As the summer continues to heat up, we need to remind ourselves that this warm (OK, hot!) weather doesn’t last for long. Soon enough we’ll be wishing for 80+ degree days and sunsets after 7pm. In the meantime, try and stay cool and enjoy the great things that the city offers this time of year.
This month we’ve included articles and links to do just that, with heirloom tomato recipes (definitely a summer thing), suitcase packing tips (for those summer getaways), and a list of places to get free a/c around town.
For those in the real estate market right now, buying opportunities are as abundant as those heirlooms at the farmer’s market. Our team is helping both our buyer and seller clients make the most of a more “normalized” market this summer.
Do you know someone thinking of buying, selling or renting in Manhattan or Brooklyn? Please forward this newsletter along. We’re here to help!
THIS IS THE VIEW from 336 West End Avenue, Apt. 14D
This over-sized 1 BR, 1 BA is perched on the 14th floor of an art deco doorman co-op and is loaded with potential. The same apartment 2 floors up sold for $150k more, less than a year ago! Wide-open northern views (and a peek of the river!) protected by the West End Collegiate Historic District and lots of pre-war charm. Entry foyer designed to accommodate a dining table & chairs, windowed, pass through kitchen, step-down living room, original herringbone floors & decorative fireplace. This co-op checks off many of the boxes on your buyer checklist. 336 West End Avenue has a 24-hour doorman, live-in superintendent, bike room, storage room and a welcoming roof deck.
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LOVING THIS CHELSEA CONDO @ 150 West 26th Street, Apt. 403
Move-in ready, south & west facing 3 quiet bedrooms / 2.5 bath + home office with 10’+ ceilings, abundant storage, a true chef’s kitchen, and 21′ x 27′ living/dining room. Enviable open kitchen with double sinks, Viking six-burner gas cook top & dual wall ovens, Subzero refrigerator plus extra under-counter refrigerator drawers, and two dishwashers. In-home Bosch Axxis washer/dryer, central air and tons of storage & closets throughout, incl. a walk-in storage/mechanical closet. Awesome location that is convenient to Whole Foods, Fairway, Madison Square Park (Eataly & Shake Shack!) and subway/PATH/train lines.
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WELL-PRICED Alcove Studio on UES: 220 East 67th Street, Apt. 7F
Freshly updated alcove studio that easily converts to a Junior 1 in a doorman co-op on East 67th between 2nd/3rd Avenues. The kitchen is brand new — never used — and the hardwood floors have been refinished. Separate sleeping alcove, ample closets and north-facing wall of windows. Sought-after Upper East Side location near shopping and transportation; the Q, F & 6 trains all within a few blocks. Full service, doorman building with roof deck; pets and pied a terre friendly. Live-in resident manager, welcoming staff, on-site parking garage and laundry.
11 Irresistible Recipes for Heirloom Tomatoes
What are heirloom tomatoes, anyway? The seeds are actually what make an heirloom tomato. They are passed down from season to season, taken by the farmers from the tomato plants that produced the best fruit. This process allows farmers to select for certain desirable traits like juiciness, size, shape, or color.
Upcoming Summer Travel? Here’s How to Pack the Perfect Suitcase in 6 Easy Steps
You might think you know how to pack a suitcase, but do you really? If you’re used to just throwing in your stuff, maybe with some basic folding, and then zippering it shut and heading off, you could use some pointers. Here, six steps to packing the perfect bag.
Kitchen Remodels Can Be a Big Undertaking. Make Sure You Pick the Right Approach
Kitchens are among the most popular renovation projects for homeowners. There were roughly 2 million kitchens remodeled in 2017, costing 140 percent more than they did in 1995. Given the amount of money homeowners spend on kitchen remodels, picking the approach that works best for you is key.
Looking for a Summer Diversion?
15 Small Towns Near NYC to Visit Right Now
It is a truth universally acknowledged (by New Yorkers, anyway) that summer can be a particularly icky time to be in the city, what with the crowded subways, that smell that permeates the air, and the general sense of sweat-induced misery that blankets the city once temperatures start to rise. But instead of sweating in your apartment, why not get out of town for a day or two?
Where to Find Free Air Conditioning During a NYC Heat Wave
When in gets hot, the first reaction for many New Yorkers is to flee to the nearest public pool or beach (or to fleethe city altogether), but sometimes the best solution is some good ol’ fashioned, ice cold air conditioning. Museums and movie theaters are an obvious respite, but who wants to shell out $15 just to stop sweating? In addition to the city-designated cooling centers, there are dozens of places in New York where you can bask in refrigerated air for free.
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The Best Food Halls in NYC & What You Should Eat
Food halls are tailor-made for the Big Apple. After all, we love options (the more the better). Whether it’s cheap eats or the best lunch in NYC, the flexibility to pick and choose your favorites in one place is part of the allure.
Summer = Music, Color and Yoga
We’ve Curated Some Summer Events for You:
Make the most of SummerStage 2019 with our guide to New York City’s biggest free summer music festival.
After a successful run in San Francisco last year, the creators are transforming a 20,000-square-foot Soho space into an immersive selfie nirvana that is meant to help folks explore and appreciate how fun and joyful being surrounded by vibrant colors can be.
Whether you’re a die-hard yogi or a noob searching for vinyasa, folks of all fitness levels are welcome to find Zen beneath the trees at Bryant Park every Tuesday morning and Thursday evening through the end of August.
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