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In the News – March 28, 2013

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3/21/13 Jon Bon Jovi Selling NYC Penthouse for $42 Million:  Rocker Jon Bon Jovi has put his Manhattan penthouse on the market, and a peek inside shows 7,452 square feet of pure luxury. And it better be luxurious and then some, considering he just put the place on the market for $42 million, a mind-blowing price even for New York real estate.  See the full article with pictures 

3/21/13:  Plan for Trash Station Debated at Upper East Side Democratic Mayoral Forum:  All politics were local last night at a Democratic mayoral forum on the Upper East Side, where a proposed trash facility brought out strong feelings from the candidates and crowd.  See the full report at  NY1.   

3/28/13  Verizon trounces Time Warner in Poll:  In the endless war between Verizon FiOS and Time Warner Cable, there is finally a clear winner—at least, according to the 84,000 Consumer Reports readers who responded to the magazine’s annual survey of their television, Internet and home phone service providers.  See the full article at Crain’s New York Business 

3/28/13  Brooke Shields nabs East End home listed for 4.3M:  Actress Brooke Shields and her husband, Chris Henchy, are buying a six-bedroom beach “cottage” on  Lewis Street in Southampton that had an asking price of $4.3 million, the New York Post reported.  See the full article at The  Real Deal.


In the News – October 21, 2012

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10/3/12  Power Strips:  What’s your strategy for Power Strips?  Do you hide them?  How about showing them off?  Read about Rich Thrush’s strategy and see some interesting designs in this New York Times article.

10/10/12  Exclusive 3rd Quarter 2012 Elliman Report for Westchester & Putnam Sales Markets:  After one of the busiest spring markets we’ve seen in 5 years, the Westchester housing market remained active through the summer.  In fact, third quarter sales in Westchester were up sharply compared to the same time last year. Record-low mortgage rates, despite unusually tight lending conditions, drove demand and helped bring first time buyers into the market. While housing prices generally remained stable, the amount of inventory available for sale continued to decline. We anticipate the same market conditions through the end of the year.   See the full report at 

10/18/12  Exclusive 3rd Quarter 2012 Elliman Report for the Queens Market:  The third quarter Queens housing market was characterized by stable pricing and falling inventory. Properties sold faster as buyers and sellers moved closer together in determining fair prices. Despite mortgage rates dropping to record lows, the market remained a challenge for buyers, with limited inventory to choose from and tight bank lending conditions. The Queens market has come a long way over the past several years, and we look forward to an active market over the next several quarters.   See the full report at

10/18/12  Exclusive 3rd Quarter 2012 Elliman Report for the Brooklyn sales Market:  The Brooklyn housing market was defined by falling inventory this quarter. Consumers had fewer choices, which continued to hold back the number of sales. Despite mortgage rates falling to record lows, housing prices remained stable, largely due to the tough lending standards still in place by banks.  Despite this challenge, the market stabilized, and we anticipate continued improvement over the upcoming quarters as the economy grows stronger.  See the full report at

New York City Real Estate is different – and navigating the waters can be difficult without a network of friends or financial resources to help you.  There are many websites you can visit, but here’s a few to help you get started:

StreetEasy has searchable listings and user forums geared towards sales rather than rentals. For $15/month you can get sold prices of coops, condos and townhouses. A must have if you are trying to determine what the “correct” selling price should be.

Trulia  has searchable listings and interesting neighborhood stats.

The New York Times website  has articles and searchable listings.  provides you with comprehensive and detailed data including zoning, permits (Department of Building information), property tax information etc.

Curbed NY  is a cross between commentary and gossip, it is a good place to get a feel for New York real estate and learn about new developments and conversions. Tongue-in-cheek

The BrickUnderground gives practical advice, with current prices and advice on rental apartment living.

Hotpads A search tool with thousands of apartment listings plotted on a map.

NabeWise ranks neighborhoods based on various characteristics.

If you have certain neighborhoods in mind, for rentals,  sites like Naked Apartments and RentHop  provide search tools to narrow preferences

Navigating the waters of Manhattan real estate is not for the faint of heart.  It takes stamina and persistence to find just what you want at a price you can afford.  Educating yourself is a great first step.

 Adapted from a New York Times article by Joseph Plambeck


Midtown Manhattan Korean & Mexican Food Mashup

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We didn't have this! Too bad...

We expected a taco, perhaps this short rib taco, but we got a kimchi quesadilla instead

They were serving a Korean/Mexican mashup..kimchi quesadilla out of a  truck… the Dessert Truck on loan to Kogi! And it was on 56th street and Lexington Avenue, only a couple of blocks away from my office.

It seemed like a good idea when I read about it in and even better when I read the buzz on where, after the fact, I got the photo below.  (I was without a camera since I returned my Apple iPhone yesterday. Good thing too with the new models and software update announced today.)

At $4 bucks and going to benifit CityMeals-on-wheels I couldn’t miss it!

...but the chocolate mousse from the Desert Truck was excellent!

...but the chocolate mousse from the Desert Truck was excellent!

The quesadilla was a bit greasy but had a nice spicy/hot after glow. The chocolate mousse with peanut butter filling was surrounded by and nestled in a creme Anglais. It was garnished with a piece of caramel coated popcorn-reminiscent of Cracker Jacks.  Very nice.

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