Real Estate News from August 2011

  • Tours of Washington Heights This Fall By Adam Rothstein | August 19, 2011

    Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood is gearing up for a series of walking tours exploring its historic significance this fall, beginning in September. James Renner, a neighborhood intellectual and the Community Board 12 appointed historian will be leading them, sharing his love of both Washington Heights, as well as Manhattan’s Inwood with anyone willing to learn. Explains Renner in a DNAinfo article, “these tours will demonstrate to the resident and visitor alike how Upper Manhattan has changed and adapted to suit the needs of its new inhabitants and tourists.” The first of their kind in this vibrant part of NYC, these “walk-abouts” promise to promote awareness and provide education hitherto unavailable to Manhattanites and tourists alike.

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  • Potbelly Serves Up Deliciousness in Union Square By Adam Rothstein | August 17, 2011

    A taste explosion has hit Manhattan’s Union Square neighborhood. To be fair, there are several other areas within NYC that have already experienced this phenomenon. Potbelly Sandwich Shop, originally a Chicago hot-spot that features their famous toasted sandwiches, has taken Manhattan by storm. With newly opened locations in the Financial District and Midtown East, and eight to ten more on the horizon by 2012, it is poised to become one of NYC’s favorite lunch hang-outs. The reason for its immediate success can be summed up quite succinctly in a remark made by its New York market manager Chris Flett, who explained that “Potbelly offers what New Yorkers look for in a sandwich shop.” And judging by their success so far, it would appear that Mr. Flett’s comment is one hundred percent accurate.

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  • Northern Central Park Restoration Finally Complete By Christine Mulé | August 17, 2011

    As many New Yorkers probably remember, two years ago in August a massive rainstorm and tornado hit the city, making a mess of everything in its path. The northern part of Central Park was destroyed pretty badly; more than 500 trees were knocked down by strong winds, destroying parts of the park in Harlem. Since then, the Central Park Conservancy has been working on restoring almost 300 acres of Central Park. The northern area of Central Park that the Central Park Conservancy has been working on restoring had a historic-ness to it prior to the storm, so the goal of the conservancy was to restore it back to its original state rather than update it in a modern way. They wanted to take this area of the park back to the way the park was before the 1950s, evoking the Manhattan of old.

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  • Nordstrom Opening Charity Store In SoHo By Christine Mulé | August 17, 2011

    Soho will soon be hit with Nordstrom’s Treasure&Bond store at 350 W. Broadway. The store is looking to shake things up a bit; rather than putting a clothing or shoe store at their new location, Nordstrom’s is going to open a store that sells gifts and art. The catch with this new store is that it is going to be way more than a place to shop. Nordstrom’s is looking to create a place for the Soho community to come together and they are doing everything different to make this a possibility. From appearance to what they sell to what they do, Treasure&Bond will be the result of a complete overhaul on the typical Nordstrom’s store.

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  • Manhattan's First Energy-Positive Building Planned for Kips Bay By Christine Mulé | August 17, 2011

    Manhattan will soon be getting its first energy-positive building: a new building planned by Solar One to not only produce its own energy, but give extra energy back into the New York City grid. Condominiums for sale nearby this Kips Bay building will likely benefit from the advancement in green construction, making Kips Bay the first Manhattan neighborhood to house a building that gives back more energy to the grid than it uses up. These advancements in green building technology will hopefully mark the start of a new construction phase when it comes to Manhattan condominiums; if Solar One can build a building that is this highly recognized on go-green scales, then maybe condominiums will begin to adopt the construction process and become energy-positive buildings as well.

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  • Residential + Manufacturing + Commercial = Mixed-Use Success By Phil Ryan | August 17, 2011

    MX. Those two letters, as well as being the abbreviation for Mexico, are the product of New York City’s Department of City Planning, the same department that’s done contextual rezonings of North Tribeca, West Clinton, Chelsea, and Williamsburg and Greenpoint, to name a few of their more famous projects. While these have gained some attention, in part due to their large scale and high-profile neighborhoods with rapid development, some of its other concepts have been pretty muted. One of them is the mixed-use (MX) district, a type of special use area, which seeks to balance and broaden the range of land uses in a given area.

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  • Guitars With A Twist in the West Village By Adam Rothstein | August 17, 2011

    The beat goes on in Manhattan’s West Village. Carmine Street Guitars, owned and operated by Rick Kelly, has tailored his business to a unique approach; he crafts his guitars from pieces of wood once a part of historic NYC buildings. More specifically, he uses white pine boards that he salvages from newly demolished structures. An example of one of these iconic buildings is the Hotel Chelsea, which has begun conversion into luxury rental apartments, thus pushing Kelly's efforts as he pays homage to the past. Most would view these materials, in their raw state, as nothing more than garbage, but Kelly instead believes them to be slices of NYC’s architectural history. “If they could talk, they would have some stories to tell,” explained Kelly when discussing his process. Perhaps it could be said that their transformation into guitars has finally given them a true voice after all.

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  • 2nd Avenue Deli Comes to the Upper East Side By Adam Rothstein | August 16, 2011

    Manhattan’s Upper East Side just got a whole lot tastier. As of 6:30 this morning, a new 2nd Avenue deli opened 1442 First Avenue, on 76th street. Combined with its other location, at 162 East 33rd Street near 3rd Avenue in the Murray Hill neighborhood, it now finds itself servicing a two different areas of NYC. Residents in the Upper East Side, in both luxury rentals and condominiums, can now enjoy a tasty sandwich without having to leave their home-base.

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  • Luxury Health Services in Battery Park City By Adam Rothstein | August 16, 2011

    A game-changing new medical facility will be opening soon in Battery Park City. Unlike its predecessors, Medhattan Immediate Medical Care aims to offer top of the line service with a luxurious twist. As opposed to traditional paper gowns, it will supply plush robes, and also free apples and granola bars for patients to snack on in the waiting room. Founded by Dr. Alicia Salzer and Dr. Leslie Miller, it will open in mid-September in the basement of 106 Liberty Street. With the closure of nearby St. Vincent’s Hospital last year, coupled with the population boom being experienced in Battery Park City, it would appear that the opening of this facility is coming at the perfect time.

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  • 96th Street: A Fading Boundary? By Phil Ryan | August 16, 2011

    One of Manhattan’s most important crosstown thoroughfares, 96th Street serves two primary functions. On the Upper West Side, it is a vital commercial, office, and residential corridor, known to everyone else in New York City for being that pesky stop at which anyone going to Columbia has to transfer to the 1. Across Central Park, however, 96th Street plays a more subdued, yet just as equally important, role as the boundary between the Upper East Side and East Harlem. Or does it?

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