De Blasio pushes ‘aggressive’ approval of NYC’s congestion pricing in call with Buttigieg

De Blasio pushes ‘aggressive’ approval of NYC’s congestion pricing in call with Buttigieg     Federal approval of New York City’s congestion pricing program will move forward “aggressively” under the leadership of new Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Mayor de Blasio said Tuesday. Hizzoner said he spoke with Buttigieg last week about the scheme, which aims […]

Food for Thought

What’s my favorite thing about living in New York City…the food. Restaurants are the lifeblood of our city. Many restaurants have pivoted to take out, and outdoor dining was a god sent but now its cold and snowy and indoor dining is only at 25% capacity.    We need a plan…   Senate Majority Leader […]

The Central Park Conservancy and Effects of the Coronavirus

For the first time in its 40 year history, the Central Park Conservancy is facing a financial deficit due to the ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic.  The Conservancy is projecting a $10 million budget shortfall over the next two years. In response to the looming deficit, the Conservancy has launched the Essential Central Park Fund to […]

Bill de Blasio’s Final State of the City Speech

Last week we focused on the mayoral race and highlighted all the candidates. At the same time our outgoing mayor, Bill de Blasio, gave his final state of the city speech. The annual address focused on the city’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and offered dozens of policy ideas borne out of the crisis: vaccination […]

Who Will Be the Next Mayor of New York City?

Those of us who live in NYC are focused on who our next Mayor will be. Regardless of political affiliations, the majority of New Yorkers are unhappy with our current Mayor, Bill Diblasio. New York is facing many challenges and we need a strong leader with bold new ideas. I found this wonderful article on […]

Covid relief funds may finally make their way into our city!

New York could get as much as $2 billion more in FEMA emergency money for the coronavirus pandemic in the massive relief plan that President-elect Joe Biden announced Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer said.   The $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” will invest $30 billion into FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund which will, among other things, pay for […]

Covid-19 and the Economic Fallout

Governor Andrew Cuomo in his 2021 State of the State address yesterday laid out plans for dealing with Covid-19 and the economic fallout, including providing new safeguards for renters and owners.  As part of a seven-part plan to address the impact of the pandemic, he called for businesses to reopen, even before a full 70 […]

Cost of Moving to the “Burbs” VS. Staying in NYC

Happy New Year! Historically, early in the New Year is the time when many families ponder whether they should stay in the city and trade up in order to get more space, vs. moving to the suburbs. If you find yourself considering these variables, now is a great time, as preparations for the upcoming Spring […]

New Year in New York

At the beginning of 2020, the real estate market in New York City was still gaining steam. Sales prices had leveled off, but the rental market was strong. Then the pandemic turned everything upside down. We wanted to share this very informative NYTimes article. Here are the salient points:  Deep Rent Cuts Rents in Manhattan fell from […]