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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: WHAT A VIEW

You can have the very best of urban living in this luxuriously modern waterfront Townhouse located at The Edge, one of the most sought after condominium buildings in Williamsburg.  This stunning 2,530 square-foot home features a private entrance, and sweeping views of the Manhattan Skyline and East River State Park from both inside and outside from a private balcony. A master suite occupies the second-floor with two additional bedrooms that connect to a generous balcony where you’ll find more of those sweeping NYC and East River views.

The Edge is the preeminent luxury condominium building in Williamsburg with a caliber of unmatched services and amenities that include an indoor pool, steam and sauna room, full size indoor basketball court, both a yoga and dance studio, virtual golf, a 24-hour doorman and staff, movie screening rooms, lounges, a parking garage, and so much more.

Click here to learn more about this remarkable property. 

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NYC MUST DO: 2014 MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL 

By: Team Hermann, Licensed Real Estate Salesteam at Halstead Property’s Washington Heights Office.

Hear ye, hear ye, all hail the 2014 Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park

Every autumn, the scenic hills and dales of Fort Tryon Park in Northern Manhattan are transformed into a Medieval Kingdom, complete with a cast of kings and queens, jousters and jesters, and even a castle. This year’s Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park is on September 28th, from 11:30AM to 6PM.

It includes medieval music, dance, crafts, drama, comedy, puppets and games for all the members of your royal family.  It’s a great opportunity to visit the park that is already a favorite destination for all New York City residents, particularly those interested in the period art and architecture that is The Cloisters. Within it’s authentic halls, you can see a suit of armor and period tapestries that depict the life and times of the people in Medieval Europe, then return to the Festival and enjoy live tournaments with knights, horses and carriages.  

The park offers a lovely backdrop for a picnic over looking the scenic Hudson River and the majestic Palisades, and there is always the Royal Food Court at the festival.  You might also consider a short stroll to the heart of Hudson Heights, to try one of a variety of restaurants along 187th Street or Fort Washington Avenue. My personal favorite is Rusty Mackerel, just off 187th St. on Pinehurst Ave. (A reservation is recommended.)  Finally, after a regal repast, and if you are considering looking for a castle of your very own, you can visit us, Team Hermann, at the Halstead Property Washington Heights office located at 819 West 187th Street. 

Be, then, my lords and ladies, till the Festival.

Visit Team Hermann’s website and connect with RoseAnn Hermann over email, and George Hermann over email to learn more.

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

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.

Click here to discover more about this landmark brownstone home.  

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FROM MINSK TO MANHATTAN – BIG CITY REAL ESTATE

By: Olga Bidun, Licensed Associate Real Estate Salesperson Halstead Property Westside Office.

In August I was fortunate to visit the country of my birth – Belarus - to visit my family and friends, and to relax from the hustle and bustle of New York City.  Belarus is one of the former Soviet Republics.  It is nestled between Russia, Poland and the Ukraine.  While the capital, Minsk, is a European city of almost 2 million people, most of the country is covered with breathtaking pine forests and lakes.  When visiting, I compared notes with a real estate agent from Minsk and I hope you’ll find what I discovered interesting:

All Rooms are Not Counted Equally:

First of all, when you talk about the size of the apartment in Minsk, you count all of the rooms except kitchen and bathrooms.  For example, if you’d like to buy a 2BR, 1BA apartment with a family room in Minsk, you and your agent would be looking for a “three room” apartment.

Comparing Size, Price, Rates & Fees:

In Belarus, they also measure the apartments differently than in New York – buyers and sellers think of the size in square meters, rather than square feet.   The conversion is straightforward, just multiply the size of your Minsk apartment by 10.8 to get the approximate size in square feet.

The Average Price per Sq. Ft:

  • Minsk $167
  • NYC $1,200 
  • NYC Premium 719%

Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax):

  • Minsk $560 
  • NYC $4,300 
  • NYC Premium 768%

Mortgage Interest Rate: 

  • Minsk 33.53%  
  • NYC 4.1%
  • NYC Premium 818%

Sample Price of a 2000 Sq Ft Apartment:

  • Minsk $334,000 
  • NYC $2,400,000  
  • NYC Premium 719%

Estimated Monthly Payment Based Upon 20% down:

  • Minsk $7,500 
  • NYC $9,300 
  • NYC Premium 124%

As you can see from the findings above, Minsk offers great value – if you don’t have to finance your mortgage at over 33%! Unlike New York where the seller pays the broker, in Belarus, it’s the buyer who pays the broker’s fee of somewhere between 2-4%. One of the similarities is that the Russian buyers are making their way there as well. 

Recommendation:

Whether in Manhattan or Minsk, the best way to navigate through the sometimes foreign process of buying an apartment is to work with a licensed real estate agent to ensure that your interests are always foremost and that cumbersome paperwork is managed seamlessly.

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

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

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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FIVE FLATIRON FOODIE FAVORITES!

By: Joann Wasserman, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Halstead Property Village Office.

I have lived and worked in the Flatiron District for the past seven years, and have loved every minute of it. It’s such a great neighborhood with so many wonderful hidden gems. I figured what better way to kick off the Fall season than to share some of my favorite foodie hot spots with you. Below are five places to go if you find yourself with a hearty appetite in the Flatiron District:

1. Obica Mozzarella Bar located at 928 Broadway is Classic Italian cuisine. The owner, Raimondo Boggia is from Milan, Italy and has introduced his own family recipes with handmade mozzarella that is flown in from Campania, Italy twice a week. It is perfectly smooth and pillowy soft texture cheese and  is protected designation of origin. Though known for its mozzarella, the eatery has a nice menu of non-cheese dishes including the Antipasti, Insalate, Pizze, Zuppe,Pasta E Riso, and Carni E Pesci –All from organic and local farmers. The simple dish of Branzino (sea bass) with white beans, vegetables and roasted cherry tomatoes is a dish any Italian would recognize. Obica is a Roman experience for lunch or dinner, and it is simply delicious.

2. Maison Kayser located at 921 Broadway has the best baguette in the city. The chocolate almond croissants sell out very quickly, so grab a diving tasting macchiato or cappuccino and get in line! In addition to celebrated baked good, the authentic French menu features organic chicken, butter lettuce, mixed greens shaved fennel pine nuts roasted cherry tomatoes & oranges or chilled lobster, arugula, avocado, shaved fennel, citrus segments, and scallions with tomato vinaigrette. Al fresco dining is made possible with a charming BYOB outdoor seating area, and Flatiron Wines is conveniently located next door with  a fine selection of exceptional wines starting at $15.00.

3. KOA - Flatiron located at 12 West 21st Street is an established favorite in Sag Harbor with Chef Bryan Emperor at the stove and Hiro Sawatari at the Sushi Bar. The emphasis is on inventive sushi like yuzu trout and chile- spiced tuna including Japanese sea bass with puffed rice, poster garlic and miso butter. The secret menu item, General KOA’s chicken, is succulent with sweet glazed chicken and  a little pepper on the side. I would recommend coming for appetizers and a few rounds of sake to enjoy the inspiration by the Iron Chef of Japan.

4. Cafe El Presidente -  I love this little tacquerita at 30 West 24th Street. The owner, Dario Wolos is serving freshly made corn tortillas, accompanied by homemade escabeche, salsa, and rona y salsa verde. All of the tacos are made with the highest quality sustainably sourced product with a list of farms available upon request. A fan favorite is El Pastor De Madison, a mexican city-style spit-roasted berkshire pork, thinly sliced with pineapple, onions and cilantro. One taste of Horchata with dark rum and fresh squeeze watermelon juice, or black bean sweet potatoes that are naturally sweet and very flavorful will prove why it is the best Mexican in the city!

5. Rohm Thai located at 27 East 20th Street. This affordable date night restaurant offers authentic home style Thai cuisine served by candlelight with cozy exposed brick walls. Among my favorite menu items are Chicken Pod Thai and Khang Massaman curry, or go out of your comfort zone and try house specialties such as Ped Lao Dang crispy boneless duck with red wine and vegetables. This is the perfect place for a different experience, and a great price point combined with a hip ambiance makes it a home run!

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

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

COMING SOON TO CARNEGIE HILL!

By: Liz Yu Chiang, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Halstead Property Park Avenue Office. 

Carnegie Hill has always been a desirable neighborhood because of its historic architecture, proximity to Central Park, easy access to Museum Mile, and its convenient location near elite Manhattan private schools.  As a Carnegie Hill resident for the last 10 years, I have seen the neighborhood slowly evolve and recently revamp many of its store fronts. The neighborhood continues to maintain its charm and intimacy while also adding many luxury conveniences.  Now, there are even more reasons to love this neighborhood! I am excited to share with you a list of the best new attractions to check out in Carnegie Hill: 

Via Quadranno - One of the best cappuccinos in the city can soon be found here on Madison Ave between 88th and 89th Street in the heart of Carnegie Hill. 

Maison Kayser - Paris has arrived in the Carnegie Hill area and brought the finest croissants! Located at 1294 Third Avenue. 

Whole Foods Market - Finally! The Upper East Side will get its own Whole Foods coming to the corner of Third Avenue and 87th Street in December 2014. 

Ristorante Morini - No need to head to Midtown Manhattan anymore to have Michael White’s delicious pasta dishes. Located at 1167 Madison Avenue. 

Blue Mercury - You can soon get all of your make up and skin care products right here in the neighborhood instead of making a trip to one of the midtown department stores. Located at Madison Ave and 88th Street.  

Juice Press - A great place to pick up a healthy, refreshing drink after running around the reservoir in Central Park. Located at Madison Avenue and 92nd Street.

Alice & Olivia - Pick out a fabulous outfit on your way home today! Located at Madison Ave and 87th Street. 

Eli Zabar - Soon, it’ll be even easier to bring home a loaf of Eli’s artisanal bread. Located at Madison Ave and 91st Street. 

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

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

HIGH LINE GALLERY

Let your creative side run rampant with the possibilities offered by this superbly designed condominium home. It is located in a full-service building on one of New York City’s famed High Line Park blocks in the heart of Chelsea, the pulse of Manhattan’s thriving art scene where galleries and creative spaces dot every corner of the neighborhood. This two-bedroom condo boasts a lofty entry foyer with expansive double-glazed windows, and dynamic art-ready lighting to showcase all of your worldy collections. There’s no shortage of inspiration here either, as those massive picture windows frame the most priceless piece of art you will ever own - one of a kind views to one side of the Hudson River, and iconic views of Chelsea on the other. 

Click here to discover more details on this classic Chelsea 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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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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THE CLIMATE OF CHANGE IN NYC

By: DeAnna Rieber, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Halstead Property Harlem Office.

The buzz on climate change is escalating into a loud roar in New York City and around the world. On September 21, 2014, NYC will host what promises to be one of the largest public marches in it’s history. The Peoples Climate March is scheduled to begin at 11:00am at Columbus Circle, go across to 6th Avenue and then down to 42nd Street and ending at the Jacob Javit’s Center on Sunday, September 21, 2014.  Marchers will be forming from 59th-86th Streets on Central Park West.  

Climate change, will no doubt continue to challenge homeowners around the world. New York City, as homeowners discovered during Hurricane Sandy is not immune to the ill effects of climate change. As a proactive measure, many developments have modified the way they run their buildings to accommodate rising sea water along the cities low lying areas and flood zones. In my travels to buildings across the city, I am seeing more green roofs, solar panels and other environmentally friendly solutions.  This is the future of real estate. 

“Green” buildings will no longer be a nice amenity but a requirement.

As home buyers and consumers, you may want to start asking the hard questions of the buildings you are looking at. The question that should be on every homebuyers list  is : “What measures is this building taking to reduce it’s carbon footprint?”  As homeowners and Shareholders, you have an opportunity and perhaps a responsibility to guide your buildings to a higher “environmentally conscious” standard. There is no time like the present!

Share your own perspective and connect over email, and visit my agent website for all of your New York City real estate needs. 

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

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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BRIAN LEWIS POST-HOLIDAY WEEKEND PREMIERE 

Presenting Video Tours of 316 West 79th Street 4E and 136 West 75th Street 3C

Naturally, the only way to close out the summer is with a premiere of not one, but two property video tours hosted by top broker, Brian Lewis. He shows off the two Upper West Side gems in true Lewis form: engaging, quirky and always informative.

 “Oh do I love a Pre-World War I building,” Brian says as he strolls up to the front door of 316 West 79th Street. Enter through yesteryear in the ornate, all-marble doorman lobby. He then whisks us away to present day on the newly renovated rooftop, which offers unbeatable Hudson River views. Step inside the airy living room of unit 4E that flows into a formal dining space fit for 8-12 guests. Brian jumps (yes, literally) into the adjacent kitchen complete with stainless steel countertops, washer/dryer and a large picture window. The final stops on the tour are the home’s three bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. The master bedroom has two closets and enough space for a king-sized bed. The second bedroom is just as large as the master, Brian serenades (with the homeowner’s guitar), while a versatile third bedroom comes with a half-bathroom.

“What am I going to do? How am I going to make this place different?” Brian asks as he introduces 136 West 75th Street 3C. He proceeds to lead us down the tree-lined street to The Brick House building where he enters the home’s foyer and goes in for a close-up to the camera. Brian kicks back on a leather chair with the homeowner’s guitar in the smartly decorated living room. We’re sensing a theme here…The living room boasts an outdoor balcony with garden views and an opening to the kitchen (where he nonchalantly blows bubbles). He finds another guitar in the master bedroom and strums along to his own beat. Brian then introduces the bonus second bedroom-turned nursery with what else in hand? But, a toy guitar of course! Just to top off all of the wacky possibilities in presenting this home, we find Brian slowly pulling back the shower curtain as he reveals the marble bathroom.

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