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(Gothamist)   Some people call this a garage door, but if you're from the uber hip East Village in NYC it's called a retractable facade   (gothamist.com) divider line 62
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2014-03-22 11:58:05 AM  
Oh, la de da, Mr. Frenchman.

It's a moveable car hole cover.
 
2014-03-22 02:00:16 PM  
While it seems cool, the reality is that the bugs getting into my house would annoy the shiat out of me
 
2014-03-22 02:08:01 PM  
FTA "On second thought, fark these people."

Bitter?
 
2014-03-22 02:22:41 PM  
If you're tired of living in a shipping container.
 
2014-03-22 02:24:05 PM  
I love those doors.
 
2014-03-22 02:24:11 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: FTA "On second thought, fark these people."

Bitter?


I don't know, I agree with "fark those people" since the external of the door is a fake brick facade. They don't seem to want to be honest with the fact that it's a door and not a wall.
 
2014-03-22 02:28:23 PM  
The problem is not when the door is open, but when the door is closed. Garage doors aren't walls.
 
2014-03-22 02:28:40 PM  
I really, genuinely can't tell whether the author is being sarcastic or not.

I mean, I would assume sarcasm from anyone possessing even basic common knowledge... I mean, the floor isn't even finished, just sealed, the wiring isn't even internal for half the primary lighting, and that is literally a garage door from home depot (plus the open area is street-facing, which traditionally is a big  minus on real estate).

... but I genuinely can't give the hipster types credit for basic common knowledge anymore, they've demonstrated stupidity exceeding that standard one too many times.  Dude could be entirely for srs.
 
2014-03-22 02:30:27 PM  
What next, a stargate in the bathroom?
farm6.staticflickr.com
 
2014-03-22 02:32:39 PM  
1.2 million -  I'm in.
Time for a contractors permit
 
2014-03-22 02:32:46 PM  
I really hope that they insulated the shiat out of that and made sure that it was fit really tight; or they're gonna freeze their first winter. I guarantee that little addition is where most of their warm or cold air escapes. They didn't even get a think garage door. They got a transparent one.
 
GBB
2014-03-22 02:33:56 PM  
Wait until someone falls out of the building.
 
2014-03-22 02:43:47 PM  

iheartscotch: I really hope that they insulated the shiat out of that and made sure that it was fit really tight; or they're gonna freeze their first winter. I guarantee that little addition is where most of their warm or cold air escapes. They didn't even get a think garage door. They got a transparent one.


The fit of that kind of door is never tight.  They're going to freeze their first winter, if the rattling and banging from the wind doesn't drive them away first.
 
2014-03-22 02:44:20 PM  
Drafty. FAIL
 
2014-03-22 02:44:28 PM  
Now it needs a floor to ceiling screen on a retractable spool that automatically goes across to keep out the bugs and flying beer bottles.

/better have good weatherproofing, NYC winters can be pretty shiatty
 
2014-03-22 02:44:58 PM  
I find subby's lack of umlaut savvy ever so gauche.
 
2014-03-22 02:46:43 PM  

Jim_Callahan: I really, genuinely can't tell whether the author is being sarcastic or not.

I mean, I would assume sarcasm from anyone possessing even basic common knowledge... I mean, the floor isn't even finished, just sealed, the wiring isn't even internal for half the primary lighting, and that is literally a garage door from home depot (plus the open area is street-facing, which traditionally is a big  minus on real estate).

... but I genuinely can't give the hipster types credit for basic common knowledge anymore, they've demonstrated stupidity exceeding that standard one too many times.  Dude could be entirely for srs.


It's a dining room table in a garage.
 
2014-03-22 02:48:49 PM  
New York gets winter.
 
2014-03-22 02:51:11 PM  
Does it use a standard garage door remote?

If you could get a remote that opens it, just stand outside in a winter no'reaster, around 1AM, and open the door.
 
2014-03-22 02:54:04 PM  
A gold-mine just waiting to be tapped.

www.whytesstorage.com
 
2014-03-22 02:57:44 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: InterruptingQuirk: FTA "On second thought, fark these people."

Bitter?

I don't know, I agree with "fark those people" since the external of the door is a fake brick facade. They don't seem to want to be honest with the fact that it's a door and not a wall.


I doubt the local are planning commission would have allowed the outside of that 2nd floor to look like a garage door. Besides, being a good neighbor and aesthetic is important in any design choices.

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Also, I don't imagine that a $2.1 million dollar apartment with $1500/month of maintenance fees and $1100/month of property taxes is using your average Home Depot gaskets to seal the edges of that wall/door or your basic blow-in fiberglass for insulation. I've seen batting with a thickness of 1" have an R value of 32. It doesn't take much in today's world of advanced products.
 
2014-03-22 02:58:19 PM  
*area
 
2014-03-22 03:00:41 PM  

piltdown: A gold-mine just waiting to be tapped.

[www.whytesstorage.com image 634x250]


These are offices.
 
2014-03-22 03:08:13 PM  
14th between 2nd & 3rd avenues?  Directly in front of the bus stop?  That is one hell of a busy location.  I wouldn't want an apartment facing the street at that spot.  Never mind one on the 2nd floor with a retractable façade!
 
2014-03-22 03:08:47 PM  
I'd rather have french doors leading out to a balcony but I'm not that hip.
 
2014-03-22 03:10:24 PM  
I'm thinking the doors are useful in warm climates.  They're not for McMurdo Station.

And if it gets truly cold, you can put insulation panels over the door.
 
2014-03-22 03:19:11 PM  
InterruptingQuirk:
Also, I don't imagine that a $2.1 million dollar apartment with $1500/month of maintenance fees and $1100/month of property taxes is using your average Home Depot gaskets to seal the edges of that wall/door or your basic blow-in fiberglass for insulation. I've seen batting with a thickness of 1" have an R value of 32. It doesn't take much in today's world of advanced products.

Doesn't matter.  The seal is a sliding fit and the door mechanism has to have play in it by design. You can't make the door a tight fit because of that play, and you can't have a very good seal because of friction against that seal - if it was tight enough, it would be extremely difficult to open and close the door.

All the insulation in the world won't help if you can see light around the sides and top of the door.  Which you will, by design.  There are styles of garage door that can be sealed effectively and this is not one of them.
 
2014-03-22 03:27:03 PM  
Very disappointed I thought it would be something cool like that bay window San Francisco garage.

www.woohome.com

Now that is a retractable facade.
 
2014-03-22 03:38:45 PM  

Shakespeare's Monkey: What next, a stargate in the bathroom?


If that can be made into a shower that sprays all the way around, then I want it!
 
2014-03-22 03:38:53 PM  

Shakespeare's Monkey: What next, a stargate in the bathroom?
[farm6.staticflickr.com image 258x133]


Well, that's one way to solve the problem of lingering poop smell fast flushing and fans can't instantly dispel. Just stick your ass out and shiat on another planet!
 
2014-03-22 03:38:53 PM  
How could a teenager not walk past there and think what a great place for an egging. I mean you could throw an egg at any house , but this one is uber special . Throwing eggs right into a house . How could anybody pass an  oppertunity like that up ?
 
2014-03-22 03:46:04 PM  
RY28

How could a teenager not walk past there and think what a great place for an egging. I mean you could throw an egg at any house , but this one is uber special . Throwing eggs right into a house . How could anybody pass an oppertunity like that up ?

You keep misspelling "Molotov cocktail".
 
2014-03-22 03:46:10 PM  

Joe Peanut: 14th between 2nd & 3rd avenues?  Directly in front of the bus stop?  That is one hell of a busy location.  I wouldn't want an apartment facing the street at that spot.  Never mind one on the 2nd floor with a retractable façade!


This is what I like about working with Manhattanities, I can't fit my junk in my garage. Can't fit a car in my two-car garage but I'm not living in that kind of space. Most of the people I work with do.

An acre of land is plenty of space to hang my junk. If you know want I mean.
 
2014-03-22 03:52:22 PM  

ambercat: Shakespeare's Monkey: What next, a stargate in the bathroom?
[farm6.staticflickr.com image 258x133]

Well, that's one way to solve the problem of lingering poop smell fast flushing and fans can't instantly dispel. Just stick your ass out and shiat on another planet!


Make sure it's a Goa'uld planet.
 
2014-03-22 03:53:25 PM  

fickle floridian: The problem is not when the door is open, but when the door is closed. Garage doors aren't walls.


Absolutely, and in the winter those things aren't insulated for shiat and they get drafty as all hell. $2.1 million for a garage door - only in NYC!

/why anyone would want to live there by choice is beyond me
 
2014-03-22 04:01:06 PM  
I have a 12' slider that opens onto about a 1.5 acre natural yard.    Can't see or hear a single neighbor?  Didn't cost $M either.
 
2014-03-22 04:08:18 PM  

germ78: fickle floridian: The problem is not when the door is open, but when the door is closed. Garage doors aren't walls.

Absolutely, and in the winter those things aren't insulated for shiat and they get drafty as all hell. $2.1 million for a garage door - only in NYC!

/why anyone would want to live there by choice is beyond me


In my mind the 2.1mill. includes the apartment in New York.

I guess 2.1mill is kinda standard for New York.

But, assuming you want to live in New York, this is going to suck in the winter as everyone has pointed out. But what about the summer when it gets hot and humid, how would you install an air conditioner? Just having your carhole door open 24/7 doesn't seem optimal, especially at night.
 
2014-03-22 04:11:15 PM  
 
2014-03-22 04:13:55 PM  

EvilEgg: While it seems cool, the reality is that the bugs getting into my house would annoy the shiat out of me


Active laser system across the opening should take care of flies and mosquitos. The problem is sparrows and hawks.
 
TWX
2014-03-22 04:16:19 PM  
I live in a place where it's very common to open a room to the outdoors for a good chunk of the year. Door and window companies have all kinds of products to do this, often with large horizontally-folding vertical panel sections that are easy to move and can even be automated. They also actually seal up when closed.

The only places with garage doors to non-garages are part of a frozen yogurt chain that wants the industrial look for the stores- for all I know their first location was a closed-down full-service gas station. I suspect that this apartment actually is just a converted garage, and by not changing the door there's some permitting or tax relief associated with the renovation.

It saddens me when there are numerous ways to do it right and someone does it wrong.
 
2014-03-22 04:33:19 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Oh, la de da, Mr. Frenchman.

It's a moveable car hole cover.


Done in one.
 
2014-03-22 04:33:32 PM  

TWX: I suspect that this apartment actually is just a converted garage, and by not changing the door there's some permitting or tax relief associated with the renovation.


I can't quite put my finger on why, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it isn't.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-22 04:41:02 PM  
RoyBatty

EvilEgg: While it seems cool, the reality is that the bugs getting into my house would annoy the shiat out of me

Active laser system across the opening should take care of flies and mosquitos.

The problem is sparrows and hawks.


Nothing bigger lasers and heavier hexapod mounts can't fix.
 
2014-03-22 04:44:09 PM  
That's awful.  who wants to open up the entire wall of the house?  Birds and squirrels and various wildlife will be able to get in.  Not to mention how easy it will be to break in - even being on the second level.  when that thing is open, there is no privacy at all.  if i owned that place, i'd have that thing open about 00.01% of the time.
 
2014-03-22 04:54:28 PM  

studebaker hoch: RoyBatty

EvilEgg: While it seems cool, the reality is that the bugs getting into my house would annoy the shiat out of me

Active laser system across the opening should take care of flies and mosquitos.

The problem is sparrows and hawks.

Nothing bigger lasers and heavier hexapod mounts can't fix.


Good point, but I am a bit worried about flaming warblers crashing behind the sofa. Or the wrath of the occasional singed pussy.
 
2014-03-22 04:56:37 PM  

TWX: I suspect that this apartment actually is just a converted garage, and by not changing the door there's some permitting or tax relief associated with the renovation.


Really? Because, to me at least, it appears to open up to a stairwell. Maybe it was specifically built for stair-climbing Minis?
 
TWX
2014-03-22 05:02:15 PM  

iron de havilland: TWX: I suspect that this apartment actually is just a converted garage, and by not changing the door there's some permitting or tax relief associated with the renovation.

I can't quite put my finger on why, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it isn't.

[i.imgur.com image 640x470]


belhade: TWX: I suspect that this apartment actually is just a converted garage, and by not changing the door there's some permitting or tax relief associated with the renovation.

Really? Because, to me at least, it appears to open up to a stairwell. Maybe it was specifically built for stair-climbing Minis?


Ah. Outdoor pictures do help, the ones I found were all inside shots and it looked like it was at ground level.

This is friggin' stupid.
 
2014-03-22 06:50:31 PM  
It is not a roll up type garage door. its an Up and over type that really does move as an entire wall on a cantalever.

I'm sure the architect gave more consideration to the over all thing than a lot of y'all are giving them credit for.

Even roll up doors can be effectivly insulated. The brewery I work for is climate controlled and has four, HUGE insulated and sealed roll up bay doors.
 
2014-03-22 07:18:30 PM  
Cute, but this is on 14th Street which is a heavy traffic cross-street, not some pretty tree-lined side street in the village. I wouldn't want to open a window onto 14th street, let alone an entire wall.
 
2014-03-22 07:20:18 PM  
Also, I don't imagine that a $2.1 million dollar apartment with $1500/month of maintenance fees and $1100/month of property taxes is using your average Home Depot gaskets to seal the edges of that wall/door or your basic blow-in fiberglass for insulation. I've seen batting with a thickness of 1" have an R value of 32. It doesn't take much in today's world of advanced products.

R-32 per inch? Maybe in a vacuum insulated panel.  Otherwise, umm, no.  Best you'll do with super-expensive high-tech insulation is aerogel at about R-10 per inch.
 
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