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Dec 7, 2016

Morningside Heights Proposed Historic District

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West 116th Street 
A proposed Morningside Heights Historic District is being considered. The Landmarks Preservation Commission held a public hearing Tuesday receiving public support for the designation. The Morningside Heights Historic District Committee has been fighting for the past 20 years to create this district.
The proposed historic district consists of approximately 115 buildings in an area stretching from West 109th Street to West 119th Street, Riverside Drive to Amsterdam Avenue. 
From the top of a 135-foot bluff, Morningside Heights overlooks the Hudson River on one side and Harlem on the other. It is about 15 minutes from midtown Manhattan by subway.
The area that is now Morningside park was described as "inconvenient for use" by a city surveyor in 1867, meaning difficult to build property on, so it was made into a park, which was called "Morning-side park" because its east facing slope catches the morning sun.
Throughout most of the 19th century, Morningside Heights remained largely undeveloped except for scattered estates and clusters of mid-century frame houses clustered around West 110th Street (later renamed Cathedral Parkway) and modern-day Broadway.
That development history resulted in a cohesive residential district that is comprised primarily of apartment and flats buildings, along with a smaller number of rowhouses that represent the district’s earliest development.

Riverside Drive - Morningside Heights

Like much of the Upper West Side, the earliest residential development in the proposed district includes private town houses such as 625-627 West 113th Street (1897-98, C. P. H. Gilbert) and speculative rows such as 604-616 West 114th Street (1896, Frank A. Lang) that were built in the 1890s.
A cross between the Upper West Side and Harlem, Morningside Heights boasts some of the city’s most impressive architecture: Turn-of-the-century apartment buildings (many with marble lobbies grand enough to house a presidential reception) and row houses dominate. 
The Landmarks Preservation Commission is also considering designating The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine a landmark.
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
Within the boundaries of the district, 64% of the buildings were built between 1900 and 1910. Wide streets such as Riverside Drive, Cathedral Parkway, West 116th Street and Claremont Avenue are lined with impressive apartment buildings while the narrower streets have smaller apartment and flats buildings, row houses and club buildings. Many of the district’s apartment buildings were designed by some of New York City’s prominent apartment house architects.



Morningside Heights 



Dec 1, 2016

Tips for Holiday Tipping

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Year in and year out, we are asked about New York City holiday tipping etiquette, especially for apartment building staff. Updated annual post.

Here is my take on the situation:

So many ask, “why tip at all for someone who is merely doing his job?” We feel that an additional reward for work well done is a welcome gift. It is good manners, and customary to show one’s appreciation by giving a little something extra during the holiday as a way to say “thank you”.

Keep in mind the following factors in determining what to give:
  • How pleased are you with the service
  • The frequency of the service
  • How long you’ve known the person
  • Your budget
  • The local custom
  • The type of establishment (deluxe vs. moderate building)The following are ranges of suggested gratuities:
  • Apartment Building Superintendents: $75 - $175 There is a wide range here ($50-$500) depending on the services offered by your building and how much the staff are at your beck-and-call during the year.
  • Doormen: $25 and up Take into consideration how nice they are to you, if you get lots of visitors and deliveries, and if they actually open the door for you. To maintain a level of quality service, you need to pay for it.
  • Porters: $15- $30 These people have a difficult and sometimes unpleasant job. If you’ve spilled Styrofoam packaging stuffers in your hallway or incinerator room, you owe it to your custodian to remember.
  • Handyman: $15 - $30 This is an instance where your tip can be proportionate to the amount of the work you’ve requested during the year. If you merely greet the handyman in the hall, the lower end of the range should suffice. If you’ve gotten him out of bed in the middle of the night to repair a gushing water leak, ask yourself how much such a task is worth to you and show your appreciation accordingly.
  • Mail Carriers: $10 - $20
  • There is a long list of other people to remember during the holidays-garage attendants, personal trainers, housekeepers, babysitters, stylists, etc., and the range of what is considered appropriate is wide and left mostly to personal judgement.
Regardless of the cash value of any gift, however, it is important that a gratuity be given as a present. Include a nice card with a handwritten note and deliver it personally.

Cash is appreciated, rather than checks.In what can seem like an uncivilized city, it is important to remember to make a gesture of appreciation to those who make your life easier. The holiday season is the perfect time to do so.


Nov 6, 2016

New Development Update | One West End Avenue

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One West End Avenue
One West End, the new residential tower rising at Riverside Center with iconic architecture by Pelli Clarke Pelli and interiors by hospitality visionary Jeffrey Beers. 

The 42-story building will be the first condominium project to come to market in Christian de Portzamparc’s masterfully-designed Riverside Center. 

Commanding a full city block between 59th and 60th Streets at West End Avenue, One West End will offer 246 light-filled one- to four-bedroom homes and several one-of-a-kind residences including two penthouses.


The Lobby Seating Area
Amenities include 12,000-square-foot rooftop garden terrace by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, media room, game and playroom, on-site parking, 24-hour doorman and concierge and a fitness center with 75-foot indoor swimming pool and spa treatment rooms.


The Terrace and Cabanas
22 available homes range from $1,945,000 for a 919 square foot one bedroom to a four bedroom 5.5 bath, 5,371 square foot home for $19,500.

 New Development Updates

Sep 6, 2016

Back To Private schools on the Upper West Side

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Originally published September 05, 2011


        
The Upper West Side of Manhattan is home to many private schools. 
Below are some of the finest private schools on the Upper West Side.

The Calhoon School West End Avenue

The Calhoon School - West End Avenue

The Calhoun School is a progressive, independent, college preparatory school located in the heart of Manhattan’s West Side. Founded in 1896, Calhoun has grown into a two-building coeducational institution with 670 students, ranging from three-year-olds to twelfth graders.


The former Claremont Academy- Stephen Gaynor School

The Stephan Gaynor School
 West 89th and West 90th Street

The Stephen Gaynor School, a non profit organization, provides a unique educational experience for children ages 5-14 with learning differences in a nurturing environment where children are helped to reach their academic potential. At Stephen Gaynor the pattern of academic failure is broken and children are taught to become successful learners with unlimited potential.
The historic Claremont Riding Academy building was supposed to be converted to condos, the units were supposed to give the feeling of a barn. The market turned and the condo developers sold the building for $12 million to the Stephen Gaynor School, which is located behind Claremont on 90th Street. The developers bought the building for $14 million in 2007.

Abraham Joshua Heschel School


The Abraham Joshua Heschel School was founded in 1983, a new model of Jewish day school was created. An independent school offering a pluralistic approach to Jewish learning in addition to secular studies. Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. 

Congregation B'nai Jeshurun recently purchased the building at 270 West 89th Street from the Abraham Joshua Heschel School for $20 million. The trade symbolizes growth for two Jewish institutions on the Upper West Side. B'nai Jeshurun had rented space in the building from Heschel for its Hebrew School since 1984, when B'nai Jeshurun sold the building to Heschel.

                              
Trinity School 139 West 91st Street

Trinity School 139 West 91st Street

Founded in 1709 as a charity school supported by Anglican missionaries, the school had its first classes meet in Trinity Church at the head of Wall Street.  Its first schoolhouse was built on the church grounds in 1749, and it is the oldest continuously operating educational institution in the city of New York. The school stretches nearly the length of 91st Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. 

Ethical Culture School -33 Central Park west

Ethical Culture School - 33 Central Park West

The Fieldston Ethical Culture school is committed to academic excellence, ethical learning, and progressive education, ECF offers a rich and challenging curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A coed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students from PreK to 12 on two campuses -- one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and the other in Manhattan.

The Dwight School - 291 Central Park West

The Dwight School - 291 Central Park West

Founded in 1872, The Dwight School is a PreK-12 private international school located on Manhattan ’s Upper West Side. In 1996, Dwight became the second school in North America to offer the full International Baccalaureate (IB) program from kindergarten through grade 12. With the opening of Woodside Preschool in the fall of 2005, Dwight became the first school to offer the IB Primary Years Program for children ages 2-4. Dwight continues to be a pioneer in international education and today nearly 40 countries are represented in its student body.

Columbia Grammar and preparatory School


Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School is one of the oldest institutions in America, with a long and notable tradition of excellence as a college preparatory school. Facilities include a state-of-the-art theater to computer and science labs, five art studios, including filmmaking and photography and library for children and programs PK through 12.

West Side Montessori school

West Side Montessori School - 309 west 92nd Street

West Side Montessori School (WSMS) is an independent early childhood Montessori school serving 209 students, ages 2.10 through 6. Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City and accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools, the American Montessori Society, and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


The Mandell School - 795 Columbus Avenue.
The Mandell School is a member of ISAAGNY (Independent School Admissions Association of Greater NY) and the Parents League. The Mandell School is committed to providing a rigorous educational environment for children and their families, which through intellectual stimulation and emotional support, enables them to become responsible active citizens of the world.

K-8th grade is located at 795 Columbus Avenue. There are 3 preschool locations as well: one on 150 Amsterdam Ave. (between 66th & 67th St.).  Another preschool in the west village on 160 Christopher St. and one on the UWS (775 Columbus Ave.) that opened 75 years ago.  

Many private schools have long waiting lists and have admission requirements/procedures similar to colleges and universities. Most private schools require mandatory testing from the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) as well as interviews, school tours, and references. The best time to contact schools for brochures, applications, and procedures is after Labor Day and ERB testing forms should be completed in early October.


For More Information:

MANHATTAN PRIVATE SCHOOLS


Parents League of NYhttp://www.parentsleague.org/212-737-738



 The Archdiocese of New York              http://www.adnyeducation.org/ 1-212-691-3381
 Abacus Guide                                    http://www.abacusguide.com/



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Jul 14, 2016

On the Market Now | Manhattan

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ON THE MARKET NOW | MANHATTAN

Manhattan All Apartments All sizes




Mar 1, 2016

New Rule Disclosure for Luxury Buyers in Manhattan

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One 57 
157 West 57th Street Manhattan
The Treasury Department will begin identifying and tracking secret buyers of high-end properties beginning today in Manhattan and Miami.

It is the first time the federal government has required real estate companies to disclose names behind cash transactions. Starting today, luxury buyers wanting to pay in cash will no longer be able to hide behind an LLC in Manhattan or Miami-Dade County.

In Manhattan, the initiative requires buyers in sales of more than $3 million to be reported; in Miami-Dade County, it requires reporting on sales of more than $1 million. In Manhattan, 1,045 residential sales cost more than $3 million in the second half of 2015, worth some $6.5 billion in aggregate, according to PropertyShark, a real estate data company.


According to The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the US Treasury "those without bank financing – may be conducted by individuals attempting to hide their assets and identity by purchasing residential properties through limited liability companies or other opaque structures."

In addition to starting in only two markets, the requirement runs from March through August. If the government finds many sales involved with suspicious money they will implement permanent reporting requirements across the country.


Feb 11, 2016

Residential Pools in Lincoln Square, Columbus Circle, Hell's Kitchen/Clinton

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Condos with Pools in Lincoln Square | Columbus Circle | Hell's Kitchen/Clinton

Yesterday I published an updated a popular blog about residential pools on the Upper West Side. Due to the popularity of that post, today I've updated the original post Manhattan Condos with pools in Lincoln Square, Columbus Circle, Hell's Kitchen/Clinton

There are currently more pools in luxury condos and condops on the west side of Manhattan than ever before. If a building with a pool is a priority amenity for you and you want to live near Lincoln Center, Hell's Kitchen/Clinton or Columbus Circle, this post features buildings (condos, condops  and coops with pools in the Lincoln Square (Lincoln Center area), Columbus Circle,  and Hell's Kitchen / Clinton neighborhoods. 











The Copley | 2000 Broadway
(West 68th/69th Streets)


Built: 1986 
28 Floors - 163 Units






 30 Lincoln Plaza | 30 W 63rd Street
(Central Park West & Broadway)

Built: 1980 - 33 Floors - 609 Units
converted to condo: 2009








The Alfred | 161 West 61st Street
(Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue)

 Built: 1987 
37 Floors -222 Apartments




 


Time Warner Center | The Mandarin
 80 Columbus Circle | 1 Central Park
(59th Street and West 60th Street)

Built: 2004 
 80 Floors - 191 Apartments







  10 West End Avenue
(West 59th/ 60th Street)

Built: 2007 
 33 Floors - 173 Apartments








The Element | 555 West 59th St.
(Amsterdam Avenue and West End Avenue)


Built: 2007
35 Floors - 198 Apartments







One57 
157 West 57th Street

Built: Under Construction
90 Floors - 92 Apartments

Now Selling




Park Place | 301 West 57th Street
(Eighth Avenue and Ninth Avenue)

 Built: 1987 
61 Floors - 301 Apartments








 The Sheffield | 322 West 57th Street
Cross street: 8th & 9th Avenues

Built: 1978
58 Floors. 597 Apartments
 
Converted to condominium 2005









City Spire | 150 West 56th Street
(cross street: 6th & 7th Avenues)

Built: 1988 
72 Floors - 353 Apartments



The Orion | 350 West 42nd Street
(cross street:  8th and 9th Avenues)

Built: 2005
60 Floors - 551 Apartments





 
The Atelier | 635 West 42nd Street
(cross street: 11th/12th Avenues

Built: 2006 
46 Floors - 478 Apartments





Prices vary building to building but start around $650,000 for studios up to $20 million+ for large multi- room apartments. 

At One57 current available units range from $4.9 million for a 39th floor 1 bedroom to $58.5 million for an 83rd floor 4 bedroom with 4.5 baths. Current available units for rent at One57 range from$9,500 for a 1 bedroom on the 39th floor to $150,000  for a 7 room, 3 bedroom with 4.5 baths on the 65th floor.

Please contact me if your looking to purchase or sell a condo, condop or coop in Manhattan.

Condos and Condops with Pools on the Upper West Side

Manhattan-condos-coops-with-pools Downtown

 Listings of Manhattan condos and condops with pools


courtesy of:
Mitchell Hall, Associate Broker
The Corcoran Group
P (212) 877-6268 | M (917) 312-0924

 
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