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Best Coffee Spots Uptown

April 16, 2018 | By Wendy Lo

Life without coffee is like a phone without charge. But does your daily recharge ever feel a bit too routine? If you’re bored of returning to that same franchise on your block, here’s a glimpse of all the wondrous cafes Washington Heights has to offer: Pastries with your coffee? CHOCnyc on West 212th Street and Broadway Chocnyc is a quaint pastry shop with an open kitchen. Give yourself a minute to marvel how their pastry offerings come into being, but try not to pull your hair out deciding between the orange pecan biscott

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Is NYC Housing Becoming More Affordable?

April 12, 2018 | By Evan Paliotta

About a week ago I stumbled across this article with a highly misleading title- NYC Housing Becoming More Affordable Amid Growing Vacancies And Flood Of New Inventory. If you live in NYC you’re eyes would most likely pop out of your head like mine did. However upon reading, I realized there were solid statistics to back up these claims. British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli famously said, “There are lies, damned lies, and statistics”. Below I will raise some of the points and counterpoints illuminated in the article along with highlighting some key takeaways: 1. Manhattan apartment sales are at 6-year lows, which translates to

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Buying and Selling

April 9, 2018 | By Thomas Rainey

Buying in New York is complicated. This blog is about asking the right questions and start a conversation. A skilled Real Estate Agent gets to the center of their clients goals in order to facilitate a smooth transaction for all parties. Do you?: Own an apartment and want to upgrade! Own an apartment and want to downgrade! Want to change neighborhoods? Do you own out of town and want to move to the City? Are you looking to buy your first home, but may need to upgrade in a few years? Scenario #1: Sell Before You Buy What is the correct pricing of your home? What is the correct Marketing Strategy?

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Washington Slice: Best Pizza in Washington Heights

April 5, 2018 | By Wendy Lo

George Washington was our first President and Founding Father. With his stature, the man gets a free pass to express his TLC for uptown neighborhoods by naming Washington Heights and its George Washington Bridge. Here’s a fun fact: George Washington had the GW Bridge built so he could get the best NY pizza sent to his pad in New Jersey. Obviously I’m kidding. Grubhub would be the first to tell you that Jersey out of the delivery zone for our uptown pizza. Okay, enough jokes. We have to get serious about pizza. Pizza is a New York staple and has been that way since George rocked the wooden teeth. Okay, maybe not that far back but the truth is nobody hates pizza,...

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Must Haves For Serious Buyers

April 2, 2018 | By Thomas Rainey

It takes a lot of work to buy in NYC. Finding something you can afford is difficult enough, but you also need some paperwork in order to be ready when you find it. REBNY Financial Sheet The Real Estate Board of New York has a standardized form for submitting your qualification to buy. The 4 main sections include Assets, Liabilities, Income, and Expenses. Once your buyer’s agent has been able to review these numbers he/she will be able to give you a real world opinion on what you can afford in New York. Since every buyer’s situation is different it is difficult to generalize so it is best to have representation that will go over your information and pre...

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United Palace: A Wonder Theatre for the Heights

March 29, 2018 | By Wendy Lo

At 88 years old, the United Palace on 175th and Broadway is altogether a spiritual center, live music venue, nonprofit cultural center, and time capsule (the only time capsule I know that seats 3,400 people). Originally called Loew's 175th Street Theatre as part of the Loew's Wonder Theatres franchise, United Palace was built in 1930 and designed by architect Thomas W. Lamband. While Lamband incorporated several classic theatre motifs in the décor (gilded yellow and felt red color palette, iconic columns, chandeliers galore), the place's jazz-age aura is not to be overlooked. Upon walking in, the air timetravels to the 30’s. You inhale and think “man, this ...

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Karl Marx and Real Estate

March 26, 2018 | By Evan Paliotta

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #454545} Karl Marx was and is highly misunderstood. I will certainly fail to reduce Marx’s corpus to a teachable form in a blog post (it’s more than 1000 pages), however I will attempt to shed light on a few integral concepts and illustrate how they make your real estate purchase more rational. When you hear someone call another a Marxist, they are usually referring to Marx’s ends-socialism- however Marx’s central contribution in my opinion lies in his analysis of Capitalism.

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