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headroom: interests, innovation, inspiration, creativity, and all the other thoughts I couldn't fit elsewhere

December 24, 2007

beauty lives everywhere

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. — ANNE FRANK, DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL Central Park snow storm from my holiday card, photo: Galina Dreyzina As young Anne Frank writes in her diary about 1942, beauty exists everywhere we are willing to see it, and one of the things that brings happiness. It is as simple as new fallen snow, and natural as the face of my child on Christmas eve. It is sometimes...

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November 26, 2007

Open House theives nabbed

Two women were arrested on Saturday in connection with a string of thefts at five open houses over the past month according to a report in today's Daily News

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November 22, 2007

real estate purchases great and small

You've been nice, so treat yourself to that new penthouse loft you so well deserve this holiday season, or if your budget is a little tighter, get a book about decorating one. Either way, start your search here.

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November 14, 2007

Real Estate's most wanted

Doug Heddings at TrueGothman has posted the first glimpses of two thieves that visited his open house of his last week. They are captured from security cameras in the lobby and elevator.

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November 3, 2007

My first year as a real estate blogger

Today marks the first anniversary of my blogging adventure. I'd like to take a moment to thank our subscribers and frequent readers for their interest and support. It has been a lot of work, but the feed back from the public and my professional colleagues has made it really worthwhile. Web traffic analytics show that I'm being read in 103 countries globally and visitors click through and read an average of over 2 stories on each visit. I'm encouraged by that broad based, quality readership.

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October 31, 2007

Spirits of New York

Down the Hudson, south of Sleepy Hollow, New York City has its own haunts and legends of restless spirits.

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October 30, 2007

Haunted open house

Sunday's open houses were haunted by rumors of the death of the Manhattan market. Agents reported that Death decided to fly up from Miami this weekend, and showed up at several open houses; however Manhattan continues to show that it is hardly on its last breath. Happy Halloween!

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October 15, 2007

newsreal gets a gut rennovation

I'm happy to announce that newsreal has now grown up and leads the redesigned third column of The bookmarks are still hand selected, in a point and shoot style blog on real estate and New York City news.

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September 17, 2007

Update: photos from ground zero 2007

This is an update of last week's post a 'September 11th photo journal from ground zero'. This 9/11 was a rainy Tuesday, the site was overcast and more somber than in previous years. The site is now a construction zone as the redevelopment moves into its next phase. This will likely be the last year that families of the victims will be able to walk into the pit where the buildings once stood. I roamed the area surrounding the site this 9/11 again, and added new photos to my set on Flickr.

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September 14, 2007

Video: East Village memories

A perfect little video interlude titled 'Art and Unrest in the East Village' appeared online at the NY Times site today on the history of the East Village by John Strausbaugh, who also wrote the related article 'Paths of Resistance in the East Village'. think that you'll enjoy watching this very informative video about the rich contribution of this downtown neighborhood over the past 150 years.

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September 10, 2007

a September 11th photo journal from ground zero

I live in Tribeca, the neighborhood just north of the World Trade Center site, about four blocks away from ground zero. Each year since that terrible day I've made it a point to visit ground zero to pay my respects to those who died there. For the past five of those years, I've carried a camera and documented a slice of time from each September 11th which I'm presenting here as photo journal hosted on Flickr.

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June 12, 2007

The transparent broker

I'm giving a short talk about brokers and blogging at Corcoran's Harlem office today. Blogging for business is a big topic, and my talk today is short, so I've decided to frame it as more of a "why do" than a "how to". Blogging is a way to engage people and spread ideas, in a way that is powerful, conversational and happens almost in real time. For me, it is all about transparency and visibility, which have similar meanings when used in this context. It offers people the chance to have a conversation with me in much wider way them ever before. I believe that in the future this will be the norm. To not have an online presence may invoke the question, "Why are you hiding?"

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June 8, 2007

What's it look like there? Google introduces street views

There's an interesting thread about historical documentation running through this week's posts. From the world captured by Berenice Abbott in photos— up to today's networked world. About a week ago, Google introduced a technology that redefines what documenting the city means, in a way that is unique to our time. They quietly launched an amazing mapping technology they are calling street views, as an extension of Google maps. It is pure function on such an impressive scale that it is quite beautiful in a way that would have been difficult to imagine in Ms. Abbott's time. It shocked me.

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June 4, 2007

Vintage NYC scenes and skyline, now on-line

Berenice Abbott is a photographer who documented NYC in the WPA era from 1935 to 1938. The New York Public Library site has put the entire collection online in a digital gallery. It is an amazing resource for anyone interested in seeing our city's past.

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May 30, 2007

new! the real estate book shop at

Introducing the book shop on As some of you who read me know, I occasionally talk about a book, and embed an link, so that you can get more info, read reviews, and buy it too. I've expanded that idea to include a book shop here on which I launched yesterday, this is a test flight that I hope to make permanent. A portion of all profits from the book shop will be used to support Corcoran Cares, a grassroots, charitable initiative by Corcoran's agents, to give back to the communities we serve.

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May 29, 2007

Ranked as a top producer for the third straight quarter

I noticed a sign in the window at my barber shop on last Friday which read, "I don't make my business, my customers do". It's simple, but meaningful business wisdom. Earlier in the week, I'd received a letter from Bruce Zipf, CEO of NRT that cited my sales performance in the top 1.6% of the company for the third straight quarter in a row.

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May 22, 2007

Today's tip for home buyers: blink

I've been reading Malcom GladwelI's book Blink recently. In it, he talks about "The theory of thin slices: how a little bit of knowledge goes a long way". It's what you and I might also call intuition. That Blink moment describes well the decision point in buying a home, where some people decide to spend millions of dollars, after examining an apartment in less time than they might spend having lunch.

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April 30, 2007

South Tribeca and Battery Park City's changing skyline

Here's a point of view that not many get to see of the changes underway affecting south Tribeca and northern Battery Park City. These four massive developments, fueled in part by Liberty bonds made available in the aftermath of 9/11, are forever changing the character and density of the area.

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April 16, 2007

design matters

I tend to be such a 'dyed in the wool' native New Yorker that an immersive change of context in a far away city for really tweaks my observation skills and helps to promote creative thinking. It was a welcome break. The sights have refreshed my point of view in at least a couple of ways regarding this site and its context moving forward.

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April 2, 2007

Greetings from Tokyo

The Sakura {cherry blossoms} came into full bloom upon our arrival last Thursday, a full week ahead of schedule. Watching then or "hamami", is a national rite of spring here, and people came out in droves last weekend to celebrate their short-lived beauty, eat and drink with their friends & family. I'm on vacation until April 16th and will be posting photos here until I return.

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