Lincoln Square AMC Movie theater evacuated Friday night

Last night, the Lincoln Square AMC on Manhattan’s upper west side evacuated at about 7:30pm. As we entered the Imax on the top floor at about 6:30pm, there was a smell of smoke but the ticket taker seemed confused when we pointed it out to her and thought it was the food concession.

About 45 minutes into the movie, there was a voice that asked everyone to calmly leave the theater. On the way out there was smoke coming from that concession. We went down the stairs and left. Numerous fire trucks arrived quickly on the scene and one firefighter climbed up the ladder towards the terrace facing Broadway, that is one floor the Imax theater.

 

Manhattan inventory increasing

According to the latest report from listings site Streeteasy, Manhattan inventory rose 16% year over year with the largest uptick in inventory being the Upper East side. On the Upper East side, the inventory increased 20.2%. According to their analysis which is consistent with what I am observing in the field, 16% of the homes on the market received discounts which is an increase year over year of 3.6%.

Recently, I showed a client a couple of townhouses in Harlem and one had an original ask of $2.99 and now is down to $2.3 million and another started at $2.75 million and now is down to $2.25 million.

The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

 

 

2 South end avenue apt 9B sold

A 3 bedroom/2 bath Battery Park City apartment in the full service Cove Club building, has now sold. The apartment featured beautiful park and harbor views, concrete floors, a large eat in kitchen, museum finishes and was wired for sound. The monthly common charges were $6250.

The apartment was purchased cash.

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The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

Lower East side Co-op turns down $54 million for air rights

The Seward Park Cooperative on Manhattan’s Lower East side turned down $54 million from a developer in exchange for 162,000 of air rights. After a long negotiation process, the proposal was put to a vote but did not get the necessary amount of shareholder support to pass. The developer will still build adjacent to Seward Park,  but will build two towers of 17 and 20 stories instead of 20 and 33 stories.

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The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

Harlem townhouses price reductions becoming more frequent

According to the latest data, there are 85 active listings in the market on the listings website streeteasy in Central Harlem and Hamilton Heights. 36 of these listings have at one point or another been reduced from their original asking prices and some more than once. This data shows that seller’s expectations were not in line with the current market and as a result, adjustments have been made to price sometimes not once but twice. In this market, buyers are even more hesitant to get involved with buildings that have issues or are expecting more of a discount to do so.

Between April and May we saw approximately 40 new townhouse listings and few contracts. Halfway through June, only 4 Harlem townhouses have been brought to the market.

Harlem townhouse May report

Harlem townhouse April report

 

The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

5000 new apartments coming to the market in new development in 2018

According to the latest reports, about 4600 new condo units will be listed this year in NYC. That is in addition to over 3000 that came online in 2017. Given that new development without an amazing location, is selling slowly that sounds like a lot of choices for buyers and anxiety for developers.

Ziel Feldman is bringing to market $3.4 billion in inventory within two projects. One is the Upper West side conversion of the Belnord with large units over 2000 square feet and another is the twisting condo towers known as XI on the Highline. Both projects come with starchitect pedigrees with Robert A.M. Stern redesigning the Belnord and Bjarke Ingels handling the designing of the new construction Highline condo.

More details on Belnord and XI

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The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

 

Can video tours help sell your Manhattan property?

We are starting to see VR tools move into the real estate industry beginning with new developments and then filtering their way down the pipeline to your average listing. It’s interesting with all of the technology that we have at our fingertips that the average listing does not even have a video tour and the majority of the rental listing photos are taken with an smartphone. This delay in embracing new technology by the majority of the Manhattan real estate brokers is nothing new.

With international buyers searching Manhattan properties from all over the world and in many different time zones, having a video tour or 3D tour that can be navigated by the buyer (similar to Google maps) is an ideal 24 hour sales tool. Having only professional quality photos plus a 2D floor plan is akin to putting an ad in NYT and holding open houses. It might have been the tools that worked 15 years ago but times have changed.

Take a look at the video tour that was done for 189 Edgecombe avenue, a Harlem townhouse that is in contract. Video tours are an ideal way for buyers to get to know a property before they see it in person as well.

The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

Landmarks Commission designates new historic district in Central Harlem

The LPC has approved the designation of a new historic district for Central Harlem. The stretch between West 130th street to West 132nd street between Lenox and Adam Clayton Powell encompasses 164 buildings which are mostly row houses. LPC rules take effect immediately. But with the LPC currently without a leader and reform potentially coming to the commission, the precise effect of new historic districts are unknown at this point.

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The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

 

City sets up commission to propose real estate tax reform

Sometimes, clients ask me why the taxes on one townhouse are much higher than others or vice versa. The City tax system is a very difficult one to understand and few do. The City has appointed Vicki Been and Marc Shaw to co-chair this new commission. 10 public hearings will be held to solicit input from the public.

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The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

New developments selling well in the right neighborhoods and for the right price

With approximately 6,000 units of new development in the market throughout NYC, there is an obvious glut. But some developments like 250 W 81st street are raising prices. In the Robert A.M. Stern designed building, the largest units were the first to sell and the buyers are coming from the local market with zero foreign buyers. In addition, the location on Manhattan’s upper west side, has a scarcity of new development.

Most developers believe that within 2-3 years, most of the existing inventory will be gone so now is a good time for them to begin the process knowing full well the market may swing in the favor by the time they are ready to start selling.

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News about the NYC real estate residential and commercial markets provided and interpreted by an industry veteran licensed since 1999. Brian Silvestry of BSRG Inc. Licensed real estate broker