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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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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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Third times a charm!

April 6, 2011 Leave a comment

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Hamm-Burger!

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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The Worldwide MASSIVE BK Co-Op

March 26, 2011 Leave a comment

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Talk about Brooklyn’s Finest! This MASSIVE 1500sf co-op is just steps from BAM and EVERY train line! You can party on Labor Day on Eastern Parkway and the after party can be right upstairs when the parade a done! I swear, this is a solid value on so many levels. I know this city and will find you the best of the best no matter what the budget.

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Rents are rising in Manhattan again!

March 20, 2011 Leave a comment

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I have watched the markets around the country plummet and not yet recover over the past six years. Here in Manhattan, that is just simply not the case. There is such an unbalanced set of supply and demand here that you can not imagine until you have lived here.

There are more people than there are apartments to rent. The vacancy rate citywide with rentals is below 1%. To give you an idea, one building in the Financial District that has 51 floors and 650 apartments actually has 3 vacant or soon to be vacant units to rent. That’s it until the next month’s renewals or non-renewals come in.

I got a client this weekend who called me on a three bedroom uptown. Upon talking to her I realized that she was actually trying to find enough space for FIVE people to share for under $3000! There are serious gaps in people’s perceptions of the market here.

Take a look at these statistics.
http://www.cityrealty.com/new-york-city-real-estate/carters-view/

The link above is great if you are thinking of moving into an apartment in Manhattan. I am quite sure many people feel that they can try to do it on their own without a broker. Do realize that it is possible, but you will have a long winding road. Even with a broker it is tough if he or she has no relationships or even worse, a bad one with the managing agents or landlords. There is very little time for the good apartments to be viewed and secured in this current market state. You must be pro-active and not reactive when trying to find a place during this time of year. There is only going to be less to choose from with each day and many young agents don’t realize the cycle of turnaround.

I hope that these facts are helpful in your securing a new home. If you need any help, I am here to guide you home!

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$1M NYC tour Pt.1-For savvy investors, now is the time!

March 17, 2011 1 comment

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The Manhattan market is saturated with the mundane. There’s a surplus of average inventory on the sales and rental end these days. Quality is at a premium and as such, so is the price.

With the start of the peak rental season upon us, a virtual feeding frenzy is beginning in the real estate market here. Rental vacancy rates below 1% always equate to an uber-competitive rental market. At the mid to higher end price points for rent here (4000+/mth), the question of making a purchase comes to mind for many families sure to be here for 5 years.

After all, with rates being so low and the out of pocket so high to rent here, doesn’t making that much cash translate to equity make sense? Many times I have seen a client remark, “With all the recession talk, THIS is all I can get for 1M these days?”. This is because entry level for studios in most luxury new development downtown is $650,000. It makes one wonder “what does $1M get you in NYC these days?”

So since New York City is really five boroughs, I have picked out the five best values within the budget, in residential homes, co-op/condo apts, retail and mixed use properties. This is aimed to educate you on the different levels of investing here. Today’s entry is for what I like to call Manhattan proper. While Curtis Mayfield made a great song called “Across 110th Street”, the areas that are always in demand and considered solid are below 96th street. I will follow up with Brooklyn, then Queens, the Bronx then lastly Staten Island.

Manhattan: This is a unique market and as such, it is very complex. See my post on Co-ops vs Condos for greater details on the particulars and differences.

Co-Op 950sf JR4 $649,000 Two blocks away from Central Park, this spacious 950+ square foot one bedroom is easily convertible to a fabulous Junior 4. Just put up a wall in the large windowed dining alcove and you’ve created a two bedroom home. The apartment offers a gracious layout including a large entry foyer, huge living room, versatile dining alcove and a tremendous bedroom. This sunlit home has been completely renovated featuring newly installed 5” wide oak plank floors, dental and new baseboard mouldings, gorgeous kitchen with ceramic tiled counters, backsplash and floors. The stunning bathroom has been re-done with floor to ceiling Carrera marble, double clear glass shower doors and a new vanity. Four huge closets including a walk-in, lovely custom drapes. Southern exposure… Additional amenities in this pet friendly luxury building include a concierge, 24 hour doorman and garage.

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Condo 850 sf 1BR $849,000 This is a large one bedroom, in a PRIME Central Village location. There are low monthly costs here even though it is not a new development so this is a true find. The location here at the prestigious Randall House is central to everything the Village has to offer near Union Square, Whole Foods and cinemas, just steps to the N, R And 6 trains. Special features include a windowed renovated kitchen, a large living area, ample closets,  southern exposure for natural light and city-proof windows. This is in a Full-service, 24 Hour Doorman building with garage on premises and laundry in the building. Pet friendly as well!

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These are just two examples of what your dollar gets you in NYC “Manhattan proper” right now. I made sure to give you the absolute best options for investment purposes factoring in lowest possible monthly cost, renovation conditions and most importantly, location. This affects value for both rental and resale.

Stay tuned for more updates on the $1M NYC tour!

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