From Joe’s blog

Where’s the Beef?

This year my annual review of best NYC burgers is bucking my own trend of the juicy, beef-based variety in favor of the rising trend of plant-based burgers (and plant-based everything). It wasn’t so long ago that plant-based burgers looked and tasted like cardboard patties with pickles, but the rise of the celebrity chef has…

Price per square foot in the neighborhoods I’ve reviewed currently range from a high of $2,741 in NoHo to a low of $293 in Brownsville. 

1903 Kihi St, Honolulu

$1,750,000 / This wonderful Waialae Iki home with spacious floor plan is a must-see! 5 bedroom, 4 baths, 4,756 sq. ft. interior space. Well-designed layout with large bedrooms, living room, downstairs family room looking out to the pool and patio. Wrap-around lanai highlighting unobstructed Diamond Head and ocean views. This special house has been maintained…

NYC For the Birds

It’s easy to forget that the city’s parks and trees are teeming with wildlife. Hundreds of bird species perch within them, especially during the spring months. The range of birds that stop in or pass above is impressive. Read on for information about where to go and what you’ll see – and check out the…

The Honolulu Market shows no signs of slowing, with condos and single family homes spending only 2 weeks on the market before selling at almost 100% of the listing price. An average 2.25 month absorption rate for single family homes and condos indicates extremely high demand for the approximately 3,000 homes currently on the market,…

8 Spring Art Shows in NYC

The art world in NYC is at its best in the spring, when a slew of art fairs come to town and bring with them hundreds of emerging and established artists and galleries from all over the world. Have a look at what’s to come.

Birdwatching in Honolulu

Within the city limits of urban Honolulu, the trees are teeming with birds. You’ll see common and non-native birds like the Spotted Dove, Zebra Dove, Common Mynah, White Tern, Red-vented Bulbul, Red-crested Cardinal, Red-billed Leiothrix, Japanese White-eye, Common Waxbill and the White-rumped Shama known for its singing. The best urban birdwatching sites in Honolulu are at…

Price per square foot in the neighborhoods I’ve reviewed currently range from a high in the $2,000s in downtown Manhattan to a low in the $200s in East Brooklyn. 

To Rent or To Buy?

If you are already spending a substantial portion of your paycheck on rent, you might be surprised to learn that you can afford to buy a home in New York City. The median tipping point for buying in New York City is less than 6 years, which means that for most people who plan to…

New York City Spring 2018 Events

Spring is here which means you’re fresh out of excuses to stay home all weekend in sweats. The spring months in New York City bring a plethora of festivals, fairs, art, nature and overall great events for which you’ll want to get into the fresh air again. Here are some of my favorite upcoming events…

Film Festivals of New York City

The art of filmmaking has at its heart the power of storytelling to captivate, move, and inspire viewers. There are countless stories for each person who exists, and the ability that writers, producers, and directors have to bring these stories to life is a gift that benefits us all. Whether you are a fan of fiction,…

Honolulu Spring Events

In Honolulu, where temperatures are in the 70’s and 80’s all year, it seems like spring every day, yet there are special events around that are specific to the seasons, each with their own rich history. Here are four of the best spring events on the islands, one for each month of spring. Great Hawai`ian…

Honolulu Neighborhood Spotlight: Downtown & Chinatown

Located on the south shore of Oahu, the adjacent neighborhoods of Downtown and Chinatown are a relaxed 15-minute drive from the iconic Waikiki beach. These neighborhoods have a combined distance of 10 blocks, divided almost in half by Bethel Street. Originally a seaport headed by Aloha Tower, the Downtown area now features concrete and glass…

Just Closed – 159 Tompkins Street

I was able to get my clients into two investor units at 159 Tompkins Avenue before the homes were on the market. I negotiated a closing price below ask and with the sponsor paying a portion of transfer taxes and attorney fees. Look out for these two 2-bedrooms to hit the market as rentals for…

Q&A with Wellness Entrepreneur Andrea Praet

Andrea Praet’s inspirational career path began when she pursued her childhood dream of living in Manhattan. After over a decade in trend forecasting, a meditation retreat to India led her to leave fashion and start The Uplift Project. Through The Uplift Project, Andrea curates positive and transformative programs and retreats featuring world leaders in the…

Compass has recently released Q4’s findings, showing a strong and steady market with equal supply and demand and a mix of statistical year over year increases and decreases. Read on for updated data about listings, contracts signed, closings, pricing, time on market, and absorption rate, as well as current price per square foot throughout Manhattan,…

Winter Activities for NYC Kids

Wintertime doesn’t have to mean staying indoors because of the cold; there is plenty to do and see around town specifically tailored to children. As a new father, I’m now paying attention to activities that are suitable for adults and kids alike, and that will educate, engage, and entertain our little ones. From classical music…

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and The NYC Real Estate Market

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been a controversial plan since it was first introduced several months ago. The final bill was recently signed into law and the new plan takes effect on January 1, 2018. Considered the biggest tax overhaul since the 1980s, the household and corporate savings generated through the tax cut…

Broadening Your Horizons in 2018

If your New Year’s Resolution includes learning and growing intellectually, you are in the right city to do so! NYC is a mecca for intellectuals seeking knowledge on everything from improving romantic relationships to finding meaning in the cosmos. With cultural institutions across the city offering affordable events, there’s no shortage of places for you…