AD100 and Elle Decor A-List Designer, Shawn Henderson, Lists West Village Home

For those of you looking for a home already designed by one of the countries top Interior Designers, you are now in luck as AD 100/Elle Decor A-List Designer Shawn Henderson just listed his West Village home. Currently listed at 791 Greenwich Street, Unit 3 the home is a 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath currently asking for $1,600,000.


A mint-condition West Village residence in an intimate pre-war cooperative. Just one short flight up to find this bright and spacious loft-like space where you will be struck by its scale, charm, and style. The entire apartment was painstakingly renovated by the owner, acclaimed designer Shawn Henderson.

The layout is truly ideal for both comfortable living and entertaining. The living, dining room and kitchen are open creating a loft-like feeling combined with the charm that is unmistakably West Village. Reclaimed wood beams and pockets of exposed brick are adorned throughout the apartment and there is a restored decorative fireplace centering the living room. The original pine floors from 1875 have been perfectly restored and custom shudders added to all the windows.

There is an abundance of light through the oversized western facing windows with treetop views of beautiful Greenwich street. The windowed kitchen features honed royal Danby marble counters, a Wolf duel range oven, Liebherr refrigerator, Miele dishwasher as well as a mixture of satin black aluminum, stainless steel, and grey oak custom cabinetry.

The Master Bedroom has floor-to-ceiling custom closets and there is a massive walk-in dressing room all outfitted with custom cabinetry. The windowed, master bath is outfitted with Waterworks tiling, heated terrazzo floors, unlacquered brass fixtures, a custom-built vanity, and an oversized walk-in rain shower. There is central air and a washer dryer for your comfort and convenience.

Michael J. Franco of Compass Real Estate is the Listing Agent

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Brooklyn Condo Quay Tower Unveils Completed Amenities

Quay Tower, has just unveiled its spectacular collection of amenities designed by AD100 Designer Marmol Radziner. The building is rapidly approaching completion, and the intricately crafted spaces seamlessly evoke the condominium's singular location alongside the iconic Brooklyn Bridge Park.

“The completion of the amenities at Quay Tower is the latest milestone for this game-changing project,” said Robert Levine, President and CEO of RAL Companies. “This is the only condominium of its kind in the highly desirable Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, and the building’s thoughtfully curated amenities were intentionally designed for spectacular relaxation and entertainment experiences. As a testament, we opted to dedicate a significant portion of the valuable rooftop square footage, usually exclusively reserved for penthouses, to two communal rooftop amenity spaces for everyone to enjoy the outstanding views.”

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Most notable about the high-design amenity oasis at Quay Tower is the intentionality of design and orientation. A perfect example, the design and development teams opted to dedicate significant top-floor square footage - the very same as the record-setting penthouse! - to two expansive indoor/outdoor amenity lounges. Sleekly designed, the north-facing Sunset Lounge is surrounded by city and river views while the south-facing Sky Cabana offers unprecedented vistas of the harbor and beyond.  

Indoors, Marmol Radziner's commitment to artfully highlighting the defining pillars of the Quay Tower lifestyle - park-side and waterfront living - into the condominium's communal spaces remains ever-present. The striking lobby, dedicated music room, children's playroom and state-of-the-art fitness center all offer multiple exposures, and unlike most luxury residential amenity spaces, are situated above ground to provide incredible views of the park, waterfront, and beyond.

“At Quay Tower, we have created the new standard for Brooklyn living,” said David Wine, Managing Partner at Oliver’s Realty Group. “Rather than an after-thought, our amenities have been a leading component of our health and wellness-focused lifestyle, with exclusive partnerships and sophisticated design that connects the building to the surrounding Park.”

Referencing Marmol Radziner's West Coast roots, the lobby at Quay Tower employs California modernism with its double-height ceilings and ample natural light. A custom Armani Grey marble reception desk surrounded by Ziricote wood anchors the expansive room and two original commissioned modern artworks elevate the high level of design in the lobby as well as speak to the park-facing location.

Pricing for two-bedroom residences begins at $1.695M, with occupancy expected this fall. Douglas Elliman Development Marketing is the exclusive sales and marketing firm for the project. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit

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RE/MAX Launches First and Only Manhattan Office

RE/MAX’s latest expansion into the Manhattan market makes their brand-new office the first-of-its kind and only one in the borough. Headed by Broker/Owner Shoka Mamedov, the Manhattan office marks an exciting milestone for the international company traditionally known for its strong ties within the suburban market.

The office was launched earlier this month by real estate professional Shovkat Mamedov who, along with her rapidly growing team, will bring RE/MAX’s world-class services and brand name, known around the globe, to this competitive, new market.

“Our Manhattan office is in an ideal location to bring the RE/MAX brand to this thriving commercial and luxury residential market,” said Mamedov.  “The advanced technology and the international network that RE/MAX offers will allow us to make an immediate impact. We have already received a tremendous response from brokers, agents and clients, especially those looking to invest in Manhattan’s active hospitality market.”

With extensive experience in the New York real estate market, Shoka has sold hundreds of residential and commercial properties in all the boroughs of New York City. She and her team are leveraging both RE/MAX’s Commercial and Classic Collection brands to attract local customers and those from abroad. She has also partnered up with Carlo Seneca, Owner of C & A Seneca Construction who is one of the most sought after Hospitality Builders in NYC who along with Shoka made a turnkey office with Real Estate, Development, Construction, Architectural and Design services. And they together will spearhead a huge Hospitality division for RE/MAX in Manhattan.

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Listings are now Live for Waterline Square's Rentals

The new Upper West Side, luxury residential development to open this year, Waterline Square, launched leasing last month for its collection of spacious studio to four-bedroom rental homes and now you can see the home offerings and floor plans as listings just launched.

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With architecture by Richard Meier & Partners, Rafael Viñoly Architects and KPF, plus interiors by Champalimaud, Yabu Pushelberg and Groves & Co., the rental residences at Waterline Square boast condo-level features such as high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the remarkable views, as well large kitchen islands, walk-in closets, wine refrigerators, fully-integrated appliance packages designed by Bosch, vented washer-dryers and five-fixture bathrooms.

All three towers offer a suite of curated amenities and resort-style services, in addition to each tower having access to tower amenities such as private dining rooms, media rooms, game rooms, residents’ lounges with gas-burning fireplaces, libraries and furnished terraces.

In addition, rental residents also have access to the extraordinary Waterline Club — the 100,000SF shared amenities space that is designed by Rockwell Group and connects the three buildings. Just outside their doors, the lush 2.6-acre park is present, as will be a dynamic hospitality program with concepts by Cipriani and Empellón.

Studios at the complex start $3,938/month; one-bedrooms at $5,425/month; two-bedrooms at $8,625/month; three-bedrooms at $9,933/month; and four-bedrooms at $15,000/month.

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Tips on Saying No to Your Friend with Benefits

While having a friends with benefits (FWB) relationship allows one to hang out and have fun with someone without any serious commitments, it can sometimes pose a challenge when it comes to saying “no.” It may be turning down a request for a while because you do not feel like doing whatever your partner is requesting. It could also be about ending the relationship.

So, how do you say “NO” to your friends with benefits effectively? Here are some tips on doing it:

Explain why you cannot make it or if they displeased you

You may not feel excited about having fun with your FWB at a given moment when they suggest that you hook up. It is critical to pause and reflect on why that idea may not be appealing to you at that time. It could be that you are tired, for example after a heavy workout, or you could be feeling sick, or you may have a school or work assignment that is almost due and you need to complete it. It may also be that your FWB did something to you, failed to do something, or said something that hurt you. You should let your partner know why you cannot manage to be there at that moment.

If you are busy wrapping up some assignments that are almost due, then tell them that. If you were offended by their actions or omissions, let them know that. You may tell them that you still value your friendship, but if you are to keep being friends, then they should know that they hurt you when they did what they did or said something that you felt was a bit unfair. Seek to straighten out things and continue enjoying each other’s company.

Promise to make up or give an alternative

After explaining your reason for saying “no” at that moment, you need to let your FWB know that it is not a blanket NO, but you still want to continue enjoying the “benefits” and keep the friendship. You can offer to hook up the next weekend or at another convenient time. Maybe it is a friend that you met on a dating site like Happymatches and have not yet got to know each other well, having hung out only a few times. Assure them that you are glad to have met them and wish to keep the friendship. You may give an alternative of doing a video call and chat for some time and exchange pleasantries. You can soften your NO at the moment by promising to spend a longer time with them next time or try new things.

Communicate clearly when saying no to end things

Unlike in official relationships in which breakups normally require a face-to-face meeting or phone conversation, friends with benefits relationships are casual. This can allow you to break up through an email, text message, or any other non-personal method. But you may also choose to respect the preexisting friendship and break up in a more personal way. If you decide to use non-personal ways, ensure that you clearly and concisely state your intention to end the friendship and leave no room for misinterpretation since you will not be there to clarify anything. You could choose to use a non-personal method when you fear that a face-to-face encounter could weaken your resolve, or your FWB is likely to try to manipulate you, or when meeting is a bit more difficult like in a long-distance relationship. You need to be ready to handle the breakup, and if you feel that there are chances of the friendship relapsing, you should cut any communications. Better still, if your FWB has no problem with it, you may agree to continue being friends but do away with the benefits.

You have to be able to say no to your friend with benefits and stand your ground. Whether it is a no for a moment or to break-up altogether, you need to be forthright and always seek your best interests. After all, you are just in it for the benefits and friendship without a serious commitment.

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