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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: LIVE IN THE LAP OF LUXURY

Amenity laden buildings are quite common today in New York City, but this Upper West Side home pictured above sets the bar to a whole new level. Never mind the pristine views and almost iridescent rays of sunshine that pour in through a wall of windows, the list of amenities you’ll find at this premier full service luxury building will make it feel like you are permanently living in the lap of luxury. 

Boredom is not on the menu here, as the building comes fully equipped with a bowling alley, driving range simulator, and both a basketball and squash court. It is a hyperactive paradise encapsulated into a beautiful rental home with a highly coveted open layout and unobstructed views of the Hudson River. 

Click here to learn more about this dream home. 

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WHERE IN THE….BRONX?

 By: Danielle Middleton, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Halstead Property East Side Office.

Trying to decipher the hundreds of fancy named New York City neighborhoods is part of the challenge of apartment hunting here in the Big Apple. Here is how most internet searches happen:

  1.  Enter Price range
  2. Enter All New York- because you’re just not sure where to go!

  3. Up comes results…Rosedale? Where’s that?

  4. Google Rosedale

  5. Back to back to results…St. Albans? HUH?

  6. Google St. Albans

 “St. Albans, Cypress Hills, Greenwood, Rosedale, Yorkville, Nolita….Where are these places?! Why is this so difficult?! OH, the inhumanity!”

Sound familiar?

Yeah, we’ve all been there. About 2 hours into this search you will have forgotten all of the information that you googled in hour 1. This will prompt you to throw your laptop through the window. Once you pick up the pieces of your life (and your laptop) you will realize that New York City is a beast that is best conquered by consulting with neighborhood experts like myself, and fellow Halstead Property agents, residents and business owners of each “hood”. In the case that you don’t want to speak to other people, which I completely understand, I have compiled a reference list of five neighborhoods in New York City that have stumped me more than once, starting with the Bronx:

Bronx

Spuytin Duyvil - Located between Riverdale and the Harlem River

Transportation- is the “Spuytin Duvil” stop on the Hudson line of Metro North

Fun Fact - Spuytin Duvil is translated to “spouting devil” and was named for the nearby currents of the river. 

Kingsbridge - Located between Van Cortlandt Park and West 225th Street

Transportation - Accessible by the 1 train

Fun Fact - The hills make it difficult for pedestrians to get around so steep staircases were installed in between homes and they connect parallel streets. 

Morrisania - Located between the Cross Bronx Expressway and East 161st Street.

Transportation - Only accessible by bus: BX6, BX11, BX15, BX21, BX35, BX41

Fun Fact - This neighborhood has undergone major improvements since the 1970’s, which has resulted in a decrease in crime. 

Mott Haven - Located between E 149th st and the Bronx Kill waterway

Transportation- Accessible by the 2-4-5-6 train

Fun Fact - The original neighborhood associated with the title of the “South Bronx”. 

Schuylerville - Located between the Bruckner Expressway and the Hutchinson River Parkway

Transportation- Accessible by the 6 train

Fun Fact - Near the largest public park in New York City, Pelham Bay Park.

Connect with Danielle on her agent website or find her on twitter to ask her a question of your own.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Danielle Middleton’s and do not reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC

ECO LOGIC - Earth Day and New York City

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

Did you know that Earth Day is the largest secular holiday in the world and is deeply rooted in NYC?  Originally proposed at a UNESCO conference in 1969 to honor world peace, US Senator and Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson co-opted the idea, shifted the date to April 22 and changed the focus to environmental conservation.  An activist hired by Nelson, Denis Hayes inspired a group of Columbia University students with a mission.  The enthusiastic New Yorkers rented an office, recruited volunteers, coordinated with other cities and convinced Mayor Lindsay to shut down Fifth Avenue and open Central Park.  According to a Time Magazine report appearing May 4, 1970, “Fifth Avenue was closed to traffic for two hours.  100,000 New Yorkers marched up and down in an eerie quiet silence.”  While Time covered the doomsday angle, the national networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) televised coverage of 1 million people celebrating in Central Park - festive and faddish – that imprinted cultural memory.  Denis Hayes, recognized as the founder of the Earth Day Organization, expanded the event to 190 countries, but the New Yorkers put the date on the calendar.

The time was ripe.  A decade of grass roots’ concern had swept the nation during the 1960s.  Charles David Keeling began to measure carbon in the atmosphere and Rachael Carson’s Silent Spring woke the public to pesticide problems. With smog alerts and undrinkable water warnings, universities organized ecology conferences and non-profits held environmental symposiums.  Earth Day unified the interest groups and paved a path for politicians like Senator Edwin Muskie, scientists like James Lovelock (the Gaia principle), non-profits, government regulatory institutions and legislation like the Clean Air Act of 1970, Endangered Species Act of 1973 and Clean Drinking Water Act of 1974.

From inception, certain elements of society considered the environmental cause subversive.  Senator Nelson chose April 22 to honor the birth date of John Muir, the 19th century wilderness conservation advocate who founded the Sierra Club.  The date coincided with Lenin’s 100th birthday and suspicious J. Edgar Hover sent FBI agents to cover Earth Day events.  (Now there’s a movie pitch: Men-in-Black meet the flower people.)  The scandal broke when Senator Muskie testified to a Senate hearing that his Earth Day speech appeared in FBI reports.   April 14, 1971, page 1 of the NYTimes headlined MUSKIE SAYS F.B.I. SPIED AT RALLIES ON ‘70 EARTH DAY; Press Aide Says President Finds the Surveillance of Citizens ‘Repugnant’    (Ironic considering that president was Richard Nixon).  The conspiracy theory had coincidence and credence; communist countries celebrated Lenin’s anniversary with a day of community service like park clean-up or roadside litter removal.  An amusing entry on the Wikipedia Earth Day page cites Time magazine quoting an irate member of Daughters of the American Revolution: “subversive elements plan to make American children live in an environment that is good for them.”

Earth Day galvanized the concept of protecting the environment from pollution as a matter of public safety.  Subsequent decades have increased concerns about stress on the planet and expanded the environmental mandate from safety to survival. Since inception, the holiday has inspired collective festivities while trumpeting warnings, but after the burst of collaborative energy in the 1970s, nature has mostly taken a back seat.  Though the silent march down Fifth Ave no longer commemorates the date, the lack of progress over the last 40 years does not exactly justify celebration.   

To work with Madeleine, visit her website or contact her over email at mdale@halstead.com

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

DON’T CALL IT A [CONTEMPORARY] COMEBACK

By: Deborah Camacho, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Halstead Property Riverdale Office. 

While contemporary and modernist style homes are sometimes thought to be more of a challenge to market, I am seeing increasing demand.

I asked much sought after architect, Jimmy Crisp, of Crisp Architects based in Millbrook, NY to comment on the appeal of these spaces:

"Our clients have always appreciated bright open spaces within their homes which allow family and friends to be connected without being on top of each other.  Simplicity of detail is a very old idea which works to make spaces feel contemporary and we happily use that esthetic when requested."

I am seeing increased buyer interest in contemporary style homes and have begun to appreciate this style more myself. I have long been a traditional colonial, heavy on the millwork, devotee even to the point of recommending its purchase over other styles. However, I have begun to appreciate the fantastic light and space along with minimalist design especially in the spaces displaying beautiful works of art. 

These buyers are seeking  clean lines and minimalist design but also want plenty of tech savvy, smart home features involved. Unless the home has been renovated, many of the contemporary resales do not have these features because they were built from mid-century up to perhaps the 80’s with very limited new construction since then.  The good news is that this style is easily updated. Buyers are describing their desire for “Asian-inspired” and “Minimalist” design and want functional, high tech interiors.

To learn more and connect with Deborah visit her agent website and follow her on Twitter.

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Thoughts of this post are those of Deborah Camacho and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC

CT MUST DO: Art to the Avenue Gallery

Contributed by Diddle McAllister, Licensed Realtor from our Greenwich Office

For the seventeenth year, Greenwich, CT will play host to the area’s finest “strolling art gallery.”  The Greenwich Arts Council presents the Art to the Avenue gallery, which turns Greenwich Avenue into a massive art-infused street festival.  Musicians and street performers will be on-hand as local art retailers and merchants line the street, showcasing their fabulous art collections.  The Gallery will feature the work of over 120 artists, and the art selected by the retailers remains in place through Memorial Day.

All the art on display is for sale, and a 30% tax deduction for the purchaser benefits the Greenwich Arts Council.  A complete Map/Guide is published listing all participants, so that individual shops, artists and locations are easy to locate.  For more information on the event, click here.

KARDASHIANS TO FILM NEXT DOOR TO HALSTEAD’S SOUTHAMPTON OFFICE?

According to Hamptons.com and "The Gossip Table" on VH1Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian were planning to film “Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons” at the open retail space next door to Halstead Property’s Southampton Office on Main Street as their new pop-up Dash spot. Was it true? 

So we went to our expert, Nancy Hardy, Sales Director of our Southampton Office to see if there is truth to the rumor.  After Nancy checked her sources, she confirmed that it is in fact false. 

"Our agents actually were excited about it. Too bad they are not moving next door, because they would have had a plate of home baked cookies from their neighbors at Halstead Property," says Hardy.

But where are they headed? According to the Facebook page for Kourtney & Khloé Take the Hamptonsthe pop-up will be opening in East Hampton, possibly very close to our new East Hampton location at 2 Newtown Lane.

Stay tuned… 

Photo Courtesy of Hamptons.com 

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: SHARE THE VIEWS 

Imagine having Central Park be the last thing you see each night before you go to bed, and the first thing you see each morning. Lush green tree tops among a world-class skyline is precisely what your eyes will be treated to from the magnificent home pictured above. Inside this exclusive condominium home you are immediately greeted by an entrance foyer and gallery that’s an architectural gem in and of itself with striking doors and marble floors. A myriad of windows will make your eyes grow wide with awe as you gaze at views of both Central Park, and the Manhattan skyline. A master suite and comparable guest accommodations afford equally as pleasing vistas. Moreover the Upper East Side vantage point places you among the best shopping in the world offered by the many venerable boutiques that dot Madison Avenue. 

Click here to learn more about this amazing condominium home.

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Halstead Helping Hands & New York Cares Partner At Red Hook Community Farm

Halstead Property and our philanthropic arm, Halstead Helping Hands, was proud to partner last weekend with New York Cares for a successful day of volunteering to help beautify green spaces around New York City. Over 5,000 New Yorkers were out in full force with a goal to “green up” 68 parks throughout NYC as we approach the warmer months.

Over 20 members of Halstead Property including sales directors, agents, and staff concentrated on the Red Hook Community Farm (Added Value). The group assisted in various compost-related tasks like soil bed building, seed starting, turning the compost, and helping get the farm ready for spring. After our agents were done the farm was ready to use for the Spring/Summer for Added Value. 

Added Value is a non-profit organization whose mission is promoting farm-based learning and youth empowerment. By promoting the sustainable development of Red Hook and nurturing a new generation of young leaders, they enable the youth of South Brooklyn to expand their knowledge base, develop new skills and positively engage with their community. 

Thank you to the following Halstead Agents, Execs and Staff:

John Wollberg, Trish Martin, Gerard Splendore, Janette Young, Amanda Barnes, Kris Kruse, Kim MacConnell, Fern Todman, Francine Port, Margaret Anna, Elaine Tross, Rachel Wood, Frank Assini, Lisette Gonzales-Cortes + her parents, Diane Longo, & Kirsten Syrett

We look forward to sharing more success stories from the next Halstead Helping Hands event, and are reminded that it’s never too late to pitch in. To find out how you can help today, connect with New York Cares on Facebook, Twitter, and learn about attending an orientation by visiting their official website

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

HALSTEAD PROPERTY CONTINUES ITS STRATEGIC GROWTH

Official Statement by Diane M. Ramirez, CEO & James M. Gricar, President

It is with great pride to announce that Halstead has finalized the asset purchase of REAction International, a boutique sales and rental firm in Manhattan. Ellie Wald, the founder and a top-ranked broker, will be joining our Park Avenue office of Halstead Property effective immediately and will be working as a broker with a team of 6 outstanding agents who each bring their own extraordinary talents to the firm. In addition, approximately 20 fabulous agents will be joining Halstead offices depending on their neighborhood expertise.

Ellie has established a strong reputation in the real estate marketplace as a dedicated, innovative and international broker who goes above and beyond for his clients and customers. With nearly 14 years of real estate experience and having completed more than 1,300 real estate transactions, Ellie is an active member of the real estate community and he is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York. A native of South Africa, he grew up in Israel and came to the United States 15 years ago with $3,000 and a dream where he quickly delved into the real estate industry and became a top producing agent in Manhattan.  He started his own firm in 2010 which quickly grew to a considerable amount of agents. 

Welcome to Halstead Property!

WHAT’S UP(TOWN) – Mount Morris Park Churches Edition 

By: Adrian Thompkins & Shebrelle Hunter-Green who just moved to our Upper West Side Office

Welcome to the latest What’s Uptown blog post about neighborhood happenings this week. 

This week, we continue our architectural tour of Mount Morris Park with a look at the many churches in this part of Harlem. Located at 15 Mount Morris Park West is our first, Harlem Presbyterian. It was built in 1905, by architect Thomas H. Poole. It was then called Mount Morris Presbyterian Church. In 1915, it was renamed Harlem-New York Presbyterian Church, as the result of a merger. Finally, it was called the Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian church. No matter its name, this Romanesque structure is a beauty worth seeing. 

Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church was originally The Church of the Holy Trinity in 1869. Now located at Lenox Avenue and West 122nd Street, this church was been rebuilt several times, most notably in 1939 after a fire destroyed everything but the stone walls. It was successfully rebuilt and later became, according to the Landmarks Preservation Committee as “undoubtedly the handsomest example of Romanesque Revival architectural style in all of Manhattan.”  It also house the second largest carillon, visited in 1952 and 1954 by the Netherlands’s Queen Juliana and Englands Queen Elizabeth, in the world.  (Second to Riverside Church).

Just across the street from Saint Martin’s Episcopal church is Mount Olivet Baptist Church, which was originally Temple Israel. Completed in 1907, it was later acquired, in 1924 by the Mount Olivet congregation, in existence since 1878. Designed by Arnold W. Brunner, who studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the building, while it maintains the spirit of Beaux-Arts, is very much an American answer to Neo-classical architecture. 

What: Harlem Easter Egg Hunt. A free event for children ages  1- 7, with a special appearance and photo op by and with the Easter Bunny.  Click here to register online in advance. 

When: April 19th 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: My Gym, 258 Saint Nicholas Avenue, Harlem, NY 

What: Harlem Shake will be partnering with Susie Q, a local celebrity fitness trainer and clothing designer, to offer guests an afternoon of line dancing, an Easter egg hunt, plus prizes and good food. Harlem Shake will be serving two Easter themed milkshakes on Easter Sunday. 

When: April 20th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Where: 120 West 124th Street, New York, NY 10027

What: The Great Vigil of Easter & Holy Eucharist. Click here to learn more about how the congregation will join the clergy to ring in the first moments of Easter.

When:  April 19th, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

Where: 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, New York, NY 10025

Connect with us on Adrian’s agent website and on Shebrelle’s agent website to learn more about the neighborhood, and for all of your real estate needs.

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Thoughts of What’s Up (Town) are those of Adrian Thompkins and Shebrelle Hunter-Greene and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC

TEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT…THE APPLE BANK CONDOMINIUM

with Jill Sloane, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker at Halstead Property

1.   The Apple Bank Condominiums are located at 2112 Broadway between 73rd and 74th Streets.

2.   It was originally built as the Central Savings Bank in 1928. 2112 Broadway  is an 8 story limestone beauty that occupies an entire block.

3.   Built in the Italian Renaissance Palazzo style by Architects, Edward York and Philip Sawyer. York and Sawyer are best known for the NY Athletic Club, the NY Historical Society, the Greenwich Savings Bank on 36th and Broadway, many “house” structures at Vassar College, the Bowery Savings Bank, now home to Cipriani on 42nd Street (where we regularly hold our Annual Meetings for Halstead Property), and more.

4.   Apple Bank was founded in 1863 as the Haarlem Savings Bank. It acquired Central Savings Bank in 1981 and took over the “Apple Bank Building” which had already become a designated historic landmark building.

5.   In 2006, the building was converted to a condominium and 29 luxury homes were created on the top 7 floors. The homes ranged from 1360sf one bedrooms to 4055sf four bedrooms. The condominiums have their own private entrance and lobby.

6.   The Apple Bank branch still operates on the ground floor under a dramatic and stunning 65 foot barrel vaulted ceiling. The words “Industry”, “Thrift”, and “Prosperity” are carved into the walls. It is definitely worth walking into the bank to see, just once.

7.   The Apple Bank building is not the 1st bank-turned-condo conversion. The NY County National Bank at 14th Street and 8th Avenue and the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower in Brooklyn, now known as One Hanson Place is another.

8.   The amenities are 2nd to none in this condominium. There is a 24 hour doorman and concierge. The fitness center is located in what used to be the bank’s vault featuring 21 foot ceilings, state of the art equipment and a chandelier! Your mail is delivered to your own personal mailbox right outside your door. The Baseball Center NYC also operates a 15,000sf indoor facility in the building with an entrance on 74th Street.

9.   Stahl Real Estate Company is the holding company of the condo’s developer. They own the building and the Apple Bank chain which they acquired in 1990 for $174M. Stanley Stahl founded Stahl Real Estate in 1949. He was a real estate and banking magnate who owned the Ansonia, the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, the Brooklyn Trust Building and more.

10.   Currently on the market is a gorgeous 4055 sf 4 bedroom duplex with outdoor space for $10M, a 2200 sf 3 bedroom for $4,850M and a 1710 sf 2 bedroom for $4M! (as of April 15, 2014)

Be sure to check out 2112 Broadway, the Apple Bank Building as you are running to Fairway, Trader Joe’s, the Beacon Theatre or the 72nd Street subway station. It is just another Upper West Side Architectural gem!

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To network with Jill, you can email her, head to FacebookTwitter, or her official website.

Content of 10 Things are those of Jill Sloane and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

"The Game Changers of New York Real Estate"

Did you happen to see the feature story in this month’s Avenue Magazine presenting Halstead Property as the lead in their feature on the firms and agents on the top of New York City Real Estate.

The feature photo above displays (left to right) our Chief Executive Officer Diane M. Ramirez, Most Sales Deals Closed Award in 2013 Winner Brian Lewis, 2013 Listing Broker of the Year Louise Phillips Forbes, Top Grossing Agent of the Year for 3 straight years Richard Orenstein, President James M. Gricar, and EVP/Managing Director Richard Grossman.

Photo Courtesy of Avenue Magazine, April Issue

HALSTEAD PROPERTY’S STATE-OF-THE-ART EAST HAMPTON OFFICE OPENS

We are so proud to announce that our new corner office located at 2 Newtown Lane is now officially open for business as of today. We invite you to stop by, tour the new facility, and say hello!

If you are looking for a sale or rental in the Hamptons area, you can also view our recently released interactive version of our Hamptons Book by clicking here.

For more information about taking your business to the next level in East Hampton email our Managing Director, Anthony DeVivio at adevivio@halstead.com.

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: TRUE WILLIAMSBURG LOFT

This enormous duplex loft is a true gem nestled on the south side of Williamsburg. The entry foyer opens into a custom built dining banquette, glowing from within by dimmable LED’s. Four oversized windows line the northern wall and are bolstered by a unique built-in workspace housing a deep lounging couch, under window cabinetry, and sprawling desk. The modern chef’s kitchen also boasts stainless steel appliances, wine fridge, bar, and abundant cabinet and counter space. A step up from the kitchen is an expansive living area bathed in southern light from floor to ceiling glass doors that lead out to the upper deck.  A projector and screen, built-in day bed nook, and modern chandeliers from built in tray ceilings make this a perfect space for entertaining or relaxing. A full bath with Jacuzzi tub and separate stall shower complete the upper level.

The spacious lower level offers a full European-style bath, huge fitted walk-in closet, and a customized sleeping area created by ceiling high bookcases. The concept of the lower level is that of a hotel suite, where one can have every luxury in the space between four walls. With floor-to ceiling doors opening onto the lower level patio, this authentic, factory conversion is a true sanctuary from the bustle of the City.

Click here to learn more about this Brooklyn based loft home.

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: European Invasion

No boarding pass in needed to experience the fine design of your favorite European regions. Park Avenue’s signature style is full of poise and sophistication, and the regal Parquet de Versailles floors in this home combined with an Imported Italian Fireplace create an environment that will make anyone feel like royalty. An unheard of 60 feet of open space beckons you into the flowing entertainment space that we promise doesn’t exist elsewhere on the Upper East Side . Mirrored walls, French doors, and romantic garden views describe the rest of what this dreamy home has to offer.

 Click here to learn more about this Park Ave gem.

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