Buying, selling, and renting real estate in New York City depends upon clear communication. Appointments are scheduled, offers are submitted, countered, re-submitted, rejected or accepted, and sometimes withdrawn.
An agent might receive hundreds of inquires regarding a new apartment. They're answering their phones at odd hours, responding to texts just before descending into crowded subway stations, and all the while e-mailing with their co-workers to arrange for who will cover Sunday's open house on Barrow Street.
Amongst the clamor, clanking, and ringing of the city, whispering and crying out of voices, and clinking and jingling of keys being insterted into locks that will open and close doors, there's one sound that has a certain strength that all of the other sounds lack: silence.
Whether you've submited and offer and are waiting to hear whether it has been accepted; are trying to decide between making an offer on one home or a...
Greenspace. Rooftops. Views. Fresh air. Hide-aways from the hustle and bustle of the city. Silence. Stillness. Room to stretch out and relax. A quiet outdoor space to meditate.
These aren't necessarily impossible to come across in the City; however, finding them can sometimes be a challenge. In honor of the mild weather that we've been having, as well as the sun we're expecting this weekend, here's a look at a few of the great outdoor spaces of the Upper East Side.
Carl Shurz Park
East 86th Street
and East End Avenue
Why We Love This Space:
It's sort of like a dreamland. There's green lawns, hidden fountaints, grand stairwells, dual dog runs, and sweeping views of the East River. If you're looking for an alternative to Central Park, then add Carl Shurz Park to the very top of your lsit.
The Upper East Side spans from Central Park to the west, the East River to the east, 59th Street to the south, and 110th Street to the north. Its estimated population is slightly over 207,000. Though the list of movies filmed in the Upper East Side is infinite, perhaps no other director has painted his brush as broadly across the streets and avenues of the neighborhood as Woody Allen.
His 1986 classic, Hannah and Her Sisters, features a scene that unfolds at the corner of 76th Street and Madison Avenue, just outside The Carlyle Hotel. While outside the Hotel, Micky (Allen) and Holly (Dianne Wiest) part ways in less than favorable terms; inside, Bobby Short was just in the midst of holding court at the Café Carlyle, enthusiastically singing: “Why am I just as happy as a child? Why am I like a racehorse running wild?”
Though the evening between Micky and Holly doesn’t go so well, the answer that Short gives to h...