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Slow January for Luxury Real Estate Sales

January 31, 2018

Unfortunately, today we report a bit of negative news in the NYC luxury market.

According to Olshan Realty's Market Report, January 2018 was the slowest on Record since 2012, as reported by the Real Deal.

There were 15 contracts signed at $4 million and above last week, ending the month’s total at 68. That represents a 29 percent decline from a year ago, and the lowest total since January 2012, a month that saw just 40 luxury deals inked.

Extreme weather as well as uncertainty regarding the recently passed tax reform bill are thought to be the cause of the slow month.

https://therealdeal.com/2018/01/29/this-was-the-worst-january-for-luxe-sales-since-2012-olshan/

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Corey Kluber and Max Scherzer Seen in Central Park

January 29, 2018

Not what you expect to see but if you keep your eyes open...

Cy Young winning Pitchers Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals and Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians were spotted having a game of toss in Central Park this Sunday:

There are a few things you expect to see when you walk into the park: Dogs chasing frisbees, kids running around and people playing catch. You don't expect that those people will be the reigning AL and NL Cy Young Award winners.

http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2018/01/29/265490044/corey-kluber-and-max-scherzer-played-catch-together

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The Central Park Conservatory's 'Forever Green' Initiative

January 27, 2018

Learn more about Central Park Conservatory's comprehensive plan to preserve the landscape of Central Park.

The Conservatory has been a continual protector of Central Park and the myriad of visitors to the part and to NYC.

A $25 million cornerstone gift to Forever Green has been pledged by the Thompson Family Foundation to help fund the restoration of Belvedere Castle, the historic Children’s District, including the Dairy and Kinderberg, and Chess & Checkers House. Restoration of the North Woods and the Ramble have begun, as well as planning for the Naumburg Bandshell, the Conservatory Garden, arches, bridges and other structures throughout the Park.

The Conservatory is dedicated to preserving the vision of the pair of architechts credited for designing the park, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.

http://www.centralparknyc.org/support/forever-green.html

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A History of Ice Skating in NYC

January 24, 2018

Central Park housed New York City's first ice skating rink way back in 1858, and it has become a staple of winter life here.

The Museum of the City New York's current exhibit, " New York on Ice: Skating in the City," is an interesting look at the history of the activity in our city, as detailed in this excellent, very detailed article in Hypoallergic. And... Photos!

Together, the objects illustrate how ice skating manifested as commercialized leisure, as fashionable performance, and as a competitive sport.

The exhibit runs through April 15.

Via: Hypoallergic

https://hyperallergic.com/422185/160-years-of-ice-skating-in-new-york-city/

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Winter Jam 2018 in Central Park

January 23, 2018

On January 27, we all are looking forward to Winter Jam, a snow filled party, right in Central Park!

Brought to us by NYC Parks and Recreation, Winter Jam is a festival for New Yorkers of all ages.

Last year, some of the vendors participating in Winter Jam’s Taste NY market included cider-maker Breezy Hill Orchards and Meredith’s Bread bakery. There will also be a heated warming hut offering snacks and beverages like hot chocolate. And you can also nosh on bites from a few food trucks that will be there.

So just show up in person on the 27th and have a blast.

Via TimeOut.

https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/winter-jam-festival-returns-to-central-park-this-month-011618

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Tour Central Park via Bicycle

January 23, 2018

Bike Rental Central Park (https://bikerentalcentralpark.com/) gives tourists and locals a like a way to stay active and learn more about the beauty of Central Park.

More people are biking every year, especially in New York City. 

Blair Nicole, the PR Director for Bike Rental Central Park says, "Exploring New York City is a big item on every tourist's to-do list, and you don't need to do it all on foot. A guided bike tour is a fun way to cover an entire area in a couple hours and get the lowdown on all the coolest spots along the way."

If anyone out there has used the service, we'd love to hear about it!

Via PR Newswire.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/central-park-biking-company-gives-tourists-alternatives-to-walking-around-the-city-300586272.html

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Not for Sale! Stunning Central Park Duplex

January 15, 2018

This amazing Central Park duplex is a collaborration between Workshop/APD and JGSK Design.

It’s both a home and a showcase for the aforementioned skillsets:

The most stunning feature of the first floor is the white curving staircase, set against a 17-foot travertine backdrop.

It is made of painted steel and wood treads and its sensual curves bring to mind a white calla lily.

http://thecoolhunter.net/central-park-duplex-new-york

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National "Dress Up Your Pet Day" Photo Tips

January 14, 2018

Today is Dress Up Your Pet Day, and this article provides a few helpful tips on how to get the best photos.

We're definitely fans of using Burst Mode on the camera, because it really does allow you to get the best photo of the moment.  This, and many other tips are at the URL below.

Many of these work well on humans, too!

https://patch.com/new-york/central-park/s/gby4x/how-to-get-a-good-photo-of-fido-on-dress-up-your-pet-day-2018

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Park or Playground?

January 8, 2018

The definition of the Marx Brothers Playground in East Harlem could be the difference between a proposed development, and could set a precedent for the future.

Both the project’s proponents and its critics say the dispute illuminates not just the future of this one patch of synthetic turf, but also an existential question facing New York City as its growing population jostles for housing, schools and a place to breathe.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/01/nyregion/park-or-playground-semantics-dispute-illuminates-preservationists-fight.html

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