Real Estate

The Leonard Lopate Show

"Too Rich, Too Thin, Too Tall?" Residential Towers in Manhattan

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Vanity Fair’s contributing editor Paul Goldberger discusses the new residential towers going up in Midtown Manhattan. Ultra-tall, ultra-thin, and ultra-expensive, these “superscrapers” are designed for the top 1 percent of the 1 percent, breaking records for everything, including price. Sold for $95 million, the 96th floor of 432 Park Avenue will be the highest residence in the Western world (at least until the building at 225 West 57th Street goes up). His article “Too Rich, Too Thin, Too Tall?” is in the May2014  issue of Vanity Fair.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Shadows Over Central Park

Monday, April 14, 2014

A new tall building is casting a giant shadow on certain parts of Central Park. Janet Babin, WNYC economic development reporter, talks about several more planned tall buildings, and what some activists and residents are doing to try to keep the shadows out of the park.


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Chapter Closes for Rizzoli Bookstore

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Preservationists versus progress on 57th Street. Progress wins.



Half a Billion in Workforce Programs Is Not Working

Wednesday, April 02, 2014


City vows to make workforce development more relevant.



U.S. Attorney: Real Estate Developer Discriminates Against Disabled

Monday, March 17, 2014


Did the Hudson Yards developer violate the federal Fair Housing Act? 



On the Bowery, Homeless to Hipsters Almost Overnight

Thursday, March 06, 2014

With the sale of a community center, the Bowery's transformation into an upscale playground is nearly complete.

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The Takeaway

The Economy Tells a Tale of 2000 Cities

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

According to a new report out from the Demand Institute, local housing markets, when coupled with income and employment, are often the strongest predictors of local and national economic outlook. John Guarisco is the executive manager at MDI Marketing in Spokane, Washington, and Mark Dolfini is the owner of June Palms Property Management, in Lafayette, Indiana, both cities considered to be "transitional." And joining The Takeaway is Louise Keely, chief research officer for The Demand Institute and co-author of the report.

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New Jersey News

New Jersey Breaks Foreclosure Logjam, Yields Flood of Dismissals

Monday, March 03, 2014

NJ Spotlight

With new foreclosure cases continuing to pour into New Jersey courts, administrators have taken a key step to unclog the legal system.

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Freakonomics Radio

Why Are Japanese Homes Disposable?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

In most countries, houses get more valuable over time. In Japan, a new buyer will often bulldoze the home. We'll tell you why.



Time Running Out for Carriage Horses

Monday, February 17, 2014


Central Park is hosting its last carriage rides, if Mayor de Blasio has his way.

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How I Landed a $38,000 Apartment in Brooklyn Heights

Saturday, February 08, 2014

WNYC's Tracie Hunte played real-estate roulette in the Mitchell-Lama housing lottery and won, but for now, she's among a shrinking number of New Yorkers who can do so.

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Looking to Buy? Ditch Brooklyn and Cozy Up To Queens

Thursday, January 09, 2014

If you want to buy an apartment or house in New York, you may want to forget about Brooklyn (seriously, fuhgeddaboudit) and stake your claim in Astoria, Forest Hills or Flushing. 

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New Year's Warning: Housing Recovery Threatened As Tax Break Lapses

Monday, December 30, 2013

A tax break enacted at the start of the financial crisis to help Americans whose home values have dropped sharply comes to an end tomorrow because Congress didn't extend it.



Mayor Withdraws Midtown East Rezone Plan

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Mayor Michael Bloomberg has withdrawn a proposal that would have rezoned an area around Grand Central Terminal known as Midtown East after the City Council couldn't reach agreement on the plan. Under the proposed rezoning, some buildings would have been green-lighted for demolition, to be replaced with taller structures.

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Transportation Nation

D.C. Metro's New Role: Real Estate Developer

Thursday, November 07, 2013


Talk about transit-oriented development: for the first time in seven years, Washington's transit authority is soliciting developers for land it owns at five separate Metro stations.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Where Would You Move?

Friday, October 18, 2013

If you were going to leave where you live, where would you go? Do you live in a tiny apartment but are you longing for a big house? Do you want to try life on the West Coast? Are you tired of winter? 

Give us a call and tell us where you would move. 212-433-9692 or post below. 

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Bloomberg Breaks Ground on South Street Seaport Redevelopment

Thursday, October 17, 2013


The South Street Seaport could be the city's next hot spot, thanks to a $200 million redevelopment project that broke ground Thursday.



Four Decades After Urban Renewal, Massive Development Planned for Lower East Side

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The city unveiled plans Wednesday to redevelop 1.65 million square feet in the Lower East Side, spread across nine city-owned lots. The project, known as Essex Crossing, calls for 1,000 units of mixed-income housing as well as retail, office, school and park space. There are also plans to open an Andy Warhol museum.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Art and Real Estate in NYC

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

From midtown to SoHo through Bushwick, Ann Fensterstock traces the history of NYC's contemporary art scene and asks why the art world is so nomadic. She explored how the art market interacts with the real estate market, how medium can dictate space, cultural and political factors, and other reasons why artists and galleries have moved so much in the past 50 years. Ann is an art historian as well as a collector who serves on boards and committees at several museums and nonprofits in New York City and Washington. She is also the author of the new book Art on the Block: Tracking the New York Art World from SoHo to the Bowery, Bushwick and Beyond.

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Big Money, and Varying Messages, in Real Estate's Council Campaign

Friday, September 06, 2013


Beneath the loud back and forth in the mayor’s race, there’s a quieter campaign about the future of city council. A huge portion of the council advertising is being paid for by Jobs for New York, a real estate-backed independent political group, and they're using very different messaging in different districts.

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