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Expat Exodus

  If you’ve gotta get outta Gotham, you can choose from over 500 towns within commuting distance of the Big Apple where housing costs are somewhat more reasonable and the lifestyle less frantic. Three destinations top the most desirable list. Reminiscent of...

Breathing Rooms by the Hour

There’s a new service in town, that’s like Zipcar for apartments. Called “Breather”, it’s a mobile or web-based app that lets you find, reserve, pay for and unlock space for rent by the hour or day. These rooms are scattered in prime locations throughout New York City...

Rain Man’s Windfall

When they first came to New York City, aspiring actors and roommates Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman were living below the American poverty level, Hoffman reminisces. How times have changed for the little big man and the graduate of the school of hard knocks! The...

Tax Relief for Renters?

  Renters in New York City may be in for some overdue tax relief soon, although Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed tax credit plan remains a bit sketchy on the details. New York State’s maximum benefits remain among the stingiest and its eligibility criteria among...

Brooklyn Post Bloomberg

In 2003, then Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared that “New York City should not waste its time with manufacturing. If you are a pharmaceutical company or a steel company, you do not need to be here.” So ended an industrial era. Once the nation’s fifth most productive...

So Long to Soho

  Multitalented musician and man-about-town, John Mayer, is no longer waiting for the world to change. He must be moving on to heavier things, having recently sold his two-bedroom apartment at 225 Lafayette Street for a cool $3.91 million. The former Art Deco...

Foreign Affairs

  Manhattan real estate has been shattering records all over town. But where have all the condos gone? A scant 4000 apartments comprise the available inventory – the lowest level in recent memory while the median sale price for condos hit $1.3 million – an...

Up with Williamsburg

Williamsburg was a bustling hive of manufacturing activity in the late 1800s. Back then, the East River’s waterfront was dominated by the likes of Domino Sugar, Corning Glass and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. As time wore on and the factories closed or relocated, derelict...

Picture This

  In 2002, world-renowned portrait photographer, Annie Leibovitz, purchased two adjoining buildings (755 and 757 Greenwich Street in the West Village) for $4.2 million. The resulting townhome measured 40’ wide. The next year, she enlarged her homestead by...

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