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.
FINANCIAL DISTRICT, MANHATTAN: Furnished 1-bed, 1-bath in building with gym, doorman, and concierge as well as access to W Hotel amenities including room service and spa, at 123 Washington Street (between Albany and Carlisle), $4,100/month
If you've got a little more than $4,000 a month to spend on rent, you can get a pretty nice place in NYC, from smaller, more centrally located apartments in buildings loaded with high-end amenities like swimming pools (or hotel spa access) to entire townhouses fit for a family in the outer boroughs. We've scoured the current listings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx for options in your price range that'll suit just about every taste.
It's pretty safe to say that the word has long since gotten out about Crown Heights as a hot spot for renters.
Don't get us wrong, they are still crazy. In the onslaught of market reports released today—all of which more or less tell us the same thing, that New York rentals are still wildly expensive—real estate brokerage MNS had some particularly jarring numbers, indicating that average rents in Bushwick spiked 23 percent in the past year, and in Crown Heights, 25.2 percent.
To many New Yorkers, a pet is a fish and a garden is a few small boxes of herbs on a windowsill—and that’s just fine with them. EcoFarm—the brainchild of Alex and Nacho, two engineers (one Dutch, the other Spanish) based in Rotterdam, Netherlands—takes the concept one step further, combining the two to create a totally modern looking fish tank with a pretty herb garden that sits atop.
But the combo isn’t just aesthetically pleasing. EcoFarm is based on the science of aquaponics, a food production system that blends conventional aquaculture (the raising of aquatic animals in tanks) with hydroponics (the cultivating of plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. Say what?
Dare we say you'll actually enjoy washing the dishes?
Q. My kitchen sink is old, dingy and small. How easy would it be to install a new one myself?
When it comes to DIY home projects, replacing a kitchen sink sits somewhere in the middle of the continuum, and the difficulty depends largely on what you plan to use as a replacement, as well as the condition of the surrounding counter. If the new sink is a different shape or depth, I'd recommend calling in a professional, but if you simply want to install a new fixture that's the same size, you could probably handle it solo.
While millions of Americans eat breakfast every morning, Lara Spencer is right there with them. As the co-anchor of ABC’s "Good Morning America," she is part of our morning ritual. But the woman that designer Jonathan Adler calls “a tornado of blonde positivity” has a second job she loves: flea market shopper/decorator extraordinaire and host of "Flea Market Flip" on the Great American Country network.
In her new book, "Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures," which comes out Tuesday, Spencer details how to transform that tired kitchen or boring bedroom with a great flea market find, creative reinvention, and not much money. Here the Connecticut resident, also the author of the New York Times bestseller "I Brake For Yard Sales," explains why flea markets are having a moment, the one thing to ask a dealer, and why she doesn’t do matchy-matchy.
WHO: Legendary Vogue creative director Grace Coddington was the latest of the fashion pack to take the ice bucket challenge. We love the cause, but how about adding a find-an-apartment-with-heat-in-winter-that-doesn’t- turn-your place-into-a-sauna challenge? And when you find one, call us.
At 188 square feet, calling this north London house "tiny" is an understatement
By now you’ve likely checked out what the Guardian newspaper has christened “the smallest house in the world” that’s for sale in north London for about £275,000 ($450,000). At 188 square feet, it’s tiny even by New York City standards. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in nifty ways to get the most out of the space. Here, some of the best features.
If you haven't unpacked yet, these kitchen supplies will sure come in handy.
At first blush, moving in New York City seems like a breeze. After all, how much stuff could one small apartment actually hold? Answer: A lot! The tiniest of studios can pack up into dozens and dozens of boxes. And once all of those boxes are piled high into a new space, it could take days or weeks to dig yourself out.
In the meantime, you’re going to need to eat, which is why The Kitchn’s Moving Day Kitchen Survival Box makes so much sense. Just pack all of the following items separately from the rest of your moving stuff and you’re guaranteed to have everything necessary to whip up some energizing, if basic, meals in your new digs (which you’ll be needing in order to get all of that unpacking done).
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