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QUOTE OF THE DAY - LOUISE PHILLIPS FORBES TO THE REAL DEAL 

September 1, 2014

Halstead’s Louise Phillips Forbes was interviewed by The Real Deal recently about the growing price gap between condos and townhouses in NYC. Forbes credits the surge in new condo developments as having “a run on our luxury market” resulting in seemingly affordable townhomes. As The Real Deal points out, single-family home prices are on the rise in the city, but are not increasing as quickly as prices of luxury condos. There are developers who are tapping into the city’s townhouse market by building townhouse units into new condo projects, The Real Deal reports. As Louise notes, such ventures appeal to buyers who are not interested in condo or co-op living.   

Read the full article here. 

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TEN MOST IMPRESSIVE FEATURES OF 1965 BROADWAY PENTHOUSE 3-BC 

Welcome to the extraordinary Penthouse 3-BC at 1965 Broadway—a luxury condominium building just steps away from Lincoln Center. Aptly referred to as a “townhouse in the sky,” this three-story home has seven-eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms and boasts 360 degrees of city views. Halstead’s Louise Phillips Forbes is the co-broker for this property, whose asking price is upon request. From top-of-the-line design elements and electronic systems to sprawling indoor/outdoor spaces—we counted down the ten most impressive features in this exquisite Manhattan home: 

1. Space, Space and More Space – The size of the penthouse totals to a staggering 10,100 square feet. The interior is 8,100 square feet while two terraces take up the remaining 2,000 square feet. All three floors have their own entrances, and the lower level is set up as an entirely separate apartment for staff or long-term guests. Essentially, the home has the feel of a mansion not an apartment 33 stories above Broadway.

2. Priceless Views – Penthouse 3-BC may as well rival the best observation decks in the city. Sightlines include as far north as the George Washington Bridge and as far south as the Freedom Tower with Central Park (and its reservoir), Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle and Midtown in between.

3. A Spectacular Great Room This 1,500-square foot living room includes floor-to-ceiling windows, two seating areas and an ultra modern glass-and-bronze fireplace that is sure to be a conversation piece at any gathering. There is also a sleek, stone bar (decked out with wine coolers and a dishwasher) making this the ultimate space for cocktail parties and other large events. Alternatively, the great room is suited for another kind of entertaining. The space transforms into a home theater with the help of a drop-down screen, projector, speakers and black-out shades.

4. Not One, But Two Terraces Designed by Thomas Balsley Associates, both terraces are beautifully landscaped and irrigated. The larger terrace on the main floor is located off of a breakfast room via electronic sliding doors. In fact, these doors were placed into the home by way of a crane. Each of the terraces has lounge and dining areas along with elevated planter boxes giving the design an artistic touch. Best of all, the outdoor spaces offer unbeatable north, south, east and west-facing views.

5.  A Chef’s Dream KitchenWe weren’t kidding when we said that Penthouse 3-BC is the ideal home for entertaining. The Boffi-designed, main-floor kitchen is equipped with double ovens/stoves, three sinks, three dishwashers and two refrigerators. The stainless steel and Corian walls and surfaces keep up with the home’s sleek design aesthetic. A second kitchen is located on the lower floor, which could be used by live-in staff, guests or caterers.

6. Breakfast Room By Day, Elegant Dining Room By Night – Breakfast and dining rooms are typically overlooked, but not at Penthouse 3-BC. The breakfast room comes with two Sub-Zero refrigerators, a wine cooler and a coffee machine by Miele built into the wall. This room begs for leisurely mornings with the terrace doors open for an airy, indoor-outdoor experience. The dining room is complete with dramatic details like custom wood panels on the ceiling and a double fireplace. Of course, the surrounding nighttime glimmer of Midtown and Lincoln Center Plaza add to the mood. 

7. A Resort-Like Master SuiteThis corner bedroom has two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and enough space for a seating area. There are walnut and bronze built-ins and a dressing room off of the bathroom, which impresses with 25 slabs of onyx stone.

8. High-Tech StudyWorking from home never looked better. Located off of the great room, the “study” has a stone desk for two with “pop-up” computer screens. There is also a flat screen TV fixed into the ceiling that pivots and turns. The study is large enough to fit a massage table because with work comes needed down time.

9.A Tech Lover’s Paradise The study is not the only room to marvel at cool gadgets. In fact, the entire penthouse is tricked out with electronics. Crestron and Lutron HomeWork systems have allowed for 16 security cameras, electronic shades (throughout), central music and the ability to electronically control lights, TVs and so on.

10. All in the Details The home’s unique design elements amp up a luxurious, modern aesthetic. Distressed, walnut floors can be found throughout as well as custom wood doors that were made in Italy. The “free-floating” staircase that connects the main and middle floors looks like a work of art with its jet-black steps and steel and glass handrail. A gallery-like hallway has a bronze ceiling and fibre optic and halogen lights perfect for illuminating artwork. 

Click here to learn more about this knock-out home high above The Upper West Side. 

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Contact Halstead Property’s Louise Phillips Forbes to inquire about this listing. 

NYC MUST DO: 2014 MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL 

By: Team Hermann, Licensed Real Estate Salesteam at Halstead Property’s Washington Heights Office.

Hear ye, hear ye, all hail the 2014 Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park

Every autumn, the scenic hills and dales of Fort Tryon Park in Northern Manhattan are transformed into a Medieval Kingdom, complete with a cast of kings and queens, jousters and jesters, and even a castle. This year’s Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park is on September 28th, from 11:30AM to 6PM.

It includes medieval music, dance, crafts, drama, comedy, puppets and games for all the members of your royal family.  It’s a great opportunity to visit the park that is already a favorite destination for all New York City residents, particularly those interested in the period art and architecture that is The Cloisters. Within it’s authentic halls, you can see a suit of armor and period tapestries that depict the life and times of the people in Medieval Europe, then return to the Festival and enjoy live tournaments with knights, horses and carriages.  

The park offers a lovely backdrop for a picnic over looking the scenic Hudson River and the majestic Palisades, and there is always the Royal Food Court at the festival.  You might also consider a short stroll to the heart of Hudson Heights, to try one of a variety of restaurants along 187th Street or Fort Washington Avenue. My personal favorite is Rusty Mackerel, just off 187th St. on Pinehurst Ave. (A reservation is recommended.)  Finally, after a regal repast, and if you are considering looking for a castle of your very own, you can visit us, Team Hermann, at the Halstead Property Washington Heights office located at 819 West 187th Street. 

Be, then, my lords and ladies, till the Festival.

Visit Team Hermann’s website and connect with RoseAnn Hermann over email, and George Hermann over email to learn more.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of RoseAnn and George Hermann and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

2014 Darien Road Race

Halstead Property is proud to have sponsored the 35th Annual Darien Road Race benefiting The Community Fund of Darien who’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for those in need through volunteer service acts of people helping people, and locally changing lives with investments of time, expertise and financial support. On behalf of a collaborative effort from an extended network of volunteers, TCFD is able to foster strategic and financial leadership with proper allocation of resources, and subsequent assessment of underlying causes of community issues. On September 14th, 2014 Halstead Property Connecticut agents eagerly volunteered their time and smiles to lend a hand and cheer on over 500 runners in the annual community event that features a 10K and 1.5 mile loop around the beautiful and picturesque coastline at Pear Tree Point Beach. More than $950,000 has been raised over the last 35 years thanks to generous participation and donations to support local non-profits in Stamford, Norwalk and Darien who are working to improve the lives of at-risk youth, families in need and those suffering from the effects of poverty,  homelessness, hunger, mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and more.   

Click here for more info on how you can get involved before the 2015 Darien Road Race and learn how you can also participate by volunteering your time and still make a generous donation to worthy causes. Be sure to visit them on Facebook for photos of past races and for the latest details on upcoming events.

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SUPERHEROES HELP STOMP OUT BULLYING WITH ROSS ELLIS

Superhero greats like Captain America and Spider Man are here to fight the battle of their lives against the meanest villain of all – bully’s.

As of 2014, 1 out of 4 teens are victims of bullying and for every 7 minutes that goes by, a child is bullied on the playground. It is a cause that is near and dear to everyone’s hearts, even Hulk Hogan and Legendary Star-Lord were once afflicted by menacing acts of injustices known as bullying that today, affects millions of students across the country. Needless to say the nationwide fight to end bullying is of the utmost importance, and in support of this universal goal we are proud to share news of another great achievement for our award-winning agent and founder of STOMP Out Bullying, Ross Ellis.

Multiple award-winning non-profit STOMP, the nation’s leading anti-bullying and cyber bullying prevention organization for kids and teens in America and has joined forces with Marvel Comics to spread awareness for the growing epidemic during October, National Bullying Prevention Month. STOMP’s partnership with Walt Disney subsidiary Marvel Comics, one of the world’s leading character-based entertainment companies, will feature a month-long campaign of special edition magazine covers featuring custom designed images that “send a clear message about how our heroes feel about bullying in all its forms.

Avid superhero comics and kids of all ages may be surprised to learn that Spider Man formerly went by the name of “Punky Parker,” a moniker gifted to him by his snickering teenage classmates before he was able to courageously leap tall buildings in a single bound, and he was not alone. Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief of Marvel Comics  states that “the center of Marvel’s storytelling history is the eternal struggle between good and evil, with many of its greatest super heroes having to contend with – and rise above – bullying, in all its forms,”  and as STOMP Out Bullying president Ross Ellis said in an interview with TODAY.com, “many comic book superheroes, and particularly those in the Marvel universe, were victims of bullying, felt isolated, and were ridiculed and shunned as kids and teens.”Ellis went on to explain that a team of the most talented artists at Marvel Comics successfully created an arsenal of emotionally charged magazine covers in partnership to spread awareness that October is National Bullying Prevention Month and to,

 “convey the message that no matter who you are, you can be a superhero in your own right by standing up and taking action by joining the fight to eradicate the bullying and cyberbullying epidemic.”

In making strides to eradicate the evil perils of bullying, Captain America will grace one cover in a scene that depicts a heroic intervention during a locker-room brawl to represent clear, physical forms of bullying. We are also reminded by Ellis that “bullying transcends all boundaries,” and some of the most cruel and hurtful acts of injustices come in very subtle forms which Marvel demonstrates through another cover that stars Gamora of the Guardians of the Galaxy who befriends a child that is sitting alone on the sidelines watching peers play a joyful game of soccer. While in another, her teammates Rocket Raccoon and Groot join a boy who has been exiled to his own table in the school cafeteria reflecting a scenario that is all too common today, one where it is evident that although “physical bullying results in bumps and bruises, the psychological effects are what really stick with you.”

Additionally, in 2008 STOMP successfully orchestrated the first ever Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention that enlists kids, teens and adults across the nation to come together and unify in solidarity against bullying. However most importantly, after a month of  being in the spotlight hopefully America’s greatest superheros will have ingrained in our minds that “the power of standing up for others, for being a friend, for having empathy, for being kind to others, for being tolerant, and for having understanding,” is the greatest gift of all.

The Halstead Property family is proud to acknowledge Ross’ commendable humility and generosity and praises Ross for demonstrating such amazing commitment to an even more worthy cause. Not only an award-winning and accomplished agent, among being named one of the Top-Rated Nonprofits for 2012 by GreatNonprofits and a top charity by Conscious Magazine, Ross has been honored as 1 of 3 recipients of the Longines Town & Country Award for Women Who Make A Difference. We’re further elated to help spread news that under her direction, STOMP Out Bullying has helped over 8,900 students and has saved an incredible 114 lives over the course of just last year. It’s important to note that albeit such inspiring progress, these numbers are consistently changing on a daily basis thus requiring ongoing continued support from individuals and organizations alike.

Click here to read the entire interview with Ross Ellis on TODAY, and preview the exciting line-up of Marvel Comic magazine covers here.

Visit STOMPoutbullying.org to learn more about how you make a difference by getting involved today, and follow STOMP on Facebook and Twitter for continued updates.

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Connect with Ross directly and contact her over email, or visit her agent website to learn more. 

ECOLOGIC - THE PEOPLE MARCH

By: Madeleine Dale, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, West Side Office.

On Sunday September 21, thousands will assemble at 11:30 for the People’s Climate March.  Be prepared for crowds.  The event starts on 86th Street and Central Park West, continues down 6th Ave to 42nd street and ends on 11th Ave and 34th Street.  325 groups, including 350.org , Greenpeace and  World Wildlife Fund  have organized the public action to coincide with the opening of the UN Climate Summit.

Truth be told, the people are doing their part. New Yorkers  recycled 600 million pounds or garbage, almost 1 million pounds of clothing and ½ a million pounds of electronics and reusable goods.  Efficiency measures like thermostatic adjustments, switching incandescent light bulbs to CFLs and fuel efficient vehicles have curbed the rise of national CO2 emissions from 20tons per person in 2000 to 17 tons.  Still, on a per person basis, the U.S. ranks third (trailing Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates). Individuals plucking the low hanging fruit just don’t have the muscle to grapple with significant offenders like power plants which account for 40% of the CO2 emissions in the atmosphere.  

As a result of burning fossil fuels the planet is  on the edge of 5 major tipping points:  artic  melting, global temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius, ocean acidification, tundra methane release and CO2 in the atmosphere crossing 400 parts per million.  Horror shows on the weather channel are just a taste of potential disasters in the wake of crossing these red lines.  While it’s too late to turn back the clock on the amount of greenhouse gasses already in the atmosphere, the goal is to prevent a day after.  Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and environmental historian has noted “even if we do everything right at this point, 2 degrees is about as good as we can hope for.”

Since 1992, the U.S. has ignored carbon caps first proposed at the Earth Summit.  Locally, NYC is equally guilty of playing ostrich.   Some of the lowest-lying areas on the shoreline are slated for development.  Commercial revival in locations flooded during Hurricane Sandy s shows “Resilience.”  Resilience is not immunity and proving that a place can bounce back from an isolated event provides a false sense of security.  Fossil fuels are the basis of industrial society but carbon caps won’t pull the rug out from under civilization.  Currently viable energy options account for a 30% mix of renewables on the German electrical grid.  The problem is a shortage of wisdom i.e., the focus on the Keystone Pipeline to transport extracted tar sands that will exacerbate CO2 emissions as opposed to a pipeline for water from Canada to drought stricken California.

The People’s March is a call to prioritize.  Since the burst of collaborative energy in the 1970s brought about the Clean Air Act of 1970, Endangered Species Act of 1973 and Clean Drinking Water Act of 1974, the environment has taken a back seat.  Now stress on the planet has expanded the mandate from concerns about safety to concerns about survival.  Marchers in NYC on Sunday will be joined by groups in Rio, Paris, Deli and London to raise the banner for action  on the even of  the UN Climate Summit.

To connect with me you can contact me over email, or visit my agent website to learn more.

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Thoughts of Eco Logic are those of Madeleine Dale and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: AMERICAN BEAUTY

Travel back to yesteryear with a visit to this gorgeous custom designed home in the idyllic countryside setting of Greenwich, Connecticut. The classic colonial-revival manse is on over an acre of land where the grass is as green as the shiniest emerald you have ever seen, and presents a picture perfect setting to enjoy the warm sun, crystal clear blue skies and the sound of trees swaying from a soft New England breeze. It seems impossible, yet somehow over 5,000 square feet of space inside evokes a warm and inviting atmosphere throughout the entire four bedroom home with elegant antique oak floors and custom millwork that will leave you in awe.

Click here to see more of this beautiful Connecticut property.

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: GRAND AND GRACIOUS

Nothing says welcome home like an entry foyer like this with a pair of stately pillar columns that give way to an exceptionally renovated apartment on West End Avenue. Grand living and prewar sophistication abound as your eyes wander down the hallway where a colossal great room and formal dining room area with massive picture windows and beautiful hardwood floors await your company. The 5 bedroom cooperative home also boasts a generously sized eat-in-kitchen with a lovely Juliette balcony for priceless old world charm.

Click here to learn more about this apartment located in a full-service Upper West Side cooperative building.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: BROWSTONE BEAUTY

Just half a block from Central Park you will find this calming city oasis where the scent of crisp, cool autumn air and warm afternoon sun beckons you to sit down and relax. The beautifully landscaped south facing garden lies on the grounds of a stately landmarked townhouse with easy-access from a creatively designed four room duplex on the Upper West Side with an open layout and hardwood floors throughout. Enter the garden level great room that reveals an open kitchen with romantic recessed lighting, and make your way to a gracious sized bedroom on the same level that is currently used as a den, while a lower level boasts two bonus rooms with direct access to the picturesque private garden that is decked for ease of entertaining, and is landscaped with trees and a rainbow of colored flowers.

Click here to discover more about this landmark brownstone home.  

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THE VIRTUAL RENOVATION ADVANTAGE 

Our very own Director of Web Marketing & Social Media, Matt Leone, appeared on CNBC yesterday to discuss the advantages of Halstead’s Virtual Renovation. This innovative marketing solution involves digitally performing a gut renovation and redesign of a space by adding new flooring, paint, furniture, lighting, etc. This could be done to kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms and even façades.  Essentially, we provide “before” and “after” shots of the home’s current state and its virtually remodeled renderings on halstead.com. 14 Leroy Street is an example of Virtual Renovation. In fact, CNBC filmed the segment on location at this West Village townhouse. Matt explains that virtually renovated images benefit buyers who struggle to see a home’s potential:

“There are a lot of clients out there that can see through that and have a vision and be able to buy property based on line-of-sight and see where it can be. But, there are others that can’t see through that.”

CNBC’s Diana Olick adds that this solution has proven beneficial to agents with international clients. Halstead.com also experienced 30% more traffic after unveiling these renderings. Virtual Renovation is similar to another marketing solution: Virtual Stager, which furnishes vacant rooms. At Halstead virtually anything is possible in marketing our exclusive properties.

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FROM MINSK TO MANHATTAN – BIG CITY REAL ESTATE

By: Olga Bidun, Licensed Associate Real Estate Salesperson Halstead Property Westside Office.

In August I was fortunate to visit the country of my birth – Belarus - to visit my family and friends, and to relax from the hustle and bustle of New York City.  Belarus is one of the former Soviet Republics.  It is nestled between Russia, Poland and the Ukraine.  While the capital, Minsk, is a European city of almost 2 million people, most of the country is covered with breathtaking pine forests and lakes.  When visiting, I compared notes with a real estate agent from Minsk and I hope you’ll find what I discovered interesting:

All Rooms are Not Counted Equally:

First of all, when you talk about the size of the apartment in Minsk, you count all of the rooms except kitchen and bathrooms.  For example, if you’d like to buy a 2BR, 1BA apartment with a family room in Minsk, you and your agent would be looking for a “three room” apartment.

Comparing Size, Price, Rates & Fees:

In Belarus, they also measure the apartments differently than in New York – buyers and sellers think of the size in square meters, rather than square feet.   The conversion is straightforward, just multiply the size of your Minsk apartment by 10.8 to get the approximate size in square feet.

The Average Price per Sq. Ft:

  • Minsk $167
  • NYC $1,200 
  • NYC Premium 719%

Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax):

  • Minsk $560 
  • NYC $4,300 
  • NYC Premium 768%

Mortgage Interest Rate: 

  • Minsk 33.53%  
  • NYC 4.1%
  • NYC Premium 818%

Sample Price of a 2000 Sq Ft Apartment:

  • Minsk $334,000 
  • NYC $2,400,000  
  • NYC Premium 719%

Estimated Monthly Payment Based Upon 20% down:

  • Minsk $7,500 
  • NYC $9,300 
  • NYC Premium 124%

As you can see from the findings above, Minsk offers great value – if you don’t have to finance your mortgage at over 33%! Unlike New York where the seller pays the broker, in Belarus, it’s the buyer who pays the broker’s fee of somewhere between 2-4%. One of the similarities is that the Russian buyers are making their way there as well. 

Recommendation:

Whether in Manhattan or Minsk, the best way to navigate through the sometimes foreign process of buying an apartment is to work with a licensed real estate agent to ensure that your interests are always foremost and that cumbersome paperwork is managed seamlessly.

Connect with me over email or visit my agent website to learn more about the best New York City neighborhood tips, and for all of your New York City real estate needs. 

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Olga Bidun and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

MODERN MASTERPIECE AT 23 BEEKMAN PLACE

Tucked away along the East Side of Midtown Manhattan is an esteemed enclave of historically grand old townhouses and stately prewar residential apartment buildings known as Beekman Place. Spanning just  2 bucolic blocks between East 49th and East 51st Streets on an esteemed, idyllic bluff overlooking the East River - it is one of the shortest streets on the island of Manhattan where due to the unique and secluded character has attracted a continuously changing roster of prominent residents, including Paul Rudolph, one of the most celebrated and innovative American architects of the 20th century.

The influential modernist and former dean of the Yale School of Architecture purchased a neo-Georgian townhouse at 23 Beekman Place in 1976. The now internationally celebrated structure is recognized as the most important modernist living space in New York City with an unmistakable three-story steel-and-concrete penthouse jutting out above the street. The present day exterior of Rudolph’s nine-story townhouse has remained virtually unchanged over decades of undergoing transformations and renovations, and while Rudolph completed only six buildings in New York City - 23 Beekman Place stands out as one of the artists most personal and experimental designs throughout his prolific career.

The now-famous and remarkable cantilevered penthouse earned two awards from the American Institute of Architecture and was described by architect-critic Michael Sorkin as,

 “one of the most amazing pieces of modern urban domestic architecture produced in this country,”

A structure of four interconnected levels of the penthouse are encompassed by cantilevered floors, mezzanines, bridges, floating stairs, steel beams, and pergolas. Furthermore, Rudolph’s obsession with reflective surfaces can be seen throughout, as he wanted natural light to pour through top-to-bottom with wedged mirrors and Mylar everywhere. From the foyer, you can see up through various slits and peepholes to the roof, while many of the rooms boast levitating stairs with light deflecting from every angle.

Halstead Property is pleased to represent the the three-floor duplex gem where wondrous East River views can be found among all the famed characteristics of architecture royalty, Paul Rudolph.

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Click here to see more of this legendary Manhattan residence, and visit the agent websites of Halstead property’s Joanne Rockett and Jeffrey Peckage to learn more.

GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITIES & UPCOMING CAUSES 

At Halstead Property, our agents are not only neighborhood experts, but many are known to give back and serve as active members in community organizations. We’re proud to share that Halstead Property has its own private, philanthropic arm called Halstead Helping Hands, which supports not-for-profit causes and community-focused initiatives in our marketplaces. Halstead Helping Hands kicked off to a company-wide reach only this spring, and it has already achieved so much. We currently have 17 agents in 13 of our offices (including Brooklyn, Connecticut, Hoboken and Riverdale) who serve as Halstead Helping Hands ambassadors. Over the course of 2014 our agents have participated in a number of successful causes.

Most recently, our CEO Diane Ramirez, President Jim Gricar, along with several other Halstead executives took the plunge with the ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge. Halstead Helping Hands took the cause a step further by promising that for every agent, staff member and executive who takes the #IceBucketChallenge, Halstead Property will donate $5.00. The result is expected to be at least a $2,500 donation (agents have until the end of September to complete). Check out the video of Diane and Jim’s #IceBucketChallenge here.

In the spring, Halstead Helping Hands partnered with New York Cares at the Red Hook Community Farm (Added Value) in Brooklyn for New York Cares Day, in which volunteers across the city helped spruce up our green spaces. 20+ Halstead agents, executives and staff members rolled up their sleeves at Red Hook Community Farm (run by non-profit, Added Value) and tended to soil beds, seeding and other tasks. Read more about this successful event here.

After the tragic explosion in East Harlem this past March, our Executive Director of Sales in Harlem, Sandy Wilson, organized a company-wide relief effort on behalf of Halstead Helping Hands. Our Halstead family generously participated in the clothing and food drives, which resulted in over 75 bags donated to victims and others in need.

Lastly, Halstead honored Park Avenue broker Elaine Tross with the Halstead Helping Hands Award earlier this year for her successful coat drive in association with New York Care’s 25th Annual Coat Drive. Elaine collected a staggering 600+ coats last winter. Read more about her incredible achievement here.

Our Connecticut offices have also been actively giving back to their communities. In May, the Darien office sponsored a volunteer luncheon with The Community Fund of Darien. Coming up this Sunday is the biggest event of the year for this office: the 35th Annual Darien Road Race. Approximately 15 volunteers from the Darien office will pass out water to runners at a Halstead water station. Read all about the road race and the organizations it supports here. During the holidays the Stamford office sponsors 15 children in need through Inspirica. The children receive three gifts each from our Stamford family. The Wilton and Westport offices also participate in an Inspirica toy drive for 40 children during the holidays, and have worked with homeless shelter, Homes with Hope in Westport. Last year these two offices organized a blanket drive in which 34 blankets were donated to those in need via Homes with Hope. 

We’re ecstatic to announce that Halstead Helping Hands has a busy fall 2014 schedule. Halstead Helping Hands will once again partner with New York Cares in three initiatives: Fall Day of Service (October 18), Winter Wishes (fall 2014) and the annual coat drive (starting in November). Stay tuned for more stories of success and support in the coming months.

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To learn more about Halstead Helping Hands email helpinghands@halstead.com.

NEVER FORGET

Today we pause for a moment to reflect on the events of 9/11/01 and remember those lost on that tragic day.

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: LOOK AROUND YOU

Live like the Jeffersons’ once said, “movin’ on up, to a deluxe apartment in the sky…”  At thisstriking condominium in Murray Hill Kips Bay, you can see all around you from within the corner unit living room with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the entire New York City skyline. Couldn’t you get used to staring idly at iconic landmarks like both the Chrysler and MetLife buildings with tranquil views of the East River and Long Island City in your periphery? We sure could. It’s evident that the one-bedroom apartment has been meticulously maintained due to the shear beauty and noticeably quality of hardwood strip floors throughout, granite counter tops, maple cabinets and a luxurious marble bathroom.  A round the clock concierge and doorman are at your beck and call within this renowned full-service condominium building.  

Click here to discover more about this marvelous Manhattan condominium. 

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