Please Excuse Our Condo Silence: New Site On The Way!

Please excuse our silence as we prepare to launch the newest version of the NY Condo Blog.  For you long-time reader, as you know, the NY Condo Blog has been around for 6 years and is in dire need of a technological upgrade (and a little design pizazz). Stay tuned as we hope to re-launch the platform soon.

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BlockAvenue: Do you really know your neighborhood?

BlockAvenue, a new start-up focused on bringing transparency to location, has officially launched its beta site to the public and has its sights set on NYC as one of their main markets. Headquartered out of the tech incubator DogPatch Labs in Cambridge, MA and founded by 3x entrepreneur Tony Longo, the company’s platform aggregates geo-data, trends and reviews by individuals to establish a BlockScore™ for every location in the U.S.

“BlockAvenue solves the problem of finding the most ideal spot within a particular neighborhood to live in, so you don’t have to take anyone’s word for it,” says Longo. “Think Yelp, meets TripAdvisor and Quora but for streets and locations, and rather than reading reviews on restaurants or hotels and what to eat (or better yet not to eat), we help you figure out where to move to, as well as which areas to stay away from.”

The company’s first release includes more than 50 million data points that impact a location’s value. Categories span from transit options, crime, sex offenders, restaurants and schools to specific lifestyle amenities such as grocery stores, pharmacies and fitness centers, but that is only the very base of BlockAvenue. By combining this information with a social layer of real local reviews from people who actually live or frequent the location allows users to see an entirely new dimension.

BlockAvenue aims to help people understand everything there is to know about a particular location and the impact of its surroundings right down to the block level and has cut up the U.S. into 1.9 billion tiles, bringing hyper-local to an entirely new level. Acquiring key information from people who know it best, BlockAvenue encourages locals to review area, places or things they’re familiar with…essentially making up or editing the current BlockScore™ .

Once a review is up, other users have the opportunity to comment on the review as well as give a thumb’s up or thumb’s down if they agree or disagree. Not only does this knowledge inform other locals, but also it helps travelers and people looking to buy a new apartment really understand what the area is like before they get there (or move in). Pretty cool stuff and definitely a natural fit for the highly dense cities like NYC and its surrounding boroughs.

While BlockAvenue is still in beta mode, the site shows great promise. Referred to as “revolutionary,” BlockAvenue seems like a real game changer and has already been scooped up by the Boston Globe, Crain’s NY, TechCrunch, among many other publications.  With good execution, I see BlockAvenue being an important part of the future of real estate and a great tool for our friends developing new luxury apartment and condominium buildings here in the city.

Interested in learning more? Log on to and check out what people are saying about your neighborhood. You can also find BlockAvenue on Facebook, Twitter, and follow their blog for the latest & greatest.

Manhattan House – Modern Collection

Manhattan House, one of the Upper East Side’s premier condo buildings, has released five new layouts including 3 and 4 bedroom condos that range from 2,500 to 3,500 SF. In 2010 buyers began demanding larger units with enhanced spaces for entertaining and O’Connor Capital Partners (The Manhattan House developer) responded with The Modern Collection. With a staggering 40% of Manhattan House buyers searching for three-plus bedroom homes these expanded units seemed like a logical decision. The new units (with 3 bedrooms starting at $2.975 million) boast massive museum-scale gallery walls and unique private balconies. Manhattan House has one of the most experienced real estate marketing teams in the city, meaning these homes probably won’t be around long!

All of these units have windowed kitchens, top notch appliances, oak plank flooring and energy efficient windows. The master bathrooms have Sebastian Crème marble, heated floors and polished chrome fixtures.

As if the expansive new unit layouts weren’t enough, Manhattan House features some of the best amenities the city has to offer. A resident manager, one of the largest private gardens in the city, a fitness center, refrigerated storage, a children’s playroom and the 10,000 SF rooftop Manhattan Club  are just a few of the things you can expect from this beautiful pre-war building.

If you are in the market for space, luxury and the best amenities look no further than The Modern Collection at Manhattan House.


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ELLE DECOR Announces Second Annual Modern Life Concept House

Michael Tavano of BBC’s House of the Year Among Eight International Designers Tapped to Create Concept House at The Dillon; proceeds benefit Free Arts NYC

International design authority ELLE DECOR announced its second annual Modern Life Concept House, to open in New York City at The Dillon, in one of the property’s nine meticulously designed townhouses.  The Concept House celebrates ELLE DECOR’s global network by assembling eight international designers to create one-of-a-kind contemporary spaces in partnership with leading modern brands.  All proceeds will benefit Free Arts NYC.

“We are delighted to debut our second Modern Life Concept House at The Dillon,” said ELLE DECOR editor in chief, Michael Boodro. “When a formidable group of talented young designers is paired with a building that presents such an innovative concept in living, the results are sure to be inspiring. I have no doubt that the Modern Life Concept House will be elegant proof of our commitment to innovative contemporary design.”

The designers hand-selected by ELLE DECOR’s editorial team include: BBC ‘House of the Year’ judge Michael Tavano of MT Custom; Sherrill Canet of Sherrill Canet Interiors, Ltd.; Christopher Coleman of Christopher Coleman Interior Design; Nina Freudenberger of Haus Interior; Lee Kleinhelter of Pieces; Katie Leede of Katie Leede & Company; Amy Mellen of Calvin Klein Home; and Antony Todd of Antony Todd Home. Featured brands include: BoConcept, Brizo, Caesarstone, Calligaris, Calvin Klein Home, Charles P. Rogers, Farrow & Ball,, Phillip Jeffries Ltd., Restoration Hardware, The Container Store, The Dillon and USM Modular Furniture.


ELLE DECOR is the #1 brand in the shelter category: ELLE DECOR and – the preeminent online destination for design enthusiasts – offer inspiration and expertise to 2.5 million print and online users each month. ELLE DECOR reaches 8.9 million readers worldwide. ELLE DECOR is published by Hearst Magazines, the largest publisher of monthly magazines in the U.S. (ABC 2011) which reaches 87 million adults each month (Spring 2011 MRI).

About Free Arts NYC

Free Arts NYC provides under-served children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential.

About The Dillon

Designed by Smith Miller + Hawkinson Architects, The Dillon is a sophisticated mix of studio to 5-bedroom residences that defy the cookie-cutter. Every detail of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) award-winning design has been calibrated to ensure privacy and a sense of home. With 83 residences in total, The Dillon has been designed from the inside out to make the most of space, light, and air. Many are Duplexes and Penthouses, offering expansive multi-story living unique to Manhattan. Penthouses are topped with private terraces providing landmark Midtown views of Time Warner Center, Hearst Tower, and Worldwide Plaza. The Dillon also has a collection of exceptionally rare three-story Townhouses. Each includes indoor pull-up parking directly accessible through the lower level in the purchase price. The eight Townhouses on West 53rd Street are open, airy, and offer generous private backyards – complete with full condominium services and amenities. Building amenities include: 24/7 concierge-attended lobby, onsite parking and storage available, residents’ lounge, dining room with full catering kitchen, garden, fitness center, and children’s playroom. The Dillon is 70% sold with a 421-a tax abatement and financing available. Priced from $665,000 to $4,200,000. Contact: Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing, 212-586-5300


Sky View Parc, Downtown Flushing’s Luxury Condominium, Hits the Halfway Sales Mark by Reaching Over 50 Percent Sold

Sky View Parc is proud to announce that the residential luxury condominium has reached a major milestone with more than 50 percent sold of Tower One and Tower Three. Sky View Parc consists of three residential towers located at 40-22 College Point Boulevard, Flushing Queens and has been experiencing strong sales activity since fall 2011 and current spring season.

In honor of the milestone, we spoke with Helen Lee, Director of Onex Real Estate Partners, who gave us her thoughts on the growing neighborhood, luxury development and more.

How has Flushing, Queens changed since first developing Sky View Parc?

Queens has become a focal point for many investors both nationally and internationally, making it an attractive alternative to Manhattan.  With Queens being the second-largest borough in population in New York City, we wanted to set the standard for luxury living in Flushing and we believe we have accomplished that with Sky View Parc. Sky View Parc together with regional mall Sky View Center have set the precedent for upcoming developments by currently bringing over 400 luxury residences and 800,000-square-foot of commercial venues to the area along with high foot traffic.

How is luxury real estate evolving in Queens compared to Manhattan?

Options for luxury real estate in Queens is definitely on the rise and can offer buyers more value and space.  Buyers today expect full-service amenities, 24/7 concierge and security as well as homes with high-end finishes and this is exactly what we are delivering in Queens and in particular at Sky View Parc. In Manhattan, many buyers will find that they will be priced out of that market and they are paying premium prices for half of the space.  Just a 20 minute train commute to Queens and buyers can find an even more complete amenity package at Sky View Parc at valued pricing for first-class quality.  A similar condominium in a Manhattan building will run buyers three times the price.

What are your forecasts for the next few years in New York (Queens) Luxury real estate?

Very strong, particularly in the Flushing, Queens market.  There is a high demand for people who want the Manhattan luxury apartment and living standards but still enjoy the uniqueness, vibrancy and cultural diversity of Flushing.  There are great things happening here in the downtown area – new restaurants, stores, hotels and apartments to meet this demand.  Sky View Parc and our 800,000 square-foot multi-level shopping mall Sky View Center below is just a prime example.

What are the stand out features for prospective buyers?

Sky View Parc offers value, quality, unique amenity package and a desirable location and neighborhood with exceptional restaurants, shopping and museums just steps away. The residential development is in the center of one of the busiest intersection in New York City only a 3-minute walk from the NYC MTA 7 Line Main Street station (22 minutes to 42nd Grand Central Station) and Long Island Rail Road (17 minutes to 34th Street Penn Station). 


What kind of amenities did you feature and why?

Our plan for Sky View Parc as far as amenities is concerned is to provide residents with an unmatched package that pairs well with the resident’s luxurious lifestyles.  Sky View Parc features a 24-hour staffed lobby and concierge service, indoor valet parking, on-site property management, an entertainment room, tennis and basketball courts, running track, and a stunning 8,000-square-foot resident health club and spa. The four-acre rooftop garden completes the package with tranquil gardens, alfresco dining, barbeque grills, a children’s playground, putting green and dog run, offering residents a private oasis in the heart of downtown Flushing.

We want to offer buyers and provide residents with true value and quality by creating a destination of luxury homes with convenience shopping and entertainment.