Two New Developments Generating A Lot of Buzz

New luxury condominiums are on the rise in New York City and Toronto. Two exceptional real estate developments worth noting are Huys in New York City and 1 Yorkville in Toronto.

Huys is a historic loft building situated on the corner of 28th and Park Avenue South that has been masterfully converted into luxury penthouses and condominium residences by the Kroonenberg Groep. The six Huys penthouses, which were crafted with meticulous attention to detail by renowned Dutch designer Piet Boon, are highlighted by elegant features and finishes. The residences, located below the penthouses, are also exceptional featuring millwork framing, Chambolle marble kitchen countertops as well as custom closets intended to maximize space. In addition, the amenities of the building such as the roof terrace garden, state of the art fitness center and children’s playroom are top-notch.

1 Yorkville will showcase spacious luxury condominiums designed for the discerning buyer. These 1 Yorkville condos have been masterfully redeveloped by Bazis and Plaza and promise to transform the Toronto skyline for the better. Situated at Yorkville and Yonge, residents of the building conveniently find themselves within close proximity to tasty restaurants, trendy boutiques as well as subway lines. Besides the ideal location, residents can also take advantage of certain impressive building services. To mention just a few, these include: fitness training, housekeeping as well as event ticket booking.





Ideally-located Office Complex in Manhassett, Long Island

Office location is vital to any successful business. Being close to clients and potential clients, as well as proximity to international airports, makes all the difference. That’s why the new availability of 600 Community Drive, Manhasset, Long Island, will prove such an exciting prospect to businesses in New York State – particularly those within the medical profession.

600 Community Drive – a contemporary premises that has recently benefited from $5 million of improvements – is located just a quarter of a mile from the Long Island Expressway. That means an expedient ride into Manhattan, and to both John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia International Airports. Getting to business meetings either in New York City or abroad couldn’t be simpler. The state-of-the-art property is also adjacent to North Shore University Hospital.

An extraordinarily desirable neighborhood, Manhasset is acclaimed for its boutique luxury shopping, world-class dining, and sought-after properties. 600 Community Drive’s location means it is just a short drive to Manhasset’s ‘Miracle Mile’, plus the neighborhood’s green spaces and coastline. As if that wasn’t temptation enough, 600 Community Drive is a short walk from Deepdale Golf Club and Fresh Meadows Country Club.

Location isn’t all 600 Community Drive has going for it. The 252,000 square foot complex boasts 24-7 on-site security and 975 parking spaces. This really is the complete package.

The High Line: NYC’s Park in the Clouds

To get away from it all in Manhattan isn’t easy. Apart from losing yourself in Central Park or looking down on the city from your Huys Penthouse, there are few opportunities to escape that feeling of immersion. Enter the High Line, the public park with a difference.

Created on the old elevated freight rail that runs along West Manhattan, and was once instrumental to the way goods came into the city, the High Line has proved one of the most successful regeneration projects of recent times, not just in New York, but the world. It just goes to show how effective a little bit of recycling can be.

Some things are meant to be. As one of the High Line’s creators, James Corner has claimed, it was more cost effective to make use of the existing structure, rather than to demolish it anyway. Since the 1950s, the freight rail itself saw a massive drop in use. During the 60s, parts of the line were abandoned, and in 1980 the last train ran. Attempts to have the entire structure demolished were made, but eventually the Friends of the High Line (formed in 1999) got their way, and the concept for a greenway was green-lighted.

The one-mile ribbon of park snakes alongside buildings on the West Side including 505 West 19 Street and 500 West 21 Street. Over 200 species of plants – including sumac, smokebush, coneflowers and birches – spring up among disused tracks. Specially-commissioned displays of public art pop up amongst the shrubbery. Performers fill the air with music, while handpicked food vendors sell salads, tacos, ices and tea. It’s an impossible paradise.

Like the plant life that inhabits it, the High Line has grown and flourished. The first section, from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street opened in 2009, with the second –running between West 20th and West 30th Streets – following in 2011. A third section plying northward has been proposed.

The High Line’s success is more than the mere creation of another park, however. This is a paradisiacal link between three Manhattan districts. It’s also a new way to view the city. Areas like the urban theater on 10th Avenue and 17th Street provide the opportunity to be above the traffic, and observe it, rather than be in the thick of it. On the High Line you are at once a part of the city, and at a distance from it.

Like any great idea, the High Line has stirred much interest from other quarters. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has noted his enthusiasm to carry out a similar project in his own city. Meanwhile, there is excited talk amongst Londoners about their potential High Line. Sometimes, ideas that are up in the clouds are the best ones.


YC Condominiums Promises to be Exceptional

These days, Toronto isn’t just the largest and most multi-cultural city in Canada. Toronto is a beautiful place on the water rapidly turning into one of the hottest cities to live in all of North America. Thanks to recent booms in dining, culture and art in districts like Yorkville and College Park, new, attractive properties are springing up to meet fresh demand.

The newest of these is the uniquely magnificent YC CONDOS coming soon to Yonge at College in downtown Toronto. YC CONDOS is a 66-storey glass tower sculpted for the discerning buyer. YC CONDOS is being developed by the innovative Canderel—a visionary company already responsible for the stunning and hugely popular skyscrapers of the Residences at The College Park complex. Canderel also successfully developed Aura, which is Canada’s tallest condominium.

The gorgeous—and truly luxurious—YC CONDOMINIUMS showcases a variety of tantalizing features, including exceptional on-site amenities, distinctive extended balconies and all of the bonuses that living in the increasingly modern College Park district offers, including, of course, a close proximity to the city center.

Last year, Toronto’s own Globe and Mail carried a headline, declaring:‘The Toronto of Tomorrow: Skyscraper City.’ With the development of the cutting edge YC condos, that future is already becoming a reality.



Wi-Fi Greenwich Village

We all know that in the modern age, whether you are working from your company’s headquarters or from your downtown luxury condominium at Thirty Park Place, work doesn’t stop just because you’ve left your office space. Thanks to an ever-increasing abundance of businesses offering free Wi-Fi to customers, there are now pleasant places to get your work done and treat yourself at the same time. Here are five great places to access free Wi-Fi when you’re on the go in Greenwich Village.

Rockin’ Raw
171 Sullivan St
If you’ve got a deadline to meet and have to work through your lunch break, Rockin’ Raw is the place to go for that magical brain food / free Wi-Fi combo. This organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free oasis, which is located within close walking distance of the Printing House, has a peaceful outdoor patio space, amazing desserts and a Peruvian and Creole menu that’s full of surprises. The smaller snacks here are particularly good—try the cauliflower mash and “fried” veggie balls—and expect a burst of productivity afterwards: raw food increases energy.

60 University Pl
All work is easier when accompanied by a freshly made milkshake—we’re pretty sure that’s science. And the fact that Amorino has free Wi-Fi is pretty much the greatest work-related excuse to go and eat dessert we’ve ever heard. Plus, once all that taxing business has been taken care of and your hands are no longer attached to your keyboard, you can congratulate yourself on a job well done with one of the crazy-elaborate ice cream cones here. The gelato is to die for.

O Café
482 6th Ave
If you’re looking for any old café in Greenwich Village, obviously you’re spoiled for choice. The O Café, however, is a little bit different. The O Café is great—not just for the delicious jolts of java and convenient free Wi-Fi, but also because it’s run by people who are big believers in fair trade, ecological sustainability and ethical business practices. This is somewhere you can work in peace without worrying that your coffee is wreaking havoc on the environment. Phew!

241 Sullivan St
Shade is one of the most wondrous hangouts in the vicinity of Washington Square Park because it combines two of Earth’s great pleasures: alcohol and dessert. Francophiles will love the fact that they can get a crepe and a glass of red wine simultaneously, but we mostly adore the fact that this dark, understated, and cozy bar harks back to the Greenwich Village of old, when the Scotch flowed freely and the neighborhood was awash with writers and artists. If you’re a budding novelist or poet, rather than get cooped up in your West Village condo at the Greenwhich Lane, this is a great place to head with your laptop when you need a little liquid inspiration.

Argo Tea Café
239 Greene St / 75 University Pl
You may have noticed Argo Tea Cafés popping up all over the city in the last couple of years. The reason is simple: Argo is a great place to imbibe consistently delicious tea drinks in a sleek environment, while getting something constructive done on the laptop. There are two Greenwich Village locations and both are particularly popular with nearby NYU students. This is a great place when you’re looking for a pick-me-up that’s healthier and more refreshing than coffee.

Celebrity Residents on the Upper East Side

There’s something about luxury Upper East Side condominiums, such as 11 East 68 Street, that always attract the affluent, the creative and the incredibly successful. They find respite, peace, and excitement in the Upper East Side’s leafy avenues, cultured streets and top-notch residential buildings. Real estate developers in New York City, such as DDG, really deserve a lot of credit. Here, we take a look at some of the biggest names to live in Upper East Side homes.

The Directors
In recent years, Annie Hall director Woody Allen has been expressing his love for various cities across Europe with movies such as Midnight in Paris and Vicki Cristina Barcelona. However, Allen will always hold a tendresse for his beloved Manhattan; this was confirmed in 2006 when he sold his Carnegie Hill home and purchased a Georgian-style town house at 118 East 70th Street, located steps away from 737 Park Avenue. Spike Lee, director of Do the Right Thing, lives in the upmarket town house on 153 East 63rd Street.

The Politicians (and their Wives)
At points in each of their lives, both Jackie Kennedy and Richard Nixon found respite on the Upper East Side although, alas, they were never neighbors (imagine the ensuing hilarity). For Nixon, his house at 142 East 65th Street became his NYC bolthole following the Watergate scandal. That was after his residency had been turned down by two other apartment boards in the area. Jackie Kennedy’s Upper East Side stay was somewhat more long-term. From 1964 up until 1994, she inhabited the entire 15th floor of 1040 Fifth Avenue. From the windows, she could see the huge Central Park reservoir, which was later named after her. Current politicians rate the area highly too; Mayor Bloomberg owns the gorgeous Beaux-Arts limestone structure at 17 East 79th Street, and allegedly some of the surrounding buildings too.

The Artists and Actors
Andy Warhol was an aficionado of the Upper East Side, and spent much of his time there. In 1959, he bought 1342 Lexington Avenue near 89th Street and moved in with his mother. Apparently at one time, Warhol had 25 cats all named Sam living with him too. Warhol lived there until 1974, creating many of his formative works in-house. In fact, the address is often considered to be the first proper Warhol factory. Contemporary artist Jasper Johns, meanwhile, spent some of his formative painting and printmaking years at 450 East 63rd Street. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is an original Upper East Sider; this is where she was born. Relatively new to the area, English comedian Ricky Gervais has an Upper East Side apartment on the 12th floor of the Barbizon.

Movies Shot in Toronto: Part Two

So many movies are shot in Toronto. Thus, we’ve got ample material to write another blog about it. Here’s a list of 4 movies filmed in different parts of Toronto:

The Fly (1986)
The director of The Fly, David Cronenberg, had actually studied to be a research scientist at the University of Toronto, conveniently located close to YC Condos, before deciding to switch to English. However, his love both for science and for the city is easy to see in his 1986 film, starring Jeff Goldblum. Among the Toronto landmarks that you can pick out in the movie are the Art Gallery of Ontario, Kensington Market and a bar on Yonge Street that is within walking distance of E Condos. However, the film never actually claims to be set in Toronto itself.

Let’s All Hate Toronto (2007)
Torontonians might be wary of the title, but Albert Nerenberg and Rob Spence’s tongue-in-cheek documentary isn’t as damning as you might think. The film depicts Spence’s travels across Canada, where he examines why the rest of Canada seemingly hates the city. He muses that it might have something to do with violence, pollution, or possibly the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team. Let’s All Hate Toronto’s climax is at a Nuit Blanche art festival in Toronto itself, where Spence feels some positive vibes about Toronto, and also gets a hug from the mayor.

The Love Guru (2008)
Okay, perhaps The Love Guru wasn’t Mike Myers’ finest onscreen moment, but it was certainly a Toronto-centric movie. Romany Malco stars as a Toronto Maple Leafs player who begins to lose his game after his girlfriend leaves him for a rival hockey player (played by Justin Timberlake). Much of the movie’s hockey action was shot at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre during intermissions, meaning the fans you see onscreen are real life Torontonians. Other landmarks featured in The Love Guru include the SkyDome and Casa Loma.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
This Edgar Wright-directed flick stars Michael Cera as the bassist of Sex Bob-omb, a young group trying to make their mark on the Toronto music scene. The center of Pilgrim’s world in the movie is Bathurst Street, north of the 1 Yorkville condominiums, which is where a lot of the filming took place. The beautiful neo-gothic revival Casa Loma is featured again; this is where Pilgrim goes to battle Lucas Lee. The eponymous hero’s school, meanwhile, was played by Michael’s College School. Look out too for Public Library Wychwood Library, a Second Cup and a Pizza Pizza (all Toronto institutions of a kind).

Ice-Skating Rinks

New York’s freezing temperatures during the winter might not be to everyone’s liking, but nothing feels more festive and seasonally appropriate than strapping on some blades and hitting one of the city’s ice rinks for some good, old-fashioned family fun. So, where should you go in the city for some icy adventures this winter? Here are five suggestions.

Trump Rink
Central Park
Residents of The Marquand, who live close to Trump Rink, are more likely to know this place as the Wollman Rink; however, despite the name change, Central Park’s popular ice-skating spot remains virtually the same and is still open between October and April. Not only is it the most picturesque rink in the city, it acts as an ideal daytime activity for kids, a romantic date spot on Friday and Saturday nights when it stays open until 11p.m. and a great place to learn how to handle the ice, with classes available for children and adults. Fantastic fun.

The Standard Ice-Rink
848 Washington St
As one of the nation’s hippest hotel chains, it’s a stroke of genius on The Standard’s part to put a rink outside their High Line Hotel during winter. Sure, it’s packed with kids during the day, but this place stays open until 1a.m. and serves delicious hot chocolate that’s laced with bourbon and Bailey’s, which is great for grown ups looking for a little winter-based, night-time fun.

Citi Pond
Bryant Park
For all your Midtown-on-ice needs, such as for those living at 305 East 51 Street, there’s the Pond at Bryant Park! Probably the most festive of all the winter rinks, thanks to the many holiday shops and gift stands, this outdoor ice-field is also wonderful because it has the rink-side Celsius restaurant—the perfect place for parents to watch over their kids’ skating activities without having to stand in the cold. Open from late October until early March, this Bryant Park gem is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, so great for night owls too. Also, the only thing you’ll pay for is skate and locker hire—use of the actual rink is free.

Sky Rink
Pier 61, Chelsea Piers
There are two major bonuses to going to Chelsea Piers. The first is that there are two full-size, indoor rinks there, so it’s ideal for people who want to skate without braving the actual, real-life elements. The second is that it’s open all year round, so those who live at 500 West 21 Street, for example, can head there and hit the ice, even in the middle of July. With some top-notch, in-house trainers, skaters who mean serious business choose Sky Rink. The rinks’ views of the Hudson are merely a side-perk.

Rockefeller Center
601 Fifth Ave.
The most famous of New York City’s ice rinks, this annual favorite still has the best atmosphere of all the ice parks, despite being the trickiest to skate thanks to its relatively small size and multitude of tourists. If you’re looking to indulge in a NYC tradition though, and don’t take your skating too seriously, soak up the frivolity under Rockefeller’s always-gigantic holiday tree and re-create scenes from romantic movies like Splash and Serendipity.


Toronto is one of the world’s major filming locations. Why? Well Toronto has everything a great metropolis needs such as top-notch luxury condos (including 1 Yorkville and Exhibit), traffic as well as lots and lots of people. Toronto is a little bit more manageable than, say, New York or Chicago and cheaper too. In addition, Toronto is rather adept at masquerading compared to other cities; one in particular, as you’ll soon find out…

American Psycho (2000)
Everyone knows that the darkly comic thriller American Psycho is set amongst the glossy high-rises of Manhattan. This is because much of the movie was shot in Toronto. Director Mary Harron is from Toronto and thus, has a knack for scouting out locations to film in. Among those which probably fooled you into thinking they were in NYC are the Phoenix Concert Theater (where Bateman picks up a model) and the TD Centre (where he works). A host of Toronto restaurants are featured as well including the King Edward Hotel’s Consort Bar, the Senator on 249 Victoria Street, and Shark City.

Chicago (2002)
You’ve heard of irony, right? Yes, it’s absolutely true; the raunchy 2002 musical Chicago did the lion’s share of its filming in Toronto. The beautiful redbrick Osgoode Hall serves as the courthouse in which Renée Zellweger gets sent down for murder. Later on in the movie, Toronto is featured heavily: the old Gooderham and Worts Distillery, the Elgin Theatre, Union Station, Queen’s Park and the Old City Hall. Bet you’ll look closer next time you watch it!

Mean Girls (2004)
Another Chicago-set film, another Toronto-based shoot. Lindsay Lohan’s big break Mean Girls is set in the suburb of Evanston, Illinois, but squint hard enough, and you’ll see pieces of Toronto all over the place. Etobicoke Collegiate Institute is the school where Lohan runs into queen bee Rachel McAdams, the infamous shopping spree takes place in Toronto’s Sherway Gardens, while the protagonist’s home neighborhood was shot around Beech and Balsam Avenues.

The Vow (2012)
Sometimes, Toronto isn’t as incognito as it perhaps should be. There have been suggestions that rom-com the Vow, starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, didn’t try hard enough when pretending the Canadian city was in fact Chicago. Although the CN Tower has been airbrushed from shot, well-known locations such as City Hall (they first meet here) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (the vow of the film’s title is exchanged here) act as illusion-shatters, likely to have Torontonians jump up from their seats, yelling: “Hey, that’s not too far from YC Condos in downtown Toronto!”

Movies and TV shows shot in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District

Together, Chelsea and the Meatpacking District combine the height of high-end living with a certain gritty-glam. The result is two areas with exceptional luxury condominiums (among them being 500 West 21 Street and 505 West 19 Street), top-notch restaurants and trendy boutiques that have been harnessed in various movies and TV shows over the years. Here are some great onscreen roles by these two West Manhattan neighborhoods.

Sex and the City
Being ladies who lunch and live in style, it would have been impossible for Carrie Bradshaw and her friends to stay away from Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. These two places, after all, possess some of the most delectable eateries in NYC. Contemporary Asian joint Buddakan (a resplendent setting of lofty wood panels and suspended candelabras) is where Carrie and Big have their rehearsal dinner in the Sex and the City movie. Billy’s Bakery in Chelsea enjoyed something of an uptick in customers after the SATC girls paid a visit. Another Chelsea joint, Cafeteria (whose specialty is a macaroni and cheese extravaganza called a ‘Mac Attack’) is featured in a few Sex and the City episodes and located within close walking distance of 35XV. Bet Carrie stuck to the salad though. Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) moves into trendy new digs in the Meatpacking District; the NYC luxury apartment is featured prominently in the Season 3 episode “Cock-A-Doodle-Do.” Knowing Samantha, that’s some kind of innuendo.

Seedy cinema
The Meatpacking District is not nearly as seedy as it used to be. But back in the 1980s and 90s, it had something of a reputation, which appealed to filmmakers searching for the ideal backdrop for their movies. The gay S&M bars of the Meatpacking District are a focus of the controversial William Friedkin-Al Pacino film Cruising (1980). Friedkin had to cut 40 minutes of footage even to secure an R rating, because of some of the things he’d filmed in the clubs. The strangely-shaped former safe factory on Ninth Avenue, Hudson Street and West 14th Street has played a number of dubious roles in the movies. It’s where Glenn Close’s psychotic character lives in Fatal Attraction (1987). It’s also where Ed Harris flings himself to his death in The Hours (2002). When the Hellfire Club existed in the basement of this building, it was used to shoot a scene for Single White Female (1992), which stars Bridget Fonda and features various human cages and instruments of torture.

One Mile Film
Here’s an interesting one. One Mile Film (2012) wasn’t exactly shot in the Meatpacking District, but a major part of its creation happened here. To elaborate, director Jennifer West shot images of the New York skyline, and various other locations in the city generally not accessible to the public. She then unreeled the celluloid (measuring exactly one mile) across the High Line (which plies through both the Meatpacking District and Chelsea), inviting members of the public to make their mark on it. The final footage is peppered with foot and hand prints, stroller wheel marks, and suchlike. Who says it’s hard to make your mark in film?