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TEN HIDDEN GEMS OF WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN

With Ari Harkov and Warner Lewis, Licensed Assoc. R.E. brokers in our Village Office and partners in The Harkov-Lewis Team

Ari: In 2007 my wife and I moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn. We absolutely love Williamsburg and have made Brooklyn our home ever since.

Warner: I’m a third generation Manhattanite who never thought to leave until I found a great apartment at The Edge—a condominium building on Williamsburg’s East River waterfront. Since then, I have never looked back. 

Here are our top 10 best kept secrets of Williamsburg:

1.  For your own European getaway in Brooklyn, dine in the magical outdoor garden at Aurora (70 Grand Street). This ivy-covered restaurant serves rustic Tuscan fare including handmade pastas and cheeses imported from Italy

2.  The Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Avenue at N. 11th Street) is one of most buzzed about spots on this side of the river. The building was an abandoned factory built in 1901 before its transformation into a chic hotel and nightlife venue. The Ides Bar on the sixth floor offers unbeatable views of the neighborhood and the city skyline from its terrace. At the base of the hotel is a restaurant called Reynard—another incredible space with exposed brick walls and wooden beams on the ceiling.

3.  Pilgrim Surf + Supply is an unlikely neighborhood gem located at 68 N. 3rd Street. The shop sells surfboards and casual apparel that fits the Williamsburg aesthetic.

4.  Only in Williamsburg will you find Mexican cuisine at a former 1950’s diner. Café de La Esquina (225 Wythe Avenue) operates in a space previously occupied by the Wythe Diner, and also has a Taqueria next door with take-out service and a garden with outdoor seating.

5.  Dépanneur(242 Wythe Avenue at N. 3rd Street) is so much more than a deli. The shop makes great sandwiches and sells jarred goods, candies, kitchen accessories and more.

6.  Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue) is a very unique theater in Williamsburg where you can sip on cocktails and dine on quirky dishes (e.g. Frito pie, bangers & mash) while watching Indie films.

7.  For authentic Moroccan fare head to Café Mogador at 133 Wythe Avenue. The restaurant is an outpost of its East Village flagship, which has been around for 30+ years.

8.  Bakeri (150 Wythe Avenue) makes amazing breads and pastries, and also serves breakfast plates and sandwiches. Insider tip: Bakeri is cash only.

9.  Sprout Home is a home and garden shop located at 44 Grand Street. Aside from selling floral arrangements and gardening essentials, the shop also offers classes to inspire urban gardeners.

10.   Shameless plug:  grab a drink at Donna Cocktail Club—a bar that we co-own. Tucked away in the South side (27 Broadway), Donna has won many awards and slings the best cocktails in Williamsburg.

To connect with Ari and Warner and to view their Williamsburg listings visit their team website

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

 

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: SUNNY VIEWS FROM THE 11TH FLOOR

Pull up a seat to this expansive granite counter top island in the middle of a wide open kitchen located inside the sun-flooded condominium home. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner – meals will be infinitely more enjoyable when almost 2,000 square feet of interior space on the 11th floor present views of the Hudson River and Hoboken all around you through a seamless wall of windows outlining the kitchen, living and dining room areas. Throughout the corner unit you’ll find 2 bedrooms each with custom built-ins for easy storage solutions, and the master suite reveals a five-fixture limestone bathroom with all the necessary trappings to pamper yourself from a double vanity to a luxurious soaking tub and separate shower.

Located in one of Hoboken’s premier condominium buildings, Maxwell Place residents can enjoy a 24 hour concierge service, two rooftop pools, multiple BBQ areas and courtyards featuring priceless panoramic views of New York city, in addition to shuttle service both to and from the nearby Hoboken PATH.

Click here to learn more about this condominium home

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HAPPY FIVE YEARS, CONNECTICUT!

Time flies when you are having fun! Thank You to All of our Connecticut Agents for driving our Record Breaking Success in the five years Halstead Property has been in Connecticut! Here’s to the next five and beyond!

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EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: PICTURE PERFECT PENTHOUSE

This triplex penthouse with a private rooftop terrace combines old-world charm with modern elegance inside a house that is nearly two centuries old on a bucolic tree-lined street in the heart of Chelsea. The apartment has a total interior footprint of approximately 1,500 square feet, and its most prominent feature is a remarkable 300 square foot private and planted rooftop terrace joined with the indoors via a wall of sliding glass doors to create a virtually seamless 600 square foot indoor/outdoor space that offers unparalleled open views above Chelsea’s landmarked Historic District, and a sweeping panorama of Midtown and the New York City skyline. Three-floors of interior living space currently present 3 total baths and 2 bedrooms with configurations to add additional windowed-rooms, and the  bathroom on the top floor features large double doors and a skylight inviting you to take a bath in the oversized tub while enjoying the view out across your private terrace of the Empire State Building.

Click here to discover more about this extraordinary Penthouse property. 

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Never Hurts to Be First in Real Estate

By: Perry Roth, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Halstead Property Westside Office. 

You cannot contain your excitement. You just went to the first open house of a gorgeous two bedroom condo on the Upper West Side that is clearly your DREAM HOUSE,  and the beautiful building has an amazing gym and spectacular roof deck to boot. Furthermore, after carefully doing your homework with your broker, the seller’s asking price is not too ridiculous, just slightly above what comparable apartments in the neighborhood have been going to contract at. You really want the apartment, but you do not want to appear too eager, so wouldn’t it be a great idea to wait a couple of weeks and maybe look at a couple of other units in other buildings to feel more secure?

Well, you would be absolutely wrong. Just like you never forget your first true love in life, a seller never forgets, and tends to be very loyal, to her first true offer, provided that it is a reasonable and well qualified offer. For instance, let’s say the two bedroom condo goes to market at a pretty reasonable price of $2 million. You submit a well qualified offer of $1.95 million putting 50% down in cash, but you waited 10 days after it hit the market. In the meantime, the seller received an offer of $1.95 million the first day his apartment hit the market, but the buyer is only willing to put 30% down. So you think you are in a stronger negotiating position for the apartment? Well, you be dead wrong. The seller has had a full 10 days to become emotionally invested in the first offer. The seller likes the $1.95 million offer (he did not think his apartment would sell for more than $1.9 million based on the comp), but he would love to get $1.975 million. So what does he do? Most likely, the seller tells his first true love (first offer) that he will send a contract out to him for $1.975 million. If the seller feels a little nervous about the apartment appraising for its full value, or the first buyer’s ability to obtain a mortgage, he might also request that the buyer put more money down. In most cases, the seller will remain faithful to his first true love (first offer) unless he or she lets him down (does not do what is asked). So guess what, the first buyer gets a contract sent out to his real estate attorney for $1.975 million and only has to put 30% down. In the meantime, the poor neglected second buyer really wants the apartment badly, but is told by the seller that he already made a deal with his first true love, but will send out a second contract at the full price of $2 million in case his first buyer gets cold feet. You reluctantly say yes because you know where you stand in the pecking order.

Still think it pays to wait to make that offer?

You can connect with Perry and his team over email or visit his agent website to learn more.

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

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: WHAT A VIEW

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

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

Click here to learn more about this remarkable property. 

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE

By: Barbara Parks, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Halstead Property Westside Office.

I am completing a 10-day tour of Germany where I have met with several real estate brokers (translated to Immobilien in German), and I have been speaking on purchase and investment opportunities in New York City. I have been to Berlin, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf and Cologne.

Halstead Property’s Non U.S. Resident Investor Guide has been of great help in presenting specific information, and encouraging questions. It was well worth studying and presenting.

German “Immobilien”  Firms are fairly formal and the brokers are polite. The brokers, usually give you five minutes to get settled in their conference room before they enter, and always offer cold drinks, tea or coffee at the beginning of the talk. They listen carefully, ask insightful questions, and are always pleased to hear about New York. They believe it is one of the most exciting cities in the world.

Right now, the investment opportunities in Berlin trumped what we could offer in New York. One group of investors has recently purchased a 50-unit apartment building that returns 5-6%. on the investment. It is fully occupied. Rents in Berlin have been climbing recently. That being said, they continue to show interest in the diversification of currency and wish to receive our reports and listings. They are particularly interested in the Absorption Reports and the Quarterly Reports.

In Cologne, (translated to Koln in German)  and Dusseldorf I received a positive reception. Our discussion centered around the ways of convincing Germans to invest in New York. The key is the personality of the investor/buyer.  The brokers know that Germans can be somewhat risk averse, but that can be overcome by presentation of specific facts. All brokers have an interest in the Brooklyn market seeing the possibility of appreciation as well as immediate return on investment. And always, the diversity of currency is an issue. The dollar remains weak against the euro.

I always ask, “What comes next?” I agree to continue sending reports, statistics, and listings. I also state that the interested parties need to plan to stay at least one or two weeks in New York, obviously, to view properties.

As in the past, this trip has been stimulating and educational. Success? That will come.

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 Barbara Parks and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

QUOTE OF THE DAY - LOUISE PHILLIPS FORBES TO THE REAL DEAL 

September 1, 2014

Halstead’s Louise Phillips Forbes was interviewed by The Real Deal recently about the growing price gap between condos and townhouses in NYC. Forbes credits the surge in new condo developments as having “a run on our luxury market” resulting in seemingly affordable townhomes. As The Real Deal points out, single-family home prices are on the rise in the city, but are not increasing as quickly as prices of luxury condos. There are developers who are tapping into the city’s townhouse market by building townhouse units into new condo projects, The Real Deal reports. As Louise notes, such ventures appeal to buyers who are not interested in condo or co-op living.   

Read the full article here. 

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ECOLOGIC - THE PEOPLE MARCH

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

On Sunday September 21, thousands will assemble at 11:30 for the People’s Climate March.  Be prepared for crowds.  The event starts on 86th Street and Central Park West, continues down 6th Ave to 42nd street and ends on 11th Ave and 34th Street.  325 groups, including 350.org , Greenpeace and  World Wildlife Fund  have organized the public action to coincide with the opening of the UN Climate Summit.

Truth be told, the people are doing their part. New Yorkers  recycled 600 million pounds or garbage, almost 1 million pounds of clothing and ½ a million pounds of electronics and reusable goods.  Efficiency measures like thermostatic adjustments, switching incandescent light bulbs to CFLs and fuel efficient vehicles have curbed the rise of national CO2 emissions from 20tons per person in 2000 to 17 tons.  Still, on a per person basis, the U.S. ranks third (trailing Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates). Individuals plucking the low hanging fruit just don’t have the muscle to grapple with significant offenders like power plants which account for 40% of the CO2 emissions in the atmosphere.  

As a result of burning fossil fuels the planet is  on the edge of 5 major tipping points:  artic  melting, global temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius, ocean acidification, tundra methane release and CO2 in the atmosphere crossing 400 parts per million.  Horror shows on the weather channel are just a taste of potential disasters in the wake of crossing these red lines.  While it’s too late to turn back the clock on the amount of greenhouse gasses already in the atmosphere, the goal is to prevent a day after.  Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and environmental historian has noted “even if we do everything right at this point, 2 degrees is about as good as we can hope for.”

Since 1992, the U.S. has ignored carbon caps first proposed at the Earth Summit.  Locally, NYC is equally guilty of playing ostrich.   Some of the lowest-lying areas on the shoreline are slated for development.  Commercial revival in locations flooded during Hurricane Sandy s shows “Resilience.”  Resilience is not immunity and proving that a place can bounce back from an isolated event provides a false sense of security.  Fossil fuels are the basis of industrial society but carbon caps won’t pull the rug out from under civilization.  Currently viable energy options account for a 30% mix of renewables on the German electrical grid.  The problem is a shortage of wisdom i.e., the focus on the Keystone Pipeline to transport extracted tar sands that will exacerbate CO2 emissions as opposed to a pipeline for water from Canada to drought stricken California.

The People’s March is a call to prioritize.  Since the burst of collaborative energy in the 1970s brought about the Clean Air Act of 1970, Endangered Species Act of 1973 and Clean Drinking Water Act of 1974, the environment has taken a back seat.  Now stress on the planet has expanded the mandate from concerns about safety to concerns about survival.  Marchers in NYC on Sunday will be joined by groups in Rio, Paris, Deli and London to raise the banner for action  on the even of  the UN Climate Summit.

To connect with me you can contact me over email, or visit my agent website to learn more.

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

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: GRAND AND GRACIOUS

Nothing says welcome home like an entry foyer like this with a pair of stately pillar columns that give way to an exceptionally renovated apartment on West End Avenue. Grand living and prewar sophistication abound as your eyes wander down the hallway where a colossal great room and formal dining room area with massive picture windows and beautiful hardwood floors await your company. The 5 bedroom cooperative home also boasts a generously sized eat-in-kitchen with a lovely Juliette balcony for priceless old world charm.

Click here to learn more about this apartment located in a full-service Upper West Side cooperative building.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: BROWSTONE BEAUTY

Just half a block from Central Park you will find this calming city oasis where the scent of crisp, cool autumn air and warm afternoon sun beckons you to sit down and relax. The beautifully landscaped south facing garden lies on the grounds of a stately landmarked townhouse with easy-access from a creatively designed four room duplex on the Upper West Side with an open layout and hardwood floors throughout. Enter the garden level great room that reveals an open kitchen with romantic recessed lighting, and make your way to a gracious sized bedroom on the same level that is currently used as a den, while a lower level boasts two bonus rooms with direct access to the picturesque private garden that is decked for ease of entertaining, and is landscaped with trees and a rainbow of colored flowers.

Click here to discover more about this landmark brownstone home.  

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THE VIRTUAL RENOVATION ADVANTAGE 

Our very own Director of Web Marketing & Social Media, Matt Leone, appeared on CNBC yesterday to discuss the advantages of Halstead’s Virtual Renovation. This innovative marketing solution involves digitally performing a gut renovation and redesign of a space by adding new flooring, paint, furniture, lighting, etc. This could be done to kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms and even façades.  Essentially, we provide “before” and “after” shots of the home’s current state and its virtually remodeled renderings on halstead.com. 14 Leroy Street is an example of Virtual Renovation. In fact, CNBC filmed the segment on location at this West Village townhouse. Matt explains that virtually renovated images benefit buyers who struggle to see a home’s potential:

“There are a lot of clients out there that can see through that and have a vision and be able to buy property based on line-of-sight and see where it can be. But, there are others that can’t see through that.”

CNBC’s Diana Olick adds that this solution has proven beneficial to agents with international clients. Halstead.com also experienced 30% more traffic after unveiling these renderings. Virtual Renovation is similar to another marketing solution: Virtual Stager, which furnishes vacant rooms. At Halstead virtually anything is possible in marketing our exclusive properties.

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MODERN MASTERPIECE AT 23 BEEKMAN PLACE

Tucked away along the East Side of Midtown Manhattan is an esteemed enclave of historically grand old townhouses and stately prewar residential apartment buildings known as Beekman Place. Spanning just  2 bucolic blocks between East 49th and East 51st Streets on an esteemed, idyllic bluff overlooking the East River - it is one of the shortest streets on the island of Manhattan where due to the unique and secluded character has attracted a continuously changing roster of prominent residents, including Paul Rudolph, one of the most celebrated and innovative American architects of the 20th century.

The influential modernist and former dean of the Yale School of Architecture purchased a neo-Georgian townhouse at 23 Beekman Place in 1976. The now internationally celebrated structure is recognized as the most important modernist living space in New York City with an unmistakable three-story steel-and-concrete penthouse jutting out above the street. The present day exterior of Rudolph’s nine-story townhouse has remained virtually unchanged over decades of undergoing transformations and renovations, and while Rudolph completed only six buildings in New York City - 23 Beekman Place stands out as one of the artists most personal and experimental designs throughout his prolific career.

The now-famous and remarkable cantilevered penthouse earned two awards from the American Institute of Architecture and was described by architect-critic Michael Sorkin as,

 “one of the most amazing pieces of modern urban domestic architecture produced in this country,”

A structure of four interconnected levels of the penthouse are encompassed by cantilevered floors, mezzanines, bridges, floating stairs, steel beams, and pergolas. Furthermore, Rudolph’s obsession with reflective surfaces can be seen throughout, as he wanted natural light to pour through top-to-bottom with wedged mirrors and Mylar everywhere. From the foyer, you can see up through various slits and peepholes to the roof, while many of the rooms boast levitating stairs with light deflecting from every angle.

Halstead Property is pleased to represent the the three-floor duplex gem where wondrous East River views can be found among all the famed characteristics of architecture royalty, Paul Rudolph.

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Click here to see more of this legendary Manhattan residence, and visit the agent websites of Halstead property’s Joanne Rockett and Jeffrey Peckage to learn more.

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: LOOK AROUND YOU

Live like the Jeffersons’ once said, “movin’ on up, to a deluxe apartment in the sky…”  At thisstriking condominium in Murray Hill Kips Bay, you can see all around you from within the corner unit living room with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the entire New York City skyline. Couldn’t you get used to staring idly at iconic landmarks like both the Chrysler and MetLife buildings with tranquil views of the East River and Long Island City in your periphery? We sure could. It’s evident that the one-bedroom apartment has been meticulously maintained due to the shear beauty and noticeably quality of hardwood strip floors throughout, granite counter tops, maple cabinets and a luxurious marble bathroom.  A round the clock concierge and doorman are at your beck and call within this renowned full-service condominium building.  

Click here to discover more about this marvelous Manhattan condominium. 

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THE VALUE OF APPRECIATION

Episode 25 - By: Sara Rotter, Halstead Property Executive Director of Sales Downtown. 

During the day, have you ever thought - “Wow, I really appreciate that I don’t have an ear ache right now?” Huh?  You would if you had just gotten over one, wouldn’t you?

It’s normal that we do not appreciate things until they are taken away - comfort, emotion, health, something physical, or people in our lives.

Today I was given a beautiful antidote when I was challenged by a friend to write down 100 things that I appreciate in my life.

Sounds simple, right?  Not so simple after you get past the obvious - health, happiness, family, friends, loved ones, safety…etc.

By #78 I really started digging and something cool happened - the simple things came to mind that I often take so for granted or even get annoyed at when they are mixed with a negative experience – like the phone ringing off the hook, elevator not moving fast enough, or a shoe blistering my foot. Well, those are the very things I started feeling thankful for - the phone so I could call my loved ones; the elevator in my building that takes me up 24 floors day in and out; the ability to walk on the pavement with shoes. Simple. It hit me, and how timely- the day before September 11th, 2001- those very basic things were so cherished on that sad day.

The only silver lining to that day and every day is - appreciation for EVERYTHING- big and “small!”  How about - the ability to smile, living in a free society, diversity, love, music, phones, the sun, lights, flowers, books, photosynthesis, pets, clear skies, you name it!  And let’s not forget one of my favorites - our beloved, resilient, never sleepy New York City!

Offering all of the beloved souls & rescue heroes who departed too soon on 9/11 endless honor and appreciation as well as strength and love to their loved ones.

In their honor, I welcome you to take the 100 things I appreciate challenge. Please share your findings over email with me if you do!

Connect and network with Sara via email or on her executive profile page.

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

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