Meet TOWN Residential’s Melissa Van Damm

TOWN Residential is a real estate firm that is committed to serving our Representatives with all the resources they need to excel. Melissa Van Damm, Managing Director of TOWN Financial District, played a key role in the foundation of the TOWN brand and creating a “culture of care” unique to our firm. Melissa has a deep passion for property and contributed to selling her first apartment as a 14-year-old teen. Watch the interview to learn more about Melissa’s deep-rooted experience in real estate.


TOWN Exclusives: Kitchens Fit For A Feast

TOWN Residential 228 West Street 2W
With the holiday season upon us, we’ve rounded up sumptuous kitchens that will prove to be a chef’s dream all year round.
TOWN Residential 228 West Street 2W
1) Originally built in 1856, 228 West Street, 2W boasts a warm kitchen, aesthetically designed with poured concrete countertops highlighting classic loft material features like: exposed brick, reclaimed wide-plank floors, and pine columns. Outfitted with stainless steel appliances, Wolf oven, Miele dishwasher, Subzero refrigerator and wine fridge, the master chef has all the materials to prepare a feast.

TOWN Residential 410 West 24th Street18BCE
2) Located in the London Terrace Towers, 410 West 24th Street, 18BCE opens into a windowed kitchen with open dining area for seamless family entertaining.
TOWN Residential 42-50 Wooster Street 4NR
3) This prewar home at 42-50 Wooster Street, 4NR has an exquisite, open granite kitchen with double ovens, Bosch dishwasher, Subzero fridge and wine refrigerator.
TOWN Residential 152 Wooster 2A
4) Prepare your feast in the luxuriously appointed kitchen at 152 Wooster, 2A. The designer renovated loft features kitchen counters made of Brazilian sodalite marble and a graphic marble mosaic floor.
5) Modern marries authenticity in this TriBeCa kitchen at 44 Laight Street, 2B. Sleek granite finishes compliment the industrial interior filled with cast iron columns, original wooden joists and exposed brick.
TOWN Residential 31 West 21st Street, 9LFR
6) Cook with open views of Manhattan in 31 West 21st Street, 9LFR. This custom Chef’s kitchen is centrally located in the Flatiron loft’s floor plan offering an unobstructed northern cityscape of the Empire State Building.

Meet TOWN Residential’s Filippa Edberg-Manuel

TOWN Representatives are neighborhood experts who embody the spirit and energy of Manhattan. West Village Representative Filippa Edberg-Manuel, an expert on Manhattan’s West Side and Chelsea High Line, talks about her passion for the west side from iconic waterfront buildings to the deep, varied cultures within the neighborhood. You can learn more about Filippa’s unique background in design and real estate here.

Powered by Luxury Attache: NYC’s Best Thanksgiving Desserts

four and twenty blackbirds pie

We’ve scoured the city for the best seasonal treats to serve this year. From pies, to macaroons, to cakes, be sure to save room after the big feast for these decadent treats.

four and twenty blackbirds pie

The sister duo at Four & Twenty Blackbirds added a pinch of salt to this traditional favorite to create their Salted Caramel Apple Pie.

zucker bakery doughnut

Zucker Bakery is serving up Thanksgivukkah Donuts this year with a limited-series of flavor varieties: Cranberry Turkey, Turkey Gravy, Jelly and Sweet Potato.

lady m pumpkin nuage cake

Lady M Cake Boutique‘s Pumpkin Nuage is only available one season every year. This dessert is a combination of pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake with the perfect touches of cinnamon, cream cheese and graham crackers.

momofuku milk bar pie

The sweet geniuses at Momofuku Milk Bar turned blondies into an entire pie. This concoction features white chocolate brownies, Granny Smith apples and gingersnap crust for a new kind of apple pie.

dana's bakery macarons

This month, Dana’s Bakery is serving up a holiday menu of pecan pie, jelly doughnut and pumpkin pie macaroons.

momofuku thanksgiving croissant

The month of November marks the return of our favorite seasonal pastry, the Thanksgiving Croissant. While not a true dessert, this flaky cornucopia of flavor is a fourth-meal we support indulging in. Momofuku Milk Bar packs in white and dark meat turkey with cranberry sauce and gravy for a handy Thanksgiving meal regardless of the day.

TOWN Neighborhood Picks: Deborah’s Upper East Side

TOWN Residential Deborah Sabec

deborah sabec

Deborah Sabec, Senior Vice President and Associate Broker at TOWN UES, has sold Manhattan real estate for eighteen years.  Deborah has deep roots in Manhattan and is a long time co-op owner on the Upper East Side. This week, she’s sharing her favorite classic haunts and best-kept secrets of the neighborhood.

1) Favorite place to shop

2) Best place for a night out on the TOWN

Start your evening with cocktails at TBar followed by dinner at Belle Blu, which is always crowded and loads of fun.

The Mark Hotel Bar first opened in the roaring ‘20s and has an unmistakable Upper East Side presence, with interior design by Jacques Grange has a French, chic ambiance. Sip on handcrafted cucumber martini in the recently redesigned space.

The Mark Hotel Bar

For live music, the iconic Carlyle is an elegant way to spend the evening. Woody Allen often plays clarinet Monday nights with Eddie Davis and his New Orleans Jazz Band.

The Met serves cocktails and light fare in the Great Hall Balcony Bar accompanied by live classical music every Fridays and Saturdays.

3) Go-to for groceries

4) Saturday afternoon must-do’s

  • Lunch at Viand
  • I love to walk the 6.2 mile loop in Central Park. It is a great way to “escape” the city, watch the seasons change and reconnect with nature.
  • The Museum of the City of New York and the Frick host exhibits that are often gems and can be enjoyed in smaller, intimate settings.
  • There is a year round farmers market at St. Stephen’s of Hungary that has the best local fish and chicken.

    Central Park
    Central Park

TOWN Neighborhood Picks: Kelly Robinson’s Flatiron


town-residential-kelly-robinsonTOWN Flatiron’s Kelly Robinson, has been in Manhattan real estate for seven years. This native-born New Yorker is quite the neighborhood expert, and has lived in neighborhoods across the city from the West Village to the Upper East Side. This week, Kelly’s sharing her knowledge on the best Flatiron shops, restaurants and must-see neighborhood locales.     1) Favorite place to shop 

2) Best place for a night out on the TOWN

Raine’s Law Room and Corkbuzz

The Raines Law Room is awesome. You can almost miss this unassuming, subterranean speakeasy if you aren’t paying attention. Ring the bell and someone will attend to your party. They have an excellent cocktail menu, all hand-crafted with house-made juices and cozy atmosphere with a private garden for warmer months. Their mixologists have won numerous awards.

Corkbuzz is, in a word, amazing. Executive Chef Hayan Yi, who previously cooked at Daniel and Le Bernadin, serves delicious plates for sharing. They have an excellent wine list, seasonal menu, great tastings and classes. And an awesome cheesemonger. I have never met anyone who knows more about cheese. 3) Go-to for groceries 

Fresh produce from the Union Square Greenmarket
  • Eataly – Weekdays are best
  • Union Square Greenmarket
  • Westside Market – While not technically Flatiron, it’s so close and they have great prepared meals to grab on the go.

4) Saturday afternoon must-do’s

Powered by Luxury Attache: NYC Restaurant Week 2013

The Capital Grille NYC

TOWN Residential Concierge Lauren Eisenberg

Over 294 restaurants around New York City crafted menus for NYC Restaurant Week this year. TOWN Concierge Lauren Eisenberg curates the reservations you need to make before August 16.

The Capital Grille NYC

1) The Capital Grille is unlocking a decadent lunch and dinner menu during Restaurant Week. As far as we’re concerned, lunch doesn’t get better than The Grille’s Signature Cheeseburger with a side of truffle fries.

Osteria Morini

2) Michael White’s SoHo ode to Italian comfort cuisine, Osteria Morini is serving a lunch menu featuring their renowned homemade pastas.

LURE Fishbar

3) Transport yourself to St. Tropez at this yacht-themed restaurant tucked away on the corner of Mercer and Prince. Lure is serving up lunch and dinner menus with a half dozen oysters sweeten the deal.

Empellon Taqueria

4) Spice up your usual lunch with a visit to Empellon Taqueria. Pair together taco choices like Lamb Barbacoa, Lobster, Fish Tempura, or Short Rib Pastrami for the perfect combination.

Il Mulino

5) Diners can expect a truly authentic Italian experience with impeccable service at a Greenwich Village favorite, Il Mulino. Order the Chicken Parmesan for lunch to taste one of the best in New York City.


6) Perilla is truly a Greenwich Village neighborhood staple, with only 18 tables and 10 seats at the bar these are reservations you’ll want to make immediately. Dine on refreshing cucumber soup, roasted all natural chicken and finish with a seasonal nectarine and blueberry financier.

DBGB Kitchen and Bar

7) DBGB Kitchen and Bar has a hearty lunch and dinner menu. Go for the Frenchie Burger, wash it down with a beer and order another round from a selection of over 95 brews.

ilili Restaurant

8) Enjoy a complimentary rosé tasting with your Restaurant Week dinner at ilili Restaurant. The featured winery rotates weekly through August 16.

Blue Smoke

9) Go for the food, stay for the jazz at Blue Smoke. One of our favorite clubs, Jazz Standard is located in the basement of Danny Meyer’s barbecue outpost.

NORMA at Le Parker Meridien

10) Power lunch for a fraction of the cost at NORMA’S at Le Parker Meridien as the entire menu makes the cut for this year’s Restaurant Week, with the exception of The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata that is.