Real Estate Along the NYC Marathon Course

With the NYC Marathon coming up this Sunday, November 1, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at real estate along the marathon course. From Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island all the way up to Mott Haven, Bronx, here’s what you could expect if you wanted to rent or buy along the marathon course: Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island The marathon kicks off near the approach to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Fort Wadsworth, a former United States military installation. Today, Fort Wadsworth is a park maintained by the National Park Service, and […]

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The Benefits of Going Vegetarian for a Day (Week/Month/Year/Lifetime)

You may have heard that a global reduction in the consumption of meat and other animal-based foods would have huge benefits for the planet. What you might not know is just how radical these impacts would be. Take a look at these statistics: According to a Huffington Post article, If everyone in the U.S. went vegetarian for one day, we would save: 100 billion gallons of water, enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost 4 months 1.5 billion pounds of crops otherwise fed to livestock, enough […]

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Sustainable NYC Living: Organic Farmers at NYC Farmers Markets

There’s something very relaxing about strolling through an outdoor farmers market, and NYC is home to many of these arrays of colorful produce and delicious aromas. On weekends and some weekdays, various corners of the city are filled with everything from vegetables, microgreens, and orchard fruits to grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, and exotic cheeses from northern New York, western Pennsylvania, and as far south as Cumberland County, NJ. Activities such as recipe and book exchanges, cooking demonstrations, and live music all add to the magical feel of these displays. While I’ve rounded up […]

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Rooftop Reds, New York’s First Rooftop Vineyard

Later this month, Rooftop Reds will officially launch New York City’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard. There are plenty of craft breweries and a few spirits distilleries in NYC, but until recently, the closest we could get to “local” wine came from Long Island or upstate, sometimes several hours away. Devin Shomaker hopes to change that with his 14,000 square foot rooftop vineyard at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In 2013, Shomaker recruited winemakers Evan Miles and Chris Papalia along with Thomas Shomaker to develop their Brooklyn-grown wine business, named Rooftop […]

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This Weekend: Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival

As someone who appreciates good wine, I wanted to share that Industry City will be hosting the Spring 2015 Edition of Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisinal Food Festival this Saturday during an afternoon session and an evening session.  Over 200 wines will be available for sampling as well as hors d’oeuvres and jazz.  It’s a great location and a great event which you will be sure to enjoy if you can make it out.  Tickets range from $79 for general admission to $179 for VIP which will get you tastings of higher-end […]

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Turn Gallery Exhibit: Paper Garden, Works by Sue Heatley

Friday night I checked out Turn Gallery‘s latest exhibit, Paper Garden by Sue Heatley.  Sue Heatley is a Hamptons-based pattern maker who works with Sekishu paper to make linocuts such as the one above.  Her work has been featured in Hamptons Cottages and Gardens, Beach Magazine, and Dan’s Papers among many others, and has been displayed at Estée Lauder Companies, The United States Department of State, and Virginia Commonwealth University (also among many others). The exhibit features about two dozen of her works and runs through June 14th. Turn Gallery is run by Annika […]

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This Weekend: Five Boro Craft Beer Fest

Tickets are selling out quickly for this weekend’s Five Boro Craft Beer Fest. And besides wine, what’s better than beer…well maybe bourbon. But this weekend t’s all about beer! Held in Long Island City, the event is in its second year and has 44 brewers serving over 100 craft beers.  All of the beers are made in one of the five boroughs or the nearby area, so it’s a great opportunity to support local artisans while having your share of never-before-tasted small batch craft beer.  There will be live music and […]

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Congratulations to Marianne Hyde, Winner of the April Real Estate Quiz

Bo Poulsen Real Estate Quiz Prospect Park Map

The winner of the April real estate quiz is Marianne Hyde.  An architect here in NYC, Marianne is excited about having won a one year Citi Bike membership because she uses Citi Bike to travel around the city visiting job sites, picking up her kids from school, and doing just about everything else! Her firm ZH Architects, which she runs with her husband Stas Zakrzewski, has a varied portfolio of projects ranging from single family homes to new mixed use condominiums, the common link being an obsession with beautiful modern detailing and sustainable building practices.  […]

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NYC Bike Paths

Biking in the city can be intimidating to those not accustomed to maneuvering through lanes of cars, pedestrians, and other cyclists.  It’s not for everyone, however the city is becoming more bike-friendly with designated bike paths and greenways popping up throughout the boroughs. I love taking my bike out and you’ll usually see me taking my bike to appointments when it’s not snowing or raining out. A few of my clients enjoy bringing their own bikes; it’s a great way to get around to see open open houses on a […]

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Playgrounds with the Most Natural Habitats Around NYC

My article about the soon-to-open Elements Preschool touches upon the benefits of natural habitats for reducing stress, improving relationships, and reducing inattention among children.  An interesting three year study at the University of Colorado confirmed what we all know inherently to be true: being in nature feels good and helps us all cope with stress.  I’ve rounded up a list of playgrounds in NYC that have nice natural features, so that you and your kids can take a break from the hustle and bustle, or at least take a break from the […]

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Upcoming NYC Bike Tours

Photo of cyclists for Bo Poulsen Upcoming Bike Rides blog post

Each summer, bicyclists flood the city to see New York from the vantage point of their bicycles, and many New Yorkers trade their subway commutes for bike rides. If you’re looking to take your enthusiasm for cycling to the next level, consider signing up for one (or more) of New York’s many bike tours. It’s a great way to explore the boroughs individually or bike them all at once – here’s a list of upcoming tours you can ride: Tour de Staten Island April 12 35 miles/55 miles The Tour […]

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NYC’s Best Outdoor Dining Spots

by Bo Poulsen Spring has arrived and New Yorkers are looking to make the most of the longer days and warmer temperatures. Many restaurants are finally opening their outdoor spaces for the season – Here are NYC’s best outdoor dining spots, as chosen by my team and me (Gabrielle Marcus and Kristin Herrara): Barbuto 775 Washington St New York, NY 10014 b/t Jane St & 12th St in West Village Situated in a garage space on Washington Street, Barbuto creates a unique environment with its open kitchen and sidewalk seating. […]

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Congratulations to Ronald De La Fuentes, winner of the March Real Estate Quiz

The winner of the March real estate quiz is Ronald De La Fuentes from Curaçao.  Ronald, the next time you’re in NYC, you’re heading to The Copenhagen with a guest for lunch. Check out Ronald’s ever so cool social media website, www.eleqt.com. The question was:  What is the nickname of the Danish architect Bjarke Ingel’s first New York project on 57th Street. (think back to Geometry class) And the answer is: The Tetrahedron. Thank you to all of you who submitted your responses.

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The Copenhagen – A Taste of Home in Tribeca

by Bo Poulsen If you’re looking for a taste of Denmark in Manhattan, look no further than The Copenhagen at 13 Laight Street.  Opened in November 2012 by Sanne Ytting this restaurant specializes in open faced sandwiches called Smørrebrød (pronounced something like “smərrebrəd) during lunch and the now famous new Nordic kitchen for dinner. All baking, pickling and smoking is done in-house. I consider this the most authentic Danish cuisine in NYC and the food is complemented by great staff and a new art exhibit every four months. Friends often […]

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