After a fantastic morning of exploring the South Bronx that included lunch with a real estate developer at the newest pizza joint, La Grata, and a history lesson from a native Bronx art designer, Jerome Lamaar, I had a chance to see the beauty of a neighborhood (and borough) that has been shunned by a distorted and ugly past and reputation. I took the 4 train back from the Grand Concourse and 18 minutes later I arrived at Union Square in Manhattan with one thought permeating my consciousness — the Bronx is secretly beautiful.Read More
Sometimes I'll write about work, other times I'll write about you. Trust that I won't ever write about my time spent on the couch (reserved only for football Sundays).
From the moment we popped the bottle of champagne at the Smith for New Years, I knew 2016 was going to be the most profound year of my life. I’d worked on my transcendental thought processes for the later half of 2015 and spent 6 months diving head first into the mindfulness practice of meditation. I had set ambitious goals for myself in 2016 with the overarching message to be The Best Version of Myself.Read More
Every major US city is rifling and crying out over one common concern — Affordable Housing! From the “gated communities” of Palo Alto to the deregulating unit epidemic of New York City, the breaking point is palpable (former planning commission Kate Vershov Downing, penned this letter of resignation back in August). Every city recognizes the issue and has put forth varying sized efforts to solve the problem but the problems persist and there does not seem to be an end in sight. While there are programs like 421A in NYC (although that’s a clustered mess in to itself) that incentivize developers to build affordable in exchange for tax abatements, the supply can’t keep up with the demand and they can’t be built fast enough.Read More
Preparing for a solo backpacking excursion often leads you down the foothills of the internet's travel blogosphere in preparation. You read itineraries, packing lists and "MUST SEEs" at each 📍 of the trip but you rarely encounter the emotional quandary of traveling alone.Read More
Working in real estate technology, I hear wonderful and heartwarming stories of how real estate projects will transform entire communities and cities. I learn about the master plan developers creating entirely new neighborhoods. I learn about opportunistic real estate developers who are building to catch some of the incoming or already overflowing demand of a certain neighborhood. I learn about cultural real estate pioneers who are buying up old historic properties and revitalizing them to their original beauty and allure.Read More