One hears a lot about what a great time it is to both live and work in New York City. Historically low crime rates. Safe and effective mass public transportation. Institutions of higher learning, medical, and cultural centers all expanding their opportunities. And in addition to being a tenant, it’s a pretty good time to be a landlord like Joe Sitt in the Big Apple as well. This applies to both residential and commercial property owners, with a number of new projects in the boroughs as well as Manhattan proper. Who are some of the companies who are both current and future developers of exciting real estate projects?

Queens Plaza Park Development

Two of NYC’s biggest developers, Property Markets Group and the Hakim Organization are making a collaborative effort to raise an 829,260-square-foot mixed-use tower at 29-37 41st Avenue in Queens. The building will include seventy stories and will be more than seven hundred feet tall. Designed by the SLCE architectural firm, the Plaza Park will host almost a thousand units, and will include fifteen thousand square feet of commercial space.

10 Riverside Boulevard, Manhattan

After purchasing and sitting on this property for more than a decade, legendary Manhattan developer the Carlyle Group is moving forward with its project partner Extell Development to erect a tower on the corner of Riverside Boulevard and 59th Street on the Upper West Side. Upon completion, the building is anticipated to be over four hundred thousand square feet in size. It will have thirty-six stories, and will stand over four hundred feet tall. This project will feature almost three hundred units. The developers plan some mixed use of the property as well, as filed plans mention almost fifteen square feet of basement space being reserved for commercial use. The designing architectural firm is Goldstein, Hill, and West.

Mott Haven

This Bronx neighborhood will be getting a new residential building, courtesy of Monadnock Development. Located at 530 Exterior Street, the building will feature thirteen stories and be a relatively low one hundred and twenty feet. It will offer over a hundred and fifty residential units, …

Trans fats have been a topic of conversation for a long while, as there has been research done time and time again, (as well as a lot of key social trends), pointing towards their being a part of general unhealthiness. While all the numbers vary all over the place, it is possible that it is one of the leading causes of one of the unhealthiest ages yet in terms of food. While our preparation has come a long way, one can only imagine what trans-fat actually does to our body in the long-term. People are even arguing that it’s more or less the cause of obesity in kids that simply can’t help it because that’s all their parents feed them.

The FDA has realized this and is trying to tie up the use and consumption of Trans Fat. Former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg helped move the ban along. The thing is, it’s one of the ingredients that makes a lot of food cheaper, (as well as boosts a lot of other things like taste), putting people who enjoy cheap fast food out. This is good and bad, because ultimately, you can afford to eat healthier no matter what fast food restaurant you go to, it’s just not what people CHOOSE to do. And who is to say what people can and can’t do, except for the federal government?

It’s all perspective at this point, but one can only hope that something along the lines of Trans Fat, (but maybe not as unhealthy), can be born or perfected from the possible silencing of it. A good portion of the food industry and a lot of corporations, (although the number is decreasing every day), still use trans-fat in their recipes. They will obviously not take the fall very lightly, and if they are still using it to begin with, they will probably fight for their right to continue to. It also raises the question of if the FDA plans to let them use it locally by State, or if it would just altogether get rid of the product and “illegalize it” …

Singing cow-poke celebrities like Gene Autry made giant returns on their investments in real estate. Even in the 21st century, real estate continues to be the very best investment, especially for the long term. In the early days of television, Autry bought the KTLA TV station for $12 million. He sold it years later for over $240 million! Autry, or his sharp money manager, could see that at the very least, no investment in land can ever lose all its value. This is the only type of investment that this can still be said of. Every other type of stocks, bonds, and certainly technology investment is completely speculative in nature, compared to the value of land.

The problem for many investors nowadays, is the cost of real estate is so high as to preclude many from even one investment in a single dwelling. They just do not have the income to swing the mortgages on the kinds of real estate that the big-time pro real estate investors have access to. Until quite recently, investments in private companies or commercial real estate was only possible for an accredited investor – meaning the investor had over $1,000,000 in net worth.

This problem has been met with new ways of doing business, plugging into the “crowd sourced” online markets through crowdfunding the purchase of commercial businesses and real estate. The law that made the change that allows for this is called the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act. In an economic environment where most investments return no more than a couple of percent, at most, commercial real estate returns often top an annual gain of 10 percent.

EquityMultiple is a crowdfunded investment platform for real estate. It is located in New York City and CEO Charles Clinton had this to say, “At a time when the stock market has been particularly volatile and where yield is hard to find because of low interest rates, the real estate is a sector where you can find relative stability and strong performance.”

Than Merrill, of FortuneBuilders – owner of a real estate investment education company – …

When installing windows to a new home or carrying out a regular maintenance, what factors do you look for before contracting a window company? Here are some key factors that you should review before hiring any given window company, especially if you live in Maryland or the neighboring regions.

Several window companies and agents will approach you once you start a construction project. However, before settling on either, conduct a background check to identify their reliability. It is only prudent that you go for the company with a proven record to avoid disappointment. Chandler Remodeling Window Company and Anderson Corporation are just but a few examples of such companies.

The higher the number of years a company has on the job, the higher the level of its experience in the field. Therefore, contracting a company with several years of operation in the window industry is one way of ensuring quality fixes.

When vetting window companies in Maryland, consider checking if their workers are registered, insured, and if they have the right tools to get the work done. This is the only sure way to ensure professionalism and to reduce liability on your part in case of uncertainties.

Physical address
For your peace of mind, it is only advisable that you hire a company with a physical address in Maryland. Ideally, this refers to an office or showroom that you can visit to enforce your contract or inspect some of their work before hiring them.

Quality of service
There are a number of popular window companies in Maryland. The brand popularity equals the levels of service offered, which can be noticed by checking on the company’s websites for customer feedback and reviews. Where no websites exist, ask them for referees from whom, you can inquire directly.

Technological advancement
The high level of technological adoption by a company is enough proof of efficiency. A company that embraces new technology in its operations is more likely to carry out your work more efficiently and in a timely manner than one that doesn’t appreciate technology.

A good window company …

Instead of looking for a new home, try updating your current home. This is an idea that should save the average person a lot of frustration and money. Simply updating a few areas around the exterior will add instant curb appeal and value to the home. Those homeowners that are thinking about selling their home in the future should really take note of that fact. Homeowners should take a walk around the exterior of their home. Look for areas that could use home improvement or an update.

Now, it is time to settle down and perform some research. Decide which upgrades or home improvements will add the most value to the home. Real estate experts agree that any steps taken to improve curb appeal should add considerable value to the home. A book is judged by its cover. A home is judged by its curb appeal. A home with great curb appeal is very attractive to buyers and adds value to the entire neighborhood. The top home projects include;

Of course, there are several other ways to instantly upgrade the house and add to the value. Those home projects are limited to your own imagination. For example, one of the easiest ways to give a home a great new look is t simply wash the exterior of the home. Power wash the exterior before adding a fresh coat of pain. Power-wash the driveway and the sidewalk that is in front of the home and leads to the front door. Painting is a wonderful way to really give a new look to the home too. Perform a complete paint job, after power washing the exterior of the home. Take a look at the lawn. Perhaps, the shrubs need cutting and the weeds are getting out of control. Real estate experts suggest that landscaping the front of the home improves curb appeal and adds more value. Prune shrubs and trees. Pull up weeds. Seed the lawn and add a few colorful plants.…

Brooklyn’s Navy Yard has been known for years as an intimidating place to people who pass by. It has an extraordinary story behind it because it was established back in 1801, giving it over two hundred years of history. The idea of knocking down all of the old buildings just seemed absurd to the voluntary development community, Navy Green. Instead, they are planning to revamp Brooklyn’s Navy Yard to make it more appealing to the eye, as well as to attract people to the area for multiple different purposes.

Real Estate

Right now, if you try and search for real estate in the Brooklyn Navy Yard you will come up with absolutely nothing, but that is going to change over the next few years. The Navy Green megaproject plans to build up to twenty-three townhomes, and the first ten, although they are not fully developed are on the market now for purchase!

Over the next few years, there are going to major steps to reinventing the Brooklyn’s Navy Yard. The first major addition is the development known as Navy Green, which is a $146 million dollar housing complex that offers affordable apartments. The development corporation is also planning to remove some of the walls that make the Brooklyn’s Navy Yard seem so closed off from the rest of the community.

Shopping Centers and Eatery

Wegmans Supermarket was one of the first stores to be approved to build in the Brooklyn’s Navy Yard. Which any who has visited New York knows about Wegmans, which is a family owned shopping market which offers a wide variety of food, home goods, and clothing.

Another business that is going to open its doors in 2018 is the Brooklyn Brewery. Brooklyn Brewery comes out of Williamsburg and is now expanding its roots in Brooklyn.

Mast Brothers chocolate is also opening a 65,000 sq ft factory and brewery as well, which will bring chocolate and beers to visiting patrons.

Russ & Daughters also plans to allocate a spot in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It is a huge manufacturing center and retail shop which …

A survey — The Mom Gig — involved 558 women who identify as stay-at-home mothers. The moms were asked to make a detailed, hour-by-hour record of their daily activities, tasks and duties, and answered questions about their responsibilities.

Using that data, author Laura Vanderkam sorted the participants into four groups: the workers, the volunteers, the newbies and the caretakers.

The workers made up the largest group — with 34 percent of the moms falling into the category. These women work an average of 4.5 hours a day, on top of their regular mothering duties. Interestingly enough, two-thirds of all women surveyed reported contributing to their family income in one way or another.

Twenty-five percent reported running a business out of their home.

“I think it is generally positive that there are new ways to work these days,” Vanderkam told Today. “It means people can dial down and dial up their workforce involvement without it being a hard choice one way or the other.

The next largest group — the volunteers — spend a significant portion of their time helping out in their children’s classrooms and participating in kid-related activities. Nearly half of the “volunteer” women said they felt they made working moms’ lives easier by picking up slack at the schools.

Next up, the newbies. Nineteen percent of women surveyed fell into this group, which is defined as mothers who have children under the age of 2. Of this group, most see the stay-at-home mom gig as temporary — 59 percent reported a desire to return to work at some point.

Finally, the caretaker, who has at least one child with special needs. Moms in this group tend to experience more stress than those in the others — 39 percent report being very or extremely stressed most of the time, compared with 30 percent of moms overall.


Chocolate is so popular; many people joke that it’s a food group all its own. Usually, finding recipes for chocolate has been found among other recipes in a cookbook. Now, there are many cookbooks out there that are entirely devoted to the use of chocolate in cooking.

Bittersweet Chocolate

For the chocolate lover who prefers bittersweet chocolate, there is Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate by Alice Medrich. Bittersweet chocolate contains less sugar than the more popular milk chocolate. Many diet conscious people prefer bittersweet. You’ll be amazed at how versatile bittersweet chocolate can be. Some of the recipes include: pasta sauces, soufflés, chocolate cake, brownies, and chocolate mint ice cream

Chocolate Chip Recipes

Julie Hasson has 300 of the best chocolate chip recipes in her book 300 Best Chocolate Recipes. There aren’t just recipes for cakes and cookies, she has recipes for macaroons, muffins, snow cones, and even chocolate flavored beverages. Ms. Hasson also includes recipes for breads, puddings, pies, mousses, and cheese cake.

Savory and Sweet Chocolate Recipes

For someone who wants to try out recipes that aren’t just for desserts, the Mast Brothers have a good number of recipes in their Mast Brothers Family Cookbook. There’s recipes for sauces like a cocoa balsamic vinaigrette and a savory chocolate cream sauce, along with a number of flavorful savory entrees like steak with nibs & peppercorns, cocoa coq a vin, and cacao nib scallops. They also have some wonderful drink recipes like a

Healthy Chocolate Recipes

Finally, for people who love chocolate but are afraid it’s not good for them, there’s 13 Healthy Chocolate Recipes by Natural Family Today. Some recipes include nondairy chocolate bars, dark chocolate cups, chocolate pudding made with gelatin, and chocolate caramel cups made from raw honey and coconut oil. …

Today, one in three children are obese. Possibly leading to High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and other health issues later in life. It can also lead to low self-esteem and depression. Though it is sometimes hard to encourage your child to eat healthy, it has many benefits in the long run. How can I do this you ask? Here are some helpful ideas that may help.

Let them help! Helping you plan dinner and prepare it gets them involved in healthy eating. Let them plan a dinner on their own, using only healthy foods. Bring them along to the grocery store to make choices in snacks such as oranges vs apples etc.

Vitamins! There are many multi vitamins for kids of all sizes available. They are a great supplement and offer antioxidants and nutrients your child may be missing in their diet. A great one is gummy vitamins. They taste great and they are naturally sweetened. A great one to try is ( Mannatech’s MannaBears.

Teach Them EARLY! Introduce them to new foods right away. It may take some time, but have them try a food more than once before they decide they like it or dislike it. Some foods have to grow on you.

Stock Up! Make sure there are plenty of healthy snacks in the house. Apple slices in the fridge, crackers and raisins in the cupboard. Make sure there is a variety so they can choose their own. Get rid of the “goodies” and make sure the snacks are accessible to their size, on a cupboard or a shelf they can reach.

Drink Up! It just isn’t healthy food that your child needs. They also need healthy drinks. Throw away the soda and stock up on the juices. There are also some wonderful smoothie recipes that can be found online

Don’t Give Up! Keep trying. They may not like all the foods that you introduce, but you will eventually find some in the end that are much healthier for them. Remember to supplement their diet with vitamins and you will succeed in the end!…

Some people are engaged in other careers that they do not find as fulfilling or as a way to get into the real estate industry. The truth is that real estate has proven to be a terrific way to earn income for many people. However, the biggest question that many newcomers ask is how they make the transition from making full-time earnings in a job to receiving the same from real estate. The question is sure, not easy, but there are proven ways that real estate can be used to fund one’s bills, adventures and build wealth for future generations. Many individuals who are a living testimony through the successes they have achieved have done it. It is possible for any newcomer with the zeal and right resources to make it too in the real estate business.

The easiest way to make the transition to the real estate business is by actually getting a job in the industry. However, one might be interested in being an entrepreneur and going into the venture like the other successful cases, getting a job allows an individual to understand the business while still earning an income. Taking this step is especially beneficial if one is interested in becoming an investor in the long term but they are cash strapped. Among the many areas that one might start out their foray into the real estate career-wise include:

Being a Real Estate Agent
Mortgage Broking
Doing home appraisals
Working for a real estate investor by interning or helping in office work or construction.

By working in the real estate field, one gains tons of free knowledge that come with the additional perks of getting paid while learning. You also will meet hundreds of potential investors, clients, and mentors in the course of your day.

Mike Cantu, Robert Fragoso, and Than Merrill are all industry bigwigs in San Diego California. They all have had great forays into the industry that are littered with stellar achievements. The basic advice in all of their statements to beginners and those interested in the industry is to take the first step. …