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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

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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Where would you live in NYC if cost was no object?

April 19, 2011 1 comment

There are many places one can choose to live. Aside from budget, every area has it’s pro’s and cons to consider.

Let’s place the budget aside and focus on the aesthetics for a moment. What areas of the city have always intrigued you and made you say “one day, this will be my neighborhood”.

There has always been high demand for areas downtown. The town house architecture as well as the tree lined and even cobblestone streets of the West Village have a certain “sunday brunch” feel in that area. The east village tenements and many bars and lounges invoke artictic creativity. The exclusivity of Gramercy Park and the key, make block beautiful a popular choice.

There is Battery Park City for those seeking river views and a short walk to work downtown, but not the cold business like feeling of Fi-Di. Tribeca for a loft lover looking to enjoy the great eateries. How about the Upper East Side for walks along museum mile. The Upper West Side for those arts lovers who frequent Lincoln Center.

This city has a cornucopia of great areas to consider and we all need to live somewhere. To give you an idea, many celebrities are in all of the neighborhoods mentioned if that has added value. Leo and Tyra are in BPC, David Wright is in Flatiron, Jimmy Fallon resides in Gramercy and Joan Rivers is even the head of her Upper East Side co-op’s board. Perhaps knowing that your favorite celebrity is in an area makes for added value when you consider who your neighbors are.

The architecture is unique in each neighborhood and that also needs to be considered. Both with the buildings as well as with the lay of the land. Crave tree lined streets? The Upper West Side and Greenwich Village are focal points. Is subway access for 15 minute trips anywhere key? Columbus Circle and Union Square have multiple train lines intersecting for maximum access to the city.

Is it all about the space within your living space? Then that opens up the entire city as there are huge lofts downtown, classic six and combined units uptown (East and West) and whole brownstones or penthouse lofts in new developments in Harlem.

To cover all of this city can be time consuming and frustrating when you get too many cooks in your kitchen. Many agents focus on specific areas and really don’t know all of the city well enough to add value. If they haven’t lived it, they really can’t know it.

I know this city better than most having lived in many areas. If you need a taste of the finest in many areas, reach out to me. As the site’s name states, 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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Hill Country BBQ Smokehouse

April 9, 2011 Leave a comment

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Pork Rib

Moist Brisket

Blue Sky Mission Club

So I have been eating at this place for a while now. Actually, since before it was a place. We have a BBQ festival here every year and dozens of trucks set up around Madison Square Park for a whole weekend of BBQ, Beer and Music. Been eating here since they were just a truck without a store here.

Anyhow, the spot is a block away from Madison Square Park and it is a down home country spot, smack dab in the middle of the concrete jungle. Look at the pictures for pete’s sake. Meats by the pound served in paper. To quote Stone Cold Steve Austin…CAN I GET A HELL YEAH!!!

So I just randomly come in when I get here. It’s tough living here in NYC with two kids. Stuff I used to do every night I just can’t do as much. Tonight I came in and was ready for my usually pound of ribs and MOIST brisket. The lean is good, but the moist is the truth! to give you an idea, they sold 26 pounds of it before they even opened.

I was expecting live music. But hot dang! This band is good!!! They are from Ithaca and do blues, rock, funk, ska type grooves just perfect for anytime. Think the Doors meets the Ska-tallites meets peter tosh touring with fish after the B-52’s open for them. Awesome!

This is that rep the ” I rep the Giants and Jets, New York Knicks”, NY shit that I stay on 24/7 like spyz. This city offers more in a NY minute than most get in a lifetime.

That’s why we pay a lot for our boxes and live in Gramercy or buy in Harlem or do or die in Bed-Stuy. You have the whole world outside at your fingertips a train or cab ride away!!!

NYC everyday!!!

R$ Blessed

Drink it!

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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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