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New Sales Listing: 37 West 12th Street, #6B

Snow falls softly over Village rooftops. You gaze out over them as you cozy up next to your fireplace with bourbon in hand. Taken from another era, this is surely where Don Draper would call home today. An impeccably designed apartment melding 30s aesthetic with modern technology. The living room greets you with views to the World Trade Center over brownstones and tree lined streets. With every step you feel the quality underfoot of the Chilean wide plank oak floors. Music is piped through built in speakers controlled by Sonos […]

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Urban Beekeeping 101

20 years ago, if I had written about beekeeping in the city, it may have been a light-hearted piece of informative fluff. These days, the situation is a bit too dire for that. Honey bee populations around the world are being threatened with extinction by a constellation of old and new environmental stressors and the mysterious disappearance of adult bee populations in hives, which scientists have dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Since 2007, when the disorder was first publicly identified, honey bee populations have seen a dramatic decrease in their numbers. While […]

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NYC’s Historic Districts at a Glance

New York City is home to the ghosts of several historic districts, as well as a few that are still alive and kicking. While the names of these districts are in some cases obsolete or near obsolete, most of these neighborhoods have managed, for better or worse, to retain a bit of their historic flare. In places like the Flower District and the Garment District, the ghost hasn’t been given up so easily. While these districts may be but shadows of their former floral and mercantile glories respectively, there are […]

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New Rental Listing: 104 Reade Street, #3E

Downtown loft living doesn’t get any better than this. Just restored with a contemporary look by famed designer Valerie Pasquiou. Tribeca Loft Condominium with soaring 12-foot ceilings of beautifully-designed interior space. As you enter into the dramatic great room with an original tin ceiling, marble window sills, you are bathed in light flowing in from 3 oversized south-facing windows. Here you’ll enjoy the perfect setting for entertaining, while preparing wonderful meals in the sleek open chef’s kitchen with high end appliances that overlooks the entire living area. The 2 generously-sized […]

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Tall Wood: Mass Timber Movement Grows In NYC

Rendering courtesy of SHoP In recent years, a quiet revolution has been underway: the revolution of mass timber. Several visionary architectural firms and developers are exploring “tall wood” as a viable alternative building material to steel and concrete. While a number of mass timber projects have been completed around the world (none of which have been eaten by termites), America’s new wooden warriors have been greeted with quite a bit of skepticism here in the U.S. Most people’s first thought is probably the risk of fire; after all, wood has […]

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Paris 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference & How We Can Take Action in 2016

On November 30th, talks began in Paris with the stated goal of ceasing all greenhouse emissions and the use of nonrenewable resources by 2050, limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees celsius compared to pre-industrial levels, and investing in new infrastructures for a sustainable, green world. The 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference, also known as COP21, was attended by representatives from participating governments and the industry, technology, and science sectors, including President Obama, French President Francoise Hollande and tech visionary Bill Gates. After nearly 2 weeks of talks, the […]

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Top 10 New Developments in Miami for 2015

Over the past few years Miami has seen a building boom with luxury condos rising above the scenic coastal views. Having recently returned from a week in Miami for Art Basel, I thought it appropriate to spotlight some of the most buzz worthy projects down south, where a growing number of clients and friends have invested or are looking to invest. Pairing the best of urban living with beach side views and spacious accommodations, these ten developments show the height of what 2015 brought to the Miami skyline. Let me know if […]

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Blue Sea Development, Creating Sustainable Affordable Housing in the South Bronx

My recent article about the developments popping up in the Bronx elicited several emails expressing surprise that this recently sleepy neighborhood is becoming a burgeoning hipster scene. I thought it appropriate to call attention to a less flashy but highly admirable development company in the area, Blue Sea Development. Many New Yorkers have grown accustomed to feeling at odds with the spaces they inhabit. This is perhaps most acutely true in the city’s affordable housing sector, where too often, “affordable housing” has meant a drab, cramped, insensitively designed box that is far […]

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Make Your Gift Count: This Holiday Season’s Top 5 NYC Charities

Photo courtesy of The Bowery Mission For many of us, the holiday season is a special time when we can look back on the previous year’s events and accomplishments, relax and enjoy the company of our families and our closest friends, and take stock of all for which we have to be thankful. This merry season reaches its climax on New Year’s Eve in the moments leading up to midnight; and in these moments, surrounded by the people we love, we quietly give thanks for the opportunity to have made […]

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New Rental Listing: 88 Crosby Street, #5G

A true Soho loft full of charm in an elevator, cast-iron building. This top floor apartment is approximately 2,000 square feet and is an entertainer’s dream with a spacious, airy living room which boasts 18 foot ceilings and two magnificent, grand sky lights over the living room and kitchen area. Along the East wall are windows overlooking Crosby Street. This unique 2 bedroom loft has so much character due to the original details, interior brick walls, gleaming hardwood floors and wooden columns. The large open kitchen has stainless steel appliances and tons […]

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A Selection of NYC’s Biggest Real Estate Deals of 2015

Real Estate predictions for 2015 guessed that we would see more luxury developments in Manhattan, continued activity in Queens, office space in Brooklyn, and increased interest in the Bronx. As the year comes to a close, let’s take a look at some of 2015’s highest-profile real estate deals, to see how accurate this year’s predictions were. Manhattan 308 Mulberry Street Noho After purchasing the site (along with 298 Mulberry) for $178.5 million this year, Broad Street Development plans to build a 58-unit residential building, complete with a gym, swimming pool, […]

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Li-Fi: Faster Internet with a Potential Reduced Carbon Footprint

After Estonian startup Velmenni successfully tested a commercial application of Li-Fi technology in their offices last month, many are wondering whether wi-fi is soon to become a thing of the past. Li-Fi is a method of delivering data which uses the visible light spectrum rather than radio waves. It requires a light source (such as an LED bulb), an internet connection, and a photo detector. The result is internet access that is 100 times faster than wi-fi, with speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. The technology was first introduced to […]

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