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Governor Cuomo’s office today announced a pilot program of Excelsior Pass, a new mobile technology that will confirm an individual’s vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test. The purpose of the platform, which was developed in partnership with IBM, is to help fast-track the reopening of theaters, stadiums, and other businesses as more New Yorkers are vaccinated. The initial phase of the pilot was successful during a February 27th Brooklyn Nets game at the Barclays Center, and it will be tested again during a March 2nd New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden.

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From today until March 31st, New Yorkers earning 165 percent of the area median income can apply for a new set of affordable apartments at StuyTown. The available units start at $1,200/month for one-bedrooms, $1,400/month for two-bedrooms, and $1,800/month for three-bedrooms. They’re located in both Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village and, of course, come with perks like the complex’s plethora of outdoor space, amenity package, and prime East Village/Gramercy location.

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All images by DVORA, courtesy of Modern Spaces

A condo in Jersey City has hit the market for $5.488 million, becoming the most expensive penthouse ever listed in the city. The Villa at the Oakman Condominiums at 160 First Street has four bedrooms, four and a half baths, and an incredible split-level outdoor terrace that measures 2,300 square feet and boasts a private heated infinity pool. Completed in 2016, Oakman rises 15 stories, contains 159 units, and is located just a few blocks from the Grove Street PATH station, making for an easy commute to Manhattan.

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The best places to live year-round in the Hamptons

By Devin Gannon, Wed, February 3, 2021

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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The 10 best plants for apartment dwellers

By Rebecca Paul, Tue, February 25, 2020

Photo by Brina Blum on Unsplash

From purifying the air to making your apartment feel more welcoming and alive, there are a multitude of reasons to incorporate plants into your home decor. However, for many of us, keeping these precious specimens alive can be a small but legitimate challenge—especially when space and natural sunlight is limited (like many apartments in New York City). To make the commitment to caring for and sustaining the life of greenery a bit easier, we’ve put together this list of special and very sturdy plants perfect for apartment dwellers like yourself.

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