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4/5
Mar 15, 2009

"Park Slope - a great neighborhood in Brooklyn to call home."

Park Slope is one of the most popular and prominent neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York. With wonderful homes, a vibrant personage, and brilliant views, this is the perfect neighborhood in Brooklyn to call, “home.”

Located in beautiful downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope is the most popular destination for Manhattan ex-patriates and professionals new to the city seeking lower rents and more space. With a history of opulence in design and expansive floor plans, the brownstones in this neighborhood are spectacular. Due to this, real estate in Park Slope is expensive in comparison with other neighborhoods. 2 bedroom apartments typically sell for half a million dollars or more, while renting and subletting is still comparably expensive, beginning at around $1600 a month for one-bedroom units.

Park Slope is home to a diverse population, with an increasing 20 and 30 something group of professionals, artists, and “scene-sters.” This is a very hip neighborhood, and every corner is drenched in nouveau New York City style. One of the main highlights of this neighborhood is the beautiful Prospect Park, known for its free live concerts during the summer months, as well as a vast array of artistic performances, ice skating rink, and beautiful scenery. This is the heartbeat of this neighborhood, and of downtown Brooklyn.

Due to its youthful and bourgeois culture, Park Slope is drenched in entertainment options. Fine dining, bars, clubs, cafes, performance spaces for new artists, and a wide variety of art galleries are prime in this neighborhood. Often featured are Fairway Supermarket, Atlantic Terminal Mall, and the busy avenues of 5th and 7th Avenues.

Transportation in Park Slope is a breeze with the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, F, M, N, R, and Q trains servicing the neighborhood, as well as several buses. Park Slope is also near the BQE (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway) making a commute into Manhattan very speedy.

Park Slope is the ideal neighborhood to live in. It’s the best of both worlds— if the two worlds are Brooklyn and Manhattan!

Best Food (featured by New York Magazine):
al di là - 248 Fifth Ave., at Carroll St.
Blue Ribbon - 280 Fifth Ave., between 1st and Garfield Sts.
Café Steinhof - 422 Seventh Ave. at 14th

Nightlife:
The Gate - 321 Fifth Ave. at 3rd Street
Loki Lounge - 304 Fifth Ave. at 2nd St.

Shopping:
babybird - 428 Seventh Ave. between 14th and 15th Sts.
Beacon's Closet - 220 Fifth Ave. near Union St.
Loom - 115 Seventh Ave. near President St.
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4/5
Feb 23, 2009

"Battery Park City - a wonderful neighborhood in the southernmost section of Manhattan"

Offering amazing views of the East River, as well as a wonderful population of people, Battery Park City is a great place to call home in Manhattan. This neighborhood is a planned community including three smaller neighborhoods Gateway Plaza, Rector Place, & Battery Place, perhaps the most illustrious of the three. Living in a planned community has many spectacular benefits, and though the price tag on some of the units in the newly-built high-rise buildings can be somewhat steep, the bang is definitely worth the buck in this picturesque neighborhood. With a little less than 8,000 residents, Battery Park City was heavily impacted by the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, but today is still seeing an increase in development and building. A major feature of Battery Park City is its proximity other neighborhoods and sites, namely TriBeCa (Triangle Below Canal) and the South Street Seaport. The Seaport is known for its great views of the river and vibrant atmosphere, as well as its collection of old ships conserved and viewable by the public, including Peking, Helen McAllister, and Ambrose. At the marina in the summer, there are several outdoor concerts and shows, as well as a plethora of shops and even a modest mall located in this fantastic historical treasure. This is also a good place to set from which to set sail to Ellis Island or to Statue of Liberty. Battery Park City is a wonderful change in pace with the rest of Manhattan, harkening back to a simpler time and state of mind. Don’t forget to check out Battery Park on your visit downtown!

Transportation: 1 train to Battery Park

Dining:
Liberty View - 21 South End Ave.
SouthWest NY - 225 Liberty St.
Pan Latin Café - 400 Chambers St.
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4/5
Feb 17, 2009

"Flatiron - one of Manhattan's most sought after neighborhoods."

Flatiron is one of the more historic neighborhoods in Manhattan, with beautiful views and gorgeous homes and apartments. Located in the heart of the city and filled with a diverse population, Flatiron is a wonderful place for anyone to call, “home.”

Flatiron is given its namesake from the architectural dream building, the Flatiron Building, world renown for its unique triangular shape. One of the other famous landmarks in this neighborhood is the fabulous Madison Square Park, a perfect afternoon getaway from the hustle and bustle of midtown Manhattan. The Met Life Building as well as the Ladies’ Mile Historic District are places of interest in this sprawling neighborhood.

A highlight of this neighborhood is its proximity to other vibrant neighborhoods in the city, namely the Garment District. Within Flatiron and beyond, shopping is a huge plus, with various chain stores as well as unique boutiques located on virtually every street corner. Dining and Nightlife options are also plentiful throughout the neighborhood, as midtown Manhattan is world renown for its distinctive offerings. Restaurant Row on Park Avenue South is peppered with cuisine from around the world, some upscale, and some more wallet-friendly options. The lovely part about dining in New York is that price does not always dictate quality, so those living on a tight budget can still enjoy the creme de la creme of the Manhattan experience.

This neighborhood is classically urban, featuring real estate offering fantastic views of the city. Real Estate in Flatiron is relatively expensive in comparison with nearby areas, but has much more to offer in terms of variety.

Flatiron is also home to the City University of New York’s Baruch Campus as well as the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt.

Though to many considered to be a neighborhood within a neighborhood, Flatiron maintains its own flare.
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4/5
Feb 17, 2009

"East Village - one of Manhattans most vibrant neighborhoods"

The East Village in Lower Manhattan is the epicenter of music, art, and “hipster” culturally currently enveloping New York City and youth culture. From the streets of the East Village, trends are born of every imaginable variety ranging from new food to new fashion to new slang.

The East Village since its inception has been a hub for musicians and artists of the most talented variety. Built atop the ruins from WWII, the East Village emerged in the 1960s as the perfect spot for “beatniks” and hippies to live “easy and free” and in a center of artistic expression. Soon thereafter, such artists as Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, artists such as Andy Warhol, and author of the musical RENT, the late Johnathon Larson, became staples of the neighborhood, working in such famous haunts as CBGB and Club 57. This neighborhood became a focal point in the experimental and performance theaters as well as the perfect location for the post-modern art scene.

Today, the East Village is still filled with great music and creative people, though the heart of the art scene has moved to Williamsburg, a neighborhood in the nearby borough of Brooklyn. It includes such famous neighborhoods named for streets throughout the neighborhood such as Alphabet City, Stuyvesant Town, Loisada, St. Mark’s Place, and The Bowery. Once famous simply for its high homeless population, this neighborhood is improving steadily in terms of safety and upkeep.

A great point of interest for many of the residents of the East Village is Tompkins Square Park, its answer to Central Park. In this space you’ll find many performance artists, as well as musicians and street vendors, and is the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Dining and Entertainment are plentiful in the East Village, as well as an extremely vibrant nightlife scene. At night, this neighborhood is more catered to an artistic clientele, those truly interested in a more gritty New York experience.

Subway: F, V, 6 and L
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