1. Size matters—but not the way you think. While you may assume that a smaller dog will work better in a smaller space, that's not necessarily true. Some small dogs are full of energy and actually need to to move a lot more than big dogs.
Got $2,500 a month to spend on rent in NYC? We've rounded up apartments currently on the market in your price range in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, ranging from spacious shares to luxe Manhattan apartments for one.
For what I spend every month on rent, I could afford to live for approximately one afternoon in the Champagne Apartment, a furnished penthouse on the top floor of the New York Palace hotel in Midtown. At $250,000 a month, the 5,000-square-foot triplex—with two bedrooms, three full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, a library and a 1,000-square-foot rooftop terrace with a Jacuzzi—is by far the most expensive rental on the market in the city.
In small apartments, any vertical space that can serve as a storage area is your friend. This origami wall planter does double-duty, acting as both a way to bring greenery into your abode and, when combined in multiples, a nifty shelving system.
Before you start in, you'll need to get your board's blessing.
Renovations are always a delicate subject in co-op buildings, and if you're hoping to make the process as painless as possible, you'll want to approach your board exactly the right way.
You'll need to sign an alteration agreement, or a contract stating that you'll follow code-related and legal requirements. Most buildings have standard forms to use as a jumping off point, but as Habitat Magazine notes, there are a few key pieces of information you'll want to include in your agreement to stay on your board's good side, and keep your contractor in line while you're at it.
I want to buy a vacation home for my family, and every summer I hear more and more about the North Fork. I don't exactly have a Hamptons budget, so I'm intrigued. What kinds of places are available? And what are typical prices like in the area?
I have some experience with affordable housing. I live in a so-called 80/20 building in Battery Park City, where 20 percent of the units are set aside for renters who make less than half the area's median income. I pay $700 per month for a one-bedroom. I wrote about my experience for BrickUnderground in 2012 and, let's just say, it didn't sit well with everyone.
WHO: Iconic portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz recently shot Kim and Kanye for the cover of Vogue, but know what she really wants to photograph? The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Seriously. Why else would she buy an apartment on the parade route?
Still, there's a reason this might be cheaper: ground-floor apartments are often considered a safety concern, and they're also potentially noisier. And while this apartment is near several trains and a couple of parks, Harlem isn't everyone's first choice, especially if your social circle orbits in Brooklyn.
So is this Uptown studio a keeper? Our veteran renters—including RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin, freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, and BrickUnderground’s own senior contributing editor, Lucy Cohen Blatter—weigh in for this week’s Take It or Leave It.
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