Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Inatteso Pizza Bar

Inatesso Pizza Bar in Battery Park.

They provide this fresh, mashed up garlic bread dip.  The uneven wood paneling on the walls and sparkling clean glasses on each table provide a modern and bright ambiance.

Best Christmas Present

This was given to us wrapped in an old version of the world map.  Both highly educational and Rosetta Stone is addictive.

Monday, December 24, 2012

9 Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier (Inc.com)

By Geoffrey James, Inc.com

Happiness is the only true measure of personal success. Making other people happy is the highest expression of success, but it's almost impossible to make others happy if you're not happy yourself.

With that in mind, here are nine small changes that you can make to your daily routine that, if you're like most people, will immediately increase the amount of happiness in your life:

1. Start each day with expectation.

If there's any big truth about life, it's that it usually lives up to (or down to) your expectations. Therefore, when you rise from bed, make your first thought: "something wonderful is going to happen today." Guess what? You're probably right.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Jack's Wife Freda

One of my favorite brunch spots.  Good food, classy ambiance and reasonably priced.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Why invest in New York property

While taking a break from my regular type of workouts today, I did 30 mins on the stationary bike. By the way, I did 37 straight chin ups recently!  It's significant because I finally managed to do the same number of straight chin ups as my age.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Investment Boot Camp

Article that came out in Brick Underground for which I was interviewed.

Investment Bootcamp, Part 3: 10 mistakes to avoid when investing in NYC real estate

In the third part of our series, we look at some of the biggest mistakes investors make when buying a NYC property:

1. Deciding on a property based on the wow factor.
Don't be too impressed by superficial features, says Wei Min Tan of Rutenberg, who works with many foreign investors. “If you’re buying as an investment, there’s a lot more to look at than just the lobby and amenities,” he says.

“Look instead at location of the building--driven by proximity to the subway or some kind of driver in the neighborhood, like Wall Street for example--as well as the overall quality of the building, and supply and demand within the building. There are certain buildings that have just so much supply, and it’ll take a long time to rent those apartments out,” he says.