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Hot Topic: Loft conversion in SoHo

08 March, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Did you catch Todd Lewin and Michael Rubin‘s listing at 284 Lafayette Street, 4D on The Wall Street Journal last week? This stunning Soho loft, originally built in 1892, features a captivating 65-foot-long wall of windows. Check out the link below to read about the top to bottom renovation at this 3,000-square foot home!

Click here to read the full article: A ‘Blank Space’ in Soho Becomes a Family Home



 

Best Apartment I Ever Sold: Adie Kriegstein

07 March, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Best Apartment I Ever Sold invites our agents to share the unique story of their best selling experience to date. This week, learn why Adie Kriegstein‘s sale at 17 Minetta Street is her best one yet.

It’s not easy to pick the “best apartment I ever sold” as each apartment I’ve sold truly holds a special place in my heart and has its own unique story as to why it’s also a candidate.  I pride myself more than anything on amazing customer service and looking beyond the paycheck to the relationship I have formed with my clients.  When my clients enjoy working with me, it ends up being not just one transaction but many. I often am introduced to their family and friends too, so I have many clients with whom I have sold everyone in their family homes. With that said, if I had to pick one particular listing as the “best apartment I ever sold” it would be the townhouse at 17 Minetta Street.

To be honest, I wasn’t even aware there was a Minetta Lane in the city but low and behold, like many hidden gems in the city, it’s something I had walked by more times than I could count.  It’s a charming meandering lane right at the edge of Greenwich Village and the cusp of the West Village. In fact, some walking tours stroll down the lane.

When I received the listing, the sellers, who were referred to me by another client, put their entire trust into me, to get the home ready to sell. They had bought the townhouse a year prior and knew they would lose money, so there was already an emotional component to this transaction for them. The sellers moved out and I brought in a team of painters to repaint the interior entirely white and a top stager to furnish the entire house including the roof as well as a team of landscapers to revamp the garden and roof deck terrace.

There was a lot of interest in this townhouse and eventually it went for highest and best to a direct buyer.  A family came in and I immediately hit it off with the wife, an artist. We ended up talking for 45 minutes without realizing so much time had passed – it’s safe to say we are kindred spirits. I’ve since attended one of her shows.  As such, once they were in contract on 17 Minetta Street, they enrolled me to help sell their stunning corner loft at 54 Bleecker Street.

Truly nothing pleases me more than making long-lasting relationships with my clients and often deep friendships.  Putting so much trust in another person’s hands isn’t easy and I see that as the largest compliment and my proudest achievement.  Since then the wife has introduced me to her neighbors who are selling their home – it goes to show you never know who you’ll meet out there!



 

House Call: 261 West 25th Street, 7BPH

03 March, 2017 posted by: CORE

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THE LISTING
261 West 25th Street, 7BPH

THE AGENT
Lawrence V. Treglia
Lic. Assoc. Real Estate Broker
212-500-2108
ltreglia@corenyc.com

THE DETAILS
Offered at $3,495,000, this 2-bedroom at The Seymour in the heart of Chelsea features hotel-like amenities in addition to a beautifully designed layout with northern and southern exposures. The home also offers its own private penthouse roof cabana, perfect for warmer days ahead. Stop in this Sunday for an open house tour of this stunning property!

THE HOUSE CALL
Sun, March 5, 1:30 – 3:00



 

VoiceAmerica with Maggie Kent

02 March, 2017 posted by: CORE

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This past Tuesday, CORE’s Maggie Kent was a guest on “Good Morning New York, Real Estate” with Vince Rocco. The topic of the discussion was “glass condo towers versus pre-war classic buildings.” The panel also touched on the recent news surrounding StreetEasy. Take a listen below to hear what Maggie has to say regarding this topic and more!

Click here to listen to the full discussion: VoiceAmerica with Maggie Kent



 

Hot Topic: 1860s Tribeca Loft Reimagined

01 March, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Did you see Emily Beare and Shaun Osher‘s listing at 60 White Street, PHE featured on designboom? The duplex penthouse atop one of Tribeca‘s smartest and most environmentally-conscious boutique condominiums was highlighted for its high-end design, careful selection of materials and commitment to the building’s architectural history. Check out the link below for more information on this truly one-of-a-kind property!

Full article: 1860’s Loft Building Reimagined as a Biophilic + Passive Edifice in Tribeca, NY



 

Dwell Diaries: 456 Washington Street, 10D

28 February, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Dwell Diaries provides a peek at a “day-in-the-life” in one of CORE’s exclusive listings. From master suites to neighborhood hotspots, our diary doesn’t spare a detail!

Waking up in the master bedroom at 456 Washington Street, 10D is never short of spectacular – especially when you can enjoy unparalleled views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty. Footsteps away, you’ll find a private terrace that boasts the same stunning perspective. Why step out for a latte when you can enjoy a cup of coffee with a view?

Your morning routine is made easy at this top-of-the-line Tribeca condo, thanks to a fitness center curated by Equinox that includes private yoga and a training studio. Should you fancy meeting friends for a workout, why not take a spin at Soul Cycle or practice your boxing skills at The Dogpound nearby? The 550-acre Hudson River Park is also just moments from 456 Washington Street, 10D.

Fortunately, Tribeca never lacks fabulous eateries if dining out for lunch is your preferred afternoon routine. The casual, tavern-like Locanda Verde at iconic The Greenwich Hotel serves up New York history in addition to rustic Italian fare. Bubby’s on Hudson Street is a must for brunch on the weekends. If you enjoy the homestyle American eats there, stop in at the new Southern-style restaurant Harold’s Meat and Three for lunch next time. Craving some culture after a decadent lunch? You’re not far from the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Should you desire a quiet evening at home with the incredible sunsets that abound at 456 Washington Street, 10D, end your day with a barbecue on the beautifully furnished roof deck. If a night on the town is more your style, a wine-tasting at Terroir Tribeca or some artful cocktails at The Bennett might be the perfect final stop before heading home. Spectacular amenities, breathtaking sunsets and proximity to the best of what Tribeca has to offer – what more could you ask for?



 

Commercial Basis: Retail Reality Check

27 February, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Commercial Basis explores how technology, branding and demographic preferences are shaping office and retail real estate in New York City. As these forces break down the barriers from where we live to where we work and shop, Lead Commercial Specialist Alex Cohen assesses the impact on real estate values and opportunities.

I was honored to be a panelist at Columbia Business School’s annual Retail & Luxury Conference on February 17th.  Alongside chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud and other inspiring entrepreneurs, I debated creativity in retail amidst an environment of disruption.  The conference’s keynote speaker, Geatano Sciuto, President of Fendi Americas, presented Fendi’s successful rebranding (and doubling of business) by blending a change in the “content,” new focus on fashion accessories and uber-luxury and change in the “container” (the store). Sciuto highlighted the development of the Palazzo Fendi Rome flagship into a hub of experiences, combining a ready-to wear store, private shopping suite, boutique hotel and Zuma restaurant as well as the dramatic renovation of the Fendi 57th Street New York flagship (See: Commercial Basis: Shopper as Flaneur) to captivate Fendi’s customers with “surprise and delight.”

I discussed how the new retail reality of ultra-pricey high-street store rents often requires brands to test new retail concepts and new markets with a pop-up to permanent strategy and explained why engaging uni-brand and multi-brand concept stores are the new department stores as formulaic shopping experiences continue to decline in popularity.  Finally, I detailed how brands like Adidas and Uniqlo are thinking about entire building occupancy that can convey their identity and values not only to consumers, but also attract and retain the critical creative class of workers they need to thrive.

Photo credit: Columbia Business School Retail & Luxury Goods Club



 

House Call: 25 Bond Street, 2E

24 February, 2017 posted by: CORE

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THE LISTING
25 Bond Street, 2E

THE AGENTS
Heather McDonough
Lic. Assoc. Real Estate Broker
646-780-5261
heather@corenyc.com

Henry Hershkowitz
Lic. Assoc. Real Estate Broker
646-780-5260
henry@corenyc.com

THE DETAILS
Listed at $10,000,000, this custom crafted 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom Noho condo offers award-winning design by acclaimed BKSK Architects, soaring 10’6″ ceilings and two wood-burning fireplaces. The sun-lit great room boasts bronze-cased sliding glass doors that overlook the cobblestone Bond Street. Stop in this Sunday to get a tour of this unique home!

THE HOUSE CALL
Sun, Feb 26, 1:00 – 2:30



 

Hot Topic: The “Average” Foreign Buyer

22 February, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Brokers Adie Kriegstein and Keren Ringler were interviewed for story on the “average foreign buyer in NYC” on Brick Underground. Adie and Keren agree that most foreign buyers are often either using NYC real estate as an investment, looking for an apartment to use as a pied-à-terre or purchasing a home for a child who is studying or working in the city. Check out the link below for Adie’s mention of Related Companies’ 15 Hudson Yards too!

Click here for the full article: Who is the average foreign buyer in NYC?



 

CORE 10: Yury Holohan Herrera

21 February, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, broker Yury Holohan Herrera!

  1. Who is the living person you most admire? Anderson Cooper.
  2. Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? Doug LeClaire. He has been an inspiration and a close friend. He introduced me to the Grateful Dead during my early days in New York City when we worked together on commercials and videos. 
  3. What is your earliest New York memory? The intensity of the city.  I had just arrived here from Venezuela.  I’ll never forget the sea of people coming from all directions. It was exhilarating and unbelievably scary at the same time.  
  4. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? To work smart and realize that opportunity is always there; you just have to be ready to embrace it and take advantage of it. 
  5. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? My persistence. Moving to the U.S. will always be my greatest achievement. I came to New York City from Venezuela when I was 20 years old, left my mother and 5 siblings behind to, as they say, follow my dream.  I didn’t have a solid game plan but worked and played hard.  I managed some of the finest eateries in the city (The Oak Room, Remi, Nick & Tony’s), transferred my skills over to real estate, both as a career and as an investment and met fascinating people. I was actually recruited by one of the most prominent figures in the real estate industry who was my VIP client!
  6. What are your three most treasured possessions? My Nespresso machine (one morning cup works wonders), my first Gucci loafers (20 years and counting, talk about handling with care) and a gold bracelet with my name on it. 
  7. Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
  8. What’s your greatest extravagance? I went on a luxury trip to South Africa, and it was the trip of a lifetime. Meeting the people of South Africa was a rewarding experience. Visiting the home of Nelson Mandela who I once met here in New York City humbled me. Next time I visit I will go back as a volunteer. 
  9. What’s your secret talent? Making people laugh, especially in the toughest of times. 
  10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Bellissimo.” My friends tell me I find beauty in the strangest things, but the difference is beauty to me.


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