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May 29 2012

I went to check out Downtown’s rockin’ BBQ joint Blue Smoke last week at their Battery Park City location, and was treated to an incredible lunch, featuring a wonderful soundtrack.

The music matched the ambiance– ranging from smooth jazz to twangier country tunes, but overall felt more New York than back woods.  The waitstaff was friendly and attentive, even during the downtown lunch rush!  Each and every dish that they carried past me was bursting with beautiful color– bright red tomatoes, fresh greens, perfectly browned and charred barbecued meats.  Don’t skip the smoked wings, or mac ‘n cheese– both were to die for!

They have a solid house brew, and wonderfully balanced cocktails– especially their in-house smoked bourbons.  All of the desserts are freshly baked daily, and the layered chocolate cake was served with a glass of ice-cold milk.

 Chocolate layer cake with Milk

At the end of your meal, you will want to lick your fingers clean (even though they’ll provide you with a wetnap and toothpicks, below), but at least you’ll feel upscale doing it!

Blue Smoke is located in, right across from the movie theater on Vessey Street, between West Street and North End.

May 2 2012

For all you foodies and philanthropists out there:

Taste of Tribeca is coming up on May 19th from 11:30-3pm!

Taste of Tribeca is an amazing culinary festival to benefit public schools (specifically PS 150 & PS 234) where you can sample over 70 downtown restaurant’s culinary stylings!  If you have little ones, there’s fun stuff to do in the Kids Zone, or, if you want to toast to Tribeca, you can pair your afternoon with a self-guided wine tasting tour!

Head over to Duane Street on May 19th for this amazing chance to take a bite out of Downtown’s finest food!

For more information: www.tasteoftribeca.com

Photo credit: © Jack Berman 2012

 

 

 

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METROLOFT MANAGEMENT LEASING GUIDE

TO VIEW APARTMENTS

MetroLoft Management has an on-site leasing office located at The Crest, 63 Wall Street on the mezzanine level. All of our buildings are situated in the Financial District and are easily accessible from this central office. Our agents can take you on a tour of the building’s many amenities and show you available apartments that suit your rental needs. We can help you become familiarized with the neighborhood and will guide you through the application process.

To make an appointment, contact us at 212.344.6363. Or just stop by during our business hours— on weekdays from 10am – 6 pm or on Saturday from 12pm – 5 pm.

*If you want to see apartments that will be available in the future, you must bring government issued photo identification to enter currently occupied units with our staff.

INCOME QUALIFICATION

We require our tenants to have an annual income that is equal to 40 times the amount of the monthly rent. For example, if the rent were $2,000 a month, an applicant must document no less than $80,000 (40 x $2,000). If the apartment will be shared, the sum of all of the applicants’ income should be equal to 40 times the monthly rent. If you are unable to meet this requirement, we may ask that you provide a guarantor or show additional assets.

USING A GUARANTOR
If you will be using a guarantor throughout the application process, guarantors must document an annual income equal to 80 times the monthly rent, and must be from the United States, and provide a full application with all of the required paperwork in addition to your own documentation.

SECURITY DEPOSITS

The standard security deposit is one month’s rent. Additional security monies may be required under certain circumstances based on the paperwork provided.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

To put an apartment on hold, an applicant must pay a $95 non-refundable application fee (which is used to run the applicant’s credit), provide a signed copy of our application and a copy of his/her government issued photo identification. This will take the apartment off of the market, “on hold,” for 48 hours to allow the applicant(s) time to gather the rest of the necessary documentation. Upon receipt of all of the required paperwork, an application can be approved and processed within a few hours.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

The following documents must be provided when submitting an application from each applicant or guarantor:
• A completed and signed application form (available online, by email, or our office)
• $95.00 non-refundable application fee (cash or credit card)
• U.S. Government-issued photo identification (foreign applicants must supply a visa)
• 3 most recent bank statements (all accounts)
• 3 most recent pay stubs, or employment verification letter
• Proof of 3 most recent rent payments
• If self-employed, Income Tax returns may be requested

FURTHER REQUIRED PAYMENT
When scheduling your lease signing, keep in mind that you will need to bring certified or bank checks made payable in the amount of your first month’s rent and specified security deposit. Our professionals will be in touch with you about the specific amounts and payees for each required payment.