Greenwich Village Still Has Timeless Classics

 

So much of what makes NYC, NYC has been taken over by bank branches, Duane Reade drug stores and Sephora.  Nobody wants to live inside a shopping mall, but that’s what a lot of NYC is turning into.  Thankfully, areas like Greenwich Village still have a lot of charm and history to offer and we need to support those who still do business there, the cafes, the shops, all it it.  I caught this recent article on one such place that I want to share with you here.  Caffe Reggio is such as place.  They claim to be the firstT shop to bring the Italian Cappuccino to America.  Check them out, then come on by my listing at 100 West 12th St in the heart of Greenwich Village, take a look, make an offer, live the Village life.  Full Gothamist article.

Barry Diller’s Pier55 gets the green light

Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg's Pier 55

Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg’s Pier 55

I’m so very excited to see the rendering of Pier 55 which was green lit for NYC’s Hudson River Park.  I can remember when Hudson River Park began.  It was an ambitious project which began all the way downtown in Battery Park City and ended a few blocks up just north of The World Financial Center in the mid 1980s.  Hudson River Park now runs up the entire West Side Highway beyond 133rd Street towards The George Washington Bridge.  Amazing!  The park has completely transformed the West Side of Manhattan including my neighborhood Hell’s Kitchen and The Hudson Yards which butts right up to the park.  I go to it all the time to just sit and read, enjoy the river, ride my bike, relax.  The following article announcement appeared in Crains New York Business today.  Take a read.

The site of the future 2.7-acre Hudson River park funded by Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg has cleared its final regulatory hurdle, the Hudson River Park Trust announced Wednesday.

Construction of Pier 55, as the park-on-a-pier will be known, is now expected to begin this summer, the trust said.  The park will include grassy hills.. [read full article]

Tuxedo Park – Beautiful Homes, Low Prices, Close to NYC, Endless Nature

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Tuxedo Park, NY home of 1stdibs.com founder Michael Bruno.

Just 35 miles from New York City there quietly sits a nationally registered landmark area rich in history, incredible homes and acres of natural beauty – Tuxedo Park, New York. Yup, that’s where the name for the fancy penguin suit originates from, too.  It was love at first sight for 52-year-old Michael Bruno founder of the antiques, jewelry and fashion website1stDibs.com.  He just can’t seem to resist (or believe) all that Tuxedo Park has to offer.  “The real estate here is so reasonable it’s like playing Monopoly,” he says.  The area was the first gated community in the U.S.  Check out this fabulous NY Post article about Michael Bruno and a short on the area with some great vintage film and a bit of history. If you want to check out a beautiful 4,000 square foot Italianate home which sits on  6 beautiful private acres in the heart of Tuxedo Park, click here now!  It’s a gem for under $1M.  It would be worth the drive out from NYC.  While you’re there, grab a cocktail at the The Tuxedo Club next to Tuxedo Lake.

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Future of NYC Real Estate

Future of NycThe Hudson Yards Culture Shed, a yet-to-be-built arts and performance space at 10 Hudson Yards, just might wind up being the Batmobile of buildings. Dormant, it’s a glassy fortress. Animated, it will be able to extend its wings so-to-speak by sliding out a retractable exterior as a canopy.

The design is a window into the future of New York City construction — and the role technology will play. This isn’t to say that a fleet of moving buildings will invade New York anytime soon, but the projects of the future will be smarter, more adaptive and, of course, more awe-inspiring.  [FULL ARTICLE – THE REAL DEAL NYC]  [MY SOTHEBY’S PROFILE]

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NYC Subway Enters 21st Century

 

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As a New York City real estate agent, I’m all about New York which also means, I take the subway a lot.  So, when I see an article about improvements to one of the busiest transit systems in the world (6 million passengers a day!), I want to read it and share.  Looks like we’re finally getting the love we deserve underground.

From Curbed NY (Jan 8, 2016)

Governor Andrew Cuomo already revealed plans to improve Penn Station and the Javits Center this week, so why not throw the entire subway system on top of that, too? As part of the governor’s State of the State initiative, Cuomo detailed a plan of action for the MTA today (at the New York Transit Museum, no less) that includes big changes; namely, that more countdown clocks are coming sooner than expected, all subway stations will have Wi-Fi soon, and contactless payment will be a reality by 2018.  [ Read full article, Curbed NY ]

Union Square Life

 

When Victoria Baradi Anderson moved into the Union Square neighborhood in 1998, she was attracted to its central location and easy subway access. “I was single and enjoying the night life,” she said. After graduating from college and living with her parents for a year, she bought a studio on East 14th Street for less than $100,000. There was little in the surrounding streets that appealed to her, including the 3.6-acre park that gave the area its name and “was not as nice as it is now,” she said. [full article]

If you’re interested in living in the Union Square area, check out my listing which is right off the park on E15th.

Towers Star at Silvercup Studios

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Remember Silvercup West, the massive three-tower extension of Long Island City’s famed film and television production studio? Probably not. That’s because chatter of the undertaking has been on the outs for the past, oh, six years. But now, Queens Courier andQ’Stoner report that the $1 billion expansion is back on the table. The studio has filed special permit renewals with Queens Community Board 2’s land use committee [full article]