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Miller Samuel Turns 28

October 1, 2014 | 6:44 pm |

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It’s hard to comprehend we launched our residential appraisal and consulting practice 28 years ago TODAY. It was before…

  • appraiser licensing.
  • co-ops were public record.
  • real market reports.
  • Bryant Park was safe to walk through during the day.
  • graffiti was removed from the subway system.
  • Derek Jeter joined the Yankees.
  • McDonalds in Manhattan were commonplace.
  • $10k per square foot.

Billions in valuations later…it’s still fun.

Tomorrow we get working on year 29.

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Nathan Pyle’s NYC Basic Tips & Etiquette Book Is Like A Diagonally Cut Sandwich

May 4, 2014 | 6:04 pm | Books |

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My friend Nathan Pyle, author of the best selling NYC Basic Tips & Etiquette Book is now embarked on a new journey as the graphics guy at Buzzfeed.

Don’t forget to buy his book so he can continue to be inspired to give us these types of insights.

My personal favorite:
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But there are so many more to learn from…

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Nathan Pyle’s NYC Basic Tips & Etiquette Book Tour Captures Hearts & Minds

April 25, 2014 | 10:23 am | Books |

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My friend Nathan Pyle‘s book NYC Basic Tips & Etiquette is selling out at The Strand and is hovering at around #100± on Amazon overall, #1 in travel and #1 in comics. He’s so modest that he doesn’t realize how amazing it is to have Harper Collins/William Morrow behind the marketing – and they approached him! Even cooler that he gave my wife and I a shoutout in the book!

Here’s the book saga timeline (ie Facebook page).

Here’s a fun interview on CBS 2 New York TV:

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Nathan Pyle’s NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette Book Now Available!

April 16, 2014 | 11:13 pm | Books |

SMALL_COVER_d My friend Nathan Pyle has penned a book: NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette that should be required reading, well at least required viewing for:

  • anyone living in NYC, or
  • anyone planning to visit NYC, or
  • anyone who’s ever read anything about NYC, or
  • anyone who hasn’t thought about going to NYC someday, or
  • anyone not planning to visit NYC, or
  • anyone who’s never read anything about NYC, or
  • well, anyone.

You get what I mean. This book is clearly for everyone.

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You can check it on on his Facebook page or actually buy it on Amazon.

He’s come a long way from making selfie-videos of his basketball dunking prowess. I’ve long been a fan of his art. Nathan combines nice Midwestern sensibilities (he’s from Ohio) with street smarts, artistic talent and a dab of humor.

In fact Nathan’s only shortcoming is his siding with the “GIF” (Graphics Interchange Format) pronunciation camp while I am squarely in the “Sounds like “Jif” as in the peanut butter AND confirmed by the inventor of the “GIF” camp who said, and I quote:

“It’s pronounced JIF, not GIF.”

And the word is getting out, in newspapers, an AMA on Reddit on radio/podcast, etc.

Here are a few samples, I plan to revisit his artwork over the next few weeks. The book even provides instructions on where to eat pizza on a busy sidewalk!!! C’mon people, the value add for that alone is worth well above the very modest price! Here are a few samples…

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My New Book “Flash Appraisals” Just Passed Michael Lewis

April 1, 2014 | 2:38 pm | bloomberg_news_logo |

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Coverage of my new book “Flash Appraisals” just passed Michael Lewis’ “Flash Boys” as “Most Read” on Bloomberg Worldwide.

Ok, ok, admittedly a lame attempt at April Fools’ Day humor….but if I wrote a book…

More importantly, Bloomberg News coverage of our recently released Manhattan market report for Douglas Elliman jumped into 4th place and passed the coverage of Michael Lewis’ new book (8th place) – I’m halfway through his book and it’s a fantastic read – so is Oshrat Carmiel’s article.

The market report article has been the number 1 most emailed article all day. Apparently real estate remains the backyard bbq conversation not unlike rigged high speed trading on Wall Street.

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Why I Love New York, Notify NYC Edition

March 26, 2014 | 1:57 pm |

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[click to open Notify NYC web site.]

NYC is never boring.

From: Notify NYC
Subject: Notify NYC – Notification
Date: March 26, 2014 at 1:11:07 PM EDT
To: Jonathan Miller

Notification issued 3/26/14 at 1:09 PM. On Thursday, March 27, the filming of a TV series will simulate the aftermath of a crime scene throughout the day in the vicinity of Sixth Ave between West 30th and West 31st Street in Manhattan. Included in the simulated activity will be emergency response vehicles and actors dressed as law enforcement officers interacting with the PATH train entrance. NYPD will be on site.

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Weekend Reset: How To Be Creative

March 23, 2014 | 3:48 pm |

John Cleese, Monty Python Icon, on How to Be Creative

While this 1991 video doesn’t really fit into the general theme of Matrix, it simply isn’t what you think it is – and you don’t need to be a Monty Python Fan.

Get into “open mode” from “closed mode” by getting some quiet time and watching this clip when you get a chance.

UPDATE

Barry Ritholtz over at The Big Picture shared a more recent and shorter version of the speech.

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Talk Like A Pirate Day 2013

September 19, 2013 | 12:05 pm |

What started as a simple tradition among friends, was embedded into Internet lore with an article by humorist Dave Barry. Talk Like A Pirate Day has been going strong for about a decade.

While there are signs the homespun viral trend is abating, it’s still an important holiday to all of us (even though most don’t know it).

Here’s a prior year’s comprehensive post.

Like the Fed, you never know what a Pirate will do.

Arrgh.

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Images of 9/11

September 11, 2013 | 12:25 pm |


Some of these images were taken by myself or my staff during, to and from property inspections. Some were sent to me by friends and colleagues back then but I didn’t keep a record of where they came from, hence the lack of attributions. Unfortunately I’ve got a lot more photos but these are enough.















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Nathan Pyle’s NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette Book Coming Soon!

August 12, 2013 | 12:15 pm | Books |

If you’re a reader of Matrix, then you’ve been subjected to my fandom of the work of my friend Nathan Pyle, here, here, here and here will have his very clever observations about NYC published in 2014.

Here’s a nice write up in Gizmodo and The Daily Dot. Don’t forget to “like” his Facebook page so you’ll know when the book is published!

DISCLOSURE: the fact that we disagree on the pronunciation of GIF (I’m in the “like the peanut butter “Jif” camp.), his work is smooth, not chunky.

The following is a recent batch that “probably” didn’t make the book (imagine how good the images in the book will be):













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