When you ask New Yorkers to list their desires for an apartment upgrade, they often don't know where to start. But the five we spoke to this week hit on some perennial peeves: a lack of a washer/dryer, a too-small closet and an out-of-date kitchen. But the Bushwick resident whose neighbors use his bathroom? Well, that guy's on his own.
Is this awesome view worth it? Maybe yes, and maybe no.
Think living in a high-rise is the be all and end all? Think again. All of that privacy and panorama come at a price. Besides the mild bother of not being able to take your daily fashion cues from the pedestrians in the street (Is it cool enough for a sweater? Huh, that guy just walked by in a Canada Goose!) not to mention gauge the depth of snow on the sidewalk or the puddles on the corners, there are some very real quality of life issues to consider.
CARNEGIE HILL, MANHATTAN: 1-bath studio at 160 East 91st Street (between Third and Lexington) with option to rent furnished in doorman building with elevator, laundry room, and bike room, $1,875/month.
Looking to rent in New York without breaking the $2,000 a month mark? Unsurprisingly, your options are largely confined to studios but you've still got choices in all five boroughs. We've rounded up current listings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island, from a spot in a Bed-Stuy brownstone to a Chelsea setup with exposed brick and an old-school fireplace.
In a market full of dark, cramped little apartments, an abundance of natural light may be the ultimate home decor status symbol. And if it's coming from above? Even better (and probably a sign that you've snagged either the penthouse or an entire house). In the interest of making the most out of our dwindling long summer days, we've combed the current listings for spacious, sky-lit sales and rentals.
The Roommates app aimed to match up apartment sharers, but suffered from technical issues
New Yorkers now have one less option for tracking down a roommate: the Roommates app by listings site Apartment List is ceasing operations. Earlier this week, an email came our way (subject line: "I love tacos.") announcing that after a little over a year in business, the Tinder-like roommate finding app would be going the way of the dodo. They explained the decision like so.
Susan Rosenberg Jones, above, has been photographing the affordable tenants in her Tribeca apartment complex since 2011.
Photographer Susan Rosenberg Jones is one of the few tenants who still lives in the Independence Plaza, a trio of identical brick buildings that have been fixtures of the Tribeca skyline since the 1970s. Originally built for middle-income families under the Mitchell-Lama affordable housing program, the structures now house a mix of market-rate and affordable tenants.
Rosenberg Jones, who paid $700 a month when she moved into the complex in 1984, turned her lens on her neighbors in 2011, snapping shots of the homes of people she'd lived next to for decades. Still in the midst of photographing, she says she hopes to exhibit the work one day or maybe publish a book. Below, she lets us in on the difference between affordable and market-rate renters, plus the benefits of staying in the same apartment for 30 years.
An almost $2.5 million one-bedroom at the Trump Soho, which functions with a "condotel" ownership structure.
From Eloise to Elaine Stritch, hotel living has long been something of a New York tradition. But lately, we've been hearing a lot more than usual about hotel apartments, whether it's the trio of penthouses at the Ritz Carlton on the market for $118 million, the three-floor penthouse at the Pierre Hotel available for $95 million, or Tommy Hilfiger's opulent digs at the Plaza with the, ahem, modest price tag of $80 million. With such eye-popping asking prices, it would seem the world is beating down a door to live with perks like turn-down service, dedicated staff, pools, spas, and all the other amenities that earn high-end hotels their five-star ratings. Particularly for frequent travelers (or anyone else in the market for a pied-a-terre), owning in a hotel can make life far easier than a typical residential building.
But buying a place in one of these buildings is not all concierges and pillow mints. We nosed around listings and spoke with brokers and appraisers to get the scoop. From our research, five key takeaways:
WHO: Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen says one cure for a hard night out is Greek yogurt. Not the first thing we would eat, but if a bender followed by yogurt has you looking like the cover of a magazine, we’re buying a lifetime supply.
This Forest Hills townhouse could be the perfect oasis for a family, but almost $6,000 a month is steep for the outer reaches of Queens.
A newly renovated townhouse with four bedrooms, three en-suite bathrooms, a washer/dryer, private outdoor space and parking, for slightly under $6,000 a month? Why yes, in Forest Hills, Queens.
A seemingly ideal escape from our busy day-to-day in the city, this house comes with a free month's rent, no broker's fee (the owner's paying it) and a recent price cut of $1,000 a month. But if you're going to live in this far-flung nabe, do you really want to drop that much on rent? Our experts, including RentHackr founder ZebDropkin and freelance writers Julie Inzanti and LambethHochwald, weigh in for this week’s Take It or Leave It.
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