140 West 69th Street, PH11, Manhattan

October, 2004 – Sold $575,000 May, 2007 – Sold $650,000 November, 2009 – Sold $865,000 December, 2014 – Listed $1,850,000 This week’s Digs Watch takes us to the Spencer Arms, a building located in the prime Lincoln Square area of the Upper West Side. Built in 1903, this former hotel was converted to co-ops in […]

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Move the Javits Center from West Midtown to Long Island City/Sunnyside Queens!

Prince Akeem, sole heir to the throne of Zamunda (in the 1988 Eddie Murphy masterpiece Coming to America), was ahead of his time. After exiting the airport following his flight to a very different 1980s New York to find his bride, he stepped in front of a moving taxi cab, held up his hand to […]

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Digs Watch Quick Update – Dec 2014

In the past few weeks, several Digs Watch listings have been cut down a bit from their lofty goals. While I wouldn’t necessarily look at these price chops as indicative of any broad market trends, other than that aspirational pricing almost always retreats to a more market-driven level before meeting a buyer (which is always […]

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One Brooklyn Bridge Park, 360 Furman Street, #205

February, 2008 – Sold $4,250,000 December, 2011 – Sold $3,500,000 October, 2014 – Listed $6,350,000 This week’s Digs Watch takes us to the former Jehovah’s Witnesses printing and shipping facility turned amenity-rich Brooklyn waterfront condo behemoth One Brooklyn Bridge Park. The building is located on the southwestern fringe of Brooklyn Heights, and as the name […]

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Stay Away from NYC Ground Lease Co-ops!

Stay Away from NYC Ground Lease Co-ops! Ground leases are relatively common in New York City commercial real estate.  Some of New York’s most notable properties, like the Chrysler Building, are encumbered by one. In a ground lease, the owner of land leases it to a developer with the intent that the developer will build […]

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One Morningside Park, 321 West 110th Street, PH1, Manhattan

October 22, 2013 – listed $4.187MM (removed October 23, 2013) October 24, 2014 – listed $5.9MM Rather than examine a resale’s wild price swing, this week’s Digs Watch takes a look at a wild price swing from a prior list price (albeit for a listing that was removed from the market after only 1 day). […]

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Move Madison Square Garden to Hudson Yards!

Move Madison Square Garden to Hudson Yards! I recently read an article that discussed the future of Madison Square Garden. Here are my thoughts: For more than 60 years, the destruction of the original Penn Station –  McKim, Meade and White’s 1910 Beaux Arts masterpiece – has relegated proud New Jersey Transit, Long Island Railroad […]

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Replacing a Poorly-Conceived Upper West Side Public Space with Retail?

Developer Ashkenazy Acquisition is seeking special approval to install ground floor retail space to replace the good-intentioned, but ill-conceived, public space located in the ground floor retail component of the Bel Canto condominium, a residential tower adjacent to the Upper West Side’s Apple Store near Lincoln Center (and Grandma Bunny).  In 1985, when the condominium […]

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70 Washington Street, Apt. 2J, Brooklyn

April 2006 – sold $1,069,162 October 2014 – listed $2,500,000 This week’s Digs Watch brings us to DUMBO – Brooklyn’s former bustling waterfront industrial hub cum mafia body dumping ground, which in recent years has been transformed into a picturesque neighborhood of converted warehouses and cobblestone streets nestled between the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. […]

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303 East 77th Street, Apt 15AB, Manhattan — The Isis Condominium

September 2013 – sold $5.8M+ October 2014 – listed $7.25M Given that one cannot tune into any media nowadays without the acronym “ISIS” being thrown at them within seconds — which has caused a never ending loop in my brain of the first verse of Bob Dylan’s folk ballad of the same name, which admirably […]

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200 West 86th Street, Apt. 16M, Manhattan

June 2009 – sold $1.2M+ September 2014 – listed $2.2M Welcome to my weekly blog post on wild market movers. This week’s Digs Watch takes a look at 200 West 86th Street, Apt. 16M, a high-floor five with large rooms, good closets and decent light (but no views), located on the south side of 86th […]

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Typical Transaction Costs when Purchasing Real Estate in NYC

Typical Transaction Costs when Purchasing Real Estate in NYC All buyers incur transaction costs on their NYC home purchases. This is an unfortunate reality of the NYC real estate market that you cannot avoid. Co-ops generally have lower purchase closing costs than condos or houses.  However, it is still difficult to avoid high closing costs […]

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The Proposed “Pied-a-Terre” Tax in NYC

The Proposed “Pied-a-Terre” Tax in NYC It is no secret that New York City real estate has become an attractive vehicle for high net worth non-residents to invest their capital.  It is widely perceived as one of the safest and most stable investments available in the increasingly unstable global markets.  In fact, many new condo […]

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Is The Real Estate Broker Commission Rebate Legal in New York?

Is The Real Estate Broker Commission Rebate Legal in New York? A question I frequently get from clients:  Is the real estate broker commission rebate legal in New York City? Thus, the topic of my first blog post — is the commission rebate legal? The answer is, in New York, the rebate is most definitely […]

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