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Netflix to Reopen New York City’s Famed Paris Movie Theater After Upgrades

New York’s iconic art house cinema at 4 W. 58th Street will celebrate the occasion by hosting “Big & Loud,” a program showcasing classics from across the decades, as well as films for the sonically-obsessed.

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Manhattan rents hit a record high for the third time in four months

Rents in Manhattan hit another all-time high in July, the third record high in the past four months, even as rents are cooling in other parts of the country.

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The Art of Urban Living: Creating a Personal Sanctuary in the Heart of NYC

Delving into the bustling rhythm of New York City is an adventure. Creating a personal sanctuary, a haven for your senses, and a balm for your soul, is an art form within the city’s heart.

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This summer, cash is king in the condo market

July about 75% of new condo buyers in New York plunked down cash for their purchases, according to data from listings and research firm Marketproof. In June that share was about 60%, according to the data.

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The Biggest Name in NYC Food Halls Has New Owners. Can They Turn Things Around?

A group that includes BR Guest founder Steve Hanson now runs six Urbanspace locations and the Urban Hawker market. The group is giving the food halls a facelift.

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NYC tourists are choosing to buy studios over paying for cramped hotels

In the world of New York real estate, studios increasingly rule and the demand for studios among a diverse range of buyers is growing like never before.

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The average Manhattan rent just hit a new record of $5,588 a month

Rents in Manhattan hit a new high in July, as higher interest rates and low supply continued to drive up prices. Younger workers also have flocked to the borough since the pandemic.

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Jazz Age Lawn Party 2023

Jazz Age Lawn Party, now celebrating its 18th year, is the world’s original and most authentic Prohibition-era-inspired gathering.

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Durst Organization scores new Empire State Development HQ at 655 Third Ave

We (Joan Brothers/Manhattan Boutique Real Estate) are proud to be part of the Newmark team for the biggest office lease in NYC to date for 2023 for NY States’s Empire State Development Corp (ESD) at Durst’s property.

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New York Outdoor Escape Game: Enchanting Skylines, Brooklyn Heights & Dumbo

Explore the charming old streets of Brooklyn Heights and the enchanting viewpoints on the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges in the area known as DUMBO – two of Brooklyn’s most picturesque neighborhoods.

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The Hottest Office Market in America Is … Midtown Manhattan?

One key metric of the health of a commercial real estate market is net absorption: how many square feet are occupied at the end of a period compared with how many were occupied at the beginning?

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NYC congestion scanners installed on West Side of Manhattan as NJ files lawsuit over ‘toll shopping’

It’s coming! New York has started installing toll readers on the West side of Manhattan to start charging congestion fees by Spring, but the New Jersey governor is fighting back.

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