“New York is the biggest collection of villages in the world.” — Alistair Cooke
Imagine if Peter Minuit — who bought Manhattan Island from Indians in exchange for beads, buckets and trinkets — could return today and see what he wrought . . . perhaps world’s most exciting center for finance, the arts, communications, international politics, and more?The electricity that pervades Manhattan today sparks synapses that are felt in outer space. And yet, as Alistair Cooke points out, at its heart, New York City is a “collection of villages,” many of them quaint-yet-ultimately sophisticated enclaves that quietly and smoothly offer the finest the world has to offer in a softly comfortable ambiance that belies the frenetic activity outside.At one’s fingertips are the very best of everything required for luxurious living, whether it incredible views of this glamorous city, or necessities of life such as education, entertainment, shopping, cuisine, arts or culture, explains Stribling Private Brokers, Manhattan’s premier real estate company.Manhattan is in one of the nation’s wealthiest counties, globally recognized as the world’s financial capital and center for arts and entertainment. No wonder one hears residents of New York City’s other boroughs, such as Brooklyn and Queens, say they’re “going to the city,” when referring to a trip into Manhattan.
Manhattan roughly translates as “island of many hills” in the Lenape language. One of Henry Hudson’s officers (on his yacht) notes the name “Manna-hata” when referring to this area in one of his journals. The Lenape tribe (Delaware Indians) once in habited the area. (New “York” comes from the English Duke of York and Albany, the future King James II.) Manhattan’s rich and exciting legacy passes through the heart of the Revolutionary War and later emergence of the United States. It was here that colonists wrote the first Declaration of Rights and Grievances with the “no taxation without representation” concept.
One can’t help but think, staring at Manhattan from above or across the water, how one tiny island can hold the weight of such a density of concrete. It does. The underlying bedrock is a mica schist, a strong metamorphic rock than can actually be seen as outcroppings in Central Park. The reason skyscrapers are clustered in the Midtown and Financial District is that the bedrock base is higher there.
Early in the 19th Century, Manhattan was expanded through the use of landfill from the natural Hudson shoreline at Greenwich St. to West Street. When the World Trade Center was built, 1.2 cubic yards of “material” was excavated to make room for lower levels. That fill was used to expand the Manhattan shoreline across West Street, creating Battery City Park.
The 22.7 square mile island is only 13.4 miles long and 2.3 miles wide at its widest point (near 14th Street). The street grid plan creates an interesting phenomenon sometimes called “Manhattanhenge” (like Stonehenge?). In late May and early July, when the sunset aligns with the street grid lines, the sun is visible at or near the western horizon from street level. Ditto for sunrises in January and December.
If you’re going to live in Manhattan, you have to learn the language, especially to get around. Everything is referred to as either east or west of Broadway. Avenues generally run north and south. Streets generally run east and west. Can’t see a street sign? Avenues are usually wider, streets are narrower, which should help orient you when you step off a subway. If the cross streets increase in number as you walk up an avenue, you’re headed north. Down, south. It’s the exceptions that will drive you crazy! Fortunately there aren’t too many of them.
Perhaps more so in Manhattan than in any other luxury real estate market, an intimate knowledge of these often very unobtrusive high-end properties is absolutely essential. At Stribling, the philosophy is simple, yet it is the key to its success: The right broker makes all the difference. Each agent understands why selling or buying a home is a life-changing experience — especially in a complex market such as this one is. Agents understand the sensibilities of their discerning clientele. They, too, have the highest standards.
Stribling is renowned for its roster of New York’s finest properties and exceptional client-focused service. Therefore, it is not surprising that 80% of Stribling’s business comes from referrals and from generations of the same families. Stribling’s associates are highly regarded for their professionalism, discretion, and creative thinking. This is why Stribling stands out among hundreds of other residential real estate firms in Manhattan.
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At Stribling, our philosophy is simple, yet it is the key to our success: The right broker makes all the difference. Each of our agents understands why selling or buying a home is a life-changing experience.
We understand the sensibilities of our discerning clientele—because we, too, have the highest standards. Stribling is renowned for its roster of New York’s finest properties and exceptional client-focused service. Therefore, it is not surprising that 80% of Stribling’s business comes from referrals. We take great pride in the fact that clients return to us again and again throughout their lives—and so do their children and grandchildren.
Founder Elizabeth F. Stribling meticulously selects and nurtures real estate professionals. Our agents know the intricacies of the luxury real estate market and offer an unparalleled degree of personalized attention. With unrivaled knowledge of the city’s most distinguished properties and sought after neighborhoods, Stribling’s associates are highly regarded for their professionalism, discretion, and creative thinking. This is why Stribling stands out among hundreds of other residential real estate firms in Manhattan.