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Around TOWN | Spring Guide

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After a long and lingering winter, spring has finally sprung in the city and we couldn’t be happier. Now that the April showers are falling and the May flowers are blooming, citydwellers far and wide are filled with a sense of reinvigoration. Springtime is full of opportunity to spend time with family in Central Park, enjoy outdoor food markets in Brooklyn, and spot new talent at the Tribeca Film Festival. And the season offers ample opportunity to celebrate as well, from Earth Day and Mother’s Day to Memorial Day and more.

Curated with a Carpe Spring mentality, TOWN has put together this guide to feature the city’s best events and destinations, including fun brunch spots, glamorous philanthropy galas and timeless ballet performances. 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. In this guide, we have included short links to easily reference the details about the event.

However you choose to spend your spring days, we encourage you to participate in our TOWN Spring Photo Contest. To enter, share your photos and experiences on your social channels with the hashtag, #aroundTOWN2017. We would love to share your adventures with the TOWN community throughout the season, whether walking around Central Park, checking out the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, or spending a rainy day in the New York Public Library. Remember to tag us, and be sure to check in to see how your fellow Representatives, Associates, and Managers are spending their season as well!

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Secrets of the Parks

1. The High Line Cowboys

Image Courtesy Friends of the High Line
Image Courtesy Friends of the High Line

Have you ever wondered why exactly everybody’s favorite elevated park is just that – elevated? As it turns out, The High Line occupies a site with a not-so-tidy history. In 1851, the West Side railroad line was introduced to accommodate and fuel the city’s booming economy. The train line, however, was built at street level on 10th Avenue, meaning that the safety of the well-populated neighborhood was very much at risk. According to the Bowery Boys, in 1905 the Evening World claimed that the trains were responsible for the death of one victim per week, earning the avenue the fond nickname Death Avenue. 

The city’s short-term solution for the dilemma? Cowboys, of sorts. They introduced railroad men who would gallop ahead of the train on horseback, signaling its arrival with trumpets, Paul Revere-style. Their efforts weren’t enough, however, and so the West Side Elevated Highway was introduced in 1934. For almost fifty years, the tracks served trains and boxcars traveling up and down the West Side, until their abandonment in 1980.

2. Washington Square Staircase

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Image Courtesy Gothamist

Inside the western half of the Washington Square Arch is a spiral staircase. Climbing this would bring one up to the structure’s rooftop and offer views stretching the length of Fifth Avenue. Sadly, the general public isn’t privy to this staircase.

The Arch’s flat roof and prime views, however, are the perfect spot for a party, and a lock and a rule weren’t enough to stop artists Gertrude Dick, Marcel Duchamp, and John Sloan from inviting themselves upstairs. On a winter night in 1917, the group now known as “The Arch Conspirators” was feeling rebellious, and the men were itching to call their beloved Washington Square an independent republic. Atop the Arch, they drank tea around a fire, flew balloons and lanterns, and shot off cap pistols into the air.

3. Central Park’s Near-Miss

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Image Courtesy Atlas Obscura

According to the Bowery Boys, there’s a small, rusty bolt peeking out of a piece of rock in the southern half of Central Park. But they’re not telling where!

Of course, few would go out searching for the said small, rusty bolt without incentive. But apparently, as geographers hypothesized in 2004 upon the spike’s discovery, it is one of the bolts used in John Randel, Jr.’s survey of Manhattan in the 1810s. Tasked with the mission of creating New York City’s trademark grid system, his team marked spots at the intersection of streets-and-avenues-to-be with bolts. Before the idea for Central Park was proposed, the grid would have usurped the whole area. So, today it remains, allegedly – a reminder of what might not have been!

4. Beneath Bryant Park

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Image Courtesy BuzzFeed

It’s not so much what’s in Bryant Park, but what’s beneath it. Everybody knows that the park is located in the main branch of the New York Public Library’s backyard, but not many realize that just beneath lies the library’s underground vault of archives. The space spans over 120,000 square feet,  shelving more than 3.2 million books! And we bet many of them have secrets of their own…

5. Lady Madison Square Park

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Image Courtesy Untapped Cities

Lady Liberty reigns as the city’s symbol of freedom and democracy, welcoming the “tired and “poor” into the New York Harbor. If you’re wondering why this is relevant to Madison Square Park, that’s because for six years, the park was instrumental in securing the funds for the Lady’s statue and base.

Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, the creator of the Statue, completed the massive lady in sections; after all,  she does weigh a hefty 450,000 pounds. He first got to work on her right hand, bearer of the torch. Once he completed it, he strategically shipped the said 37-foot hand and torch ahead to America, on a “grand fundraising tour.” First, it debuted in Philadelphia in honor of the 1876 Centennial Exposition, where visitors could pay fifty cents to climb up a ladder inside the arm and come up on the torch’s balcony. From there, the arm made its way to Madison Square Park, where it sat upon a pedestal waiting for the funds necessary to get the rest of its body built. And such is Madison Square Park’s role in the triumphant oxidized copper-skinned Lady’s life.

TOWN Data | 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.

The current average price of a Manhattan apartment is:

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



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Health News | Top New York City Running Routes

This time of year, there is no better way to enjoy the city than by making it into your own personal gym.  With such a diverse array of running routes, there is a path for every runner. We’ve rounded up our top six and included information on which sneakers you should be wearing on each route. What are you waiting for? Lace up and hit the pavement!

The Highline

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Image Courtesy 1000 Things NYC

Entrances: Gansevoort Street, Meatpacking District and West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.

Distance: 1.45 miles

What to Expect: Views of the Hudson River and the Meatpacking District in addition to street art, sculptures, and picturesque gardens.

Best Sneaker for this Pathway: New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 – an option that is both light and durable. There’s no need for anything too serious or heavy on this leisurely path.

Insider Tip: To avoid crowds, head out early morning. The Park opens at 7:00 am.

Central Park Reservoir Loop

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Image Courtesy Central Park

Entrances: Central Park Center, 85th to 96th Street

Distance: 1.58 miles

What to Expect: Iconic views, regular runners, and tough rolling hills that will get your glutes in shape.

Best Sneaker for this Pathway: Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12 – an option that is stylish, practical, and lightweight. Choose a sneaker will suit your Central Park jaunt on and off the trails.

Insider Tip: For a flatter surface with equally majestic reservoir views, try running loops around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges Run

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Image Courtesy Shutterstock / Time Out NY

Entrances: Start at the entrance of the Brooklyn Bridge from either the Manhattan or Brooklyn side.

Distance: 3.5 Miles

What to Expect: An incline on the bridge adds to the intensity of your run. The incredible views are swoon-worthy, but may get in the way of your best sweat if you try to capture them all with a photo!

Best Sneaker for this Pathway: Brooks Launch 4 – You’ll need a firm heel and flexible forefoot for this run. Choose a sneaker that will help soften the ground beneath you.

Insider Tip: Map out this run, among others, using MapMyRun and other running blogs and apps. You can find routes, create your own, log your runs, and get feedback from friends to ensure the most personalized and productive workouts.

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Image Courtesy Map My Run

Tip of Manhattan Run

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Distance: 7 Miles

Entrances: Start at the Hudson River on the west side of Manhattan at Houston Street.

What to Expect: As you run along the West Side Highway and round the tip of Manhattan, you’ll catch the stunning landscape of the Statue of Liberty, Staten Island Ferry, South Street Seaport and Governors Island. Coming up the East River, you get to take in the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges before heading back to Houston Street to finish your run.

Best Sneaker for this Pathway: Newton Running Gravity 6 – these high-mileage trainers with five lugs under the foot will help carry you through the long distance.

Insider Tip: Bring plenty of water and sunglasses to shield you from the sun’s scorching rays

West Side Highway (North) up the Hudson River Greenway

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Distance: 12 miles

Entrances: Start in Battery Park City at Vesey Street and West Street. Run north along the West Side Highway.

What to Expect: Mostly flat pavement, plus epic views of the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge, and, if you run far enough, the Little Red Lighthouse.

Best Sneaker for this Pathway: Asics Gel-DS Trainer 22 – the full-length midsole and lightweight nature of these sneakers will help keep you going on this longer distance run.

Insider Tip: On weekends hit the path early morning hours to avoid crowds.

Van Cortlandt Park

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Image Courtesy Roots Rated

Distance: 3.1 miles

Entrances: Broadway and Van Cortlandt Park South, Bronx

What to Expect: A departure from skyscrapers and skyline views, the park is home to over 1000 acres with 14-plus miles of trails to explore. A great way to take a break from the concrete and seek out some trees.

Best sneaker for this pathway: Adidas Supernova – choose an option with great cushioning to support the unpredictable terrain of these trails.

Insider Tip: The park also has a running track, which is right near the Nature Center. Mix up your workout with a cross-country warm-up followed by an intense workout on the track.



Outdoor Activities | Top 10 Ways to Opt Outside this Month

Opt outside this April with an activity as fun and fresh as the season. Whether you are in the mood for a leisurely stroll, a lovely bike ride, or an outdoor adventure, don’t let the traffic and crowds of the city deceive you; it has everything you need and more! Take advantage of the sunny weather by choosing from one of our top outdoor activity picks for Spring 2017.

1. New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx


The gorgeous gardens at NYBG showcase some of the most awe-inspiring and impressive plants in the state of New York. Whether visiting with a date, a loved one, or the whole family, it’s an experience that is sure to get you excited for the upcoming outdoor months. Currently on view is the 2017 Orchid Show, a Thailand- themed exhibition that is absolutely not-to-be-missed. Following the Orchid Show, another Spring exhibit will open on April 22nd featuring the artwork of world-renowned sculptor Dale Chihuly.

2. Brooklyn Botanic Garden Cherry Blossom Festival

990 Washington Avenue

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Image Courtesy BBG

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival welcomes guests to view the blossoms from late March through mid-May in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. In addition to the famed blooms, BBG offers a Japanese tea room, an art gallery, a mini flea market and over 52 acres of lush gardens to explore.

3. Central Park Activities

Central Park, Manhattan

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Image Courtesy Central Park Conservancy

With the Conservancy Spring Guide 2017, Central Park offers New Yorkers a year-round oasis for outdoor exploration, and especially so in the spring. From Discovery Walks and chess games to Shakespeare plays and youth programs, Central Park is the place to be, explore, and enjoy. We suggest that you reference the guide to find out all of the incredible ways you can reap the benefits of this beloved green space!

4. Union Square Greenmarket

East 17th Street and Union Square West, Manhattan

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Image Courtesy Union Square Café

Enjoy the lively crowd at this centrally located outdoor market, open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays year-round from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. From bread, knits, and books to produce, cheese, and flowers, visitors leave the Greenmarket with a variety of treasures unique to the day’s vendors.

5. Citi Biking

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Image Courtesy CitiBike

Biking is a great way to take in the sweeping views of Manhattan and get in some cardio on a sunny day. Grab a Citi Bike at the historic South Street Seaport and then head over the Brooklyn Bridge and around the verdant Brooklyn Bridge Park. End your ride with a spin on Jane’s Carousel. Want to stay closer to the city? Riding along the West Side Highway is a New York moment that cannot be beat. If you’re feeling adventurous, end your ride at the Community Boathouse (located at Pier 40) and hop in a Kayak. Need to refuel? Grand Banks Seafood and bar at Pier 25 is the perfect place to catch your breath over oysters and a glass of chilled rosé.

6. Pier 25

Hudson River Park at 225 West Street and North Moore Street

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Image Courtesy Pier 25

Pier 25, a perennial favorite for families and singles alike, is a great place to spend a few hours outside. The entire area is packed with activities – from mini golfing and beach volleyball to a skate park and a water park play area. With so many offerings, this is one of New York’s most essential spring and summertime hot spots.

7. New York Sailboat Cruise

North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place

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Image Courtesy Manhattan By Sail

Board the historic Shearwater at North Cove Marina then set sail as the boat crew eases you out to sea for picturesque views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Governors Island. Your New York Sailboat Cruise includes a wine tasting and charcuterie board.

8. Gantry Plaza State Park

4-09 47th Road, Long Island City

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Image Courtesy Gantry Plaza State Park

Gantry Plaza State Park is a 12-acre park on the East River in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City. With plenty of restaurants to choose from, a dog park, iconic sites (like the Pepsi-Cola sign) and unbeatable Manhattan skyline views, this park is the perfect pick for a lovely day outdoors.

9. The Bronx Zoo

2300 Southern Boulevard

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Image Courtesy Bronx Zoo

Take a trip to the iconic Bronx Zoo and prepare yourself for feelings of awe and nostalgia. The well-kept, winding zoo grounds are endless, with plentiful attractions at each and every turn. The destination is appropriate for all ages, families, and singles alike!

10. Boating on the Lake

Central Park Lake

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Image Courtesy Central Park Conservancy

What’s a better way to soak up spring than on a rowboat across the Central Park Lake? Weather permitting, you can rent a rowboat or gondola and take in the water views up close. Be sure to check out the Lake’s historic boat landings as well, which have been restored to their original design by the Central Park Conservancy!


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Food News | The City’s Best Al Fresco Dining

When living in this glorious concrete jungle, there is no better way to make the most of a sunny day than with a little al fresco dining. We’ve curated a list of our favorite upscale restaurants that offer beautiful rooftop or outdoor dining experiences. Whether you’re dining with friends or entertaining clients, these lovely spots are certain to offer a great meal accompanied by a breath of fresh air.

Nougatine at Jean Georges

1 Central Park West

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Photo Courtesy Jean-Georges

A favorite for elegant business dining, Nougatine is the little sister of the adjoining Jean-Goerge’s and offers upscale seasonal cuisine with a French flair. Their lovely terrace is perfect for brunch, lunch, or dinner in the heart of Columbus Circle.


25 Cooper Square

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Walk past The Standard Hotel’s happening bar and head straight back into the lush garden space that is Narcissa, a  farm-to-table American cuisine hot spot in the East Village.  Narcissa is not only one of our favorite picks for outdoor dining, but also for veggie-centric cuisine (order the carrot fries).

Little Park 

85 West Broadway

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Photo Courtesy Little Park

This TriBeCa gem offers farm-to-table New American cuisine by famed chef Andrew Carmellini. You’ll love people watching as you dine on organic vegetables and free-range poultry at Little Park’s beautiful sidewalk patio.


24 Fifth Avenue 

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Image Courtesy Open Table

Enjoy Mediterranean-accented French cuisine at one of Claudette’s charming outdoor tables. Blue-and-white-checkered tablecloths set the tone for the warm West Village hospitality you’ll experience as you soak in some rays.


80 Wythe Avenue

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Photo Courtesy Wythe Hotel

After strolling about one of the two nearby parks, head to Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel for a chic and upscale meal at Reynard. Following dinner, head upstairs to their swanky rooftop bar, The Ides, for a nightcap featuring incredible views of the Manhattan skyline. 


775 Washington Street

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Photo Courtesy Barbuto NYC

Walls open up in the springtime at the chic West Village Italian eatery known as Barbuto. Enjoy the fresh air and natural light as you dine on the Bucatini Alla Carbonara; it’s rumored to be one of the in town.


TOWN Spring 2017 Photo Contest

We are excited to announce our Spring 2017 Photo Contest, beginning this Monday, 4/3 and concluding Saturday, 6/3. We invite all of our Representatives and Associates to participate – novice and expert photographers alike! To enter, take a photo that represents what Spring means to you in New York City; then, post it on your Instagram feed and be sure to tag us @townresidential and include #aroundTOWN2017 in the caption. We will choose a winner each Sunday and share the photo on the TOWN feed. Good luck, and Carpe Spring!

Check back here each week to see the winning photos.

Week 1

Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 10.19.48 AMCongratulations to Karen Stone, who captured these pretty flowers outside Grand Central!

General Competition Requirements:
The Spring Photo contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Town Residential LLC and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively “TOWN”).

Eligibility: The Contest is open only to agents and employees of TOWN (collectively “Agents”) who are associated or employed with TOWN as of the date of photo submission and as of the date a winner is announced by TOWN.

Entry Period and How to Win: The Contest will begin Monday, 4/3 at 12:00 am Eastern Time (“ET”) and conclude Saturday, 6/3 at 11:59 pm ET. Agents may enter the Contest each week between Monday at 12:00 am ET and Saturday at 11:59 pm ET (the “Entry Period”).  A winner will be selected each Sunday at 3:00 pm ET.  The winner’s photo will be reposted by TOWN.  

How to Enter: Agents may enter the Contest during the Entry Period by submitting a photo to Instagram using a valid Agent Instagram account, tagging “@TownResidential” in the photo and including the #aroundTOWN2017 hashtag in the caption.
Must be your own original work.
Cannot have been submitted in any other prize promotion or featured on a public website.
May only contain content, for which you have, or have the power to grant, all required consents and approvals.
Must comply with all Terms of Use of Instagram.
Submissions must not: (a) violate any third party rights, including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademark rights, or rights of privacy and publicity; (b) contain defamatory statements; (c) include threats to any person, place, business, or group; or (d) be obscene or indecent. Any elements that appear in the submission, including, without limitation, images, text, or other materials used must be entirely original and created by the entrant, or be in the public domain. Use of any elements that are not original or in the public domain will result in disqualification of a submission, in TOWN’s sole discretion. If a submission depicts any third party, that third party must be of the age of majority in his/her jurisdiction of residence and you must have permission from that third party to grant the rights to TOWN described in the “TOWN’s Rights to Entries” section below. By submitting an entry, you represent that (a) you are the creator of the submission, (b) you own all rights to the submission, (c) the submission does not infringe upon or violate the intellectual property, privacy, or other rights of any third party, (d) the submission has not previously been entered in any other contest, and (e) the submission has not been previously published in any medium.

TOWN’s Rights to Entries: By submitting an entry, you: (a) irrevocably grant TOWN, its agents, licensees, and assigns the unconditional and perpetual (non-exclusive) right and permission to copyright, reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works of, exhibit, and otherwise use your entry as-is or as-edited (with or without using your name) in any media throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from you or any other party; (b) forever waive any rights of copyrights, trademark rights, privacy rights, and any other legal or moral rights that may preclude the Sponsor’s use of your entry, or require any further permission for the Sponsor to use the entry; and (c) agree not to instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against the Sponsor on the grounds that any use of the entry, or any derivative works, infringes any of your rights as creator of the entry, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights, and moral rights.


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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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.



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