Lessening the Reverberations of Noise Pollution

Sounds like a great idea. I’m willing to bet that if you ask New Yorkers what is the worst pollution affecting their lives, most would say it’s the overwhelming intrusion of noise. While some people have become numb to it,...

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In Search of a Floor Plan

The Building Department offers a public service — for a fee. The Department of Buildings has a duty to ensure that any construction being undertaken in New York City is being done according to the building code. It requires that...

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Trash Talk

The MTA’s plan for getting rid of garbage is pure rubbish. I’m frequently astounded by how the City will proudly proclaim initiatives that are in clear defiance of logic. One such point of bewilderment is an announcement by the MTA...

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Times Square’s Congestion Solution

Back to the future with a monorail Times Square is a center point for visitors coming to New York City. It’s also a thriving business district with offices interspersed among the tourist attractions. Such popularity has not been without negative...

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Heath Inspection 101

The ABCs of the restaurant system Who knew that I would become so obsessed with grades? Oh, but I’m not talking about academic grades! I mean restaurant grades, and not the star variety. It’s the A-B-Cs of the Health Department’s restaurant...

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Mayor de Blasio’s housing hocus-pocus

The amazing disappearing low-income apartments Mayor de Blasio repeatedly asserts that he is dedicated to increasing affordable housing. A report generated by his office says that there are over one million taxpayers in New York City who are paying too...

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Bring Back the Sun!

Solving the shadows of a growing skyline. Some years ago, there was an enormous chorus of outrage by citizens over a proposed building on the site of what is now the Time Warner Center. People were screaming in protest because...

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Why can’t teachers teach?

Because they don't know how to sell. As the founder and owner of Bellmarc, I have spent over 30 years working with people who have no experience in real estate, and training them to become residential real estate brokers. My...

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Good schools? High crime? No comment.

Fair-housing laws prohibit brokers from communicating with buyers about the quality of schools or the crime level in the area in which a buyer is considering purchasing. The thinking behind this directive is that some school districts serve distinctive...

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Managing Manhattan’s Congestion Problem (Safely).

I am always interested in seeing New York City grow and prosper.  I love that we have more and more buildings that serve new homeowners. I love Lincoln Center and the surrounding areas and I love SoHo and its...

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