My Town Tidbit | 4/12/218

We are pleased to present My Town, our weekly little-known-fact series about New York City from past to present, Brooklyn to Harlem, and anywhere and everywhere in between. Be sure to impress the room at your next dinner party with these relevant tidbits of information that even the most avid Googlers would be hard pressed to find. 

Around TOWN | The 2018 Spring Guide

The 2018 Spring Guide

As the winter slowly but steadily thaws out, New York City awakens each spring with the hustle and bustle of outdoor activity. There are more than a few opportunities to take full advantage of the season, from dining park side to celebrating Earth Day. And, when those April Showers descend, learn about the city’s greatest hidden gems for a day well spent indoors!

Curated with the perks of the season in mind, TOWN shares this guide to the city’s best events and destinations, including glamorous philanthropy galas, stunning orchid evenings and noteworthy Broadway performances. We have also included short links to easily reference the details about each event. Enjoy everything the city has to offer this spring, and please let us know if you have any questions about the New York City real estate market, or how TOWN Attaché, our concierge service, can assist you.

Read the guide here!

Company News | TOWN Residential tops $13.25 billion with Q1 activity

The firm’s cumulative success is bolstered by quarter activity totaling more than $353 million.

Andrew Heiberger, Founder and CEO, TOWN Residential

TOWN Residential, New York’s preeminent luxury real estate services firm, is leading the industry while continuing a commitment of transparency by sharing what many consider highly proprietary data. Through the end of the first quarter, the firm successfully transacted more than $353 million in total residential and commercial sales and leasing volume, a total comprised of 159 sales transaction sides and 320 leasing transaction sides. Since inception, the firm has successfully completed more than 23,000 transactions totaling over $13.25 billion in residential and commercial sales and leasing volume.

TOWN Residential is currently representing 160 active sales exclusives and an additional 81 sales listings in contract totaling nearly $585 million; as well as 174 of the city’s top luxury rental exclusives. Included within this exciting portfolio is the headline-making Penthouse at 860 Fifth Avenue, a $35,000,000 joint venture opportunity to create a five-bedroom residence spanning three floors with an additional private roof deck, offering 7,500 square feet of luxurious interior living space and 5,500 square feet of breathtaking terraces; 71 Laight Street, a five-bedroom loft-style home in prime North TriBeCa priced at $8,895,000; and a never before lived in $6,950,000 2,046-square-foot three-bedroom home in the iconic 160 Leroy Street inspired by concepts from renowned entrepreneur and real estate developer Ian Schrager, and designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects including Herzog & De Meuron.

The firm’s significant sales and leasing success has been matched by recent innovative initiatives and transformative relationships.

  • 30 Representatives joined the firm’s esteemed roster of more than 400 local experts and industry-leading professionals successfully transacting within over 46,450 square feet of iconic and Class-A office space
  • Continuing with the success at Circa Central Park where TOWN New Development broke longstanding neighborhood records with the $7.24 million penthouse closing and again with the $8.5 million penthouse at the Lower East Side’s bespoke 204 Forsyth, the team outpaced the market with number of contracts signed at Liberty Toye, the 81-unit condominium building by Magnum Real Estate Group in the heart of the East Village. In the coming quarter, the team will be introducing an Upper East Side boutique condominium featuring six sun-splashed full floor residences; and a curated collection of prime Midtown East penthouses boasting meticulous interiors and quintessential sky-high views.
  • TOWN Marketing & Leasing‘s team of experienced brokers, onsite agents and managers offer unrivaled experience in pre-development. Their expertly translated strategy continues to support a robust portfolio that includes notable buildings like 20 Exchange, One Dutch, Icon located at 306 West 48th Street, and Apiary Lofts located at 496 Broadway
  • TOWN Commercial was proud to endorse Lori Shabtai’s nomination for the Real Estate Board of New York’s Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award for introducing celebrated superchef Daniel Boulud to SL Green’s Marc Holliday and securing the highly anticipated 11,000-square-foot restaurant complex that will span One Vanderbilt’s second floor. The team’s billion-dollar success also continues with Enrique Consante’s national representation of the acclaimed country trio’s upscale family-friendly Rascal Flatts Restaurants.
  • With the help of our International Sales team, a TOWN Representative connected his London-based client to a local expert at our partnering firm in the UK, who is more than well-equipped to help him search for his dream  two-bedroom home in Mayfair. This, and other active referrals are a direct testament to the power of our dynamic national and international network and genuine access to more than 3,600 professionals within more than 185 offices across five continents.
  • TOWN Residential introduced the newly imagined, the online destination for exciting sale and rental listings both within New York City and around the world. The site and refined CRM platform are further examples of the practical application of TOWN Connect, a fully integrated real estate technology platform that exemplifies the firm’s commitment to providing its Representatives, clients and customers with the most innovative and comprehensive applications to exceed all technology, listing and marketing needs.

In 2017, TOWN Residential successfully transacted more than $1.906 billion in total residential and commercial sales and leasing volume, with 76 properties over $5 million, and 22 of those transactions exceeding $10 million; while also completing 250 rental transactions over $7,500/month, with 144 of those transactions exceeding $10,000/month.

About TOWN Residential,
Founded by Andrew Heiberger in 2010, TOWN Residential has cemented its position as New York’s foremost luxury real estate services firm with an exhilarating foundation and seamless execution of best-in-class customer service by an unparalleled team of over 400 licensed Representatives and industry-leading professionals within over 46,450 square feet of iconic and Class-A office space. Completing more than 23,000 transaction sides totaling over $13.25 billion since inception, the firm celebrates success in luxury residential sales; leasing; the marketing, sales and leasing of property developments; commercial and retail.

Prioritizing genuine relationships with best-in-class local experts, through the creation of a powerful network and membership within the prestigious Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, TOWN Residential has direct access to more than 133,600 professionals within more than 4,185 offices spanning five continents. Clients and customers benefit from seamless interaction with Fortune International Group, South Florida’s pre-eminent fully integrated real estate firm with a reach that extends into Latin America; Chestertons, one of the premier real estate firms in London and the Middle East; Gilmar, Spain’s largest real estate network headquartered in Madrid; Forest Hill Real Estate, Inc., Toronto’s leading real estate firm specializing in the sale of luxury homes and commercial properties; Alpine Homes, the most sought after firm specializing in destination homes in Switzerland with a reach that extends into France, Austria and Italy; The Fite Group Luxury Homes, the market leading independent luxury real estate firm in Palm Beach, Florida; AVENUE Residential, the leading Hoboken-based brokerage serving Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken and surrounding areas; Towne Realty Group, the inside expert for residential homes in North Central, New Jersey; and Dream Town, the leader in online Chicago real estate and an expert within the marketplace.

Neighborhood Spotlight | Carnegie Hill

Wherever your Manhattan travels take you, one thing is for certain: don’t skip Carnegie Hill, the Upper East Side enclave situated alongside Central Park. From standout eats to a significant portion of the renowned Museum Mile stretch, the neighborhood is home to something for everyone at any time of day. Check out our roundup of the best places to visit below!

Museum Mile

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

2 East 91st Street

Image Courtesy Cooper Hewitt

Housed inside New York City’s landmark Carnegie Mansion, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum features four floors of gallery space dedicated to all disciplines of design. Founded in 1897, the institution retains its original mission to advance public understanding of design through dynamic, interactive exhibitions, stimulating programming and a broad array of online learning resources.

Jewish Museum

1109 5th Avenue & East 92nd Street

Image Courtesy The New York Times

The Jewish Museum presents Jewish art and culture as an educational experience for people of all backgrounds. Featuring exhibitions, programs and a collection of nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects and media, visitors can explore 4,000 years of Jewish culture from around the world, all in one space.

Madison Avenue Shopping


1269 Madison Avenue

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This Parisian boutique offers a charming selection of children’s clothing, including dresses, jackets, shoes and newborn outfits. Known for its selection of classic European styling pieces, the store is a must-visit for those looking for the perfect gift for their youngest of friends!

Boutique Mirabelle

1310 Madison Avenue

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A Madison Avenue staple for over 30 years, Boutique Mirabelle offers an exclusive line and clothing and accessories hand-selected from the most chic and timeless European fashions. Carrying a variety of top designers including Tricot Chic and Fabrizio Gianni, the store is also the only in the United States with the exclusive right to carry the famous Patchouli, Rem and Amber fragrances from France. 

Upscale Snacking

Sarabeth’s Upper East Side

1295 Madison Avenue

Image Courtesy Sarabeth’s UES

Debuting in 1983, Sarabeth’s Upper East Side location rapidly became a neighborhood staple, favored for its fresh menus that never disappoint. Conveniently located by the best of Carnegie Hill, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park and the 92nd Street Y, the restaurant is the perfect destination for any meal of the day. The space also proudly boasts a legendary weekend brunch with specialty drinks including the Four Flowers Mimosa and Pickled House Bloody Mary.


1308 Madison Avenue

Image Courtesy Pascalou

Pascalou immediately transports patrons and passersby to southwestern France, with no detail overlooked inside or out. From its vases of fresh flowers and white linen-clad tables to its menu offering both French classics and Italian standout dishes, the experience is lovely from start to finish.

Food News | Parkside Dining

With the dawn of spring comes the long-anticipated opportunity for outdoor dining. Better yet, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants located either inside or alongside some of Manhattan’s greatest parks. Spend your morning, afternoon or evening strolling along the Battery Park promenade or rowboating across the Central Park Lake, and follow up with the meal of a lifetime!

The Loeb Boathouse

Central Park
East 72nd Street & Park Drive North

image Courtesy The Loeb Boathouse

For a picture-perfect dining experience, visit the Loeb Boathouse alongside Central Park’s historic lake. After lunch, participate in the 150-year-old tradition and grab a rowboat or take a trip across the lake in an authentic Venetian gondola!

Black Barn Restaurant

Madison Square Park
19 East 26th Street

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For the ultimate farm-to-table dining experience just north of Madison Square Park, visit Black Barn Restaurant. Co-owners John Dohert and Tom Struzzieri’s vision to unite seasonal, rustic fare with a modern farmhouse atmosphere truly comes to fruition in the upscale space.

Battery Gardens

Battery Park
1 Battery Place

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Nested inside the southern-most corner of Battery Park, Battery Gardens offers sweeping panoramic views of the New York Harbor, and delicious American fare. Plus, the space offers a beer garden and a harborside patio bar.

Loring Place

Washington Square Park
21 West 8th Street

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Each dish at the renowned Loring Place is designed for sharing, whether a vegetable-forward small plate, locally-caught seafood or meat from a local farmer. For the tastiest meal in Manhattan just steps from Washington Square Park, visit this standout restaurant!


Gramercy Park
2 Lexington Avenue

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The elite and exclusive Gramercy Park culminates in its renowned rustic trattoria Maialino. Chef Jason Pfeifer’s thoughtful Italian cuisine combines his passion for Roman tradition with a commitment to local farmers and purveyors.

Bryant Park Grill

Bryant Park
25 West 40th Street

Image Courtesy Haute Living

Known as the Jewel of Bryant Park, visit this restaurant for Parisian-style dining in a sophisticated atmosphere. Situated behind the landmark New York Public Library, enjoy its seasonal patio and rooftop dining to make any evening magical!

Seasonal Events | Celebrating Earth Day

If there’s a will to celebrate Earth Day all month long, there’s a way! New York City and its surrounding areas are full of ways to enjoy nature in its purest form and educate yourself about sustainability and climate control. From green architecture tours and hikes in the park to live performances and orchid shows, view our guide to Earth Day 2018 and celebrate Mother Nature!

1. A Passive Open House

April 7th, 12:00-2:00pm
81 Summit Street, Philmont, New York

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New York Passive House is offering the rare opportunity to examine the building science behind the construction of one of its homes. Still in the works, 81 Summit Street (a 2.5-hour drive from Manhattan) will ultimately stand as the transformation of a 1960’s-era ranch house into a no-energy cost, carbon-free, 2-story vacation retreat. The home will combine existing and new construction with passive house measures including air barrier placement, thick insulation and high-performance windows. At the Open House, attendees can meet with the architect, building science engineer and solar panel designer to discover just how this sustainable creation is possible!

2. Earth Day in Union Square

April 15th, 12:00-7:00pm
Union Square West, Manhattan

Image Courtesy Earth Day Initiative

Union Square is proud to present the most high-traffic Earth Day event across the country! The annual event includes dozens of exhibitors, from environmental non-profits and green businesses to live performers and beyond. Featuring over 70 organizations, everyone will find informative fun at this year’s event!

3. Earth Day 5K Green Tour 2018

April 20th, 10:00am-1:00pm
Various Locations

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Join the Earth Day Initiative for its annual walking tour of New York City’s greatest green sites! Designed to celebrate all things outdoors this Earth Day, the varying routes will take participants to rooftop farms in Manhattan, natural food cooking schools and composting sites. Each venue has a mission to help the city go a little bit greener each day. Sign up to learn about some of the environmental work being done just outside your door!

4. Earth Day Hike

April 22nd, 10:00-11:30am
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

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Celebrate on Earth Day itself with the Urban Park Rangers! There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the wonders of nature than by taking an old-fashioned hike. Follow the hiking guides as they introduce you to the hidden gems of Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

5. The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

Through April 23rd
2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

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The New York Botanical Gardens’ Orchid Show is now in its 16th year, again showcasing thousands of dramatically displayed orchids in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. This year’s show features a series of installations by Daniel Ost, designed to celebrate the complex beauty of the stunning species.

Philanthropy News | April Charity Events

April is brimming with opportunities to give back to causes that matter most to New Yorkers. Below, we’ve outlined some of our top picks for giving back, whether to vital medical research or missions to fight hunger. Don your best gowns for the galas and sneakers for the 5K’s and prepare for a memorable and charitable springtime experience!

1. Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation: Memories Matter

April 10th, 6:30-10:30pm
Pier 60, Chelsea Piers
Tickets from $325

Image Courtesy Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation

Join the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation at its inaugural Memories Matter event. Attendees can expect an evening spent discussing the latest advances in Alzheimer’s research with ADDF scientists, enjoying a musical performance by The Nancy Atlas Project featuring violinist Randi Fishenfeld, sampling desserts by Larry Scott Events and participating in a silent auction.

2. Parkinson’s Foundation Celebrate Spring New York

April 11th, 7:00-11:00pm
Lavo, 39 East 58th Street
Tickets from $175
Image Courtesy Parkinson’s Foundation

The Parkinson’s Foundation annual Celebrate Spring event offers the opportunity to mingle for a cause. With hors d’ouevres, a live auction, dancing and music by DJ Brenda Black, this event is a can’t-miss!

3. Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

April 15th, 9:30-11:30 staggered start times
Yankee Stadium
Registration from $45

Image Courtesy Damon Runyon 5K

Now in its 10th year, the annual Runyon 5K will transform Yankee Stadium into a unique cancer research fundraising concourse. Run or walk your way through the stadium, climbing stairs between levels and victory lapping around the field. 100% of the donations raised will go toward innovative cancer research by today’s best young scientists, all funded by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

4. HealthCorps 12th Annual Gala Garden Follies

April 23rd, 6:30-11:30pm
Ziegfeld Ballroom, 141 West 54th Street
Tickets from $500

Image Courtesy HealthCorps

HealthCorps’ annual fundraiser, the Garden Gala, is back and black-tie! This year’s theme is 1920s feathers, follies and flappers, so don your best 1920’s-inspired gown and gear up for a fun-filled night. Attendees will join 500 wellness influencers, celebrities, medical practitioners, institutional and individual philanthropists, all with a mission of raising funds to support HealthCorps’ mission in schools across America.

5. City Harvest’s 35th Anniversary Gala

April 24th, 6:30pm
Cipriani, 110 East 42nd Street

Tickets from $1,750

Image Courtesy City Harvest

City Harvest’s most important fundraising event of the year is upon us. Bringing together some of the city’s most high-profile individuals, influencers and celebrities dedicated to the fight against hunger, the event includes an elegant dinner plus live and silent auctions. Last year, the gala raised nearly $2.7 million, enough to help feed nearly 9,860 families in New York City for a year. The proceeds are only sure to increase this year, with honorees including José Andrés, Bill & Wendy Mills, Robin Hood and Chrissy Teigen.

Architecture News | Chasing New York City Waterfalls

New York City may be the concrete jungle, but that doesn’t mean there are not plenty of opportunities to plan an urban escape. Below, we have compiled a list of some of Manhattan’s greatest waterfalls hidden inside pedestrian parks. Whether you’re seeking a quiet morning reflection or a backdrop for your afternoon lunch break, visit one of these hidden New York City gems.

1. The Ravine

Mid-Central Park at 103rd Street

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Conceived by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the Ravine is located in the 40-acre North Woods. Reigning as the only stream valley in Central Park, the area was designed to resemble the wild beauty of the Adirondacks.

 2. Greenacre Park

217 East 51st Street, between Second and Third Avenues

Image Courtesy Greenacre Park

Designed by Hideo Sasaki and open since 1971, this park is composed of three levels. The highlight by far is its 25-foot-high waterfall, featuring huge sculpted granite blocks.

3. Paley Park

3 East 53rd Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenues

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Reigning as the original “vest pocket park” (a small park accessible to the general public), Paley Park was conceived as the prototype of a new kind of public space by Robert Zion. Since 1967, the  20-foot-high waterfall has undoubtedly dominated the 1/10th-acre space, which includes seating areas, honey locust trees, and vertical lawns of English Ivy.

4. Nameless Park!

East 47th Street between Second and Third Avenues

Image Courtesy Gabrien Symons / Viewing NYC

This nameless space near the United Nations offers the perfect opportunity to drown out the city noise: a circular wall of falling water.

5. The National September 11 Memorial

180 Greenwich Street

Image Courtesy Joe Woolhead

Set in the footprints of the Twin Towers, these two recessed pools offer the profound opportunity to reflect upon the tragic events of 9/11. The continuous cascade of water falls into an abyss without a visible bottom – symbolizing the absence of human life left behind in the wake of the events. Surrounding the pools on bronze parapets are the names of those nearly 3,000 lives lost in the attack on 9/11, as well as in the bombing on February 26, 1993.

Julia Despin Spring Instagram Contest



Julia Despin’s Instagram Challenge Official Rules





CONTEST PERIOD: The Instagram Challenge (“Contest”) begins at 12:00AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on April 17th and ends at 11:59PM ET on April 27th (“Contest Period”).

SPONSOR AND ADMINISTRATOR: The Contest is sponsored by Town Residential LLC, 33 Irving Place, New York, NY  10003 (“Sponsor”).

HOW TO ENTER: To enter, eligible individuals (see “Eligibility” section below) must take a photograph during the Contest Period that represents the entrant’s interpretation of spring in the city (“Submission”). After creating his/her Submission, each eligible individual can enter the Contest during the Contest Period by logging into his/her account on the Instagram Platform (1) Following @juliadespin; (2) uploading his/her Submission along with the following required language in the caption: “#TOWNspring18” and with the Submission; and (3) Tagging @juliadespin (“Entry Post”).  Any other attempted form of entry is void.  All Entry Posts must comply with the “Submission Requirements” detailed in the section below and otherwise comply with these Official Rules and the Terms of Use for the Instagram application/ (“Instagram Platform”) available at; the associated entry will be disqualified if these requirements are not met. Entrant’s Instagram Platform profile settings must not be set on private for his/her Entry Post to be eligible for the Contest. It is each entrant’s responsibility to timely set his/her account settings so that Sponsor is able to view his/her Entry Post. Sponsor is not responsible for misspellings, typographical errors, or other issues that may affect an Entry Post from being located using a search to find eligible entries. Sponsor, at its sole discretion, may accept or disqualify an Entry Post that is incomplete, incorrect, is accompanied by a technically incorrect required unique term, or contains content in addition to the required content. Sponsor reserves the right to delete and/or exclude any inappropriate, negative or irrelevant Entry Posts, as determined in Sponsor’s sole discretion.  Entrant’s Entry Post must remain active on his/her Instagram Platform account through winner selection and prize award for the Contest to be eligible. Entrant’s Entry Post will appear on his/her Instagram Platform account feed and be visible to other users or the public. There is no limit on the number of entries per person except that each Photograph submitted must be unique and no Photograph may be submitted more than once over the course of the entire Contest Period, as determined in Sponsor’s sole discretion.

Only Entry Posts that are posted, identified and recorded on the Instagram Platform’s servers during the Contest Period will be considered. Other proof of submitting an entry (such as a printed or copied screen showing a purported Entry Post on entrant’s account feed on the Instagram Platform) does not constitute actual receipt of the entry for purposes of this Contest. Each entrant must be the rightful owner of the Instagram Platform account utilized for entry. The Instagram Platform’s database clock will be the official timekeeper for this Contest. Each entrant should review all information entered for accuracy purposes and make all corrections necessary to inaccurate data before submitting his/her entry. Entries may or may not be acknowledged. Entries or participation made by any other individual or any entity or group, or originating at any web site other than as set forth specifically above, including, without limitation, through commercial promotion subscription notification or entering services, will be declared invalid and disqualified for this Contest. Entries or participation that is generated by a macro, bot, or other automated means will not be accepted and will be void. As a condition of entering the Contest, without limiting any other provision in these Official Rules, each entrant gives consent for Sponsor and its agents to obtain and deliver his or her name, address and other information and content to third parties for the purpose of administering this Contest and complying with applicable laws, regulations, and rules.

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PRIZES, QUANTITY AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (“ARV”): The Winner, subject to verification, will receive a prize, which consists of two (2) tickets for the play Hamilton based on availability in New York, New York, USA. Prize, if legitimately claimed, will be awarded. Prize details not specifically stated in these Official Rules will be determined in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Where applicable, prize elements will only be mailed to the winner’s address in one (1) of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. All federal, state, and local taxes, as well as any expenses not specified in these Official Rules as being provided as part of the prize, are the sole responsibility of each winner. Sponsor is not responsible for and will not replace any lost, mutilated or stolen prize or any prize that is undeliverable or does not reach a winner because of incorrect or changed contact information. Sponsor is not responsible for any inability of any winner to accept or use any prize for any reason. No transfers, prize substitutions or cash redemptions will be made, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the stated prize or portion thereof with another prize of equal or greater value for any reason, including, without limitation, prize unavailability. Nothing more than the stated prize will be awarded.

LICENSE: By entering, except where prohibited by law, each entrant grants to the Contest Entities and their agents, successors and assigns in perpetuity the irrevocable, sublicensable, absolute right and permission to use, edit, modify, cut, rearrange, add to, delete from, copy, reproduce, translate, separate, dub, adapt, publish, combine with other material, reuse, adapt, and exploit the content of and elements embodied in the Entrant Content and entries, and the Entrant Content and entries themselves, in any and all media, including but not limited to digital and electronic media, computer, audio and audiovisual media (whether now existing or hereafter devised), in any language, throughout the world, and in any manner, for trade, advertising, promotional, commercial, or any other purposes without further review, notice, approval, consideration, or compensation. Each entrant waives and releases the Released Parties (defined below) from any and all claims that entrant may now or hereafter have in any jurisdiction based on “moral rights” or “droit moral” or unfair competition with respect to the Released Parties’ exploitation of entries without further notification or compensation to entrants of any kind, and agrees not to instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against the Released Parties and each of their affiliates, licensees, or any other person in connection with this Contest, on the grounds that any use of any entry, or any derivative works, infringe or violate any of entrants’ rights (including MORAL RIGHTS) therein.

Each entrant acknowledges and agrees that: (a) the Contest Entities may, but are not required to, attribute the Entrant Content to an entrant; (b) regardless of whether entrant is selected as a winner, his/her Entrant Content may be shared, posted, linked to, or otherwise used online or elsewhere by others solely by virtue of posting it in connection with this Contest (c) nothing in these Official Rules will require a Contest Entity to use the Entrant Content in part or in whole or to include the Entrant Content in any Contest Entity-related property, including, without limitation, any Contest Entities’ web site or any other online or offline property; (d) the relationship between the entrant and any of the Released Parties is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship, and that the entrant’s decision to submit his/her Entrant Content for purposes of the Contest does not place any of the Released Parties in a position that is any different from the position held by members of the general public with regard to elements of the Entrant Content, other than as set forth in these Official Rules, (e) the Contest Entities have wide access to ideas and other materials and that many ideas may be competitive with, similar to, or identical to his/her Entrant Content and/or each other in idea, ingredients, format, or other respects and entrant will not be entitled to any compensation or right to negotiate as a result of any Contest’s Entities use of any such similar or identical material that has or may come to Sponsor from other sources; (f) that the Released Parties do not now and will not have in the future any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of the entrant’s copyright in and to his/her Entrant Content; and (g) with respect to any claim by entrant relating to or arising out of any Contest Entity’s actual or alleged exploitation or use of any Entrant Content or other material submitted in connection with the Contest, the damage, if any, thereby caused to the applicable entrant will not be irreparable or otherwise sufficient to entitle such entrant to seek injunctive or other equitable relief or in any way enjoin the production, distribution, exhibition, or other exploitation of any Contest Entity property or production, and entrant’s rights and remedies in any such event are strictly limited to the right to recover damages, if any, in an action at law.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to release, hold harmless and indemnify the Contest Entities, Instagram, LLC, and the respective officers, directors, members, managers, employees, representatives and agents of each (collectively “RELEASED PARTIES”) for any liability whatsoever for injuries or damages of any kind sustained in connection with the acceptance, possession, use, misuse or awarding of the prize, while preparing for, participating in and/or traveling to or from any prize- or Contest -related activity including, without limitation, any injury, damage, death, loss, or accident to person or property. Each winner agrees (as between winner and the Released Parties) that the price is provided as is, without warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, whether now known or hereinafter enacted, relative to the use or enjoyment of the prize, including, without limitation, its quality, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose.


ADDITIONAL DISCLAIMERS: Released Parties are not responsible and/or liable for any of the following, whether caused by a Released Party, the entrant or by human error: (a) entries that are submitted by illegitimate means (such as, without limitation, by an automated computer program) or entries in excess of the stated limit; (b) any lost, late, incomplete, forged, altered, illegible, mutilated, illegitimate, garbled, illegible, or misdirected participation, e-mail, Entry Posts, or Contest-related correspondence or materials or postage-due mail; (c) any error, omission, interruption, defect, or delay in transmission or communication; (d) viruses or technical or mechanical malfunctions, failures, interruptions, or unavailability of any kind; (e) errors, typos or misprints in these Official Rules or in any Contest-related advertisements or other materials; (f) electronic communications that are undeliverable as a result of any form of active or passive filtering of any kind, or insufficient space in entrant’s e-mail account to receive e-mail messages; (g) entrant contact information that is changed without prior notice to Sponsor or does not work; or (h) any changes or unavailability of the Instagram Platform that may interfere with the Contest or ability of entrant to timely enter, receive notices or communicate with Sponsor (in such case Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may terminate or modify the Contest). Without limiting any other provision in these Official Rules, Released Parties are not responsible or liable to any entrant or winner or any person claiming through such entrant or winner for failure to supply the prize or any part thereof in the event that any of the Contest activities or Released Parties’ operations or activities are affected, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, including, without limitation, by reason of any acts of God, any action, regulation, order or request by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action, regulations, order or request proves to be invalid), equipment failure, threatened terrorist acts, terrorist acts, air raid, blackout, act of public enemy, earthquake, war (declared or undeclared), fire, flood, epidemic, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal), labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, or any law, rule, regulation, order or other action adopted or taken by any governmental, federal, state or local government authority, or any other cause, whether or not specifically mentioned above.

GRANT OF PUBLICITY RIGHTS: By entering the Contest (except where prohibited by law), each entrant grants the Released Parties the irrevocable, sublicensable, absolute right and permission to use, publish, post or display his or her name, photograph, likeness, voice, prize information, biographical information, any quotes attributable to him or her, any other indicia of persona, and any information contained in or submitted as part of his or her entry (regardless of whether altered, changed, modified, edited, used alone, or used with other material in the Released Parties’ sole discretion) for advertising, trade, promotional and publicity purposes without further obligation or compensation of any kind to him or her, anywhere, in any medium now known or hereafter discovered or devised (including, without limitation, on the Internet), world-wide, without any limitation of time, and without notice, review, or approval and each entrant releases all Released Parties from any and all liability related thereto. Nothing contained in these Official Rules obligates Sponsor to make use of any of the rights granted in these rules and winner waives any right to inspect or approve any such use.

ENFORCEMENT OF AND COMPLIANCE WITH OFFICIAL RULES: Sponsor’s decisions will be final in all matters relating to this Contest, determination of any winner, and awarding of the prize. All entrants, as a condition of entry, agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from this Contest. Sponsor’s failure to or decision not to enforce any provision in these Official Rules will not constitute a waiver of that or any other provision. In the event there is an alleged or actual ambiguity, discrepancy, or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials and/or these Official Rules (including any alleged discrepancy in these Official Rules), it will be resolved by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Entrants waive any right to claim ambiguity in any Contest material or these Official Rules. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules will otherwise remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

CANCELLATION, MODIFICATION, SUSPENSION, DISQUALIFICATION EVENTS: In its sole discretion, Sponsor reserves the right to: (a) void entries of any entrants who Sponsor believes have attempted to tamper with or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of this Contest; (b) disqualify any entrant if Sponsor determines at any time in its sole discretion that such entrant is ineligible, in violation of these Official Rules, or engaging in behavior that Sponsor deems obnoxious, inappropriate, threatening, illegal or that is intended to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person (even if such person been notified or displayed or announced anywhere as being the winner or potential winner); (c) restrict or void online entries or participation from any IP address if any suspicious entry and/or participation is detected; (d) cancel, modify or suspend the Contest and award the prize in a manner deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor if the Contest is not capable of running as planned for any reason; (e) disqualify any entrant that supplies false information, obtains entries by fraudulent means or is otherwise determined to be in violation of these Official Rules in an attempt to obtain any prize (and in such case, that person may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law). Entrants agree to not damage or cause interruption of the Contest and/or prevent others from participating in the Contest. In the event of a dispute concerning who submitted an entry, the entrant will be declared to be the registered account holder of the email address associated with the Instagram account provided during entry, but only if that person meets all other eligibility criteria, otherwise the entry may, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, be disqualified and any potential prize won forfeited. A registered account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. Winner may be required to show proof of being the registered account holder. If a dispute cannot be resolved to Sponsor’s satisfaction, in its sole discretion, the entry will be deemed ineligible. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE ANY ONLINE SERVICE OR WEBSITE OR TO UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF A CONTEST VIOLATES CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. IF SUCH AN ATTEMPT IS MADE, SPONSOR MAY DISQUALIFY ANY ENTRANT MAKING SUCH ATTEMPT AND MAY SEEK DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

DISPUTES/GOVERNING LAW/JURISDICTION:  Except where prohibited, these Official Rules and the Contest are governed by US law and are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the Contest Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant, and Released Parties in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A., without giving effect to the conflict of laws rules thereof, and any matters or proceedings shall take place in the State of New York in New York County.  Entrants and the Released Parties agree that each may bring claims against the other only on an individual basis and not as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class or representative action or proceeding.


No Purchase Necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Begins at 12:00AM ET on April 17th. Ends 11:59PM ET on April 27th. Open to legal residents of the 50 US/DC, 18 and age of majority+. Subject to Official Rules, available at See rules for judging criteria. Prize of two (2) Hamilton tickets. Each photo submitted must be unique. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Town Residential LLC, 33 Irving Place, New York, NY  10003. This contest is in no way sponsored, administered or endorsed by or associated with Instagram.