by Laura Matiz
There are two infrastructure projects underway on the Upper East Side. One of them is quite obvious on Second Avenue. (See: NYC Underground: New Transit Projects.) There, the new subway line installation requires massive equipment. A high level of street-side disruption is clear. Sidewalks, crosswalks, and businesses along the thoroughfare are greatly affected.
Along Third Avenue is the second infrastructure project. It is so unobtrusive that most people are unaware that it is already active and running. Of course, I am writing about the ambitious LinkNYC Public Wi-Fi program.
The LinkNYC web site explains that in 2014, the mayor's office announced a competitive request-for-proposals to reuse the ubiquitous pay-phone infrastructure to offer New Yorkers free Wi-Fi and phone calls. The city awarded CityBridge, a consortium of technology, media, user experience and connectivity companies, a 12-year franchise. LinkNYC offers super fast Wi-Fi — a hundred times faster than average public Wi-Fi — across New York City connecting about 7,500 kiosks. The free service will be supported with advertising.
LinkNYC has also been rolled out along Eight Avenue and will continue to expand in Manhattan before heading out to the other boroughs. A LinkNYC map provides information on kiosk locations. Connecting is quite simple and anecdotally, speeds have been impressive. See the video below explaining how to connect to LinkNYC. Happy surfing.
by Laura Matiz
Going to an open house can be a hit-or-miss situation, but if you go prepared with the right questions, even an overcrowded affair can be useful to assess the unit with the few minutes you get with the listing agent. It is likely that that agent has done a fair amount of research in preparation to list the apartment. This may be your best opportunity to benefit from that agent's research while in the apartment.
Here are six topics that I want my customers to understand during an open house visit. You are trying to question the agent running the open house for the good and the bad, and possibly the ugly about the property.
While walking around the unit, ask the agent:
Some of these topics may need to be addressed indirectly and subtly, but if you get good responses, by the end of your visit, you will have a better feel for the unit's value. If any of these questions are unanswered after the open house, they should be the basis of follow up research.