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When Matt Abramcyk, 34, was designing the kitchen for his gut-renovated Tribeca loft, he had two guiding principles. The first was whatever his wife, Nadine Ferber, 34, who runs the Tenoverten nail salon, wanted to do. The second was to re-create a softer, prettier version of the old-meets-new aesthetic of his restaurants Smith & Mills, Super Linda (which, incidentally, just started offering delivery), Tiny’s, and Warren 77. Their big appliances purposefully look like they’re from a commercial kitchen. Ferber had, she says, “this weird obsession with a clear fridge. My best friend had one growing up, so I always wanted one.” They got one from Subzero, along with a stove with a flattop and grill from Blue Star.

Photo: Douglas Friedman

Their previous apartment had been a 190-square-foot studio on Carmine Street. When they moved into the loft, it had wall-to-wall green carpet. They tore that out, along with some bedrooms to give Ferber what she wanted: a big, open kitchen and dining area that evoked family meals in Uruguay, where her father is from. Now the couple, who have a baby daughter, Zoe Lee, make sure to have breakfast and weekend brunches together; with Abramcyk’s crazy hours, it’s the only meal he’s guaranteed to be home for. The stools are old workers’ chairs from the Toledo Company, identical to the ones in Smith & Mills and Tiny’s. Says Abramcyk, “I like buying them because I could literally throw that chair out the window, go downstairs, pick it up, and use it. They last, you know.”

Photo: Douglas Friedman

To make it feel somewhat lived-in, like Abramcyk’s restaurants, the couple installed a wall of Italian marble brick for a touch of decadence. The cabinets and island are from a company called Siberian Living, which mills and stains its wood in Siberia.

Photo: Douglas Friedman

The hardware, sink, and chairs are reclaimed from places like Broadway Restaurant Supply, Demolition Depot, and Baxter & Liebchen. Abramcyk’s favorite feature is the pullout pantry, which gives them a ton of extra storage. “I think it’s funny that Jacques Torres lives on a boat, because living and doing restaurants in New York is like being on a boat,” says Abramcyk. “Every inch is so vital to being efficient.”

Photo: Douglas Friedman

The entire kitchen and dining area is outfitted with twenty-watt wall sconces made from reclaimed boat fixtures they found at Old Good Things. “When the lights are on at night, it’s just a really warm glow,” says Ferber. “I love cooking in the kitchen, especially at night, because it’s got a really warm and cozy feeling.” There’s also one bright light so she can see the food better when she needs to. “I don’t think I could read a novel in here, but I can cook.”

Photo: Douglas Friedman

“We took what was a simple singular layout kitchen along the wall and created a U-shaped kitchen with an island in the middle,” Ferber says. “This created loads of counter space for hanging out and cooking with friends.”

Photo: Douglas Friedman

Photo: Douglas Friedman

Photo: Douglas Friedman

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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