New York City can be a really fun place for adults to party on Halloween, but trick-or-treating for families can get a little tricky. Some neighborhoods and buildings make more of an effort to welcome trick-or-treaters, and it is important for parents to know these neighborhoods ahead of time so they don’t waste time and the kids have good memories (and a bag full of candy) at the end of the night.

Mommy Poppins, a fantastic website for New York parents, has experience with New York Halloweens, and they have trick-or-treating spots all over the city from Chelsea to the Upper West Side and out to Brooklyn and Queens. We couldn’t do a better job than they did, so we encourage our parent readers out there to check out their Halloween neighborhood list at

For our readers that don’t have kids or don’t want to go trick-or-treating, never fear. This week, Neighborhood NYC will be featuring the best Halloween events in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and believe us when we say that Neighborhood NYC’s Halloween coverage will have something for everyone.

Check out Mommy Poppins, and comment below with your favorite spots to trick-or-treat in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn!


On Monday, 230 ballerinas broke a world record by standing en pointe in Central Park for a minute and seven seconds.

The ballerinas congregated at the Naumburg Bandshell for the event that was organized by Michele Wiles and Craig Salstein, principal dancers for the American Ballet Theatre.

These dancers were attempting to break the record, but the main goal for the event was to raise funds for the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club dance program. Each dancer was asked to donate $10 to participate.

As part of the event, dancers from the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club’s dance program performed, and Angelina Ballerina was there to greet the young dancers.

To see more pictures from the event, click here or go to

Check out residential buildings nearby Central Park on the Upper West and Upper East Sides at

Yesterday, New York Times writer Christine Haughney referenced Neighborhood NYC in her article “The Appraisal – Where Longtime Friends Make the Best Neighbors.” She included a link to our review of 50 West 72nd Street, also known as Ruxton Towers. You can view our review of the building here or by going to

To read the New York Times article, click here or go to, and to read more articles by Christine Haughney, click here or go to

When the iPhone 4 was released June 24th, a lot of people lost their minds. All three of the official Apple Stores in Manhattan had lines around the block from their Midtown East location at 767 Fifth Avenue to their Chelsea location at 401 West 14th Street and their Upper West Side location at 1981 Broadway.

Problems with the iPhone emboldened competitors like the Google Nexus One, the HTC Evo 4G, the Blackberry Bold 9700, and the HTC Droid Eris, and everything from special phone covers to duct tape has offered a solution to the antenna problem.

One product that has been selling particularly well has been the Antenna-aid produced by Brooklyn designers Szymon Weglarski and Jon Dorfman. A six-pack sells for $4.99 from their website Their tongue-in-cheek ad claims that the Antenna-aid is “colorful,” “works like magic,” and is so revolutionary that “Ben Franklin would approve.”

To find out more about the Antenna-aid, click here or go to

Check out Benjamin James Real Estate’s informational website Neighborhood NYC at

The Benjamin James Real Estate blog usually provides links to practical advice and tips for apartment hunters, but this story from the New York Times was so intriguing that it seemed a shame not to share it.

The story of Joyce Cheney and apartment 9B is part Clue, part The Maury Show with a splash of Hollywood detective story thrown in. For years, Joyce Cheney battled with her daughter Diane over the pre-war 3-bedroom, 4 bath apartment, and this chilling tale includes attempted murder, a sex change operation, and a battle over the elderly Joyce Cheney’s will.

Click here to read the full story or go to Do you think Diane tried to kill her own mother to get her hands on the apartment? Comment below and let us know what you think.

Want more light in your apartment? Check out what Upper West Side resident Hal Hinkle did to brighten up his penthouse apartment. To take a look inside this apartment and read more about his renovation, click on the link below to read the apartment profile in the New York Times.

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A year and a half ago, this 15 Central Park West condo was sold for $10.3 million. The condo has just been resold for $21 million.

Apartments next to Central Park are popular lately and are running for higher prices, but is this three-bedroom condo worth $21 million? Take a look and let us know what you think.

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