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Choosing a Home Stager: 10 Things You Should Consider - 12/29/11 07:24 PM
By Donna Dazzo of Village Confidential While not every home seller and real estate agent believes in the power of home staging when selling a home, there are those who do, thanks to the proliferation of shows on television and real life success stories. So, if you have made the decision to hire a professional (and that is a key word, "professional") home stager, then what should you be looking for? There are a number of things you should consider: 1. Portfolio - every home stager should have a website (this in itself is something you should look for) where you (1 comments)
What is a Passive House? A New Benchmark For Green Building - 12/29/11 01:55 PM
Our team has recently been engaged as the exclusive marketing agent to represent the developers in the sale of the condos at the first multi-family Passive House to be built in the United States. For some of our potential customers, and perhaps those in the real estate community, this raises the question: “So what is a Passive House?” We thought we would take a look at the basics. According the Passive House Institute U.S.: “A Passive House is a very well-insulated, virtually air-tight building that is primarily heated by passive solar gain and by internal gains from people, electrical equipment, etc. (2 comments)
Preservationists Prep To Fight NYU Expansion Plans - 12/28/11 06:02 PM
By Kevin Korber of Village Confidential This month, Community Board 2 will hold a series of meetings to discuss the merits, drawbacks, and general logistics of the controversial NYU expansion plans for the south-east part of Greenwich Village. In preparation for the meetings, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation has released a series of renderings that they hope will convince residents to oppose the plans. The drawings aim to highlight the issues that the GVSHP have with the NYU expansion plans in regards to height restrictions and open space requirements. The GVSHP argue that lifting long-standing zoning restrictions in terms (0 comments)
290 Mulberry Street Goes Rental - 12/27/11 02:37 PM
By Kevin Korber of Village Confidential 290 Mulberry Street was one of the casualties of the credit crisis, and it has remained vacant despite being close to completion for some time. Now, Crain’s reports that the former condo project will finally be completed and go on the market as rental apartments. Originally conceived in 2008, 290 Mulberry Street was originally conceived as luxury condominiums; all apartments in the building were full-floor apartments with a shared terrace measured at 2,600 square feet. Reports had even priced the top-floor penthouse at $7.5 million. However, Cardinal Real Estate - the building’s developers - was (2 comments)
East 10th Street Historic District Closer to Reality - 12/21/11 11:54 AM
By Kevin Korber of Village Confidential EV Grieve is reporting that the hearing for a proposed East 10th Street Historic District has been expedited by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in response to Magnum Real Estate Group’s purchase of one of the townhouses located in the district. The hearing was moved up after the LPC had heard of Magnum’s plans to build a rooftop expansion on the townhouse. The building in question, 315 East 10th Street, was purchased from The Education Alliance, and Magnum intends to convert the building back to a residential space. However, a permit request was recently filed for (1 comments)
Greenwich Village Schools Unaffected by Zoning Changes - 12/21/11 11:25 AM
By Kevin Korber of Village Confidential This year, the Department of Education had started the process of re-zoning public schools in lower Manhattan, and the idea of splitting up Greenwich Village’s district, which contains P.S. 3 and P.S. 41, was seriously considered. Parents whose children attend these Greenwich Village schools were unhappy as they enjoyed the choice provided by the district’s unique borders, and they joined parents in TriBeCa in protesting the DOE’s plans. The protests from Greenwich Village appear to have been heard. DNAInfo reports that the final zoning changes have left Greenwich Village schools untouched. The approved plan rezones (0 comments)
XYZ:NYC Exhibition Opens at 10 Downing Street in Greenwich Village - 12/13/11 07:16 PM
By Kevin Korber of Village Confidential The No Longer Empty project, in collaboration with Australian artists Leslie Eastman and Natasha Johns Messenger, have taken over a vacant storefront at 10 Downing Street for an exhibition lasting through December. The exhibition, entitled XYZ:NYC, is a collaborative effort using mirrors, reflective surfaces, and other objects that play with the perception of space and light. The exhibition at 10 Downing Street features works such as a corridor designed by Ms. Johns Messenger which features various mirrors that reflect off of each other. Another work by Mr. Eastman uses a camera obscura lens to (1 comments)
Designs for New East Village Apartment Building Revealed - 12/13/11 06:00 PM
By Kevin Korber of Village Confidential The designs for Karl Fischer’s new East Village apartment building have been revealed. The designs, which were leaked to The Local yesterday, show an East Village apartment building designed very much in what has become Fischer’s controversial style: rows of full-length glass windows and glass-trimmed balconies with red-brown brick trim. The project, which is being developed and financed by Brody/Amirian, is being built with the intent of being entirely rentals, a rarity among new developments. However, this new East Village apartment building, like seemingly all of Fischer’s projects, does not come without controversy. Fischer’s new (0 comments)
No Affordable Housing For St. Vincent’s Hospital Site - 12/13/11 12:52 PM
By Kevin Korber of Village Confidential Among the many objections over the redevelopment of St. Vincent’s Hospital in the Village is the protest that a new development would not include any affordable housing. That doesn’t look to change any time soon, as TheRealDeal reports that developer William Rudin has not made any plans for affordable housing to be included in the project, despite pressure from community leaders to make affordable housing available. Rudin claims that the cost of purchasing and redeveloping St. Vincent’s Hospital, which reportedly ran up to $1 billion, would make the inclusion of on-site affordable housing unfeasible. (0 comments)
10 No Cost Ways to Improve a Home For Sale - 12/03/11 11:14 AM
By Donna Dazzo of Village Confidential Staging a home for sale, or even sprucing one up that's not on the market, doesn't mean money has to be spent. Here are ten things you can do that won’t cost you a dime: 1. Curb Appeal Enhancement - first impressions are critical, and curb appeal, or lack thereof, is the key. If you are lucky enough to own a townhouse in the city, sweep away leaves and debris, hose down (or power wash) the exterior, clean windows and store garbage cans neatly. In a suburban environment, make sure you mow the lawn, (2 comments)
More Roadblocks for 145 Perry Street in the West Village - 12/03/11 09:57 AM
By Kevin Korber of Village Confidential Currently, 145 Perry Street in the West Village is the location of a beige, two-story building that developers have been trying to repurpose into something else. The most notorious plan in recent years was proposed by developer Scott Sabbagh: a seven story hotel on the corner of Perry and Washington Streets. That proposal did not go over well with West Village residents, and the size of the hotel was first reduced to include townhouses in the development, and then it was abandoned altogether after the neighborhood was re-zoned to prevent anything but residential structures from (1 comments)
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