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  • By Devin Gannon
  • , March 5, 2021

Photo of NYCHA vaccination site at Nostrand Houses in Brooklyn by Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr

New York City on Thursday launched an effort to vaccinate homebound seniors by going door to door at select residential buildings. With this week’s arrival of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires a single shot and remains stable in a regular refrigerator, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the vaccine will “revolutionize” the city’s fight against the coronavirus. Teams deployed by the FDNY started vaccinating seniors in Co-op City in the Bronx on Thursday and will move to Brighton Beach on Friday.

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Cool Listings, Tribeca

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , March 5, 2021

Listing images courtesy of Douglas Elliman

In the heart of Tribeca1 North Moore Street is a full-service, doorman condo building, but this townhouse unit gets the best of both worlds as it also has a private entrance, a two-car garage, and a gorgeous garden oasis. The super-contemporary, five-bedroom home is a mansion at 7,000 square feet, spread over three floors. A custom-designed steel staircase, marble floors, poured concrete columns, Venetian plaster walls, and a home movie theater are just some of the luxuries you’ll find throughout.

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Midtown West, New Developments

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , March 4, 2021

Photo by Ajay Suresh on Wikimedia

New York on Thursday issued a request for proposals for a Midtown West site located directly across from the Javits Center. Referred to as Site K, the parcel at 418 11th Avenue is one of the last remaining vacant lots in the area. In the RFP, the Empire State Development requests proposals that could be a commercial or mixed-use development, with interest made in hotels that are “complementary” to the neighboring convention center.

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Celebrities, Daily Link Fix, Gramercy Park

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , March 4, 2021

Photo by Evan Joseph for Sotheby’s International Realty

The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and his wife Nancy Juvonen have put their incredibly unique six-bedroom Gramercy penthouse on the market for $15 million. The nearly 5,000-square-foot home at 34 Gramercy Park East is the result of combining four different apartments over three floors. There’s something funky to see everywhere you look (Fallon decorated the home with antique finds from around the world), but some of the highlights include a “saloon room” with a vintage barback, a sound-proof pantry, custom-built furniture and wall coverings, and a hidden playroom equipped with monkey bars and a “jailhouse intercom” to the upstairs playroom. And, of course, it comes with a key to the park.

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Art, Events, lincoln square, Manhattan, Upper West Side 

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , March 4, 2021

Illustration © Ceylan A. Sahin Eker

The arts are making a major comeback in New York City this spring, with live performance venues permitted to reopen in early April. And one of the city’s most beloved cultural institutions is leading the way. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts last week announced a new initiative that will transform its 16-acre campus into 10 new outdoor performance venues. Launching on April 7, “Restart Stages” will feature free and low-cost events by cultural organizations and community partners hailing from all five boroughs, in addition to Lincoln Center’s resident companies.

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Policy, Technology

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , March 4, 2021

Screenshot from the city’s Vaccine Finder website

Making good on its word, the NYC Health Department overhauled the city’s COVID vaccine scheduling portal to include real-time appointment availability. Previously, Vaccine Finder listed all providers but did not specify availability, meaning users would have to spend time filling out multiple registration forms just to be told there were no vaccines.

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Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , March 4, 2021

Listing photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

Tucked away in an Upper West Side brownstone at 6 West 71st Street, just off Central Park, is a cozy-yet-elegant home that looks like it came straight from Paris. The four-bedroom duplex has 13-foot ceilings, a balcony overlooking an ivy-covered garden, and three big, beautiful wood-burning fireplaces. And it just listed for $4,195,000.

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Art, Events, Policy

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , March 3, 2021

Photo by Sudan Ouyang on Unsplash

After being closed for over a year, events, arts, and entertainment venues can reopen at a limited capacity next month. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that as soon as April 2, live performance venues will be able to open indoor spaces at 33 percent capacity or up to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors. If all attendees present proof of a negative coronavirus test prior to entry, capacity can increase to 150 people indoors and 500 people outdoors, according to the state.

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affordable housing, Policy

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , March 3, 2021

Photo by Dimitry Anikin on Unsplash

A state lawmaker introduced legislation this week that would allow New York to buy financially distressed commercial buildings and convert them into housing for low-income and homeless New Yorkers. The Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Act, sponsored by State Sen. Michael Gianaris, includes the purchase and conversion of office buildings and hotels that are up for sale, as the Wall Street Journal first reported. The proposed legislation comes as commercial districts and tourist hubs have yet to recover fully from the impact of the coronavirus and as the housing crisis, particularly in New York City, continues.

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affordable housing, housing lotteries, mott haven

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , March 3, 2021

Photo by Nelson Mejia Jr. via Flickr cc

In the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, an affordable housing lottery has launched for 127 apartments, ranging from $522/month studios to $2,037/month three-bedrooms. The units are available to those earning 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, and 80 percent of the area median income. Located at 345 St. Ann’s Avenue, the newly constructed mixed-use building is called Park Haven and offers tenants a laundry room, fitness center, and landscaped terrace. In addition, there will be a grocery store and a community facility on the ground floor.

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The best places to live year-round in the Hamptons

  • By Devin Gannon

When the coronavirus pandemic struck New York City last March, many New Yorkers decided to temporarily stick it out at short-term rentals in the Hamptons. As the crisis continued and it became clear COVID was not subsiding any time soon, those tentative renters became buyers, aided by low mortgage rates and the ability to work from home. According to a report from Sotheby’s International Realty, sales activity in the Hamptons in the third quarter of last year saw a significant increase year over year at all price points as many sought more space and access to the outdoors. “It took a pandemic for folks to discover that the Hamptons is so much more than a swanky summer-only home destination,” Holly Hodder, an agent managing East End listings for Sotheby’s International Realty, said. “Thousands of people who have settled here for hundred-plus years as full-time residents know that anyone can find an affordable level.”

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Apply for 43 affordable units at new amenity-rich rental in Long Island City, from $2,050/month

  • By Dana Schulz

All renderings courtesy of Astor LIC

At the crossroads of two of Queens’ most sought-after neighborhoods, Long Island City and Astoria, an affordable housing lottery has just launched for 43 units. The new, lifestyle-forward rental development, located at 36-20 Steinway Street and dubbed Astor LIC, offers studios, one-, and two-bedroom residences, all of which were designed with luxury in mind. In addition, the amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, co-working space, and two rooftop terraces with views of the Manhattan skyline. The affordable units range from $2,050 to $3,100 per month and are available to those earning 130 percent of the area median income.

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