The Kent: Upper East Side Homes

Every neighborhood in New York City has its own list of unique attractions that locals prefer to frequent. Future residents of the Kent—a 30-story, 83-residence NYC luxury development on the Upper East Side due to open in late 2017—will soon be let in on their neighborhood’s coveted destinations, which range from speakeasies and restaurants to shops and green spaces.

One nearby park that is partially hidden along the eastern edge of Yorkville, a sub-neighborhood of the Upper East Side, is Carl Schurz Park. The roots of Carl Schurz Park date back to the late 1800s, when its southern portion was set aside as public space and named East River Park. Through the years, the park was expanded to its present size. In 1910, it was renamed in honor of orator, statesman, and journalist Carl Schurz.

Home to Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor of New York, Carl Schurz Park includes a promenade for scenic walks along the river as well as ample green space. A recently restored playground at one end helps keep young visitors happy. Carl Schurz Park also has a reputation as one of the most dog-friendly parks in the city, offering two dog runs for furry friends to run free and mingle with other neighborhood pooches.

 

Manhattan View: A Midtown Residential Gem

Midtown West’s newest luxury-home site, Manhattan View, offers a rare treat: panoramic views of the city skyline and the Hudson River. These luxury condominiums sit 500 feet above 42nd Street on the top 13 floors of the MiMa building. Each Midtown West condo has floor-to-ceiling window walls for unobstructed views.

Stroll over to Kava Cafe, practically right outside the doors of Manhattan View, for an espresso and breakfast, or visit later in the day for a signature cocktail. Grab a bite to eat at Joe Allen, and take in the restaurant’s collection of Broadway production posters. Since the restaurant opened in 1965, it has adorned its arched brick walls with posters from all the Broadway flops. If you’re in the mood for seafood, Esca, rated one of the top five seafood restaurants in the country, is worth a visit. Sample from the crudo tasting plate or try the squid-ink pasta for a dish of another color.

Independent shops are plentiful nearby, too. Visit Domus Unaffected for handcrafted home goods collected from around the world. The store also offers gift-worthy items such as handmade jewelry, or hand puppets for the kids on your shopping list. Trek over to Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market on a warm weekend if you’re looking for an unusual vintage jewelry piece or antique apothecary jar, or check out its offerings just for fun. Fresh flowers and Amish food products are also commonly available at the flea market, so you’re bound to find something that suits your interests du jour.

 

21 East 12th Street Condos Generating Buzz

A new luxury condominium structure going up at 21 East 12th Street will soon make its mark on Greenwich Village. Constructed by William Macklowe Company and designed by Annabelle Selldorf Architects, the 23-story tower will offer spacious, well-appointed condominiums, townhouses and penthouses, each with floor-to-ceiling windows. A parking garage, bicycle parking and on-site, ground-level retail will make 21E12 St. the ideal home base for this historic neighborhood.

Stroll through Washington Square Park for an hour or stay for the afternoon — this favorite NYC outdoor destination has all a park could offer, including a dog run, plenty of green space and even free wi-fi. Enjoy the wafting notes of nearby musicians for a dose of creative inspiration, or simply take in the beautiful environment along with numerous others on the same mission.

Enjoy a meal at restaurateur Keith McNally’s Minetta Tavern, or grab a quick veggie platter from Mahmoun’s Falafel, a neighborhood favorite since 1971. Relax and unwind at Perla for a dish of handmade pasta or a full four-course meal, created by James Beard Award nominee James Toscano. If you still have room for dessert, try the apple and fig upsidedown cake, or ricotta cheesecake with balsamic cherry jam.

While Greenwich Village is known for its musical and literary roots, its comedy scene is alive and well, too.  Take in a showcase set or two at the Comedy Cellar, favored by comedy legends such as Jerry Seinfeld, Wanda Sykes and Dave Chappelle. Afterwards, venture upstairs to the Olive Tree Cafe, a spot where comedy newcomers and seasoned veterans like to unwind pre- or post-set.

The Haswell: UWS Condos

Imagine a luxury condo on the Upper West Side complete with a 5,500 square foot garden, complete with water features and seating areas. Better yet, half of the homes feature views of Riverside Park, the Hudson or West End Avenue. The Haswell even has a rooftop terrace for grilling and dining, or just enjoying a warm afternoon with your favorite book.

Take a walk over to Riverside Park for four miles of green space along the river. Pick up a game of tennis with a friend or three, or peruse the brands of boats in the marina when contemplating your next cabin cruiser purchase.

Pick up a pair of Sperry or Toms shoes from Tani for your next nautical outing. Saunter over to BOCNYC for a sundress and Frank Stella Clothiers for a casual shirt and shorts to pair with the shoes. Grab a few of your favorite wines for the occasion from Acker, Merrall & Condit, which carries vintage and rare varieties.

Pair the wine with an assortment of cheeses, cookies and snack mixes from Zabar’s for the ideal summer afternoon. Zabar’s also carries soft travel coolers to keep your beverages and snacks safe and cool.

One Manhattan Square: Downtown Manhattan Condos

Soon to be towering over the East River on the edge of Chinatown is Extell Development’s newest luxury high-rise, One Manhattan Square. While the structure’s Lower East Side construction site is only beginning to buzz with activity, renderings of these condos for sale in NYC provide exciting previews of what to expect. The 850-foot-tall building is designed to provide a community complete with generous green spaces for its residents to enjoy.

The neighborhood that will welcome One Manhattan Square is filled with a variety of shopping, dining, and nightlife options. Retailers range from hip footwear purveyor Moo Shoes, family-run eyewear boutique Moscot, and rock-and-roll apparel shop Grit N Glory to ultra-chic women’s clothing store Frankie and Assembly New York, which offers exclusive designer items for men and women. When all that shopping works up an appetite, stop by Schiller’s Liquor Bar to wet your whistle, Azasu for a quick bite of Japanese eats, or Cherche Midi for something a little French.

The Lower East Side nightlife scene has always been notorious, and current offerings don’t disappoint. Head to long-time favorite Max Fish; indie-rock haven Mercury Lounge; or three-story Hotel Chantelle, which features a top floor with retractable roof, a ground floor for dining and mingling, and a basement dance space.

70 Vestry: Tribeca Townhomes

Imagine a brand new Tribeca apartment drenched in luxury in the heart of Manhattan’s vibrant Tribeca neighborhood. Once complete, 70 Vestry will offer all the amenities you’ve been looking for in a home, plus stunning waterfront views of the Hudson River.

Step outside the building for a stroll over to Pier 25 at Hudson River Park, where you can enjoy the view of passing sailboats or learn to sail at Offshore Sailing School.

Stroll a bit farther down to Canal Street for all the sights and sounds of Chinatown, complete with hawkers and street food vendors. Grab a $1 bag of tasty, tiny desserts from the Ling’s Sweet Mini Cakes food cart, or pick up a carryout meal from Deluxe Food Market, which spans an entire city block and carries just about every Chinese delicacy imaginable, from dumplings to scallion pancakes.

 Tribeca offers plenty of other drink and dining options beyond Canal Street to suit your tastes, no matter your mood or time of day. Enjoy brunch or a bowl of matzo ball soup at Bubby’s, a neighborhood favorite, or visit Little Park at the Smyth Hotel for eclectic fare like celery root schnitzel sandwiches or “green spaghetti” made with walnuts, fennel, and ricotta.

Unwind after work or late at night—or anytime—at The Brandy Library, which offers food, craft cocktails and, of course, the most outstanding selection of brandy you’ve ever seen.

JDS Development Group

In the last decade plus, the craft beer scene has exploded worldwide. While there was a time—not too long ago—where the beer options at a pub would not approach double digits, many hop-centric bars now stock 50-100+ different types of beer from around the globe. Due to the exponential increase in demand, the amount of craft beer havens has gone through the roof as well—and two of our favorites in the midtown area are Hell’s Kitchen’s Brickyard Gastropub and The Pony Bar.

Brickyard Gastropub

Brickyard is situated right around the block from the new Hell’s Kitchen condos lining the inside of JDS Development’s art deco stunner, Stella Tower. They have 15 beers on tap—many of the local and craft variety—that are constantly being rotated to keep the lineup fresh, and a ton of intriguing bottle and can options which bring their beer total over 50. The atmosphere is of a casual, yet sophisticated variety with a modern and minimalist aesthetic. The food is quite good—it’s high-end bar-food options—the beer is delicious and cold, and the atmosphere is refined but vibrant and unpretentious. Try the truffle fries.

The Pony Bar

The Pony Bar boasts of 20 beers on tap and two cask ales. On their website, they run a real time list of the beers that they currently have on tap, because many are often rare options that send barley connoisseurs clamoring to get in for a pint. Also on their website, is an ongoing list of every variety of beer they have ever served—which is in the thousands. The Pony Bar is dedicated to craft beer first and foremost and their attention to detail and knowledge of the world of hops is nearly unparalleled. The atmosphere is laid back—with an urban rustic charm—and the beer list is consistently one of the most intriguing in the entire city.

The Harrison: New Condos in San Francisco

The resonant pulse of a city—or a subregion within a city—seems to be drawn directly from the creative expression swirling through its streets. And nowhere is this more true than in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood. What was once an area defined by its massive industrial spaces and factories is now defined by its culturally rich atmosphere. Stunning new condos for sale in San Francisco like The Harrison are rising, new galleries, boutiques, museums, and performance spaces are opening, and some time-tested gems like 111 Minna Gallery are continuing to thrive and grow.

For over 20 years, 111 Minna Gallery has been a well-known art destination in downtown San Francisco. The large, 4,200 square foot space is about as dynamic a venue as you’ll find. The modern/rustic space has enough room to house a massive exhibition of paintings or sculptures as well as various events and musical performances—and does so on a revolving basis. At certain times, the gallery is split into sections to host several events simultaneously, so if a certain exhibition doesn’t entice you, another in the same gallery may. Throughout the years, Minna has cultivated a reputation for displaying wildly intriguing exhibits by local and international artists alike, and for their dedication to remaining a consistently dynamic and evolving enterprise.

Currently, Minna is exhibiting paintings from artist -and Minna curator- Micah LeBrun entitled: “Cornered”. LeBrun’s talent and keen eye is front-and-center in every one of his remarkably diverse pieces. As per the 111 Minna Gallery site, “Cornered” will feature, “oil and acrylic paintings on panel, canvas and paper, engravings on glass and aluminum, charcoal and ink drawings on wood and paper, as well as photography.” 111 Minna Gallery does not aim to fit into any predefined vision as to how it should function, and this is precisely what makes the space so wonderfully dynamic and unique.

181 Fremont: San Francisco Condos

San Francisco’s culinary scene has been known as one of the country’s best for some time now. It’s large and varied, with as many high-end, elegant establishments as there are renowned food trucks and taco stands. Just down the block from the new 181 Fremont Street condos in SOMA sits Marlowe, a refined, yet casual eatery that serve remarkably delicious comfort food and finely crafted cocktails.

The Marlowe recently upgraded to a larger space and now have a full cocktail menu. The new restaurant was designed by famed interior designer Ken Fulk, who crafted a space that feels rustic, yet elegant and pristine. The atmosphere is relaxed but refined, with a palette of predominantly black and white. White tiles cover the floor and most of the walls and are accented by shades of brown, black and silver. The aesthetic fits well with the menu. Unique and well-crafted takes on various comfort foods compose most of the decidedly American menu. Their Warm Deviled Eggs, their Anson Mills Polenta and their Roasted Bone Marrow are renowned in the area. Their entire menu is filled with unique takes on classic dishes and their cocktail menu is filled with well made classics and new creations.

 

One Manhattan Square: Downtown Manhattan Apartments for Sale

Soon to be towering over the East River on the edge of Chinatown is Extell Development’s newest luxury high-rise, One Manhattan Square. While the structure’s Lower East Side construction site is only beginning to buzz with activity, renderings of these condos for sale in NYC provide exciting previews of what to expect. The 850-foot-tall building is designed to provide a community complete with generous green spaces for its residents to enjoy.

The neighborhood that will welcome One Manhattan Square is filled with a variety of shopping, dining, and nightlife options. Retailers range from hip footwear purveyor Moo Shoes, family-run eyewear boutique Moscot, and rock-and-roll apparel shop Grit N Glory to ultra-chic women’s clothing store Frankie and Assembly New York, which offers exclusive designer items for men and women. When all that shopping works up an appetite, stop by Schiller’s Liquor Bar to wet your whistle, Azasu for a quick bite of Japanese eats, or Cherche Midi for something a little French.

The Lower East Side nightlife scene has always been notorious, and current offerings don’t disappoint. Head to long-time favorite Max Fish; indie-rock haven Mercury Lounge; or three-story Hotel Chantelle, which features a top floor with retractable roof, a ground floor for dining and mingling, and a basement dance space.