Gear to Make Room in a Tiny Kitchen

Having lived in small apartments with kitchens measuring roughly 90 square feet or less for my entire adult life, I know how challenging the lack of work and storage space can be when you’re cooking. I professionally test kitchen equipment for Wirecutter, the New York Times company that reviews products, and the more gear I acquire, the more my kitchen …

Where the Rat Pack Era Meets the Spirit of Donald Judd

After falling for the bright azure sky, craggy mountains and Rat Pack lore of Palm Springs, Calif., in the 1990s, Clive Wilkinson finally bought an empty lot there in 2009, intending to build a getaway of his own. “You felt you were on holiday, even though you were only two hours out of L.A.,” said Mr. Wilkinson, 65, a Los …

Why Black Homeowners in Brooklyn Are Being Victimized by Fraud

As they grow older or lose a spouse, their homes can accumulate liens stemming from unpaid property taxes or water and sewage charges, making them vulnerable to fraudsters who often search public records to identify homeowners under financial stress. “Deed theft has become a common tool of career criminals and unscrupulous real estate developers to illegally obtain real estate, most …

Shopping for Bathroom Sconces – The New York Times

Of all the light sources in a bathroom, the sconces over the sink are the most important. “Whether you’re plucking your eyebrows, applying makeup or shaving, you need really good lighting in order to see what the heck is going on with that face of yours,” said Madeline Stuart, an interior designer in Los Angeles. And if all you have …

Homes That Sold for Around $750,000

Each week, our survey of recent residential sales in New York City and the surrounding region focuses on homes that sold around a certain price point, allowing you to compare single-family homes, condos and co-ops in different locales. The “list price” is the asking price when the property came on the market with the most recent broker. The time on …

Keith Haring Mural Cut Out of New York Stairwell Heads to Auction

For a time, a crucifix hung on the wall of the Grace House lobby. Then, in the early 1980s, something else took its place: the stark black outline of a crawling infant, in thick strokes of paint beaming outward. In the decades at Grace House, a Catholic youth center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the image was a tag: Keith …

To Her, He Was More Than a Doorman

In her 2015 Modern Love essay “When the Doorman Is Your Main Man,” the writer Julie Margaret Hogben tells of a time in her life when she was dating in New York City and living in a building where the doorman, Guzim, felt obliged to protect her from men he deemed unsuitable. When an unexpected pregnancy sent her into crisis …

Six Must-Haves Needed to Seduce Buyers

Developers have long worked with starchitects on their luxury buildings, but some years ago they also began hiring top-flight designers to give the interiors the same panache as the exteriors. Having the likes of Paris Forino, Ryan Korban or Lee Mindel associated with a building became yet another way to brand it as special — and worthy of prices that …

The Return of Golden Age Design

“Obviously, it’s not an Art Deco building in the sense that the Chrysler Building is, but it’s these little touches that make the building interesting,” said Art Hooper, the president of Ceruzzi Properties, who credited the company’s founder, Louis Ceruzzi Jr., with setting the design direction before his death in 2017. “He would never build just a plain glass cube,” …

$750,000 Homes in Louisiana, the District of Columbia and New York

New Orleans | $749,000 An 1836 house with two bedrooms and two bathrooms on 0.07 acres This two-story house with plantation shutters and a wrought-iron balcony is in the Marigny neighborhood, three blocks east of the music clubs on Frenchmen Street. Walk another block west, and you’re in the French Quarter. Built as a single-family home for Jean Baptiste Lamothe, …