Tag Archive for New York City

From China to London to Spain

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Borders are a funny thing. Some borders come with walls, some borders (like political lines drawn between countries) are a bit more permeable. When it comes to the lines separating the world’s nations, few things flow across international borders with…

Real Estate Demand in Wu-Tang Land

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Today I want to discuss seminal hip-hop super group Wu-Tang Clan, the geniuses behind classic rap opus 36 Chambers and such gritty masterpieces as “Shame on a *****,” “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothing to **** With,” and other asterisk-heavy rap tunes. But…

Atlantic Yards: An Exit Strategy

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Let’s go to Brooklyn, home of the Llenrock Blog’s #3 Most Ambitious Real Estate Development Project: the under-construction Prospect Heights mixed-use complex known as Atlantic Yards (according to Wikipedia, it was rebranded a couple months ago as Pacific Park). The commercial…

Footing the Bill for Affordable Housing

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As a general rule, real estate development, whether residential or commercial, takes place in response to demand. Sure, we all know that isn’t always the case–in the Philadelphia/South Jersey areas, we’ve seen a few hotels and casinos built with considerable financing and…

The Mensch & Schlemiel of the Week

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Mensch: Noun. A decent, upright, mature and responsible person. Schlemiel:  Noun, slang. An awkward, clumsy, or unlucky person whose endeavors tend to fail. A loser. Mensch of the Week: Bill De Blasio, Mayor of New York City Back in 2012,…

International ETF Investment Heats Up

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Sometimes, poor or mediocre real estate performance can actually be a good thing. Sometimes, slow real estate rent growth is a good sign. Wait–really? Well, yes. For some yield-focused international real estate investors, a sluggish market may offer just the…

Top 10 Most Pricey Luxury Hotels in the U.S.

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The Independent Lodging Congress is coming up at the end of this month, September 29-30 in Philadelphia, and that’s gotten me excited about upscale and luxury hotels–those higher-end hotels that are sometimes (though not always) independently owned and operated. Well, today…