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These NYC neighborhoods offer the most incentives for new renters

July 16, 2018

Rental concessions—things like a month or two of free rent tacked on to a new lease, or the landlord paying for certain amenities—are no longer a thing you have to work to negotiate; they’ve become a fact of finding an apartment in New York. But even though they’ve become much more prevalent, new data from StreetEasy shows that buildings offering concessions tend to be new developments that are concentrated in a few key neighborhoods—and ...

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Warner Brothers pitches LA on an aerial tram to the Hollywood Sign

July 12, 2018

One of entertainment industry’s largest and most recognizable movie studios wants to get into the transportation business. Warner Brothers announced plans Tuesday for an aerial tram that would ferry visitors to and from the Hollywood Sign. The company would pay for the tram’s construction and would operate it from a parking lot just south of its Burbank backlot. In a letter sent Monday to Los Angeles parks and legislative officials, the studio...

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Price of Manhattan apartments drops for the fourth straight quarter

July 11, 2018

According to this week’s market reports, the median price for a Manhattan apartment dropped for the fourth straight quarter and U.S. construction spending reached a record high in May. Residential The average sales price in Manhattan dropped 4.3 percent to $2.2 million in the four weeks leading up to June 1. The slight drop coincided with an increase in recorded sales. During the period, the number of sales stood at 923 transactions, up from 820 d...

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A renter’s guide to Hamilton Heights

July 9, 2018

Wedged between Manhattanville and Washington Heights is Hamilton Heights, which runs from 135th to 155th streets along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Once home to the likes of Duke Ellington, Ralph Ellison, and (duh) Alexander Hamilton, the neighborhood’s longstanding African American and Hispanic communities have been joined, in recent years, by college students from nearby City College and Columbia University, as well as an influx of young families. ...

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High Rise, High Style: Oceanwide Plaza’s Upscale Urban Living in DTLA

July 9, 2018

Is it a coincidence the word ‘amen’ is located inside the word ‘amenity’? When those perfectly personalized little touches of luxurious splendor are done right, smart and savvy jetsetters respond, because sometimes those little things are actually enormous, exciting and wonderful details, perks and privileges that you want to experience again and again. And again. And soon, more of them will be coming to LA. The city’s downtown skyline i...

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La verbena de la Paloma

July 5, 2018

There is a lot to see and do in Madrid in July!  The director Oscar Cabañas has recovered the libretto by Ricardo de la Vega and the music of Tomás Bretón to return to the stage the most international of the zarzuela operettas,” La verbena de la Paloma. The action takes place in one of Madrid's most popular districts in 1894, the date when it first opened, during the festivity of the "Virgen de  La Paloma". But Julián is in no mood to cel...

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Ten brilliantly fun things to do in Spain this July

July 2, 2018

The procession of 'Big Heads' is one of the highlights of Pamplona's San Fermin fiesta in July. Photo: AFP   With summer in full swing, Spain's events calendar is jam-packed with everything from beachside music festivals to bull runs through city streets. Take a look at The Local’s pick of unmissable events in Spain this July: San Fermín Bull Running Festival, July 7th-14th Photo: Ville Miettinen/Flickr At Pamplona’s annual week-l...

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In Long Island City, second phase of Hunter’s Point South waterfront park debuts

July 2, 2018

The opening of the 5.5-acre park now creates 11 acres of waterfront green space along a formerly industrial stretch. The city officially debuted the second phase of the waterfront park that’s part of the Hunter’s Point South megaproject, in Long Island City, on Wednesday. This second stretch measures 5.5 acres, and follows the opening of the first phase of the park in 2013. Together, these two phases of development offer up 11 acres of waterfron...

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Central Harlem: The insider’s guide to living there

June 28, 2018

Central Harlem was a Dutch village in the 17th century, played a major role in the Revolutionary War, and then, for the next 200 years, existed as a sleepy, sparsely populated stretch of farmland, woods, and rolling hills. Harlem’s bucolic era came to an end at the turn of the 20th century when developers realized there was money to be made in the previously undeveloped tip of the island and began to build housing on spec. Prospective buyers were l...

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Madrid Is Building a Beach 200 Miles From the Ocean

June 28, 2018

  Madrid is located in the middle of Spain, but this summer, residents and visitors will be able to have a beach day without leaving the city. As The Local reports, Madrid is getting its own beach—nearly 200 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The attraction—dubbed "MadBeach"—is being set up on the Plaza de Colón near the capital's Museo Arqueológico Nacional. It will offer many of the same features guests would be able to find...

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