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Central Park By The Numbers

By Madeleine Dale, Licensed Assoc. R.E. Broker in our West Side Office

For 161 years Central Park has offered New Yorkers a taste of fall foliage in the heart of Manhattan. The island’s largest green space spans 59th Street to 110th Street from Fifth Avenue to Central Park West.  Many visitors to Central Park are surprised to learn that it is in fact a man-made park. Landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed Central Park in 1858 after a law was passed on July 21, 1853 by the New York State Legislature allowing the construction of a large public park in Manhattan. The 843-acre treasure is home to a staggering number of plant and animal species, fields and park-goers of course. Check out the numbers  below:

·         21,500 trees

·         5 turtle species

·         65 statues

·         9,000 benches

·         21 playgrounds

·         26 ball fields

·         58 miles of trails

·         230 species of birds

·         40 million human visitors each year

Central Park’s numbers at a glance are provided by the Central Park Conservancy. Click here to learn more about the history of Central Park.

To connect with Madeleine visit her agent website.

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: MIRRORS OF MIDTOWN

This luxurious and furnished two bedroom corner unit has it all. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows show off stunning views of both the New York City skyline and Hudson River from a coveted vantage point in a sought after Midtown West condominium building complete with two outdoor terraces, a fitness center, and round the clock service. Careful attention has been paid to tastefully furnish the entire residence making sure it pleases everyone’s palette, and the powder room even boasts a brand new washer and dryer.

Click here to discover more about this luxury two bedroom, two bath rental in The Link.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: LOFT LIVING

Get cozy in front of the woodburning fireplace and enjoy this urban bungalow located in the heart of SoHo, New York City. With almost 1,500 sun flooded square feet  inside a premier prewar condominium building, this is loft living at its finest as embodied by romantic exposed brick, polished hardwood floors and eye-dropping high ceilings found throughout the entire apartment. A northwest facing Master Bedroom presents  an even further sense of tranquility and a second bedroom holds potential for use as a home office or den adding coveted living space to a classic downtown abode.

Click here to learn more about this loft condominium.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: CENTRAL PARK WEST

Sweeping open views for miles over Central Park can be seen from every single room of this condominium home complete with towering 10’ high ceilings and an arsenal of oversized windows.  The iconic New York City skyline and glowing city lights reveal themselves even brighter from both vantage points of the spacious living room that opens directly to a massive private terrace. When you can peel your eyes away from such iconic views, you’ll be equally as impressed with sophisticated design found throughout  from warm honey oak wood floors to an inviting spa-like oasis ambiance in the Master Suite. Additionally, the 6 bedroom residence brags one of the most coveted addresses on the Upper West Side with renowned 5-star service and unbeatable amenities.

Discover more details on this Upper West Side residence here.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY - CHRISTOPHER KROMER

Your quote of the day comes from Halstead Property’s Christopher Kromer, quoted in A Buyer’s Guide to Open Houses at NYC Apartments by popular New York City real estate website, Brick Underground. As Brick Underground points out, open houses can be a window into how “the other half” lives offering a glimpse into design, décor, and the like. However alternatively, an open house is also a crucial time for buyer’s to make a good impression as many sellers, and their agents, are paying close attention to how you’re behaving thus providing good indication on how you’d fare in a board interview. Well-versed and a seasoned industry expert, Kromer points out that, 

"How someone conducts themselves in an open house is generally a good indication of how they’d act in a board interview, and how likely they are to be approved."

Going as far to reprimand common etiquette faux pas, Kromer insists “Don’t roll your eyes if they ask you to take off the shoes,” and goes on to say that last but certainly not least, punctuality is of the utmost importance here because like you probably do as well, “the listing agent probably has other places to be.

Click here to read the full feature on A Buyer’s Guide to NYC Open Houses by Brick Underground.

Visit Christopher Kromer’s agent website and connect with him over email and on Twitter to learn more. 

THE BEST HALLOWEEN-THEMED SPOTS IN NYC

In New York City Halloween is not limited to October 31st. In fact, the city celebrates this haunted holiday all month long. We rounded up the best Halloween-themed locales and events throughout the city that satisfy trick-or-treaters to thrill-seeking adults. Plus, don’t miss out on post-Halloween festivities in celebration of Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos on November 1st. Here is our list of the best spots to enjoy Halloween in NYC: 

1. The Village is hands-down the place to be on October 31st. Don your Halloween costume and join spectators at the 41st annual Village Halloween Parade  along Sixth Avenue between Spring and 16th Streets at 7pm. Enjoy creative costumes, musicians and dancers in the city’s biggest Halloween gathering.

 2. The Haunted Pumpkin Garden is a yearly hit at The New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx). Dare to walk through a pumpkin patch with creatures roaming about, says Time Out New York. NYBG also celebrates Halloween with pumpkin carving activities, a display of North America’s largest gourds (October 25-26) and other special events. The Haunted Pumpkin Garden runs through October 31.

 3. For those who enjoy getting spooked, several haunted houses crop up in Manhattan every October. Encounter all your worst nightmares from demons to dolls at  Blood Manor at The McKittrick Hotel (542 West 27th Street). For an even more terrifying experience go on “Lights Out Nights” when visitors navigate Blood Manor with just the glimmer of glow sticks. NIGHTMARE: NEW YORK has been around for years, and this year it will take visitors on a journey through the city’s eerie past (107 Suffolk Street).

4. Queens County Farm (73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park) has a family-friendly lineup of events to celebrate Halloween and autumn. In late September, the farm unveiled “The Amazing Maize Maze” in the shape of the American flag (the corn maze runs until October 26). On October 18th, bring flashlights and experience the “Maze by Moonlight” until 9pm. The farm also hosts a haunted house and hayrides (October 24-26), and has a pumpkin patch on weekends until October 26th.

5. For those who prefer Halloween treats over partaking in actual festivities, you’ll devour Cider Week NYC. Running from October 21-31, this apple-obsessed festival spans restaurants, bars and shop throughout the city in appreciation of craft ciders. On Halloween, sample Farnum Hill Ciders at Frankly Wines (66 West Broadway) from 5:30-7:30pm. For a schedule of events go here.

6. Nitehawk Cinema  (136 Metropolitan Avenue) in Williamsburg will host several Halloween-themed screenings in the coming weeks. Don’t miss “Spoons, Toons & Booze Halloween Special” on October 18th and 19th, which includes vintage cartoons (Halloween episodes, of course), cocktails, cereal and brunch dishes. This popular event allows the 21+ crowd to relive childhood, but this time with a Bloody Mary in-hand. The little ones can enjoy Halloween at the dine-in cinema as well. The “Lil’ Hawk Friendly Halloween” program will screen Monster House on October 11th and 12th for ages 6+.

 7. If you can muster up the energy to continue the festivities the day after Halloween, then head to Hotel Americano (518 West 27 Street) for a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) bash at 9pm. Hosted by El Museo del Barrio’s Junior Council, enjoy dancing and cocktails into the wee hours of the night.

 

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: TOWNHOUSE IN THE SKY

If you’ve ever dreamed of occupying a designer multi-level home with its own yard, four bedrooms, three baths, three wood-burning fireplaces, and a gorgeous elliptical stairway – all in New York City, this Midtown Manhattan home was made for you. The proverbial “deluxe apartment in the sky” becomes reality as you can see the clouds float above you through atrium windows that crown the signature cathedral ceilings found in almost every room, including the bedrooms, and al fresco entertaining from dining under the stars to a sun-splashed lunch is made possible by your own private terrace. To say the gorgeous green space with its own custom lighting and watering systems, and iconic views of the New York City Skyline is an urban oasis would be an understatement. Inside brags more style than the runways during fashion week with an understated yet dramatic loft-sized living room with a stone fireplace and a dining room built for twelve with magical views of the sky from  glorious glass-topped cathedral ceiling. Tranquility abounds in a master suite complete with a wood-burning fireplace and a custom en suite, marble master bath, and in an equally as serene guest suite with another wood burning fireplace and floor to ceiling windows. As if we weren’t already weak in the knees, the crown jewel of this residence shows itself as a massive super-suite with soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling custom bookshelves that is currently configured as a multi-use media/game room and library.

Click here to learn more about this Townhouse in the Sky.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: INDUSTRIAL CHIC

French industrial chic meets downtown cool in this meticulously renovated two bedroom Prewar cooperative located in a full-service doorman building on a prime tree-lined block in Greenwich Village. A wide entrance gallery beckons your stellar art collection as it opens to reveal a perfectly proportioned living and dining area decorated with high beamed ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, brilliant southern light from a wall of classic casement windows and custom details such as re repurposed wood bookshelves, hand-crafted steel cabinetry, and organic rough-hewn window sills adding texture and warmth to an already timeless design scheme. Such razor sharp commitment to design and sophistication is no more evident than in both the gorgeous state-of-the-art windowed chef’s kitchen with polished concrete floors, endless custom steel and screened glass cabinetry, a zinc eat-in bar, abundant European-style under the counter storage and in the dramatic 8-foot steel screened glass door that opens to a striking windowed powder room. Every inch of this exquisite home has been carefully considered and curated with luxury and comfort in mind, from the pale grey-blue oak flooring, to the soothing milk-painted walls, to the original stripped wood doors with their antique crystal knobs, each material catches your eye and visually stimulates the senses and invites you to relax and forget the stresses of the world outside.

Discover more about this exquisite residence here.

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TIME IS MONEY

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

It happens all the time in the big city – at first sight you fall in love, you ignore your instinct and hesitate to make your move …  tic-toc tic-toc,  and then out of nowhere, someone swoops in and steals the object of your affection. 

And what’s worse than losing the apartment to another buyer is, when you look at the next batch of releases, in the same pre-construction building, you’d have to pay more to get an identical apartment!  Like $100,000 more, or $700,000 more.  It all depends on how much time you waited, and who was your agent.  

What I learned more than 20 years ago from a teacher still holds true today:  TIME IS MONEY!  She’d shout it out, with the words emanating from the back of her throat, just like Shakira sings, and she’d narrow her brows, because she meant it and she wanted you to believe the veracity of her mantra.  I believe it, I live it.

Here’s one concrete example at the newly-constructed 160 E. 22nd St., Gramercy Park, with a timeline:

March 15, 2012 (my daughter’s birthday), I photographed the empty lot and posted preliminary info on my blog site 

March 6, 2013 - By the time sales launched last spring, I had already secured an appointment at the developer’s sales gallery on behalf of my customer.

October 26, 2014 - the closing took place on Apt. 4B.

Now let’s look at the numbers, as verifiable on Streeteasy:

Apt. 3B sold for $1,482,990

Apt. 4B sold for $1,055,990

Identical floor plan, identical square footage, in the same building, so why did the buyers of Apt. 4B get in for $427,000 less than the apartment below?  Because they understood that TIME IS MONEY, and I was very pleased to represent them as their agent.

I monitor upcoming new developments at the earliest stages of construction, and before pre-construction sales begin.  Through my hard work, I’ve already paved the way to get you in early, and save you time and money.  I can help you get what you want for less, in a New York minute (but oh the reconnaissance I do in advance, like a real estate detective). 

To learn more about and for answers to all of your real estate needs, you can connect with me over email or visit my 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. 

WHERE TO SPOT FALL FOLIAGE IN NYC

It is a beautiful time of year, late September into early October when the leaves begin to change colors reflecting a vibrant, colorful bowl of fruit loops presuming the elements permit; and there is no place else like the Northeast to witness it. You might be surprised to find out that you can partake in this long-standing Columbus Day weekend activity right here in New York City. From Brooklyn’s lush and wide-open green spaces to hidden nooks and crannies of Central Park – here is your guide to Leaf Peeping in New York City, no car or binoculars needed: 

Prospect Park – At almost a quarter-mile in length, Long Meadow is officially “the longest greensward in an American urban park” with an infinite amount of acreage ripe with bright orange and red leaves atop Sugar and Red Maple Trees for your viewing pleasure. Elsewhere, wide open vistas of great color can be seen at the Peninsula and Lullwater portions of the park where Sour Gum and Sassagfras trees wait until the tail end of October to display an array of hues.

New York Botanical Garden – Don’t underestimate the power of this year-round natural sanctuary nestled uptown in the Bronx where 250 acres of woodlands in the Thain Family Forest boast the city’s largest patch of old-growth forest with trees dating back to the 19th century, and a wide range of species including oak, red maple, tulip, scarlet oak and Sweet gums with star-shaped leaves that turn red and purple throughout the season.

Greenbelt Nature Center – South of Manhattan lies 2,800 acres of interconnected open space at the Staten Island Greenbelt Nature Center where a whopping 35 miles of trails wind intricately through parks and woodland including the eight-mile Yellow trail that passes Moses’ Mountain with panoramic views of surrounding trees from atop the well known 260-foot hill. A perfect combination of oak, sweet gum, tulip, sassafras and red maple trees provide a fiery blaze of color, while on the other side of the Mountain clusters of red maple trees lie toward the 90-acre High Rock Park .

Green-Wood Cemetery – 478 acres of beautiful nature preserve and  arboretum are at your disposal to explore over 8,000 species of trees including New York City’s oldest sassafras dating back to 1838.

Alley Pond Park – A rare glimpse into New York’s geological past can be found in Queens at Alley Pond Park where numerous trails are decorated by almost 30,000 native hardwood species. The Tulip Tree Trail is just over half  a mile long making it manageable for almost everyone and moreover, the park is allegedly home to NYC’s oldest and largest tulip poplar called the “Alley Pond Giant” measuring in at a towering 133.8 feet tall.

Van Cortlandt Park – Over 1,000 acres and an estimated 80,000 trees make this Bronx spot ideal for leaf-peepers in search of oak, sweet gum, and hickory trees that display rust and orange colored leaves, and unmatched views from a 1.1-mile nature walk along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail .

Central Park  Download the official Central Park fall foliage map and make your way to Belvedere Castle, the undisputed best spot for panoramic views of the entire range of colors from Elm, Oak and Maple trees that are peppered throughout. Additional points of interest include the Conservatory located at 5th Avenue and 72nd street that reveals berry covered hawthorn trees, and the Ramble offers 38-acres in the middle of Central Park. Enter between 100th and 103rd Streets to continue your trek in the North Woods alongside the Ravine featuring brooks, various oaks, elm, red maple and black cherry trees.

Circle Line Fall Foliage Cruise – Up and down Hudson Valley lies one of New York state’s most bucolic and rustic scenery for the quintessential fall getaway that includes a half-day New York water taxi excursion to Bear Mountain area that allows you to enjoy a 360 degree backdrop from a Hudson River vantage point complimented by a rainbow of autumn colors that glisten off the tranquil blue water.

Inwood Hill Park – Sign up for a Fall Foliage Hike and discover numerous trails that wind through Manhattan’s last remaining naturally occurring native hardwood forest, known as Inwood Hill Park, where a certified Urban Park Ranger will guide you through paved paths and numerous trails underneath a blanket of fall foliage.

Fort Greene Park – This wide open space is one of New York City’s most celebrated parks, and is Brooklyn’s oldest major park where over 30 acres of grassy expanse is uniquely situated at the apex of a 148 foot Prison Ships Martyr’s Monument, surrounded by an arsenal of enormous London planes trees, stately elms, oaks, and glowing ginko trees with shiny, golden fan shaped leaves.

Wave Hill Park –  The changing colors along the New Jersey Palisades is a timeless experience and must be witnessed from Wave Hill Park, that at more then a century old remains as the crown jewel of Riverdale’s park areas. Take in calming views of the Hudson River and enjoy colorful foliage at its seasonal peak among the Gardens at Wave Hill where a myriad of trees serve as the cornerstone of the landscape. Dramatic rust colored leaves sway atop Bald Cyprus trees and low drooping branches hang from one of North America’s most attractive tree species, Tupelos.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: SECRET OASIS

At the crossroads of Prospect Heights and Clinton Hill stands a truly majestic building.  Once a seminary, this gothic-style structure has been reborn as a coveted and land-marked full-service Cathedral Condominium Building with a private, serene courtyard that was formerly included on the Brooklyn Garden Tour.  Enter the private front yard to discover breathtaking marble arches and soaring ceilings that welcome you into this very special home with 14-foot ceilings and sun-drenched rooms that include an open kitchen, living and dining room that makes for easy living and entertaining. A hand-crafted staircase leads up to a loft area that currently hosts  a beautiful master bedroom complete with an almost endless amount of closet space, while dramatic Gothic-arched windows adorn main floor bedroom; And, if you require even more space, continue on down the spiral staircase to discover an area ready to be transformed into a home office and den.  

To learn more about this secret Brooklyn oasis, click here

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BIG FLAVORS, LITTLE KITCHEN

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

If you are into Global food, entertaining without a sweat, or simply have a small kitchen but like big flavors - this one is for you.

A couple of weeks ago I received a dinner party invitation from a friend with the title A Taste of Two Islands.  The invitation read,

"…You will feel as though you just arrived on a Caribbean Island with these mouthwatering dishes right here in New York.”

We often rotate dinners between our families - and unless we order in, there’s always a challenge for the hosts to create a great meal and socialize.  This is especially difficult in small Manhattan kitchens that not everyone can squeeze into.

It turns out that my friend discovered this interesting website called Kitchensurfing.com  and wanted to test it out on us.   The concept is simple.  On the website, you get paired up with a private chef who comes to cook for you in your home.  It’s all done in a few easy steps: choose cuisine, choose a menu from the chef of your choice, and use their website to send an invite to your friends.   No need to worry about the cooking (or food shopping); You can sit back, catch up with your friends and family while enhancing the aromas coming from your kitchen.

The chef comes to your house with groceries, cooks and, the best part, cleans up the kitchen afterwards (you still need to do your own dinner dishes) while you are enjoying the company of your friends and family.

In our experience, everything was prepared from scratch.  As far as the costs, it’s anywhere from $50 to $80 per person. The cost covers the chef, ingredients, cleanup and even gratuity. The events could be a big family dinner, meal with friends or simply a date night.

If you are curious what was on the A Taste of Two Islands menu, here is the list of the mouthwatering dishes:

-Stuffed plantain patty 

-Jamaican jerk chicken

-Trinidadian curry chicken

-Turmeric scented coconut rice

-Coconut corn bread

-Island style vegetable medley

-Pina colada bread pudding 

My favorites were the plantains, curry chicken and bread pudding - though all were tasty!  I’m not affiliated or promoting Kitchensurfing.com - and this being NYC, I’m sure that there are many wonderful and competing services out there.  I just wanted to share this delightful experience.

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

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

WHAT’S UP(TOWN) – MOVEMENT EDITION

By: Adrian Thompkins & Shebrelle Hunter-Green

Welcome to the latest What’s Uptown blog post about neighborhood happenings in Harlem and surrounding Upper Manhattan areas for the upcoming weekend of October 3, 2014.

What: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presents Fall Open House & First Fridays: Black Mecca, Collective Memory, “an opportunity to sample some of the exciting programs taking place at the Schomburg from guided tours and talks, to performances, live music and extended hours in our galleries, plus explore two new exhibitions.  In addition, a special Fall Open House talk will feature Jessica Care More, executive producer of Black WOMEN Rock who will speak on her experiences growing up in another black mecca, Detroit “Motor City” Michigan. Click here to RSVP in advance online.

Where: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd New York, NY 10030

When: Friday, October 3, 2014 from 6:00-10 PM

What: “Gallery Tour Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974-1989” Once again Target Free Sunday and the Studio Museum of Harlem offer children and adults alike an opportunity to learn about contemporary art in this first museum survey of Los Angeles-based conceptual artist, Charles Gaines’s early work. The exhibition will feature seventy-five works of art from the beginning of a career that now spans four decades. RSVP online in advance here.

Where: The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027144

When: Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 1:00 – 2:00pm.

What: “Hands On: Art-making with The Laundromat Project,”a community-based non-profit arts organization committed to making art more accessible.  Inspired by Charles Gaines’s collaborative Motion: Trisha Brown Dance (1980–81), this week’s program reminds us that sometimes, we are the art, both canvas and paint brush. Teaching artist Sydnie Mosley will assist in choreographing a short dance sequence! 

Where: The Studio Museum in Harlem, Workshop A, 144 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027144

When: Sunday October 5, 2014 from 2:00 -4:00pm 

What: As a yoga student for over 15 years now, I also recommend Parish Life Yoga Classes.

Where:The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027

When: Saturday October 4, 2014 from 8:30 – 9:30am and a beginner’s class from 10:15am – 11:15am

Adrian’s Pick of the Week: Okay, I’m biased since I am the proud papa of a Yorkie-Poo!

What: Feast of Saint Francis and Blessing of the Animals. This signature service, “the Missa Gaia (or Earth Mass) composed by Paul Winter and Paul Halley, brings together a massed choir of hundreds of voices, a dance performance by Forces of Nature, and musical performances by the Paul Winter Consort, all in celebration of the beauty of the animal kingdom. The event concludes with the Procession of the Animals, a silent parade of creatures great and small down the Nave of the Cathedral followed by an outdoor fair with information on socially conscious organizations, vegetarian-friendly food trucks, face painting, animal companion blessings and more musical performances the Mettawee River Theatre Company.

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

When: Sunday October 5, 2014 from 11am  - 4pm.

Connect with us on Adrian’s agent website and on Shebrelle’s agent website to learn more about the neighborhood, and for all of your real estate needs.

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

8 AUTUMN “MUST DO’S” IN NEW YORK CITY

With Lilyan Bell, Licensed Assoc. R.E. Broker in our Westside Office

The weather may be cooling down, but there are still a lot of fun outdoor activities to do in New York City. My son and I fill up our fall weekends with fishing, biking and trips on the Staten Island Ferry (just to name a few). I’ve rounded up eight “must do’s” for enjoying autumn in NYC—all of which are kid-approved: 

1. Pier I in Riverside Park South (off of West 70th Street) is one of my favorite spots along the Hudson River. You can fish off of the pier with your own gear. In the past we’ve caught baby blues, bass and even an eel!

2. Another great excursion is to go bicycle riding along the Hudson River Greenway on the Westside. This bike path extends all the way from Fort Tryon Park to Battery Park. I enjoy riding along the Greenway to the High Line with stops at parks along the way. Go to nycgovparks.org for more information on the city’s bike routes.

3. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a Manhattan institution located at Pier 86 in Midtown West (West 46th Street and 12th Avenue). Check out the Space Shuttle Pavilion, a missile submarine and more fascinating exhibitions all aboard The Intrepid aircraft carrier. This fall you can enjoy events such as Astronomy Night (October 4th) and Fire Department Appreciation Weekend (October 11-12th).

4. The vibrant foliage in Central Park just before the leaves fall is always breathtaking. Take in even more stunning sights from the Great Lawn and while going for a boat ride on the Lake. Tip: boating season in Central Park runs from April through October, so enjoy while you can! You can rent a row boat from the Loeb Boathouse 10am-5pm daily.

5. Spending a day at Central Park would not be complete without a visit to the Central Park Zoo! Kids can see all of their favorite creatures from mammals to amphibians, and participate in exciting events like Family Fun Day (October 12th). Tip: you don’t have to go to the zoo to spot animals in Central Park. We’ve enjoyed bird watching in the past. The park’s website offers a list of areas for spotting bird species in the “Things to See and Do” section.

6. Chelsea Market (75 9th Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets) is a great indoor venue to visit when the temperature drops this season. Treat yourself to doughnuts from the Doughnuttery or goodies from the aptly named Fat Witch Bakery.

7. For the best photo-ops board the Staten Island Ferry from Whitehall Terminal at 4 South Street in Manhattan. The ferry is just a 25 minute trip to the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island, but along the way you’ll take in amazing views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan Skyline. Oh, and the fare is free!

8. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 5th Avenue) is not only for adults with a taste for fine art. The Met offers a slew of programs for kids from the hands-on “Sunday Studio” sessions to storytime in Nolan Library. For a lineup of family-friendly programs this fall go here.

Connect with Lilyan Bell over email or visit her agent website.

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

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: BROWNSTONE FOR A MODERN ERA

Welcome to a mecca of modernity in prime Park Slope. Located in a premier condominium building designed by world renowned architect Enrique Norten, this light-filled two bedroom home presents floor to ceiling windows all with southern exposure, a beautiful open kitchen, and a highly desirable split bedroom layout. The kitchen is a culinary delight and features marble countertops and is outfitted with an oversized sink, wine fridge, custom built-ins, double-door LG refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, plus a 5 burner gas range with vented hood.  The sun-flooded master bedroom continues the home’s sunny disposition, and is complete with an en-suite bathroom and oversized closets.  

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