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This triplex penthouse with a private rooftop terrace combines old-world charm with modern elegance inside a house that is nearly two centuries old on a bucolic tree-lined street in the heart of Chelsea. The apartment has a total interior footprint of approximately 1,500 square feet, and its most prominent feature is a remarkable 300 square foot private and planted rooftop terrace joined with the indoors via a wall of sliding glass doors to create a virtually seamless 600 square foot indoor/outdoor space that offers unparalleled open views above Chelsea’s landmarked Historic District, and a sweeping panorama of Midtown and the New York City skyline. Three-floors of interior living space currently present 3 total baths and 2 bedrooms with configurations to add additional windowed-rooms, and the  bathroom on the top floor features large double doors and a skylight inviting you to take a bath in the oversized tub while enjoying the view out across your private terrace of the Empire State Building.

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Let your creative side run rampant with the possibilities offered by this superbly designed condominium home. It is located in a full-service building on one of New York City’s famed High Line Park blocks in the heart of Chelsea, the pulse of Manhattan’s thriving art scene where galleries and creative spaces dot every corner of the neighborhood. This two-bedroom condo boasts a lofty entry foyer with expansive double-glazed windows, and dynamic art-ready lighting to showcase all of your worldy collections. There’s no shortage of inspiration here either, as those massive picture windows frame the most priceless piece of art you will ever own - one of a kind views to one side of the Hudson River, and iconic views of Chelsea on the other. 

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Lights, camera, action for the grand finale to what is arguably one of the most unique elements of New York City – The High Line. Since its 2009 debut, and after nearly 5 whole years of waiting with bated breath, the third, and final section of Manhattan’s premiere elevated park in West Chelsea  is complete. The High Line at the Rail Yards which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets will be unveiled in all its glory for the public to see on September 21st, 2014. Until now – a walk along the historic freight-rail-line-turned-public-park sadly lands you at the end on West 30th Street, but alas the gates will soon open to reveal the completed remaining section of  railroad tracks to bridge wandering pedestrians all the way to West 34th Street for a unique, and unparalleled look into the fabric of the Meatpacking District. The Rail Yards section is only accessible by crossing the 11th Avenue Bridge for a rare vantage point to take in the beauty of Manhattan’s grids as traffic zooms by underneath, along with an unobstructed view of rows of commuter trains at Hudson Yards.

Opening week festivities to celebrate the $75 million northern most section will feature a culmination of everything we love about the park from live music performances, art and design exhibits and more – all for free. You can wake up with a morning yoga session on the 14th Street passage, followed by a tranquil guided meditation class held on the 22nd Street Steps, or take in a Tai Chi class on the famous 23rd Street lawn. In addition to various health and wellness events, High Line art curator Cecilia Alemani has added newcomers like Ed Ruscha’s large-scale mural Honey, I Twisted Through More Damn Traffic Today sprawled across West 22nd Street, and it will be hard to resist taking an outdoor lunch break with a week of midday hour-long live music performances from world renowned acts like Haitian music sensation Melanie Charles, and NYC’s first and only all-female Mariachi band, Flor De Toloache. Existing art installations.


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Welcome to the renowned HL23 condominium building situated directly on New York City’s famous highline in Chelsea. Designed by starchitect Neil Denali, it is recognized as one of the greenest condos in the neighborhood and is noted for its unique column-free interiors where a keyed elevator opens to reveal this full floor two-bedroom apartment with almost 2,000 square feet of space. Imagine living in a very sophisticated tree-house atop the most famous elevated park in the world with an open floor plan and 11’ floor-to-ceiling glass panels that give you unrivaled views of the Highline. The master bathroom is also complete with floor to ceiling glass, and when your inner exhibitionist is feeling shy, the windows are equipped with operable bottom up shades for maximum privacy.

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This terrace is a breath of fresh air, both literally and figuratively speaking. The creatively designed urban oasis belongs to a federal style townhouse in West Chelsea, a neighborhood known as the heart of New York City’s Contemporary art scene and home to iconic institutions like the Gagosian Gallery and the Highline Park (which just so happens to be located only minutes away from this apartment).  We love how this beautiful co-op home epitomizes the visions of tree-lined streets that Chelsea is famously known for, and the dedication to design is not limited to the impeccably landscaped private terrace. Inside features a spacious master bedroom with precisely designed custom closets, and a stunning kitchen designed by world-famous Italian design firm, Molteni & C Dada of SoHo who’s use of light elm wood cabinetry creates a warm, and inviting atmosphere.   

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What do you get when you combine a paramount location, unparalleled views, and architecturally supreme design? The resulting property would look like this striking penthouse loft that is nestled along the Highline in Chelsea. This sprawling home brags everything you need for a luxurious, in-home spa experience after undergoing nearly $100,000 of bathroom renovations. Imagine your very own sanctuary that boasts over 4,100 square feet of both indoor and private outdoor space where you can detach from the bustling city streets for just a moment of clarity.

The masterfully renovated spa-like bathroom oasis will do just that, and is complete with radiant-heat floors to melt away all of your stress as you bask in views of the New York City skyline from the comforts of a double-glass enclosed steam room. We can’t help but to daydream about getting lost in thought while soaking in the luxurious bathtub as an infinite amount of sunlight pours in through the classic casement windows and sheds warmth on our face. Double teak and marble vanity’s create an ambiance that will completely transform your morning regiment and leave you refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the day; While visions of unparalleled views from the wrap around terrace will tease you and remind you that, yes, 

there’s no place like home.

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: Cavernous Condo in Chelsea 

More often than not Manhattanites possess an unspoken understanding of forgone outdoor amenities, however Your Eye Candy of the Day featured home proves that is nothing but a myth. If you find yourself longing for summer nights spent grilling under the stars with the New York City skyline behind your back, then look no further as the sizeable property you see pictured above is fit to host unforgettable summer soiree’s on 675 square feet of private, outdoor space. Top of the line, state-of-the-art stainless steel outdoor grill, included. It’s the perfect remedy for when you’re stuck at the office a little too long on a summer evening and decide to postpone driving to the Hamptons until the weekend. A master suite is complimented by 2 additional large bedrooms on the second level, and the beautiful hardwood floors are found throughout the entire 1,825 square foot home. 

You can find the best of townhouse living inside one of Manhattan’s most sought after full-service condominium buildings, in the even more sought after neighborhood of Chelsea. Coveted outdoor space in a coveted downtown neighborhood sounds like the perfect summer in the city to us. 

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The Queensway - “The Next Highline”

The Highline is the crown jewel of Chelsea and possibly even Manhattan, and now Queens is closer to getting it’s very own version of everyone’s favorite elevated park. Rumors have been circling for quite some time now that plans to emulate a 3.5 mile, 47 acre stretch  of abandoned train tracks in Queens into The Queensway were brewing. It will become the 2nd of its kind as NYC has pioneered the way for elevated public spaces as pedestrian and bicycle pathways. Runners, joggers, revelers, and everyone in between will be connected by an abandoned section of the Rockaway Rail Line along the Long Island Railroad  that will connect Queens from Rego Park, to Forest Hills, Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park.

"The project will provide a new public green space, celebrating the cultural diversity of Queens with art, sculpture, and food from around the world” – Friends of the Queensway

Friends of the Queensway (akin to Friends of the Highline) along with the Trust for Public Land just released 2 design renderings as a preview of what the transformation might behold. With input from the public during community workshops that will be held on March 24th and March 26th, these 2 designs represent the future of Queens’ newest park. The renderings come at a perfect time as New Yorker’s welcome warm air and sunnier skies with open arms after a long and arduous winter, and Astoria is the newest “it” member on NYC’s foodie and shopping scene joining the ranks of Williamsburg, and Harlem. 

Stay tuned for more officials details from continued coverage on the Halstead Blog, and visit The Queensway on Facebook to learn how you can be a part of upcoming community workshops, and provide input to the future designs of New York City’s next elevated park. 

(Image Courtesy: The Queensway)


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Best Homes on the Market to Watch Super Bowl XLVIII

The excitement around the entire Tri-state area is palpable as New Jersey prepares to host Super Bowl XLVIII to go down in history as the first ever NFL championship game in a cold weather region. For those of us who will not be present inside MetLife Stadium come Super Bowl Sunday, the next question that begs to be answered is – Where are you watching it? Because when it comes to the Super Bowl, everyone knows where you watch the game is just as important as the game itself. Weather your checklist for a “dream entertainment space” includes a colossal state-of-the-art kitchen that doubles as a den, an opulent game and billiards room, or a home theater with the caliber of MTV Crib’s – we found the best homes on the market to watch the game and where your Super Bowl Party will be sure to go down in history. 

Here are our top 3 picks across the Tri-State area: 

For the Chef – As any great party hosts knows, it’s always challenging to engage with your guests and simultaneously mind all the catering tasks, but that task will be non-existent with a kitchen like the one pictured here. The lines separating entertainment spaces are blurred inside this 3,650 square foot historic Chelsea condo loft with a grand, yet intimate kitchen and den space allowing you to serve those hungry football fans without missing any of the action. Striking state-of-the-art warehouse-like appliances are balanced by pristine hardwood floors combined with beautiful exposed brick to create a warm and welcoming home for your Super Bowl Sunday gathering. See more details at Halstead.com/9275966. 

For the Sophisticated Sports Enthusiast – Imagine inviting guests to a swanky Super Bowl Sunday bash at your luxurious waterfront estate? Views of the breathtaking Long Island Sound from the Tuscan-inspired masterpiece almost rival the excitement on your TV screen. The opulence continues with your very own billiards room and bar crafted out of sumptuous walnut and mahogany wood to make for the most lavish settings of any Super Bowl party we’ve ever been to. See more details of this fine Sands Point, New York home at Halstead.com/3674241 .

For the Die-Hard Sports Fan – Glitz and glam take a backseat to any true sports fans’ desire for an uninterrupted and undisturbed game viewing experience. This sprawling 5,800 square foot Darien home is just right for those folks offering plenty of space to gather ‘round for the big day. Soaring 9-foot ceilings help to make the already spacious den feel less-crowded so your chance of missing the “winning play” due to an obstructed TV view is greatly diminished. For more information visit Halstead.com/99040175. 

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Your Eye Candy of the Day: Highline Hideout

What do you get when you combine a paramount location, unparalleled views, and architecturally supreme design? The resulting property would look something like this striking duplex that offers the trappings of city living like you’ve never seen. Hidden high among the tree tops along the Highline, Manhattan’s premiere elevated park in West Chelsea, lies a three-bedroom penthouse duplex with a wall of windows in almost every room. Boasting over 4,100 square feet of both indoor and oh-so coveted outdoor space, this home offers views from carefully designed vantage points as designed by world-renowned starchitect Carey Tamarkin  so you can bask in the dazzling Manhattan skyline spanning to views beyond the Hudson River. Steel-encasement windows provide a rich, unique design element added to an airy, and earthy aesthetic found throughout the entire home. Make your way to the master bedroom suite fully equipped with an impressive walk-in-closet, or allow yourself to get wrapped up in the state of the art chef’s kitchen donning corian surfaces galore. 

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How to Make Swimming A Year Round New York City Sport 

By Duncan Ashley Lonsdale, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Upper West Side Office

What many New Yorkers outside of the “swimming community” don’t realize is that swimming is a year around sport in the city. High schools and colleges begin their training in the fall, train intensely in the winter months, then peak for championship events in the early spring. Summer season commences in May and wraps up in August. It’s always in season in New York City to swim! “Masters Swimming” is an organized program of swimming for adults which give older swimmers (ex-competitors over 25) and beginners a goal for keeping physically fit. Swimming is also one of the few sports that offers full body aerobic conditioning without excessive wear and tear. In NYC we are fortunate to have an abundance of great programs to get you in top form while meeting some great people in the process. So grab your goggles and take the plunge!

Here are just a handful of popular programs in Manhattan for you to dive into:

 Asphalt Green Masters (AGUA)

Located at 555 East 90th Street and East End Avenue.  They offer daily workouts, private swim lessons, stroke clinics and video analysis. The AGUA Masters Swim team is also tight-knit, vibrant community that comes together for team-wide events and social activities.

Aquatics Team of Manhattan (ATOM)

Located at Chinatown YMCA 273 Bowery at Houston Street. Aquatics Team of Manhattan (ATOM) is a premier Masters swimming program in New York City, setting a new standard in the Metropolitan Masters swimming community. ATOM is coached by one of USA Swimming most successful and innovative swimming stroke specialists. Their mission is to emphasize smart, creative training, and to achieve team and individual goals while having an enjoyable and rewarding swimming experience.

Bearcat Masters (BCTM)

Located at Baruch College at 55 Lexington Avenue and 24th Street.  Bearcat Masters is a premier Masters swimming program in New York City, setting a new standard in the Metropolitan Masters swimming community. Bearcat Masters was started in 2007 by a group of friends who share a passion for swimming, team work, competition and the spirit and camaraderie that comes with it all. Coaches bring years of knowledge and competitive swimming experience to our program. Bearcat Masters welcomes swimmers of all abilities, including novices, Tri-athletes, open water swimmers, collegiate swimmers, and Olympians. They offer an enjoyable swimming atmosphere, where members get a chance to achieve individual as well as team goals.

Columbia University Masters Swim Team - Dodge Fitness Center, enter campus at 116th St and Broadway. Coached by the varsity men’s head coach Jim Bolster, this is the program I have been affiliated with for several decades. This training group swims 3 mornings a week, currently T, R + F from 6-7 a.m. Who needs a cup of coffee to wake up when you can jump into a pool at 6 a.m.? There is no web site. Contact me for details at alonsdale@halstead.com

Chelsea Piers

Located on 23rd Street and the Hudson River. Members of the Chelsea Piers Masters Swim Team can participate in 7 weekly 1-1/2 hour workouts led by our staff of six experienced coaches who utilize the most current teaching and training techniques. A typical workout can be anywhere from 2,200 - 6,000 yards depending on the speed of the swimmer and the emphasis and make up of workout - i.e. technique, drills, sprints, strokes, kicking, pace work/endurance freestyle, etc. Most members of the CP Masters Team had at least some competitive swimming experience prior to joining the team, but many did not. Though the Masters Team is not the right venue for people who are learning to swim, it’s the place to come if you want to swim better. A general rule of thumb for ‘qualifying’ for the team is to be able to hold a pace of 2 minutes per 100 yards freestyle for at least 400 yards. Some proficiency in the other strokes is a plus, but not required. If you are uncertain whether or not the team is a good fit for you, arrange to visit a practice and speak with one of the coaches.

Red Tide

Workouts at various locations throughout Manhattan: Baruch, John Jay College, Chinatown YMCA. Red Tide is a competitive masters swim team in New York City, which has been in existence for over 20 years. It is a cooperatively run organization of over 100 swimmers from novices to national champions. Red Tide welcomes swimmers over 18 of all abilities, goals, and experience.

Team New York

Various pools throughout the city incl. Baruch, Chelsea Rec Center, Chinatown YMCA, Dwight School Athletic Center, Flushing Meadows Aquatic Center, Hostos Community College, John Jay College & Long Island University. Team New York Aquatics is a Masters-level swim/water polo/diving team open to members and friends of New York City’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. All new members of all ages and experience level are welcome.

Additional Resources:
Click here for a comprehensive list of competitive swim programs throughout the city (both youth and masters) with links to each website.

Click here for a geography-based comprehensive list of competitive swim programs in NYC and beyond along with links to each website.

Click here for swim gear to help get you started.

NOTE: These programs do not teach you how to swim, rather they provide a venue, a structured workout, coaches who can help refine stroke technique, and a critical mass of peers who help one another improve just by being there. Most masters programs require some sort of swimming background, but are open to a wide range of talent.


Thoughts of Duncan Ashley Lonsdale do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC 


We have all grown to love that foldable, classic New York-style slice of pizza. No matter what time of day, it can always be there to satisfy your hunger or craving. Not only have we gathered a list of some of the best slices around, but we have also looked into places where you can consume great pizza while having an intimate meal with friends and family. Check out these places our local expert agents have picked as their favorite pizza places located near our offices! 

Lombardi’s Pizza

It comes to no surprise that the legendary Lombardi’s would be making the list of one of the must have pizza places in the city. The white pizza is a combination of mozzarella, ricotta, and romano cheese and is prepared to have that thin, crunchy crust we all love. Don’t just stop at the white pizza, though, because there are a variety of toppings to choose from that adds that extra something to the pizza. We loved combining two of our favorite Italian foods– pizza and meatballs – into one delicious bite. The meatballs were homemade and just the right thickness and juiciness to add to the cheesy slice. 

32 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012 


Ranked New York City’s #1 Pizza, believe the hype. Since they don’t sell by the slice, we went with a group to taste the large regular pizza. With the first bite, anyone could see it in our faces that we were in heaven. It was all about the freshness and quality of the ingredients. The homemade dough was so perfectly chewy with a crust that was crispy, but not in the slightest burnt. The sauce was delicious and was accompanied by the perfect amount of the freshest mozzarella on top. We will be back to add some of their toppings to the pie!

1 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Brewery

Whether some of us were or were not artichoke lovers, we all knew it was a must to order a legendary slice of artichoke pizza. The bread was so incredibly doughy and topped with a mind blowing creamy sauce that had a garlic artichoke flavor. On top of the thick sauce was a bed of cheese perfectly melted to balance out the sauce and thick crust. If you’re ever in East Village, Greenwich Village, or Chelsea make sure to go and taste the magic.

328 E 14th St. New York, NY 10003


With high energy and a cool atmosphere, we can always guarantee a great dining experience at Pulino’s. Once awarded New York Best Pizza, we knew exactly what type of food we were going to order when coming. We decided to go with the Prosciutto Arugula – a pizza topped with fresh arugula, prosciutto, mozzarella, and garlic. We loved this classic combination and the garlicky flavor on the melted mozzarella and prosciutto. A trip to try one of their breakfast pizzas will definitely be happening in the future. 

282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012


As you enter the front of the pizza place, it screams loud and clear on the window what you’re about to get – some delicious thin crust pizza. We went for the shroomtown pizza, which was absolutely scrumptious. The variety of mushrooms was covered by a white truffle oil, marinara sauce, and cheese that all went flawlessly together. We loved the guilt-free feeling we had after eating the tremendously thin pizza almost as much as we loved the taste.

310 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 

Joe’s Pizza

We love our traditional New York slice from Joe’s, now offered in both the East and West Village. In just one hot, crunchy bite you can see that this is one of the freshest pies around. There aren’t crazy topping combinations, like many other pizza places like to create, but that’s why we love it – it is a simple slice of pizza prepared to perfection.

150 East 14th Street, New York, NY 10003


When eating pizza at Luzzo’s, it’s definitely easy to believe that you’re on vacation in Italy. This pizza is not the classic type we are familiar with because it is the most authentic Italian pie you will get in the city. With an incredible selection of great toppings to accompany the thin crust, we went for the Diavola which had the perfect ratio of fresh mozzarella, sweet tomato sauce, and spicy salami. We’re ready to return soon to try the other 20 creative pizza concoctions.

 211 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003


Ask anyone who goes, and they will all tell you the same thing – you must order the brussels sprouts pizza from Motorino because it is heaven. Be adventurous with your friends and try that garlic flavor that goes great with the cheese, brussels sprouts and smoked pancetta. All the pizzas are a brick-oven style, so enjoy these awesome toppings with the bubbling, yet thin crust.

349 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

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This Wednesday, May 15th why not take a walk outdoors and enjoy some beautiful art at the same time in Chelsea? Hop over to the High Line to see El Anatsui’s Broken Bridge II, the largest outdoor art installation the High Line has seen so far.


Join Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator and Director of High Line Art, and Kevin Dumouchelle, Associate Curator for the Arts of Africa and the Pacific Islands at the Brooklyn Museum, for a walking tour of the High Line and hear the story behind Broken Bridge II, the monumental sculpture by West African artist El Anatsui installed on an exterior building wall between West 21st and West 22nd Streets. 


El Anatsui is considered to be one of the foremost contemporary artists of his generation and is known for his intricate sculptures, which are all made of recycled materials mostly collected near his home in Nigeria. He also uses metallic bottle caps, which are culled from discarded Nigerian liquor bottles and woven together with copper wire. El Anatsui hopes that his three-dimensional paintings will evoke the economic and cultural traditions and histories of West Africa. He also hopes his choice of materials with engage viewers to reflect on the role they play in regards to consumer waste and globalization.


For the High Line, Anatsui has made his largest piece of work yet. The Broken Bridge II was originally shown in Paris during the 2012 Triennale. You are sure to be amazed when you see this unique piece of art.


After your art fix, stick around the area and head to dinner at one of Chelsea’s best restaurants.

NYC MUST DO: Shoe Obsession Exhibition

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) is hosting a fabulous exhibition that explores all about our culture’s growing obsession with shoes. Over the decades shoes have become more and more popular and are now an essential staple to most women outfits. As high heels popularity has risen, their prices and heights have as well. According to Glamour Magazine the average women in today’s society spends just about $25,000 in her lifetime on shoes. Also fashion shoes of the 21st century have an average height of 4 inches. (Remember, that’s just the average!) 

Shoe Obsession will feature about 150 examples of contemporary footwear including unique, extreme and classic styles that make shoes ever so special. Some of today’s hottest designers will be showcased such as: Azzedine Alaïa, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, and Prada. While these designers definitely push the limits one designer who really takes it to the next level is Japan’s Noritaka Tatehana. An example of Tatehana’s Lady Pointe shoes, a style worn by Lady Gaga in a recent television performance, will also be on display. This shoe is 18 inches tall! Can you imagine trying to walk in those? 

The exhibition will be accompanied by a book, also titled Shoe Obsession, published by Yale University Press. This book will not only feature essays by Steele and Hill, the book will feature more than 150 beautiful color photographs of exceptional 21st-century shoes. The cover is really gorgeous too, so it makes a perfect coffee table book. All profits from the book sales will benefit the Fashion Institute of Technology. 

After drooling over all of these gorgeous shoes go buy some for yourself! The museum is located in the heart of Chelsea, so feel free to check out the area’s best shops and grab a bite to eat at one of the many delicious restaurants Chelsea has to offer. 

The exhibition lasts until April 13th. Check MFIT’s website for more information on hours and directions.

Experience New Artists in Your City

The start of a new year is as good a time as any to introduce yourself to new hobbies and interests. New York City is one of the most creative and vibrant places on earth, and lends itself perfectly for anyone yearning to expose themselves to new and local based art. If you find yourself with said passion to surround yourself with more art, yet are an admitted newbie to the scene –organizations like New York based Victori Contemporary discover emerging artists from all mediums and exposes their talent to the “forefront of the art community.” Dialogue and interaction between the artist and the public is made simple when a forum for discovery is presented to those who’d otherwise be too intimidated. And with the recent celebration of The Armory Show’s 100 year anniversary along with the Fifth Annual Asia Week New York which celebrates and promotes the vast presence of Asian art in New York City;  there isn’t a more ideal time to divert your interests toward discovering art.

A few notable local artists who’s material is more than worthy of being the starting point for any art-beginner’s exploration include Brooklyn based Virginia Wagner. She’s one of the artists on Victori Contemporary’s scroll and has shown her work at the acclaimed SCOPE Miami, and was also featured in Elle’s Women in Art 2012 as part of artist Wangechi Mutu’s studio team. Wagner’s oil paintings are vivid and thought provoking pieces that often draw inspiration from storytelling, and her experience working as a scientific illustrator while traveling through the Amazon basin is evident in the mythical undertones many of her pieces portray.

Myles Bennett is another Brooklyn based contemporary artist via multiple mediums including painting, drawing, apparel, and sculptures. Bennet’s love affair with construction and “materiality” presents him with an interest in mixing and combining application tools and materials for an extremely detailed style of art. Pictured above is piece titled “In the Manner of Hanon” where the canvas is the actual medium he painted with, which demonstrates his craft of utilizing traditional materials in an untraditional way. He’s already experienced success while having select pieces shown at the prestigious Art Basel Open House by MAC Art Gallery. Recently, Bennett’s studio was chosen as a focus for one of MoMa PS1’s Studio Visits which is the museum’s web initiative to virtually showcase artists and their work across all 5 New York City boroughs. Bennett’s mixed-media and manipulated canvas pieces also proved to be show-stopping inclusions to Victori Contemporary’s exhibition at Miami’s hugely successful Art Wynwood 2013.  

Even more conducive to discovering new artists these days is the growing presence of virtual galleries like MoMA’s previously mentioned Studio Visits and Victori Contemporary’s seamless web portfolios. However neighborhood’s like Chelsea and the Lower East Side offer an immense amount of diverse resources like galleries and public spaces to hone in on your new found appreciation for the creative eye.

(Image Courtesy: Victori Contemporary)

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