Posts Tagged With: Living in Manhattan

Harlem Gets Old School, Double-Dutch and Skully Style

A father and son bond over a game of skully, played in the streets of New York for generations, during the weekend Street Games in Harlem. (Photo courtesy of Tara MacIsaac/The Epoch Times)

By Tara MacIsaac
Epoch Times Staff

NEW YORK—The fourth annual Street Games at Thomas Jefferson Park in Harlem brought parents and children together to enjoy the games that have been a part of childhood in the city for generations.

The Department of Parks and Recreation and the Walt Disney Company set up areas to play handball, skip double-dutch style, or hop on a pogo stick, among other favorite street games Saturday afternoon.

A live band played James Brown’s “I Feel Good,” as a parks’ employee got funky with some smooth moves. The Motown vibe pervaded the park, evoking nostalgia while creating new memories.

Read more from the Epoch Times.

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Looking for a Dog-Friendly Neighborhood? Try Harlem

Wendy Gallegos, 21, said she likes walking her Boxer, Wall-E, through St. Nicholas Park. (Photo courtesy of DNAinfo)

By Jeff Mays
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

HARLEM — When Posh Paws, a pet store on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, opened five years ago, they sold the kind of low-end dog food normally found in supermarkets.

Today, the store sells holistic and organic dog foods — and starting this week, they’ll begin offering grooming.

“In just a couple of years I’ve seen a change,” said Katy Kishida, 34, manager of Posh Paws. “There’s definitely a different clientele. As the neighborhood changes, so have we.”

It’s just one of the ways dog owners say that Harlem is becoming more pooch-friendly. With expanded pet services, buildings that are dog-friendly, new dog runs and stores that now allow four-legged shoppers — as long as they’re on leashes — the neighborhood is becoming a haven for dog-lovers.

“I find Harlem to be very dog-friendly,” said Matthew Holmgren, 38, a real estate financier who brought his Cotton de Tulear named DeGaulle into Posh Paws to arrange a grooming.

But Holmgren said he can tell that Harlem is still a neighborhood in transition when it comes to dogs. He has a dog even though his building has a no-pet policy because of a misprint in the lease.

Read the full article from DNAinfo.

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Seeing a High Rise in Prices

New York Post
February 3, 2011

Manhattan apartments ‘sale’ away

In another sign that the city’s battered real-estate market is on the way back, prices of apartments and townhouses all around Manhattan are shooting up.

The median price of a co-op or condo in the borough is now $880,000 — 3.5 percent more than it was in 2009, according to an encouraging new report from the realty firm Prudential Douglas Elliman.

Manhattan hasn’t yet turned from a buyers’ into a sellers’ market, but it’s at least stable, according to Jonathan Miller, president of Miller Samuel Real Estate Appraisers, which conducted the research for the report.

Apartments are selling faster and fewer markdowns have to be offered to entice wary buyers, according to the report.

The average time an apartment spent on the market decreased from 179 days in 2009 to 119 in 2010.

Meanwhile, the average discount on a pad for sale dropped to 7.1 percent, from 10.2 percent the prior year.

People are buying and selling more apartments as well.

The number of apartment sales jumped 35.4 percent — from 7,430 in 2009 to 10,060 units in 2010.

“We’re seeing a reasonably normal pace of activity, far better than the dark days of 2009, but below the peak,” said Miller.

The median price for an apartment in prerecession 2008 was $955,000.

The city’s most expensive residences — townhouses — are also attracting well-heeled buyers more quickly.

And more than half of the ones sold in 2010 are occupied by single families, according to Douglas Elliman’s Townhouse Market report, which tracks that gold-plated market.

A Fifth Avenue townhouse across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art was bought by Mexican mogul Carlos Slim for $44 million.

The median price of a townhouse skyrocketed 13.2 percent in 2010 — jumping from $3.4 million to $3.85 million.

And that was 114.5 percent more than a townhouse cost at the beginning of the decade.

Like apartments, more townhouses are selling, and they’re on the market for less time.

Some 197 townhouses were sold in 2010, compared to 149 in 2009.

And they were purchased after 117 days on the market. In 2009, the figure was 142 days.

As far as apartments go, the average price per square foot was $1,203 last year, an 8.3 percent increase from $1,111 in 2009.

The areas where condos and co-ops showed the biggest increases in price per square foot in 2010 were Midtown East, Chelsea and SoHo/TriBeCa.

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Harlem’s Aloft Hotel Opens

Blizzard or not, the Aloft Hotel in Harlem is finally open. It sounds like they are off to a great start with their WXYZ bar in full swing and already sold-out for New Year’s Eve, not to mention the beautiful Apex Condos on the top floors of the hotel. You can read more about the opening and rates here.

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Blankets for the Elderly In Harlem

We have heard of Toys For Tots around the holidays but one local non-profit is collecting for a different age group. Union Settlement has decided to collect blankets to pass out to the elderly during the holiday season. The group would like to collect about 270 blankets, each costs about $15. They plan to pass out the blankets to those who are fed meals by the Meals On Wheels programs, most of whom can not fully care for themselves. You can donate to the cause here. Read more about Union Settlement and their goals thanks to here.

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Frederick Douglas Blvd in Harlem

Harlem is seeing a lot of growth and excitement these days. The Daily News released this story about how much activity is happening on Frederick Douglas Blvd. and how the community is seeing the benefits all around. From the first hotel in 40 years (Aloft Harlem), a flurry of restaurants, a beer garden to the beautiful Apex Condods at 2300 Frederick Douglas Boulevard and 124th Street, Harlem is booming these days. It is exciting to be a part of the growth and we can’t wait to what pops up next.

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PJs for KIds

Former TV marketing executive Genevieve Piturro has been reading books to children in shelters all around Manhattan, including the Harlem shelter. She noticed that most of the children would sleep in their street clothes. She started a campaign in Westchester County to stuff a school bus with PJs. If you see a bus driving around with PJs as decorations, you will know that is the place to bring new PJs for children who need them. You can read the full story here.

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Harlem’s First Hotel In 40 Years

The long awaited Aloft Hotel on 125th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard is set to open in the next few weeks. It will be the first hotel to open in Harlem in 40 years. Neighboring business are excited about the opening and the customers that the Aloft will bring. The Aloft will also feature 44 luxury condominiums on the top floors called Apex Condos. Local business owners are also excited about the permeant residents who will increase business for them. You can read the full story by here.

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