Eco-Friendly Holiday Shopping in New York City

NYC is a haven for innovators, and artisans inspired by climate change have stitched together more than one way to make fashion and home products eco-friendly. This sustainable shopping safari will guide you from the Upper West Side all the way down to Brooklyn. If you get hungry, stop by your closest Sweetgreen, a NYC…

A Brief History Of New York City Subway Performers

Performers and musicians are as fundamental to the character of the New York City subway as train delays. And yet, the issue of subway and even street performances has been highly contested in the city for decades. In fact, in the 1930s, New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia referred to these musicians as “beggars” and banned…

5 Hiking Spots on O’ahu

One of the great things about being on O‛ahu is that, despite the crowds in downtown Honolulu and the traffic snarls daily, just 5 or 10 minutes outside of town you’ll feel like you’re in a remote area far away from civilization. And there’s nothing quite like standing on a mountaintop or hill and looking…

41 West 72nd Street #7H

Offered at $1,195,000, this beautifully renovated large one bedroom is bright and spacious with a well-configured layout, all on a prime Upper West Side block. This unit has been completely gut renovated to the highest standards and offers solid oak floors, a kitchen outfitted with custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, marble countertops, solid wood doors…

The three most telling indicators about the strength of Honolulu’s real estate market are: 1) steadily rising average and median home prices; 2) an absorption rate under 3 months; and 3) 810 Honolulu home sales closed last month, and single family homes received 99.1% of asking price while condos received 98.6% of asking price. It’s…

45 Lispenard Street #2E

$3,695,000 / Enjoy wide-open loft living with abundant sunlight in this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom quintessential historic Tribeca loft. No detail was overlooked in the full renovation, designed by Raad Studio. From the moment you enter the home, you are greeted by southern sunlight that floods the entry and great room. Fourteen foot barrel vaulted ceilings, blonde…

Big Wave Season: Fall Honolulu Events

Fall is in the air! In Honolulu, we celebrate the month-long Aloha Festival in September. Throughout October there are art, music and food events unlike any you’ve seen before. And then it’s ‘all eyes on the ocean’ as locals and visitors eagerly await the big surf competitions in November. And to make this a season…

The Honolulu Market remains hot, with condos and single family homes still spending an average of ~ 2 weeks on the market before selling at 99% of the listing price. Less than 3 months of an absorption rate for single family homes and condos indicates extremely high demand for the approximately 3,400 homes currently on…

Boat Rides around Hawai‛i

The author Mark Twain called Hawai‛i “the loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean.” And one of the most memorable ways to view the islands is from the ocean. Distractions melt away. There’s only the seashore, the lapping waves, the mountain tops…and you. Each of the Hawaiian islands is unique. From the…

Neighborhood Spotlight: Kaka’ako

Photo courtesy of Kaka‛ako Improvement Association Kaka‛ako is one of O‛ahu’s most vibrant urban neighborhoods. Nestled on the south shore of O‛ahu between the financial hub of downtown Honolulu and the tourist hub of Waikiki, Kaka‛ako is an ideal location for the mix of high-rise condos and businesses developing to meet the needs of young…

Welcome to summer! July 4th is here, Q2 is behind us, and the market is still in the midst of a correction. After median Manhattan sales prices increased 40% from 2011 to 2017, submarkets in NYC have been correcting themselves for between 12-24 months. Since this time last year, median prices are down 4%, sales have dipped 11%, and there…

New York City Pizza

In New York City, pizza can be a more contentious topic than politics. NYC is home to some of the greatest pizza geniuses of all time, so the competition for making the perfect pie is stiff. With delicious, creative options in seemingly every neighborhood, the pizza scene in New York City can be overwhelming, even…

New York City Summer Events

Summer is the season when the city really comes alive, with seemingly endless rosters of cultural and foodie events to enjoy. From checking out a film on the Hudson River or in Long Island City’s Socrates Sculpture Park, to sampling the city’s absolute best streetcar-food, you’re sure to find plenty to keep you busy during…

Honolulu Summer Events

Honolulu is an exciting place at any season, but there’s nothing like celebrating summer in the islands. Here are some of the best Honolulu Summer Events this year: 

Perfect Burger Search / Honolulu Edition

When you think about eating in Hawai‛i, the thought of a big, juicy hamburger may not be the first thing that crosses your mind, yet the 50th State has quite a few ‘hamburger joints’ that could compete against the best in any of the other 49 and beyond. To make your search easier when you get…

This month’s market update covers a range of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens pricing as well as median sales prices across all NYC boroughs. The highest current price per square foot can be found in NoHo, where median prices are $2,750 per square foot, while the lowest prices can be found in Brownsville, where median prices…

Farmers’ Markets Around Honolulu

More than any other state in the U.S., farmers’ markets in Hawai‛i are a smorgasbord of tropical produce and international cultures and foods. They are not your run-of-the-mill farm-to-table events. Honolulu farmers’ markets are teeming with exotic fruits and vegetables. Dragon fruit, passion fruit, papaya, apple bananas, mango, guava, lychee, and star fruit, to name…

Historically Significant New Development Sites

The changing skyline is one of the most certain features of modern-day New York City, with new buildings breaking ground – or filing permits to break ground – on a daily basis. Where they rise once stood buildings that were important in their day; unfortunately not all of these important buildings can be salvaged, but…

Honolulu Architecture

Honolulu, the city that has welcomed visitors to its sandy shores for centuries, has a unique architectural mix in its Downtown areas. Each building reflects a period in time important to the Hawaiian islands, and is a window into the evolution of this naturally beautiful coastal metropolis. The Honolulu office of the American Institute of…

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…