Real Estate News from August 2012

  • Art on the Street: Manhattan’s Outdoor Art Scene By Aby Thomas | August 08, 2012

    The 18-foot, 1.6 ton pink and aluminum sculpture that has found a home in front of The Standard Hotel in the heart of Downtown Manhattan has been titled, rather appropriately, Big Kastenmann, which is German for “Big Box Man.” The huge, rectangular, behemoth-like structure, a creation of the Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, has already grabbed a lot of eyeballs from Meatpacking District residents and tourists. The surrealistic piece joins the ever growing list of outdoor art sculptures in New York City because, hidden amidst the city’s various neighborhoods are several artistic delights.

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  • IHOP on Carmine Street Raises Eyebrows By Yuan Feng | August 06, 2012

    Stretching for 2-and-a-half blocks between Sixth and Seventh Avenue in Greenwich Village, Carmine Street has been called an oasis in Downtown Manhattan. The street has historically enjoyed a reputation of being a romantic and classic area of the city. In recent times, Carmine Street has seen a slew of new developments and changes, including a variety new businesses and residences. The changes to this historic street have not been met without controversy, and indeed, some residents are lamenting the damage done to a classic area of Manhattan. However, most others feel that Carmine Street, rather than being corrupted by modernism, is instead embracing its changes and creating a lively fusion of past and present.

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  • Fishing in Manhattan’s Waterways By Cherefawn Chang | August 06, 2012

    With all the buildings and concrete, it is easy to forget that the island of Manhattan is surrounded by water that offers plenty of piers and locations for people to cast a line. Fishing is a great and affordable activity enjoyed by all age groups. It is also a pastime that requires little travel and provides a direct way to interact with nature, something that is difficult to find in a big city. The waterways of Manhattan are home to approximately 326 species and even more that migrate through the waters. Although fishing in Manhattan is solely for sport, (Let’s face it, a meal coming directly from the Hudson River does not seem too appetizing) it is a pleasant and relaxing one that should be taken advantage of in NYC.

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  • NYC Subway Report Card: Q Scores, C Flops By Aby Thomas | August 06, 2012

    New York City’s subway system has been called the lifeline of the city, and with over 468 stations scattered all over the city, recent figures have shown that more than one billion people use the subway system every year. And with so many of them riding the subway trains, it comes as no surprise that New York City residents have very firm opinions on their daily commutes, and, as with anything else, have their favorites from the 21 trains that roar both under and over New York City.

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  • NYC Unveils New Environmental Benchmarking Systems By Yuan Feng | August 03, 2012

    We’ve previously mentioned how Bloomberg’s plans for increasing urban sustainability have somewhat stalled in trying to generate high standards for a green NYC. While every facet of the city from public transportation to the food we eat make impacts in one way or another, a huge contributor are the standards found in our housing. The energy usage of NYC residences, especially through heating and cooling, can contribute up to two-thirds of emissions in the city. So what exactly are the specific reasons for NYC apartments being unable to live up to beneficial energy standards, and more importantly, what efforts are being taken to steer the city back on the right path?

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  • Natural Gas Pipeline Raises Concerns By Olivier Fitzgerald | August 03, 2012

    Manhattanites living near the Hudson River may soon be experiencing a drastic change in their environment, though the debate continues over whether or not these alterations are positive. Corporate giant Spectra Energy has been given the go ahead to begin work on their massive natural gas pipeline that will travel up the New Jersey shore line, go through the edge of Staten Island, under Jersey City and finally cross the Hudson River entering Manhattan.

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  • NYC Weekend: Summer Streets is Back! By Aby Thomas | August 03, 2012

    Buck up, New Yorkers! Summer Streets is back! In its fifth year, Summer Streets will see nearly seven car-free miles of New York City from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park open up to the public for a number of fun activities. A number of events have been planned to push Manhattan residents out of their homes and onto the streets to play, run, walk, bike and, basically, have a rollicking good time on three Sundays on August 4th, 11th, and 18th.

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