New York City real estate is a balancing act -- between starting anew and preserving the old, and between luxury and affordability. Increasingly there have been tensions between the residential, manufacturing, and hospitality industries to create a harmonious balance of real estate in each throughout New York City.
While Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island have their own vital full-service municipal shelters, Queens and the Bronx only have inadequate "animal receiving centers." These centers do not provide shelter, medical, or adoption services for homeless animals. Instead, dogs and cats brought to these centers are transported to already overtaxed shelters in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Herbert "Doc" Koenig is a security guard in the building where I work. He don't need no stinking badge (he has an ID card with a photo of his goateed visage and the word "Doc" under it) and he doesn't carry a pistol, mainly because he is one. But he does have a rapier wit that could disarm the most suspicious intruder.
Luxury -- defined by Miriam-Webster as both "a condition of great comfort, ease, and wealth" and "something that is not usually or always available." While New York City is without a doubt experiencing a wave of luxury real estate boasting affluence and amenity, the breadth of properties defined by this category lingers as a paradox.