Central Park in Winter

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Earlier this week we missed having three feet of snow in the city as the storm veered east by about 50 miles, but we still had enough snow to make Central Park a winter wonderland. This made me think about the advantages of living near the park, and that they are not limited to warm […]

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The Value of an Agent

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      Television programs about how to negotiate a real estate deal and how to renovate a residential property are on almost every channel these days. And what’s more, everyone proclaims to be a real estate expert: family, friends, and even your trusted doctor are quick to dispense advice. So as potential home buyers […]

Long Island City

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  Do you look back now and wish you had bought into Williamsburg or Dumbo 10 or 15 years ago? (I know I do.) Today’s dérive (an unplanned walk in an urban environment) takes place in a neighborhood that you may be feeling that way about in the very near future – and in fact, […]

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It In 2015

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This new year will feel a little like Yogi Berra’s “déjà vu all over again.” Real estate headlines for 2015 will echo many of last year’s dominant themes with a few twists. Take a look. A shrinking housing stock of resale apartments has become chronic. After two years of property shortages, absorption rates are decreasing […]

Morningside Heights

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Bounded by Manhattan Valley to the south, Harlem to the north, Morningside Park to the east, and Riverside Park and the Hudson River to the West, Morningside Heights is an area with a long history (an important Revolutionary War battle was fought here) and many illustrious former residents (F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Gershwin, Cecil B. […]

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Dumbo

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If you have ever been to Paris, you will know the experience of feeling that every street frames a picture-perfect view. It’s not difficult to take a good photograph in Paris – the city displays itself in such a way that every shot turns out to be achingly gorgeous. I love New York City, and […]

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Even the Mayor Requires a Permit

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          The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio was apparently dreaming of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” when he neglected to file for permits before putting up a new fence at Gracie Mansion.  If you recall, Tom Sawyer famously persuades the local children to do his chore of […]

Beekman Place

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Walking through midtown along First Avenue is a stereotypically hectic New York City experience, with multiple lanes of busy traffic, shops, and restaurants creating a noisy and bustling ambiance. Walk just a few steps east of First on 51st Street, however, and it is as if the city has magically melted away. Welcome to Beekman Place, […]

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Location, Location, Location

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Lookie loos, prospective buyers and real estate professionals all enjoy exploring available homes in all shapes and sizes, both near and far.  We delight in fantasizing and dreaming big.  When it is time to get serious and purchase a property, not all home sizes and locations will meet our design aesthetic, personal needs, or budget. […]

December in New York City

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Throughout history, as the days get shorter and the weather cooler in the Northern Hemisphere, people have steeled themselves against the coming winter by holding festivals of light. From the Pagan Yule celebration of the ancient Germanic people, to Saturnalia celebrated by the Romans, and continuing through today’s celebrations of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Diwali, we […]

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