Terrace for Sale, Includes Condo

(The New York Times) After a seemingly endless winter, the first hints of spring have teased us with a day or two of temperatures over 60 degrees. That fleeting glimpse of warmth sent many New Yorkers flying out of doors to enjoy the sunshine. For my part, I sipped my morning coffee at home last week and stared wistfully out the window at a neighbor’s balcony.

In our concrete jungle, there is a hefty dollar value attached to having your own garden oasis — even the smallest of shrubberies carries a price tag. And with so many residents suffering from a vitamin D deficiency these days, brokers are promoting listings that can claim specks of green, even if they’re barely large enough to hold a bonsai.

The developers of 215 Sullivan Street in the Village promote its “lushly landscaped backyard.”Credit Watson & Company

And some personal thoughts on the story.....

On a directive from my editor, I've written this column using the "I" format, something that makes most of us journalists super uncomfortable. But I'm starting to embrace the concept of having a viewpoint, or "voice." It's fun to have an opinion!

Manhattan Loft Guy took down my column here. He's a bit of a rambler, not sure I totally get it. But I welcome any thoughts on the matter! He also takes down perennial NYT commentator and super Jets fan Jonathan Miller

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/realesta...