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May 15, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

New York Design Hunting Guide

Apartment lust is as much a part of New York life as freshly baked bagels and creeping L trains. Who among us doesn’t enjoy a good voyeuristic gawk at an impossibly gorgeous Greenwich Village townhouse or an insanely spacious Tribeca loft? For years, New York’s resident design guru, Wendy Goodman, has been bringing readers into some of the city’s most notable and eye-popping homes—first in the form of her twice-yearly design issues and more recently in her monthly “Great Rooms” feature in New York and weekly Design Hunting e-newsletter. The magazine continues that tradition—and radically expands on it. Yes, you’ll find all manner of envy-inducing homes to dream (or cry) about. But you’ll also find something more practical—quite possibly the most useful guide to the city’s best architects, interior designers, plumbers, painters, hardware stores, reupholsterers, knickknack shops, and furniture emporiums ever compiled. A person can dream—and then, sometimes you just need the shower to stop dripping.
On the Cover: Hannah Whitaker for New York Magazine

Features

My Favorite Things

Need a florist? A framer? Chevron-wood floors? Here’s who some of the city’s top tastemakers call when they need something done.

Then: 181 Clinton Avenue

What one of today’s hot neighborhoods looked like yesterday.

The Hunt

Everything new, notable, and awesome.

Guess Who Slept Here ...

Hint: He loved to buy jewelry—diamond bracelets especially—which he kept hidden on the top of his canopy bed.

I Just ...

... Made This Out of a Dentist's Office

Designer Suchi Reddy’s 375-square-foot Greenwich Village studio.

... Took Over My Apartment—No More Roommate!—and Went DIY Crazy

Lower East Side style maven Fiona Byrne’s $6K (!) redesign.

... Turned the Office Into a Nursery Into a Big-Girl’s Room

Becca Parrish and Laurence Kretchmer’s growing Noho home.

Who Did That?

A Parlor Suite in Carroll Gardens

“It’s going to be an evolving exhibition.”

A West Village Pied-à-Terre

“The kitchen has an industrial-yet-refined edge and is deeply efficient.”

A Family Home in Tribeca

“I wanted something simple and straightforward but strong and bold.”

Ask The Experts

The Plant Pro

“Don’t always go for the pretty flowers and plants you see in pictures. They probably won’t translate to your particular space.”

The Color Consultant

“I’m like the Wild West of color. I really think anything goes.”

The Tech Wiz

“Siri is just the beginning in voice control. We use it for turning lights off and on, setting locks, monitoring security cameras, and more.”

The Upholsterer

“The padding should feel luxurious. A piece that’s done well will feel good to the touch all over.”

The Closet Organizer

“Clean out your closet every season—that’s four times a year. If you have to write it down and make it an event, then that’s what you need to do.”

Eat, Sleep, Soak, and ...

The Dreamy Bedroom

Upper East Side designer Howard Slatkin’s guest quarters drip with antique romance.

Shun the Showers

Luxurious tubs, from super expensive to downright affordable.

The Mediterranean Kitchen

Il Cantinori’s Nicola Kotsoni brings Greece to Soho.

The Paella Party Boat

Chocolatier Jacques Torres’s home on the Hudson.

Great Rooms

Welcome to the Fun House

A Battery Park couple turn their home into playdate central.

Midtown? Yes, Midtown

Design maven Murray Moss lives with the tourists—and loves every minute of it.

Parking Included

A Chelsea duplex bathed in color (and tricked out with a car elevator).

Warhol, Hirst, and Finger Paintings

For this downtown couple and their kids, art isn’t just for hanging.

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