NYC Food & Drink Events: Fall Edition

Over the next few months, New York City will be home to many wine and food festivals, tastings, conventions, and pub crawls. As you know, the food in NYC is one of my favorite parts of living here.  I’ve rounded up a list of some of the best food and drink events coming up this Fall. Let me know if I am missing anything!

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San Gennaro
9/10 – 9/20
Little Italy, Manhattan
free to the public

The Feast of San Gennaro is a salute to the Patron Saint of Naples, but it’s more well known for its festive atmosphere, colorful parades, free musical entertainment, and wide variety of Italian food delicacies. Enjoy cannolis, zeppole, pizza, stromboli, and countless other Italian favorites.

New York Oyster Week
9/10 – 9/27
various locations
price varies by event

Each September, New York Oyster Week brings oyster enthusiasts to distinguished restaurants for themed menus, pairings, talks, and other events. Oyster Week also serves as a way to raise awareness and appreciation for the Oystermen, aquaculture, and culinary talent it takes to bring oysters from dock-to-table. A full list of events is available on the New York Oyster Week website.

Vendy Awards
9/12, 12:30 – 5pm
Governor’s Island
$100 – $145 ($60 for kids)

The 11th annual Vendy Awards will feature an intense cook-off between the most popular street food vendors in New York City, as part of a fundraiser to support the Street Vendor Project. General Admission tickets include food from 25+ vendors, a vote to determine this year’s winners, and all-you-can-drink Brooklyn Brewery beers, Santa Cristina wines, Grown Up Sodas, and more. VIP tickets allow for early entry, a liquor bar, and a Vendy tote bag filled with goodies.

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Photo courtesy of innewyork.com

Pig Island
9/12, 11:30am – 4pm
Red Hook, Brooklyn
$85

At the Sixth Annual Pig Island, 20+ chefs will serve up specialty pork dishes, sourced from small family-owned farms in New York state. Craft beers from Sixpoint, as well as local cider, wine, and whiskey will be available to wash down all that delicious food. Tickets are all-inclusive, which means your $85 gets you unlimited beer and pork samples along with cider, wine, and additional beverages.

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint
9/13, 1 – 5pm
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
$35 – $85

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint is a block party style tasting event featuring samples from over 40 of North Brooklyn’s best restaurants, bars, breweries, and wineries. The Bedford Package, at $35, includes 4 food samples and 2 drinks; the Roebling Package, at $55, includes 8 food samples and 4 drinks. The Kent Package, $85, includes 10 food samples, 5 drinks, and access to the VIP area. All proceeds benefit building the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

Wine Riot
9/18 – 9/19
Kips Bay, Manhattan
$65

Wine Riot allows you to taste 250 wines from around the world, all under one roof. Interactive booths and crash courses provide an educational component, and a DJ provides a soundtrack to all the fun. Wine Riot has also created a free mobile app that allows you to track the wines you’ve tasted to help you remember which ones you loved.

Brooklyn Local Craft Beer Festival
9/20, 12 – 6pm
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
$40

Spotlighting small to mid-sized breweries in and around NYC, the Brooklyn Local Craft Beer Festival will also feature some of NYC’s best local food vendors. A list of breweries is available on the festival’s website, and will be updated as more brewers sign up to attend. Tickets include unlimited beer drinking and a commemorative tasting glass.

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WhiskyFest
9/24, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Midtown, Manhattan
$265

Tickets to WhiskyFest will allow you to taste 350 whiskies from around the world, meet distillers, master blenders, and other experts, and attend free seminars conducted by distillery managers and brand ambassadors. The $325 VIP tickets are already sold out, but General Admission tickets are still available.

New York Coffee Festival
9/25 – 9/27
Kips Bay, Manhattan
$20/day in advance; $25 at the door (group prices available)

The first-ever New York Coffee Festival will feature over 70 coffee, food, and equipment suppliers. Visitors will enjoy free tastings, interactive workshops, coffee-cocktails, live music, art, and more. More than 10,000 visitors are expected from all over the world, and the festival will raise funds for clean water and sanitation projects in coffee-producing communities.

Lower East Side Pickle Day
10/4, 12 – 5pm
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Free to attend

Join the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy for a whole host of pickle-themed activities, including a home pickling contest, pickle trivia, a pickle relay race, and so much more. This annual celebration of all things pickled draws enthusiasts from around the world for food, fashion, and, of course, pickles.

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Photo courtesy of sliceouthunger.org

Slice Out Hunger
10/7
West Village, Manhattan
$1 per ticket

This unique fundraiser allows you to purchase tickets for $1 each and exchange them for pizza slices, soda, a Brewla Bar, a cookie, or a raffle ticket. The VIPizza Passport, available for a $100 donation, allows you and a guest to skip to the front of the line with 10 tickets to use during the event. 100% of the proceeds from Slice Out Hunger go directly to Food Bank For New York City, which is able to produce 5 meals for every $1.

NYC Wine & Food Festival
10/15 – 10/18
Various locations
Price varies by event

The NYC Wine & Food Festival brings together world-renowned culinary icon and America’s most beloved culinary chefs for a series of 100+ educational and entertaining events to raise money for the Food Bank for New York City. To date, NYCWFF has raised $8.5 million to fight hunger through wine tastings, dinners, demos, family events, and more.

Meatopia
10/18, 4 – 7pm
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
$165

This “meat-lover’s paradise” has a simple concept: The greatest meat chefs in the world cook every part of every animal over open fires. Taste delicacies from whole hogs, lambs, and goats at this festival of live music, wine, beer, cocktails, and delicious meat.

New York City Halloween PubCrawl
10/29 – 10/31
various locations
$5/day

Who says that Halloween celebrations can only last for one day? Enjoy discounts on beer and well drinks at over 100 New York bars each night until 4am. Bring friends, meet new people, and be sure to wear your costume! Tickets are available online and will likely sell out, as Halloween falls on a Saturday this year.

New York City Cider Week
11/6 – 11/15
Various locations

Through growing awareness of craft cider, Cider Week helps bring profitability to local orchards and connects cider makers from New York State to restaurants, bars, and retail shops across New York City. Cider Week serves as a central hub for tastings, dinners, classes, and more. A full list of events will become available on the Cider Week website.

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Brooklyn Crush Wine & Food Festival
11/14, 3 – 6pm or 8 – 11pm
Industry City, Brooklyn
$65 (early bird tickets)

The Brooklyn Crush Wine & Food Festival will turn Industry City into an East Coast Napa Valley, allowing attendees to sample over 200 wines, complemented by artisanal food and hors d’oeuvres sourced from Brooklyn. Attendees will enjoy a live jazz performance and receive a complimentary wine glass.

NYC Art, Design, and Cultural Events: Fall Edition

With the recent onslaught of hot, humid days, it’s hard to believe that Fall is fast approaching. Before we know it, we’ll be trading our beach gear for scarves and sweaters. There are already countless art, design, and culture events planned for this Fall in NYC – here are some to get excited about:

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The U.S. Open Tennis Tournament
8/31 – 9/13
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens
$85 – $545; $2125 and up for a season pass

This annual tennis tournament will take over Flushing Meadows-Corona Park for two weeks at the start of Fall. Enjoy live music performances and international food vendors among a celebrity-studded crowd while tennis’ top pros duke it out for a total of $34,252,000 in prize money.

West Indian-American Day Carnival
9/7, 11am
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Free to the public

This annual parade draws almost two million people each year for seven hours of live music, elaborate costumes, and Caribbean food (think: jerk chicken, curry goat, and oxtail). The parade will move along Eastern Parkway from Schenectady Ave to Flatbush Ave starting at 11am.

Broadway Week
9/7 – 9/20
Prices vary

Grab 2-for-1 tickets for New York’s Broadway shows, including Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Hand to God, and Spring Awakening. Nycgo.com has an official list of participating shows. They sell out quickly, so get your tickets soon.

Affordable Art Fair
9/10 – 9/13, various times
Flatiron District, Manhattan
$10-70

At the Affordable Art Fair, you’ll find thousands of original paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from more than 1,000 artists. Pieces range in price from $100 – $10,000, with more than half priced under $5,000. Tickets range from $10 for seniors and students to $70 for private viewings.

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New York Fashion Week
9/10 – 9/17, various times
various locations

Known as one of the “big 4” fashion weeks (along with those in Paris, London, and Milan), New York Fashion Week is where designers from all over the world show their collections to buyers, editors, and the general public. There are dozens of events taking place throughout the city.

San Gennaro
9/10 – 9/20
Little Italy
free to the public

The Feast of San Gennaro is known for its festive atmosphere, colorful parades, free musical entertainment, and wide variety of Italian food delicacies. The central focus of the celebration takes place every September 19th, when a celebratory Mass is held in Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood, followed immediately by a religious procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried from its permanent home in the church through the streets of Little Italy. Tony Danza will be the Grand Marshal of the Grand Procession on September 12, and festivities will last through September 20.

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Frida al Fresco Evenings
9/10 – 10/30, 6:30 – 9:30pm
The New York Botanical Garden – Bronx Park
$35 (non-members) or $25 (members)

Enjoy the New York Botanical Garden after hours during select evenings through October 30. A varied schedule of performers and events accompanies the reimagined version of Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul and rare works in the Art Gallery. Your ticket includes a complimentary Modelo Especial draft of Jose Cuervo Tradicional margarita.

Motorexpo
9/13 – 9/19, 10am – 6pm (Monday – Saturday) or 11am – 5pm (Sunday)
Battery Park City, Manhattan
Free to visit

The 8th annual Motorexpo will bring the latest vehicles from the world’s leading manufacturers to Battery Park City this September. Motorexpo is the world’s biggest free-to-visit motoring event, and you don’t need to own a car to appreciate the world-class models that will be on display.

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Photo courtesy of glenwoodnyc.com

Queens County Fair
9/19 – 9/20, 11am – 6pm
Floral Park, Queens
$9 for adults, $5 for children

You might not have guessed that you could experience a traditional county fair right in the middle of New York City, but Queens County Farm allows you to do just that. Complete with ribbon competitions (in livestock, produce, and arts & crafts), pie-eating and corn-husking competitions, pig races, and hayrides, the Queens County Fair provides fun for the whole family.

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Image courtesy of bkmag.com

Brooklyn Book Festival
9/20, schedule TBA
Downtown Brooklyn
Free to the public

The Brooklyn Book Festival attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages and is the largest free literary event in New York City. The Festival presents an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors, as well as a series of “Bookend” events in September. Check the Festival’s website in August for a detailed schedule and list of events.

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World Maker Faire
9/26 – 9/27, 10am – 6pm
New York Hall of Science, Queens
$35 (single day), $65 (weekend)

Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair, and a celebration of the Maker Movement, which encourages invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. This all-ages gathering will showcase creations from tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors.

Despite a 4 a.m. wake-up call, West Point cadets show their enthusiasm as they volunteered for the 9th annual Tunnel to Towers Run Sept. 26 in lower Manhattan. Photo by Tommy Gilligan/PV
Photo by Tommy Gilligan/PV

Tunnel to Towers 5k
9/27, 9:30am – 4pm
Hamilton Avenue, Brooklyn – Financial District, Manhattan
$60 – $70 (children under 14 are free)

The Tunnel to Towers Run & Walk Series was created to honor Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers. The run starts on Hamilton Avenue in Red Hook and continues to the entrance of the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel toll plaza and proceeds through the tunnel, finishing at Murray and West Streets. Registration will remain open through September 26.

7th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Festival
10/1 – 10/11
East Village, Manhattan
$20

Award-winning Radiotheatre will perform six terror tales by H.P. Lovecraft, known as “the Grandmaster of 20th Century Horror.” The cast of storytellers will be accompanied by an original orchestral score and plenty of sound effects. Performances run on weekend nights from 10/1 – 10/11, and tickets are on sale now.

Archtober (Architecture and Design Month)
10/1 – 10/31
various times and locations

The fifth-annual Architecture and Design Month will feature an entire month of activities, programs, and festivities to raise awareness of the important role of design in New York City. Check back on the blog next month for a roundup of Archtober events.

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The Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park
10/4, 11:30am – 6pm
Washington Heights, Manhattan
Free to the public

For the 30th year in a row, Fort Tryon Park will be transformed into a medieval market town with performers, guests, and festival goers in medieval costume. Authentic medieval music, dance, and entertainment will be available, and the afternoon will end with a joust between four knights on horseback. A festival map is available on the Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation website.

New York Comic Con
10/8 – 10/11
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
$50 per day

Comic Con celebrates the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Panels and autograph sessions allow fans to interact with their favorite creators, and over 151,000 attendees will flock to the Javits Center for the occasion – many in costume! Tickets are sold out, but even if you didn’t grab any, you’ll likely see costumed con-goers throughout the city that weekend.

Techweek New York
10/12 – 10/18
Chelsea, Manhattan
$50 for attendees; $250 for VIPs.

Techweek is a 7-day technology festival that culminates in a 2-day conference and expo on Thursday and Friday. The New York schedule will become available 4 weeks before the 10/8 kickoff. The expo is free to the public, but the $50 attendee pass will grant you access to a variety of private events, including film screenings and a wearable tech fashion show.

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Photo courtesy of feastofmusic.com

CMJ Music Marathon
10/13 – 10/17
various locations
$449 (or $199 for students)

Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, CMJ features live performances at venues all over New York City alongside exclusive parties and conference events. A CMJ badge will grant access to all CMJ showcases and daytime conference activities, but individual events will be ticketed as well. For more information and a complete schedule of events, check the CMJ website in September.

Open House New York
10/17 – 10/18
various locations
$5 for some events; others free of charge

The annual Open House New York weekend allows access to some of New York’s most important buildings at hundreds of sites across the five boroughs. Along with tours, talks, performances, and other special events, Open House New York provides the opportunity to meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. A full list of sites and tours will be available on the Open House New York website in early October.

Haunted Lantern Tour
10/23 – 10/24, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Fort Totten Park, Queens
Free to the public

Join the Urban Park Rangers as they mix history with Halloween fun on a lantern tour of the historic Water Battery at Fort Totten. The Haunted Lantern tour is the perfect way to get into gear for Halloween.

International Fine Art & Antiques Show
10/23- 10/29, 11am – 7:30pm
Upper East Side, Manhattan
$25

Founded in 1989, the International Fine Art & Antiques show is one of the world’s most prestigious art and antique fairs. Categories represented include silver, arms and armour, bronzes, rare books, carpets, ethnographica, furniture, garden furniture, glass, jewellery, maps, manuscripts, marine artefacts, pictures, porcelain, pottery and sculpture. For more information, check out the Fair’s website.

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42nd Annual Village Halloween Parade
10/31, 7:30 – 10:30pm
West Village, Manhattan
Free to the public

Join hundreds of costumed dancers, artists, and other New Yorkers as they don costumes of their own creation for this beloved New York tradition. The parade starts on 6th avenue north of Spring Street and ends on 16th street, and anyone who wants to walk is welcome. Otherwise, you can line up along 6th avenue to take in the spectacle from the sidelines. If you’ve never been before, you can check out videos from last year’s parade.

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Photo courtesy of nyc.jdrf.org

New York City Marathon
11/1
All five boroughs
$216 – $347 to participate; free to watch

The New York City Marathon has grown from a Central Park race with 55 finishers to the world’s biggest and most popular marathon, with 50,530 finishers in 2014. The marathon starts in Staten Island, continues through Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, and ends in Central Park in Manhattan. A course map is available online, as is information about registration.

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Top Developers in Queens

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As I mentioned in my recent spotlight on Queens, recent efforts to rezone Long Island City, Court Square, and Queens Plaza have resulted in a number of developers investing in these areas and all over the borough. Here are some of the top developers investing in Queens:

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Rendering courtesy of newyorkyimby.com

The Durst Organization

The Durst Organization, who brought One World Trade Center and many other commercial properties to Manhattan, is planning their first outer-borough development in Queens. Hallets Point, a 2.4 million-square-foot residential and retail development in Astoria, will result in approximately 2,400 rental residences, 20% of which are affordable apartments, in seven buildings. It will also include community use facilities, a site for a new K-8 public school, and an additional development lot for the New York City Housing Authority. Renderings for the first building, which is slated to open in 2017, were revealed in May. “Building 1” will feature two 20-story high-rises with waterfront views.

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Rockrose

Rockrose has developed 10,000 residential apartments in New York City, including several buildings in Long Island City – before the start of the Queens real estate boom we’re seeing now. Their luxury apartments at 4705 Center Boulevard were completed in 2007, and they gained attention from the New York Times in 2011 for their 42-story high-rise at 43-10 Crescent Street, also known as LINC LIC. Currently in the works are 43-25 Hunter Street, which will contain 9,400 square feet of retail space and 974 apartments, and 43-22 Queens Street, which will be Queen’s third-tallest tower and contain 783 apartments. Both are slated for completion in 2017.

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Vornado

Currently in the process of developing the much-awaited, 950-foot tower at 220 Central Park South, Vornado is also renting out units in Rego Park. The Alexander has 312 apartments designed by Fogarty Finger and is at the forefront of luxury development in eastern Queens.

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Rendering courtesy of ny.curbed.com

F&T Group

Based in New York with satellite offices in China, F&T is bringing upscale residences to Flushing. One Fulton Square, in the heart of downtown Flushing, is made up of two 12-story buildings and includes 43 luxury condos. Over on 39th Avenue and 138th Street, Flushing Commons is expected to be complete by 2020. The $1 billion project will bring approximately 600 residential condominium units to the neighborhood.

Tishman Speyer

Tishman Speyer is known for redeveloping New York landmarks like the Chrysler Center and Rockefeller Center, and now they’re constructing three residential towers in Long Island City. The towers, located at 28-34 Jackson Avenue, 28-10 Jackson Avenue, and 30-02 Queens Boulevard, will contain a total of 1,789 apartments. Construction is expected to be finished in June 2018.

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TF Cornerstone

The sixth and final building in TF Cornerstone’s East Coast Complex along the Long Island City waterfront was completed last year. The complex brought 2,100 residential units to the neighborhood starting in 2006, and is known for literally embracing the waterfront’s iconic Pepsi-Cola sign, a neighborhood staple since the Great Depression.

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Rendering courtesy of thefactoryhouse.com

Rising Developers Group

After finishing the luxury units at Prestige in 2007 and The Solarium in 2012, Rising Developers Group has released renderings for the apartments at The Factory House at 42-60 Crescent Street. The 10-story development will bring 37 one-to-four bedroom apartments to the Court Square neighborhood, and sales are expected to launch any day now. RDG has also filed applications for a 14-unit building at 5-25 47th Road. The 14,780 square foot lot will allow for spacious units, at an average of 1,055 square feet.

Spotlight on Queens

Queens, New York’s second most populous borough, has been deemed “the next big thing” in New York City real estate development. With recent efforts to rezone parts of Long Island City, Court Square, and Queens Plaza for residential purposes, developers are investing heavily in these areas and are expected to continue moving east. Existing housing stock is quite diverse, ranging from high-rise apartment buildings to large, free-standing single-family homes. Even as real estate prices are on the rise, Queens is still seen as an affordable alternative to Manhattan or Brooklyn.

Last month, the average and median sales price of condos in the borough set an all-time high, at $575,339 and $468,000. Long Island City’s median sales price reached $998,000, a significant increase from last year’s median sales price of $775,000. Still, Queens seems like a deal in comparison to Brooklyn, with a median sales price of $605,000 and Manhattan, with an average sales price of over $1.8 million. Rental prices are still relatively lower than in Brooklyn; the average one-bedroom goes for $2,483/month while renters could expect to pay $2,772 in Brooklyn.

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Queens was established in 1683 as one of the original 12 counties of New York and was named for the Queen of England at the time, Catherine of Braganza. The New York City Borough of Queens was authorized over 200 years later, in 1898. When the Steinway Tunnel for the IRT Flushing Line was constructed in 1915, connecting Queens and Manhattan, the population in Queens more than doubled in the following decade, reaching 1,079,129 in 1930. As of the 2010 Census, the population of Queens had reached 2,230,722 and that number keeps rising each year. Nearly half of those who call the borough home are foreign born, earning it the nickname, “The World’s Borough.” The borough is a patchwork of dozens of ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and East Elmhurst are primarily Hispanic, Asian-American, Tibetan and South Asian; Flushing has a large community of Chinese- and Korean- Americans, and Astoria is known for its large Greek and Italian populations.

The vast array of cuisine available in Queens reflects the borough’s cultural diversity. Jackson Heights is known for its Indian, Pakistani, and other South Asian eateries, and Astoria is home to the city’s best Greek restaurants. You can find Latin American, Thai, Chinese, Guyanese, or any other cuisine you could possibly want if you go to the right neighborhood.

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Queens is home to several renowned cultural institutions, such as the Afrikan Poetry Theatre, the Museum of the Moving Image, MoMA PS1, and Socrates Sculpture Park. The borough was home to the World’s Fair in 1939 and 1964 – you can see artifacts from both fairs at the Queens Museum. Every summer, MoMA PS1 is home to Warm Up, a series of concerts paired with exclusive installations in the museum’s courtyard. This weekend, Flushing Meadows Park will host the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, a race among 180 teams on the park’s lake. 2015 marks the 25th year this Chinese tradition will be celebrated in Queens, and the races will be accompanied by traditional food, live entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, Chinese crafts, and children’s activities.

If you’re interested in looking at homes in New York’s next up-and-coming borough, please let me know.

5 of NYC’s Top Real Estate Developers

New York City’s real estate market is as healthy as it’s ever been. Huge new projects are underway, catering to the insatiable demand for luxury real estate—and many more are in the pipeline. Here are five of the most active developers; one of the companies was recently founded while the other four have been buying and selling NYC real estate for decades.

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Extell’s 217 West 57th Street
Extell's One57
Extell’s One57

Extell Development
Gary Barnett’s Extell, founded in 1989, filed permits for 1.95 million square feet at three residential projects from 2011–2014. And that doesn’t even include Extell’s highest-profile project, the architectural masterpiece, One57 (filed in 2009) designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architect Christian De Portzamparc. Projects include a 233-unit skyscraper at 217 West 57th Street, a super-tall mixed-use commercial/residential building. The first seven floors will be anchored by a Nordstrom (the first in the city); floors 8–12 will house a hotel; the remaining floors will be condos. Once completed, the tower will be the second tallest building in the city (and the country, for that matter) after One World Trade Center. Extell also has plans for a gigantic 594-unit rental building at 551 Tenth Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets, and it has filed plans to expand and convert 1010 Park Avenue to a 16-story, 17-unit condo with an outdoor recreation area, a private terrace, saunas, a playroom, and a gym.

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Moinian’s 3 Hudson Blvd.

Moinian Group
Joseph Moinian ventured into real estate in 1982 after having founded the successful ladies’ apparel company Billy Jack for Her. Today, his company operates 20 million square feet of real estate holdings across the country (valued at more than $8 billion), including the newly opened W New York-Downtown Hotel & Residences at 123 Washington Street. The Moinian Group also has new residential, retail, and office projects in some of NYC’s newest desirable locations, such as Sky, the massive rental tower (the city’s largest) rising on 42nd Street between Eleventh Avenue and the West Side Highway. Also in the works is a mixed-use development in the dynamic new Hudson Yards, the $20 billion mega-project that will comprise 16 skyscrapers at the site of the West Side rail yard in the West 30s. With its solar-generated power, 3 Hudson Boulevard will be an icon of green architecture for the 21st Century.

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Image of Construction at 111 57th St by Justin A. Wilcox

JDS Development
JDS, founded by 34-year-old Michael Stern, is another developer with a super-tower project in the works on 57th Street. In partnership with Kevin P. Maloney’s PMG, they’re currently constructing an ultra-skinny, 1,350-foot hotel and condominium at 111 57th Street. Designed by SHoP Architects, the skyscraper “disappears into the sky” with setbacks that thin out as the tower rises. Once completed, it will be another one of the tallest residential towers in the world. The partnership is also converting a building formerly owned by Verizon at 435 West 50th Street into a 51-unit condo. JDS, on its own, has also filed plans to construct a nearly 800-unit rental building at 626 First Avenue.

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Related’s 15 Hudson Yards

Related Companies
Formed 40 years ago, Related has developments all over the city: in Chelsea, Tribeca, and the Upper East Side. They include a 36-story tower at 203 East 92nd Street, where the upper floors will contain 308 residences, and 261 Hudson Street, a 220-unit residential rental development. Also, there’s the innovative High-Line adjacent 520 West 28th Street, designed by another Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Zaha Hadid. The real estate giant has staked a huge claim in the new Hudson Yards, and has broken ground on a slimline 70-story skyscraper at 15 Hudson Yards, the first of several residential towers. Slated for completion in 2018, the cylindrical-shaped, 960,000-square-foot building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group, will stand 910 feet tall and have approximately 385 homes, some rentals and some condos. Adjacent to the High Line, it will connect to the Culture Shed, the new performance venue that will host Fashion Week.

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Continuum’s 1800 Park Ave.

Continuum Company
Bruce Eichner’s Continuum Company has reemerged from some real-estate lows, having surrendered properties to creditors in the ‘90s. The firm had a successful track record of developing complex, multi-phased projects in NYC and Florida, including the city’s first time-share resort, the Manhattan Club, which opened in 1997. In 2013 alone, Continuum filed permit applications for 1.06 million square feet of residential development, including what’s slated to become Harlem’s tallest residential project, 1800 Park Avenue, designed by ODA. Once complete, the project’s two, 320-foot-tall buildings will total 690,000 square feet. Continuum also filed for an 80-unit condo at 41 East 22nd Street, near Related and HFZ’s almost-sold-out One Madison. According to reports, the 790-foot-high tower will have a 17-foot cantilever over the adjacent 33 West 22nd Street.

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