All photos via CircaOldHouses.com

Since 2013, CIRCA Old Houses has helped history buffs folks find the house of their dreams. Its curated marketplace, featuring an extensive catalogue of Victorians, Queen Annes and Mid-Century homes, showcases some of the most beautiful historic houses for sale across the country. Now, it’s also releasing a new mobile iPhone app, specifically geared towards old-house enthusiasts, that makes the house-searching process that much easier.

“CIRCA came about in response to my own search for my family’s dream house,” said Elizabeth Finkelstein, the founder of CIRCA Old Houses, who calls herself an “old house junkie.” Finkelstein was previously the Director of Preservation at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

“There was no online real estate destination where the charm of an 1800s Cape-style cottage or the whimsy of a converted mill or lighthouse was presented as a celebration of all things antique…”

In complete contrast to the industrial buildings we’re so used to seeing in the city, these houses have a unique and colorful charm that’s not replicable. Here 10 of the most stunning old homes that can be found in New York:



Yesterday, the interior and exterior of Green-Wood Cemetery Chapel was criss-crossed with hundreds of fuschia parachute cords for a two week site-specific installation by Brooklyn artist Aaron Asis. This is just one of many interventions Asis will be performing on the “lesser appreciated elements” of the National Historic Landmark cemetery over the course of nine months, in a project entitled “unSeen Green.” According to the Green-Wood Historic Fund, the aim is to celebrate these locations within the cemetery as “places of both memorialization and of public congregation” and to juxtapose the “seen and the un-seen.”



We’ve wondered about this for a while – what’s up with the tiny doors and micro balconies on the back facade of the New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman building at Bryant Park? With such a monumental building, the architectural elements seem almost like an anomaly or an after thought, especially contrasted with the massive arched windows of the Rose Reading Room.

We first noticed them scoping out photography spots for the 2013 Dîner en Blanc, which took pace in Bryant Park. Since then we’ve been curious about how to get in there or what’s inside. We got our answer today, exploring the library, at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the recent renovation.



This morning, the New York Public Library reopened two historic rooms at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street, Bryant Park after two years of renovation – the Rose Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room. The efforts began after a 16 pound plaster rosette fell from the Rose Reading Room’s ceiling, 52 feet up, overnight in the May of 2014. A thorough inspection then took place and although it was determined the ceilings were structural sound, the library decided to undertake an extensive renovation regardless.


united-palace-theater-credit-site-ohny-nyc-untapped-citiesPhoto via Open House New York 

Every year, Open House New York celebrates architecture, urban design and public space by providing people with unparalleled access to architectural sites in New York. Since its inaugural year in 2003, the weekend event has grown to include over 275 participating sites across all five boroughs. This year’s OHNY weekend will take place on October 15th and 16th.

Today is the official release of the locations for 2016. In the second of several announcements in partnership with Open House New York, Untapped Cities has curated a list of Open Access sites to check out, which do not require advance reservation.

Untapped Cities is also excited to announce a giveaway for OHNY’s Weekend Passport, a VIP pin that gives the wearer and a guest front-of-the line access to as many as 150 participating sites including 70 Pine, the New York State Pavilion, City Hall, Jefferson Market Library.

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Those familiar with the Storefront for Art and Architecture on Kenmare Street in Nolita will know that it occupies just a sliver of a space, true to its name. The facade is movable, opening out in sections to the public as required by specific exhibitions. But in September, a green scaffolding appeared around all of the Storefront for Art and Architecture gallery – built specifically for the topic of the exhibit. The organization asked architects and designers to submit their own “Work in Progress” signs based on a template showing alternate visions of development projects in New York City.