Around TOWN | The 2018 Spring Guide

The 2018 Spring Guide

As the winter slowly but steadily thaws out, New York City awakens each spring with the hustle and bustle of outdoor activity. There are more than a few opportunities to take full advantage of the season, from dining park side to celebrating Earth Day. And, when those April Showers descend, learn about the city’s greatest hidden gems for a day well spent indoors!

Curated with the perks of the season in mind, TOWN shares this guide to the city’s best events and destinations, including glamorous philanthropy galas, stunning orchid evenings and noteworthy Broadway performances. We have also included short links to easily reference the details about each event. 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.

Read the guide here!

Seasonal Events | Celebrating Earth Day

If there’s a will to celebrate Earth Day all month long, there’s a way! New York City and its surrounding areas are full of ways to enjoy nature in its purest form and educate yourself about sustainability and climate control. From green architecture tours and hikes in the park to live performances and orchid shows, view our guide to Earth Day 2018 and celebrate Mother Nature!

1. A Passive Open House

April 7th, 12:00-2:00pm
81 Summit Street, Philmont, New York

Image Courtesy NYPH

New York Passive House is offering the rare opportunity to examine the building science behind the construction of one of its homes. Still in the works, 81 Summit Street (a 2.5-hour drive from Manhattan) will ultimately stand as the transformation of a 1960’s-era ranch house into a no-energy cost, carbon-free, 2-story vacation retreat. The home will combine existing and new construction with passive house measures including air barrier placement, thick insulation and high-performance windows. At the Open House, attendees can meet with the architect, building science engineer and solar panel designer to discover just how this sustainable creation is possible!

2. Earth Day in Union Square

April 15th, 12:00-7:00pm
Union Square West, Manhattan

Image Courtesy Earth Day Initiative

Union Square is proud to present the most high-traffic Earth Day event across the country! The annual event includes dozens of exhibitors, from environmental non-profits and green businesses to live performers and beyond. Featuring over 70 organizations, everyone will find informative fun at this year’s event!

3. Earth Day 5K Green Tour 2018

April 20th, 10:00am-1:00pm
Various Locations

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Join the Earth Day Initiative for its annual walking tour of New York City’s greatest green sites! Designed to celebrate all things outdoors this Earth Day, the varying routes will take participants to rooftop farms in Manhattan, natural food cooking schools and composting sites. Each venue has a mission to help the city go a little bit greener each day. Sign up to learn about some of the environmental work being done just outside your door!

4. Earth Day Hike

April 22nd, 10:00-11:30am
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

Image Courtesy TimeOut

Celebrate on Earth Day itself with the Urban Park Rangers! There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the wonders of nature than by taking an old-fashioned hike. Follow the hiking guides as they introduce you to the hidden gems of Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

5. The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

Through April 23rd
2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

Image Courtesy The Orchid Show

The New York Botanical Gardens’ Orchid Show is now in its 16th year, again showcasing thousands of dramatically displayed orchids in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. This year’s show features a series of installations by Daniel Ost, designed to celebrate the complex beauty of the stunning species.

Seasonal Events | Celebrating Cinema

Though awards season is drawing to a close, there is never a shortage of cinematic celebrating to be done in New York City. The city turns to the screen this March to witness the incredible works created by both New York City natives and the international community beyond. With events dedicated to celebrating children’s films, drone cinematography, films made by people with disabilities and more, don’t miss out on this month’s roster of festivals!

New York International Children’s Film Festival

Through March 18th

Image Courtesy NYICFF

Founded in 1997, The New York International Children’s Film Festival supports the creation and dissemination of thoughtful, provocative and intelligent film for children and teens. Since inception, the festival has grown from one weekend of films into the largest film festival for children and teens in North America, and is screened over the course of four weeks at venues across New York City. This year’s schedule has a host of features, shorts and special events on deck – be sure not to miss out on the fun!

NYC Drone Film Festival

March 3rd through 4th

Image Courtesy New York City Drone Film Festival

Now in its 4th year, the New York City Drone Film Festival is the first event in the world exclusively dedicated to celebrating the exciting artistic potential of drone cinematography. The festival offers the opportunity for filmmakers from around the world to exhibit their work on an international platform before industry professionals and the drone community.

ReelAbilities Film Festival

March 8th through 14th

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ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest of its kind in the United States dedicated to promoting awareness of and appreciation for the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. Founded in New York in 2007, the festival has since presented award-winning films by and about people with disabilities throughout multiple cities in the United States.

Queens World Film Festival

March 15th through 25th

Image Courtesy Queens World Film Festival

Now in its 8th year, The Queens World Film Festival returns to the Museum of the Moving Image and Kaufman Astoria Studios this March for another schedule of exciting, topical and bold works. With long features and shorts on deck including narratives, documentaries, LGBTQ and animated work, the festival is dedicated to creating worthwhile experiences for participating filmmakers and guests with signature elements.

PhotoDiversity Film Festival

March 19th through 23rd

Image Courtesy PhotoDiversity

The PhotoDiversity Film Festival enables filmmakers from diverse backgrounds to display meaningful perspectives on environmental issues. Supporting The Zoological Lighting Institute, the international NGO dedicated to science in support of animal welfare and wildlife conservation, the festival features science, wildlife and arts and culture features, and special awards for winners in seven categories.

 

Seasonal Events | This Season’s Top 5 Holiday Markets

Holiday season is upon us! Along with it come countless opportunities to support local businesses and handmade goods in pursuit of the perfect gift. We’ve taken a look at the top five holiday market favorites that keep New York City coming back year after year, in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Prepare to be dazzled by this year’s selection of goods, and be sure to reap the benefits of their accompanying skating rinks, photo booths, live DJs and more.

1. Bank of America Winter Village

Bryant Park
October 28th through January 2nd

Image Courtesy Bryant Park

More than 125 outdoor boutiques will transform Bryant Park into a Winter Wonderland! Browse vendors brimming with gift-giving ideas for everyone on your list. The artisan products include hand-crafted jewelry, decorative items, local foodstuffs and more. The Village is child- and pet-friendly with something for everyone to enjoy, not to mention the ice-skating rink at the village’s center!

2. Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square
November 16th through December 24th

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This internationally renowned Holiday Market occupies the center of the city at Union Square Park. Among the 100 vendors are exciting new sections such as Little Brooklyn and Urbanspace Provision, a warming station, a craft studio, live music and more!

3. Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar

452 + 501 Union Street, Gowanus
November 25th through 26th

Image Courtesy Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar

Visit the Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar for its biggest year yet. This unique event celebrates local talent with over 60 handpicked makers, delicious food and drinks, plus fun activities for the whole family at Brooklyn’s most beautiful venues. Don’t miss the live DJ, photo booth and chance to check everyone off your gift list.

4. Astoria Market Holiday Market

29-12 24th Avenue, Astoria
December 3rd, 10th, 17th

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This artisan market is filled to the brim with handmade, baked and vintage goods. Situated in the Main Hall of the renowned Bohemian Hall & Garden, the holiday market will convene for three Sundays in December. This popular Queens event is the perfect place to stop by to support local wares and vintage merchandise!

5. The Holiday Handmade Cavalcade

December 8th through 10th
Corner of Broadway and Great Jones Street, Manhattan
December 16th through 17th
Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Heights

Image Courtesy Handmade Cavalcade

Now in its 9th year, the Handmade Cavalcade is the perfect gathering place for holiday shoppers looking for the most thoughtful and unique gifts. Comprised of members from the NY Handmade Collective (formerly the Etsy NY Team), the market showcases a curated selection of handmade wares from indie vendors, all based within the tri-state area. Be sure to check out this event, which started as a small DIY gathering and has grown into a time-honored NYC tradition!

Holidays | Your Guide to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

No matter the year and no matter the weather, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade never disappoints. Since 1924, the parade has ushered in the holiday spirit with its cheerful performers, huge balloons and ornate floats. Whether you join another world-famous cast of characters in the heart of the city, or choose to watch from the comfort of your living room while you prepare a Thanksgiving feast, be sure to get all the details regarding the 2017 Parade below.

Pre-Show Fun:

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A tradition just as time-honored as the main event, the Parade Balloon Inflation occurs nearby the American Museum of Natural History from 3:00 to 10:00pm on Wednesday, November 22nd. Weave through the awe-struck crowd as you watch your favorite characters take shape and prepare for their trip through the city!

Where to Watch:

Image Courtesy Macy’s

Witness the parade in all of its splendor along its familiar two-and-a-half-mile route. The parade will begin at 9:00am on Central Park West at 77th Street, and travel south until it wraps around the Park at 59th Street. Next, it will turn onto Sixth Avenue and again travel south, culminating at Macy’s Herald Square on 34th Street. Of course, you can always watch the show from your living room live on NBC.

Who to Watch:

Image Courtesy Travel Hymns

Some of your all-time favorite characters will join new trends at the 2017 Parade. Keep your eyes peeled for all balloons including Pillsbury Doughboy, Ice Age’s Scrat (and his Acorn), Ronald McDonald, Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s Greg Heffley, and of course, Charlie Brown. The parade would be nothing without its floats; so be sure to welcome the Big Apple, The Aloha Spirit, and Santa’s Sleigh. Dancing performers, marching bands and singing groups will make this parade one you’ll never forget.

 

Around TOWN | Summer Photo Contest

We are excited to announce our Summer 2017 Photo Contest, beginning today, Friday, June 23 and concluding Sunday, September 10. We invite all of our Representatives and Associates to participate!

To enter, take a photo of anything and everything that represents summer 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 our TOWN feed. Good luck, and stay cool!

Check back here each week to see the winning photos.

Week 9

Joselyn Aviles captures this perfect photograph of a New York City minute.

Week 8

Jessica Rains sets the bar high with this aerial shot of the Crown Building.

Week 7

Congratulations to Mark O’Brien, this week’s winner! There’s nothing like a full moon over One World Trade.

Week 6

Congrats to Brandon Trentham for this awesome, Lady-Liberty-approved photograph!

Week 5

Congratulations Tom Brady! This photograph of a storied piece of New York City history is iconic in its own right.

Week 4

Congratulations to Samantha Dong, ready to take on Manhattan one Citi Bike at a time!

Week 3

Congratulations to Sara Rourke. This photo is a celebration of the Brooklyn Bridge’s amazing infrastructure, through and through.

Week 2

Congratulations to Dillon J. Fleharty, winner of this week’s Summer Photo Contest. Park Avenue has never looked so cool!

Week 1

Congratulations to Victoria Vasile, our first winner of the Summer Photo Contest! This photo of One World Trade and the Oculus was the perfect way to celebrate Fourth of July Weekend and kick off the summer.

General Competition Requirements:

The Summer 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 Friday, 6/23 at 12:00 am Eastern Time (“ET”) and conclude Sunday, 6/10 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.  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.

Around TOWN | The Summer Guide 2017

For many New Yorkers, summertime is an opportunity to jet set – whether to the nearby Hamptons or to faraway European destinations. For those of us who stick around, however, there are plenty of activities to fill your schedule with. From outdoor movie nights in the park and tasty ice cream spots on every corner to riveting art displays and star-studded concerts, you may never have a dull moment if you plan accordingly. And everyone who has had the opportunity to witness a 4th of July fireworks display over the East River knows that there’s simply nothing like it.

TOWN has put together this guide to feature the city’s best events and destinations, including tasty brunch spots, worthy charity events, and cultural opera performances. Enjoy everything the city has to offer this summer, and please let us know if you have any questions about the New York City real estate market or how we can assist you. In this guide, we have included short links to easily reference the details about the event.

Events | Fourth of July in the City

Each year, Americans around the country gather on July 4th to celebrate the birth of our nation. Without a doubt, everyone’s favorite Independence Day pastime is watching fireworks, and New York City offers that and so much more. These top 5 picks for spending the holiday in the city are sure to spark your patriotic pride as you give three cheers for the red, white, and blue!

1. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Easy River display

Image Courtesy Macy’s

New York’s iconic skyline will ignite with an explosion of color and light at Macy’s 41st annual fireworks display over the East River. Some of the nation’s greatest musical acts, including country music artist Craig Campbell and Grammy and Tony Award winner Heather Headley, will take part in this year’s festivities, which will be broadcast live on NBC at 8:00pm ET. With terrific Manhattan views, the best vantage point for catching this year’s festivities is undoubtedly Brooklyn Bridge Park, so get there early and claim your spot!

2. 4th of July in Coney Island

Luna Park

Image Courtesy Luna Park NYC

Brooklyn’s famed Coney Island celebrates our nation’s birthday with a fireworks show right on the beach, offering a fun and less crowded alternative to the Macy’s display. Other activities include Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and the New York Aquarium.

3. Midsummer Night Swing

Damrosch Park at the Lincoln Center

Image Courtesy Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park lights up on July 4th for an evening of music and dance. The annual al fresco dance-a-thon celebrates the music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, and other jazz greats with David Oswalt’s Eternity Band. Get ready to dance the night away by coming early and taking a free Lindy Hop class. Tickets begin at $17.

4. LIC Flea and Food

5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City

Image Courtesy LIC Flea & Food

This free, open-air bazaar in Long Island City offers retro wares, antiques, delicious eats, and stunning views of Manhattan’s iconic skyline. Enjoy wood-smoked barbecue and libations from the all-Queens beer and wine garden while you watch the firework displays light up the sky!

5. Travis Parade

PS 26, Staten Island

Image Courtesy The New York Times

Now in its 107th year, Staten Island’s Travis Parade is an old-school American celebration of patriotism. This year’s march will be led by Assemblyman Michael J. Cusick, kicking off with a ceremony at noon in front of PS 26. Be sure to join in the festivities, rain or shine!

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.

 

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

Image Courtesy On Montauk
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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Image Courtesy The New York Times

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

Image Courtesy Miami and Beaches
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.