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.
"This studio is bigger than any one-bedroom for this price!"
New York City real estate brokers don't exactly have a reputation as shrinking violets, and yesterday, stalwart British newspaper The Guardian published a piece confirming (and exacerbating) everyone's worst fears about how they operate. A "training manual issued to new agents" from a supposedly legit New York City real estate brokerage--left at the writer's apartment--bestowed gems of advice like these on brokers: "You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure" (fair enough), and “WORRY ABOUT THE APARTMENT LATER … JUST GET THE CLIENTS INTO THE OFFICE" to "Please do not date clients until after we rent them and collect the broker's fee." There were also plenty of cheesy scripted lines to use on clients, like "This is a TV apartment!" and "For every great apartment there are five to 10 people you are competing against who want it!"
Yeesh. While it's unclear which firm the manual came from or whether it's even real, we ran it by a few brokers for a reality check. Here's what they had to say.
If you want to avoid a permanent couch surfer, make sure their stay is less than 30 days.
Everyone loves a good Airbnb horror story, and this week brought us a doozy, with news of a San Francisco woman whose guest refused to leave after his initial 30-day stay in her condo. The situation got a whole lot worse when she discovered that, under California law, someone who lives in a place for longer than 30 days effectively becomes a tenant on a month-to-month lease—and to get rid of him, she'd have to go through a formal eviction process.
For $3.35 million, you could buy a four-bedroom in Manhattan or this six-bedroom Tudor-style mansion in Riverdale, which has been on the market for almost three years.
Riverdale is one part of New York City where, assuming you have the cash, you can buy a sprawling suburban-style mansion and—unlike the heated market for Brooklyn brownstones—not face an army of rival bidders coveting the same house, the New York Observer reports.
Starting Monday, we're delving into the necessary evil of New York City shared living with a look at the best ways to pick, kick out and peacefully abide with the grown adult who sleeps in the room next door.
Stay tuned for our first-ever Roommates Week from Monday, July 28 to Friday, Aug. 1. And in the meantime, send us your questions, tips, yarns and anything else inspired by the fun and frustration of living with someone else. Drop us a line or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.
Coney Island is more than just carnival rides and fried foods.
Coney Island—birthplace of Nathan's, and land of carnival rides, boardwalks and beaches—is also home to thousands of New Yorkers. On the other side of the amusement park, you'll find low-rise buildings, mom-and-pop stores, and several large public housing developments.
A low-lying area, it was flooded during Sandy, but the city and local developers have been working to repair the damage. In fact, Coney Island is undergoing a transformation—its own version of hipster-ification, if you will—with the installation of sleek new roller coasters, a planned 5,000-seat amphitheater and a new brewery for the neighborhood's namesake beer.
But what's it like to live there year-round? We spoke to residents to find out what life is really like in the "People's Playground."
Removable wallpaper can bring life to your walls--without riling up your landlord
Here's the promise of temporary wallpaper: you buy it for less than traditional wall coverings, remove it from its backing like a sticker, affix it to your wall and, presto, your walls are enlivened, easy. And when it’s time to move, all you have to do is peel it off the wall. No muss, no fuss, no landlord’s permission necessary.
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