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Living year-round in Rockaway Park comes with its share of inconveniences, but the price may still be right for this one-bedroom in the area.
The Rockaways has gotten more popular than ever in the past few years (and have spawned many a tone-deaf New York Times trend piece to prove it), but we can't say we know too many people who've pulled the trigger and moved to the neighborhood full-time. For the budget-minded, though, we came across some serious incentive: a furnished one-bedroom near the Beach 116th Street subway stop going for a mere $895 a month. The price is low for a reason: you'd be living in one of the most remote neighborhoods in the city, with the serious risk of damage come flood (and storm) season, in a tiny bedroom (with a sloping ceiling to boot), and closet space only available in the living room. On the other hand, that sloping ceiling does include a skylight (it looks like you'd be in the top of the building here), and there's a washer/dryer in the basement, so you won't have to lug your laundry around the Rockaways.
Does this low price tag justify the risk and the long hours you'll spend on the A train? Our experts, including RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin as well as real estate bloggers and veteran NYC renters Julie Inzanti and Lambeth Hochwald (who have a combined 27 years of experience in the world of New York rentals), weigh in for this week’s Take It or Leave It.
MyCoop allows you to interact with your neighbors through a networking platform
A New York City apartment building is like a big, often dysfunctional family, with some members you interact with regularly and others you suffer because you have to. No matter how large or small the clan, communication is important (these are the people with whom you share a roof and walls!), which is why the free private social network MyCoop makes a lot of sense.
Unfortunately, Mr. Mittens isn't exactly a surefire insurance policy against a rat problem.
Fall may be the time we can finally stop swatting away mosquitos, but it's also the season when New York's furrier pests start trying to move inside. So how best to protect your apartment before you acquire unwanted roommates?
Know that you're especially vulnerable if you live near a construction site, school, or restaurant, writes DNAinfo. Keep your apartment as clean as possible (and your food safely sealed up), and try to make sure your building follows suit, with a tidy basement and carefully managed trash. Telltale signs of rats or mice include "rub marks" from their fur on the walls and, well, droppings.
Turning a two-bedroom and a three-bedroom into a four-bedroom comes with plenty of perks, like a home gym and two washer/dryers.
Transforming two apartments into one is the dream, isn’t it? Not only do you get double the space, you also have a rare chance to design your ideal layout.
That’s just what one couple did when they bought two penthouses in Long Island City—a two-bedroom and a three-bedroom in a new condo development—and in August 2012 set about combining them into a 2,300-square-foot four-bedroom. All told, the renovation took almost two years—six or seven months for the design and approvals and 15 months of construction—and wrapped up just before the owners, aptly enough, gave birth to twins, according to the project’s designer, David Katz of Katz Architecture. (He declined to disclose how much the couple spent.)
In a combination, you’ve usually got more square footage to work with than a gut reno of a single apartment, which gives you more flexibility on the design, Katz says. But there are plenty of minefields unique to this kind of job. Here are a few tips to make sure your combo goes smoothly and, below, a peek at the Long Island City renovation:
Using in-building comparisons, UrbanDigs now gives you a high/low estimate on what you could net if you sell your Manhattan apartment.
Real estate is a lot like medical care in one crucial way: you always, always want a second opinion. This is especially true when you're selling, as setting a price too high can stymie potential offers, and a low price—well, that has its obvious disadvantages. With this in mind, UrbanDigs—a site that crunches Manhattan market data—has launched a new "price your own apartment" feature.
Q. I'm remodeling the bathroom in my Brooklyn co-op, and planning to install a free-standing steam shower. The problem is, there's a window on the wall where I want to put it. Is it okay to cover it up, or is there a law that says that every bathroom needs a window?
If the bathroom doesn't already have a vent, you'll have to add one and either run it through the opening formerly occupied by the window or to another vent in the apartment, like in the kitchen, says Ben Pitt, a remodeling consultant with My Home, a New York City design firm. "This would have to be approved by both the building and filed with the Department of Buildings," he adds.
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