Henry M Orenstein

Licensed Associate RE Broker

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Corcoran Office: West Side 
888 Seventh Avenue, 39th Floor
New York, NY 10106
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Happy Birthday Franklin Delano Roosevelt!

Born in Hyde Park, NY on January 30th in 1882, Roosevelt served as President of the United States from 1933-1945. He spearheaded the New Deal Legislation which helped steer the country out of he Great Depression. He and his administration created the Civilian Conservation Corps, Works Progress Administration and the Social Security System along with the first set of laws establishing a national minimum wage and preventing discrimination in employment. He had served as Asst. Secretary of the Navy during the first World War and his presidency spanned WWII. He was a distant cousin of President Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1908), and married Eleanor Roosevelt who was Theodore's niece and Franklin

January 29th, 1845, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" is Published in NYC.

The NYC connection here is that at the time of the publication the author happened to be living in a farmhouse located at West 84th Street in today's Upper West Side. There's a plaque on the building on the NW corner of Broadway and 84th Street indicating Poe was living there when he wrote "The Raven". The poem was published for the first time on January 29th by the New York Evening Mirror. It is said that Poe would head over to what is today Riverside Park and a hill known as "Mount Tom" and would find solace and inspiration looking out over the Hudson River. Poe later moved to The Bronx, which was even more rural than Manhattan's West Side on the mid 19th century. You can visit this ho

Jackson Pollack 1912-1956, A New Yorker at Heart (until Long Island).

Like many creative people, New York became Jackson Pollack's adopted home. He was born in Cody, Wyoming, dropped out of high school in California and came to New York and studied at the Art Student's League on West 57th Street. I wonder what he would think if he were alive today to see the world's tallest residential building cantilevered over the Art Student's League next door? In 1935 Pollock settled into a Greenwich Village apartment at 46 East 8th Street with his Brother Sande, with whom he would live until 1942 when his love, later to become his spouse Lee Krasner moved in. This floor-through studio, located between Greene and Mercer Streets, was only $35/month. Unfortunately, the bui

Obscure and Quietly Powerful NYC Holocaust Memorial at 27 Madison Avenue

Today marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in Poland by the Soviet army. An estimated one million people were killed in n the gas chambers at Auschwitz, the vast majority of whom were Jews. To put that number in perspective, there are approximately 1.1 million Jewish residents residing today in the five boroughs of NYC. In total, the Nazi campaign to eradicate Jews from Europe claimed more than 6 million Jewish lives, while others such as Poles, Roma and Sinti were also put to death in concentration camps. Holocaust survivors gathered at Auschwitz-Birkenau on Monday to mark 75 years since the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp — and perhaps the last major annive

Sunnyside Queens: Food Culture at its Best!

(photo courtesy of the New York Times) Besides being just 15-20 minutes by subway to midtown Manhattan, and boasting one of the nation's oldest garden communities in Sunnyside Gardens, this neighborhood boasts a wonderful array of ethnic restaurants and quaint cafe's. Italian, Mexican, Turkish, Japanese, Tibetan, Romanian, Korean, Paraguayan, French, Irish Pub Fare and some excellent pizza is just the beginning. And housing is affordable for both rentals and sales. There's also an all-year-round Saturday green-market. On Sunday, January 26th I hosted the first open house at my one bedroom for sale at 41-31 51st Street and I was busy non-stop. Check out the details here: https://www.corc

Today's Blogpost: Happy Lunar New Year!

Today's Blogpost is the beginning of the Lunar or Chinese New Year. As NYC's Asian population has grown, so has the many options for learning about and celebrating the Lunar New Year, which this years lasts 15 from January 25th until February 8th. According to the Chinese Zodaic, this is the year of the Rat. The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals, and are clever and quick thinkers, persistent and successful but content with living quiet and peaceful lives. They are also symbols of fertility given their prolific reproduction rate. There are many opportunities to participate or observe Lunar New Year activities in the city as well as cultural events and exhibits throughout the year. And

Blogpost of the Day - Neil Diamond Turns 79

Today is singer Neil Diamond’s 79th birthday. Diamond was born and raised in Brooklyn and the neighborhood he hails from is Flatbush. The son of a shop keeper, he attended Erasmus Hall High School, which also gave us Barbra Streisand, Beverly Sills, Eli Wallach, author Bernard Malamud and cartoon king Joseph Barbara. Diamond actually performed there in front of an audience of a few hundred in a surprise gig back in 2014 and One of Diamond’s #1 hits was "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," his 1978 duet Barbra Streisand. They were in a choral group together at Erasmus but weren’t friends. The High School was founded as the private Erasmus Hall Academy in 1786 with financial support from Alexande