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March 11, 2012 Leave a comment
Disco Balling!

Disco Balling!

So let’s see where things stand since we last posted fairly regularly. A lot of ups, a lot of downs, the wheels on the bus go round and round.

I am sitting in Saks Fifth Ave in the prom dress area on 4 as I write this. Took a moment to pause the rat race and am listening to my friend DJ Vidal spin classic hits by Madonna, George Michael and Hall and Oates, blended flawlessly with modern hits by Beyonce, Niki Minaj and more, thinking back over 18 years of my life and forward to what and where the next 18 years will bring.

There is so much to be grateful for in life. Oh snap! Lisa Lisa/Cult Jam “Take You Home!” You go girl!!! Perfectly timed right into “Let the Music Play!”

That’s exactly what I mean right there. We get so caught up in the constant strive for greatness, sometimes we forget to stop and enjoy the view, smell the roses or in this case, listen to the music. When we forget to do that, we make it a struggle rather than the joyful journey that it’s meant to be!

It’s been a long time since I have contributed on a regular basis. If it takes me slowing things down a bit and enjoying the groove a bit more, then so be it. I finally realized that, there’s no need to rush life along. Nobody gets out alive anyway, so we may as well slow things down a bit and enjoy the ride as we go along.

DAY-UM!!! Now I’m getting some Rufus and Chaka Kahn “Do you like what you feel?” I sure do!

Grab that ring in life. Enjoy it along the way as well. We are all one people!

“I wanna dance all, I wanna dance all, I wanna dance all night!”

R$Blessed

I’m Rick James trick!
“Give it me baby!” Lol

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Caught up in the rapture?

Okay, I have been away for a while.

Life threw me more than I could even write about.

It is what it is so I let it do what it do for a few.

In the meantime, there was all of this talk about the rapture and what would happen on May 21st at a certain time on the face of the Earth.

You peep that pic above? How could you not right?

There’s a long story behind it but I’ll keep it simple for you. The caption to the left reads, “Master the illusion”.

We have all been deceived and had wool pulled over our eyes for way too long. I have always been a believer in everything happens for a reason. There is a reason that I saw this today after my blog hiatus. In the blog-o-sphere, it may as well have been a Osama-Bin-Laden hiding or a kidnapping.

I didn’t go anywhere, I was just mastering my force and those illusions. We are all still here. Dude must be tight he spent his life savings on a PR campaign at the end of the day. Him and Osama and Barack Obama are all celebrities if you really evaluate the supreme mathematics of it all.

The amount of related links is testament to how powerful the campaign was. If only I could get a campaign like that going for Manhattan Real Estate, I could change the world we live in before the next doomsday!

There are many places we can all go. It is up to us where we all decide to go on our own roads. I am following that blue light onwards and upwards. There is a yin and yang to the life we live in and we all need to embrace both sides of that “coin”. Fear is only here to keep us from advancing. The purpose of life is to advance.

The name of my blog is “Hat Man CAN Do”. So if it is what it is, then let it do what it do.

Ad on and build if you feel…

R$Blessed

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Spring has sprung! Crave outdoor space? The Hatman CAN Do It!

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Not a fire escape

Even without trying, I ALWAYS end up finding great outdoor spaces for my people. I love grilling and chilling and usually, people who do gravitate to me as well. Out of 100 apartments available in any budget, I have a knack for showing the best four or five right away. What the heck are you paying me for anyway?!!!

This is a super value. At $2100, the rent is actually quite low for the area and outdoor space. This amount of outdoor space is actually quite hard to find, but here it is. The location is what everyone looks for. Details are below on the listing.

Located on one of the Villages most desirable and beautiful blocks, just steps to Union Square, restaurants, NYU, shopping, Washington Square Park, & all subway lines. This Charming loft studio is peaceful and quiet with an amazing large private outdoor space that is as big as the apartment itself. Other features include high ceilings, an open kitchen with breakfast bar, new stove and refrigerator, A/C, wall of closets and bike storage. The elevator building is perfectly maintained, has a live-in super as well as a central laundry room making this unique apartment the perfect place to call home. JULY 1ST OCCUPANCY.

Starter Studio with Patio

If you want Sex in the City, then look no further. The Hat Man CAN Do!

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The Sun is Shining, weather is sweet!

April 15, 2011 2 comments

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Blue Skies

This is a great image to head into the weekend with in our minds.

I love the spring and summer as it is a time of hope. There are many places one can think to live in NYC. the most in demand areas are Gramercy, Union Square, Chelsea and the Village. The blend of subway access, tons of restaurants and shops to discover, a hip crowd and the feeling of safety due to so many people constantly around enjoying the area gives a fresh feeling.

There are many tree lined and even some cobblestone streets in the West Village. New York is often thought of as a building of huge skyscrapers, but being in these areas gives a glimpse into New York’s past and a more warm and serene feeling amidst the hustle and bustle found in midtown.

The high demand and low supply of housing here makes for an interesting dynamic. The market rate rents are higher than most of the people looking can afford. The best “deals” are often still way higher than anywhere else in the city. People still will line up and often, if a place is solid enough in terms of location, quality and space, people get very creative in figuring out a way to secure it.

There is nothing better than the right location in this city. People travel as much as two hours each way to commute into Manhattan to earn a higher salary. There are things we all trade off on to live here. Some prefer to get a lower cost of living for better space and quality. While others pay premium for the best possible location and as a result, feel that the quality of life is improved.

While I can’t say which way is right for your particular situation, I can definitely find the best in either respect if you need to move. The sun is shining, let’s enjoy it!

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NYC +1

April 9, 2011 Leave a comment

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Outdoor space AND location!

This is a big city, but a small world. Yesterday we lost one of the last great scribes in NYC journalism. While the details are shrouded in mystery, something has gone terribly wrong if we will no longer have Clyde Haberman writing for the New York Times.

The loss of one thing usually means we gain something else. I had always heard that expression and found out firsthand last year. My aunt Florence passed away and I simultaneously found out I that had a daughter on the way.

When people relocate here to live, the same principal applies once they see what the realities of the market are here as opposed to what they got where they are coming from. I have seen it happen time and time again in every budget from $1000-$10,000 per month rentals and even with sales.

Many don’t understand the history of the city and as a result, the architecture in any given area. That alone accounts for a big part of the problem, let alone our 350-500sf studio rentals in a fifth floor walk up can get you a mortgage on a three bedroom ranch style elsewhere around the country for the same dollar. It’s apples and orangutans though.

There are many reasons why people are willing to move here and make such drastic sacrifices in life. If you read my last post you know what I mean. The basics are school, work and inspiration. Sometimes it’s one, two or all three of them.

I had an interesting situation happen this week which I see happen every year. A below market rate place, came up for rent in a prime downtown area. I’m talking about a studio under $1700 in a neighborhood where everything averages $2500 for entry level. It has the private patio you see pictured.

While it needs a little TLC and was small indeed, the space is suitable enough to call home. The thing is, after showing it on Tuesday after it only was on the market 3 days, I have been getting calls non-stop. There is simply nothing else on the market in that area that’s close. There are some other spaces, but nothing with that urban sanctuary.

I began to think back over six years worth of clients and memories. The girl I drove to ikea and helped her get and install her furniture, the couple with the need for a windowed kitchen, the roommates who looked in every fringe area in three boroughs because there are no three bedrooms under $2,000 below 96th street in Manhattan. There are many more I can list. The one thing almost every one of them had in common regardless of budget was sacrifice.

This city is a concrete jungle. It will chew you up and spit you out if you let it. The one thing I have noticed is the people who succeed here, always are willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish the goals that are set.

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What do we really need to live?

April 8, 2011 4 comments

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I know that I blog about NYC Real Estate, so some of you may feel left out. I also blog about life in general, so this is for EVERYONE. There are a lot of answers to this question. While some may argue about two of these. Generally speaking, there are the basics. Food, shelter, clothing come to mind easily.

I’m listening to music, that always helps me. “Gotta have house, music, all night long! House music, move your body, rock your body.” Dancing also comes to mind. That’s just me being me, giving you a taste of my world.

So many things come to mind on top of the basics. Family and friends, fulfillment in endeavors. The points are like PI. Virtually endless. We can go on forever with this, so I look forward to the comments that should follow.

The inspiration for this post comes from her. She has what can be arguably the best rental deal in the city in terms of location. One block from Central Park! George Carlin comes to mind ranting about stuff. She took him quite literally even down to her artwork!

We all sacrifice things to live in New York City. I am sure my friends out here in cyberworld have made sacrifices wherever you are calling home right now. With the advent of technology, working from home is something that more of us can do now than ever before.

So I ask of all of you. What do YOU need to live?

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Gaining Greatness or Dwelling in Defeat?

April 4, 2011 3 comments

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Basbeball season is upon us. A new beginning where even the Pirates and Royals are still contenders for right now. I figured that would serve as great fodder for my blog. Do read even if your not a baseball fan. It’s a good read.

So Charlie Sheen is tossing fastballs. Well I guess he’d be like every rookie pitching prospect throwing heat. Those alone are pretty easy to hit. Life is like a crafty veteran ptcher and throws you a healthy diet of offspeed stuff. Curves, sliders and even knuckleballs. That’s where it gets tricky.

You have to make adjustments in order to have success with those. You also have to be expecting them when they come. That makes it tougher. What makes for those huge game or championship winning home runs? Being ready for them when they come and making the adjustments to stick with it and follow through.

Can you see why this is a great analogy about life? It’s easy to succeed when we have a straight course ahead. It’s so easy to fail when the course takes unexpected turns. Or is it?

The beauty of life is that it’s life. Things change often and usually when you least expect it. So why be caught off guard when that happens? Why not expect the unexpected instead of being flustered. If we shift our focus and begin to embrace the madness, is it really madness?

Sometimes things happen to spur you in a direction that’s better for you before you even know it. Why fight the current when you can grab a surfboard and ride the waves. I have often found some of my greatest success when being forced to react calm when everything around me is far from that.

I am not saying that it’s easy. It can actually be more challenging when you have this realization. That is the difference between gaining true greatness and dwelling in defeat. The great ones always find ways to adjust and stay focused. They actually embrace the madness and welcome the challenge it presents.

This is why I ask, are you going to stand firm in the box and hit home runs or buckle at the knees and strike out? Will you gain greatness or dwell in defeat.

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