A completely opinionated, totally random, loosely curated, shot from the hip,
collection of stuff we love downtown– right now.

The HK Team at Compass
June 2018
Pride March 2018 - New Route
The March is a celebration of the dynamic LGBTQ community - this year with a new route. The 2018 NYC Pride Grand Marshals are Billie Jean King, Lambda Legal, Tyler Ford and Kenita Placide.

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Free Movies on the Hudson
Set on two piers, the Hudson RiverFlicks summer series features beautiful sunsets along with blockbusters and kid-friendly movies. There are two separate series: Big Hit Wednesdays (Pier 63) and Family Fridays (Pier 46).
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Eat at Simon & the Whale
Restaurateur Gabriel Stulman (Bar Sardine, Joseph Leonard) has added an eclectic ground floor restaurant to Gramercy’s new Freehand hotel at 23rd and Lex. At Simon & the Whale, the varying menu includes dishes with Japanese, Italian, and French influences.
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Get Uncomfortable - Fairview
Ben Brantley had this to say about "Fairview" at Soho Rep through July: "If you see it- and you must- you will not be comfortable. You will also wind up questioning your basic right to sit there, especially if, like the majority of New York theatergoers, you are a white person."
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Tucked Away Alphabet City
Speak Easy

Pouring Ribbons, a beautiful Art Deco speakeasy tucked into the second floor above a liquor store on Avenue B, is a favorite of ours for a summer tipple.

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90 Morton Street
We are happy to see this rather drab West Village building being converted into a 35-unit condo with a conceptual design by Gottesman Szmelcman Architecture. Amenities include a 64-foot indoor pool, a children’s playroom, and a 2,758-square-foot rooftop. 
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Market SLICE

From Leonard Steinberg, Compass president: 

The quarter ends in 11 days and it looks like growth will be higher than the 4% annualized rate anticipated, mostly credited to the tax cuts. The 1st quarter of 2018 produced 2.3% growth. The 4th quarter of 2013 saw annualized growth of 4%, while the 2nd quarter of 2014 had 4.6% growth and the 3rd quarter of that year had 5.2% growth. Quarterly results matter, yet they are just a snapshot of the big picture. Encouraging nevertheless!

"No crashes are happening, but there are corrections happening. The good news is that there’s still no crash, and we’re not expecting one either." - Thomas Veraguth, UBS economist.
SLICE Trivia

A 2-foot Dispute
For 95 years now, a curious mosaic has sat, undisturbed, in the ground at Seventh Avenue S. and Christopher St., right in front of Village Cigars. The plaque reads. “Property of the Hess Estate Which Has Never Been Dedicated for Public Purposes.”  Back in 1910, more than 300 buildings in the area were slated for demolition to make way for the incoming subway line. The city claimed eminent domain over the buildings. One was The Voorhis, on the corner of 7th St. and Christopher. It was owned by David Hess, who’d fought against losing his building. But the city goofed when it surveyed the land to be claimed; it missed a tiny parcel on the corner, measuring just over two square feet. When the city realized its error, it asked the Hess family to donate the parcel of land—but they were still angry over losing their building, and said no and put in the mosaic in protest.
Stunning West Village 2 Bedroom Duplex

571 Hudson Street, Loft 1A

It's Grilling Season!
The perfect West Village lifestyle? This one-of-a-kind duplex garden apartment at 571 Hudson Street is it. This iconic historic building is situated amongst the most sought after neighborhood in the city – rich with history, outstanding restaurants, flower shops, playgrounds, cafes, and shopping. Wake up in one of two bedrooms, have coffee in your private outdoor oasis, and then head out into one of the most livable neighborhoods in the city.The home invites gracious entertaining and has been lovingly renovated to high standards. This pin drop quiet home, offering indoor/outdoor living with a fireplace, in the most exciting neighborhood in New York City is the epitome of the Village lifestyle.

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