Category: change is a constant

change is gonna come, even to Manhattan Loft Guy

(in fact, some is already here) If you have gotten this far, you have found the new home of Manhattan Loft Guy, with a whole new look, on a whole new platform. The look is likely to be tweaked over

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memory lane: from luxury jewelry to ladies underwear to a union bank to the inevitable condo

    Seven Years Ago Today on Manhattan Loft Guy You were warned in my July 4 post that you’ve got a couple of weeks of archived Manhattan Loft Guy material coming up. In my July 7, 2006, dynamic city

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nothing stays the same, a/k/a the gentrification issue in Chelsea + Lower East Side

car repair shop editionOh the serendipity of juxtaposition! If you looked at The Real Deal this morning (which is still in full spasm mode over the 100th edition celebrations) you’d have seen two items just 5 posts apart dealing with

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Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle for Manhattan Loft Neighborhoods / Tribeca loses Bazzini, gains Sarabeth’s

old to new, again (and again)The New York Observer noted yesterday that the long-awaited lease for Sarabeth’s has been signed, signaling the end of the Bazzini presence in Tribeca. If the story sounds familiar, that’s because the family that owns

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can a “loft” in Manhattan change your way of thinking?

or, just provoke a gentrification rant?I missed this last Thursday (I was on vacation), but there is a fascinating web-only New York Times piece in the Living Rooms section of the Opinionator blog, Our Buildings, Ourselves by Elizabeth Hawes. It

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Jesuits adapt to Lower East Side gentrification by moving; will lofts follow?

2 things dear to my heartI missed this piece in yesterday’s NY Times (h/t The Real Deal): Lower East Side Has Less to Offer Jesuits Who Teach the Poor. Manhattan Loft Guy is Jesuit educated, I am in close contact

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required reading: gentrification, preservation and King Canute

whose neighborhood is it anyway?Fascinating (short!) piece in next month’s Atlantic Monthly, available on-line, Gentrification And Its Discontents, in which Benjamin Schwartz not so much reviews but exposes two recent books on Manhattan, Sharon Zukin’s Naked City and Michael Sorkin’s

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ch ch ch changes … the Guy moves to Corcoran in Soho

  nothing stays the same, eh?This will be brief, for now. I brought my license over to Corcoran’s Soho office yesterday and started training today on a new listing system. I had a great run at Coldwell Banker Hunt Kennedy

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1981 to 2009: progress, or not so much?

plus ca change … When I moved into the American Thread Building in 1981 (the first great condo loft conversion in Tribeca?), I was in that (relatively) new Manhattan demographic, Young Urban Professionals, and we were "welcomed" into the building

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the worm turns, as West Broadway now wishes it were more popular

the ignominy of losing out to BroadwayNot sure how long this link to a Crain’s Small Business Newsletter (dated Jan 31 but distributed Feb 4) will last, but the gist is that West Broadway as a Soho retail corridor is

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