I was born and raised in Queens, educated in the Bronx and Harlem, and worked in Manhattan all my life: I've seen neighborhoods spring to life like a phoenix arising from its ashes, most noticeably Williamsburg and Greenpoint, which are my areas of expertise. I find that many of my contemporaries who have chosen to make New York City their home have fared well in these neighborhoods because they offer what other places don't, namely proximity to midtown, downtown, and Queens via the G and L trains, and the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, and the bridges by bike or auto. The cultural vibrancy draws several creative types; if you have an idea, this is the land where it grows.
Over the years, I've seen Generation X scenesters turn into stroller-pushing parents along the Williamsburg Waterfront, and I've witnessed the midrises of Greenpoint climb steadily along McGuiness Boulevard as a cycle courier commuting from Flushing, Queens, long before my career as a licensed real estate agent for Miron Properties. After a while, you get to know something new every day about the twenty-odd neighborhoods you pass through daily on the bike commute: the people, the lay of the land, all tell tales of simultaneous renewal and decay, an ebb and flow of humanity set in asphalt, concrete, brick & mortar, steel and glass, both working and professional class struggles and success. Working here feels like being in a continously renovated frontier, always buzzing with undiscovered possibilities, yet also retaining its neighborhood character. In a city with so much change going on, its a real joy to be instrumental in helping people find a home in which to live, or a place to grow their business that really fits them.