year in review

Curbed’s 10 Most-Read Great Rooms in 2021

They included stories about a storefront church, a rock-star journalist, and an East Village studio.

Photo: Seth Caplan, Karyn Millet, Nick Glimenakis, Andy Ryan, Annie Schlechter
Photo: Seth Caplan, Karyn Millet, Nick Glimenakis, Andy Ryan, Annie Schlechter

Every week this year, Curbed’s design editor Wendy Goodman has invited you into some of the most stylish homes in the city. Not all of them are lavishly appointed or expensively (or professionally) decorated. What they all do is express the way some of the most interesting people living among us make their homes. Here are the ten you, her readers, engaged with the most this year.

This list is measured by total collective minutes of audience engagement for each of Wendy Goodman’s weekly columns. It’s just a small sample of the work Curbed puts out, alongside New York’s print edition and its other five digital sites — Intelligencerthe Cut, Vulture, Grub Street, and the Strategist — and a growing portfolio of newsletters. For more of all of it, be sure to sign up for Curbed’s daily newsletter (along with our stellar Listings Edit, a highly curated list of the best rental deals across New York City) and to subscribe.

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Darren Jett’s plant-friendly pandemic upgrade. “I wanted my new home to feel like my favorite hotel lobbies, bars, and escapes,” he says. Read the story 

Photo: Karyn Millet

Joe Lucas and David Heikka’s cozy West Village rental. “The beauty of the apartment is that it’s sort of like an extra showroom,” says Lucas. Read the story 

Photo: Kiritin Beyer

Virginie Sommet’s latest project, in Ocean Hill, with a spiral staircase that she designed herself. Read the story 

Photo: Nick Glimenakis

Attorney and influencer Cynthia Andrew and her husband teamed up with the Brownstone Boys on their first renovation. Read the story 

Photo: ©Andy Ryan

In summer, there’s a “Manhattanhenge quality of the light pouring into the garden and kitchen.” Read the story 

Photo: Annie Schlechter

Adrian Nivola had been “visiting enough houses that I felt my real-estate agent began to suspect me of wasting her time,” he says. But then, in Bed-Stuy, he found what he wanted. Read the story 

Photo: Skyler Smith

A worldly couple settles down in a Brooklyn place with “a bit of an English feel to it.” Read the story 

Photo: Evan Joseph

Gail Ann Lowe Maidman’s apartment is like nothing else on the Upper East Side. Read the story 

Photo: Annie Schlechter

In the Upper East Side apartment she has rented since 1976, even the sofa has an interesting backstory. Read the story 

Photo: Kelly Marshall

Cassandra Bromfield inherited the 894-square-foot Mitchell-Lama co-op in South Williamsburg from her mother and has made it her own. Read the story 

Curbed’s 10 Most-Read Great Rooms Stories in 2021