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Home Features New Yorkers Will Pay Extra For

Smart Home Features

Sellers are often hesitant when it comes to upgrading a home before the sale. This is understandable considering that they won’t be living there. Besides, remodeling and staging a home can be expensive, so it is important to ensure any investment is put towards features/finishes that will likely reap a return. A home upgrade done wisely can help you sell your NYC home faster and for a much better price. Namely, there are certain home features New Yorkers will pay extra for. Hence, sellers with a tight remodeling budget should focus primarily on those features.

Must-have home features New Yorkers will pay extra for

Energy Efficient Features

It’s not a secret that New York is a pricey city. Energy efficiency is one of the home features New Yorkers will pay extra for precisely because it saves a ton of money in the long run.  Naturally, home buyers who want to limit their utility bills are drawn to energy-efficient properties. But that’s not the only type of buyers interested in this home feature. Due to the increased environmental concerns, energy efficiency has become a priority unrelated to cost-trimming. Energy efficient heating and air conditioning, eco-friendly appliances, low emission windows and extra insulation are all among the home features New Yorkers pay extra for.

Technologically Advanced Features

Today’s home buyers, especially the younger generations, are rapidly adapting smart home technology and are willing to spend extra cash on it. Smart home features are no longer found only in NYC’s most expensive homes. They have become more common and affordable to the average buyer. Tech-savvy buyers look for things like high-tech, programmable thermostats they can control via different mobile devices, key-less locks they can access via Bluetooth, and total programmable entertainment systems.

Pet-friendly Home Features New Yorkers Will Pay Extra For

The number of proud pet owners in NYC is increasing. Many home buyers are willing to pay extra for a pet-friendly home. Although keeping pets like cats or dogs is not allowed everywhere, buildings with pet amenities can be found across the city, including some of Manhattan’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Things like integrated crates, gates and built-in bowls are more sought-after than ever before. Amenities such as dog washing salons, spas, dog training studios and indoor playrooms where dogs can mingle even if it’s rainy outside are some of the features dog lovers look for these days.

Storage Space

Space in NYC comes at a premium. Square footage is expensive; space is a luxury many New Yorkers dream of having. Therefore, they are willing to pay extra for a home that provides enough storage space for their belongings. Even if it’s a small home we’re talking about, there are ways to add storage space in every room and make it more functional. Internal storage in the form of cupboards and shelves is something buyers appreciate, as well as closets that have been upgraded by the likes of California Closets to maximize usage of space. A suburban home with under-house storage, a large shed or garage is also likely to attract buyers who are willing to pay extra.

Walk-in Closet

Speaking of storage space, a walk-in closet in a master bedroom is becoming one of the features home buyers want most. While singles want to keep all of their clothes, shoes and accessories in one place, couples often want more closet space because they will be sharing it. A walk-in closet also makes it easier to organize your stuff and provides a cleaner look. So, if the home you are selling does not have this feature, consider converting a smaller room into a custom walk-in closet.

Walk-in Pantry

A walk-in pantry is a must-have kitchen feature, especially for families with children. A lot of kitchens lack space for storing things like non-perishable food items and kitchenware. While reach-in closet pantries provide limited space, a walk-in pantry offers a larger, better organized storage area just a few steps away from the food preparation area, making it a perfect extension for your kitchen.

Hardwood Flooring

In comparison to carpets, hardwood is both more durable and easier to maintain. Pure hardwood flooring can last a lifetime when maintained properly. Engineered wood flooring is a cheaper option you might want to consider when working with a tighter budget, whether you are preparing to sell or buy a home in NYC, especially if the money you'll need for your NYC move does not leave you much choice.

Multiple Entertainment Areas

Many buyers like to have more than one room where they can spend time with their family and friends. If you are a buyer who wants multiple living/entertainment areas, you’ll need to pay extra for this feature. Afterwards, you can get your piano to Manhattan with ease, add some comfy sofas, and create an elegant area ideal for entertaining guests.

Outdoor Space

It is not only the home’s interior NY buyers are interested in. Living in a concrete jungle sure makes you appreciate greenery and outdoor space. Thus, a backyard, rooftop deck, terrace, or even a tiny balcony can increase the price of a home significantly. And if the balcony comes with a beautiful view - even better.

A Look Inside 611 West 56th Street by Alvaro Siza

611 West 56th Street

The Upper West Side is welcoming another New Development, this time from a Pritzker prize winning architect. 611 West 56th Street is Alvaro Siza’s first U.S. building that will be a new addition to the Upper West Side skyline. Developers Sumaida + Khurana aim to have the project they support represent refinement and understatement, something they feel is very powerful in a New York development market that can often times be characterized be extravagance. This type of design is also characteristic of Siza’s work.

611 West 56th Street will rise 450 feet with a white Perla Bianca limestone façade characterized by stone cladding that frame windows with expansively large glazed surfaces, allowing residents to take in views of the Hudson River and Central Park.

The Residences

611 West 56th Street Interior

The homes of 611 West 56th Street will be designed by renowned firm Gabellini Sheppard and will span in size from one to four bedrooms. Larger units including duplex masionettes, full-floor residences, and a crowning penthouse are also expected. The building will have a private feel with the majority of the units spread as only 2 homes on most of the 37 floors. Additionally, more than half the units will have direct, keyed elevator access.

Gabellini Sheppard Kitchen
611 West 56th Street Master Bath

Similar to the exterior, Gabellini Sheppard has taken a minimalist approach to the interiors. Residences will have an abundant use of natural stone and marbles throughout as well as details such as millwork and custom cove lighting. The minimalist design coupled with quality materials and craftsmanship create an elevated living experience.

Amenities

611 West 56th Street Gym

611 West 56th Street will feature a thoughtful amenity package inclusive of the following:

  • Fitness Center with Men’s and Women’s Steam Room

  • Yoga and Boxing Studios

  • Garden Mezzanine

  • Media Room with Billiards

  • Children’s playroom

  • Large entertaining lounge with separate dining room and catering kitchen

Alvaro Siza Gabellini Sheppard New York





Pricing starting from approximately $1.26M

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5 Common Questions About Making a Home Investment

5 Common Questions About Buying a Home

Buying a home is one of the largest decisions and financial transactions in many people’s lives. Because this is the largest financial asset for most many, anxiety and stress can cloud the decision-making process. Questions such as the following often  – Is this the right decision for me? Is this the home I should be investing in? Is now a good time to buy, or should I wait?

Whether a first-time home buyer, or a seasoned real estate investor adding to your portfolio, questions arise during every transaction. In our experience working with buyers, sellers, renters, and investors across all experience ranges, here is a list of the most common questions we get asked when it comes to investing in a home. 

WAS THE HOUSING CRISIS DURING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS JUST A BLACK SWAN EVENT TO BE PUT BEHIND US, OR DID IT SHOW THAT HOMES ARE NOT SAFE AND PROFITABLE HOLDINGS?

The Financial Crisis of 2008 changed the psychology of nearly everyone as it relates to finances and purchasing decisions. This has been more pronounced with Millennials.

Not all those that purchased homes during the crisis of ‘08 were negatively impacted, however, the ripple effect did bring down the overall market. Those that were hit hardest were buyers that stepped up to buy properties they could not afford, largely amplified by mortgage lenders who had much more relaxed lending guidelines and approved individuals for mortgages they could not truly afford. The latter was largely responsible for the subprime mortgage crisis during this time period.

The crisis revealed the dangers of over leveraging. While a mortgage can be a great thing, taking on too much debt can lead to many issues, especially in a home purchase. A large majority of those severely wiped out by the housing crisis mortgaged the purchase of the home with minimal equity down, thus they had no skin in the game so to speak and we were willing to just walk away from their payments as a result. This is why so many homes went into foreclosure.

Any market, financial or otherwise, is subject to a crisis, however, the housing crisis has resulted in more restrictions imposed on lenders and is certainly more prevalent in the back of buyers’ minds as they asses what they can afford.

While interest rates on mortgages are once again at historic lows, it is important to understand the true monthly payment costs and the tradeoffs associated with various mortgage products and increasing your down payment. We sat down with a Mortgage Expert to ask some questions – read more here.

 

NOW THAT HOME VALUES HAVE RECOVERED, WHAT'S THE SMARTEST HOME OWNING STRATEGY GOING FORWARD? IS IT SAFE TO ASSUME A HOME WILL STEADILY APPRECIATE?

Plain and simple – buy what you can afford! Consult with a mortgage advisor to receive a pre-approval letter if you are financing your home purchase. The pre-approval letter will reveal in what price range you should be shopping.

Time horizon is certainly a contributing factor to price appreciation. Because of the additional costs of a real estate transaction, a timeline of at least 5 years is usually a standard outlook to outweigh the costs of buying versus renting. In Manhattan the rent vs. buy analysis is more complex given pricing – we are happy to help guide you on what makes the most sense given your personal scenario depending on income, timeline, and down payment. This, of course, varies from market to market, and even neighborhood to neighborhood. If you envision yourself staying put for quite a while, we tend to see real estate prices appreciate over a long-time horizon.

IS IT SAFE TO ASSUME THE HOME WILL BE A SUBSTANTIAL ASSET FOR FUNDING RETIREMENT THROUGH A DOWNSIZING OR REVERSE MORTGAGE?

Owning a home is credited as one of the largest contributions or “escalators” to wealth. With that being said, substantial price appreciation can be observed on homes owned for multiple decades. Upon retirement, some individuals do not need the large family home they used to raise their families and downsize. Downsizing generally results in additional gains pocketed from the price appreciation of the original home versus the price paid for the new, smaller home. Essentially, downsizing is a way to pull out the equity that has accumulated over time as a result of homeownership. Equity is one of the reasons that homeownership contributes so much to an individual’s wealth!

Again, this is very market dependent as a smaller home in a different market may not equate to a smaller price tag all the time.

As to whether the additional “income” from a home sale can fund retirement, that is something the client should consult their certified financial advisor in regard to as everyone’s financial situation and needs in retirement vary.

AS A YOUNG INVESTOR, WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO ENSURE I WILL BE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY PURCHASE A HOME?

For many young couples looking to purchase their first home, the largest obstacle in achieving that is coming up with the down payment. There has been a definite shift towards this being a large struggle over the last decade as more and more young couples are burdened with large amounts of student debt given the increased costs of education. They are then forced to rent, which can be costly, and have minimal bandwidth to save for a down payment with all their various financial obligations.

A minimum 5-year timeline is reasonable in most markets in order to cover the costs of the transaction on both the buy side and the sell side if moving down the road versus price appreciation over that timeframe. Of course, the longer one stays in the home, the more the transaction costs are spread out over time which is coupled with additional time opportunity for price appreciation.

It does not necessarily always make sense to reach for the most expensive home. If buying the most expensive home they can afford means tapping out their budget and being on the line with meeting monthly expenses, this is probably not the wisest decision. Instead, buyers should look to purchase something in their price range that they love yet still allows them to live their daily lives while meeting financial obligations.

WHAT KINDS OF MISCONCEPTIONS AND FEARS ARE YOU SEEING IN THE MARKET AMONG ALL YOUR CLIENTS?

Working with buyers in the current NYC market, we would identify a lack of urgency as the biggest commonality across different price points. Buyers have an advantage over sellers in the current market as well as a large selection of inventory including both resale and new construction. This can lead buyers to stretch out a search as they feel what they are looking for will “still” be there. Additionally, macroeconomic events such as the political climate, a possible Trade War with China, and Stock Market volatility contribute to Buyers’ hesitancy to leave rentals and make a purchase.

In New York City specifically, the market is also feeling the impact of local laws related to Rentals as well as increased Mansion Taxes. The latter progressively increases the Mansion Tax depending on the sale price of the property. Buyers in the $2-$5M range are likely feeling the impacts of the increased taxes the most.

In regard to young people taking on debt – as referenced in some responses above, we think the young buyer’s mentality towards debt has definitely changed living through the financial crisis as well as coupled with the increasing amount of student debt. As a result, some can be apprehensive to take on additional debt with a mortgage. However, talking through some of the advantages of mortgages, such as tax benefits, as well as reviewing the myriad of products available with a mortgage broker can alleviate some of these upfront concerns. We are seeing younger people having to rent longer than their predecessors given the inability to save for a down payment rather than aversion to taking on debt in the form of a mortgage.


5 Most Expensive Homes Currently on the Market in New York City

New York Real Estate is viewed by many as one of the most competitive luxury markets in the world. There is much talk about the luxury market slowing down, but on the ultra-luxe end, there is no shortage of unique, ultra-pricey listings. From townhouses to penthouses, we rounded up a countdown of the five most expensive properties presently gracing the NYC real estate market. 

*All listings and image of respective listing agents/brokers

#5- 25 Columbus Circle, PH80

Photo: Corcoran/Deborah Grubman

Photo: Corcoran/Deborah Grubman

Related CEO Stephen Ross listed his Penthouse high above Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center for $75 million. This has been Ross’s residence since Time Warner Center was initially completed. The interiors are designed by Tony Ingrao, who interestingly enough, have done the interiors at Related’s 35 Hudson Yards. He has customized virtually all aspects of the home.

Listed By Deborah Grubman Corcoran

#4- 45 East 22nd Street PHAB

Photo: Douglas Elliman/Noble Black, Holly Parker

Photo: Douglas Elliman/Noble Black, Holly Parker

Perched on over 13,000 square feet of living space above Madison Square Parks green space, this gorgeous triplex penthouse located at 45 East 22nd Street could be yours for a mere $77,700,000. Sprawled out over three top floors of this luxury building the penthouse features two separate studio apartments for staff, two parking spaces, access to all the buildings amenities including a golf simulator, gym, and a playroom, and not to mention the 360° views of all of Manhattan. With floor to ceiling windows and incredible entertaining space, this apartment is perfect for dinner parties and having guests over. Despite the interior concepts of Lee Mindel, Ryan Korban, and Thomas Juul-Hansen, the condo is being sold as a blank canvas for the owner to have the ability to truly make it their own.

Listing Courtesy of Douglas Elliman - Noble Black & Holly Parker

#3- 134 Charles Street

Photo: Bespoke Marketing

Photo: Bespoke Marketing

Back on the market a year later with an additional $30 million tacked on, meet 134 Charles Street. An 18,000 square foot single family home converted from a warehouse space. This listing, owned by investor Ciaran O’Kelly first popped up in 2014 on the market for a whopping $47.5 million after having purchased the building for 17 million and 2008 and giving it extensive renovations. Boasting an infinity pool, a 47-foot garden space, and a roof deck this apartment has returned once again for $80 million.


Listed By Zachary Vichinsky of Bespoke Real Estate

#2- “Le Penthouse” 172 Madison Avenue

Photo: Keller Williams NYC

Photo: Keller Williams NYC

Boasting every amenity imaginable Le Penthouse, located at 172 Madison Ave, comes in second with a price tag of $98 million. This 11 bedroom, 14 bathooom Skytop mansion is going for $4,945 per square feet, giving you almost 20,000 square feet of living space (4,500 of which are outdoor). The apartment boasts a private rooftop deck featuring a jacuzzi and a 67-foot salt water pool in addition to a gym, a pet spa, a playroom and much more. 

Listed By Raphael Sitruk and Efraim Tessler of Keller Williams

#1- “The Pinnacle” The Woolworth Building

Alchemy

Alchemy

Coming in as number one of the five most expensive listings currently on NYC’s market is the Woolworth buildings “the Pinnacle Penthouse” for $110 million which sits nearly 700 feet above the City. This penthouse is spread out above five floors featuring an elevator giving the owner easy access to all five levels. The Pinnacle first hit the market in 2017 and if sold anywhere near the asking price, it will break the record of most expensive sale ever downtown with the previous titleholder, a property at Chelsea’s Walker Towers selling for $50.9 million back in 2014. 

Alchemy Properties had to conduct extensive work to the Pinnacle before bringing it to market as the crown previously held maintenance equipment for office tenants below. Work included adding additional windows and replacing nearly 3,500 damage terra cotta on the facade. 

Besides being located in the iconic Woolworth building, this apartment boasts 360° degree views of the city, a 400 sq ft observatory, and 24-foot ceilings. 

Interview: Why Long-Time Upper East Side Resident Makes the Move to Upper West Side

When speaking to Real Estate, you know that the first thing anyone mentions about property is “Location, Location, Location!”. In New York City, we are fortunate to have so many diverse neighborhoods, each with their own character and offerings.

We help our Client hone in on the neighborhoods that best align to their lifestyle. We often find that people end up falling in love with a neighborhood and staying for many years.

But what about when people are interested in a neighborhood that they’ve never considered? It happens, and yes, it can actually offer great opportunity!

Why Long-Time Upper East Side Resident Victoria Shtainer Moved to the West Side:

Move to the Upper West Side

 Q: As a long-time resident of the Upper East Side, what made you explore additional neighborhoods that were not in your original consideration set?

Victoria Shtainer: It is a Buyer’s Market currently in NYC and we wanted to take full advantage of that. It is currently cheaper to Buy than to Rent, especially when we need a large apartment to accommodate the entire family. With that said, there is New Development available in NYC that offers Tax Abatement, which is a huge positive for Buyers/Investors and something that should strongly be considered, even if those buildings are not in your target neighborhood.

Q: You mentioned Financial Reasons – Can you elaborate a bit more on some of the opportunities out there for Buyers currently?

Victoria Shtainer: Yes, given it is a Buyer’s Market, and the volume of New Development that is on the market in NYC, the ball is in the Buyer’s court to negotiate. While some may be hesitant to buy, that is when even greater opportunity can be had. Financial opportunities can include

  • Tax Abatement: Buildings such as One West End Avenue and Waterline Square are offering a 20 Tax Abatement which means monthly Real Estate Taxes are incredibly low for 20 years, thus reducing the carrying costs significantly. This is a huge benefit, especially if you are an investor looking to purchase your unit to rent.

  • Incentives: New Developments are offering Buyers incentives to attract them to their projects given the competitive market. This may include Sponsor paid Common Charges for X amount of years, Sponsor Paid Transfer Tax, as well as negotiability on the Asking price.

I practice what I preach! All of this comes together to result in what was an amazing opportunity to move to the Upper West Side from an investment standpoint. Just as I would advise Client looking for a great opportunity, I demonstrated that by doing so myself.

Q: Do you foresee yourself having to adjust your lifestyle from what you might have been used to on the Upper East Side versus your new neighborhood?

Victoria Shtainer: No! In fact, the amenities here from both a building and neighborhood standpoint are amazing. Given the Upper West Side has many New Developments, the building is outfitted with state of the art amenities including a pool, expansive terrace, in-building parking, and more.

From a neighborhood perspective, we have access to everything we would want such as Supermarkets, working studios such as Soulcycle a block away, and popular coffee shops. Additionally, you can easily access the West Side Highway to get to the Lincoln Tunnels and George Washington Bridge.

Q: Given the New Development selection around the City, what made you focus on the Upper West Side compared to another neighborhood?

Victoria Shtainer: I think that there is tremendous upside in this area, especially from an investment standpoint when you factor in the financial benefits I previously mentioned.

Hudson Yards is a few blocks South and has completely transformed the Far West Side, and the arrival of Waterline Square is going to add great value and interest to this neighborhood. The project included 3 amazing buildings by 3 world-class architects and will be bringing a host of neighborhood amenities including 28,000 square foot Cipriani and Empellon, 2.7 acre park, and an ice skating rink in the winter.

 I think that the Far West Side is experiencing what Downtown experienced during the post-Sandy era.

New Renderings Give a Peak Inside the Luxe Residences from Aman in New York

Much buzz has been created over the past few months since the announcement that Aman Resorts would be opening its first urban residences in New York, at an iconic address, The Crown Building (57th Street and 5th Avenue)

While other buildings rising along 57th Street have garnered attention because of their height, pricing, and other features, Aman has quietly released new renderings of the project, and they are simply stunning! Based on the look inside, these homes are truly delivering the vision of an oasis in the middle of urban chaos.

Aman New York is slated to open its doors in 2020, bringing 83 rooms and suites in addition to 22 private residences. It’s been reported by the Wall Street Journal that nearly half of the private residences have already sold, despite being listed. It is rumored that asking prices start at $4.65M

About the Residences

For the Condo portion, there will only be 22 residences. As of now, we know that some homes are slated to have terraces as well as private pools. All of them come with access to a suite of ultra-luxe amenities. There is expected to be a Sky Lobby, members club, piano bar, wine library, cigar bar, a members-only jazz club and 2 restaurants. Arva will be serving Italian fare while Nama will be Aman’s interpretation of Japan’s washoku dining tradition.  

Living Room

Living Room

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The Aman Club will encompass 3 stories of the building with a 75-foot pool, hot and cold plunge pools, fire pits, hammams, salon, gym, and juice bar. Based on the renderings, this Club will be a true representation of the Aman brand and the serene and luxurious spas for which it is known the world over.

Pool Terrace

Pool Terrace

Cigar Lounge

Cigar Lounge

 About Aman:

Aman Resorts are located around the world in both remote and urban settings, known for their meticulous design to frame their natural settings. People love Aman Resorts for the space and privacy that they offer.

Aman started in 1988 with the first location being on Phuket’s West Coast. It was named Amanpuri which means “place of peace.” From that, the Aman name was born. Today, there are 33 resorts, hotels, and private residences across 21 countries.

All Renderings Courtesy of Aman

Guide: 5 Things to Do for Mother's Day in New York City

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 12th. Whether spending the day with Mom in the city, or sending her a gift, we’ve rounded up 5 ideas for Mother’s Day in New York City as well as a few gift ideas. From Brunch to a Staycation, check out these fun things to do with Mom in New York City:

Brunch

Photo: Teddy Wolff

Photo: Teddy Wolff

We could right an entire post just on Brunch places…it is New York City after all. Check out Simon & the Whale conveniently located in Gramercy in the Freehand Hotel. The restaurant is done by Gabriel Stulman who is also behind city favorites Fairfax, Charlie Bird, and Fedora.

Notable items for a Mother’s Day Brunch include griddles banana bread with date syrup, ricotta artichoke popovers, and sorrento lemon mascarpone danishes

New York Botanical Garden Party

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Enjoy the beautiful spring blooms at the weekend-long garden party at the New York Botanical Garden. This year is expected to be the biggest Garden Party yet! Stroll through the newly opened Lilac collection and enjoy live music and dancers on the garden’s main stage. There are a bunch of activities planned throughout the whole day, making it a great family event. Activities include putting on the green, croquet, guided walking tours throughout the gardens, face painting, and bouquet making demonstrations to name a few.

The event will take place during the entire weekend, from 10am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

All garden pass $28, $12 children // 2900 Southern Boulevard

 Mother’s Day at the MoMa

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Check out that exhibit you’ve been wanting to see at the MoMa with a special day planned for Mom. Before the Museum opens to the public, enjoy breakfast in the Terrace 5 Café which overlooks the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden.

After breakfast, you can participate in exclusive group tours of the MoMa collection, including special exhibitions.

Tickets: $120 Adults // $25 Children

Staycation at the Four Season New York Downtown

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Treat Mom to a special weekend Staycation at the new Four Seasons New York Downtown. They are offering a special promotion package for Mother’s Day called the Overnight Pamper Package. The package includes:

  • Overnight accommodation

  • In Room Dining Breakfast for Two

  • 80 minute Soveral Facial

  • Complimentary glass of Champagne or Wellness Elixir in The Spa

Rates starting at $795

Tea at Bergdorf Goodman

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BG at Bergdorf Goodman hosts afternoon tea daily from 3-5pm. If a full brunch isn’t your thing, this is a great way to pass the afternoon at a place that all women love, the famed Bergdorf Goodman department store.

Tea service comes with an assortment of tea sandwiches, freshly baked scones, fruit preserves, Devonshire cream, and a variety of petite sweets. We recommend getting the option paired with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. After tea, take mom downstairs to pick out a luxurious gift.

$45 per person or $62 with glass of Veuve // 58th Street at 5th Avenue

Gift Ideas:

Flowers: Flowers always make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. What Mom doesn’t love a beautiful arrangement? One of our favorites in New York City is 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.

They have a special collection for Mother’s Day which you can shop directly here.

Fragrance: Replenish Mom’s favorite perfume, or buy her a new one. Byredo has some of the best scents available. For Mother’s Day, why not pick a scent thats grounded in floral notes?

Byredo Rose of No Man’s Land is an elegant floral fragrance that was created to pay homage to the nurses and heroines who served on the front lines of World War I. The fragrance has notes of pink pepper, Turkish rose petals, and raspberry blossom among others.

Available at Barneys

Dress - Looking to splurge on Mom? Treat her to an iconic Dolce & Gabbana dress that will be perfect for Spring and Summer whether in the City, The Hamptons, are the Almafi Coast. Dolce & Gabbana has beautiful prints inspired by the Italian scenery and Coast. They are known for the recognizable floral prints.

Dolce & Gabbana Cold Shoulder Anemoni Print Poplin Dress - Available at Bergdorf Goodman

Are Glass & Steel Skyscrapers Being Banned in New York City?

de Blasio Comments on Glass Skyscrapers

Headlines have been swirling around various media outlets stating that, per Mayor Bill de Blasio, glass and steel skyscrapers will be banned in New York City moving forward. The Mayor made comments on Monday morning’s edition of Morning Joe on MSNBC where he was quoted saying, “We are going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers, which are incredibly inefficient.”

This message took on various other similar forms and was picked up by multiple media outlets including a cover on the New York Post here in the city. De Blasio spoke on various media outlets using a similar tone of strong language that implied a ban. He stated that these traditional skyscrapers are contributing to global warming. This prompted many to begin to think about a New York where there would be no new glass and steel skyscrapers.

Are Glass and Steel Skyscrapers Being Banned?

The short answer: No!

The comments from de Blasio were made with very few details or facts supporting them. The Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability also chimed in to clarify that there is no prohibition on buildings made of glass in New York City.

It is important to note, however, that we are likely moving in a direction that would require construction to meet certain environmental efficiency standards. City Council just passed a package of bills which was inclusive of a mandate for building retrofits to reduce carbon footprint by 40 percent by the year 2030.

We are already seeing new construction as well as construction from recent years adapting to a more sustainable model by having projects certified as various LEED levels.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and was devised by the United States Green Building Council. This rating system is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, and the LEED certification is a globally recognized sustainability achievement.

The rating system evaluates the environmental performance of a building, and through this process, encourages market transformation. The evaluation looks at things such as materials, water efficiency, and performance such as indoor quality for occupant comfort. 

Fun Fact: 10 Hudson Yards was the first commercial office space in New York to receive the coveted Platinum LEED certification.

5 New Developments Coming to Market in Manhattan this Spring

Spring is typically a bustling time for the housing market, and this season has been no exception. Activity has picked up from Q1 lulls across multiple tiers of the market, but we have been observing good momentum in the luxury sector specifically.

The New Development market in New York City continues to have a pipeline of impressive projects. From a Buyer’s perspective, inventory has never been better. New Development projects are offering the best amenities, design from starchitects and renowned interior designers, as well as concessions to Buyers. Now is a great time to explore new development as a Buyer. Developers are competing amongst each other for the same set of Buyers in many instances so there are deals to be had.

Just as the market picks of the Spring, so too is New Development. Here are some of the most notable projects coming to market in Manhattan during Spring 2019.

The Centrale

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Midtown is experiencing a wave of development, and The Central is part of it. The tower will rise 803 feet and is designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli. Interiors will be done by Champalimaud Design who has also done the interiors at The Kent. The 124 residences will be a mix of 1 through 5 bedrooms with pricing starting around $1.825 million.

Amenities at The Centrale include a lounge with fireplace, 75-foot lap pool, fitness center, and attended garage.

The Hayworth

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Located at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 87th Street, The Hayworth will bring 61 apartments to the Upper East Side. The building, rising 21 stories, will be a mix of 2 through 5 bedroom homes with multiple penthouses.

AD100 architect Lee Mindel will be doing interior at the Hayworth. Residents will enjoy a suite of amenities including a music and dance studio, fitness center, and rooftop terrace with fireside seating.

Pricing anticipated from $3.5 million

100 Franklin Street

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DDG Partners (you may recognize them from 180 East 88th Street) is bringing a boutique collection of Condos to TriBeCa nearby the Roxy Hotel. This spring, the 10 full floor homes, inclusive of 2 penthouses, are expected to come to market with pricing from $3.3 million.

The development is actually comprised of 2 buildings that are joined together. Amenities include bicycle room and storage.

The Park Loggia

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If you love the Upper West Side, but do not want to live too far up, The Park Loggia is the ideal location. The SOM-designed tower, located on Broadway at 61st Street, just above Columbus Circle, will offer a convenient location and is set to bring 172 residences to the neighborhood.

Apartments will span the gamut in size, ranging from Studios to 4-bedrooms. Pricing is expected to start around $1 million and go up to over $10 million. The amenity package will be sizeable, at 20,000 square feet. Amenities will include a game room, theater, café, music performance rooms, a fitness center, and children’s playroom.

35 Hudson Yards

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The tallest residential building within the Hudson Yards development debuted its lavish apartments on March 15th. 35 Hudson Yards is home to 143 apartments which start at $5 million. The apartments start on the upper floors of the tower with the world’s fist Equinox Hotel occupying the bottom floors.

35 Hudson Yards is designed by David Childs and Skidmore Owings & Merrill with interiors by Tony Ingrao. No detail has been spared on residence interiors such as the custom kitchens designed by Tony Ingrao in collaboration with Smallbone of Devizes.

The amenity suite is equally as lavish. Residents will enjoy 22,000 square feet devoted to wellness and entertainment. Amenities include yoga, playrooms, Grand Terrace and Dining Room, event space, and access to the Equinox which will have both indoor and outdoor pools.

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Tallest Residential Condo on 5th Avenue Debuts Model Residences

277 Fifth Avenue by Rafael Vinoly unveiled the latest set of model residences perched on the 37th Floor of the new building in the heart of NoMad. 277 Fifth Avenue, rising 55 stories on 5th Avenue, is at the intersection of Downtown cool and Uptown sophisticated with stunning views through oversized windows. The building is a Victor Group development with architecture by Rafael Vinoly, comprised of 100% corner units. Interiors are designed by acclaimed designer Jeffrey Beers International feature finished comprised of warm woods and elegant natural stone.

Residence Features

  • 10 to 11 foot ceilings in entertaining areas with select residences featuring 20 foot double-height

  • White oak flooring

  • Dornbracht plumbing fixtures

  • Fully integrated Miele appliances

  • Master Bath: Kaldewei Puro Duo steel enamel tub with Bianco Dolomiti marble slab tub deck

277 Fifth unveiled both units 37B and 37C. Both units are 2 bed // 2 bath with 37B spread over 1,279 square feet while 37C is slightly larger at 1,397 square feet. Both units offered incredible skyline views…especially at Sunset.

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Amenities

In addition to designing the interiors of the residences, Jeffrey Beers International has also designed two floors of amenities in the building spanning 7,000 square feet. There are dedicated spaces for relaxation, socializing, and recreation.

  • Curated Lobby Library with double-height bookcase wall

  • Entertaining suite with bar and kitchen pantry

  • Terrace

  • Kids’ Club

  • Game Lounge with custom ping pong table

  • Fitness Club inclusive of yoga studio as well as Men’s and Women’s Sauna/Steam Rooms


277 Fifth was one of the top-selling new developments in Manhattan in 2018 as based on Contracts Signed.

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