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MANHATTAN MARKET REPORT UPDATE FROM OUR CHIEF ECONOMIST

For the 2nd Quarter 2014

By Greg Heym, Chief Economist at Halstead Property

Manhattan apartment prices averaged $1.7 million in the second quarter, virtually unchanged from the first quarter’s record level, and 19% higher than a year ago. A booming new development market, which posted a record average price of just under $3.5 million, combined with a record co-op sale and scarce inventory kept prices elevated. The number of reported sales was 9% higher than a year ago.

The median price, which measures the middle of the market, fell 1% from the first quarter of 2014, but was 5% above 2013’s second quarter. This shows us that most of the increase in the average price is due to the high end, as the middle of the market is rising at a much slower pace.

Perhaps the most telling statistic on the strength of the luxury market is that at the time of our report, 45 closings over $10 million had been recorded. During the same time period in 2013, there were just 16, a 181% increase.

All sizes of co-ops saw their average price rise compared to 2013’s second quarter, led by a 26% gain in three-bedroom and larger units. Overall, the average co-op price of $1,240,747 was a 12% improvement from the second quarter of 2013. The average condo price of $2,283,151 was slightly below last quarter’s record level, but 26% higher than a year ago. New developments, such as One57-which had 4 closings over $30 million-pushed the average price 47% over the past year for three-bedroom and larger condos.

The full version of the report click here.

Your Things to Do for the Fourth of July

By Julianna Flamio, Halstead’s Social Team

July 4th is all about family time, BBQ and a whole lot of red, white and blue. From the iconic Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks on the East River to a kid-friendly picnic celebrating Fairfield, CT, we asked some of our local agent experts what they will be doing around their neighborhoods this holiday weekend.

NEW YORK CITY

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks

The East River and Brooklyn Bridge will be the backdrop for this famous fireworks show—now in its 38th year. Go to event’s website for information on where to view the show from the FDR Drive in Manhattan and locations along Brooklyn’s waterfront. The show is slated to start at 8pm.

Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Nathan’s Famous annual hot dog eating contest on Coney Island takes the cake (or bun) as Independence Day’s beloved sporting event. The women’s contest starts at 11:30am followed by the male competitors at 12:40pm. Check out the event page for more details.

Annual Revolutionary War New York Nighttime Walking Tour

This annual after hours tour starts at Fraunces Tavern Museum, which is where George Washington bid farewell to Continental Army officers and ends at Trinity Church, according to Time Out New York. The journey through New York’s ties to the American Revolution runs from 3am-7am. Find out more at http://frauncestavernmuseum.org/events/. Plus, the museum will be offering $1 admission from July 4-6.

Pier Party at South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport will host a free Independence Day bash from July 3-5. Entertainment includes live Americana music, a screening of “The Avengers” and other family-friendly activities, says amNew York. Plus, the pier is a perfect location to view the fireworks on the 4th. Go to http://www.seechangeny.com/events/ for more information.

NEW JERSEY

Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival

Starting at noon on the 4th, Jersey City locals can enjoy carnival rides, nosh on bites from food trucks and check out the Budweiser Beer Garden Experience or Clydesdale show at Liberty State Park. The festival will culminate with a fireworks show in the evening. Go to nj.com for more details.

CONNECTICUT

Stratford Fireworks 2014

Stratford kickoffs its Independence Day celebration at Short Beack Park on July 3rd at 7pm with live music. The fireworks show will start at 9:30pm. For more information go to http://www.visitnewengland.com/events/july-4-events.html.

Independence Day Celebration at Greenwich Town Hall

Greenwich residents could view the raising of the first American flag along with a parade of flags that represent the 13 colonies. The patriotic ceremony will also honor Greenwich citizens whose roots go back to the founding families and recognize the 100th anniversary of World War I. The event begins at 9am on July 4th. For more information go to the town’s website.

Fairfield Family Fun Fest

To celebrate 375 years of Fairfield, a “patriotic picnic” will take place at the Town Hall Green and Fairfield Museum grounds on Saturday, July 5th from 10am-4pm. Expect food from local restaurants, a beer garden, a PopShop market (CT-based “pop up market”) and children’s activities. Learn more about the event on the Fairfield Museum website.

HAMPTONS

Amagansett Fine Arts Festival

From July 4-6th independent artists will be celebrated at the American Legion in Amagansett. The free festival will include paintings, sculptures, jewelry, crafts and more fine arts, according to Hamptons.com. Check out festival hours at http://www.amagansettfinearts.com/.

Southampton Village Independence Day Parade

This annual community parade will commence at 10am on Elm Street and end at Railroad Plaza, says Hamptons.com. A family friendly “post-parade” celebration will take place at 2pm at the Southampton Arts Center. For details on the after-party go to the Center’s website.

 

DO I KEEP RENTING OR SHOULD I BUY?

By: David Wagenheim, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, East Side Office

I am often asked, how does one know when it’s time to stop renting and consider buying an apartment. This can be different for everyone. Some like the ‘security’ of owning their own home, others feel it’s a way of fulfilling the ‘American Dream’, etc., but for many, it’s when the rent they are paying no longer makes sense to them.

Whatever your reasons are, you should be aware that if you are going to purchase, the ‘common’ rule of thumb is that you want to make sure you are going to stay in this home for at least five (5) years. If you think you can’t make that commitment, then you may want to consider holding off because you may not make your investment back. Granted, there are always exceptions to every rule, as we certainly see cases where if the market is on an ‘upswing’, it’s quite possible to recoup your money earlier. I am of course speaking in generalities.

Recently I worked with clients who were paying $3,325 per month in rent. They loved their apartment and neighborhood, but they knew it was a matter of time before their rent would go up again, and thought it might be time to take the next step.

After some searching, we found an apartment that they were happy with a little further north of their current neighborhood, but, with a bit more space. The list price of the apartment was $600K with a monthly maintenance of $1K per month. With a down payment of 25% ($150K), a 30 year mortgage with an interest rate of approximately 4%, their payment (including their maintenance) came to approximately $3,148 per month. This already was enough to make them happy with their decision. However, because of deductions available to homeowners on their interest, they would save an additional $491 per month thereby bringing their ‘net’ monthly outlay to $2,657. In just one year they will not only save themselves $8,016, but they will be building equity in the years to come giving them a sense of ‘security’ as well as helping to fulfill the ‘American Dream.’

Connect with me over email and visit my agent website to learn more about this topic, and for all of your real estate needs.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of David Wagenheim and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC. 

BRIAN LEWIS HOLIDAY PREMIERE

Presents a Video Tour of the Penthouse C at 118 West 79th Street

Recently named once again to the prestigious list of Top Agents in the US by the Wall Street Journal, Brian Lewis figured he would celebrate the Holiday Weekend by releasing this feature film tour of his newest exclusive penthouse at 118 West 79th Street.

Easily one of the most exquisite homes on the market today—this Pre-War penthouse at 118 West 79th Street has it all. The two-bedroom home comes with a lush (and irrigated) garden and al fresco dining space on the wrap-around terrace, which offers eastward views of Central Park and a cityscape panorama to the south. Step inside to the open-plan living and dining space complete with original molding, a dining bar and access to two entrances of the terrace. The master bedroom and guest bedroom (currently used as an office) each have an en suite bathroom. Of course the views of the terrace and beyond are the greatest  assets to this stylish oasis in the sky.

Jaw-dropping sights and amenities aside—Lewis takes you on a soaring, fun journey through the penthouse. You meet Lewis in Central Park where he dares you to “look up.” Suddenly, you speed off to the top of 118 West 79th Street where you meet Lewis once again on the gardened terrace. Before stepping inside, he snaps some day and night shots of the breathtaking views with his phone camera. Expect more Lewis trickery as he introduces the double entrances from the terrace. 

WATCH THE PREMIERE VIDEO NOW

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: FIFTH AVENUE DELIGHT

Stunning views of the Reservoir and Central Park make this spacious Fifth Avenue cooperative a must see.  The two-bedroom corner apartment boasts an eat-in kitchen with the most romantic backdrop that overlooks the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, in addition to a sprawling terrace with views looking all the way down Fifth Avenue to the Metropolitan Museum. The master bedroom, corner living room and dining area all have additionally as spectacular views of Central Park and the New York City skyline that you will find. 

Click here to learn more about this residence located in a premier full-service Upper East Side cooperative building. 

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: BROOKLYN BROWNSTONE

Located on one of the most desired blocks in prime Fort Greene, this mint 2,000 sq. ft landmarked co-op has everything and more. Designed by a famed local architect named Frank Bosworth for G.R. Barteaux, the brownstone first floors have end entry porches with iconic columns and friezes ornamented by a large Greek key design. This unit offers 3 bedrooms, an office, 2 full baths and a large open living room with an adjoining dining area next to a modern kitchen complete with high end stainless steel appliances. From the kitchen, you will have access to the lovely and tranquil private garden terrace, a perfect space for outdoor entertaining. There is also an additional guest quarter located on the lower level. 

The prewar cooperative building is complete with amenities including a laundry room  and a bike storage room, and is minutes to Fort Greene park, Barclays center, restaurants, attractions in Downtown Brooklyn and the subway. 

Click here to discover more about this Brownstone. 

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TOP FARM SHARES IN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA - HEALTHY HOME SERIES - PART I

By Julianna Flamio, Halstead Property Social Team

In recent years the “locavore” movement has cropped up in kitchens, markets and restaurants across the New York metropolitan area. A weekend trip to the farmer’s market is not the only practice in maintaining a fridge stocked with organic, local produce—many conscious consumers are turning to farm shares also known as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). A CSA allows consumers to buy a “share” of produce directly from farmers sometimes “up-front” at the start of the season, according to localharvest.org. The share could be a box, bag or basket of vegetables (or fruits, cheeses, eggs etc.) delivered to a set location on a weekly basis. Lately CSAs have become even more popular. There were 108 CSAs in NYC in 2013 compared to 30 CSAs in 2004, according to Crain’s New York. CSAs are not exclusive to urban areas—suburbanites can also find nearby CSAs to join. Take a look at some of the best farm shares in the New York City Area according to the feedback we received from some local expert agents:

Carnegie Hill CSA

Location: Upper East Side

Every Tuesday for 24 weeks from June through November, Upper East Siders could pick up their share of vegetables grown at Stoneledge Farm in South Cairo, NY. Stoneledge Farm also delivers to a number of other CSAs in the city, but what makes Carnegie Hill CSA unique is that it offers its members “half shares.” Members are also required to help in keeping the CSA functioning by volunteering at least one shift the pick-up location. Carnegie Hill locals should check out csasprouts.org for more information on this CSA.

Central Park West CSA

Location: Upper West Side

Members of this CSA have the “Fruit Add-On” option, in which they could choose to add fruits from Hudson Valley-based Breezy Hill Orchard to their shares. Vegetables come from Angel Family Farm in Goshen, NY. Members also can choose to purchase standard or half shares each season. Check out centralparkwestcsa.org  to learn more about Central Park West CSA.

Local Roots NYC

Locations: Alphabet City (East Village) and Brooklyn

Local Roots NYC prides itself on its “alternative CSA model.”  This CSA breaks up its seasons into summer, fall and winter, so members do not have to pay up-front for the standard June-November CSA season. Local Roots NYC works with a neighborhood CSA in Alphabet City and various neighborhood CSAs in Brooklyn in areas like Williamsburg, Boerum Hill and Greenpoint. NYU School of Medicine and companies like IMentor and APP Nexus run “workplace CSAs.” Local Roots NYC sources vegetables from Rogowski Farm in Warwick, NJ and fish from Acme Fish in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The organization also works with local purveyors who produce granola, juices, cheese, pasta and so on. Go to localrootsnyc.org to learn about membership and more.

Nextdoorganics

Location: Brooklyn

This year-round CSA has pick-up “hubs” throughout Brooklyn and offers home delivery to its Manhattan members. Membership is flexible at $20-50 per week based on whether a member will be adding more items to a standard package of produce. Nextdoororganics sources from right around the corner at Bushwick Campus Farm and Sky Vegetables (rooftop farm in the Bronx) to farms from afar like Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative in Pennsylvania. Check out nextdoorganics.com for more information.

Catalpa Ridge Farm

Location: Hoboken, NJ

Catalpa Ridge Farm in Wantage, NJ has been running its own Community Supported Farm (CSF) for 19 years. Produce is dropped off to three locations in Hoboken every Tuesday. The farm’s website publishes the year’s harvest schedule to give members an idea of what produce they will be receiving from June through October.

Check out justfood.org for more information on CSAs and where to find one in or around your NYC neighborhood and check out tomorrow’s post on top farm shares in Connecticut and the Hamptons.

WHAT’S UP(TOWN) - Pride Edition

By: Adrian Thompkins & Shebrelle Hunter-Green

Welcome to the latest What’s Uptown blog post about neighborhood happenings for the upcoming weekend. 

What: Harlem Pride VIP Launch Party Fundraiser. A special fundraising event for Harlem Pride, the LGBT organization, now celebrating its fifth year. This event will honor George Faison and C. Virginia Fields.

When: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Where: Aloft Hotel, 2296 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Between West 124th and West 125th), New York, NY, 10027

What: Screening of “Before You Know It,” a documentary film chronicling the challenges of three gay seniors navigating life in their golden years.  Famed front man Michael Stipe of R.E.M. describes the film as “…one of the most compelling, heartbreaking, funny essential films of the year.” Click here to purchase tickets.

When: Friday, June 27th, 2014 - 7:00 pm.(Doors open at 6:30pm)

Where: Maysles Documentary Center, 343 Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Boulevard (between West 127th and 128th Streets), New York, NY, 10027

What: Harlem Pride Day 5th Anniversary Celebration featuring an award winning special guest performer.

When: Saturday, June 28th , 2014 12:00 noon – 6:00pm

Where: Jackie Robinson Park (Bradhurst Avenue and West 148th Street)

What: 2014 Harlem Arts Festival Opening Night Kick Off Party. This is your opportunity to get up close and personal with 4 select artists in this small, VIP event setting. Enjoy 3 live musical performances by Mad Satta, an 8-piece new-school Soul ensemble; Emily Braden, Jazz Vocalist; Charisa the Violin Diva, Blues, Soul, Jazz violin; and Andrew Kaminski’s projection light art installation. Click here to purchase tickets.

When:  Friday, June 27th, 2014 - 7:00pm

Where: Mist Harlem, 46 West 116th Street, New York, New York 10026

What: Gateway to the New Jerusalem: Spotlight on the Iconography of the West Front. The west front is the architectural equivalent of an overture, an exposition of the themes developed within the main body of the Cathedral. The tour is led by Senior Cathedral Guide Tom Fedorek and introduces the interplay of modern and medieval motifs in the sculpture of John Angel and Simon Verity.  Click here to purchase tickets.

When: Saturday, June 28th, 2014 10:00am  - 11:00am

Where: The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, New York, NY

What:  Signs and Symbols: Spotlight on Symbolism. Explore the signs and symbols in the Cathedral and discover the unique attributes that characterize saints. Learn what role animals and Greek letters play in the iconography of the paintings, glass and stone, and how these legends have inspired artists through the centuries. Led by Senior Cathedral Guide Becca Earley. Click here to purchase tickets.

When:  Sunday, June 29, 2014 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Where: The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, New York, NY

What: The Riverside Church Pride Breakfast - Celebrate Pride at Riverside, Remarks by Reverend Dr. Paul H. Sherry and special music by soprano Diana Solomon-Glover, and baritone Stacey Robinson, and poetry reading by Omysha Carrington.

When: Sunday, June 29th at 8:30am

Where: The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive (at West 120th Street) New York, NY 10027

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

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: UPTOWN 58

Uptown58 was designed to fit flawlessly into the neighborhood’s historic presence, this new condominium complements its surroundings while adding to the area’s flourishing growth. Located just blocks away from 125th Street, access to transportation and entertainment is quick and simple. The generous south facing space is filled with natural light from the multi-paned window while the wide plank hardwood oak flooring creates a desirable feel, and sleek glass backsplash and espresso/white cabinetry give the kitchen that modern feel you are looking for. A private balcony overlooks the buildings landscaped garden and is perfect for an evening with friends. 

Click here to learn more about this condominium.

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Barak’s Thoughts on The Role of the Broker in the Digital Age

Excited to release the first webisode of a new weekly episodic that will air on the Halstead Blog from one of our top agents on the West Side, Barak Dunayer. He will share his opinion on a wide variety of real estate topics each week for the next 8 weeks. 

First of the series is entitled “I Can Find Anything Myself”. In the webisode, Barak explains how real estate brokers are not becoming obsolete despite buyers’ access to a myriad of properties on the Internet.  Barak says that buyers still need to be advised on how to compete, offer and negotiate in today’s housing market. “The point is not to find it—it’s to actually succeed in buying it,” he says.

“And that is the value that we [agents] bring.” 

Follow Barak on Twitter or visit his agent website here to learn more and connect with him.

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Views expressed in this video series are those of Barak Dunayer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: 50 FLOORS ABOVE BROOKLYN

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? If fairest is measured by height than 388 Bridge Luxury is indeed the fairest luxury condominium building of them all.  Standing proud in Downtown Brooklyn is a new era of high-rise living with 144 residences that reach the 56th floor as the tallest condominium building in Brooklyn. The 49th and 50th floor hosts this Penthouse home that spans more than 1,600 square feet of space just 6 floors  below the building’s highest point. Once you can manage to peel your eyes away from the movie-like vies of the beautiful New York City skyline you’ll be met with ceilings that are 11 feet high and floor-to-ceiling windows that surround a state-of-the-art kitchen with shiny, designer appliances. 

Three-bedrooms and three-bathrooms to match were carefully designed with white quartz walls, and Lagos Azul limestone floors in addition to a thermostatic shower that’s deeper than any walk-in closet we’ve ever seen. 

To learn more about the amazing amenities that come with living at 388 Bridge St. and to see more eye candy on this home, click here

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: BROOKLYN WAKE-UP CALL

The neighborhood known as DUMBO, short for ‘Down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass’ offers one of the most unique views of the New York City skyline than any other locale. Imagine waking up to sights of the Manhattan Bridge as it’s peeking out from a sunrise just outside your bedroom window? We can’t think of anything better. The loft home is located in DUMBO’s coveted full-service Sweeney Condominium building, and comprises over 1,500 square feet of space for a seamless transition from the state-of-the art chef’s kitchen as it opens into a vast living and dining area. In addition to these pristine city views over the East River, the master bedroom brags a sumptuous en-suite bath, and your own laundry room to make this the ultimate package.

More eye candy on this beautiful Brooklyn loft can be found here.

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FIVE REASONS TO CONSIDER THE SOUTH STREET SEAPORT

By: David Wagenheim, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Halstead Property East Side Office

Living in downtown Manhattan, anywhere south of 23rd Street, or 14th Street depending on whom you ask, has always been the dream for many that come to New York City. It has long been associated as being vibrant and trendy. There are also those buyers that in addition to wanting to live downtown, also want to be on the cutting edge of the next neighborhood to ‘turn’ so that they can get in before prices skyrocket.

Unfortunately many of the popular downtown neighborhoods such as, Chelsea, East Village, West Village, and Tribeca to name a few, are not only already established, but have gotten a bit out of reach for the average buyer. So, many have given up on Downtown Living and travelled further north, to neighborhoods like Harlem, where prices seem more reasonable, and you can still feel like a pioneer and trail blaze a new path.
But what to do if you are still intent on living downtown, AND want to discover something new? There may be an answer to your prayers.

Like Times Square, an area long associated by New Yorkers as a place that only tourists go, the South Street Seaport seems poised to be the next hot spot for anyone looking to purchase an apartment downtown according to the New York Post because of the following reasons outlined by the popular tabloid:

1. AffordabilityThe Walton, a 26 unit boutique condo building at 264 Water Street, has loft like apartments with exposed brick and original columns. The smallest open loft starts at 1,114 square feet, and go to 1,552 square feet. Units range from $875,000 to $1.995 million. 

2. Trendy New Rental Buildings - Plans for several rental buildings, like 56 Fulton which is under construction, further add to the living options in the area.

3. South St. Seaport Revival - The retail at the South St. Seaport is undergoing a facelift at Pier 17 and will attract more high end boutiques, top restaurants, hotels and even a luxury cinema theater that will serve full meals.

4. Area Schools - The Blue School — founded by Blue Man Group — is located in the area and is so popular there is one opening for every eight applicant. Also construction on a new 712-student public school (grades K to 5) in the neighborhood’s old post office started last year and it should be ready for students in the fall of 2015.

5. New Sales Development Activity - The 51-story, 96-unit, 114,000-square-foot condo planned on Fulton Street, between Gold and William only three blocks from the Seaport’s edge should demand $2000 per square foot when the project is completed in two years.

Read the full article here, click here.

If you are interested in making the South Street Seaport your home, contact David on his website or via email.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of David Wagenheim and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC. 

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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NYC MUST DO: SUMMER MUSIC SERIES

By: James Errol Browne, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Harlem Office 

Summer in the city is a cornucopia of sensory delights. The smells –the aromas of hundreds of different global cuisines and hybrids available from restaurants and food trucks and outdoor grilling. The sights – the vibrant and colorful display of the styles and fashions worn by locals and visitors alike. 

And the sounds… New York City resonates with the sounds of music. Whether it’s deep beneath the sidewalks on subway platforms, or on the stages of nightclubs or Broadway stages, there’s something for everyone. And in the summer, so much of it is FREE. 

Here is a preview of what’s in store for summer 2014: 

Want to try out those new moves you’ve learned in Salsa class? Then head up to St. Mary’s Park in The Bronx for any or all of the three consecutive evenings of performances by Salsa masters Tony Vega on Tuesday July 8th, Jose Alberto on Wednesday July 9th and Domingo Quinones on Thursday July 10th. All performances start at 6 PM, and you can click here for additional information. 

The tradition of Big Band swinging Jazz is nurtured and kept alive by The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra and on Sunday July 20th, at 4pm, this stellar musical outfit performs as part of Queens Family Day in Queensbridge Park. 

Since 1986, Central Park SummerStage has been a much-anticipated part of the season. Their “rain or shine” schedule is among the most diverse in a city that prides itself on diversity. On Saturday, August 2nd, a man who personifies the word diversity all by himself, takes the stage. New Orleans native and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dr. John, stirs up his cauldron of Jazz, Blues, Creole Funk and Voodoo musical wizardry to cast a spell on ya’ll. The party starts at 3 PM sharp. Click here for more details. 

Sunday August 3rd at 7 PM brings the velvety dulcet tones of (relative) newcomer Gregory Porter to Summerstage. He is quickly becoming everyone’s new “favorite singer.” Join the club! 

Saxophonist Charlie Parker, or “Bird” as he used to be known, was one of the architects of modern jazz, or “bebop.”  For more than twenty years, a festival in his honor and bearing his name takes place on two stages in two different neighborhoods. This year on Saturday, August 23rd at 3 PM in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park, lyrical trumpeter Wallace Roney a protégé of Miles Davis, will lead an Orchestra. In the East Village’s Tompkins Square Park, where a nearby street is named after Bird, on Sunday, August 24th the stellar pianist and composer Kenny Barron will put his artistry on display beginning at 3 PM. Don’t be late. 

There’s also free concerts in every genre ranging from opera, ballet, modern dance, to rock, blues, classical and more. The sounds of summer you can tune into is brought to us by NYC Parks and Recreation, and you can visit their website for more details on the complete 2014 calendar of events.

See you out there!

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

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

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