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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

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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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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VINTAGE NEW YORK – MOM-AND-POP SHOPS

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

At one time, food was personal and quality didn’t have to be demanded because it was expected. When my father and his siblings were growing up, my grandmother would go to the butcher for her meats, the pork store for her sausages, the fish store for her fish, and the bakery for her bread. She knew each owner by name and her shopping routine was more of a social activity than a chore. These specialty stores were a way of life in New York City and they made up the identity of each neighborhood. 

Now,  many of these specialty stores have faded into a competitive jungle of supermarkets and internet delivery services. A well known grocery chain took over the old bank where my grandmother used to work, and many other storefronts were replaced by trendier shops The unique flavors that had once identified each neighborhood may be far and few and in between (RIP prosciutto balls from Joe’s Pork Superette), but thankfully, some still remain in a current sea of mass production. 

The old world butchers and specialty shops that still exist are kept alive by the loyalty of their aging customers. It is the younger generation that needs to help sustain their future and preserve the history of their craft. Since very few of us are going to butcher a cow just to make a hamburger, don’t you want to know who is doing this for you? Or, where the meat came from and what the animal is fed? I know that I sure do! 

I have many favorite specialty shops in Brooklyn and Queens, but here are the top five on my list:

1. K&T Quality Meats

This local butcher has serviced Astoria for over 30 years. I walked by their unassuming store front a zillion times before actually going in. I’m so upset that it took me so long to discover this neighborhood gem! Purchasing meat from K&T is more of an exciting experience than a boring chore. All of the on-site butchers take pride in being able to guide their customers and service their community.

Locate at 33-14 Ditmars BLVD, Astoria, NY 11105

2. Court Pastry Shop 

This small bakery has been in business for over 70 years. They have a little window facing the street where people can order an Italian ice to go. I have so many childhood memories of devouring their ices on hot, summer days. Another family staple is their delicious pignoli cookies. We never have a party without them!

Located at: 298 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

3. Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop

This February, My mother, sister and I were casually walking down Manhattan Ave when we accidentally stumbled upon Peter Pan’s Donut and Pastry Shop; it was a very, very happy accident. This little store serves up some BIG desserts. There is a very small take-out counter and a breakfast bar. Whether you take-out or eat-in, you won’t be disappointed.  Located at 727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

4.  Fish Tales 

Staying true to Italian tradition, my family celebrates every Christmas Eve by feasting on the “seven fishes”. Every year my grandmother orders all of the fish a month in advance from Fish Tales. In all these years we have never had a bad experience. The service and fish are both well worth the trip to Brooklyn!

Located at 191 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

5. Morscher’s Pork Store

Sausage making is an art form that the dedicated butchers of  Morscher’s Pork Store have perfected. Each piece is filled with the best meat and complimentary spices. Once you try a sausage from Morscher’s Pork Store, you will not be able to eat any other brand. Ridgewood, Queens is lucky to have them!  

Located at 58-44 Catalpa Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385

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.

NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: Silvana-NYC

By: Ann Deane, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Halstead Property Westside Office. 

Open since last June, Silvana in Harlem features live music 7 nights a week and is the sister club of Shrine that’s located further north on Adam Clayton Boulevard and 133rd Street. These two venues represent the last of a dying breed of night clubs featuring  live music in what used to be a rich culture. When I was at Silvana I had the treat of hearing Afro-pop music of Timbila that featured sounds from Mali and Madagascar. They jammed well and featured the Kora, a finger guitar-harp instrument from West Africa.  Afterwards, Feedel, an Ethiopian band that hails from Washington, DC took the stage and played a full hour and a half set. 

In addition to enjoying great music, we ate falafel with a creamy tahini sauce that was light and airy, and Sabich which is a traditional egg sandwich that features a fluffy potato chip as a Silvana touch (pictured above). Another must try is the lamb shawarma, every bite was tasty and juicy. The venue also  features a boutique and café upstairs. 

Connect with Ann on her agent website to learn more about her and the neighborhood. 

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Anne Deane and do not reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: Windows of the World

It’s true what they say, the best views of the city are seen from the outside and anywhere you stand along the waterfront in Williamsburg will prove that theory. So too, will the panoramic views found at this sprawling home in the heart of North Williamsburg.  A world of windows is literally what you will find as you peer over the East River, and take in sights of Manhattan’s skyline to Brooklyn and beyond. This two-bedroom home boasts the finest amenities from one of the area’s only premier, full service luxury buildings with the added bonus of a 400 foot pier right outside your doorstep. 

Williamsburg is currently one of the most in demand areas for shopping, dining, and all other cultural attractions in New York City making it the perfect time to live there.   

Click here to learn more details and see for yourself why it has the best views of New York City.

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NEW YORK IS… AN ACRYLIC PAINTING

By: Kleopatra Phili, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Halstead Property Westside Office. 

In an effort to share a variety of experiences with you, and do something other than take photos of upcoming new residential developments, I took an art class called “Koi Fish With Flowers” at the Painting Lounge in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood.

I thought there would be very little variation to the final paintings, since the outline was provided for us, and instructions were given on how to mix the paints and where to apply them.  But the end result was 26 very different works, like 26 different personalities, or 26 different new construction residential condominium buildings. 

“Everyone is guaranteed to leave with a painting they can be proud of”– that’s a quote from the Painting Lounge website. And this is true.  I was very proud of my painting.  It was only when I got home and propped it up on the windowsill that I realized … two of my Koi fish looked like parrots doing a backstroke.

From my experience, I’ve concluded that I like to draw within the lines (but I can still be creative within those lines); the same task, in different hands, comes out quite unique; and there is joy in creating something that requires the hand to coordinate with the eye and the mind.  But, the greatest insight I gained is, New York is an acrylic painting. 

There are outlines within which a developer may draw, to adhere to lot size, and zoning regulations (or get a variance).  But within those boundaries, there are admirable modifications to existing structures (15MSW), or details as delicate as cherry blossoms (441 E. 57th St.), or iconic works in progress (400 PAS).  There are steady changes underway in Manhattan, like a steady stream of art students taking a class at the Painting Lounge.

I’m more inspired now than ever to keep taking photos of upcoming new developments and determine what will emerge on those sites, and who is redefining New York. I aim to be the first one in the door to represent you if you wish to buy pre-construction. Because the early Koi-parrot gets the apartment – at the best price. 

Learn more about Greenwich Village and all of New York City’s neighborhoods by connecting with Kleo on her agent website.

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

 

Greening Your Home 

By: Jason Christie, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson from our Harlem Office.

In my life as a Real Estate Agent, homeowners are always asking me about ways to make their properties stand out.   Greening your home through home improvements that improve it’s energy efficiency is a great way to increase the value of your home for sale and lower expenses while you are there. 

Only 6% of American homeowners heat their homes with oil but 80% of these homeowners live in the Northeast.  Oil prices may fluctuate but they always trend up and these homeowners are feeling the squeeze as they watch their heating budgets balloon as oil prices rise to over $4.00/gallon. Natural gas customers also have a lot to be concerned about. According to the United States Energy Information Administration, pipeline constraints in the northeastern States combined with increased cold-weather-driven demand helped to push natural gas prices up 75% in New England last year and 61% in NY.  The price will continue to get worse with colder weather in the region. 

Natural gas prices in America have remained historically low due to our huge bounties of it and the energy boom led by hydraulic fracturing. Drillers have actually shut down their wells because it costs more to pump the gas than it can be sold for. The fix for them is, in a word; export. These natural gas producers can make three times more money shipping their supplies to Europe and five times as much shipping it to Japan. These profits are compelling incentives and after a two year study by the Department of Energy asserting exports would be a net gain for our economy, export licenses have already been issued and industry experts expect the pace of licensing to quicken.  Say goodbye to low gas prices in the U.S. 

So what’s a homeowner to do?  Join the heat pump revolution. There are two types of heat pumps: air-source and geothermal heat pumps (GHPs).  Air source pulls heat indoors from the outdoor air in winter and from the indoors to the outside during summer. A GHP extracts heat from indoor air when it’s hot outside but when it’s cold outside it draws heat into the home from the ground.   Either would do the trick of keeping your family warm in the winter and cool in the summer.   GHPs can be prohibitively expensive though and are usually considered during a new construction.  Air-source heat pumps (also called mini splits or ductless mini splits) are less expensive to install and with today’s technology,   they can extract heat from ambient air at temperatures as low as -5° F.  

This technology has been around for about 50 years and has been very popular across Europe and Asia for the last 30. Many warm-state U.S. residents will recognize the wall mounted indoor units as they are frequently used for air conditioning in those areas.   Even third world countries are beginning to leap frog over the U.S and using this technology over oil or gas based systems.  On a recent trip to Jamaica I saw them being used in commercial establishments all over the island including the resort in Kingston where my friends and I stayed.  Another trip to Costa Rica had us trekking into the jungle where a local cabin proprietor promised us air conditioning.  We were doubtful but very happy to find a heat pump air conditioner in our little cabin; we were very comfortable during our stay.  

To connect with Jason and continue the conversation, email him or visit his agent website.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Jason Christie and do not reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

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