From Joe’s blog

Brooklyn and Queens are now part of my monthly market update which looks at current median price per square foot on a neighborhood to neighborhood basis. This month prices range from $279 psf in Brownsville, Brooklyn, to $2,491 psf in NoLIta. 

Cozy Hotel Bars

Pretty soon not even the warmest winter jacket will insulate you from the cold of New York City. While it’s tempting to go straight home after work to avoid the cold, you can only hibernate for so long before needing to get out on the town. The holiday season is perfect for catching up with…

Winter Events in NYC

Winter is almost upon us and as temperatures dip, a new kind of fun emerges for city dwellers. Winter is the time to get inside, and the abundance of art, music, fashion, and food scenes make it a particularly fun time of year. It’s also a good time to be out and about in the cold,…

Flights of Fancy at NYC Area Airports

Gone are the days when taking a flight consisted of being welcomed by human beings and a printed boarding pass, walking through breezy security lines onto a TWA or Continental flight, and then eating a full onboard meal compliments of the airline. These days, flights usually begin at a kiosk where a digital ticket is scanned…

Compass has recently released Q3’s industry-leading research data and the findings are good news for those invested in NYC. The market remains strong as indicated by four main data points: contracts signed, closings, pricing, and time on market.

Coffee Time

You can find the best of everything in New York City, from art to food to architecture… and coffee is no exception. New York is home to a thriving community of creative, dedicated coffee-makers who are obsessive about every detail from bean sourcing, to roasting, to latte art, to environmental sustainability and fair trade practices.…

Haunted New York City

These New York buildings have a reputation for housing unwanted tenants – those of the deceased variety. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, take note of these infamous sites of paranormal activity and consider stopping by to take a look. You just might have a ghost sighting of your own!

An Update on The State of Affordable Housing in NYC

The last time I wrote about affordable housing in NYC, the New York City Housing Authority, or NYCHA, was facing a budget shortfall of $225 million and it was unclear how Mayor de Blasio planned to move forward with his pledge to construct 200,000 new affordable units by 2024. A lot has changed since then,…

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…