Licensed Real Estate Broker
Returning to NY after college, Michelle started her career in the Fashion Industry working as a designer for various middle market firms. With her entrepreneur spirit and a need for fine quality ready wear she broke out on her own. With the growth and success of her young firm, Harper’s Bazaar Magazine named her one of New York’s up and coming “Young Fashion Designers”. Her designs were frequently illustrated in W Magazine, Woman’s Wear Daily, as well as other publications. With a looming recession and increasingly high cost to manufacture, Michelle was forced to shut down her fashion business.
Then in 1986, she began her extensive real estate experience as an integral part of various Cooperative and Condominium conversions throughout Manhattan. Starting as a sales agent, Michelle quickly moved into the role of Director of Sales by the development company. In addition, she became project in house Marketing Director and model apartment designer. There were numerous conversions throughout Manhattan in which Michelle was responsible for marketing and selling hundreds of apartments.
Barshay Brokerage RE Group LLC launched in 1995, was a direct response to the needs of prior customers whom purchased apartments in the conversion developments. Over the past 22 years, Michelle has guided Barshay Brokerage in becoming a prominent NYC full service boutique real estate company. Michelle and her firm’s growth have been predicated by her knowledge, integrity, honesty and personal service. Besides being known in the industry as a specialist on various buildings, Michelle brings to her clients and customers a unique, creative and powerful assemblage of assets in accomplishing their real estate goals.
Running a real estate business for over 20 years, plus raising a family with 2 children in Manhattan, Michelle’s involvement in the fabric of NYC life, has led her to become engaged in various local organizations. Presently, her involvement as a docent and historical guide at Merchant’s House Museum (one of only 117 interior & exterior landmarks in NYC recognized as a National Historic Landmark one of only 2,400) is one of her more gratifying experiences.
In addition, Michelle is a member of the Roof Raiser Curatorial Brigade, which is part of The Historic House Trust of NYC. The brigade is a pure hand-on involvement, in helping to maintain historic landmarked properties throughout NYC. Also, as a long standing resident of Greenwich Village, Michelle has continued to be active as a member of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.