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Dates Set For Open House New York

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NYC Apartment Agent: The view from a Greenwich Village penthouse

NYC Apartment Agent: The view from a Greenwich Village penthouse

NEW YORK — Are you jonesing for a look into some of the city’s most unique, usually inaccessible spaces? If so, mark your calendars for the Open House New York weekend.

The annual event, which provides a look at architecture and design throughout the five boroughs, has been scheduled for Oct. 15 and 16. (A similar, favorite event of mine was the Clinton Hill House Tour in Brooklyn earlier this year.)

Formerly free, OHNY will now institute $5 fees for events that require advance registration, Gothamist reported Tuesday. The popular New York blog also features photo highlights from past events.

The organization describes its programs as “built on the foundation that urban development and the built-environment have a tremendous impact on society and our daily lives. OHNY’s six core programs address New York City’s architecture and design and showcase access to spaces typically removed from the public realm. ”

The full list of programs will be announced Oct. 5.

Stay tuned.

Written by Bruno

2011.09.28 at 09:07

A Clinton Hill Evening to Remember

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A Clinton Hill Evening to Remember

A Clinton Hill Evening to Remember: The party was confined to the first floor, nowhere near Jessica's Bathtub

Jessica and Doug Warren’s lovely generosity was on full display last Friday, as they hosted a reception at their magnificent brownstone on Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill.

The occasion was the Greene Hill Food Co-op‘s installation of street artist JR’s work, part “Inside Out: A Global Art Project.”

Winner of the 2011 TED Prize, the anonymous photographer was profiled in a New York Times article titled “Award to Artist Who Gives Slums a Human Face,” which also includes an excellent slideshow.

Among the guests were several volunteers who had helped hang the show earlier in the day, a winemaker from Palmer Vineyards, a Bravo food and wine expert and various other great down-to-Earth folks.

The best part, of course, was simply being invited.

A casual vibe, a variety of comfort food, plentiful drinks — amid an interior that does not stop inspiring — contributed to a fantastic evening.

Dancing in the living room marked the latter part of the night when Doug made choice selections from his vintage record collection, which included classic tracks from David Bowie, Rolling Stones, et cetera, along with “White Lines (Don’t Do It),” the seminal dance track from the early 1980s.

I have never heard vinyl sound so good.

Although I have written previously about the first time I set foot in the 12,000-square-foot mansion and some of the renovation’s back story I stumbled across one afternoon, actually visiting the beautiful home was a completely different experience — and one I won’t soon forget.

For more about the home and its renovations, check out JP Warren Interiors on FacebookNeuhaus Design Architecture and photographs of this project and others.

A Clinton Hill Evening to Remember: The Parlor

A Clinton Hill Evening to Remember: The Parlor, as seen during the Clinton Hill Open House Tour

Opening Night at the A&D Building

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Opening Night at the Architects & Designers Building

Opening Night at the Architects & Designers Building: GE Monogram Design Center

NEW YORK — Opening Night at the Architects & Designers Building drew a sizable crowd Monday night despite less-than-ideal weather.

There was far too much amazing food throughout the event for me to attempt to take photographs of all the amazing showrooms in the A&D Building, although I did provide a few updates throughout the night via Twitter.

One of my favorite appetizers, meatballs with Parmesan cheese, was provided by miaDona, a restaurant on E. 58th Street I can’t wait to try out.

The Miele showroom sported an in-wall espresso maker that looked like something out of “Star Trek.” The one I saw wasn’t plugged in, so I can’t vouch for how well it might work.

Bilotta Kitchens of NY hired a chef to provide a fantastic polenta with a tomato sauce and (I think) asiago cheese. The line snaked around the showroom until the food ran out (and almost sparked an altercation among the hungry guests).

I was floored (no pun intended, actually) by the reclaimed antique hardwood floors at Exquisite Surfaces, some of which were imported from France and perhaps a century old.

Incidentally, Exquisite Surfaces also installed the flooring at the phenomenal GE Monogram Design Center, according to the manager. The live kitchen was staffed by the excellent Chef Tageré Southwell, who created masterpieces the entire night.

This is where I finished out the evening, posting a picture of the amazing etched doors of one of the Monogram refrigerators depicting the Empire State Building.

Quite covetable.

Finally empty-handed, I pulled out my camera and took a couple of photographs to commemorate the evening: Above, there’s an induction cooktop (these things are amazing) and a gas cooktop set in a custom recycled-glass counter. Below, is the brand-new over-the-rang Advantium speed-cooking over (just installed).

There are settings on this for just about anything you might think to make.

It would likely make me want to cook on a regular basis.

The new Advantium over-the-range oven at GE Monogram Design Center

The new Advantium over-the-range speed-cooking oven at GE Monogram Design Center

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2011.05.17 at 23:15

The Amazing Clinton Hill House Tour

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The Pfizer Mansion (Photo by Bruno J. Navarro. All rights reserved.)

The Pfizer Mansion: The Parlor  (Photo by Bruno J. Navarro)

The 2011 Clinton Hill House Tour, which took place this past Sunday in Brooklyn, offered up a peek into some of the most interesting homes in this 19th century neighborhood.

A perfect spring day drew throngs of participants, and some homes on the tour had visitors lining up to get a look at the otherwise off-limits private residences.

Most of the homes were stunning, they were all compelling and yet one stood out by far.

The home of Pfizer co-founder, Charles Eberhart’s daughter Fanny and her husband Rudolf Erbsloh, Pfizer Mansion, located at 280 Washington Avenue, is one of two adjoining Queen Anne Style homes that were built in 1887. According to literature provided to tour-goers by The Society for Clinton Hill, the structures were designed “by Marshall J. Morrill for Charles Eberhardt, one of the co-founders of the Pfizer Company.

“The house is five stories high and a rather jaw-dropping 105 feet deep including the kitchen addition.”

The 12,000-square-foot home, lovingly restored by Doug and Jessica Warren (see her bathtub below), also features what is believed the oldest residential Otis elevator in New York.

There are hardly enough superlatives to describe adequately how beautiful this brownstone was.

The Pfizer Mansion (Photo by Bruno J. Navarro. All rights reserved.)

The Pfizer Mansion: Jessica’s Bathtub  (Photo by Bruno J. Navarro)

The Pfizer Mansion (Photo by Bruno J. Navarro. All rights reserved.)

The Pfizer Mansion: The Office  (Photo by Bruno J. Navarro)

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