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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: PRETTY IN PARK SLOPE

Acquaint yourself with the perfect blend of contemporary and classic at this 2 bedroom condominium in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Designer touches can be found throughout starting in the kitchen built with a beautiful porcelain tile backsplash, and a stainless steel sink with a Nottingham faucet to hardwood floors and double-paned windows that offer a constant stream of natural light. Private outdoor space can be found just beyond the living area for even more sunlight, in addition to a private storage unit. Last but not least, the location cannot be beat with iconic landmarks such as Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Museum located just blocks away. 

Click here to learn more about this fine Brooklyn home.

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DO YOU KNOW THIS BUILDING? 

By: Deborah Zavon, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Park Avenue Office. 

Tortoise and the Hare at 1040 Park Avenue and 86th Street, Upper Eastside, Manhattan.

I have shared my enjoyment of the rats climbing the Graybar building, and here is other architectural fauna that I glance at whenever I pass, more appealing in theme, though not less frenetic.

Above the third floor windows at 1040 Park Avenue and 86th Street on Manhattan’s Upper Eastside, the tortoise and the hare have been chasing each other around the building’s façade for almost a century.

Design legends Delano & Aldrich are architects known for building upper-class town houses and clubs, were employed by developer Joseph L. B. Mayer in 1923 to design this residential building at a time when apartment development above 86th Street on Park avenue was just taking off. The architects gave it a chaste limestone base of three floors and they happily included some whimsy in the design with an amusing third-story frieze of tortoise-and-hare figures.

In 1991, former New York City Parks Commissioner Henry J. Stern founded the American Association for the Advancement and Appreciation of Animals in Art & Architecture which conducts safaris to view the most beautiful local examples of animal sculpture in architecture, and have adopted the well-known frieze as their official logo.

There are many surprising architectural finds in the city that are intriguing and interesting to come across. Share your own “Do You Know This Building?” photo with me in the comments below, or over email.

Visit my agent website to learn more 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 Deborah Zavon and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

TEN HIDDEN SECRETS OF THE WEST VILLAGE

with Brian Lewis, Licensed Associate R.E. Broker in our Westside Office 

My first place in Manhattan was on a sofa in someone’s apartment on Bank Street in the West Village. It was 1991, and I was on a straight-out-of-college budget. Eventually, I found a roommate and moved into an apartment on Horatio Street where my initial portion of rent was only $500 a month! The Horatio Street apartment was a true gem. It overlooked the High Line (where I would often hang out), which at the time was full of weeds prior to its current incarnation as a beautiful park. My last apartment in the West Village was on Charlton Street off of 6th Avenue. In 1998 I moved to the Upper West Side for more space, and have stayed ever since. However, my heart and soul remains in the West Village. Over the years I have done a lot of business in my old stomping ground, and I like to think that I sell with a little more love when my exclusives are located there. Here are my top 10 best kept secrets of the West Village:

1. The gardens at The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields (487 Hudson St.) are my own secret getaway in the West Village. In fact, whenever I’m there I feel as though I’m back home in the South specifically in Williamsburg, Virginia.  The verdant, public gardens are home to a rare array of berries and American flora. Stop by the South Lawn in April to see the cherry trees in-bloom, or wander the pathways through lawns and gardens year-round.

2. Inside The Center (short for The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th St.) is the fascinating Keith Haring Bathroom—a former men’s restroom whose walls are filled with a mural of black and white graffiti by the late artist. Haring completed “Once Upon a Time” in 1989 as part of an on-site art program.The mural was restored in 2012, and today the space is used as a conference room.

3. Hands down the best bar in the neighborhood is at an Italian restaurant called I Sodi(105 Christopher St.). As someone who judges a good Manhattan by the cherry, I Sodi’s Rye Manhattan is ridiculous. Aside from their cocktails, the restaurant makes an excellent cacio e pepe (cheese and black pepper) pasta dish.

4. Speaking of pasta, you’ll find classic dishes like spaghetti pomodoro and rigatoni Bolognese at an unlikely spot: a coffeehouse. Café Minerva (302 West 4th St.) has the vibe of an old-school luncheonette with its welcoming countertop service and bistro tables. Swing by in the morning for an espresso, or zone-in with your laptop and stay for lunch, dinner and a glass of wine.

5. HB Studio at 120 Bank St. is near and dear to my heart. I trained at the acting studio in my 20’s by the invitation of the late and great, Uta Hagen. For information on workshops and performances, go to HB Studio’s website.

6. I love the quirky barbed wire collection at West Village stalwart, Cowgirl(519 Hudson St.) The kitschy, Wild West restaurant was inspired by the Cowgirl Hall of Fame Museum in Hereford, Texas.

7.  The neighborhood has strong ties to the American Revolution and the early days of the Federal government. The Charlton-King-Vandam Historic Districtwas once the location of Richmond Hill—a colonial estate that George Washington used as his headquarters and later became the Vice President’s official home. The historic district boasts structures in the Federal, Queen Anne and Greek Revival styles within a four-block radius.

8. Whenever I’m at the White Horse Tavern (567 Hudson St.) I like to raise a pint to my fellow Welshman, Dylan Thomas, who was a regular (his portrait is also on display here). The famous tavern was a usual haunt for writers and sailors.

9. McNulty’s Tea & Coffee Co.at 109 Christopher St. has been brewing blends since 1895. They often sell a coffee blend called the William & Mary, which contrary to my initial thought it was named after two people who worked there, not my alma mater. Don’t expect to leave with a piping hot cup of joe—McNaulty’s only sells bags of tea leaves and coffee beans.

10. Abingdon Square Parkat West 12th and Hudson Streets is reminiscent of the tiny, tranquil parks in Paris that I would frequent when I lived in there as an exchange student. 

To connect with Brian, visit his website or follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of  Brian Lewis and do not reflect the official opinions or endorsements from Halstead Property, LLC.

HALSTEAD PRESIDENT JIM GRICAR DEBATES HOME AFFORDABILITY ON FOX BUSINESS NEWS 

Halstead Property President Jim Gricar recently sat down for a video segment with Fox Business to discuss a new report on home affordability. While numbers show that homes are becoming less affordable for families across the country, Halstead Property President Jim Gricar explains the context in which these numbers should be interpreted in is crucial. In New York City, for example, affordability is especially challenging due to unique variables such as shear infrastructure, and the acquisition of land which is a lengthy and time consuming process in Manhattan. In addition, Gricar touches on the fact that in New York City, developers are catering to a hyper-luxury product that is the average Manhattan buyer, which gives the impression that there is nothing affordable for family buyers, and in defense of New York City Mayor de Blasio’s new initiative, Gricar says that “adding housing units to our city is something that we desperately need, it’s a growing city.” He reminds us that the product of housing for middle income does exist in Manhattan, and Mayor De Blasio’s plan seeks a balance of middle income housing in Manhattan which is a priority that all in the real estate industry can agree on. 

Click here to watch the full video segment on Fox Business, and to learn more about Halstead Property President Jim Gricar, visit his webpage

Stress Free Moving Tips For The New Yorker

By: Ross EllisLicensed Real Estate Salesperson, East Side office. 

According to the U. S. Census Bureau, out of a population of 282,556,000 people, 40,093,000 moved. That’s an overall percentage of 14.19 percent annually.

Congratulations, you’ve finally closed on your new home! You’re excited but now it’s time to call the movers, pack and get rid of clutter that you won’t need in your new home.

With everyone so busy these days, moving can be an organizational challenge.

Moving is one of the most difficult things you’ll ever do, with most feeling the stress build from the moment the decision is made. It’s a daunting task with a myriad of to-dos. There are so many pieces to the moving puzzle and you need to make sure you don’t leave any part of that puzzle out.

Whether you’re one person or an entire family, consider what will help you make your move in and out — the most comfortable and hassle-free experience.

Professional Organizer Donna David recommends:

  • Start the moving prep 8-12 weeks prior to moving
  • Do your homework on finding a reputable mover- ask for recommendations etc. Hire your mover weeks in advance….really good ones, especially in peak seasons are booked months in advance. Get an on-site estimate.
  •  Decide who will be doing the packing.
  • Make piles for Selling, Donating, giveaway to family and friends or tossing if damaged.
  • Make a To Do List of all the tasks that need to be performed before move day. Examples include: contacting utility companies, government offices, subscriptions, school; post office for mail forwarding; credit card companies etc.
  • Do keep an itemized list of contents per box. Number each box and designate the room where contents will be going on side of box- easily seen for the movers to unload and appropriately place. Label boxes too- fragile etc.
  • Have a last out, first in box- the box you want off the truck first. Clothing, towels, toiletries, coffee maker etc.
  • Hand carry jewelry, important documents and medications
  • If the thought of moving is just overwhelming or you don’t have the time, hire a Professional Organizer. From inception to completion, they will make your move a pleasurable experience.
  • Your real estate agent or broker can likely recommend someone they work with. 

As a real estate agent, I depend on Donna David & Co for my clients moves. Donna and her company have moved many of my clients and I am delighted for the thanks I receive for the recommendation because everything went perfectly.

Once you’re settled in – enjoy your new home!

For a no-charge consultation feel free to contact Ross Ellis over email and feel free to follow her on Twitter at @NY_RealEstate 

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

VONNIE’S VIEW –LET’S GET FIT!

By: Ivonne Velasquez, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Halstead Property Harlem Office. 

Fitness is a Tool! Every so often I like to take inventory of what I’ve dubbed “my toolbox.” This toolbox consists of traits, behavior, skills, and beliefs.  I recently made time to peek for maintenance sake.  Does anything need to be sharpened, magnified, and/or tucked away?  The one tool I utilize often is  fitness. I can unabashedly admit that fitness has been integral in keeping all my other tools properly functioning. Who wouldn’t feel better with extra energy, a clearer mind, and a tighter body?

NYC (as well as most cities and towns) has a vast amount of outlets for everyone’s fitness level, interest and budget. Living and working in the village of Harlem, I am lucky to have the best in their respective practice as friends and instructors. 

My preferred workout is high-intensity and strength training. I’ve become very clear that this type of training, although effective in terms of results, has to be managed correctly. It should not be done in the evening unless you sleep during the day. After an 8pm boot camp class my adrenaline will be at full throttle until at least 1am. It’s important we learn to incorporate opposite workout practices to keep our body strong, flexible and fatigue and injury free. In my two-part blog I’ll feature four of my fave local industry experts.

This week I’m sharing high-impact, cardio, strength programs from two of the most fun, interesting and results-oriented instructors I’ve experienced:

One4AllBootCamp: Not everyone likes the gym. Anxiety grips them at the thought of it. Alternative: Be challenged and have fun in the beautiful Morningside Park located at 114th St. Whether you want to lose weight, gain lean muscle or tone-up, One4All BootCamp can help you achieve your goals. Sessions focus on fat burning, endurance, agility and strength. It includes calisthenics, plyometrics, interval and aerobic training to keep the body guessing. Along with using your own body weight and the park surroundings, master trainer Leatress Tice- TICE incorporates resistance bands, jump ropes, obstacle courses and TRX (suspension) training to keep workouts challenging and fun.

Ambitious One Fitness: Have you ever had a situation where you love to hate someone? That sums up my relationship with Sereco Campbell- Reggae Workout Queen and known to me as Crazy Trainer who stays Turned Up until she breaks you down! Sereco’s dynamic energy and candor is all natural and unwavering. Along with being a top-notch trainer she also is the creator of Sereggae Core Aerobics. Keeping true to her Jamaican roots Sereco infuses Caribbean moves into a fat-burning, hip-thrusting core work-out. If all this isn’t enough she is training for her pro-card as an NPC (National Physique Committee) figure competitor. Her discipline is warrior like and she expects the same of her clients.

If you prefer private sessions rather than group settings both Sereco & Tice are available for individual training at NYSC.

Next week we’ll take down the intensity but keep the sweat!

You can connect with me on Twitter and on my Facebook Page to stay in the know of what’s trending Uptown, or contact me over email or on my agent website to learn more. 

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

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: MODERN IN MIDHAMPTON

In the quaint Hamptons Village of Quogue is this five bedroom post modern home with beautifully landscaped grounds that feature an outdoor playground of epic proportions from the expansive deck, to an inground heated pool, hot tub, and outdoor shower. As you enter the spacious foyer you are greeted by a large great room with an impressive 18 ft. tall ceiling, fireplace and dining area adorned with glass sliders that leads onto a stunning deck as you perch over the backyard oasis pictured above.

This wonderful deck is also directly accessible through sliding doors in the first floor master bedroom complete with a fireplace and en-suite bath, while the home’s four additional bedrooms are located throughout both the first and second floors.

Click here to learn more about this fine Hamptons property.

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YOUR PROPERTV TOUR OF WASHINGTON HEIGHTS 

You’re invited on a Halstead ProperTV video tour of the Washington Heights section of Upper Manhattan with Halstead Property’s Executive Director of Sales Gus Perry who reveals everything you need to know about a neighborhood where the best kept secret is “first and foremost, the people.” Washington Heights is known and loved for its strong sense of community supported by a growing number of mom and pop shops and beautiful natural landmarks including Fort Tryon Park and New York City’s only real forest in Inwood Hill Park. The neighborhood plays host to a thriving community of diverse artists as part of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and a visit to the area wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the exquisite beauty at The Cloisters Museum and gardens, a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. 

Visit our website to connect with Halstead Property’s Washington Heights Neighborhood Expert agents to learn more about this amazing section of New York City. 

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What You Should Know About Homeowners Insurance in New York City

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

I recently received a question about homeowners insurance that I thought I should share. The question was:

“Are homeowners insurance requirements different between co-ops and condos, and is there a basic guideline for co-op insurance (like, make sure you cover everything from the walls in) or does it differ from co-op to co-op?”

In my knowledge of homeowners insurance I responded that the two most basic things people worry about when wanting to insure their home (whether it’s a co-op or condo) are

a) their contents

b) liability coverage

Contents insurance would cover the replacement of your things inside your apartment (ie. furniture, clothing, etc.) should something happen to damage them, such as a fire, or a pipe burst. Liability insurance would cover you if, heaven forbid, someone hurts themselves inside your home, and they decide to sue you.

I also know that here in New York City, what is expected of you can vary from building to building, so it is important to check with your building to find out what sort of policy they have. I recently worked on a deal where I represented the owner of a condo looking to rent out her apartment. The building required that the incoming tenant not only have liability insurance, but that the policy should cover up to a $1 million dollars. That was unusually high, but that was their requirement.

The question got me thinking however, so I decided to call an insurance broker. After our conversation, it became clear that there are other things to consider when purchasing homeowners insurance for an apartment.

He spoke about ‘interior build out’, which as I understood it, would cover you beyond your contents insurance. For instance, if a pipe bursts, or there is a fire inside your apartment, your contents insurance would cover your belongings. But what about any damage to the interior of the apartment, like the flooring, or walls, etc.? It’s quite possible that the building insurance policy may only cover up to a certain amount.

He also spoke about ‘loss assessment coverage’. This protects the unit owner in the event the association must assess all unit owners for an uncovered cost as a result of a covered claim. For instance, a person is seriously injured in a common area and the judgement awarded is higher than the insurance amount in the master building insurance policy. Or, perhaps damage in a common area was higher than the amount covered by the building’s policy.

There are two things that became clear to me after our conversation, first, you need to know what sort of insurance policy coverage your particular building has (you should be able to obtain this information from the managing agent for the building), and second, you need to speak with a knowledgeable insurance broker to go over how you can best protect yourself and your home because as you can see it can be quite complicated.

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.  David is a Real Estate Professional stating his opinion and is not licensed to sell insurance products.

The Ins and Outs of An Estate Sale

Part II: Closing On Time

By Rory S. Clark, Esq, Associate Real Estate Broker, Village Office and Mary S. Croly, Esq., McLaughlin & Stern, LLP 

Part I of this series of articles was entitled “Issues Impacting Who Has the Authority to Legally Sell Property,” which reviewed the primary basics of knowing who has the authority to sell property in an estate sale.

This second article will continue the sales process once the estate has determined who has the authority to sell the property and a real estate broker has been hired to market the property by summarizing the documents that are required to transfer title of a cooperative unit from an estate to a Purchaser and the timing requirements involved to manage the sale.
You’ve been looking for that perfect apartment for almost 6 months. The lack of inventory and unexpected low interest rates continue to create large demand from buyers like you and few properties to bid on. You’ve lost a bidding war in the past, despite waiving the mortgage contingency in order to compete with stronger cash offers.

You’re buyer’s agent calls you to tell you the good news. “YOU WON THE BIDDING WAR! The Sellers want you to close as soon as possible, so plan accordingly.”

You immediately get your ducks in order, give your landlord notice that you’re breaking your lease early and get ready to move. Fast forward five weeks and following your Board interview you’ve been told you’re approved! Get ready for closing… or maybe not. You find out you’re purchasing from an estate and the estate failed to obtain certain additional documents required which could take another four to six weeks.

Unfortunately, there’s a new tenant moving into your rental in two weeks, leaving you in a housing crisis.

Your buyer’s agent and real estate attorney failed to ask that critical question – “Is this an Page 2 of 5 estate sale, and if so, has the estate obtained the necessary documents to close?”

While buyers are often aware that an estate sale can involve apartments in poor condition that may require extensive renovations after closing, buyers and real estate agents representing the buyers must be aware of the timing issues that may impact the closing date.

The buyer’s agent should always confirm whether the estate has obtained Letters Testamentary and whether Federal and New
York State releases of liens have been obtained or at least whether this process has been initiated.

Both items may collectively take a minimum of 4-6 weeks to obtain, which should be known and accounted for upfront so the buyer can plan their move-out from their current residence accordingly.

The first step in the closing process is for the Sellers’s attorney to obtain and review the original stock certificate and proprietary lease. This quick review will tell the Seller’s attorney the record owner of the coop and confirm whether the estate is the correct legal Seller. If the record owner is the decedent, the Seller’s attorney (who may not necessarily be the estate attorney), must obtain and produce certain documents to the Purchaser and Managing Agent at the closing.

The executor or administrator of the estate will be required to sign all transfer documents. A power of attorney cannot be used by the executor or administrator to delegate his or her duty to an agent. These documents may include the following:

Original Stock Certificate
Original Proprietary Lease
Original death certificate
Copy of Will
Copy of Codicil, if any
Original letters testamentary
Original letters of administration
Affidavit of Debts & Domicile
Federal Releases of Lien
NYS Release of Lien
Closing Letter

The Seller’s real estate attorney must obtain from the Seller’s estate attorney the court Page 3 of 5 appointment, called Letters Testamentary (where there is a Will), or Letters of Administration (where there is no Will). Without the letters of appointment, the executor or administrator cannot represent the estate on the sale of the cooperative unit.

Although letters of appointment are valid for six months, most Managing Agents require that letters of appointment be dated
within 60 days of the date of closing. The Management Agent will require the Seller’s attorney to obtain and produce at the closing Federal and New York State releases of liens.

The Federal Release of Lien is obtained by filing a Form 4422 with the IRS entitled Application for Certification Discharging Property Subject to Estate Tax Lien. In addition, a copy of the signed contract of sale is generally required to be included with this application. Obtaining a Federal release of lien gets a bit tricky because the IRS will not issue a Federal release of lien if the estate is not required to file a Federal Estate Tax Return because the estate’s gross estate is less than the federal exemption amount (currently $5,340,000 for 2014) required to file it.

However, if the estate is not required to file a Federal Estate Tax Return, then the IRS will issue a letter which provides confirmation that no Federal release of lien will be issued because the estate is under the federal exemption amount and not required to file a Federal Estate Tax Return. It may take up to four weeks to obtain either IRS document.

Unlike the Federal release of lien, the New York State release of lien is easier to obtain. It is not contingent on whether a New York State estate tax return is required to be filed ($2,062,500 for deaths between April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015). The Seller’s attorney obtains a New York State release of lien by filing a Form ET-30, entitled Application for Release of Estate Tax Lien, and ET-117, entitled Release of Lien of Estate Tax, with the New York State Department of Taxation & Finance along with a letter of appointment and copy of the death certificate. It may take up to six weeks to obtain a NYS release of lien.
Lastly, the Managing Agent and Purchaser’s attorney will require (1) an Affidavit of Debts and Domicile, (2) original death certificate, and (3) certified copy of the Will and codicils, if any. The executor or administrator of the estate will be required to sign the Affidavit of Debts and Domicile representing certain facts relating to the decedent’s domicile, debts and status of the payment of the Federal and New York State estate taxes, if any.

As a general rule, the Seller’s attorney should begin the process of obtaining all of the required documents in advance of the projected closing date to ensure a timely scheduled closing. On the sell-side, the Estate attorney, Seller’s attorney and listing agent should all be working collaboratively to ensure timelines are met and the same is accurately relayed to the buyer’s agent and the buyer.

A diligent buyer’s attorney and buyer’s agent is aware of these items and manages the closing date and seamless move for their client by planning ahead and knowing the right questions to ask.

Excerpts from this Real Estate Weekly Article

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

QUOTE OF THE DAY - ARI HARKOV TO THE NEW YORK TIMES

August 1st, 2014

Our own Ari Harkov and Warner Lewis of the Harkov Lewis Team were interviewed by the New York Times today on the growing wave of new townhouse building going on in New York City. Although they had several quotes that spoke about the growing demand of city townhomes vs. suburban housing in their circles, the one above from Ari was our Quote of the Day. 

Read full article here

Connect with the Harkov Lewis Team on their website or on twitter.

BARAK’S THOUGHTS ON HOW TO USE COMPS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

In the 4th installment of regular Halstead Blog series from Halstead Property’s Barak Dunayer, we bring you Webisode 4 “Pricing to Win – How To Use Comps To Your Advantage 

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Halstead’s Barak Dunayer shares his insight on how to price a property just right in this installment of Barak’s Thoughts. Sellers should look at comparable sales in-person not only on a spreadsheet or online. Perhaps the best piece of advice to avoid a “stale” property is to be aware of pricing of both recently sold and active inventory.

Click here to watch the most recent Webisode and for the entire collection of videos from Barak’s Thoughts series, click here. 

Share your thoughts and connect with Barak on Twitter or over email, and visit his agent website to learn more and for all of your real estate needs. 

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this video series are those of Barak Dunayer and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

WHY I LOVE LIVING IN YORKVILLE - PART II

By: Ingrid Johnson, bilingual German-English Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker at Halstead Property. 

One of the reasons I love living and working in the neighborhood of Yorkville, a charming section of the Upper East Side in Manhattan, is its rich German history. Many Germans arrived in Yorkville during the mid-19th century, and the area later became the principal German-speaking neighborhood in New York City. East 86th Street, also called “German Broadway” at the time, stood as the center of the German community—lined with illuminated theatres, dance halls, cafes and ethnic businesses. Not one of these businesses are left on East 86th Street, however there are still a few stores and a restaurant close-by that I’d like to share with you:

Schaller & Weber (1654 Second Ave at 86th Street) - One of the true authentic butcher shops left in New York City. Schaller & Weber is the first and only American sausage and meat producer to repeatedly win gold medals of honor at international exhibitions in Holland and Germany. This old school German deli has a large selection of cooked and smoked meats, sausages, cold cuts, potato salad, etc. They also carry a good selection of German candies and chocolates.

Heidelberg Restaurant (1648 Second Ave at 86th Street) - The space does not feel like a typical restaurant that can be found in Heidelberg. Instead it feels more like an old Bavarian hunting lodge with a deer antler chandelier, musty dark paintings and trellises, as well as lederhosen-clad staff. Half-dozen wursts (some sourced from Schaller & Weber) are outstanding, and are served with a superb, slightly warm German potato salad. A wide selection of German beers is on tap.

Glaser’s Bake Shop(1670 First Ave at 87th Street) - Walking into Glaser’s Bake Shop is like being transported back into the past. Apothecary-style wood cabinets panel the darkish rectangular interior with original white tile floors. Opened by John Glaser in 1902, and now run by grandson Herb, the old-time bakery specializes in Bavarian almonds, cherry spritz, gingerbread men, a colorful assortment of kids’ sugar cookies, wafer-thin chocolates, cinnamon swirls, and chocolate chunk and chocolate pecan brownies.

Wankel’s Hardware(1573 Third Ave at 88th Street) - Wankel’s opened on Third Avenue in 1896 when the neighborhood was still predominantly German. Established by Bernhart and Elizabeth Wankel, second generation German-Americans, it served primarily construction workers and tradesmen. Katherine Wankel, the great-granddaughter of Bernhart and Elizabeth, maintains this family operation.

To ask me a question of your own or to discuss your favorite neighborhood spots follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

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

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

Sales & The City - Try Walking In My Shoes

Episode 24 - By Sara Rotter, Halstead Property Executive Director of Sales, Downtown Offices

Ever walked in someone else’s shoes?  I did, but not the way you might be thinking….it was last week in my “bare feet only” yoga class….hmmm.  So during the first segment of the deep breathing exercise, there was a man positioned behind me that was making all of these disruptive and loud noises- snorting, coughing and grunting- you name it!  I found myself unable to focus on the breathing because all of my thoughts and attention were on how inconsiderate this guy was to disrupt our peaceful class.  I then pondered how I could get him to stop- I tried glancing through the mirror to try to tell him to quiet down with my eyes.  Didn’t work.  ;)  I then escalated my passive aggressive strategy to looking a bit perturbed, hoping he would notice.  He didn’t even look my way.  What to do next?  Nothing.  I just tried to get back to my practice and got pulled away occasionally by bursts of noise.  UGH!  A solid 15 minutes into what I thought would be a very long 90 minute class with this “bliss offender,” I paused for a moment and looked at his face- I noticed some twitching in his facial muscles and my heart sank.  It was clear to me that he must have had a physiological issue that he could not control. 

In that moment, everything flipped upside down. 

I sent him love, compassion, and strength with my eyes and my heart.  It was in that class that I was reminded that in our busy every day world, we often react very harshly when people or things do not act or go the way we want.  Without knowing where a person is coming from, we deal with everything according to our pre-conceived ideas of what should be.  Instead, if we opened our hearts more and had compassion for the people around us that we interact with, things in life- relationships, business, and all in between - might go a lot smoother, with less drama. 

So a big P.S to my story above - from the moment I realized where that man was coming from, and felt compassion instead of annoyed, I didn’t hear a sound for the rest of the class.  It existed but I didn’t hear it.

I wanted to share this so that the next time someone you love is short with you, or some stranger bumps into you, or things don’t go your way in your business dealings, instead of reacting and getting upset - try to pause and know that whether they were right or wrong, that they might be coming from a tougher place than you in that moment…and when you realize that, it’s a lot easier to calmly let it go and go about your day without any more “noise” in your head about it. 

Now the fun part- THE SHOES!!  Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, Prada, Nike, Cole Hann, you name it, I’m walking in them!  Happy Walking in Other People’s Shoes! 

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Thoughts of Sales and The City are those of Sara Rotter and do not necessarily reflect official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC

DIANE RAMIREZ SHARES WITH INC MAGAZINE THE BOOK SHE WOULD RECOMMEND TO OTHER EXECS

Looking to bolster your management skills? Or are you in need of a smart summer read? Halstead Property CEO and co-founder, Diane Ramirez knows just the book for you: Leadership Isn’t For Cowards by Mike Staver, which offers tips on being a more effective, courageous leader in the workplace. Diane recently recommended the book for “A Summer Reading List for Entrepreneurs” compiled by Inc.com.

Throughout reading it, I would constantly dog ear pages as it would spur ideas on how to handle certain situations at work,” Ramirez said in her Inc.com interview. “It is so relevant to day-to-day management, which is key for anyone in business.”

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