Home Renovation for the Pandemic

“People want to be ready. We weren’t ready in March and now we’ve had the summer and we’re able to reflect,” said Alessandra Wood, the vice president of style for Modsy, an online interior design service. “I don’t know if it’s a fear or an expectation that in the fall we’re still going to be living this life.” Elizabeth Stuart, …

Kingston: A City Remade by the Coronavirus

Five months ago, a visit to the local bookstore-cum-bar or farmers market meant a minimum two-hour outing; one couldn’t take a few steps without bumping into another friend or acquaintance. Now, I go to the farmers market and strain over my mask to recognize anyone but the farmers themselves; everyone, it seems, is new here. At the same time that …

The Pleasures of Moth-Watching – The New York Times

Summer isn’t just butterfly season and tomato season, it’s also high moth season. And while you may think that a moth garden doesn’t sound quite as enchanting as a butterfly garden, I beg to differ. Thanks to guidance from some patient experts, these days you can call me the moth gardener. Of course, as a longtime bird person, I also …

Manhattan Real Estate Recovery Lags

The real estate market in New York City and its suburbs has seen huge changes during the pandemic. The near-total shutdown of the industry predictably put it on pause, but the reopening has sparked a booming, competitive seller’s market, at least in the suburbs. Manhattan is lagging, even in comparison to Brooklyn. This week’s chart compares Manhattan’s recovery with that …

$950,000 Homes for Sale in New York, Utah and Pennsylvania

Cornwallville, N.Y. | $945,000 An 1830s farmhouse with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and several whimsical outbuildings, on a 19.16-acre lot Known as Do-Nothing Farm, this property is in Greene County, nine miles northeast (downhill) of the Catskills ski town of Windham and 125 miles north of New York City. For many years, starting in the mid-19th century, it was the …

House Hunting in London: Once a Dark Garage, Now an Airy Light Box

Three Bedrooms Inside a Converted Industrial Space $1.95 MILLION (1.495 MILLION BRITISH POUNDS) This three-bedroom home, converted over the past two years from an auto mechanic’s garage, is just down the street from Mile End Park in East London. The modern design incorporates below-ground and staggered levels to maximize the house’s 1,600 square feet of living space, with a central …

Concrete, a Centuries-Old Material, Gets a New Recipe

On any given day, Central Concrete, in San Jose, Calif., does what concrete companies have been doing for centuries: combining sand, gravel, water and cement to create the slurry that is used in construction. But Central — one of a handful of companies at the forefront of a movement to make a greener concrete — is increasingly experimenting with some …

Shopping for Multi-Light Pendants – The New York Times

There’s a new kind of light fixture elbowing its way into territory once dominated by the chandelier. You may have already spotted it, spreading out above dining tables and cascading down stairwells: the multi-light pendant. Rather than dangling a single cluster of crystal or a circular armature of bulbs, these fixtures suspend light over a large area, with an arrangement …

$630,000 Homes for Sale in California

Oakland | $629,000 A 1939 cottage with two bedrooms and one bathroom, on a 0.1-acre lot This house, at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in the Fruitvale neighborhood, is within walking distance of a pocket park and an athletic field, as well as a public elementary school. Less than a mile away is Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, a complex …