ETERNAL HOPE THIS SPRING

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Here’s a preview of my column for the May issue of Mann Report.  Happy Passover & Easter!   I’ve taken liberties with a line from Alexander Pope’s philosophical poem “The Essay on Man” for my title.  This spring, we’ve witnessed a new bounce in our residential marketplace along with a renewed buzz, increased activity and stabilizing prices.  As [...] Read More

Composting Collection at Union Square Green Market

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I tried vermicomposting in my apartment many years ago.  Let’s just say the worms didn’t love the ambiance.  But never say die and thanks to the Lower East Side Ecology Center, my guilt is assuaged as I tote my fruit and vegetable scraps to the bins at the northeast corner of the Green Market, Monday, [...] Read More

She’s GREEN and she’s for PEACE

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Lucky us! Cooper Union is only a few blocks away.  Saturday evening, damp but enthusiastic, we arrived at the Great Hall (where Lincoln gave his speech opposing Stephen Douglas on the question of federal power to regulate and limit the spread of slavery) to hear Idith Meshulam and Ensemble Pi’s  exciting Concert for Peace and [...] Read More

Confessions of a First Time Buyer – Part 3

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So Sally goes to Peru and has an amazing time, Shaman ceremonies, meditation, yoga, hiking to the top of Machu Picchu.  She had plenty of time to contemplate and while she was gone the property even had a price drop to $790,000, but regardless of that price drop things were basically at a stand still.  Sally felt strongly since nothing [...] Read More

Co-Op Boards are getting stricter, based on unemployment uncertainties and rising carrying costs

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It’s an interesting time out there for co-op boards, to be sure.  While some are loosening their standards to attract more suitors, others are tightening them … the topic of this post.    What does tightening actually look like? Some are discounting buyer liquid assets based on market volatility and uncertainty.  This translates into shaving an [...] Read More