Around TOWN: Chalk Point Kitchen

Chalk Point Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Chalk Point Kitchen

Matt Levine and Michelin-starred chef, Joe Isidori, bring a unique bi-level space to the SoHo dining scene.

Chalk Point Kitchen, a cozy farm-to-table restaurant, inhabits the main floor, featuring American nouveau and pan-Asian fare prepared from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The Long Island squid a la plancha with smoky nam pla sauce and scallions, a Luxury Attaché favorite, is definitely worth a try for the adventurous palate.

After dinner, head to the basement and enjoy the speakeasy vibe with a digestif or craft cocktail at leather-clad Handy Liquor Bar.

Contact your Attaché for reservations.

Chalk Point Kitchen, 527 Broome Street between Thompson and Sullivan Streets, 212.390.0327

Meet the TOWN Ambassador Alliance: Bo Poulsen

Bo Poulsen
Bo Poulsen
TOWN SoHo’s Bo Poulsen

What made you want to get involved with Make It Right?

I have been following the Make It Right foundation since its inception for its commitment to using and promoting sustainable technology as well as the rebuilding of a great city devastated by Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans was one of the first cities I visited after moving to the U.S. for college, and it always fascinated me. The history, architecture and warmth of the people there spoke to me and had me coming back often. Supporting Make It Right was a natural choice for me and even more so now after seeing firsthand the destructive powers of a hurricane when Sandy hit.

 

How does the Make It Right mission tie to your passions as a philanthropist and real estate professional? 

From an early age I’ve had an interest in environmental issues. As my grandfather owned a sawmill in Denmark, I was exposed to the issues of deforestation and the need for sustainable forestry management. My father had a love of restoring old homes, since we moved every two to three years. I quickly found a fondness for architecture and real estate, so melding the two came naturally. I used to live across from the Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, and would go visit them weekly to see what new, innovative or old-school green technology ideas they were implementing or experimenting with. Continuing that knowledge with being the first LEED accredited real estate broker in New York City helps me in guiding clients and developers I work with to thinking outside of the box for ways to employ sustainable and energy efficient technology. I get pretty excited even with the small victories, like finding Passive House grade windows for a project with the same cost as double paned windows. When you can tie this in with reciprocating to the community that surrounds and supports you, it makes giving back so much easier.

 

How do you hope to spread the ‘Make It Right’ philosophy in NYC?

We are hoping to build on the success that Make It Right has had in New Orleans and its other projects by replicating it here in New York. We are currently going through a building boom and we’ll be approaching our new development friends over the next year to help them reuse their left over construction materials to support new home construction areas like Breezy Point, which is still suffering from the aftermath of Sandy. Hopefully it can be expanded into something larger where we start to look at quality modular housing that can support more affordable housing in New York and is both healthy for its inhabitants and sustainably built. We really can’t get more cradle to cradle than that.

 

What other charity work are you active with?

I support a variety of charities and always find it hard to just commit to one. Currently I’m working with a fundraiser for ‘Gideon’s Promise’ that focuses on helping public defenders provide indigent defense reform. Monday night following the weekend in New Orleans, I’ll be at the ‘Goods For Good’ gala which supports the financial capacity of communities in Africa so they can provide orphan care.

 

Would you share with us your personal “Life Motto”?

Fortune favors the bold.

Introducing the TOWN Ambassador Alliance for Make It Right

TOWN Ambassador Alliance Make It Right
TOWN Ambassador Alliance for The Make It Right Foundation

At TOWN, we are rooted in a culture of care both professionally and personally. We strive to enhance our communities through active participation in on-the-ground initiatives that deliver tangible results and elevate the quality of life of those in need. This year, we are proud to sponsor the efforts of the Make It Right Foundation in creating sustainable homes for communities in need. Several of our executives and leading representatives make up the TOWN Ambassador Alliance and have dedicated their time and resources to the foundation’s mission to build healthy, sustainable homes in New Orleans’ 9th Ward. The Ambassador Alliance will travel to New Orleans this weekend to lend a hand in the construction of these homes, expanding upon the tradition of giving TOWN Residential has fostered within the boundaries of New York City.

Brad Pitt, in collaboration with William McDonough, founded the Make It Right Foundation in 2007 following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Through the foundation’s commitment to building accessible, well-designed, environmentally friendly homes to those in need, the foundation has expanded their movement to Newark, N.J., Kansas City, M.O., and the Fort Peck Reservation.

Enlisting the expertise of world-renowned architects from Gehry to Adjaye, each design meets the highest standard of green building and is inspired by William McDonough and chemist Dr. Michael Braungart’s Cradle to Cradle model.

This year’s Ambassador Alliance includes: Bo PoulsenJason KaradusBrett Miles, Mitchell Cashwell, Steve GoldLyon PorterGinger BrokawRoberto CabreraDennis CusackDanny DavisAndrew Azoulay, Anthony Serino and Wendy Maitland. Stay tuned for an inside look into the work of the Ambassador Alliance throughout the week or by following the hashtag: #TOWNAmbassadorAlliance on Twitter and Instagram.

Learn more about the Make It Right Foundation and ways you can volunteer or donate to their cause.

Have a cause you feel passionate about? Tell us about your own TOWN Ambassador initiatives by emailing towngivesback@townrealestate.com.

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide Powered by Luxury Attache

City Blossoms Cotton Candy Arrangement

Still searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Luxury Attache has curated the perfect selection for the beautiful mother’s who give us life and love.

 

Treat Mom

Baked By Melissa Mother's Day GIft Box
Baked By Melissa Mother’s Day GIft Box

Baked by Melissa is cooking up a special trio of minis this Mother’s Day. Their Mother’s Day gift box comes with Daffodil, Lilac and Orchid cupcakes, a trifecta of delicious springtime sweets.

Etsy Hand Etched Wine Glass - Easy Day, Rough Day, Don't Even Ask
Hand Etched Wine Glass via Etsy

This cheeky hand-etched wine glass is just the right accessory for a wine-loving Mom.

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NatureBox subscription

Multi-tasking moms will be grateful to have a bounty of healthy snacks on hand with a subscription to NatureBox. Bonus: for every box delivered, NatureBox donates a meal to those in need through Feeding America.

City Blossoms Cotton Candy Arrangement
City Blossoms Cotton Candy Arrangement

This Cotton Candy arrangement from City Blossoms is the perfect blend of orchids and hydrangeas that Mom will love. Contact your Attache for special Mother’s Day promotions.

Pamper Mom

Lush Sweetest Mum Gift Set
Lush Sweetest Mum Gift Set

Definitely better than a box of chocolates, this curated set from Lush is the perfect combination of beauty products. From body sugar scrubs, to soaps made with fresh fruit, to a vanilla deep conditioning lotion, Mom will have a full spa right at home.

Central Park South by Bond No. 9
Central Park South by Bond No. 9

Bond No. 9 perfectly bottles up the elegant notes of Central Park South in this flowery perfume. With top notes of citrusy grapefruit and blackcurrant buds, heart note of jasmine and lily of the valley and finishing base of classic wood notes, this fragrance will give her an uptown elegance wherever she may be.

 

Elizabeth Arden Red Door
Elizabeth Arden Red Door

Give Mom an afternoon of indulgence at her favorite Elizabeth Arden Red Door locations. The Beautiful Mom spa package is designed for a head-to-toe pampering session with a warm cream manicure, pedicure and 50-minute signature massage.

Anthropologie Sol Medallion Robe
Anthropologie Sol Medallion Robe

This plush cotton robe from Anthropologie is as comfy as it is playful.

Adorn Mom

David Yurman Cushion on Point Pendant with Morganite and Diamonds in Gold on Chain
David Yurman Cushion on Point Pendant with Morganite and Diamonds in Gold on Chain

Designed to convey intense brilliance, the “on point” pendants are a luminous gift for the most special woman in your life.

 

Tory Burch Kerrington Water Color Botanical Printed Shopper
Tory Burch Kerrington Water Color Botanical Printed Shopper

For the mom-about-town, this Tory Burch shopper is the perfect spring bag that will easily fit all her farmer’s market finds, wallet, keys, make-up, gym clothes…and whatever else she’s carrying on her.

Louisa Parris Fitzwilliam Scarf
Louisa Parris Fitzwilliam Scarf

This ultra-luxe graphic silk scarf is the perfect pop of color that also doubles as a chic hair accessory.

Kate Spade Mom Said So Bangle
Kate Spade Mom Said So Bangle

Inscribed with all her helpful reminders like: “say thank you”, “do your homework”, “play nice”, “say please”, and “go play outside” this Kate Spade Idiom Bangle is a smart accessory for Mom to sport day-to-day.

 

Talk to your office Attache for more recommendations on where to brunch and things to do around New York City with Mom this weekend!

Meet the Makers: Jiyoung Lee

The Frieze Art Fair is fast approaching and in honor of one of the world’s leading contemporary art celebrations, we are highlighting some of the artists we have here at TOWN.

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Woman with a pearl necklace, 34X50, oil on canvas

First up, TOWN Astor Place’s Jiyoung Lee utilizes imagination and inspiration to create her vibrant pieces.

Walk us through your creative process.

Inspirations or ideas come very randomly. I get an idea while reading books, walking down a street or from dream. I daydream a lot. Whenever I get those ideas, I make a note or draw quickly at that moment, then work on more details later on. Colors and background images change numerous times until it is done.

What is your favorite New York City museum or gallery?

I like most museums in NYC. Every place has its own charm. Most of time, I go to a museum for a particular exhibition so it doesn’t matter which one. Same thing with galleries, but I frequently visit galleries in Chelsea like the Jack Shainman Gallery and Robert Miller among others.

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“His” 36X36, oil on canvas

Where do you find your art supplies in the city?

I used to go to Pearl Paint, but lately Blick.

What’s your dream piece?

I’m still looking.

 

Meet TOWN: Brett Jordan

TOWN Residential Brett Jordan
Brett Jordan

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Name: Brett Jordan

Neighborhood Office: TOWN Astor Place

Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Currently residing in: TriBeCa

 

What is your most memorable NYC moment?

I walked into a coffee shop and sat next to Robert DeNiro. He asked me if my croissant was as good as it looked. I stared at him for a moment in shock, then answered, “Yes.” He went to grab one for himself and brought me one as well. So, in my mind, we technically had breakfast together.

TriBeCa
TriBeCa

What is your favorite Manhattan neighborhood? Why?

My favorite Manhattan neighborhood is TriBeCa. Nestled below Canal Street is a quiet, old-world, cobblestone street filled part of town. The architecture has remained intact, and everywhere you look you see signs of the 19th century. Nowhere else in Manhattan can you feel this much history. It’s exciting.

Why did you choose to pursue a career as a New York real estate professional? What is your favorite part of the job?

Having a marketing background, I have found my skills are best used and tested in real estate. I have been fortunate enough to travel the world and meet thousands of amazing people and form new, long-lasting relationships. Being the person that helps people go from point A to point B in their life, whether selling, buying or renting, makes real estate a passion and a no-brainer for me.

What is your greatest motivator?

My greatest motivator would have to be happiness. When you do something that makes you happy, you work harder and push yourself to the limit. Real estate makes me happy. I wake up every morning at 6 a.m. ready to go and make deals happen.

U.S. Open
U.S. Open

What are your greatest passions?

My greatest passions are real estate, community service and tennis. I love to give back to my community any way I can. I have played tennis my entire life and feel it has fueled my competitive drive.

If you could invite anyone to a dinner party, whom would you invite?

If I could invite anyone in the world to a dinner party, it would have to be Judge Judy. There is just something about Judge Judy. I feel she could offer up some great life advice.

If you had only one day left in NYC, how would you spend it?

If I had one day left in NYC, I would gather up all my friends and colleagues, and go for a sunset boat ride and dinner around this amazingly beautiful city.

 

Connect with Brett on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

Cinco De Mayo in NYC: The Best Margaritas around Manhattan

El Toro Blanco Margarita

Today calls for tequila, being that it’s a) a Monday and b) Cinco De Mayo. We’ve rounded up the best margaritas you can find in Manhattan. Create your own festive bar crawl through NYC to try them all. Let us know where your favorite fiesta cocktails are in the comments!

 

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1) Not your average strawberry marg. The Red and Black at Back Forty is the perfect blend of sweet and savory. Locally-sourced greenmarket strawberries are generously muddled with black pepper infused simple syrup, Sauza tequila and a black pepper, salt and sugar rim to tie everything together.

Back Forty, 190 Avenue B at 12th St.212.388.1992.

 

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2) Not-too-cool cucumber. Beneath the famed SoHo restaurant, La Esquina, is a subterranean bar channeling the lively vibes of Barcelona. Your tastebuds will also be transported to a far-away summer destination with their signature margarita, the Pepino Diablo. Mixed with Gran Centenario Jalapeño-infused Tequila, cucumber puree, fresh lime, agave and a Tajin Rim, this flavorful concoction is the closest thing to a beach resort this side of Houston Street.

La Esquina, 114 Kenmare Street at Lafayette, 646.613.1333.

 

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3) The classic. Enter the Salvation Taco Margarita found at April Bloomfield’s taco outpost Salvation Taco. This standard recipe is for those with a discerning palette and mixed for tequila lovers. Crafted with Pueblo Viejo Blanco, Combier, fresh limes and Guajilla Chili Salt, the recipe packs enough punch for a sassy kick but can easily be enjoyed for two or three rounds. Bonus: ask the bartender for a parrot glass for an instant ice breaker.

Salvation Taco, 145 East 39th Street between 3rd and Lexington Avenues, 212.865.5800.

 

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3) Juicing with a twist. This Garden Variety Margarita found at The Wayland is anything but. Packed with ginger and kale, your tequila go-to gets a major vitamin upgrade. Sip on your Blue Agave Blanco Tequila with a little less guilt tonight.

The Wayland, 700 East 9th St. at Avenue C, 212.777.7022.

 

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4) This drink requires steak. Meatpacking’s latin steak house La Cenita serves up adult frozen beverages you’ll want to sip on all night. From their watermelon frozen margarita to the Bailando con el Diablo you’ll be in fine party form before your Tomahawk Ribeye gets to the table.

La Cenita, 409 West 14th St. at 9th Avenue, 646.289.3930.

 

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5) Sippable snacks. This mango-cilantro-habanero iteration of the margarita is found at El Toro Blanco. The only thing missing from this recipe is some avocado but luckily for you that can be found on the menu in multiple places. We recommend the classic guacamole.

El Toro Blanco, 257 Avenue of the Americas between West Houston and Bleecker Streets, 212.645.0193.

 

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6) Not Coca-Cola Lite. Cafe El Presidente is the latest Flatiron venture from the folks behind Tacombi. We already know their tacos are the real deal, so let’s skip right to beverages. This Smoked Coke is mixed with Coke Classico, the Coca-Cola straight from Mexico made with cane sugar, mezcal and bitters.

Cafe El Presidente, 30 West 24th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, 646.429.8284.

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7) One tequila, two tequila, three tequila…if you’ve made it this far congratulate yourself with a flight of Passion and Love Shots from Oficina Latina. This Nolita outpost lines up shots of tequila with lines of sugar, coffee and cinnamon to dip citrus slices in for an intense post-shot rush.

Oficina Latina, 24 Prince Street between Elizabeth and Mott Streets, 646.381.2555.

 

 

 

Fashion News: The World’s Hippest Urban Outfitters

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Photo courtesy Space Ninety 8

Mega-retailer Urban Outfitters recently opened a high-minded, indie-focused concept store. For a location they chose…where else? Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Space Ninety 8, as the store is known, is a five-story behemoth of hipster fashion. In addition to fulfilling all of your faux-vintage t-shirt needs, Space Ninety-Eight will host a rotating lineup of pop-up mini-stores, starting with Adidas Blue, which is stocked with colorful sneakers designed by Williamsburg artist Jason Woodside.

There are also areas of the store dedicated to local designers, artists and makers like surfboard shapers, Salt Surf, and jewelry designer, Lila Rice. And this is Brooklyn, so of course there are custom bike frames from the borough-based brand, Horse Cycles.

Top Chef champion Ilan Hall will also open an NYC outpost of his popular LA restaurant, The Gorbals, on the complex’s rooftop this spring.

 

Open Houses Around TOWN: NYC Garden and Terrace Properties

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Spring has finally graced Manhattan with its presence. This week we have a special round-up of open houses featuring garden spaces springing up across New York City.

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300 West 23rd Street, #17A
300 West 23rd Street, #17A

No. 300 West 23rd Street, 17A is a two-bath, two-bed Chelsea residence filled with history. Built by Emory Roth in 1931, this unique property is a combination of two apartments that retains original architectural details. With two set-back terraces you’ll have city views for days and endless natural light. Be sure to stop by the open house Sunday, May 4 from 1-3 p.m.

505 Greenwich Street #6E
505 Greenwich Street #6E

Where TriBeCa, SoHo and the West Village meet is a pristine two-bed, two-bath chic urban abode at 505 Greenwich Street. This corner apartment has three sunny exposures facing the North, East and West with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. Entertain in the chef’s open kitchen and unwind in the building’s perfectly manicured zen garden after dinner. Tour the open house Sunday, May 4 from 2-3 p.m.

 

25 West 13 #6KS
25 West 13th Street #6KS

Located on the top floor of 25 West 13th Street, this Greenwich Village studio is a sunny abode with open city views. The full-time doorman building also has a communal garden space for easy relaxing and entertaining. Steps away from Morandi, Union Square Park, French Roast and Grape and Vine Restaurant, this is a New Yorker’s dream downtown location. Take a tour Sunday, May 4 from 12-2 p.m.

 

Rentals

191 West 10th Street #2
191 West 10th Street #2

Welcome to your own private garden property in the West Village at 191 West 10th Street. This one-bed home is a city oasis with a completely renovated kitchen, hardwood floors, wood-burning fireplace and exposed brick. Attend the open house Saturday, May 3 from 1-2p.m.

113.5 West 15th Street #BE/BW
113.5 West 15th Street #BE/BW

Aptly dubbed “The Cottage,” this prime Chelsea garden apartment is located in a quaint carriage house. Full of European charm, this studio apartment at 113.5 West 15th Street has barn plank flooring, exposed beams, flagstone walls and claw-foot tub. Decompress and grill out on the back patio all year long! Tour this unique residence Saturday from 12-1 p.m.

401 East 34 S31SX
401 East 34th Street, S31SX

This brand new studio at 401 East 34th Street is located in a spectacular riverfront building outfitted with the finest luxury details. Completely renovated and showcasing a sleek, modern design you’ll have unlimited access to rooftop deck overlooking the East River. Tour the apartment Saturday, May 3 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

May Day: Tips For A Successful Move

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moving day
Can’t you take a few more things?

The month of May in New York City is marked by many things: warm weather, the opening of shuttered patios and roof tops, gorgeous cherry blossoms budding along tree-lined streets and much more. In the early days of New York, however, May 1st was marked by pure chaos.

Moving Day, or May Day, as it came to be known, was the day of pandemonium when all New York City leases expired at 9 a.m. and everyone, along with a few hundred thousand of their closest friends, moved on the exact same day at the exact same time.

In her book, Domestic Manners of Americans, Frances Trollope described the City on May Day:

“On the 1st of May the city of New York has the appearance of sending off a population flying from the plague, or of a town which had surrendered on condition of carrying away all their goods and chattels.”

The tradition stayed in place from Manhattan’s colonial days until after World War II, as the population of the city climbed from just a few hundred thousand to over seven million.

No wonder the universal call for help has become “mayday.”

Thankfully, May Day is no more, but TOWN Upper East Side’s Karen Stone has provided five simple tips for those of you making the summertime shift to a new place.

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TOWN Upper East Side Representative Karen Stone

1. Be prepared for something to go wrong. If nothing does, then you’re lucky! Anticipate some disorganization and pack an overnight bag with essentials. Have a clear plastic container filled with things you’ll want to unpack first.

2. Make sure your building has the proper insurance from the movers.

3. Take measurements before moving in so you don’t end up with any stranded furniture. You don’t want the curb to be you armoire’s new home.

4. If you don’t have a garage or loading dock, make sure to keep one person standing by a double-parked moving truck or van.

5. Last but not least, have pizza and beer on hand when the job is done! I’m told this is a good way to entice friends to help with walk-up moves.

Have any moving tips of your own? Tell us in the comments!