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QUOTE OF THE DAY - ARI HARKOV TO THE NEW YORK TIMES

August 1st, 2014

Our own Ari Harkov and Warner Lewis of the Harkov Lewis Team were interviewed by the New York Times today on the growing wave of new townhouse building going on in New York City. Although they had several quotes that spoke about the growing demand of city townhomes vs. suburban housing in their circles, the one above from Ari was our Quote of the Day. 

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Connect with the Harkov Lewis Team on their website or on twitter.

BARAK’S THOUGHTS ON HOW TO USE COMPS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

In the 4th installment of regular Halstead Blog series from Halstead Property’s Barak Dunayer, we bring you Webisode 4 “Pricing to Win – How To Use Comps To Your Advantage 

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Halstead’s Barak Dunayer shares his insight on how to price a property just right in this installment of Barak’s Thoughts. Sellers should look at comparable sales in-person not only on a spreadsheet or online. Perhaps the best piece of advice to avoid a “stale” property is to be aware of pricing of both recently sold and active inventory.

Click here to watch the most recent Webisode and for the entire collection of videos from Barak’s Thoughts series, click here. 

Share your thoughts and connect with Barak on Twitter or over email, and visit his agent website to learn more and for all of your real estate needs. 

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this video series are those of Barak Dunayer and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: WILLIAMSBURG WITH AN EDGE 

Traditional meets ultra modern in this three-bedroom, three-bathroom Williamsburg condominium with unobstructed riverfront views. The living room impresses with its walnut herringbone floors and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the East River, Manhattan and Brooklyn. Vintage-inspired pieces like a tufted leather sofa and vibrant Oriental rugs add touches of whimsy to the condo’s sleek bones. The old-world feel extends into the third bedroom with its wainscot and Turner Pocock papered walls. The ode to a bygone era juxtaposes the building’s streamlined architecture. Designed by Workstead – the firm famous for the Wythe Hotel, The Edge is the largest building in NYC with LEED Gold certification. The Edge offers its residents sought-after amenities such as an indoor pool, sauna, fitness centers, indoor basketball court, virtual golf, yoga/dance studio, a children’s playroom and more (yes there is more). When you muster up the energy to stretch your legs outdoors, there’s the East River State Park, Smorgasburg/Brooklyn Flea and the rest of bustling Williamsburg all at your doorstep.

Click here to discover more about this prime waterfront Williamsburg rental.

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ECOLOGIC - “MY CARBON PAW PRINT”

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

My ears perked up when I first heard Deep Decarbonization, it sounded like a new food craze.  Its not a culinary trend, its a policy to combat a global temperature rise approaching 2 degrees centigrade — as in the United Nations Deep Decarbonization Pathway Report.   I’m a dog, 2C is not my fault.  My ancestors hunted under the stars with a carbon paw print of virtually zero.  Nature didn’t pump CO2 levels above 400 parts per million – civilization fuels the greenhouse effect which traps heat.  Now the call of the dish trumps the call of the wild, my sympathies are divided between the perks of domestication and environmental stress. 

Concerned canines can get a quick reading from The Nature Conservancy’s carbon footprint.  A carbon print reflects the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere over the life cycle of a product or service (manufacture, delivery, refuse).  The aggregate total of all articles consumed - from carrots to laptops - measures individual impact or “carbon footprint.” A good dog would panic over such a large CO2 paw print, but decarbonization isn’t about guilt or sacrifice.  Sniffing thru each category (shelter, travel, food and garbage), reveals paths to decarbonization without deprivation.

Shelter for my family of 4 (2 humans + 1 teenager and me -I left out the cat) generates @3000 pounds of CO2 emissions annually.  As a brave and noble hound, I spend most of my day on the couch (just like the teenager). I may not play X box, but my food requires a fridge, I require baths and AC runs for my comfort even when my family goes out.  In our favor, my humans obsess on energy efficient light bulbs.  According to the EPA calculator, replacing 10 incandescent bulbs earns a credit of @300 pounds (which makes up for my AC).  Light bulbs illustrate the economics of climate mitigation – simple measures that do not cost much can save a lot on emissions.

When it comes to travel, my canine commute is basically a walk in the park, but my humans always take me on vacations.  A few weeks by car logs @3000 miles and accounts for about 2 tons of emissions.  Flying would double the CO2 released into the atmosphere so driving economizes and mitigates CO2 released into the atmosphere.   

Food, my favorite topic, accounts for about 25% of a carbon footprint.  The Carbon Food Printtraces CO2 emissions from seed to table – 12% for production, 9% for habitat destruction and 5% for transport and storage.  My humans eat more, but my diet consists of more meat.  The most carbon intensive source of caloric intake, Beef accounts for ½ of total food emissions.  In the New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert writes a pound of beef is the equivalent of driving 45 miles.  Switching to poultry, fish or pork can shave that by half, so I will change my paleo pallet if my humans cut back on out of season produce – their hot house tomatoes release more CO2 emissions into the atmosphere than my chicken.  Take note, these menu changes reduce our CO2 food print and cut our grocery bill.

Garbage, my second favorite, provides another opportunity for mitigation without hardship.  According to EPA estimates, the average family generates over 12,000 pounds per year, but I waste not and recycle table scraps.  Recycling cuts emissions by 1/3.  More GDP generally means more pollution, but recycling helps reverse that equation. Decarbonization shouldn’t be associated with expenses that cripple the economy, in the case of renewable energy, decarbonization could spur growth.  An April Op ED by Paul Krugman argued that falling alternative energy prices make some options less expensive than implementing carbon sequestration for fossil fuel burning plants. 

2C blankets the planet, the wild, the domestic and the fish in the sea.  There is no excuse or escape, but instead of assigning blame, decarbonization builds on success.  So I’m not ashamed to brag that my CO2 paw print is @1/4 of the national average.  The EPA estimates a family of 4 generates @36,000 pounds of emissions for travel and @20,000 for shelter.  Living in an urban center like NYC, creates certain economies of scale, i.e., no lawns to water, hi-rise buildings with efficient heat, short commutes, mass transit, etc.  Another reason to bark, NYC just announced a new decarbonization initiative - Compost Recycling.  Guess that’s for the households who don’t have a dog. 

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.

AN INSIDE LOOK AT OUR NEWEST EAST HAMPTON OFFICE

Sleek, modern, contemporary, inviting, state of the art, spacious, happy….the new Halstead Property East Hampton Office. Get a feel for it yourself and watch our recently released video highlighting our newest crown jewel on the East End.

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If you are in the Hamptons this weekend, stop by and say hello. We are located at 2 Newtown Lane on the bustling corner of Newtown Lane and Main Street.

SPOTLIGHT ON THE HARBOR’S EDGE NEW DEVELOPMENT IN SAG HARBOR

By Julianna Flamio of Halstead Property’s Social Team & Keith GreenLicensed Real Estate Salesperson of our East Hampton Office  

Guaranteed waterfront views, airy interiors, an in-season concierge and so much more—Harbor’s Edge is the epitome of effortless, luxe living in the Hamptons. This 15-unit development complex at 21 West Water Street in the heart of Sag Harbor is currently on the market as represented by Keith Green of our East Hampton office. Harbor’s Edge has been in active development for about two years, according to Green, and is expected to be complete within the next six weeks. 

Developed by Joseph LoMonaco of Water Street Development at Sag Harbor, LLC, Harbor’s Edge has eight two-to-three-bedroom lofts, four two-bedroom bungalows and three penthouses. “Joe LoMonaco made more right decisions than any developer I’ve ever worked with,” Green said. “We had a developer that would build a product that would stand the test of time.”

Residents are promised private yards or bluestone terraces—perfect for sunset gazing and entertaining.  As Green puts it, “the fact that all 15 of our apartments face the harbor is an architectural phenomenon.”

The interiors prove to be equally phenomenal. Features include hardwood flooring in a driftwood-like finish, custom kitchen cabinetry, high-end appliances by Sub-Zero and Thermador, spa-like bathrooms with heated floors and spacious living-dining areas.

Green aptly refers to Harbor’s Edge as a “resort community.” Residents will have access to the rooftop complete with a lounge, 50-foot lap pool, limestone sundeck and wet bar. Above all, the complex’s two greatest amenities pertain to its location on the harbor and in charming Sag Harbor Village, Green says. Harbor’s Edge is minutes from a myriad of restaurants and neighborhood institutions such as Long Wharf and Sag Harbor Cinema.

As Green says, “your vacation begins the moment you arrive.”

Click here to learn more about this new development, and go to Keith Green’s website for his contact information and current listings at Harbor’s Edge.

WHY I LOVE LIVING IN YORKVILLE - PART II

By: Ingrid Johnson, bilingual German-English Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker at Halstead Property. 

One of the reasons I love living and working in the neighborhood of Yorkville, a charming section of the Upper East Side in Manhattan, is its rich German history. Many Germans arrived in Yorkville during the mid-19th century, and the area later became the principal German-speaking neighborhood in New York City. East 86th Street, also called “German Broadway” at the time, stood as the center of the German community—lined with illuminated theatres, dance halls, cafes and ethnic businesses. Not one of these businesses are left on East 86th Street, however there are still a few stores and a restaurant close-by that I’d like to share with you:

Schaller & Weber (1654 Second Ave at 86th Street) - One of the true authentic butcher shops left in New York City. Schaller & Weber is the first and only American sausage and meat producer to repeatedly win gold medals of honor at international exhibitions in Holland and Germany. This old school German deli has a large selection of cooked and smoked meats, sausages, cold cuts, potato salad, etc. They also carry a good selection of German candies and chocolates.

Heidelberg Restaurant (1648 Second Ave at 86th Street) - The space does not feel like a typical restaurant that can be found in Heidelberg. Instead it feels more like an old Bavarian hunting lodge with a deer antler chandelier, musty dark paintings and trellises, as well as lederhosen-clad staff. Half-dozen wursts (some sourced from Schaller & Weber) are outstanding, and are served with a superb, slightly warm German potato salad. A wide selection of German beers is on tap.

Glaser’s Bake Shop(1670 First Ave at 87th Street) - Walking into Glaser’s Bake Shop is like being transported back into the past. Apothecary-style wood cabinets panel the darkish rectangular interior with original white tile floors. Opened by John Glaser in 1902, and now run by grandson Herb, the old-time bakery specializes in Bavarian almonds, cherry spritz, gingerbread men, a colorful assortment of kids’ sugar cookies, wafer-thin chocolates, cinnamon swirls, and chocolate chunk and chocolate pecan brownies.

Wankel’s Hardware(1573 Third Ave at 88th Street) - Wankel’s opened on Third Avenue in 1896 when the neighborhood was still predominantly German. Established by Bernhart and Elizabeth Wankel, second generation German-Americans, it served primarily construction workers and tradesmen. Katherine Wankel, the great-granddaughter of Bernhart and Elizabeth, maintains this family operation.

To ask me a question of your own or to discuss your favorite neighborhood spots follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

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

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

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: THE HEART OF MIDTOWN 

Take in the sights of Midtown at skyscraping heights in the ultra luxe two-bedroom, two-bathroom Apartment 29A at Centria Condominium. This 22-foot long living-dining space features floor-to-ceiling views of Rockefeller Plaza to the north and the Hudson River to the west. The space is shared by an efficient kitchen outfitted with a Sub-Zero fridge and stainless steel appliances. Cook, dine and relax 365 days a year surrounded by the skyscrapers of Midtown West.  Floor-to-ceiling windows continue into the corner master bedroom where you can fall asleep and wake up to south-facing views of the Empire State building. Luxury is not limited to the living quarters at the Centria Condominium. The 35-story building has a 4,300 square foot Resident’s Lounge complete with a fitness center, conference rooms, smoking room, dining room, pantry and bar. There is also a landscaped terrace—another vantage point for taking in the urban vistas.

Click here to discover more about this breath-taking Midtown condo in the sky. 

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Sales & The City - Try Walking In My Shoes

Episode 24 - By Sara Rotter, Halstead Property Executive Director of Sales, Downtown Offices

Ever walked in someone else’s shoes?  I did, but not the way you might be thinking….it was last week in my “bare feet only” yoga class….hmmm.  So during the first segment of the deep breathing exercise, there was a man positioned behind me that was making all of these disruptive and loud noises- snorting, coughing and grunting- you name it!  I found myself unable to focus on the breathing because all of my thoughts and attention were on how inconsiderate this guy was to disrupt our peaceful class.  I then pondered how I could get him to stop- I tried glancing through the mirror to try to tell him to quiet down with my eyes.  Didn’t work.  ;)  I then escalated my passive aggressive strategy to looking a bit perturbed, hoping he would notice.  He didn’t even look my way.  What to do next?  Nothing.  I just tried to get back to my practice and got pulled away occasionally by bursts of noise.  UGH!  A solid 15 minutes into what I thought would be a very long 90 minute class with this “bliss offender,” I paused for a moment and looked at his face- I noticed some twitching in his facial muscles and my heart sank.  It was clear to me that he must have had a physiological issue that he could not control. 

In that moment, everything flipped upside down. 

I sent him love, compassion, and strength with my eyes and my heart.  It was in that class that I was reminded that in our busy every day world, we often react very harshly when people or things do not act or go the way we want.  Without knowing where a person is coming from, we deal with everything according to our pre-conceived ideas of what should be.  Instead, if we opened our hearts more and had compassion for the people around us that we interact with, things in life- relationships, business, and all in between - might go a lot smoother, with less drama. 

So a big P.S to my story above - from the moment I realized where that man was coming from, and felt compassion instead of annoyed, I didn’t hear a sound for the rest of the class.  It existed but I didn’t hear it.

I wanted to share this so that the next time someone you love is short with you, or some stranger bumps into you, or things don’t go your way in your business dealings, instead of reacting and getting upset - try to pause and know that whether they were right or wrong, that they might be coming from a tougher place than you in that moment…and when you realize that, it’s a lot easier to calmly let it go and go about your day without any more “noise” in your head about it. 

Now the fun part- THE SHOES!!  Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, Prada, Nike, Cole Hann, you name it, I’m walking in them!  Happy Walking in Other People’s Shoes! 

Connect and network with Sara via email or on her executive profile page.

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Thoughts of Sales and The City are those of Sara Rotter and do not necessarily reflect official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: BEACHFRONT BLISS 

Laze poolside at this incredible private beachfront home at the mouth of the Five Mile River in Rowayton, Connecticut. Enjoy sunsets over the glistening waters or host gatherings on the massive patio with its surrounding gardens. Just steps away is a private deep water dock, which accommodates up to a 50-foot boat. Inside, revel at the open-layout kitchen and great room with its custom bookshelves and ample views of the outdoor space. The romantic master bedroom features a fireplace and a vaulted ceiling with a cupola. There are three more bedrooms and five bathrooms throughout the home—proving that there’s more than enough space for guests to join you on your very own staycation.

Click here to discover more about this New England waterfront home.

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DIANE RAMIREZ SHARES WITH INC MAGAZINE THE BOOK SHE WOULD RECOMMEND TO OTHER EXECS

Looking to bolster your management skills? Or are you in need of a smart summer read? Halstead Property CEO and co-founder, Diane Ramirez knows just the book for you: Leadership Isn’t For Cowards by Mike Staver, which offers tips on being a more effective, courageous leader in the workplace. Diane recently recommended the book for “A Summer Reading List for Entrepreneurs” compiled by Inc.com.

Throughout reading it, I would constantly dog ear pages as it would spur ideas on how to handle certain situations at work,” Ramirez said in her Inc.com interview. “It is so relevant to day-to-day management, which is key for anyone in business.”

 To connect with Diane, visit her website or follow her on Twitter

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: BROWNSTONE BEAUTY 

This open-layout, 3,850+ square-foot brownstone in Hoboken exudes elegance and sophistication. Enter through the front door to the dining room, which seamlessly flows into a monochromatic kitchen and stylish living room. The main-level space impresses down to the details with features like a dramatic living room archway and a stunning gray Wainscot wall that spans from the entryway to the staircase. When you’re not busy entertaining on the main level, you can retreat to one of the five bedrooms. The nearly 700 square-foot backyard includes a bluestone patio, manicured garden and 48” DCS gas grill—perfect for extending gatherings to the outdoors.

Click here to discover more about this Hoboken dream home.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: Brooklyn And Beyond

Floor-to-ceiling urban vistas are the backdrop to this airy living-dining space. At 833 square feet, this 2-bedroom/ 2-bath condominium in Park Slope,

features north and west-facing balconies perfect for gazing at Brooklyn’s low-rise landscape and the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan. This ultra livable home  includes a chef’s kitchen and a master bedroom complete with a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and an en-suite bathroom. When you’re not staring out at Brooklyn and beyond from your balconies, take in all that The Crest has to offer. From a fitness center, virtual doorman to on-site valet parking—these amenities and more make living just a bit easier.

Click here to discover more about this Park Slope condominium. 

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JEANNE BYERS INSTAGRAM SNAPSHOT OF THE WEEK

Friday, July 25th 2014

Thank you to Jeanne Byers from Halstead Property’s Downtown Office for once again sharing with us her an Instagram Snapshot of hers from this past Wednesday…

In a city with amazing new developments going up everywhere, I’m a sucker for the old ones. Could a New Yorker have a better address than 1 Fifth Avenue?

We invite you to Like and Comment on the photo here.

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Jeanne is a past Executive Creative Director of Arnold/New York Advertising Agency and brings her trained eye and quality orientation to her social media marketing as well as to her exclusive property marketing.  Follow all of Jeanne’s amazing instagram visuals here.

A REAL WEST SIDE STORY WITH CAROL LAWRENCE

Featuring Celebrity Owned 304 West 75th Street

Carol Lawrence knows a thing or two about living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side which provides a unique synergy of the performing and culinary arts. At just 16 years young the Missouri native landed what would go down in history as one of the most iconic roles to grace the stages of Broadway as Maria in the original Broadway production of West Side Story. Maria and the rest of the cast stole the hearts of New Yorkers everywhere, and has been doing so ever since. Fast forward to present day where the Tony Award winning actress and Hollywood golden girl-turned cookbook author has been living a real life West Side Story at her home on 304 West 75th Street that is now on the market.  Halstead Property’s Jeff Tannenbaum recalls that it was love at first sight for Ms. Lawrence  when she first purchased the home nearly 5 years ago after being immediately drawn to the endless sunlight and ideal size of the space located within a premier full-service cooperative building. As many of those in show business will attest to, the space and Upper West Side location offered all of the trappings needed for a place to call home whenever her busy schedule required her to be in New York City. The beautiful sunlit studio apartment is complete with a separate kitchen and coveted closet space, and is situated in the epicenter of the city’s art scene with Symphony Hall and Lincoln Center within close proximity, in addition to Citarella and Fairway nearby for necessary convenience. Budding Broadway hopefuls will appreciate the built-ins and shelving above the molding that Ms. Lawrence added where she displayed a well-deserved arsenal of trophies and Tony Awards. As Tannenbaum puts it, “this is the quintessential Broadway star loft.”

Click here to learn more about this residence, and contact Jeff Tannenbaum over email to make this the start of your very own West Side Story

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