Real estate and the human creative spirit

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Last week I was at the Association for International Art Dealers (AIPAD) show at the Park Avenue Armory. The abundance, diversity, and quality of the art shown in one space almost created a feeling of sensory overload, and I started to think about how thrilling it is to be in any place where the creative […]

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A ride on the Staten Island Ferry

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  How much would you expect to pay for an iconic boat ride with spectacular views of lower Manhattan, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty? If you want to pay, there are vendors who will allow you to do that, but a ride on the Staten Island Ferry, which delivers those views roughly every […]

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Financial District

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Recently I was fortunate enough to see the new musical “Hamilton” at the Public Theater (arriving on Broadway this summer), leading me to my last  blog  post – a walk through Hamilton Heights, the neighborhood in upper Manhattan where Alexander Hamilton had farmland and lived in his final two years. However, much of Alexander Hamilton’s […]

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FEMA: Photo by Rosanna Arias – Sep 09, 2013 Perhaps you’ve seen a caravan of flatbed trucks, one after another—complete with its own police escort—transporting large boxes encased in a protective seal travelling on the highway or local road. Most likely, these boxes aren’t floats for a local parade or a shipment of government drones. […]

Hamilton Heights

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The hottest ticket in New York City this year is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new musical, “Hamilton,” currently at the Public Theater on Lafayette Street but moving to Broadway this summer. Coincidentally the day after I was fortunate enough to see it, while searching for a new apartment for a couple, I found a possibility for them […]

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Single-family homes in New York City

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When one thinks of living in New York City, apartment living is the default – and in fact the majority of New Yorkers do live in multi-occupant housing, ranging from luxury high rises in Manhattan to duplexes in College Point, Queens. However, apartment living is a relatively recent development in NYC history, and even today […]

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MEASURE FOR MEASURE, OR NOT

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Standards for measuring NYC apartments would be a boon to the industry. It’s a subject I’ve broached before, and one that merits re-consideration. Without uniform guidelines, the challenge of computing accurate square footage in order to compare properties persists for agents and consumers alike. While price per square foot is only one of many factors […]

CEMA: A Strategy to Save Money at Closing

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  Purchasing a new home can be an expensive venture—and it involves quite a bit more than just the price of a property. In order to close on a property, buyers always face a bevy of settlement costs, which include everything from loan origination fees to appraisal charges to credit report costs. According to the […]

The Lower East Side

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What’s the first word that pops into your mind when you think of the Lower East Side of Manhattan? Tenements? Immigration? Delis? Nightlife? All of those would be correct associations, but we can now add gastropubs, new development high-rises, and trendy hotels to the mix. For this dérive (an unplanned walk in an urban environment), […]

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New Interpretation of the “Ability to Pay Rule” and a Surviving Family Member

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  “Pitt’s income tax” by James Gilray (Life time: 18th century) – Original publication: Cartoon Immediate Source   Losing a close friend or family member can be very difficult on an emotional level, however it can also be challenging from an estate management perspective as well.  In many cases, surviving loved ones must quickly learn […]