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New York Design Spotlight: Michael Aram

Michael Aram Home Brings Modern Energy and Timeless Tradition to NYC’s Luxury Real Estate Interiors

In Hindi, “aram” literally translates as “ease”. Hindi speakers use the word to connote gentle movement with peace, love and care. This is exactly the ethos award-winning artist Michael Aram evokes in his timeless metal-ware, home-ware and fine jewelry designs. Read more…

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Remembering Zaha Hadid

Remembering Zaha Hadid Cultural Center, Baku Azerbaijian by Zaha Hadid - Photo: iStockphoto/Asurobson

“People think that the most appropriate building is a rectangle, because that’s typically the best way of using space. But is that to say that landscape is a waste of space? The world is not a rectangle.” – Dame Zaha Hadid

Recently, when I learned the sad news of Dame Zaha Hadid’s passing, I was reminded of the moment in 2015 when Read more…

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Fall’s Most Buzzed About Real Estate Conversions

Empire Stores DUMBO Rendering

Rendering: Midtown Equities’ retail and office conversion Empire Stores located in DUMBO in the Brooklyn Bridge; http://www.empirestoresdumbo.com/

With little space to build new properties in hyper-dense New York City, it’s no surprise that developers are eager to give makeovers to pre-existing buildings not living up to their potential. Whether they are being redone with an eye towards retail or commercial occupation, there are a slew of exciting renovations slated to open in the next few months all around the city. Check out a few of the most buzzed about below:

  1. Dumbo’s Empire Stores: Dumbo has long been one of Brooklyn’s chicest neighborhoods, with residents like style-setter Olivia Palermo upping the style factor on this quiet waterfront oasis of calm. The neighborhood is about to get a fresh injection of fashion and fun with the 19th century warehouse Empire Stores opening the end of this year. Expect stunning views over the city, and
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New York Luxury Real Estate Update | From “Versailles” to Jeff Koons’ New Studio

New York Luxury Real Estate Update |  From “Versailles” to Jeff Koons’ New Studio The High Line District has transformed in 1 year | Photo from Sept 28, 2014 by Tony Sargent

As all New Yorkers know, if you’re not moving forward, you’re behind, and real estate is no exception. Summer saw some of the island’s most influential denizens make real estate moves and news in keeping with the city’s exhilarating pace.

Some noted developments:

Alert to all aspiring Upper East Side trophy property holders and investors: there was a drop in the asking price for the “Versailles in Manhattan” and the listing moved over to Compass. Kenneth D. Laub’s spectacular East 64th Street townhome, dubbed “Versailles in Manhattan” for its rococo Louis XIV layout and interiors can now be yours for a cool $25 million. Over on Fifth Avenue Read more…

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Say Goodbye to Summer with 5 New York Must-Dos

Say Goodbye to Summer with 5 New York Must-Dos

August may be over, but my team and I are hanging onto summer a little bit longer with these New York warm-weather favorites. Which are on your must-do list?

1. Rooftop yoga at the James: The rooftop of the James hotel in Soho may serve as a hyper-trendy bar by night, but come morning, the roof deck (and its jaw-dropping city-scape views) plays host to some of the city’s top yoga instructors. These pros can be booked for private lessons, and help aspiring yogis perfect their downward dogs and handstands on Thursday morning group classes.

2. US Open: Whether it’s Federer vs. Nadal or Wiliams vs. Williams, tennis devotees like Anna Wintour, Heidi Klum, and Mary-Kate Olson flock to the famed Flushing courts to see the crème de la crème of matches up close in person at the annual US Open.

3. Drinks in the clouds: The city offers an astonishing array of drop-dead gorgeous rooftop bars, each with its own enchanting ambiance. The Press Lounge serves top-notch cocktails to a lively and fashionable crowd; the roof bar of Gramercy Park Hotel is famously secluded and sophisticated; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art installs a blockbuster exhibition on its roof each summer, which visitors can enjoy all the more with a glass of champagne.

4. Lobster roll at Mary’s Fish Camp: The best lobster roll this side of Nantucket can be found at Mary’s Fish Camp in the charming West Village. In a room reminiscent of its yacht clubs, Mary’s also serves oysters fresh from Cape Cod, and is the next best thing to sitting on the dock and the watching the catch come in for the day.

5. Picnics in the Park: No matter how stressful life gets, nothing a quiet walk through Central Park’s North Woods can’t fix. Skip the crowds flocking Sheep Meadow, and take a quite stroll through this peaceful escape. Make it a picnic with baguette, fruit, and cheese snapped up from famed Upper East Side eatery Zabars.

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Under the Radar Hamptons: Not-to-Be Missed Hidden Gems

Under the Radar Hamptons: Not-to-Be Missed Hidden Gems Amagansett Beach - Photo By Tony Sargent

The Hamptons have long been the see-and-be-seen summer spot for New Yorkers, so much so that sometimes a weekend out East can hardly feel like a break from the city at all. If you’re ready to escape the crowds, spend your next trip exploring these tucked-away gems, beloved by those who have been going to the Hamptons for generations, and know they truly represent the best of the Hamptons’ spirit.

A truly mellow weekend in the Hamptons should be all about cooking and eating great food, much of it from the many farms that dot the Hamptons’ landscape. Luckily, the area is rich with purveyors of fantastically fresh fare for cookouts, picnics, and long days on the beach.

Hamptons Aristocrat is a food truck that could only exist in the Hamptons, painted a serene cream color, illuminated with Edison bulbs, and bursting with local flowers. Everything they serve is organic, locally sourced, and most importantly, delicious. Cavaniola’s is a cheese lover’s dream, stocked with enough comté and camembert to satisfying even the most discerning foodie. Round Swamp Farm Market is in an old farmhouse on an East Hampton farm that’s been in the family for nine generations, and their rhubarb, sugar snaps, and spring beans – not to mention their pies – are to die for.

When you are ready to venture out for your food, Sagtown Coffee is Montauk’s most low key and lovely java joint. Tucked away in an alley, the buzzy brewery offers an array of high-grade coffee (available iced, too, of course) without the scene-y vibe that accompanies even the most casual trip to Jack’s or the Golden Pear. And while the rest of the world is getting their lobster roll fix at Cyril’s, stop by Beacon in Sag Harbor for yours with a serene view from the deck, and an expertly crafted cocktail to match.

To work off all that camembert and lobster, skip the scene at Flywheel and Soul Cycle and head to Sup Yoga at Kamadeva, which combines paddle boarding and yoga into a killer workout that maintains a mellow vibe. And for an airy take on the great outdoors, head to the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge – the birds are so gentle and trusting they’ll come eat right out of your hand.

And the culturally-inclined need not feel compelled to make an appearance at a Parrish Art Museum opening to get their fix: On Friday nights, Bridgehampton’s Silas Marder Gallery projects classic films like Cool Hand Luke and Woody Allen’s Sleeper on the side of their barn-cum-gallery, attracting a cool and creative crowd who also appreciates the space’s avant garde sculpture garden. And for modern art aficionados, a pilgrimage to the Pollack Krasner House and Study is an absolute must – the floor in the house where the artist lived is splattered with paint in Jackson’s iconic style.

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Joseph Dirand Shares His Design and Architecture Secrets With Shaun Osher

In 2014, award-winning Parisian architect sat down with CORE’s CEO, Shaun Osher to share his inspirations and secrets and which infuse his created spaces with innovative qualities that are a unique expression of his vision relative to each project’s location and also express his own cultural roots.

I’m consistently inspired by CORE’s ability to teams up with the best in architecture, design, development and staging to bring the best marketing and fresh approach to each of our clients’ properties and projects. For more information on how my team and CORE would bring our custom bespoke marketing model to best serve your real estate needs, contact me at Tsargent@corenyc.com or via the contact form above.

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