Halloween in NYC

Halloween in NYC


When the kids get tired of trick or treating in their building, these street parties are the way to go. 

Museum of Natural History

7 p.m.

Spooky Astronomy. “On this Halloween night, join Jackie Faherty and Lydia Maria Petrosino for an evening of spooky stories of the cosmos as we navigate the constellations and explain the most frightful and petrifying objects in the sky. Recommended for ages 12 and up.” $12 for members, $15 for non members. More here.

Trick or Treating

West 69th Street

West 69th between Broadway and Central Park West always has a very big crowd for its block party, though it can get very crowded. The decorations are always awesome!

West 87th Street

The block between West End and Riverside tends to be blocked off.

West 90th Street

The block association has held a block party between Columbus and Central Park West for several years. For the 4th year they will be doing a haunted maze on the northeast corner of 90th and Columbus (in front of 65 west 90th) between 5-9 pm.

Credit: westsiderag

“Fearless Girl” Sculpture Appears on Wall St 

“Fearless Girl” Sculpture Appears on Wall St 

An inspiring new piece of art has appeared next to Wall Street’s famous Charging Bull, just in time for International Women’s Day. Facing the bull stands what people have dubbed “The Fearless Girl” by artist Kristen Visbal. 
The display was organized by State Street Global Advisors as part of their campaign to increase the number of women directors on company boards. State Street, one of the world’s largest asset managers, will also be sending letters to 3,500 companies asking them to increase their percentage of female board members; research has shown a link between gender diversity amongst directors and improved company performance. The Fearless Girl stands before a plaque which reads, “KNOW THE POWER OF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP.”

State Street’s deputy global chief investment officer, Lori Heinel spoke to Business Insider about their campaign.

“One of the most iconic images on Wall Street is the charging bull. So the idea of having a female sort of stand against the bull or stand up to the bull just struck us as a very clever but also creative and engaging way to make that statement. Even though it’s a little girl, her stance is one of determination, forwardness, and being willing to challenge and take on the status quo.”

The statue placement, intentionally timed to align with International Women’s Day on Wednesday, was organized in conjunction with the agency McCann New York.

While McCann did get a permit for the statue, its overnight appearance was intended as a surprise. “The guerrilla aspect of the placement is in keeping with the Charging Bull itself, which was installed without permission by artist Arturo Di Modica in 1989,” Adweek reports. “It was meant to be a symbol of the strength and power of the American people following the stock-market crash of 1987.”

Similarly, the bronze girl is a wonderful symbol of the strength and power of women. 

Source: Bust

Winter is Here. Snow is coming. 

Winter is Here. Snow is coming. 

Winter is here and we can soon expect snowfall. 

According to the NYC Administrative Code, every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person having charge of any lot or building must clean snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent (i.e., in front of, on the side of, in back of) to their properties. 

And as you could surmise, there are rules around that snow removal. 

Here is a friendly reminder for businesses, property managers, homeowners, and residents on snow removal guidelines. 

SummerStage, July 13-25 

This week, you can boogie down in St. Mary’s Park to performances from Latin soul stars including Johnny Rivera, Joe Bataan, and Tito Rojas. St. Mary’s is located in the Mott Haven neighborhood in the Southwest Bronx and is accessible via the 2 train to 3rd Avenue & 146th Street, 6 train to E. 143rd Street & St. Mary’s Street or the Bx15 to 146th Street & Willis Avenue. 

If you are in need of relaxation, #TheBigQuiet returns to Central Park for a mass meditation on Wednesday, July 13. Tickets are available online – http://bit.ly/29VT2uj . All proceeds benefit City Parks Foundation.
Don’t forget about the upcoming SummerStage Benefit Concerts – these shows help to support over 100 free events in parks across the five boroughs. Tickets are on sale for Mass Appeal: Live at the BBQhttp://bit.ly/29VT2uj – on July 25 hosted by Nas featuring performances from Ty Dolla $ign, Danny Brown, Machine Gun Kelly, AraabMuzik, and loads more. 
Time to get to the parks! 

Living in the East Village

East Village apartmentA popular area for the past 50 years or so, especially for young crowds, the East Village is touted as one of the more accessible neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan.

Its reputation as the early hub for punk music and the current artistic vibe in this neighborhood has people willing to pay Manhattan rents to live here.

Here are some data points on housing in the East Village:

  • Home prices decreased by more than 30% year-over-year in March and April; the median price in April was $767K
  • The median rent in March and April reached $3,450, slightly more than on the Upper East Side
  • 82% of all housing units built in the East Village are rentals, a far higher percentage than the one for all of Manhattan (67%)
  • The smallest home in the neighborhood spans only 250 square feet, yet sold for $500K back in 2006

The East Village is known for unusual boutiques, small family restaurants and a great bar scene. So, students and young professionals feel at home here – actually, half of the population is younger than 34 years old. A third is made up of family households and there are still many die-hard fans of the neighborhood that have stayed here for decades.

East Village Renting is the norm in this neighborhood. There are 33,240 housing units in the East Village – 82% of the available housing stock is rentals. As more and more people turn to renting, either by choice or forced by the high costs associated with home ownership, rental apartments in the area are in high demand. The rapid changes in the market and a local culture of transient living constantly bring new faces to the neighborhood, contributing to residents’ feelings of being taken over by outsiders.

Being priced out of the rental market is a legitimate concern in the East Village. The average one-bedroom flat rented for $3K in April, and half of all size apartments cost more than $3,450 per month. In fact, the median rent just topped that of the Upper East Side! If you take a look at the impact on household budgets, it means that the median household is looking at spending at least $40K per year on housing, if they’re lucky. The good news is that, at this rate, rents are rising more slowly than in most of Manhattan.

Across all types of properties, condos, co-ops and townhouses, the market has been particularly favorable for East Village buyers lately. March and April saw prices fallen by more than 30% compared to spring of 2015. The median home sold for about $770K in April, whereas the median home price for all of Manhattan was a little over $1M. New developments going up in the neighborhood are bringing in the wind of change, and with it, higher prices – $2-$3M per unit – and a whole new class of buyers.

East Village has a casual and quirky vibe, which is exactly what has kept young people coming in for decades. Historical veneer and new century design, luxury condos and shoe-box rentals coexist just fine in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Manhattan. When it comes to the cost of living, however, the neighborhood is catching up to other Lower Manhattan areas. Most rentals are expensive but buying a home here is still cheaper than in many other Manhattan neighborhoods.

 

 

Sources: Propertyshark, Citihabitats, Yardi Matrix.

Isaac Mizrahi Exhibit @ The Jewish Museum

A few weeks back on a rainy spring day, getting stir crazy from being indoors too long, the kids and I hopped in a cab and headed across town to to see the  Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History exhibit. I knew the visit might not be a hit with all the children but my strategy, with kids, is to always keep the museum visits focused and short and then everyone usually enjoys the experience.

The core of the exhibition features iconic designs from the Isaac Mizrahi New York clothing label (1987 – 1998), the “semi-couture” collections (2003 – 2011), and the line for Target (2002 – 2008) – the first designer partnership done with that store. The show is comprised of 42 “looks” that include clothing, hats, jewelry, shoes, accessories, and costumes for the theater, the opera, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Read more