I am doing in the one-bedroom-into-two-fake-wall thing, living the dream in the city post-college. It is all very "Girls" except for my crazy roommate who is basically a nudist (although maybe that still is "Girls.")
As she has gotten more comfortable with me over the year, she is wearing less and less clothing and now I'm lucky if I go a day without seeing her nipples.
I am all for live and let live but she needs to get her bare ass off my kitchen chairs, y'know? I have told her in a joking way to put her clothes back on but she just laughs.
Stairs were forged by Piscopo so those living on the parlor floor of this Columbia Heights brownstone could have garden access.
When the new owners of this NYC building wanted to restore the original look of the place, they called in Piscopo's ironworkers to build a historically correct door from scratch using old photos as a reference.
Piscopo Iron Works artisans custom made this window guard with a decorative "belly" to accept an air conditioner.
When he was 15—an age when most of his friends spent their summers at camp or running wild on the streets of Brooklyn—Gasper Nogara was at his father’s Red Hook ironworks shop learning how to forge intricately decorated wrought-iron railings and fences. And he wouldn’t have had it any other way.
“I love making things with my hands. It’s my way of expressing myself,” says the now 40-year-old Nogara, who took over sole ownership of Piscopo Iron Works—this week’s Real. Est. List Spotlight Series subject—following his dad’s retirement nearly a decade ago, and relocated the outfit to Crown Heights in 2009.
Which neighbor would you rather share a wall with: A professional musician who practices daily or a monthly bringing-down-the-house kind of party?
And our informal BrickUnderground survey says....
Professional musician: "I used to live above a professional musician. He was the musical director for an off-Broadway show, so he was asleep most mornings, gone all night and only played in the middle of the day. So I only heard him occasionally during the week and on some weekend mornings. I really liked waking up to his awesome piano playing. It wasn’t intrusive at all." -Alden, Park Slope
The outdoor space included in this $4,500 three-bedroom in the West Village almost makes us forgive the fact that the apartment itself is a bit of a mess (click on the thumbnails below to see for yourself).
Read on to see the 12 apartments renters browsing StreetEasy.com clicked on most often this past week...
The $1,255/mo combined common charges and property taxes of this $1.5m 2-bed, 2-bath doorman condo in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, fall well under the Manhattan average of $1.68 per square foot.
Q. Is there a formula or rule-of-thumb for adjusting the sales price of an apartment to offset high monthly maintenance fees or common charges?
A. When a condo's common charges (or, in a co-op, the monthly maintenance charges, which include property taxes) are higher than average, you'll need both a calculator and a grasp of psychology to figure the right price adjustment, say our experts.
So you’ve gone through the long and grueling apartment search process, passed through the dreaded board interview (if you bought a co-op), and now you own your very own New York City apartment, pulling off of StreetEasy right onto easy street...right?
Well, not quite. There's still a little game of internal politics to understand and master. To live reasonably happily ever after, you need to start off on the right foot with your neighbors, your board, the staff and the management company.
Pros: The apartment is located on a high floor and has a private balcony and lots of closet space. Health club membership is included in the rent. There's also a 24-hour doorman, a pool, racquetball courts, a children's playroom and a sundeck.
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