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Real Estate in NYC and Celebrities

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 in Business, Government

In New York City, one of the most prominent industries is the real estate market that has made the city the metropolitan center that it is today. Buildings are all over the place, and the real estate market is more profitable there than anywhere else. All of the most influential real estate companies have settled in the big city, and they have brought with them some famous names. Among those names, Donald Trump has visited many developments in the city as well as the former President, Barack Obama, and Joe Sitt. Ashley Olsen is another famous name that has recently bought a very luxurious condominium in NYC, Greenwich Village. Adam Levine, on the other hand, is selling his SoHo while his first child is about to be born. Here are some of the most influential companies in the Real Estate of New York: ReMax Short for Real Estate Maximus, this strong brand was founded in 1973. They are always trying to push their boundaries. With over 40 years in the market, it is not only one of the strongest forces in the U.S. real estate industry, but it has also spread to countries all over the world, developing luxurious mansions, commercial buildings, and apartment complexes. Their presence in NYC is all over the place as they have a lot of properties around the city. Century 21 With their headquarters in New Jersey, USA, they are another strong candidate among the most famous real estate agencies in the world and have settled properties in the big city since its foundation. Do not confuse with the Century 21 department store which has also found its way in the NYC commercial streets. The Real Estate has over 1000 rooms for sale just in New York with prices that range from less than $1,000 to more than $10,000, depending on what you’re expecting to buy. Coldwell Banker With its foundation in 1906 in California, it is one of the oldest real estate enterprises, and because of that they also have their roots in the big city since it wasn’t all that big. With homes for sales and rent, they have over 50 countries where they have properties. Their golden history as a well-known company in the field has led them to be one of the most trusted and top-rated realty services available. Zillow.com Now, one of the most modern enterprises in the field of real estate, Zillow was created in 2006, by former Microsoft executives. They don’t have as many properties as the other big sharks in this list, but they offer several features that make them stand out from the others. They make the customer experience valuable: With aerial views of available homes and the option to compare houses and their prices, Zillow is quickly growing in popularity across the entire...

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Living with New York City Real Estate

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

If you have ever looked for a place to live, you know how hard it is to find just what you want. When looking for living space in New York City, the task can seem nearly impossible. People who invest in real estate for income know that it may take time before they see a return. Historically, landlords were usually thought to be rich and had nothing better to do with their money. Times have changed and more and more people are investing in rental properties. There are pros and cons to every investment and rental property is no different. In a city like New York City, there are so many companies that rent spaces for living. Some of the really big names include: -Donald Trump -Stephen Ross -Richard LeFrak -Joe Sitt These names are associated with some of the wealthiest men in New York City. Some have been in the real estate business for decades. Families have built their name and wealth on property management in New York City. New York is a city that offers so much in the way of renting living space. Space is a hard commodity to come by in large cities, so property owners can enhance their income from rentals. Although there are many benefits to being a land lord in New York it is a very competitive market. So if you are looking to invest in rental property what do you look for? You want to make sure that whatever investment you make you can make money on that particular property. Follow blogs and news to determine where and what people are looking for. Larger spaces bring larger monthly incomes, but also larger amounts up front. Property that does not need too much work is really ideal. Other things to consider when purchasing rental property might be neighborhood, property taxes, school districts, crime, the local job market, amenities, and future development. All of these factors can determine how well your property will lease. Established developers in New York City include Extell Development, JDS Development, HFZ Capital Group, and the Moinian Group. These groups have been working the New York City rental market and have developed rental properties that work. Rental properties can financially help buyers save money for retirement. If done correctly and professionally, rental properties are financially a sound investment. Knowing the market or partnering with practiced renters can help you conquer that...

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Touch the sky in NYC

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

Why is New York City such a popular tourist attraction? Certainly one reason is it’s deep roots in history during the American Revolutionary War, but most people flock to this great city to get an eyeful of the Big Apples’ greatest attribute: Skyscrapers. New York City is the second largest city with the most completed skyline in the world, which makes for very impressive, and overwhelming, tourists attractions. Here are just a few of the most iconic buildings to see. The Chrysler Building: The world’s tallest building for a spell, until 1931 when it was surpassed by the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building is home to several well-known firms and organization such as Blank Rome. It has been featured in several films, like Men in Black III and Armageddon. The unique, spiky ornamentation of the top of the building is unlike any other building in the world. Empire State Building: One of the most iconic ESRT skyscrapers in the world, this unique art-deco building reigned as the world’s tallest building for almost 40 years. This building, equipped with a lightning rod that takes on average 100 strikes of lightning per year, started its cinematic debut in the 1933 version of King Kong. The people who visit the Empire State Building get to temporarily be in a different zip code, as the building has its own (10118). Since this is such a popular tourist site, you can run into all kinds of celebrities coming to see the sights, like Ashanti or Heidi Klum. The Flatiron Building: One of the most visually recognizable buildings in North America, this building resembles a clothing iron from above in the middle of Manhattan. Built in 1902, it is the tallest triangular shaped building in the world, being that it is wedged in the space between Fifth Avenue, Broadway, East 22nd and 23rd Street. This iconic building is easily recognizable since it has shown up in a number of American movies and TV series, such as sitcoms Veronica’s Closet, Spin City, and the popular show Friends. Also, you can see the building in the backgrounds of several movies, like Godzilla and John Wick, and it was the headquarters of the fictional newspaper, “The Daily Bugle” in the movie series Spiderman. One World Trade Center: The height of this building honors the Declaration of Independence by standing exactly at 1,776 feet tall. The top part of the building is being opened up for tours this year so visitors can check out the 6th tallest building in the world, and see first-hand the tribute to the world trade centers and the devastation of 9/11 by visiting the ‘Reflective Absence’...

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Responsive or Mobile Web Design?

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 in Technology

Responsive or Mobile Web Design?

Are you a business owner willing to create website to improve your online presence?  Your web designer will first ask you to choose between mobile web design and responsive design. The total number of traffic and the client conversion rates that your site achieves is dependent on your selection of the right web design. Compare and contrast the essential aspects of these two types of design and then select one that caters to your requirement perfectly. Total cost Those who are willing to start the businesses, the initial start-up price become the integral part of marketing strategy. Considering the reduced time as well as simplicity, the price of creating mobile website is much less than creating responsive variant. The small owners of business who wish to create a mobile website often pay negligible amount.  Responsive design, on other hand, requires substantial amount of optimization, testing and coding. In addition, the coding price per hour is significantly higher than the responsive web design. Overall, the initial price for responsive design is high. The mobile web design is the best option for small businesses who wish to focus only on cost. Redesigning as well as maintenance Maintenance cost is the major decisive factor in your choice between mobile web and responsive web design. As the term suggests, the mobile web requires good maintenance. It happens due the changing trends of Smartphones. If trends and technology change frequently, redesigning the mobile website is a bit expensive. Compared to mobile web, maintenance cost for responsive web is less costly. The blend of media queries and fluid grids helps you to maintain design easily. In addition, this smart blending also helps the overall redesigning process of responsive web is fast and simple. Impact The owners of business ensure that they create the biggest impact with only a handful of resources. Efficiency is a prime factor in this matter. Both responsive web design and mobile design offer different impact. For example, the mobile web offers easy and simple navigation and also fast loading times for the Smartphone users. However the online users can use wide-ranging platforms such as personal computer, laptops and tablets. Read more...

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Best NYC Multi-Ticket Sites

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 in Shopping

Best NYC Multi-Ticket Sites

New York City is one of the most popular places to visit in the world. With its world famous sites, it is no surprise that New York City attracts close to 50 million tourists each year. Finding the best way to see the City’s greatest attractions without emptying your wallet can be challenging. Below are two travel guide sites for multi-ticket purchases that stood out to our judges. Winner: CityPASS For tourists interested in visiting some of New York City’s must-see attractions on their next trip to the Big Apple, go to the CityPASS website to help you plan. While the site houses travel details for major cities across North America, you can filter the information by choosing New York as your city of interest. On the site you can view and purchase a CityPASS, a booklet containing six of the most desired New York tickets—without wasting time waiting in long lines. Each CityPASS can save you an impressive $63-79 per person and includes one ticket to each of the following world-famous spots (with some options): The Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Top of the Rock or Guggenheim Museum, and Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island or Circle Line Cruises. To further help you plan and organize your trip, the site includes useful information of each attraction location. For example, directions, recommended methods of transportation, attraction highlights and advice for visitors can all be found on the site. In addition, the site has a video explaining what lies ahead once you have purchase a New York CityPASS. An extra bonus is that CityPASS has a mobile version of the site to make travelling on the go that much easier. With CityPASS’s mobile site, you can find attraction details, compare prices, read reviews, watch site videos, use maps to get directions, and even purchase a pass, right from your smart phone. Runner Up: NewYorkPass.com Similar to CityPASS, the New York Pass site provides a great, user-friendly experience where you can purchase a smart card for a one to seven day period and gain access to 80 different tourist attractions for a single fee. As there is no limit on the number of sites you can visit, the New York Pass is best for someone who wants to do it all. In addition to visiting iconic spots throughout the City, the New York Pass also gives you the opportunity to experience unique tours in places like the Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street, NBC Studio, Gospel and Central Park by bicycle. Passes can be purchased through the website where you can also read through detailed explanations and visitor reviews of each attraction. The New York Pass site has several added values to help its consumers plan out their days. For example, reaching your destination is made easy with the site’s virtual map that identifies where each attraction is located and pinpoints spots for shopping, dining, and bus tours. Another reason why we like this site over others is that it offers customers a free, online New York City Guide Book to help them choose which sites to visit. Lastly, you can have the City at your fingertips when you download the site’s free New York Pass Travel Guide mobile app....

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Most Tempting Island Destination Websites

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 in Recreation

Most Tempting Island Destination Websites

Who doesn’t look around their cubicle every once in awhile and wish they were laying on a tropical island beach instead, drinking a frozen cocktail? If you’re like me, you might assuage this wanderlust by browsing the internet and staring at pictures of places much cooler than wherever you are. Assuming I’m not the only one who does this, the Most Tempting Island Destination Website awards were created to help guide your hopeful browsing and are guaranteed to make your current location seem drab and dull in comparison. These awards were given to the site in a given region that most makes you want to put on your swimsuit and sunglasses and hop on a plane. Pacific Islands: The Kingdom of Tonga Halfway across the world from my desk in the U.S., the website for Tonga makes me feel like I’ve been transported to the Pacific Islands and you’ll hear no complaints from me. The stunning pictures of islands and beaches are intermixed with photos of natives and wildlife that indicate there’s more to Tonga than the unspoiled stretches of sand. I’m particularly partial to the “10 Reasons to Discover the True South Pacific” – quite honestly they had me after three but the list is worth reading through. Do you think my boss would accept “I’m on Tonga Time” as an acceptable excuse for missing a deadline? Caribbean: Camana Bay, Grand Cayman When thinking of the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands weren’t usually first to come to mind as a vacation getaway – unless I was imagining I just completed an embezzlement scheme. However, the website for Camana Bay has completely changed that and made me want to “stay for a lifetime,” as their website so kindly invites. With the many things to do in Cayman Islands, a vacation there would not necessarily be idle but it would definitely be relaxing (except maybe when hanging out in Stingray City). Hawaiian Islands: Oahu If you don’t feel like getting a passport for this mental vacation of yours, look no further than the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. With six major islands, each with their own attributes and attractions, there’s no shortage of beautiful pictures on the Go Hawaii website. The pictures of Oahu are most likely to send you into a pleasurable coma, so it wins the award for most...

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The Readers’ Resource Awards

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 in Recreation

Although reading is a pastime that has transcended the ages, the internet has nevertheless revolutionized the overall reading experience. Modern readers have many advantages that weren’t available to their predecessors, including instant access to classic books, highly accurate recommendations, and the ability to connect with people from all over the world who share their reading interests. Best Free Books Site: Project Gutenberg Project Gutenberg, named for the instigator of the European Printing Revolution, holds the title for being the first collection of free electronic books. The founder, Michael Hart, invented eBooks on 1971 and today Project Gutenberg boasts the largest single collection of free eBooks in the world. Comprised mostly of full texts of public domain books, the project is the premier resource for classics, such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, two of its top downloaded titles. Best Online Resource for Readers: What Should I Read Next For any reader has closed the last book in a series and immediately wished there was more, What Should I Read Next can provide the best remedy. When a title and author is input, the site returns with recommendations of what books the reader might enjoy as well. It is based on an expansive community of book lists and compiles recommendations based on the preferences of other readers who have also read that book. Best Social Network for Readers: GoodReads For book lovers everywhere, GoodReads is an invaluable resource on many levels. Calling itself the “largest book social network for readers in the world,” GoodReads allows readers to connect with each other from different corners of the globe. However, its usefulness doesn’t stop there; the network also provides a fantastic way to keep track of the reading habits of a lifetime. With an expansive database, a reader can find almost any book within the system and add it to one of their “shelves.”  Originally, these are simply “Read,” “Currently Reading,” and “To-Read,” but the user can also create their own shelves to further classify. The user also has the option to rate every book and the site will come up with personalized recommendations, which is another way a tech-savvy reader can choose the next book to...

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Best Live Chat for Customer Service

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 in Shopping

Best Live Chat for Customer Service

In this digital age, many people cringe when they realize they will be forced to call a company for a customer service issue.   They shudder to think of the unending keypad options they will have to endure, followed by an interminable amount of time spent on hold and culminating in an extremely poor overall experience.  Even if a business has a perfectly pleasant call center, the dread people feel for this expected experience will often prevent them from calling in, leaving them unsatisfied and less likely to become repeat customers. However, a solution for this problem has come in the form of online live chat options, which some websites offer in addition to phone support.  Usually, the consumer fills out a short form (directing them to the correct person) and then is able to chat in real time with an expert.  Even if there is some waiting time, it gives less of an impression of wasted time, as the person is on their computer and can easily switch to another window in the meantime.  In general, this service elevates a website and heightens the overall customer experience. Winner: 1-800-Contacts When it comes to live chat, the website for 1-800-Contacts wins the prize with their quick responses and overall effectiveness.  Since it’s safe to assume most visitors will be concerned with contacts, the initial form is extremely simple and only asks for a name and how they can help you with your issue.  The response is usually almost instantaneous, even in peak hours, which dramatically reduces the total time of the process. Most important, however, is their commitment to service, which caused them to rise to the top of our “Best Live Chat for Customer Service” list. Not only do they respond quickly, but they actually serve the customer, helping to rectify issues and going out of their way to make the customer happy.  They painlessly send free replacements for defective contacts and offer refunds or free products to appease an unhappy customer. Runner Up: Connor’s Pest Protection A small family-owned business in the Washington, DC area, Connor’s Pest Protection receives the runner-up spot for being one of the first of its kind to adopt this newer feature.  While live chat is still a work in progress for many large and small companies alike, Connor’s Pest Protection has set up a fully functional system that allows customers to ask questions from every day pest control inquiries to how to get rid of bed bugs– and receive an answer from a qualified...

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Best Audio Website

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 in Technology

Best Audio Website

Winner: SoundCloud.com Self-identifying as the “largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music & audio,” SoundCloud was originally designed to be the Vimeo or Flickr for musicians.  A Swedish sound designer and artist collaborated to start this project with the original idea of allowing artists to simply share music with each other and get feedback from the community.  When the Berlin-based company was founded in 2007, it aimed solely to provide this artist-focused musical file sharing, but since then has expanded its offerings.  These days, the site is angled more towards the listener, making it the most popular way to upload and publicize any sort of audio or music.  Displaying the sound clip in an orange and grey waveform, SoundCloud allows music to be shared within their music community, as well as embedded into other websites. The site, like any respectable website these days, is also connected to social media and allows users to set up an account through Facebook or Google+.   Once these social mediums are connected, SoundCloud allows for easy posting, facilitating more sharing with various people.  This publicity-geared platform has made it a favorite with DJs, composers and songwriters, along with people looking to increase their music knowledge.  With its vast array of genres, SoundCloud has also joined the ranks of music discovery tools, allowing listeners to expand their range of tastes when it comes to music. Runner Up: NPR First Listen For anyone who has eagerly awaited the release of their favorite artist’s new album, NPR First Listen may be the greatest thing you’ve probably never heard of.  First Listen allows you to pre-hear everything from indie artist’s new tracks to upcoming movie soundtracks, usually for the entire week preceding the audio’s actual launch date.  One of the most important features for those of us who like to put a new favorite song on repeat until we’re sick of it, is the ability to listen to any track as many times as you want in that week.  However, it’s important that you keep track of the actual release date, as the audio will disappear on that date by necessity, at which point listeners are encouraged to buy the...

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The Tech News Awards

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 in Technology

First Place: Wired.com When it comes to news about the technology world, Wired.com is the go-to website for in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology.  Not only do they offer real-time news about events in the tech world, but also their impact on business, entertainment, communications and other areas of the world outside of tech.  The site also features a host of blogs on a variety of topics as well as publishing their own awards, called the Vaporware Awards. With sections including gear, science, entertainment, business, security, design, opinion and video, Wired.com covers every aspect of technology that a reader could ever want.  The site itself was originally the online counterpart to Wired magazine, which is a full-color monthly magazine.  However the site split off when the magazine was bought by Condé Nast Publishing in the 1990’s and became its own entity, publishing daily online content.  However, when the website was bought by the magazine’s owners in 2006, the two were reunited at long last and the site once again features content from the magazine. Second Place: TechCrunch.com TechCrunch is a site focused on information technology, and more specifically the companies within that sector.  It features technology news and analysis, but also large quantities of information on the companies operating within the information technology sphere.  The site includes sections on startups, mobile, and gadgets, but also includes quick links to tags for popular companies such as Apple, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and NSA. TechCrunch also sponsors Crunchbase, which is a free database of the companies, people and investors that make up the technology industry.  The database can be edited by anyone and therefore is constantly being updated.  It features over 150,000 companies and 172,000 people, making it one of the most comprehensive databases of its kind. Third Place: Gizmodo.com Although not as far-reaching as the other two, Gizmodo.com is known as the absolute authority when it comes to gadget news and digital culture.  It follows more of a blog format than the other two and focuses primarily on design and technology.  It is a subset of the Gawker Media network run by Nick...

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