TOWN Data | Week in Numbers 5/26

TOWN Residential is proud to share the Week in Numbersa clear-cut amalgamation of data intended to keep you up-to-date and ensure you make the most informed decisions.

During the 21st week of 2017, May 18 through May 25, the median sales prices decreased -0.5% and rental prices increased by 0.9%

TOWN Data | Location Report 5/25

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 May 25th, the current average price of a Manhattan apartment was $2,394,620.

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

Food News | Insta-Friendly Summer Treats

New York Times Restaurant Critics, move over. The Instagram Explore Feed is the new go-to destination for those seeking out the latest and greatest delicious meals and photogenic treats. Whether you’re a food blogging millennial or not, check out these Insta-friendly hotspots for a summer treat that is easy on the eyes and delicious for the taste buds!

Mister Dips Ice Cream

William Vale Hotel, Brooklyn

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With super-friendly service and soothing views of Williamsburg’s Vale Park, Andrew Carmellini’s Airstream kitchen serves a simple but delicious menu of burgers, fries, and ice cream. Unique flavors of soft serve make for a colorful and Instagrammable moment. Mister Dips is a summer must!

Ice & Vice Ice Cream

221 East Broadway

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Situated on the Lower East Side, this experimental ice cream shop scoops up small, handcrafted batches of ice cream, yogurt, and sorbet. Ice & Vice is famous for its eclectic flavors like “Tea Dance” and “Milk Money”, and its unique seasonal offerings prove the perfect summer accessory for your latest Insta story.

Frosé from Bar Primi

325 Bowery

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Bar Primi, Andrew Carmellini’s Bowery eatery, mixes up a tasty frozen cocktail of Sicilian rosé, Rosato vermouth, and strawberries. Better known to aficionados as frosé,  this new summer staple is sure to please your palate and satisfy your social media appetite.

Frozen S’mores at Dominique Ansel Bakery

189 Spring Street

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Award-winning pastry chef Dominique Ansel, inventor of the Cronut, uses his innovative skills to create the frozen s’more, a marriage of frozen custard coated in chocolate pastry wafers wrapped inside a toasted marshmallow. These perfectly-proportioned confections offer a taste of summer with every Insta-worthy bite.

Melt Bakery’s Ice Cream Sandwiches at Madison Square Eats

May 13th through June 9th
Worth Square, Fifth Avenue, between 25th and 26th Streets

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Ice cream cookie sandwiches from Melt Bakery are always in high demand for those looking to satisfy their summer sweet tooth. Available at several locations throughout the city, including the bi-annual Madison Square Eats food festival, these delectable treats are foodie heaven.

Cha Cha Matcha’s Soft Serve Ice Cream

373 Broome Street

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Combining antioxidant-rich Japanese green tea, or “matcha”, with cool and creamy ice cream is the perfect way to enjoy a healthy and delicious treat. Cha Cha Matcha’s vibrant shop and rainbow-esque swirl ice cream provide the perfect backdrop for capturing a colorful Instagram moment in time.

Architecture News | Google Earth Relaunch

When Google Earth first came onto the scene in 2005, “home” was most definitely where its heart was. According to the developers, the first thing nearly everyone did after downloading the platform was to immediately search for his or her home, and then to begin the journey outward into the awaiting neighborhood, city, and great beyond. In the words of product manager Gopal Shah, “Home is how we orient ourselves – it’s where we start from.”

With this truth in mind, Google created the 2017 relaunch of Google Earth, emphasizing the stories behind each twist and turn of the globe and its people. With a streamlined search feature and full extension of the 3D-view, the new application launched in late April and has been curated by the world’s leading storytellers and scientists for a magical learning experience that can take you from Pemba Island, Tanzania to Zao Hot Spring, Japan within seconds.

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While it’s very easy to get lost in the natural wonders of the world that Google Earth highlights (believe us!), we strongly recommend you take a look at Voyager. Defined as a showcase of interactive tours, the feature allows you to explore, for example, Mexico City through a series of aerial map pinpoints and still-life images of top highlights. Coupled with its “Knowledge Cards” which explain the relevance of each guided location, the exploration is as close as many may ever get to a full tour of the city.

Voyager caters to the nature-lover, with BBC Earth’s journey into the world’s mountains; the scientist, with NASA’s choice scenes from space; and, of course, the architect. The platform invites you to take a guided tour of Zaha Hadid’s most unique works of architecture, as well as a collection of Frank Gehry’s monumental buildings around the world.

Explore architecture by Zaha Hadid around the world.
Tour Zaha Hadid’s architecture around the world, Image Courtesy Google Earth

Once you start exploring, the interactive tour will take you around the globe, offering you 3D views of the selected buildings, plus the ability to share your findings easily with family and friends. Unlike earlier versions of Google Earth, the new relaunch lives entirely as an extension of Chrome, and necessitates no software or download.

Discover more via the New York by Frank Gehry Knowledge Card
Explore Gehry’s work from a 3D perspective, Image Courtesy Google Earth

While your inner architect can happily explore these treasures, Google has embarked to satisfy your inner art-lover as well. “Land Art from Above” by DigitalGlobe invites you to view unique, large-scale outdoor art displays from the past and present, including the 11-acre “Wish” by Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada in Ireland and “Sacred” by Andrew Rogers in Slovakia.

"Wish" by Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada
“Wish” by Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada, Image Courtesy Google Earth

Be sure to check out “Eclectic Outdoor Art” as well, inviting you to discover quirky sculptures and colorful street art in the United States. The selected pieces include a troll sculpture that lives under a bridge in Seattle and the now-famous mirrored cloud sculpture in Chicago’s Millenium Park.

Discover this troll sculpture under a Seattle bridge, and more through Eclectic Outdoor Art.
Troll under Seattle bridge, Image Courtesy Google Earth

Amazing Urban Gardens” couples you with Local Guides who take you from a vertical forest in Milan to a network of modern greenhouses and waterfront parks in Singapore. Securing a spot in the ranks is New York City’s The High Line, the popular park situated 30 feet above street level on the old West Side rail line.

Bosco Verticalo, Image Courtesy Google Earth

While you’re getting lost in the new update, be sure to check out the story of Saroo Brierley, who made his long journey home by scouring train tracks in India via Google Earth, and reigns as the inspiration for the major motion film, Lion. 

Around TOWN | TOWN Welcomes Twyla to Flatiron

Last night, TOWN was honored to host the Twyla team in its flagship Flatiron office for an evening discussion and celebration. Hailing from Austin, Texas, this breakthrough art company sells museum-quality limited edition art prints from premier artists, including the artwork that now graciously adorns the office’s walls. TOWN’s Representatives, Executives and Associates enjoyed the opportunity to get to know some of the artists whose work is on display. 

Mellow Oldschool Hardcore by Mambo

Spearheaded by Haley Lankau and the TOWN Facilities team, the evening included light refreshments and began with introductory remarks by Andrew Heiberger, TOWN CEO and Founder.

“Since TOWN’s inception, we have worked to create a culture of collaboration and appreciation that seamlessly integrates lifestyle, culture and a healthy work/life balance,” shared Andrew. “We echo and commend Twyla’s commitment to providing new and emerging artists with a platform to create and promote museum-worthy artwork – the quality of which we can definitely attest to.”

Aldara spoke of her passion for underwater photography.

Next, Twyla’s Heidi Lee-Komaromi, Curator and Director of Artist Development, spoke of her excitement to see the artists’ work on the walls and the pleasure she took in seeing Flatiron’s history come to life through striking colors and artwork. Aside from her passion for curating, Heidi is dedicated to both the development of the contemporary artist and the extension of exclusive artwork outside of museums and into homes. 

Heidi then introduced one of the artists present, Aldara Ortega. Born in Madirid, Aldara is now a New York-based photographer who focuses on the human form as it interacts with an underwater environment. She spoke to her intense dedication to her work, the spirit of liberation conveyed in each piece.  

Insider info: Aldara’s subject in this photo is actually terrified of water!
Led by Heidi, the guided tour of the artwork gave Representatives a chance to familiarize themselves with the 19 pieces on display in the office. The pieces include work by 12 local NYC-based artists as well as samples from Twyla’s vast international artist base; plus a range of limited edition archival prints. To view the entire collection, click here.
Heidi took TOWN Representatives on a guided tour of the art. This piece is FLY! by Jonny Detiger.
TOWN’s association with Twyla reflects the firm’s ongoing commitment to the arts. Since inception, art has played a prominent role within the offices and culture. TOWN has previously worked closely with extraordinary artists such as illustrator James Gulliver Hancock, highly-acclaimed photojournalist Brian Hamill, and historically celebrated photographers to adorn the offices with unrivaled creativity. TOWN has also supported prominent art festivals and organizations including Frieze New York, Collective Design Fair, Armory Week, Art Basel Miami, and the New Museum.
Krista Truglio and Aldara Ortega

TOWN Data | Contract Signed Report 5/23

An authoritative source on Manhattan’s Luxury Market, TOWN Residential is pleased to share the Contract Signed Activity Report, an up-to-the-minute report of the last week’s activity broken down by neighborhood and price point. 

During Week 21, May 15 through May 21, 256 contracts – comprised of 139 co-ops, 110 condos, 5 condops, and 2 townhouse – were signed in Manhattan. 

Of the units in contract, 70 were priced from $1,000,000-$2,000,000 and 70 were priced from $2,000,000-$5,000,000 with an average days on market of 103 and 109 respectively. 

Please click below for a neighborhood by neighborhood analysis.

TOWN Data | Building Amenities Report 5/22

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 May 22, the current average price of a Manhattan apartment was $2,394,620.

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

Events | Best Summer Concerts Around New York City

The music scene in New York is already heating up with an eclectic mix of musical stylings, from R&B to hip-hop and everything in between. Here are some of our top picks for the hottest tickets in and around New York City, brought to you by Luxury Attaché.

Governors Ball Music Festival

June 2nd through 4th
Randall’s Island Park

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Music festival season is in full swing, and one of the city’s most popular events, Governors Ball, is set with an all-star lineup featuring Chance the Rapper, Lorde, Childish Gambino, and Tool. Now in its seventh year, this annual event draws passionate music fans from all over the country to gather and celebrate a diverse mix of musical genres.

Find tickets here.

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

June 3rd
Liberty State Park, New Jersey

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Neil Patrick Harris hosts the 10th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, with special appearances by Alicia Keys and Jordan Fisher of Broadway’s Hamilton. This stylish event attracts celebrities and notable guests for an afternoon of polo and picnicking. Don’t miss this exciting event, where Veuve Clicquot will introduce two new tasty champagne offerings.

Find tickets here.

The Weeknd

June 6th through 7th
Barclays Center, Brooklyn

Canadian recording star The Weeknd returns to Brooklyn in his Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 Tour. With a distinct blend of pop and hip-hop, this Grammy Award-winning and platinum-selling music artist features his highly successful new album, Starboy.

Find tickets here.

John Legend

June 27th through 28th
Madison Square Garden

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R&B superstar John Legend takes the stage at Madison Square Garden this summer in a concert featuring songs from his latest album Darkness and Light. This multitalented musician is a 10-time Grammy Award winner and won an Oscar in 2015 for his song “Glory” from the film Selma. Don’t miss the soulful sounds of this urban contemporary artist.

Find tickets here.


August 1st
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

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British pop sensation Coldplay returns to New York City with its A Head Full of Dreams tour. On track to becoming one of the highest-grossing tours of all time, the band combines a dizzying array of lights and pyrotechnics with their distinctive Brit-pop style.

Find tickets here.


TOWN Data | Week in Numbers 5/19

TOWN Residential is proud to share the Week in Numbers, a clear-cut amalgamation of data intended to keep you up-to-date and ensure you make the most informed decisions.

During the 20th week of 2017, May 11 through May 18, the median sales prices decreased 0.5% and rental prices increased by 1.4%.

TOWN Data | Location Report 5/18

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 5/18, the current average price of a Manhattan apartment was $2,404,168. 

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