Brooklyn’s luxury market cooled last week

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Share via Shortlink Message* Full Name* brooklyncompassLuxury Real EstateNYC Luxury MarketResidential Real Estate 1 Grand Army Plz #12C (Compass, Google Maps)Most of the luxury Brooklyn homes that went into contract last week had languished on the market for months, but there was one notable exception.A 1,500-square-foot condo at 1 Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Heights was available for just 15 days before it went into contract last week. That’s well below the average of 223 days. Its last asking price was $2.7 million, or $1,800 per square foot.A 3,495-square-foot townhouse at 177 Madison Street in Bedford Stuyvesant was also swept up quickly after 29 days on the market. The home, last asking $2.8 million (or $802 per square foot), has six bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms.Those two deals were among the 22 luxury contracts signed in Brooklyn last week, down from the previous week’s 40 deals, according to Compass’ weekly report. The total sales volume was nearly $64 million, more than half of the $133 million in deals inked the week before.ADVERTISEMENTTownhouses and condos saw 11 contracts signed each, but there were no co-op deals. The top two contracts were both townhouses.Read moreBrooklyn sees huge boom in luxury contracts signed Brooklyn luxury condo contracts catch up to townhouses Brooklyn luxury contracts surge with $82M in deals Tags In Fort Greene, a townhouse at 191 Washington Park was the most expensive deal of the week with a last asking price of $4.9 million. The 3,913-square-foot home has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and high ceilings with ornate moldings throughout the home.On its heels was 6 Wythe Lane in Williamsburg, with a final asking price of $4.5 million. The newly constructed 4,454-square-foot home spans five floors and features a private roof deck and underground parking.The median asking price was about $2.7 million and the average price per square foot was $1,205. Between condos and townhouses, the former triumphed with an average price per square foot of $1,493, while latter had an average price per square foot of $888.The average discount was 3 percent.Contact Cordilia Jameslast_img read more

Investigating an unusually large 28-day oscillation in mesospheric temperature over Antarctica using ground-based and satellite measurements

first_imgThe Utah State University (USU) Advanced Mesospheric Temperature Mapper (AMTM) was deployed at the Amundsen‐Scott South Pole Station in 2010 to measure OH temperature at ~87 km as part of an international network to study the mesospheric dynamics over Antarctica. During the austral winter of 2014, an unusually large amplitude ~28‐day oscillation in mesospheric temperature was observed for ~100 days from the South Pole Station. This study investigates the characteristics and global structure of this exceptional planetary‐scale wave event utilizing ground‐based mesospheric OH temperature measurements from two Antarctic stations (South Pole and Rothera) together with satellite temperature measurements from the Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) on the Aura satellite, and the Solar Occultation For Ice Experiment (SOFIE) on the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite. Our analyses have revealed that this large oscillation is a winter time, high latitude phenomenon, exhibiting a coherent zonal wave #1 structure below 80 km altitude. At higher altitudes, the wave was confined in longitude between 180‐360°E. The amplitude of this oscillation reached ~15 K at 85 km and it was observed to grow with altitude as it extended from the stratosphere into the lower thermosphere in the southern hemisphere. The satellite data further established the existence of this oscillation in the northern hemisphere during the boreal winter time. The main characteristics and global structure of this event as observed in temperature are consistent with the predicted 28‐day Rossby Wave (1,4) mode.last_img read more

HMS Severn Heads to North Atlantic

first_img View post tag: Atlantic HMS Severn Heads to North Atlantic Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Severn sailed from Portsmouth on November 25th, 2014 for an eight-month deployment to the North Atlantic.She will provide security and assurance to the UK’s overseas territories in the Caribbean and will be on standby for disaster relief operations.Severn will carry emergency relief stores including food and water and among her 48 crew is a doctor and medical team.The ship can make ten tonnes of fresh water per day and is also able to embark shipping containers of aid and equipment if required.Lieutenant Ben Read, HMS Severn’s Navigating Officer, said: “We are trained and fully capable of deploying specialist Royal Navy personnel ashore to assess damage, identify priorities and recommend where disaster relief resources are best apportioned.”The ship’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Steve Banfield, added: “Whilst Severn normally operates in UK waters, our focus is now on deploying the ship and our personnel for the Atlantic Patrol Tasking (North). “I’m confident that our training has prepared us well for all contingencies and tasking that may be required of us.”[mappress mapid=”14565″]Press Release; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Severn View post tag: heads Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Severn Heads to North Atlantic View post tag: Maritime Training & Education View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMS View post tag: North November 30, 2014last_img read more

Mayor’s Update: April 20

first_imgDear Friends,I know it seems impossible to drive anywhere in Ocean City this month without running into a road construction project. The amount of work this spring has been truly exceptional.  We’re combining an already ambitious schedule of road improvements with two major neighborhood drainage projects. At the same time, the utility companies are upgrading their infrastructure, and Cape May County is working on redecking the 34th Street Bridge and replacing the W. 17th Street Bridge.Four nor’easters in March pushed back the start of many of these jobs, and most work is scheduled to be complete by Memorial Day. That leaves a little window for a lot of construction. I want to thank all of you for your patience and understanding as this work gets completed. By summer, we’ll be traveling on smoother roads with vastly improved drainage. In the meantime, I’ll try to update you on what we can expect in the coming weeks. Please understand that all construction schedules are contingent on weather and other variables.34th Street Bridge: Cape May County is working on the final resurfacing of the bridge. The project remains on schedule to be complete by May 1.Fourth Ward Drainage Project: Paving of the avenues (Simpson and Haven) is expected to begin Wednesday. The numbered streets will follow and should be complete by Memorial Day. Paving of alleys and activation of pumping stations will continue into the summer.North End Drainage Project: Crews are working to replace the drainage system on Second Street and will move next to Fourth Street. This project will extend into the 2018-2019 off-season.Bay Avenue: Detours will be in effect mid-week near the Ocean City Municipal Airport as the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority restores the roadway after a sewer main repair.Wesley Avenue and Waterway Road: On Saturday (April 21), South Jersey Gas work will require detours on the 2200, 2500 and 3500 blocks of Wesley Avenue and on Waterway Road between Bay Avenue and Bayland Drive. Each block should be detoured for only two to three hours, and not all blocks will be closed at once.East Atlantic Boulevard, North Street and First Street: Paving in this area will begin on Monday and is expected to be complete by May 17.Wesley Road and Wesley Avenue: Repaving of the stretch between Battersea Road and First Street is awaiting South Jersey Gas work but will be complete by the end of May.34th Street: Utility company upgrades are complete and road will be repaved before Memorial Day.46th Street and 47th Street: We expect work to begin the week of April 30 on emergency repair work to the sanitary sewer system from West Avenue to Asbury Avenue and on the 4600 block of the West/Asbury alley.  Warm regards, Thanks again for you patience, and I hope you all have a great weekend.These are just some of the projects in the works. I’m confident that the final product – rebuilt roads, a new storm drainage system and upgraded utilities – will be well worth the short-term sacrifices. I will continue to provide weekly updates and information is always available at again for your patience, and I hope you all have a great weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

NAMB plans for busy conference schedule

first_img== Calorie clarity ==Pret A Manger and Subway are among 18 major catering companies introducing calorie information on their menus for the first time, initially on a trial basis. Pret is to trial it in one store initially, with plans to expand to a further 24 shops. Subway stated it would display it in a minimum of six stores initially. The move coincided with the first annual report of the government’s obesity strategy Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives – One Year On.== Costa reaches 900 ==Costa Coffee this week broke through the 900-store mark as the branded coffee shop sector showed little sign of a slowdown in the recession. With a new outlet opening in London’s Piccadilly on Wednesday, a spokesperson told British Baker that Costa would open 100 stores in 2009. Costa also spent £150,000 on the opening this week of its third barista training academy in Newbury.== Supermarket agenda ==A new business development programme designed to help food and drink producers secure supermarket listings has been launched by development organisation Scotland Food & Drink, Sainsbury’s and the Scottish Government. Eleven food and drink companies, including Kingdom Bakery, Mey Selections and Murdoch Allen & Sons, will start the six-month programme this month.—-=== On the web ===l New chairman of the NSA’s bakery steering group Ian Thomson, talks about the group’s strategyl British Baker is now on Twitter – follow us at Chester based-bakers P&A Davies teams up with California Raisins on local Chester radioTo read the full stories check out read more

Life Lab builds on cross-disciplinary approach

first_img Nick Renzette, a technology specialist with Aldatu, works in the Life Lab. All three labs benefit from their proximity to Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Science and Engineering Complex, which will be the new home of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) in 2020.The Innovation Labs cluster will foster a cross-disciplinary approach to entrepreneurship that will enable deeper impact and outcomes, addressing questions whose complexity demands forging new connections and crossing traditional boundaries, noted President Drew Faust at the launch of Harvard’s Capital Campaign.Over the past five years the i-lab has attracted students and faculty from across the University, some of whom want to pursue ideas in the life sciences that require wet lab facilities. Wet labs test chemicals, drugs, or other materials that require direct ventilation and specialized accommodations.The newly opened Life Lab offers shared space for high-potential life sciences and biotech startups that are founded by Harvard faculty, alumni, students, and postdoctoral scholars. It provides learning and career development opportunities to Harvard students, equips scientific startups with the lab resources and programming needed to grow and scale life science ventures, and generates insights and expertise about what it will take for Harvard to continue to build a successful life science environment.“The Life Lab is a vital building block in Harvard’s efforts to create an innovation hub in Allston that encourages our students and faculty to explore and nurture ideas that lead to new knowledge, new products, new services, and perhaps even new industries,” said Faust.“The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab is going to open new doors for students, faculty, scientists, and scholars. It will give them the platform to launch new biotech startups, and be an engineer for health care and the environment and it’s all right here in Allston,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “We are in the midst of a startup boom and this facility is going to really help attract more talent to our great city.”Harvard in Allston: Life LabThe lab was made possible by a gift from Judy and Stephen Pagliuca. Stephen Pagliuca is best known as a board member of the Boston Basketball Partners LLC, owner of the Boston Celtics.“We believe innovation in the life sciences is critically important to the future of our region from an economic standpoint and equally important to all of our futures in its potential to solve complex health problems,” said Stephen Pagliuca.“We are thrilled to be able to contribute to the innovation movement at Harvard and we are excited at the potential of the ideas that will emerge from this new space,” added Judy Pagliuca.“We are so very grateful to Judy and Steve for their gift that made this project possible,” said Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria. “And we are equally grateful for their vision of having Allston become a life sciences cluster and their understanding of the need for lab space to support Boston as a hub for biotechnology ventures.”The 15,000-square-foot facility has a fully equipped and permitted laboratory and also hosts office space for early stage companies. It is a BSL1-rated facility, meaning that teams will work with materials that pose no danger to anyone outside of the lab. The Life Lab is operated by Lab Central, a leader in life sciences co-working communities.The Life Lab selection committee has chosen 17 high-potential ventures founded and led by Harvard faculty, students, postdoctoral scholars, and alumni. Ventures are typically comprised of two to five individuals who demonstrate expertise in the technology or science, as well as an understanding of the commercial and market needs, and a vision for how they will build a viable business. The ventures represent eight Harvard Schools and nearly 50 percent have a female founder.According to Jodi Goldstein, the Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Managing Director of the Harvard Innovation Labs, the inaugural teams reflect the breadth and diversity of Harvard. “We hope by building community we will accelerate their development and increase their likelihood of future success and ultimate impact on the world,” she said.Day Zero Diagnostics is one of the inaugural ventures working at the new Life Lab. Miriam Huntley, one of its founders, said the company is working on saving time, money, and lives by developing new diagnostic tests that will cut the waiting time for results from days to mere hours. She said her team appreciates, and has come to rely upon, opportunities to collaborate not just with each other, but with other startups, and students from across the University.“The i-lab and the Life Lab offer really unique opportunities; already we see a lot of flow between all of the labs, and between HBS and SEAS itself. It is a great community of people working together on different ventures,” said Huntley.Michael Schrader, one of the co-founders of Vaxess, another company selected for the first round of Life Lab ventures, agrees.“Cambridge, Harvard, Boston [are] just bubbling with these really, really cool technologies and looking for entrepreneurs to take them forward,” he said. “We [at Vaxess] have grown up in the incubator system, and we simply love it. We love the openness and support network that comes from it.“Part of the challenge of starting a company is that you’re never going to have all the resources that you need,” continued Schrader. “For us to be at the Life Lab expands exponentially the people we have access to. We’re surrounded by companies that are six months ahead of us, or six months behind us, and there’s really just an amazing system of collaboration and support.”The Life Lab will also play an important role in Harvard’s ongoing efforts to bring its greatest strengths — teaching and research — directly to the community.“I’m particularly excited to hear that the Life Lab is committed to being a good neighbor in the Allston community. The lab will join the Harvard Ed Portal’s excellent tradition of involvement and will add an emphasis on life sciences by sponsoring workshops for residents. It has also already provided a $60,000 grant to buy Chromebook laptops for Allston-Brighton public school students. This is exactly the kind of investment a city wants to see from its private and academic neighbors,” said Walsh.Through these collective projects, Harvard is continuing to make critical investments and stewarding its Allston campus as part of a larger picture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.“Harvard is shaping our campus for the next century with spaces that encourage collaboration, spur experimentation, and foster connections among boundlessly imaginative and inventive people,” said Faust. “The Life Lab represents some of our greatest hopes for what Harvard can achieve in the years to come. We are so grateful to the Pagliucas for envisioning a future in which all roads lead to Allston.”SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave At opening of the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab: Srikant Datar, senior associate dean for University Affairs, HBS (from left); Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III; Boston Mayor Martin Walsh; Judy and Stephen Pagliuca; HBS Dean Nitin Nohria; and Jodi Goldstein, managing director of the Harvard Innovation Labs. Photos by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Stephen Pagliuca, M.B.A. ’82, addresses the audience at the opening of the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab in Allston. Judy Pagliuca, M.B.A. ’83, tours the second floor of the Life Lab with former Fidelity Magellan Fund Director Peter Lynch. A large crowd gathered at the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab opening. Hundreds of people from across the University and its surrounding communities attended the grand opening of the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab in Allston last week.The Life Lab is the newest addition to the growing portfolio of innovation facilities on Western Avenue. It joins the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab), which opened in 2011, and the Harvard Launch Lab, an alumni startup community and co-working facility that opened in 2014.last_img read more

Bobwhite comeback

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThe distinctive call of the bobwhite quail now resounds more widely at a project farm established to boost its habitat.The Wolf Creek Project was started by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The project’s aim is to increase populations of bobwhite quail, one of Georgia’s most famous game birds, on an intensively managed, working farm, said Randy Hudson, the project director. Hudson coordinates the UGA Center for Emerging Crops and Technologies, too.Covey count”Old-timers can remember when there were up to 100 quail coveys on this farm in any given year,” Hudson said. “When the project started, only three coveys were on the farm.”That was about one quail for each 70 acres. Now, the 2,200-acre farm in Turner County, Ga., has 56 coveys, or about one quail per 4 acres.”Our ultimate goal is to average one quail per 2 acres,” Hudson said, “or reach a population of at least 1,000, or about 90 coveys.”From the 1950s through the ’70s, large coveys of bobwhite quail roamed throughout south Georgia. The area was considered the hub of quail hunting in the United States.Over the past 50 years, however, the state’s quail numbers have dropped by as much as 90 percent in some places, Hudson said. South Georgia is still quail-hunting territory. But most of the quail are pen-raised and released for hunting.Quail-friendly farming Modern farming practices have added greatly to the decline in Georgia’s quail numbers, he said.Bigger farms, larger fields and equipment and nonselective pest management have all hurt quail habitat and food supplies.”Bobwhite quail prefer to nest and raise their broods in transition areas around fields and woodlands,” he said. “Harsh or strong woodlands directly joining agricultural fields are not good quail habitats.”Scientists from UGA, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Forestry Commission and U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service conduct studies here in cooperation with Georgia Power, Monsanto and the Georgia Chapter of Quail Unlimited. They’re trying to find the best ways to farm cotton, peanuts, corn and forest lands and help quail thrive.In growing row crops, they focus on farm practices that cause quail little harm. They use conservation tillage. And they control insects, weeds and other pests with materials that don’t harm birds.They planted native bunch grasses along waterways. They planted longleaf pines in the nonproductive crop areas and allowed those places to grow into natural quail habitats.Ragweed, which grows naturally in Georgia, can provide an excellent quail refuge. It provides cover from predators and a place for young quail to find a host of small beetles and grasshoppers to eat.A farmer who increases the quail population on his farm could help improve the farm’s bottom line, Hudson said.”A huntable population of quail adds value to the farm by offering the opportunity to sell quail hunting leases,” he said.Rural Georgia could benefit, too.”At one time hunters came from all over the world to hunt wild quail in Georgia,” he said. “It’s our hope to see this happen again.”Anyone interested in preserving or improving quail habitats should attend the Wolf Creek Quail Management Field Day Oct. 12. For more information or to register, call (229) 386-3416. Or go to the Web page ( read more

A Familiar Feeling

first_imgI’ll begin by venturing into the past. It’s May 11th, 2014 in Emory, VA. My restless leg typewriters back and forth as the anticipation of graduating from college overwhelms my senses. My name is called; I walk to the stage, grab my diploma, and return to my seat. Just like that four years of schooling is over and the rest of my life stands before me. I can still remember the overwhelming feeling of excitement.To be honest though, as excited, as I was to graduate, my mind remained fixed on one thing. For months before I spent countless nights awake, tossing and turning, thinking of what lied ahead for me. I had been planning a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and was counting down the days, the seconds even, until it was my time to set foot on the footpath that would carry me to Maine. My pack had already been loaded for about two months, the shoes I was going to be hiking in were already on my feet.On May 12th, 2014, one day after graduation, I took my first step north. I was so eager I basically skipped the first five miles. Overrun with the weight of what I was doing and what had just happened a day before, I found peace with every step. I completed the AT on August 26th, 2014, 106 days later. Just as quickly as I began, it was over.Now it’s April 2016, two years after my thru hike of the AT. Every time I see a white blaze or step foot on the trail, memories barrage me, feelings from a monumental time in my life bring me back.IMG_0915As Jess and I walk the one-mile section of the AT towards Blackrock Summit, I notice the concrete trail signs pointing out which way is north on the AT. Naturally my body wants to go north. But we head south instead from the Blackrock Summit trailhead at mile 84.4 in the South District of Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park, and soon, we arrive at the impressive vistas. A densely wooded trail leads you to a gigantic scree and talus field. A cold, strong wind blows from the east as we skip from to rock to rock reaching the summit as the sun begins to fall.IMG_1181_MG_3783_MG_3985Both Jess and I mosey in our own directions. I tuck myself into a split in the rock. The wind howls, but I am warm. The sun highlights the clouds. I can almost see myself two years ago walking through this very place. A familiar feeling comes over me as I look to the valley below. I think of the lessons I learned about myself and the time spent in the woods. I can feel the temperature change as the sun falls out of sight.IMG_1081 IMG_1163 _MG_3970Everyday I remember the distances I would walk and the motivation that each step required both mentally and physically from me. These detours that Jess and I frequently take are a constant reminder of the growth that I have done as a person._MG_3878Though I’m physically present, my mind re-walks the steps I took. I will forever be grateful for the wild places, places of incomparable magnitude that take me back to a time when life came a step at a time.Like what you see in the images above? Click on the following links to learn more about some of the brands that support us! Crazy Creek, La Sportiva, DeLorme, LifeStraw.last_img read more

Onsite: ACUC/WOCCU One Conference in Denver

first_imgThe One Conference by CUNA and WOCCU kicked off with over 3,000 attendees representing 61 different countries all gathered in Denver for one cause: the credit union movement. I always feel bit giddy about being at any conference, but  seeing each representative walk through the theatre with their flag and to hear the cheers of people in crowd who have traveled across the world to be here… it’s a moment that you just can’t describe. There’s one key line that I’ve heard from various people now and it’s essentially that regardless of where you are from we are all still human, and that applies perfectly to the global credit union movement because we are all facing the same issues and need to work collectively to address them (not just note we have them, but take action as well).Today, as the general session started, CUNA CEO Jim Nussle, gave a speech about the importance of advocacy, and he shared with us a metaphor that was absolutely perfect: imagine the credit union movement as a choir, each person has a voice, a tone, a style that is unique to them, but together, with the right music, the voice suddenly has a power and presence that an single individual couldn’t have; but it takes everyone singing their part for the choir to be successful. This movement is going to take EVERYONE so if you are sitting back and waiting for your league or the national associations to handle everything then you will be sorely disappointed the in the results. Personally, I think the word advocacy is daunting to some people. You might picture people who devote countless hours into fighting for a cause and you know that it’s not realistic for you, so you just decide to let someone else take charge, someone who has the time, the resources, etc. do it. Advocacy isn’t a one size fits all item though and something as seemingly small as sharing 1 single personal credit union story with someone can create a ripple effect that leads to a tidal wave.Big or small, first world or developing, we work with credit unions because we have a passion for helping people. We make a difference in people’s lives every single day, there are people who you help accomplish big dreams, and there are others who you literally just help survive. It’s not bragging to tell those stories to others because it might be just the motivation they need to make a change in their life, it might help them realize that they aren’t alone in a certain situation, and it will provide them comfort to know that you have dealt with situations similar to or much worse than their current one, and when you provide a person with financial peace of mind… well, our choir will just keep growing and sounding more beautiful.Make sure to follow along this week on social media #CUinDenver2015 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Reed Web: Detailslast_img read more

Ben Greenhalgh: ‘Football’s Next Star’ winner out to emulate Jose Mourinho in coaching career | Football News

first_imgAfter earning a contract with Inter Milan and the chance to play under Jose Mourinho by winning a television contest a decade ago, Ben Greenhalgh has now begun his own coaching career with Dartford’s academy.Greenhalgh won Sky‘s ‘Football’s Next Star’ in 2010, securing a professional contract with Inter in the process and the change to play alongside legends such as Patrick Vieira.- Advertisement – A decade on, following a journeyman career which has led him to Tonbridge Angels in the National League South, Greenhalgh is coaching the academy of another team in the sixth tier of English football, Dartford.“Being involved in the programme felt like something special,” Greenhalgh told Sky Sports News. Greenhalgh’s focus will remain on his own playing career – at least for the remainder of November – with academy football suspended at non-league level due to the national lockdown, but there is little doubt on which side of the touchline he views his future.- Advertisement – “It was probably, looking back at it, one of the best times of my life, simply because we were out in Italy for six to seven weeks of just living the dream of what the top pros do.”- Advertisement – Image:Greenhalgh won ‘Football’s Next Star’ as a teenager Jose MourinhoImage:Greenhalgh recalls the high level of respect Jose Mourinho commanded at Inter Milan “I’m slowly building up my coaching badges, I’m building up my coaching perspective, my coaching CV.“Obviously being part of the Dartford Academy now and being the manager here and being able to coach and progress players at a club like Dartford FC is massive for me at the moment.” Mourinho led Inter to a treble during Greenhalgh’s time with the club, and the then-teenager was part of the travelling squad for their victory over Bayern Munich in the final.“The respect that all of the players had for him – just him walking around the premises, whenever he stepped into a changing room everyone listened to him, everyone took on his tactics,” Greenhalgh said. – Advertisement –last_img read more