The cacophony of the city is unavoidable, and two of the biggest sources of sound pollution in NYC are, of course, sirens and nightlife. So we asked five noise warriors: would you rather live by a fire station or above a popular watering hole?
This $2.495 million downtown penthouse has more than 1,600 square feet of outdoor space, but if you're still feeling cramped, you can combine it with the building's other penthouse (for another $2.59 million, that is).
The sellers are calling it "one of the largest private outdoor spaces on the market," and at more than 1,600 square feet, we'd believe it. The deck also includes heated lamps, surround sound, electrical outlets, a hammock, and a water source, according to the listing. Maybe it's just because the place is near the South Street Seaport (and a stone's throw from the Financial District), but something about this deck reminded us of the yacht from The Wolf of Wall Street.
In this $4.295 million West Village duplex, you'll find an entirely separate screening room (with leather seats and cup holders, of course). When you're ready to return to natural light, there's also a huge outdoor patio and garden.
Most of us don't have room for a full-blown dining room table let alone an entire screening room to call our own, but in some New York apartments, you can truly live the dream: theater-quality screen and sound system in the comfort of your own home, with total control over the concessions, the ability to pause, and no screaming (or texting) teenagers to side-eye. Whether you go the extra mile and install an in-house pump for sludgy popcorn "butter" topping is entirely up to you.
That pig may be cute, but your money would be safer invested in a condo in the Time Warner Center
It may be pricey, but a luxury Manhattan condo is a comparatively solid investment in today's market, especially if you're willing to hold onto it. That's the takeaway from a Wall Street Journal article that stacked up the prices of condos at 100 of the best-known buildings in the city versus the returns from stocks and commodities like gold, crude oil, coffee and hogs.
Long Island City has never looked so good. Or so mysteriously cheap.
Admittedly, our preferred way to revisit 2009's Julie and Julia is to skip over all of the "Julie" scenes, rendering the movie a pithy, nostalgic Meryl Streep vehicle just called Julia (sorry, Amy Adams). However, there's one major, semi-redeeming point of interest in the non-Streep scenes: Julie's New York apartment.
The Platinum has a full floor of amenities, ranging from a golf simulator to a sauna where apartment dwellers are encouraged to socialize.
The fitness center.
The "social sauna." Don't worry, nobody knows what that means.
The golf simulator.
The building:Platinum, 247 West 46th Street, Midtown
What you'll pay: Apartments for sale now start at $1.35 million for a studio, and go up to $5.5 million for a three-bedroom. Studio rentals start at $4,500 a month and the four-bedroom penthouse unit goes for a whopping $37,500 a month.
Amenities: Doorman, concierge, outdoor dog run. The building has a floor of amenities called "The Zone," which includes the Recovery Zone, a Zen room with body massage chairs, and soothing video and audio experiences; a fitness center with indoor and outdoor yoga studios, spa treatment room, spa lounge with waterfall, and a golf simulator; a social area with a "social sauna," lounge, and outdoor terrace with stone fireplace. (Amenities are included in monthly common charges or rent.) An enclosed garage is an additional $600 per month.
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.
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