The Real Deal’s Numbers to Know

By Hayley Kaplan | February 15, 2013 05:30PM

“Numbers to know” is a weekly web feature that catalogues the most notable, quirky and surprising real estate statistics. Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s onstage compatriots during his State of the City speech, an army of snow plow machines and a boom in the number of park-adjacent New Yorkers. See this week’s countdown after the jump.

$129.4 billion
Financial contribution of apartment dwellers (and their homes) to the New York State economy in 2011 [Nat’l Multi Housing Council and Nat’l Apartment Association]

$13.6 billion
Volume of commercial property sales in Manhattan in the fourth quarter of 2012 — more than double the previous quarter’s $5.9 billion total [Eastern Consolidated]

$200 million
Value of Hurricane Sandy-related insurance funds that banks have not released to homeowners, according to a recent investigation [Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office]

$63 million
Value of a state grant for the Long Island College Hospital that will be lost when the Cobble Hill facility is closed, as the SUNY board of trustees voted to do, according to State Senator Daniel Squadron [Sen. Daniel Squadron’s office]

Average monthly rent for an East Side three-bedroom or larger apartment in January — a 13.9 percent increase from a year ago [Miller Samuel]

Pieces of equipment, including 412 plow trucks, that swept through Suffolk County after “Nemo,” the storm that dumped almost three feet of snow on the area [Governor Cuomo’s office]

76 percent
Percentage of New Yorkers who live within a 10-minute walk of a park or playground — an increase of more than 250,000 individuals since 2002 [Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office]

49.8 percent
Percentage increase in Chicago home sales in January, compared to the previous year — the city with the largest increase nationwide [RedFin]

13.9 percent
Percentage increase in Manhattan pending sales above $5 million over the past three months [Urban Digs]

City employees who joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage during his State of the City speech, including the Department of Buildings’ Michael Alacha and Timohy Lunch and New York City Housing Authority’s Oscar Esposito [Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s press office]