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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: BROWSTONE BEAUTY

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

Click here to discover more about this landmark brownstone home.  

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: ENCHANTING PARADISE

Poised high in the hills of Millbrook, NY in the midst of 85 acres of luscious, gardens and landscaped terrain, this Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home takes full advantage of stunning long range Berkshire Mountain views from all around. Arrive by land and enter the gates, or arrive by air on your private heliport where a half mile drive to this secluded paradise takes you through three ponds, rolling green hills, two brooks, and many open trails that are just waiting to be explored.The immediate acres surrounding the main property are filled with fascinating gardens, fully lit sitting areas, two waterfalls, and both a tennis and basketball court, in addition to a secluded garden and gazebo behind the in-ground swimming pool and Jacuzzi that are enclosed by an electric ceiling for year round use which can be accessed from the main living level.

The main house boasts multi-level terraces all with imported French stone natural pavers, stone walls, hand forged railings, sky lights, and countless glass windows and entrances to display the beauty of every season. On the second level lies 1 of 2 master suites with a private entrance and a 35 x 40 art and entertainment center, while the next level hosts the 2nd  master suite complete with a meditation room, and an incredible sky lit bath. Hidden near the main home is a private guest house with its own decking, gardens and parking.

Click here to discover so much more about this captivating New York estate.

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

This terrace is a breath of fresh air, both literally and figuratively speaking. The creatively designed urban oasis belongs to a federal style townhouse in West Chelsea, a neighborhood known as the heart of New York City’s Contemporary art scene and home to iconic institutions like the Gagosian Gallery and the Highline Park (which just so happens to be located only minutes away from this apartment).  We love how this beautiful co-op home epitomizes the visions of tree-lined streets that Chelsea is famously known for, and the dedication to design is not limited to the impeccably landscaped private terrace. Inside features a spacious master bedroom with precisely designed custom closets, and a stunning kitchen designed by world-famous Italian design firm, Molteni & C Dada of SoHo who’s use of light elm wood cabinetry creates a warm, and inviting atmosphere.   

Click here to see more eye candy on this home, and to discover the best neighborhood amenities that Chelsea has to offer. 

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: A CONTEMPORARY SUMMER BREEZE

Many people marvel at the classic and quintessential style that homes all throughout the Hamptons are known for. The beautiful shingle style colonial that’s recognized across the country is as undoubtedly synonymous with summertime as bathing suits and sunscreen are, and we’d like to introduce you to another summer time staple, that is this contemporary 3 bedroom residence located in a picturesque nook in East Hampton. An entire half acre of land is yours for the taking along with the tranquilly and privacy that this nearly 1,595 square foot home has to offer. We already feel refreshed looking at the gorgeous and impressively landscaped land that fills the entire property, and the sheer amount of sunlight that all of those windows lets in will surely make your neighbors green with envy. We love that this house is perfectly poised for entertaining with a grandiose, spacious and open layout and a wall of sliding doors that will make hosting a summer soiree and al fresco dinner parties a breeze.

For more eye candy on this stunning Hamptons residence, click here

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: Treetops and Tulips

Spring has officially landed as evident by the perennial tulip laden tree tops that adorn the flawlessly manicured lawn pictured above. Pristine grass that resembles blades of shiny emerald jewels will make you green with envy for this 5 bedroom colonial home. Hints of traditional New England details linger among the nuanced contemporary renovations that appeal to the homeowner with a modern and active lifestyle with a simultaneous affinity for classic design. Upon entry a grand foyer sweeps you away into the formal living and dining room, where a combined space could serve as the heart of the home. On the contrary, multiple outdoor terraces exploding with both size and beauty vie for our year round affection. 

Click here to let the photos speak for themselves as you discover more about this impressive home in Darien, Connecticut.

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: SPRING AWAKENING

What else says “Spring” like a bright and beautiful blossoming garden like the one you see here? Nothing symbolizes a fresh start to a new season like the sight of flowers blooming right outside of your windows in your very own private garden and terrace. We couldn’t think of better property to mark the first official weekend of spring than this expansive triplex home located in a thriving section of Upper Manhattan.

Over 2,000 square feet of tranquility abounds inside the 4 bedroom condominium where inside and outside elements flow seamlessly into one another for maximum zen. You’ll attain further peace of mind thanks to a spacious loft-like living room with ceilings so high they appear never-ending. If that isn’t enchanting enough, the fireplace maintains a consistent earthy aesthetic as it opens to reveal a 600 square foot garden that’s visible from almost all 3 floors. The urban oasis also boasts a glass staircase to add a touch of minimalist design. 

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The Urban Gardener - Perennial Herb Window Garden

By: Helen Clarke Berndt, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Harlem Office

Nothing enhances a view like the sight of lively green foliage and freshly budding flowers out of a window.  The scent of herbs and flowers wafting through the window is one of summer’s great delights! Indeed, besides their positive value in adding fresh oxygen and making us feel happier, (it’s been scientifically proven!), it also increases the value of your property.  

One easy way to add the joy of greenery to your home is installing window boxes. One very satisfying window box for an apartment dweller is the Carefree Herb Garden. A single small window box can hold 2 or three small herb plants which can be used for cooking and aromatherapy year round.

Following my expert instructions below demonstrates that planting a window box is fairly simple:

1. SAFETY FIRST: First, be sure your window box is properly secured in place. Determine which box and attachment hardware works best for your needs.  Gardeners.com and Chelsea Garden Center are my top choices for where to find all the supplies and resources with the appropriate hardware for your window needs. 

2.  It is best to install the box, then fill it in with plants in place, because once the box is full, it can be quite heavy. 

3. Next, place a layer of pebbles and/or bits of broken pottery at the bottom of your window box for drainage. Next, put in a layer of soil, then gently take plants from their nursery containers and place them so they have enough room to grow over the season.  Finally, fill in the rest with soil and water thoroughly.

Note: Once well established over the course of spring and summer, watering and feeding them well, your herbs will grow wildly all summer, slow down in autumn, then quietly persevere through winter and reemerge with new growth each spring!  

Helpful Hints: 

Herbs may be cut, dried and stored in a jar in your spice rack, but it is preferable to just let the plants be and clip as needed. The flavor of freshly picked herbs is unmatched.  

Use organic plants and feed them organic fertilizer. You can feed your plants with your unflavored coffee grounds and tea leaves. Most herbs do not need pesticides.  

Growing from seed:  Unless you plan to be very dedicated to this project, don’t bother. It is best to buy plants already established. You can still buy seeds and scatter them into planters and take your chance but it can be a downer if nothing grows. Good choice for this experiment the really heart plants such as arugula, mint, mustard, lettuces. These should be planted separately in individual planters as they can all be quite invasive and take over your other plants.  

Here is one of my favorite perennial herbs suitable for window boxes: 

Lavender: Lavender is a perennial herb with a mesmerizing aroma used in many aromatherapy and culinary uses.  Lavender will grow all summer, then turn a lovely silver color during winter, then burst into bloom and new growth with its lovely perfume and small.

NYC MUST DO: 11th Annual Orchid Show

Kick the end of winter blues and head over to the New York Botanical Garden this week for the 11th annual Orchid Show. This show is the largest flower exhibition in the United States and also offers information about caring for your orchids, wonderful music and cocktails for you to enjoy while browsing the exhibition.

This year the show is designed by Francisca P. Coelho, Vivian and Edward Merrin. Coehlho is best known for her plantsmanship and has assisted with the design and development in the conservatory. The beautiful and elaborate displays explode with orchids in a large array of shapes, colors sizes and textures. You will see blues, purples, greens, yellows, pinks and even delicate pink and white moth orchids.

If you can’t make it to the gardens this week why not head there this weekend for one of the weekend concerts or special orchid care demonstrations? Or if you are want to impress on your date head to the gardens any Saturday evening from now until April 20th from 6:30-9 pm for Orchids Evenings. You and your date will have an unforgettable night filled with romance and beauty. Tickets are $30 for non-members and $20 for members. Your tickets include a complimentary cocktail and special dinner offers at NBG’s restaurant partners on Little Italy’s Arthur Avenue.

Special Tip: If you are going this Saturday don’t forget to ask for the “St.-Germain Cocktail” which is a refreshing drink with sparkling wine, St-Germain and sparkling water, garnished with a lemon twist and served over ice. 

Your Guide to Mother’s Day in New York City

Every Mother has their ideal day in mind when it comes to how they’d most enjoy celebrating their day. With some of the city’s most celebrated spa’s, restaurants, and venues offering packages and deals for an amazing price, there are plenty of ways to show the special lady in your life how much she is appreciated. Whether it’s a luxurious day full of pampering and attention, or a brunch surrounded by those who matter most, here are our suggestions to make this Mother’s Day as special as possible.  

Try something different than brunch on dry land and cruise around New York City’s beautiful harbor in a lavish yacht as you take in the sights of the Manhattan skyline all around you with a special Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise. Enjoy a deluxe brunch and mimosas inside the heated, glass encased observatory deck while enjoying 360 degree views of the city. The sail around the island lasts approximately 3 hours and spans the entire city from the Upper West Side to the beautiful seaport area and the Statue of Liberty.  The tour departs from Pier 62 on the West Side, and more info can be found here 

If your mother is in need of stress relief, there is nothing like a day at the majestic and grand Guerlain Spa inside the historic Waldorf Astoria.  “Forget Her Not” is the ultimate indulgent spa package where mom’s and mom’s-to-be will be treated to a signature 50-minute Guerlain massage or facial, but, as any gift giver knows, it’s all in the delivery and this present is hand delivered to Mom as a beautifully packaged gift with a dozen long-stemmed roses from Parisian floral boutique Ode à la Rose and a box of gourmet chocolates.   

Isabella’s is an Upper West Side institution that never disappoints. This Mother’s Day won’t be any different, as they’re offering a special Brunch and Dinner Menu to choose from. Mediterranean and American fare are fused in the most exciting way here, and their outdoor patio offers the best of al fresco dining Uptown Manhattan has to offer. The soft-shell crab Benedict on the brunch menu will complement the enjoyable ambiance.     

The Odeon in TriBeCa is a celeb hotspot so make sure to square away your reservations asap. The classic downtown chic establishment is critically acclaimed, formerly owned by celebrity chef Keith McNally, and epitomizes the TriBeCa neighborhood. Their lemon ricotta and poppy seed pancakes are an all time favorite, as is their legendary French toast.   

SD26 in Murray Hill overlooks idyllic Madison Square Park and was named one of Esquire Magazine’s Best New Restaurants of the Year when it first opened. Their Mother’s Day prix fixe offering comprises the best their menu has to offer, homemade pastas and the best of a true Italian Sunday meal like veal and lamb. We recommend the homemade fettuccine, coriander scented baby lamb ragu with fava beans and fresh mint.  

We wish you a Happy Mother’s Day wherever you end up celebrating!

Spring has sprung on Park Ave

Each year since 1980, the Fund for Park Avenue has been responsible for the beautifying and maintenance of the Park Avenue Malls.  Flowers, plants and sculptures are carefully chosen to adorn the many strips of green space along New York’s most storied and iconic Avenue.  Street revelers typically aren’t graced with the flowers’ presence until some time in April, but this years extraordinarily mild winter (or lack thereof winter…) has sprouted these little signs of spring into early bloom.  The 60,000 yellow tulips we’ll soon see blanketing the middle grounds of Park Ave are Darwin hybrid and Golden Oxford.  When enjoying the tulips don’t forget to stop by our Flagship Office on Park Avenue at 499 Park on the 14th & 15th floors. 

(Image Courtesy: New York City Daily Photo)

Your Neighborhood at a Glance: A Valentine’s Day Guide for NYC

There is no city that is more romantic than New York. For Valentine’s Day, we’ve got you covered, as there are excellent date spots in every single neighborhood throughout the five boroughs, amazing hotels for an enchanting staycation, tremendous special Valentine’s Day events, and, of course, the best and most romantic restaurants in the world. Flowers are a must, but that’s easy since there are flower shops on every corner, attached to every bodega, so here’s a quick guide on how to choose the right bouquet, and here’s a way to keep the cost down if you choose to go another route for your floral arrangements. If you’re looking for some gift ideas, the city is the place to shop, here’s some sweet recommendations from NY Magazine and here are some very sentimental gift ideas from Time Out New York.

No matter what, New York City makes Valentine’s Day extra special and exciting. Here we’ve hand-picked some of our favorite activities and ideas to show that special someone just how much you care:

Keep it simple and intimate, go out and enjoy an extraordinary romantic dinner and then go home, snuggle on the couch and watch a romantic movie. Or for you chefs out there, prepare a sentimental home-cooked meal before your movie. Either way, your time spent together will be the focus of this night, that’s just the way it should be.

If you and your significant other are into live performance, NYC is the place. How about checking out some live music? Or catching a signature theater performance? Or how about going to a sporting event and making a date out of it? This is a great way to make your date inspired and memorable.

New York City has been the setting for countless iconic romantic movie moments. Why not recreate a Hollywood scene, such as Sleepless in Seattle, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or the Seven Year Itch? There’s plenty of other options to choose from, both cliché and creative.

Are you looking for love? Head to one of these bars if you’re interested in meeting someone. Or you can try out a fantastic wine bar for a more sophisticated chance meeting. There’s also always the increasing popular online dating route. And if you’ve just met someone and are looking for first date ideas, there’s plenty of great options for that.

Our list aside, here’s some suggestions from three famous New Yorkers on how they’ll be spending the holiday.

No matter what we do, we’ll be spending the holiday in the city that we love, and we’re beyond grateful to be a part of New York City.

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