HGTV's "Selling New York": Review of Episode 8

Last Updated May 20, 2010 8:24 PM EDT

HGTV's "Selling New York" Episode 8:

Location, Location, Location

Episode Description: NYC Agents go the extra mile to attract high-end clients.

The eighth episode of the HGTV series "Selling New York" is called "Location, Location, Location" (airdate Thursday May 6), but it isn't really about location. It's about the lengths agents will go to develop new business and keep the old.

The Core Group's Michael Garr decides to move away from the new development market and back into resales, and decides to launch a campaign to become the "go-to" agent in his building. Meanwhile, Gumley Haft Kleier's Michelle Kleier, on vacation in Boca Raton, previews a couple of houses for valued New York clients. "If you don't give a client your full attention," Kleier notes, "somebody else is willing to do that."

Followers of these reviews will know that I threw a snit about Episode Four, because the name of the show is "Selling New York" and that episode had Michelle Kleier looking at houses in Connecticut.

I forgive her for going to Florida, though, because I like the kitchens in those houses.

Especially nice is the idea that a luxury kitchen should include a prep sink, which is something that I think would be a big hit if we could move it here (did I mention I'm a Manhattan agent?).

Speaking of hits, the drama here is whether Michael Garr can throw a great party in his building -- while a snowstorm hits.

Fans of design will appreciate that the show also features star designer Vicente Wolf, who stages Garr's apartment in a way that is weird, but works and one of the other apartments in Garr's building, which features recessed lighting in the beams.

Hey, I didn't say everything worked.

Featured building: 252 Seventh Avenue, the Chelsea Mercantile.

That's my take, what do other viewers think? Feel free to post comments below.

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  • Alison Rogers

    Since graduating from Harvard summa cum laude, Alison Rogers has been a reporter, an editor, a real-estate agent, a Wall Street desk jockey, a columnist, a failed flipper, and a landlady. A member of the National Association of Realtors, she currently sells and rents luxury co-ops in Manhattan for the Chelsea-based firm DG Neary. (If you've got $27,500 a month, the firm has an apartment for you!) Her book, Diary of a Real Estate Rookie, was called "a valuable guide for rookie buyers" by AOL/Walletpop, "beach-read fun" by the New York Observer, and "witty" by Newsweek.