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WHERE TO SPOT FALL FOLIAGE IN NYC

It is a beautiful time of year, late September into early October when the leaves begin to change colors reflecting a vibrant, colorful bowl of fruit loops presuming the elements permit; and there is no place else like the Northeast to witness it. You might be surprised to find out that you can partake in this long-standing Columbus Day weekend activity right here in New York City. From Brooklyn’s lush and wide-open green spaces to hidden nooks and crannies of Central Park – here is your guide to Leaf Peeping in New York City, no car or binoculars needed: 

Prospect Park – At almost a quarter-mile in length, Long Meadow is officially “the longest greensward in an American urban park” with an infinite amount of acreage ripe with bright orange and red leaves atop Sugar and Red Maple Trees for your viewing pleasure. Elsewhere, wide open vistas of great color can be seen at the Peninsula and Lullwater portions of the park where Sour Gum and Sassagfras trees wait until the tail end of October to display an array of hues.

New York Botanical Garden – Don’t underestimate the power of this year-round natural sanctuary nestled uptown in the Bronx where 250 acres of woodlands in the Thain Family Forest boast the city’s largest patch of old-growth forest with trees dating back to the 19th century, and a wide range of species including oak, red maple, tulip, scarlet oak and Sweet gums with star-shaped leaves that turn red and purple throughout the season.

Greenbelt Nature Center – South of Manhattan lies 2,800 acres of interconnected open space at the Staten Island Greenbelt Nature Center where a whopping 35 miles of trails wind intricately through parks and woodland including the eight-mile Yellow trail that passes Moses’ Mountain with panoramic views of surrounding trees from atop the well known 260-foot hill. A perfect combination of oak, sweet gum, tulip, sassafras and red maple trees provide a fiery blaze of color, while on the other side of the Mountain clusters of red maple trees lie toward the 90-acre High Rock Park .

Green-Wood Cemetery – 478 acres of beautiful nature preserve and  arboretum are at your disposal to explore over 8,000 species of trees including New York City’s oldest sassafras dating back to 1838.

Alley Pond Park – A rare glimpse into New York’s geological past can be found in Queens at Alley Pond Park where numerous trails are decorated by almost 30,000 native hardwood species. The Tulip Tree Trail is just over half  a mile long making it manageable for almost everyone and moreover, the park is allegedly home to NYC’s oldest and largest tulip poplar called the “Alley Pond Giant” measuring in at a towering 133.8 feet tall.

Van Cortlandt Park – Over 1,000 acres and an estimated 80,000 trees make this Bronx spot ideal for leaf-peepers in search of oak, sweet gum, and hickory trees that display rust and orange colored leaves, and unmatched views from a 1.1-mile nature walk along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail .

Central Park  Download the official Central Park fall foliage map and make your way to Belvedere Castle, the undisputed best spot for panoramic views of the entire range of colors from Elm, Oak and Maple trees that are peppered throughout. Additional points of interest include the Conservatory located at 5th Avenue and 72nd street that reveals berry covered hawthorn trees, and the Ramble offers 38-acres in the middle of Central Park. Enter between 100th and 103rd Streets to continue your trek in the North Woods alongside the Ravine featuring brooks, various oaks, elm, red maple and black cherry trees.

Circle Line Fall Foliage Cruise – Up and down Hudson Valley lies one of New York state’s most bucolic and rustic scenery for the quintessential fall getaway that includes a half-day New York water taxi excursion to Bear Mountain area that allows you to enjoy a 360 degree backdrop from a Hudson River vantage point complimented by a rainbow of autumn colors that glisten off the tranquil blue water.

Inwood Hill Park – Sign up for a Fall Foliage Hike and discover numerous trails that wind through Manhattan’s last remaining naturally occurring native hardwood forest, known as Inwood Hill Park, where a certified Urban Park Ranger will guide you through paved paths and numerous trails underneath a blanket of fall foliage.

Fort Greene Park – This wide open space is one of New York City’s most celebrated parks, and is Brooklyn’s oldest major park where over 30 acres of grassy expanse is uniquely situated at the apex of a 148 foot Prison Ships Martyr’s Monument, surrounded by an arsenal of enormous London planes trees, stately elms, oaks, and glowing ginko trees with shiny, golden fan shaped leaves.

Wave Hill Park –  The changing colors along the New Jersey Palisades is a timeless experience and must be witnessed from Wave Hill Park, that at more then a century old remains as the crown jewel of Riverdale’s park areas. Take in calming views of the Hudson River and enjoy colorful foliage at its seasonal peak among the Gardens at Wave Hill where a myriad of trees serve as the cornerstone of the landscape. Dramatic rust colored leaves sway atop Bald Cyprus trees and low drooping branches hang from one of North America’s most attractive tree species, Tupelos.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: SECRET OASIS

At the crossroads of Prospect Heights and Clinton Hill stands a truly majestic building.  Once a seminary, this gothic-style structure has been reborn as a coveted and land-marked full-service Cathedral Condominium Building with a private, serene courtyard that was formerly included on the Brooklyn Garden Tour.  Enter the private front yard to discover breathtaking marble arches and soaring ceilings that welcome you into this very special home with 14-foot ceilings and sun-drenched rooms that include an open kitchen, living and dining room that makes for easy living and entertaining. A hand-crafted staircase leads up to a loft area that currently hosts  a beautiful master bedroom complete with an almost endless amount of closet space, while dramatic Gothic-arched windows adorn main floor bedroom; And, if you require even more space, continue on down the spiral staircase to discover an area ready to be transformed into a home office and den.  

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: PICTURE PERFECT PENTHOUSE

This triplex penthouse with a private rooftop terrace combines old-world charm with modern elegance inside a house that is nearly two centuries old on a bucolic tree-lined street in the heart of Chelsea. The apartment has a total interior footprint of approximately 1,500 square feet, and its most prominent feature is a remarkable 300 square foot private and planted rooftop terrace joined with the indoors via a wall of sliding glass doors to create a virtually seamless 600 square foot indoor/outdoor space that offers unparalleled open views above Chelsea’s landmarked Historic District, and a sweeping panorama of Midtown and the New York City skyline. Three-floors of interior living space currently present 3 total baths and 2 bedrooms with configurations to add additional windowed-rooms, and the  bathroom on the top floor features large double doors and a skylight inviting you to take a bath in the oversized tub while enjoying the view out across your private terrace of the Empire State Building.

Click here to discover more about this extraordinary Penthouse property. 

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: DOUBLE THE PLEASURE, DOUBLE THE FUN

With two whole floors of impeccably decorated and designed living space – the beauty of this duplex condominium is relentless. You are immediately greeted by double-height ceilings and windows that expose a quintessential Upper East Side cityscape and fill the enormous living room with waves of sunshine. We love the contrast between the illuminated white walls and the dark, smooth hardwood floors that are found throughout the entire one bedroom apartment. Location is everything, too, as this is situated directly across the street from the renowned Carlyle Hotel within a premier full-service condominium that offers round the clock luxury.

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: SITTING ABOVE THE PARK

Imagine sitting on any one of your 3 private balconies that look directly over Fifth Avenue and the treetops in Central Park?  While most would be elated with just one of the highly coveted private balconies, this incredible Fifth Avenue home features a total of 3 outdoor balconies offering almost 600 square feet of exterior space accessible through unique sliding glass walls. In addition, almost 2,500 square feet inside provides the beautiful, sunny living and dining room area pictured above, two bedrooms, your own washer and dryer (another highly coveted New York City amenity) and a state-of-the-art hi-tech kitchen wrapped up in one of the Upper East Side’s most sought after full-service cooperative buildings. 

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US OPEN: CENTRE COURT SERIES ADVANTAGE: 492 ROUTE 114

To mark the final day of the 2014 US Open, Halstead Property presents the Centre Court Series Advantage at 492 Route 114, in Wainscott, NY.  We bring you nearby homes that are equipped with all you need to perfect that grand slam-winning backhand serve, since before you can get to championship level, the world’s greatest tennis stars would not where they are without an appropriate place to practice on.

It won’t be hard to keep your eye on the ball with the razor sharp focus that this all weather Har Tru tennis court affords, proving that all you need is the bare essentials. Almost 1.5 acres of land are nestled down a private drive in Wainsctott with completely landscaped grounds that include expansive decking, a heated pool and a Jacuzzi for an environment conducive to achieving ultimate relaxation after a rousing round of tennis. The 5 bedroom Post Modern home boats nearly 5,000 square feet of interior space and features a sunny, expansive gourmet kitchen and a jaw-dropping two-story foyer that leads into a warm, and inviting family room adorned with an elegant fireplace.

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HIGH LINE PARK: PART III – MISSION COMPLETE

Lights, camera, action for the grand finale to what is arguably one of the most unique elements of New York City – The High Line. Since its 2009 debut, and after nearly 5 whole years of waiting with bated breath, the third, and final section of Manhattan’s premiere elevated park in West Chelsea  is complete. The High Line at the Rail Yards which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets will be unveiled in all its glory for the public to see on September 21st, 2014. Until now – a walk along the historic freight-rail-line-turned-public-park sadly lands you at the end on West 30th Street, but alas the gates will soon open to reveal the completed remaining section of  railroad tracks to bridge wandering pedestrians all the way to West 34th Street for a unique, and unparalleled look into the fabric of the Meatpacking District. The Rail Yards section is only accessible by crossing the 11th Avenue Bridge for a rare vantage point to take in the beauty of Manhattan’s grids as traffic zooms by underneath, along with an unobstructed view of rows of commuter trains at Hudson Yards.

Opening week festivities to celebrate the $75 million northern most section will feature a culmination of everything we love about the park from live music performances, art and design exhibits and more – all for free. You can wake up with a morning yoga session on the 14th Street passage, followed by a tranquil guided meditation class held on the 22nd Street Steps, or take in a Tai Chi class on the famous 23rd Street lawn. In addition to various health and wellness events, High Line art curator Cecilia Alemani has added newcomers like Ed Ruscha’s large-scale mural Honey, I Twisted Through More Damn Traffic Today sprawled across West 22nd Street, and it will be hard to resist taking an outdoor lunch break with a week of midday hour-long live music performances from world renowned acts like Haitian music sensation Melanie Charles, and NYC’s first and only all-female Mariachi band, Flor De Toloache. Existing art installations.

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KATZ’S DELI TAKES A BITE OUT OF GREENWICH VILLAGE

2013 marked the 125th Anniversary for Katz’s Delicatessen, the very spot When Harry Met Sally, and in 2014, owner of the legendary pastrami sandwich curator and New York City’s oldest reigning delicatessen took a bite out of prime downtown real estate. With the help of Halstead Property’s Laurie Silverman, third-generation co-owner of Katz’s Deli landed the crown jewel of Greenwich Village pads in one of the city’s most sought after cooperative buildings designed by renowned starchitect, James Renwick, Jr. The gracious six-room co-op apartment boasts views of Union Square and the East Village from a sought-after vantage point on the epic-sized private balcony situated off of the lofty 28x12 West facing living room that leads directly into an open chef’s kitchen, perfect for sandwich royalty, while the Master Suite offers an unexpected dose of peace and quiet . 

Click here for Curbed NY’s coverage of this story, and connect with Laurie Silverman over email or visit her agent website to learn more, and for all of your New York City real estate needs.

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