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April 4, 2014

What Does Technology Mean To a Real Estate Business?

"Technology is a great way of connecting with people, but it's also created a super transparent marketplace here in New York City" explains Corcoran's Peter Comitini, and while technology has facilitated unprecedented change in our market, as Peter accurately points out, it's all about what he as an agent can bring to the table that goes beyond just finding a listing online. Hear Peter explain the importance of customer service, and how the internet, and his blog in particular, has truly taken his business international.

April 3, 2014

Robert Shiller on investing in the housing market

I never seem to like this man's opinions, but occasionally find myself in reluctant agreement. Enjoy!

Nobel laureate Robert Shiller talks with WSJ.Money contributor David Wessel about the wisdom of investing in real estate and his provocative proposal to arrest the growth of inequality in the U.S.

Courtesy WSJ

November 2, 2013

New York's streets? Not so mean any more

This TED talk highlights some of the many changes in traffic flow and transportation we've seen about town in recent years. Making New York City a better place to live.

As commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, Janette Sadik-Khan is responsible for the smooth running of a New York that hides in plain sight... the streets, highways, bridges, signs and lights that make up the bustling metropolis.

Janette Sadik-Khan was appointed commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation in 2007. For six years, she managed nearly 5,000 employees and was responsible for the operation and management of some 6,300 miles of streets throughout the city's 5 boroughs. Despite her access to a budget of some $2 billion, Sadik-Khan adopted a designer's approach to urban innovation: rapid testing and regular iteration. In other words, try an idea to see if it would work; if it didn't, try something else, no harm done. In Times Square, an iconic New York City location visited by 350,000 people every day, this involved the creation of pedestrian zones by painting the asphalt and putting up some lawn chairs. The success of the approach allowed her to create 50 pedestrian zones throughout the city, in the process repurposing 26 acres of space previously allocated to cars. In 2013, she helped to introduce the instantly-popular Citi Bike bicycle-sharing program to the city, making New York one of the cycling capitals in the United States.

February 4, 2013

Remembering Mayor Ed Koch

The NY Times has a great video interview from 2007 about the legacy and life of Ed Koch in his own words. Arguably the quintessential New Yorker, I always respected the mayor's taste in restaurants. Even in my regular haunts like Odeon, Bridge Cafe, or Union Square Cafe, seeing him there somehow elevated the stature of the place in my mind. In much the same way, his three terms as mayor began the rise of New York City from it's grittiest and darkest days, to the international beacon it is today. He gave everything he had to this city out of love, passion, ego, and drive; never loosing the common touch that endeared him to many of its citizens.

June 18, 2012

Time Lapse Video: 30-Story Building Built In 15 Days

What can you accomplish in 360 hours? The Chinese sustainable building company, Broad Group, has achieved another impossible feat - building a 30-story tall hotel in 360 hours.


April 27, 2012

Design-intelligent urban development

This is a fascinating keynote by architect and urban planner Vishaan Chakrabarti, Director of Columbia University's Center for Urban Real Estate or CURE. There are some big ideas presented here about the future of New York City's development built around sustainability, economic return to the city, and unlocking the potential of underutilized land, by creating well-designed urban density and mass transit to service it. One statistic that jumps out is that there are about 4 billion square feet of...

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February 17, 2012

Home staging tips from Open House NYC

In this Tips of the Trade segment from Open House NYC, stager Cathy Hobbs gives us a common sense walk-through on the importance of properly presenting a property for sale. Staging on my exclusives can range from working with me to make recommendations on painting, and tweaking your presentation— to more industrial strength work with professionals, who are able to create a complete home, in a vacant apartment; and all points in between. There are some tips worth watching in here.

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