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Hillary Clinton calls Bruce Ratner

At the Make It In Brooklyn Innovation Summit, we asked Bruce Ratner how he felt about having Hillary Clinton as a tenant at 1 Pierrepont Plaza, a building he built way back in 1987. His answer: “I was honored. I was sort of surprised. I’m delighted. No matter what my politics are.”

Ratner went on to share that Clinton personally called him a week after leasing the space. “It wasn’t for a campaign contribution,” he clarified. Building on the banter, Forest City Ratner President and CEO Maryanne Gilmartin chimed in, “It was a fair market deal. She’s paying rent.”

Summer fun

Summer came in with a vengeance this week and Montrose Morris reminded us how Brooklynites survived in the past by flocking to their own Riviera and snapping up “apartcots” (apartment cottages) for the season, or longer. There are still a few left—but not many.

Wednesday night walking tours from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy are on every week throughout the summer. Don’t miss Bugs ’n’ Blooms and The Awesome Oyster, among other fun topics. A couple of blocks away, in the archway under the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo, you can see a free concert every Thursday evening

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Drama

On Wednesday, New York State Supreme Court Judge Knipel ruled that, while 1 Hotel and the Pierhouse condos in Brooklyn Bridge Park block views from Brooklyn Heights and break an agreement with the community, they don’t break any laws. Knipel further stated that rooftop structures, according to general architectural practice, are not considered as part of the building itself. This means that Toll Brothers is free to proceed with construction, to the chagrin of local activists.

“We are deeply disappointed in the outcome, and strongly disagree with the Judge’s findings, most notably that the agreements reached with the community in 2005/2006 are not legally enforceable,” said Steven Guterman of Save the View Now. “What is the purpose of negotiating and reaching agreements with the public if they are not meant to be binding?”

Meanwhile, on the other side of the park, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Cooperation will be holding a board meeting on Monday for public discussion about the plan to build 15– and 30-story residential buildings at Pier 6.

 

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Pierhouse recently hosted an event called BKLYN-BASED, a celebration of local artists curated by Emily Santangelo in conjunction with Pace Prints and Jacob Lewis Gallery. The challenge: to create a dynamic and livable selection of artwork for Pierhouse’s model apartments.

The space is now filled with local artistry including the confectionery world of Will Cotton (who, when not creating fine art, works on videos for artists such as Katie Perry), as well as Emilio Perez’s soothing color palette, and Leonardo Drew’s boundary-pushing work.

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You live in the city that never sleeps, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be getting some quality shuteye. Making your bedroom into a calm and relaxing space can be simple as adjusting the colors: choosing a calming blue, the greens of nature, the warm yellows of sunshine or the silvers of moonlight.

Paintzen is partnering with their favorite design companies to offer you the chance to win a $2,500 bedroom makeover. The winner’s bedroom will be transformed by Paintzen’s certified paint crew, and will also receive Chasing Paper wallpaper, a new Casper mattress, custom framing from Framebridge, and a one-hour design consultation from Décor Aid to pull it all together. Even your closet will get a makeover, by filling it with clothes from Zady.

Enter here for your chance to win this huge makeover package, and get ready for the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had.

 

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In a small woodsy hamlet called Kerhonkson (population around 1,600) nestled in New York’s Hudson Valley, there is a collection of new houses being put together by the architect Drew Lang.

A graduate of the prestigious Yale School of Architecture — like Eero Saarinen, Norman Foster, and Maya Lin — Mr. Lang is clearly focused on design. His goal: “to create authentic, meaningful experiences at every turn.”

 

Set on 131 acres, each of the twenty-six houses at Hudson Woods is built to fit the individual topography of its site, and they are designed with a strong connection to nature in mind. The 3-bed, 2-bath, 2,800-square-foot standard floor plan comes with details such as hand-crafted mahogany windows, concrete countertops, and white-oak floors, doors, paneling, and cabinets. But homes can also be customized with a salt water pool, for example, or a fruit orchard, or even that tree house you dreamed of as a kid.

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Incredible as it may seem, for hundreds of years everyone in New York City who was moving from one apartment to another did so on the same day. It was the law!

From Colonial Times until just after World War II, May 1 marked the city’s official Moving Day. The sidewalks would be cluttered with furniture, and street traffic reduced to a standstill.

Frontiersman Davey Crockett, on a visit to New York in 1834, described the chaotic scene.

… It seemed to me that the city was flying before some awful calamity. “Why,” said I, “Colonel, what under heaven is the matter? Everyone appears to be pitching out their furniture, and packing it off.” He laughed, and said this was the general “moving day.” … It seemed a kind of frolic, as if they were changing houses just for fun. Every street was crowded with carts, drays, and people.

Fortunately, New Yorkers no longer have to contend with such madness, and your own moving day doesn’t have to be nearly as stressful. That’s where Movers, Not Shakers! comes in. Not only do they do the heavy lifting, but they make sure everything arrives safely. They’ve successfully packed everything from underwear to antiques—even a tea set given by the Queen.