150 Myrtle Avenue, Unit PH3002


150 Myrtle Avenue, Unit PH3002

DOWNTOWN, BROOKLYN

2 Bed  |  2 Bath  |  Condo | 1,240 SqFt

Offered At $1,550,000


Glorious views span across the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges, and beyond. You are presented with these views every day in this updated two-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex penthouse in a full-service Downtown Brooklyn condominium.

From the sailboats in the harbor to sunsets over the Manhattan skyline, you will enjoy iconic vistas in this fantastic 1,240-square-foot penthouse. The apartment has floor-to-ceiling windows and soaring 20-foot-tall ceilings that frame your stellar views in the large double-height living room, while a large dining area stretches out before the open designer kitchen. Chefs will enjoy deep-stained custom cabinetry and handsome granite surrounding top-notch appliances including a hooded high-capacity gas range, Liebherr refrigerator, plus a built-in microwave, dishwasher and wine cooler. A well-appointed full bathroom and bedroom with walk-in closet complete this level, while upstairs, the full-floor master suite boasts another huge walk-in closet and a beautiful bathroom with deep soaking tub, separate frameless glass shower and double-sink vanity.

Updated fixtures and handsome built-ins abound in this well-maintained home. Smart home automation controls Nest thermometers as well as the recessed lighting found throughout. Remote control automated blinds allow for convenient transformation of the space when you want privacy and quiet space. Lovely Brazilian walnut floors pave the space, and the high efficiency in-unit washer dryer adds total convenience to this stunning Brooklyn penthouse. With 16 years left on the 421A tax abatement (expires 2035) and the ability to rent directly after closing, this breathtaking home is a superb opportunity for both homebuyers and investors.

Toren at 150 Myrtle Avenue is a phenomenal Gold LEED certified condominium building offering a long list of coveted amenities, including 24-hour concierge service; two-level attended parking; 2,000-square-foot fitness center with yoga room, indoor pool and sauna; a library lounge; a multi-level roof garden with outdoor movie theater; and a gourmet food market on the ground floor.

Located at the epicenter of vibrant Downtown Brooklyn, and surrounded by Brooklyn Heights, BoCoCa, Dumbo and Fort Greene, there is no better location from which to enjoy fantastic shopping, dining and entertainment. City Point is minutes away and features a Trader Joe's, Alamo Drafthouse and the Dekalb Market Food Hall (Brooklyn's largest food hall). Pacific Park (formerly Atlantic Yards) is well underway, and BAM and Barclays Center ensure year-round access to fantastic sports and entertainment. Travel anywhere in the city with ease thanks to A/C, B/F, Q/R, 2/3, 4/5 and G trains all within minutes of your front door.

City Calls On Artists To Add Flair to Construction Fences

City calls on artists to add flair to drab construction fences in two-year pilot program

POSTED ON WED, SEPTEMBER 19, 2018BY MICHELLE COHEN


On September 12, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs announced a search for applicants for a new pilot program called City Canvas, Archpaper reports. The program was designed to beautify New York City’s visual landscape by installing large-scale–and temporary–artwork on its endless construction fences and 270 miles of sidewalk sheds. The protective construction structures are an everyday eyesore for New Yorkers, but current building codes prohibit altering them. The City Canvas program circumvents that ban by allowing select artists and cultural institutions to add visual art to the visual affronts.

There are two main objectives for the new initiative. First, to improve the experience of strolling through the city’s streets for residents and tourists alike by turning the ubiquitous fences into beautiful works of art, and second, to increase opportunities for artists and cultural institutions to get recognized for their work and to create art that represents the surrounding community. Buildings Commissioner Rick D. Chandler said “If anyone can bring some love to the sidewalk sheds New Yorkers love to hate, it’s our city’s artists.”

Image via Welling Court Mural Project

During the pilot period, which will run for the next 24 months, the city is seeking proposals from at least one qualified nonprofit organization to install artwork on at least one ugly sidewalk shed/fence. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, October 12. Application instructions are available at the NYC Cultural Affairs website.

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302 2nd Street, Unit 7F


302 2nd Street, Unit 7F

PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN

1 Bed  |  1 Bath  |  Condo | 798 SqFt

Offered At $849,000


 

PRICED TO SELL QUICKLY!! Don’t miss this over-sized nearly 800 SF One bedroom CONDO in the heart of Park Slope. A gracious entryway opens to a large open kitchen with a custom designed island, top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances and Ceasarstone countertops. Enjoy ample storage throughout and brand new bamboo flooring. A bright living room connects to a private North facing Juliet balcony featuring open city views. Bathroom has a deep soaking tub cherry cabinetry. Comes complete with central air/heat and an in-unit washer and dryer. Low common charges and a 25 year tax abatement in place until 2033 makes this an excellent home or investment. 

The Crest is a modern condominium building offering residents a full-time superintendent, outdoor patio with free wifi, fitness center, video intercom system, package room and indoor parking garage with ZipCars. Located at the corner of 2nd Street and 4th Avenue, this home is at the epicenter of desirable Brooklyn living with the attractions of Park Slope, Gowanus, and Prospect Heights all nearby. The Park Slope Food Co-Op and Gowanus Whole Foods make shopping for great food a snap, and Brooklyn's best dining and nightlife line the nearby streets. The Old Stone House & Washington Park is on the next block, and massive Prospect Park, just five blocks east, offers acres of unbeatable outdoor space, farmers' markets and more. Transportation is a breeze with F, G and R trains all within reach. Zoned for PS118

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Monthly Update - September 2018

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The Battle for Listings — Who’s Winning the War? Not the Buyers ...

 

Last summer, one of New York City’s leading real estate listing sites — Zillow’s StreetEasy — substantially changed several key features of its business model that it had previously touted as central to their primary vision. Initially, in a push to provide consumers with more truthful and factual data in an industry rife with shady, bait-and-switch practices, StreetEasy had prided itself on publishing only exclusive listings. A policy which made it easy for the consumer to reach the listing agent directly.  

In July 2017, however, that all changed. The website began to charge agents to list rentals, and they launched the highly controversial Premier Agent feature. With Premier Agent, any agent could position their own name on any listing — ahead of the actual exclusive listing agent —  by buying the exposure. It’s a pure pay-to-play scheme that makes StreetEasy a complicit part of the bait-and-switch industry they once railed against. Almost overnight, the number of rental listings dropped significantly and so did the sale listings.

Now, a year later, we wanted to see if StreetEasy has rebounded. With the help of the Compass data mining team, we checked in on the website’s current listing volume, and it would seem that StreetEasy never came back. According to our numbers (see figures below), StreetEasy rentals have dropped 37 percent from last year, and sales listings have dropped 38 percent. Even accounting for changes in year-over-year inventory, this is a substantial decline.

In this rapidly changing buyers’ market, it’s crucial that buyers have access to all available inventory to make the bet, most informed choices. If they’re working without a buyers’ agent and relying on a site like StreetEasy, they’re missing out on almost 40 percent of the inventory out there.

Buyers must secure the services of a quality, honest and knowledgeable agent quickly and before they make offers! Agent-to-agent sales account for over 95 percent of all transaction in New York City, and with StreetEasy’s clear abandonment of consumers in favor of profits, it’s more important that ever to work with a professional agent to help you navigate these waters again!

 

Rentals:

  • StreetEasy rental inventory in July 2017, prior to rental policy change

    • 15,534 Manhattan Apartments For Rent

    • 10,722 Brooklyn Apartments For Rent

    • Total: 26,256

  • StreetEasy rental inventory in August 2018, one year after rental policy change

    • 10,359 Manhattan Apartments For Rent

    • 6,170 Brooklyn Apartments For Rent

    • Total: 16,529

A decline of 37 percent since July 2017

Sales:

  • StreetEasy sales inventory in July 2017, prior to Premier Agent

    • 11,841 Manhattan Sales

    • 5,708 Brooklyn Sales

    • Total: 17,549

  • StreetEasy sales inventory in August 2018, one year after Premier Agent

    • 6,941 Manhattan Sales

    • 3,958 Brooklyn Sales

    • Total: 10,899

A decline of 38 percent since July 2017

 

Source: Compass Listings Department


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Just Listed: 447 West 45th Street, Unit 7E


447 West 45th Street, Unit 7E

HELL'S KITCHEN, MANHATTAN

1 Bed  |  1 Bath  |  800 SqFt

Offered At $3,800 (No Fee)


Description:

 

Experience sophisticated luxury living inside this over-sized one-bedroom home, on the penthouse floor of a boutique elevator condo building. Apartment 7E has been expertly renovated to perfection – with finishes and attention to detail that far exceed those of most other units in the neighborhood.

Pass through the formal entryway and you are greeted with a bright and spacious living room, perfect for entertaining friends or just relaxing. Beautiful open northern city views and even a skylight complement the warm colors of the home. Off to the side is the large chef’s kitchen, upgraded with top-of-line stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry. Continue on to the spa-like bathroom and king-sized bedroom, with tree-top views and a large walk-in closet. 

The Clinton Club, at 447 W. 45th Street, is an intimate seven-story building with video intercom system, private park/garden that's exclusive for residents, on-site laundry facility, and prime location on a tree-lined block in the exciting Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.

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What State Offers The Biggest Bang For You Buck? In NY The Relative Value of $100 is $86.51

A $100 in New York State has a real value of just $86.51, according to a report released this week by the Tax Foundation, an independent tax policy research group. And while New Yorkers know the cost of housing here ranks among the highest in the country and drives up the cost of living, everyday goods, including groceries, are also more expensive than most other states.

Somewhat surprisingly, the Empire State does not rank first for least valuable $100 but does fall in the top five. A Benjamin is worth the least in Hawaii ($84.46), D.C. ($86.28), New York ($86.51), California ($87.41) and New Jersey ($88.34).

On the other hand, $100 is worth the most in Mississippi ($115.74), Alabama ($115.47), Arkansas ($115.07), West Virginia ($114.16) and Kentucky ($113.90).

The group found that “real purchasing power” (the number of goods one unit of money can buy) is 34 percent greater in Mississippi than in New York. This means, if you have $50,000 after-tax income in MS, to afford the same standard of living in New York, you would need $67,000 in earnings after taxes.

But this makes sense, as states with higher incomes typically have higher price levels. Unless you look at North Dakota, where residents enjoy higher than normal incomes without the high prices. Is the bigger bang for a buck worth the move?

Even With The Current Rental Market Battery Park City Is Still The Most Expensive Zip Code In The U.S. To Rent In

Despite a year-over-year decrease in its average rent, Battery Park City ranks as the most expensive zip code for renters in the United States, according to a RentCafe report. In 2017, the average rent in this downtown neighborhood was roughly $6,000/month. And while it experienced a nearly two percent decrease this year, with average rent falling to $5,657/month, Battery Park City is still the not-so-winning winner. Not surprising but still bleak, 26 out of the 50 zip codes with the most expensive average rents in the U.S. are located in Manhattan.

Tribeca comes in second place for most costly rent at $5,226/month, an impressive year-over-year increase of 10.6 percent. Falling back from last year to spots four and five on the list include the Upper East Side ($4,856/month) and Upper West Side ($4,816/month).

Other pricey neighborhoods in the borough include Harlem, the Lower East Side, the Meatpacking District, and Chelsea. The only other NYC borough to make the top 50 list is Brooklyn, with its Brooklyn Heights neighborhood ranking 38th with rent at $3,702/month on average.

While Manhattan zip codes take up eight out of the top 10 spots on the list, the 90024 zip code in Los Angeles ranks third ($4,883/month) and San Francisco ranks sixth ($4,666/month).

RentCafe’s study, along with data from Yardi Matrix, collected apartment rent averages for every state and zip code in 130 U.S. markets, analyzing roughly 15 million apartment units.

See the full list from RentCafe here.

Meryl Streep Lists TriBeCa Penthouse for $25M

If we had to guess what Meryl Streep’s home looked like, our description would be pretty close to the serene interiors of her Tribeca penthouse, which she’s just listed for $24.6 million. According to Curbed, the three-time Academy Award-winner and her husband, Donald Gummer, bought the four-bedroom apartment in 2006 for $10 million, and they’ve now decided to sell it after buying a mid-century-modern home in Pasadena last December. Though Streep has designed the interiors impeccably, with a laid-back coastal vibe and contemporary art collection, what really sets this residence apart is the 10-foot-wide landscaped terrace that wraps around three sides of the penthouse. A secured elevator leads into a private vestibule and then to the sky-lit gallery. The open living/dining room is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. A modern wood-burning fireplace separates this entertaining space from a cozier library. Adjacent to the dining room is the super high-end and sleek kitchen. And off the kitchen is an office/den. The master suite has two separate baths, separate dressing areas, and a sitting area. The second bedroom also has an ensuite, while the third and fourth bedrooms share a bath. Before buying the Tribeca pad, Streep lived in a historic Greenwich Village townhouse that she’d purchased for $9 million in 2004. Last summer, her daughter, Mamie Gummer, also listed her NYC apartment, a $1.8 million two-bedroom co-op in Chelsea.

NYT Press: Battery Park City: A Resort-Like Community Built on Landfill

Battery Park City: A Resort-Like Community Built on Landfill

The cost of living may be slightly higher in this landfill neighborhood than elsewhere in Manhattan, but many residents say the benefits outweigh the costs.

By Aileen Jacobson     Aug. 15, 2018


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Once a landfill and a set of dilapidated piers, Battery Park City has grown during its 50-year history into a vibrant community that one resident recently likened to a resort or a cruise ship, and others to a bucolic suburb.

“It seems like everyone knows everybody,” said Glenn Plaskin, a journalist and author in his 60s who moved into Gateway Plaza, the neighborhood’s first residential complex, 33 years ago. He was looking for an apartment with light, a water view and low rent, he said, when a real estate agent suggested “this place way downtown, where nobody wants to live.”

His first thought when he arrived was, “Where am I?” he said. “It seemed like the middle of nowhere. Being here was like living on a houseboat.”

The area had few amenities or inhabitants at the time, but that has changed dramatically in the years since, in spite of the devastation caused by the attack on the nearby World Trade Center in 2001. These days, the neighborhood is bursting with stores, restaurants, parks and activities,” Mr. Plaskin said. “It’s just booming.”

The resort and cruise-ship analogies are more apt now: “This neighborhood has become affluent,” he said. “There are only pockets of affordability,” including apartments like his, which is rent-stabilized.

“I always say it’s a little bit like cheating to say we live in Manhattan,” said Martha Gallo, who arrived 35 years ago, after her father noticed the waterside community from his hotel window. “It’s more like a suburb. The parks are kept in glorious condition, and it’s well maintained. The streets are clean and there is no graffiti.”

Ms. Gallo, 61, an executive vice president at AIG insurance company and a board member of the Battery Park City Authority, which manages the community, married Chuck Kerner, an investment banker, six years after moving to the area. For $650,000, they bought a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom duplex penthouse with a terrace and a fireplace, where they raised two daughters, now 20 and 15. When the children were younger, she said, they belonged to a local sailing club, participated in an annual catch-and-release family fishing day and other free events in the parks, and often visited a duck pond and a park filled with whimsical sculptures by Tom Otterness.

Joanne Hughes, 48, and her husband, Paul Hughes, 50, who works in investment trust at a real estate company, moved to the neighborhood in 2005 because they thought it would be “a good place to raise a family,” she said. They now have two teenage sons and a 5-year-old daughter.

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They rented for the first year “to get the feel of the neighborhood,” Ms. Hughes said. “We loved it. Everybody was very friendly.” So they bought a two-bedroom apartment, and when that home started to feel “too tight,” they found a larger place in the neighborhood: a three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit on the 35th floor of a building with views of the Statue of Liberty, for which they paid $3 million.

“The public schools are excellent, and the air is fresh,” said Ms. Hughes, whose sons play soccer in neighborhood fields and walk to the local movie theater. The family eats at restaurants in the sprawling Brookfield Place (formerly known as the World Financial Center) or order pizza from a cafe in their building.

“We have people from all over the world living here,” she said. “The only thing we’re missing is a beach. If we had a beach, I’d never leave.”

What You’ll Find

Battery Park City’s eastern boundary is West Street, and the rest of the neighborhood, from Chambers Street to the Battery, is bounded by the Hudson River. An esplanade wraps around most of the waterfront.

The original plan was to create a 92-acre landfill — mostly with fill excavated during the construction of the World Trade Center — in an area that had been fringed by dilapidated piers, and build a mix of commercial, retail and residential buildings nestled among parks, which now cover 36 acres. In 1968, the Battery Park City Authority was created by the New York State Legislature to manage the area’s development, and by 1980, the first residences were under construction. In 2008, the City of New York leased Pier A and Pier A Plaza, on the southern end, to the Authority, so they are now part of Battery Park City, too. Today there are 30 residential buildings, and no new construction is planned.

“The neighborhood has been developed, and now we have a responsibility to maintain it,” said B.J. Jones, the authority’s president and chief executive. Some of that, he said, involves preventive work on the sea wall and underwater piles that hold the area in place. The authority also has its own security force and a conservancy branch that keeps the area clean.

Free activities — of which there are about 1,000 each year — are expanding, too, Mr. Jones said: “We are investing in diverse programming to make the community welcoming to everyone.”

A major transformation occurred in 2015, when the World Financial Center, a hub for financial services firms, became Brookfield Place, with a greater variety of businesses in its five office towers, and a retail area — a suburban-style mall — comprising 40 high-end stores and six restaurants, including Le District, a French food hall and market. The complex faces the North Cove Yacht Harbor, a particularly lively spot.

What You’ll Pay

Andrew Klima of COMPASS

Monthly costs may be slightly higher than in other areas of the city because of the fees the authority charges, “but a lot of people feel that is a cost they are willing to pay for what they get: the beautiful neighborhood,” said Andrew Klima, a Compass agent. The average sale price of a one-bedrooms in 2013 was $665,475, he said. In 2017 it was $814,278, and this year, through July, it was $865,170.

Several buildings that started as rentals have been converted to condominiums in recent years, said Jessica Weitzman, a Corcoran agent who lives in a condo built in 2006. The Solaire, completed in 2003, is scheduled to convert to condos next year.

On Aug. 9, there were 120 apartments listed for sale on StreetEasy, ranging from $550,000 for a one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo on South End Avenue to $10.995 million for a four-bedroom, five-bathroom penthouse on West Street. Of 129 rentals, the cheapest was $2,900 for a studio on South End Avenue and the priciest, $35,000, was for the four-bedroom West Street penthouse that was also for sale.

The Vibe

Although the area attracts tourists, many residents find it a quiet retreat. “It’s off the grid a bit,” said Dan Cahill, 37, an asset manager who moved into the neighborhood in 2012 with his wife, Alexandra Cahill, 34, a teacher.

He was attracted by the open spaces where he could run or bicycle, he said, and later discovered, after having children, that “the area is also extremely kid-friendly.” Restaurants are welcoming, he said, often supplying crayons, and activities abound.

Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, at the northern end of the neighborhood, is a gathering spot for parents with strollers. Teardrop Park has a water play area and a long slide that ends in a sand pit. Another playground has a house where children may borrow games and toys. Stuyvesant High School, at the northern end, allows residents to pay discounted fees to use its pool, gym and other areas during nonschool hours. (Residents get no advantage, however, in qualifying for the specialized public school.)

Cultural spots include the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, on the southern end, in Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, and the Skyscraper Museum across the street. The Irish Hunger Memorial commemorates the 19th-centruy potato famine with stones from each of Ireland’s 32 counties. Poets House, home to a national archive of 70,000 volumes of poetry, sponsors readings and other programs.

“There’s a waiting list” for plots at the community garden at Albany and West Streets, said Anthony Notaro, who described working on his small plot, for which he pays $20 a year, as one of his favorite activities. Mr. Notaro, 57, who works for a software firm from his apartment, which he bought in 1996, is chairman of Community Board 1, covering the area south of Canal Street.

Karlene Weise, president of the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association, participates in musical events, she said, but sometimes after she returns from her job as a document specialist at J.P. Morgan, she prefers to sit on the esplanade: “I just look at the water and the Statue of Liberty, and after a few minutes, I’m better.”

The Schools

M276, Battery Park City School, in the southern part of the neighborhood, has 802 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. According to the 2016-2017 School Quality Snapshot, 75 percent met state standards in English, compared to 41 percent citywide; 72 percent met state math standards, compared to 38 percent citywide.

At P.S. 89, Liberty School, there are 420 students enrolled in prekindergarten through fifth grade; last year, 79 percent met state standards in English, versus 40 percent citywide, and 85 percent met state math standards, versus 42 percent citywide.

The school shares a building with I.S. 289, Hudson River Middle School, which has 279 students in sixth through eighth grades. It is a screened school, accepting students based on a variety of academic criteria, and only residents of District 2, of which Battery Park City is a part, can apply. On state tests last year, 69 percent met standards in English, compared to 41 percent citywide, and 65 percent met state standards in math, compared to 33 percent citywide.

The Commute

Among the trains that make stops a few blocks east of West Street are the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, A, C, E, J, R and Z trains. The M9, M20 and M22 buses and a free shuttle bus operated by the Downtown Alliance also make stops in the neighborhood. A new pedestrian underpass starts in the Winter Garden Atrium at Brookfield Place and leads to the Oculus, the mall and transportation hub, designed by Santiago Calatrava, where most of these lines, and the PATH system, converge.

The History

After Sept. 11, 2001, when much of the area was damaged and many people were evacuated, about half the residents left for good. Since then, the community has rebounded and grown to about 16,000 residents, 2,000 more than was predicted a decade ago.

Report Shows Subway Platform Temperatures of OVER 104 Degrees

Are subway platforms really as hot as the inside of a rotisserie, or does it just seem that way? On Thursday, August 9, 2018, the Regional Plan Association (RPA) sent out an intrepid task force of staff and interns to measure the temperature in the city’s ten busiest subway stations. The temperature outside was 86 degrees. The data they collected helped to inform a report titled, “Save Our Subways: A Plan To Transform New York City’s Rapid Transit System.”

Above ground high temperature (above ground): 86 degrees
Highest temperature recorded on a platform: 104 degrees (14-Street Union Square
Downtown 4/5/6 Platform)
Average temperature recorded on platforms: 94.6 degrees

The oppressive heat in underground subway stations isn’t just a nuisance, it poses a serious health risk–for subway workers as well as paying customers. According to the NYC Health Department, “A heat index above 95°F is especially dangerous for older adults and other vulnerable individuals.” The city issues a heat advisory when the heat index is expected to reach 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for an time at all.

According to a 2015 Academy of Sciences report, the average temperature in New York City has increased by 3.4 degrees between 1900 and 2013. It’s definitely time to turn down the heat on subway platforms. The RPA report suggests several ways the MTA could leverage modern technology like regenerative braking and CBCT–which they are already in the process of installing–to cool off subway platforms by reducing the heat generated by trains.

Just Listed - 225 East 74th Street, Unit 6F


225 East 74th Street, Unit 6F

UPPER EAST SIDE, MANHATTAN

2 Bed  |  1 Bath  |  Co-op  |  24-Hour Doorman

Offered At $1,035,000


 

Wrapped windows to the south and west, this easily convertible two bedroom and one bathroom home offers phenomenal sunlight, ample storage and an open layout in a gorgeous Lenox Hill co-op.

Top-floor serenity and open-sky views make a fantastic first impression in this loft-like corner home. The oversized foyer is surrounded by huge closets, built-ins and a perfect home office nook, nodding to the storage and convenience to be found throughout.

Step down into the spacious living room featuring maple floors, 9-foot ceilings and a long, exposed brick wall — the perfect backdrop for art. The sunny corner dining room provides a great flow for entertaining or the ideal opportunity to add a second bedroom, as needs require. Bright and spacious, the open kitchen is the perfect retreat for cooks who love to spread out during their culinary adventures. Abundant cabinetry and long granite countertops deliver plenty of prep and storage space, and the fleet of stainless steel appliances includes a gas range, dishwasher and built-in microwave. Painted brick, handsome tile backsplash and stone floors add a chic mixed-materials design statement. Head to the palatial bedroom to find plenty of space for a king-size bedroom and sitting area, while the adjacent and newly renovated bathroom boasts lovely marble and modern fixtures.

Set on a quintessential tree-lined Lenox Hill block, 225 East 74th Street is a lovely Art Deco prewar co-op offering full time doorman and live-in resident manager. Residents of the pet-friendly, elevator building enjoy a landscaped courtyard, central laundry, bike room and storage, plus generous co-op rules that allow co-purchases, parents buying for children and pieds-à-terre. Set between Second and Third avenues, the dining, entertainment and conveniences the Upper East Side is known for surround the home, and thanks to its location directly between Central Park and the East River, great open space is minutes away. Transportation is effortless with both the Q and 6 train within blocks.

* Currently/legally configured as a one-bedroom.

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The Monthly Update - August 2018

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Is The Tail Wagging The Dog?

 

  • 4.1% GDP

  • 25,000+ DOW

  • 3.9% Unemployment rate

  • Deregulation in full swing

Then why this from Bloomberg? Why Manhattan Home Prices Are Sliding

And this from StreetEasy? Most Price Cut Since 2010

Sellers have been feeling the pitch since 2016, but two years later — after much fanfare in the aforementioned stats — the housing market is finally getting its chance to wag. In Q2 2018, what agents have been feeling and whispering about for the past 30 months was finally being reported, namely that there are big changes coming. What, when and how those changes will materialize still remains a mystery, but the are on the horizon.

With so much uncertainty in the market, can buyers purchase with confidence and can sellers sell without losing everything?

Buyers can move forward with confidence because they are buying shelter — a necessity, a home, as well as an asset and investment. Sellers can be confident if they get realistic. If there’s equity in the property, it might be less than before, but if they price wisely with current market in mind, do the necessary prep work prior to listing and have expectations that are based in today’s reality, the market can be extremely generous.


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Summer Restaurant Week

July 23 - August 17, 2018

Love a three-course meal but hate the price? From July 23-August 17, take advantage of lunch or dinner specials at 300 of the city's top restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. For more information, click here.

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Summer Streets

August Saturdays 7am - 1pm

Grab your bike - Summer Streets returns this month, turning Park Avenue into a car-free pedestrian path on three August Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can find out more about the program, which features activities, food stands, and more, in this article.

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Lincoln Center - Out of Doors
August 1 - 12, 2018

Art goes outside with Lincoln Center's Out of Doors program, bringing three weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word to the plaza for the public to enjoy. Check out the schedule here


416 West 52nd Street, Unit 308


432 West 52nd Street, Unit 308

HELL'S KITCHEN, MANHATTAN

1 Bed  |  1 Bath

Offered At $945,000

Taxes: $842/ mo.  |  CC:$438/ mo.  |  New Development  |  24hr Doorman  |  Roof Deck & Gym


This modern and stylish one bedroom home features luxury condo finishes, central air-conditioning and an integrated chef’s kitchen, in a boutique full-service building with a sprawling fully-landscaped roof deck. Filled with natural light and extremely quiet. Stained white oak flooring and 9-foot ceilings compliment the home’s contemporary style. Three large closets offer plenty of storage space, and an eat-in kitchen with full size 4-burner oven and beautiful Caesarstone countertops will please serious cooks and Seamless users alike. The modern bathroom features premium Kohler and Toto fixtures, a walk-in glass shower and radiant heat flooring. Oversized energy-efficient windows and an in-unit washer-dryer provide the ultimate in comfort and convenience. 

Building amenities include full-time doorman, a state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga room, resident’s lounge, bicycle room, business center, cold storage and temperature controlled wine cellar. The buildings staff is wonderful and you are within walking distance of Central Park, Times Square and almost every major subway line. 416 W. 52nd is located on a wonderful tree-lined block in the exciting Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.

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Compass Reinvents The Real Estate Sign

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The final prototype, in the shape of a magnifying glass, stands tall in a 10th-floor conference room at real estate startup Compass, emitting a gentle glow from the inner rim of its ringed frame. At first glance, the matte-black material and minimalist shape would appear destined for a patio, or inside a home. In fact, if it weren’t for the real estate agent contact information in the center of the glowing ring, it would be hard to call this a “for sale” sign. But that is exactly its purpose: to broadcast to buyers that a home is on the market, and, thanks to embedded technology, to give them access to a far richer set of information than a standard printed sign can contain.

In the presence of this final prototype, after months of development, Matt Spangler, Compass chief creative officer, can barely contain his excitement. In jeans and a denim shirt, he detaches the ring from its base, to show how they connect. “The whole thing is modular,” he says. “This piece right here—this slides out.” With the click of a button, he animates the LED lights, which cascade down the sides of the ring. Turning the sign around, he demonstrates how to detach the printed piece in the center, using subtle tabs. In the future, if cost allows, he envisions a fully digital version that agents can update in real time. Right now, Compass’s mobile development team is making plans for an augmented reality iteration.

“Say it was just a plot of land—you could see a house modeled on the land, you could change the color of the house with paint, you could see all the neighborhood data, you could see restaurants that are recommended,” Spangler says, painting the vision.

BRINGING NEW TECHNOLOGY TO A HIDEBOUND INDUSTRY

In other sectors, the merging of digital and physical worlds is well underway. We wear devices that monitor our steps and our sleep, we shop while in-store sensors track our movements, and we manage our homes using Silicon Valley-designed thermostats and security cameras. But when it comes to buying a home, technology is limited to online aggregators, like Zillow, that replicate the functionality of old-fashioned classified ads. Compass, which raised $450 million from the Softbank Vision Fund in December at a $2.2 billion valuation, has until now focused on becoming, in the words of CEO Robert Reffkin, “the largest owner of real estate data, globally, and the number-one real estate technology company in the world.” The company’s reimagined “for sale” sign speaks to a growing recognition that real estate’s most valuable data originates in the real world.

Of course, for many Americans today, the idea of buying a home is as fantastical as using AR to “paint” a home’s exterior. Prices have skyrocketed in many of the cities where Compass operates, while middle class wages have remained stagnant. But for Compass, those rising prices present an opportunity to own the cutthroat top of the market. The company has poached talent capable of annual sales in the eight digits from competitors including Corcoran Group and Douglas Elliman.

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Compass agents sell trophy properties and are willing to invest in trophy-worthy tools, or so the thinking goes. The startup expects that its 4,100 agents will snap up the first run of signs; each one will cost roughly $1,000 and ship October 1. (As long as agents charge the batteries, signs can, in theory, last for years.) During feedback sessions, Compass says, over 90% of agents expressed interest in buying one.

“The first thing I want to see is agents happy because sellers are saying, ‘That made my house stand out,'” says Compass COO Maëlle Gavet. Plus, she adds, the technology will make it easier for agents to manage their sign inventory. “‘I know where my signs are, I know if one of them needs to be recharged.’ In the future, ‘I don’t need to go to the sign to change the wording.'”

As an added incentive for agents to place an order, Compass has negotiated a deal with Waze that will showcase sign locations within the Waze app, encouraging prospective buyers to drive by or attend an open house.

“You could imagine a world in which you decide as a consumer that you’re looking for these types of properties, and a map starts creating a route, and it knows which ones have an open house,” Gavet says. “It’s a bit of a dream, but this is what I find really exciting—you start connecting the digital world and the physical world, and that makes the life of the consumer hopefully a little better.”

A NEW VISION FOR A NEW ERA OF HOUSING

The last time that the “for sale” sign went through a major transformation was decades ago, during the post-World War II suburban boom. My own grandfather, Bill Oakley, was on the vanguard of the new trends. Around 1970, he left the Chicago-based printing company where he worked to strike out on his own with a new kind of real estate signage. At the time, two types of “for sale” signs dominated: sandwich-board styles and rectangular styles affixed to a central metal post. Using newer, lighter materials, Oakley created an L-shaped frame, with a hinge affixed to the horizontal bar at top. The design allowed real estate agents to easily swap in different prints, as needed. His first client was the real estate arm of Better Homes and Gardens.

During Oakley Signs and Graphic’s early years, buying a home in the U.S. was both affordable and desirable. In 1983, the year I was born, roughly two-thirds of Americans owned a home, up from a low-point of 44% in 1940. But these days, buying a home is increasingly out of reachfor many Americans. Homeownership rates have been in decline since the Great Recession, when banks pulled back their mortgage lending. In high-demand markets like New York and San Francisco, average home prices top $1 million.

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Enter Compass, which assumes that “luxury” is the new normal in residential real estate. The startup has prioritized recruiting agents in wealthy enclaves like Aspen and the Hamptons, and in markets like Chicago has won listings such as a $50 million, 25,000-square-foot urban mansion (“grand in every way, but not overwhelming,” the description reads). For such properties, the company believes, a regular-old “for sale” sign just doesn’t strike the right note with wealthy clientele.

 

 

THE QUEST FOR SMART AND ICONIC SIGNAGE

Compass’s attempt to reinvent real estate signage kicked off last November at the offices of Aruliden, a branding and design firm hired by Spangler. Dozens of sketches line the walls of a conference room in New York’s Flatiron neighborhood, many showing variations on a circle attached to a narrow pole. As mood-board inspiration, the Aruliden team has printed out images of glowing round lights in minimalist living rooms. The goal, in a sense, is to create an exterior sign as elegant as a piece of modern furniture.

Johan Liden, Aruliden cofounder and chief creative officer, leads the presentation, which focuses on the team’s initial research and discovery. “This is a category that hasn’t changed in a long time,” Liden says. As a result, there’s an opportunity for Compass to create a sign that is both “smart” (i.e., tech-enabled) and “iconic.” He points to examples of branded hardware that bridge the physical and digital worlds—Lyft’s dashboard lights, for instance, or Disney’s Magic Band. “You should be able to remove the Compass logo and know that this is a Compass sign,” he says, as heads nod.

Several weeks later, Spangler has had a chance to ruminate on the design options and the sign’s ever-expanding function. “I want to challenge everyone to imagine a world in which the sign is a smart-home hub,” he says. “It’s sending information about air quality and noise pollution, it’s helping open doors for tours, it’s giving you the tour, and then it’s providing actual value to the agent, the buyer, and the seller.” The way that we live is changing, and Spangler wants Compass to be ready for a world in which home “ownership” is more flexible. “More homes are going to be Airbnb-style homes and rentals, mobility will be greater than ever. How can we be at that hub with the other technology players?”

He is conscious of the practical considerations. “To me the toughest challenge is how far can we push the technology today to get it done on a reasonable time frame, with a reasonable cost, to provide a real wow factor and real functionality. We want to get there. Can we get there today?”

GETTING THE LITTLE THINGS RIGHT

In February, that challenge comes into focus during a meeting at Compass headquarters attended by Aruliden and a newly hired team of hardware contractors from Intelligent Product Solutions (IPS). Questions begin to fly, as the contractors review the preliminary designs. Who can use the data? When and how? What about battery life?

“I don’t see a need of live-streaming this data anytime soon,” says Compass CTO Liming Zhao (Zhao left Compass in March to start his own company). But he wants to prioritize gathering data points—like foot traffic, noise, and light—that could improve Compass’s valuation tools, part of the startup’s suite of agent software. “Are there other reasons this home is more attractive?” With the right sensors, his team could bring new insight to one of real estate’s most important questions.

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Moving on, the group discusses motion sensors, and whether they make sense in dense, urban settings. They also consider adding red and green lights, to convey that a home is sold or still available. But members of the Aruliden team are skeptical about more complex signals and messaging. “How often do you buy a house?” one says. “A red or green light won’t mean anything to you.”

As the meeting draws to a close, the group agrees to reconvene when the hardware vendor can provide estimates on timing and cost.

By April, there is finally a prototype. It’s a slender pole topped with a circle, around five feet tall. In the center, there is sample text: “Townhouse for sale,” the sign reads, followed by a broker name, contact details, and “Compass.” At the base of the ring, there is now a QR code, which will prompt passersby to download the Compass app.

The meeting begins as Aruliden presents options for animating the LEDs. Should the sign turn on automatically at night? If so, how bright? During the day, what should happen when a person approaches and passes with a 10-foot radius? Six feet? Three feet?

One attendee raises the question of riders, the printed add-ons that agents often use to augment their standard signs. Liden, Aruliden’s CCO, would like to convince agents to embrace the sign’s minimalism. “Could the rider information live more in the phone?” he asks.

The Compass team is hesitant. “We need to test with agents.” Many agents, they believe, will be resistant.

IPS takes the stage, and immediately the idea of using sensors to trigger light animations becomes more complicated. The current plan calls for two sensors, but that will create “blind spots.” Adding a third sensor will affect battery life. “It’s the one thing we can’t turn off,” says one IPS engineer.

“There are obviously going to be scenarios where it will not engage,” Liden acknowledges. “But what is acceptable, as a percentage?” He and the team have envisioned a scenario in which an interested buyer walks by the sign, which activates the LED animation, which serves to draw attention to the QR code, which leads the buyer to information about the property. “This is key for the sign to do what we want it to do.” If the sensors don’t initiate that sequence, then the agent has lost a chance to connect.

In the end, the final prototype contains just two sensor boards, each with the capability to detect proximity and ambient light. In addition, there is a circuit board that contains a micro-controller, a Bluetooth Low Energy module, an accelerometer, and a temperature sensor. Through the Compass app, agents will be able to select from a variety of light animations and monitor battery life.

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“It’s a connected ecosystem of devices, with hardware and software and data,” Spangler says. “Which is really the power of Compass—the integration between all those things.”

THE NEXT STEPS

Now, the company will have to convince agents of that ecosystem’s value and sweet-talk municipalities with stringent rules governing signs. (Some towns in the Hamptons, for instance, tightly restrict the size and color of signs, as well as the use of light.) Spangler, Gavet, and Reffkin are also eyeing other opportunities to build for the physical world. “We’re having the same conversation around [real estate office] windows—we think we can do better,” Gavet says. “We want to be different, we want to look different.” The opportunity, she believes, lies in connecting physical places to digital marketing strategies. “Real estate is where e-commerce was 10 years ago.” But the window redesign is a project for another day.

70 Little West Street, Unit 10M


70 Little West Street, Unit 10M

BATTERY PARK CITY, MANHATTAN

3 Bed  |  2.5 Bath  |  Condo  |  Doorman | Roof Deck

Offered At $2,750,000


 

Currently tenant occupied till June 2019. Tenants are currently paying $11,575 per month and a CAP rate of 2.99%.

Combining Battery Park City's residential serenity with chic downtown accessibility, this loft-like three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home is the perfect city retreat in a full-service, luxury condo building.

Wrapped in extra-tall windows to the south and east, every room of this 1,689-square-foot stunner is flooded with sunlight and glorious views of The Battery, New York Harbor and FiDi skyline. Flawless hardwood floors, 11-foot ceilings and soaring columns add to the sense of style and scale. The gracious entry, flanked by a coat closet and powder room, leads you to the breathtaking corner great room where spectacular living and dining areas are generously sized. The open kitchen is a vision in granite counters and top-of-the-line stainless-steel appliances. 

Spacious bedrooms are tucked down a private hallway for maximum privacy. The impeccable master suite offers two large California closets — one a walk-in — and a serene en suite marble bathroom with dual-sink vanity, soaking tub and separate shower. The two additional bedrooms share an equally well-appointed full-bathroom, and the in-unit washer-dryer makes laundry day a breeze. No detail was overlooked in this home's updates and features. A built-in fireplace provides a warm focal point, triple-glazed windows make bedrooms supremely comfortable, and automatic blinds run throughout this beautiful Battery Park City home.

The Visionaire is a stunning glass and terra cotta tower from the esteemed architects Pelli Clarke Pelli. Residents of the LEED-certified building enjoy a full suite of premier, white-glove amenities, including 24-hour doorman and concierge service, 24-hour valet parking garage and bike storage, an enormous fitness center, an indoor lap pool and sauna, a children’s playroom overlooking a 12-foot aquarium, a fully stocked residents’ lounge and one of the best roof decks in the entire city.

Located in the most tranquil section of Battery Park City, this world-class building is surrounded by the sprawling green space and recreation of The Battery just two blocks away. The upscale grocery, Battery Place Market, is just downstairs, and the fantastic shopping and dining of Westfield World Trade Center and Brookfield Place are moments away. Public transportation is excellent with 1, R/W, 4/5 and J/Z trains within easy reach.

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Fun Fact: 25% Of The World's Gold Is In A Vaults Under Wall Street

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Eighty feet below the streets of lower Manhattan, a Federal Reserve vault protected by armed guards contains about 6,200 tons of gold.

Or doesn’t.

The Fed tells visitors its basement vault holds the world’s biggest official gold stash and values it at $240 billion to $260 billion.

But “no one at all can be sure the gold is really there except Fed employees with access,” said Ronan Manly, a precious-metals analyst at gold dealer BullionStar in Singapore. If it is all there, he said, the central bank has “never in its history provided any proof.”

Mr. Manly is among gold aficionados who wonder if the bank is hiding something about what it’s hiding.

Other theorists suspect the gold beneath the New York Fed’s headquarters at 33 Liberty St. may be gold-plated fakes. Some conspiracy-minded investors think the Fed has been secretly leasing out the gold to manipulate prices.

“There has to have been a central bank spewing their gold into the market,” said John Embry, an investment strategist for Sprott Asset Management in Toronto until 2014 who once managed its gold fund.

“The gold price didn’t act right” during the time he was watching it and the likely explanation for the movement was Fed action, said Mr. Embry.

Fed officials have heard theories about their gold holdings for many years and don’t think much of them. After this article was published, a Fed spokeswoman said the Fed doesn’t own any of the gold housed at the New York Fed, which “does not use it in any way for any purposes including loaning or leasing it out.”

The Fed has been selective in giving details about the contents of the vault and in the past has said it can’t comment on individual customer accounts due to confidentiality agreements.

Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan said in a July interview: “When you deposit your funds in a bank, should that bank make your account balances available to whomever asks?”

Seeking a better glimpse inside the vault and at Fed procedures and records, The Wall Street Journal filed Freedom-of-Information requests with the New York Fed. Among the Journal’s findings, from a heavily redacted tour-guide manual provided by the Fed: Tour guides are informed that “visitors are excitable” and should be asked to “please keep their voices down.”

Three Fed staffers must be present when gold is moved or a compartment opened, even to change a lightbulb, and no attempts have been made to break in, documents state.

New York Fed President William Dudley told a March gathering in Queens, N.Y., that the fictional raid by drilling through from a subway tunnel in the 1995 movie “Die Hard With a Vengeance” was far-fetched.

The Fed gives some information about the vault on a website and offers tours. A guide on one tour gave some details: Inside is enough oxygen for a person to survive 72 hours, should someone get trapped; custodians wear magnesium shoe covers to help prevent injuries, should they drop 27-pound bars; the Fed charges $1.75 a bar to move gold but nothing to store it; most of the gold is owned by foreign governments.

Along with the foreign gold, the Fed’s Manhattan vault holds about 5% of America’s roughly $11 billion in gold reserves and coin, valued at the statutory rate of $42.22 per fine troy ounce, according to the U.S. Mint. The U.S. government keeps the rest in Denver, Fort Knox, Ky., and West Point, N.Y.

Elaborate theories build on what the Fed doesn’t say about goings-on in its vault’s 122 compartments.

It doesn’t report when bars enter or leave and doesn’t let in outsiders—other than auditors and account holders—to count the bars or review records.

Visitors on vault tours see only a display sample and can’t verify bars up close.

“All you see is the front row of gold bars,” said James Turk, co-founder of Goldmoney, a gold custodian. “There’s no way of knowing how deep the chamber is or how many rows there are.”

Mr. Turk, based in London, believes much of the gold has been “hypothecated,” or lent out to other parties, and then rehypothecated, or lent to multiple parties at once. In doing so, he says, “central banks actually own less gold than people believe.”

Some gold bugs—investors bullish on the yellow metal—think the Fed secretly lends it out to suppress prices, partly to protect the dollar’s value. In theory, the Fed can feed gold into the market through swaps with other countries.

James McShirley, who owns Sulphur Lumber in Sulphur Springs, Ind., and has traded gold, believes investment banks, probably as agents for the Fed, act to lower prices when gold futures gain 1%. “It’s totally logical that in addition to maintaining artificially low interest rates,” he said, “it would be imperative to keep gold suppressed as an inflationary barometer.”

Then there’s the purity question. Mr. Turk said there are “questions in gold circles as to what’s in an actual bar.” One theory, he said: They could be gold-plated tungsten, which would weigh almost the same.

“I think the gold they have there is real gold,” he said, “but until you do random sampling you don’t know for certain.”

In a 2012 audit of U.S. gold at the Fed’s vault, the U.S. Mint and the Treasury’s Office of Inspector General sent 367 samples to an independent lab for testing. All but three samples came back within 0.13% of the purity recorded by the government, within standard industry tolerance, according to the Mint and Treasury.

Since then, annual government audits of the Fed’s vault have inspected only the locks and joint seals on the compartments to check they haven’t been tampered with, a Mint spokesman said.

That isn’t enough, said Peter Boehringer, founder of the German Precious Metals Society. The problem, he said, is the “complete lack of a transparent, full, independent, external audit in the Fed´s vaults by a sworn-in auditor.”

New legislation, nicknamed the “Audit the Fed” bill, could allow the Government Accountability Office to audit the Fed’s vault, said a spokesman for the bill’s Senate sponsor, Rand Paul (R., Ky.). GAO lawyers wouldn’t speculate on the bill’s reach. Mr. Paul’s spokesman said the Senator has arranged a personal visit to Fort Knox this fall.

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, the senator’s father, has been outspoken about what he says is taxpayers’ need for more transparency about gold from the Fed. “Even if you could walk into that vault and see a lot of gold, you wouldn’t know…whether it’s been loaned out or sold,” he said. “They haven’t convinced me that we have total control of it.”

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Fun Fact: NYC Was The US Capital In 1789

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In January 1785, the Congress of Confederation convened in New York’s old City Hall on Wall Street, and for more than five years Gotham served as the seat of American power. After the ratification of the United States Constitution, delegates met briefly at Fraunces Tavern as the old City Hall was remodeled to become the first capitol building for the new national government. On the second-floor balcony of the newly renamed Federal Hall, Washington took the oath of office as the first President of the United States on April 30, 1789. A statue of Washington overlooking Wall Street now stands outside a reconstruction of Federal Hall.

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Price of Manhattan Apartments Drops For The Fourth Straight Quarter

According to this week’s market reports, the median price for a Manhattan apartment dropped for the fourth straight quarter and U.S. construction spending reached a record high in May.

Residential

The average sales price in Manhattan dropped 4.3 percent to $2.2 million in the four weeks leading up to June 1. The slight drop coincided with an increase in recorded sales. During the period, the number of sales stood at 923 transactions, up from 820 deals during the previous month. The most expensive sale for the period was for unit 85 at One57. The 6,200-square-foot home was sold for $53 million, or $8,649 per square foot. Read the report here.

The asking price for Manhattan homes dropped 3.4 percent on a year-over-year basis to $1,714. For the month of June, the housing market’s supply and demand figures remained soft. Supply, as measured through active listings, rose by 8.9 percent compared to the same time last year. Meanwhile, demand, as measured through closed sales, dropped 41.7 percent on a year-on-year basis. Read the report here.

The median apartment price in Manhattan fell for the fourth straight quarter, dropping 9 percent on a year-on-year basis to $1.1 million. The figure represents the lowest median price for the borough since the fourth quarter of 2016. The median price decline in the second quarter was partly due to a sluggish new development market, which registered 30 percent fewer closing compared to the same time last year. Overall, the borough registered a 12 percent drop on a year-over-year basis. Resale apartments also sold for the highest discounts in over five years.

Commercial

Construction spending in the US rose to a record high of $1.3 trillion in May. The increase, which amounts to a 4.5 percent hike compared to the same month last year, is due to grow in residential and public investment. Private residential spending outpace other segments with a 6.6 year-over-year increase, followed by 4.7 percent for public construction and 1.8 percent for private non-residential construction.

The Monthly Update - July 2018

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National Real Estate Market

Trends Finally Reflect Manhattan Trends

According to the WSJ, in four of the first five months of 2018, national resale home prices nationwide have been in decline. And sales of new homes only grew 6.8 percent in the second quarter. With resales making up the bulk of total sales, this equates to Q2 results that are essentially stuck in neutral.

Oh, really??!! This information seems like yesterday’s news if you’re a seller in the New York City market. The Manhattan sales market has seemingly been "stuck in neutral" for quite some time. And with many economists predicting (dare I say it?) a recession, it’s no wonder things are in neutral.

But let's take a step back. The economy is still very strong: The stock market is up and we're experiencing the lowest unemployment rate in decades. So why the hesitation? Why is the national market stuck in neutral?

In Manhattan, we have overbuilding to contend with and an overall buyer sentiment across all price points that a market correction is due. The market is about at the end of a 10-year cycle, so that is a good argument. Rentals have already corrected over the last two years, so many think sale prices are next. We spoke to a HUD representative, and she told us, "A correction is imminent."

What does this mean for you? If you're in market to buy, it's a good time to make deal. If you're selling, be realistic and be prepared to negotiate.


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Summerstage 

July 1 - 15, 2018

Celebrate summer by getting outdoors! Happening now through July 15th, enjoy fantastic music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so be sure to arrive early! Tickets can be purchased online

 

Broadway in Bryant Park

July 12 - August 16, 2018

From July 12 through August 16, bring the whole family to the Bryant Park lawn and watch popular on- and off-Broadway shows perform their biggest hits on Thursday afternoons for free! Find the schedule here

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Summer Restaurant Week

July 23 - August 17, 2018

Love a three-course meal but hate the price? From July 23-August 17, take advantage of lunch or dinner specials at 300 of the city's top restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. For more information, click here.



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3 Subway Stations Will Close For 6 Months

NEW YORK, NY — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Friday when three Manhattan subway stops will shutter in July for six months of repairs.

The 57th Street station on the F line, the 28th Street stop on the 6 and the 23rd Street station on the F and M will receive structural repairs and upgrades during the sixth-month period and are expected to reopen in December, said MTA officials.

The MTA is staggering the closures with the 57th Street stop shuttering on July 9th, followed by 28th Street on July 16 and 23rd Street on July 23, said transit officials. PATH service at the 23rd Street station will be not be affected.

More than 70,000 straphanger use the three stations on a given week day with roughly 15,700 riders swiping into 57th Street, over 24,000 commuters hoping on the subway at 28th Street and approximately 31,000 customers using the 23rd Street station, according to MTA data. 

The improvements are part of a $124.9 million contract to update a total of five stations sorely in need of repairs. The 28th Street station is among the oldest in the subway system since opening on the day that service began in October 1904. The 23rd Street station began operating during World War II in December 1940 and the 57 Street station welcomed straphangers in July 1968, prior to the construction of the East River subway tunnel to Queens.

In addition to structural repairs, the new and improved stations will feature tech upgrades including digital signage with real-time information, countdown clocks, and brighter, more energy-efficient lighting.

Turnstile areas will be upgraded with glass barriers, security cameras, and new information centers featuring digital dashboards. Platforms will also receive a cosmetic and functional boost with new platform edge warning strips, accessible boarding areas, new seating, digital dashboards and countdown clocks.