The Ashland – Fort Greene

Location, location, location—a Fort Greene Brooklyn home at The Ashland, nestled within the heart of all of Downtown Brooklyn’s action, is loaded with amenities. The apartments feature floor-to-ceiling windows, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances, while the building houses a billiards room, residential lounges, an outdoor movie area, a library, and a gym. The Ashland even provides bicycle storage, so you’ll be able to safely store your favorite two-wheeled ride without taking up space in your home.

 

Speaking of location, Fort Greene has dining options galore. Black Forest Brooklyn, a German indoor biergarten and kaffeehaus, offers home-style German fare, complete with 14 draft German beers to complement your meal. Try the beef goulash with spaetzle, the potato latkes with applesauce, or pick the “build your own schnitzel” option for a freshly breaded cutlet of chicken, pork, veal, fish, or eggplant with sides like sauerkraut, shoestring fries, or citrus kale. For dessert, authentic black forest chocolate cake is a must, complete with its sour cherries, a drizzle of cherry brandy, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings on top.
Take your taste buds in another direction with a visit to Madiba. This restaurant, ranked as one of the best in Fort Greene by Fork + Plate, serves South African fare inspired by the country’s street cuisine. Try the “safari platter” with samplings of nuts, fruit, and cured beef tenderloin, or get more adventurous with ostrich carpaccio, oxtail stew, or a Durban-style curry.

242 Broome Street Condos – Lower East Side

Life on the Lower East Side is about to get even better. Once complete, the new residential tower at 242 Broome will offer one- to three-bedroom luxury condominiums, just steps away from the massive Market Line retail project. The tower itself is designed with a twist, capitalizing on the rays of the sun to maximize natural lighting in the upper-level residences.

 

This section of the Lower East Side is a foodie’s fantasy, with plenty of upscale dining options within walking distance. Visit Contra, a New York Magazine critics’ pick that takes spontaneity to new levels with its nightly tasting menu, which changes every day, based on the best locally available ingredients. Walking to Contra is an excellent option and makes the place feel like your own little secret, as the narrow storefront with minimal signage may be difficult to spot by car or cab.

 

Beauty & Essex, also a short walk from 242 Broome, offers brunch, dinner, and dessert menus, including a selection of after-dinner drinks. Truly unlike anything else in the neighborhood (or even all of Manhattan), Beauty & Essex operates a pawn shop in the front of the venue—near its 1960s-glam-themed restaurant—and a separate lounge accessed by a grand winding staircase. Surely the dining options in this neighborhood will keep you inspired, no matter what your favorite fare may be.

101 West 78th Street: UWS Condos

Picture your new luxury home, rich with modern amenities like heated-marble bathroom flooring and hand-painted kitchen cabinets designed by Stephen Sills. While luxe living rules the interiors of the new condominium residence at 101 West 78th Street, nature lovers will enjoy the location as well. You might be surprised to know just how much natural beauty and science can be found on the Upper West Side.

The American Museum of Natural History and Central Park are steps from your front door. The museum’s current “Dinosaurs Among Us” exhibit explores the traits shared by the ancient behemoths and modern birds; many features are so similar that you just may be in for a surprise; dinosaurs nested and raised their young much like modern birds, and many had talons, beaks, and feather-like structures similar to those of birds. The museum also has an entire hall dedicated to the birds of New York City, helping you get familiar with varieties you may spot in Central Park and beyond.

Central Park offers enough space—and variety—to try a different outdoor activity every day of the week and still not run out of options. Go birdwatching in Central Park’s Ramble, 36 wooded acres offering a forest experience within the city. Ride your bike along the park’s trails, or go on Bike and Roll, New York City’s Central Park Bike Tour, with a few friends for a two-hour, six-mile ride past the park’s famous and not-so-famous landmarks.

Treat yourself to a new bicycle from Bicycle Renaissance for the perfect set of wheels to cruise the park or navigate the neighborhood. Walk a few doors down to Patagonia to pick up a pair of hiking pants, trail shorts, or a lightweight jacket perfect for biking or trekking through the park.

Entertainment in SoHo NYC

The perfect home is a combination of luxurious living space and proximity to what’s important to you. The new condos at 565 Broome offer the ideal solution for those who hold SoHo dear.

A short walk takes you to Film Forum, SoHo’s beloved nonprofit cinema offering carefully curated independent and international films. Stop in for a showing of The King of Comedy, the 1982 Scorsese work featuring Robert De Niro as a tragically unfunny comedian trying to make his way to television stardom. On some nights, comedians and comedy writers such as Gilbert Gottfried and Frank Santopadre introduce the film, making the evening even more special. Or check out the eclectic Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words for a look at the life and work of the musical genius. The serious documentary When Two Worlds Collide examines the struggle between Peru’s Amazonian people and the country’s leaders over the rich resources hidden in the Amazon Rainforest.

Enjoy a night of live theater at the off-Broadway SoHo Playhouse and the Huron Club beneath it. Catch the one-man show The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos for a smart, witty look at the science, economics, and politics of global warming. The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking takes you on a journey through the 10,000-year history of adult beverages. This show includes three drinks and takes place in possibly the most ideal (if not ironic) location: the Huron Club, a former speakeasy frequented by the Tammany Society.

 

The Culture of SoHo

One way to simplify your work/life balance is to have your home and all your favorite destinations within close proximity. The new luxury condominiums at 565 Broome epitomize this equilibrium, offering remarkable residences in SoHo just steps from all the places you know and love.

Spend an afternoon satisfying your mind with a visit to indie bookstore McNally Jackson. Besides offering plenty of pages to peruse, this store hosts events nearly every night of the week. Take in a talk by a favorite author or artist, or round up the kids for a hands-on book and crafts event tailored just for them. McNally Jackson also has one of a handful of Espresso book-printing machines in the city, which allows you to design and create hard copies of public-domain works, customized classics, or self-published works within minutes.

For a different kind of culture, watch a film you won’t find at the multiplexes at Film Forum. This nonprofit theater restores and screens countless current and classic independent and international films such as Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words or The King of Comedy, Martin Scorsese’s 1982 film featuring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis.

 

New York City Condos

At the new luxury condos at 565 Broome Street in SoHo, the best of downtown Manhattan is just outside your front door. With so many options for shopping, culture, and entertainment nearby, you might even forget the rest of New York City exists.

Spend an afternoon with the kids at The Children’s Museum of the Arts. The current “Game On” exhibition offers nine artists’ interpretations of the unspoken aspects of sports such as heroism, power, authority, and freedom. The museum also offers hands-on collaborative day camps for every season of the year, taught by artists.

Enjoy a worldly shopping experience at Opening Ceremony, which sells apparel and accessories for men and women and focuses on a different country each year. There are personal shopper services and after-hours appointments for when regular store hours just won’t do.

For a store with a twist on the tried and true, visit A.P.C, where you’ll find everything from men’s and women’s apparel to home goods, room sprays, and candles. A.P.C. upcycles fabric left over from previous collections and turns it into quilts and quilted pillows, also available in store. They even offer denim discounts if you trade in jeans you’ve purchased from them.

 

Courtyard Garden in the East Village

Steiner East Village pairs its East Village pride with all the amenities you’d expect in a luxury condominium and penthouse complex. Wrapped in imported Danish brick, the building at 438 East 12th Street embodies the aesthetic of the neighborhood with its warm hues and abundant windows. A landscaped rooftop deck, penthouse terraces, and ivy-clad walls around the courtyard garden embrace the relationship between nature and urban neighborhood. As developer Doug Steiner states, “Being surrounded by plant life is good for the soul and welcomed by the eyes.”

The building’s 24-hour lobby concierge service ensures you get the service you deserve, and on-site parking and bicycle storage provide a safe space for your ride, whether it’s of the four-wheeled or two-wheeled variety. A children’s playroom provides plenty of romping room for the youngest crowd, while the rooftop deck offers a rewarding natural environment for the young at heart.

Spend chillier evenings in the building’s curated library: relax with a favorite find from the shelves or enjoy a peaceful conversation with a few close friends and neighbors while delighting in the crackle of flames in the contemporary marble fireplace. Or just savor a moment of solitude and gaze at the courtyard while contemplating the natural world just outside the library’s windows.

 

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.