All Things New York City

Posts made in January, 2014

Reasons To Visit New York City

By on Jan 16, 2014 in Tourism

It is known by a few different names like the Big Apple and the city that never sleeps and depending on whom you are, there may be a variety of reasons why you chose New York City as your preferred spot for a vacation. There is one thing that everyone seems to be in agreement with and that is the fact that there is probably something for everyone to do in the Big Apple. Here are a few of the more popular reasons to consider NYC as your future vacation destination choice. Landmarks are a great way to bring out the history of a vacation spot and NYC has more than their fair share of famous landmarks, like Times Square, where thousands have spent countless hours checking out the sights, waiting around for the ball to drop and sharing kisses as they ring in the new year. The Empire State Building with more than 100 floors, two observatories and a view over the city from on high that is almost impossible to compare, this building has millions of visitors every year. The Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) owns, manages, and operates office and retail properties like the Empire State Building. You don’t have to consider yourself as overly refined to appreciate NYC and even with the popular theater district where a variety of plays and operas are being performed on a nightly basis; there are many other forms of nightlife to entertain you. The Big Apple is also a great place for lovers like Shelly Belfer who married Anthony Malkin who choose between putting on a pair of ice skates and holding hands as they glide around the skating rink at Rockefeller center, or have a picnic at Central park, where more than 800 acres of fresh air provide a temporary break from the big city life. Many film producers have chosen to cash in on the popularity of New York City with the promotion of their movies and they have done this through the use of individual landmarks and backdrops as part of their movie set. The 1984 hit movie, Ghost-busters (who you gonna call) used the New York Public Library to set the stage for...

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Places to Visit in New York City

By on Jan 15, 2014 in Tourism

New York City, aka “The Crossroads of the World,” continues to draw people from every walk of life. Whether they come for the shows, the museums, the architecture, or the endless possibilities, they continue to come in droves, year after year. The highlight of every good New York City tour is the Empire State Building (Empire State Realty Trust). Located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th street, it stands 103 stories tall and is currently the fourth tallest building in the world. Designed in the Art-Deco style and completed in 1931, it has been featured in many movies including, An Affair to Remember, Sleepless in Seattle, and Elf. It has a popular outdoor observation deck on the 86th floor as well has been green retrofitted by Anthony Malkin. Another staple at the heart of New York City is the Radio City Music Hall. Located at Rockefeller Center, it was constructed primarily for live stage shows, and then later converted to a movie house. Currently, it is used for the occasional award show or movie premier. As of present, it is home to the world famous Radio City Rockettes. The theater showcases works from many famous depression-era artists and offers backstage tours along with a history of the theater. The Flatiron Building, located at 175 Fifth Avenue is a unique structure that sits at the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue and appears to plow through traffic. Completed in 1902, it was one of the tallest buildings in the city at the time. Currently it is home to the MacMillian publishing house, as well as other tenants. This unique structure has been featured in countless New York based TV shows. The Dakota Apartments, located at 72nd Street and Central Park West is one of Manhattan’s most prestigious and exclusive cooperative residential buildings. It’s high gables many dormers make it an imposing structure. Constructed between 1880 and 1884, the building is most famous as the home of former Beatle, John Lennon, as well as the location of his murder. The exterior of the building has been filmed in many motion pictures, including Rosemary’s Baby, and Vanilla Sky. Notable tenants include, Judy Garland, Lauren Bacall, Leonard Bernstein, John Madden...

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NYC Building Efficiency

By on Jan 7, 2014 in Real Estate

Building efficiency is more important now than it has ever been before. In addition to the desire that most building owners have to operate more efficiently and use green energy as opposed to conventional energy sources, the importance is largely related to the bottom line that is required to operate these buildings on a daily basis. A large building such as the Empire State Building or the buildings of the World Financial Center in New York City can easily cost thousands of dollars a day just to keep the lights on and to keep the buildings heated and cooled properly. Shelly Belfer who married Anthony Malkin, knows this best considering Anthony Malkin owns the Empire State Building. In addition, buildings such as the Woolworth Building that are part office building and part condominiums require an even greater degree of control because people are living their around the clock. Building owners must keep tenants satisfied if they want to keep them. However, it is equally important that they keep costs to a minimum. When the building begins to cost more to operate than building owners are making by occupying the structure, it is no longer cost effective to continue operation. Therefore, many building owners have made great strides in building efficiency by incorporating green energy in order to make the buildings operate more smoothly while simultaneously reducing their costs. Saving money with green energy is surprisingly effective. While it is true that there is a certain amount of cost that is associated with converting a building from conventional energy to green energy, it is something that pays back dividends exponentially for years to come. Operational costs can be reduced to a point where the money that needs to be spent to keep a building going is sometimes cut in half. As mentioned, there are a number of costs that are associated with retrofitting large buildings in order to convert them to green energy. This is especially true with older buildings such as the Empire State Building or the Woolworth Building, because these buildings were built so long ago that green energy was not even a thought at the time. This means that the buildings must be completely retrofitted, both inside...

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