TOWN Spring 2017 Photo Contest

2017-03-24NOW ANNOUNCING: #TOWNSpring2017PhotoContest! We invite all of our Representatives and Associates to participate – novice and expert photographers alike! How to enter: Take a photo that represents what spring means to you in New York City, rain or shine! Then, post it on your Instagram feed, and be sure to tag us @townresidential in the photo. We will choose a winner each Sunday. The prize? The glory of recognition, a repost on the TOWN feed! Good luck, and Carpe Spring!

Check back here each week to see the winning photos.

 

Architecture News | Green Walls and Vertical Gardens

A new study by Syracuse University, the State University of New York Upstate Medical University and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reveals that green buildings are not only healthy for the environment, but also for their inhabitants – both mentally and emotionally. Findings from the research affirm that occupants of green buildings sleep better, get sick less frequently and benefit from increased cognitive abilities. Essentially, a win for the Earth is a win for everyone!

In celebration of this study, we’re spotlighting some of the greenest of the green structures around the world – and in the visual sense of the word: those with vertical gardens. The vertical garden and green wall trend has been taking off worldwide since the 1980s, with success stories including residential towers, hotels, and outdoor parks. 

1. Nanjing Green Towers

Image Courtesy Stefano Boeri Architects
Image Courtesy Stefano Boeri Architects

This pair of towers will stand as Italian architect Stefano Boeri’s third installment of his Vertical Forest model and the first of its kind in Asia. Sporting a total of 1,100 trees and 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs along their facades, the Nanjing Green Towers will form their own microclimate, producing humidity and oxygen while absorbing CO2 and dust particles. Boeri’s original mission behind the projects was to incorporate as many plants onto the buildings that would otherwise have grown from the open ground they replace. When presented with the criticism that the amount of concrete needed to support the plants may negate the buildings’ sustainable reach, Boeri acknowledged that this prototype isn’t the only way toward improving urban environments. Rather, according to Digital Trends, the architect hopes the “project will positively influence the architectural trend”. And, from an aesthetic standpoint, Boeri’s Vertical Gardens serve to counteract “the excessive amount of glass on facades and the thermal effects that it has in our cities.”  

2. One Central Park

Image Courtesy Inhabitat
Image Courtesy Inhabitat

Now complete, One Central Park reigns as the world’s tallest vertical garden. The living, breathing building stands in Sydney, Australia, soaring 166 meters into the air with design by Jean Nouvel and Patrick Blanc. Described wonderfully by Bertram Beissel as “A flower for each resident, and a bouquet to the city,” the dual towers host 38,000 indigenous and exotic plants. With a unique cantilevered panel of mirrors, the development also reflects sunlight onto its lower levels to completely maximize the potential natural light

3. Oasia Hotel Downtown

Image Courtesy Best Singapore Hotels
Image Courtesy Best Singapore Hotels

Singapore’s response to the glass- and steel-adorned skyscrapers of NYC is the tropical Oasia Hotel Downtown. Designed by WOHA, the 30-story tower is now complete and features a red aluminum façade, soon to be overtaken by a bursting green plant presence. The designers carefully selected 21 different species of green plants and flowers to cover the façade and additionally planted several sky gardens that serve to naturally cool the structure.

4. Liberty Park

Image Courtesy DNAinfo
Image Courtesy DNAinfo

We would be remiss not to mention a relatively new livable green wall in the heart of NYC. If you haven’t checked it out already, Liberty Park opened this past summer as a part of the World Trade Center redevelopment. Developed and constructed by The Port Authority of New York, the park rises 25 feet tall and offers views of the 9/11 Memorial, as well as a place for patriotic and personal reflection. Inspired by the High Line, the elevated park extends one acre and leads to a 336-foot-long Living Wall at its northern end. The lovely garden features a gorgeous array of plants ranging from periwinkle and Japanese spurge to winter creeper and Baltic ivy.

Food News | The City’s Best Guilt-Free Indulgences

Amidst the ever-changing New York City landscape, one thing that remains consistent is the prerogative to grab a slice of pizza or order Thai food at any hour of the day or night. Having such an array of indulgent options at your fingertips can, however, take its toll. Luckily, we have identified five fabulous options for health-conscious treats that allow you to indulge guilt-free. Head to one of these sweet locales to satisfy your sugar craving with a dessert so delicious that you won’t believe it is actually good for you!

Sweets By Chloe

185 Bleecker Street

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Image Courtesy Gothamist

By Chloe has successfully brought elevated cuisine to all of New York. Now you can enjoy decadent vegan desserts such as black and white cookies and dairy-free soft serve at their Sweets by Chloe Bleecker Street location, while leaving the guilt at home.

Vegan Divas

1437 First Avenue

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Image Courtesy Vegan Divas

Although Vegan Divas is located on the Upper East Side, you can find their decadent desserts at a various outposts throughout the city, including Whole Foods. Their vegan desserts are not only mouth-watering and delicious, but also made with alternative ingredients such as organic spelt flour (gluten free) and maple syrup (sugar free). What’s more, they list all of their ingredients on their website so you can be more than sure of what you are putting into your system.

Blossom Bakery

174 Ninth Avenue

Image Courtesy Blossom Bakery
Image Courtesy Blossom Bakery

Known as the city’s original vegan empire, Blossom has now opened a bakery that not only is organic and vegan, but also offers an array of items that are gluten and sugar free. Head here to enjoy the most delicious Carrot Cake you can imagine.

Clementine Bakery

299 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn

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Image Courtesy Clementine Bakery

This delightful bakery prides itself on customer service and the community it serves. All of their baked goods are dairy free, gluten free and made with all natural, organic ingredients. Clementine Bakery is our go-to option for a beautiful, customized birthday cake that is delicious yet health conscious. Remember to order with 24 hours notice!

Erin McKenna’s Bakery

248 Broome Street

Image Courtesy Erin McKenna's Bakery
Image Courtesy Erin McKenna’s Bakery

Formerly known as Babycakes, this spot is a quintessential bakery in every sense of the word. With all staff in adorable uniforms serving baked goods that are gluten free, vegan and actually good for you, Erin McKenna’s Bakery is a must-visit. Their company goal is to make eating vegan and gluten-free fun, and they absolutely succeed in doing so!

Events | On Screen This Spring

This spring, take in some culture on the big screen at one of New York City’s many renowned film festivals. Whether you are an avid film aficionado or are simply in need of some entertainment, you will be able to find something eye-opening or inspiring at one of these famed festivals. We recommend planning in advance and allowing your TOWN Attaché to assist with a fully curated film festival experience. From tickets and VIP access to transportation and dining reservations, your Attaché is on call to make sure that your plans are seamless.

New York International Children’s Film Festival

February 24th through March 19th

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Check out this year’s New York International Children’s Film Festival, set to feature approximately 100 films, filmmaker Q&As, parties, premieres and more. The Academy Award-qualifying festival will kick off with the Oscar Nominee “My Life as a Zucchini” and continue with a line-up that is set to cultivate an appreciation for the arts and stimulate discussion among children and their families.

TriBeCa Film Festival

April 19th through 30th

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Image Courtesy Tribeca Film Festival

Co-founded by Robert DeNiro, the Tribeca Film Festival is now in its 16th year. This year’s event will feature more than just films, but also new work in virtual reality, television projects, and branded storytelling – included Snapchat!

New Directors/New Films Festival

March 15th through 26th

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Image Courtesy New Directors/New Films

The New Directors/New Films Festival is celebrating its 46th edition this year, ready to introduce the world to another emerging generation of filmmakers. With an impressive track-record, the festival has discovered talents such as Pedro Almódovar, Laura Poitras and Spike Lee. The event is presented by the MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

New York City International Film Festival

April 3rd through 7th

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Image Courtesy NYCIFF

The New York City International Film Festival showcases some of the world’s best cinematography by established and up-and-coming filmmakers alike. Aside from displaying the films, the festival also works to offer film distribution to enable new international talent to take part.

Brooklyn Film Festival

June 2nd through 11th

 

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Image Courtesy BFF

The Brooklyn Film Festival strives to create a public forum and to inspire the independent production of films. BFF is both international and competitive and works to garner a reputation for Brooklyn as a leading center for cinema.

 

 

Philanthropy Highlight | Five Can’t-Miss Spring Charity Events

Giving back to charitable organizations is a concept very close to our hearts here at TOWN Residential. This spring, prepare to witness a rejuvenation in the city’s philanthropic efforts as the snow melts and gala season descends. While there are many opportunities to help critical causes, it is important to get involved with organizations that really speak to you.  With this in mind, here are five not-to-be-missed philanthropic events that benefit causes we love.

Hope Gala

March 11th at Gotham Hall
Tickets from $275

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Image Courtesy Hope Gala

The Hope Gala was founded by the New York City Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. With a year-round commitment to conquering childhood cancer, the organization works to raise awareness and provide financial assistance for those individuals and families affected. Join them for a glamorous evening featuring a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing, a silent auction and raffle, entertainment, touching stories and more! The event is black-tie optional.

Salome Chamber Orchestra Spring Gala

March 24th at the Plaza Hotel
Tickets from $250

Image Courtesy Salomé Orchestra

Now in its second year, the Salome Chamber Orchestra Spring Gala benefits the performing arts and is sure to be a unique and festive affair. The 1001 Night-themed event will feature a performance by David Aaron Carpenter and the Salomé Chamber Orchestra, along with guest singers and dancers.

Don’t Eat Til Brooklyn

April 6th at 307 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
Tickets from $75

Image Courtesy City Meals on Wheels

What could be more important than feeding New York’s hungry? Don’t Eat Til Brooklyn is the first signature event of the Citymeals on Wheels Young Professional Committee. The festive spring gala will feature tasty food and drinks from notable restaurants such as Virginia’s, Birds & Bubbles and DANIEL to raise money for the preparation and delivery of meals to New York City’s homebound elderly in all five boroughs.

A Fool’s Fête: Enchanted Garden

April 25th at the Mandarin Oriental
Tickets from $1,000

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Image Courtesy New Yorkers For Children

New Yorkers For Children is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of youth in foster care through education and access to opportunity. This year, their annual A Fool’s Fete gala is themed as an Enchanted Garden and remains one of the most esteemed social events of the season. The night will raise funds to help the foundation provide crucial resources to youth in foster care across New York City in the form of college scholarships, tutoring, advisement, job training programs and more.

Robin Hood Foundation Annual Benefit

May 15th at the Jacob Javits Center
Tickets from $3,000

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Image Courtesy Robin Hood Foundation

With a motto of “Giving joyously, together,” the Robin Hood Foundation is one of the most fun and generous charities in New York City. Their Annual Benefit is a star-studded event that showcases the organization’s efforts to fight poverty in New York City and raises over $100 million in one night. Attendees can count on an exciting performance by a world-class performer. Past performers have included Sir Paul McCartney, Usher and Jon Bon Jovi, just to name a few.

TOWN Data | My Town Tidbit

In honor of the Westminster Dog Show, we celebrate New York City’s best friends in the way we know best: with data. With over 21,000 registered dogs and 4,748 active apartments on the market that allow pets, Manhattan is brimming with dogs of every shape, size and color. Though the sidewalks are a blur of Great Danes yanking their leashes alongside Shih Tzus peeking out of purses, here’s a factual breakdown of the city’s dogs by the number.

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TOWN Data | Weekly Location Report

The old adage rings true, location is everything. In New York City, we have the world’s greatest amenities – from parks and cultural destinations to express transportation and premier shopping – right outside our door. It is with this in mind that TOWN shares the Location Report, the latest amalgamation of data intended to keep you up-to-date and ensure you make the most informed decisions.

As of February 9, the current average price of
a Manhattan apartment was:

$2,531,299

Within three blocks of these sought-after amenities, you can expect to pay:

TOWN Data | Weekly Amenities Report

New York City’s top buildings offer a range of amenities so extensive that residents might never have to leave home. Seasoned Representatives and savvy buyers know the importance of staying up-to-date on the latest amenities and top-notch services that buildings offer, from rooftop lounges to gyms or five star services, children’s playrooms, and more. With this in mind, TOWN is proud to provide you with the Building Amenities Report, the latest amalgamation of data intended to bolster your knowledge of the city’s greatest amenities as they correlate to recent sale prices.

As of January 30, the current average price of
a Manhattan apartment was:

$2,532,953

In buildings with these amenities, you can expect to pay:

Philanthropy News | Association to Benefit Children

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Image Courtesy a-b-c.org

This month, we highlight the Association to Benefit Children, a philanthropy very close to the hearts of TOWN Upper East Side. Established in 1986, the organization works to defend, benefit and revolutionize the lives of New York City’s most overlooked and vulnerable families, sparking reform in education, hunger, family housing, health care and more. Through the creation and implementation of innovative programs, open forums and widespread reports, ABC creates a model for reform that spreads both within and beyond the city’s borders.

Though the season heavily connected to the spirit of giving is behind us, organizations like ABC work year-round to ensure a brighter future for New York City, and particularly for its children. Check out some of the organization’s individual efforts and see how you can get involved.

1. Early Education Programs

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Image Courtesy a-b-c.org

There’s no such thing as too young when it comes to ABC’s approach to helping children. The organization’s schools teach patience, tenderness, civility and fortitude, as well as basic learning fundamentals to lay the groundwork for lifelong skills. Geared toward celebrating diversity, the schools allow children of all backgrounds and development to grow and thrive.

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TOWN Upper East Side spends Planting Day with Cassidy’s Place children. Image Courtesy citybizlist.com

TOWN Upper East Side works particularly close with Cassidy’s Place, an ABC preschool dedicated to providing a warm, nurturing and encouraging environment to children who live in poverty, live with disabilities or have special needs. Situated on 86th Street just a few blocks away from TOWN’s office on 79th Street, the school offers nine dynamic classrooms and two outdoor play spaces. Year-round, TOWN spearheads fundraisers and volunteers one-on-one with the kids, whether hosting a hat and gloves drive or spending time outside on Planting Day.

2. Youth

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Image Courtesy a-b-c.org

ABC also creates licensed therapeutic youth programs that target those living in poverty or with severe emotional distress. Designed for children ranging from kindergarten through high school, the Summer Camp, After-School, and Teen Apprenticeship programs allow them to foster academic skills, character strength and self-esteem at integral parts of their lives.

3. Family

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ABC’s dynamic family programs are designed to support both children and parents and promote long-term family stability. The All Children’s House works to end the cycle of abuse and neglect with those parents at risk of losing their children to foster care. ABC’s licensed, highly-trained professional therapists provide services for families living in crowded apartments or shelters alike. The Child-Parent Psychotherapy program has successfully emerged as a new model for promoting a safe family environment in the context of the NYC child welfare system. Also offered within the program are budgeting management services, parent education, legal assistance and child care referrals.

4. Mental Health

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Image Courtesy a-b-c.org

In order to combat the sad reality that children are deeply traumatized by homelessness, loss, violence and disaster, ABC has created Fast Break, the city’s first mobile mental health crisis and disaster clinic for children. Designed to both prevent and respond to children’s mental instability, the models provide a full range of health services to address emotional needs and promote lifelong success. The Early Recognition and Screening Initiative also incorporates mental health awareness into routine health checkups in order to both remove the stigma against mental distress as well as to provide the services necessary toward healing.

5. Supportive Housing

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Image Courtesy a-b-c.org

Lastly, ABC employs a Supportive Housing Program that provides families in need with apartments and critical support services. Designed to help those families who are affected by chronic illness, poverty, homelessness and HIV/AIDS, the program allows for a life of decency and dignity inside a safe environment, while offering additional psychiatric, educational and recreational services.

Inspired by ABC’s initiative and mission? Check out the many ways in which you can get involved here.

 

Fashion News | New York Fashion Week 2017

The fashion elite will once again descend upon New York from February 9th through 16th. Our strategic collaboration with Luxury Attaché allows access to a Fashion Week package, offering VIP transportation, private fittings, exclusive events and more.

Should you prefer to attend a la carte, here are a few shows that we are most excited about:

February 9th:
Katie Gallagher | 6:00pm
Rag & Bone | 8:00pm

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Image Courtesy instagram.com/katiegallaghernyc

February 10th:
Calvin Klein | 10:00am
Nicole Miller | 6:00pm

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Image Courtesy instagram.com/nicolemillernyc

February 11th:
Alexander Wang | 9:00pm

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Image Courtesy instagram.com/alexanderwangny

February 12th:
Victoria Beckham | 10:00am
Public School | 11:00am

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Image Courtesy instagram.com/publicschoolnyc

February 13th:
Oscar de la Renta | 6:30pm

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Image Courtesy instagram.com/oscardelarenta

February 14th:
Rodarte | 12:00pm
Monique Lhuillier | 7:00pm

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Image Courtesy instagram.com/rodarte

February, 15th:
Vivienne Tam | 12:00pm
Ralph Lauren | 7:00pm

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