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” …

For ages now, children’s games at festivals still reign supreme. Many, if not all, of the children’s games at festivals have been around for 100s of years, and children along with their parents, still enjoy the excitement and fun that come with these games.

With that said, the following are popular children’s festival games, that may likely will remain popular for some time to come. They may even remain popular when young children of today will become old and grey:

1. Cake Walk

With this game, numbered squares are set up in a ring. The squares would be large enough for one person standing on it. Also, the number of squares should be the same as the players. The players will walk on the squares while the music is playing. Once the music stops, all players must stand still. Then the game operator will draw a number randomly, and the person standing on the number wins.

2. Ring Toss

Ring toss is definitely a classic festival/carnival game. Poles will be set up, and players will attempt to throw hooks on the rings, so they will hook around the rings.

3. Penny Pitch

With the penny pitch, a table is set up with various colored dots of different sizes. Players must exchange their tickets for pennies for throwing. The goal is for players to land pennies on colored dots to win prizes. Otherwise, different sized cups can be used for the penny throwing, instead of using colored dots.

4. Quarter Drop

Used many times to raise money for charities, a few ledges of different sizes are set in a fish tank. The fish tank must be filled with water, and then people must be allowed to try dropping a quart on one of those ledges. Winning occurs when they succeed.

5. Musical Chairs

This is another classic for indoors and outdoors. With this game, there is one more chair than there are players, and there is also music playing. The players must walk around the chairs while the music is playing. However, when the music is turned off, everyone must find …

There are many people that are reviewing Yelp and FortuneBuilders not sure whether if they should buy a move in ready home or a fixer upper. Although, there are no easy answers to this question there are things to weigh when it comes to choosing what style of home that a person should purchase. A person should seriously weigh the pros and the cons for each option so that they can make an informed decision prior to being locked into a commitment to buy.
First, a “move in ready home” is just that; move in ready. There is very little work, if any, that needs to be completed in order for a family to move into it. There may be a little bit of painting or decorating that needs to be done, but that would be about it. There should be more major issues with the house that will need attention, and the price will reflect that. People that are not mechanically inclined should opt for this type of house since they would have to pay a contractor to do the work if they were to choose a “fixer upper”.
Next, a “fixer upper” home is a house that may need a substantial amount of work in order to make it habitable. Typically, it may need work done on the roof, plumbing, heating, electrical, or flooring and drywall. This is a great option for people that are looking to save money on their initial investment, and for those that are handy and know how to complete the work in order to make the house habitable. Many of these types of homes can be purchased for a lot less than a “move in ready” home; however, there may be a lot of work to be done on it. While some of the minor work can be done when a person is moved in, such as painting or minor plumbing work, the big jobs such as roofing, installing flooring, and re-wiring the house should be completed prior to moving in.
In conclusion, it is really up to the mechanical aptitude of the …

From readingeagle.com:

Baby-teeth jewelry and postpartum corsets were among the top parenting trends reported last year. Take a look at what moms are buzzing about this year on BabyCenter.com.

The crowdfunded baby

Parents are starting Kickstarter or GoFundMe accounts for everything from first birthday parties to Christmas presents. “Two out of three moms are worried about having enough money to raise their kids – an 11 percent increase since 2013,” said Rebecca Michals, director of BabyCenter’s global community. “Crowdfunding may be moms’ way of trying to make it all work.”

Parents smoking pot

With the legalization of marijuana in several states, will more parents be indulging and, if so, what are the implications for families? “There are already several active BabyCenter groups about marijuana with nearly 1,500 members combined, and in 2014, conversations on this topic increased compared to the year before,” Michals said. “Many parents don’t think twice about having a glass or two of wine regularly to unwind, but we’re waiting to see if they will make the transition to marijuana.”

Germophobic parents

Some parents are changing the game when it comes to daily interactions with their children.Germophobic parents won’t allow their children to interact with anyone who’s not vaccinated, and they go above and beyond to keep their babies shielded from germs in general, usually by keeping them indoors and preventing friends and family from hugging or kissing their children.

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As a mom of three children, five if you’re including my husband and our Golden Retriever Winston, simplicity is the key to my heart. Living in the East Coast definitely entails cold winters, rainy springs and unpredictable summers, but this fall and winter we just couldn’t seem to get our home warm enough.

After hearing my children constantly complain about how cold our home was and then seeing my husband walk around the kitchen with a scarf on, I decided to take matters into my own hands. From the beginning of October to the beginning of December our utilities bill was through the roof since our heat never seemed to be warm enough. A friend of mine suggested that I check our front door since she had a similar issue in her home, which resulted in the front door having cracks all along the sides of it.

I had a repair man come out and take a look and it turns out that my friend was right! Our main entry door had cracks all along its sides, which equated to the cool temperatures in my home. After researching the issue, I learned that front doors are one of the main places for air leakage in the home.

The solution to our issue was a storm door, which would create both a seal and protect the main entry door of our home. Main entry doors are very expensive to both repair and replace, but a storm door would provide this extra protection in addition to our main entry door.

Storm doors are made out of the highest quality materials, which can endure both time and weather conditions. Storm doors keep elements from outside from coming inside, which is exactly what I need.

I can’t begin to tell you the difference our storm door has made in our home. Now we have lower utility bills, less complaining, and a warmer atmosphere.…

This blog from the New York Times gives an opinion on “material parenting”:

As a parent and scholar who has studied materialism for much of her professional life, Marsha Richins had long pondered the following question: Does dangling goods in front of children as a reward for good behavior or yanking them away as a form of punishment contribute to materialism when those kids grow up?

After half a decade studying the matter as a marketing professor at the Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business at the University of Missouri, she says she believes that there’s a connection. Ms. Richins and Lan Nguyen Chaplin, an assistant professor of business administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago, are publishing a paper saying so in The Journal of Consumer Research in April.

Most of us get that materialism isn’t ideal, and research over the years has tied it to gambling, debt, marriage conflict and decreased happiness, among other things. So Ms. Richins was surprised to find that few people seemed to have looked into the potential drawbacks of what she and her colleague refer to as “material parenting.”

Plenty of research exists that shows that material rewards for things like good grades tend to reduce intrinsic motivation. But that shouldn’t be a reason not to study their use any further. “To me, it’s a big oversight, because parents reward kids all of the time,” Ms. Richins said. “You can’t just say that we’re not going to study it.”

And so she and Ms. Chaplin did, using retrospective surveys of adults answering questions about their current money habits and the tactics their parents used in rewarding and disciplining them.

Read the full post here