From Joe’s blog

Best of Fall New York City Events

The fall season is here! While some of us are excited for the change of seasons, others are lamenting the loss of long daylight hours. Regardless of which camp you fall into, there’s plenty to look forward to as Autumn 2017 kicks off. From film festivals to Halloween festivities, here are my picks for some…

The busy seasons for sales and rentals are behind us as we launch into the Fall market, where buyers typically put on the brakes in the interest of back to school activities and the holidays. Technology today has refined the way we all shop, so we have seen these historical trends begin shifting, with more…

Fashion Week: Men’s Edition

New York Fashion Week is known for bringing together the best fashion from around the world, but some of its best talent is locally-sourced. While women’s wear generally gets the spotlight, the most cutting edge of men’s wear is shown as well. Here’s the best of this year’s New York Fashion Week for men, starting…

Back to School with New York City Libraries

School is back in session for the 2017-2018 school year, but students aren’t the only ones who can benefit from a trip to our city’s culturally-rich institutions. Among the many museums and cultural opportunities housed among us is the public library system, officially founded in 1895. The public library system offers historic libraries with treasure…

The real estate market has continued to pick up, with prices even in traditionally less expensive neighborhoods seeing a slight increase in prices per square foot. Here’s a look at the current NYC real estate market in numbers: The highest current median price per square foot citywide is in Soho, at $1,959. The West Village,…

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…