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October 2023

Out and About With Scout and Archie

Happy Halloween - Let's Have Fun!

Halloween in NYC can be such a fun time! It got me thinking about how important it is to take some time out of our busy lives to just go out and enjoy all we have around us - especially in times when the world just seems a bit off kilter.


In a society that prizes productivity, where busyness becomes a point of pride and the “grind” a badge of honor, fun too often gets cast aside as trifling rather than a vital part of a meaningful life.

In his science-backed guidebook, “The Fun Habit: How the Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life,” organizational psychologist and behavioral scientist Mike Rucker shares evidence for the physical and psychological benefits of prioritizing pleasure.

A component of our well-being relies on fun, play and leisure, Rucker argues. His book explains how intentionally increasing joyful moments can improve health, relationships — and even productivity — and offers practical tips, tools and tactics to encourage everyday acts of fun.

Fun isn’t “extra,” Rucker insists. “It’s an act of radical self-care.”

Read the full article here.

Neighborhood Buzz

Halloween Parade Turns 50!

Halloween in New York City is one of the most exciting days of the year. Prepare to see adults and children of all ages dressed up in full costume - people don't dress up half-hearted in the Big Apple. But would you expect anything less? 

From Barbie to Taylor Swift, lifesized pizza slices to NYC rats, the costumes are creative and wild, and we are all here for it. If you are visiting NYC for spooky season and want to make sure you celebrate in style while in the Big Apple, then the city's iconic Village Halloween Parade is highly recommended to get the full Halloween experience just by viewing alone. 

It can be pretty overwhelming knowing exactly where to go for the best viewing spot, or knowing what exactly to dress up as for it - especially if you are planning on going along to walk the parade. We have all the answers covered below, to ensure you have the most spooktacular time this Halloween!

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Trick or Treat - These Streets Are Going Car Free

 Take note, West Village trick-or-treaters — these streets will be a ghost town for cars this Halloween season.

The city's "Trick-or-Streets" program will offer spooky fun with 3 parades and 27 car-free streets across Manhattan.

Sixth Avenue from West 16th Street to Spring Street; Tuesday Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.

LaGuardia Place from West Third Street to Washington Square South; Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Some street closures — like one on Lafayette Street, Kenmare Street to Spring Street — will feature live music, performances, jugglers and more.

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Seven Haunted Spots

 That Will Give You the Chills


Greenwich Village is one of New York City’s most haunted neighborhoods. Tales of murder, witchcraft and grave robbing are etched into its streets. The prosperous, the impoverished, and the free-spirited have all called it home… and many have decided to stick around long after their deaths.

Start with the House of Death. Twenty-two ghosts walk the halls of this unassuming brownstone. The most famous spirit is Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain.

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Matthew Perry Fans Flock To NYC's West Village to Remember a "Friend"

Matthew Perry fans flocked to Manhattan’s West Village Sunday to pay tribute to the “Friends” actor, a day after he apparently drowned at his Los Angeles home.

Although the show was filmed on a Hollywood soundstage, it featured regular exterior shots of the six-story building, where a makeshift memorial was erected Sunday, as several dozen mourners braved the rain to place flowers and hand-written tributes at the base of a lamppost out front.

A couple from Staten Island laid two bouquets of yellow and gold flowers in honor of Perry, who had detailed his extensive battles with drug and alcohol addiction in his memoir “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,” published last year.

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Basquiat X Warhol

The Brant Foundation is pleased to announce Basquiat x Warhol at the Foundation’s East Village location, curated by Dr. Dieter Buchhart and Peter M. Brant in collaboration with Dr. Anna Karina Hofbauer. On view November 1, 2023 through January 7, 2024, this is the first time the collaboration has been the subject of a major New York exhibition since Andy Warhol & Jean-Michel Basquiat at Gagosian Gallery in 1997.

The exhibition is traveling from Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, France.

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One of New York's

Best Slice Shop

Opens Downtown

Brooklyn slice shop known for its simple slices and unending lines, opens on Wednesday in the West Village at 104 Christopher Street, near Bleecker Street.

The Manhattan restaurant is the first expansion for owner Massimo Laveglia, who opened L’Industrie in Williamsburg in 2017.

His slices come on greasy paper plates with crisp, naturally leavened crusts and ample toppings like burrata and pepperoni. Eater has consistently called L’Industrie one of the best slice shops in the city.

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In Contract - 148 West 23rd St Unit 10B

Spectacular Sunny Loft Living in Chelsea.

Step into the epitome of New York loft living at 148 West 23rd St. #10B. This exceptional loft apartment in Chelsea offers a unique blend of historic charm and modern luxury, all set against the backdrop of iconic city views.

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Price Cut - 88 Horatio St Unit 3C

Charming Studio Apartment with Modern Elegance now $485,000.

Welcome to your own piece of Manhattan magic! This beautifully designed studio apartment in the heart of the West Village offers a perfect blend of classic charm and contemporary convenience.

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Scout and Archie's Scoop

Halloween Candy—a Treat For You, a Trick For Your Pet

First of all, we hate costumes and people in them. Archie turns into a barking nut and I just wanna hide! Halloween is not our favorite time of year.

But there are many important things to consider besides costumes and candy to keep your pet safe this Halloween.

For a list of great things to remember to keep your pets safe this Halloween and the days after I encourage you to click here to learn more.

xo - Scout and Archie

A Bit About Me

A New York City resident for over 25 years and a West Village homeowner for over 18, I am passionate about this city and am devoted to making each client interaction an exciting and rewarding experience. It is a passion of mine to assist buyers, sellers, renters and investors to help them achieve real estate success. An expert in marketing, communication and negotiation, I skillfully guide clients with extensive market knowledge and my unfailing can-do attitude. A full-service agent, I work closely with top-tier real estate attorneys, mortgage bankers, financial advisors and stagers to facilitate all aspects of of my clients' needs.

For the past 13 years, I have served as a member of my coop board and have a deep knowledge for running a building in NYC. I currently live on Charles Street with my husband, Shuki, and our rescue dogs, Scout and Archie. I am passionate about giving back to our NYC community and continually support and volunteer with many charities and nonprofits include AIDS Walk NY, Cycle for Survival and the Sato Project.

I am here to help in any way I can with your real estate needs. Please reach out - I would love to hear from you and buy you a coffee at Blackstone Roasters. I can also connect you or your friends and family with top-notch real estate professionals all across the country.

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