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Perry Payne Gets Away...

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...from it all. Friend to TUC and local singer Perry Payne is heading back to the stage next week to perform "Getting Away From It All."

With Michael Rice and his Travelling Three
Directed by Evan Pappas
July 1, 2, and 10 at 7:30
July 11th at 9:45
Music of Adair, Wallowich, Rodgers and Hammerstein, A.C. Jobim, Southerners including Trisha Yearwood, Michael Rice and Mike Craver, Steve Randoy, Ethel Waters, Mancini, Sting and Pink...Make your reservations and come on down! Time's a-wastin'... 

The show is at the Metropolitan Room on 22nd street. For tickets call (212) 206-0440 or visit

Perry Payne Spotting

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I'm not big on celebrity gossip, but CBS News spotted TUC contributer Perry Payne on 181st street Wednesday. Awesome sauce.

A View From The Heights: How's The Market?

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Just about every day I get stopped on the street or on the phone with the question du moment..."Perry, how's the market?" Brows furrowed, jaws tense, eyebrows raised. The world these days is a scary place.

My answer is always the same. This is New York, for heaven's sake. It depends on where you're sitting. Are you interested in buying, selling, renting, or investing? There are opportunities all over the place.

But oh my lordy what if you're a seller? Quel horreur!

Settle down, missy. If you bought your apartment in the Heights decades ago, or even before 2000, then you bought in for twelve dollars and fifty cents and you're just whining. You're going to do just fine no matter what.

But even if you're a relatively new Heights-ite, you've probably watched your wealth grow in the last few years in real numbers: local appraisers have estimated home values more than doubling since 2003, until mid-September of this year when the world changed.

So maybe we're down seven to ten percent since then, and maybe we have another bit of downward push to endure. So what? For us in the Heights this kind of average year-over-year growth is pretty much unmatchable in other markets in which we might invest. And we understand that what goes up must come down, and if history is prologue will rise again.


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