Author: Cindi Cook

What do you get when you take 22 design firms and set them loose on the 55th and 56th floors of the luxury Residences at W New York – Downtown? A showhouse to end all showhouses, full of brilliant decor, amazing ideas, and breathtaking views of Lower Manhattan’s Financial District. NYC&G was proud to sponsor the project, which raised funds for the new Lenox Hill HealthPlex in Greenwich Village and set the bar even higher for great design in New York.

Summertime in the Hamptons means days at the beach, starry (and sometimes star-filled) nights, and events galore, including Holiday House Hamptons, a showhouse presented by HC&G that benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. After a smashing debut last summer, Holiday House Hamptons has switched things up a bit this season, challenging 18 outstanding designers to reimagine the interiors and outdoor spaces of the newly renovated 19th-century Watchcase factory in Sag Harbor. The team has transformed a factory loft, a bungalow, and a freestanding townhouse in the 64-unit luxury condo complex, conceived as a “village within a village” by developers Cape Advisors and architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle. Indeed, this year’s showhouse proves that “it takes a village” to put great minds and great design to work, all for a good cause.

Though just 31, Samuel Amoia is practically an industry veteran. His year-old firm, Samuel Amoia Associates, already has a bevy of projects in the works, including a penthouse at the 1 Hotel & Homes in South Beach and a loft on lower Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, among others.

Looking for the newest up-and-coming neighborhood? Go east, young man—but not the East Village or the Lower East Side. Formerly stodgy Yorkville is now the coolest kid on the block. Yorkville? Yes, the area from Third Avenue to the East River between 79th and 96th streets will soon be filled with the rumbling of the Second Avenue subway—and increased real estate prices, no doubt. The enclave has always been popular with families—especially those with children at Chapin, Brearley, the Town School, and P.S. 158—and outdoorsy types who appreciate the greenery of Carl Schurz Park.