The Spring Countdown: NYC Parks

Union Square Park

We’re eagerly anticipating the official start of spring and the end of polar vortex’s grip on Manhattan. This week, we’ve rounded up our favorite open spaces around New York City to spend underneath clear skies and greenery.

Central Park NYC Sheep Meadow
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Tucked away inside the luscious interior of Central Park is a 15-acre oasis dubbed “Sheep Meadow,” originally named for the herd of sheep it housed from 1864 until 1934. Now thousands of Manhattanites flock to this field to escape the city hustle and relax amidst the backdrop of iconic skyscrapers and lush trees.

Chelsea Piers Soccer
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Grab your colleagues and friends for an impromptu game of soccer or join one of the social sports leagues to enjoy some heated after-hours competition in Chelsea.

Highline Park
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You never know what you’ll run into on the High Line. Built on 1.5 miles of elevated railway tracks on the west side, the High Line stretches from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street. Along the restored rails, you’ll find a quirky rotation of public art and beautiful seasonal blooms. The highly anticipated third section of the park is scheduled to open this year.

Governor's Island Fete Paradiso
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Located off the southern tip of Manhattan in New York Bay is Governors Island. The 172-acre isle was originally used as a military outpost and closed to the public for over 200 years. Now the former fort opens seasonally and hosts an eclectic program of outdoor events from concerts to decades-inspired festivals to French carnivals.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Yoga
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Brooklyn Bridge Park is getting a major facelift this year. Be on the look out for recurring programs like community yoga and outdoor movies as well as the opening of Pier 2, a roller rink, old-school games, new fitness equipment, basketball courts and picnic tables.

Manhattan Sailing School
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Experience the Hudson River in a completely new way with a few lessons at Manhattan Sailing School.

Union Square Park
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Union Square is a bustling meeting ground year round, but in the spring we especially love to spend our afternoons perusing the Greenmarket, listening to live music and admiring the public art that pops up on a daily basis.

Check back for next week’s guide highlighting the our favorite New York City spring festivals!

Keep up with us on Instagram to preview the spring countdown ahead of time.

 

 

Meet TOWN’s Laurie Gilmore

Laurie Gilmore Town Residential Representative

Laurie Gilmore Town Residential Representative

Meet TOWN’s Laurie Gilmore: As a resident of New York City for the past 19 years, Laurie knows the neighborhoods of downtown Manhattan inside and out. She’s known for combining an innovative, artistic mind, after an impressive career in Broadway productions, with a determination to deliver top-level results. Read more about her affinity for the West Village on NearSay.

Powered by Luxury Attache: Best NYC Bars for Couples

Campbell Apartment NYC

Cuddle up with your significant other this Valentine’s Day at some of the hottest bars across Manhattan.

Campbell Apartment NYC

Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Grand Central Terminal is The Campbell Apartment, one of New York City’s most historic bars. The former office and salon of 1920s mogul John W. Campbell transforms into a breathtaking space with intricate architectural details including extensive woodwork, balcony beamed ceiling and stone fireplace. Sip on classy cocktails like a Kentucky Ginger or Prohibition Punch and get whisked away to another time with your beau.

Cibar NYC

Beneath the posh Inn at Irving Place is the upscale martini lounge Cibar Lounge

Drunken Horse NYC

The wine is free flowing at Chelsea’s Drunken Horse. The Middle Eastern-inspired haunt taunts floor-to-ceiling wooden wine racks carrying a large selection from the Western European region. The intimate ambiance, high-end share plates and vino set the tone for a relaxing evening.

Employees Only NYC

For an old-world speakeasy feel in the West Village keep your eyes open for Employees Only. Marked by a neon sign advertising a psychic reader, the deco-inspired bar is a sensuous time warp back to the Prohibition era.

Unwind with your beau over at the Brandy Library in TriBeCa with an extensive, highly curated list of rare scotches and whiskeys. Treat your palette and each other to an education in top shelf, namesake liquors with their exclusive Spirit School sessions.

Back Room NYC

The Back Room is an elusive speakeasy tucked away in the depths of the Lower East Side. Look for a sign touting the “Lower East Side Toy Company,” to gain entry to this adult playpen. Alcohol is served up in nondescript teacups and mugs, a fireplace blazes in the background and you can find some of the best live jazz in Manhattan on any given evening.

Powered by Luxury Attache: Super Bowl 2014 Best Bets

Whiskey Park NYC Super Bowl Special

Looking to finalize your Super Bowl Sunday plans this weekend? We’ve scoured the city for the best viewing parties for friends and fans to watch the big game.

The Jimmy Hotel NYC

The James Hotel is elevating your Super Bowl plans with a viewing party from their rooftop bar, The Jimmy. Enjoy breathtaking views, audible play-by-play commentary and sophisticated cocktails.

Whiskey Park NYC Super Bowl Special

Whiskey Park is hosting a 5 Borough themed tailgate on Sunday with 6-foot subs from the best sandwich shops around NYC. Expect representation from Manhattan’s Faccio’s, Brooklyn’s Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe, Staten Island’s Goodfellas, Bronx’s Tino’s Deli and Catering and Queens’ Brothers. Wash it all down with football-themed beverages like the Pigskin concocted with bacon-infused bourbon, maple syrup and orange bitters.

BLT Bar and Grill NYC

Chef David Craine is preparing a Super Bowl spread with exclusive off-menu items at BLT Bar & Grill this Sunday including deviled-egg croquettes, Serrano-pepper poppers with smoked gouda and chorizo, skirt-steak sliders and more.

Warren 77 TriBeCa NYC

Warren 77 one of our favorite TriBeCa sporting haunts is offering patrons the ultimate package for large groups that includes: a reserved booth, unlimited bar snacks and beverages, rounds to celebrate every team touchdown and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot to those rooting for the winning team.

Houston Hall West Village NYC

Houston Hall is serving up extra large steins of Greenpoint Beer Works brews, wing specials and burgers to complement their big screens in the West Village. Make sure you arrive early to grab a communal table for your group.

Empire Steak Midtown West NYC

Midtown West’s Empire Steak House is debuting a 20 oz. filet mignon for the big game, come hungry.

Bounce NYC Super Bowl Pop Up

Bounce Sporting Club is hosting a special Super Bowl pop-up at the Highline Ballroom Sunday for a Super Sunday Funday with a live performance by DMC.

Around Town: All’onda

all'onda restaurant

all'onda restaurantOpposites attract in Michael White’s latest culinary adventure at All’onda. The newly-opened and highly anticipated restaurant serves up Venetian dishes with an unconventional fusion of Japanese flavors making for an intriguing meal.

Manned by restauranteur Chris Cannon, Michael White’s former business partner, and Chef Chris Jaeckle, White’s former apprentice, All’onda is essentially an extension of the master chef.

Culinary mastermind Jaeckle, makes this eccentric combination a Manhattan gem. He masterfully edits Venetian noodle and seafood dishes to include Japanese flair.

Sweet-and-sour Sardines are arranged Japanese style on a plank with a touch of miso on the razor clams.  He even added monkfish to the classic Venetian liver dish. There’s nothing Jaeckle can’t do.

And for dessert? Gelato in flavors like ricotta and soy. Take a seat at the white marble bar and sip on a Venetian-inspired cocktail, look out the floor-to-ceiling windows, and give thanks to Venice for these incredibly talented chefs.

All’onda, 22 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003, (212) 231-2236

 

 

Around Town: Betony

betony midtown west

betony midtown west Looking for dinner plans this weekend? Secure your reservations at Betony for a top-notch dining experience. Manned by vets from Eleven Madison Park, this midtown gem is taking the dining scene by storm.

Sultry lighting, antique mirrors and magnificent main bar set the tone for sensational dishes from Bryce Shuman’s masterfully run kitchen. Try the delicate pieces of kale atop unctuous warm foie gras and what is perhaps the most tender slice of roasted chicken to ever grace the table.

The service is excellent, the beverage program outstanding and the experience, worth repeating over and over again. Pete Wells already gave his seal of approval, as have the dining masses, hankering for just one more bite of the lavender and lemon infused rice pudding—it’s divinity on a plate.

Betony, 41 W 57th St., New York, NY 10019, (212) 465-2400.

 

 

Meet TOWN Residential’s Melissa Van Damm

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

 

TOWN Exclusives: Kitchens Fit For A Feast

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

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

Meet TOWN Residential’s Filippa Edberg-Manuel

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