Reclaiming their balconies, bathrooms, and their lives. Five New Yorkers share their home improvement dreams:
Wherefore art thou, balcony? My apartment has a Juliet balcony—but the building removed the doors leading out to it and changed them for conventional windows, and now I don’t have use of the balcony. I’d love the get that feature back! It’s a tiny sliver of a space, but I think this feature would make such a huge difference. It would really open up the space and bring in the amazing view. And I’d have room for some potted plants! - Veronique, Hamilton Heights
It's not what you call subtle, but the $80 million two-floor "Dome Penthouse" of the Plaza Hotel--up for sale by its current owner, Tommy Hilfiger--is nothing if not a statement apartment, and includes a balcony overlooking Central Park, as well as access to the Plaza's guest services including maid, valet, and room service.
If there's one thing the rest of us can enjoy about New York's bonkers luxury market, it's trolling the high-end listings for fantasy apartments (or unfortunate decorating choices). And what's a better dream than not only living full-time in a luxury hotel a la Eloise, but snagging the penthouse to boot? We've culled the listings for apartments on the market that'll get you views, outdoor space and bragging rights. They may be just a bit out of our price range, but no harm in browsing, right?
In New York, most of us have lived, currently live or will eventually live with a roommate in order to offset some of the financial burden. While some of us are natural housemates, others may need a little more help. Who are we kidding? Everyone needs more help. Below are a collection of gadgets, services and apps to help make cohabitation as easy as possible.
Really compatible roommates don't even need furniture.
In honor of Roommates Week, we're doing something a little different with our weekly Reel Estate column: instead of focusing on one TV show or movie with a particularly on-point New York apartment, we're taking a look at some of the greatest—and scariest—New York roommates from TV and film. After all, nothing is more ripe for comedy (or tragedy, actually) than an intense roommate relationship. Without any further ado...
What you'll pay: Rentals available now range from a one-bedroom for $3,291 a month to a three-bedroom for $5,785 a month. All apartments in the complex are no fee.
Amenities: Concierge; study room; cafe; green market on Sundays, May to December; playground; outdoor recreational area including basketball courts, tennis courts, bocce courts, and a volleyball court; community center; outdoor space; fitness center: $950 per year, $299 for students; kids center: $60 per family; garage starting at $350 per month; package receiving: $40 to $45 per month; storage: $100 per month.
Angrily side-eyeing your roommate isn't going to make this go away, you know.
While I've only had to move three times in the half decade I've lived in New York, one of said moves was to a large, four-person apartment full of people in their early 20s, and as such, I've had a revolving door of roommates. Ten of them, give or take an extra person who crashed in our Bushwick basement for a few months.
For the most part, this added up to cheap rent, good friends, and great house parties, but living with so many different people was a steep learning curve, to put it gently. Everyone's got different styles when it comes to sharing an apartment, and just when you think you've got things figured out, a new person moves in and upends your apartment's ecosystem (or fills it with trash, as the case may be).
And while there's no universal formula to living with people without starting to hate each other, there are a lot of things I wish someone had told me before I dove headfirst into cohabiting. Trial by fire is overrated. Here's what I wish I'd known sooner.
If you've got $4,500 a month to spend on rent you've got quite a few options in NYC, ranging from luxury one-bedrooms (and bachelor pads) to uptown roommate shares to outer-borough family affairs. As such, we've rounded up apartments currently on the market in your price range in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.
Now that we're officially deep into summer, it's getting more difficult NOT to daydream about snagging a beach or country house far away from this steamy city—especially when you consider the price tags.
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