Pet News: NYC’s 4 Best Dog Runs for Summer

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Warm weather means it’s time for you to break out of your winter routine—and Fido is begging for something new and exciting too! Mix things up by taking your four-legged-friends to these four summer-friendly dog runs.

1. Tompkins Square Park: With nearly 20,000 square feet of open space, this canine oasis has more amenities than a luxury condo, including bone-shaped wading pools and even an on-site doggie bath. Plus it’s in the heart of the uber-hip East Village, so all of the alterna-dogs here are cooler than any of your friends. (Avenue A and East 7th Street)

2. 105th Street Dog Run: This grassy patch of Riverside Park on the Upper West Side is right across from a park café, so you can relax and have a cold beer while your pup runs off some steam. This spot has such a strong sense of community among dog owners that it even has its own twitter feed, @DogRun105 (West 105th Street and Riverside Park)

3. Rockaway Freeway Dog Park: At well over two acres, this Rockaway Beach dog park is one of the largest doggie destinations anywhere in the five boroughs. The quiet and secluded stretch of trees and grass feels worlds away from the hubbub of the city—plus you can always swing by the sandy beach or boardwalk afterwards. (83-02 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway, Queens)

4. Hillside Dog Park: Tucked in between Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO, this expansive puppy paradise includes secluded woodsy areas for taking a walk, as well as a huge woodchip lined open space that’s ideal for a round of pooch-friendly Frisbee. There’s also a doggie pool in summer. (Columbia Heights & Vine Street, Brooklyn)

Fashion News: 5 Must-Have Apps for Summer

(Photo: Speak Chic)

You’ve got your swimsuit and sandals at the ready, but is your smartphone prepared for summer, too?  Download these five essential fashion apps right now and you’ll be equipped to fight any fashion emergency that summer can throw your way.


1. ASAP54: Ever see someone on the street wearing a shirt you simply need to find? Do you do that nearly every single day? With ASAP54, you can snap a photo of any article of clothing you see, and the app’s built-in stylists will tell you where to buy it, and even design a full matching wardrobe around your new find..


2. Cloth: Then there’s the problem of never remembering what’s already in your own wardrobe! The idea behind this innovative app is to “unlock your closet.” Every time you buy a new piece of clothing, snap a photo; Cloth will store that photo and then remember it the next time you need an outfit for a specific occasion, whether it’s a rainy spring day, a sunny post-work jog, or a formal evening event.


3. The Cut: New York magazine’s fashion site and associated app keeps you up-to-date on the latest trends from the runway, but the best part is the “Hit or Miss” function that lets you vote on whether specific new looks are flying or flailing, then compare your votes to other users.


4. Speak Chic: When out shopping, do you find yourself perpetually worried about how to properly pronounce the names of brands like Hermes and Badgley Mischka? You won’t any longer, now that you have this helpful app to direct you towards proper pronunciation of some 300 fashion-world heavyweights.


5. Whisp: sort of like a GroupMe or What’s App messaging tool, but solely for crowdsourcing fashion advice, Whisp lets you browse images of potential looks, then message your online friends to ask whether each one will work for you.

Architecture News: A Kickstarter for Cool Buildings

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(Photo: Make Architecture Happen)

Crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have revolutionized the way creative types raise money, with everyone from writers to filmmakers and video game designers using the sites to effectively reel in seed funding and get their dream projects off the ground. So it’s no surprise someone finally said “Hey, why don’t we do this for architecture?”

A new site called Make Architecture Happen is aiming to do just that for innovative, sustainable construction by allowing consumers and design enthusiasts to help projects they’d like to see happen. The vision is creative projects, especially those that might not ordinarily attract traditional investment dollars, will have a chance to succeed when people around the world get on board to make small donations.

Here’s how it works: Architects upload their vision, fans browse the site and then choose to donate to projects they want to support. Early projects seeking funds on the site include everything from a community church in South Africa, to an urban garden in Boston, to a prototype for an eco-friendly residence in Egypt.

See all the projects, or upload your own on Make Architecture Happen’s website.


Family News: Coding for Kids

(Photo: Girls Who Code)

As the tech industry in New York City blossoms, many ambitious urban parents have a new digital-age concern: making sure their kids don’t get out of grade school without learning how to code. Fluency in computer programming languages is increasingly relevant to jobs in a wide variety of industries, which has trickled down to a boom in schools, tutors and summer camps offering lessons in coding to kids of all ages. Or, as The New York Times recently put it: “Coding is the new Mandarin.”

Many experts observe that children who are exposed to coding languages at a young age will be able to pick up the techniques much quicker than others. Those who have ever had to ask a Kindergartner to fix an iPad would likely agree.

If you’d like to introduce your children to the coding universe, check out a few ideas below for how to get started this summer:


– The New York Code + Design Academy offers a month-long Summer Code Camp in Midtown Manhattan, starting June 30.

– More advanced students may want to check out high school programs such as Girls Who Code, which runs a summer immersion program for young women.

– If you’re looking for one-on-one attention, tutors-for-hire website WyzAnt offers a full database of NYC-based tutors ready to teach computer science and coding.

– Kids or parents can start learning the basics of coding on one of many free online instruction sites, like Code Academy.

Upcoming Event: Big Apple BBQ

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(Photo: Big Apple BBQ)

Forget that unwieldy line at Shake Shack. The real reason to visit Madison Square Park this month is for the Big Apple BBQ, a massive festival of slow-cooked meats that takes over MSP for the entire weekend of June 7th and 8th.  Show up on either day (or both!) to sample a broad array of smoked meats alongside thousands of other hungry New Yorkers.


This year’s VERY serious lineup of pit-masters participating in the event includes local talent like Bill Durney of Hometown Bar-B-Que in Red Hook and Daniel Delaney of Williamsburg’s much-loved Briskettown, plus some southern ringers like chef Jimmy Hagood of BlackJack Barbecue in Charleston, South Carolina.


Entrance is free, and for $9 per plate you can sample BBQ from all of these chefs, plus take in seminars on how to prepare everything from southern BBQ sauces to Austin-inspired BBQ tacos. There will also be live music from rock, blues and soul artists both days.

New Development: 505W19

(Photo: 505W19)
(Photo: 505W19)

The latest architectural stunner joining the design party along the High Line is also the first ground-up development from celebrated Danish designer Thomas Juul-Hansen.

505W19 will consist of two 10-story towers, each framed by a distinctive grid of grey limestone, with the buildings set on either side of the High Line. This innovative positioning allows for a connecting lobby that looks up at the underside of the elevated park via an expansive skylight. Perhaps the most enticing light-focused feature here will be the windows in the apartments themselves. Juul-Hansen says the floor-to-ceiling casement panes are poised to be among the largest operable windows in any NYC residence. Their unique construction consists of angular panes extending outward in two directions, serving the dual purpose of offering residents wider views of the park, and blocking passersby from peeking inside—unlike other glass-filled constructions nearby which significantly sacrifice privacy.

Several apartments at 505W19 are already on the market, ranging from a one-bedroom priced at $2.3 million to a 3,000-square-foot three-bedroom for $7.4 million.

Sustainability News: It’s Not Easy Being Green

(Image: Green Buildings Council)
(Image: Green Buildings Council)

With consumers increasingly interested in eco-friendly construction, but many developers frustrated by the high costs often associated with building to LEED-certified standards, some in the industry have turned to a new alternative known as the “Green Globes,” which promise to make it easier for developers to meet environmentally-friendly standards. The group behind the Green Globes recently released a study indicating that building to their standards is faster and more affordable than meeting LEED requirements.


However, a pair of environmental groups is doubtful. Sierra Club and Greenpeace recently joined together to form a new initiative called Greenwash Action, which aims to educate consumers on what environmental advocates call “greenwashing”—when companies try to make products sound eco-friendly rather than taking the time and effort to actually ensure that they are eco-friendly. Greenwash Action has protested the Green Globes, writing an open letter to its board of directors, claiming that the group—funded in part by the timber, plastics, and chemical industries—is not promoting standards that are actually beneficial to the environment.


So, how can you make sure your prospective new apartment actually is eco-friendly? Take the time to educate yourself and make sure you know the difference between saying an apartment is green and knowing what specifically makes it so.

NYC Rooftop Summer Series: Yoga

Serene Social The James Hotel Roof

This summer, consider New York City your own personal hot yoga studio with an array of outdoor classes in picturesque locations. These are three of our favorite rooftops to down dog, flow and watch the rest of Manhattan rise with the sun.

Serene Social The James Hotel Roof
Photo via Serene Social

For the second summer, The James Hotel is partnering up with Serene Social to present Make Moves, their weekly yoga residency on the rooftop of the hotel. Every Thursday morning from 8-9 Brigitte Bourdeau from Laughing Lotus leads a vinyasa flow for busy city gals. Mats and water bottles are provided, just bring yourself and your intention.

The James Hotel, 27 Grand Street, 212.465.2000, $25

Brooklyn Grange Yoga
Photo via Brooklyn Grange

Give your practice a nature boost with yoga at Brooklyn Grange. The spacious rooftop farm is hosting sunset classes every Monday beginning June 2 with Sarah Schumann of Prospect Height’s Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center.

Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Avenue at Clinton Avenue, 347.670.3660, $15 drop-in, $65 for fifteen sessions

McCarren Hotel and Pool Roof
Photo via McCarren Hotel and Pool

The chic Brooklyn hotel formerly known as King & Grove Williamsburg is hosting weekly yoga classes taught by Sync Studio instructors Tuesday-Saturday through September 1. Members of Sync Studios can enjoy free classes, normally $18 for non-guests or studio members. Bonus: you can enjoy a guilt-free treat from our Greenpoint favorite Five Leaves after class.

McCarren Hotel and Pool, 160 North 12th Street, 718.218.7500, Classes $18 (free for guests and Studio Sync members)

What You Can Buy for $10 Million in NYC and Beyond

With New York’s high-end real estate market booming, here’s a look at what $10 million can buy these days in NYC and several other global capitals.


New York

(Photo: TOWN Residential)
(Photo: TOWN Residential)

A brand new development, this four-bedroom, four-bathroom home is in The Charles, one of the premier new developments on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and a Town New Development exclusive. Listed at $9.882 million, this listing’s views stretch all across New York, with floor-to-ceiling windows and exposures in all directions.

1335 First Avenue, 24th Floor




For roughly the same price across the pond, you can live in a three-bedroom set in the heart of London’s toniest neighborhood, with high-end, modern amenities throughout, plus a balcony overlooking the famed Harrod’s department store.

60 Brompton Road



(Photo: Feau Real Estate)
(Photo: Feau Real Estate)

Trade in your luxury condo for a European mansion: this Art Deco single-family home in the heart of Paris’ 16th arrondissement includes five bedrooms, a terrace with city views and a magnificent private indoor winter garden.

Five-bedroom Paris Home



(Photo: ST Property)
(Photo: ST Property)

This three-bedroom, four-bathroom apartment inside Singapore’s Ritz-Carlton Residences grants you access to the lush compound’s swimming pool, tennis courts and sprawling gardens, alongside a stately view of the skyline in this booming Asian metropolis.

65 Cairnhill Road

NYC Summer Rooftop Series: Movies

The Rooftop at Mad46

It’s officially open air season in Manhattan. This week we’re rounding up our favorite al fresco activities which also provide New Yorkers with breathtaking views of the city skyline. First up, movies.

The Rooftop at Mad46
The Rooftop at Mad46

Take in summer silver screen favorites like “Dazed and Confused” (June 18), “JAWS” (June 25), “Saturday Night Fever” (August 13) and others from the 19th floor of The Roosevelt Hotel at Mad46. Surrounded by the bright lights of New York City, there’s no better way to enjoy movie night than with a cold cocktail in your hand and table service. Reservations are recommended, so book your date night in advance.

Mad46, 45 East 45th Street, Madison Ave at 46th Street, 212.885.6095.


The Old American Can Factory Gowanus
The Old American Can Factory

On May 30, Rooftop Films is taking over the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, Brooklyn to showcase a nostalgic indie hit “Ping Pong Summer.” Taking place in 1985, Director Michael Tulley morphs and recreates classic ’80s heroes into a parody-meets-tribute film documenting the rise of a teen prodigy. Sharpen up your tabletop skills because there will be a ping pong after party. Tickets are $25.

Old American Can Factory, 232 Third Street at 3rd Avenue.

Industry City Rooftop
Industry City Rooftop

Enjoy a montage of short love films overlooking the Brooklyn waterfront on June 14. Industry City is partnering with Rooftop Films this season to screen a full schedule of films surrounded by historic architecture.

Industry City, 220 36th Street, Brooklyn.