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Lutunji"s Palate opens first storefront in Elliot Park

Lutunji’s Palate, a bakery known for its signature peach cobblers and vegan desserts, will open its first brick-and-mortar storefront on Saturday. Founder and CEO Lutunji Abram started selling baked goods after encouragement from a local pastor. Until now, she's sold it largely through farmer's markets and grocery stores. The Business Journal reported on Abram's plans last December. Lutunji’s Palate Bakery and Cafe, located at 1400, Park Ave. S., in Minneapolis, offers a variety of baked….....»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsMay 13th, 2022

$300M redevelopment of Bainbridge site in Cecil County kicks off

The industrial park will compliment the aggressive growth in the once-sleepy corner of Cecil that is poised to accelerate further when a Great Wolf Lodge resort opens in 2023......»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsApr 28th, 2022

As Pier 57"s rooftop park opens, anchor office tenant Google says it"s ahead of its NYC hiring goals

The new rooftop park sits atop a 633,000-square-foot pier that includes 350,000 square feet of commercial office space for Google......»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsApr 18th, 2022

Valley industrial park starts construction; Polestar opens Scottsdale showroom, plus 8 other real estate deals

Here are some of the latest and biggest real estate deals in the Valley, including Oak Street Health Inc. preparing to open its third Arizona clinic, with plans to open six more centers in the state......»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsApr 14th, 2022

Luxury real estate on Thailand"s biggest island is making a post-pandemic rebound, but it has changed in 3 major ways

Before the pandemic, the entry-level real-estate market was dominant in Phuket. Now, the luxury sector is seeing the most demand. Luxury real estate is having a moment on Phuket.Courtesy of Sea Property Group Villa sales in Phuket cratered during the pandemic, with sales dropping by 50%. But luxury real estate on the island is making a rebound as Thailand opens up to international travelers. In an inversion from pre-pandemic days, the middle and top of the market is booming, while entry-level purchases are lagging. In the past decade, Phuket — Thailand's beach-paradise island — has become a breeding grounds for villas. The island sits off the southwestern coast of Thailand and had, before the pandemic, attracted millions of international tourists every year.The island's villa supply has more than quadrupled in the past decade, from roughly 1,000 to 4,000 homes, per real-estate consultancy Knight Frank's 2020 villa report. They've primarily served as holiday homes, but also as reliable investment purchases, with prices on the island on a steady upward trend.On a trip to Phuket in late March, I spent three nights in Cherngtalay, on the west coast of the island. It's been leading the building boom, accounting for more than 70% of the villas built in 2020. The quiet, upscale area is about 30 minutes south of the international airport and 30 minutes north of the madness of party scene Patong Beach. In town, I found Porto de Phuket, a big, open-air mall full of beach-shack eateries and boutiques selling flowing clothing. There was a mix of languages in the air (Thai and English, Russian and French) and a mind-boggling quantity of real-estate shops to be found.Yui Nimpinij, a sales manager at global real-estate consultancy Knight Frank, has been living and working in Phuket for more than seven years. She painted a bleak picture of the pandemic scene. "2020 was flat," Nimpinij said. "It was still not good at the beginning of 2021 because waves of Covid were hitting all over the world."In normal years, Nimpinij said, Knight Frank sells 400 to 500 villas in a year on Phuket. At the peak of the pandemic, sales dropped by 50%.But, in the third and fourth quarters 2021, she said, things started to turn around. Thailand relaxed border measures for international travelers in November, which affected hospitality and real-estate industries alike."We were quite busy with foreign buyers because we opened up the country," Nimpinij said."At the moment what I'm seeing from our client base here is that everyone coming in is very wealthy. They're buying between $2 and $10 million," Witthinrich said.Courtesy of Sea Property GroupRising demand in the upper end of the marketJust down the street from Knight Frank's office is Sea Property Group. Its owner and CEO, Norbert Witthinrich, has been in real-estate sales on the island for 25 years.Phuket was a buyers market until 2020, Witthinrich said. "Now," he went on, "in the luxury sector, it's shifting to a seller's market. You don't need to drop the pricing." That's particularly true in the $2 million-and-up sector. Before the pandemic, the biggest demand Witthinrich saw was in the $100,000 to $500,000 price range."At the moment what I'm seeing from our client base here is that everyone coming in is very wealthy. They're buying between $2 and $10 million," he said. "The smaller markets, $300,000 to $500,000, it's not there anymore."Stuart Reading, the managing director of Banyan Tree Group's property division, described the market on Phuket as an inversion of the pre-pandemic trend."What we're seeing is an inverse of what we saw pre-pandemic, when that affordable entry-level segment was the most dominant," Reading said. "Now it's the midscale and the upscale luxury segments that are doing well."The change comes down to the arrival of a different type of buyer. "They're buying homes as second homes, so they're not as price sensitive," he said. Knight Frank findings show a similar trend: In 2020, the best-selling villas were priced at $600,000 or less, per the company's 2020 market overview. That segment, Nimpinij said, is all but gone. "Buyers are looking for a good deal, a bargain deal — cuts of 30% or and more," she said."The good deals are almost sold out. They're becoming more challenging to find," Nimpinij added.More interest from Hong Kong buyersAgainst the backdrop of ongoing political unrest and stringent Covid lockdowns in Hong Kong, the city-state is seeing an exodus of residents and expats alike. Some of that has been to Phuket's gain.Nimpinij said she's fielded multiple requests from Hong Kong buyers, at least one of whom has bought a Phuket house sight unseen. Witthinrich pointed to a rise in demand from Hong Kong expats and Hong Kong Chinesse, the latter of which is a new market for Phuket. "You can see clearly a crest of demand for upmarket, sea-view properties," he added."I think it's a combination of worries — 'my money is sitting in a bank with low interest rates, what's going on with the stock market and currencies,'" Witthinrich said of the mindset that may be driving Hong Kongers to buy Phuket real estate right now. "Phuket is known in Hong Kong, and it's easy to go, normally.""Hong Kong has always been a very good market for us," Reading said of Banyan Tree, adding that he expects to see the trend continue: "With what's happening in Hong Kong now and the influence of China, we're going to see a lot of people looking to make a flight to safety out of Hong Kong."As for Russian buyers, whose spending power has been greatly diminished by the waves of sanctions their country is facing over the war in Ukraine, Witthinrich said the segment is non-existent right now: "We don't have Russian buyers, because the money doesn't come."Inbound interest is also coming from Europe, particularly from Europeans who have business connections to Southeast Asia, both Nimpinij and Witthinrich said. Part of this interest may well be from professionals who are finding themselves untethered from desks and able to capitalize on one of the Thai government's two visa programs for foreigners, the Thai Elite Visa and the Digital Nomad Visa.The change comes down to the arrival of a different type of buyer. "They're buying homes as second homes, so they're not as price sensitive," Reading said.Courtesy of Sea Property GroupShift to lifestyle purchasesIslands from Hawaii to Spain's Canary Islands are seeing a pandemic-exacerbated shift as short-term visitors stay longer and some visitors become full-time residents, The New York Times reported recently.Phuket is no exception. Both Nimpinij and Witthinrich both said there's been a shift out of holiday homes and into lifestyle homes, specifically those that attract families."When I moved here it was all holiday homes," said Nimpinij. Now, seven or eight years later, more families are making their way onto the island. She said Phuket is catering to this very demographic's lifestyle with a series of builds that include Blue Tree, a big aqua park, and Porto de Phuket, the very shopping mall I was describing earlier."There are two sections," Witthinrich said of demand right now. "There's one group of clients who are looking for their dream holiday home, a sea-view purchase.""But particularly for Hong Kong families, they are looking for a home. They're looking for a place to stay," he continued, adding that the demand is for multi-bedroom properties that are suitable for longer periods of time. "They are asking for schools."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytApr 11th, 2022

Katie Rickles Photography opens storefront in historic Calera

A photographer who specializes in capturing milestone moments has opened a photography studio......»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsMar 29th, 2022

A Beverly Hills estate that has been on and off the market for 20 years and was previously owned by a Russian businessman is listed for $26 million — take a look

The Loma Vista Estate spans two acres in prime Beverly Hills. It has seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, and a detached guest house. The fountain feature in front of the house.Courtesy of One Shoot Production. A mansion once owned by Russian businessman Gennady Moshkovich is for sale for $26 million. The home, known as the Loma Vista Estate, sits in prime Beverly Hills. The entire lot spans nearly two acres and has a guest house in addition to the main residence. A Beverly Hills mansion formerly owned by a Russian businessman is on the market for $26 million.A bird's eye view of the entire Loma Vista Estate.Courtesy of One Shoot ProductionThe mansion was formerly owned by Russian businessman Gennady Moshkovich, head of Moschanko Investment Group — the company behind a $4 billion theme park being built just outside of Moscow. Moshkovich bought the house in 1998, the New York Post reported.Moshkovich had previously tried to sell the place in 2020 as part of a reorganization plan for his bankruptcy case, per Bloomberg.The listing has been on and off the market since 2001, with a listing-price high of $28.8 million in late 2017, property records show. The estate, now listed for $25.99 million, hit the market in February, the Real Deal first reported.Adi Perez with The Agency has the listing.Perez told Insider that Moshkovich no longer retains ownership of the house as of July 2021, and that the current owner is a local businessman who declined to be named.Situated behind large gates, the one-story estate was built in 1974 and sits near the historic Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.Exterior shot of the mansion.Courtesy of One Shoot ProductionIn addition to the main residence, the property comes with a detached guest house.Source: The AgencyThe two-acre estate has seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, and six fireplaces. The house has high ceilings and floors made of stone and wood.The living room.Courtesy of One Shoot ProductionSource: The Agency and Realtor.comA 10-seater table in the dining room offers plenty of space to host guests.The lavish dining room with a 10-seater table.Courtesy of One Shoot ProductionSource: The Agency and Realtor.comThe gourmet kitchen is replete with a kitchen island.The kitchen.Courtesy of One Shoot ProductionSource: The Agency and Realtor.comThe garden can be easily accessed through the full-length glass doors in at least one of the bedrooms.One of the seven bedrooms in the mansion.Courtesy of One Shoot ProductionSource: The Agency and Realtor.comOne of the bathrooms is outfitted with a bathtub, shower, and a double vanity.The luxurious bathroom.Courtesy of One Shoot ProductionSource: Realtor.comOut back, the house opens up to stone pool and hot tub with fountain features.The outdoor stone pool and spa.Courtesy of One Shoot ProductionThe detached guest house has three beds and two bathrooms, as well as its own kitchen, dining, and living area.Source: The AgencyAmong the estate's amenities is a sauna, a gym, and a wine cellar. It also has a three-car garage and 10 open parking spaces.Interior shot of the sauna.Courtesy of One Shoot ProductionSource: The AgencyThe 11,000-square-foot estate features a private basketball court on the grounds as well.The basketball court.Courtesy of One Shoot ProductionSource: The AgencyRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMar 17th, 2022

I"m a private tour guide at Disney World and Universal Studios. The job can be great, but some clients make it miserable.

"It's pure hell on New Year's Eve," says Dave Dixon. "No money in the world is worth all of that stress." Dave Dixon.Dave Dixon Dave Dixon offers private tours of Disney and Universal Theme Parks in Orlando, Florida. Since 2009, he's led around 150 private tours a year to help families make the most of their trips. Here's what his job is like, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers. See more stories on Insider's business page. I was born 11 days before Disney World opened its doors in 1971, so I like to think I was born to do this. Growing up, I was a card-carrying member of the Mickey Mouse Club and at 21, I officially became a cast member at Disney World Orlando. I worked everything from parade audience control to attractions at The Magic Kingdom.Despite leaving in 1994 to pursue a career in IT, I'd often accompany family and friends to the park and use my know-how to avoid lines.  In 2009 after giving countless tours for free over the years, I launched Magical ToursMagic Kingdom Fast Passes.Dave Dixon.Armed with insider experience, I helped families avoid long waits, maximize the use of FastPass service, and free up time for more rides. By 2010, demand was so high, I started working full-time and trained my wife and brother to help out too. During the busy season, there are days when we're all in the parks running separate tours for families. Until the pandemic, the key to navigating The Magic Kingdom was through the FastPass system, which allowed guests to reserve a time to access a popular ride. Once I mapped out a family's route, I would race around the park with their magic bands securing fast passes while they were on rides. When Disney World reopened they suspended fast passes. As a result, I've lost the bulk of my tour business since the Magic Kingdom was my most requested property.  Before the pandemic, I did 100 to 150 tours a year, charging $500 to $1,000 a day depending on group size, $1,500 for holidays, and $2,000 for the busiest day of the year — New Year's Eve. Our full-day tours typically run between eight to nine hours, beginning the moment the park opens. Some folks do get tired halfway through and decide to call it quits early. Disney may be called 'the happiest place on earth' but it's pure hell on New Year's EveThe crowd at the Magic Kingdom.Dave DixonThe crowds and meltdowns have become so extreme, I stopped offering tours that day. No money in the world is worth all of that stress.Some people think I just get paid to go on rides all day and that's the furthest thing from the truth. In fact, it can be downright stressful. Families are spending $20,000 to $30,000 on a trip and it's my responsibility to ensure they have the best time possible. We have to be aware of the lines, closures, and disruptions, but also keep it to ourselves and work behind the scenes to make sure everything goes smoothly.During the busy season, my wife, a 911 dispatcher, will help out sometimes and she says it can be more stressful than her job, and she's talking people off ledges.If there's one thing I've carried with me from my Disney training, it's 'never say no to a guest.' I've got a choice — do I want to be a problem solver or a vacation wrecker? I might have to say 'let's see what we can do,' but that's different than a flat out no. My job can be a lot of fun but I also see the not-so-nice side of peopleDixon's wife Serena at Universal Studios Florida.Dave DixonOnce I was two minutes late to meet a group because the monorail broke down and the client called me screaming, even though the park wasn't even open yet. Then in the middle of our tour, she fired her nanny and the poor girl had to remain with us for the duration of the tour. Another time I had a single dad with his baby and 3-year-old toddler. The man would take his older child on the rides and leave me holding his baby. By the third ride someone called security because they thought I was attempting to kidnap the baby because he wouldn't stop crying. After that, the dad realized it was time to go home. Then there was the tour where I had a celebrity and his family. Halfway through the tour, the wife went back to the hotel with the nanny and the baby. Upon returning, the park was at maximum capacity so security turned the wife away. The guy went berserk and threw a tantrum but there was nothing we could do. In the end, I had to take the two remaining kids on all the rides because their father was too busy screaming over the phone about how he didn't want to be there. These days, I still offer tours at Universal Orlando Resort Theme Parks since they never operated on Fast Passes and to make up for lost revenue, I recently launched a business creating websites. This past fall, DisneyWorld and I both celebrated our 50th birthdays and I can honestly say, we've been through a lot together.This article originally published July 2021.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 4th, 2022

Meet a 39-year-old "crypto guy" who"s lived in an RV for the past 10 months instead of buying a house and who says it"s one of the only ways to be middle class in America

Nick Vivion, who works in crypto, bought an $80,000 RV with cash and a crypto loan: "It's actually bigger than my first apartment in New York." Nick Vivion (not pictured) has opted to RV full-time instead of buying a house.Elisa Parhad Nick Vivion, 39, bought an RV in February when he couldn't afford an overpriced house, he said. He said that becoming a nomad living in an RV was one of the only ways to be middle class in the US. While it's more affordable, there are trade-offs like unexpected expenses — and loneliness, he said. What does a millennial do when they can't afford a house? Buy an RV, of course.That's what Nick Vivion, 39, did in February. The crypto/blockchain PR director hoped to buy the $350,000 house in Palm Springs, California, that he'd been renting for the past three years. But the landlord wanted $100,000 more for it than he had the year before, eventually listing it for $600,000."It was such an enormous jump, and it just started to seem impractical in a lot of ways to buy a house in a lot of places," Vivion told Insider. "That madness made me realize that rents were also going to spike: boomers downsizing, renters returning, and professionals working remote."So he decided to try out the RV life in hopes of reducing his expenses and having more flexibility. He and his boyfriend purchased a fifth-wheel RV that attaches to the back of a truck for about $80,000 with cash and a crypto loan; Vivion called himself "kind of a crypto guy." They also had to buy a truck, which cost nearly as much as the RV, at $65,000, he said.He called the RV his "condo on wheels" because it's 420 square feet and has a living room that doubles as an office, a kitchen and dining area, and a bedroom. "It feels like a house, just a small apartment," he said. "It's actually bigger than my first apartment in New York."The new middle classAs Parag Khanna, a globalization expert, wrote in his new book, "Move: The Forces Uprooting Us," trailer homes like RVs have become "the ultimate symbol of the new American mobility." He argues that this physical mobility opens up paths to economic and social mobility.Khanna told Insider that this type of small home had become bigger than ever during the pandemic, enabling owners to live a more nomadic lifestyle and presenting a more affordable solution to aspiring homeowners. The youth, he said, are leading the way."Their instinct is: I'm not going to be stuck in place. I'm not going to take on more debt. I don't need to own that home," Khanna said.That was the case for Vivion, who said he believes that being nomadic and living in an RV is one of the only ways to be middle class in America today. "It's the last place you can live that's relatively affordable and where you get decent amenities for your money," he said.He added that many of the RVers he and his partner had met are people working in trades, such as traveling nurses, teachers, or AC repairmen, who can't afford to buy homes but can afford to own RVs. "It's an increasing reality as the middle class gets further compressed financially and wealth concentrates at the top," he said.If you're not overpaying for a house, he said, you can save more for retirement and have more financial control.A lifestyle of trade-offsIn the past 10 months, Vivion has made his way through Southern California, Texas, Chicago, and upstate New York. He's now in Miami.He said the best part of a mobile lifestyle is the ability to be in nature and the freedom it affords. "I like the fact that you can just bring all your life with you," he said.But RV life isn't all that different from owning a house sometimes. Just like any homeowner, Vivion has faced unexpected expenses — like paying $7,000 to repair an engine issue, plus additional costs for a hotel while the engine was being fixed."Some of those costs might have been had in normal life, but you're also towing a big thing, lots of stuff breaks down," he said. "Because there's so much moving stuff, it's going to cost money."There are also logistical headaches, like being unable to park an RV anywhere you want, which he said could add a layer of stress if you were stranded on the interstate and trying to figure out how to get the truck fixed and where to stay in the meantime."You have to adapt and be very resilient in that way," he said. "The inconsistencies of it can be draining."He added that RV life could also be lonely and that he craved a recharge in a city sometimes. "You're kind of cutting out a lot of what people want," he said. "They want to live in a city, with the culture, the kinetic energy, the feeling of people and diversity and potential. But now we have careers everywhere, so it's also like that big push to be in a city is gone."Vivion and his partner plan to continue living in the RV for two years. He said that while part of them desired to stay in one place, they'd learned so much about life on the road that they didn't want to "just walk away.""I don't know how I'm going to go back to paying someone else that money," he said. "There is this inherent freedom to it that is very nice and comforting – knowing that no matter what I have a place to stay, as long as I can find a place to put it, there's a freedom there."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 19th, 2021

2nd & Charles opens Florida storefront

The new location is the company's 41st location in the U.S......»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsDec 6th, 2021

TF Cornerstone officially opens Hunters Point South towers

TF Cornerstone help a ribbon cutting to mark the completion of its two new apartment towers at Hunters Point South in Long Island City. The event was held in the new park between the two finished buildings at 5241 & 5203 Center Blvd, which are made up of 1,194 new... The post TF Cornerstone officially opens Hunters Point South towers appeared first on Real Estate Weekly. TF Cornerstone help a ribbon cutting to mark the completion of its two new apartment towers at Hunters Point South in Long Island City. The event was held in the new park between the two finished buildings at 5241 & 5203 Center Blvd, which are made up of 1,194 new residential units, including 719 permanently affordable homes. Part of the master-planned, mixed-use and mixed-income community, park, school, and playground, situated along the East River, the ribbon cutting also marked the launch of leasing for 266 market-rate apartments at 5203 Center Blvd. “This ribbon cutting signifies the latest milestone in TF Cornerstone’s prolonged investment in the Long Island City waterfront. It’s an honor to be a part of the neighborhood’s continued expansion and rejuvenation,” said Zoe Elghanayan, Principal and Senior Vice President at TF Cornerstone. Sixty percent of the 1,194 new apartments are permanently affordable to low, moderate, and middle-income residents, with 100 apartments set aside for low-income seniors and half of the 719 affordable units set aside for the local community within Queens Community Board 2. Designed by international architects ODA, with SLCE as the architect of record, the twin buildings at 5203 and 5241 Center Blvd share over 8,900 s/f of street-front retail space, where tenants are already moving in, and a 150-car parking garage. The developments are anchored by a brand new 22,000 s/f park designed by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (MNLA). 5203 and 5241 Center Blvd Hunter’s Point South Park is part of the Hunter’s Point South master planned mixed-use development and provides public access to the Queens coastline. The 11-acre park stretches along the East River south of Gantry Plaza State Park and sits right outside 5241 Center Blvd and 5203 Center Blvd. It includes pedestrian bridges and bike pathways, a kayak launch, exercise and picnic terraces, an observation platform with views of the Manhattan skyline and East River, new playgrounds, dog runs, volleyball and basketball courts, the Queens Public Library at Hunter’s Point and a growing collection of public art installations. The project also includes an office for Selfhelp Community Services, a health and human service organization. Selfhelp will provide on-site services for older adults living in the 100 units specifically set aside for senior households at 5203 Center Blvd. 5241 Center Blvd will also host a 7,700 s/f community center, which will be occupied by Sunnyside Community Services. The Queens-based nonprofit organization will provide residents across both towers with comprehensive social services and programming. The New York City Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is working with the School Construction Authority to build a 572-seat K-8 school, which will include a large at-grade playground. The school will be located just east of TF Cornerstone’s development. At the ribbon cutting to celebrate the newest phase at the development site of Hunter’s Point South, Elghanyan was joined by Deputy Mayor Vicki Been, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, HPD, HDC, Sunnyside Community Services and Selfhelp. “Access to safe, high quality affordable housing is critical to New York City’s Recovery,” said Been. “These developments provide 1,194 units of housing across two towers, 60% of which are permanently affordable, including 100 units for our seniors. This project includes a significant investment in revitalizing Long Island City’s waterfront with a park, accessible open space, and a dedicated community facility. Thank you to all of those who worked together to help make this neighborhood even more wonderful.” The post TF Cornerstone officially opens Hunters Point South towers appeared first on Real Estate Weekly......»»

Category: realestateSource: realestateweeklyDec 3rd, 2021

Batteries Plus opens storefront along Bessemer Super Highway

A national electronics chain has opened a new location in metro Birmingham......»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsNov 23rd, 2021

Millennials are making mobile homes a new symbol of the American Dream

Author Parag Khanna says trailer homes are a "symbol of the new American mobility." It's also typical millennial lemonade made out of economic lemons. Younger generations are finding new ways to propel economic mobility.Evgeny Vasenev/Aurora Photos/Getty Images Trailer parks, tiny houses, and RV sites are booming in Austin, Bloomberg reported. The pandemic has accelerated a shift to living in mobile homes, a globalization expert told Insider. Younger generations are leading the way, he said, and it's opening up paths to economic and social mobility. Fifteen miles east of downtown Austin, Texas, a community known as Oak Ranch is growing.But it's not an Austin suburb. It's a trailer park, and the incoming residents fueling its growth happen to be Tesla workers. So reported Bloomberg's Michael Smith and Shelly Hagan in an article detailing Elon Musk's influence in the Austin housing market. The city has been a magnet for Americans seeking more space, fewer taxes, and warmer weather during the pandemic, with a particularly strong pull towards those in Silicon Valley. The Tesla CEO is no exception, as he famously decamped from California to Texas during the pandemic.But when the world's richest man moves to town to build a new Tesla Gigafactory, it's no surprise that an affordability crisis follows. Tesla promised 5,000 to 10,000 "middle-skill" jobs paying a little under $50,000 a year at its factory, but that doesn't go far in a city where the median house listed is $525,000. Austinites are making lemonade with the latest economic lemons they've been given, by turning to trailer parks like Oak Ranch, tiny houses, and RVs.As globalization expert Parag Khanna wrote in his new book, "Move: The Forces Uprooting Us," the trailer home "is the ultimate symbol of the new American mobility." He told Insider that this type of small home is bigger than ever during the pandemic, and it's thanks to younger generations.The trailer home is becoming coolKhanna's book explores how the youth are shaping the future with a mobile lifestyle. The trailer home is a key part of that, he wrote, emerging as a "trendy, cost-effective, and sustainable alternative to traditional homeownership."To be clear, a trailer home is typically used to refer to a prefabricated house, such as a mobile or manufactured home. There are differences between all of these, and they are not the same as a tiny house or a camper van, both of which fall more into the RV category.All of these alternative lifestyles have something in common that Khanna is referring to: they enable owners to live a more nomadic lifestyle and present a more affordable solution to aspiring homeowners in a time when housing prices are sky high.That's exactly what many millennials were seeking in the 2010s, causing mobile and minimalist living like the tiny house movement and #vanlife to to take off. Now facing their generation's second housing crisis, and freed from the office in an era of remote work, they've been even more inclined to turn to a life on wheels since the pandemic began. Millennials in Austin are one cohort exemplifying this trend, real estate broker Matt Menard told Bloomberg."Their instinct is, 'I'm not going to be stuck in place. I'm not going to take on more debt. I don't need to own that home,'" Khanna said.Since the pandemic began, makers of camper vans, RVs, and travel trailers have been updating on existing builds or creating new floor plans to accommodate the growing market. Tiny house builders saw sales fly last year, and the number of Americans who would consider living in one increased from 53% in 2018 to 56% in 2020, according to two separate studies. Khanna argues that the increase in trailer living is a good thing because physical mobility opens up paths to economic and social mobility. He said it's even creating a new version of the American Dream. The new version of the "picket fence," he said, is having a tiny home that's mobile enough to give you a view of Boise, one week, and Tahoe the next. "When people move, their circumstances improve," he told Insider, likening it to a mouse in the wheel who stays inside their cage to run faster. The solution, he said, is to move to a different cage.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 18th, 2021

"Three acres of joy and happiness": A newly renovated Rash Field opens to the public

City and state officials unveiled a $17 million redo of the park Friday morning......»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsNov 5th, 2021

City’s first eye doctor for pets opens new Midtown clinic

A new, state-of-the art Veterinary Eye Center of Manhattan (VEC) specialty hospital has opened in Manhattan’s Midtown West neighborhood. The new facility is New York City’s first veterinary ophthalmology center and provides specialty ophthalmology care and surgery for small animals. McAlpine Contracting served as the general contractor for the complete... The post City’s first eye doctor for pets opens new Midtown clinic appeared first on Real Estate Weekly. A new, state-of-the art Veterinary Eye Center of Manhattan (VEC) specialty hospital has opened in Manhattan’s Midtown West neighborhood. The new facility is New York City’s first veterinary ophthalmology center and provides specialty ophthalmology care and surgery for small animals. McAlpine Contracting served as the general contractor for the complete renovation and interior fit-out of the 2,500 s/f street-level clinic at 357 West 52nd Street. According to McAlpine’s Executive Vice President John F. Nolan, “The new clinic features elegant finishes, specialized medical systems and equipment, and healthcare-type interior materials in treatment and examination areas. To prepare the clinic for the opening, the construction team has renovated the 1,600 s/f ground floor and 840 s/f partial basement of a four-story residential building. A glass storefront spans the entire street-facing width of the space, and a glass entrance vestibule leads to the 300-square foot reception area.” Nightingale Veterinary Partners manages business operations of the new clinic. Crown Architecture and Consulting of Manhattan designed the project. Red Bear Tech Services, a veterinary clinic operations consultant, developed the procedure room layouts and specified treatment and support equipment. The project team also included mechanical engineer Yorkos Engineering and structural engineer Serman Engineering. The post City’s first eye doctor for pets opens new Midtown clinic appeared first on Real Estate Weekly......»»

Category: realestateSource: realestateweeklyOct 29th, 2021

At Walnut Hills ceramics studio, community is fired into each piece

Almost 20 years ago, Susannah Tisue took off for New York City to study art, her lifelong passion.  The latest phase of that adventure starts Oct. 29 when SKT Ceramics opens its storefront shop and gallery in the renovated Century Theater building near Peebles Corner in Walnut Hills. It is the newest addition to the Gilbert Avenue arts corridor that begins near Eden Park with the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Art Climb and the Cincinnati Ballet’s Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance, and….....»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsOct 29th, 2021

Accessing “Whole” – People Is the Path to Sustained Innovation and Growth

Putting the human back in human resources turns work from a transactional exchange into a transformational connection. Creating authentic connections opens the door to advancing productivity and building a culture of innovation to sustain growth in and out of crisis. Q3 2021 hedge fund letters, conferences and more In the dogged pursuit of emergent technology, […] Putting the human back in human resources turns work from a transactional exchange into a transformational connection. 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Save it to your desktop, read it on your tablet, or email to your colleagues. (function($) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]='EMAIL';ftypes[0]='email';}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true); Q3 2021 hedge fund letters, conferences and more In the dogged pursuit of emergent technology, we can often overlook the most critical factor in organizational success: People. In the quest for talent, businesses become focused on human resources for knowledge, skills, and ability. We seek out the relevant experiences but see people as simply the storage bins for talent. However, people aren’t solely made up of experience relevant to their jobs. People are made up of whole life experience that impacts every corner of their being including their work. If they are having a negative experience at home, at work or otherwise, guess what? It is going to manifest in their work performance. It will have an impact on business. Business tends to covet all resources a human can offer but with less of the human vulnerabilities. There Is No Work/Life Balance For years society has chased after “work/life balance,” but the reality is there is no separation between work and life. I prefer to speak in terms of work/life integration precisely because work is part of life and life is part of work. More than connected, they are integrated. The human experience cannot be successfully segmented. Mental, Physical, Social, Financial, it all matters. It all impacts life therefore it all impacts work. We saw this play out with the overnight shift to remote and hybrid work. People’s personal lives were on display as work and home fused into a single location. Now, as a CEO my control over what goes on in the personal lives of my employees is almost non-existent. Sure, I can care; I can be empathetic to their experiences, but without overstepping my bounds I simply don’t have a direct role in their personal lives. The greatest influence business executives can make stems from how they lead their companies. As a CEO, I am charged with providing stability in periods of upheaval whether they derive from internal or external sources. Let’s look back to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Seemingly overnight, at least 220 million people worldwide lost full-time job alone (Source: COVID-19 and the world of work, International Labor Organization, 2021). The receding tide of widespread financial insecurity deflated our collective spirit. A SHRM poll found nearly six in ten Americans felt increased symptoms of depression. As leaders, we must understand how life impacts work performance and ultimately organizational productivity. Recognizing how these twists, trials and traumas manifest in the workplace can help us formulate a response and, if necessary, adjust our strategies. And because it impacts the balance sheet, it should definitely matter to the CEO, the CFO, the COO. Many executives I speak with claim they have little, to no interest in the lives of their employees. They assume leadership plus strategy plus talent somehow equals performance. But when we bury our heads in the sand, we shouldn’t be shocked when these issues land on our doorstep and performance suffers. As COVID-19 has made us painfully aware, business leaders need a broader radar to detect crisis whether they stem from internal or external sources. To be truly effective, leaders’ must be cognizant of what their workers are experiencing—that’s simply doing your job. For years we’ve been telling people to bring their whole selves to work, only to balk when parents need to take leave to care for an ill child. It’s time to walk the walk. As a CEO, executive, leader or people manager your sphere of influence extends further than you know. Finding Humanity In A Global Pandemic We all had a front row seat to see how intertwined home and work life truly is. Leaders had no choice but to be keenly aware of what workers experience and how it impacts their work. As we look to reset our workplaces, we must take into account workers entire lives. Their lives aren’t going always be on screens for all to see. It will take an intentional effort to stay plugged into what they are going through. Their humanity, and their whole self, is too often neglected as their coveted talent is methodically mined. When times are good, we can skate by with these tendencies. But when people and organizations face strife, neglect of people’s whole selves can quickly devolve into workplace troubles. As a CEO I’m not omniscient or omnipresent. As much as I might want to, I alone cannot sustain a connection with hundreds of employees. Managers reach more people in an organization on a daily basis. That is precisely why I emphasis the moniker, “People Managers.” They are critical to transmitting organizational culture, mission, values, and objectives. The C-Suite plays a large role in determining our organization values and establishing our culture. When you want to engage the bulk of your workers business executives can do so through People Managers, but you need good ones. I say it all the time. People don’t quit companies, they quit their managers. It is not uncommon to hear: “great company, but I couldn’t stand working for Bob.” So, the great work you’re doing in the C-Suite won’t register, if you have poor People Managers not executing that vision on the front line. In a 2019 SHRM report on toxic workplace culture, we discovered that 58 percent of employees who quit their jobs due to workplace culture blamed their People Managers. Their ability to clearly communicate the culture, build positive workplaces by listening, and implement accountability by setting expectations is vital to your success. People Managers are the ones best positioned to cultivate the awareness of the workforce. They are better suited to keep a pulse on how workers are doing on an individual level and check for signs of distress and disfunction that could hinder their work performance. But organizations must prioritize and invest in developing great People Managers. Investment in People Managers is multiplied in the workforce. However, the greatest tool in their toolbox is empathy. Empathy is vital because it opens up a space for employees to be their entire selves. When that happens, we can better gauge and respond to issues that would otherwise be invisible. Empathy builds the trust and credibility required to better understand people and engage them in the work. Truly listening to workers yields insight on how to best manage workers and adapt work to produce at a higher level. Empowering the right people is critical for growth and innovation. Technology Is A Tool; Innovation Is The Process; Innovators Are The Source Going back to people. It’s really people who drive business. Innovators are the ones that discover the breakthroughs that evolve business. Your best ideas come from creative minds with unique viewpoints. Survival in the pandemic meant birthing new ideas to meet challenges daily. Maintain an understanding of who and where your best ideas come from. Invest in those sources regularly. Those people who felt empowered to take risks in order to accomplish something new are your change agents. They imbue your organization with the agility and flexibility to meet tomorrow’s challenges. They are the one’s more likely to ask for forgiveness over permission. It’s the innovators who are inspired by future opportunity, not blinded by past success. Breakthroughs are fueled by people being curious enough to ask the questions that make others feel uncomfortable. Facing the uncomfortable requires being open to new concepts and trusting that there is a new solution around the corner. Innovators trust there is a way forward even when they can’t yet see it. Fostering new ideas requires a willingness to test a concept and be wrong, so we can learn something new and build it into the next iteration to test again. Innovators value the process of creation and thinking beyond convention. To commit to ideation, we must be willing to set time and money aside away from operations to “play,” to tinker. Again, it requires being ok with risk and possible failure. Embrace failure. Autopsy your failures to find out what went wrong. Those lessons shed light on the way forward. Conversely, the fear of failure can paralyze action and limit success. Past success can also blind you to future opportunity. That is part of the vulnerability of the status quo where hyper focus on day-to-day operations and crises can have a chilling effect on innovation. Fat And Happy When I worked for Blockbuster, we found that our revenues grew in relation to the number of stores we opened. We made our mission to be everywhere. For us that meant putting a brick and mortar storefront in every corner of the global. And nobody was going to beat us at that game. Meanwhile, Netflix took that premise, stepped back and reimagined what “being everywhere” could mean. As movies became digital, Netflix saw the next delivery mechanism for movies. First, it was mailing DVDs on request, then morphed into streaming subscriptions. Subsequently, Blockbuster became obsolete almost overnight. Focusing on their past definition of success robbed them of the time and energy needed to envision future potential. Are you investing in your innovators? Are you regularly reimaging your execution? Are you evaluating emerging technologies to understand their potential to transform your operations? Do you have a start-up mentality embedded in your business? There are no shortages of organizations that talk innovation. They point to R&D as their evidence. But innovation doesn’t just take place in R&D. From service to manufacturing to finance and marketing, innovation can be cultivated in every aspect of an organization. But it requires a willingness to identify, recruit, develop and advance creative talent. But oftentimes, those creative people defy convention. They can and often do have vastly different outlooks on life. And that’s what we want. People who challenge convention. They often bring attitudes, behaviors and even an appearance that is outside of our expectations and workplace norms. We rely on them not to fit in, but to stretch the workplace culture. Their idiosyncrasies are part of the whole package. As I said earlier, organizations tend to want that creative talent sans the messiness of humanity. If we are truly intentional about embedding innovation within our Culture, we have to embrace “whole people.” This means employing empathy. This means being accepting of some of the eccentricity that innovators bring. If you want an Elon Musk you’ve got to be willing to embrace his quirkiness. I would argue it could be worth it. You want people who have the ability to focus on an objective without being locked in on a particular route. People who are willing to uncover better ways to getting the work done. People who look at our collection of assets and MacGyver them into something new. The emergence of e-books should have been fatal to Amazon Books who had built a revolutionary system for inventory and distribution of physical books. They saw value in that efficient operation and reapplied their product fulfillment strategy to selling just about anything. That doesn’t happen unless you have a culture infused with a flexible mindset that can adapt to shifting paradigms. It doesn’t happen without the visionaries who have license to reinvent the wheel. Article By Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and author of Reset: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval About the Author: Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. With over 300,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM is the largest HR professional association in the world, impacting the lives of 115 million workers every day. As a global leader on the future of employment, culture and leadership, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues and authors the weekly USA Today column, "Ask HR." Mr. Taylor's career spans over 20 years as a lawyer, human resources executive and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. He has held senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom's Paramount Pictures, Blockbuster Entertainment Group, the McGuireWoods law firm, and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. He was appointed chairman of the President's Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and served as a member of the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board during the Trump Administration. He is a Trustee of the University of Miami, Governor of the American Red Cross, and member of the corporate boards of Guild Education, iCIMS, and XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO).. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C. All author proceeds will benefit the SHRM Foundation, which is committed to empowering HR as a social force for change. To learn more, please visit reset.shrm.org. 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Category: blogSource: valuewalkOct 14th, 2021

Twitch Hack Reveals How Much Its Top Game Streamers Make

The leak offers a glimpse into the wealth generated in the gaming sub-industry An anonymous hacker attacked Amazon.com’s video game streaming platform Twitch and earlier today leaked a trove of critical data including Twitch’s source code and a spreadsheet detailing earnings for the platform’s top gamers. Leaks on the social media platform 4Chan, popular among conspiracy theorists and gamers, claim to include the entirety of the platform’s Twitch.tv streaming history and an Amazon Game Studios product, still under development, designed to challenge Valve’s dominant Steam storefront. Bloomberg has reported previously on Amazon’s plans for a digital game store. The leak also offers a glimpse into the wealth generated in the gaming sub-industry. A document listing Twitch’s top earners shows gross earnings since 2019 reached $9.6 million for the platform’s top account, “CriticalRole.” The account, a set of voice actors, according to their Twitch page, generated an average of $370,000 a year, according to the document. The list points to 13 accounts that have made more than $108,000 a year and at least 80 who’ve collected more than $1 million since 2019. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Twitch confirmed the breach and said it would provide updates when it has more information. The hacker said the purpose of the leak was to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space,” which he described as a “disgusting toxic cesspool,” according to the 4Chan post reviewed by Bloomberg News. Users on the thread applauded the hack for exposing the pay of top earners, who were accused of attempting to keep their profits secret. The leak even spawned a site — TwitchEarnings.com — that promises to let users sift through the stolen payments data or search for many of the thousands of Twitch handles by name. “Anytime source code gets leaked it’s not good and potentially disastrous,” said Ekram Ahmed, a spokesperson at Check Point Software Technologies, a cybersecurity firm. “It opens a gigantic door for evildoers to find cracks in the system, lace malware and potentially steal sensitive information. I strongly recommend all Twitch users to exercise caution in the near-term ahead as cyber attacks are on the rise.” Twitch earned its share of scrutiny in September over the platform’s mishandling of so-called hate raids. These occur attackers or bots bombard an active livestream with messages in the victim’s chat box, typically homophobic, racist or sexist content. Users boycotted the platform on Sept. 1 for Twitch’s lack of response to these hate raids. Seattle-based Amazon acquired Twitch in 2014. Since then, it has tried to combine it with other Prime services, like Amazon Music and Prime Gaming, once called Twitch Prime. Twitch is the leading broadcaster of video gameplay, a livestreaming platform that attracts millions of viewers. The company offers streamers a share of advertising revenue, and occasionally finds itself in bidding wars with rivals like Google’s YouTube for the exclusive services of closely watched streamers. “With 15 million daily users, Twitch holds significant amounts of data, much of which contains personal information about its customers,” said Danny Lopez, chief executive officer of Glasswall Solutions, a cybersecurity firm, in a statement. “It is essential that a proactive approach is taken to cybersecurity in order to protect such information. Once hackers have access to systems, there is little else that can be done.” (Updates with details of hack in second paragraph) –With assistance from Augusta Saraiva......»»

Category: topSource: timeOct 7th, 2021

Nike opens small format store in Williamsburg

Nike has opened its third Live store in New York City, this time bringing its small-format concept to Brooklyn. Atlantic Retail brokered the 6,000 s/f lease on behalf of the landlord at 81 North 6th Street in Williamsburg. Joe Mastromonaco and Evan Clements of Atlantic Retail represented the landlord, L3... The post Nike opens small format store in Williamsburg appeared first on Real Estate Weekly. Nike has opened its third Live store in New York City, this time bringing its small-format concept to Brooklyn. Atlantic Retail brokered the 6,000 s/f lease on behalf of the landlord at 81 North 6th Street in Williamsburg. Joe Mastromonaco and Evan Clements of Atlantic Retail represented the landlord, L3 Capital. Nike by Williamsburg joins two other Nike Live stores in NYC: Nike by Upper East Side and Nike by Flatiron. Tailored specifically for the Williamsburg consumer the store features a gender-neutral apparel section with extended sizing on the second floor showcasing genderless mannequins, premiering for the first time in its Live store format. The location also includes partnerships with Williamsburg businesses including Buddies Coffee, Northside Bakery, La Bicyclette Bakery, Heal Haus, Y7 Studio, and Grind House to support the local community. Spanning two floors, the store is digitally enabled and services include buy online, pickup in store and digital returns. Shoppers can also connect with a store employee via Swoosh Text, an SMS messaging service, that allows them to check inventory, ask for product recommendations and more. Nike said its footwear and apparel offering is popular with women in the neighborhood, and the store will offer services such as individual bra fitting and styling sessions. The new storefront is part of Nike’s plans to expand its retail footprint throughout North America and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. During its fiscal Q4 earnings call in June 2020, Nike Inc. president and CEO John Donahoe revealed plans for 150 to 200 small format, digitally enable stores. Nike joins other retailers on the North 6th Street block that include Birkenstock, Everlane, Buck Mason, Marine Layer, and Madewell Men’s. The post Nike opens small format store in Williamsburg appeared first on Real Estate Weekly......»»

Category: realestateSource: realestateweeklySep 30th, 2021

Brookfield officially opens Manhattan West

Brookfield Properties today announced the opening of Manhattan West, its mixed-use destination spanning eight-acres of dining, hospitality, entertainment, luxury residences, modern office space and experiential retail. With Skidmore, Owings & Merrill serving as the master architect, the complex is centered around a 2.5-acre urban pedestrian plaza with gardens and public... The post Brookfield officially opens Manhattan West appeared first on Real Estate Weekly. Brookfield Properties today announced the opening of Manhattan West, its mixed-use destination spanning eight-acres of dining, hospitality, entertainment, luxury residences, modern office space and experiential retail. With Skidmore, Owings & Merrill serving as the master architect, the complex is centered around a 2.5-acre urban pedestrian plaza with gardens and public seating. The plaza will be enlivened year-round with free, public arts and events curated by Arts Brookfield, Brookfield’s cultural programming department. Creative retail experiences focused on health, wellness and emerging brands and more than 25 culinary concepts will line the plaza, offering visitors an enticing open-air shopping and dining experience.  Manhattan West connects to Moynihan Train Hall “Manhattan West is New York City’s newest destination for innovative culinary and cultural experiences,” said Ben Brown, Managing Partner, Brookfield’s real estate group. “More than three decades in the making, Manhattan West combines exceptional dining, entertainment and retail – opening today –  with state-of-the art office space, luxury residences and a stunning boutique hotel, all surrounding a 2.5-acre landscaped public plaza. “We are incredibly proud that Manhattan West will contribute to the energy and dynamism of New York City as the city continues to come back to life. We would like to thank our first-class partners and teams for helping us to realize this large-scale, long-planned and monumental vision.”   Manhattan West’s new restaurant concepts bring together a selection of powerhouse names in the culinary industry. Opening early fall, Ci Siamo is the newest restaurant from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group and Chef Hillary Sterling that centers around live-fire cooking and an Italian-inflected menu. Serving as an all-day neighborhood kitchen, Meyer also brings his Daily Provisions concept to Manhattan West.  Arriving next month, Citizens New York will bring an elevated quick service culinary market with hotspots including Umami Burger, Krispy Rice, Sam’s Crispy Chicken, Sa’Moto, El Pollo Verde, Plant Nation and more to the neighborhood along with two restaurant concepts from parent company sbe, the famed west-coast staple Katsuya by Chef Katsuya Uechi and Casa Dani by three-star Michelin Chef Dani Garcia. Located inside of Pendry Manhattan West, Zou Zou’s by Quality Branded is helmed by Chefs Madeline Sperling and Juliana Latif and offers an Eastern Mediterranean menu to the district. Midnight Theater presents a lively riff on Asian classics with its restaurant Hidden Leaf this October, rounding out the signature culinary experiences at Manhattan West.  Pendry Manhattan West Recently opened, Pendry Manhattan West is the latest property in the Pendry Hotels & Resorts portfolio and the brand’s first hotel in New York City. In collaboration with Brookfield Properties, the hotel is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and features 164 luxury guest rooms, including 30 suites, each with interiors by Gachot Studios and lighting by L’Observatoire International. The hotel has an undulating glass and granite façade, giving the 23-story building an outsize visual impact and creating contemporary, unique bay windows in each room  In addition to Zou Zou’s, opening soon, the hotel is home to its signature Bar Pendry lobby bar, day-to-night space Garden Room, dedicated meeting and event spaces, and a 24/7, 1,700 s/f fitness center featuring Technogym equipment and Peloton bikes. Pendry Manhattan West will also provide guests access to Midnight Theatre, a variety theatre in the heart of Manhattan West, featuring talent from the worlds of magic, music, comedy, Broadway, and more.  Citrovia is an interactive art exhibit Manhattan West’s 2.5-acre public plaza designed by James Corner Field Operation has hundreds of movable chairs, tables, benches and planters. Visitors are welcomed by Citrovia, an interactive, outdoor art exhibit that debuted this summer and boasts thousands of whimsical, hand-painted lemons and groves.  Arts Brookfield has further activated Manhattan West’s public spaces with year-round, free, public programming, including interactive cultural events like Theatre For One’s ‘Here Is Future’, an experience that brought together one actor and one audience member for an intimate experience, and STREB EXTREME ACTION by Elizabeth Streb, a series of stunning choreographed feats of physicality, scientifically planned chaos, strength, risk, and elegance. Upcoming art commissions include the Plaza Media Wall in October and a rotating series of public art installations in early 2022. Visitors to the neighborhood can also enjoy scheduled outdoor fitness classes, ping pong tournaments and seasonal activations.  The main plaza. All images by Jakob Dahlin To round out the entertainment experience at Manhattan West, guests will soon be welcome to Midnight Theater. Arriving in October, this contemporary variety theater will serve as a portal to unique stories and experiences featuring talent from the worlds of magic, music, comedy, Broadway, and more.  The neighborhood’s 2.5-acre public plaza is lined with wellness and lifestyle brands creating an indoor-outdoor shopping and dining experience. Tenants include:  Black Fox Coffee, specialty coffee shop and cafeCity National Bank, flagship financial center of America’s premier private and business bankLife Wine & Spirits, wine and spirits shop from C3Midnight Theatre, intimate variety theater with seats for 160 guestsNew Stand, reimagined traditional newsstand that appeals to the modern consumerThe NHL Shop, state-of-the-art retail flagship store that will also act as an event and entertainment space to celebrate the game of hockey, with activations and public events in the plaza including a seasonal ice rinkPeachy, popular skincare and anti-wrinkle treatment studioPeloton Store, retail location for stationary bikes, tread and apparel Peloton Studios, flagship multi-studio location for Peloton digital and in-person group classesPublic Rec, men’s and women’s fashion retailer known for athleisureOPR Eyewear Flagship, hand-crafted eyewear brand from Sorrento, ItalyReset by Therabody, inaugural Manhattan location offering wellness experiences and immersive bodywork and treatmentsRothmans, family-owned and operated men’s clothing storeStarbucks, signature coffee shop with bespoke storefront and to-go windowWhole Foods, eco-minded neighborhood grocer with organic and natural products  Manhattan West is situated at the doorstep to New York’s newest transit hub, Moynihan Train Hall, and one block from the 7-train.  Manhattan West has nearly six-million square-feet of office space occupied by tenants such as the NHL, Earnest & Young, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, JPMorgan Chase and Amazon. Fully leased, luxury residences at The Eugene contribute to the live, work and play environment in the complex.  The post Brookfield officially opens Manhattan West appeared first on Real Estate Weekly......»»

Category: realestateSource: realestateweeklySep 28th, 2021

8 incredible hotels at Yosemite National Park, including a retro Airstream and a majestic mountain lodge

These are the best hotels inside or near Yosemite National Park in California, from cheap picks to luxury lodges and pet-friendly places to stay. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. tiffanynguyen/Getty Images Camping isn't your only option when visiting Yosemite National Park, there are many hotels, too. From a luxury resort to a retro Airstream or a cozy cabin, there are lots of hotels near Yosemite. We found the best Yosemite hotels with tons of activities, beautiful scenery, and easy park access. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyA trip to a national park might conjure images of tents, sleeping bags, and bugs, but that doesn't have to be the case, especially when planning a visit to Yosemite National Park.Sure, you could rough it with a camping trip, but for those who yearn for a more elevated experience, there are plenty of hotels in or near Yosemite ranging from a quirky refurbished Airstream to full-on luxury.As a native San Franciscan who lives about a four-hour drive away from Yosemite, I try to visit the park as often as I can. Since I am not much of a camper, I always choose from the following hotels, which come with comfortable rooms, stunning views, loads of activities, and perhaps most importantly, easy park access.Keep reading for my picks of the best hotels in or near Yosemite's five park entrances.Browse all of the best hotels near Yosemite National Park below, or jump to a specific area:The best Yosemite National Park hotelsFAQ: Yosemite National Park hotelsHow we selected the best hotels near Yosemite National ParkMore of the best places to stay near national parksThese are the best hotels near Yosemite National Park, sorted by price from low to high. Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite With loads of amenities and activities included, Tenaya is a dream for families looking for an active vacation. Trip Advisor Book Tenaya Lodge at YosemiteCategory: Mid-rangeLocation: Fish Camp, CATypical starting/peak prices: $141/$290On-site amenities: 4 pools, hot tubs, spa, fitness center, game room, sauna, restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi, archery range, bike rentals, rock climbing wall, kid's adventure course, ice skating, sledding, snowshoeingPros: With so many activities and amenities, the Tenaya Lodge is a destination in itself. There is plenty to keep the family entertained without ever having to leave.Cons: Tenaya is a popular place for families, so it can be busy and crowded.Located just two miles from Yosemite National Park's South Gate and amid the Sierra National Forest, the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is ideally situated near the park with much to offer families, especially.Beyond the large Lodge, which has over 300 rooms, there are three outdoor swimming pools, including a kid's pool and an adults-only relaxation pool. There's also an indoor swimming pool for colder months, and tons of activities, ranging from a kid's adventure course and a rock-climbing wall to a variety of games, play areas, and ice skating and sledding in winter. There is also a tour service, at an additional charge, that guarantees entry into the national park.The AAA Four-Diamond hotel has a variety of different lodging types including Lodge rooms, suites, cottage rooms, and stand-alone cabins. Standard rooms in the Lodge are about 350 square feet and feature rustic wood furniture and pine barn doors.Cottage rooms have outdoor sitting areas and fireplaces, while the 560-square-foot, two-bedroom cabin Explorer Cabins come with a separate living room, a private deck, and the most privacy and space.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Autocamp Yosemite Choose from luxury canvas tents, tricked-out Airstream trailers, tiny homes, and other whimsical glamping choices. Booking.com Book Autocamp YosemiteCategory: BoutiqueLocation: Midpines, CATypical starting/peak prices: $149/$269On-site amenities: Restaurant, general store, seasonal pool, Wi-Fi, mountain bikes, Yosemite shuttlePros: Luxury tents and Airstream accommodations are modern and beautifully designed for a chic, hip glamping experience.Cons: Autocamp is from Yosemite, about a 40-minute drive to the Arch Rock entrance. The dining options are limited.For a stay immersed in the wilderness but with more luxury than you'll find in a sleeping bag, Autocamp Yosemite offers a fun take on glamping with sleek accommodations that include luxury tents, Airstreams, and tiny homes.Luxury canvas tents feature a King-size memory foam bed, a futon, electric blankets, a heater, mini-refrigerator, sofa, Wi-Fi,  and an outdoor fire pit, though restrooms and showers are shared.For a bit more privacy, opt for their Classic Airstream Suites, housed within polished, retro aluminum trailers that have a bedroom with a Queen bed in luxury linens, a futon for extra sleeping space, rain showers, a kitchenette, and a private patio with a fire pit and dining area.If you're coming with a large crew, you can choose the Premium BaseCamp Mini Suite, which features a 31-foot custom-designed Airstream Suite as well as a custom TeePee with two extra child-sized Twin beds.There's a cafe on-site, though offerings are limited, likely because all accommodations come with cookware, plates, and utensils for guests to prepare their own meals (just remember to arrive with all the ingredients you'll need). A general store is also available to purchase charcuterie fixings, BBQ-ready meats, as well as beer and wine.For socializing, Autocamp has a midcentury-inspired clubhouse with a fireplace, board games, and happy hour. They also offer yoga classes, live music, and wine tastings.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Wawona Hotel Wawona is one of just a few hotels located inside Yosemite National Park. Hotels.com Book Wawona HotelCategory: Mid-rangeLocation: Yosemite National Park, CATypical starting/peak prices: $157/$231On-site amenities: Restaurant, pool, golf, horse stables, tennis court, free breakfast buffetPros: The Wawona is one of a few hotels located within Yosemite itself, a location that offers one of the best home bases you can choose for exploring the park.Cons: Some rooms don't have private bathrooms and there are no TVs, telephones, or Wi-Fi in guest rooms.The Wawona is a quaint, historic hotel on the southern end of Yosemite National Park. It originally opened in 1856 and now consists of six whitewashed Victorian-style buildings with antique furnishings that make it feel as if you stepped back in time. Musical performances in the lounge add to the atmospheric ambiance.Room decor keeps with the Victorian aesthetic through faux antique white and wood furniture and floral draperies. Most open onto a large veranda with Adirondack chairs, and about half of the Wawona's guest rooms include a private bathroom Those without utilize nearby shared facilities that include showers, sinks, and toilets. Additionally, all rooms don't have TVs, telephones, or Wi-Fi, so this is a place for those looking to disconnect. This hotel is also seasonal; this year it closes on November 29 and opens again on March 25, 2022.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Rush Creek Lodge 8 incredible hotels at Yosemite National Park, including a retro Airstream and a majestic mountain lodge Tripadvisor Book Rush Creek Lodge Category: Mid-rangeLocation: Groveland, CATypical starting/peak suite prices: $165/$360On-site amenities: Restaurants, Pool bar, general store, spa, pool, bocce ball, games, daily activities, nightly s'moresPros: Lodge rooms have balconies and there is a wide range of on-site and nearby activities.Cons: The price can be steep in high season and may not feel worth it. Additionally, past guests have noted that the air conditioning in rooms can be loud.The Rush Creek Lodge is the newest addition to the Yosemite lodging scene joining its sister property, The Evergreen. Located just half a mile from Yosemite's Highway 120 West entrance, the Rush Creek Lodge consists of 143 hillside villas, lodge rooms, and suites spread throughout the 20-acre property.All rooms include private balconies overlooking the surrounding forest and have clean, modern, and simple layouts and furnishings, accented by large format photography of area nature and wildlife. Rooms do not have televisions but are supplied with a radio and a variety of games. If you don't want to miss the big game, there is a big screen TV in the resort's tavern.The Rush Creek Lodge is particularly fitting for families since they offer an eclectic array of activities for kids of all ages. There is a one-of-a-kind nature-oriented playground with a zip line, a 60-foot hillside slide, and a rope swing in addition to crafts and programming.Adults will appreciate the spa area that has a mineral hot tub, warm river rock loungers, and plenty of lounge chairs.The Lodge also offers a variety of tours and events for an extra fee, from guided hikes, yoga, an introduction to glass blowing to whitewater rafting.  COVID-19 procedures are available here. Yosemite Valley Lodge Hotel Rooms are basic and rustic but are much cheaper than other hotels within Yosemite National Park. Tripadvisor Book Yosemite Valley Lodge HotelCategory: Mid-rangeLocation: Yosemite Valley, CATypical starting/peak prices: $183/$251On-site amenities: Restaurants, bar, Starbucks, outdoor swimming pool, park shuttlePros: This hotel has a fantastic location inside of Yosemite National Park.Cons: Rooms don't have air conditioning so it can get hot in the summer, although small fans are provided.Located near Yosemite Falls, The Yosemite Valley Lodge is a popular choice for those looking for a centrally located place to stay within the national park.Yosemite Valley Lodge feels more like a motel than a lodge but is a top pick for its unbeatable location and the fact that it costs about half the price of the Ahwahnee, which is one of the other popular hotels inside of Yosemite National Park.Traditional Rooms are basic but possess a rustic flair with sturdy wood furniture and nature photography on the walls. These entry-level rooms are suitable for up to three people. If you need more room, Family Rooms and Bunk Rooms have extra space to spread out. Some rooms have balconies and patios, which are a nice perk. However, there is no air conditioning in any accommodation, which may be uncomfortable in hotter summer months.On-site dining is offered with a casual cafeteria-type vibe.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite Staying at the Evergreen Lodge is kind of like being away at a summer camp with rustic cabins and activities. Tripadvisor Book Evergreen Lodge at YosemiteCategory: Mid-rangeLocation: Groveland, CATypical starting/peak prices: $190/$310On-site amenities: Restaurants, bar, outdoor pool, hot tub, Wi-Fi, massage services, bocce ball, outdoor games, bike rental, daily activities.Pros: There is a wide range of fun activities to enjoy during your stay, which adds significant value to the rate.Cons: Most cabins are in sets of two so odds are you will have a neighbor close by. If you want more privacy, request a stand-alone cabin.Staying at the Evergreen Lodge is akin to being away at a summer camp with rustic cabins and activities galore. There are 88 cabins sprinkled across the 20-acre property located nine miles away from Yosemite's Big Oak Flat entrance.All come with private balconies, and cabins range from cozy offerings for two to family cabins that can sleep six. The standard Deluxe Cabin is 400 square feet with a King-size bed, a Queen-size pull out sofa, and a gas fireplace. The hotel can also set up tents for those who want more of a camping experience ($120 to $155 a night).During the day, sign up for nature crafts, family hikes, forest disc golf, and a variety of games, while and in the evenings, join s'mores by the fire, stargazing, and campfire sing-alongs. Live entertainment and a variety of lectures are also offered.COVID-19 procedures are available here. The Ahwahnee The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park is the most majestic, well-located place to stay within the park itself littlenySTOCK / Shutterstock.com Book The AhwahneeCategory: LuxuryLocation: Yosemite Valley, CATypical starting/peak suite prices: $478/$699On-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool, Wi-Fi, shuttle access (on hiatus due to COVID), food, wine eventsPros: Location, location, location — the Ahwahnee has the best placement of any hotel within Yosemite National Park.Cons: Even though the rooms were recently updated, they are a bit small and still don't have that luxury feel in line with the price.  The Ahwahnee is a stunning example of the National Park Service's historic hotels and lodging. This grand hotel, located within Yosemite National Park, opened in 1927 and has been a sought-after destination ever since. Presidents, royalty, and movie stars have all stayed here while visiting the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite.The striking hotel offers a luxurious oasis in the middle of the wilderness, with a unique and rustic architectural mix of steel, stone, and concrete, which protects it from the risk of fires. Due to its architectural importance and history, it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.The public spaces with roaring fireplaces, murals, and tapestries are stunning, with a casual elegance evoking the 1920s Arts and Crafts Movement. The hotel has remained timeless and classic after almost 100 years. The Great Lodge is particularly lovely with high-beamed ceilings accented with stencil work inspired by Native American artwork.The hotel's location on the floor of the Yosemite Valley is also a major benefit of staying here. It's one that far outshines any other hotel in the area as you'll be well-placed to explore Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Glacier Point, which are all a short stroll from the hotel.Rooms are tastefully appointed with natural hues and vintage art, though they are rather small. For more space, book one of the cottages or splurge on the Library Suite with a wood-paneled sitting room, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, and a cozy fireplace. For the best views, Featured Hotel Rooms boast stunning vistas of Yosemite's waterfalls and iconic cliffs.  The Ahwahnee Dining Room is a landmark with 34-foot high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, fine dining, and special events such as their Bracebridge Dinner, Vintners' Holidays, and Chefs' Holidays.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Château du Sureau A regal exterior features manicured gardens, a sleek pool, and beautiful scenery. Chateau du Sureau Book Château du SureauCategory: LuxuryLocation: Oakhurst, CATypical starting/peak suite prices: $495/$895On-site amenities: Free breakfast, pool, sauna, yoga, outdoor games, gardensPros: Thoughtful touches such as fresh baked cookies in the afternoon and top-notch breakfasts are included in the rate.Cons: Not all rooms are created equal; make sure to research before you book so you're not disappointed. With so few rooms, they also book up quickly.Château du Sureau, a Relais & Chateaux property, is a 5-star luxury hotel possessing a European fairy tale feel with a majestic stone turret, manicured gardens, and cozy interiors. Located in the foothills of the Sierras near Yosemite, the Château du Sureau is about a 20-minute drive to the South Gate.The nine-acre property is abundant with old-world charm from the grand piano nestled with a mural-covered alcove to French furnishings that feature throughout the property. No two rooms are alike; each is named for a fragrant herb from the South of France and features unique antiques and art, canopied beds, and private balconies overlooking the gardens. Some have fireplaces.Beyond the carefully curated rooms, the hotel is home to the award-winning Elderberry House Restaurant and the Spa du Sureau, both of which are destinations themselves.Contact the hotel for more information on COVID-19 procedures at (559) 683-6860 of chateau@chateausureau.com. FAQ: Yosemite National Park hotels Are there hotels in Yosemite National Park?Yes, there are a variety of hotels within Yosemite National Park, all of which are owned by the national park system. On our list, The Ahwahnee, The Wawona, and the Yosemite Valley Lodge are all located within the park.Do these hotels guarantee entrance to Yosemite National Park?Yosemite National Park utilizes a reservation system for the spring and summer when there are the most visitors. If you stay at the Ahwahnee, the Wawona, or the Yosemite Valley Inn you don't need a reservation. Many of the other hotels on the list do offer park tours, for an extra fee, that includes park admission.Are all of these hotels open in the winter?It does snow in Yosemite National Park so although visiting in the winter is beautiful, you'll need to have chains for your car and plenty of warm clothing. Most of the hotels on the list above are open all year, except for The Wawona.Which Yosemite hotel is best for couples?Many of these hotels cater to families. For those looking for a more romantic experience, the Ahwahnee and the Château du Sureau are the best hotels for couples. Both are beautiful, relaxing, romantic, and offer fine dining.What hotels in Yosemite National Park allow dogs?Autocamp Yosemite, Château du Sureau, and the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite are the only hotels that allow dogs. In fact, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite offers pet concierge, pet beds, and an on-property kennel.Is it safe to stay in hotels?At this time, the CDC states that domestic travel is safe if you are fully vaccinated. While the vaccination rates vary by location, the unvaccinated should continue to take extra precautions.It is advisable that all travelers continue to follow CDC and local guidelines such as wearing masks, social distancing, and using hand sanitizer. All of the hotels we included have cleaning and safety protocols in place for guest rooms and public spaces to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. How we selected the best hotels near Yosemite National Park Each hotel or resort is located a short distance, at most a 40-minute drive, from one of the Yosemite National park entrances. There are also a couple of options within the park itself.The hotels boast comfortable, spacious rooms and can accommodate families as well as be a good fit for a couples getaway.Hotels are considered three-stars and up and hold a Trip Advisor rating of four or above with significant, honest recent reviews.The hotels have good on-site amenities such as pools and perks that guests will enjoy.The hotels promote stringent COVID-19 policies to prioritize the health and safety of all guests, which we've noted for each hotel below. More of the best places to stay near national parks TripAdvisor The best hotels near US national parksThe best vacation rentals near US national parksThe best campsites in the USThe best US mountain resorts for all seasons Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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