Q&A with Jeanine Pesce: Writer, Stylist, and Trend Forecaster

Jeanine Pesce is a trend forecaster, stylist, and writer who has consulted for brands such as Nike, Patagonia, Adidas, and Quiksilver. She has been a writer since we went to high school together and has since become one of the world’s foremost experts in trend forecasting for activewear. She lives between New York, LA, and San Francisco and took time from her schedule to fill us in on how trend forecasting works, her favorite spots in NYC/LA/SF, and what services she offers through her business, Range.

JD: Please tell us about what influenced you to study fashion in college and how you got started in Trend Forecasting?

Jeanine: I originally thought I was going to go to school for journalism after being editor of my high school newspaper and receiving a journalism award, but I always loved fashion and even won best dressed in high school even though I went to a catholic school where we all wore the same thing! Somehow I managed to stand out from the crowd.

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One of my friends was going to school for fashion and she inspired me to try it as well. I applied and was accepted to the Fashion Design school at Drexel University which was really challenging because I didn’t have an art background and hadn’t taken any classes like color theory or illustration. After I graduated, I worked as a designer but found that it wasn’t for me. Then the same friend who inspired me to go to school for fashion, Andrea Praet, who is a colleague of mine to this day, was working for a trend forecasting company and said, “You should come interview. There’s an opportunity here.”

I interviewed and got the job at Promostyl. She and I became the trend forecasting consultant team for all of America. It was very risky on Promostyl’s part because we were super young. In trend forecasting, years of research and age make you good at the job because you need to watch cycles and seasons roll over. At the time (approx 2005), I was also really involved in the skateboarding community. We had a lot of clients from Nike and Reebok and action sports clients like Quiksilver, but we didn’t have anyone on the team that knew how to talk to them because everyone was used to working with fashion brands.  

I volunteered to work on these accounts and said, “I know a lot about sneakers and I know a lot about bikes, streetwear and skateboarding and I understand design because I’ve gone to school for it.” So by default, I became the active trend person on our team. Any time an active client would come in, they became my client. That’s actually what started my career and it was totally a random event.

12 years later I’m still dong active trends and I am one of the few people in the world that does trend forecasting specifically for the active and outdoor market. I went on to work for a few other companies that reported on trends. Eventually I got to bring my journalism background back into the equation and was able to write, almost from an editorial perspective, about trends. I did that for almost a decade with two different agencies and then started my company, Range, three years ago.

JD: What services does Range offer?

Jeanine: Range is trend forecasting and creative services on the back end (e.g. event production, influencer partnerships, photo shoot production) and on the front end we are an editorial platform. We publish a bi-annual newsprint, which is an extension of what we’re seeing in terms of trends in the market.

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JD: As a trend forecaster, stylist and writer, where do you go to learn about the latest and to forecast trends?

Jeanine: When I started doing this, the company I worked for, Promostyl, was a very old French company. Everything was done in book format. For inspiration, we went and researched and found magazines and tore out pages and posted them on a board. We looked at them and we thought about them for an extended period of time and rearranged them and then we went to the trim stores and we bought trims and we bought fabric and we had all these tactile things. At Promostyl, they were the first people to ever make “Trend books” in the 70s. They were very tortured artists about it. The woman who would forecast the colors, she would stand up in the front and present the color and she would pull on her hair, and tug at her shirt.  It was a very visceral, emotional experience for her to talk about color. Now, we can download color palettes anywhere and we can find images on Instagram that are aggregated by Color Story. So to answer your question about where I get inspiration, in an ideal world, I’m out on the street, getting inspiration from museums and shopping and exhibits, but in the reality of the world, I am sitting behind my computer because I have so many clients and so many deadlines. The way to find inspiration has totally, totally changed because of the shift to digital and mobile. That’s actually why I like what you’re doing with your real estate blog because you’re taking a step back from it and trying to shine a light again on culture and on the people behind the scenes. This is a trend in itself.  

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JD: Thank you! There are so many stories that make up our city and I do like shining a light on them. How do you forecast something such as which colors are going be trending in two years?

Jeanine: That’s not as complicated as you would think. It’s not so much about prediction as it is about analyzing. You can watch colors roll over every season; they change a little bit. Blue evolves a little bit; maybe it’s a little bit more grey, maybe it’s a little bit more yellow. These colors work in cycles.

Hot pink was trending and neons were trending. So what’s the difference between that look for fall and for summer? Maybe for fall you’re seeing neon anchored with a monochromatic color like black or grey. Then for summer it could be paired with white and yellow or pastel. They’re still around, they’re just slowly shifting.

The automotive industry is really the indicator for color. Then it starts to trickle down into accessories, ready-to-wear, fitness, all those different categories.

So, knowing what colors will be trending in two years is about keeping an eye on the way colors are subtly shifting as well as really watching what’s happening on the high, conceptual levels of art and industrial design and then watch how that effects mainstream consumerism.

JD: What are some of the trends that you are seeing now?

Jeanine: It depends on the industry. There are trends for automotive and trends for technology and trends for apparel, they’re all very specific. Things that are important though right now are obviously sustainable practices and materials. That trend is the trend that I will hold onto forever and hope it never goes away. American-made manufacturing is also really important.

Those are the big picture trends that I pay attention to. Those are the ones that make a difference and matter globally right now: the environment, sustainability, consumption. Those, I think, are really, really important.

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JD: When you recommend to brands such as Nike, that they follow the sustainability/ Made in the USA trends, how do they receive that?

Jeanine: Nike is a huge supporter of sustainable materials. They’ve actually been making a lot of progress in repairing the supply chain from the inside out.

The bigger companies have the most power when it comes to affecting change, especially when it comes to manufacturing and sustainable materials because they have the most purchasing power. So you look at a brand like Patagonia that’s completely transparent, that is so obsessed with sustainability and production and manufacturing and the factories they’re using and the way they’re sourcing renewable or recyclable materials, that they are changing the course.

When I started doing this in 2005 or so, I was talking about sustainability as a trend and everyone was like, “Green? What do you mean, “Go green?” That’s never going to happen! No one’s going to do that.” Now we’ve come so far from that point that it shouldn’t even be considered  “a trend” anymore, it’s just a part of reality. It has to happen; we have to have better practices when it comes to making apparel and recycling apparel and reusing it. There need to be more options.

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JD: As someone whose speciality revolves around outerwear, how important is it for you to get out into nature on a regular basis?

Jeanine: It’s very important. I am outdoors as much as I possibly can be. I love it; it’s healing to be in nature, it’s healing being outside and I get a lot of inspiration there because it’s the only quiet place I can get to these days, to have moments for new ideas and to recharge. Also, you have to live the life when working in this industry; you can’t be a faker when it comes to this stuff because people will know. If you’re not authentic and you’re not part of the tribe, they can sniff you out from a mile away. They’re going to be like, “Oh, here’s this fashion person trying to talk to us about outdoor,” and that’s not going to work. I work with clients that range from everyday outdoor brands to brands that make apparel for the harshest conditions on the earth, places like Everest and Denali, where you can’t take chances with weather. So I need to have an understanding of how these fabrics and materials work, and in order for me to do that, I need to be out in the field and have a working knowledge of the different attributes.

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JD: What are some sources of inspiration you’ve had?

Jeanine: London Design Week and art fairs like Frieze inspire me.  I like looking at furniture as inspiration, and the runway of course. I think you definitely need to look at what’s going on in those markets to really wrap your head around what’s coming in the pipeline.

JD: What is your favorite restaurant/local natural getaway/street/neighborhood/building in NYC/LA/SF?

Jeanine:

Best Restaurant: NY my favorite is M Shanghai for dumplings in Williamsburg; LA hands down would be Night Market + Song in Silver Lake; SF would be Plow for brunch.

Best Local Natural Getaway – NY would be the Jersey Shore, LA is Joshua Tree, San Francisco would be Pt. Reyes.

Best Street – NY is be a tie between St. Johns Place in Park Slope (best brownstones) and Crosby Street in Soho; LA would be Sunset Boulevard because it stretches from the East side all the way to the beach; San Francisco would be Folsom Street because I love all the industrial buildings.

Best neighborhood – NY I am a Park Slope girl at heart, that is where I am originally from. LA would be Los Feliz because it is super walkable and so close to Griffith Park. SF would be the Dogpatch, great restaurants and the best bouldering gym.

Best building – NY, I love the Puck Building in Soho because it is so old-school NYC. In LA, any and all Neutra Houses also the Frank Lloyd Wright Holly Hock House in Barnsdall Art Park. In, SF City Hall! I got married there before our reception, the rotunda is next level beautiful.

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JD: What is your favorite part of the work that you do?

Jeanine: Connecting. I’m a creative connector. Whether it’s connecting trends or connecting people, I love to see everyone be successful. Sometimes I will think, “Oh, this person and that person would be great together,” or, “I know this brand is looking for a creative director. Who do I know that fits the bill?” I’m always trying to connect the dots for people. My inbox is like the Grand Central Station of people looking for stuff. I do it because I genuinely like to see people create lasting relationships with each other and connecting is something that I feel really passionate about.

JD: What are some of the most stylish cities that you’ve been to?

Jeanine: I think by far the most stylish city in the world is Copenhagen followed by Tokyo and London.  Copenhagen, Tokyo, London, New York and Berlin are my top five.

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JD: Do you have a dream project?

Jeanine: My dream project is what I’m doing right now. I’m building a small brand, I’m connecting people that I love and respect. I’m working in an industry that I think is incredible. I have great clients and I get to travel around the world so I feel really lucky to have that opportunity. Luck isn’t the right word; it’s a lot of hard work but I feel grateful for some of the decisions I’ve made and the past somehow led me back to this point.

JD: Where do you see yourself in five years?

Jeanine: I would love to have my business to a point where I’m a little bit more free. I’ve been working really hard for a long time so I’d love to have more of that time outdoors that I desperately need and crave. I think I’ll be in L.A. at the beach or in the mountains. I see myself sitting under a tree on a swing , that would be a great place for me.

JD: Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule, Jeanine.

Check out Jeanine’s website, Range, & her personal website here.

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Spotlight on the NYC Marathon

The NYC marathon has come a long way since its first iteration  in 1970. Organized by Fred Lebow and Vince Chiapetta, the first marathon took place entirely in Central Park and had just 127 entrants. With an entry fee of $1 and a total event budget of $1,000, it’s amazing to think that the marathon now draws over 50,000 runners, 99% of whom finish the course. The total prizes awarded add up to $705,000 plus potential time bonuses, with the men’s and women’s champions each receiving $100,000. This year, on Sunday, November 1, runners from all over the country – and from all over the world – will gather to run 26.2 miles through the five boroughs. It is estimated that 2 million spectators will cheer them on, in person and from their televisions at home. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the most notable and inspiring people who have run the marathon, and who will be running this year.
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Photo courtesy of rrca.org
On September 19, 1971, Beth Bonner became the first winner of the women’s division on the New York City Marathon, and at the age of 19 remains the Marathon’s youngest winner. She finished the marathon in 2:55:22, making her the first woman to finish a marathon in under three hours. Earlier that year, she broke the record for the AAU Eastern Regional Championships, finishing with a time of 3:01:42. Bonner passed away in 1998, and each year a 5K run is held in her honor in her hometown of Arthurdale, West Virginia. She was inducted into the Road Runners Club of America Hall of Fame in 2008.
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Photo courtesy of nytimes.com
Fred Lebow was one of the founders of the NYC Marathon, and he ran the inaugural race in 1970. Over the course of his life, he completed 69 marathons in 30 countries, but his last NYC marathon was on November 1, 1992. He was celebrating his 60th birthday as well as being in remission from brain cancer after his diagnosis in 1990. He finished with a time of 5:32:35, with long-time friend and nine-time winner Grete Waltz by his side. Lebow died from brain cancer in 1994, and a memorial service was held at the finish line of the New York City Marathon to celebrate his legacy. The memorial drew a crowd of 3,000 mourners, who gathered to celebrate his legacy as a founder and continuing champion of the New York City Marathon.  In 1994 a sculpture of Lebow was unveiled in Central Park, and each year the statute is moved to a spot in view of the marathon finish line. Lebow was inducted into the New York Road Runners Hall of Fame in 2011.
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Photo courtesy of running.competitor.com
Just two months after the attacks on the World Trade Center in September 2001, Deena Kastor (then Deena Drossin) completed the NYC Marathon in 2:26:59, the fastest-ever finish by an American woman. While the marathon has always fostered community spirit, the race in November 2001 gave New Yorkers a much-needed bit of hope and joy during a time of mourning. Deena went on to win the bronze medal in the women’s marathon at the 2004 Olympics, and is an eight-time national champion in cross-country as well.
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Photo courtesy of joshgeorgeracing.com
Paralympian and 2014 NYC Half champion Josh George will compete in the professional men’s wheelchair division this year after finishing in seventh place last year. The 31-year-old from Champaign, IL has already won the 2015 London Marathon, and placed third in the 2015 Bank of America Chicago marathon earlier this month. George is the founder of Intelliwheels, Inc., a company that makes affordable, lightweight wheelchairs, and he has blogged for the New York Times.
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Photo courtesy of runnersworld.com
This year’s defending champion for the women’s division hails from Kenya and finished the 2014 NYC Marathon in 2:25:7. She finished second in the 2015 London Marathon, and set the record for second-fastest in history with a time of 2:18:37 in 2012. Her personal best of 1:05:50 for a half-marathon is the second-fastest of all time, and she has been shattering world records throughout her entire career.
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Photo courtesy of usatoday.com
Last year, ex-Marine Jonathan Mendes ran his 13th NYC Marathon at the age of 93 years old. Mendes ran his first marathon at age 57, and claims he would be running in this year’s NYC marathon if his family hadn’t insisted otherwise. Mendes attributes his ability to run even at his age to “good planning and self care.” Though Mendes took about eight hours to finish the marathon, the fact that he competed at the age of 93 is beyond impressive. He will certainly be missed among this year’s lineup.
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Photo courtesy of refinery29.com
NYC native and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys will run this year’s NYC Marathon to raise money for her charity, Keep a Child Alive, which offers support to children and families affected by HIV. This won’t be Keys’ first marathon – she ran one in Greece in 2007, and will be running with her brother this year. Keys likes to listen to audiobooks while she runs, and has maintained a rigorous training schedule despite being a busy mother of two and internationally renowned pop star.
The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon will be televised live on Sunday, November 1 from 9am – 2pm on WABC-TV (Channel 7) for the Tri-State area. Friends and family members can watch their runners cross the finish line with the Find Your Finish Cam from 10am to 5pm, and if you want to cheer this year’s runners on in person, you can head to the TCS NYC Marathon website and choose from one of their recommended locations.

Top Local Camping Spots for Fall 2015

Each year before the cold weather sets in, I try to go for one last weekend getaway in the great outdoors. While I enjoy escaping the city, I also prefer to retain some of the basic comforts of civilized living. When I’m feeling more adventurous, I’ll pitch a tent at a campsite within walking distance of a shower and access to outlets. However, sometimes it’s nice to rent a cabin or luxury accommodation for a weekend of “glamping.” Here are some of my favorite camping spots within driving distance of NYC:
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Westchester, NY (1h 1 min)
$30/night (tents)  – $120/night (deluxe cabin)
This 508-acre park is situated on a peninsula overlooking the scenic Hudson River, and is just an hour’s drive from the city. The park offers year-round events and activities, and has a beach, hiking train, picnic area, ball fields, boat launch, and fishing. Croton Point Park is also the site of historic wine cellars that are thought to be the oldest in New York State. Camping options range from pitching a tent to renting the full-service cabin, complete with a private bathroom and modern kitchen appliances.
Photo courtesy of thecatskillchronicle.com
Photo courtesy of thecatskillchronicle.com
Narrowsburg, NY (2h 7min)
$220/night
Surrounded by the Catskill and Pocono Mountains, Blue Hills Farm offers luxury camping, or “glamping” for those who want to experience the outdoors without giving up basic comforts. The canvas tents at Blue Hills Farm include a queen sized bed, a shower with spa jets, and electricity (but no phone or television). The Delaware River offers fishing, kayaking, hiking, and other outdoor activities, and the nearby town of Narrowsburg has art galleries, shops, and restaurants. Or, you can simply relax on your private deck for a quiet weekend away from city life.
Photo courtesy of Flickr
Photo courtesy of Flickr
East Hampton, NY (2h 13 min)
$30 – 40/night
Another Long Island favorite, Cedar Point County Park offers dog-friendly camping along the beach. The 607-acre park is also home to the Cedar Point Lighthouse, built in 1860 to guide ships in and out of Sag Harbor. A thin, walkable strip connects the lighthouse to the mainland. If you’re feeling adventurous, nearby Northwest Harbor Beach offers scuba diving. Otherwise, you can stay within the park for rowboat rentals, nature trails, and fishing.
Photo courtesy of Yelp
Photo courtesy of Yelp
Montauk, NY (2h, 27min)
$28/night weekdays | $32/night weekends
Hither Hills State Park proves you don’t have to go upstate for great camping, fishing, and hiking. Located in Montauk, the park offers scenic picnic areas and fireplaces, as well as showers and a camp store. Visitors can enjoy biking, horseback riding, boating, hunting, and wintertime cross-country skiing. Hither Hills is known for being family-friendly and is a short distance to restaurants and antique shops in Montauk.
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Photo courtesy of harmonyhillretreat.com
East Meredith, NY (3h 28min)
$125/night weekdays | $140/night weekends
Harmony Hill’s treehouse yurts (insulated, weatherproof tents) offer king sized beds, electricity, modern bathrooms, space heaters, and a fully equipped kitchen. Right next to your private deck is a charcoal grill, picnic table, and fireplace. The 314 square foot yurt has a 5 foot skylight, large screened windows, and French doors, allowing you to take in the fresh air and scenic views with maximum comfort. The yurts are tucked away in the woods but have a private parking spot nearby. There is a hiking trail that starts right behind your yurt, and the fieldstone labyrinth, patterned after the one in Chartres de Cathedral in France, is situated in the middle of a 2-acre meadow. Harmony Hill is also a short distance from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, as well as several cafes and canoe rental spots.
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Photo courtesy of Pinterest
Chestertown, NY (3h 40min)
$175/night
Nestled among the Adirondacks of upstate New York, this all-inclusive luxury camping destination offers 4 furnished tents with covered porches. The queen-size beds come with fresh linens, comforters, and wool blankets. Well-behaved dogs are welcome for an additional $25/night. The onsite restaurant serves farm-to-table and locally sourced meals, and provides packed lunches along with help planning day trips. Posh Primitive has an organic garden and is close to hiking trails, whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking, biking, climbing, zip-lining, caving, and more. The in-house guide service can help you plan the perfect day trip, or you can relax on your covered porch until it’s time for stargazing.
Photo courtesy of camporenda.com
Photo courtesy of camporenda.com
Johnsburgh, NY (3h 54min)
$200/night
While Camp Orenda is the furthest drive out of all my favorite camping spots, it provides the most luxurious camping experience. This all-inclusive Adirondack retreat is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who want to enjoy the comforts of back country living. The spacious canvas cabins are outfitted with queen and/or twin beds, luxurious linens, pillows, towels, and bio-degradable shower products. Enjoy fireside farm-to-table meals served onsite daily, and packed meals for your off-site adventures. WiFi, lighting, and outlets are provided on-site, and a guest refrigerator is available for chilling wine and beer. Customized hiking excursions, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and spelunking (cave exploration) are just a few of the activities nearby.
Whether you’re roughing it in a tent or enjoying the comforts of luxury camping, remember to dress in warm layers, as autumn nights in New York can get pretty cold. As always, let me know if any of your preferred spots weren’t mentioned here.

The Best NYC Architecture and Design Events Happening This October

For the fifth year in a row, the American Institute of Architects New York chapter (AIANY) will present Archtober, a month-long festival of architecture and design activities. Through special tours, lectures, films, and exhibitions, Archtober will focus on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. The Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, and the Cooper-Hewitt (among others) will partner with AIANY to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the distinctive buildings that give New York its character. Here’s a roundup of the best of Archtober events:
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Photo courtesy of structural.net
All month
Various locations
$10
The Building of the Day invites attendees to join daily onsite tours led by architects to celebrate contemporary and iconic architecture in New York City. This year’s selected sites include the New York Hall of Science, the North Hall and Library (Bronx Community College), the Flatiron Building, and the newly opened Whitney Museum of American Art. A full list of sites (as well as information on registering for tours) is available on the Archtober website.
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Photo courtesy of asla.org
October 11, 1 – 4pm
Meet at Gantry Plaza (Long Island City, Queens)
$20 for AIA members | $30 for non-members in advance
Explore the rich historic architecture of Gantry Plaza State Park, a 12-acre riverside park with spectacular views of the Manhattan Skyline. Admire the park’s piers, gardens, and unique mist fountain. While you’re there, take in the park’s restored gantries, which were once used to load and unload rail car floats and barges. Register through the AIA website – tickets are $10 less if purchased in advance.
October 14, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Various locations (Flatiron, Manhattan)
Free to the public
Visit the seven participating showrooms for a complimentary cocktail and a one-of-a-kind design crawl. Start anywhere, visit all seven showrooms, and you’ll be entered to win a $500 gift card. Participating showrooms are Grohe,  Duravit, Flatiron Design Collective, AFNY, Hafele, Poggenpohl, and Rich Brilliant Willing – a Google Map is available here.
Photo courtesy of Flickr
Photo courtesy of Flickr
October 15, 12 – 8pm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Upper East Side, Manhattan)
Free to the public
The third annual Wikipedia edit-a-thon at the Guggenheim aims to enhance the articles related to women in architecture on Wikipedia. The day will start off with a presentation by Arielle Assouline-Lichten and Caroline James, the Harvard Graduate School of Design students behind the petition to award Denise Scott Brownthe 1991 Pritzker Architecture Prize. At 2pm a panel discussion will explore the work of pioneering women in architecture. Wikipedia editing will begin at 3:30pm – new and experienced editors are welcome. Editors will be invited to take a free architectural tour of the museum.
October 16, 6:00-9:00 pm
The Center for Architecture (Greenwich Village, Manhattan)
Teams will compete in a LEGO build competition with three architectural challenges. Participants will randomly draw a building type and an architectural style from a hat, which will create wacky design mandates. Wine, beer, snacks, and a LEGO-inspired cocktail will be served. Register to compete or just stop by to watch the fun!
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Photo courtesy of newyork.com
October 17-18
Various locations
Free and ticketed events
For two days each October, Open House New York unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings. Hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, offering the opportunity to meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. Tours, talks, performances, and other special events will take place all over the city – a full list of events will be available in early October. Joining the roster of sites available to visit are the Google Headquarters in Chelsea, the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia.
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Photo courtesy of ohny.org
October 21, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
101 Spring Street (SoHo, Manhattan)
Free to the public
The Judd Foundation will host a tour of 101 Spring Street, with opening remarks by specialists at Walter B Melvin Architects, who oversaw the restoration of the building’s façade from 2006 to 2013. Attendees will get an overview of the unique features of the 1870 façade and the methods used to study and restore it.
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Photo courtesy of oldkewgardens.com
October 24, 1 – 4pm
Meet at 120-55 Queens Blvd (Kew Gardens, Queens)
$20 for AIA members | $30 for non-members in advance
Explore the rich historical architecture of one of the first residential developments in NYC. Many of the homes still exist today and have been renovated. Visit the new homes, office buildings, and apartment buildings that have taken over Queens Blvd and Union Turnpike, and learn how urban planners were able to preserve nature and allow residents to take shelter among lush lawns, beautiful trees, and healthy air over 100 years ago. Register through the AIA website – tickets are $10 less if purchased in advance.
October 27, 7 – 8:30pm
Museum Auditorium on the Atrium Terrace Level (Financial District, Manhattan)
Free to the public (reservation required)
The architects of Davis Brody Bond LLP, designers of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, will describe the challenges they faced and the design principles that guided them during the rebuilding at Ground Zero. Register in advance to secure your spot.
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Photo courtesy of aasarchitecture.com
October 30 – 31, 11am – 6pm
Various locations (SoHo, Manhattan)
Free to the public
Archtober’s closing event will be a 2-day Instagram Design Hunt in SoHo at participating showrooms. Visitors will have a chance to win prizes after finding specified designs and posting creative images on their Instagram accounts using the event hashtag. Sign up for the SoHo Design District mailing list to receive details.
There are multiple architecture and design events happening all over the city each day in October, but these are the ones I’m looking forward to most. Let me know in the comments if I missed any that you plan on attending.

Market Update: Q3 Aggregate Just Released

The Town Residential 3rd Quarter Market Report, The Aggregate, has just been released. Here is a summary of key findings about the Manhattan Market:

  • Year-over-year median price per square foot rose almost 6%
  • Average price of a Manhattan condo is $2.340,454, a 3% decrease from Q2, but still a 7.4% increase from Q3 of 2014
  • Median days on the market for condos remains steady at approximately 48 days
  • Average price for a Manhattan coop is $1,207,760, a 9.6% decrease from Q2, and a 3% decrease from Q3 of 2014
  • Average price per square foot gained nearly 12% from 2014, and decreased 2.5% from Q2.

Please click here to read the full report and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Closed: 45 Lispenard Street #2E

Congratulations to my buyer who just closed on 45 Lispenard Street, Apartment 2E after a bidding war that lead to a competing all-cash offer. I helped my client secure financing and prepared an outstanding board package that allowed her to beat the all cash offer. This closing is a perfect example of the importance of working with an experienced NYC broker in order to get the home you want and to be guided through the real estate maze. I also connected her with architects and engineers that helped her to see the big picture of the space’s potential.  Best wishes on the home renovation and I can’t wait to see the final layout and design, which are being done with Mike House of raad studio!