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Q&A with Yosef H Founder, Jared Handler

Nearly 18 years ago when I made the city my home, Jared Handler became one of first city friends. I have always admired his free and entrepreneurial spirit, and the fact that he marches to the beat of his own drum. It was no surprise, then, when he told me he was starting a fashion accessories…

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NYC Fall Theater Preview

With summer coming to a close, and weekend getaways becoming less and less doable, it might be time to start exploring some different avenues as far as entertainment options go; and what better “avenue” to explore than the Great White Way? It’s true that many New Yorkers tend to stay away from the Times Square…

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Fashion Week Preview

From September 8th through the 15th, Fashion Week will once again take the galleries, lofts, and event spaces of New York City by storm, filling them with bold colors, fresh, fearless styles, and big personalities. With the recent proposal of the “buy now, wear now” initiative by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (an attempt to keep styles fresh in…

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Neighborhood Spotlight: The Neighborhoods of Upper Manhattan

The area of Manhattan above 96th Street has traditionally been considered Upper Manhattan. The diverse neighborhoods of Upper Manhattan each have their own character and feel, but all are ripe with history, culture, and amazing architecture, and they all hold a wide inventory of options for renters and potential buyers. Everything from cozy studios to…

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Ridgewood, Queens

  Located on the border of Brooklyn and Queens, Ridgewood is a quietly up-and-coming residential neighborhood with a lot of home-grown New York character. This diverse little enclave sits adjacent to its trendy sister to the west, Bushwick, so there’s no shortage of culture and nightlife in the area, and Ridgewood is fast becoming a new…

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NYC Gardens for Springtime

You might not expect a city like New York to be home to breathtaking botanical gardens and serene, nature-filled hideaways, but there are gorgeous gardens hidden throughout the city for New Yorkers to enjoy some peaceful respite. As Spring warms up, gardens in all five boroughs are beginning to bloom, so I’ve compiled a list…

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Q&A with Celebrity Stylist, Brendan Cannon

In my past career as an agent and producer for photographers and stylists, Cannon (Brendan Cannon) was one of my favorite people and certainly one of the most talented artists I worked with. He was always upbeat and genuinely a nice person: a breath of fresh air in a business full of big personalities. Brendan…

NYCMarketUpdate-01

Quarter 1 has recently closed and the latest market reports are out. Thanks to Town Residential’s Aggregate Report, Jonathan Miller’s Douglas Elliman Sales and Rental Reports, Streeteasy, Trulia, and UrbanDigs for the latest data about market conditions across the boroughs. Manhattan Sales For the first time ever, the average sales price in Manhattan has exceeded…

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Neighborhood Spotlight: East New York

The wave that has swept through Brooklyn neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, and Park Slope, is poised to reach the final frontier in potential Brooklyn development: East New York. While price growth has slowed throughout most of Manhattan and Brooklyn, The median sale price in East Brooklyn (East New York, Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, Bushwick, and Crown…

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New Rental Listing: 207 East 57th Street, #8B

Gorgeous 2 bedroom/ 2.5 bath home plus breakfast nook/ home office located at Place 57, a luxury boutique condominium in the heart of midtown designed by acclaimed architect Ismael Levy. This grand home features a generous living/ dining room, abundant closet space, gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances, Waterworks bathrooms, spacious master bedroom, washer/dryer, and Brazilian…

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Microapartments

In the past few years, the “tiny house movement” has become increasingly popular across the US. Americans are choosing to downsize the square footage of their homes, opting to live in 100 to 400 square foot dwellings in the name of “simpler living.” New Yorkers, like many urban dwellers, do not always have the ability to…

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NYC Arts, Culture, & Design Events: Spring Edition

Today’s weather has us all buzzing with spring fever and the ability to get outside and enjoy the city. Although the season doesn’t officially begin for 3 more weeks, the weather forecast has several days of spring in store for us already. With spring comes seasonal concerts, film festivals, art fairs, and countless other cultural events. In…

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A Roundup of NYC Food & Drink Events: Spring Edition

Here’s a look at the best food and drink events NYC has to offer this spring. From craft beer and coffee and tea to bacon and healthy vegetarian food alike, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Although spring doesn’t officially begin until March 20th, I’ve included events occurring in the weeks leading up to it…

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The Bryant: Luxury New Development on Bryant Park

After nearly 8 years in development limbo, The Bryant, a 34-story condominium and boutique hotel overlooking Bryant Park in Midtown, has finally broken ground. Originally a parking lot with a different address (20 West 40th Street), the space languished for years as a revolving door of developers and designers tried and failed to move the project forward. The building,…

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Streetcars in NYC

Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled plans for a streetcar line, called the BQX, that will run along the waterfront from Sunset Park in Brooklyn to Astoria, Queens. The $2.5 billon plan would bring public transit access to the fast-developing waterfront while serving nearly 45,000 public housing residents who currently rely on overburdened bus routes and subway…

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New Rental Listing: 77 Park Avenue, #5B

Live on Park Avenue in a beautiful pre-war condo steps away from Grand Central. This west facing one bedroom apartment features a 23′ x 14′ living room, wood burning fireplace, high beamed ceilings and dining area. Kitchen includes a dishwasher, new stove and refrigerator. The 20′ x 13′ bedroom offers gracious sleeping quarters with room for a…

NYCMarketUpdate-01

Quarterly market reports have been released for Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens and I’ve reviewed the most trusted reports in New York City real estate to bring you the below market summary for the three boroughs. Thank you to Town Residential, Streeteasy, Douglas Elliman, MNS, Halstead, and Curbed for the up-to-date data. Manhattan Sales From the fourth quarter of…

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Q&A with Talent Executive, Booker and Producer, Raquel Bruno

My friend Raquel Bruno has been in the world of show business since a very young age, listening in on recording sessions with her uncles who all worked with Frank Sinatra. She found her own path by working as an intern at Nickelodeon and eventually landed a talent booking role with MTV. She is now a…

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NYC-Based Designers & New York Fashion Week

For nearly a century, New York’s Garment District/Fashion Center was the driving force in the global fashion industry. With the big names of the fashion world calling the city home, and an unparalleled means of production in the city’s garment workers, New York became the nation’s leading producer of clothing and the setting for a…

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New Sales Listing: 2112 Broadway #7/8G

Occupying the top two floors of the pre-war, landmarked Apple Bank building on the Upper West Side, this palatial duplex offers two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a huge terrace and four walk-in closets. Upon entering, guests are greeted by a large dining foyer that leads into the grand, 350-square-foot living area. The entire sunlit…