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Welcome to New York City

Let’s face it, trying to find an apartment in NYC is a nightmare. The process is time consuming, frustrating, and tedious. All the good apartments are taken and all the vacant apartments are overpriced. Needless to say when it’s time to move there’s no avoiding the hell associated with finding an apartment. Recently my roommates and I signed a lease for an apartment in the financial district. After three long weeks we finally found what we were looking for. Let’s just say finding the perfect apartment was anything but easy…

Apartment 1: Privacy? Not here
The first apartment we found was in the West Village. Who wouldn’t want to live in the West Village? Great shopping, restaurants, and a busy nightlife. Vacancies in the West Village are few and far between so when this little gem opened up my roommates and I jumped on it. No surprise, the space was small but small we could live with. Big surprise the only way to get to the bathroom or your bedroom was through someone else’s bedroom… enough said. Bye bye West Village.

Apartment 2: The perfect Apartment, or so I thought
The next apartment I previewed was in the East Village. At first glance it was perfect. White wainscot walls, brand new wood floors, a large (to NYC standards) kitchen, and three bedrooms with enough room for queen size beds and a dresser! I thought it was perfect but my excitement faded quickly. I soon realized there was no living room, just a hallway and bedrooms. Two years in a college dorm room was more than enough.Apartment 3: The dungeon
Apartment number three was in the financial district. The broker who took us to this space revealed that she didn’t have a key. We took our chances and hoped the current tenants would be home as we knocked on their door. No one was. The broker then decided it would be a good idea to visit the same unit on every floor until we found someone who was home. After climbing 6 flights of stairs and knocking on 6 random apartments we still hadn’t seen one. Finally, a friendly neighbor informed us that apartment 612 was vacant. We hiked back up to the sixth floor to find a very dark apartment with only two small windows highlighting a lovely view, a brick wall. The apartment was old, rundown, and not for us. At least we got our workout in for the day with all those stairs.Apartment 4: Live in a luxury apartment or eat?
Apartment four was introduced to us by a charming broker. By charming I mean he is now trying to sue us for a 15%commission on an apartment he never showed us. And we wonder why brokers get a bad rep. Anyway, the apartment had amazing finishes however, it was a large studio. After adding three bedrooms we would be left with just enough room for a couch and after adding a 15% brokers fee we would be left with just enough money for rent. We chose eating over this apartment and moved on.

Apartment 5, 6, 7, 8, 9: No. No. No. No. No.

Apartment 10: Home Sweet Home
After weeks of hunting we finally found the perfect apartment. Luxury building, gym included, roof deck, and no fee. Amazingly we managed to stay in budget and found something that all three of us agreed on. Yes, the bedrooms are small but this is New York, what do you expect?

-Kristy

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6 new Besen Retail exclusives!

Looking for a space in Harlem or Washington Heights? We’ve got you covered….

2655 Frederick Douglass Blvd.- 500 SF asking $2,000/mo.
Will be delivered as a brand new vanilla box. Ideal for fast food, ice cream shop, bakery, and much more!

2657 Frederick Douglass Blvd.- 400 SF asking $2,000/mo.
Your new office awaits.

295 West 150th Street-600 SF asking $2,205/mo.
Previously a pizza store, this space is vented with equipment in place!

2304 Amsterdam Avenue- 500 SF asking $2,000/mo.
Bright open space with great frontage. Perfect location for hair salon, barber shop, convenient store, etc.

2374 Amsterdam Avenue- 1,800 SF asking $3,500/mo.
Your new restaurant starts here. Already vented and perfect for any food use. Directly behind the M101 bus stop.

500 West 178th Street- 200 SF asking $900/mo.
$1 pizza, cigar shop, take out? This small space won’t last long.

For more information or to schedule a showing give me a call at 646-472-8742.

-Kristy

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Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and … will YOU be next to join the NETS?

Brand new team, brand new exclusive, brand new development! 29 Flatbush Avenue is the hottest new spot in retail. Available in the Spring of 2013 is 2,428 SF of retail space. Area attractions include Barclays Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Fulton Street Mall, Atlantic Terminal Mall and, of course, the NETS. Give us a call for more information, this space won’t last long!

-Kristy

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Jazz Up Your Week…

Summers in NYC are full of fun free outdoor entertainment. Every Wednesday evening throughout the summer, Madison Square Park hosts a free concert featuring award-winning performers. This year marks the 10th anniversary for the Mad. Sq. Park Oval Lawn Series. The concerts showcase a broad range of genres, including jazz, Soul/R&B, bluegrass, Americana and folk. Enjoy different performers each week from the parks lushes green lawns or while waiting in line for some Shake Shack.  While you’re there take in the views of the Chrysler, Empire State, and Flatiron buildings and don’t forget to preview the constantly changing art highlighted throughout the park.

Last week Retail Specialist Tessara Shetty stumbled upon James Maddock and Band’s performance. Take a look at her evening and some live footage from the concert. James Maddock and Band

Check out the rest of the Summer 2012 line up. Hope to see you there!

July 11: Nellie McKay
July 18: Jeff “Tain” Watts Quartet
July 25: Regina Carter’s “Reverse Thread”
August 1: An evening with Suzzy and Maggie Roche, Sloan Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche
August 8: Bettye LaVette

-Kristy

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“Where in the World is Evan Silver? No wait…Elliott Dweck!”

New York City has one of the largest and oldest public transportation systems in the World with 34 different subway lines servicing Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.  Throughout the City there are a total of 468 different subway stations stretching over 842 miles.

It’s safe to say that a true New Yorker has traveled on the majority of the lines at least once but not many can say they have ridden on EVERYNYC subway line.

Senior Retail Specialist, Elliott Dweck, has traveled all over New York City; canvassing, showing space, and finding the next best cup of coffee. From Manhattan, to Queens, to the last stop on the 1 train Elliott has seen it all. During his travels, Elliott tracked what subway lines he’s been on. His list was almost complete, except for one train… the Z. The Z train is a one-way rush hour train. It operates from 7:00-8:15am and 4:55-5:45pm five days a week. Unless you live on the Lower East Side, the Z train is a tricky one to catch.

Last week Elliott and I were headed downtown to show one of Besen Retail’s latest exclusives at 95 Orchard Street. We planned on taking our usual route, the 6 to the F. When the 6 passed our stop we decided to get off at Canal and transfer to the J. Out of nowhere, Elliott started running! I followed him right onto the Z train just before the doors closed. After years of living, working, and canvassing in the City, Elliott Dweck has officially taken every train.

How many New York City Subway lines have you been on?

Start making your own list and let us know what trains you still need to catch. I have a long way to go but at least I can say I rode the Z!

-Kristy

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Just in time for summer…

Here’s the latest news at MODA Upgraded Living. It’s happening! It’s the corner! It’s CITYRIB! Mmmm, BBQ! Looking forward to this grand opening!

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Elliott Dweck, art connoisseur and retail leasing superstar!

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Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and … Shopping?

In the spirit of baseball season, I decided to pay Citi Field a visit to watch the Mets take on the Marlins. Being an enormous sports fan, I noticed a lot of things while at the game; the fans, the food, the beer, the homerun apple, the wave, the planes flying by, and the retail. Ok, I’m not sports fan, but going to a baseball game is still a blast even if you end up missing half the game.

It was a last minute decision, but Tuesday morning my boyfriend and I decided to go to that evening’s game. We purchased our tickets from Stub Hub that afternoon. Prices started around $11.00. We opted for $20.00 tickets seating us in the very first row of the promenade section along the third base line, AKA, the first row of the last section. Throughout the game our wallets were emptied on food and beer and beer. When in Rome.While at the game I couldn’t help but notice the overwhelming number of retailers. And not just your typical stadium vendors like hot dogs, burgers, and baseball memorabilia; what really caught my eye was a cell phone store.  Who goes to a baseball game to buy a cell phone? After the $9 beers and $6 hotdogs, buying a cell phone was the furthest thing from my mind. Nevertheless, the store was decently crowded.

Anyway, to my surprise, I watched a lot more of the game than expected. Jose Reyes’s return to Citi Field, after being traded to the Marlins, was more than exciting (at least I thought so). There was a mixed response from the crowd but I was on the cheering side. Things were starting to get stressful but David Wright put the Mets ahead in what was a close game with a 7th inning 2 run blast to take the lead. The bullpen didn’t choke and the Mets won! Of course, none of this mattered to me because I’m a Yankee fan :)

-Kristy

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All in a days work…

527 Amsterdam Avenue is now leased! And the lucky tenant is….http://www.crainsnewyork.com/dcce/20120410/12/real_estate/122/deals_active/2736036

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New to Riverdale…

Besen Retail has a new exclusive and it won’t be vacant for long! 570 West 235th Street is the ideal location for your new store.  Surrounded by some of New York’s most popular retailers, 570’s new tenant is bound to be an instant success. Available is approximately 605 square feet of vacant space with a 350 square foot basement. This charming space has a large glass front illuminating it with natural light. Looking for something bigger? An additional 1,800 square feet can be made available.

At 570 West 235th Street  you can expect heavy residential foot traffic all day long. Join CVS, Starbucks, Subway, HSBC, Bank of America, Key Food and others, in this great neighborhood. What are you waiting for? Give us a call to schedule a showing.

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