Luckily, your children won't be involved in the co-op board application
Q. I'm shopping for a co-op, and I have two young children. Will they have to do anything as part of my application for an apartment, like come to the board interview or get reference letters? Will I get turned down if they don't like my kids?
A. It’s a curious feature of the co-op application process in New York City: board members will scrutinize your dog’s behavior and breeding, with some going so far as to “interview” Rover or review his training certificates, but won’t do the same for a buyer's kids. For you, that means your little ones get a pass, our experts say.
An unused closet makes a great home office. When the work day is done, simply close the doors!
Maybe you work from home, or just need a spot to sit while you pay the bills, or want a designated place for the kids to do their homework. Whatever the reason, the home office is becoming more and more of a necessity. But in New York City, where the term “spare room” is pretty much unheard of, where to squeeze in such a space is often a challenge.
If you're looking for a family-friendly NYC apartment, you'll want to make sure it's close to a park.
We'll be rolling out fresh tips for surviving the city with kids this Family Week, but we also dug through the archives for our best advice on the apartment search, handling kid-related building etiquette, and eventually, helping your kid lock down their own slice of NYC real estate.
When your kid makes the move to life on campus, you'll want to make sure they're still covered.
Back-to-school time means a lot of things for college students (and parents of college students)—empty nests, an expensive trip to the campus bookstore, and, of course, a whole new set of insurance questions.
She's smiling now, but wait until she gets that monster home
New York City parents have a love-hate relationship with their strollers. On one hand, the stroller is an absolute necessity for getting kids from point A to point B while also multi-tasking as a portable crib, makeshift highchair and a schlepper for transportation of myriad items (from groceries and baby gear to small pets and large musical instruments).
On the other hand, strollers—yes, many families require more than one!—are heavy pieces of equipment that are a challenge to haul in and out of an apartment, a hassle to store and a nuisance for neighbors. Here, why they can bug and how to deal:
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.
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