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Fendi Chateau Residences, a Miami Favorite

Over the past few years, southern Florida has seen a trend of luxury brands collaborating with real estate developers to build high-end condos. These designer condos provide a custom experience which gives developers an edge in an oversaturated housing market. In the tiny Miami shoreline community of Surfside, the Château Group and FENDI have created a 12-story luxury tower called the FENDI Château Residences, set to open in the spring of 2016. Kristin and I visited this project on our trip to Miami a few weeks ago and were very […]

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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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Spotlight on 10 Sullivan Street

Between Sixth Avenue and Sullivan Street, the 10 Sullivan Street development has garnered attention and has been likened to the Flatiron Building. What struck me first was that all south facing units from the second floor up have unobstructed views towards the World Trade Center. 10 Sullivan Street, at 16 stories, is the tallest residential building in the historical district of SoHo. It has 20 units, including four townhouses and a $45 million penthouse with a pool and fourth-level outdoor space. Residents of the development will enjoy amenities such as […]

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Elements “Forest” Preschool Set to Open this Summer in the Lower East Side

I’m very excited about Elements Preschool being set to open this summer at 99 Suffolk Street in the Lower East Side. Elements will feature a landscaped outdoor area which will allow for a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor learning activities. Founded by Shilpa Sethi, the school will follow the New York Common Core curriculum, integrated with nature-based activities inspired by the forest school model, which teaches children through hands-on activities in the outdoors. Forest schools encourage kids to stay active by running, playing, climbing, and exploring the surrounding environment. While forest […]

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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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The “Other” Green

Sometimes I’m also about the other “green…” Here’s a little tip from a friend of mine that introduced me to the “Search for Lost Money” page on the NY State Comptroller’s website.  Type in your name to see if you have any unclaimed funds.  If there is unclaimed money in your name, simply fill out the requested forms and you will receive a check within a few months. I had one and my wife had three unclaimed sets of funds floating around out there.  The amount of the check will […]

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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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A Look at the Newly Opened Eco-Hotel and Residences, 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach

While in Miami for the Formula E races this month, I was able to check out the 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach just before the launch.  I was impressed by the way nature was brought indoors with the use of plants, driftwood, water, and huge windows.  The first property of the 1 Hotels brand, they opened their doors on Wednesday and they are already redefining what guests and residents have come to expect of luxury lifestyle in Miami.  The eco-friendly project, spearheaded by Starwood Chairman and CEO, Barry Sternlicht, […]

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Architectural Digest Expo Visit

by Bo Poulsen Last Sunday was a beautiful day in the city. I managed to take the day off and head over to the Architectural Digest Expo on the Hudson River to see the latest trends in Home design. Was great to see my friends from Blu Homes back this year representing their eco-friendly prefab homes. Am hoping to have an opportunity to work with them in the city soon as I see great potential in what they are doing. Unfortunately there was little new in terms of sustainable design […]

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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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Tesla Motors – The Car of the Future is Happening Now

by Bo Poulsen The healthiest competition I have seen on the market lately is the race to gain electric vehicle (EV) market share.  I’m looking forward to the day when I can take my clients around in my model X powered by the photovoltaics on my roof. Although I still enjoy riding my bicycle to showings, sometimes we just need a little more room. Tesla motors launched in 2003 with the mission to bring about high quality sustainable transportation for the masses. The economic crash of 2008 almost wiped the […]

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New York Times Article about Passive Houses in New York City

It’s great to see all of the Passive House (Passivhaus) construction happening around New York City as detailed in this New York Times article published yesterday.  Check it out to learn more about some of the Passive Homes in NYC neighborhoods such as the Upper West Side, Cobble Hill, Harlem, Carroll Gardens, and Bushwick.  As you may know by now, my wife and I are in the process of retrofitting our Ditmas Park home to Passive House standards.  The costs to build to Passive House standards are very close to typical […]

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Miami’s Formula E Race / Prost Takes the Win

by Bo Poulsen I have just returned from a trip to Miami where I attended the fifth round of this year’s Formula E races.  Nicholas Prost, son of legendary F1 driver Alain Prost, won the race, with Scott Speed of Andretti racing coming in second. Formula E, the world’s first entirely electric racing series, debuted in Beijing in September 2014. If you haven’t heard of it before now, fear not – the buzz surrounding Formula E is just starting to get louder than the eco-friendly cars circling the tracks. Here’s […]

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Driving the Future, Margo Oge’s Upcoming Book

Ken Kimmell, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, recently wrote a great review of Margo Oge’s upcoming book, Driving the Future.  Margo Oge is the mother of my friend, Nicole Oge, and both of them are powerful women who don’t take no for an answer.  Margo served with the Environmental Protection Agency for 32 years and recently retired as the Director for the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, a role she served in for 18 years.  During her time with the EPA, she made changes that were previously […]

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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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