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Top Picks for an Enjoyable Valentines Day

Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching on February 14th- have you made plans to make the day special for your loved one? We have curated some ideas to celebrate Valentine's Day from gifts to dining. If you are single, why not grab a friend and head to a great restaurant or enjoy a good bottle of champagne?

Chocolates

Teuscher Chocolates

For the chocolate lover, Teuscher is a must! The iconic Swiss Chocolatier is most well known for its Dark Chocolate Champagne Truffles. The company started over 70 years ago in a small town in the Swiss Alps as one master chocolate maker embarked on a journey to find the best ingredients which would lead him to create recipes for, what many critics, regard as the world’s best chocolate.

For Valentine’s Day, head to the Boutique on Madison Avenue or Rockefeller Center to pick up the Velvet Valentine Hearts filled with their iconic truffles.


Flowers

Ovando

Ovando takes a unique approach to floral arrangement, creating stunning displays both classic and modern. Quality and craftsmanship defines the brands beautiful arrangement. The store, dubbed the Botanical Gallery, is a experience not worth being passed up, and can also be rented for private events.

The Valentine’s Day collection is filled with everything from heart-shaped arrangements to iconic Ovando arrangements in beautiful pink and red colors. Our team favorite is the iconic floating orchids for which Ovando is known.

Champagne

Ruinart

Ruinart is the oldest champagne house in the world, established in 1729, and producing champagne since. The house barely survived World War I because of severe damage, but we are glad it did! Most of their Champagnes rely heavily on the Chardonnay Grape. With Teuscher Truffles in hand, you cannot go wrong pairing it with Ruinart Blanc de Blancs.

Dining

Manhatta

If you are looking for a truly special dinner spot where the food is equally as amazing as the views, you must go to Manhatta. Located on the 60th floor of 28 Liberty, the restaurant by Danny Meyers functions on a 3 course pre-fixe menu with an accessible price point.

Best Activities & Buildings for an Active Lifestyle In New York

Active Lifestyle in NYC

Fresh Start to Active Living Around New York in 2019

New year, new you? Whether you have grand ambitions for 2019 or just want to be a little more active, there’s an outdoor or active living option for you in New York City. From group fitness classes in the warmth and comfort of a studio to exercising while enjoying the city’s outdoor spaces, here’s some inspiration for making a fresh start with active living around New York in 2019. Plus, can’t get outside? Read down to find out about the buildings offering the best amenities for living an active lifestyle without having to leave home.

Join a yoga class

Whether you’re already flexible or are wanting to become more so, there’s a yoga studio on practically every street corner in NYC. Meditative yoga, hot yoga, restorative yoga, laughter yoga, and naked yoga (yes, really) are just a few of the varieties you can check out. Plus, in the summer you can join an outdoor yoga class--strike a tree pose while being surrounded by the real thing. Bryant Park, Prospect Park, Astoria Park, and Hudson River Park offer large open spaces as well as beautiful views, and rooftop yoga is also an option. The great thing about yoga is that you can practice at home without any special equipment, so fitting active living into your daily routine is super easy.

Kayak or canoe on a waterway

Kayaking or canoeing on the water is a great way to get in shape while admiring city skyline views. The New York City Water Trail links 160 square miles of waterways across New York’s boroughs, offering almost endless options for exploring. Plus, in the summer, some free kayaking and canoeing sessions are offered on the Hudson River, East River, and New York Harbor. You can hire kayaks/canoes and gear if you don’t have your own or want to see whether the sport is for you before making a larger investment. Kayaking and canoeing can be as solitary or sociable as you like, with tandem and single boats available, making it easy to combine your workout with an accountability buddy.

Cycle the city

While the dense urban environment of New York City might not seem to offer ideal cycling conditions, cycling is growing in popularity in the city. Many New Yorkers are now cycling to work, joining cycle clubs, and making use of bicycle sharing and hiring facilities. If zipping through the city traffic doesn’t appeal, Central Park and Prospect Park encourage cycling at the weekends by limiting or prohibiting motor vehicles, so you can enjoy a ride without the worry. Plus, you can always join a spinning studio for stationary cycle fun in conjunction with loud, up-tempo music. Expect to sweat.

Hike a trail

Hiking trails surrounded by nature may be closer to the central city than you think. Just an hour or two outside the city you can find woodland, rolling hills, streams, and lakes to explore. Bronx’s Pelham Bay Park, Arden Point-Hudson Highlands State Park, Staten Island’s Green Belt, and Franny Reese State Park are just a few of the easily accessible spots within a couple of hours of NYC that offer fun day hikes suitable for the whole family. To step up the activity level if you’re an experienced runner, try trail running. Some trails can be reached via public transport, while others do require your own set of wheels.  

Dance, dance, dance

New York is famous for its vibrant dance, from Broadway to Latin to hip hop to classical. Whether you dance like no one's watching or just want to try on some dancing shoes for a while, New York is the place to get active to the beat. For group dance classes in a gym setting, try Zumba. For something a little more risque but very good for your body, pole fitness will teach you some slinky moves. To combine dance moves with yoga and Pilates exercises, head to a barre studio. Plus, you can always practice what you learn in class during a night out on the town (go easy on the alcohol if you’re trying to get or stay in shape).

Cross-country skiing

If you have your own cross-country ski gear and there’s at least 6 inches of snow on the ground (which, let’s face it, is most winters now), head to Central Park to warm up. There’s flat and gentle hilly terrain that’s suitable for a range of levels of experience. The Sheep Meadow, Great Lawn, and North Meadow areas of the park are especially good for skiing. And of course, there are great cross-country skiing destinations a little further afield upstate, if you want to make a day or weekend trip of it. Rockland Lake State Park, Fahnestock State Park, and Minnewaska State Park Preserve are all fun destinations for cross-country skiing.

Buildings with Amenities to Live an Active Lifestyle

50 Riverside Boulevard

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50 Riverside Boulevard is home to 50,000 square feet of lifestyle amenities by LA PALESTRA. 40,000 square feet of the amenities is the athletic and spa club which offers every activity you could imagine - swimming, rock climbing, gym, basketball, and 2 squash courts.

One Manhattan Square

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No one does amenities quite like Extell Development. One Manhattan Square garnered attention when it was dubbed as a “City within a City” because of the very extensive amenity offering - spanning 100,000 square feet total! To stay active and healthy, One Manhattan Square will be offering residents a full size basketball court, fitness center, hammam with cold plunge, 75-ft 3 lane pool, and more.

American Copper Building

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SHoP Architects has created a unique amenity space in the American Copper Building in the floating bridge that connects the two towers. Perhaps the most unique aspect? The pool that allows residents to swim from one tower to another 300 feet in the air. In addition to a pool, residents can enjoy a double-height fitness center, rock climbing, and a yoga studio.

Interested in which Buildings will allow you to live the lifestyle that you enjoy? Contact Us! We know the best amenities around the City.

Luxury Amenities are Going to the Dogs - In the Best Way Possible

Owning Pets in NYC

Owning a pet in New York City can be challenging – Will they get enough outdoor space? Who is going to walk them when you are putting in long work days? Will the building I want to live in even allow pets? As more and more New Yorkers get pets, these questions have become ever more important for Developers looking to attract well-off city dwellers. So, are the amenities going to the dogs? Yes – but in the best way possible! 

If you are looking to ensure your dog is living its best life, there are buildings across Manhattan that are offering your canine companion the best of the best when it comes to amenities and services. The buildings below, of course, allow residents to have pets, but the first step in searching for a home in New York when you have a pet is letting your Broker know. Some buildings do not allow pets at all, while some only allow cats, or have some restrictions related to size and breed.

We’ve rounded up some of the buildings with the best Pet Amenities across town-

Waterline Square

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The Starchitect-designed Waterline Square project features a host of amenities, of which lavish pet amenities are included. The good news is, whether you choose to live in One, Two, or Three Waterline Square (perhaps based on your preference for architects including Richard Meier, Kohn Pederson Fox, or Raphael Vinoly), you will have access to the Waterline Club which includes over 100,000 square feet of amenities.

For your four-legged friend, the Waterline Club will offer an indoor playroom for dogs to socialize as well as a dog washing salon and dog training studio. 

50 West Street

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Rising tall above lower Manhattan at 778 feet, 50 West Street is a new development glass tower that arrived with the wave of revitalization happening Downtown. While residents will enjoy stunning River and Harbor views from the homes as well as luxe amenities for themselves, pets will be able to enjoy a dedicated amenity space as well – 200 square feet for the pets to be exact.

Additionally, 50 West has partnered with a top-notch Vet and Groomer so you don’t have to worry about where to take your pet. They will make house calls right to the building. Rumor has it the Groomer is the same one that fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi uses.

 

15 Hudson Yards

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Hudson Yards has a lot of buzz surrounding it – from it being the biggest development project to more intricate details of businesses and stores moving into the area, this project is seriously transforming the Far West side of Manhattan. Part of the project includes both Rental and luxury Condominiums. 15 Hudson Yards has received a lot of attention as a condo within the project.

The luxurious building from Realted Companies will offer Residents access to services from Dog City. Related Companies founded Dog City in 2011 when it launched inside MiMa in Midtown Manhattan. The company offers onsite boutique pet services for building residents ranging from everything from grooming and walking to play dates. Annual membership starts around $250 with services such as Grooming being an additional premium at time of service.

555 Ten

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This Midtown Rental building from Extell offers, perhaps, some of the best pet amenities that can be found in the city. 555Ten is an Extell building, and Extell is known for their extensive and over-the-top amenity offerings throughout their buildings – think One Manhattan Square!

If you want your pets to be able to live their best life, 555Ten offers everything to help make that possible. Amenities for pets include a Pet Spa and Veterinary Clinic by Throw Me a Bone. There is also a daycare facility and covered outdoor play space to ensure your dog gets the outdoor time it deserves.

Throw Me a Bone offers services including walking, training sessions, 2-hour play sessions, house call vet visits, and “Yappy Hour” where your dog can meet its fellow neighbors.

252 East 57th Street 

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Worldwide’s 252 East 57th Street may be located conveniently to the Second Avenue Promenade, but the building is also ensuring your pet can get pampered without having to leave the building. 252 East 57th Street is home to Spot 57 Play Space and Grooming Bar.

Spot 57 offers residents and their pets an array of services from walking to daycare. Additionally, there is an interactive play space for dogs to mingle and play on those rainy or snowy days when getting outside is difficult. In need of grooming? That’s also possible at the grooming station which included convenient sitting so you can wait while your pet gets pampered.

What You Need to Know: Judge Rules in Favor of Airbnb

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Airbnb came into the headlines in New York last summer when City Council voted unanimously to enact a law that would require Hosts to disclose information including address of properties and identity to the city. City officials and the Mayor argue that Airbnb has essentially created an illegal hotel industry within the city. New York is one of the largest cities for the home sharing service. Under existing New York State law, most buildings do not allow an apartment to be rented for less than 30 days unless the permanent tenant is living in the apartment at the same time. City officials hoped this law would crack down on those violating this law and remove listings from Airbnb.

The law passed last summer stated that the detailed information pertaining to the units would need to be provided to the city monthly. Airbnb and Homeaway brought a law suit against the City, claiming that the law was unconstitutional. The law was slated to go into effect next month, however, a Federal Judge has blocked the enactment of this law in Manhattan Court.

Based on the recent ruling, here’s what you need to know:

  • The law is blocked from going into effect based on the premise that the collection of the data would be in violation of the 4th Amendment and would subject hosts to involuntary search and seizure.

  • This blocking is not necessarily permanent! It will be blocked will the litigation between parties continues. The outcome of the litigation will be important

  • City officials arguing that many people are running illegal “hotels” as they are violating the short-term rental law, and having guests in units for very short terms, creating a “revolving door” which could be potentially dangerous to other building residents

It is important to remember, if you are considering listing a property with Airbnb, under New York State law, short-term rentals cannot be less than 30 days unless the permanent tenant is also occupying the unit. This was and still is a State Law!

We anticipate that many people are in violation of this, and that is what the proposed legislation was hoping to crack down on. If you are listing your property on Airbnb in New York City, ensure you are adhering to all laws.

2019 Outlook: What to Expect for the New York City Real Estate Market

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As we enter a new year, we welcome new expectations for the housing market as we think about the year ahead. Briefly looking back at 2018, the year started off on a different note than it ended, namely rates rose to their highest levels in decades by year’s end, and the market fully transitioned to a Buyer’s Market. How do we expect 2019 to pan out?

The year ahead is likely to be a bit tougher than 2018 and remain soft overall as a result of the Fed. Prices remaining at minimum stable would be a positive, and a small rate of price appreciation would be even better. When people see their home rise in value, they feel wealthier whereas declining home values can spark a feeling of an impending recession. Thinking about 2019, we identified 4 areas of focus 1) Interest Rates, 2) Millennials, 3) Inventory, and 4) Rentals.

Interest Rates

We anticipate that interest rates will continue to rise in 2019 given the strong economic fundamentals and low unemployment rate in the US economy. Rates may begin to approach levels that finally squeeze some folks out of the market and into a smaller home than originally planned. Rising rates may also encourage some would be “Trade Ups” to stay put. Increasing rates is likely to impact first-time buyers most heavily as increased rates means less buying power. From a larger, national housing market perspective, this could also contribute to slowing sales as Buyers grapples with higher mortgage rates and recent rapid price increases over the past few years. 

Millennials

Millennials may be more at the forefront of the 2019 market than they were in 2018. This group could be a large driving force on the buy side of the market, especially for entry-level priced properties in New York City. The largest portion of Millennials will be ages 29-30 in 2019, a prime age for first-time homeownership. In a market such as New York, Millennials tend to be more affluent and savvy consumers, understanding the value in buying a property versus paying New York rent prices over the long term. Successful Millennials who have worked in industries such as Finance and Tech are likely armed with enough cash for a down payment.  Studio-1-bedroom properties priced below $2M are appealing to this group of Buyers. 

Inventory

Inventory is likely to remain elevated in NYC in 2019. New Developments continue to come to market and close, projects remain in the pipeline, and resale inventory will continue to come to market as well. This will be especially evident in the luxury sector of the market ($4M+) which has been experiencing a glut of inventory versus demand, a factor resulting in the shift to a Buyer’s Market. Average asking prices were inflated approximately 10% throughout 2018, and we expect the same to hold true throughout 2019. This means that Sellers had to take a significant reduction from Ask in order to get deals done. It is important to remember that deals get done when the price is right!

Rentals

Rent prices could likely see an uptick in 2019, attributed to the arrival of Amazon and increased demand. Amazon will bring with it a large number of high paying jobs, and thus increased demand from their employees as well as peripheral interest generated when a company such as Amazon picks a city as their home base. Google has also been discussing bringing a large number of net new jobs to NYC. Whether we see an increase in rent asking prices with concessions available or the dropping of concessions with asking prices remaining consistent resulting in a net effective increase in rent remains to be seen. We feel the latter is a probable scenario as landlords tend to drop concessions with demands increases as there is more competition for units. Additional rental inventory is something to watch in 2019 as it relates to pricing as this could be a factor that keeps a lid on rising rental prices.

6 New Year's Eve Parties You'll Actually Want to Attend

It is time to ring in 2019, and finding a good party in New York can be a challenge - will there is a lot of opportunity for a memorable night, there can also be more opportunities for a disappointment of the party description when you purchased tickets online versus reality.

Standing in Times Square for hours with millions of other people is not everyone’s idea of fun, so we’ve rounded up 6 great parties across the city that you will actually want to attend. Raise a glass to 2018 and say hello to 2019 in style!

Cipriani Wall Street

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Cipriani Wall Street, located in the former home of the New York Stock Exchange, is hosting a New Year’s Eve soiree in true Cipriani fashion – black-tie attire. The iconic venue will offer Bellini’s upon arrival and a 4 course Italian dinner at the Club 55 restaurant. Dinner will be followed by dancing and Prosecco on tap. For those not looking for sit down dinner, last we checked they were offering general admission after 10pm for $60 per person.

Midnight Millions New Year’s Eve

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Head to the Financial District to Trading Post to participate in a murder mystery. Trading Post, whose interiors remind us of prohibition, will be giving guests fake money to participate and deal their way to solving a murder mystery while sipping cocktails before the clock strikes midnight. By making a “deal” with other guests, you get to ask them a question to help you solve the mystery. You’ll feel like a million bucks if you crack the case!

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Tao Downtown

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One of our favorites – the swanky Tao Downtown – is hosting a New Year’s Eve party that is sure to be a good time. From the large Geisha on the wall to the plush seats and chandeliers, the inside of the Tao Downtown nightclub exudes luxury. Tickets, starting at $200, include hors d’oeuvres, access to a four-hour open bar, and a glass of champagne at midnight.

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Coupette at Public Hotel

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The Public Hotel quickly became one of the “it” spots of New York nightlife when it opened last fall. Ian Schrager has teamed up with Coupette, which will be taking over Diego inside Public from December 29th-31st. Coupette is one of London’s most popular cocktail bars, and bartenders from the London hotspot will be serving 5 of their favorite cocktails for just 3 days. Jean-Georges will be leading the culinary offerings throughout the evening.

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Plaza Hotel Masquerade Ball

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Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel is a New York icon synonymous with glamour and old-world New York City grandeur. They will be hosting a black-tie Masquerade Ball New Year’s Eve that is sure to not disappoint as Krug Champagne will be flowing. There will also be aerialists, dancers, a live DJ, and special menu. If you are looking to end 2018 with a bang, this may be an option for you as tickets start around $850 per person.

Contact Palm Court for details and reservations

Mr. Purple

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Located within the Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side, Mr. Purple is a popular destination for a sophisticated rooftop with great Skyline views. They will be putting on a Burlesque party for New Year’s Eve so find your best fishnets and feather boas to ring in 2019.

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4 Holiday Markets to Visit In NYC to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

Looking to get into the Holiday Spirit in New York City? From Brooklyn to Manhattan, Holiday Markets pop-up all over the city. Most of them are put on by the food hall/market experts -UrbanSpace. They are a great place to find unique gifts and enjoy festive food and drink. We’ve included 4 of our favorites and most popular.

Bryant Park Winter Village

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Each year during the Holiday Season, Bryant Park is transformed into a winter village that is the perfect destination to get into the spirit. The park becomes home to a bunch of shops and food pop-ups as well as an ice skating rink and Christmas tree. Shops include artisanal creations from both local and global vendors.

UrbanSpace has created the shops to resemble an open-air style market that you would find throughout Europe. This year, the Lodge by UrbanSpace opened. This pop-up food hall offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as an indoor cocktail bar and outdoor biergarten.

Union Square Holiday Market

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Perhaps one of the best known and most popular annual holiday markets is in Union Square. Each year, a portion of Union Square Park is transformed into an open-air market with more than 100 vendors. Whether shopping for unique gifts or looking for a winter treat such as Max Brenner hot chocolate, this market has a variety for everyone.

Grand Central Holiday Fair

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If you are looking to stay out of the cold, head to Grand Central Station. During the Holiday Season, Vanderbilt Hall is transformed into a holiday bazaar that features over 40 booths offering everything from artisanal ornaments to dog gifts. If you are looking for gifts, this is a great place to go as the booths are focused on gifts rather than food vendors. Did we mention, it is indoors?

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

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The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is in its 15th year with more than 150 vendors. If you are spending the day in Midtown, Central Park, or the Theater District, this is a great option to check out. New this year is a Citi-sponsored holiday lounge with a photo booth and phone charging stations. The market also has a large selection of food and drinks in addition to crafts and gifts.

25 Park Row Coming to Heart of New Downtown

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The New Downtown continues to attract attention and become one of the “it” spots in the city. The most recent new development to debut in the neighborhood is 25 Park Row, situated adjacent to City Hall Park. The unique location puts it right on the cusp with easy access to the Financial District, Tribeca, and SoHo. 25 Park Row is joined by famous neighbors on multiple sides including The Beekman, The Woolworth Tower, and 30 Park Place.

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 The 50-story art deco-inspired tower will be comprised of 110 residences with views of City Hall Park. The building is expected to achieve LEED status. 25 Park Row is designed by Cookfox Architects with architectural details throughout the building inclusive of loggias, Juliet balconies, and large, casement-style windows.

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Residences features classic details yet done in a modern way that brings the perfect sensibility to what living downtown today is all about. Residences feature finishes such as wide-plank European white oak flooring. Kitchens are done with white lacquer millwork cabinetry, cantilevered walnut islands, and are outfitted with a Miele appliance package. Master Baths are modern and luxurious, with calacatta gold marble countertops, flooring, and wainscotting with European white oak vanities. Penthouse residence master baths feature freestanding Kallista tubs.

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 The building will have a suite of amenities dubbed The Park Row Club which have been curated and designed by Studio Mellone. It will offer a variety of leisure spaces that overlook City Hall Park including a living room, library with fireplace, private dining room, and billiards. A Garden and Dining Terrace provide outdoor space which will include a lounge area with space for grilling. A 65-foot swimming pool, spa treatment rooms, park-facing gym, and private yoga studio round out the curated amenity offering.

Currently availability starts with 1 Bed // 1.5 Bath offered at $1,695,000 with CC: $1,105/MO and RE Taxes: $1,105/MO.

Interested in 25 Park Row and Experiencing the New Downtown? Contact Us today!

2018 Holiday Tipping Guide - How Much to Tip Building Staff and More

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The Holiday Season has officially kicked off. With Black Friday and Thanksgiving over, holiday decorations are going up across town. With the arrival of the Holiday Season comes the question on the mind of many - “How Much Should I Tip?”

The holiday season is always a time to give back to those that had a positive impact on our lives over the past year. One question that always comes up, especially in New York City, is how much to tip the building staff and those that are intimately involved in day-to-day life? Tipping is a major part of the Holiday Season in New York, and is a way to show appreciation to your building staff. Thus, it is important to say that it is highly encouraged, but not required. As December rolls around, many begin to get anxiety about who to tip, how much to tip, and if he or she should even tip at all. 

Our friends at Brick Underground publish a go-to holiday tipping guide, which has been circulating since 2013. We condensed it, and put our take on what is appropriate as you budget for your holiday tipping. Remember, these are simply guidelines. There are many factors that can influence the tipping decision such as the size of the building (a larger staff equates to smaller individual tips), level of service, seniority, and time in building. Additionally, owning versus renting in a building can play a big factor as well.

Of course, if you live in a building with a part-time doorman, virtual doorman, or no staff at all, the below levels could be adjusted downward.

Renters: Tips do not have to equate to the dollar amount you are paying each month for rent. If you receive a lot of packages, have a stroller that is carried in and out of the building, etc., factor this into your tip. 

It is recommended that you tip in cash. Doorman, Concierge, Supers, etc. all of bills to pay like you and I- they are not looking for fruit cakes, cookies, or homemade gifts at the holidays!

 

 

Tipping Guidelines

 

 

Super: $150-200
Doorman/Concierge: $100-150
Nanny: 1 Week Salary
Housekeeper: 1 Week Salary
Dog Walker: 1 Week Salary
Driver: 1 Week Salary
Garage Attendant: $50-$100
Personal Trainer: $100
Chef: $300-500
Personal Assistant: 1 Week Salary
Hairdresser: $50-75
Manicurist: $25

 

Something to Consider: If you have been tipping throughout the year utilizing a "pay as you go" method, it is customary to tip on the lighter side during the holiday season.

What Does Amazon's New Headquarters Mean for NYC Real Estate

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Amazon made a big announcement this week, officially stating they New York City would be one of two locations for their HQ2, naming Long Island City as the location. When headlines broke, everyone in the real estate industry began thinking – how will this impact NYC real estate, particularly Long Island City?

The arrival of Amazon will continue the development of Long Island City and should encourage the city to invest dollars into infrastructure such as the subway system which is in dire need and buses. With the arrival of the new Amazon headquarters comes and anticipated 25,000 new, high earning employees.

Prices Likely to Rise

Long Island City has had a housing development boom in recent years with the neighborhood continually becoming more residential and less industrial. We continue to expect new units to come to market in the neighborhood in the near term. Prices have been on the up, and in fact, LIC is the priciest neighborhood within Queens.

Amazon’s announcement means there will be inherent increased interest in the neighborhood which could push prices slightly higher rather quickly, especially in terms of rent demand. It is important to note that rents in LIC luxury brands somewhat mirror that of Manhattan rents, so prices may not skyrocket in the short term, however, increased demand may motivate landlords to remove concessions that are being found on many luxury rentals. There has been an absorption issue in Long Island City given the sheer amount of inventory that has come on the market in the neighborhood in recent years.  

Impact Not Confined to Long Island City 

Anticipate price impacts to be felt in other neighborhoods as well. The influx of employees may look to other neighborhoods that still allow for easy access to LIC such as Midtown East and the Upper East Side where they may find more bang for their buck.

Being priced out of the market is still a very large issue for the NYC housing market as wages cannot keep up with cost of living for many. Because of that, we expect that the largest increase in pricing may be seen in peripheral neighborhoods that are still up and coming such as Greenpoint, Brooklyn. A new influx of residents in neighborhoods such as this could push pricing higher.

 

More Players than Just Amazon

While Amazon is garnering much press and attention about the location of their second US headquarters, it is important to remember that there are other plays that can contribute to this as well. Google has stated they expect to nearly double their workforce in coming years. The arrival of Amazon could further establish New York as a tech center and attract everything from Amazon competitors to start ups. What does that mean? The influx of people as a result of high paying jobs could be greater than what will be from Amazon on its own.