This week, we're asking New Yorkers to weigh in one of the most basic questions of city life: doorman or no doorman? Six Manhattanites share their thoughts.
No shallow conversations, thanks I hate the notion of having to tip somebody to sit at my front door all day. I know they do more than just sit around. But honestly, whatever that service is that they provide, I haven’t missed it in my life. And for minor inconveniences like taking packages … that’s not really enough for me to change my mind about paying extra common charges and tips, and [having a] conversation [with] a semi-stranger. Some people call their doormen "friends." But I’ve never known anybody from a doorman building to invite their doorman “friends” over for dinner. Or have even anything more than shallow conversations with them about sports and the weather. - Glen, Harlem
We've always been skeptical of pairs of double beds that couples share in old movies, but double sinks? Those seem ideal. We've combed the current listings for apartments on the market with his-and-hers (or his-and-his or hers-and-hers...) bathroom setups. Sometimes, sharing is overrated.
If you're committed to color, one of these might work for your walls. Or not.
Paint color is a blessing and a curse: a pop of color or a sophisticated neutral can give your room a bright, luxe feel as easily as make it feel outdated, dirty or just plain weird-looking. So we’re pretty into this primer (ahem) on how to work with a room’s light to get the desired effect on your walls, courtesy Apartment Therapy.
Are you willing to pay extra for a large living room? Something to keep in mind when you start your search.
If there's one thing we never tire of, it's advice on getting through a NYC apartment hunt unscathed. Today, Refinery 29 has a great round-up of wisdom for first-time renters, or those of us who are a little rusty. Full disclosure, they interviewed our Senior Editor Leigh Kamping-Carder for the piece, but we loved the rest of the experts' advice, too. A few key takeaways we learned this morning.
How many sad bachelors do YOU know who keep Tiffany lamps and champagne on hand?
It'd be nearly impossible for us to keep writing about movies with spot-on New York real estate stories without getting to The Apartment. The place in question in Billy Wilder's beloved 1960 classic belongs to Buddy Baxter (Jack Lemmon), a mid-level employee at a giant insurance company who lends it out to executives (and their mistresses) for one-night stands to curry favor and, with hope, a promotion.
What you'll pay:Rentals available nowrange from a studio for $2,649 a month to a three-bedroom for $7,399 a month.
Amenities: Doorman, concierge, media room, package room, storage, rooftop terrace, club room, lounge, fitness center including sauna, rock-climbing wall and spa. The gym has a $70 fee per month. For the storage units, the cost is $15 a month. All other amenities are included in the cost of rent.
In Case You Missed It: Every so often, BrickUnderground digs through the archives to find the best advice our experts have shared through the years.
For many, a doorman is as essential a New York City necessity as a short commute to the subway or easy access to a deli, coffee bar, dry cleaner and nail salon. It can make the difference between a building they’ll live in and one they won’t even bother checking out. But, as with so many things in life in general and NYC in particular, not all doormen are created equal. According to top NYC brokers, a great doorman.
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