new york: Apple Store Renovation, 5th Avenue, Manhattan - 12/09/11 12:47 AM
Weighing in at a reported $6.7 million, the recent renovation of 5th Avenue's Apple Store, reducing the number of glass panes used from 90 to only 15. Additionally, Apple removed protective bollards, installed new pavers around the site, and reinstalled surrounding water drains.    Here's the before and after.   photo credit: The Corcoran Group photos   Apple Store Renovation, 5th Avenue, Manhattan, New York   Looking Good!
Big Apple Apple Store Opens Today in Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal Restored Rejuvinated - Still Spectacular
Grand Central Terminal Constellations Go Green
Apple Store Opens Upper West Side Apple Store … (6 comments)

new york: Empire State of Mind | Let's hear it for New York - 09/18/11 06:44 PM


These streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you. Let's hear it for New York!
An ode to New York City starring: Selita Ebanks, Karlie Kloss, Constance Jablonski, Jourdan Dunn, Daphne Groeneveld, Edita Vilkeviciute, Hailey Clauson, Josephine Skriver, Zuzanna Bijoch, Shu Pei, Kristina Salinovic, Martha Streck, Toni Garrn, R'el Dade, Andi Muise, Ataui Deng, Chantal Stafford-Abbot, Kelsey Rogers, Ashton Phillips, Fabiana Mayer, Sabrina Nait, Sydney Edmonds, Claire Collins, Brenda Mutoni, Naoumie Ekiko, Sonia Niekrasz, Paris, Kaitlin, Lina, & Tian.
"Empire State of Mind" by JAY Z feat. Alicia Keys used with permission from Roc … (16 comments)

new york: Pop Up Chapels of Love - New York Making History on Sunday - 07/22/11 07:12 AM

Number of Couples Married on Sunday will be Highest in NYC History
Data Collected Since July 5th Shows Number of Couples Seeking to Marry on Sunday Could be Four Times More than the All-Time Single Day High in New York City.
This Sunday, starts an historic new chapter in New York State. Any couple, regardless of sexual orientation, can be married in New York and have that marriage recognized by the state they call home.
From the very start, this has been an issue of equality, fairness and respect. It has been about recognizing that all of us are equal … (7 comments)

new york: Love Love. Hate Hate. Celebrate Diversity and Condemn Hate Crimes - 10/15/10 02:19 AM
Mayor Bloomberg and City council speaker Christine Quinn launched the Love Love. Hate Hate. public service advertising campaign to celebrate diversity and condemn hate crimes in New York City.
Starting October 22nd, print ads will be placed at 100 bus shelters and 100 phone kiosks throughout the five boroughs, all either donated or from within the City’s existing inventory. A video will air on two of the City’s television channels – NYC Life and NYC Gov – and on television screens in New York City taxis.
NYC & Company is producing the materials, and the Mayor’s Office of Media … (15 comments)

new york: Speechless Sunday, Leaking Water Tower - 10/11/09 10:25 AM

In the 1800s, New York City required that all buildings higher than six stories be equipped with a rooftop water tower. This was necessary to prevent the need for excessively high pressures at lower elevations, which could burst pipes. Today the towers have become fashionable in some circles. As of 2006[update], the neighborhood of Tribeca requires water towers on all buildings, whether or not they are being used.
 
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new york: Go Green for St. Patricks Day: Green Resources / Services - 03/16/09 01:36 PM

Green Resources / Services
New York Energy Smart
New York Department of Environment Conservation: Green Building Initiative The US Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Environmental Data Resources, Inc. - provides environmental risk information services for real estate transactions. Association of Energy and Environmental Real Estate Professionals - provides educational resources for real estate professionals. EnergyStar EcoBusiness Links - sustainable real estate listings and services. Listedgreen.com - an MLS for sustainable housing. Planet Green- advice on how to go green when buying a home. Green Living Ideas National Geographic Green Guide
 
Related Green Blog Posts: … (5 comments)

new york: Leona Helmsley: Hotel and Real Estate Queen dies - 08/20/07 11:49 AM
Leona Helmsley, The New York hotel and real estate "Queen" died of heart failure today at age 87. Leonna was a succesful residential real estate broker before her marriage to Harry Helmsley the NY real estate magnate. 
Leona helped her husband run a $5 billion empire that included managing the Empire State Building.
Helmsley became known as the "queen of mean" when a former housekeeper testified that she heard Helmsley say: "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes," during testimony at a trial where they were being charged with tax-evasion.
In 1980's Leona became president of Helmsley Hotels, a subsidiary which including the Park Lane, St. … (7 comments)

new york: I LOVE NEW YORK - 06/23/07 06:08 AM

Few states or even countries can offer the diversity of locations and geography you'll find in New York State
While "Schools Out" for the summer, real estate in Manhattan is still "In", I love the beach the mountains and the Lakes of New York. Maybe I'll be able to get a way by the 4th of July. 
In the mean time I've been travelling through the state of New York the last few weeks without having to leave my desk. Through Localism and seeing many of the magnificent photos that activerain members have posted. I've taken a virtual vacation. Pictures are worth more than a … (30 comments)

new york: Manhattan market: The buzz from outside Inmans Real Estate connect in NYC - 01/10/07 02:53 PM
                                  
                                          The  Real Estate Market in Manhattan is HOT!
The buzz in the real estate industry this week is coming from Inmans Real Estate connect in NYC.  New media moguls like Craig Newark of Craigslist and Matt Heaton of activerain are at the conference discussing blogging, web 2.0, the latest trends and technologies and the future of the real estate industry at panels and seminars and parties.  
Right outside the Marriott Marquis in Hells Kitchen and from Washington Heights, to Harlem to Morninside Heights, the Upper West Side, Chelsea, Murray Hill, Gramercy, the West Village, Tribeca and throughout Manhattan there is … (9 comments)

new york: Selling Real Estate is an Art not a Science - 12/08/06 10:09 AM
Manhattan real estate has always been different. Over the years REALTOR® friends and colleagues from other parts of the country have been very sympathetic toward how we do business in Manhattan. They would say: "You have it so hard", "how can you make a living? " No dominant MLS, coops, coop boards, board interviews, buyer's financial statements, building financials, only attorney's can write contracts, accepted offers that don't mean anything, How do you do it"?
MANAR the Manhattan MLS is only about 5 years old and has about 15% of the market. The dominant board REBNY is a real estate board. They claim they … (45 comments)

new york: Landmark Living: Manhattan real estate in history/today A blog series - 11/26/06 09:27 AM
My last blog Starchitect Skyline was part of a series of blogs about Manhattan real estate in history/today. I wrote about the brand name glass tower apartment buildings of the new millennium that are changing the NYC skyline.
This blog is about landmark buildings from another era and other uses that have been transformed or are being converted to luxury apartments.
Old World Details - Meets Modern Amenities.
Famous hotels, landmark banks, insurance company headquarters, factories, hospitals and even a former Police headquarters have been transformed into luxury apartments that offer unique spaces. This trend in real estate is not only taking place in … (12 comments)

new york: Open MLS for the Public but still No Complete MLS for Brokers - 11/02/06 03:38 PM

The real estate board of New York annouced yesterday that it is developing a web portal that will incorporate all it's members listings in a public website. REBNY is the major real estate board in New York that all the major brokerages 318 firms are members but it is not an MLS. Member firms cooperate. There are brokers in NYC that don't belong to REBNY or MANAR.(The Manhattan Association of Realtors®)
 
The Manhattan Association of REALTORS® with 30 members and 25% of the listings is the only MLS in Manhattan already has a public website, it's members have IDX and … (14 comments)

new york: THE BROADWAY MALLS: The Centerpiece of Broadway - 10/15/06 10:10 AM

BROADWAY MALLS: The Centerpiece of BroadwayFrom 60th Street to 168th Street, lies a history filled median of greenery and flowers called The Broadway Malls. The Malls were established in 1904 and have been a New york City park since 1904.
Having lived on Broadway for the past 15 years, I've often admired the Malls and love how wide Broadway is with thousands of merchants and residents facing Broadway these 10.5 acres of parkland serve as our front yard.
Around this time of year Broadway is Light Up at Night.  The Broadway Mall Association with support from businesses and residents will illuminate fir … (0 comments)

new york: Appraisal Lending Ethics - 09/29/06 10:24 AM
This blog was inspired by Brian Brady. I recently heard from a lender that starting January lenders and mortgage brokers can no longer use Appraisers that they prefer, recommend or have a relationship with.
I didn't know if this was National or a New York State banking regulation specific. Brian seems to think it is just New York. I tried to research this on Google and came up with very little.
All I could find was a blog from Jonathan Miller of Miller Samuel a top Manhattan appraiser. In his Soap Box blog Jonathan has a blog titled NeyIrony: Responsible Lending defeated by irresponsible … (4 comments)

new york: 1997 Tax Reform - Great for Real Estate! - 09/25/06 08:10 AM
                                                   
The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 - signed into law by President Bill Clinton together with the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 is probably the most significant change in recent times affecting real estate. This law made some major improvements for Home Sellers, Property Owners and First Time Home Buyers. It simplified taxes for 99% of Homes sold in the U.S.
Since 1997 Home sellers are eligible to exclude up to $250,000 if single or up to $500,000 if married, of the capital gain on the sale of the residence. In order to be able to claim the … (1 comments)

new york: It's Best To Buy And Sell In The Same Market - 09/20/06 06:38 AM
 
In real estate it is very difficult to time the market. Markets go in cycles there are tops and bottoms. Bottoms are usually created by pessimism and negativity. Tops are created by “irrational exuberance"  
To quote Jim Cramer on CNBC's Mad Money “Bears make money – Bulls make money but Pigs get slaughtered." The Fed created the boom in housing by lowering interest rates then they ended it by raising interest rates to take “the froth” out of the housing market. Maybe they will change their mind again. 
When everyone is bearish based on sentiment rather than the facts, that … (5 comments)

new york: Manhattan Real Estate in history/today: 455 Central Park West - 09/17/06 02:27 AM
                   455 Central Park West "The Castle"
From A Cancer Hospital Built In 1887 To Luxury Condos Today - No Corners For Germs
In Sunday’s New York Times real estate column Big Deal by Josh Barbanel there’s an item titled Five Turrets, No Dungeons about a couple that recently bought and moved into their new $6.4 million turret condo at 455 Central Park West between 105th and 106th Street. 
Jonathan Miller from Miller Samuel appraisers said the prices paid for the turret apartments were the highest prices paid for a coop or condo north of 96th Street. Of 19 condos there are … (4 comments)

new york: Will History Repeat Itself? It Usually Does - 09/06/06 09:43 AM
During this past year the rental market in Manhattan has become very tight. Rents are soaring, multiple applications and even bidding wars have been going on. Many buyers gave up on buying and decided to rent instead.
Flash back 3 years ago. Landlords were offering 1 -2 months free rent, paying broker fees anything to rent their units. Ads were not pulling. No one was renting everyone was buying. It was cheaper to buy than to rent.
Rents are now skyrocketing. I have heard of landlords asking 20-25% increases in rent when a lease expires. Landlords used to increase 4-5% a year even … (8 comments)

new york: Manhattan's Last Frontier - The Hudson Yards - 09/03/06 05:30 PM
Rendering of Hudson Yards  http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/hyards/hymain.shtml
There is one last frontier available in Manhattan - Hudson Yards, the underutilized area bounded roughly by West 42nd Street and West 30th Street, Eighth Avenue to the Hudson River. 360 acres.
The Hudson Yards is owned by the MTA - The Metropolitan Transit Authority an agency of The State of New York. The MTA has had problems with capital. http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/
A pet project of former mayor Rudy Giuliani and current mayor Mike Bloomberg was to build a west side sports stadium. The MTA decided to sell the Hudson Yards to The Jets for $100 million for a Jets Stadium … (2 comments)

new york: Wells Fargo offering 40 year mortgage and Accelerated Ownership Plan - 08/23/06 04:33 AM
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage has introduced a combination of two mortgage products.
40-Year Mortgage
The  40-year Mortgage  option allow buyers to extend the life of their loan and lower their monthly payments. If they have not been able to afford the payments of a 30 year mortgage, a longer term may give them the chance to buy a home.
According to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage "the longer-term loan is a loan is well suited to homebuyers in an upper-end market. first-time homebuyers, buyers on a fixed income, those who are downsizing and those who are buying a second home or investment property".
Accelerated … (2 comments)

 
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