by Jessica as told to Marjorie Cohen | 5/17/13 - 10:58 AM
Why would I want to move from a reasonably priced two-bedroom apartment in South Harlem, upstairs from my best friend and her family, overlooking Morningside Park and across the street from a recently built playground?
There was only one reason and it was a powerful one: the opportunity to live across the street from PS 59, one of the best elementary schools in NYC (recently relocated to a state of the art building on 57th between Second and Third Avenues), where my daughter will go to kindergarten.
Striking out on your own? You might want to check out the four one-bedrooms that made this week's edition of StreetEasy’s Most Wanted--the 10 sales listings StreetEasy users saved more often than any others this week.
Let's start with a one-bedroom, one-bathroom co-op (pictured) on West 11th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues listed at $875,000. Prewar details include exposed beams, exposed brick, a wood-burning fireplace, hardwood floors and 15’ ceilings. An in-unit washer/dryer rounds out the perks of this space.
WHO: Starting at her kitchen table, Tory Burch built a fashion company now worth $3 billion. Who says women can’t kick ass in business?
WHERE: The CEO and designer of the "Tory Burch” brand lives in an apartment inside the Pierre Hotel at Fifth Avenue and East 61st Street. We're guessing that the annual tab for that is, oh, a touch higher than the median Upper East Side rental price of $2,800, as calculated by StreetEasy.
Your Celebrity Neighboris a weekly heads-up on the A-listers who call your neighborhood home and (in theory) shop the same Duane Reade as you.
Summer Girls 1 by Leif Huron, a New York-based photographer, is one of a few hundred original artworks currently available for purchase ($1,250, or $50/month) on Uprise Art.
Shortly after graduating from Columbia University in 2006, Tze Chun noticed a strange phenomenon among her friends: Even the ones pulling in six-figure salaries had nothing on their walls but ripped movie posters, if anything.
An art history major who longed to make the sometimes daunting art world more accessible for the younger generation, Chun understandably found this irksome. So she decided to do something about it, founding Uprise Art—the focus of this week’s Real.Est List Spotlight Series—an online gallery where buyers can shop for contemporary, original artwork, then set up an account that allows them to purchase pieces over time through monthly installments.
In 2010,Juravich left NYRR to pursue a PhD in U.S. history at Columbia University, where he is now writing on the history of community activism, education and labor in New York City in the 1960s and '70s.
He narrowed the scope of his blog from a general overview of not only Crown Heights but all of the surrounding areas and Brooklyn in general to hyper-local community events, neighborhood change, and local issues in western Crown Heights, where Franklin Avenue is the main commercial strip.
Expensive parking, overheated bedrooms, and kitchens that don’t make sense for the act of cooking. Five New Yorkers share their apartment-life wants:
Cheaper parking: I wish there was some kind of discount in the parking fees for building residents. I pay over $400 dollars for parking my car in a garage. After six months it still feels like highway robbery. - Victor, Financial District
A kitchen for sane people I wish I could totally re-do my (rental) kitchen and make the layout make sense! There is no place to put a garbage can unless I put it in the hall way or in the dining area. The drawers for cutlery have been positioned above eye level and they only pull out halfway! The only counter space I can work on is as big as a cutting board next to the sink. There’s no place to add a butcher block or any extra storage since the kitchen is in a narrow alcove that opens onto the narrow hall way where we need to walk. There had to have been a better way of designing this. -Sally, Harlem
Is your building cash-poor? Consider selling off pieces of the roof for residents to use as private outdoor spaces.
Q. My co-op building has been hit hard in recent years by property taxes on top of a huge elevator replacement project. Our maintenance charges are already on the high side and we are trying to avoid another increase or an assessment.
Can you suggest some other alternatives for raising money that would be less painful?
For example, one idea that has been suggested is dividing up our undeveloped roof area and selling it to shareholders.
A. You're on the right track, say our experts, who shared some common and not-so-common ways co-ops and condos are building up their coffers nowadays.
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