Renovation Plans and Permits

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Home renovations are time consuming and costly, so establishing—and sticking to—a strategy to stay on budget is critical. And too often, in an effort to stay on budget, property owners cut corners that will ultimately come back to haunt them when they seek to sell their homes. Side-stepping the permits, licenses and approvals needed for [...] Read More

Central Park in Autumn

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It’s no secret to anyone who has read my blog posts that I adore Central Park. New York City’s jewel, it occupies a surprisingly large rectangle in the center of Manhattan. Its geometric edges belie the diverse topography within the park itself – pick a different entrance and a different segment of the park each [...] Read More

NYC NEW DEVELOPMENTS ARE BOOMING!

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New residential construction is booming in New York City. Pounding jack-hammers and vibrating power saws provide the backdrop din; monster construction cranes and huge cement trucks crowd the streets; giant lego-like barriers divert pedestrian traffic; billboards on elaborate scaffolding and tall screens broadcast the players of a thriving construction industry. New development building is not [...] Read More

Gramercy Park

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Most neighborhoods in New York City have a story to tell – generally, it is a cyclical one, perhaps from farmland to residential, to tenements, and back to gentrification. There are however a few areas of New York City that have remained remarkably stable. One of these is the Gramercy Park neighborhood, which was created [...] Read More

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Plan Today In Preparation of Tomorrow

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Life is too short to spend too much of our time worrying about ourselves or a loved one becoming ill or dying. There’s no escaping the inevitable, however, and it’s extremely important to prepare for anything and everything to ensure that our wishes and the wishes of our loved ones are carried out. When it [...] Read More

Murray Hill

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  Have you ever watched an old movie or television program and heard someone’s phone number expressed as “Murray Hill” followed by five numbers (for instance, the Ricardos in I Love Lucy were at MH5-9975)? That telephone exchange once covered all of the east side of Manhattan, with an East 37th Street building serving as the hub. The [...] Read More

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Selling a Home through Proper Marketing

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While it’s true that homes and properties are the heart of the real estate market, marketing plays a significant role in facilitating the best price in the shortest timeframe. I actually can’t stress enough how important marketing is. Simply put, it’s not enough to have a great property. As I think about the importance that [...] Read More

Manhattan Valley

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Recently I was looking for a townhouse for a customer, and came across one on Manhattan Avenue and 105th Street. While I suppose I would have thought of this address as being either “Upper-Upper West Side” or “Lower Morningside Heights” before spending some time there, I have since learned that the area bounded by 110th [...] Read More

Some perspective on New York City’s changing skyline

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It seemed that 432 Park Avenue would keep going up forever – whenever we would become accustomed to the height of this impossible-to-miss new addition to the New York City skyline, it would add another few floors. However, it has finally topped off; it is the tallest residential building in the Western hemisphere, taller even [...] Read More

Know Your Estate and Gift Tax Laws

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We’re all guilty of putting off discussions about wills and estate planning. In the grand scope of our lives, too many other things seem more important right now, and most of us tend to believe we have all the time in the world to consider circumstances that seem so far off in the future. But [...] Read More