In some neighborhoods, pharmacies are a dime a dozen. Not in Hell's Kitchen.
While walking along Tenth Avenue near West 53rd Street the other day I spotted a sign that said, “CVS/pharmacy: Coming Soon.”
Now, in a city peppered with Duane Reades and other assorted pharmacies one would not think this is noteworthy news. However, the nearest Duane Reade on Tenth Avenue is many blocks away on West 37th and the nearest CVS is on West 42nd Street. There are many on Ninth Avenue, but in NYC an avenue is actually a world away.
So this new CVS is a real game changer. Welcome to the dance floor, CVS.
This newcomer to Hell’s Kitchen, I’m sure, is due to the ever-growing need for amenities for those in new developments popping up here and there, particularly for those living in tony Mercedes House, up the block on 54th and Eleventh Avenue.
Q. I want to expand my kitchen into my dining room but there's a gas line in the way that's connected to my gas meter. Can I move it or do I have to work around it?
A. It sounds like what you're referring to is actually a gas riser, which begins in the basement of your building and terminates at the top floor. Getting authorization from your co-op or condo board to move it is probably not possible.
“If you alter a gas riser, you have to shut down the riser in the basement,” says construction professional Mike Kaler. This shutdown affects everyone whose appliances receive gas from that particular riser.
“We do brownstones and high-rises and everything in between,” says Santullo, a second-generation plumbing professional whose father started Systems 2000 in 1982 with just four plumbers. The younger Santullo took over the Upper East Side business in 1992, and it now boasts a staff of more than 30 master plumbers who are ready and waiting to snake your drains—at any hour of the day or night.
You’ll even speak to a human being at any hour.
“We do not have an automated system,” says Santullo, who understands how important it is to have a living, breathing, understanding person on the other end of the line when your bathroom is filling with water. “It’s a very personal company.”
Midtown Manhattan--the land of skyscrapers, corporate offices, and tons of transportation options--is the home to three apartments on this week's Hot Dozen, the 12 rental apartments Streeteasy.com visitors clicked on most often over the past seven days.
A studio apartment at 314 East 41st Street and Second Avenue is listed at $1,600/month and has no broker fee. The building has a 24-hour doorman and live-in super and is located a short walk from Grand Central, with quick access to almost any and every subway line.
Q. The building next door is doing some repairs, and, without asking permission, they put up scaffolding/sidewalk shed that extends across most of the brownstone building I own.
Besides blocking the light into the first floor of my house, I'm also worried about safety. Someone--maybe even one of the workers--could climb up and enter through one of the second floor windows, which have no bars on them.
Can they really do this without my permission? What are my options? They said the work may take several months!!
At this point in my apartment-buying career—and yes at times it has felt like a full-time job—I began coming around to the idea that hope looks through a blind eye.
With so many obstacles in my way, should I give up? Or was that purchase just around the corner? Or a phone call away?
After the Wells Fargo debacle--and upon the advice of Sidney, my real estate agent--I called the local branch of Mortgage Master, a privately owned direct lender with access to more flexible loan products than what commercial banks can offer.
I was assigned by phone to Peter, a loan specialist, who took in my details, clucking sympathetically at various points. He ran my credit report while we were on the phone. I held my breath: with so many inquiries into my credit the past six months, my score had dropped a few points, even though I had taken out no new credit or ever had a late payment.
The relatively low pricing, access to greenery and good transportation of Prospect Heights seem to have had their way with apartment-hunters this weekend. This edition of the Open House Scorecard--the 10 open houses StreetEasy users saved to their open-house calendars this weekend more often than any others--features an assortment of pre-war Prospect Heights abodes on the market for less than a million dollars.
On Prospect Place between Flatbush and Carlton Avenues, a $745k three-bedroom, two-bathroom prewar co-op (pictured) features 10’ ceilings, a decorative fireplace and whitewashed exposed brick, as well as built-in bookshelves. The apartment is convertible, and is currently configured as a two-bedroom plus home office/guest room, but the two back bedrooms could also become one large master bedroom.
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