By the Halstead Social Team
There is nothing quite like a Valentine’s Day in New York City. The romantic appeal of the bright lights and breathtaking skyline are what make the city such a popular Valentine’s Day destination. Instead of your standard “dinner and a movie,” we’ve rounded up a list of five unique events to celebrate the holiday with that special someone, on your own or with a friend.
1. Experience a one-of-a-kind evening at Dinners in the Dark hosted by Camaje Bistro and Lounge (85 MacDougal Street). Diners will be blindfolded upon arrival and enjoy a multi-course meal from a secret menu along with live musical performances. There will be two dinners on Valentine’s Day with four courses each at 6pm and 9pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
2. One of the most renowned voices in Jazz, Dianne Reeves will be performing songs of love and romance at Jazz at Lincoln Center (10 Columbus Circle) during Valentine’s Day weekend. To make the evening even more special, arrive at 6pm for a pre-show Valentine’s Day Dinner.
3. In honor of Valentine’s Day, celebrate and be moved by the New York City Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet at Lincoln Center. Shakespeare’s immortal tale of tragic love is perfectly translated by Peter Martins’ choreography and Sergei Prokofiev’s music into a compelling and poignant full-length ballet. Performances, starting February 13th will run through February 22nd.
4. Celebrate Valentine’s Day Under The Stars at Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History with live jazz musical performances, champagne, chocolate, and hors d’oeuvres. Sit back for a view of the stars and love stories presented based on mythology.
5. Enjoy Valentine’s Day a la Morrissey with a tribute concert to him and The Smiths at The Bell House in Brooklyn. The night will be hosted by Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield and will start at 9pm.
With Cameron Brown, Lic. R.E. Salesperson in our Harlem Office
As a resident of East Harlem I have a very strong connection to the community of East Harlem as well as the beauty that can be found within the neighborhood. Along with the draws of the great shopping at East River Plaza there is so much more that my neighborhood offers. From the locally owned businesses to the relaxing outdoor spaces and public parks, cafes and museums, showing my clients what makes El Barrio so special is something that I thoroughly enjoy doing as a Halstead agent.
1. East Harlem Café located at 1651 Lexington Avenue, is a local destination hotspot that not only serves great coffee and delicious food, but also offers beautiful local art exhibits. It is also a known regular hangout for high profile New Yorkers like NY Yankee, Mark Teixeira.
2. Museum of the City of NY located on 1220 5th Avenue is a wonderful museum that was originally housed in Gracie Mansion. It offers a collection that contains over 750,000 objects, including prints, photographs, decorative arts, costumes, paintings, sculpture, toys, and theatrical memorabilia. What I love about it most is that it connects the past, present, and future of New York City.
3. The Demolition Depot located at 216 East 125th Street is a unique source of vintage plumbing fixtures, doors, windows, shutters, railings, gates, grills, mantels, stone and terracotta pieces, religious objects and so much more! The fixtures you can find here are geared towards the re-creation and renovation of period places.
4. El Museo del Barrio located at 1230 Fifth Avenue is New York’s leading Latino cultural institution offering film, literary, visual and performing art’s series.
El Museo’s varied permanent collection of over 6,500 objects, spans more than 800 years of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino art, includes pre-Columbian Taíno artifacts, traditional arts, twentieth-century drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations, as well as prints, photography, documentary films, and video
5. Thomas Jefferson Park located at 1st Ave., FDR Dr.,opened on October 7, 1905 to provide organized play to the children of "Little Italy," as the crowded tenement district in East Harlem was then known. On busy days, runners circle the track while groups of friends shoot hoops, hit balls, and take advantage of the baseball and handball courts. I love hanging out here in the summer months. It is a great draw for those who like to be active while enjoying nature close to home in East Harlem.
6. Patsy’s Pizza is a famous East Harlem tradition that first opened its New York City location at 2287-91 1st Avenue in 1933. In the early days of the depression, Patsy allowed Fiorello LaGuardia to hold his early organizational meetings at the restaurant. The featured pizza is the classic pizza margherita with traditional thin crust topped with tomato, mozzarella, and basil. Delicious!
7. Camaradas El Barrio located at 2241 1st Avenue is a worker's public house where camaraderie is built. It offers a great selection of craft beers, wine, sangria and seasonal cocktails. Their culinary philosophy is to keep it simple and fresh. Their Puerto Rican pub-style menu is sure to please your taste buds!
8. Crack Is Wack Playground at East 128th Street and Harlem River Drive is where famed graffiti artist, Keith Haring (1958-1990) painted his fanciful mural, in 1986. Painted on the northern face of the handball court wall, the mural is composed of Haring’s signature kinetic figures and abstract forms in bold outlines. Haring’s mural cautions youth against the drug’s use. I like this place because it is an important and historic landmark that speaks to and educates children.
9. The Conservatory Garden at Central Park- located on the east Side from 104th-106th Streets. Enter at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street, or 106th Street gate inside the Park. The Conservatory Garden is Central Park's six-acre formal garden divided into three smaller gardens, each with a distinct style: Italian, French, and English. The Garden's main entrance is through the Vanderbilt Gate, on Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets. The Magnificent Iron Gate, made in Paris in 1894, originally stood before the Vanderbilt mansion at Fifth Avenue and 58th Street. It is one of my favorite pieces of architecture in the area.
10. The Kiosk Morrocan Restaurant/ Hookah Lounge located at 80 East 116th Street is Harlem’s one and only Hookah Lounge They specialize in Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine if you are into spices and offer a very cool vibe. They are a locally owned business that definitely makes you feel at home – and makes a great place to hang out on the weekends with friends.
To connect with Cameron, visit his agent website.
Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Cameron Brown and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions or endorsements from Halstead Property, LLC.
Rarely does an apartment with such magnificent views of Central Park and Manhattan come on the market. Prepare to be wowed by this bright and spacious 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home with a large entry foyer that enters into a grand living room and dining area flooded with light. There is a large balcony off of the living room looking over Central Park and the Reservoir perfect for entertaining and lounging on a warm summer evening. You will find a modern white kitchen off of the dining room with a wide open south facing window that illuminates the space. The apartment has a large master bedroom suite with open city views, a second bedroom facing Central Park and a third bedroom with northern city views all with ample closet space. Located on the 37th floor of one of the best full service luxury buildings in Carnegie Hill, this beautiful corner Madison Ave apartment is just one block away from Central Park and Museum Mile. Complete with endless amenities including a health club on the top floor with panoramic views, a pool with a retractable roof, sun deck and more!
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We’re thrilled to announce that Halstead Property’s CEO Diane Ramirez will be the afternoon keynote speaker at Real Estate Weekly’s 4th Annual Women’s Forum on Wednesday, February 25th. Diane will discuss her successful, 35-year long career, as well as the significance of having a mentor. Her words will speak to the theme of this year’s forum—“Women Helping Women.” The Women’s Forum will take place at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel and is expected to attract approximately 600 investors, developers and real estate professionals.
To learn more, read Real Estate Weekly’s article about the upcoming event. To find out more or to register for the Women’s Forum visit their website. http://tmblr.co/Z1WHtw1d2T10H
Sit Down Interview with Halstead’s Newest Executive Director of Sales, West Side
The Halstead Social Team recently sat down with the newest addition to the Halstead Property Executive Team, Tony Oakley, to ask him some questions to help our readers get to know Tony alittle bit better. Tony joins Executive Director of Sales Michael Goldenberg in running our Upper West Side office at 408 Columbus Avenue. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Halstead Blog (HB): Congratulations Tony, let’s start from the beginning…where did you grow up?
Tony Oakley (TO): Durham, North Carolina, home of the best basketball in the world!
HB: What did you do before you entered the real estate industry?
TO: Graduate of University of North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA), Performer, Cruise Director, Headliner! Was lucky enough to travel around the world performing, opened for Nancy Wilson in St. Thomas and performed a duet with Natalie Cole in the Greek Isles. Love to travel.
HB: What made you decide to pursue a career in real estate?
TO: DEBT!!! Hahaha, yes, needed to pay off loans and sock some money away for a rainy day! My Mother worked in real estate for 38 years. She and my Father still manage a portfolio in NC. I’d said NEVER! Never will I work in Real Estate… never say never!
HB: What do you feel is your greatest strength when working with your agents?
TO: The ability to gain their trust, communicate and teach them all that 18 years of Manhattan business has taught me. Each agent is individual and no one fits the same size. I love mentoring and this business is about relationships with our clients and other agents around us.
HB: What is your favorite restaurant in NYC and why?
TO: I’ve said it many times, Ocean Grill. Love the martini’s, wine list, sushi, seafood, atmosphere, service and now it’s only steps from my office!
HB: What is your hidden secret or gem about the Upper West Side?
TO: Shhhhhh, don’t tell everyone but Pisticci Ristorante uptown! Great Italian hide out with the best food and a fresh grapefruit martini that will knock your socks off!
HB: What attracted you most to Halstead Property?
TO: The people! The atmosphere is warm, inviting and professional. It’s premium brand with a big heart and if you know me I too have a big heart!
HB: What is your Greatest “Only In NY” Moment?
TO: HA! There are so many! OK, I’m blushing because you just can’t repeat everything you see! One notable one is dining at the Mandarin Hotel overlooking a starry, starry sky over Central Park having a fantastic dinner with my number one, Hochi.
HB: What do you love most about the Upper West Side?
TO: Here again the people rate at the top of the list. The location to 2 parks that I love, the restaurants, bars and Zabar’s….. Who could ask for anything more?
HB: What is something about you that people might not know? (hobby, interest, passion)
TO: I’m an open book. My friends know that I love to sing, cook, socialize and only a select few know that at 52 years of age I can still do a split! Hey, it ain’t pretty but I can still do it!!!
Connect with Tony via email or visit his executive webpage.
The Hoboken Chamber of Commerce hosted a Window Decorating contest in Hoboken to promote stores and small businesses on Small Business Saturday. Celebrity designer, Susan Swimmer decorated a portion of the 500 block of Washington Street to promote Shopping Small in Hoboken. She selected a nautical theme to honor Hoboken’s rich waterfront history using traditional Christmas decorations and lush greens accented with red, white, gold, silver and blue. The same theme was used for the store owner’s window decorating contest. Many businesses in the area participated in the event. Judging took place between December 15th and 18th. Points were awarded on a scale of 1-5 points based on ‘Inclusion of the nautical theme’, ‘Wow factor and curiosity Generation’ as well as ‘Inclusion of Retailer’s Service.’
The event was made possible by the tireless work of one of our designers in our Marketing/Technology Division, Sabrina Elkington, a Hoboken native herself, who spent several days painting on the storefront windows a “Home for the Holidays” winter theme on our massive storefront windows. Sabrina turned the window displays into gifts and outlined them with ribbon and a bow to give them a special Holiday appeal. She emphasized the ‘home’ aspect of the Holiday season by writing ‘Home for the holidays’ in window paint and surrounded it with a wave of decorative snowflakes in several colors and patterns. The Chamber gave us an Honorable Mention when judging all of the dozens of businesses who participated in the city of Hoboken. To see the work, stop by our office on the corner of Washington and Second in downtown Hoboken. Happy Holidays!
This Halstead Property Loft Listing located at 50 West 29th Street 4W in the highly coveted NoMad micro-neighborhood was recently chosen by the New York Post as the perfect new pad for the one and only Chris Rock, an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, producer, and director now that he is newly single. This deluxe loft apartment has an abundance of space for entertaining with an impressive 40-by-19-foot open living and dining area complete with 80 feet of west-facing windows, sleek industrial features and lots of wall space for artwork. One of the most notable rooms in the loft is the extraordinary master bathroom which features a deep soaking tub and large shower, adorned with masculine black tiles, wooden details and accents of red that exudes luxury and romance. To boot, there is also a nearly 24-foot-long balcony off of the master bedroom, a prime lounging spot that Chris is sure to enjoy.
Click here to view the New York Post Article. To see more of this Manhattan loft go here.
Building plot, of 65 311 m 2
Building permits, hotel, villa, castle.
Ideal for production, medicinal wine.
Special note for expert of chemistry and biology;
I have the technology for biological medicines.
Position, Trogir, Croatia
I need a broker or agent to find a buyer or investor.
From the owner, Ante Bajic Tomasović
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