Category Archives: Midtown

Luxury Market Still Strong

The upscale real estate market in New York City has more than survived the financial downturn–it is thriving. According to a new article in The Wall Street Journal, prices in the luxury property market continue to rise thanks to a number of high-profile deals in the past year. Commenting on the story, The Real Deal notes that luxury properties in the city are being snapped up at such a fast rate that “the market has begun to perform as well as it did during the market’s peak”.
There are a number of reasons …

Jeter’s Taco’s and a Hookah Nightcap.

Teqa, at the SE corner of 31st and 3rd, is one of Murray Hill and the City’s new spot for modern Mexican is spicing up the neighborhood. Opened this past spring the bar and vibe of the space attracts not only the cocktailing crowd, but those craving some of the best tacos around. Lisa Schoen, personal chef to the likes of Derek Jeter, cast and crew of Saturday Night Live, brings high end Mexican to the neighborhood level. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights Teqa’s $30 all you …

High Line 2.0 on the East River

Gothamist is reporting about a new public development in the works that would create a mile-long walkway, bike path, and green space on the East River from 38th to 60th street. There would be a number of benefits to this: much needed walking space along the East River at Midtown, a route for cyclists to trek from the Upper East Side to Midtown East and Kips Bay. The new route would also allow cyclists to travel from the Upper West Side to the east side and back up to East …

Views from High Line Park

NPR has broadcast a glowing story about the High Line park in Chelsea, including some very interesting and little-known facts about the place alongside historical photos that demonstrate just how much the park has changed the atmosphere of the neighborhood.
One such fact that blew me away was the figures; the park took over $100 million in private donations to renovate the space, which has probably increased the property values in the area enough to raise nearly half a billion dollars in property taxes for the city. Such an increase in value …

Tunnel Boring Machine Laid to Rest

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The NYC subway and rail system is one of the oldest in the world, but it is still expanding. A new tunnel has just been completed into Grand Central Station that will bring Long Island Railrod (LIRR) lines into the station. Beginning in 2007, this project has been a painstaking process of burrowing into the rock beneath Manhattan with the help of two 200-ton, 22-foot-tall tunnel boring machines.

The machines are so big and the process is so laborious that the machines themselves are extremely worn by the end of the project–so …

A Tour of Current NYC Museum Exhibitions

For those looking for a cultural experience, there’s always a New York City museum that offers changing exhibitions to surprise and wow the visitor. New York City has some of the greatest museums in the world and they’re only a short distance from just about any neighborhood.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is easily one of the best known places to see a diverse display of artwork from all over the world. Sections in the museum include Asian, African, and British art amongst others. Currently, the museum is offering exhibits for …

Quintessential New Yorkers: Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim

 
No art form is more associated with New York than the Broadway musical. Blossoming on and around the Big Street a century ago, what we now call musical theatre began as a synthesis of traditions – European operetta, African-American jazz, and the predominantly Jewish and Irish ethnic humor of vaudeville. Musicals through the 1920s were dynamic but trivial. The following decade, certain innovators occasionally brought substance to the form, notably Oscar Hammerstein (Show Boat) and Marc Blitzstein (The Cradle Will Rock). The watershed Broadway event of the forties was Rodgers …

The Elegance of Beekman Place

Willem Beeckman was a Dutch scholar and translator who arrived on these shores in the seventeenth century, when New York was New Amsterdam and Manhattan was the woods. Beeckman rose to prominence in the colony’s government, putting down family roots in the sleepy grasslands on the island’s east side. Eventually, the location of the Beeckman estate evolved into a two-block stretch of cosmopolitan paradise known as Beekman Place. Occupying the blocks between East 49th Street and East 51st Street, just east of First Avenue, it’s one of the loveliest corners …

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