From March, 2015

Bushwick on the Rise: 11 Restaurants Opened in One Month

The prices for Bushwick condos rose over 30% from 2013 to 2014, and prices are still steadily climbing. However, if that figure is not enough to convince you of the explosive growth that continues throughout the 1.3 square miles that make up Bushwick, consider the fact that in the last month alone, 11 restaurants have opened in the neighborhood.…

Neighborhood spotlight: Williamsburg

I just moved back to Williamsburg after two years in the Lower East Side and, besides the recent mishaps with the L train, I’m happy to be back in the neighborhood. I first moved to Williamsburg in 2002, when there was only one supermarket (Tops -now closed) and one Thai Restaurant (Planet Thailand -also closed).…

When $100 was a Luxury Rental Price in Brooklyn

Thank you to Curbed for this article about the Mapping Brooklyn exhibition at the Brooklyn Historical Society. This map shows what the rents were for homes in 1940s Brooklyn, block by block.  $100 was very expensive in the 1940s and was equivalent to about $1700 today.  The exhibition aims to, “introduce visitors to the remarkable range of historic…

A Look into New York City Public Housing

Although it is not a segment of the real estate market that I provide services for, I get many questions from friends and clients about how public housing works in New York City.  The history of public housing in New York City dates back to 1934, when Mayor Fiorello La Guardia established the New York City…

Best NYC Oyster Spots

Ask any New Yorker what their favorite oyster varieties are and the answers will vary greatly.  My top picks for oysters are Hurricane Island, Northumberland Strait, Puffers Petite, and Wellfleet, but I’m always on the lookout for new oysters and high quality oyster spots opening up in the city.  I’ve listed my top five picks…

New York Harbor Oysters: Then and Now

Oysters have been an iconic staple in the New York area since before Henry Hudson sailed through in the 1600s.  There were oyster beds encircling Manhattan, Staten Island, and an oyster bed chain that extended from Sandy Hook, NJ to Peekskill, NY.  The Lenape People loved eating oysters, as did the Dutch and English after…

Last Call for Skiing and Snowboarding this Season

While many of us are counting down the days until it’s warm enough to hit the beach, we are also itching to hit the slopes a few more times before the snow melts away.  Luckily, there are still a few weeks left in the ski season.  Some great ski spots are within driving distance of NYC so I have…

Neighborhood Spotlight: Chinatown

Today kicks off the Chinese Lantern Festival in Manhattan’s Chinatown, a 2,000 year old tradition that dates back to the Han Dynasty and marks the return of spring, the first full moon night in the Chinese calendar, and the last day of Chinese New Year festivities. It’s a perfect excuse to head down to the Chinatown neighborhood.…