New York is the city that never sleeps, so if you're ever gonna get some shut eye, you'll need to a good mattress. Well, you're in luck. Next week, BrickUnderground is giving away an ultra-luxe Tuft & Needle mattress to the lucky winner of our first-ever sweepstakes.
Imagine the kitchen of your dreams (dishwasher, double oven, wine cooler?) and pit it against the bathroom of your dreams (steam shower, double vanities, Jacuzzi?). We asked five New Yorkers about which tricked out room they'd choose if they could only have one.
Getting steamy: I don’t cook, so I would definitely go for the bathroom. A steam shower after I get back from the gym? Unwind with my lady after a long day at work? That’s what I’m talking about. - Winston, Upper West Side
In this $10.5 million Lenox Hill condo, one of the four bedrooms is slightly removed from the others and includes its own en-suite bathroom, perfect for having a nanny nearby (but giving everyone involved their privacy).
Cab fare is standard when you've got a babysitter watching your kid for the evening. But what if someone helps out with the kids round-the-clock? If you've got the extra cash, you could take up residence in one of these NYC pads so spacious the nanny can have an extra room all to themselves.
Every person doing more than $200 worth of reno work must be licensed with the city.
Choosing a contractor is an essential—if headache-inducing—part of any renovation that's not a DIY job. And one of the first steps to hiring said contractor is making sure they’re licensed, as the home improvement site Sweeten recently pointed out. Sure, it’s not the most, ahem, groundbreaking piece of advice. In fact, anyone who does a job in New York City that costs $200 or more must get a home improvement contractor (HIC) license. But there are a few really good reasons to look into whether a contractor is certified. (You can search for their license numbers on this city database.)
The smiling faces of people paying for two separate apartments—and child care—in an expensive Upper West Side building?
In honor of Family Week on BrickUnderground, we're taking the opportunity to revisit 2011's Friends With Kids, a rom-com that's as much about real estate as it is raising children in New York (to us, anyway).
The movie centers around Jason (Adam Scott) and Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt, who also wrote and directed the movie), two best friends who live in the same building on the Upper West Side. Seeing their married friends plunged into chaos by parenthood, Jason and Julie make the kind of pact people only ever make in movies for the sake of advancing the plot: they'll have a kid together, but remain platonic friends and continue to date other people. Their friends are skeptical at best.
If there’s one thing virtually all New York City apartments lack, it’s extra space, so furniture that takes up little to no room is a godsend. That’s why these clever folding furnishings—the creations of Andrea Kordos and Tony Round, two Toronto-based architects with an appreciation for beautiful, minimalist and practical furniture—are so appealing.
Fluctuating income: The self-employed or those with irregular incomes can appear as unpredictable borrowers to a bank. To present yourself in the best way possible, have at least two years of tax returns on hand and documentation of estimated taxes paid. Record all your earnings—even those in cash. Finally, offer at least a 25 percent down payment. It will reduce your debt burden and ensure the lowest mortgage rate possible.
TURTLE BAY, MANHATTAN: Loft studio at 310 East 46th Street (between First and Second) with high ceilings and elevated sleeping space in pre-war building with elevator, doorman, roof deck, and parking garage, $2,800/month
If you're looking to rent for around $2,800 a month, we've combed the listings for options in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, whether you're in the market for a one-bedroom in the heart of the city, a two-bedroom fit for a small family, or a spacious outer-borough roommate share.
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