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 9

Last but certainly not least, congrats to Nicole Hay, our final winner of the #aroundTOWN2017 Spring Photo Contest. She captured one of the best photos yet, a Manhattanhenge sunset. Thank you to all who participated!

Week 8

Representative Jack Elliot Heard took the prize this week with this gorgeous photo! The city’s buildings sure do lend themselves well to sunset photography.

Week 7

Victoria Vasile captured this winning photo at the Annual Astoria Fair! There’s nothing like a fun community event to get everyone celebrating a beautiful week in the city.

Week 6

Congratulations to Anthony Tam, who attended the Chihuly display at the New York Botanical Gardens and captured this stunning photo!

Week 5

Photo by Fabienne Terwinghe

Congratulations to Fabienne Terwinghe and her photo of The Big Apple, all decked out for spring!

Week 4

Photo by Sarah Kruse

Congratulations to Representative Sarah Kruse, who captured this Upper West Side brownstone thriving behind its daffodil-filled front garden.

Week 3

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Photo by Andy Feiwel

Congratulations to Representative Andy Feiwel, who jumped on the cherry tree bandwagon with this winning photo, and we’re happy he did!

Week 2

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Photo by Melissa Kriger

Congratulations to Winner #2, Representative Melissa Kriger. She who captured this wonderful view of the Manhattan skyline while crossing the Brooklyn Bridge!

Week 1

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Photo by Karen Stone

Congratulations to Representative 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.

 

TOWN Data | Location Report 5/12

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 12, the current average price of a Manhattan apartment was $2,416,254.

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

 

 

TOWN Data | The Aggregate, First Quarter 2017

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TOWN Residential, New York’s leading luxury real estate services firm, has released The Aggregate – the firm’s quarterly residential market report. During the first quarter, the overall Manhattan market showed continued strength in sales prices on both quarterly and yearly measures, despite an increase in median days on the market. The average sales price increased by 5.8% since last quarter and by 1.9% since last year for this quarter’s total of $2,218,136.

Market-wide, the median sales price also increased by a significant 10% quarter-over-quarter and a slight 0.4% year-over-year, coming in at $1,155,611. The average price per square foot increased by 1.8% over the quarter to $1,539, which is 3% lower than the price paid during the same time last year. Modest market-wide quarterly gains in median sales prices were reported in the 1- and 2-bedroom categories, with the 1-bedroom segment increasing by 4% to $840,000 and the 2-bedroom segment increasing by less than 1% to $1,705,000.

Similar to the overall sales market, the condo market saw improvement on a quarterly basis, with average and median sales prices both rising by 3.7%. Across Manhattan, 2-bedroom condos made up 36.2% of all sales, followed closely by 1-bedroom condos making up 35.1% of all sales.

At a median price of $766,250, the co-op market saw slight improvement on both quarterly and yearly measures, increasing by 1.5% since last quarter and by 1% since last year. Average sales prices, however, decreased by just under 2% since last quarter and by 3.2% since last year for this quarter’s total of $1,214,476.

“Even though the $1,000,000-$3,000,000 market sector was strongest this past quarter, we can expect rising mortgage interest rates and the much lower luxury rentals to put downward pressure on this sector in the coming quarters,” said Andrew Heiberger, founder and CEO, TOWN Residential.

Auditing the luxury market specifically, 57 transactions were recorded within the $10,000,000 and up condo market during the first quarter registering an average price of $15,895,224, and 4 transactions were recorded within the over $10,000,000 co-op market for an average price of $17,825,000. For luxury condos, the median days on the market was significantly higher at 237 compared to 89 market-wide, while median days on the market for luxury co-ops was only 49.5, lower than the market-wide median of 58.

“While there were a significant number of closings above $10,000,000, it is crucial to note these were mostly for apartments that went into contract years ago in buildings like 56 Leonard and 432 Park. New contracts for apartments priced above $10,000,000 are only for those that offer the best locations, most square footage for the price, and other amenities and features such as views and outdoor space. It is a buyer’s market on the top end,” added Heiberger.

Examining the market by individual neighborhood and property size, The Aggregate revealed a mixture of increasing and decreasing price trends during the first quarter, with the 2-bedroom segment registering as the most volatile across Manhattan.

The Aggregate is a comprehensive study of residential sale transactions across distinct asset classes from January to March 2017. The report compares those transaction values with quarter-over and year-over values, while providing invaluable insight into current trends and market conditions. Data is drawn from the rolling sales data of the Manhattan market along with the live ACRIS feed provided by the New York City Department of Finance.

Food News | Somewhere Beyond the Sea

From Mother’s Day to Memorial Day, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy a seafood dish or two in May. We’ve compiled a list of the top ten New York City establishments that can satisfy this craving, trusted time and again by Manhattanites and visitors alike. Check out the list below, and see if you can’t hit all ten by the end of the summer!

1. Marea

240 Central Park South

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Translated into Italian, Marea means “tide,” – and here in the heart of New York City, it’s bringing the Italian coastline straight to your stomachs. Chef Michael White has created the menu to “read like a map of the sea,” with extensive offerings including crudo and oysters; plus a selection of 750 wines.

2. Ed’s Lobster Bar

222 Lafayette Street

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Chef Ed McFarland brings the beach to the city at Ed’s Lobster Bar in a simple shack setting. He serves lobster each and every way your palate could possibly desire: steamed, grilled, broiled, chilled, inside a pot pie, and, of course, on a roll. Committed to his renowned menu, Ed has testified that he tastes the lobster each day to ensure it lives up to reputation.

3. Le Bernardin

155 West 51st Street

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Image Courtesy Le Bernardin

This elite French seafood restaurant is proud to be the only restaurant to maintain a four-star New York Times rating throughout five consecutive reviews. Le Bernardin is committed to upscale service and a menu to match. While the menus reflect the ambiance with a $205 tasting menu and $140 four-course prix fixe, the lounge area includes lighter snacks for a more affordable price.

4. Grand Central Oyster Bar

89 E 42nd Street

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Image Courtesy TimeOut

Since 1913, Grand Central Oyster Bar has been serving fresh seafood to Manhattanites, famous for its oyster stew and freshly-shucked Baja and Plymouth Rock oysters. Located inside Grand Central Station, it’s the perfect destination to either begin or complete your New York City experience.

5. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.

114 Nassau Avenue

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Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. is committed to serving local and seasonal seafood with sustainability as its guiding mantra. Choosing to source from only the most responsible and careful fisherman, the restaurant offers a menu that is at once tasty, healthy, and cognizant of a viable future for the world’s seafood. Plus, be sure to check out the restaurant’s hands-on classes, like Oyster Tasting and Shucking!

6. Nobu Fifty Seven

40 West 57th Street

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Image Courtesy Nobu Restaurants

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa partnered with Drew Nieporent, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper to create the now-famous new style Japanese restaurant. Serving fan favorites like Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño and Black Cod Miso, Nobu ranks among New York’s finest.

7. Blue Water Grill

31 Union Square West

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Image Courtesy Blue Water Grill

Blue Water Grill has now been renovated to accommodate 225 patrons desiring a world-class seafood experience. Committed to sustainability, the establishment works closely with local purveyors and offers an atmosphere that is at once historic and contemporary.

8. Shuko

47 East 12th Street

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Image Courtesy The New York Times

Another traditional Japanese sushi bar, Shuko incorporates the finest fish selections and seasonal ingredients from local and international sources. The popular establishment is strict with reservations, so be sure to schedule in advance!

9. Russ & Daughters

179 East Houston

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Russ & Daughters is every lox-lover’s dream, serving various salmon varieties including Norwegian Smoked, Kippered, Pastrami Cured, and Western Wild Nova. The open kitchen-style restaurant boasts a friendly staff and an old-school soda fountain bar – the perfect opportunity to enjoy a light lunch, brunch, cocktails, dinner, and more!

10. Pearl Oyster Bar

18 Cornelia Street

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Image Courtesy Pearl Oyster Bar

Pearl Oyster Bar redefined Maine’s lobster roll and brought it to the heart of New York City. Chef Rebecca Charles elevated the cuisine previously considered “beach food” into an upscale staple. Don’t miss out on Pearl’s delicious plates of shrimp, filet, sea scallops, bouillabaisse, and more!

Health News | The City’s Best Yoga and Pilates Studios

Yoga and Pilates are timeless forms of exercise that strengthen the body, focus on the core, build lean muscles, and contribute to a mindful way of life. With so many options to choose from in the city, here are just a few of our favorite studios to practice at!

New Love City

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Image Courtesy New Love City

68 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

This spot is a unique combination of workspace and yoga studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. With classes for all levels of yogi’s, New Love City is the perfect studio for those looking to experience the best of Vinyasa yoga.

Insider Tip: take Conor Yates’ class

Katonah Yoga Bowery

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Image Courtesy Katonah Yoga Bowery

302 Bowery and First Street

This yoga studio focuses on Hatha yoga, a gentle form that is perfect for those interested in working out the mind alongside the body. Founded by Nevine Michaan, Katonah Yoga’s practice has been refined over forty years and infused with Taoist theory and meditation.

Sacred Sounds Yoga

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Image Courtesy Sacred Sounds Yoga

163 Bleecker Street between Sullivan and Thompson Streets

This Greenwich Village studio offers an array of classes, from Ashtanga to Aerial and even yoga for kids. With a goal of promoting a healthy mind, body, and spirit through love, life, laughter, and practice, the studio is dedicated providing trainees of every level with a friendly and comfortable experience. Sacred Sounds Yoga is also rentable for parties, photo shoots, and rehearsals.

Real Pilates

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Image Courtesy Eventful

177 Duane Street between Staple Street and Greenwich Street

This studio is committed to offering classes in the original style of Joseph Pilates and promises fast fitness results. Founded on a belief that the power of the student-teacher relationship is the most significant catalyst for achieving personal and physical success, Real Pilates creates customized programs for everyone who walks through its doors.

Flex Studios

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Image Courtesy Flex Studios

47 West 14th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

For a fitness combination featuring classes on the Pilates reformer as well as barre and TRX classes, Flex Studios is the best in the city. On average, the studio offers 15 small group classes each day, incorporating the three methods for a fast=paced, form-focused, full-body workout!

Insider Tip: Take Justine Roux’s class

Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side  

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Image Courtesy Ashtanga Yoga

239 West 72nd Street between Broadway and West End Avenue

Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side is one of New York City’s best studios offering Ashtanga yoga in the style of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois. In line with tradition, the studio teaches students of all levels individually in a group setting for a comprehensive understanding of the series through verbal and hands-on guidance.

Golden Bridge Yoga

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Image Courtesy Golden Bridge Yoga

253 Centre Street between Broome and Grand Streets

This studio offers the very spiritual style of Kundalini yoga. A workout for the mind, body, and soul, Golden Bridge Yoga offers a peaceful village vibe, a welcoming and talented staff, and incentive to take a breath from the city that never sleeps!

 

Seasonal Events | Fleet Week 2017

Fleet Week is a tradition that New Yorkers look forward to each year. The week celebrates our Naval heroes with a series of parties, events, and gatherings. Starting with the Parade of Ships on the Hudson to kick things off on May 24th, the week continues with events at some of the city’s coolest venues, including inside Prospect Park and onboard the Intrepid. Here are our top picks for Fleet Week 2017.

Parade of Ships

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Image Courtesy Gotham Girl Chronicles

Wednesday, May 24th
Location: New York Harbor

You’ll be amazed as you watch the fleet of Navy, Marine Corps, Naval Academy, Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian ships cross the New York Harbor as the kick-off to 2017 Fleet Week. The event is free and open to the public, so come one and come all!

Marine Day

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Image Courtesy Fleet Week New York / Facebook

Saturday, May 27th from 8:00AM – 4:00PM
Location: Prospect Park, Brooklyn

The U.S. Marine Corps is set to host a day of military performance in the lovely Prospect Park during the weekend. The event will include a formation run, followed by military static displays, demos, and a performance by the U.S. Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment.

Seabee STEM Challenge

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Image Courtesy Seabee75

Saturday, May 27th through Monday, May 29th from 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Location: The Intrepid, Pier 86

This three-day competition is hosted by the U.S. Navy Seabee Historical Foundation. The “Can Do” STEM Challenge welcomes students of all ages, willing to put their Seabee skills to the test while incorporating principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The engaging event allows participants to design, build, test, and adapt to challenges in today’s technological society!

Fleet Week Music Festival

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Image Courtesy Grounded4Life / Facebook

Sunday, May 28th from 12:00PM – 8:00PM
Location: Flagship Brewery, Staten Island

This free music festival will be hosted by Flagship Brewery and feature a series of local artists to celebrate Fleet Week. Keep your ears out for announcements for the event that is a sure way to spend the afternoon and evening!

Intrepid Memorial Day Commemoration

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Image Courtesy Fleet Week New York / Facebook

Monday, May 29th from 11:30AM – 1:30PM
Location: The Intrepid, Pier 86

Join hundreds of veterans at this incredible event that will honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving the armed forces. As per tradition, the ceremony features the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag, the playing of taps, a ceremonial wreath-laying, and a three-volley rifle salute.

 

Holidays | Memorial Day Getaways

Each year, Memorial Day rolls around as the official kick-off to summer and the perfect excuse to get out of town for some relaxation and fun. Curated to create your most memorable Memorial Day Weekend yet, we’ve selected a handful of waterfront destinations that have proven themselves fan favorites for the holiday, time and again.

Stay Local

Travel to: Montauk, NY
Stay at: Solé East

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Image Courtesy On Montauk

Just a quick jitney or helicopter ride from New York City, Montauk is the ultimate summer destination for many New Yorkers. You’ll find a crowd that is young and fabulous, and that cares about fitness just as much as it cares about having a good time. Start your days off right with surfing or cycling, and then hit one of Montauk’s infamous hot spots such as The Surf Lodge for epic celebrations.

All American Celebration

Travel to: Newport, RI
Stay at: Gurney’s Newport Resort

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For a Memorial Day with a historical New England feel, we love Newport. It’s no wonder that some of the grandest mansions in the country were built here, as this seaside destination is nothing short of picturesque. Stroll along the Cliff Walk to see the famed “cottages” that once belonged to the likes of the Astors and the Vanderbilts, then head to one of Newport’s pristine beaches for some family-friendly fun in the sun.

Jetsetter

Travel to: Miami, FL
Stay at: Faena Hotel Miami Beach

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Image Courtesy Miami and Beaches

For those looking to really get out of town this Memorial Day Weekend, Miami is the perfect option. This buzzing city loves any excuse to party, and Memorial Day is no exception. Take in the vibrant South Beach atmosphere as you stroll along Collins Avenue and stop for brunch at one of Miami’s most fabulous restaurants for a party brunch to remember.

 

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!

To share and download the guide, please click here.

Secrets of the Parks

1. The High Line Cowboys

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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.

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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Image Courtesy campoutkid.com

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.