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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Roll Call: The sick edition

I have been fighting an annoying cold that is my chest, throat and sinuses. I am really pissed becasue I take very good care of myself and to make matters worse there is a going away party tonight for some friends of mine. That being said. Here we go.

The first link I would like to address is the Ask Curbed: Is There a 'Frenzy' in the Market? entry.

My Dead Cat Bounce entry has tapped into the anxiety of where this market is going. What I am really happy about is that we are having a discussion over the situation. Even though it has become quite heated and there have been some bumps bruises in the process, even for yours truly.

Below is a press release from Kelly Kreth. I wonder if MANAR and REBNY get along? Who has more pull?


( New York , New York , February 22, 2007) Kevin B. Brown and Philip Kiracofe of Century 21 NY Metro were recently appointed to the Board of Directors of MANAR.

Manhattan Association of Realtors (MANAR) is the local chapter of NAR (National Association of Realtors). NAR has over 1.3 million members, the largest real estate trade organization in the country.

Brown, a 17-year veteran of the Manhattan real estate industry recently merged his firm with Dwelling Quest to form Century 21 NY Metro. His vision, driven by a rapidly evolving NYC marketplace, is to revolutionize conventional real estate practices through state-of-the-art technology, impact marketing, and exceptional customer service.

“Being in the service industry for almost twenty years, I immediately knew I wanted to be a part of MANAR because it greatly benefits both customers and clients,” says Brown.

“We’re very pleased with the addition of Century 21 NY Metro to MANAR, and to have Kevin Brown and Philip Kiracofe on our Board. I’m quite confident that their knowledge and real estate experience will take MANAR to the next level,” states Robert DeLeonardis, president, MANAR

Kiracofe, a former top producer within the Prudential system has been appointed to MANAR Leadership Committees focusing on Technology integration/adoption and the growing use of the MLS in NYC. Both positions will tap into his background in technology, sales and finance.

“In general, my entire focus is increasing transparency for buyers/sellers, and I will actively promote MANAR’s leadership position in NYC,” explain Kiracofe, executive vice president of sales, Century 21 NY Metro.

When asked about the importance of MANAR and having two representatives on the Board of Directors, Mike Simon, president, Century 21 NY Metro commented, “As the largest national brand and a growing presence in NYC, we felt it important for our firm to enhance our relationship with NAR by developing a deeper relationship with the national realtor’s association governing body in NYC.”

About CENTURY 21 NY Metro
CENTURY 21 NY Metro ( is a full-service New York City real estate firm offering luxury apartments (condominium, condo, cooperatives, coops, condops) and townhouses for sale and for rent. CENTURY 21 NY Metro is professional real estate, serving all of Manhattan/NYC, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx .

Manhattan Association of Realtors (MANAR) is the local chapter of NAR (National Association of Realtors). NAR has over 1.3 million members, the largest real estate trade organization in the country.

Also the Architects held their own version of the Oscars.


31 Winners Selected from Over 400 Submissions

Works Show Vitality of Design and Architecture in NYC -- and by NYC-Based Firms Working Around the Globe

( New York , NY ) – February 14, 2007 – The New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced the 2007 Design Award winners during its annual evening symposium on February 12th.

The coveted award recognizes excellence in architectural design by New York City architects and by architectural work in New York City .

From over 400 submissions 31 awards were given in three categories: buildings, interiors, and projects. Architects from all fifty states and twelve foreign countries submitted.

The jurors for this year’s competition, now in its 26th year, were:
David Adjaye; Jeanne Gang; Dan Hanganu; Debra Lehman-Smith; Benjamin Gianni; Matthias Sauerbruch; Piero Sartogo; Massimiliano Fuksas; and Peter Waldman

Architecture Honor Award winners:

1. Weiss / Manfredi
Olympic Sculpture Park

2. Diller Scofidio + Renfro
The Institute of Contemporary Art

3. Steven Holl Architects
Higgins Hall Center Section / Pratt Institute

4. Steven Holl Architects
New Residence at the Swiss Embassy

5. Steven Harris Architects LLP
92 Jane Street

6. Foster + Partners
Hearst Tower

Architecture Merit Award Winners:

7 Peter L. Gluck and Partners
Affordable Housing

8. Steven Holl Architects
School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa
9. noroof architects
Slot House

10. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
United States Census Bureau Headquarters

Interior Architecture Honor Award Winners:

11. Dean / Wolf Architects
Operable Boundary Townhouse Garden

12. Della Valle Bernheimer
23 Beekman Place

Interior Architecture Merit Award Winners:

13. STUDIOS Architecture
Bloomberg LP Expansion Floors 17-20

14. Christoff:Finio Architecture
The Heckscher Foundation for Children

15. Asymptote: Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture
Alessi Flagship Store New York

Interior Architecture Of Interest to the Public Realm Award Winners:

16. Sage and Coombe Architects
New York Public Library Fort Washington Branch Children's Room
17. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
United States Census Bureau Headquarters

Project Honor Award Winners:

18. Thomas Phifer and Partners
North Carolina Museum of Art

Project Merit Award Winners:

20. Cooper Robertson & Partners
Zuccotti Park

21. Thomas Phifer and Partners, Office for Visual Interaction, Werner Sobek Ingenieure
City Lights

22. Caples Jefferson Architects
Weeksville Heritage Center

23. Robert Siegel Architects
United States Land Port of Entry, Calais , Maine
24. Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects
405 West 53rd Street

25. Ogawa / Depardon Architects
Red Hook Workspace

26. CR Studio
Pier 62 Carousel Shed

27. Lyn Rice Architects
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

28. Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Park Fifth

29. Rogers Marvel Architects
55 Water Street Plaza, The Elevated Acre

30. Rogers Marvel Architects
Battery Park City Streetscapes

31. Frederic Schwartz, Architects
New Orleans ShotgunLOFT Affordable Housing

I am heading back to bed and hopefully be able to beat this cold in time for the party. I also want to alert my readers that there will be a mission shift in this blog. More details later.