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Exterior, before.

Photo: Courtesy of Stan Wan

First Floor
The backlit, intricately patterned entranceway (formerly the front door of a check-cashing store) appears to be composed of one material, but architect Bill Peterson actually used two: pierced porcelain enamel for the first seven and a half feet, and ultralight brownstone for the rest.

Second Floor
The building’s earlier owners stuccoed over the original brownstone blocks and boarded up windows for security. Now the brownstone façade can be raised like a garage door to reveal the modern living room inside.

Photo: David Sundberg/Esto

Living room, before.

Photo: Courtesy of Bill Peterson

Living Room
A pair of buffers keeps the outside and inside environments separate. The first, a 42-inch-high railing of ultraclear glass, acts as a safety barrier. The second, an “air curtain wall system” that shoots air from the ceiling at high velocity, creates a thermal barrier and bug screen.

Photo: David Sundberg/Esto

Living Room
The garage-door-like façade has sensors on the sides and bottom—it will stop moving if it encounters an obstacle. It’s activated by keying a control panel hidden in the closet. To go from opened to closed, or vice versa, takes only a few minutes.

The triplex’s interiors reference both the Victorians and the velvet-suited punks of the neighborhood’s past. Peterson upholstered the Knoll couch in Brunschwig & Fils purple mohair velvet. The chairs are vintage bentwood Thonet and the coffee table is by Mies van der Rohe. The fringe lamp is made by Dutch company Moooi, known for cleverly updating past lapses in taste.

Photo: David Sundberg/Esto

Bedroom, before.

Photo: Courtesy of Bill Peterson

Bedroom
Peterson went wild with the quilted theme, decorating with padded acoustical blankets on the walls and a vintage quilt on the bed. A Marcel Wanders for Moooi cube sits at the foot of the bed in place of a traditional crocheted coverlet. On the walls are framed T-shirts worn by bartenders at Fillmore East and Max’s Kansas City, once nearby haunts. The red phone adds a playful shot of color.

To open up the second-floor bedroom to sunlight, the builder first had to break through layers of old brick and stucco.

Photo: David Sundberg/Esto

Kitchen
The dining area at the back of the ground floor can also switch from indoor to outdoor spaces on command. Peterson found an off-the-shelf garage door to install here.

The counters are porcelain enamel, the same material used on the building’s lower front façade. Peterson fashioned a farmhouse table out of a wood door and orange metal sawhorses. The chairs on the wall are the same as those in Bryant Park, and can be easily taken down and set up in the yard. The stovetop is Viking; and the faucet is an Arne Jacobsen design for Vola. The overhead lamp is a reissue of a Jean Prouvé design (sold at Design Within Reach).

Yard
For ease of maintenance, Peterson chose to carpet the small backyard in artificial turf. The stairs lead down to the cellar, which gets some daylight. The concrete cabana at the back of the yard provides shaded seating, along with privacy for the wide-open kitchen.

Carl Henry Nacht (left) West Side Highway and 38th Street. After dinner on June 22, 2006, Nacht, a doctor who often cycled to make house calls to his elderly patients, was hit by an NYPD tow truck crossing the Hudson River Park bikeway.

Shamar Porter Linden Boulevard near Williams Avenue, East New York. On August 5, 2006, Porter’s Little League team won its playoff game. He was struck by a minivan after leaving the field.

Reginald Chan (left) Third Avenue and 17th Street. On September 15, 2006, Chan was hit by a flatbed tow truck while making a delivery of Chinese food.

Brandie Bailey Houston and Essex Streets. On May 8, 2005, Bailey was struck by a private sanitation truck while on her way home to Williamsburg after waitressing at the West Village restaurant Red Bamboo. Bailey was a regular at CBGB, where a memorial was held in her honor.

Craig Murphey (left) Ten Eyck Street and Union Avenue, Williamsburg. Early in the morning of October 18, 2007, Murphey was biking home from escorting his date to her South Williamsburg apartment. According to police reports, Murphey attempted to outrun a gas truck turning left on Ten Eyck Street. His pelvis shattered on impact, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. In his honor, over 40 friends have since received tattoos that read BE BETTER.

Frank C. Simpson Linden Boulevard near 175th Street, St. Albans. Simpson, a janitor returning from the evening shift at a Con Edison facility, was hit by a Dodge Stratus on November 9, 2006.

Jose Mora (left) North Conduit and McKinley Avenues, Cypress Hills. On September 4, 2006, 11-year-old Mora was on his way to the barber for a back-to-school haircut; that week, he was to start the sixth grade at nearby Junior High School 302. He was struck by a Honda while walking his bike across an intersection.

Jonathan Neese South 4th Street and Roebling Street, Williamsburg. On August 12, 2006, Neese, a bike messenger known as “Bronx Jon,” was struck by a livery cab while cycling from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Sam Khaled Hindy (left) Base of the Manhattan Bridge. On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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