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The Dakota – Manhattan’s Upper Westside – New York City - 03/31/10 02:23 PM
The Dakota's exterior harkens to the North German Renaissance style of architecture, with its high gables, deep roofs, and a profusion of terra cotta spandrels and panels, dormers, niches, balustrades, and balconies. The layout and floor plan, however, have a strong French influence that was used in New York in the 1870's. Edward Clark, the head of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, commissioned the architectural firm of Henry Janeway Hardenbergh to design the Dakota, which took four years to build (1880-1884). Hardenbergh also designed the Plaza Hotel. The Dakota is built in a square shape that encloses a central courtyard, which (3 comments)
The Beresford - Elegant Upper Westside Manhattan Co-Operative - New York City - 03/29/10 08:32 AM
Three illuminated finials top off the towers of what is unmistakably one of the three grandest, most prestigious residential buildings on Manhattan's Upper Westside. The Beresford, The Dakota, and The San Remo, each have their own advocates who list the merits of their favorite. The San Remo is the tallest, and has the best location; The Dakota is the oldest of the three, and has a mystery about it; but the Beresford is simply overwhelming. The brass elevator doors have a dragon crested shield with a bear and the motto "Fronta Nulle Fides," which means "Place no trust in appearances." The (0 comments)
River House – Manhattan’s Finest Co-Operative Apartment Building - 03/27/10 12:15 PM
Designed by Bottomley, Wagner, & White, River House was built in 1931. The sought after Sutton Place community was mostly tenements when River House was erected, and created an unusual dichotomy of lifestyles. The wealthy residents could be swimming in the building's pool (while the odor of the nearby slaughterhouses wafted through the air), and watch the poor residents of the tenements swimming in the East River. The tenements and slaughterhouses disappeared long ago, and Sutton Place is one of the most highly regarded communities in Manhattan. River House remains the centerpiece of Sutton Place, and the Art Deco building is (5 comments)
The San Remo –Manhattan Upper Westside Luxury Coop Building – New York City - 03/25/10 09:38 AM
The twin towers of the San Remo has made it one of the most recognizable facades in Manhattan, and it has made guest appearances in more movies and TV programs than I'd care to count. Considered to be New York City's most beautiful apartment building, it has maintained its reputation as one of the most prestigious addresses in Manhattan. Emery Roth, the building's architect built this first of New York's twin towered apartment buildings by taking advantage of new zoning regulations in the area. He also designed the famous Beresford, and other buildings in Manhattan that have been declared landmarks. Unfortunately, (0 comments)
New York City - Manhattan's Upper Eastside - 03/23/10 03:48 PM
The Upper Eastside of Manhattan is the home of one of the country's greatest concentrations of individual wealth, due to the population density and high per-capita income. It's a diverse neighborhood that begins at 59th Street, and goes as far as 96th Street, from Central Park to the East River. Many famous families have called the Upper Eastside home, including the Kennedys, Roosevelts, Dukes, Astors, and Rockefellers. Boasting some of the best restaurants, high end stores, luxury hotels, private schools, and exclusive clubs, the Upper Eastside has everything it needs to cater to wealthy residents. New York City has seen some drastic (2 comments)
New Fannie Mae Guidelines Delay Manhattan Transactions - 03/17/10 12:24 PM
I was at a Round-table meeting yesterday with the Senior Risk Manager at Fannie Mae for Project (Building) Standards, a VP at Bank of America who is a Group Operations Manager, the Branch Manager of a large Midtown Manhattan branch of the Bank of America, and a transactional Real Estate attorney. They were trying to help a group of us understand the seemingly drastic changes in the approval process for coop and condominium buildings in Manhattan. Over the last few years, we have gone from being concerned about being the first broker to present the best offer, to focusing on qualifying our (2 comments)
A Glimpse at the Future - 03/12/10 01:49 PM
My crystal ball has a crack in it, and the image is fuzzy. At least that's how it feels when I sit down to figure out where the real estate market is headed. Every day we hear conflicting reports, and the prognosticators seem to change their minds regularly. The stock market roller coaster has not made it easy to determine where the economy is headed. So, that being said, I feel that the future is not as rosy as the spin doctors would like you to believe, but not bad enough to cause you to give up all hope. Here (5 comments)
NYC Real Estate Newsletter Archive - 03/10/10 10:57 AM
News Flash: My past NYC Real Estate Newsletters are now available online. In addition to insight into the New York and Manhattan Real Estate market, the newsletters include tips and event listings. If you would like to receive future issues, please click on the "Join Our Mailing List" link. (0 comments)
Kips Bay, Manhattan - New York Neighborhoods - 03/09/10 11:03 AM
Kips Bay is a quiet, understated neighborhood in New York, situated between Murray Hill and Gramercy Park on Manhattan's Eastside. One of the most notable residential properties is the I.M. Pei designed "Kips Bay Towers." Built in 1961, the complex surrounds a beautiful three-acre garden. Kips Bay is a diverse area, with several medical facilities (including Bellevue Hospital and the Rusk Institute), many ethnic restaurants; and is close to the Midtown Manhattan business district. Kips Bay was named for a Dutch settler named Jacobus Henderson Kip, whose farm ran north of 30th Street to the East River, and around a bay (0 comments)
Parkours in Manhattan - New York Style - 03/08/10 11:52 AM
Parkours anyone? I was recently in Central Park, and saw what I thought was a woman chasing a man; and he was trying to escape. They were climbing over rocks, running over benches, and running over the tops of railings. If he was running behind her I may have tried to do something chivalrous, but I came to find out that they were participating in a physical discipline called Parkours. Parkours is a French word, and it seems that the activity has a long history, and was first practiced, in France. The object is to overcome any obstacle that comes up (2 comments)
Open House Sunday 1:00 - 2:30 Fabulous Full-floor Penthouse - 03/04/10 02:47 PM
556 Third Avenue Penthouse E - The Aurora Condo offers a magnificent 3500 square feet whole floor penthouse home. This Model apt is built with exceptional finishes and quality unexcelled. Four bedrooms, a library, dining room, live-in quarters and grand windowed eat-in-kitchen.Exquisite unobstructed 360-degree views of the whole City including the Empire State Building and the East River.Oversized windows and eleven foot ceilings add to the drama of this exquisite penthouse home. An amazing loft like space, high in the sky!!This floor has four large corner balconies with 500 square feet of outdoor space for your enjoyment. Full AMX automation for lights (0 comments)
Hell's Kitchen, New York City - 03/04/10 12:48 PM
"When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way. From your first cigarette, to your last dying day....... " West Side Story is touted by many as one of the greatest musicals ever staged. The truth is, it was based on the real life drama during the 50's and 60's in the area of Manhattan known as "Hell's Kitchen." Hell's Kitchen is approximately the area from 34th Street to 57th Street, west of Eighth Avenue to the Hudson River. There are several stories about how it got its name, but delving into the history of the area will give us (2 comments)
Midtown Manhattan Pedestrian Mall - 03/02/10 10:15 AM
The experiment has been declared a success, and the pedestrian mall along Broadway is going to be a permanent enhancement to life in and around the Theatre District. Mayor Bloomberg announced that "Green Light for Manhattan" has achieved its goals of improving traffic flow and making the area safer for pedestrians. The mayor has received support for making it permanent from New Yorkers and local businesses. Business leaders in the area report that the increased foot traffic has been good for business. Reports show that taxi speeds in the western part of midtown increased by 7% since the project began, and (0 comments)
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