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Lobby Heroes of the Lockdown

Door attendants and supers keep New York’s miniature vertical cities humming. But that’s not all they’re doing.

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How (and Why) to Use Native Plants

You know they support pollinators and native wildlife, but you may not have a meadow where they’ll feel at home. Here’s what to do.

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NYC Benchmarking Filings Postponed

This development begs the question of whether the postponement of benchmarking reports represents the beginning of a trend by New York City officials to reschedule the many filings and inspections.

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Tracking Tax Revenue Losses During the Coronavirus Crisis

The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) reported in a May 20 press release that tax revenue generated from investment and residential sales in New York City and New York State decreased by 48% from April 2019 to April 2020.

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The Winners and Losers When New York’s Luxury Home Market Reopens

At the start of 2020, New York’s luxury real estate market was finally showing signs of life. There was still a large oversupply of new condos on the market, but buyer and seller expectations—never aligned in the best of circumstances.

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9 Top (and Stubborn) Design Trends

Being confined to home for the last two months gives some extra time on hand. Look a little closer at these and other interior décor trends to see how they came to be staples on Instagram and in our homes.

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Worry-Free Strategies Luxury Brands Can Learn From China

In any branding revolution, context is key. As China shows signs of recovery, Chinese retailers and businesses are offering clues as to how certain quick and smart moves could lead to fundamental market changes in the future.

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How I Moved Apartments in the Middle of a Pandemic

A month or two before New York’s stay-at-home mandate and stopped commuting to our offices, we decided to take steps towards getting our own place, not knowing if it would even be possible in the middle of a pandemic.

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Manhattan Faces a Reckoning if Working From Home Becomes the Norm

Companies of all sizes are evaluating their need for office space during the coronavirus pandemic, with potentially profound implications for New York City.

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Short-Term and Furnished Rentals Are On the Rise as NYC Seeks Flexibility

During this period of widespread uncertainty, many renters are seeking greater flexibility in apartment leases — and the NYC market is responding by offering more short-term and furnished rentals.

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What Can 9/11 and the Great Recession Tell Us About Coronavirus Recovery?

Examining the Manhattan housing market’s recovery from past economic traumas for clues about how long it may take this time

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Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Johnson Announce “Project Cupid”

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Corey Johnson announced “Project Cupid,” a joint effort between the Office of the City Clerk and the New York City DoITT to transition the marriage licensing process fully online.

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