday, October 5th. Source: PHOTOS: After two-year renovation, NYPL’s historic Rose Main Reading Room will reopen on October 5th | 6sqft The $12 million...Read more
After stalling for years, the $243 million World Trade Center Performing Arts Center started to make headway in recent months, first with a decision to go with REX as the designers and then with a $75 million gift from Billionaire businessman and philanthropist Ronald O. Perelman (who is gaining naming rights)....Read more
As the 15th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, check in on the progress at the World Trade Center site, the centerpiece of a booming Lower Manhattan. Against all odds, there is a World Trade Center again, and while it’s not quite finished—and some parts are still up in the air—it’s getting...Read more
WTC, Brain Rose’s latest effort, is a photographic history of sorts of the World Trade Center complex, particularly the twin towers when they were still present, and the evolution of the site in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I had no intention of shooting the Twin Towers, but...Read more
Life for commuters on New York’s subway system is set to get a little more comfortable, with the announcement that both its trains and stations are set for a revamp. The new subway cars will boast bigger doors for easier access, more standing space, Wi-Fi and USB charging ports. In...Read more
The hotel in the Financial District's stunning, landmarked Temple Court officially opened for business today. The restoration is top quality and is worth seeing if you have any interest at all in fantastic workmanship.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard’s security guard waves us through and we pedal our bikes behind Felipe Lavelle, creator of Get Up and Ride Bike Tours, Brooklyn’s new bike tour company. Passionate about both cycling and his neighborhood, Felipe is leading six of us on a 12-mile bike tour during which we’ll experience...Read more
The high line boosted the rental prices nearby. Apartment rentals in Chelsea skyrocketed close to the high line. Will the LowLine do the same for the Lower East Side?
There are cultural gems hidden in our own backyard. Think of them as tiny countries where one can uncover an entire culture, such as the Bukharis in Rego Park.
When it comes to New York boroughs, they say that Brooklyn is the new Manhattan. Does this mean that Queens has become the new Brooklyn? In many ways, it does!
Due to the beauty and charm of City Island, New Yorkers wonder how many apartments for rent are available on City Island. Not many.
The morgue at the Times is the place where our memories about everything grand and once important lives. It's the memory center of our collective brains.
The New York City Municipal Archives Gallery has gone online with over 870,000 images. The images are free and open to the public and researchers.
So you think apartments in NYC are small? You haven't seen tiny apartments until you see the basement apartments of workers in some of China's largest cities.
We've all seen them. Ads on the side of buildings that are fading with time. Occasionally, we notice that the ads are advertising a business or product that no longer exists.
This carriage house was built pre-1800 and is the only surviving building in the area dating back to when Times Square and Hell's Kitchen were farms.
The Queens County Farm Museum is the oldest continually operated farm in the state. Dating back to 1697, the space is as much farm as it is museum. Preserved alongside the fields and rows of corn is a way of life foreign to most New Yorkers.
There is a lesson to be learned from the new show at the Museum of the City of New York. Titled: "The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011", you get a black and white example of why future city planning is so important to New York City.
Visit this wonderful resource maintained by the Transit Authority on everything to do with the subways. Read more
New Yorkers have always needed to get around town - especially when they need to find a great no fee apartment rental.
Closed since 1940 and hiding at 5 Beekman Street, these photos will bring you back in time to another world, where detail and ornamentation were at their height.
Though the heated eviction battle over the Carnegie Hall studios is over, not all of the former tenants are ready to forget about their longtime homes.
They inhabit prime waterfront property in a singular corner of the city that no amount of money can buy. The couple are the only occupants of Liberty Island.
I began the blog because I was incensed and alarmed at what the city was becoming. It was losing its grit, its fabric, its very character. It was losing its New York-ness, and gaining nothing but Subway franchises and luxury condos.
I\'ve always wanted to get to know some of the small shops, boutiques, restaurants, and food provisioners in Brooklyn better. But who has all that time? There are just too many fun and interesting places to visit.
If were were going to write a new guide to Harlem, this is the guide we\'d try to write. But the good folks at DesignSpongeonline.com have done if for us.
Apartment 3E at 142 West 109th Street looks like a pretty straightforward New York City apartment. It’s a one-bedroom third-floor walk-up with a windowless office and only a little corner to call a kitchen. It has exposed brick walls and wood floors. It’s a couple of blocks to the subway.
For those lucky enough to live there, 51st St. between Third Ave. and the East River is a tiny bastion of hidden corners, relaxation, elegant Manhattan and budding nightlife. The dead end above the FDR Drive is as pretty as any street stopping point in the city.
Wakefield, the Bronx neighborhood around the 241st Street stop and one of the northernmost places in the city, shares more than a little suburban character with its neighbor across the border.
A great website just came to my attention. I love this kind of stuff. ScoutingNY.com is just the sort of website that can easily consume a few hours of my time and get me moving around the city to see for myself.
Did you ever wonder how many public housing apartments there are in NYC?
An old man tottered into the store. He looked every bit like the retired men who live in the apartment house across the street, limping from one social security check to the next wearing the same worn clothes and grizzled visages.
Brooklyn Heights is one of the most beautiful places to live in New York.
It must be getting close to lunch time. I can smell the aroma of world’s greatest hot dogs and french fries. Real french fries, full of real potato. Not the frozen crap. This is a real deal. The New York original. Our gift to the world! So after a day...Read more
Need an egg cream and Belgian fries at 3 a.m.? Then we need to keep stores like Ray\'s Candy Store in the East Village open, in spite of the bad economy.
It\'s in an 1837 landmark townhouse on Washington Square North and it\'s a rental. The current tenant has been there 35 years. Oh, the problems some tenants have.
Three hundred feet south of the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall stop on the East Side IRT lies an abandoned subway station. Called “the world’s most beautiful former subway station” by Forgotten NY, this station is the City Hall stop that served as in the inaugural launching point for the city’s subway system in 1904.
But it’s an interesting period piece. Kind of shlocky for a woman of her wealth. But there’s something sort of refreshing about her down-to-earth pedestrian furnishings. Take a look here.Read more
Here\'s what the residents of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village have to say about the collapse of the sale to Tishman Speyer Properties and BlackRock.
(photo from the realestsblogspot.com) Gay Street in Greenwich Village is the city’s shortest street — it’s one block long and kind of private, snug between Christopher St and Waverly Place. Little did I know until I read the July 1, 2008 New York Times that Gay Street is the place...Read more