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Greenwich Connecticut Field Trip

I was invited by Bill Andruss, a top Sotheby’s International Realty broker at Greenwich Connecticut market, to look at some properties and learn about the city and its neighborhoods.

The greater Greenwich area is consisted of four neighborhoods: Greenwich, Cos Cob, Riverside, and Old Greenwich. There are five major roads that go north-south: Riversville Road, Round Hill Road, Lake Avenue, North Street, Stanwich Road. These five roads are like the five fingers of a palm which extrend from the base which is the business district of downtown Greenwich. The Merritt Parkway cuts across upper Greenwich from east-west and is considered the demarcation for “the back country” from the “mid country” and the towncenter areas.

The homes in the back country are mostly on big lots of 4 acres or more. In mid country, the land sizes are typically of 2 acres or 1 acres. As properties get closer to the business district, the lot can be about 1/4 acre or smaller.

It’s difficult to characterize Greenwich properties with broadstroke definitions. Homes are often custom built and each of them is distinguished in its own ways. One of the properties we saw had a large formal living room, a family room where the residents spend most of their time, a kitchen and a dining room, two separate entrances and garages on each wing of the house. The basement has been turned into a recreational area with a home theater, a room with billiard table and a bar, a wine cellar and a cigar cellar, beside a laundry room, a mechnical room, and a maid’s room with a kitchen. On the other end of the spectrum, we saw a property that require some restoration work and more humble in size and grandeur, but lends itself a cozier and homey feel.

Later in the afternoon, we visited the waterfront areas of Riverside and Old Greenwich. Greenwich Point Park is a wonderful park where local residents go for a short hike or a walk. There are barbeque areas where people can stake out for a picnic in warmer seasons. It’s a great city to be and relax with families and friends.

Bill told me that Greenwich is really a working man’s town – the residents often choose the neighborhood for an easy daily commute into New York City via Metro North Train. The train ride is about an hour from and to Grand Central on the New Haven line. Residents get a parking sticker to park at the train station. Connecticut also has the benefit of a lower tax versus New York State.

I really enjoyed the day trip to Greenwich. The towncenter really reminds me of downtown Los Altos where local shops lends some regional colors and major national stores help bring modern convenience. It was also good to get out of New York City to be in the suburbs sometimes.

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Event & Traffic Alert in Manhattan (10/25 – 10/26)

EVENT:           STREET FAIR – AMERICAN JAZZ FESTIVAL
DATE:             SATURDAY, 10/25/14, 11AM TO 6PM
LOCATION:      W52 STREET, 5 TO 7 AVENUE
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EVENT:            ANNUAL CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN PARTY IN HELL’S KITCHEN PARK
DATE:              SATURDAY, 10/25/14, 1230PM TO 330PM
LOCATION:       10 AVENUE, W47 TO W48 STREETS
+++   W47 STREET BLOCK ASSOCIATION WILL SPONSOR THE ANNUAL CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN PARTY AND HAYRIDE.
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EVENT:             BRAZILIAN ELECTIONS
DATE:               SUNDAY, 10/26/14, 8AM TO 5PM
LOCATION:        639 W46 STREETS
+++   UNKNOWN NUMBER OF PROTESTORS.  THE PEOPLE OF BRAZIL WHO LIVE IN THE NORTH EAST WILL VOTE FOR THE PRESIDENT OF BRAZIL.  ACCORDING TO THE BRAZILIAN CONSULATE, APPROXIMATELY 30,000 PEOPLE ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE.
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EVENT:               TURKISH NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION AT THE PLAZA HOTEL
DATE:                 SUNDAY, 10/26/14, 630PM TO 830PM
LOCATION:          768 5 AVENUE – PLAZA HOTEL
+++   1000+ PARTICIPANTS ARE EXPECTED.  THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF TURKEY IN NEW YORK WILL HOST A NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION AT THE PLAZA HOTEL.  MOST OF THE CONSUL GENERALS IN THE CITY AS WELL AS OTHER DIPLOMATS WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE.  SPECIAL ATTENTION TO POSSIBLE PROTESTS AND PEDESTRIAN / VEHICULAR TRAFFIC.
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EVENT:            C.E.R.T. CB 4 BLOCK PARTY
DATE:              SUNDAY, 10/26/14, 10AM TO 6PM
LOCATION:       W46 STREET, 8 TO 9 AVENUES
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EVENT:             BROADWAY OPENING – LAST SHIP
DATE:               SUNDAY, 10/26/14, 630PM TO 930PM
LOCATION:        250 W52 STREET – NEIL SIMON THEATRE
+++   1500 PARTICIPANTS ARE EXPECTED.  THE PLAY, LAST SHIP, WILL PREMIERE AT THE NEIL SIMON THEATRE.   LARGE CROWDS ARE EXPECTED.  SPECIAL ATTENTION TO PEDESTRIAN AND VEHICULAR TRAFFIC.
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Queens Restaurant Week 2014

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Queens Borough is the most culturally diverse area on this planet. Therefore, it also home to a very diverse selection of world cuisines.

From October 13 until Halloween, more than 100 local restaurants — spread out over roughly 30 neighborhoods — will offer special prix fixe meals. A three-course dinner for only $28 per person and lunch for only $14 will be the most common offerings. Details and a list of participating restaurants can be found here:

http://www.itsinqueens.com/dq/RestaurantWeek/participants/

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