New York Real Estate Begins Its Recovery

“Prices aren’t really rising,” Mr. Miller said. “There was just less activity at the bottom and more activity at the top.”

Though 2020 began with strong sales, Covid quickly kneecapped the market when it slammed the city in March. For about three months, brokers could not show apartments, while a ban on nonessential construction activity shelved some condo plans. And hundreds of thousands of mostly wealthy New Yorkers relocated to summer houses and suburban towns this spring.

But after a lull in coronavirus cases, and a loosening of restrictions, the market began to recover, which resulted in a surge of deals at the end of the year — a point that real-estate boosters are quick to emphasize — even if the gains were relative.

In the fourth quarter, which covers October through December, there were 1,894 deals, according to a new report from the firm Brown Harris Stevens, up from 1,556 in the previous quarter, which bucks a decline that typically happens around holiday-time in the winter.

And it’s taking less time to market apartments, with an average of 132 days in the fourth quarter, for existing co-ops and condos, according to Brown Harris Stevens, down from 153 days in

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‘Gardening begins in January, with the dream’

The video opens on an image of Danielle Eaton’s gardens but there’s not much to see, really: raised beds filled with snow. Garden paths completely vanished beneath a foot or so of the white stuff. Bare trees and metal fencing standing cold and stark against the snowy backdrop. 

Danielle Eaton of Litchfield with bounty from her garden last fall. She’s now in the throes of planning her next garden. Photo submitted by Danielle Eaton

“There’s not a lot going on right now,” Eaton begins, “because it’s January in Maine.” 

There’s your irony, though. For the next half-hour, Eaton, of Litchfield, goes on to explain that there’s a whole LOT going on, in fact, and for a sizeable group of gardeners, January is a very busy time of year indeed. 

Meanwhile, on Facebook, Linda Doucette Scott has posted a meme on her “Victory Garden” group page. The image shows a snow-covered field with a red barn way off in the background. 

“Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the year,” goes the message on that one. “For gardening begins in January, with the dream.” 

The dream, as it

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