manhattan: How to Buy in a New Development in NYC in 2015 - 02/23/15 11:03 AM
  It may be cold out now but Spring 2015 is right arounrd the corner. Looking forward to a brand new start? There is nothing better than a brand new home. Be the very first to live in your home and enjoy brand new infrastructure throughout.

Once both parties have signed the Purchase Agreement and the Sponsor receives a deposit, the residence is considered "in contract."
A Sponsor can only send out one contract per unit at a time for a New Development deal. 

This can be to your advantage to get a contract out on a property you … (0 comments)

manhattan: George Washington's Manhattan Headquarters - 02/16/15 05:32 AM
Washington Heights is Manhattan's highest natural point (265 feet, in Bennett Park)
Manhattan's oldest house the Morris-Jumel mansion built in 1765 served as General Washington’s headquarters during the Battle of Harlem Heights in 1776 still stands at 160th Street, Manhattan's second highest point.

(Photo credit: Library of Congress Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection)
Its distinctive style was very advanced for its time. The land on which it sits, "Mount Morris," commanded views of downtown Manhattan as well as of New Jersey and Westchester.
During the decade before the Revolutionary War, the Georgian house, with its monumental portico and octagonal drawing room, was … (21 comments)

manhattan: Manhattan Market Report | Third Quarter 2014 - 01/16/15 07:54 AM
Manhattan Residential Real Estate Market Report | Third Quarter 2014

This report uses market-wide data based on transactions that closed in the Fourth Quarter 2014 (October 1 through December 31st) and compares it to closings that took place last quarter and during the same quarter last year. Closings typically occur eight to twelve weeks after a contract is signed in the resale market but can occur several years later for new developments. For that reason, the sales activity discussed trails actual market conditions. 
Key findings of the current report:
·         Inventory challenges.  Inventory has grown by 20% since last year, but almost entirely on … (2 comments)

manhattan: Just Sold! 45 Central Park North Apt 5E - 03/17/14 06:23 AM
Just Sold!($30,000 above Ask) 45 Central Park North Apt 5E Classic Five on Central Park North


manhattan: Tourism & Tech | NYC Outpaces Nation in Job Growth - 05/14/13 02:57 AM
 Tourism and Tech sector leading New York City's Economy. Arts and Culture spurs Tourism

Last year, New York City welcomed an all-time high of 52 million visitors, who had an all-time high $55.3 billion impact on NYC's economy. The NYC leisure and hospitality sector already employs more than 363,000 people in our city – an all-time record. Growth in our tourism sector is a big reason why NYC continues to outpace the nation in job growth.
NYC is seeing record growth in arts and culture. Tourism is a big reason why – because half of all tourists to … (7 comments)

manhattan: Wordless Wednesday | Location. Location. Location. - 04/24/13 05:22 AM
Buyers are buying. Sellers are selling. Landlord/owners are leasing. Renters are renting. I need inventory to sell and to rent.
March proved to be a strong month for condo and coop contract activity. Condo sales increased 16% compared to March 2012 despite a 26% decline in inventory. Average sale price for condos was also up 18% compared to last year.

The co-op market also had a strong month with an 11% gain in average price over last year. Co-op contract activity increased 10% compared to last month, and 4% compared to last year despite a 28% year-over-year drop in inventory

manhattan: Q&A - What Are Air Rights? - 03/28/13 09:40 AM
Manhattan Real Estate Q&A
Q: What are Air Rights?
A: Air Rights are unused Development Rights.   
Development rights generally refer to the maximum amount of floor area permissible on a zoning lot. When the actual built floor area is less than the maximum per­mitted floor area, the difference is referred to as “unused development rights.” Unused development rights are often described as air rights.

In townhouses or certain other buildings, air rights may be a factor in the sale. The building seller should get an independent survey to determine the correct air rights. Unless special permission is needed from … (7 comments)

manhattan: Speechless Sunday | 56 Leonard Tribeca - 03/03/13 06:23 AM

A Global landmark designed by Herzog & de Meuron

Cascading sculpted surfaces and sparkling glass

Herzog & de Meuron custom design inside and out

Master Bath custom-designed by Herzog & de Meuron

Secondary Bath with marble mosaic tile walls

Simmering 75 -foot lap pool and hot tub

Library lounge: Custom fireplace, granite walls

25-seat Theatre with private terrace

An original Anish Kapoor sculpture at 56 Leonard

56 Leonard in Tribeca Now Selling!

Ranging in price from a 2BR for $3.625 million to a 4BR penthouse for $28 million.


manhattan: Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season. - 12/25/12 03:12 AM

Have Yourself A Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season.
All my best wishes for a happy healthy and prosperous New Year!  
Hope to see you in Manhattan in 2013!

Enjoy Some Christmas music and Manhattan Holiday Pictures Taken Around Town during the Holiday Season

manhattan: Affordable Housing the New Chic! Open Houses Today - 12/09/12 05:32 AM
Affordable Housing in NYC - The New Chic!
Open Houses Sunday December 16th

517 West 144th Street Apt #8 
Mint Renovated 3 Bedroom 1 Bath @ $349,000*
Open House 12 noon - 1:00pm
(Hurry take the "A" train or (#1, B or C) - the quickest way to get to Hamilton Heights, way up in Harlem
11 West 108th Street Apt. #33
2 Bedroom 1 bath @ $350,000*
Open House 1:30- 2:30 PM
Manhattan Valley - Upper West Side - Location, Location, Location (off Central Park West )
517 West 48th Street Apt. 5F
2 Bedroom 1 Bath @ … (7 comments)

manhattan: Happy Hanukkah 5773 (2012) - 12/08/12 02:59 PM

(iPhone photo Courtesy of ©Mitchell Hall 12/8/2012)
Menorah at Broadway Mall
86th & Broadway
Upper West Side, Manhattan
The first night of Hanukkah begins tonight Saturday December 8.
During the eight nights and days of Hanukkah, we commemorate the ancient re-dedication of the menorah, lit once again in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. The word Hanukkah (חֲנֻכָּה) translates as dedication or inauguration.
We mark this great miracle with the introduction of light – both physical and spiritual – into the darkest time of the year, watching as that light grows brighter and brighter each and every night.

manhattan: Q&A: What's Hot and New on Upper West Side - 12/04/12 06:29 AM
 Q:     What’s hot and new on the Upper West Side Right Now?
A:   Food
Cupcake Mania!  Magnolia, and newcomers Baked By Melissa and Crumbs 16 Handles (16 flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt, sold by weight, with tons of toppings Momofuku Milk Bar, Trader Joe's.
New Columbus Circle restaurants:
The Lincoln, The Leopard , Loi  The Café at Alice Tully Hall & Epicerie Boulud (excellent food at reasonable prices)
o   Robert (restaurant overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park)
o   Pecan (café)
o   The restaurant at Fairway- quintessential UWS crowds, friendly & fun)
o   Buschon Bakery’s 3rd floor (great desserts … (9 comments)

manhattan: NYC | Hurricane Sandra on UWS Hurricane Sandy Downtown & Elsewhere - 10/30/12 11:30 AM
Lower Manhattan below 34th Street has been devastated by hurricane Sandy. The Hudson river overflowed at 23rd Street onto 10th and 11th Avenue. The west side highway, a river. The East Village is under terrible floods as is Battery Park City. Fires in Chelsea and throughout the city. Sandy caused terrible damage perhaps the worst hurricane damage in NYC history. Sandy wrecked havoc through out the region.
Fortunately on the Upper West Side of Manhattan her name was Sandra. She didn't quite let her hair down here like she did downtown. Sandra took down a few trees, left a few puddles … (12 comments)

manhattan: Just Listed | 517 West 48th Street 5F - 10/04/12 06:52 PM
Sapacious and Affordable 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Prewar Home in Hell's Kitchen


manhattan: "Real estate is local" Gary Shilling Knows Nothing - 09/20/12 05:21 AM
A broken clock gets the time right twice a day...
Gary Shilling, a broken record has never been right.
This week the media had numerous articles about the "so-called" famous economist Gary Shilling not ready to call the national housing market a bottom yet. In fact, he expects prices to drop another 20 percent from here and doesn't think we will see a bottom in the market for another several years.
Is Gary a day late and a dollar short?  HA
Doeas anyone care what he thinks? Is there really a national housing market?
I can't speak for other markets but … (10 comments)

manhattan: Wordless Wednesday | Brownstones, Limestones, Townhouses - 08/08/12 06:46 AM

Upper West Side Brownstone

Upper West Side Limestone

Upper West Side Townhouses
New Yorkers lived in townhouses during the 19th Century. Single Family Townhouses and Mansions were made of Brownstone and Limestone. The Townhouse Market today is very desirable as single family homes and multi-family income producing rental buildings for investors.

manhattan: East Village 3 Bedroom 1.5 Bath Penthouse - OH Sunday 1-2:30 PM - 08/02/12 09:40 AM
East Village Mint Prewar 3 Bedroom 1.5 Bath Home 268 East 4th Street #5CD Priced to Sell! Open House- Sunday August 19th, 2012 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   Beautifully renovated 3 bedroom, 1 and 1/2 bath, 5th floor walk-up penthouse apartment. New stainless steel and granite windowed kitchen with wood cabinets, and pewter hardware fixtures, new full bath and powder room with custom designer tile, new red oak hardwood floors, new baseboard moldings, new paneled doors and lighting. Northern exposure with view of Empire State Building. West, and East exposures with view of adjacent private garden.   … (4 comments)

manhattan: Tallest Building in NYC | One World Trade Center - 07/13/12 07:09 AM

Last month, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited One World Trade to take a private tour to see the progress of construction.  It was their first visit since the 10th anniversary of 9/11. They were welcomed on Flag Day, June 14, by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Port Authority Chairman David Samson and REBNY (Real Estate Board of New York) members.
In honor of Flag Day, the Port Authority flew the largest free-flowing flag in the country from the side of One World Trade Center. While on site, the … (18 comments)

manhattan: Friday Fotos: New York's Finest | NYPD - 04/13/12 05:15 AM

iPhone photo courtesy of Mitchell Hall
In the last two decades, New York City has seen an unprecedented reduction in crime. NYC now ranks as the nation's safest big city. Among the top ten most populous states in the U.S., New York ranks first - with less than half the number of crimes per 100,000 residents as Florida.

manhattan: Wordless Wednesday: DIY Window Cleaning - 04/11/12 06:47 AM

 iPhone photo courtesy of Mitchell Hall

If you are not comfortable cleaning a window, Don't!

It's Spring (cleaning) but unless you're Spider-Man you probably don't want to risk life and limb scrubbing the dirt off your twelfth -floor-apartment windows, but if your selling your apartment attractive clean windows can help increase appeal. * Replace any cracked or broken glass. * Make sure the windows are sparkling clean. * Apply touch-up paint where needed.
Call a professional! Here are a few:
Chelsea Window Cleaning
Big Apple Window Cleaning
BEST Window Cleaning

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