Wacky apartment layouts, crazy cooling bills, and horrible neighbors. Six New Yorkers share their gripes on apartment living in the city.
I just need to vent: I wish we had a proper ventilation system in our apartment. We have a ventless dryer, which sucks for drying clothes. And our ventless hood above the [stove] range is just as ineffective. The hood gets rid of maybe 25 percent of the odors in the house that a regular vented hood would. The dryer I can’t even talk about. Just heats the clothes up, so they come out less wet, but still damp. You don’t get that nice, crisp, dry, clean scent on your clothes coming out the dryer, but a wet-wool smell that makes you want to wash your clothes all over again. - Greg, Upper West Side
At $39,950, the monthly rent for this Upper East Side five-bedroom is more than many make in a year, but it has bar and booth-style seating, views of the city, and a reasonable amount of privacy.
As much as we like kicking back on the couch with some Seamless-ed pad Thai, in a city full of cramped kitchenettes, most of us would pay a premium for an eat-in kitchen. Whether it's for family breakfast, cocktail hour, or the ultimate dinner party, a kitchen that can hold a chef plus all the guests—like these properties we've found—is a bonafide luxury.
It doesn't get much easier than peeling and sticking stuff to the walls.
If you’re looking to jazz up your apartment this weekend—and, realistically, will only devote about an hour or two on Sunday morning to the cause—may we suggest stocking up on adhesive strips and hooks? Hanging pictures is “just the tip of the adhesive decor iceberg,” as Apartment Therapy recently pointed out, and you can also use the strips to mount everything from a magnetic knife holder to strings of decorative lights. Bonus: you’ll save the hassle of filling in any nail or screw holes in the wall when you move out.
At this forthcoming Elmhurst development, apartments are reportedly all going for less than $500,000 apiece.
When most of us think of new condo developments, "affordable" isn't the first word that springs to mind. And while this fall's onslaught of new condo units will feature quite a few high-priced options for the one percenters out there, the New York Daily News also reports that "more than half of the 2,500 new apartments slated to hit the market in Manhattan this fall will be geared toward first-time and price-sensitive buyers."
The landscape of TV and film is littered with wildly unrealistic depictions of New York apartments (see: every conversation you've ever had about the apartment on Friends), which isn't necessarily a bad thing. After all, the people on TV are also better looking.
Still, as the fall TV season kicks into gear, we're reminded of what might be the most egregious "New York" apartment currently on the air: the Bushwick pad in 2 Broke Girls, which starts its fourth season in October.
Your new Williamsburg apartment: haunted by the ghost of a Shiba Inu?
If you're anything like us, when you see renderings for new developments, your first thoughts are usually along the lines of "wow, that's expensive," followed by, "why are all the people in these pictures see-through?"
Starting Monday, we're exploring the singular experience of living in New York with kids, from the ins and outs of stroller etiquette in a high-rise to the best gadgets for city parents to one Upper East Side teen's thoughts on growing up in a co-op (hint: it's not all bad).
Stay tuned for our first-ever Family Week from Monday, Sept. 15 to Friday, Sept. 19. And in the meantime, send us your questions, tips, yarns and anything else inspired by the fun and frustration of raising a brood in Gotham. Drop us a line or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.
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