Central Park – from the Boat Pond to Strawberry Fields

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I had another blog post written for this week, complete with photos. Then, New York City decided to break into spring – finally, after a persistent and painful winter, it was suddenly warm, sunny, and bursting with new blooms. I was compelled to take a dérive in Central Park, as it beckoned a block from [...] Read More

Party Animal

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“Everybody, this is Ted and Annette Fleming! Ted has a small carpet cleaning business in receivership; Annette’s drawing a salary from a deferred bonus from two years ago! They got fifteen thousand left on the house at eight percent.  So they’re okay! So, does anybody wanna play Parcheesi?” – Rick Moranis in Ghostbusters I have [...] Read More

The High Line

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In previous blog posts I have discussed the concept of a dérive, an unplanned walk through an urban environment, and also mused on why city dwellers might be willing to pay a premium for a view of nature. This week’s derive is a little less unplanned, but might be one of the best examples of [...] Read More

A bank of flowers along the High Line.

A Primer for Buyers in a Hot Seller’s Market

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NYC property values have been rising steadily for more than two years. According to reports from the major brokerages, the number of closed transactions in Q1 2014 was at a seven year high, setting new records with average apartment prices exceeding $1.7M. Limited supply and high demand have become chronic market conditions which continue to [...] Read More

Times Square into Hell’s Kitchen

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My previous blog posts about taking unplanned walks in an urban environment (a dérive) have all centered around the Upper East Side of Manhattan. As Monty Python would say, “And now, for something completely different!”  This dérive will begin in what is perhaps the area of Manhattan that residents love to hate, Times Square, and [...] Read More

Times Square - someone is always taking a photo!

The value of a city view

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A few weeks ago I gave my personal perspective on the value of an apartment with a view of nature after touring a series of Upper East Side penthouses with terraces. Recently I was able to view a spectacular apartment on the Upper West Side with tremendous south facing city views; even the master bathroom [...] Read More

Movin’ on up, Part 2

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“You can’t always get what you want” – The Rolling Stones. Mick wasn’t kidding when he penned that song.  And I’m not talking about crazy wishes like Austin Power’s arch nemesis, Dr. Evil, wanting sharks with lasers on their heads.  I’m talking reasonable wishes, like 2 bedrooms and 2 baths in Lower Manhattan with natural [...] Read More

Lenox Hill

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Although there are many wonderful parts of New York City, and I plan to be walking through many in upcoming posts, after describing parts of Yorkville, Carnegie Hill, and Upper Carnegie Hill into El Barrio (see previous blog entries), it made sense to complete my tour of the Upper East Side with a dérive in [...] Read More