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Happy Chanukah
2007-12-04 23:32:00
A holiday for us to rejoice in all the good we have with family and friends and rededicate ourselves to help one another and enjoy each and every day of our lives.Wishing everyone an enjoyable Chanukah celebration!Manhattan Real Estate Blog - nyc BLOG estate
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Christmas Tree at Lincoln Center
2007-12-02 11:54:00
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Happy Thanksgiving!
2007-11-22 19:08:00
photo: CPW The Museum of Natural History and The BeresfordCentral Park West 10:45 a.m. Thanksgiving Day - 76 degrees in NYC - Streets already immaculately cleaned after The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade passed by.Manhattan Real Estate Blog - nyc BLOG estate
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Happy Thanksgiving Eve!
2007-11-22 03:28:00
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade ballons on the ground on West 81st Street and Central Park West. They're ready to take off tomorrow morning down Central Park West around Columbus Circle down Broadway to Macy's on 34th Street.Happy Thanksgiving!Manhattan Real Estate Blog - nyc BLOG estate
Tis The Season!
2007-11-20 14:20:00
Manhattan is particularly beautiful this time of year.During the next few weeks I will be posting photographs taken from around the city.Tomorrow look for the balloons from The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.Blowing up the balloons the night before Thanksgiving is an Upper West Side tradition. Always crowded and a fun evening for Bryant Park Manhattan Real Estate Blog - nyc BLOG estate
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$38 Billion in Wall Street Bonuses for 2007
2007-11-20 01:26:00
Despite all the gloomy headlines and serious fallout from the sub-prime mortgage business, according to Bloomberg News Wall Street bonuses are estimated to be $38 billion, even greater than last year.Many shareholders have lost money this year, but the increase bonus pool comes from fees from M&A and underwriting IPO's despite the losses from subprime mortgages.The average $201,500 bonus on Wall Street is more than four times the $48,201 median household income in the U.S. last year, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.What does Wall Street Bonuses do fro New York real estate? If history repeats itself like it always does Wall Street bonuses fuel Manhattan real estate.If you are a buyer on the fence, act now before you are competing with all the bonus money after the 1st of the year.If you are holding off listing (selling) your apartment, get ready for January. The sky hasn’t fallen and the winter/spring market should take off again. Whether you're trading up, ready f...
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Tis the Season!
2007-11-15 16:26:00
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NYC's First-Ever Green School in Battery Park City
2007-11-14 15:10:00
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Eliot Spitzer broke ground on a new environmentally-friendly school in Lower Manhattan today. The 950-seat school will be built on the last available plot of land in Battery Park City .The school, which will be located at 55 Battery Place, will be fully air-conditioned and have 40 classrooms, including 10 for special education students; a kitchen and cafeteria; medical suite; auditorium; library; wireless Internet access; art, science, and music rooms; a 5,400-square-foot gymnasium, and a 1,500-square-foot exercise room with rooftop educational and recreational spaces.Construction is expected to begin in June 2008, and expected to be completed by September 2010. The new school is being designed by Dattner Architects.“Over the past six years, this community's population has grown by some 20,000 people and more than 10,000 new units of housing have been opened or are under construction down here. And not surprisingly, the school-age population in...
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Tips to Help Pass a Coop Board Interview
2007-11-07 23:55:00
Here are some tips to help pass a coop board interview:Being called for an interview is a good sign it means you look good on paper. Be on time, dress appropriate for the building and neighborhood. Conservative is best. Bring a copy of the board package with you. Be familiar with all your financials and everything in the board package. Coop boards are stricter than banks, don't assume because you have a commitment from a bank you will satisfy the coops financial requirements. Be able to substantiate questions about your package. More is less do not elaborate and ask questions, an innocent question might offend a board member. It is better to have a short interview than a long one.Do not go into details about elaborate and costly renovations.If the apartment has outdoor space do not discuss barbequing, it is illegal and smells.Do not ask questions or bring up sublet policy or pet policy uless the board brings it up.It is not a job interview, you don't have to try and sell yourself....
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Happy Halloween!
2007-10-31 12:39:00
At 2:15 today we will get either a trick or treat from the Federal Reserve. Another rate reduction to offset the national turbulence in the housing and credit markets will certainly be a treat.Halloween in Manhattan: THE NEW MEL BROOKS BROADWAY MUSICAL YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN:Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein is the hot ticket on Broadway this fall. The production stars Roger Bart (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein), Megan Mullally (Elizabeth), Sutton Foster (Inga), Shuler Hensley (The Monster), Fred Applegate (Kemp) and Christopher Fitzgerald (Igor).If you can get a ticket, it's great way to celebrate Halloween! The new musical Young Frankenstein is at The Hilton Theatre on 42nd Street.If you're lucky enough to get tickets here you will enjoy it. I saw it last week in previews - It is Fabulous!Based on the hit 1974 film the show's score includes "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and the unforgettable treatment of Irving Berlin's "Putting On the Ritz."GREENWICH VILLAGE HALOWEEN ...
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Hotel Des Artistes - 1 West 67th Street
2007-10-29 13:55:00
Originally built to house painters and sculptors, this beautiful 1918 building - with studios that feature double-height windows and wonderful light - quickly began to draw artistic residents from other fields.In 1922 Rudolph Valentino America's hottest movie star at the time rented a bachelor pad at Des Artis tes, even though he was married to his second wife, Natasha Rambova at the time. Actually he was still married to his first wife, Jean Acker because his divorce in California would not be final until the following year.Valentino was charged with bigamy in California. Fed up with Hollywood's provincialism, Valentino and Natasha escaped to New York. Not wanting any more trouble from the authorities Valentino moved into des Artistes alone. Natasha resided with an aunt who lived on the same west 67th street block.Besides Valentino, des Artistes famous former and current residents included artist Norman Rockwell, playwright Noel Coward and former NYC mayor John Lindsay.On the grou...
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Hillary's 60th Birthday at The Beacon Theatre
2007-10-26 06:35:00
While former NYC Mayor and new Red Sox fan Rudy Giuliani is getting Bronx cheers all the way to Brooklyn along with tabloid headlines: "TRAITOR" Daily News "RED COAT" NY Post...Hillary Clinton celebrated her 60th Birthday to a packed house at the Landmark Beacon Thea tre on Manhattan's Upper West Side.The celebration was hosted by Billy Crystal with entertainment by the Wallflowers and Elvis Costello. Bill and Chelsea Clinton Celebrated Hillary's birthday on stage. Jakob Dylan of the Wallflowers is the youngest son of Bob Dylan. Happy Birthday Mrs. President!Manhattan Real Estate Blog - nyc BLOG estate
The 505 West. 47th St. - Hells Kitchen
2007-10-22 13:05:00
New Construction in Hells Kitchen :Sales are expected to begin soon at the new 109 unit luxury condominium developed by the Lev group.The 505 is a collection of 26 studios, 59 one-bedrooms, 12 two-bedrooms, and 12 penthouses in the heart of Hell's Kitchen. Half the units feature terraces, balconies or private roof terraces.Prices range from only $399,000 for studios to $1.1 - $1.4 million for penthouses with roof terraces.For more information or to receive listings of Manhattan new developments click here.Manhattan Real Estate Blog - nyc BLOG estate
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Blog Action Day - Green NYC
2007-10-15 15:59:00
If you're thinking about easy ways to be green, here are some simple ideas that can actually save you money and help save the environment.Green suggests the following: Recycle according to your building's guidelines. Unplug "ghost appliances such as VCR or a coffee maker when you're not using them. Believe it or not, left plugged, these appliances take up energy. You'll actually save on your electric bill. And when buying appliances, look for the "Energy Star" label. Most notably, Con Ed offers green power to find out more, go to: owerMain.htm They are offering a $25 rebate to sign up with this eco-friendly alternative. And finally, take mass transit whenever possible.For the ultra "green" enthusiastic, has a downloadable map with information about organic dining, where to buy recycled or organic items such as linens and transportation choices around New York. For instance, it mentions OZOcar which...
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the VISIONAIRE: Green luxury living in BPC
2007-10-14 13:23:00
Sales are currently underway at The Visionaire a new luxury Green Condominium designed by Rafael Pelli on the Battery Park City waterfront.The 35-story, 251-unit project, which is aiming for Platinum LEED certification, takes a bold step toward closing the gap between commercial and residential green design and builds upon the development/design team's other two Battery Park City green-breaking developments, The Solaire, the first high-rise residential project to be awarded LEED certification in the nation, and The Verdesian, which opened last year and is applying for Platinum LEED certification.Photovoltaic panels in the facade harvest solar power to generate a portion of the building's electric load. The curtain wall was designed to highlight the river views. Even at the corners of each unit the view is unobstructed.The Visionaire is another development by the Albanese Organization. Albanese has also developed The Solaire and The Verdesian in Battery Park City. The Visionaire wi...
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531 West End Avenue - New Condo Development
2007-10-11 15:08:00
A 21 story condo high rise is planned for the site at the south west corner of West End Avenue and West 86th Street.4 small buildings that occupied the site: 537 West End Avenue; 535 West End Avenue; 533 West End Avenue and 300 West 86th Street were purchased and demolished by Extell Corporation (Ariel, Avery, Rushmore, Orion)The site is zoned for a 21 story building. According to my sources a 65 unit 21 story condo is to be constructed at the site. The adjacent buildings are 14 and 15 storys.Diagonally across the street at the North east corner of West End and 86th Street, The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew had tried for many years to have their Landmark status overturned by claiming hardship so they could raze the church and build a high rise that would give the tax-exempt church a multi-million dollar real estate win fall.The church turned down $6 million in air rights from the developer of The Boulevard at 2373 Broadway back in 1988. $6 million wasn't enough for their "missi...
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Manhattan Market Report - 3Q-2007
2007-10-05 16:27:00
It might be Fall in Manhattan but neither temperatures or home prices are falling here. It's 85% today and the third quarter of 2007 was HOT! too.So far Fall traditionally a slow period is HOT! as well. We are still seeing crowded Open Houses, bidding wars, low inventory and lots of activity.Major NYC brokerage firms reported third quarter 2007 sales reports this week. On average buyers paid the highest prices ever for real estate in Manhattan during, July, August and September of 2007.The average price for a Manhattan apartment in 3Q-07 was $1,370,000 an icrease of 6.3% from 3Q-06Apartment inventory declined by almost 1/3. 5,204 3Q-07 from 7,623 in 3Q-06Prices rose in every type of apartment in most Manhattan neighborhoodsUpper East Side apartments with 4 bedrooms + - average price $6.6 million (17% increase from 3Q-06)Upper West Side apartments with 4 bedrooms + - average $4.5 million (46% increase from 3Q-06)Sales that closed in July, August and September were in contract in the...
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FORTE - Artfully designed homes in the BAM Cultural District
2007-10-04 14:28:00
for-te: a strong point; a loud musical note.The inspiration for the name "Forte Condominiums" was derived from the building's strong architectural presence and the musical tone set by its neighborhood, the BAM Cultural District .FORTE CONDOMINIUMS located at 230 Ashland Place at Fulton Street in Brooklyn will be ready for occupancy before the New Year.Designed by acclaimed architectural firm FXFOWLE, Forte is a residential compliment to the BAM Cultural District. The artfully designed tower, formed of streamlined ribbons of glass, ascends 30 soaring stories with 108 luxury condos.Rising gracefully above its neighbors, many of the building's apartments offer breathtaking, panoramic views of Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn.Forte offers residents private living, with no more than four homes per floor. Homeowners will experience an array of luxuries and amenities from hardwood floors to the expansive, windows designed to maximize magnificent wide open views. Building amenities include ...
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Sky House -11 E. 29th - Madison Square Park North
2007-10-03 01:35:00
Sales are underway at Sky House a new 139 unit luxury condominium being constructed at 11 East 29th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue.A Clarett Group project designed by acclaimed architect Bruce Fowle of FXFOWLE, Sky House is a handsome new sleek residential tower in Madison Square Park North near the Flatiron district.One of Manhattan's tallest new buildings soaring a remarkable 55 stories, all of Sky House's luxury one, two and three bedroom condominiums feature sensational views andsophisticated interior appointments.Most of the apartments will have stunning open city, East and Hudson river views or overlook the adjacent Church and gardens of The Church of the Transfiguration.Building occupancy is anticipated for late 2007/early 2008. Current available condo homes for sale start at:1 Bedroom Homes From $1,012,0002 Bedroom 2 Bath Homes From $1,570,0002 Bedroom 2.5 Bath Homes From $1,800,000Contact me for showings or to have listings emailed from Sky House or any othe...
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200 West End Avenue - New Development
2007-10-01 14:57:00
200 West End Avenue , a 29-story, 191-unit luxury condominium designed by Costas Kondylis & Partners, is currently under construction at West End Avenue between West 69th and 70th Street in the Lincoln Square neigborhood on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.This project will feature amenity spaces designed by Celerie Kemble. Building features include: Hotel-Style Concierge Services provided by Abigail Michaels, On-Site Valet Parking, A Peter Sis Designed Children's Playroom; Wine Tasting Room; Resident's Lounge a Roof Deck and Private Storage.Current available condo apartments for sale start at:637 square foot studio from: $780,000788 square foot One Bedroom from $910,000992 s.f. Jr. 4 with 1.5 Baths from $1,275,0001313 s.f. Two Bedroom, 2 Bath from $1,750,0001404 s.f. Two Bedroom 2.5 Bath from $1,945,0002590 s.f. Three bedroom 2.5 Bath from $3,950,0002830 s.f. Four Bedroom 3.5 Bath from $4,595,000Building occupancy is expected for early 2008. The Clarett Group is the developer.Con...
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"Say No to DRUGS" store chains
2007-09-29 14:50:00
Where have all the little ethnic restaurants, produce markets, take -out and bagel shops gone?They've been forced out of business to make room for the higher paying retail tenants the drugstore chains and banks.Duane Reade, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens have become the new face of Manhattan and it's not a pretty face.A new Walgreens is coming to the Upper West Side on Broadway between 87th and 88th Street. There already is a Duane Reade at 89th and a CVS on Amsterdam between 86th and 87th Street. There are Duane Reade's on both sides of Broadway at practically every other block.We no longer have drug dealers on the streets now we have drug store chains on every street.I buy paper towels and windex and aspirin even need prescriptions sometimes just like the next person - Every neigborhood should have a drug store. But how many stores selling the same junk does a neighborhood need or can tolerate?Does every block need one? Do we need new zoning laws restricting the number of mega dru...
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Twenty9th Park Madison - New Development
2007-09-28 15:15:00
Sales are underway at the new luxury condo in Murray Hill. The building will be completed in late 2008.Situated between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue South, Twenty 9th Park Madison will consist of 142 units with apartments ranging from mid $600K for a studio to $4M+ three bedroom residences.The shimmering glass exterior of the 34-story building will sit atop a dazzling double-height, cubed-glass entrance, creating a dramatic illuminating effect as cascading sunlight and moonlight stream through.Amenities at Twenty 9th Park Madison include an underground parking garage, awe-inspiring views of The Empire State Building and the city skyline, state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga room, 24-hour concierge, refrigerated storage, an espresso bar in the lobby and a roof deck lounge complete with barbeques and plush seating among an oasis of greenery.To receive listings of new developments by email click here.Manhattan Real Estate Blog - nyc BLOG estate
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"Closing Costs" A real Manhattan real estate novel
2007-09-21 18:23:00
Last year at one of our weekly sales meetings we had a special guest Seth Margolis who gave a reading from his latest novel "Closing Costs "."Closing Costs" is a novel about today's Manhattan real estate market through the rise and fall of the character's fortunes. Real estate turns out to be their only real asset."Closing Costs" recently came out in paperback by St. Martins Press. In the current issue of The Real Deal Linden Lim gives "Closing Costs" a rave review and reports that the novel has generated interest with filmakers. I can't wait for the movie.Margolis, a long-time Manhattanite is married to an agent in my office Carole Zelner. The lead character Lucinda Wells, one of Manhatttan's most successful and ruthless agents is not based on his wife Carole. Although Carole is a successful agent, she is way too nice to be ruthless. Besides Carole was not even in real estate when Seth began writing the novel.One of the characters Peggy Gimmel decides to sell her classic seven a...
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The Manhattan Club -200 West 56th Street
2007-09-20 02:11:00
The Manhattan Club - Penthouse Suites - Time Share - CondominiumThe Manhattan Clubs Convenient Midtown Location Gives You Easy Access To Central Park, The Theater District, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Museums, Fine Dining, And World Famous Shopping. The Full Time Concierge Staff Is At Your Service, Whenever The Need Arises. Imagine your own elegant One bedroom Two bath suite right in the heart of New York City just for those times you want to be in Manhattan.An affordable way to own luxury in Manhattan. Own a share in the The Manhattan Club.A unique Concept For Individuals Who Travel To New York For Business And Leisure.From The Moment You Step Into The Lobby You Will Feel Right At Home. With A Combination Of Elegance, Service and Convenience. Spacious Luxury Suites, Private Lounge, Fitness Center, Meeting Rooms, Concierge Service, Valet Parking. Everything For You. In The Center Of Manhattan, Its Easy To Get To Anywhere. A Great Idea In Manhattan. Now There Is A Way To Afford A ...
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5 East 44th Street - New pre-war Conversion
2007-09-18 14:30:00
New prewar conversion in midtown Manhattan is Number 5...Located at 5 East 44th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, Number 5 is the latest residential masterpiece in the Philip Johnson-Alan Ritchie Architects design collection.From the white metal clad facade to the luxurious boutique lobby, this new condominium is a modern sculpture amidst the historic landmarks of midtown Manhattan. State-of-the-art dramatic bulthaup kitchens feature the latest high-end appliances while the luxurious bathrooms create a serene spa experience. Number 5 is the first residential project in Manhattan to feature the Toto Neorest toilet in every apartment. Many of the larger apartments have private balconies and terraces. High ceilings, full-time doorman, 421-a tax abatement, and expected occupancy mid-summer 2008. Each apartment will receive a complimentary 1-year membership to Quintessentially, the elite international concierge service, and Ligne Roset will offer their design services for furnitu...
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National September 11 Memorial and Museum
2007-09-11 22:10:00
Last week I wrote a post Here is NewYork Remembering 9/11/01 about an exhibit at The New York Historical Society beginning today that commemorates the sixth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.I received a comment from Greg Peverill-Conti and Weber Shandwick thanking me for the post. They are working with the National September 11 Memorial and Museum . National September 11 Memorial & Museum will build, program, own and operate the Memorial & Museum at Ground Zero that have been planned by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC), a city-state entity established after 9/11 to guide the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan. Check out their website to find out about the Memorial and Museum and how you can help and get involved in building a National Tribute.Manhattan Real Estate Blog - nyc BLOG estate
Apartment Room Count
2007-09-09 09:03:00
I read The New York Post's Saturday real estate section and their real estate blog online. I get it by email. Nobody does gossip better than The Post. They often write about mistakes they find in the paper of record (The NY Times) and the other NY tabloid The Daily News.Since I am a Manhattan real estate broker I certainly know how to count rooms in an apartment. Now that I have a blog I can write about mistakes in the media too.Jane Reilly Mount wrote in the NY Post's real estate section that a "classic six" apartment only has five rooms and reported that only the "classics" count the kitchen in the total count of rooms and other apartments do not."Why is a "classic six" called that when it’s only five rooms? Shouldn’t it be a"classic five?" Oh clever mathematician ... right you are. "Classic six" isa term defining the type of layout often found in prewar buildings of thefancier sort common on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side. To qualify forthe moniker, the apartment m...
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Manhattan Coop Financing Allowed
2007-09-08 23:16:00
In Today's NY Post an article titled The 25 Percent Solution By Jane Reilly Mount reports about a coop in the meat packing district. The author is a shareholder, the board raised the required down payment from 15% to 25%.The author reports that real estate agents living in the building are opposed to the 25% and would prefer 20%. The pros and cons discussed were:Pro: higher-percent down payment from new buyers protects current residents now and in the future.Con: hurts those residents looking to sell now by narrowing the pool of potential buyers. An increase in the amount required for a down payment does not bring any additional revenue to the coop. The down payment goes to the seller. The coop and shareholders benefit by having more qualified buyers that most likely can afford financial emergencies. Every coop has different financial needs. Some coops would rather have a buyer with a large mortgage and liquid assets than an ALL CASH buyer that is using up all their assets to buy t...
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Here Is New York: Remembering 9/11/01
2007-09-06 15:23:00

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West Village - New Construction - 166 Perry Street
2007-08-29 00:17:00
A new 24 unit residential condominium is being constructed at 166 Perry Street in the West Village .Apartment prices at 166 Perry Street range from an 1,126 square foot one bedroom, one-and-a-half bath starting at $1,195,000 to $11,500,000 for a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath duplex penthouse with two fireplaces, 3,415 square feet of interior space, and 1,225 square feet of terraces including a 109-square-foot lap pool.The 8-story building at 166 Perry Street will have a setback at the 6th floor and the glass cornice drops down two stories at the building's east and west sides. All apartments are corner apartments. The building has a fitness center, 24-hour doorman and concierge services, private storage facilities, and room service and pantry stocking services provided by Jean-George Vongerichten's Perry Street restaurant. The buildings glass facade will have cascading, alternately angled windows and its street entrance features perforated metal scrim and mechanized single-p...
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