Russell Whitmore, founder of the Red Hook antiques store Erie Basin, gets compliments on this meteorological instrument, known as a Campbell-Stokes recorder
Russell Whitmore opened his Red Hook antiques shop, Erie Basin, in 2006 at the corner of Van Brunt and Dikeman Streets. A long-time lover of ancient objects--his parents collected, and he went to college in Gambier, Ohio, where buying heirlooms passed for an exciting pastime--Whitmore has an eye for distinctive jewelry, furniture and oddities.
But how does the collector decorate his own home, a "rough-around-the-edges" two-bedroom co-op in Brooklyn Heights that he and his wife picked up for $560,000 a few years ago and spent two years renovating? Of all the objects in his place, the piece that gets the most attention is his grandfather’s Campbell-Stokes recorder, also called a Stokes Sphere, which records the hours and minutes of the day by harnessing sunlight to burn holes in a card. Below, Whitmore elaborates.
Got $4,000 a month to spend on rent? Depending on the neighborhood, you can net yourself a place with a lot of amenities or a lot of space, and we've rounded up some current options on the market in your price range in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.
The summer heat affects the NYC real estate market.
That familiar humidity has finally settled over the city, and supposedly that means an abrupt slowdown in the world of New York real estate. But we've discovered that's only half true. Here's what you need to know if you're in the market this summer.
The city is considering letting landlords install flood barriers on public sidewalks to protect against Sandy-style damage, above.
In the ongoing battle to protect your apartment against the next Hurricane Sandy, the city wants to give your landlord a little more leeway when it comes to putting up flood protection. The Department of Transportation is mulling a plan to let building owners install temporary flood barriers on public sidewalks and streets, Crain’s reports.
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These days, the NYPD might have more subway break dancers to crack down on than old-school burglars.
Crime may not be New York's most pressing issue anymore—we've got mind-boggling rents to worry about, instead!—but everyone still wants to know if the neighborhood they're living in (or about to live in) is safe.
As such, and because we care, we worked with apartment data site Address Report to pull numbers on the safest and most dangerous neighborhoods in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. We focused on non-violent crime—car theft, burglary and grand larceny—rather than violent crime (murder, rape, assault and robbery) because it's much more common, and therefore varies more widely between areas.The numbers are pulled from NYPD data from May 2013 to May 2014, as well as neighborhood population figures from the 2010 U.S. census. They are based on crimes per capita to account for differences in the populations of each area.
WHO: Actor Mike Myers recently revealed that he plays floor hockey. We play a version of that; it’s called floor scratchy. That’s the game where you move your furniture around your tiny apartment to try and make it look like you have more room. Whoever leaves the fewest scratches in the floorboards wins.
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