All Things New York City


Development of the Brooklyn Navy Yard

By on Jun 28, 2016 in Business, Real Estate, Tourism

Brooklyn Naval Yard Is Being Reborn The Brooklyn Naval Yard has been a foreboding scene for some years. New development promises to reshape and renew its demeanor. With shops, real estate and restaurants planned for development here, New Yorkers will soon be able to find a welcoming commercial district where there was once only industrial buildings. Formerly a military facility, the Brooklyn Naval Yard is surrounded by walls. These are coming down, and new building and renovation promises to make the area user-friendly, and a great place to both live and shop. Real Estate Development at the Yard Under the guidance of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, new construction includes the creation of a housing development called the Navy Green. Nearly complete, this $146 million project promises to deliver affordable housing and market-rate apartments, which will allow people to live and shop with convenience. Ironically, what promises to be luxurious and affordable housing is being built on what was once the site of the Navy brig. This will rewrite the history of the Brooklyn Naval Yard. Shopping and Food in the Naval Yard Scheduled to open in 2017, the Yard Commons will echo Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market. This market has a resemblance to a department store, where people are able to choose from the wares of a multitude of retailers. A Wegmans Supermarket is also planned to occupy what was known as Admiral’s Row. The store will occupy 74,000 square feet, and it will meet the needs of local residents and draw new customers to the area. Although local residents have expressed fear that a grocery store will not materialize, the process of removing walls and concrete to allow for it goes on unabated. It is also anticipated that numerous storefronts and a food hall will open by 2018 providing variety and hard to find items. The plan includes a Russ & Daughters Cafe, a new Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory, and lots of unique restaurants and stores. Finally, it is worth noting that the Brooklyn Roasting Company will transform a former strip club into a respectable place for cocktails and dining. The List Goes On The work and expense needed to make these plans a reality is substantial. The Brooklyn Navy Yard...

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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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Tourism in NY Benefits from New $60M Campaign

By on Jun 10, 2013 in Tourism

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced last month the largest tourism campaign that the state has seen in decades. The aim of the $60 million campaign is to grow the industry in general, as well as create jobs and attract more visitors. The campaign includes various initiatives targeted at specific demographics, hoping to boost and maintain the variety of visitors to the city. Three of the aforementioned initiatives are as follows: A host of on-site greeters and welcome centers will be added to New York’s airports. New international tourism campaigns — “I Love NY Asia” and “I Love NY South America” — will be launched to boost visitor numbers from emerging markets. A Sports and Special Events Com­mission will be created to recruit events for the state’s venues, tapping into the $600 billion global sports tourism industry. It is the hope of the governor and his office that the welcome center will facilitate tourism and boost the sale of New York tickets to such tourist attractions as the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. The emerging markets are a large demographic that will respond well to targeted campaigns, therefore boosting the number of tourist visitors yearly.  With 76 sports venues located throughout New York, the state has a large untapped potential for both sporting events and special events. With the Sports and Special Events Commission, New York will now be able to benefit from these largely unused spaces. Currently none of the initiatives are geared towards increasing business meetings and conferences, which brought 5.2 million delegates and $5 million in attendee spending to New York City alone. This is compared to the more than 202 million international and domestic visitors who spent $57 billion in the state last year, generating $7 billion in state and local taxes. However, the city’s marketing arm, NYC & Company, is supportive and believes that this campaign will bring an influx of all travel into New York and enhance the overall experience of the New York City traveler, business delegate...

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What to Do in New York City

By on May 16, 2013 in Tourism

Are you planning a trip to the Big Apple soon? If you are, prepare to be amazed. New York City is the epicenter of the entertainment industry. Whether it is for the world famous restaurants or the Broadway Shows, you will never be disappointed. It is all the things you have heard about. This world class city is on all of the maps for the traveling public to enjoy! The Times Square area is called the crossroads of the world. You have all seen it on New Year’s Eve, where people from all over the world come together to bring in the New Year. Millions have attended and still do because the contagious excitement, with partygoers in the mood to celebrate. There are many marriage proposals that will take place at this festive scene, as the big crystal ball descends from its perch high above the scene. The promise of what the new year will bring about is what makes this celebration so special; the lights of Times Square glitter in a way that you will not see anywhere else in the world as the minutes and seconds are counted down to the moment that the crystal ball descends. While other cities will attempt to emulate New York, no other city can compare to it. With summer starting, your outdoor New York City tourist attractions are many and varied. Go to a baseball game at Yankee or Mets Stadium, walk and shop along world famous Fifth Avenue and smell the pushcarts offering delicious food. Go for a walk in Central park, grab a seat on a bench, and take it all in! This is a great spot for people watching. As you plan your trip to see what this great city has to offer, be sure to check out the Empire State Building and its view from the top, the Statue of Liberty with the torch being held high to welcome people from all over the world to New York. Stop by Ellis Island, where immigrants first stopped as they entered the land of freedom. Radio City Music Hall is where the Rockettes dance in a truly magnificent theater. Walk along Seventh Avenue, otherwise known as Fashion Avenue, to...

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