By Joe Di Condina

Natural Beauty in NYC

New York City is not exactly known as a paradise for nature lovers. Most New Yorkers spend their days surrounded by skyscrapers and gray sidewalks, interspersed with only the occasional tree or flowerbed. Yet, the city is full of unexpected, secluded plots of nature so calm and secluded, you won’t even believe you’re still in…

NYC Wedding Venues

My recent engagement has opened my eyes to the myriad options for wedding planning in New York City. Choosing a wedding venue is only step one, but can seem to be a full time job in itself. Because there is no shortage of wedding venues available in New York City, the hardest planning task could…

The Freshest Summer Mocktails and Cocktails

There’s no better way to beat the heat than to enjoy a refreshing, ice-cold drink, but for the increasing number of New Yorkers who prefer to drink sans alcohol, soda, lemonade, and iced tea can get a bit boring. Whether you like drinking mocktails to keep off the alcohol-related calories, or because you prefer to…

We’re already in for an interesting year in real estate, with the market steadily picking up over the first half. Here’s a look at the current NYC real estate market in numbers: The highest current median price per square foot citywide is in the West Village, at $1,918. NoLita, which had the highest ppsf overall…

The Best Summer Camping Near New York City

Summer is here, and the city’s smothering heat is starting to really get to you. You consider going on an exotic vacation, but you don’t have the time or energy to plan one. No need to despair: You don’t have to travel far to find an escape from the noisy streets and crowded trains of…

Closed / 12 West 96th Street #2B

Congratulations to the new owners of 12 West 96th Street, #2B. Just steps from Central Park, this classic six-room home features a foyer with built-in bookshelves, a 14 x 23 ft living room, renovated kitchen, 3 large bedrooms, and a home office. Outfitted with new windows, a washer/dryer, and 9 ft ceilings, this sunny prewar apartment…

Best Rooftop Spots For Summer In NYC

It’s common knowledge among New Yorkers that the best moments of summer in the city tend to take place on a rooftop. Amid our usual urban claustrophobia, there’s something incredibly freeing about the breezy, open space of a rooftop garden, or the view of the Manhattan skyline from a 17th-story bar.  So this summer, when…

Cooking Classes Around NYC

New York City is home to some of the world’s top chefs, as well as a vast array of high-quality ingredients for every type of cuisine. Even if you feel comfortable in the kitchen, there’s always something to learn from taking a cooking class. Here are some classes available in NYC for amateur cooks and…

Summer 2017 NYC Events

At long last summer is upon us again so mark your calendars and commit to finally attending that summer event you always mean to go to but never actually make. Whether you’re into food, music, or culture, there’s something for everyone going on this summer in the city. Culture Shakespeare in the Park Tuesday, May…

The New York City real estate market continues to show signs of a strong recovery. We’ve had 16% more contracts signed since this time last year, and the median contract price is up 5%. The median asking price of condos is at a record high for the third consecutive quarter at $2.5M and is over $2M…

Image of Bed Stuy by Chris Hamby

Why it’s Wise to Invest in NYC

When asked what sort of fruit the NYC market will bear in the long and short term, I point my clients to the price appreciation data collected and analyzed by the Furman Center. Overall home prices citywide increased an average of 250% from 1974 through 2006. The 70s saw a 12% average decrease in prices,…

My New (Real Estate) Home

After a decade in New York City real estate and nearly 6 years at a firm started by an incredible group of people, I’ve recently made the move to Compass, the industry’s most innovative real estate business model whose focus on technology allows me peak efficiency in New York City’s fast paced market. Founded by…

Q&A with Mark Holcomb, Communications Director at GREATS

Mark Holcomb became a client of mine when he was referred by a mutual friend. We spent a good amount of time together looking for his home and got to know each other during that time. He had interesting information to share about style and fashion, and had a unique business perspective from which I…

I’m looking forward to seeing how this year in real estate plays out. So far, we’re off to a strong start, particularly compared with how flat growth was last year in part because of hesitation prior to the election. An uptick in activity almost immediately following the election was a positive sign for 2017. Here’s…

Burgers: History and Favorites

The history of the hamburger is a hotly contested one, with several families and restaurants across the US claiming credit for its invention. Some say this American favorite is named for Hamburg, Germany, where the world’s most high-quality beef came from in the 1800s; the owners of a restaurant chain in Ohio claim their great-grandfather…

429 Kent Avenue Apt 230

$3,200/Month. Be the first to live in this beautifully designed one-bedroom, one-bathroom new development condominium designed by one of the most up-and-coming architects, Piet Boon! This apartment is simply perfection and the amenities are equally as impressive.

Winter 2017 Food Events

It’s no secret that most of my favorite pastimes involve food. Whether I’m trying new restaurants, attending food festivals, or cooking a new recipe in my kitchen or with family in Italy, I can never get enough. This winter offers a nice selection of food and drink-centric festivals around the city. Join me at any number…

Trump and the NYC Real Estate Market: What We Know and Can Predict

For those of us who have worked, indirectly or directly, with Donald Trump in the New York City real estate landscape, sentiments vary about whether his win is a positive or a negative for our country. He has long held to his business strengths as putting him in a unique position to stimulate our economy, and the…