Neighborhood Spotlight | Carnegie Hill

Wherever your Manhattan travels take you, one thing is for certain: don’t skip Carnegie Hill, the Upper East Side enclave situated alongside Central Park. From standout eats to a significant portion of the renowned Museum Mile stretch, the neighborhood is home to something for everyone at any time of day. Check out our roundup of the best places to visit below!

Museum Mile

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

2 East 91st Street

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Housed inside New York City’s landmark Carnegie Mansion, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum features four floors of gallery space dedicated to all disciplines of design. Founded in 1897, the institution retains its original mission to advance public understanding of design through dynamic, interactive exhibitions, stimulating programming and a broad array of online learning resources.

Jewish Museum

1109 5th Avenue & East 92nd Street

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The Jewish Museum presents Jewish art and culture as an educational experience for people of all backgrounds. Featuring exhibitions, programs and a collection of nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects and media, visitors can explore 4,000 years of Jewish culture from around the world, all in one space.

Madison Avenue Shopping


1269 Madison Avenue

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This Parisian boutique offers a charming selection of children’s clothing, including dresses, jackets, shoes and newborn outfits. Known for its selection of classic European styling pieces, the store is a must-visit for those looking for the perfect gift for their youngest of friends!

Boutique Mirabelle

1310 Madison Avenue

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A Madison Avenue staple for over 30 years, Boutique Mirabelle offers an exclusive line and clothing and accessories hand-selected from the most chic and timeless European fashions. Carrying a variety of top designers including Tricot Chic and Fabrizio Gianni, the store is also the only in the United States with the exclusive right to carry the famous Patchouli, Rem and Amber fragrances from France. 

Upscale Snacking

Sarabeth’s Upper East Side

1295 Madison Avenue

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Debuting in 1983, Sarabeth’s Upper East Side location rapidly became a neighborhood staple, favored for its fresh menus that never disappoint. Conveniently located by the best of Carnegie Hill, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park and the 92nd Street Y, the restaurant is the perfect destination for any meal of the day. The space also proudly boasts a legendary weekend brunch with specialty drinks including the Four Flowers Mimosa and Pickled House Bloody Mary.


1308 Madison Avenue

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Pascalou immediately transports patrons and passersby to southwestern France, with no detail overlooked inside or out. From its vases of fresh flowers and white linen-clad tables to its menu offering both French classics and Italian standout dishes, the experience is lovely from start to finish.

Neighborhood Spotlight | Murray Hill

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The warm and inviting Murray Hill sets out to strike a balance between a mellow residential atmosphere and an active nightlife scene. The neighborhood is dotted with many small and simple bagel shops, cafes and eateries, and an especially appreciated selection of Indian restaurants, Irish pubs and Korean noodle shops.

A daytime stroll to the East River is always an option to escape the bustle of midtown Manhattan, and a plethora of convenient transportation make travel throughout the city a cinch. Bounded by Madison Avenue to the west, 42nd Street to the north, the East River to the east and 34th Street to the south, Murray Hill remains connected to the rest of Manhattan through various subway stops, plus the beautiful Grand Central Station.

Historically, in the early 1900s, Murray Hill stood as one of Manhattan’s most upscale neighborhoods, its gorgeous brownstones occupied by wealthy New Yorkers. Over the course of the following century, the neighborhood became more affordable as these wealthy constituents traveled farther north, leaving an active nightlife and diverse dining scene in their wake.

Though there is plenty to do after work hours, the neighborhood retains a quietude during the day, especially in comparison to Manhattan’s Lower East Side where the activity never ends. And, as no New York City neighborhood is without its park; Bryant Park overlooked by the New York Public Library offers the perfect venue for any day.

Restaurants & Dining


108 East 38th Street

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A Murray Hill staple since 1978, Rossini’s is the go-to for northern Italian cuisine. Owned and operated by Romano Bernaz, his two sons Raymond and Gerry and his nephew Josip Cernjul, the restauranteurs attribute their success to a family philosophy to serve true Italian cuisine in an ever-evolving fashion.

Villa Berulia

107 East 34th Street

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Nestled in the heart of historic Murray Hill, Villa Berulia Ristorante has served the Murray Hill community for over thirty years. The establishment showcases exceptional Croatian and Northern Italian cuisine, with different specials every day as the chefs continue to fuse ancient recipes with modern techniques and their own flair.


Pookie & Sebastian

541 3rd Avenue

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This favorite retail shop offers sophisticated and casual women’s clothing, plus jewelry and accessories.

Dor L’Dor

301 East 41st Street

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This multi-brand boutique is the leader in the latest must-have women’s fashion and accessories, and renowned for creating the perfect closet for fashion-savvy clients.

Health & Fitness

IMX Pilates

265 Madison Avenue

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This beloved “chill” studio offers equipment-based Pilates classes, as well as hybrid workouts with spin, yoga and barre.

mang’Oh yoga

322 East 39th Street

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Opened in 2007, mang’Oh yoga is located on a quiet section of East 39th Street. The space offers a variety of classes offered seven days a week, including Sunrise, Lunchbox, Happy Hour, Candlelight and more.

Neighborhood Spotlight | Dumbo

With or without the Brooklyn Flea, Dumbo is abuzz with exciting and exclusive opportunities every season. Rumor has it that those artists who gave the borough its “uncool” nickname in the 1970s did so in an anti-marketing effort to protect it from development and gentrification. Go figure!

Serving as the borough’s unofficial welcoming post for Manhattanites crossing over into Brooklyn, Dumbo tempts them to go no further. The first of many reasons to stay is the ambiance. With cobblestone streets and old train tracks that recall the neighborhood’s 18th century industrial past, Dumbo offers some of the greatest views of Manhattan of all time, especially when the sun sets.

When in Dumbo, there are more than a few must-sees and must-dos. Check out our top picks below!


Jane’s Carousel

Old Dock Street

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Open Thursdays through Sundays throughout the winter season, Jane’s Carousel is a Brooklyn Bridge Park stronghold. With 48 exquisitely carved horses and two superb chariots, the beautiful structure was created in 1922 and has charmed its riders ever since. Come for the afternoon, or plan a photoshoot on the horses!

powerHouse Arena

28 Adams Street

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Visit powerHouse Arena, home to the world-renowned art book publisher powerHouse Books. The Arena stands as a gallery, boutique, bookstore and performative events space all in one. In the words of the owners, powerHouse Arena “showcases a series of landmark exhibitions, performances, and controlled mayhem fusing the worlds of art, photography, design, fashion, pop culture, advertising, music, dance, film, and television into a glorious whirlwind of captivating spectacle.” With soaring 24-foot ceilings and a 5,000-square-foot ground floor featuring glass frontage, the space is airy and makes for a delightful viewing or browsing experience!


Jacques Torres Chocolate

66 Water Street

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Though during the warmer months the Dumbo food scene is championed by the Brooklyn Flea, in the winter many choose to warm up with hot chocolate and handmade treats at Jacques Torres Chocolate. The Willy Wonka-esque emporium offers everything from truffles and cookies to bonbons and gluten-free treats. What’s more, the Dumbo location reigns as the world-famous Mr. Chocolate’s (Jacques Torres) very first chocolate factory.


19 Old Fulton Street

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Founded by the same mogul behind Grimaldi’s Pizza, Juliana’s is just a few steps away from the original New York City stronghold. Named for pizza proprietor Patsy Grimaldi’s mother Juliana, the old-school pies are delicious with their thin crusts and the finest housemade, locally and internationally-sourced toppings.


The McMahan Photo Art Gallery and Archive

145 Front Street, Suite K
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Through its art gallery and online collection, the McMahan Photo Art Gallery and Archive includes over 25,000 photos for sale, for use as fine art photo prints, posters and greeting cards. Founded by award-winning New York City-based urban landscape and documentary photographer Robert McMahan in 2001, the gallery has since grown into an art collection of worldwide acclaim with historical, unique and iconic photographs of museum quality.

Washington Street

between Front and Water Streets

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Top your Dumbo experience off by witnessing one of the borough’s best views. Here on Washington Street between Front and Water Streets, the Empire State Building is visible behind the Manhattan Bridge. The charm of Dumbo’s cobblestone streets in the forefront makes the image more than capture-worthy! 

Miami Neighborhood News: The Brickell City Centre Expansion

The Brickell City Centre is emerging as a transformative mixed-use real estate development. Set just south of the Miami River, beyond the Downtown section of the city, the project will ultimately span 11 acres upon its completion and include seven towers — five of which are currently under construction in Phase I.

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The elevated shopping mall alone will stretch 500,000 square feet. The open-air construct will feature road-spanning skyways and boast an extensive list of tenants. Luxury brands will be located throughout the street-accessible first floor of Brickell City Centre’s retail component. Stores located on the second and third floors will emphasize premium and contemporary retailers in categories such as beauty, home decor, jewelry, apparel and more. Dining options will be situated throughout the fourth floor, and the entire shopping center will seamlessly connect with Miami’s key transportation nodes.

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Saks Fifth Avenue has signed on as the Brickell City Centre’s anchor tenant and will occupy three floors of the shopping center with street-level access. There will be a luxury dine-in movie theater, Cinemex, and more. Other retail clients include Armani Collezioni, SportsAction, Addict, Kendra Scott, Big Easy Winebar & Grill, Taco Chic and more. Look out for the Eataly-like Italian food hall in the center’s north block, offering fresh produce, home-meal replacements, imported artisanal cheeses and meats and more.

The Centre’s two office towers will connect directly to the shopping mall. Designed by Arquitectonica, the location of the towers is the manifestation of Swire’s promise to create a live/work/relax complex. The glassy buildings will have palm trees at their base, massive conference rooms with luscious hardwood flooring, cafes with community bar tops, lounge areas with plush couches and chairs, offices designed for collaboration, and outstanding views of the city.

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The complex’s 40-story, 352-room hotel in a minimalist design — has already opened with 20,000 square feet of event space, including a 250-person ballroom. Guests will be able to easily access the shopping mall on the second and third floors, and on the 40th floor and the rooftop is Sugar, a bar and Balinese garden. The Asian-inspired restaurant, which features furniture made in Vietnam, will serve tapas. A South American eatery, Quinto La Huella, spans an impressive 97,000 square feetseating 359 people. It has a private dining room and expansive outdoor terrace as well. Off-season, rates at the hotel start at $259 per night, in season at $450.

Residences at the Brickell City Centre will combine luxury with modernity and great technology packages. Ceiling heights in the apartments will rise up to 11 foot 4 inches, while exclusive penthouses will feature 12-foot-4-inch ceilings, plus upgraded appliance packages, outdoor kitchens and private rooftop pools. There will be biometric technology elevator access, city-view terraces, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, fully finished walk-in closets in the master bedrooms, and the homes will be pre-wired for high-speed Internet with USB charging stations in the bedrooms. Kitchens will be outfitted with Bosch appliance packages and U-Line 48-bottle, temperature-controlled wine storage, while bathrooms are set to feature Italian cabinetry, imported quartz stone vanity tops, marble flooring and Duravit Sensawash water closets in the master suites. Apartments can be delivered fully furnished with a choice of two interior finish packages. Many homes in the towers dubbed REACH and RISE have already been snatched off the market.

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The Brickell City Centre will seem to have it all, even its own fire station on the west side of the development. Phase I of the 5.4 million square foot project will be complete this fall. 

Real Estate Neighborhood Spotlight: The Bronx

When most people think about the Bronx, they probably think of the Yankees or the Bronx Zoo. While both of those institutions are part of what make this city great, lately people have been thinking “real estate hotbed” when they hear the name of that borough to the north.

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The real estate market has been trending upward throughout the Bronx landscape over the past 12 to 24 months—right about the time reports began to note that people were getting priced out of Western Queens, much like they had, once upon a time, in places like Williamsburg and the Lower East Side. Naturally, investors have moved in to the Boogie Down Bronx—an area filled with reasonable prices and a ton of upside potential. In 2014, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. released a report stating that $1.2 billion worth of real estate investment was made in his borough that year—a 26 percent jump from the year prior. Since 2013, investors have purchased 156 multifamily buildings in the South Bronx, accounting for more than 4,330 units, many of which are potential conversion projects from rental units to condos or co-ops.

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In April, The Real Deal reported that there was a 35 percent sales spike in the Bronx over the course of this year’s first quarter. Meanwhile, sales dropped 2 percent in Manhattan and 4 percent in Brooklyn. The average sale price of a Bronx home, according to the report, was $378,000, the lowest of all the five boroughs. But that price point jumps to $450,000 in select submarkets, like City Island and Pelham Bay.

A multitude of high-profile Bronx-based transactions have been announced recently as well, both on the residential and commercial sides of the spectrum. Houlihan-Parnes arranged a $30 million mortgage in the borough to cover a commercial condominium interest in the Grand Concourse section. In similar news, the Morgan Group refinanced its Bronx portfolio with a $150 million loan of its own, and in May, the Long Island-based Abro Management Corp. bought a Bedford Park residential building for $27 million.

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Perhaps in a response to all this activity, the Department of Transportation is now looking to improve, and possibly expand upon, bike lanes and connectivity between the Bronx and Manhattan. Only five of the 16 bridges that connect Manhattan and the Bronx have bike paths. Though a plan won’t be unveiled until the fall, the agency is reportedly considering a gaggle of improvements like better bike infrastructure and wider sidewalks. The MTA is also likely going to launch a new Select Bus Service route in the Bronx this fall, ushering people between that borough and Upper Manhattan much more quickly.

Another great sign of the booming times in the Bronx is all the new development in the area, even in the borough’s historically maligned southern sections. Cheaper land prices in the South Bronx are bringing developers who see opportunity, and while sections along the Hudson such as Spuyten Duyvil and Riverdale are already experiencing a deluge of new residents, the South Bronx is being eyed as another new frontier. Upon its opening in 2012, the green-conscious Via Verde co-op in the Woodstock neighborhood, provided 220 new units. The 11 units in the Bronx Bricks building at 305 East 140th Street, the first market-rate condo development in the South Bronx, have sold out.

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But people aren’t investing in the Bronx solely for the affordable prices. The Bronx is littered with some fantastic, under-the-radar green spaces, and some of the city’s finest restaurants are found there as well, including Roberto’s, a Zagat borough favorite.

The Bronx is now a market that must be strongly considered, especially for first-time homebuyers. StreetEasy ranks Riverdale as the best neighborhood for market newbies, and the borough requires the smallest average down payment (20 percent) across all of New York City—5 percentage points less than its closest competitor, Brooklyn.


TOWN May Real Estate Neighborhood Spotlight: Flushing, Queens

When people think of Flushing, Queens, they might contemplate a ballgame at Citi Field, or consider shopping on Main Street and then indulging in the delectably authentic Asian cuisine of New York’s second-largest Chinatown. But, as The Wall Street Journal recently reported, the neighborhood has also emerged as a new development hot spot, one of the fastest growing in all the five boroughs. There are a number of real estate companies planning to add luxury homes to the slate of Flushing attractions, and groundbreakings in the area occur frequently. With the Flushing market already among the strongest in the five boroughs—home sales prices shot up more than 51 percent between 2010 and 2014, according to, and recently put Flushing among Queens’ top-five priciest neighborhoods—residents can only expect greater maturation in property values as a new local skyline emerges throughout the next half decade.

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In the neighborhood’s western end, the Shops at SkyView Center complex has attracted big-name retailers like Target, Nordstrom Rack,Nikeand Uniqlo and others. The Blackstone GroupLP fund paid roughly $410 million for a large portion of the 680,000-square-foot shopping center and its garage. It was the company’s first significant investment in Queens, and, undoubtedly, the fact that the Shops sit at the base of a tremendous luxury housing project, SkyView Parc, was part of the construct’s collective allure.

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Last winter, The Queens Tribune reported that 75 percent of the condos and 85 percent of the offices that make up Phase I of the highly publicized Flushing Commons mega-project were in contract after just a few months on the market. Calling the Flushing Commons a “neighborhood-within-a-neighborhood,” the development will ultimately feature a 1.5-acre town square of open space with a fountain plaza, approximately 600 new residential units and approximately 500,000 square feet of commercial space, including local and national restaurants and retailers. There will also be a 62,000-square-foot YMCA facility, 15,000 square feet of additional community space and parking for 1,600 cars. Currently, the project is set to wrap up in 2021, but Phase I alone will offer 1.8 million square feet and bring 148 residential condos, as well as office condos and retail, to downtown Flushing. Located between Union and 138th streets and 37th and 39th avenues, the project’s first phase is expected to be complete in less than one year’s time.

Near the southern portion of the Flushing River will stand a three-tower hotel and residential property developed by Sam Chang of the McSam Hotel Group. Chang currently has several hotels going up in Manhattan, but in late 2014, he committed $24 million to purchase a plot for this Queens-based mixed-use project that will span a monstrous 557,400 square feet. There will be a 16-story, 390-room hotel, as well as two residential towers rising 15 stories each with 222 total units, not to mention retail space, a community center and a parking garage.

Brothers Christopher and George Xu are putting up an 11-story, glassy mixed-use building, one block off Main Street, that is projected to include 43 residential units, 191 hotel rooms, a community facility and an 11,000-square-foot retail space housing coffee shops and other restaurants. They hope to also build a 155-space parking lot and a 33-spot bicycle lockup area in this development, while they continue to renovate their 14-story, mixed-use tower on 134th Street and 35th Avenue as well.

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At the intersection of Main Street and Northern Boulevard, Flushing Square, a 17-story, mixed-use apartment tower bringing 209 residential units of its own will sit atop the landmarked RKO Keith’s Theater. JK Equities had to construct “a protective shell” around the historic theater, which will be incorporated into the building’s lobby.

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All of these developments entered deep stages of planning and construction prior to April 2016 when The Real Deal published a list of the ten biggest projects coming to New York City. Three of the projects that made the cut will be built in Flushing. So, it’s safe to say that the strong Queens market stretches far beyond Long Island City and Astoria.