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April 2007

April 30, 2007

South Tribeca and Battery Park City's changing skyline

Here's a point of view that not many get to see of the changes underway affecting south Tribeca and northern Battery Park City. These four massive developments, fueled in part by Liberty bonds made available in the aftermath of 9/11, are forever changing the character and density of the area.

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April 28, 2007

Giant director missing at Tribeca Film Festival

The week of the Tribeca Film Festival is upon us once again. Popcorn flows freely outside of PS 234, and this empty director's chair was found outside of the Franklin Street subway station. Presumably for some big director (over 25 feet to be exact) whom to date, has not shown up.

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April 26, 2007

Sunday walking tours of Flatiron

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership is sponsoring free walking tours of the historic Flatiron district every Sunday starting April 29th.

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April 24, 2007

Springtime in Tribeca sees +17% appreciation

I was researching the downtown market this week and looked at the spreadsheet data that the first quarter Corcoran Report, which I posted last week, was based on. It had some greater detail that I'd like to share with you regarding my own neighborhood of Tribeca. Homes solidly increased here by a 17% average sale price per square foot.

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April 23, 2007

Subprime Meltdown:
Who's to Blame and How Should We Fix It?

Troubles in the subprime mortgage industry seem to be spreading. The stock market is in turmoil. Alan Greenspan and other economists say the economy is being hurt. Consumer groups predict that up to two million Americans will lose their homes.

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April 20, 2007

real estate rollercoaster

This is one of the more creative visualizations I've seen regarding US home prices adjusted for inflation. Richard Hodge is responsible for this animated rollercoaster model which graphs home values since 1890, based on figures developed by Yale Economist Robert Schiller. It's data as theatre, and a metaphor for the kind of fear that bubble bloggers feel compelled to promote.

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April 19, 2007

The Corcoran Report shows a 9% increase in deal activity

Corcoran's just released report about the first quarter of 2007 is now available for download. The market had very respectable performance, especially in light of the continued softness in other parts of the nation.

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April 17, 2007

Spring greening

Here are two upcoming events that will help make Spring a bit greener for everyone. The upcoming Manhattan Electronics Recycling & Clothing Donation Event on April 22nd and Green Building Products: From Concept to Market, a free event for professionals about the principles of green product design, and strategies for designing and marketing green building products, on April 27th.

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April 16, 2007

East Village townhouse reduced!

With a one million dollar price reduction this East Village townhouse deserves another look. It is now not only one of most charming you'll find, but also a great value at $3,995,000. It is a large sunny, property with 5200 square feet of building, plus a huge backyard that transports you to another place and time in turn of the century New York City. Get the details and call to arrange a viewing right away.

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April 16, 2007

design matters

I tend to be such a 'dyed in the wool' native New Yorker that an immersive change of context in a far away city for really tweaks my observation skills and helps to promote creative thinking. It was a welcome break. The sights have refreshed my point of view in at least a couple of ways regarding this site and its context moving forward.

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April 2, 2007

Greetings from Tokyo

The Sakura {cherry blossoms} came into full bloom upon our arrival last Thursday, a full week ahead of schedule. Watching then or "hamami", is a national rite of spring here, and people came out in droves last weekend to celebrate their short-lived beauty, eat and drink with their friends & family. I'm on vacation until April 16th and will be posting photos here until I return.

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