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Curbed’s 10 Most-Read ‘Great Rooms’ of 2022

They include a medieval triplex, his-and-hers apartments, and Wendy Goodman’s own apartment of 27 years.

Photo: Claire Esparros, Annie Schlechter, Chris Mottalini, Nicole Franzen
Photo: Claire Esparros, Annie Schlechter, Chris Mottalini, Nicole Franzen

Every week, New York design editor Wendy Goodman manages to make her way into some of the most astonishing homes in New York City. Below are the ones readers spent the most time with, including a building in the Village that really looks like a European monastery, an Upper East Side apartment that hasn’t been touched much at all since 1969, and her own rental she was forced to leave after (a glorious) 27 years.


The 17-Year Bed-Stuy Brownstone Renovation

Photo: Annie Schlechter

“Every piece of millwork and fireplace, every detail, was left intact,” recalls Rodney Lawrence of the Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone that he and his husband, Terry Sonterre, bought in 2005 and have been slowly renovating ever since. Read the story


From a Big Loft to a Bright-Blue Studio

Photo: Claire Esparros

Pam Sommers’s joyful tale of downsizing. And still with enough room for 1,000 books! Read the story


Medieval in Manhattan

Photo: Jason Schmidt

“I wanted to create a certain environment that was going to fit my collection of Renaissance and medieval work,” the artist Andres Serrano says, of his triplex in a former industrial building in Greenwich Village. It brings to mind churches and monasteries in Europe, but it’s his home. Read the story


Proustian and Epicurean

Photo: Annie Schlechter

Ariane Ruskin Batterberry and her late husband, Michael, founders of Food & Wine, moved into this apartment in 1969. Read the story


At Home With His Father’s Loom

Photo: Annie Schlechter

Kore Yoors, the son of the artist Jan Yoors, grew up in Greenwich Village, where he tends to the family legacy. Read the story


A Debonair Reinvention of a Bohemian East Village Co-op

Photo: Nicole Franzen

“Why not really test the relationship with a two-year gut reno during a pandemic?” Matt Hackett recalls not at all thinking when he and his boyfriend, Archie Archambault, decided to buy this broken-down century-old East Village apartment the summer of 2019. The renovation took a while, but the results were worth it. Read the story


Todd Oldham’s Place in the Poconos

Photo: Todd Oldham

Todd Oldham calls this home that he and his partner (in business and in life), Tony Longoria, purchased in the Poconos in 1997 “very strange.” It was “a blank slate,” Oldham adds, “so I went to town.” It’s a patchwork of new and old ideas … and it’ll never be finished. Read the story


The Day I Moved Out

Photo: Annie Schlechter

How do you decide what to bring with you after 27 years in the perfect apartment? Read the story


More or Less

Photo: Chris Mottalini

After years of marriage, Dorothy and Stephen Globus grew apart aesthetically. So they built his and hers apartments, side by side. Read the story


Staying Put for 60 Years

Photo: Annie Schlechter

Andrew Alpern bought his one-bedroom Chelsea apartment in 1962 with no intention to ever leave. And he hasn’t. Read the story

Curbed’s 10 Most-Read ‘Great Rooms’ Stories in 2022