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Spotlight: The Best of Murray Hill

New York, NY – Known for its down-to-earth vibe, Murray Hill is home some of the city’s best sports bars, casual dining fare, and picturesque walks, with a spirited young professional crowd to match. Following are some of the areas most notable destinations:      Salvation Taco Rooftop With a dramatic skyline backdrop, Salvation serves up Mexican cuisine and cocktails, along with free ping …

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Market Trends: It’s Buying Season

New York, NY – At long last, winter is behind us. Spring has sprung, and with it, the busy homebuying season begins. In NYC and across the country, now is the ideal time to buy, as more properties hit the market and options abound.   “With the warmer weather, more daylight, and the impetus to get a new house in order before the next …

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Batra Featured as ‘Top Agent’ for Second Time in 3 Yea...

  New York, NY – Jay Batra once again graces the cover of Top Agent in the current online version of the popular magazine. Noted for bringing a ‘refreshing candor to his work that goes beyond honesty,’ Jay is lauded for his competence, generosity and real estate savvy. See the article here. Congratulations, Jay and the entire Batra team!

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Murray Hill’s Thriving Millennial Market

New York, NY – At the crossroad of college life and adulthood, one neighborhood reigns supreme for first-time NYC homebuyers in 2018. Murray Hill tops numerous lists once again for the young professional set, as highlighted on the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association website. Coined by the New York Times as a ‘postgraduate playground,’ the area offers an ideal balance of affordability, convenience, tranquility and …

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Spotlight: NYC’s Most Inspired Luxury Amenities 

New York, NY – We’ve come a long way since the early days of apartment perks, such as fitness rooms, private storage, and residents’ lounges, which are all but standard now for new luxury offerings in the city. Over the past decade, developers have taken the amenity race to new heights, with outside-the-box offerings designed to create buzz and lure more residents with outrageous add-ons. Here …

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Batra Launches Commercial Division

New York, NY – Batra Group continues to expand its footprint in the NYC real estate market. Along with residential sales, rentals and investment properties, Batra now offers commercial sales and rentals throughout the city, with a focus on office and retail space in high-demand districts in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. If you are looking for a new commercial space, contact us today!

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Market Trends: Outer Boroughs Continue to Attract Buye...

New York, NY – While North Brooklyn and Long Island City stole the spotlight in 2017, the trend toward outer-borough living continues to push deeper into the once sleepy areas of Midwood, Flatbush and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens (Brooklyn) and upgrade-ready Jackson Heights, Sunnyside and Woodside (Queens). Even Staten Island is coming onto the radar.   Unlike years past, New Yorker’s taste for off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods has …

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Experts Weigh In On New Tax Law

New York, NY – With the recent passage of Trump’s new tax plan, many buyers sat on the sidelines in December. However the market is expected to rebound quickly as buyers discover the new changes are minimal and even include some benefits. According to US News & World Report, the most noteworthy changes include: Mortgage interest deduction is reduced from $1M to $750K. Deductions on state …

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2018: “Affordable Luxury” Makes A Comeback

New York, NY – Goodbye uber-lavish skinny towers, hello level-headed luxury for the rest of us. 2018 begins with more options than ever in the “affordable luxury” segment of $1 to 3M. From the newly unveiled sister properties at 17 & 52 Convent Avenue in Harlem to the beautifully reimagined 200 E 21 in Gramercy and 570 Broome in Soho, sensible buyers will have …

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Spotlight: Pacific Park Arts

Mike Perry’s mural for Pacific Park Arts. Photo: Pacific Park Arts.   Pacific Park, NY – Ten visionary Brooklyn artists created this series of colorful murals along Pacific Park – all in one day (August 15, 2015). The installation, known as Pacific Park Arts, can be seen along the 820-foot construction wall on Dean Street between Vanderbilt and Carlton Avenues. Take a look at these …

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Spotlight: Brooklyn Barclays Center Entertainment

Brooklyn, NY – Open since September 2012, Barclays Center is now home to the Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders, as well as a multitude of music and entertainment shows. In fact, in its very first year, Barclays surpassed Madison Square Garden as the highest-grossing entertainment venue in the US. Premier performances have included Jay Z, Beyonce, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, and Madonna, to mention just a …

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Brooklyn Renters Enjoy Cooling Prices as Summer Heats ...

Brooklyn, NY – Rents in Downtown Brooklyn continued to decline as new construction saturated the market, according to 2017 StreetEasy® Market Reports. As reported in PR Newswire, “A surge in new construction, particularly at the high end of the market, has had a ripple effect throughout the market and pushed down rents across the city, particularly in Brooklyn,” said StreetEasy Senior Economist Grant Long. …

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Market Trends: Brooklyn’s Rising Home Prices A Boon to...

Brooklyn, NY– Since the real estate market rebounded in 2012, Brooklyn home prices have seen explosive year over year growth that had some forecasters warning of a bubble in the making. Yet the latest 2017 market data tells a surprisingly different story – that we are in the midst of a major borough expansion that may never slow again. In fact, Brooklyn has broken …

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New Listings Rules Shift Focus Back to Agents

New York, NY– In recent weeks, moves by StreetEasy and REBNY have rocked the brokerage industry. It all started months ago when StreetEasy introduced Premier Agent, a pay-to-play program that enabled agents to advertise on other agents sales listings, causing a backlash among brokers. Then, a few months later StreetEasy changed their rental listing model from free to paid, charging agents $3/day for each …

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Brooklyn Booming with Barclays Area Construction

Pacific Park, NY – Talk about a winning streak! Brooklyn has been outpacing its residential rivals in new construction among all five boroughs for a decade now, with trendy new mixed-use developments and an endless influx of hipsters to match. Like Williamsburg, DUMBO and Bed-Stuy before it, this new neighborhood within the Prospect Heights District, called Pacific Park, is slated to become the next …

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The Importance of Using a Buyer’s Agent

New York – Buying a home without hiring a broker may seem like a smart way to save money. The technology is certainly there to go it alone. You can search and compare listings, get useful advice, and contact the seller or sales agent directly. However, the agent-less approach is not likely to save you much at all, and in fact, may even cost …

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Brexit Effect: U.S. Atop World GDP Rankings

New York, NY – According to The Wall Street Journal, the European Union will lose its claim as the world’s largest economy this year. Even before Britian’s vote to leave the EU, the United States was forecast to reclaim the title it gave away to Europe in 2004. Now, China is also in the mix, nearly assured to take over the #2 spot from …

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Midtown: Skinny Tower Prices Slim Down

New York, NY – Move over, trophy towers. There’s a new trend hitting Manhattan real estate this year: the billion-dollar diet. According to a recent article in Curbed, “The Eight Digit Boom … Is Finally Over,” the uber tower trend has finally peaked, leaving many high-profile developments, including One57 and 432 Park, scrambling to sell out. With an 18% drop in sales this year, developers are …

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Cocktails for a Cause

Columbus Circle, NY – It was an honor to help sponsor the 9th Annual Aquarius Charity Affair at Providence Nightclub. This annual event celebrates Jan-Feb birthdays while raising awareness and funds for causes around the world – including disaster relief and childhood leukemia research. This year’s proceeds went to Action Against Hunger, Vision’s Global Empowerment and Baal Daan Charities.  

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Spotlight: Le District at Brookfield Place

Financial District, NY – The Fidi food hall wars began in earnest this year with the debut of Le District, an Eataly-style market for French cuisine at Brookfield Marketplace. (Eataly is set to open at nearby 4 WTC). Le District is already as successful as you might imagine, with its sensory overload of fresh pastries, crepes, cheeses, charcuterie, fish, specialty meats, wines, cocktails, groceries, …

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Spotlight: The Oculus

New York, NY – The long-awaited opening of the new World Trade Center PATH station is finally upon us. Dramatic in both its appearance and back-story (it took over a decade to build, with numerous setbacks), The Oculus features a steel-winged design meant to evoke a bird in flight. According to the World Trade Center website, the new hub with serve approximately 200,000 passengers and visitors, about …

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2016: A Buyer’s Market?

New York, NY – With new inventory on the rise, interest rates still low, and pricing at or near peak levels – all signs point to a more dynamic housing market in 2016, with much-needed leverage shifting back to buyers. While we won’t see a true buyer’s market anytime soon, this is certainly welcome news for first-time homebuyers who sat out much of last year during a period …

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The Fall and Rise of FiDi

New York, NY – Once a daytime-only international business and tourism hub, the Financial District is now an impressive residential neighborhood in its own right – with flourishing local culture and nightlife to match. According to a recent New York Post article, “The New Rise of Manhattan’s Financial District,” FiDi has seen $30 billion in public and private investment over the last decade – providing a steady influx of condo conversions, a burgeoning restaurant scene, booming retail, and the …

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Spotlight: Theater District

New York, NY – Hell’s Kitchen is home to some of the best nightlife in the city and just steps from Broadway’s Theater District, where you can take in top shows The Lion King, Wicked, Aladdin, and The Book of Momon. But it is the Off-Broadway scene (and some great post-theater eats), that gives HK a flavor all its own.   iLuminate New World Stages (340 W 50th) Technology …

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Interest Rates Inch Upward

New York, NY – Fed Chair Janet Yellen has finally made good on her promise to start raising interest rates. Hesitant homebuyers hoping for more favorable market conditions (i.e., new inventory), are realizing that the time to close on a new apartment is now regardless of the competition. If rising interest rates weren’t enough to convince us, here’s another reason: the mansion tax.Mayor de …

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Hell’s Kitchen Heats Up

New York, NY – Construction on the highly anticipated Hudson Yards won’t be completed for nearly a decade, but that hasn’t slowed the sizzle of this fast rising Midtown West neighborhood adjacent to the Theater District. Luxury new construction and the opening (finally!) of the 7-line subway extension this summer is catching the attention of buyers, renters and investors alike. From new luxury sales offerings at Stella Tower and 540 West to …

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Spotlight: Life Imitates Art at New Museum

New York, NY – 2007 marked a turning point in the re-gentrification of the Lower East Side when instant cultural hub, The New Museum, opened its doors. The New Museum innovates with novel exhibitions, readings, performances and other one-of-a-kind programs and events, drawing interest from around the world. Since then, there has been a steady migration of art to the Lower East Side, including …

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NoMad Finally Happens

New York, NY – There’s no shortage of “next big neighborhoods” popping up in the city. But for every TriBeCa, NoLIta and DUMBO, there are scores of marketing misses that just never came to be. NoBat, BoHo, and ViVa were long ago relegated to the wordsmith wastebasket, taking any likely profits with them. But NoMad, the area just north of Madison Square Park between 25th and …

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Spotlight: Essex Crossing

New York, NY – Not to be outdone by the West Side’s Hudson Yards, the LES will break ground this year on a massive redevelopment project by The Williamsburg Bridge, dubbed Essex Crossing, that will forever alter the neighborhood. A glorious 9-building, 6-acre stretch of land with nearly 2 million square feet of residential, commercial and community space will be set along Essex & Delancey …

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Luxury Lights Up the Lower East Side

New York, NY – Move over, mom and pop. This suddenly trendy enclave has traded in its classic knishes and bargain bins for cocktails and couture over the past several years. It is now as magnificent as it is unrecognizable. Not only have the historic pickle and linen shops gone the way of the rotary phone, but the once humble residences have also been …

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