The National’s Guitarist’s Ditmas Park Home is for Sale

Normally, I don’t report celebrity real estate because it is really non-news, but since The National happens to be one of my favorite bands, I decided that I had to mention it in these pages. …and that they recorded an incredible album – High Violet – in the garage-turned-recording studio in Ditmas Park, is super cool.  Would […]

Park Place Sliver Building Tops Out in Tribeca

For those of you who have known me for a while, you know that I participated in my former co-op’s opposition of a sliver building that would have risen next door and blocked the eastern view of dozens of apartments, and, as our attorney colorfully added during the BSA hearing, sucked the value right out […]

Giant Condo Tower Coming to Upper West Side

The development rights-rich lot located on the northwest corner of 69th and Amsterdam, vacated in recent years by Lincoln Square Synagogue to move to its brand new digs down the street, has found a buyer.  SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan have partnered to develop the lot into a 600-foot-high luxury residential condominium tower of nearly […]

New Nolita Condo to Occupy Former Orphanage

Only in Manhattan does a building’s usage history read orphanage to school to convent to super luxury condos.  And that is part of the beauty of this place.  Old gorgeous buildings whose original uses are no longer appropriate for the location due to the changing neighborhood (like the once thriving manufacturing buildings in Tribeca and Soho) are being constantly reinvented […]

Thank you NYC for Finally Getting Rid of Taxi TVs!

If you are anything like me, and immediately hit the power button on the bottom-right corner of taxi TVs within seconds of beginning your ride, risking contamination by the germs left by the countless others who have done the same thing in order to avoid this blaring annoyance, this cannot come soon enough! It’s not as if […]