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CT MUST DO: Art to the Avenue Gallery

Contributed by Diddle McAllister, Licensed Realtor from our Greenwich Office

For the seventeenth year, Greenwich, CT will play host to the area’s finest “strolling art gallery.”  The Greenwich Arts Council presents the Art to the Avenue gallery, which turns Greenwich Avenue into a massive art-infused street festival.  Musicians and street performers will be on-hand as local art retailers and merchants line the street, showcasing their fabulous art collections.  The Gallery will feature the work of over 120 artists, and the art selected by the retailers remains in place through Memorial Day.

All the art on display is for sale, and a 30% tax deduction for the purchaser benefits the Greenwich Arts Council.  A complete Map/Guide is published listing all participants, so that individual shops, artists and locations are easy to locate.  For more information on the event, click here.

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 PROPERTY CONTINUES ITS STRATEGIC GROWTH

Official Statement by Diane M. Ramirez, CEO & James M. Gricar, President

It is with great pride to announce that Halstead has finalized the asset purchase of REAction International, a boutique sales and rental firm in Manhattan. Ellie Wald, the founder and a top-ranked broker, will be joining our Park Avenue office of Halstead Property effective immediately and will be working as a broker with a team of 6 outstanding agents who each bring their own extraordinary talents to the firm. In addition, approximately 20 fabulous agents will be joining Halstead offices depending on their neighborhood expertise.

Ellie has established a strong reputation in the real estate marketplace as a dedicated, innovative and international broker who goes above and beyond for his clients and customers. With nearly 14 years of real estate experience and having completed more than 1,300 real estate transactions, Ellie is an active member of the real estate community and he is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York. A native of South Africa, he grew up in Israel and came to the United States 15 years ago with $3,000 and a dream where he quickly delved into the real estate industry and became a top producing agent in Manhattan.  He started his own firm in 2010 which quickly grew to a considerable amount of agents. 

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

By: Adrian Thompkins & Shebrelle Hunter-Green

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

TEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT…THE APPLE BANK CONDOMINIUM

with Jill Sloane, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker at Halstead Property

1.   The Apple Bank Condominiums are located at 2112 Broadway between 73rd and 74th Streets.

2.   It was originally built as the Central Savings Bank in 1928. 2112 Broadway  is an 8 story limestone beauty that occupies an entire block.

3.   Built in the Italian Renaissance Palazzo style by Architects, Edward York and Philip Sawyer. York and Sawyer are best known for the NY Athletic Club, the NY Historical Society, the Greenwich Savings Bank on 36th and Broadway, many “house” structures at Vassar College, the Bowery Savings Bank, now home to Cipriani on 42nd Street (where we regularly hold our Annual Meetings for Halstead Property), and more.

4.   Apple Bank was founded in 1863 as the Haarlem Savings Bank. It acquired Central Savings Bank in 1981 and took over the “Apple Bank Building” which had already become a designated historic landmark building.

5.   In 2006, the building was converted to a condominium and 29 luxury homes were created on the top 7 floors. The homes ranged from 1360sf one bedrooms to 4055sf four bedrooms. The condominiums have their own private entrance and lobby.

6.   The Apple Bank branch still operates on the ground floor under a dramatic and stunning 65 foot barrel vaulted ceiling. The words “Industry”, “Thrift”, and “Prosperity” are carved into the walls. It is definitely worth walking into the bank to see, just once.

7.   The Apple Bank building is not the 1st bank-turned-condo conversion. The NY County National Bank at 14th Street and 8th Avenue and the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower in Brooklyn, now known as One Hanson Place is another.

8.   The amenities are 2nd to none in this condominium. There is a 24 hour doorman and concierge. The fitness center is located in what used to be the bank’s vault featuring 21 foot ceilings, state of the art equipment and a chandelier! Your mail is delivered to your own personal mailbox right outside your door. The Baseball Center NYC also operates a 15,000sf indoor facility in the building with an entrance on 74th Street.

9.   Stahl Real Estate Company is the holding company of the condo’s developer. They own the building and the Apple Bank chain which they acquired in 1990 for $174M. Stanley Stahl founded Stahl Real Estate in 1949. He was a real estate and banking magnate who owned the Ansonia, the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, the Brooklyn Trust Building and more.

10.   Currently on the market is a gorgeous 4055 sf 4 bedroom duplex with outdoor space for $10M, a 2200 sf 3 bedroom for $4,850M and a 1710 sf 2 bedroom for $4M! (as of April 15, 2014)

Be sure to check out 2112 Broadway, the Apple Bank Building as you are running to Fairway, Trader Joe’s, the Beacon Theatre or the 72nd Street subway station. It is just another Upper West Side Architectural gem!

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To network with Jill, you can email her, head to FacebookTwitter, or her official website.

Content of 10 Things are those of Jill Sloane and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

"The Game Changers of New York Real Estate"

Did you happen to see the feature story in this month’s Avenue Magazine presenting Halstead Property as the lead in their feature on the firms and agents on the top of New York City Real Estate.

The feature photo above displays (left to right) our Chief Executive Officer Diane M. Ramirez, Most Sales Deals Closed Award in 2013 Winner Brian Lewis, 2013 Listing Broker of the Year Louise Phillips Forbes, Top Grossing Agent of the Year for 3 straight years Richard Orenstein, President James M. Gricar, and EVP/Managing Director Richard Grossman.

Photo Courtesy of Avenue Magazine, April Issue

HALSTEAD PROPERTY’S STATE-OF-THE-ART EAST HAMPTON OFFICE OPENS

We are so proud to announce that our new corner office located at 2 Newtown Lane is now officially open for business as of today. We invite you to stop by, tour the new facility, and say hello!

If you are looking for a sale or rental in the Hamptons area, you can also view our recently released interactive version of our Hamptons Book by clicking here.

For more information about taking your business to the next level in East Hampton email our Managing Director, Anthony DeVivio at adevivio@halstead.com.

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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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.

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

UPPER WEST SIDE’S TOP PLAYGROUNDS FOR KIDS

By Lilyan Bell, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker – West Side Office and Devoted Mom

Because 9 is my lucky number, I’m sharing 9 fun playgrounds in NYC worth visiting because Spring is HERE ! It’s possible they are only steps from your door! The area I concentrated on the West Side ranges from West 50s to West 100s and Central Park West to Riverside Drive. So get ready, here are my top playgrounds for my son on the Upper West Side.

1. Elephant Playground

West 75th and Riverside

This playground is so much fun they have swings, climbing sculptures for kids under 4 years old and new renovated ones for the kids over 5 years of age. The elephant sprinklers are a hit and let’s not forget a gated sand box for tots! Bathrooms on Premises.

2. HiPPo Park Playground

West 93rd and Riverside Park

Wonderful squirting hippos, turtles, oh my. They even have trapezee swings that aren’t hard to reach even for a 4 year old! No more breaking your back lifting our loved ones! Tons of trees giving shade. They even have an arts and crafts indoor area that you can rent for parties!

And don’t miss the 91st Street rose garden just up the path, which bursts into bloom every spring. Bathrooms on Premises.

3. Heckscher Park

Central Park

Central Park’s oldest and largest playground connected to Umpire Rock. Tons of rocks to scale, tunnels, moats and bridges. You can stay here all day long. There is an area for the bigger kids and one for the smaller kids.  A huge metal slide and 2 tire swings adds to the appeal. Bathrooms on premises.

4. Tarr Family Playground

Central Park (W. 100th St.)

This playground has tunnels and slides, a net climber, a concrete maze and swings for all ages. Refreshing in the summer from the jets that shoot up with water and the playground even has a light mist for the adults!

5. Wild West Playground

West 93 & Central Park West

This playground has all wood structures. It’s all about the water channel that weaves through the play area in the middle of the park. There are slides, steps, poles and a tire swing.

6. Tecumseh Playground

West 77th street & Amsterdam Ave

One of our favorites! Features sprinklers, metal climbing sculptures of all different sizes, and even poles for those who dream of one day firefighting. This playground is attached to a huge yard so bring your skateboard, rollerblades, kickball, soccer ball and scooters. Bathroom on Premises.

7. Diana Ross Central Park

West 81st Street

Tons of sand and wooden sculptures to scale make this area stand out. Also on the premises are tire swings, double length slide, a metal tunnel slide and bridges. All of those child amenities leave them in imagination mode. Hoist the sails, this playground is a sure adventure!

8. River Run Riverside Park

82nd & 81st Streets

This is good for kids younger than 8 years old. The river runs through the playground which is a treat for the little ones. With the huge sandbox it feels like you are at the beach, perfect ages 4-8. This playground has tons of sun so on a hot day I would go at a certain time. Bathrooms on premises.

9. Adventure Playground

West 65th Central Park West

This playground has a stone pyramid slide. It even has a tree house all in the sand. It’s shady and has sprinklers adding to the fun! Across the way is a smaller playground for infants. It’s close to a food court, strawberry fields lawn for a picnic and bathrooms.

To learn more about the author of this post and to work with Lilyan, visit her website or contact her at lbell@halstead.com.

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Thoughts of this post are of Lilyan Bell and do not necessarily reflect official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC 

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