Last Manhattanhenge Of 2019 - July 12th

An event that makes even locals stop and stare returns to New York City tomorrow night. Manhattanhenge, when the sunset aligns with the east-west streets of the borough’s grid, happened on May 29th and 30th, and the final two days of the phenomenon returns for the last time this year tomorrow and Saturday at 8:20 p.m. and 8:21 p.m., respectively. Not only does the setting sun sit perfectly between Manhattan’s many skyscrapers during this biannual event, but an orange-yellow glow hits north and south side streets, creating a picture-perfect moment.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson coined Manhattanhenge, a play on “Stonehenge,” which is the circle of stones in England built to align with the movement of the sun. Manhattan’s grid does not run exactly north-south and east-west, as everything is rotated about 29 degrees clockwise.

During the summer solstice, the sun will set about 32 degrees north of true west. This means a few weeks before and after the solstice, the sun sets at the same angle as Manhattan’s grid, 29 degrees north of true west.

As 6sqft previously noted, Tyson recommends east-west cross streets for the best views, including 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th Streets. In a blog post for the American Museum of Natural History, he writes: “The Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building render 34th Street and 42nd Streets especially striking vistas.”

On Friday, July 12 at 8:20 p.m. the full sun will be visible, meaning it’s totally above the horizon. On Saturday, July 13 at 8:21 p.m., it will be a “half sun,” which means half of the sun sits above the horizon with half below the horizon.

Temporary “Pop-Up Park”

As plans for a permanent park at Willoughby Square go forward, a temporary green space at the same site has opened to the public. The 15,000-square-foot “pop-up park” will provide a green escape for the local community until the end of the summer in 2020, at which point construction will commence on the permanent, 1.15-acre park scheduled for completion by 2022.

As 6sqft reported in May, the city’s Economic Development Corporation announced it would be reviving the Willoughby Square Park project that first came up 15 years ago during Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration as part of a 2004 rezoning to attract development in Downtown Brooklyn. Through this zoning change, the city used eminent domain to take over a group of tenement buildings and properties that were thought to have been stops on the Underground Railroad, evicting many rent-stabilized residents in the process.

In January, the project was abandoned due to the developer’s inability to secure funding. A few months later, the EDC’s capital division announced it would be taking on the construction itself and proceeding with a plan that cut the estimated $80 million project to just $15 million. The new budget scrapped a “financially unfeasible” parking and added a memorial to honor the area’s ties to the Underground Railroad. The developer, American Development Group, disputed EDC’s claims when their name was taken off the project and is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with the agency.

“When NYCEDC developed our new plan for Willoughby Square, we worked to ensure there was green space available for residents to enjoy this summer,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “We are excited to open this space and look forward to the continued development of the full site, which will be an important addition to Downtown Brooklyn.”

The park features a synthetic turf lawn with beach chairs, and giant chess and checker boards. A walkway and planters separate the grassy area from a graveled plaza with colorful tables, chairs, and umbrellas. As Curbed noted, the park doesn’t allow dogs, which is a major pain point for local residents who have to schlep over to Fort Greene Park or Hill Side Park in Brooklyn Heights. That should only be a temporary inconvenience, as the EDC’s plans for the permanent park include a dedicated space for four-legged companions.

The design of Willoughby Park is being led by landscape architecture firm Hargreaves Jones. It’s not yet clear how the ongoing lawsuit with ADG—which includes a provision preventing EDC from doing anything more than surface work at the site—will impact the project’s timeline.

Q2 2019 Manhattan Market Report

RECORDED SALES

BY UNIT TYPE

Studio, 1BR, and 2BR units accounted for 82% of the transactions for the quarter. 1BR units were the primary sale with 40% of the market, and 2BR units followed closely with 32%. Both of these unit types were more expensive on average than last year, with PPSFs of $1,405 and $1,589, respectively. 2BRs saw the most growth in price, with a 4% median price increase, and an 9% average price increase.

3BR and 4+BR units sold in 2Q19 were generally smaller. 3BRs saw declining prices with PPSF dropping 5%. 4+BRs saw an expected drop in average and median price due to a 16% smaller size, yet they were more expensive, with a PPSF increase of 6%.

Lower-priced 4+BR condo units commanded a 16% higher price than this time last year, even with a 4.8% decrease in average size. 1BR and 2BR units showed growth in PPSF by 8% and 6%, respectively, and represented more than 75% of condo sales. 3BR units saw a decline in PPSF of 5% to $2,010.

1BR co-ops were 41% of the market and saw the least amount of change. Median price, average price, and average PPSF each declined 1%. 2BRs co-ops accounted for 28% of the market and showed more significant declines, with average PPSF declining 6%. 4+BRs saw a 21% decrease in average price, along with a 15% decrease in average size.

‘Cash Cab’ Game Show To Film In Manhattan This Summer

The game show that takes place in the back of a New York City taxi cab is back. Hosted by comedian Ben Bailey, “Cash Cab” is set to start filming its next season in Manhattan this summer, according to amNY. The game show, which rewards passengers with cash prizes for answering trivia questions correctly, originally aired between 2005 and 2012, when it was canceled. After a five year hiatus, the show returned in 2017.

After two seasons of the revised version, the show has moved to the Bravo network. As amNY reported, the questions will move from general knowledge questions to more pop-culture-centric ones.

Each episode will feature three games, with the show starting as soon as the passenger steps into the car. If the rider gives three wrong answers, they’re kicked to the curb. Bailey tweeted on Tuesday: “CASH CAB IS BACK AGAIN!!!” So now that @BravoTV has officially announced it, I can let you guys in on the big news about @CashCabUSA.”

In past seasons, Bailey has driven around the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, and Times Square, but Bravo has not revealed locations for this upcoming season.

[Via amNY]

9 Contracts Signed At $4M+ Last Week

LUXURY MARKET REPORT 2019

Report on Contracts Signed
Manhattan Residential Properties
$4 Million and Above

July 1-7, 2019

9 Contracts Signed

Nine contracts were signed last week at $4 million and above, the first sub-10 performance since the last week in December. At first blush, it would seem that the July 4th holiday cratered the week’s activity. But a more likely reason for the anemic showing was this: The rush to close properties before the July 1 increase in the New York State Mansion Tax caused many buyers to accelerate their purchases and thus deplete last week’s totals.

The No. 1 contract was Apartment 8B at 7 Hubert Street, asking $9.725 million, reduced from $9.995 million when it went on the market at the end of March. The condo has 3,253 square feet including 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. A 30-foot living room with 12-foot ceilings opens onto a 20-foot-long terrace. Building amenities include a gym, concierge, and children’s playroom. The seller of 8B paid $3,510,417 for the unit in 2005 after the building, designed by BKSK Architects, was completed.

The No. 2 contract was 8F at 10 Madison Square West (also known as 1107 Broadway), asking $7.65 million. The condo has 2,391 square feet including 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. All of the rooms front Madison Square Park. The seller originally signed a contract in July 2013 when the building was being constructed and closed in March 2016 for $8,146,000. Amenities include a 10,000-square-foot fitness area that features a 50-foot lap pool.


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First-Ever Squirrel Census Finds 2,300+ Squirrels Call Central Park Home

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Last October, as 6sqft reported, an organization called Squirrel Census, headed by Jamie Allen, began the multimedia, science, design, and storytelling endeavor of figuring out how many squirrels–specifically eastern gray squirrels–call the 843 acres of Central Park home, and put out a call for critter-counting volunteers. Though attempting to fathom the magnitude of the park’s squirrelscape began with some curiosity and a bit of tongue in cheek, according to Citylab, the methods used to tally the cheeky rodents–and the resulting findings–are as fun as they are fascinating.

So how many eastern gray squirrels live in Central Park? The short answer: 2,373. That’s the number Allen, a humorist and writer, and the over-300 volunteers on board for the project arrived at after many months on the job. The team didn’t merely count the squirrels. Just as the U.S. Census records a wide array of demographic information, Squirrel Census provides a trove of details about where each squirrel was spotted, what color its fur was and whether clusters of the same type were noted throughout the park.

After some early squirrel-counting done on a whim, Allen had decided to tackle Central Park for the sheer challenge of it, but also because “determining the squirrel density of a park is a way to understand the health of that green space.” He adds, “We like to think of squirrels as the unofficial mascots of New York City. We hope park-lovers will come out and help count these furry New Yorkers in the name of science and the great outdoors.”

The project also cited the larger scientific community as part of their motive, explaining that the census will provide data for “future squirrel counts and other animal studies.” In addition to the number of squirrels in the park, the group hoped to learn behavioral trends that relate to one of the only mammals that has chosen to live right alongside humans in broad daylight. Once the census was done, the project’s chief cartographer would create a multimedia, interactive map of Central Park.

Overall, volunteers tallied 3,023 squirrel sightings–noting that some were likely counted more than once). Of those, about 81 percent (approximately 2,472 squirrels) were gray squirrels, plus various mixes of black, white, and cinnamon highlights. 393 were mostly cinnamon-colored; 103 were black. The team noted 21 fur-color variations.

Volunteers also recorded the squirrel behaviors, which were sometimes, well, squirrelly: One record notes a squirrel hanging in a tree “like an acrobat, hanging onto branch by its legs upside down.” One overstimulated rodent “got bored.”

The methods used by the intrepid squirrel-counters were as clever as the bushy-tailed New Yorkers themselves. Mainly: divide and conquer. The team created a grid of 350 hectare–10,000 square meters–plots of land over a map of Central Park–tiny census tracts if you will. Volunteers then spread out and did two counts, one in the morning and another at night. The “Squirrel Sighters,” spent 20 minutes on each search-and-count mission, scanning the foliage high and low and listening for squirrel sounds. What made the undertaking easier than it might have been? Says Allen, “Squirrels give themselves away by eating.”

The team arrived at an “abundance number” after running their data through a formula popularized in the 1950s and ’60s by leading squirrel biologist Vagn Flyger; the formula allows for “the uncertainties of counting squirrels.” To help visualize exactly where the critters live, Squirrel Census member Nat Slaughter—a graphic designer and mapmaker—spent a full two years pre-census making intricately detailed maps of Central Park.

Though Allen says he will eventually release the data into New York City’s open data portal, he feels the project goes beyond a head count. It allows visitors to experience the park differently than you would if you were simply jogging through. Primarily, though, it’s a way of telling a story about Central Park and one of its many citizens. Slaughter adds, “It tunes the person to the environment and makes you notice things that you otherwise wouldn’t.”

You can peruse the full report here.

[Via Citylab]

The Monthly Update - July 2019

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Showcasing Your Listing in a Saturated Buyer’s Market

As inventory continues to flood the New York City market, how do you make your property stand out from the crowd? We’ve heard plenty about pricing strategies, and of course, pricing is incredibly important. In fact, it’s probably the No. 1 tool for getting your property sold quickly and for the most money. But it’s by no means the only weapon in the arsenal!


There is a whole host of other tactics you can leverage to make sure your listing wows potential buyers and rises above the fray. How old are your appliances? When was the last time you updated the doors or your kitchen cabinets? Do your floors need a good polish or refinishing? How about finally ridding yourself of all the excess stuff you’ve been accumulating over the 3, 5 or 10 years you’ve owned your home? What about getting rid of your furniture and either purchasing or renting new “millennial-approved” furnishings instead? Each of these strategies can go a long way in setting your property apart from the hundreds of like-kind listings you’re competing with. But how do you pay for all this? What if your money is tied up in your property’s equity or in purchasing a new home concurrently? 


Here Comes Compass Concierge to the Rescue! 

Compass is the only real estate firm that will pay for all of your renovation costs, staging costs and pretty much every “getting the property ready for market” cost. Let us come in and assess what needs to be done to maximize your return on investment. We’ll advise on what needs to be replaced, what needs to be updated, what needs to be cleaned, or what needs to be taken out and stored. All of the above is fair game when it comes to getting your property ready for market with Compass Concierge. And Compass will pay all of the fees with absolutely no hidden costs, no additional fees and no interest! 

With Compass Concierge, Compass pays the approved vendors you select, and you’re in charge of the process from start to finish. Or let The Hoffman Team know if you’d prefer us to oversee the work. Either way, once the improvements are made, and the property is on the market, it’s sure to make a splash! Enjoy multiple bids, choose the buyer who best fits your closing schedule and price, and once the property closes, take the money out of the equity to pay Compass back and keep the rest. It’s that simple.


There really are very few limits when it comes to this program, and we’d love to talk to you more about how Compass Concierge can help with your specific needs. We’re all about helping you move on to your next step without being burdened by upfront costs. Call us today to get started!


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Local Events

Independence Day Fireworks | July 4th


Celebrate July 4th with a glorious display of fireworks! The annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks spectacle takes place on the Brooklyn Bridge and can be seen from various places throughout the city. Check out this interactive map for more information on where to witness the beautiful scene. 

Restaurant Week | July 22 - August 16

NYC Restaurant Week is a celebration of the city's most fabulous pastime: dining out. With hundreds of restaurants throughout NYC rolling out special prix-fixe menus for a limited time, this is your chance to enjoy multi-cou rse meals at a fraction of the cost. Click here for more information. 



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Everything You Need To Know About This Weekend’s NYC Pride March

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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and culminating the monthlong WorldPride festivities, this year’s NYC Pride March taking place on Sunday, June 30 is set to be the largest Pride parade since the tradition launched in 1970. Approximately two million people attend the event each year, making it the biggest Pride celebration in the world, and that number should easily be surpassed this year.

More than 550 groups—non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists—and over 100 floats marched in last year’s parade. This year, the theme is “Millions of Moments of Pride” and the Grand Marshals will be the cast of FX’s Pose, UK Black Pride founder Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Navy veteran and transgender flag creator Monica Helms, the Gay Liberation Front, the very first LGBTQ activist organization formed after the Stonewall Rebellion, and the Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis counseling for LGBTQ youth.

The march has a new route this year which, in addition to ensuring plenty of viewing space for spectators, will pass by landmarks like the Stonewall Inn and the AIDS Memorial Park. The U-shaped route will start at 26th Street and Fifth Avenue and head south on Fifth, then turn west on 8th Street and head back north on Seventh Avenue up to 23rd Street. It will begin at noon and is expected to last into the evening.

Revelers can continue on to Times Square, where the WorldPride Closing Ceremony will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will be hosted by Comedienne Margaret Cho and will feature performances by Melissa Etheridge, Jake Shears and more.

The Department of Transportation has announced the following street closures between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Formation:

  • 19th Street between Sixth and Ninth Avenues

  • 18th Street between Seventh and Ninth Avenues

  • 17th Street between Seventh and Ninth Avenues

  • 16th Street between Sixth and Ninth Avenues

  • 15th Street between Seventh and Ninth Avenues

Route:

  • Seventh Avenue between 19th and Christopher Streets

  • Christopher Street between Greenwich Avenue and West Fourth Street

  • Greenwich Avenue between Christopher Street and Sixth Avenue

  • Eighth Street between Sixth and Fifth Avenues

  • Fifth Avenue between Eighth Street and 33rd Street

Dispersal:

  • 29th Street between Madison and Sixth Avenues

  • 30th Street between Madison and Sixth Avenues

  • 31st Street between Madison and Sixth Avenues

  • 32nd Street between Madison and Sixth Avenues

  • 33rd Street between Madison and Sixth Avenues

Festival:

  • University Place between East 13th Street and Waverly Place

  • East Eighth Street between University Place and Greene Street

To avoid traffic, your best bet will be to take the subway. The 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, or W trains at 14th Street-Union Square will take you to the starting point, while the 2, 3, A, C, E, or L at 14th Street will be the closest stops to the parade’s end point. Check back on Friday for our weekly subway update for any service changes that may impact your trip.

136 Waverly Place, Unit 11C


136 Waverly Place, Unit 11C

WEST VILLAGE, MANHATTAN

1 Bed  |  1 Bath  |  Co-Op | Doorman

Offered At $1,650,000


 

Breathtaking skyline views and extraordinary storage space fill every room of this spacious one-bedroom, one-bathroom cooperative in an ideal West Village location.


From this perch high on the 11th floor, glorious open sky and protected vistas become your everyday backdrop with the Empire State Building front and center. A large foyer with a roomy closet makes a gracious first impression while the expansive living/dining room welcomes lively entertaining or comfortable relaxation alongside the sights of the city. Take in the prewar details like tall beamed ceilings, hardwood floors and handsome millwork on your way to the eat-in kitchen featuring abundant cabinet space, full-size appliances and a separate entrance. Even the windowed bathroom of this stunning home boasts postcard views, and three more massive closets line the hallway and the extra-large king bedroom.


The Waverly is a pet-friendly 1928 cooperative building where residents enjoy 24-hour doorman service, live-in superintendent, laundry, storage and bike room. Located within the Greenwich Village Historic District, where the West Village meets central Greenwich Village, this fine home is surrounded by the best of everything Downtown living has to offer. Outstanding restaurants line the nearby streets, from cozy brunch spots to Michelin-starred destinations like Babbo and Blue Hill. Spectacular open space awaits at Washington Square Park, Jefferson Market Garden and at sprawling Hudson River Park. NYU and nearly every subway line in the city are within minutes of this central location, including A/C/E, B/D/F/M, 1/2/3, L, N/Q/R/W, 4/5/6 and PATH trains.

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Where To Watch This Year's 4th of July Fireworks

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The talented folks behind the hotly anticipated Macy’s Fourth of July live fireworks spectacular happening next Thursday evening have provided a detailed guide to the prime Manhattan spots for watching the night sky light up. Read on to get the scoop on official viewing points–and some unofficial favorites–and use the interactive map to make sure you’re in the right place when the pyrotechnics start at the Brooklyn Bridge.

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The map includes subway information and directions and specifies which areas are handicapped accessible. This year’s patriotic light show will be launched from four barges stationed along the East River between Broad Street and the Brooklyn Bridge. You can locate entry points for prime viewing spots on the map. As fireworks veterans know, space is limited, so plan ahead and arrive early.

The map includes neighborhood guides so you’ll have a list of things to do and see once the show is over. The main event site provides all the info you need including times, rules and regs.

As any New Yorker knows, there are plenty of “unofficial” viewing spots, but the show’s launch location changes from year to year, so make sure your favorite rooftop still has a clear view of the action. Time-tested locations for this year’s show include Brooklyn Bridge Park (see the map above for which sections will be open to the public) and the rooftop at Brooklyn Bridge Park restaurant ForninoOne World Observatory and Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, Queens. Rooftop access tends to come with steep ticket prices, so check before you go.

If you’re hoping to hit the water to watch the ‘works, Circle LineAmerican PrincessCapital Princess and New York Water Taxi are offering fireworks cruises setting sail from Manhattan, Brooklyn IVNautical Princess and Freedom Cruises sail from Brooklyn and Island Current Fleet sets sail from City Island (h/t Mommy Poppins).

For a list of great buildings in Manhattan to watch the ‘works, look no further than CityRealty’s top 10 lists.

29 Contracts Signed At $4M+ Last Week

LUXURY MARKET REPORT 2019

Report on Contracts Signed
Manhattan Residential Properties
$4 Million and Above


June 17-23, 2019

29 Contracts Signed

Twenty-nine contracts were signed last week at $4 million and above, the highest total of the year. More good news: Last week also marked the highest dollar volume of the year---$290,535,000.

Which prompts the question: Was last week’s robust totals a function of falling interest rates, the big June bounce in the stock market, or perhaps a combination of the two?

Stat Geek Alert: So far, the 2nd quarter of 2019 is heading for a 13 % decline in the number of contracts signed over 2018. This despite the fact that buyers had the chance to close before the increase in the New York State Mansion Recording Tax, which comes into effect on July 1. Which brings us to…..

The No. 1 contract was PH94A at 432 Park, asking $41 million. This unit had an executed contract and then closed on the same day. The one thing I can tell you about the sale was that the unit closed for less than $40 million—and the savings on the New York State Mansion Tax was over $1 million! PH94A is a corner unit with 3,952 square feet including 3 bedrooms, a library, and 3.5 bathrooms. It features a 29’ x 29’ living room, an eat-in kitchen, and a 30-foot master suite. The unit has spectacular Central Park, Hudson and East River views. (Also selling last week in the same building was 36A, owned by Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez. It was asking $17.5 million.)

432 Park is 96 stories high, a concrete-and-glass edifice designed by Rafael Vinoly that can be seen from almost anywhere in the 5 boroughs. Amenities include a fitness center, a 75-foot swimming pool, private dining room, parking, a garden, and a children’s playroom.

The No. 2 contract was the Terrace Duplex at 1010 Park Avenue, asking $28.5 million. This 7,888-square-foot unit has 6 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms, plus a 32’ x 42’ terrace. It is in a new 11-unit condo building that started marketing in June 2017. It was the 2nd contract signed in the building. The first sale happened at the end of May. Amenities include a doorman, 50-foot salt water pool, a fitness center, children’s playroom, and a screening room.

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2025 Broadway, Unit 24A


2025 Broadway, Unit 24A

UPPER WEST SIDE, MANHATTAN

1 Bed  |  1 Bath  |  Co-Op | Doorman

Offered At $749,000


 

Enjoy high-floor views and gorgeous light in this move-in ready one-bedroom, one-bathroom in vibrant Lincoln Square.


This 735-square-foot layout is among the largest one-bedrooms in all of Nevada Towers, so you'll have plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy western high floor views. The expansive living room is paved in wide-plank hardwood and offers a generous footprint for seating areas, while the adjacent dining alcove awaits your next dinner party. Step into the lovely kitchen to find cherry cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, including a gas range and dishwasher. The bedroom easily accommodates a king-size bedroom set, and the windowed bathroom is beautifully equipped with fine cabinetry and marble. Well-placed, spacious closets in the bedroom, hall and entry ensure storage will not be a concern, and central HVAC provides year-round comfort in this serene Lincoln Center abode.


Nevada Towers is a full-service, postwar cooperative offering full-time doorman, live-in superintendent and porters, laundry, storage, bike room and a glorious roof deck. Generous board policies permit pets, pieds-à-terre, subletting, parents buying for children, gifting and in-unit washer/dryers. Eighty percent financing allowed, and common charges are 72 percent tax deductible.


Located in the loveliest section of Lincoln Square, this home offers direct access to world-class entertainment and culture at Lincoln Center, Beacon Theater and the Natural History Museum. There's fantastic shopping at the Shops at Columbus Circle and along Broadway, and epic outdoor space awaits at both Riverside Park and Central Park. Transportation is a breeze with 1/2/3, B/D and A/C trains all nearby.

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NYC Sites That Will Light Up In Honor Of WorldPride

This month, 19 buildings throughout the five boroughs will be lighting up rainbow in honor of WorldPride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The city-wide display is part of NYC and Company’s Project Rainbow, a marketing initiative led by the city’s official tourism organization. Among the sites listed are the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, and the World Trade Center.

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“New York City is the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ rights movement and has played a significant role in the progress the global movement has made,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement. “Lighting our skyline will remind LGBTQ people around the world that New York City will always be a beacon of hope and a place to call home.”

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With an expected attendance of 4.5 million people at the NYC Pride March, this year is anticipated to be the largest LGBTQ+ event in the world. WorldPride kicks off June 26th with a benefit concert at the Barclays Center and runs until the end of June.

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In addition, NYC and Company has declared 2019 the Year of Pride. Although Pride Month ends on June 30th, events highlighting the art and contribution of members of the LGBTQ+ community will continue through the year.

The sites set to light up for Pride Month are:

Manhattan

  • Bloomberg Headquarters: June 30.

  • City Hall. June 10- 30.

  • Empire State Building: June 30.

  • Helmsley Building: June 24–30.

  • Javits Center’s Crystal Palace: June 26–30.

  • Madison Square Garden: June 30.

  • One Bryant Park: June 28–30.

  • One World Trade Center: Base, June 26–30; Spire, June 28–30.

  • 151 West 42: June 28–30.

  • Pershing Square-42nd Street Viaduct (Grand Central Partnership & MTA Metro-North): June 26–30.

  • Pier 17: June 26–30.

  • 30 Rockefeller Plaza: June 26-30

Brooklyn

  • Barclays Center: June 24-26; June 29-30.

  • Coney Island Parachute Jump in cooperation with Luna Park NYC: June 26–30.

  • Weylin, together with Brooktech: June 26–30.

The Bronx

  • The Bronx Borough President’s Office: June 25–30.

  • Hutchinson Metro Center: Every evening through June 30.

Staten Island

  • Empire Outlets: Every evening through June 30.

Queens

  • Resorts World Casino New York City: June 30.

$13M Private Island Just Outside NYC

This unique home located in New Rochelle just outside New York City is not only situated on a pair of private islands with over five acres of land, but with a year’s worth of fuel oil, the islands are completely self-sustaining for off-the-grid living right in Westchester County. An inspired renovation by the current owner means custom everything and integration with nature without sacrificing comfort. Asking $13 million, Columbia and Pea Islands–and a 5,625-square-foot home–are definitely not your ordinary property.

Accessed by boat, Columbia Island is home to an innovative residence with four bedrooms and two baths. The home’s current owner is a former physician, a real estate developer, film and stage producer, actor and activist who took on the challenge of creating a livable dream retreat amid nature and water.

Built on bedrock—the same geologic feature that supports Manhattan skyscrapers–the Columbia Island house is surrounded by seawall and landscape decking. An open kitchen and dining area overlook Long Island Sound.

The home’s massive great room is ideal for entertaining with stunning water views from every angle.

The home’s lower level space features exposed brick walls and high ceilings. The space can be used for a media/game room or art studio, just to name a few creative possibilities.

Up on the roof you’ll find New York City views from your own private perch. It’s a rare opportunity to be inspired by nature and enjoy solitude–or throw unforgettable parties.

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The modern home was constructed to be completely self-sufficient. Systems include a solar-supplied electricity and diesel generator back-ups with quadruple redundancy; a reverse osmosis water filtration and desalination system, the same state-of-the-art system used in surgical settings to provide extremely pure water; and triple-redundant flood and storm protection that the system’s builder calls “considerably better than lower Manhattan’s.”

There’s in-floor radiant heat with triple redundant boilers and hot water heat exchanger and a sewage system. The property is protected by multiple on-site fire suppression systems since the island isn’t accessible to municipal fire trucks.

Within paddling distance, the nearly-five-acre Pea Island is a mini-sanctuary offering spectacular views and raw natural beauty including open beach with lush indigenous plants. It has development potential, but it could also just serve as an undeveloped backyard.

Columbia Island got its name from CBS, its owner rom the 1940s-60s. CBS constructed a concrete transmitter bunker, providing emergency accommodations for 10 workers and a broadcast tower that served the New York metro area until 1963.

TV and radio entertainers Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy were the next owners, and used the space to broadcast a “breakfast conversation” talk radio show.

[Listing: 1 Columbia Island by Patti Anderson for Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty]

350 Albany Street, Unit 6A


350 Albany Street, Unit 6A

BATTERY PARK CITY, MANHATTAN

1 Bed  |  1.5 Bath  |  Condo | Doorman

Offered At $819,000


Make iconic harbor views your backdrop in this expansive, move-in ready one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom home in a full-service Battery Park City condominium right on the Hudson.


Both spacious and well-planned, this 833-square-foot home's layout places living and sleeping quarters at opposite ends for optimal peace and privacy. Deep-stained wide-plank floors and tall ceilings provide a chic and airy setting for living and dining areas, while the wide west-facing window frames breathtaking treetop and river views. Enjoy a bright pass-through kitchen filled with beautiful cabinetry, granite countertops and full-size appliances, including a gas range and dishwasher.


Head to the palatial master bedroom to find more than enough room for a king-size bedroom and extra furniture complemented by two large closets and a pristine en suite bathroom filled with fine stone and modern fixtures. Two more roomy closets and a powder room near the entry add convenience, and central heat and air ensure year-round comfort in this peaceful BPC beauty.


Hudson Tower is a handsome brick condominium with a prime Battery Park location on a quiet cul-de-sac right along the river. Residents of the full-service building enjoy 24-hour concierge service, live-in superintendent, luggage room, laundry room on each floor, fitness room, storage, bike room, onsite parking garage, courtyard and a gorgeous rooftop deck with shimmering water views. Sorry, no pets.
The surrounding neighborhood is filled with phenomenal waterfront outdoor space, including the Battery Park City Esplanade, Rector Park and The Battery. World-class shopping, dining and entertainment are minutes away thanks to the phenomenal Brookfield Place and Westfield World Trade Center. Transportation is effortless with 1/2/3, N/R/W and 4/5 trains and the World Financial Center Ferry Landing all nearby.

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100 Best Things To Do In New Jersey

100 Best things to do in New Jersey

by Your RV Lifestyle Staff

New Jersey is also known as the ‘Garden State’. It is well-known for the wonderful crops such as corn, tomatoes, and blueberries that are grown there. Additionally, it is known as the ‘Diner Capital of the World’ with many delicious foods regarded as local cuisine.

Historically, over 100 battles were fought on New Jersey soil, and the state is regarded as the Pathway of the Revolution.

Did you know that New Jersey has more horses per square mile than any other state? The first baseball game was played in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1845?

Whatever you plan to do on your holiday, you will find many interesting things to see and do in this state.

1. The Jersey Shore

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This is more an area than a specific place. It is the shoreline of the state which runs for 141 miles from Perth Amboy to Cape May Point.

‘The shore’ is famous for the boardwalks along the way. Many of them are filled with arcades and amusement parks. All of them have plenty of places to buy food so you may want to check into a hotel along the shoreline and stay a few days.

2. Ellis Island

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This is found in Upper New York Bay. It was the entrance point for over 12 million immigrants from 1892 – 1954.
The original island was far smaller than what you see today. The Statue of Liberty monument is now a part of the island, and you will find a museum on the island.
You can access the island by means of boats which are readily available on the mainland.

3. Liberty State Park

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You will find this on Upper New York Bay in Jersey City. The park is bordered on three sides by water and is directly across from both Liberty Island and Ellis Islands, so the views of the islands are marvellous.
This is a great park to take a packed lunch on a sunny day and enjoy the outdoors.

4. Montclair Art Museum

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This is found in Montclair, just a few miles west of New York City. There are over 12,000 exhibits dedicated to American Art and Native American art forms.
The School of Art, which is based there offers classes for both professional and amateur artists, and there is an extensive programme of art education for all ages.
Allow yourself a full day to see the museum. There is a cafe where you can get lunch.

5. Reeves-Reed Arboretum

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This is found in the town of Summit and is the only arboretum in the state. The nice thing about this is that it is free to enter, making it a good day out for a family.
The rose garden was added in 1925 and the herb garden in 1968. Try to visit the garden in May, when it is ablaze with Azaleas, Roses, lilacs, and many more. Make sure you see the Rose garden which contains 286 rose bushes. The garden also explodes with colour from 30,000 daffodils in April.

205 Third Avenue, Unit 7LM


205 Third Avenue, Unit 7LM

GRAMERCY PARK, MANHATTAN

3 Bed  |  2 Bath  |  Co-op | Doorman

Offered At $2,375,000


This beautifully gut-renovated and combined three-bedroom, two-bathroom home offers expansive living areas, designer details and private outdoor space in an esteemed white-brick Gramercy cooperative.


Arrive in this approximately 1,600-square-foot home via a gracious entry flanked by large closets and a full bathroom. Ahead, the sunny main living space welcomes you home with golden light thanks to the wide glass doors leading to an oversized west-facing balcony. Enjoy morning coffee or an after-dinner drink al fresco while dramatic views stretch all the way to the iconic Met Life Tower. Back inside, hardwood floors will guide you past the large breakfast bar to the beautifully renovated kitchen. Custom cabinetry spoils chefs with a pull-out spice rack and under counter pull out refuse bin, a large pantry and vertical shelving. Caesarstone countertops and chic glass tile surround new stainless steel appliances, including a gas range, dishwasher, wine refrigerator and built-in microwave.


Three spacious bedrooms are arranged around a large hall alcove that can easily serve as a family room, home office or playroom , and pin-drop quiet will lull you to sleep thanks to CityQuiet windows and thorough sound insulation. In the master suite, you'll enjoy plenty of room for a king-size bed and furniture plus a massive walk-in custom closet, and the en-suite master bathroom is a serene escape featuring a large walk-in shower. No detail was overlooked to create a home of effortless ease, including Elfa shelving systems in all closets, water filtration in the kitchen, brand-new HVAC units, and new interior doors and hardware throughout. 


Gramercy Park Towers is a revered postwar co-op offering luxury services and amenities, including 24-hour doorman and concierge, fitness center with Peloton bikes, Zen garden, on-site parking, bike storage, and a spectacular roof deck with 360-degree views. With immediate access to Union Square, the Flatiron District and Greenwich Village, there's seemingly no end to the nearby dining, shopping, entertainment and nightlife. Nearby N/Q/R, 4/5/6 and L trains put the rest of the city mere minutes away. There is a monthly $236 utility fee regardless of utility usage.

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The Monthly Update - June 2019

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Could There Be a Change in This Buyers' Market?


It's been widely recognized in many real estate forums that the falling rental prices over the past few years have contributed significantly to the softening of the sellers' market in New York City. But, during the first quarter of this year, and in the second quarter thus far, we've begun to see an increase in rental prices as more buyers decide not to move forward in the sales market. As this demand continues to push rental prices upwards, sponsors and landlords have been less likely to give concessions. Further, this overall stiffening of rental prices while demand starts to outweigh supply could be a key turning point in the future of Manhattan real estate, for the short term at least. This was documented in a couple of recent news articles in Bloomberg [link here] and The Real Deal [link here].

Will rental prices go high enough to match mortgage amounts on a monthly basis? Sellers sure hope so, but if you're a buyer in this marketplace hoping to take advantage of super-low real estate prices and steady interest rates — your time is now! Trust me when I tell you that trying to time the market has been the downfall of many hopeful buyers and their agents.


In the News

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MTA's New Tap-To-Pay System is Here

Have you noticed anything different about the MTA turnstiles lately? The recently installed tap-to-pay screens will go into effect starting the first week of June. But don’t worry, you’ll be able to continue swiping your traditional Metrocard through 2023. For those interested, check out this article by 6sqft, which details the upcoming technology shift. READ MORE

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Compass.com Has a New Look

We've revamped our homepage and added even more functionality to make it easier than ever to find homes you'll love. Click over today to check out properties in your area that you won't find anywhere else!  SEE IT HERE


Local Events

SummerStage 2019

June 1 - September 24 
Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage returns with nearly 100 free and benefit performances from 200 artists in Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks across New York City. Click here for more information. 

Amazing Father's Day Scavenger Hunt 

Sunday, June 16 

This Father's Day, dads across the city will meet at Slattery's Midtown Pub to embark on a scavenger hunt following a series of clues that send them around the city to complete mental and physical challenges. Put dad to the test! Get your tickets here



The Daily Habits of Supremely Happy People — And How To Implement Them

Happiness — as a concept, you may find it laughable; elusive to the point of hilarity. But what if we have it all wrong? What if we regularly confuse perceived perfection with happiness, rendering it inherently unattainable? That would explain a lot about perceived unhappiness, wouldn’t it? So, if happiness is attainable after all, what’s the secret? 

Martin Seligman, the originator of positive psychology, posits that 60% of the happiness equation is determined by genetics and environment, and 40% by our personal attitudes and approaches. Sounds like a solid theory to me. 


Here are 6 daily habits of the supremely happy among us:


1. Spending time with other happy people

As human animals, we possess the rare ability to seek and find hell or heaven in other people. The many types of toxic relationships that drag us down into the depths are oh-so-easy to come by, so it follows that the best antidote to a whole lot of potential unhappiness is surrounding oneself with positive people. Doing so has been linked to higher confidence, creativity, and straight-up fun. Joy is contagious, after all.

Researchers who studied the proliferation of happiness over 20 years found those surrounded by happy people more likely to be happy in the future. Think of it as an investment in yourself, then— a retirement fund of sorts.


2. Taking time to celebrate the good stuff

The importance of celebrating victories, particularly small ones, is often understated in the pursuit of always-greater ambitions. Unsurprisingly, many happy people take time to appreciate everything that goes well, which can be very rewarding and mood-boosting.

Choosing to see the silver lining offers health benefits too, like reduced stress, less pain, and longevity among those with heart disease. Happy people know how important it is to be present, appreciating a good meal, a deep connection, or a sunny day. Just as negative thoughts are often self-fulfilling, so too are positive ones!


3. Exercising the power to give

Even the smallest of good deeds — like buying a friend an art piece or book — can do wonders for your happiness. Helping others not only makes them happy, but also triggers a surge of oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine in the giver, all of which instigate decidedly happy feelings.

Research project Americans’ Changing Lives found people of all ages who volunteered were happier and healthier physically, experiencing what is known as the “helper’s high,” a euphoric state often experienced by people who give of their time, energy, or money.


4. Taking time to listen — in person, when possible

According to David Mezzapelle, author of Contagious Optimism, “When you listen you open up your ability to take in more knowledge versus blocking the world with your words or your distracting thoughts.” 

A person who knows how to listen often leaves a conversation feeling purposeful. In this vein, one study found those who take part in more substantive conversation (as opposed to small talk) feel more satisfied.

Additionally, having in-person interactions with friends — rather than online ones — cultivates pleasant feelings and reduces anxiety.


5. Smiling shamelessly

No one, and I mean no one, wakes up feeling happy every day. But some people really work at it. Even if you’re not feeling positive, seeking a happy thought within yourself, and then summoning a genuine smile in response to it can boost your happiness levels and make you more productive.

It’s as shockingly simple as it seems: the mere act of trying to be happy is tantamount to choosing to be happy, and it very often works.


6. Cultivating resilience

According to psychologist Peter Kramer, resilience — rather than happiness — is the opposite of depression. Developing a thick skin and knowing how to recover and bounce back after a failure is key to succeeding at life, and therefore integral to happiness, which should be our chief success indicator.

As the great Johnny Cash once said, “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone… You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”

NYC Bans Plastic

As local politicians scramble to change decades of waste and bad habits, businesses are often in a better position to have an impact on the planet, and some are eager to oblige. Whole Foods just announced they’d be ending the use of plastic straws in their juice bars and cafes and packaging rotisserie chickens in bags instead of plastic cartons, the New York Post reports. And grocery megachain Wegmans says they’ll be bagging single-use plastic bags by the end of this year, ahead of a statewide ban. Recently Mayor Bill De Blasio weighed in with NYC’s own Green New Deal; the mayor announced in April that the city has passed an executive order intended to mobilize resources to combat climate change. In addition to addressing the more obvious plastic, the plan includes the phasing-out of processed meat purchased by government-run facilities like hospitals and schools–but not street vendors, restaurants or stores.

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The mayor’s executive order, which has been well-received by local pols, bans the purchase of unnecessary single-use plastics in favor of compostable alternatives by the year’s end. According to Metro, New York City currently purchases 1.1 million pounds of single-use plastic foodware–flatware, cartons and lids, for example–annually. The ban will trim a whopping 95 percent of all single-use plastics, reducing NYC’s carbon emissions by about 500 tons a year.

Under the new law, no new contracts will be signed for single-use plastic foodware items (except to keep a supply on hand for customers who request them, as the American Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates that they be made available on request). Businesses and agencies are expected to have a reduction plan ready within 120 days and implement it by the end of the year. As far as the processed meat cutback, the aim is to curtail methane gas-blasting, resource-hogging beef.

Mark Chambers, director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, said in a statement, “Let’s call single-use plastic what it is: pollution. We need to leave these harmful plastics behind, and reducing the city’s use of plastic foodware is a huge step in that direction.”