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Free and Cheap Music at Upper West Side Churches

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Places of Worship | 0 comments

With so many great sources of inexpensive music (e.g., see my similar article on “The Schools” from October, 2012), confess. You’ve got to feel a bit guilty if you’re an Upper West Sider. It doesn’t seem fair. Yet our neighborhood is also blessed with a wealth of ecclesiastical venues for soul satisfying music. And you can enrich your spirit without depleting your wallet. If a concert isn’t free, a voluntary offering will often suffice and, where it won’t, admission seldom exceeds $25—often with student and senior discounts. Working our way uptown, here are nearly a dozen of the more divine places to congregate:

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Central Park Wests’ Dakota Aiming For 2nd Highest Sales Price

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Blog, Buyers, Real Estate | Comments Off

Manhattan’s most legendary apartment building, the Dakota, is back in the news this week after its latest sales listing hit the market. It’s not just any old Dakota apartment either: it is the longtime residence of Silver Screen goddess, Lauren Bacall, who passed away in August at the age of 89. Having lived there since the building’s co-op conversion in 1961, Ms. Bacall, quoted in a 2011 Vanity Fair profile stated that she purchased her apartment for a mere $48,000 at the time. What’s more, her 4th floor spread, with expansive Central Park views, not to mention three bedrooms, three and a half baths, a library, dining room, home office, and four fireplaces, is now for sale at over 50 times the original purchase price, at $26 million.

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Wanted: Office Space for Your Swingline Stapler

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Blog, Real Estate, Renters | Comments Off

So you’ve outgrown your home-office/desk in the corner, or your baby has outgrown the crib, or for some other compelling reason you are seeking some extra work space in the neighborhood. After all, you chose to live on the Upper West Side for a reason, so of course working close to home would be a no brainer. Who wants to get stuck on a crosstown transverse commute during the spring melt?

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What’s in a Neighborhood’s Name?

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Blog, Real Estate | Comments Off

Folks from out of town might be surprised how much meaning New Yorkers invest in the names of their neighborhood. It used to be a yardstick for what kind of attitude to take toward someone, as in the Upper West/Upper East Side rivalry of legend. Now, the medium being the message, it is the medium of search engines that for practical purposes defines a neighborhood, its boundaries, and whether its name bears any meaning in today’s world.

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