NYC +1

April 9, 2011 Leave a comment



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



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


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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Down with OPC. Landlords rollback broker incentives. (via APTcetera…)

April 8, 2011 1 comment


My colleage and compadre Peter Charles Bright is spot on with this post. It is a piece that I intended on publishing and he may have hit the nail on the head harder than I. Do take time to read this if you are considering renting in NYC this year. Timing is crucial!

Down with OPC.  Landlords rollback broker incentives. OPC how shall I phrase it… I guess I’ll frame by frame it… The O is for Owner and the P is for Paid (c) Commission… OPC or OP’s are the way you get a broker to work for “free” or “no cost” to you. For example on a 2k apartment, the owner jacks up your rent $1-200 and then uses this innocent increase as a marketing incentive, paying a month commission for brokers successful in introducing a renting client to their property. This 1 month comm … Read More

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Third times a charm!

April 6, 2011 Leave a comment



Remember when I wrote about Chock full o’Nuts last Wednesday? Well I am here again. This is where my post depression style gangster voice kicks in. “Let me tell ya something, see… The “Chock Burger”, it’s what a burger should be, see. Come in, have a cup of joe and let go, see?!!!”

I can’t even find a word that does justice for how moist and juicy this thing is. I did the Chock double and it was intense. While it looked too big at first, it fit right into my mouth and smoothly into my belly! There’s a single, double and even a triple. The patties are the perfect size to go to town on it without much hassle at all. For the non-carnivorous, yes they do turkey or porta-bello mushroom burgers as well.

The beast is topped with caramelized onions, grilled mushrooms, I went with swiss cheese and apple-wood smoked bacon. Everything was done just right. The bun was lightly toasted and when I tell you yummy… Whoa man! Last week I had an omelet and while those are generally easy anywhere (you’d think), that was perfectly fluffy and had the right amount of cheese and toppings.

The coffee is top notch and one of the ORIGINAL NY coffee houses. I know the grade is better than Starbucks, because the Dunkin bean is a better bean than the bean that they use. This tastes as good as Dunkin’s, slightly different type of bean and I’d really have to do the black coffee taste test with the two of those to pick a winner. Even then, apples and oranges are tough to compare. Either way, the refills keep coming so say what’s up to Stephen when you stop in and tell him he’s an internet celebrity.

I know you have your trendy starbucks and shake shack followers, but don’t sleep on the original New York style. Like that watch slogan, “We take a licking and keep on ticking!”

A friend saw me check in on facebook and asked “didn’t I just see you there yesterday?

The streets is watching, ya heard!

Ahh, theme from Busom Buddies, Hall and Oates and Micheal McDonald!
Yes, I get down with “yacht rock” music too 😉

R$ Blessed

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Gaining Greatness or Dwelling in Defeat?

April 4, 2011 3 comments


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.


Everybody is blogging, are you?

April 3, 2011 3 comments

I started my first blog back in 2007. I knew that people were making money and becoming overnight sensations from blogging but was really just aiming to provide better value for my real estate clients. It could be a central place online (before cloud) for documents, information and pictures without the need for a slew of questions and emails. My writing itself is decent, but I really had no clue of what I was doing in a “blogging” sense.

So here it is four years later and Perez Hilton is a household name, blogging for dollars is a household source of employment for many and I am still writing. I have heightened my focus with my writing now and have several blogs, each is tailored for a specific niche and one is of a more personal perspective. It is a process of growth and development that is quite rewarding for me. I learn, apply and learn and reapply on a daily basis. It’s actually self fulfilling as the more I write, the more I learn.

I have joined some groups and tribes and while still a “newbie” I can see the great opportunities that this presents. It is great knowing that there are people out there on the same path, perhaps a bit further down the road or even at the finish line cheering you one. It’s like an online version of the NYC Marathon. Remember the Starsky and Hutch remake to hit theaters year’s back? Instead of just my pal Johnny saying it to me, I have found a virtual nation of people saying “DO IT-DO IT-DOOOO IT!”

This brings me to the title question. Are you blogging? If so, what about? How often do you write? What do you do to keep motivated and break any writers block? There is a wealth of information out there and with it, the food for thought is endless. Did you ever hear the tale of Thor drinking from the horn when challenged by Utgard-Loke? He drank long and heartily three times from the horn, but each time he drank, when he set the horn down, it was barley empty. Turns out it was a clever deception as the horn was attached to an ocean and so it would refill. Thor angrily stopped after the third swig.

That’s kind of how it feels. It was not that Thor was a light drinker, but he was fooled by deception and illusions. Well unlike that guy, I am not getting mad about it. If this horn keeps filling from the ocean, I guess I’ll just drink a Norse God with a movie coming out this summer under a table! The real irony is that I actually met a guy named Thor one night in the east village (he even had a hammer pendant on his neck!) and we played a drinking game called Captain Pat. I’m still here and haven’t seen or heard from him since I became a general that night.

Don’t tell me there is a shortage of things to write about. I am just getting started after doing it for four years. So come and drink with me and don’t set the horn down. As the title reads, I am blogging are you?

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