What we're about

This meetup group is for people who are considering relocating to a new neighborhood and desire to learn about the lifestyle, amenities, architecture and culture, along with the real estate market. There will be opportunities for people to share their current and past experiences about where they have lived as a way of building community and increasing members knowledge of different parts of New York City. We will aim to have interesting discussions about what we each value in a community which may lead us to explore new neighborhoods.

Each guided neighborhood experience will last from 2-3 hours and may include brief stops at local businesses, cafes, green space, and other points of interest to get a more intimate flavor of the neighborhood. Members may make requests and suggestions for future meetups, and we can venture into more obscure sections of the city.

The group leader, Hank Orenstein, is a licensed NYC Tour Guide, urban historian, visual artist, retired social worker - and also a real estate broker with The Corcoran Group. The leader will impart his knowledge of the real estate market to provide practical information for members who wish to gain more knowledge of current and future housing stock in each neighborhood.

In 2018 I will be offering a series of walking tours with the theme of "Real Estate with a Soul": Living in NYC's Historic Neighborhoods". The spirit of this series is to honor some of our special neighborhoods that are protected and preserved as NYC experiences over-building in some areas challenging the character of communities.

Tours will be offered in most of these neighborhoods beginning in March (not necessarily in this order)

1. Brooklyn Heights

2. Carnegie Hill

3. Upper West Side

4. Jackson Heights

5. Fort Greene-Clinton Hill

6. Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill/Audubon Park

7. West Village

8. Bedford Stuyvesant/Crown Heights

9. Financial District

10. Prospect Heights/Park Slope

11. Greenpoint

12. Murray Hill

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Low Key Brooklyn: Windsor Terrace, Kensington and Ditmas Park

Join us for a fun and informative walk! About 4 miles altogether. Brings snacks, water and lunch if you like. We'll take a break in Prospect Park. Note that there are several options to grab a coffee and a bite to eat and use the restroom before the walk begins. Please arrive early if you plan to do that. Your options are along Prospect Park West between the circle and 17th Street (away from the park). There's a Dunkin' Donuts, Brunswick Coffee Shop, Windsor Cafe, Terrace Bagels and Krupa Grocery (a restaurant). Brooklyn is still ever-popular and there are still plenty of its nearly 80 neighborhoods waiting to be discovered. The communities on this tour have experienced a growth in amenities, restaurants, cafes and are close to Prospect Park and subways. The housing stock is varied - a nice mix of apartment houses, row houses and Victorian homes. Buying and renting is more affordable than its neighbors on the West and North sides of the park. Tour will end on Cortelyou Road in Ditmas Park, convenient to the Q train. This walk will be also be offered to my other group, "Exploring NYC History and Neighborhoods". Cheers from Hank[masked]

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