The Closer: First graders tour Isis, Javier Gomez's open house, and more

Something very special happens when real estate developers get together with elementary school children. Kenneth S. Horn (below), president of Alchemy Properties, builder of high-end, high-quality properties in Manhattan and Brooklyn, gave a tour of the Isis, his organization’s latest project, to first-graders from P.S. 290. After their teacher, Paula Ragovin, followed the construction of the condominium project where two-bedroom units with home offices sell for $1.348 million, the students developed special relationships with construction workers, salespeople and the development team. They even did special drawings of the building.

In response, Horn himself gave a tour of the property to the class and their parents. The developer was surprised by the level of sophistication of these young New Yorkers, who asked about price and concrete.

“This is a process that is obviously as interesting to children as adults,” says Horn. “It’s amazing how much these minds can absorb. They’re 7 and they know how concrete is produced.”

Alchemy has been busy lately. In addition to the Isis, Griffin Court on 54th St. and 10th Ave. should be ready for occupancy in September. Big studios will cost $735,000.

— Gregory Tsougranis, Bronx associate broker with Century 21 Metro Star, has his Bronx Trolley Tour of apartments for sale rolling along. Three accepted offers have already come from his last tour, which took place on June 26 and visited numerous Bronx apartments.

Tsougranis, who took more than 40 prospective buyers to five buildings in Bronx neighborhoods surrounding the Grand Concourse and Mosholu Parkway, sees the Bronx market picking up as demand for one and two bedrooms starting around $145,000 continues to grow. The tour even had a cameo appearance and pep talk from Bronx Office of Economic Development Corporation President Marlene Cintron, who thanked the group for considering an investment in the changing Bronx.

“There’s lots of inventory out there, but since our units are renovated with financing available, we are selling more than ever,” says Tsougranis, whose costs for the day include advertising the event and a $400 rental fee for the Bronx Trolley. The next Bronx Trolley apartment hunt tour will take place the morning of Aug. 28.

For info on the next tour or to contact Tsougranis to find out about his Bronx listings, go to

Kenneth S. Horn, president of Alchemy Properties, gave a tour of the Isis to first-graders from P.S. 290.
Kenneth S. Horn, president of Alchemy Properties, gave a tour of the Isis to first-graders from P.S. 290.
— Photographer Javier Gomez is having a big few weeks. After selling four pieces at a one-night show at the INVEN.TORY boutique on Lafayette St., he’s having an open house at a new event space in Tribeca. On Wednesday, from 6 to 10 p.m., the Panama-born, New York-based Gomez will show work at 75 Murray St. in the Bogardus Mansion. A cast-iron building, the Bogardus is composed of event floors, a ballroom and speakeasy. Gomez’s work (left, “Moving Forward,” $2,500) is full of metaphor on urban life. “We’re so lost in technology, we forgot how to connect to each other and nature,” says the artist, who consistently donates proceeds to the Aid for AIDS charity. “My work makes people less afraid to be together.” Go to

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