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5 Ways to Make You and Your Home a Happier Place to Be

Start practicing gratefulness every day to make a happier you and your home a happier place to be. What are you thankful for today? Gratefulness is the key that opens the door to happiness. Science tells us so. You see, simple acts of kindness practiced daily make you more optimistic and less negative. So in light of Thanksgiving Day next week and a new year next month, here are five ways to practice gratitude every day to make you and your home a happier place all year. Ways to Practice Gratitude Daily to Make You and Your Home a Happier Place Make time to think about all that you’re …

NYC to ‘pedestrianize’ streets around Rockefeller Center during holidays

Getty Images The pilot program will kick off on November 29 Streets around Rockefeller Center will be closed to cars for part of the day during the tourist-packed holiday season, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. After initially backtracking when an earlier vision of the plan leaked in October, de Blasio said on The Brian Lehrer Show Friday that beginning November 29 into early January, 49th and 50th streets between Fifth and Sixth avenues will be exclusively open to pedestrians during the area’s most congested hours. “Literally, each year, more …

Bossert Blues

Like the refugees in Casablanca, those eagerly awaiting the re-opening of the Hotel Bossert must wait…and wait…and wait…As Brooklyn Eagle reported last week, the scheduled soft opening last month didn’t happen (again). Reporter Lore Crohan couldn’t track down anyone willing to offer any explanations, trying to contact a variety of people associated with the Chetrit Group, which owns the property, to no avail: messages and phone calls yielded no response.The Eagle story offers context of the building’s history and links galore to …

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Affordable Housing in Ocean Hill

Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for Two Units in Ocean Hill for $899 a Month An affordable housing lottery has opened for a pair of apartments in a four-story building at 1666 Broadway in Ocean Hill. — It’s Just a Heights One-Bedroom Reader Renovation Diary: We Pull the Trigger Four years and 1,906 open houses… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Affordable Housing in Ocean Hill appeared first on Brownstoner.

Manhattan rezoning forges ahead — without the de Blasio administration

Last month, the de Blasio administration rejected a proposal to rezone Morningside Heights. Now, a community group — with the help of the City Council — is moving ahead without the agency. The Morningside Heights Community Coalition is advancing plans to rezone the neighborhood despite the Department of City Planning’s reservations that changes won’t create much affordable housing. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson has pledged to direct the council’s land-use staff to put together a

It’s In Your Best Interest to Hire a Lawyer

Buying or selling, hire a lawyer A real estate attorney is worth every bit of the peace of mind they give! Whether buying or selling real estate, it’s in your best interest to hire a lawyer to represent you through the transaction process. Because even the simplest real estate deals come with complicated legal language, terms, and conditions. Besides, New York is one of twenty-two states which requires the presence of a lawyer during real estate closings. Why It’s Important to Hire a Lawyer The buying or selling transaction process involves attorneys, title insurance companies, property surveys, real estate agents, buyers, sellers, and mortgage brokers or bankers. And all of these people have their own sets of paperwork and legal jargon that may overwhelm…

East Side Coastal Resiliency project moves forward, but concerns linger

A rendering of the proposed East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. | The Mayor’s Office of Recovery & Resiliency A major change was unveiled earlier this week for the plan Elected officials and locals remain skeptical of the city’s plan to overhaul Manhattan’s east side with storm protections, despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent attempt to quash criticism with changes to a key component of the $1.45 billion proposal. The East Side Costal Resiliency project will no longer fully close East River…

Housing Works Thrift Shops Coming Back to Montague St.!

Who says there’s no good news anymore? The tip came from a friend and neighbor via text tonight.Housing Works is coming back to Montague St.!You may recall, to the dismay of the entire neighborhood, Housing Works closed shop at the location on Montague off Henry St. in March 2017, and was replaced by Halstead Real Estate. Housing Works will now move into the location that Halstead vacated at 150 Montague St., next to Francesca’s. The best switcheroo imaginable!We no longer have to trek to Park Slope to donate gently-used items to help fund Housing Works’ invaluable support of the homeless and people living with HIV. Or to find that like-new, stunning, mid-century sofa you never thought you needed, but really do…

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Brookyn Heights Designer Showhouse Opens

A 21-Story Tower Is Starting to Rise Above a Prominent Corner in Downtown Brooklyn Even by the standards of Downtown Brooklyn, where buildings seem to sprout up like weeds in a garden, the future 21-story building bound by Boerum Place, Red Hook Lane and Fulton Street is moving rather quickly. — Brownstone Boys:… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Brookyn Heights Designer Showhouse Opens appeared first on Brownstoner.

Mark your calendars: These are NYC’s top real estate events next week

There are two new real estate events coming up next week! Host: Commercial Observer Date: September 24 Time: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Commercial Observer is holding its 3rd Annual Downtown Forum at 225 Liberty Street from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Come to this event to network and to discuss the driving forces behind Lower Manhattan’s growth as a submarket. Speakers include Ric Clark of Brookfield Property Partners and David Falk of Newmark Knight …

Does a Home Inspection Need to be Stressful?

A home inspection is beneficial to the seller as well as the buyer. No need to stress about home inspections. Your home is on the market. And things are progressing well. You’ve got a buyer! The offer, the terms, and the price are all agreed upon. What comes next? The home inspection. And most homeowners find a home inspection to be stressful. Why? What is a Home Inspection? Before you and the buyers actually go to contract (aka escrow), the buyers will pay for…

MTA announces 48 stations that will get accessibility upgrades

Travelview/Shutterstock.com Several stations across the five boroughs will soon become ADA accessible Four days after unveiling its 2020-2024 capital plan, the MTA announced the specific stations that will get accessibility upgrades—something that advocates have long fought for. The MTA said that as part of the capital plan, 70 stations will be made ADA-compliant, 48 of which have already been chosen. Factors taken into account to select those stations include ridership, demographics, and whether or not they were major transfer stations or complexes. “These 48 stations are a terrific first step and help get us closer than ever to achieving systemwide …

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Demo in Downtown Brooklyn, Reno in Park Slope

A Future Mayor’s Victorian Mansion in Park Slope and Three More to See, Starting at $1.35 Million From the stately Park Slope former townhouse of reformist 1910s Mayor William Gaynor with imposing woodwork to a more humble bow-fronted row house in Bay Ridge with details and potential, these open houses peek… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Demo in Downtown Brooklyn, Reno in Park Slope appeared first on Brownstoner.

Corcoran says “criminal” hackers leaked agent splits

The Corcoran Group said it was hacked Friday after a stunning email containing agent splits, marketing budgets and gross commission income was sent to the entire company. Sources said the email came from Bill Cunningham, Corcoran’s president of sales. It landed in inboxes in mid-afternoon before being quickly retracted — but not before news of the breach ricocheted through the industry. “It’s the most privileged information at a real estate company” aside from client information, …

Big reveal: $1.495M for a Carroll Gardens duplex with a backyard

Rise Media, courtesy The Corcoran Group Did you guess correctly? The asking price for this week’s Pricespotter apartment is a bit higher than we typically go: The one-bedroom duplex in Carroll Gardens is on the market for $1.495 million. So did anyone guess the correct asking price? The commenter who came closest was jburr_express, with $1.499 million; but since we play by The Price Is Right rules, the person who came the closest without going over was easternwestern, with $1.275 million. The apartment is technically a one-bedroom duplex, with the lower level (which doesn’t have a legal bedroom) given over to storage space and, under the current owners, a woodworking studio…

Chip Shop Space To Go Italian, With “Natural Wines”

The New York Times, in today’s Restaurant Review by Florence Fabricant, reveals that the space next door to Colonie, on Atlantic Avenue, previously occupied by your correspondent’s beloved Chip Shop, will become Ping, a “natural wine” bar – that is, one serving “wines that are made with minimal intervention, like chemical additives or commercial yeast.” It will be owned by the owners of Colonie, andwill have mostly bar seating for

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Vivid Art in a Clinton Hill Brownstone, a Fort Greene Reno

The Insider: Every Object Tells a Story in Fort Greene Brownstone Lovingly Decorated by Owner James Deaver is not a professional designer; he’s an attorney. But that didn’t stop him from hands-on planning a major renovation of his beautifully intact circa 1870s brownstone, then confidently decorating with antiques and vintage modern… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Vivid Art in a Clinton Hill Brownstone, a Fort Greene Reno appeared first on Brownstoner.

Newly promoted exec quietly exits Richard Meier’s firm

Less than a year after taking over the day-to-day operations of Richard Meier’s eponymous architecture firm, managing principal Bernhard Karpf has quietly left. Karpf, who stepped up his role at the firm following an explosive New York Times story that revealed multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Meier, stopped working for the company in July, a representative for the company confirmed on Friday. Karpf’s picture on the firm’s website, once the first featured on the …

The Best Advice for First-Time Homebuyers

First-time homebuyer? Here’s some of the best advice for first-time homebuyers! If you’ve entered the real estate market as a first-time homebuyer, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. And that’s totally understandable. It is the biggest purchase you’ll ever make after all! But where do you start? What should you know before investing in homeownership? Here’s the best advice for first-time homebuyers. Read on and put your mind at ease. Advice for First-Time Homebuyers In a seller’s market, inventory is low. That means bidding wars are going to happen. And…