Inside The Top Floors of Brooklyn's Tallest Building

Hub, the new 55-story residential skyscraper, and currently the tallest building in Brooklyn, has just revealed its very top floors with a newly completed penthouse model unit, and the grand opening of the building’s airy and beautifully-designed amenity space known as the Sky Lounge.


Located on the 53rd floor, the indoor/outdoor Sky Lounge, which opened to residents earlier this month, features plentiful seating, a bar area, an outdoor terrace and breathtaking panoramas of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and beyond. Penthouse apartments at Hub (with bigger layouts, upgraded finishes and stunning views) recently started leasing – and momentum has been strong.

Inside Penthouse 52C features condo-like finishes including: 10+ ceilings, kitchens are appointed with Caesarstone counter tops and carrara marble back splashes, Bertazzoni range and built-in microwave, panelized Bosch refrigerator and dishwasher, custom Italian cabinetry, master bathrooms feature Ruscello marble tile, oversized trough sink. All homes have a washer and dryer, 5' wide oak wood flooring, and custom window shades.

Amenities include a 75-foot year-round lap pool, lushly landscaped sundeck and lawn, grilling cabanas, a fully-equipped gym & yoga studio, bike storage, indoor and outdoor movie screens, programmed events in the club lounge, a dog run, children's playroom, party room, and library. Hub's 53rd floor features a sky lounge and terrace with breathtaking panoramic views.

Current monthly rent is asking $3,933 a month.

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The Most Indulgently Beautiful Places To Live

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You’ve worked hard. You’ve taken the risks to develop your business. You’ve managed to get to the top of your industry. You’ve made investments that make sense and are now reaping the rewards. You have come into funding through your own effort, or perhaps good sense and circumstance. In any case, you deserve to enjoy your funding through a wonderful living situation. Anchoring yourself somewhere beautiful is one thing, but some of the most beautiful places in the world? Why on earth not?

But first, you need to know where the most beautiful places to live are. You needn’t be a millionaire to live in some of the following locations, but there’s no doubt that the following locations emphasize quality, beautiful societies, and a demographic makeup of pure intrigue and gorgeous historical merit.

Consider the following places in our home buying guide:


The Bahamas are known for not only the pristine and idealized geography, the gorgeous, crystal clear water and the white gold beaches, but also a perfect sense of spacial design, allowing Bahamas real estate to take on a luxury feeling while also offering enough access to well-meaning tourists. The balance of tourism trade and residential comfort is perfected in the Bahamas, and living here could truly be considered one of the most beautiful places to relax on Earth.

People enjoy coming here to escape the heavy bustle of the inner-city and once again get an appreciation for the beauty of sunny environments, wonderful culture and perhaps the most down to earth people they can encounter. There’s a reason why when asked their intent after hypothetically winning the lottery, most people will tell you they’d lay back in a chair sipping a margherita, lost in the Bahamas with nothing but their surroundings to support them. That sounds pretty amazing to us.


The city of love is known by that moniker for a recent, a real palpable feeling of romance floods the city streets here. But why is that? Is it because people are too loose and expressive here with one another, when really they should be a little more considerate of the people near them? Of course not. Paris, the hub of all Francehood, is known for its dilligent apprecation for the arts, and the care of its creative community. Sensational food, historical preservation, artistic enterprise, theatre, dance, film, all of it lends itself to a feeling of observation and representation, of appreciation and care. How could that not be romantic? Renting an apartment in the hub of the city, or perhaps purchasing a gorgeous home on the outskirts not only gives you access to a wonderful and routinely cherished location, but helps you thrive in the heart of this community, impress a lover throughout any stage of the relationship, and celebrate life in a manner that is seemingly only accessible by that secret French beauty.

These two places can provide you with internal and external beauty, a sense of real comfort and a gorgeous, neverending cycle of activities to take part in. With this in mind, you’re sure to enjoy your new surroundings completely.

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Inside A Spooky (Or perhaps average) Dinner With The Hadids

To mark the end of the New York collections, director Bardia Zeinali and fashion editor Jorden Bickham invited the Hadid Family, Yolanda, Gigi, Bella, and Anwar to enjoy a small dinner wearing some of the chicest looks from the week. Then the spooky stuff happened.

Directed by Bardia Zeinali Fashion Editor: Jorden Bickham

You can find more details on the looks at Vogue

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Douglas Elliman Kicks Off NYFW with YRB Magazine

On Tuesday, September 5th, YRB Magazine partnered with Douglas Elliman to celebrate the kickoff of New York Fashion Week with their “FASHION’S NIGHT IN” event hosted by best-selling author, Christopher Petkanas.

The private event took place 41 floors above the heart of Midtown Manhattan in a duplex penthouse at 135 West 52nd Street, currently on the market for $13.25M with The Jacky Teplitzky Team at Douglas Elliman.

 Julio Izquierdo, John Nubian, Maria Kreutzerova, Chris Collie, Adrian Radomski

Julio Izquierdo, John Nubian, Maria Kreutzerova, Chris Collie, Adrian Radomski

Guests were treated to special fusion menu prepared by Chef Lioness with drinks provided by Soto Sake and BKLYN Blue and complimentary shoe shines by The ShoeShine Guild. The space was filled with beautiful artwork by Morgan Everhart.

Special guests included shoe designer Vanessa Noel, Chrysa Chin of NBA Players Association, actress and recording artist Kreesha Turner, Rick Jefferson of CBS News, pop opera singer Charisse Mills, Jeremy L. Carver of FOX’s Empire, singer LeA Robinson, comedian Travque, musical artist H.I.M. and author Barry Michael Cooper. Douglas Elliman agents Adrian Radomski, Maria Kreutzerova, Julio Izquierdo and Jordan Shea were also in attendance.

Photos courtesy of Johan Ringenbach

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5 Ways To Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month

For all bourbon drinkers out there, September is a month you’ll be enjoying – it’s National Bourbon Heritage Month. To celebrate the holiday we’ve rounded up some ways to enjoy bourbon wether it’s at your favorite restaurant or in the comforts of your own home.

Where To Drink

For those of you in New York and not able to make it to Kentucky we found some of the best bourbon based drinks you can have this month, or after any work day.

Makers Mark bourbon, homemade strawberry simple syrup, dashes of dark chocolate bitters, then stir and pour over Ice, garnish with candy strawberry.

  MIDTOWN MANHATTAN , Courtesy of  LAVO New York


Bulleit Bourbon, Montenegro, Carpano Antica

  BLACK TIE WHITE NOISE , Courtesy of  Beauty & Essex

BLACK TIE WHITE NOISE, Courtesy of Beauty & Essex

Bulleit Bourbon, Port Charlotte Scotch, Yellow Chartreuse, lemon, activated charcoal

  THE SWEET RELEASE , Courtesy of  VANDAL New York


Bulleit Bourbon / Jägermeister / lemongrass simple / peach bitters

What To Drink At Home

Stillhouse Spirits Co., renowned for its stainless steel can and award-winning whiskey, launched Stillhouse Black Bourbon, the first ever bourbon rested and mellowed in roasted small batch coffee beans, earlier this year. It’s the perfect versatile bourbon to have as your go-to through the month of September as you take advantage of all the outdoor activities you can before the weather gets cooler, perfect for Fall weekend getaways.

Black Bourbon Smash
2 oz - Stillhouse Black Bourbon
¾ oz - Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ oz - Simple Syrup Mint Leaves
Directions: Combine fresh lemon juice and simple syrup in a collins glass. Muddle mint leaves. Add bourbon and crushed ice, stir. Garnish with mint.


Black and Gold
2 oz - Stillhouse Black Bourbon
¾ oz - Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ oz - Honey Syrup
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with lemon.

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Chandon To Unveil New Holiday Bottles

Tis’ the season to start planning your holiday parties or coming up with some great gift ideas. Add the perfect conversation starter and kitchen flair to your party or friend’s home with this limited edition Chandon holiday bottle design.


Chandon California has teamed up with Baublebar, an accessory brand, to help created their second annual, beautiful limited edition holiday bottles.


The Chandon Holiday Collection features both a Brut and Rosé bottle inspired by Baublebar’s statement-making style and glamor. You can pick up your own beautiful holiday bottle starting September 24th as that is when the holiday bottles are set to launch.


Baublebar also created a limited edition #ChandonSquad necklace to celebrate their collaboration as it features Chandon’s signature shooting star logo.


Chandon’s holiday collection is a representation of collaboration between two brands with female leaders that bring the sparkle and shine into everyone’s lives in an accessible way. For Chandon California, their female leader is their Head Winemaker Pauline Lhote. For Baublebar, their female leaders are their founders Amy Jain and Daniella Yacobovsky. Chandon has a long history of working with strong, inspirational female entrepreneurs, and feels Baublebar is a perfect fit and welcomed additional to their #ChandonSquad.

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The Three Ways to Discover Charlotte, North Carolina

Each and every city and town throughout the world has something unique to offer. This is a big part of what makes travelling fun, as it gives you the chance to experience the things which make a place into what it is. Having the chance to learn about history, science, and even important people, all while having some fun along the way, visiting a place like Charlotte is a great way to learn how to fully soak up an area. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the best ways to discover this part of North Carolina, giving you the tools to take the same approach wherever you decide to go.


History: A place’s past is very important to the foundations upon which it rests. There will be people who made it into what you see before you, along with events which will have changed it forever. Finding a hotel near Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina can give you the chance to engage in this sort of feature, without making it into a trial to find your way to each of the venues you’d like to see. Along with libraries, though, this city is also home to a Nascar Hall of Fame, several historical museums, and even places to see reenactments of wars and battles of the past.

Learning: While discovering a city’s history will involve a lot of learning, you can expand this part of your trip in other directions, too. In the case of Charlotte, examples like the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden can be great for those who would like to learn a little bit about natural history, with information about this area’s impact on the way the world grows its plants. Along with this, you can learn about other aspects of natural history, banking and mining, and the other industries which have kept North Carolina alive over the years. When you visit a place like this, you will often find a lot of learning to be had surrounding the life and times of the people who have lived there.

A Bit of Fun: Finally, as the last area to consider, it’s time to think about fun. Like most of the cities you will find in the US, Charlotte has its fair share of amusement parks, zoos, and other places to let your hair down while on your trip. For those with families, this will be the most important part of a vacation to a place like this. Of course, though, just because things are good for the kids, it doesn’t mean that you can’t find the other elements of this blog at the same time. Discovery Place Kids, for example, if well known for its range of activities which are aimed at children, helping them to learn and play at the same time.

Discovering a place like Charlotte can take a long time. You will have loads to see and do, often eating away at way more time than you will expect it to. Of course, though, this doesn’t mean that you have to be daunted, as you will thoroughly enjoy yourself in the process.

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Top Open Houses This Weekend

Looking for a new place to live or just curious about what's on the market? Check out our top open houses this weekend. 

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Carroll Gardens

WHERE: 90 Luquer Street

SIZE: 4 Beds | 5 Baths 

COST: $2,250,000 

WHEN: Sunday, September 23, 12:00PM - 1:30PM

ABOUT: As you enter the house, you're greeted by an open floor plan, anchored by the center kitchen. Separate living and dining spaces are created on either side. The kitchen features a suite of Thermador appliances including a professional grade six-burner range with hood, a 36" French door refrigerator, and a dishwasher. An under-counter microwave and wine fridge can be found in the large island which easily accommodates seating for five. Caesarstone countertops and abundant white oak and lacquer cabinetry provide ample work and storage space. A charming half bath is also located on the main floor, as is a thoughtfully large entry closet.

Up the windowed stairway, you'll find three gracious bedrooms, including one that could easily function as a master suite with en-suite bath. Both bathrooms on this floor feature subway tile, classic vanities with marble tops and tile flooring. A large washer/dryer and a convenient linen closet are also on the second floor. All the bedrooms are well-proportioned and offer generous closet space. The fourth bedroom is perched on the top floor and features a walk-in closet and its own en-suite marble bath with double sinks and a large walk-in shower.

Through sliding glass doors, the 425 square foot roof deck is your own personal outdoor oasis. Smartly adjacent is a wet bar, complete with Caesarstone counter, glass tile backsplash, stylish white cabinetry, and a wine fridge.

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WHERE: 108 Franklin St. 4th FL

SIZE:  4 Bedroom| 4.5 Baths

COST: $8,995,000

WHEN:  Sunday, September 23, by appointment only

ABOUT:   The sun-flooded, oversized unit at 110 Franklin Street is an architectural masterpiece where each individual detail was meticulously considered during the gut renovation process to transform it into a one-of-a-kind stunner. At nearly 85 feet in length and with 10 foot ceilings, the combined unit(s) took 2+ years and millions to renovate, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and DeZeen magazine. 

The design of the apartment evolved from the series of six archways that center the home, which once were full brick walls separating the two units. Over the course of three months, the contractors blasted through seven layers of paint to achieve the perfectly desired texture and color of white-washed red brick. The thought behind the renovation of the walls was to create an immediate focal point for the home and to strike a balance between the coloring of the bricks and the abundant light that floods the apartment. Each archway has steel framed double windowed doors that are completely custom fitted to match the other handcrafted steelwork throughout the apartment. 

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Midtown West

WHERE:  635 West 42nd St. 45th FL

SIZE: 2 Beds | 2 Baths 

COST: $85,000,000

WHEN: By appointment only

ABOUT:  Owner Daniel Neiditch and River 2 River Realty is offering a FULL FLOOR in the one of a kind Atelier Condo. Included in the sale is a 2 million dollar construction credit, a 1 million dollar Yacht with docking fees for 5 years as well as two Rolls Royce Phantoms (1 convertible,1 hardtop), a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster , Dinner for 2 weekly at Daniel Bolud's Resteraunt Daniel for 1 year, Courtside season tickets to the Brooklyn Nets for a year, A Hamptons mansion rental for a Summer, live in butler services for 1 year as well as private chef. The Atelier has become a Manhattan luxury landmark. 

The building amenities are 24-hour concierge/valet, tennis court, golf driving range , large lap swimming pool , sauna, residents' multi-media lounge and billiards room on the 47th floor, valet services ( laundry and dry cleaning on site) , state-of-the-art fitness center , yoga/pilates studio , fully-landscaped terraces/sundeck , building-wide wireless Internet system , on-site storage available , bike storage , pet friendly , valet parking available , basketball courts, bocci ball , free bicycle Usage , BBQ Grills , free daily breakfast and a cross town shuttle bus.

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Inside The D’eusse Re-Mixer series


Last night, D’USSE Cognac drew a crowd of New York’s hip hop-meets-fashion crew for the newest D’USSE RE-MIXER series. Gathered at the legendary McIntosh Townhouse, it was a night that showcased all of the synergies between sound, cocktails, and how remixing one ingredient can create a whole new perspective.

The interactive event offered guests including notables such as Georgia Fowler, Vashtie, and TK Wonder, as well as key members of the industry, an intimate taste of D’USSE, the cognac category, and its role in both cocktail and music culture. DJ Millie entertained with sets throughout the evening, as guests were led through the house to experience the work of three iconic masters of their craft:

Legendary cocktail expert Derek Brown and his team from D.C.’s award-winning Columbia Room, provided guests with a sonic wave cocktail demonstration, showcasing how the drink, the Don’t Grab the Water, using a singing bowl to stir cocktails with sound vibrations allows an interpretation of sound through drinks and impacts its flavor. The way the bowl is vibrated and the level of liquid, allows you to watch the cocktail dance via the vibration and changes the flavor. Each of these artistic elements play off the core concept of how altering one simple ingredient – sound, tone, or even spirit base – can change the way something tastes or is perceived on the palate.

Cellar Master Michek Casavecchia, creator of D’USSE XO and D’USSE VSOP, revealed his inspirations behind each expression XO and VSOP, while offering tailored one-on-one tastings.

Grammy award winner 9th Wonder, responsible for producing hits by Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J Blige unveiled the connection between remixing classic cocktails and mixing tracks through an interactive DJ Masterclass, utilizing The World of McIntosh’s renowned sound system.

Guests were able to create their own re-mixed D’USSE cocktails with a full pantry of ingredients after their experience throughout the house. Other notables in attendance included Dougie Joseph, Jamal Jackson, Gitoo, Amrit, Elijah Dominique, Ron Hill, Martin Salomon, Quiana Parks, and Igee Okafor. See more in our gallery below.

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Urban Decay To Reveal A Cherry Drop At South Street Seaport

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The rumors are true, after speculation Urban Decay is launching it’s new NAKED pallate called Cherry.

At 11:30AM EST this Saturday, Urban Decay lovers and addicts alike will head down to South Street Seaport where the brand will have a larger than life cherry installation. This “Cherry Drop” will also be happening globally in Paris, Australia, and London.

NAKED Cherry GIFs will be available on Instagram across the US for consumers in and outside of NYC to partake in the fun, and fans will also have the chance to win the full collection and attend the NAKED Cherry global launch party in Los Angeles with plus one – see below for additional info.

If you can’t make it to the launch, you can follow online with your favorite influencers, with the help of major beauty influencers including Karen Gonzalez, Mariale Marrero, Maryam Maquillage, Angel Merino, Chrisspy, Melissa Alatorre, Nabela Noor, Foinika Kay and Aaliyah Jay, so tune into their Instagram channels for more content and a behind-the-scenes look at the day. 

If you choose to follow along then you and a friend have a chance to win two NAKED Cherry Collections and to party with their favorite beauty influencers at the global launch event where we’ll have a very special guest playing the tunes. This will include two round trip tickets and one-night stay in Los Angeles, CA. Giveaway sweepstakes will start at 10AM EST on 9/22 and end at 10AM EST on 9/23. The winner will be announced on Sunday, 9/23.

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Festive Finds To Dress Up Your Next Open House

By Shaunna Redman

Make your open house the talk of the town this fall. These must have items from Wayfair and Anthropologie will help you stand out against other homes and allow you to feel festive. Liven up your open house this fall with these must have items.


This Brass Wine Rack from Anthropologie is the perfect piece to add to your kitchen for your fall open house. It will show potential residents how great your space will be to host a get together. The color is perfect for fall as it corresponds with golden apples and the golden leaves. Add some bottles of red wine and sparkling wine to the rack to add to your fall flair.


 This Striped Glass Pumpkin from Wayfair will turn any of your rooms festive. The pumpkin is completely handmade using mouth blown glass. The orange and brown colors combined throughout the pumpkin bring the feeling of fall inside.


Consider adding these Recycled Table Vases from Wayfair to your home to bring the rustic feel of fall indoors. Not only does these vases allow you to add your own personal fall flair, they will also help you brighten up the space where you have them placed.

This Tufted Patricia Curtain from Anthropologie offers a small touch of fall for those who don’t want to go very big. The curtains in ochre offer deep red and orange dots against a white background to offer a modern and chic look for your room. These curtains are perfect to show potential residents how homely your house is.


Bring the feeling of the beautiful outdoors indoors with this Willow Leaf Semi Flush Mount from Anthropologie. This light fixture will give you the ultimate fall feeling with the addition of making your room brighter.


Dress up your sofa with this Sarepta Beaded Pumpkin Cotton Throw Pillow from Wayfair. Not only will this pillow provide you the festive feel fall has to offer, it will also provide you the comfort you’re looking for.


Add the smell of fall to your house with these Mini Capri Blue Jar Candle from Anthropologie. The scents include pumpkin clove or spiced cider. The candles come in a decorative jar that will further add warmth to your living space.

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A guide to pairing up drinks with BBQs with love

We embrace the concept of LOVE in families, business, and also in food. Barbecuing is not just another form of getting foods on the table but a total skill that should be driven by a piece of passion.

Passion births the essence of skill in choosing accompaniments for barbecues which is why we hold it dearly at heart; hence, this bbq and drink pairing chart.

Many days before we discovered the skill to this art, we couldn’t care about what drinks we took with what food, so obviously, enjoyment downplayed.

Now, as BBQ professionals, we love to walk you through this wine and beer food pairing path for we attest to the fact that there is some real good to be felt when a perfect pairing is done.


Are we sure you really need this guide?

Have a think through this - have you ever been in a state where you had a good meal but yet a few minutes after, you had a strong craving to gobble up on some drink?

Exactly! Food and drinks are meant to be paired as a satisfying balance to the tummy and tongue so it is pretty old-fashioned to leave one out of the other. In the same way, barbecues should always have a fantastic drink pair up to enjoy the complete taste and flavors that it sits in.

A few questions for you to ponder over.

  • Why do certain foods get spicier on the tongue after a cold drink to stop the spiciness?

  • Some drinks make the taste of food bitter, why so?

  • You had champagne with meat and you didn’t like the after-taste in your mouth. What went wrong?

Right here, we have all these questions answered

It is wrong to take just any drink lying on your counter with just any barbecue. There’s a skill to this, chap, and from this infographic, you will be well in the know on how to go about it.

Imagine putting in work to make some well-thought-out seasoned pork chops on your grill smoker combo and after, the taste goes bad simply because you had it with the wrong drink.

As a general rule of play, always pair spicy and sour foods with drinks with lesser levels of tannin and alcohol content while sweet foods can go with stronger drinks.

In the same way, thicker meat portions should go with stronger drinks because of the strong flavoring while leaner meats, cheese, fish, and vegetables can go with mild flavored and sweet drinks.

Pairing Wine and Beer With BBQ Chart


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Staying Hydrated With A Little More Ease

We’re all big drinkers. We have to be simply to survive! Whether you’re someone who enjoys a beer at the end of the day, or you’re always up for a cocktail with friends on the weekend, or you’re just a big water drinker with a huge glass at your desk, you wouldn’t go a day without knocking back a glass of something.

But are you drinking as much water as you should be? Maybe your lips are a little chapped, or your skin’s a bit dry, or you’re getting tired faster than usual? Either way, if you tend to be someone who’s always struggling to get your daily allowance of water, and you’re sick of the taste of the stuff that comes out of the tap, now’s your chance to get a little bit healthier. Here’s how to stay hydrated with ease.  

 Water makes up about 70% of our body; don’t let yourself dry out on the regular!

Water makes up about 70% of our body; don’t let yourself dry out on the regular!

Start Eating More Fruit

Fruit has a lot of benefits to it overall, but if you’re someone who doesn’t get as much hydration as you should, you’re going to want to eat these based on their water content alone. Fruits are completely natural food items, and they’re easy to consume with all meals you’d normally have in a day, so this is an easy step to add into your schedule.

Fruits such as Watermelon and Strawberries are going to be best for you here, and they’re easy to pick up from the store or grow in your own garden. And if you get sick of chowing down on them as snacks on their own, why not turn them into glorious fruit kebobs, drizzled with chocolate? Or you can simply pack some fruit sticks into your bag for work that day, and snack on them during meetings and high website traffic times, a.k.a when you’re likely to forget to drink up and stay hydrated.

Drink Some Flavored Water

Flavored water was a wonderful modern invention, and because of it, a lot more older people and young children are interested in staying as hydrated as possible. When you’ve got people with sensitive taste buds to look out for, you’re going to want to have something tasty for them to enjoy in the process.

So why not purchase some bottled water variety packs, and kickstart a health drive in your home or family? They’re easy to pick up on your way out of the door, and can be refrigerated with easy on hot and humid days. And seeing as the winter is coming, you’re going to want to fill up on water more than usual, for your skin’s sake at least!

If you’re someone who doesn’t pay attention to your bodily needs to often, whether you’re not sure how to or you’ve got too much on in terms of responsibilities, use little hacks like these to keep yourself going for longer. When you’re well hydrated, you’re sharper, smarter, and have much more energy.

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5 Reasons to Move to Connecticut


 The 2010 Census revealed that Connecticut’s population was 3,574,097, while the most recent statistics show that number has increased to about 3.59 million. While there are many reasons to consider moving to this New England state, these five might just convince you to start checking out the homes for sale in Connecticut so that you can contributing to its rising number of happy residents.

It’s One of the Most Scenic Places to be In Every Season

The autumn foliage in Connecticut is some of the most scenic you’ll ever experience, with tranquil country lanes edges by brilliant golds, vibrant oranges and fiery reds. It’s also the state with the longest leaf-peeping season in all of New England and it hosts a wealth of fabulous fall festivals as well. Living here, you’ll have a front row seat in a place people travel to from across the globe.

In the spring, beautiful cherry blossoms line the streets, while summer brings opportunities to head to the swim, fish and paddle in its many serene lakes or head to the beach. The picturesque coastline is spoiled with some of the best stretches of sand in the region, like the beaches in East Lyme’s Rocky Neck State Park and Silver Sands State Park in Milford. Even winter is wonderful, with gorgeous snow-dusted landscapes.

Connecticut Is the Ideal Mix of Urban and Rural

While the state is home to exciting vibrant cities, it’s also got plenty of countryside, allowing residents to enjoy an ideal mix of both. While you’ll never be from conveniences, even in larger towns, you’ll find charming neighborhoods with colonial homes and white picket fences that provide a cozy, small-town feel.

Beautiful Beaches and an Abundance of Mouthwatering Food

Located along the Atlantic, that also means plenty of fresh seafood, including lobster. Norwalk in particularly renowned for its top-notch restaurants with tasty seafood and ocean views, while New Haven is famous as the city with some of the best pizza in the entire country.

High Incomes and Good Job Opportunities

Connecticut has one of the lowest poverty rates at 10.5% and one of the highest median household incomes in the country at over $71,000 per year, the fifth highest, according to USA Today. The hottest industries to work in include architecture and engineering; education and training; healthcare; business and financial operations; community and social services.

A Low Crime Rate

Along with lots of job opportunities and high salaries, Connecticut is relatively safe. It has one of the lowest crime rates in the nation too. In 2015, there were 219 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. The very safest cities as of 2018, include Weston, Wilton, Ridgefield, Easton and Madison.

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How To Keep Your Home On Top


 If you're lucky enough to own your own home, then you will know by now just how much responsibility comes with that. When you're a child you don't realise how much goes into owning nice things, but as soon as you become an adult, you see just how many things you are required to pay for, and most of them you don't even have a choice. One positive that comes with this though, is that when you do buy a property, it's essentially an investment. You aren't just throwing money down the drain - you're putting it into the future - something that will pay off massively in the long run.

There are certain things that you can do in order to increase your chances of making a profit when you do decide to sell your home, and the more things you can think of, the better it will all pay off eventually.

Here's how you can keep your home on top of the property ladder.   

Build it up from scratch

If you've purposely brought a property that was cheap and run down, then you may have bigger ideas already planned, like building a brand new home from scratch with the likes of Stecki Construction, Inc. This is a big risk to take, but if you have the money to do so, it can be very beneficial. Not only does this mean that you will have a home that is entirely unique to suit you, but when you do decide to leave - so will your future homeowners. This is something that can entice them in, as their home will be one of kind compared to all other properties in the neighbourhood.

Improve your curb appeal

The front of your home is essentially the thing that gives people a first impression, and that's one of the most important things, so if the exterior doesn't look appealing, then nobody is going to want to bother taking a look inside. There are many things that you can do, from fixing any holes that may be in your drive, to sorting out the front garden if you have one. This means removing any weeds that may be growing, trimming hedges that may have overgrown, and give the garage a little makeover if it's on show. You would be amazed how a little lick of paint can change the whole look of something.

Add an extension

If you have the space and the permission to do so, have a think about expanding on what you already have. This could be by adding a conservatory onto your back door that faces the garden. This creates an extra place to hang out in and bask in the sun. You can turn it into whatever you want essentially, so if you felt like making a home office that overlooks the garden - you can. Or maybe turn it into the dining area, or even make a home gym if that's your thing. The possibilities are endless.

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Elliman’s Ryan Stenta Joins the Eklund | Gomes Team

Douglas Elliman Real Estate is pleased to announce that Ryan Stenta, one of the firm’s talented and well-seasoned solo agents, has joined the Eklund | Gomes Team, one of its most prestigious and highest achieving teams, co-founded by successful duo Fredrik Eklund and John Gomes.

 Ryan Stenta

Ryan Stenta

“We’re incredibly proud of the powerhouse team we have built and we’re so excited to welcome Ryan into the fold,” said Eklund. “He is not only a top-producer and an impressively successful agent in his own right, but an excellent communicator, powerful negotiator, and all-around terrific person and colleague.”

With fifteen years of overall industry experience – as both an agent and with a background in real estate finance – Stenta specializes in representing sellers and buyers in condo, co-op, and townhome transactions, as well as clients with luxury rental needs 

Last year, Stenta ranked in the top 4% of agents nationwide, and in 2016, he was one of the top five highest producing agents in New York City. The Eklund|Gomes Team has secured over ten billion dollars in closed residential sales and the successful sell out of over 50 new developments during their decade of success together.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be able to better serve my clients by working alongside the very best team in the business, equipped with superior tools and resources, and a more expansive spectrum of exclusive opportunities for years to come,” said Stenta. “While working individually has been immensely rewarding, I recognize the exponential value that comes from collaborating with a team of ultra-talented top-producers, and relish the opportunity to work on a collection of the most dynamic and exciting properties in New York City.”

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Walk Through 33 Notzel Road, Taghkanic NY

This week we are taking a virtual look through 33 Notzel Road in Taghkanic, NY. A 4 bedroom/ 4 bathroom house boasting 5,500 square feet and a 52-acre estate with a custom designed Craftsman-inspired home in, New York offers panoramic mountain views of the surrounding countryside. . The home is currently listed for $1,495,000

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A dramatic entry foyer leads to an over sized living room featuring a wood burning fireplace and adjoining screened porch that feels like a tree house. Chef's kitchen has custom cabinetry and abundant counter space. 60' wrap-around porch with perennial borders connects the main living areas. The first-floor master suite features large dressing room and ensuite bath.

There is also a second bedroom/office. A second-floor balcony leads to two large bedrooms with ensuite baths. Lower level spa has steam room and dry sauna. French doors leading to stone patio is a perfect guest room, recreation room or home office with abundant additional space for a home theater, gym or both. Convenient to state parks, ski slopes, music festivals, museums and fine dining.

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Amenities include a private beach, boat dock, badminton/mini-tennis/basketball court and a newly refurbished, 30' x 60' dark grey mosaic glass swimming pool with LED lit fountain jets and a built-in hot tub. There are also stone paved viewing terraces, two mahogany decks, a custom designed fire pit dining table for 16 with built-in banquette, mature growth trees, two wisteria-covered pergolas, a koi pond and a rose arbor.

Throughout the years the house has hosted numerous dignitaries and celebrities and most recently endured a multi-year renovation through which it was lovingly and meticulously restored, bringing it back to its former glory, while advancing it technologically and sustainability into the 21st century, including a new 14-zone geothermal heat and air conditioning system.

Vicki Wolpert at Keller Williams is the listing agent.

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