Bored by the Board, Part Two – The Halloween Manifesto

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In her charming and funny book “The Last Blind Date” (full disclosure, I am in there as her real estate agent), Linda Yellin allows a whole chapter for her co-op Board experience. Coming from Chicago, or anywhere else in the world, I understand how bizarre and invasive this process can seem. Since 2011 has been [...] Read More

Are you shopping 2nd Avenue?

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You can’t help but notice, if you’ve been anywhere on the East Side near Second Avenue, that there’s some MAJOR construction going on for the 2nd Avenue subway. What may be escaping you (if you don’t live anywhere on the East Side where you routinely are near Second Avenue) is that there are a plethora [...] Read More

Downtown and Close to Earth

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The Friendly, Courteous Connoisseur Just Around the Corner Sure, Downtown Cellars (formerly The Greene Grape Downtown) has about 240 different bottles of wine from all over Europe, South America, Australia, South Africa and other far-flung and close-to-home wine-growing regions. They stock a wide variety for any occasion or mood, but it’s the staff that really [...] Read More

Manhattan Market Mondays: Off to…Westport!

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No, that is most certainly NOT a typo. Despite my never-ending adoration of my beloved hometown and home borough, I have been known to depart for short periods and visits. But how might you ask, did I end up heading to Westport? Well it all started with Twitter, which lead to an RE Bar Camp, [...] Read More

Sushi and Massage While You Wait

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Paul Tiberio is Senior Vice President of Duane Reade, which opened one of its newest 24-hour locations on Wall Street just last month. An impressive 22,000 square feet, it also happens to be the single largest of all their New York City stores, said Tiberio, a testament to the Financial District’s explosive growth in recent [...] Read More

NEW YORK’S ENDURING MAGNETISM

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Following is my Manhattan Market Watch column for November publication. The world news is sobering indeed, but in New York, we have much for which to be grateful. October 2, 2011.  I’ve taken to begin these columns with a dateline because the global economic picture is unclear and can change on a dime.  There’s no [...] Read More