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Six of the season’s best neighborhood food festivals

The city really comes alive during the spring, and neighborhood food festivals offer a fun and exciting way to toast the warm weather and try some new, seasonal bites from the city’s best restaurants. With live music, celebrity chefs in attendance, and activities for the whole family, food festivals have something to offer every palate. Below, we’ve rounded up the season’s best indoor and alfresco events for your tastebuds, from the Upper West and Lower East Sides to Cobble Hill to Harlem.

New York Times: For Dumbo, a Different Kind of Condo

With a median sales price close to $2 million, Dumbo, Brooklyn, routinely finds itself on lists of the New York City’s most expensive neighborhoods. One developer is hoping to counter that trend by building condos that are lower in price than those typically sold in the area.

The developer, Hope Street Capital, believes that those working at companies in Dumbo who cannot afford to pay average Dumbo prices will be eager to buy units at 98 Front Street, where studios will start at $595,000 and one-bedrooms at $795,000.

“What we’re doing is intentional,” said Sha Dinour, a partner at Hope Street Capital. “We looked at what’s underserved in Dumbo, and it’s homes available for under $1 million.”

READ MORE

Met Gala: Camp: Notes on Fashion

Through more than 250 objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present, The Costume Institute’s spring 2019 exhibition will explore the origins of camp’s exuberant aesthetic. Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp'” provides the framework for the exhibition, which examines how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion.

Taste of Tribeca

Taste of Tribeca is an annual outdoor culinary festival benefitting arts and enrichment programs at local public elementary schools PS 150 and PS 234. It takes place every year on the third Saturday in May, on Duane Street between Greenwich and Hudson in the historic Lower Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca.

Taste of Tribeca features dishes from over 60 of Tribeca’s best restaurants; along with live entertainment; family-friendly Kids, Family and Sports Zones; and wine, beer and cider tours of local shops and pubs. It’s a unique event that unites the entire Tribeca community.

Proceeds raised from Taste of Tribeca help to fund a wide range of programming for over 800 children at the two schools, including instrumental music lessons, modern and ballroom dance instruction, chess lessons, storytelling workshops, museum collaborations, visits from celebrated authors, arts support for classroom teachers, and technology enhancement.

These endeavors are hallmarks of our schools. We are extremely grateful to our community for making them possible.

The Hugo Boss Prize 2018: Simone Leigh, Loophole of Retreat

Over the course of her career, Simone Leigh (b. 1967, Chicago) has continuously and insistently centered the black female experience. In Loophole of Retreat, an exhibition presented on the occasion of Leigh winning the 2018 Hugo Boss Prize, she layers form, sound, and text to fashion narratives of resilience and resistance. The project’s title is drawn from the writings of Harriet Jacobs, a formerly enslaved abolitionist who in 1861 published an account of her struggle to achieve freedom, including the seven years she spent hiding from her master in a tiny crawl space beneath the rafters of her grandmother’s home. This act of defiant fortitude, which forged a “loophole of retreat” from an unjust reality, serves as a touchstone for Leigh’s long-standing commitment to honoring the agency of black women and their power to inhabit worlds of their own creation.

Joan Miró Birth of the World

The Museum of Modern Art: February 24–July 6, 2019

“You and all my writer friends have given me much help and improved my understanding of many things,” Joan Miró told the French poet Michel Leiris in the summer of 1924, writing from his family’s farm in Montroig, a small village nestled between the mountains and the sea in his native Catalonia. The next year, Miró’s intense engagement with poetry, the creative process, and material experimentation inspired him to paint The Birth of the World.

READ MORE

Frenchette

Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson named their new restaurant after a David Johansen song from 1978, “Frenchette.” The first line is, “You call that love in French, but it’s just Frenchette,” and later when he rhymes that with “naturalette” and “leatherette” you know the suffix isn’t diminutive, it’s dismissive. The song is about what you do once you figure out that you’re not going to get the real thing, and Mr. Johansen’s answer is simple enough. “Let’s just dance,” he sings. Never mind love.

READ MORE

NARI WARD: WE THE PEOPLE

The New Museum: 2/13/2019 – 05/26/2019

“Nari Ward: We the People” will feature over thirty sculptures, paintings, videos, and large-scale installations from throughout Ward’s twenty-five-year career, highlighting his status as one of the most important and influential sculptors working today. Since the early 1990s, Ward has produced his works by accumulating staggering amounts of humble materials and repurposing them in consistently surprising ways. His approach evokes a variety of folk traditions and creative acts of recycling from Jamaica, where he was born, as well as the material textures of Harlem, where he has lived and worked for the past twenty-five years. Yet Ward also relies on research into specific histories and sites to uncover connections among geographically and culturally disparate communities and to explore the tension between tradition and transformation.

READ MORE

BOND REPORT QTR 4 2018

We have shifted to a buyer’s market, one in which potential sales are now dependent on sellers’ ability to adjust to the reality of
current conditions. Buyers are positioned to wait and evaluate their choices while sellers need to accurately price their homes if
they want them to sell. The days of wait-and-see aspirational pricing are behind us. The slightest over-valuation by sellers will
disqualify their home from most buyers’ consideration.

READ MORE

Housing market shows sign of hope

If you’ve been distracted by the federal shutdown, political dysfunction, stock-market volatility and reports of rising mortgage rates, it wouldn’t be surprising if you concluded: No way is this a good time to even think about buying a house or putting one on the market. Things are too crazy. Nobody’s paying attention to real estate anyway.

READ MORE

Bond New York Welcomes Agents Bill Kowalczuk And Brett D. N. Compton To Its Chelsea Office

BOND New York, a full service real estate brokerage firm has welcomed seasoned agents Bill Kowalczuk and Brett D.N. Compton to its Chelsea office. The Bill K Team comes to BOND from Warburg Realty, They will continue to work together on NYC residential rentals and sales building exclusives. With 20 years of industry experience and over $500,000,000 in residential sales, Kowalczuk’s deep market expertise and commitment to customer service have continuously delivered impressive results for his clients.

Read More

Alta

Alta occupies a charming 19th century townhouse in the heart of West Village. Our main dining area has a soaring 27-foot ceiling, and dates back to the early part of the century. There is a warm welcoming feeling as soon as you step through the doors. In the winter, we have two wood burning fireplaces to keep you warm. In the summer, the doors are open and you feel as if you could be close to the Mediterranean. We are a small plates restaurant, and in our food you can experience the influence of the culinary landscape surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The small plates allow you to experience more of these flavors. They are a great way share a meal with all of your friends.

Read More

BOND REPORT – QTR 3 – 2018

What can the Quarter 3, 2018 numbers tell us? Overall we are seeing a steady (if not slower paced) market with resale market
supply up a remarkable 33.2% from last year. Buyers finally have options. This increased inventory has influenced a softening with
respect to prices that is consistently beginning to take hold across every price point, creating greater opportunity for buyers who
have been invested in the stock market. For the first time in a decade, buyers can sell their stocks at an all-time high and convert
the proceeds to purchase real property at the lowest levels in three years.

There are still some unknowns that we expect to see play out in the next quarter and into 2019. Interest rates were raised again this
quarter, and the effect on NYC real estate remains to be seen. The new tax law continues to breed uncertainty among everyone.
Many in the industry are optimistic that high equity rates and low real estate prices could bring about an increase in activity
going into the new year.

Read More

Richard Prince – High Times

November 1–December 15, 2018

First there were the “dead” heads. (Nothing to do with the Grateful Dead.) Drawn with a Bic pen back in 1972 and ’73. Richard brought these heads with him to NYC when he moved there in 1974. There were about twenty of them. They were drawn from the heart. “They were probably the first things I did that ever had any soul.” But when Richard reached NYC he wasn’t interested in anything to do with feelings, especially his own. He wanted nothing to do with himself. He wanted to change places with someone else, even just for a day. Just to see what it would be like to be someone else.

Read More

Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again

Nov 12, 2018 – Mar 31, 2019

The exhibition positions Warhol’s career as a continuum, demonstrating that he didn’t slow down after surviving the assassination attempt that nearly took his life in 1968, but entered into a period of intense experimentation. The show illuminates the breadth, depth, and interconnectedness of the artist’s production: from his beginnings as a commercial illustrator in the 1950s, to his iconic Pop masterpieces of the early 1960s, to the experimental work in film and other mediums from the 1960s and 70s, to his innovative use of readymade abstraction and the painterly sublime in the 1980s. His repetitions, distortions, camouflaging, incongruous color, and recycling of his own imagery challenge our faith in images and the value of cultural icons, anticipating the profound effects and issues of the current digital age.

Read More

No Deal Is Too Small

I received a phone call from a friend who asked if I could write a personal reference letter for him. He needed it for his sales application, as he was purchasing an apartment. To be honest, I was caught off guard. I said, “you purchased an apartment? Why didn’t you let me help?” His words were “I thought you only sold higher priced apartments and that you wouldn’t want to work with someone in my price range
From your very first purchase and all the way to your “forever home” (and everything in between), the Bill K Team is here to guide you through all your real estate needs.  No deal is too small…or large.
Now is truly the time to jump in and buy. Whether you are a first-time buyer or looking to trade up, we will track down your fantastic opportunity. We will prepare you to get into the game to find that deal you’ve been looking for. It’s out there. Grab it!

Heavenly Bodies: The Met Cloisters

The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition—at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—features a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism. Serving as the cornerstone of the exhibition, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, are on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Fashions from the early twentieth century to the present are shown in the Byzantine and medieval galleries, part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The Met Cloisters.

Read More

Westlight at The William Vale

A 22nd-floor rooftop bar from Chef Andrew Carmellini with sweeping views of New York City atop The William Vale. An elevated menu of bar snacks inspired by street food pairs with a list of handcrafted classic cocktails, rare spirits, beer, and wine in a breathtaking and sophisticated space. Food is served from 5pm until one hour before last call.

Read More

Thomas Bayrle at The New Museum

One of the most important artists to have emerged during the 1960s West German economic boom, Bayrle has received belated recognition for his influential works and processes. Long before the advent of current visual technologies, he foresaw our digital reality, employing photocopy machines and other midcentury tools in his early works to create analog visualizations of what are now fundamental traits of our digital culture. Bayrle’s thematic investigations have ranged from a visual analysis of mass culture and consumerism to reflections on the intersection of technology with global politics.

Read More

In New York City, Even the Cheapest Homes Are Waiting for Buyers By Oshrat Carmiel

It’s not just luxury-home listings that are piling up in New York City. Even units for less than $1 million — within reach of far more people than a Billionaires’ Row penthouse — are hurting for buyers. In Manhattan, the inventory of sub-$1 million apartments surged 27 percent in June from a year earlier to 3,087, the most for the month since 2013, according to StreetEasy. Such listings jumped 17 percent to 2,738 in Brooklyn, and climbed 6 percent to 2,314 in Queens, a borough usually sought out for its relative affordability. Buyers at all price points are taking their time to shop around for the best deal — if they make a purchase at all. When combined with listings over $1 million, Brooklyn and Queens both had the largest number of available homes for June since 2008, according to StreetEasy. Total inventory in Manhattan hasn’t been this high for the month since 2011.

“There are a lot of options out there, so be picky,” said Grant Long, senior economist for the listings website. “The power is in your hands to negotiate.”

Another surge of listings is expected in September, a time when many homeowners try to recapture buyer attention after a summer break, according to Long. If purchases don’t clear some of the supply before then, “what’s added in the fall will push us undoubtedly to the highest inventory levels that the city has ever seen,” he said. “Unless sales pick up, we are going to see lower prices.”

Read More

Bill Kowalczuk’s First Quarter Update

Now that New York residential real estate has entered its busy selling season, we are witnessing apartment sales in Manhattan tilt to a buyer’s market. Sellers can anticipate lower than expected offers if their properties are not priced properly for today’s market conditions.

In 2016, re-sellers saw an average of 4.5% off the last asking price of their homes. In 2017, that discount jumped to 5.7%. Nonetheless, today’s Manhattan buyers are hesitant to purchase, concerned with the changes to federal tax law and an uptick in mortgage interest rates. Market analytics show an on-going transnational slowdown. For those sellers who continue to aggressively price their homes as if they were still in the 2015 seller’s market, it could be a long, fruitless season.

The good news is that sellers who are upgrading will compensate for the lower sales prices of their current homes when they buy larger homes at even steeper discounts. Their new apartments will increase in value faster their previous homes ever could have. In today’s buyer’s market, the more expensive the apartment, the steeper the discount.

We recently negotiated a great deal for our buyer after an apartment in a new development was reduced by $100,000. We then knocked another 6.5% off the new asking price and convinced the developer to pay all the transfer taxes. At closing, the seller even credited 12 month’s worth of common charges and real estate taxes to our buyer.

NOW is a time to UPGRADE. Get off that fence and jump in! Feel free to contact us to discuss your options. We can help with all your real estate needs. You may rely on our team’s experience and knowledge of today’s market to guide you.

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Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away

Danish artist Danh Vo (b. 1975, Bà Rịa, Vietnam) dissects the public forces and private desires that define individual experience. His work addresses sweeping cultural and political themes, but refracts them through intimate personal narratives—what the artist calls “the tiny diasporas of a person’s life.” Seen together in this survey exhibition, the sculptures, photographs, and works on paper that he has created over the past fifteen years circle a central paradox: that the self is plural and inherently fluid, yet decisively shaped by larger power structures.

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Scarpetta

Scarpetta is LDV Hospitality’s signature restaurant concept that first launched in New York’s Meatpacking District. The Italian expression, “fare la scarpetta,” describes the gesture of taking the little boot-shaped piece of bread to soak up the remaining sauce left in the pot of one’s home kitchen.

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Gagosian: Jenny Saville

I’m trying to see if it’s possible to hold onto that moment of perception, or have several moments coexist… Like looking at a memory.
—Jenny Saville

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Leon Golub: Raw Nerve – The Met Breuer

The gift of Gigantomachy II (1966) to The Met in 2016 by The Nancy Spero and Leon Golub Foundation for the Arts, with the support of the artists’ sons, Stephen, Philip, and Paul Golub, is the occasion for this selective survey of Leon Golub’s work. Born in Chicago, Golub (1922–2004) occupies a singular position in the history of mid- to late 20th-century art. His devotion to the figure, his embrace of expressionism, his fusion of modern and classical sources, and his commitment to social justice distinguish his practice as an artist.

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Reservations

Six of the season’s best neighborhood food festivals

The city really comes alive during the spring, and neighborhood food festivals offer a fun and exciting way to toast the warm weather and try some new, seasonal bites from the city’s best restaurants. With live music, celebrity chefs in attendance, and activities for the whole family, food festivals have something to offer every palate. Below, we’ve rounded up the season’s best indoor and alfresco events for your tastebuds, from the Upper West and Lower East Sides to Cobble Hill to Harlem.

Six of the season’s best neighborhood food festivals
Articles

New York Times: For Dumbo, a Different Kind of Condo

With a median sales price close to $2 million, Dumbo, Brooklyn, routinely finds itself on lists of the New York City’s most expensive neighborhoods. One developer is hoping to counter that trend by building condos that are lower in price than those typically sold in the area.

The developer, Hope Street Capital, believes that those working at companies in Dumbo who cannot afford to pay average Dumbo prices will be eager to buy units at 98 Front Street, where studios will start at $595,000 and one-bedrooms at $795,000.

“What we’re doing is intentional,” said Sha Dinour, a partner at Hope Street Capital. “We looked at what’s underserved in Dumbo, and it’s homes available for under $1 million.”

READ MORE

New York Times: For Dumbo, a Different Kind of Condo
Art

Met Gala: Camp: Notes on Fashion

Through more than 250 objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present, The Costume Institute’s spring 2019 exhibition will explore the origins of camp’s exuberant aesthetic. Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp'” provides the framework for the exhibition, which examines how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion.

Met Gala: Camp: Notes on Fashion
Reservations

Taste of Tribeca

Taste of Tribeca is an annual outdoor culinary festival benefitting arts and enrichment programs at local public elementary schools PS 150 and PS 234. It takes place every year on the third Saturday in May, on Duane Street between Greenwich and Hudson in the historic Lower Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca.

Taste of Tribeca features dishes from over 60 of Tribeca’s best restaurants; along with live entertainment; family-friendly Kids, Family and Sports Zones; and wine, beer and cider tours of local shops and pubs. It’s a unique event that unites the entire Tribeca community.

Proceeds raised from Taste of Tribeca help to fund a wide range of programming for over 800 children at the two schools, including instrumental music lessons, modern and ballroom dance instruction, chess lessons, storytelling workshops, museum collaborations, visits from celebrated authors, arts support for classroom teachers, and technology enhancement.

These endeavors are hallmarks of our schools. We are extremely grateful to our community for making them possible.

Taste of Tribeca
Art

The Hugo Boss Prize 2018: Simone Leigh, Loophole of Retreat

Over the course of her career, Simone Leigh (b. 1967, Chicago) has continuously and insistently centered the black female experience. In Loophole of Retreat, an exhibition presented on the occasion of Leigh winning the 2018 Hugo Boss Prize, she layers form, sound, and text to fashion narratives of resilience and resistance. The project’s title is drawn from the writings of Harriet Jacobs, a formerly enslaved abolitionist who in 1861 published an account of her struggle to achieve freedom, including the seven years she spent hiding from her master in a tiny crawl space beneath the rafters of her grandmother’s home. This act of defiant fortitude, which forged a “loophole of retreat” from an unjust reality, serves as a touchstone for Leigh’s long-standing commitment to honoring the agency of black women and their power to inhabit worlds of their own creation.

The Hugo Boss Prize 2018: Simone Leigh, Loophole of Retreat
Art

Joan Miró Birth of the World

The Museum of Modern Art: February 24–July 6, 2019

“You and all my writer friends have given me much help and improved my understanding of many things,” Joan Miró told the French poet Michel Leiris in the summer of 1924, writing from his family’s farm in Montroig, a small village nestled between the mountains and the sea in his native Catalonia. The next year, Miró’s intense engagement with poetry, the creative process, and material experimentation inspired him to paint The Birth of the World.

READ MORE

Joan Miró Birth of the World
Reservations

Frenchette

Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson named their new restaurant after a David Johansen song from 1978, “Frenchette.” The first line is, “You call that love in French, but it’s just Frenchette,” and later when he rhymes that with “naturalette” and “leatherette” you know the suffix isn’t diminutive, it’s dismissive. The song is about what you do once you figure out that you’re not going to get the real thing, and Mr. Johansen’s answer is simple enough. “Let’s just dance,” he sings. Never mind love.

READ MORE

Frenchette
Art

NARI WARD: WE THE PEOPLE

The New Museum: 2/13/2019 – 05/26/2019

“Nari Ward: We the People” will feature over thirty sculptures, paintings, videos, and large-scale installations from throughout Ward’s twenty-five-year career, highlighting his status as one of the most important and influential sculptors working today. Since the early 1990s, Ward has produced his works by accumulating staggering amounts of humble materials and repurposing them in consistently surprising ways. His approach evokes a variety of folk traditions and creative acts of recycling from Jamaica, where he was born, as well as the material textures of Harlem, where he has lived and worked for the past twenty-five years. Yet Ward also relies on research into specific histories and sites to uncover connections among geographically and culturally disparate communities and to explore the tension between tradition and transformation.

READ MORE

NARI WARD: WE THE PEOPLE
Market Reports

BOND REPORT QTR 4 2018

We have shifted to a buyer’s market, one in which potential sales are now dependent on sellers’ ability to adjust to the reality of
current conditions. Buyers are positioned to wait and evaluate their choices while sellers need to accurately price their homes if
they want them to sell. The days of wait-and-see aspirational pricing are behind us. The slightest over-valuation by sellers will
disqualify their home from most buyers’ consideration.

READ MORE

BOND REPORT QTR 4 2018
Articles

Housing market shows sign of hope

If you’ve been distracted by the federal shutdown, political dysfunction, stock-market volatility and reports of rising mortgage rates, it wouldn’t be surprising if you concluded: No way is this a good time to even think about buying a house or putting one on the market. Things are too crazy. Nobody’s paying attention to real estate anyway.

READ MORE

Housing market shows sign of hope
Articles

Bond New York Welcomes Agents Bill Kowalczuk And Brett D. N. Compton To Its Chelsea Office

BOND New York, a full service real estate brokerage firm has welcomed seasoned agents Bill Kowalczuk and Brett D.N. Compton to its Chelsea office. The Bill K Team comes to BOND from Warburg Realty, They will continue to work together on NYC residential rentals and sales building exclusives. With 20 years of industry experience and over $500,000,000 in residential sales, Kowalczuk’s deep market expertise and commitment to customer service have continuously delivered impressive results for his clients.

Read More

Bond New York Welcomes Agents Bill Kowalczuk And Brett D. N. Compton To Its Chelsea Office
Reservations

Alta

Alta occupies a charming 19th century townhouse in the heart of West Village. Our main dining area has a soaring 27-foot ceiling, and dates back to the early part of the century. There is a warm welcoming feeling as soon as you step through the doors. In the winter, we have two wood burning fireplaces to keep you warm. In the summer, the doors are open and you feel as if you could be close to the Mediterranean. We are a small plates restaurant, and in our food you can experience the influence of the culinary landscape surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The small plates allow you to experience more of these flavors. They are a great way share a meal with all of your friends.

Read More

Alta
Market Reports

BOND REPORT – QTR 3 – 2018

What can the Quarter 3, 2018 numbers tell us? Overall we are seeing a steady (if not slower paced) market with resale market
supply up a remarkable 33.2% from last year. Buyers finally have options. This increased inventory has influenced a softening with
respect to prices that is consistently beginning to take hold across every price point, creating greater opportunity for buyers who
have been invested in the stock market. For the first time in a decade, buyers can sell their stocks at an all-time high and convert
the proceeds to purchase real property at the lowest levels in three years.

There are still some unknowns that we expect to see play out in the next quarter and into 2019. Interest rates were raised again this
quarter, and the effect on NYC real estate remains to be seen. The new tax law continues to breed uncertainty among everyone.
Many in the industry are optimistic that high equity rates and low real estate prices could bring about an increase in activity
going into the new year.

Read More

BOND REPORT – QTR 3 – 2018
Art

Richard Prince – High Times

November 1–December 15, 2018

First there were the “dead” heads. (Nothing to do with the Grateful Dead.) Drawn with a Bic pen back in 1972 and ’73. Richard brought these heads with him to NYC when he moved there in 1974. There were about twenty of them. They were drawn from the heart. “They were probably the first things I did that ever had any soul.” But when Richard reached NYC he wasn’t interested in anything to do with feelings, especially his own. He wanted nothing to do with himself. He wanted to change places with someone else, even just for a day. Just to see what it would be like to be someone else.

Read More

Richard Prince – High Times
Art

Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again

Nov 12, 2018 – Mar 31, 2019

The exhibition positions Warhol’s career as a continuum, demonstrating that he didn’t slow down after surviving the assassination attempt that nearly took his life in 1968, but entered into a period of intense experimentation. The show illuminates the breadth, depth, and interconnectedness of the artist’s production: from his beginnings as a commercial illustrator in the 1950s, to his iconic Pop masterpieces of the early 1960s, to the experimental work in film and other mediums from the 1960s and 70s, to his innovative use of readymade abstraction and the painterly sublime in the 1980s. His repetitions, distortions, camouflaging, incongruous color, and recycling of his own imagery challenge our faith in images and the value of cultural icons, anticipating the profound effects and issues of the current digital age.

Read More

Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again
Spotlight

No Deal Is Too Small

I received a phone call from a friend who asked if I could write a personal reference letter for him. He needed it for his sales application, as he was purchasing an apartment. To be honest, I was caught off guard. I said, “you purchased an apartment? Why didn’t you let me help?” His words were “I thought you only sold higher priced apartments and that you wouldn’t want to work with someone in my price range
From your very first purchase and all the way to your “forever home” (and everything in between), the Bill K Team is here to guide you through all your real estate needs.  No deal is too small…or large.
Now is truly the time to jump in and buy. Whether you are a first-time buyer or looking to trade up, we will track down your fantastic opportunity. We will prepare you to get into the game to find that deal you’ve been looking for. It’s out there. Grab it!
No Deal Is Too Small
Art

Heavenly Bodies: The Met Cloisters

The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition—at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—features a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism. Serving as the cornerstone of the exhibition, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, are on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Fashions from the early twentieth century to the present are shown in the Byzantine and medieval galleries, part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The Met Cloisters.

Read More

Heavenly Bodies: The Met Cloisters
Reservations

Westlight at The William Vale

A 22nd-floor rooftop bar from Chef Andrew Carmellini with sweeping views of New York City atop The William Vale. An elevated menu of bar snacks inspired by street food pairs with a list of handcrafted classic cocktails, rare spirits, beer, and wine in a breathtaking and sophisticated space. Food is served from 5pm until one hour before last call.

Read More

Westlight at The William Vale
Art

Thomas Bayrle at The New Museum

One of the most important artists to have emerged during the 1960s West German economic boom, Bayrle has received belated recognition for his influential works and processes. Long before the advent of current visual technologies, he foresaw our digital reality, employing photocopy machines and other midcentury tools in his early works to create analog visualizations of what are now fundamental traits of our digital culture. Bayrle’s thematic investigations have ranged from a visual analysis of mass culture and consumerism to reflections on the intersection of technology with global politics.

Read More

Thomas Bayrle at The New Museum
Articles

In New York City, Even the Cheapest Homes Are Waiting for Buyers By Oshrat Carmiel

It’s not just luxury-home listings that are piling up in New York City. Even units for less than $1 million — within reach of far more people than a Billionaires’ Row penthouse — are hurting for buyers. In Manhattan, the inventory of sub-$1 million apartments surged 27 percent in June from a year earlier to 3,087, the most for the month since 2013, according to StreetEasy. Such listings jumped 17 percent to 2,738 in Brooklyn, and climbed 6 percent to 2,314 in Queens, a borough usually sought out for its relative affordability. Buyers at all price points are taking their time to shop around for the best deal — if they make a purchase at all. When combined with listings over $1 million, Brooklyn and Queens both had the largest number of available homes for June since 2008, according to StreetEasy. Total inventory in Manhattan hasn’t been this high for the month since 2011.

“There are a lot of options out there, so be picky,” said Grant Long, senior economist for the listings website. “The power is in your hands to negotiate.”

Another surge of listings is expected in September, a time when many homeowners try to recapture buyer attention after a summer break, according to Long. If purchases don’t clear some of the supply before then, “what’s added in the fall will push us undoubtedly to the highest inventory levels that the city has ever seen,” he said. “Unless sales pick up, we are going to see lower prices.”

Read More

In New York City, Even the Cheapest Homes Are Waiting for Buyers By Oshrat Carmiel
Spotlight

Bill Kowalczuk’s First Quarter Update

Now that New York residential real estate has entered its busy selling season, we are witnessing apartment sales in Manhattan tilt to a buyer’s market. Sellers can anticipate lower than expected offers if their properties are not priced properly for today’s market conditions.

In 2016, re-sellers saw an average of 4.5% off the last asking price of their homes. In 2017, that discount jumped to 5.7%. Nonetheless, today’s Manhattan buyers are hesitant to purchase, concerned with the changes to federal tax law and an uptick in mortgage interest rates. Market analytics show an on-going transnational slowdown. For those sellers who continue to aggressively price their homes as if they were still in the 2015 seller’s market, it could be a long, fruitless season.

The good news is that sellers who are upgrading will compensate for the lower sales prices of their current homes when they buy larger homes at even steeper discounts. Their new apartments will increase in value faster their previous homes ever could have. In today’s buyer’s market, the more expensive the apartment, the steeper the discount.

We recently negotiated a great deal for our buyer after an apartment in a new development was reduced by $100,000. We then knocked another 6.5% off the new asking price and convinced the developer to pay all the transfer taxes. At closing, the seller even credited 12 month’s worth of common charges and real estate taxes to our buyer.

NOW is a time to UPGRADE. Get off that fence and jump in! Feel free to contact us to discuss your options. We can help with all your real estate needs. You may rely on our team’s experience and knowledge of today’s market to guide you.

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