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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…

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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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Chock full o’Nuts

March 31, 2011 3 comments

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This city is amazing. The true heart and soul of NY can be hidden amongst all of the filler these days. I happened to find a long lost gem of NYC today and figured I would share about it with you here.

This place was EVERYWHERE when I was growing up. The jingle has to be one of the top jingles of all time Side note-Original jingles, now THAT needs to come back on a larger scale too. I recall a period where it seemed as if the true native NY chains were dying off like roaches when Ali was pitching D-Con!

For those that don’t know, started by Columbia Alum and the original “Willie B” William Black in 1926 with a chain of nut stands, by 1970 there were over 100 locations around the metropolitan NYC area. Jackie Robinson was even brought on as VP of personnel in 1957.  Yes, I had mine black with no sugar or cream to pay tribute today. Big ups Heavy D!

So I’ve been living under a rock for the last two years, but that’s a story for another blog, nay, a three part movie. But on W23rd bet 5th/6th Ave, a real dine in Chock full o’Nuts store is alive and thriving. Complete with good oldies music and dudes in throwback uniforms in an awesome space. The only thing missing is wi-fi.  Starbucks would have serious problems here in NYC then. I guess then it wouldn’t be a “real” Chock full o’Nuts, but you have to cater to the times!

There’s plenty of tables on two levels, an old fashioned counter to eat at, pictures of yesteryear are everywhere. The menu is complete with all the staples and the service is solid from the staff. NY Deli style sandwiches loaded with meats and cheeses, green plate specials, steak & ribs, the chock burger and yes even the original nutted cheese sandwich are all here.

You should be too!
Only in NYC baby!

Where we don’t die, we multiply! RIP Robin Harris

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We love the nightlife! EVERYNIGHT!

March 29, 2011 1 comment

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Contrary to what the powers that be may have you believe, this city is STILL the city that never sleeps. There is no place else in the country that will keep going until 4AM legally and if you network properly…well. Lol.

While the everyman looks forward to Fridays, in the native New Yorker’s mind, EVERY day has the potential to be Friday! There is ALWAYS something going on here, you just have to know where to look. Here is a snapshot at the more mainstream events happening here during the week. Work M-F 9-5? So take power naps and stop being silly. You’ll get plenty of sleep when you are dead. You only get one NYC life to lead, so make the most of it!

early work week jams

And should you find yourself wondering what else to do, there are also these choices as well.

NY go to late spots

Many more to come!

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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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