House Call: 30 Bayard Street, PHA

07 July, 2017 posted by: CORE

30 Bayard Street, PHA

Todd M Lewin
Lic. Associate Real Estate Broker

Michael Rubin
Lic. Assoc. Real Estate Broker

Offered at $2,950,000, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo is set along McCarren Park in Williamsburg. Additionally, this duplex penthouse features unparalleled park, East River and Manhattan skyline views – not to mention ceiling heights ranging from 10 to 16 feet. Don’t miss the opportunity to tour this rare park-front condo in Brooklyn on Sunday!

Sunday, July 9th, 1:30- 2:30pm


Hot Topic: Hidden Spaces in Williamsburg

24 May, 2017 posted by: CORE


Last week, Win Brown’s modern townhouse listing at 257 Berry Street was highlighted in a round-up of properties with “small, private nooks” to call one’s own on Brick Underground. The Williamsburg home offers a mezzanine overlooking the living room that is perfect for reading, watching TV or catching up on work at home.

Click here to read the full article: Five homes with small private spaces to call one’s own


House Call: 129 North 3rd Street, 133

14 April, 2017 posted by: CORE


Lic. Associate Real Estate Broker

Laura Hirsch Chilton

Lic. Real Estate Salesperson

Offered at $2,650,000, this 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom condominium townhouse spans four floors and is located in Williamsburg. Featuring bright light and immaculate finishes, this condo additionally offers ceiling heights ranging from 9 to 11 feet and a 400-square-foot private garden with built-in barbecue. Don’t miss the chance for an open house tour of this Brooklyn home on Sunday!

Sunday, April 16, 2:00– 3:00pm


My Favorite Room: Todd Lewin

16 February, 2016 posted by: CORE


‘My Favorite Room’ takes a look at our favorite peoples’ most cherished places and spaces. Featuring a mixture of hotspots and hidden gems, we hope to remind just how special one room can really be.

Moving to a bigger space always affords us the option to have more rooms to love. With his new-found ability to move as he pleases, it should come as no surprise that Todd Lewin‘s favorite room is always on the go.

What is your favorite room? My car.

Why is it your favorite room? After 8 years of living in SoHo, I moved to Williamsburg and immediately got a car. I didn’t think I’d end up spending so much time in the car, but being able to drive to the grocery store, pick up coffee or even a friend is something that I enjoy a lot. I feel like I’m in the suburbs which brings me some comfort. I also love driving around and making or taking calls on my Bluetooth. It’s become my mobile office.

What do you like to do most in this room? I’m a better listener on speakerphone so I try and schedule calls with clients when I know I’ll be in my car.

What is one unique or distinctive feature from this room? It’s constantly moving.

In one word, how would you describe this room? Game-changing.


24 Hours With Todd Lewin

29 May, 2015 posted by: CORE

Todd Lewin

‘24 Hours With’ takes a look at a day in the life of CORE’s agents. Todd Lewin talks about living in a park, the familiarity of SoHo, and his key to success in business.

The morning is my favorite time of day. I wake up at 7:15, get a coffee to go from Urban Rustic or Swallow and take my dog Alabama–a black lab mix–for a walk around McCarren Park in Williamsburg. I actually live right on the park, so it feels like I have a giant backyard ready and waiting for us at all times. It’s pretty neat.

Once Alabama has taken care of business, we head home and I spend the next 30 minutes or so checking my listing alerts to see what new properties are newly available for each of my buyers. In the mix of somewhat studying StreetEasy’s Hotsheets and reading the daily headlines for The Real Deal and BISNOW, I’ll start responding to emails I didn’t get to the night before. But that’s pretty rare because I’m a bit OCD about responding to emails the same day I receive them.

After a quick shower, I’ll either head into the Chelsea office to start preparing for the day ahead or I’ll go straight to my morning showings. I try to schedule one face-to-face every day so that I’m always out and about seeing both active and inactive clients. I try and get together with people in the neighborhoods I transact in most–SoHo, NoHo, & Nolita. I lived in SoHo for 8 years so a lot of my business comes from being in the neighborhood for so long. It’s a very rewarding relationship both personally and professionally.

I try and spend an hour or two on marketing; something so important to growing our business yet it’s easily overlooked. CORE is a great place to spread your marketing wings; they are very supportive and we have a fantastic team in place to help expand our personal and company brands.

Lunch is usually quick, if it happens at all. West Side Market or West Side Market. Call me a creature of habit, but it’s right by the office and it’s easy.

After lunch it’s more showings and some paperwork, which I oddly enjoy almost as much as showings. Maybe for the sense of accomplishment? I spend an hour or less each day drafting, reviewing and preparing any documents on my desk. It could be a listing agreement or a contract, or a long email catching up with a client who I have not spoken to in a while. I tend to send my clients new properties and opportunities constantly. My philosophy with everything I do in business is “keep going until someone says no,” and fortunately, I rarely hear no’s.

And then it’s time for more coffee–my second and last cup of the day. By this time I’m texting my fiancé Michelle, asking what we are doing for dinner and that I’m really hungry because I’ve been on showings for the last 3 hours and I likely forgot to eat something.

If I’m not attending a networking event or showing during the evening–some clients work during the day too – I’ll head home and run a few miles at the McCarren Park track. A group of us at CORE are currently training for Urban Mudder in July, so I need to be in great shape sooner than I’d like to admit.

Dinner time in Williamsburg is always different; there are so many good options. I’m usually texting with active clients through dinner and into the night. Luckily I have an amazing fiancé, so she doesn’t get too mad. So at around 9 PM, I put my phone down for the night and turn on the TV to tune into a new documentary. The more obscure, the better. I watch a lot of them and now so does my fiancé. It’s become a nightly ritual for us. And after a good night’s sleep, I can start all over again.


CORE Staycation: Five of NYC’s Best Food Events This Weekend

25 July, 2014 posted by: CORE


Despite the summer travel season being in full effect, several New Yorkers are opting to enjoy the warm weather right here in the city. With so much to do throughout Manhattan’s most popular boroughs, it’s easy to understand why. This week’s CORE Staycation provides a list of some of the most buzzed about food-related attractions happening around town this weekend. Bon appetit!

  • With several great food options located in the heart of NYC, the Flatiron History and Food Tour takes guests on a tour of some of the neighborhood’s most popular eateries, including Eataly, Shake Shake and Beecher’s Cheese. Held every Saturday, tickets can be purchased here.
  • Held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from now until September 21st, Eleanor’s Pier hosts a variety of food vendors at Roosevelt Island. New Yorkers are welcome to attend for a day of great food while also taking in the amazing views of Manhattan’s east side.
  • As part of its summer-long outdoor series, Brooklyn will be hosting Smorgasburg this weekend, noted as “The Woodstock of eating” according to The New York Times. Featuring several food options from local eateries, the event will be held this Saturday at Williamsburg’s East River State Park and on Sunday on Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
  • This Saturday, Citi Field Stadium will play host to this year’s Bacon and Beer Classic. Hosted inside major league baseball stadiums across the country, the Classic “is a premier experience focused on traditions where one’s nostalgia of baseball meets their love for bacon and beer.” Tickets for this weekend’s event can be purchased here.
  • Another Brooklyn weekend attraction, Greenpoint’s Night Bazaar not only features local art and clothing vendors, but also at least a dozen food options as well. This free event is held at 165 Banker Street every Friday and Saturday from 7PM to 1AM.


Photo of the Week: As the Sun Sets

18 April, 2014 posted by: CORE

Today’s Photo of the Week captures a stunning sunset above Brooklyn’s hottest neighborhood Williamsburg. Taken from 297 Driggs Avenue, Ivana Nikolic captured this shot after an open house for her recent listing in the building. After wrapping up the open house, Ivana stepped out onto the home’s balcony to this beautiful scene. The home has since entered into contract, after receiving several offers from eager buyers looking to get into the wildly popular Brooklyn nabe.


Three of a Kind: Brooklyn Beauties

13 February, 2014 posted by: CORE

Despite the freezing temperatures plaguing New York, Brooklyn’s real estate market continues to heat up. As the influx of new Brooklynites reaches record-breaking heights, this newly emerging borough is home to several fantastic new listings. Take a look at these three CORE properties, representing some of the finest homes in Brooklyn.


Where: 58 Greene Avenue
Size: 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms
Asking: $2,099,000
Listed by: Sid Whelan and Reginald Grayson

58 Greene Avenue is a grand 20 foot wide, multi unit townhouse located on a gorgeous, tree lined landmark block in the heart of Fort Greene. This well maintained, five unit building, complete with an upgraded roof and building systems, comprises one rent stabilized, junior one bedroom apartment and four free market apartments: an additional junior 1 bedroom, two studios and a large 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom duplex with an in unit washer/dryer, covered patio, garden and sundeck. The apartments are all in good to excellent condition, with many offering exposed brick, decorative marble fireplaces and original hardwood flooring. The projected 5.04% ROI on this property can be further improved by monetizing space in the home’s large basement through the installation of storage cages, bike racks and/or a paid laundry facility. Ideally located near the Lafayette Avenue C train stop, BAM, Atlantic Avenue Terminal, the Barclays Center and several local shops, restaurants and nightlife locations. Read the rest of this entry »


The Evolution of Williamsburg

31 January, 2014 posted by: Martin Eiden


One of the reasons why I love New York is that it allows people to reinvent themselves again and again. A trader can become an actor, an artist a real estate developer and an engineer can become a real estate broker (that would be me).

In my 15 years of working in real estate, I have seen many neighborhoods change and evolve, but none as dramatic and as many times as Williamsburg. In fact, I have seen four monumental shifts since I have been in the business. Here is a breakdown of these significant time periods:

1999-2004: The Beginning. Jackie Himmelstein, a colleague of mine at the time, lived in a rent-stabilized apartment on North 6th Street. She kept telling me how the neighborhood was changing daily and, not having been a resident of the neighborhood, I didn’t understand how that was the case, until my first time visiting. I went to see a friend’s band, Lythion, at the Galapagos Lounge. The loading dock was converted to an indoor pond, which we crossed via a metal bridge to get to the entrance. Walking over, the streets were silent and the neighborhood had a mysterious, cool vibe as an outpost. It reminded me of East Berlin just after the wall fell down and the energy was captivating. Real estate-wise, the building stock prominently featured aluminum siding and rent was cheap. Not much to buy unless you wanted a house right out of Archie Bunker’s Place. Read the rest of this entry »


What’s New: Wonderful Williamsburg

15 January, 2014 posted by: CORE


Where: 136 Powers Street,4B
Size: 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom
Asking: $695,000
Listed by: Win Brown and Ivana Nikolic

Experience quintessential Williamsburg living in this top-floor one-bedroom apartment. Apartment 4B offers approximately 700 square-feet of interior space and has a 115-square-foot terrace with amazing Manhattan views. Walk in through the home’s entry foyer into a large living/dining room, with a separate galley kitchen to the side. There are new wide-plank maple floors throughout, with windows facing North and East. The sleek modern kitchen features stainless steel Bosch and Jenn Air appliances, Caesarstone countertops, slate flooring and lacquer cabinets. The bathroom boasts black and white marble with a deep Zuma soaking tub. A Bosch washer and dryer are also included in the apartment.

The Aria is a 20-unit new development building that was completed in 2007, offering a 25-year tax abatement and low common charges. Located just three blocks from the Graham Avenue L train station, this apartment is conveniently situated among several Williamsburg restaurants, bars and boutiques.

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