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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: TRUE WILLIAMSBURG LOFT

This enormous duplex loft is a true gem nestled on the south side of Williamsburg. The entry foyer opens into a custom built dining banquette, glowing from within by dimmable LED’s. Four oversized windows line the northern wall and are bolstered by a unique built-in workspace housing a deep lounging couch, under window cabinetry, and sprawling desk. The modern chef’s kitchen also boasts stainless steel appliances, wine fridge, bar, and abundant cabinet and counter space. A step up from the kitchen is an expansive living area bathed in southern light from floor to ceiling glass doors that lead out to the upper deck.  A projector and screen, built-in day bed nook, and modern chandeliers from built in tray ceilings make this a perfect space for entertaining or relaxing. A full bath with Jacuzzi tub and separate stall shower complete the upper level.

The spacious lower level offers a full European-style bath, huge fitted walk-in closet, and a customized sleeping area created by ceiling high bookcases. The concept of the lower level is that of a hotel suite, where one can have every luxury in the space between four walls. With floor-to ceiling doors opening onto the lower level patio, this authentic, factory conversion is a true sanctuary from the bustle of the City.

Click here to learn more about this Brooklyn based loft home.

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: European Invasion

No boarding pass in needed to experience the fine design of your favorite European regions. Park Avenue’s signature style is full of poise and sophistication, and the regal Parquet de Versailles floors in this home combined with an Imported Italian Fireplace create an environment that will make anyone feel like royalty. An unheard of 60 feet of open space beckons you into the flowing entertainment space that we promise doesn’t exist elsewhere on the Upper East Side . Mirrored walls, French doors, and romantic garden views describe the rest of what this dreamy home has to offer.

 Click here to learn more about this Park Ave gem.

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VINTAGE NEW YORK – MOM-AND-POP SHOPS

By: Danielle Middleton, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Halstead Property East Side Office.  

At one time, food was personal and quality didn’t have to be demanded because it was expected. When my father and his siblings were growing up, my grandmother would go to the butcher for her meats, the pork store for her sausages, the fish store for her fish, and the bakery for her bread. She knew each owner by name and her shopping routine was more of a social activity than a chore. These specialty stores were a way of life in New York City and they made up the identity of each neighborhood. 

Now,  many of these specialty stores have faded into a competitive jungle of supermarkets and internet delivery services. A well known grocery chain took over the old bank where my grandmother used to work, and many other storefronts were replaced by trendier shops The unique flavors that had once identified each neighborhood may be far and few and in between (RIP prosciutto balls from Joe’s Pork Superette), but thankfully, some still remain in a current sea of mass production. 

The old world butchers and specialty shops that still exist are kept alive by the loyalty of their aging customers. It is the younger generation that needs to help sustain their future and preserve the history of their craft. Since very few of us are going to butcher a cow just to make a hamburger, don’t you want to know who is doing this for you? Or, where the meat came from and what the animal is fed? I know that I sure do! 

I have many favorite specialty shops in Brooklyn and Queens, but here are the top five on my list:

1. K&T Quality Meats

This local butcher has serviced Astoria for over 30 years. I walked by their unassuming store front a zillion times before actually going in. I’m so upset that it took me so long to discover this neighborhood gem! Purchasing meat from K&T is more of an exciting experience than a boring chore. All of the on-site butchers take pride in being able to guide their customers and service their community.

Locate at 33-14 Ditmars BLVD, Astoria, NY 11105

2. Court Pastry Shop 

This small bakery has been in business for over 70 years. They have a little window facing the street where people can order an Italian ice to go. I have so many childhood memories of devouring their ices on hot, summer days. Another family staple is their delicious pignoli cookies. We never have a party without them!

Located at: 298 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

3. Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop

This February, My mother, sister and I were casually walking down Manhattan Ave when we accidentally stumbled upon Peter Pan’s Donut and Pastry Shop; it was a very, very happy accident. This little store serves up some BIG desserts. There is a very small take-out counter and a breakfast bar. Whether you take-out or eat-in, you won’t be disappointed.  Located at 727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

4.  Fish Tales 

Staying true to Italian tradition, my family celebrates every Christmas Eve by feasting on the “seven fishes”. Every year my grandmother orders all of the fish a month in advance from Fish Tales. In all these years we have never had a bad experience. The service and fish are both well worth the trip to Brooklyn!

Located at 191 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

5. Morscher’s Pork Store

Sausage making is an art form that the dedicated butchers of  Morscher’s Pork Store have perfected. Each piece is filled with the best meat and complimentary spices. Once you try a sausage from Morscher’s Pork Store, you will not be able to eat any other brand. Ridgewood, Queens is lucky to have them!  

Located at 58-44 Catalpa Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Danielle Middleton’s and do not reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: Silvana-NYC

By: Ann Deane, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Halstead Property Westside Office. 

Open since last June, Silvana in Harlem features live music 7 nights a week and is the sister club of Shrine that’s located further north on Adam Clayton Boulevard and 133rd Street. These two venues represent the last of a dying breed of night clubs featuring  live music in what used to be a rich culture. When I was at Silvana I had the treat of hearing Afro-pop music of Timbila that featured sounds from Mali and Madagascar. They jammed well and featured the Kora, a finger guitar-harp instrument from West Africa.  Afterwards, Feedel, an Ethiopian band that hails from Washington, DC took the stage and played a full hour and a half set. 

In addition to enjoying great music, we ate falafel with a creamy tahini sauce that was light and airy, and Sabich which is a traditional egg sandwich that features a fluffy potato chip as a Silvana touch (pictured above). Another must try is the lamb shawarma, every bite was tasty and juicy. The venue also  features a boutique and café upstairs. 

Connect with Ann on her agent website to learn more about her and the neighborhood. 

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Anne Deane and do not reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: Windows of the World

It’s true what they say, the best views of the city are seen from the outside and anywhere you stand along the waterfront in Williamsburg will prove that theory. So too, will the panoramic views found at this sprawling home in the heart of North Williamsburg.  A world of windows is literally what you will find as you peer over the East River, and take in sights of Manhattan’s skyline to Brooklyn and beyond. This two-bedroom home boasts the finest amenities from one of the area’s only premier, full service luxury buildings with the added bonus of a 400 foot pier right outside your doorstep. 

Williamsburg is currently one of the most in demand areas for shopping, dining, and all other cultural attractions in New York City making it the perfect time to live there.   

Click here to learn more details and see for yourself why it has the best views of New York City.

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NEW YORK IS… AN ACRYLIC PAINTING

By: Kleopatra Phili, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Halstead Property Westside Office. 

In an effort to share a variety of experiences with you, and do something other than take photos of upcoming new residential developments, I took an art class called “Koi Fish With Flowers” at the Painting Lounge in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood.

I thought there would be very little variation to the final paintings, since the outline was provided for us, and instructions were given on how to mix the paints and where to apply them.  But the end result was 26 very different works, like 26 different personalities, or 26 different new construction residential condominium buildings. 

“Everyone is guaranteed to leave with a painting they can be proud of”– that’s a quote from the Painting Lounge website. And this is true.  I was very proud of my painting.  It was only when I got home and propped it up on the windowsill that I realized … two of my Koi fish looked like parrots doing a backstroke.

From my experience, I’ve concluded that I like to draw within the lines (but I can still be creative within those lines); the same task, in different hands, comes out quite unique; and there is joy in creating something that requires the hand to coordinate with the eye and the mind.  But, the greatest insight I gained is, New York is an acrylic painting. 

There are outlines within which a developer may draw, to adhere to lot size, and zoning regulations (or get a variance).  But within those boundaries, there are admirable modifications to existing structures (15MSW), or details as delicate as cherry blossoms (441 E. 57th St.), or iconic works in progress (400 PAS).  There are steady changes underway in Manhattan, like a steady stream of art students taking a class at the Painting Lounge.

I’m more inspired now than ever to keep taking photos of upcoming new developments and determine what will emerge on those sites, and who is redefining New York. I aim to be the first one in the door to represent you if you wish to buy pre-construction. Because the early Koi-parrot gets the apartment – at the best price. 

Learn more about Greenwich Village and all of New York City’s neighborhoods by connecting with Kleo on her agent website.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Kleo’s and do not reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

 

Greening Your Home 

By: Jason Christie, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson from our Harlem Office.

In my life as a Real Estate Agent, homeowners are always asking me about ways to make their properties stand out.   Greening your home through home improvements that improve it’s energy efficiency is a great way to increase the value of your home for sale and lower expenses while you are there. 

Only 6% of American homeowners heat their homes with oil but 80% of these homeowners live in the Northeast.  Oil prices may fluctuate but they always trend up and these homeowners are feeling the squeeze as they watch their heating budgets balloon as oil prices rise to over $4.00/gallon. Natural gas customers also have a lot to be concerned about. According to the United States Energy Information Administration, pipeline constraints in the northeastern States combined with increased cold-weather-driven demand helped to push natural gas prices up 75% in New England last year and 61% in NY.  The price will continue to get worse with colder weather in the region. 

Natural gas prices in America have remained historically low due to our huge bounties of it and the energy boom led by hydraulic fracturing. Drillers have actually shut down their wells because it costs more to pump the gas than it can be sold for. The fix for them is, in a word; export. These natural gas producers can make three times more money shipping their supplies to Europe and five times as much shipping it to Japan. These profits are compelling incentives and after a two year study by the Department of Energy asserting exports would be a net gain for our economy, export licenses have already been issued and industry experts expect the pace of licensing to quicken.  Say goodbye to low gas prices in the U.S. 

So what’s a homeowner to do?  Join the heat pump revolution. There are two types of heat pumps: air-source and geothermal heat pumps (GHPs).  Air source pulls heat indoors from the outdoor air in winter and from the indoors to the outside during summer. A GHP extracts heat from indoor air when it’s hot outside but when it’s cold outside it draws heat into the home from the ground.   Either would do the trick of keeping your family warm in the winter and cool in the summer.   GHPs can be prohibitively expensive though and are usually considered during a new construction.  Air-source heat pumps (also called mini splits or ductless mini splits) are less expensive to install and with today’s technology,   they can extract heat from ambient air at temperatures as low as -5° F.  

This technology has been around for about 50 years and has been very popular across Europe and Asia for the last 30. Many warm-state U.S. residents will recognize the wall mounted indoor units as they are frequently used for air conditioning in those areas.   Even third world countries are beginning to leap frog over the U.S and using this technology over oil or gas based systems.  On a recent trip to Jamaica I saw them being used in commercial establishments all over the island including the resort in Kingston where my friends and I stayed.  Another trip to Costa Rica had us trekking into the jungle where a local cabin proprietor promised us air conditioning.  We were doubtful but very happy to find a heat pump air conditioner in our little cabin; we were very comfortable during our stay.  

To connect with Jason and continue the conversation, email him or visit his agent website.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Jason Christie and do not reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

BROOKLYN GOES GREEN

The Barclays Center has already made news as the home of the first professional sports team in Brooklyn since 1957 with the playoff bound Nets,  in addition to hosting record setting performances like Jay-Z’s 8 night stint of completely sold out shows when the venue first opened. Now, Forest City and Shop Architects are resurrecting an eco-friendly vision that will make the Barclays Center stand out even more when compared to arenas across the globe. 

Preliminary plans to cover the arena’s dome with greenery were abandoned, however Forest City Ratner just announced it plans to revisit that idea by covering an expansive part of the giant roof with an abundance of vegetation. Over 130,000 square feet of space will yield small plants and a “soil like cover” as part of a strategic plan to serve dual purposes. Of the many benefits that come with harvesting a massive “green” roof is the propensity for noise reduction, i.e. something the entire neighborhood has explicitly stated they will welcome with open arms. Congruent with a quieter neighborhood is property value, wherein the value of surrounding brownstones in Prospect Heights will only be enhanced provided by the beautiful view of a luscious oversized rooftop garden. 

Further details remind us that we haven’t seen the half of what Atlantic Yards is slated to become. Construction will continue to build 15 towers that boast a total of 6,400 apartments to the area, and a “sprawling white roof with an expanse of greenery” will make the new development much easier on the eyes, and potentially the

“largest and most impressive green roofs in the city and perhaps the country.” 

(Image Courtesy: Shop Architects

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Who Will Benefit Most From The Completion of the Second Avenue Subway Line?

By: Andrew FineLicensed Real Estate Salesperson, Halstead Property Village Office. 

(Excerpts Taken from A Fine Blog by Andrew Fine) 

As the blasting on NYC’s Second Avenue Subway has subsided, the buzz is just starting to begin! The cavernous stations have been blasted, the tunnels dug, and residents of the area are relieved that the shaking has ceased. Yes, the sideshow continues on 2nd Avenue with the traffic disruption, platform streets, mini-sidewalks, cement trucks a plenty, and trailers stacked high. But, there is something other than dust and truck exhaust that people are smelling, and that is opportunity!

The Second Avenue Subway, by the MTA’s (ever moving) target is just 33 months away! Sure, that target is likely to move, but with the area relentlessly beaten over the past several years, there is light at the end of the, err, tunnel. Savvy New Yorkers, priced out of much of Manhattan, are finding pay dirt in the much-maligned but ultimately livable Upper East Side. I have been preaching it for the last couple of years, but the pain vs. gain equation has proven too much for many until recently. But now, with articles springing up in places like 
The New York Times, Crain’s, in the past few weeks, the trend seems to be set.

To aid my clients and friends (yeah, you too), I have devised a graphic that depicts which areas should benefit the most from the new Second Avenue Subway line. Each circle represents areas that are currently, or will be within the equivalent of a two avenue block walk from a train station. The green circles are for current 4, 5, and/or 6 train stations, and the blue circles represent the future Q train stops. You will notice that there are twice as many Q train circles, as the station entrances are staggered. For instance, the 72nd Street stop has entrances at 72nd, as well as 69th Street. The graphic is far from perfect, so use at your own discretion, and double check my info.

A Fine Double Bonus Zone!

As I developed the map, first by hand, and then by bribing an imperfect co-worker, one observation stood out to me. Yes, there is no doubt that much of the far East portion of the UES should benefit, but what about those areas where these coverage circles overlap (shaded red on the map)? If you lived on 85th and Third Avenue for instance, you will have something that the East Side hasn’t seen for generations- choice! How nice will it be to choose between the East Side line, and a line that circles through Midtown, Downtown, and into Brooklyn based on where you want to go, and vice-versa? Not to mention the choice when one of these venerable lines of transportation goes down! A Fine Double Bonus Zone, is what I’ll call it! Perhaps, in the future, a premium will be had not for living “West of Lex”, but “West of Second”, or perhaps “between the lines.” Well, that is the future, but if you are shopping with the benefit of the Second Avenue Subway in mind, it is something you should be considering now. 

Image Courtesy: A Fine Blog

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Content of this AFineBlog Post Excerpt are those of Andrew Fine and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

WHAT’S UP(TOWN) – Mount Morris Park

By: Adrian Thompkins & Shebrelle Hunter-Green

Welcome to the latest What’s Uptown blog post about neighborhood happenings this week. 

This week’s architectural spotlight is on Mount Morris Park, a landmark section of Central Harlem with an unusually rich history, even by historic standards. It’s a history of contrast: Boss Tweed’s cronies and critics resided there, and long-term neglect was followed by infusion of (embezzled) cash and landfills that produced incredible beauty.

Designated in 1971, it was one of the first landmarked districts by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. According to the NYC Department of Planning, the proper boundaries are from West 118th Street to West 124th Street between Fifth Avenue to Seventh Avenue (Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd). Included in this area is West 122nd street, also known as Doctor’s Row.  (The father of Richard Rogers, of Rogers and Hammerstein fame, was one notable doctor.)  In 1839, it was given the name Mount Morris Square, and it served as a lookout point for Native Americans as well as nature retreat for early New Yorker’s through the 1870’s. The plans for what was then Mount Morris Square were completed in 1840, but the plans for landscaping languished until 1869.

The landscaping was directed by civil servant Ignatz A. Pilat, who also worked with Frederick Law Olmsted during the creation of Central Park.  City Hall’s role in the development of this particular part of the city wasn’t just routine—this area became home—and cash cow—to “Boss” Tweed’s cronies. The elegant rows of neo Grec, Romanesque Revival, and of course Queen Anne homes, owe more than a little to the tens of millions of dollars “appropriated” by Tammany Hallers, who transformed Mount Morris swampland into Fifth Avenue quality homes.

Fast forward to the 1970’s, when the area earned landmark status in 1971, the year after Richard Rogers donated the amphitheater to his old neighborhood. (He first lived at 3 West 120th before his father practiced on West 122nd.) 1973 saw the name of the park changed to Marcus Garvey Park,in honor of the the well known Pan African leader. The same year, the Park was placed on the Nation Register of Historic Places.

What: Coffee Grinder at Lenox Coffeea monthly Thursday night event for the LGBT community of Central Harlem.  Features Live DJ. Free

When: April 10th 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Where: Lenox Coffee, 60 West 129th Street, Harlem, NY 

What: Trial attorney and NBC news analyst, Lisa Bloom discusses her new book Suspicion Nation”.

When: April 11th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Where: Harlem State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

Pick of the Week:

What: The Cathedral in Context: Spotlight on Morningside Heights” This two hour event is an illustrated walking tour of the neighborhood and its historic architecture and institutions. The tour begins at Saint John’s Cathedral and ends at Riverside Church.

When:  April 12th, 10:00 AM - 12 PM 

Where: 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, New York, NY 10025

What: “Easter Eggstravaganza” The Church’s annual Easter egg workshop, recommended for children ages 4 and up.  The organizers ask that you bring two hard-boiled eggs per child and that you make reservations for this event by contacting them at 212-932-7314. Cost is $8.00 per child.

When: April 12th, 10:00 AM - 12 PM

Where: Visitor Center, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, New York, NY 10025

What: “Choral Evensong” The Cathedral Choir performs traditional Anglican communion prayers.

When: April 13th 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, New York, NY 10025

What: ”Talks at the Schomburg: Motown + FashionMichael Dinwiddie, president of the Black Theater Network and associate professor at Gallatin School (NYU) will moderate a discussion, featuring designer Emilio Sosa, and fashionista Michaela Angela Davis on the impact of Motown on fashion trends : This is a free event but please click here to register in advance. 

When: April 17th, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 

Where: Langston Hughes Auditorium at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New YorkNY 10030

What:In Her Skin: Celebrating Women: You are The Perfect Woman.”  Eight female artists share what it’s like to be in her skin and present the beauty, talent, flawlessness and lovely imperfections of women. Exhibiting Artists include: Amy Theard, Beatrice Lebreton, Brittani Sensabough, Capucine Bourcart, Kennedy Yanko, Makeba Rainey, Margaret Rose Vendryes, and Marthalicia Matarrita.  RSVP here

When: Through May 18th

Where:  La Maison d’Art Gallery 259 West 132nd  Street. 

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

Spring Cleaning

By: Amy HermanLicensed Real Estate Salesperson, Halstead Property Park Avenue Office.

Spring is finally here! There was a collective sigh in my yoga class yesterday when the instructor said, "Set your intention and just as a bonus she added,It appears light coats from this day onward. We can be extra grateful after our beyond freezing winter.” Alright so now I am that girl whose mind doesn’t stay on yoga and races to sorting my closets and bringing my spring wardrobe up to it’s spot front and center and putting away the artillery of down coats, wool and cashmere items, etc. Thank goodness for all the storage in my new co-op apartment.

Perhaps your mind is now on your own closets or even spring cleaning. It is that time of year again. April showers bring May flowers. I am all about spring cleaning, in fact, I recommend to all my clients they do this annually so that when they do decide to sell again they don’t have a huge mess to juggle both time and energy-wise.

So that’s my first tip to sellers who are just putting their properties onto the market now.

1. Organize and sort your closets. People do look inside them! The more organized the better plus if you are able to show off the space this way (by de-cluttering the rest of the apartment), you are ahead of the game!

Five is a great number so here are my top 4 additional tips for staging:

2. After you put all of the unnecessary books and such away, color-code bookshelves (Did you ever see this done? Somehow the bookshelf becomes art and every time I walk inside a home where a seller or designer has done this, things seem orderly and stunning).

3. Make sure the kitchen is spotless and potentially add a few topiaries or small potted greenery on a windowsill if you have one! The green reminds people that it’s spring time and adds a little extra special touch no matter what type of kitchen you own. Stage your kitchen like it’s a little showroom. Buy a simple white pretty dish towel to place over the oven handle and put all pots away in an organized fashion.

4. Small investments go a long way! If you have been thinking your place will show dark, it probably will. A few ways to lighten up the space include buying white or natural colored linen pillows (you can find them in all shapes and sizes online). Now, if you have super dark furniture be careful with this one, in fact, go for something in between your furniture color and white, please). You can also take dark curtains or blinds down and replace them with white or off-white window coverings.  (I know this is easier said than done but it all depends on how much of a bidding war you want to get into!)  Additionally you can certainly easily purchase white towels and lighten up the bathroom by discarding any dark or colored towels. I also tried something really fun recently in my own bathroom which I love to look at. I matched my super tailored bath mat with the color of the gray slate floor. The bathroom looked 3 feet larger immediately and less messy. So matching the mat with the actual floor color is my new hot tip! 

5. Add a few more elegant and simple touches if you have the budget. Try and find a new entryway runner which may update the home (if you don’t have one already). Take everything off the coffee table and grab a beautiful thick coffee table book from the bookstore or a friend (again if you don’t have one already). Possibly grab a new white duvet cover or something light and airy looking along with pillowcases to match so the bedroom looks put together and polished). Maybe even get rid of that unsightly lamp and get a new contemporary one with a crystal base and neutral shade. You can always take all of these beautiful and clean additions to your new home so the more neutral the better! People seem to always love a neutral palette. 

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Amy Herman and do not reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

JEANNE BYERS INSTAGRAM SNAPSHOT OF THE WEEK

Monday, April 4th 2014

Thank you once again to Jeanne Byers from Halstead Property’s Downtown Office for sharing with us on this Friday her favorite Instagram Snapshot she took this week.

"One of the perks of being a real estate agent is venturing beyond the familiar and discovering great streets and neighborhoods a short subway ride away. Take the 2/3 train to Bergen Street for this colorful stretch of shops and restaurants. ”

We invite you to Like and Comment on the photo here.

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Jeanne is a past Executive Creative Director of Arnold/New York Advertising Agency and brings her trained eye and quality orientation to her social media marketing as well as to her exclusive property marketing.  Follow all of Jeanne’s amazing instagram visuals here.

ASK AMY - April 3rd, 2014

Dear Amy,

I’m in the market for a newish one-bedroom condo in Manhattan, but I don’t want to pay extra common charges every month for amenities that I don’t want. I’d like a doorman, but I’m not interested in a pool, gym or other fancy stuff. What are my options?

- Buy Curious

Amy Herman: The average price for a one-bedroom condo in Manhattan is $922,000, but doorman condos can range from $650,000 to $1.4 million, depending on location and age. Midtown East and Midtown West will be cheaper than the Upper West Side, Upper East Side and certain downtown areas (such as the Flatiron District, Chelsea, Noho, Gramercy Park and the Village). North of 96th Street used to be a more reasonable option, but these days, some Harlem units are selling for around $900 to $1,100 a square foot, making them comparable to Midtown options. Newer condos will almost always be more expensive than older ones except with a prime location off Central Park or a place with spectacular views. But before we get into finding a no-frills condo, consider this:

It’s true that amenity-rich full-service buildings often have higher fees (which go to the upkeep of said amenities), but they don’t necessarily translate to higher purchase prices. For example, many of the buildings built in the 1980’s have state-of-the-art health clubs with pools, yoga rooms and saunas, but the average price per square foot is less than the brand-new boutique condos that have only a doorman and a small gym. In many buildings, fitness center fees are actually separate from monthly common charges and an option for residents who want to use the facilities. 

Often buyers think they’ll never use the on-site Pilates studio or the 50-foot lap pool—until they see them. That could happen to you, too. Even if you don’t use the gym or pool, these types of offerings are attractive to many buyers and could prove a positive when it comes time to sell your home.

Bottom line: it’s a better strategy to view everything in your budget and see which place feels the most like home. That said, if you’re still set on a building sans extras, you might want to focus your search on buildings constructed in the 1940’s through 1960’s. Many of these older structures have had doormen for years, but few of them have taken the time to add other amenities like gyms. Smaller buildings could also work, since the annual cost of high-end amenities is so much steeper when split between fewer homeowners. Many newer condo buildings with fewer than 50 units don’t leave extra space for an amenity floor, while places with 20 units or less are often so bare bones that they have a virtual or part-time doorman.

If you’re set on a no-frills building:

Upper East Side one-bedroom/one-bathroom condo, $799,000: Recently renovated, this pet-friendly one-bedroom at 300 East 62nd Street at Second Avenue has a wall of closets, a wall of windows and a balcony with wood floors. The doorman building has a bike room, a laundry room and a live-in super. Monthly common charges are $689, while taxes are $668.

Want amenities after all?

Upper West Side one-bedroom/one-bathroom condo, $1.195 million: This Trump Place one-bedroom at 220 Riverside Boulevard between West 70th and West 71st streets has an open kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows, a marble bathroom and a brand-new washer/dryer. Building amenities include a 24-hour attended lobby, a health club with an indoor pool, a children’s playroom, a billiards room and an attached garage. Monthlies are relatively low—common charges are $753 and taxes are $534—but a 421a tax abatement expires this year, so even if you act fast, you won’t be able to enjoy the low taxes for very long.

Upper East Side one-bedroom/one-bathroom condo, $875,000: Recently redone, this 35th-floor one-bedroom at 301 East 79th Street between First and Second avenues offers a stainless steel kitchen with granite countertops, a spacious foyer, hardwood floors, crown and baseboard moldings, deep closets, built-in shelves and central heat and air. Building amenities include a doorman, a concierge, a landscaped roof deck, a fitness center and storage. Monthlies are on the low side—you’ll pay $518 for common charges and $599 for taxes.

Excerpts taken from a recent Brick U Column titled “Buy Curious”

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Amy Herman is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson from Halstead Property’s Park Avenue Office.

Connect with her on her agent website or find her on twitter to ask her a question of your own.

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: WAITIN’ ON A SUNNY DAY

In the words of The Boss, we’d love nothing more than to chase the clouds away and wait on a sunny day while laying on this rooftop. If you listen close enough you can hear a collective sigh of relief as residents of the Northeast rejoice that spring is finally here. Sunny and 75 isn’t just a lyric, it describes the perfect conditions for Al Fresco dinners that this well designed terrace is begging to host. Fully equipped with provisions for a full outdoor bar, and a gas hook-up in addition to cable TV under a covered roof area provide peace of mind that even when the sun dips behind the clouds, you’ll still be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of your Upper West Side Penthouse abode. 

Enjoy 3 full floors with your very own private elevator inside, and the chance to brag about a sun-soaked living room with 25’ high ceilings and a total of 4 panel skylights. Sunny and 75, indeed. 

A deeded storage unit, washer and dryer, media room, and enough closet space to justify an endless number of shopping sprees completes this full package. 

Click here to learn more details and see for yourself why it is a rare gem.

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: DIAMOND IN THE SKY

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so a video tour of the dazzling New York City skyline from the 61st Floor home you see here must be worth a million dollars. New York’s iconic cityscape is one of those things like a beautiful sultry sunset, or snow covered mountain tops that you never get tired of looking at. 

There are very few vantage points where you can stand and look to the left, right, up and/or down that offer the same caliber of eye candy as this sought after Penthouse apartment. Located in the heart of Manhattan this home presents you with calming water views of the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge to the North; and an effortless glance to your East presents you with a view like you’ve never seen before as you peer down over the bright lights of Times Square and take in the flickering lights of both the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings. This palatial apartment in the sky comes with two well-appointed bedrooms, and a state of the art kitchen that shines brighter than the lights outside your window with designer appliances and dreamy granite covered counter tops.

Below your penthouse unit are 3 entire floors of amenities that residents at The Orion have become accustomed to including valet, concierge, dry cleaning, and 8,200 square feet of gym space are all at your beck and call. When it’s time to unwind you can choose from multiple spa rooms, a pool, or a handful of sundecks to close your eyes and bask in the sights and sounds of Midtown West

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