Broker Marcos G. Cohen Launches New Digital Film

Marcos G. Cohen

Marcos G. Cohen

Douglas Elliman Real Estate, announces that top broker Marcos G. Cohen has launched a digital marketing film, showcasing his knowledge and expertise about the landscape of New York City, be it the city’s architecture, treasured locations and especially, its residential real estate. Cohen, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, moved to New York City at the age of 22, and began his career at Elliman in 1994. He has been a consistent top-producer ever since he joined the company three decades ago, servicing local, domestic and international clients.

In 2019, Cohen was the tenth highest ranking individual at Douglas Elliman. He was the top ranked individual agent in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and second ranked in 2015 among 7,000 real estate professionals company-wide.

“No two customers are the same, and I use my skills and personality to provide exemplary service to my clients from day one until closing,” said Cohen. “Throughout my career, I’ve had the ability to help many people realize their dreams here in New York City. In exchange, my own dreams are realized, which is priceless to me.” 

“Marcos’ unparalleled dedication to his clients has been demonstrated over his accomplished and longstanding career at Douglas Elliman,” said Howard M. Lorber, Executive Chairman, Douglas Elliman Realty, LLC. “His enthusiasm for New York City, as demonstrated in this digital film, is no different than the passion he shows on a daily basis when working with clients and colleagues.”

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James Baldwin's Home Among NYC Buildings To Get Landmark Status For Significance in LGBTQ History

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New York real estate is famously expensive and hard to come by. In the fast-paced and ever-changing city, buildings are quickly sold and bought, torn down, or renovated into modern oases of luxury. While homes that are rehabbed typically sell twice as quickly as those that are not, some efforts in New York City are aiming to keep certain buildings off of the market and in their original state.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission of NYC formed over 50 years ago with the purpose of granting landmark status to certain buildings and neighborhoods based on their architectural significance.

The commission started these efforts after the demolition of the old Pennsylvania Station was met with outrage. The building wasn't any average train station with subway tiles that originated in the NYC subway stations of the early 1900s, but an amazing piece of architecture. Novelist Thomas Wolfe even described the old Pennsylvania Station as "vast enough to hold the sound of time."

Now, the commission is expanding its protections to buildings with cultural significance as well. With the World Pride celebration coming to New York City for the first time this year, it's no coincidence that the next buildings under consideration for landmark protection had critical roles in the gay rights movement.

Six buildings are now under consideration for landmark protection status because of their significance to LGBTQ history and culture. While five of these six buildings are in neighborhoods that are already designated historic districts, the new status would give the buildings an additional layer of protection if future owners ever tried to make exterior changes.

The new status would also be a recognition of the individual buildings' histories and their importance in LGBTQ rights. One of the buildings under consideration is 137 West 71st Street. This structure in the Upper West Side is where writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin kept an apartment for himself and his family.

The building was last altered in 1961 and, according to comments from the current owner Romeo Salta, it would fall within the 85% of homes in the country built prior to 1980 that are currently in need of home improvement. Salta said that he was considering fixing up the building's facade within the next few years as it is starting to look run down, making him a bit ambivalent about the building's impending landmark status. As Baldwin met with other literary and cultural figures and worked on many plays, screenplays, and novels in that apartment, the building certainly qualifies for cultural significance.

Another of the six buildings is in Greenwich Village on Cornelia Street. The ground floor of the building was once a restaurant called Caffe Cino from 1958 to 1968. Although 34% of Americans visit casual dining restaurants once a week, this space became much more than just a cafe for the city's gay artists in the middle of the 20th century.

At the time, the portrayal of homosexuality in theatrical productions was illegal. Local theater artists instead gathered at Caffe Cino to share their work with one another. This simultaneously made Caffe Cino the city's first gay theater and the birthplace of Off Off Broadway.

The other buildings under consideration include Audre Lorde's home in Staten Island and various centers in Manhattan for members of the LGBTQ community. The Gay Activists Alliance Firehouse is considered New York City's first gay community center and the Women's Liberation Center was a crucial home for lesbian organizations that wanted to break away from both male-dominated groups and feminist groups that wouldn't accept them.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center is the sixth building under consideration. This center has been crucial to the LGBTQ community as a home for groups such as the Partnership for the Homeless and S.A.G.E and in its role as an HIV clinic. In today's times about 85% of urgent care centers are open seven days a week. However, the medical field was not quite so accessible or kind to members of the LGTBQ community in the 1980s, making this space an essential structure in the community's history.

Sarah Carroll, Chair of the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission, has said that there will be a public hearing to discuss these sites on June 4. The commission is expecting to make a final vote on the six buildings just before the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the city's Pride celebrations that take place at the end of June.

Douglas Elliman’s David Montville Team Taps into Upstate NY Market with HGAR Memberships

Douglas Elliman,  has announce that members of The David Montville Team, currently based out of the firm’s 774 Broadway office, will soon be joining the Riverdale office, as the team looks to grow its services in both the NYC and upstate New York markets.

David M. Montville, Bart Platow, and DeWayne A. Powell will be dual-licensed with the two brokerage offices, and Montville and Platow will soon join Powell as members of the Hudson Gateway MLS, the Mid-Hudson MLS and the Columbia Greene Northern Dutchess MLS.

“As a team, we focus on first-time homebuyers and the HDFC market in NYC, and by joining the Riverdale office, we will be expanding our practice to include servicing the second- and weekend-home market in Northern Dutchess County, Columbia County, Ulster County, Greene County, and other points north,” said Montville. “These regions are quickly evolving, and we’re excited to take this next step in pursuing business in beautiful upstate New York.”

Powell, who owns a ca. 1850 center hall colonial farmhouse set on 50 acres in Ghent, New York, that provides hay, wheat, barley, and cattle grazing for nearby Hawthorne Valley Farm, added, “You can’t pick up a newspaper today without reading a mention of the Hudson Valley’s being a top destination. Buyers we are seeing include millennials who are continuing to rent in New York City and making their first real estate purchase upstate, buyers looking for affordability paired with great culture, food and experiences, and buyers seeking out land at higher ground due to climate change.”

David M. Montville, a 15-year veteran of the industry, pivoted to real estate after a successful career in finance and banking, from which he gained his vast network of connections in the New York business community and leveraged his much-respected analytical savvy.

Bart Platow, a former mortgage banker, is known for his unparalleled customer service, his cutting-edge market insights, and his expert knowledge of NYC’s most desirable neighborhoods. A strategic advisor and powerful negotiator, Platow holds many longstanding and strong relationships with lenders, attorneys, appraisers, inspectors, title companies, and all of the other professionals that are essential to a transaction. 

DeWayne A. Powell has over 25 years of experience in real estate, law, and the financial services industry. In addition to his block-by-block knowledge of New York City, particularly the Upper West Side, he is especially skilled at working with non-U.S. residents seeking property investments in the New York area and in advising city residents looking to invest in the Hudson Valley.

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Corcoran Group Marketing Joins The NOMA Sales Team

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The NOMA a boutique collection of fifty-five condominium residences in a sculptural twenty-four-story neo-Bauhaus tower. Located in the heart of Manhattan’s creative and cultural NoMad neighborhood has just enlisted The Corcoran Group to collaborate with Alchemy Properties to assist in selling the remaining 50% of the building.

“We are excited to be collaborating with Corcoran Group Marketing and begin the final sell-out phase of the building,” said Alchemy Properties President and Founder, Kenneth Horn, “Our sales to-date has been exceptional, more than 50% of the inventory sold, and the brokerage and buying communities are excited about The NOMA. The building is a new model for luxury living in the NoMad neighborhood. Corcoran Group Marketing understands the value and potential of The NOMA and the neighborhood and will use their expertise to complement Alchemy Properties’ sales team efforts.” 

The building features 15 foot high ceilings capped with reclaimed wood, a custom gunmetal chandelier, limestone flooring, venetian plaster and leather upholstered walls showcase a warm industrial palette.

The lobby is doorman attended 24-hours a day, seven days a week. An extensive set of amenities and services are available to the residents at The NOMA, including a 120-foot wide landscaped residents’ terrace with multiple seating areas and an outdoor kitchen. Overlooking the terrace is a library and fitness center complete with state-of-the-art cardio equipment, free-weights, and a punching bag.

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Bryan Ecock Joins Douglas Elliman

Bryan Ecock

Bryan Ecock

Douglas Elliman Real Estate, has announced that Bryan Ecock has joined the firm. Ecock has won several awards for his sales and service over the past half a decade. His accolades include Top Sales Agent of the Year, repeated Sales Agent of the Month, as well as multiple Million-Dollar Producer and Top Relocation Sales Agent awards. 


“My goal is to always make the home buying and selling experience as stress-free as possible for my clients,” said Ecock. “The resources and support Douglas Elliman offers to their agents are unrivaled, and I’m eager to utilize them to better serve my clients.”

With a background in sales, Ecock began his career managing sales territories for Proctor and Gamble, Glaceau, and Astrazeneca. Well-versed in all Brooklyn neighborhoods, he has worked in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn Heights, East New York, Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Bensonhurst, Brownsville, Bushwick, Midwood and Bedford-Stuyvesant, and will continue to do so at Douglas Elliman.

Ecock will help to expand Elliman’s growing presence in South Brooklyn through his vast experience in the sale of development sites, new construction, single-family and multi-family homes, in addition to condominiums and cooperatives. He will work out of the firm’s 156 Montague Street office in Brooklyn Heights.

 

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People Are Now Paying $2 Million For An Apartment in Greenwood Heights

324 Twenty Facade

324 Twenty Facade

HPI Development, LLC and Stribling Marketing Associates announced that 324 Twenty, a boutique luxury residence, is now 100% sold with the penthouse setting a neighborhood price record. The 4th floor three-bedroom residence was purchased for $2.07 million, the highest price ever paid for a condominium in Greenwood Heights, being the most expensive yet in Greenwood Heights. Sales launched in late September of 2016, with the final unit going into contract just six months later.

The spacious 1,775 SF Penthouse boasts an elevator-access private foyer and 800 SF of private outdoor space with unobstructed views of the Lower Manhattan Skyline, the Statue of Liberty and the Harbor. 

“We are excited, but not at all surprised, that 324 Twenty sold out at such a brisk pace. The generous floorplans and sleek, modern finishes are rare in this area and proved to be an extremely attractive product for buyers,” said Cornelia Henning Van Amburg, of Stribling Marketing Associates, who handled sales and marketing for the residences.

Greenwood Heights is very popular right now, and the neighborhood will only continue to become more sought after as time goes on. These homes have amazing resale potential
— Millie Perry, Stribling Marketing Associates,