Beneath wall to wall carpeting, brokers find herringbone flooring, behind a coat of paint may be a marble mantle, or hidden away could be antique mirror doors. (iStock)Of the 2,072 single-family Manhattan residences built before 1920, nearly half have never been renovated. Those homes present some challenges for the folks tasked with selling them — but often surprises as well.Brokers might find herringbone flooring beneath wall-to-wall carpeting, a marble mantle behind a coat of paint or antique mirror doors hidden away.“That’s one of the thrills,” said Cathy Franklin, a broker for Corcoran.Those involved in selling large properties owned by a single family say a key is making the most of unexpected discoveries.Before and after images of a living room from The Renovated HomeLee Stahl, president of renovation firm The Renovated Home, has torn down a wall to find high ceilings and natural light waiting to pour into the room. The same apartment had a kitchen that consisted of four separate rooms, including a butler’s pantry and breakfast room. Combining them, he created a single livable kitchen.Lee Stahl, The Renovated HomeIn another apartment, Stahl removed carpeting that seemed tacked down with Elmers Glue to find handmade mosaic tile, which he estimates would cost a minimum of $100,000.“Seventy years ago, the way people got personality and got design elements into a space was through wallpaper and through furniture,” Stahl said. “Now people want less furniture, less clutter.”Vintage wine, historic coins and periodicals from the 1920s are among the treasures he has uncovered from in between walls where they were once hoarded away.“When people are doing things in these homes, whether they hide things in the walls or ceiling, they’re not anticipating dying,” Stahl said. “And then they die.”Those finds are always returned to the owners of the estate, Stahl noted.Read moreManhattan apartment vacancy smashes 5% barrierPricey Park Slope townhouses drive dealmaking in BrooklynHere’s where NYC real estate stands post Labor Day This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Email Address* Full Name* Message* Renovations are no longer just refinishing the floors and throwing on a coat of paint. Often it’s tearing down walls to create the open layouts popular with today’s buyers. But Christine Martin, a broker with Compass, says pre-war buildings surprisingly lend themselves to modern living.Small staff rooms can be converted to home offices and tearing down walls can allow for huge rooms to easily flow into each other.Before and after images of a library from The Renovated HomeHomes’ exteriors may be tightly regulated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, but generally anything and everything inside can and is done to an estate. Still, some argue that preservation is key.“Everything is changing every year with cable and smart wiring and Sonos, but estates are wonderful when they’re less touched,” Corcoran’s Franklin said. “They still have the beautiful hardware and the beautiful moldings and details.”Franklin’s perspective comes in part from her art history degree. As she walks through estates that she has sold, she names their architects, for example Stanford White, who designed 9-11 54th Street in 1896, or Rosario Candela, whose 740 Park was constructed in 1929.Before and after images of a kitchen from The Renovated HomeEven estate buyers who appreciate history, though, typically want to live in a pristine home. “The standard against which apartments are measured is a mint-condition apartment,” said Martin.The pandemic has complicated renovations. However, as many affluent New Yorkers work remotely and live away from the city, some agents say buyers may be drawn to estates.“The home has become more important than ever and will be more important than ever,” Lauren Muss, an agent with Douglas Elliman, said.Contact Sasha Jones
Today, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper turns 53 years old. In honor of the harmonica master’s birthday, we’re taking a look back at one of our favorite Popper stories from his decades-long career, as told in his 2016 autobiography Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed To Tell, written with Dean Budnick.The book touches on a number of amusing anecdotes, including a near-threesome with porn star Ron Jeremy and the time he congratulated Trey Anastasio on the birth of his first child with a literal truckload of diapers. The histories of Blues Traveler and Vermont jam titans Phish are certainly intertwined. The two bands and their various members have worked together on numerous occasions, most notably during the inaugural H.O.R.D.E. (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere) tour in 1992, which many people now view as the catalyst for the modern jam band scene. Their connections would extend beyond H.O.R.D.E. as well, with Popper joining Phish onstage a number of times in the early- to mid-90’s.While Popper and Blues Traveler admired Phish (Popper refers to Anastasio as “our Mozart”), the fact remained that the two bands were, in many ways, in competition for bookings. That friendly competition gave way to one of our favorite Popper/Phish stories. In 1997, Phish had a hold on Madison Square Garden for New Year’s Eve, but Popper wanted Blues Traveler to have the spot.As Popper writes,[Phish] had what’s known as a ‘first hold,’ and we had decided to challenge them for it… We put up half the money — it was over a half-million bucks — and they had 48 hours to respond, when they had to put all their money down.”Popper also timed the challenge to coincide with Phish’s trip to Europe, and the band and a majority of their representatives were in Scotland for the 48-hour window. The band’s accountant, however, was in town holding down the fort. Naturally, to distract him, Popper “sent a stripper every 15 minutes for eight hours to his office to read from Sammy Davis Jr.’s ‘Yes I Can’.”Through some frantic work, Phish’s accountant was able to muster up the $600,000 to reserve the gig with only two hours to spare. According to Popper, he never told the band who kept sending their accountant all the strippers, so they found out the news along with the rest of the memoir’s readers in 2016.You can grab a copy of Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed To Tell today to hear more fantastic stories from John Popper’s career. Below, you can watch Popper sit in with Phish in St. Louis, MO in 1996:Phish w/ John Popper – “Funky Bitch” – 11/15/96[Video: tdunski][Originally published 3/29/18]
January 15, 2014 Regular News Board ponders YLD’s request to host some PWP seminars online Board ponders YLD’s request to host some PWP seminars online A proposal by the Young Lawyers Division to hold some of its signature Practicing With Professionalism seminars online, instead of requiring in-person attendance, is being studied by the Board of Governors’ Program Evaluation Committee. PEC Chair Ray Abadin and YLD President Melanie Griffin reported on the effort at the board’s December meeting.Griffin noted about five years ago the YLD moved most of its basic skills courses online, but kept PWP, which all new Bar members must take in their first year of practice, as an in-person course.Though the division had 21 PWP courses last year in cities all over the state, it was still problematic for many new lawyers to get to the class.“With more than 3,000 new lawyers coming into the state of Florida every year, we’re having a hard time keeping up,” Griffin said.And Abadin added: “There are more people needing Practicing With Professionalism than there are in-person slots. Some have to travel across the state to find a seat.”Griffin said when the PWP course in Miami opened for reservations last year, all the seats were taken in six hours.Lawyers who missed out had to drive to another city. The same thing happened for courses in other cities.The YLD, she said, is looking at having around 10 in-person courses and offering the training for the remaining lawyers with interactive online software, including one that allows viewers to ask questions. Griffin said examples of the software would be available to review at the board’s January meeting.Online courses are better, she said, than enlarging the course attendance from around 125 to 400 or 500 lawyers per class.“Then you completely eliminate the ability to have any meaningful dialog or discussion,” Griffin said.Board member Carl Schwait praised the online proposal, saying many students, particularly from rural areas or smaller cities, have trouble finding seats and sometimes drive for several hours only to find the seminar is full.“For rural new lawyers, online is almost the only way to go,” he said.
Reports: Former Gophers head coach Tracy Claeys named Washington State’s defensive coordinatorClaeys ended his stint as Minnesota’s head coach with a Holiday Bowl win against Washington State, his new team.Elizabeth Brumely, Daily File PhotoHead coach Tracy Claeys watches the Gophers play their last game of the 2015 season against the University of Wisconsin- Madison on Saturday, where the team lost 31-21 at TCF Bank Stadium. Jack WarrickJanuary 9, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFormer Gophers football head coach Tracy Claeys was hired as Washington State’s defensive coordinator Monday, according to multiple reports.He signed a two-year contract with the Cougars, according to the Star Tribune, after taking a year off coaching in the 2017 season.At the end of the 2016 season, athletics director Mark Coyle fired Claeys following a player boycott. The boycott was in protest to the suspension of 10 Minnesota players for sexual assault allegations. Shortly after Claeys was fired, P.J. Fleck was named the new head coach. Claeys was the defensive coordinator for the Gophers from 2011 to 2015 before becoming the interim head coach during the 2015 season, after former head coach Jerry Kill stepped down due to health problems. Claeys was then named head coach in the 2016 season, where he led the Gophers to a 9-5 record.Claeys’ last game coaching was in the Holiday Bowl in Dec. 2016 against Washington State, where the Gophers won 17-12.Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune was first with the report.