Architecture News | New York City from the Sky

At TOWN Residential, we are big supporters of #LookUpNY, our celebration of those hidden architectural gems that make this city so special, whether atop buildings, written on street signs or inside iconic structures. But for artist Jeffrey Milstein, the sky is just the beginning. Equipped with a pilot license, he leans out of helicopters and trains his camera lens down towards the Concrete Jungle. The awe-inspiring results may just change the way you think about New York City forever. He recently published his work featuring both New York and Los Angeles in LA NY. Check out some highlights of his work below, and be sure to see the full portfolio here.

Hudson Yards trains
Governors Island
Stuyvesant Town
Columbus Circle
Statue of Liberty
Museum of Natural History
Thanksgiving Day Parade

For more aerial photographs, view the full portfolio here.

Neighborhood Spotlight | A Midtown Manhattan Holiday

Often broken down into many micro-neighborhoods, Midtown Manhattan from its widest boundaries comprises the area between the Hudson and East Rivers, and from Central Park South down to 14th Street. Though constantly buzzing, this area is never more alive than it is during the holiday season. Below, we’ve mapped out just how you can maximize this neighborhood’s many offerings over the course of the next few exciting weeks.

1. Indulge in tradition

Image Courtesy Jake Rajs

There’s a reason Midtown is so heavily populated by tourists; it’s the place to be! While you won’t be able to avoid crowds at some of these seasonal standouts, they’re definitely worth the trip. Ice skate at Rockefeller Center beside the spectacular 75-foot Christmas Tree, witness the historic ball drop on New Year’s Eve at Times Square; and satisfy your showtime fix by seeing a show or two on Broadway!

2. Take a break from holiday baking

Image Courtesy La Grenouille

Ice skating, listening to show tunes and carrying shopping bags can certainly work up the appetite. Your time in Midtown need not go without a good meal! Some neighborhood favorites include Sushi Ginza Onodera where two Michelin stars meet upscale Japanese cuisine, Ellen’s Stardust Diner where the waitstaff doubles as Broadway stars, Marea where high-end seafood meets housemade pastas, Benares where vegetarian dishes and Indian favorites abound and La Grenouille where French delicacies are presented as art.

3. Send the bill to Santa

Images Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

Just one stroll up or down Fifth Avenue can take care of just about everyone on your holiday gift list. The strip has been known far and wide as one of the most luxurious stretches of retail in the nation for over 100 years, and continues to welcome fashionistas day in and day out. Pop into high-end household names like Bergdorf Goodman, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana; splurge on jewels at Tiffany & Co., Bulgari and Cartier; find the perfect toys at the LEGO Store and the American Girl Place; or stop in the main branch of the New York Public Library to give the gift of reading. Even if you’re not shopping, Fifth Avenue’s elaborate holiday window displays can make for a very entertaining afternoon.

Music & Theater | Holiday Happenings

Many attest that the holiday season is the best time of year for the family, and a plethora of feel-good musicals and theatrical events throughout the city definitely supports the sentiment. In between your holiday shopping, decorating and baking this season, be sure to pencil in time to witness the splendor of these shows, whether a timeless favorite or a newcomer on the scene!

1. Elf The Musical

December 13th through December 29th
Madison Square Garden Theater, 4 Penn Plaza

Image Courtesy New York City Theatre

Based on the beloved comedy, this musical features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Skylar and Chad Beguelin. Follow Buddy on his journey to meet his real dad, one syrup-soaked plate of spaghetti at a time!

2. The Nutcracker

Through December 31st
Lincoln Center, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza

Image Courtesy New York City Ballet

Choreography by George Balanchine

This holiday season, witness the grandeur of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker as the New York City Ballet performs it on stage. Comprised of 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two casts of 50 students from the School of American Ballet, this performance features Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s captivating music as the backdrop for the timeless story of a young girl, toy soldiers and mischievous mice.

3. Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Through January 1st
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas

Image Courtesy Karen Rubin via News & Photo Features

Prepare to be dazzled by the annual Christmas spectacular, each year more flawless than the last! With their seamless choreography and festive costumes, the Rockettes will certainly kick you into the holiday spirit during the show. Bring the whole family to this timeless event!

4. A Christmas Carol

December 11th
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 68th Street between Park and Lex

Image Courtesy Playbill

For one night only, a roster of Tony Award-winners will reenact Charles Dickens’ famous A Christmas Carol in a benefit reading. Directed by Joe Dowling, the reading will be led by industry all-stars David Hyde Pierce, John Glover, Harriet Harris and Julie White. Don’t miss this adaptation; all proceeds will benefit The Acting Company.

5. Bagels from Benny, The Musical

December 8th through 17th
Weill Art Gallery, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue

Image Courtesy 92Y

92Y and PJ Library present this joyful adaptation of Aubrey Davis’ charming children’s book, Bagels From Benny. Perfect for children and the whole family, this performance features a young Jewish boy named Benny and his charming journey to build a sense of community and find joy in giving thanks.

TOWN Attaché | Holiday Gift Guide

Create more meaningful memories this holiday season with TOWN Attaché’s hand-selected collection of gift inspiration. From special gifting suggestions to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, these fun and unique ideas will make memories for friends and family that last a lifetime, and what better way to celebrate the true joy of the season? View the guide here.

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Food News | Top 5 Standouts of the Season

There are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit, but tasting holiday treats and sweets may just be the best way. Whether it’s a meal inside a venue decked out in 15,000 ornaments, a chance to vote for the Best Latke in NYC or a sip of a hot cocoa out of a hug mug, opportunities to indulge abound across New York City. Check out our list of the top five standouts of the season below!

1. Rolf’s German Restaurant

281 Third Avenue

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For holiday decor like you’ve never seen it before, head to Rolf’s German Restaurant in Gramercy. During the season, the space is as populated with people as it is with decorations (15,000 ornaments!), so prepare for a cozy experience! The menu includes tasty schnitzels and signature Holiday Smoothies. And, if you don’t have a chance to pencil it in during the month of December, never fear: the Christmas decorations will be on display until May!

2. The Ninth Annual Latke Festival

December 18th
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

Image Courtesy Latke Festival

This festive holiday tasting event is the ultimate celebration of potato pancakes in New York City. Join revelers and a panel of celebrity judges to sample some of the best and most creative latkes in the city, to ring in the holiday season and to vote Best Latke in NYC. Proceeds will benefit The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit dedicated to educating children and families about healthy eating habits.

3. Max Brenner’s Signature Drinks and Desserts

841 Broadway

Image Courtesy Max Brenner

At Max Brenner, take hot chocolate to the next level in this signature hug mug, shaped to be scooped with both hands to create the ultimate sipping experience! Enjoy flavors ranging from Original Chocolate and Marshmallow to Italian Thick and Mexican Spicy. Other signature drinks and desserts that go hand in hand with the holiday season include the Alice Cup, the Chocolate Fondue Tower and the Banana Split Waffle.

4. The Pie Counter by Four & Twenty Blackbirds

634 Dean Street, Prospect Heights

Image Courtesy Four & Twenty Blackbirds

The original Gowanus pie shop has opened a 10-seat pie counter in Prospect Heights, where patrons can taste the famous pies and purchase them whole or by the slice. Go green with the Matcha Custard, or sample some holiday favorites including Cranberry Sage, Egg ‘n’ Grogg and Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan!

5. The LIC Flea & Food Spiked Mug Fest & Holiday Market

December 15th through 17th
The Ravel Hotel, 8-08 Queens Plaza South, LIC

Image Courtesy LIC Flea

Let Santa, live music and unlimited winter cocktails be the backdrop for your holiday shopping and browsing this season! LIC Flea & Food presents the Spiked Mug Fest & Holiday Market, the biggest holiday market in Queens hosted at the Ravel Hotel. Sample favorite drinks like “Igloo Meter” and “Holiday Mule” to truly get into the holiday spirit!

TOWN International | A Holiday Global Showcase Special: The Most Luxurious Kitchens from Around the World

We are pleased to present a showcase of eleven premier properties located around the globe featuring state-of-the-art kitchens. With the holiday season upon us, now is the perfect time to celebrate these amazing kitchens, designed for seamless feast preparation and guest entertainment!

While all holiday gatherings begin and end in these top-notch kitchens, their surrounding homes present the perfect spaces for hosting family and friends from far and wide to celebrate the season of gratitude and hope. To get to know more about these stand-out residences, please contact the International Sales Desk at

1. 443 Greenwich Street | Tribeca, Manhattan

Bed: 3, Bath: 3 Full, 1 Half
Price: $12,795,000

Courtesy TOWN Residential

Designed by Christopher Peacock, this gorgeous open chef’s kitchen is filled with chic custom cabinetry and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, including a six-burner Wolf range with pot filler, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele convection oven and built-in coffee maker. Supported by polished stainless-steel legs, the centerpiece Calacatta marble island provides a luxurious space for kitchen prep and casual dining. Effortlessly combining Old New York charm with meticulous modern finishes, the exquisite three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom residence in the esteemed 443 Greenwich Street is a rare find in coveted Tribeca.

2. 200 Russell Hill Road | Toronto, Ontario

Bed: 2+, Bath: 3
Price: $4,050,000

Courtesy Forest Hill Real Estate

Take your traditional holiday meals to the next level in this luxurious kitchen, where elegance meets practicality! Surrounded by the lush greenery of the Nordheimer Ravine and only minutes from Downtown Toronto, this turnkey ultra exclusive 2,415-square-foot suite is awaiting the personal touch of its new vibrant owners, and their holiday best along with them. Nestled in Toronto’s exclusive Forest Hill, this 22-suite luxury boutique condominium offers both a large balcony and ground-level walk-out terrace.

3. Villa | Bahar ic-Caghaq, Malta

Bed: 3, Bath: 3
Price: $3,052,00

Courtesy Chestertons International

Truly splendid and stylishly furnished, this villa has been finished to exquisite taste and set on high grounds in the very best part of this exclusive residential address. The fully-fitted kitchen includes plentiful counter space and a breakfast bar, perfect for both preparing and entertaining in style.

4. 1555 South Ocean Boulevard | Manalapan, Palm Beach

Bed: 8, Bath: 9 Full, 2 Half
Price: $17,500,000

Courtesy The Fite Group Luxury Homes

The brilliantly designed chef’s kitchen features a professional Viking eight-burner range, custom covered double Thermador refrigerators, a large walk-in pantry and an island with a prep sink. There is a second island table tucked in a cozy alcove with walls of glass windows and built-in window seats that create a cozy feel to this expansive kitchen. Dramatic wood-beamed ceilings that match the wood detail of the lattice-patterned marble flooring create a dramatic effect, and the expanded family room beside the space provides the perfect setting for intimate family gatherings.

5. Family Chalet | Verbier, Switzerland

Bed: 4, Bath: 4
Price: $5,450,000

Courtesy Alpine Homes

This family chalet is located within easy walking distance of the center of Verbier in the region of Patier. The spacious open plan living/dining room and kitchen make entertaining your guests while preparing a holiday meal seamless and convenient, with gorgeous finishes throughout.

6. 1500 Hudson Street | Hoboken, New Jersey

Bed: 2, Bath: 2
Price: $1,499,000

Courtesy AVENUE Residential

This lovely home features a renovated kitchen with a breakfast bar, complete with sleek window shades and an abundance of storage space. Natural light floods every room in the home, offering panoramic city and river views through 10-foot-high loft windows.

7. Campden Grove | Kensington, London

Bed: 4, Bath: 2
Price: $1,497,500

Courtesy Chestertons London

Inside this stunning white stucco fronted home on Campden Grove, an immaculate kitchen provides top-notch appliances and ample space for preparing and dining. Stunning and well-lit, every meal will go according to plan in this incredibly well-designed space.

8. 213 West 23rd Street | Chelsea, Manhattan

Bed: 3, Bath: 3
Price: $5,200,000

Courtesy TOWN Residential

This beautifully-finished open kitchen holds court over the amazing residence, with Viking and Sub-Zero appliances surrounded by custom cabinetry, a large pantry and a massive island with breakfast bar seating. The space opens into the expansive great room that runs the full 52-foot width of the home, complete with chic blond oak floors and extra-tall, detailed ceilings overhead.

9. 15701 Collins Avenue | Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

Bed: 4, Bath: 5+
Price: $5,221,000

Courtesy Fortune International Group

This high corner unit in the stand-alone Ritz Carlton Residences Sunny Isles Beach offers a European kitchen with top-notch appliances. Let the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and flawless Miami skyline be the backdrop for this year’s holiday preparation!

10. 8 Old Fulton Street | Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn

Bed: 2, Bath: 3
Price: $3,995,000

Courtesy TOWN Residential

This penthouse loft soars across two levels,  ideal for both living and entertaining. Prepare to be enamored by the generous, open floor plan. On the first floor, find an updated chef’s kitchen with a separate dining area for up to 10 guests, a full bath and laundry room. Original features such as cast iron columns and exposed brick are complimented with modern touches like premium stainless steel appliances and a floating staircase that defines its architectural significance.

11. El Palacio | Montellano, Spain

Bed: 7, Bath: 7
Price: $4,110,000

Courtesy Gilmar

This palatial home integrates the utmost level of luxury inside every room. The fully-equipped kitchen includes an external terrace, where residents can enjoy the perfect holiday meal amidst gorgeous views of the rural countryside.

Company News | TOWN Residential Officially Opens West Side Flagship Office

Significantly expanding the firm’s West Side footprint, the more than 14,000 square foot space in the prestigious 888 Seventh Avenue welcomes an esteemed roster of Representatives. 

Top: 888 Seventh Avenue, Image Courtesy Real Estate Weekly; Bottom: Andrew Heiberger, Founder and CEO; Gary Lacy, Managing Director; Adam Taylor; Director of Sales

TOWN Residential, New York’s leading luxury services firm, is proud to announce the opening of its new office on Manhattan’s vibrant West Side at 888 Seventh Avenue. Situated inside the prominent Emery Roth & Sons-designed building, the West Side Flagship welcomes an esteemed roster of Representatives, including the 75 Representatives and Associates previously associated with the 10,000-square-foot TOWN Fifth Avenue inside the widely-recognized and prestigious Crown Building. After hosting TOWN for six years, 730 Fifth Avenue has been slated for conversion to a world-renowned Aman hotel and 23 ultra-luxury residential condominiums. 

888 Seventh Avenue stands at the intersection of Billionaire’s Row and Columbus Circle at the gateway of the West Side. The expansive class-A space features double-height ceilings as well as direct views of the iconic Carnegie Hall and brimming Central Park. Along with a full suite of windowed private offices, the space includes multiple conference rooms, open workspaces and two large kitchen areas. As always, a TOWN Square stands as the office’s most distinctive feature in testament to TOWN’s hallmark culture of collaboration. 

Managing the new office and heralding its continued success are two TOWN veterans, Gary Lacy and Adam Taylor. 

Widely respected, Gary Lacy is known for his energy, innovation and keen market knowledge. The open-door policy he previously employed at TOWN Fifth Avenue yields itself well to the new environment, where he remains a driving force behind the growth of each of his Elite and recognized Representatives and teams. 

Adam Taylor carries over thirty years of luxury sales experience and over a decade of undeniable results in the high-end New York City real estate market. Most previously the Sales Director at TOWN Astor Place, Adam’s managing style can only be characterized by unwavering enthusiasm and steadfast dedication to every Representatives’ initiatives. 

With all the ease and accessibility of Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle, plus unbeatable highlights including The High Line, 57th Street Billionaire’s Row corridor, and a consistent presence of prominent banks and corporate headquarters including Barclays and CBS, the location brings a new meaning to the cultivated TOWN Experience that Representatives and clients alike have come to recognize. In the blocks surrounding 888 Seventh Avenue, residents of and visitors to the neighborhood enjoy popular dining destinations including Red Eye Grill and Brooklyn Diner. Plus, Central Park is always full of opportunity to enjoy leisurely, active, historic or family-oriented activities, no matter the season.  

Opportune in timing, the new office at 888 Seventh Avenue serves as a testament to the tremendous shift of excitement to the West Side now materializing through the Hudson Yards development. TOWN New Development is spearheading Circa Central Park, the Upper West Side’s most stunning and iconic new addition designed by FXFowle; the icon, a distinctive 43-story tower located at 306 West 48th Street designed by Ismael Leyva Architects and featuring luxury rentals; as well as exciting upcoming projects in the vicinity as well, including 520 Fifth Avenue, Cerruzi Properties’s highly anticipated super-tall Midtown luxury tower; and 212 West 93rd Street, a 14-story residential redevelopment of the historic Shaare Zedek synagogue. 

At 888 Seventh Avenue, TOWN joins an office presence that includes Vornado Realty Trust, Pershing Square Capital Management, Lone Star Funds, and respected industry colleagues from The Corcoran Group.

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 seamless execution of best-in-class customer service by more than 500 local experts within strategically located Manhattan and Brooklyn locations. Completing more than 21,550 transactions totaling over $12.4 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, TOWN Residential created a powerful network of more than 3,200 professionals within more than 180 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; 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; Alpine Homes, the most sought after firm specializing in destination homes in Switzerland with a reach that extends into France, Austria and Italy; and Towne Realty Group, the inside expert for residential homes in North Central, New Jersey. TOWN Residential is also a proud member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, the world’s most prestigious network of brokerages who transact within the top 10% of their market.  

All endeavors are backed by TOWN Infinity, 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.

Company News | TOWN Residential Expands Global Network Through Strategic Alliances With Alpine Homes And Towne Realty Group

The powerful network expands TOWN’s significant international presence into the prestigious markets of Switzerland and New Jersey.

From Left: Andrew Heiberger, Founder and CEO, TOWN; Luciane Serifovic, International Sales, Corporate and Relocation Services Director, TOWN; Samar Hamza, International Sales, Corporate and Relocation Services Manager, TOWN; Larry Levene, Owner, Alpine Homes; Karen Eastman Bigos, Founder, Towne Realty Group

TOWN Residential, New York’s leading luxury real estate services firm, has joined forces with two prestigious real estate firms in a dedicated effort to expand an ever-growing elite global network. We are pleased to welcome Alpine Homes, reigning from the faraway Swiss Alps as the most-sought after destination for ski homes, as well as Towne Realty Group, situated just across the river as the market-leading boutique firm in Millburn-Short Hills, New Jersey. 

Both Alpine Homes and Towne Realty Group align seamlessly with TOWN’s core values, which include an unyielding dedication to customer service and local neighborhood expertise. These incredible synergies among the firms will continue to bolster the alliance’s commitment to remaining the go-to source for every client’s domestic or international real estate needs. 

Founded in 2005, Alpine Homes specializes in the sale of off plan and resale properties in Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy. The firm offers a broad range of property services to developers and property owners alike, including development consultancy, valuation, sales, marketing and rental introductions. Owner Larry Levene and the firm’s qualified, multilingual staff are passionate about ski properties and The Alps, and always strive to offer the highest standard of client care.

TOWN’s association with the firm is focused within its highly acclaimed Switzerland market. The landlocked country at the center of Europe borders no less than five countries – Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Lichenstein. Switzerland contains some of the most scenic landscapes in the world, with rugged peaks, high mountain passes and deep lakes. Offering a warm, Mediterranean climate in the summer and some of the highest snow falls in The Alps during the winter, the locale offers an enormous diversity of activities. 

Based in Millburn, New Jersey, Towne Realty Group is the inside expert for residential homes in North Central, New Jersey, just 18 miles west of Manhattan. Founded in 2006, Broker Karen Eastman Bigos has been a top agent in the community for over 33 years. The firm surpassed $1.5 billion in sales in its first ten years and has grown its social media follower base to over 18,000 fans, tracking over $50 million in sales from Facebook alone. A prominent member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, Towne Realty Group proudly serves a dedicated clientele in Short Hills, Millburn, Summit, Berkeley Heights, The Chathams, Maplewood & South Orange, Springfield, New Providence and West Orange (all towns along and near the Midtown Direct train line). 

Raised in Millburn-Short Hills, Karen Eastman Bigos is actively involved in a wide array of local civic organizations and holds a true insider’s knowledge of the area, from its housing inventory and neighborhoods, to its schools, recreational programs, shopping opportunities and government functions. Her personal commitment translates into a company firmly rooted within its community, as witnessed by clients through every transaction.

These boutique firms are connected to markets that are undeniably prestigious. The new associations will prove integral toward TOWN’s commitment to providing the highest level of local service to its deserving clientele.

The addition of Alpine Homes and Towne Realty Group further expands TOWN Residential’s dynamic network to more than 3,200 professionals within more than 180 offices across five continents. Prioritizing genuine relationships with best-in-class local experts, Alpine Homes and Towne Realty Group join 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; The Fite Group Luxury Homes, the market leading independent luxury real estate firm in Palm Beach, Florida; and AVENUE Residential, the leading Hoboken-based brokerage, serving Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken and surrounding areas. 

TOWN Residential has cemented its position as New York’s foremost luxury real estate services firm with seamless execution of best-in-class customer service by more than 500 local experts within ten prime Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens locations. Completing more than 21,550 transactions totaling over $12.4 billion since inception, the firm celebrates success in luxury residential sales; leasing; the marketing, sales and leasing of property developments; commercial and retail.

The firm’s endeavors are backed by 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. Most recently, the division launched a newly imagined website,, the online destination for exciting sale and rental listings both within New York City and around the world.