Real Estate News from September 2012

  • Columbus’ Apartment Opens At Columbus Circle By Laura Simmons | September 21, 2012

    Columbus Circle is an attraction in itself, known for being steps away from famous New York City attractions like Central Park and Time Warner Center. And now we have a new addition to this hallowed “circle”: Christopher Columbus’ apartment. The 120 year old Columbus statue has its own 180 square foot flat and New Yorkers will have the opportunity to meet with the statue face-to-face, right in the center of Columbus Circle. This 60-foot high apartment is part of Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi’s $2.5 million public art exhibit on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

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  • LOOK! Campaign Hopes To Make Crossing Streets Safer By Aby Thomas | September 21, 2012

    Words like "hectic," “bustling” and “busy” are often used to describe New York City streets. Navigating Manhattan’s roads and sidewalks is an art in itself, as anyone who has seen New Yorkers weave their way through tourists on the footpath and vehicles on the driveways will justify. Tapping away on smart phones, flipping through newspapers, eating a quick meal of Chinese takeout—these are just a few of things New York residents do while running across roads. Is it a talent? Maybe. Is it dangerous? Definitely.

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  • "Micro-"Hattan: Bloomberg Revamps Real Estate Market By Brittany Tenpenny | September 20, 2012

    When it comes to Manhattan real estate, bigger is not necessarily better. Mayor Bloomberg recently proposed a plan to build rental micro-apartments in the Kips Bay area as a part of  his adAPT NYC initiative. Merely two months later, 33 developers have stepped up to the plate with plans.

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  • Chelsea Green Faces $4 Million Suit Over Damages to Adjacent Building By Liam Delaney | September 19, 2012

    Alfa Development, currently in charge of building the Chelsea Green, are preparing for a legal battle over alleged property damage to 45 West 21st Street, the building adjacent to Chelsea Green. The building owner claims that her property was damaged by falling debris from the new construction.

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  • Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” to be Displayed at the MoMA By Aby Thomas | September 19, 2012

    Here’s a piece of news that will have New Yorkers screaming in glee. Art lovers of New York City, especially those living in Midtown Manhattan, will be delighted to know that Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” one of the world’s most famous and expensive artworks in the world, will be showcased at The Museum of Modern Art from October 24 to April 29. With its massive fan following throughout the world, the brilliantly colorful pastel drawing of a bald figure, screaming with its hands to its ears and its mouth forming a perfectly shaped ‘O,’ can be safely expected to drive people into the MoMA in droves.

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  • Not the Usual Herd: Live Sheep to Occupy Bryant Park By Angel Jiang | September 18, 2012

    Midtown and wool is not an unusual combination as fall rolls around--unless, that is, the wearer grazes, baas and doesn't send cashmere to the dry-cleaner. On September 27th, New Yorkers can get their pastoral fix as thirty real, live sheep invade Bryant Park from upstate New York. 

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  • Harlem Hospital Murals to Take Center Stage By Liam Delaney | September 17, 2012

    There is a new art project revving up in Harlem. Murals that were commissioned by the Works Progress Administration in 1936 for Harlem Hospital are being restored for the new patient building, known as The Mural Pavillion. Back in the day, the WPA’s Federal Art Project, created in 1935 to employ artists, commissioned over 500 murals to adorn New York’s Public Hospitals. Harlem Hospital’s murals in particular were the first major commission awarded to African-Americans by the federal government.

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  • Feast of San Gennaro Returns to Little Italy By Aby Thomas | September 17, 2012

    Although the boundaries of Little Italy have shrunk from the sprawling neighborhood it once used to be, the annual festival of the Feast of San Gennaro is a splendid ode to the neighborhood’s Italian heritage, with Italian Americans pulling out all the stops to celebrate this festive occasion. The festival, which started on Thursday, September 13 and will run until Sunday, September 23, honors San Gennaro, the patron saint of the Italian city of Naples, and allows residents and visitors to New York City to see this section of Lower Manhattan transform itself into a colorful, fun atmosphere complete with great music, great parades and, of course, great food.

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  • Community Board 3 Shoots Down Greyhound’s “Yo! Bus” Line By Joseph Lee | September 14, 2012

    Tuesday night, the Lower East Side’s Community Board 3 voted unanimously against Greyhound’s plans to add a curbside bus station on Essex Street by Seward Park. The new “YO! Bus” line would have eight pick-ups and eight drop-offs each day running between Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Philadelphia. The Board rejected the proposal and demanded that Greyhound return with alternate locations. The question is, does the Board’s decision make a difference? The united front presented by the local apartment owners and renters may be irrelevant in the face of the Department of Transportation’s final decision. Judging by the fervor with which community members spoke against the proposal, a DOT approval could spark an even more heated discussion than Tuesday night’s.

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  • Microsoft Pops Up at Time Warner By Laura Simmons | September 14, 2012

    Seems like PC users will be joining Apple users in their hunt for computer software over the holidays this year. It is said that a Microsoft pop-up shop is coming to town at the Time Warner Center in New York City. The company will be temporarily leasing space in Time Warner at Columbus Circle. If you experience a troubleshooting problem while working on your PC computer in your Midtown or Upper West Side apartment, you will only be moments away from the Microsoft pop-up store. Time Warner Center is a prominent part of Columbus Circle that offers luxury condos for residents looking for high-quality living. Time Warner is also surrounded by high-end residential living with nearby areas such as Lincoln Square.

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