Hating the heat, cramped rooms and the cable company. As the mercury rises, so does the irritation level. We asked six New Yorkers what they'd change about their apartments:
High-speed switch If I could, I would switch over to Fios because I hate, hate, hate Time Warner. But this is what my building is currently wired for and I think it’s too expensive to switch. -Caprice, Harlem
This $45 million Midtown penthouse features a seated bar in the kitchen with natural light in the morning, and hanging mood lighting ready to kick in once the sun goes down.
Whether you're working on a bowl of cereal or a stiff drink, there's something specifically cozy about whiling away time at a home bar, feet dangling from the stool and everything you need for a refill right at your fingertips (without the need for a bartender, or a bartender's attitude). For both buyers and renters (albeit ultra-wealthy ones), we've rounded up seven homes currently on the market with bars that range from breakfast nooks to set-ups for bona fide mixologists.
Not exactly the neighbors you'd bargained on when you moved in.
There are certain things that will always take us by surprise in a move, but mercifully, local construction projects—and the disruptive noise and minor air pollution that tend to come along with them—don't have to be on the list.
Apartment data site AddressReport, which lets users get the lowdown on potential apartments before they make a move, has just rolled out a new feature that tracks past, present, and potential future construction projects in your neighborhood, the company tells BrickUnderground.
The price of real estate in New York City is such that even gainfully employed, debt-free professionals are struggling to save the cash for a down payment. But one alternative, according to New York Magazine, is the so-called commune approach, whereby city dwellers team up to buy a place—a situation that sounds both idyllic and fraught with peril.
With tips on how to make the shared purchase, a list of "splittable" properties on the market now, and a forehead-slap-worthy story on what not to do, the whole package is worth a read. But we were particularly interested in the stories from real life co-buyers, and pulled out a few things—good and bad—that surprised us about their experiences.
When a movie is set in New York City—and if the people making it are savvy—real estate becomes part of the story itself. (Anyone who's ever lived in this place will tell you it's a character, alright.) In Reel Estate, we look at some of the more memorable domiciles to grace the silver screen.
There are plenty of reasons to like Nancy Meyer's 2003 rom-com Something's Gotta Give--heavy-hitting leads Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, a solid script, the existence of an expensive studio movie actually geared toward women, let alone those over 30--but mostly, we love it for its setting, the quintessential fantasy vacation home in Southampton. (There's a reason Lena Dunham's character on Girls blurts out "I feel like I'm in a Nancy Meyers movie!" after seeing the kitchen of a spacious Greenpoint townhouse in season 2.)
Amenities: Gym; screening room which hosts Saturday morning cartoons, movie nights and artistic movie screenings; game room which includes ping pong, foosball, video games, and air hockey; communal spaces including office space; digital media lab; courtyard with wooden swings and deck; roof deck with dog run, bocce ball, communal graffiti wall, and urban garden. All amenities are included in the cost of rent.
Find out if you've got a litigious landlord on your hands with these tips.
In the last few months, there’s been a lot of talk about the so-called tenant blacklist, a collection of databases that landlords can access to get information on which renters have turned up in housing court.
It’s easy to see why they’d want this info—no one wants a tenant who’s repeatedly been sued for failing to pay the rent. If you’re a renter, however, the mere act of appearing in court—even if you’re the one who files the case and you win—is enough to get you on a blacklist and mess up your future chances of getting an apartment.
So we decided to turn the tables and give you the tools to determine whether your landlord frequents the courthouse, either as a plaintiff or a defendant. While the fact that a landlord's been in court before doesn't necessarily predict whether they'll sue you, a scan of housing court records can reveal clues to your landlord's past dealings with tenants.
If you've got $3,700 a month to spend on rent you can get a lot in New York, whether you're looking for a brick-laden loft or a smaller apartment with luxe details right in the middle of Manhattan's action. We've rounded up apartments currently on the market in your price range in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx if you're looking to make a move sooner rather than later.
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