New York Fashion Week
Fashion Week returns this month, filled with luxury designers, style influencers, and shutterbugs lined up for the most extravagant shows of the season. While not all events are open to the public, check out the schedule and buy tickets to the available festivities here.
Brooklyn Museum Salsa Party
Thursday, February 14th 6–9:30p
Martha A. & Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, The season of salsa continues with the Salsa Party hosted by Balmir Latin Dance Studio! Start the evening with a class led by professional dancers at 6 pm, followed by live music, social dancing, and performances by Brooklyn’s very best Latin dance teams.
Brooklyn Museum, Frida Kahlo:
February 8–May 12 Brooklyn Museum
Explore Frida Kahlo's creative vision and self-crafted identity.This rare presentation showcases not only Kahlo's clothing and other personal items from her lifelong home in Mexico City, but also important paintings and drawings by the artist, photographs, film, and documentation, as well as works of Mesoamerican art from our collection. Click here for tickets.
Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater
February 20, 2019
The world-famous Amateur Night at the Apollo returns for its opening night of the season with a new lineup of fresh talent, from dancers and singers to comedians and spoken-word artists. Buy tickets to the iconic event here.
It's January 1st 2019 and after a beautiful night of dinner and celebrating in Manhattan, here I sit with my hair in a top bun covered in dust and smelling like a bottle of bleach. Because I, Tricia Lee, can not give anything my quality attention until I am at peace with my surroundings. What's with the first day of the year cleaning and decluttering? Well, for so many of us we look at today as a fresh start and with that we want things to feel fresh. Studies show that the first step of getting focused and attacking new projects is often working to get your space clean and clutter-free. So if you're not quite sure where to jump in on your new years goals just yet. Let this clean up be your warm up.
Tlee Tip #1, whenever I need to do a deep clean, I take a moment to watch or read about someone else's hoarding habits. I know it's terrible, but it gets me to jump up and whisk trough the painful task of clearing, scrubbing and junking the unwanted. I hoard beauty products, condiments and almost anything paper. Yes, if you're ever in a pinch, I may have an extra ketchup or Stevia packet in my purse. Well it ends today! I've been to the recycle been more times than I can count this morning. Bye-bye Summer '17 magazines, so long shoes that hurt my feet, peace out tupperware tops with no bottoms. Today I am a new woman. And I will tell you why it's worth it, hoarding starts with normal clutter so we are all about 5 take-out containers away from ending up on a reality show. A topic I dove a little deeper into this past month when I participated in an article on Hoarder Homes for Apartment Therapy. But if you're not quite sure if you have clutter or a hoarding problem, check out this article from Health.com. I have no idea why I find hoarding so fascinating but hopefully you will find these tools useful to getting your life, space and time in order. Cheers!
Resolutions aren't just for healthy diets and gym memberships. Organizing your finances may be intimidating, but setting clearly defined goals will help ensure your financial success and support that big move you have planned for 2019.
Get a head start with this checklist!
If you’ve been shacking up with a roommate in their apartment or have only called your parents’ house home, you might be confused on what a co-op actually is. A co-op building is a unique living situation in which buyers purchase stock shares that enable them to occupy a unit within.
If you go the condo route, you’ll own your actual unit, similar to buying a stand-alone house. But when it comes to co-op units, you’re not buying the floors, walls, and space between. You’re buying into the corporation.
The first step in looking to purchase a co-op is to understand whether a co-op is the right fit for your needs. A co-op will require more patience on your end as you are part of a community of shareholders and every decision made by them may affect you directly. Things like making changes in the apartment, like renovating, or subleasing your property will be things the co-op board will determine for you and for some people that is something they are not comfortable with.”
But if you’ve done your research and feel that a co-op is the best choice for you, you’ll be thrilled with the unique benefits this type of housing provides.
The first main benefit of buying a co-op is that they’re more budget friendly compared to condos. You’ll find that on average, a condo can cost over 60% more than a co-op similar in size, layout, and location. You’ll also pay less at closing when buying a co-op.
Plenty of options
Some parts of NYC consist of 75% co-op units and 25% condos when it comes to housing. Therefore, you’ll have a healthy number of options when it comes to finding a co-op, not as many with condos. As the price gets below $300K there are fewer options of condos in New York as you will see in the market searches. Just remember that they go quickly so you’ll have to act fast if you find one you’re interested in.
Co-ops are known for their rigorous vetting processes. But this can be a benefit after you’ve moved in. You’ll find comfort in the fact that your neighbors will also have to agree to the same rules and conditions you did. You’ll enjoy a healthier and happier community.
Buying a co-op does take persistence and patience.
This doesn’t mean it’s impossible and an important note is that the bank underwriting process with a coop, condo or house is extremely similar to the coop board process, it just isn't interviewing or reference letter. Understand that all of documentation is similar in any real estate sale across the board. So if you don't like providing paperwork and proof, purchasing is not for you. But, here’s how to find your dream co-op.
The co-op board package will require a lot of documents, including all of your financial information in the past two years (bank and brokerage statements, tax returns, etc.), reference letters, income verification, multiple documents to sign and more. It also needs to be done right by an experienced professional, otherwise it is likely to be returned to the buyer to revise.
Buying in NYC can be challenging for quite some time but don’t give up yet.
At the end of the day this will be your home for many years and if the apartment is a good fit and the building is one you are comfortable with, focus on the goal of becoming the owner of that property and not on the lengthy tiring process it will take to get there.
If you know a co-op is the best option for you, your efforts will be well worth it. Don’t forget, you’ll want to secure renters insurance before you move into your new space.
From the kids to the co-workers, small but creative gift ideas can go a long way. Creating personalized labels turns any gift into something special. One of my favorites is this S’mores gift bag. The printable bag tag is free on-line or you can simply design your own. Combine one box of graham crackers, candy hearts and a mini chocolate bars. A nicely priced gift for 30 or more. This and so many other amazing ideas can be found on line.
This year I’ve kept my Valentine’s Day short and extra sweet with the help of my favorite apps. I’m using the HobNob app to send invites to the girls for a special Galentine’s Day get together. The app let’s everyone rsvp and send updates in one place. For the special night I’m using the SOOTHE app for at home massage services. If you’re short on time send your sweetheart a bottle of bourbon using the MiniBar app or deliver a mani and pedi using the Glam Squad app. This year treat your loved ones by simply lifting a finger. xxo Tricia Lee
· Deep clean and de-clutter! Everything should be clean and stripped down. Only keep things that you want on hand.
· Neutralize the decor in your space. Buyers cannot see beyond bold colors, outdated decor or clutter so they need to see themselves living there.
· Create empty space, get rid of extra furniture, clear corners and remove extra equipment.
· Minimize shelves, items on all counter, ledges or tables.
· Set out light smell good plug-in, diffusers or candles.
·In the bathrooms, remove plungers and supplies in bathroom. Only a decorative hand soap, hand towel and trash bin should be present.
· Put away all toiletries, personal items and jewelry and ensure all counters are clear.
· Open doors, blinds, drapes and turn on all lights.
· Clean front door and entrance way.
· Leave the home and leave the area.
Preparing to sell your home includes various steps. If you are ready to list your home, contact us to set up a in-home evaluation and listing presentation.
Sign up for the monthly newsletter
She is known as a long time business owner and resident turned real estate agent, but Tricia Lee is
really a marketing genius. If anyone can get the word out and put your property in front of
people and press, it's this pint-sized powerhouse.
- Mr. Stephens, Fort Greene