nyc: Fitness Fridays at "Scene @ Tavern on the Green - 10/07/11 03:23 AM
SIT AND BE FIT COMES TO CENTRAL PARK AS LOCAL SENIORS TAKE PART IN OUTDOOR EXERCISE PROGRAMSeries Airs Locally on NYC life, Weekdays at 3pm

Mary Ann Wilson, host of the nationally televised exercise series Sit and Be Fit which airs locally on NYC life, led a live outdoor, group exercise for local seniors in Central Park. As part of “Fitness Fridays” at “Scene @ Tavern on the Green,” more than fifty seniors came from local senior centers and were treated to an hour-long exercise under the canopy of trees on the terrace of Tavern on the Green. The engaging … (1 comments)

nyc: June: NYC Lights Up with Music All Summer Long - 06/03/11 12:34 AM

Make Music New York, a free music celebration, takes place on June 21. Photo courtesy of Make Music New York.
 
 
This June, waves of sound and light – emanating from outdoor music festivals, public movies and 88 brightly painted pianos – will wash over the streets, parks and plazas of New York City. Events are free and family-friendly, so venture out this June, play a piano, hear a band, watch a movie and come back for more all summer long.
River To River June 19 – July 16 The River To River Festival is Lower Manhattan’s largest free … (9 comments)

nyc: Baby Boom + New Construction Boom = School Overcrowding - 08/09/10 02:36 PM
Three years ago I wrote a blog titled Baby Boom in Manhattan: Suburbia in the 21st Century. I reported that since 2000 according to census figures, the number of children under age five has increased by more than 32%. Children under 5 account for more than 1 in 20 Manhattan residents.
Any one who has been to Manhattan especially the Upper West Side in the last decade could not help noticing the cavalcade of baby strollers through out the city's broad sidewalks. The blog was about the demographic shift and how Manhattan has become suburbia in the 21st century. It was about … (23 comments)

nyc: Corcoran's iPhone App Latest Version Updated with New Features - 05/16/10 05:22 AM

Corcoran's iPhone Billboard on the West Side Highway in the Meat Packing District
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nyc: Diversity at Local NYC Film Festivals in January - 01/14/10 04:15 AM

A diverse mix of film festivals will take place in January.New York Jewish Film FestivalThe New York Jewish Film Festival seeks to showcase, enlighten, educate, and shed light on the Jewish experience. Formed in 1992, the festival is a collaboration between The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center and will screen feature length films, documentaries, and shorts from January 13-28. Visit http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/NYJFF for festival details.Dance on Camera FestivalThis vibrant festival seeks to showcase the art of dance on film. The Dance on Camera Festival brings filmmakers, visionaries, and innovators together to explore new works for new audiences. Dance on … (2 comments)

nyc: "We'll Accept Oranges From The Sunshine State But Not Guns" - 11/29/09 01:20 PM
Mayor Bloomberg and a bi-partisan coalition of Mayors and law enforcement officials including NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly joined NY Junior Senator Kristan Gillibrand and Long Island Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy to introduce legislation to crack down on gun trafficking. Proposed changes in state and federal law, with respect to the sale and possession of firearms that have been transported from outside New York State.
For those not familiar with NY politics Kristan Gillibrand was appointed by Governor Patterson to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat. A relatively unknown conservative democrat congresswoman from a rural upstate NY district, Gillibrand had a 100% approval … (11 comments)

nyc: Diversity=Tolerance=Talent= Economic Growth: NYC Above The Rest - 08/03/09 09:03 AM
What makes New York City "The Empire City", "The Big Apple", "Gotham" different from the rest of the United States?
Diversity, Tolerance and Talent. Although most major American cities are diverse, New York represents the widest variety of cultures and ethnicities. With more than 8 million residents, one can see people from hundreds of different cultures every day. Diversity is responsible for making New York City such a tolerant place.
The city's reputation for diversity and openness explains why New York's population density is steadily increasing in contrast to many other American cities.
Multi ethnicities and socio-economic demographics can be found on every NYC … (4 comments)

nyc: Manhattan, New York City Relocation Package Update - 07/16/09 03:13 AM

Manhattan Relocation Package:
Manhattan, New York City Relocation Guide Manhattan Relocation: Helpful Tips, Links and Contact Information Relocation Guide: Time Line For Purchasing A Manhattan Home Relocation Guide: Understanding (and loving) Manhattan New York Apartment Terminology A-Z: A Consumer Guide NYC Room Count: A Consumer Buyers Guide New York City Building Terminology Co-ops vs. Condos: Understanding Manhattan Housing The Co-op Board Interview: Tips to Help Pass a Coop Board Interview Manhattan Closing Costs for Coops and Condos Neighborhood Relocation Guides:
Harlem Hamilton Heights Morningside Heights Upper West Side Clinton/Hells Kitchen Chelsea Greenwich Village SoHo Tribeca Battery Park City Upper East … (0 comments)

nyc: Summer Nights for Summer Films: Outdoor Films in NYC - 07/01/09 03:40 PM
Films with views can be enjoyed on the piers and parks this summer

Photo courtesy of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Summer in New York City brings with it a slew of outdoor films. Here’s a sample of the festivals happening in the City: 2009 HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival Date: Every Monday until August 17 Time: Lawn opens at 5pm. Films begin at dusk (8pm-9pm) Movies Shown: The Sting, Breaking Away, Gold Diggers of 1933, Dog Day Afternoon, How Green Was My Valley, Harold and Maude, The Defiant Ones, Kramer vs. Kramer, The … (5 comments)

nyc: April Calendar of Unique Events in NYC - 04/02/09 04:22 AM
 

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nyc: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Opening NYC SoHo Annex - 08/15/08 02:03 AM
(Photo Credit: Edward Reed) Mayor Bloomberg, Billy Joel, Clive Davis, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announced that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will open an annex in New York City in the heart of SoHo.
When the 25,000 square foot annex opens in November, it will be the first location outside the Museum's home in Cleveland. The announcement took place at 76 Mercer Street, the future site of the annex.
The state-of-the-art facility will focus on the defining moments in rock and roll history and will be designed to resonate with both … (15 comments)

nyc: Hillary Clinton's Bill: Millions for City Transit - 08/01/08 10:50 AM
 
NY1 reported Senator Hillary Clinton is pushing a bill that would send millions of dollars to the city for mass transit. The Saving Energy Through Public Transportation Act of 2008 would provide $1.7 billion over two years to systems across the country that show dramatic ridership increases. New York City would receive $237 million out of the pot for handling nearly one-third of the nation's transit passengers. Clinton says the funds would allow mass transit systems to lower fares and expand operations.
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nyc: New York Legislature Update: Taxes - 06/24/08 01:03 AM
The New York State legislature with strong support from REBNY (Real Estate Board of New York) has passed and the Governor has signed a bill (A10688/ S07714) that extends the coop and condo real property tax abatement for four years. The passage of this legislation extends the 17.5% reduction in a property's assessed value (25% for properties assessed at less than $15,000).
In these difficult economic times, with financing more difficult and rising prices, this continued significant reduction in property taxes is needed more than ever.
The Governor also at REBNY's urging signed a bill (A11114/S7066) that would permit multi-year tax exempt financing … (7 comments)

nyc: Welcome Fleet Week NYC 2008! - May 21st - May 28th - 05/21/08 04:29 AM
The 21st annual Fleet Week begins today.


Thousands of Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and international navy ships will participate in Fleet Week NYC this week.
Eight ships and thousands of sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen are descending on the city today. The warships are making their way up the Hudson River this morning. They'll be greeted with a 17-gun salute at Fort Hamilton.

Hosted every year Memorial Day week, Fleet Week New York is the City's celebration of the sea services. This annual event also provides an opportunity for the citizens … (4 comments)

nyc: Green NYC: TreesNYC Month - April 2008 - 03/30/08 01:28 PM
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nyc: Green NYC Less Vulnerable to High Oil Prices - 11/08/07 04:56 PM
According to an article in Crains New York Business NYC is less vulnerable to increases in oil prices.
New Yorkers save gas money by taking the city's subways and buses, while local utilities avoid relying on crude oil to power homes.With oil prices at $100 a barrel, New York City's economy is better positioned than other urban areas, primarily because of its extensive public transportation system.The majority of New Yorkers other than taxi drivers don't pay for gas. 55% of the city's commuters took public transportation to work in 2006, according to the Census Bureau, while only 29% drove or carpooled.The money saved by taking the city's … (8 comments)

nyc: ALL Quiet on the NYC Front: New Rules Begin Today - 07/01/07 04:03 AM
New NYC quiet law begins today. For the first time in 30 years the noise code in New York City has been changed. Effective today July, 1 2007 there are new rules regarding noise in the city.
According to an interactive survey on The Call Live Wire:http://ny1.com the other night, the three top noises that annoy city residents are:
Traffic Dogs Barking Mr. Softee (Ice Cream Truck)
For some time now the city has had a special phone number 311 set up for all kinds of complaints and consumer/public non emergency service. By calling this number to complain about noises the offenders can be … (19 comments)

nyc: NYC Property Tax Rate Reduced for 2008 - 06/29/07 12:10 AM
NYC to Reduce Property Tax Rate and Continue Property Tax Rebate Program for Homeowners
Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council announced an agreement on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 New York City Budget. The $59 billion budget includes $1.3 billion in property, sales, and small-business tax cuts, including a property tax rate cut rate of 7% for the coming year.
These tax cuts are in addition to the $256 million in $400-per-homeowner tax rebates requested by the City and approved by the State Legislature last week. The city has been sending $400 reebate checks to homeowners for the last few years.
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nyc: "Recent Sales Information" Now On NYC's Department of Finance Website - 06/02/07 11:39 AM
Last August, a state law went into effect allowing the city to make co-op sale prices available to the public. I wrote a blog about the new transparency Coops sale prices public record. I've also wriiten several times about ACRIS the city's Automated City Record Information System.
While it is great that the information is public it is difficult to use and understand by most non real estate professionals. First you need to know the block and lot number for records you are looking to locate once you find the record it only has a sale price and does not give any … (2 comments)

nyc: NYC Yellow Taxis "Green" by 2012 - 05/27/07 11:18 PM
(photo Edward Reed)
Mayor Bloomberg: Taxi Fleet to Be Fully Hybrid by 2012
PlaNYC Goal for Greener Taxis Will Reduce Emissions from Cabs By 50% in the Next DecadeYahoo! Donates 10 Hybrid Taxis Which Will Replace Existing Gas-only Powered Cabs
Mayor Bloomberg announced the other day as part of PlaNYC, the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) will implement new emissions and mileage standards for yellow taxicabs that will lead to a fully hybrid fleet by 2012
The largest, cleanest fleet of taxis on the planet. The new standards will be phased in over a four-year period and will reduce the carbon … (8 comments)

 
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