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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: LIVE IN THE LAP OF LUXURY

Amenity laden buildings are quite common today in New York City, but this Upper West Side home pictured above sets the bar to a whole new level. Never mind the pristine views and almost iridescent rays of sunshine that pour in through a wall of windows, the list of amenities you’ll find at this premier full service luxury building will make it feel like you are permanently living in the lap of luxury. 

Boredom is not on the menu here, as the building comes fully equipped with a bowling alley, driving range simulator, and both a basketball and squash court. It is a hyperactive paradise encapsulated into a beautiful rental home with a highly coveted open layout and unobstructed views of the Hudson River. 

Click here to learn more about this dream home. 

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WHERE IN THE….BRONX?

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

Trying to decipher the hundreds of fancy named New York City neighborhoods is part of the challenge of apartment hunting here in the Big Apple. Here is how most internet searches happen:

  1.  Enter Price range
  2. Enter All New York- because you’re just not sure where to go!

  3. Up comes results…Rosedale? Where’s that?

  4. Google Rosedale

  5. Back to back to results…St. Albans? HUH?

  6. Google St. Albans

 “St. Albans, Cypress Hills, Greenwood, Rosedale, Yorkville, Nolita….Where are these places?! Why is this so difficult?! OH, the inhumanity!”

Sound familiar?

Yeah, we’ve all been there. About 2 hours into this search you will have forgotten all of the information that you googled in hour 1. This will prompt you to throw your laptop through the window. Once you pick up the pieces of your life (and your laptop) you will realize that New York City is a beast that is best conquered by consulting with neighborhood experts like myself, and fellow Halstead Property agents, residents and business owners of each “hood”. In the case that you don’t want to speak to other people, which I completely understand, I have compiled a reference list of five neighborhoods in New York City that have stumped me more than once, starting with the Bronx:

Bronx

Spuytin Duyvil - Located between Riverdale and the Harlem River

Transportation- is the “Spuytin Duvil” stop on the Hudson line of Metro North

Fun Fact - Spuytin Duvil is translated to “spouting devil” and was named for the nearby currents of the river. 

Kingsbridge - Located between Van Cortlandt Park and West 225th Street

Transportation - Accessible by the 1 train

Fun Fact - The hills make it difficult for pedestrians to get around so steep staircases were installed in between homes and they connect parallel streets. 

Morrisania - Located between the Cross Bronx Expressway and East 161st Street.

Transportation - Only accessible by bus: BX6, BX11, BX15, BX21, BX35, BX41

Fun Fact - This neighborhood has undergone major improvements since the 1970’s, which has resulted in a decrease in crime. 

Mott Haven - Located between E 149th st and the Bronx Kill waterway

Transportation- Accessible by the 2-4-5-6 train

Fun Fact - The original neighborhood associated with the title of the “South Bronx”. 

Schuylerville - Located between the Bruckner Expressway and the Hutchinson River Parkway

Transportation- Accessible by the 6 train

Fun Fact - Near the largest public park in New York City, Pelham Bay Park.

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

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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

ECO LOGIC - Earth Day and New York City

By Madeleine Dale, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, West Side Office

Did you know that Earth Day is the largest secular holiday in the world and is deeply rooted in NYC?  Originally proposed at a UNESCO conference in 1969 to honor world peace, US Senator and Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson co-opted the idea, shifted the date to April 22 and changed the focus to environmental conservation.  An activist hired by Nelson, Denis Hayes inspired a group of Columbia University students with a mission.  The enthusiastic New Yorkers rented an office, recruited volunteers, coordinated with other cities and convinced Mayor Lindsay to shut down Fifth Avenue and open Central Park.  According to a Time Magazine report appearing May 4, 1970, “Fifth Avenue was closed to traffic for two hours.  100,000 New Yorkers marched up and down in an eerie quiet silence.”  While Time covered the doomsday angle, the national networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) televised coverage of 1 million people celebrating in Central Park - festive and faddish – that imprinted cultural memory.  Denis Hayes, recognized as the founder of the Earth Day Organization, expanded the event to 190 countries, but the New Yorkers put the date on the calendar.

The time was ripe.  A decade of grass roots’ concern had swept the nation during the 1960s.  Charles David Keeling began to measure carbon in the atmosphere and Rachael Carson’s Silent Spring woke the public to pesticide problems. With smog alerts and undrinkable water warnings, universities organized ecology conferences and non-profits held environmental symposiums.  Earth Day unified the interest groups and paved a path for politicians like Senator Edwin Muskie, scientists like James Lovelock (the Gaia principle), non-profits, government regulatory institutions and legislation like the Clean Air Act of 1970, Endangered Species Act of 1973 and Clean Drinking Water Act of 1974.

From inception, certain elements of society considered the environmental cause subversive.  Senator Nelson chose April 22 to honor the birth date of John Muir, the 19th century wilderness conservation advocate who founded the Sierra Club.  The date coincided with Lenin’s 100th birthday and suspicious J. Edgar Hover sent FBI agents to cover Earth Day events.  (Now there’s a movie pitch: Men-in-Black meet the flower people.)  The scandal broke when Senator Muskie testified to a Senate hearing that his Earth Day speech appeared in FBI reports.   April 14, 1971, page 1 of the NYTimes headlined MUSKIE SAYS F.B.I. SPIED AT RALLIES ON ‘70 EARTH DAY; Press Aide Says President Finds the Surveillance of Citizens ‘Repugnant’    (Ironic considering that president was Richard Nixon).  The conspiracy theory had coincidence and credence; communist countries celebrated Lenin’s anniversary with a day of community service like park clean-up or roadside litter removal.  An amusing entry on the Wikipedia Earth Day page cites Time magazine quoting an irate member of Daughters of the American Revolution: “subversive elements plan to make American children live in an environment that is good for them.”

Earth Day galvanized the concept of protecting the environment from pollution as a matter of public safety.  Subsequent decades have increased concerns about stress on the planet and expanded the environmental mandate from safety to survival. Since inception, the holiday has inspired collective festivities while trumpeting warnings, but after the burst of collaborative energy in the 1970s, nature has mostly taken a back seat.  Though the silent march down Fifth Ave no longer commemorates the date, the lack of progress over the last 40 years does not exactly justify celebration.   

To work with Madeleine, visit her website or contact her over email at mdale@halstead.com

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Thoughts of Eco Logic are those of Madeleine Dale and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC

DON’T CALL IT A [CONTEMPORARY] COMEBACK

By: Deborah Camacho, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Halstead Property Riverdale Office. 

While contemporary and modernist style homes are sometimes thought to be more of a challenge to market, I am seeing increasing demand.

I asked much sought after architect, Jimmy Crisp, of Crisp Architects based in Millbrook, NY to comment on the appeal of these spaces:

"Our clients have always appreciated bright open spaces within their homes which allow family and friends to be connected without being on top of each other.  Simplicity of detail is a very old idea which works to make spaces feel contemporary and we happily use that esthetic when requested."

I am seeing increased buyer interest in contemporary style homes and have begun to appreciate this style more myself. I have long been a traditional colonial, heavy on the millwork, devotee even to the point of recommending its purchase over other styles. However, I have begun to appreciate the fantastic light and space along with minimalist design especially in the spaces displaying beautiful works of art. 

These buyers are seeking  clean lines and minimalist design but also want plenty of tech savvy, smart home features involved. Unless the home has been renovated, many of the contemporary resales do not have these features because they were built from mid-century up to perhaps the 80’s with very limited new construction since then.  The good news is that this style is easily updated. Buyers are describing their desire for “Asian-inspired” and “Minimalist” design and want functional, high tech interiors.

To learn more and connect with Deborah visit her agent website and follow her on Twitter.

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Thoughts of this post are those of Deborah Camacho and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: SHARE THE VIEWS 

Imagine having Central Park be the last thing you see each night before you go to bed, and the first thing you see each morning. Lush green tree tops among a world-class skyline is precisely what your eyes will be treated to from the magnificent home pictured above. Inside this exclusive condominium home you are immediately greeted by an entrance foyer and gallery that’s an architectural gem in and of itself with striking doors and marble floors. A myriad of windows will make your eyes grow wide with awe as you gaze at views of both Central Park, and the Manhattan skyline. A master suite and comparable guest accommodations afford equally as pleasing vistas. Moreover the Upper East Side vantage point places you among the best shopping in the world offered by the many venerable boutiques that dot Madison Avenue. 

Click here to learn more about this amazing condominium home.

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Halstead Helping Hands & New York Cares Partner At Red Hook Community Farm

Halstead Property and our philanthropic arm, Halstead Helping Hands, was proud to partner last weekend with New York Cares for a successful day of volunteering to help beautify green spaces around New York City. Over 5,000 New Yorkers were out in full force with a goal to “green up” 68 parks throughout NYC as we approach the warmer months.

Over 20 members of Halstead Property including sales directors, agents, and staff concentrated on the Red Hook Community Farm (Added Value). The group assisted in various compost-related tasks like soil bed building, seed starting, turning the compost, and helping get the farm ready for spring. After our agents were done the farm was ready to use for the Spring/Summer for Added Value. 

Added Value is a non-profit organization whose mission is promoting farm-based learning and youth empowerment. By promoting the sustainable development of Red Hook and nurturing a new generation of young leaders, they enable the youth of South Brooklyn to expand their knowledge base, develop new skills and positively engage with their community. 

Thank you to the following Halstead Agents, Execs and Staff:

John Wollberg, Trish Martin, Gerard Splendore, Janette Young, Amanda Barnes, Kris Kruse, Kim MacConnell, Fern Todman, Francine Port, Margaret Anna, Elaine Tross, Rachel Wood, Frank Assini, Lisette Gonzales-Cortes + her parents, Diane Longo, & Kirsten Syrett

We look forward to sharing more success stories from the next Halstead Helping Hands event, and are reminded that it’s never too late to pitch in. To find out how you can help today, connect with New York Cares on Facebook, Twitter, and learn about attending an orientation by visiting their official website

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WHAT’S UP(TOWN) – Mount Morris Park Churches Edition 

By: Adrian Thompkins & Shebrelle Hunter-Green who just moved to our Upper West Side Office

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

This week, we continue our architectural tour of Mount Morris Park with a look at the many churches in this part of Harlem. Located at 15 Mount Morris Park West is our first, Harlem Presbyterian. It was built in 1905, by architect Thomas H. Poole. It was then called Mount Morris Presbyterian Church. In 1915, it was renamed Harlem-New York Presbyterian Church, as the result of a merger. Finally, it was called the Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian church. No matter its name, this Romanesque structure is a beauty worth seeing. 

Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church was originally The Church of the Holy Trinity in 1869. Now located at Lenox Avenue and West 122nd Street, this church was been rebuilt several times, most notably in 1939 after a fire destroyed everything but the stone walls. It was successfully rebuilt and later became, according to the Landmarks Preservation Committee as “undoubtedly the handsomest example of Romanesque Revival architectural style in all of Manhattan.”  It also house the second largest carillon, visited in 1952 and 1954 by the Netherlands’s Queen Juliana and Englands Queen Elizabeth, in the world.  (Second to Riverside Church).

Just across the street from Saint Martin’s Episcopal church is Mount Olivet Baptist Church, which was originally Temple Israel. Completed in 1907, it was later acquired, in 1924 by the Mount Olivet congregation, in existence since 1878. Designed by Arnold W. Brunner, who studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the building, while it maintains the spirit of Beaux-Arts, is very much an American answer to Neo-classical architecture. 

What: Harlem Easter Egg Hunt. A free event for children ages  1- 7, with a special appearance and photo op by and with the Easter Bunny.  Click here to register online in advance. 

When: April 19th 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: My Gym, 258 Saint Nicholas Avenue, Harlem, NY 

What: Harlem Shake will be partnering with Susie Q, a local celebrity fitness trainer and clothing designer, to offer guests an afternoon of line dancing, an Easter egg hunt, plus prizes and good food. Harlem Shake will be serving two Easter themed milkshakes on Easter Sunday. 

When: April 20th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Where: 120 West 124th Street, New York, NY 10027

What: The Great Vigil of Easter & Holy Eucharist. Click here to learn more about how the congregation will join the clergy to ring in the first moments of Easter.

When:  April 19th, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

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

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

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

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

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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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