Wednesday, September 12, 2012

"Taste of the Village" Tonight

Tonight!  "Taste of the Village" under Washington Square Arch.  Over thirty neighborhood purveyors like Kin Shop, Otto, BLT Burger, and 8th Street Wineceller provide food and drink to benefit Washington Square Park.  Eat a lot, drink a lot, and enjoy the park scenery and jazz performances.  $50, 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday September 12.  Sponsored by the Village Alliance.

Friday, August 10, 2012

My Perfect Day in New York

My perfect day in New York includes three of my favorite things: exercise, theater, and eating.  Lots of eating.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Like Hardcore Workouts? Head to Barry's Bootcamp in Chelsea

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 I enjoy challenging, hard-core exercise classes; so I was thrilled when west coast phenomena Barry's Bootcamp opened their first New York outpost in Chelsea last year.  It's been a huge success -- so much so that they just opened a branch in the Hamptons.

Do Barry's consistently and you're guaranteed to see and feel results.  The workouts last an hour and alternate treadmill and weight intervals.  Different days focus on different body parts, while Friday and weekend classes work the entire body.  At the end you're drenched, spent, and really pleased with yourself for getting through it.  These videos will give you an idea. 

The instructors know how to motivate you, plus they're hot (which never hurts).  There's a small locker room with showers but it can get tight at busy times.  I wish it didn't cost so much (individual classes are $32), though there are discount packages available that can bring the price down considerably.  And hey, it's bathing suit season!  Speaking of which, I'd better get over there before someone snags my favorite treadmill.  Barry's Bootcamp, 135 West 20th Street.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Manhattan Real Estate in February: More Sales, Higher Prices

February was a great month for Manhattan residential real estate sales.  Here's an overview from Corcoran's Monthly Market Snapshot:

As we enter the beginning of the typically strong Spring season, market-wide sales activity picked up significantly in February. Both condo and co-op sales increased compared to last month and last year. Sales typically increase in February, condo sales were up 18% and co-op sales are up 7% from this time last year. Average pricing increased significantly from last month primarily due to an increase in sales over $2MM. At $1,215, Corcoran’s average price per square foot was the highest it has been since immediately prior to the downturn, in August 2008. Market-wide inventory remains 7% lower than last February, fueled by declining condo inventory.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

DC's Georgetown Cupcake Opens in Soho

In need of a mid-afternoon caffeine and sugar fix, I headed over to the newly-opened Georgetown Cupcake (111 Mercer St., between Price/Spring).  They're a bit of a cult in DC and even have their own TV show (DC Cupcakes on TLC).  A daily array of flavors (Milk Chocolate Birthday, Chocolate Squared, Red Velvet and more) is supplemented by a rotating menu of specials (like Cinnamon, Salted Caramel, and Peanut Butter Fudge). 

High-quality ingredients make for high-quality cupcakes.  Purists may balk at the the high frosting-to-cake ratio, but I'm of the-more-frosting-the better-school so I was very happy.  Cupcakes are $2.75 a piece, $15 a half dozen and $29 a dozen.  Open Mon-Sat. 10AM - 9PM, Sun. 10AM - 7PM.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

25% of Manhattan Townhouse Sales Were Downtown

I'm not the only person who's fantasized about owning a historic townhouse on a leafy West Village street.  Downtown accounted for 25% of overall Manhattan townhouse sales in 2011, according to the brand-new 2011 Corcoran Report: Townhouse Edition.  Twenty-six downtown townhouses sold at a median price of $6.35M for single family homes.  The most expensive sale was 20 East 10th Street, which sold for $18.995M or $2,793/square foot. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fresh Craft Beer in the Village

Beer drinkers: you need to visit The Growler Station at 26 West 8th Street in Greenwich Village.  It's a brilliantly simple concept.  Buy a refillable 32 or 64 ounce glass container or "growler" (there's also a recyclable plastic bottle option).  Taste some of the fresh-brewed craft beers that are available, decide which one you like, and get your growler filled.  Bring it home, drink it, and return with your empty.  Repeat as often as necessary. 

You get to explore microbrews and be green.  Plus, it's more of an event than pulling a six pack out of the refrigerator case at your local bodega.