A tipster from 301 Cumberland Street in Fort Greene wrote in to Brownstoner last week about the building's pee problem, which has apparently been going on since November 2013. "Bag after pee-filled bag [bursts] at the bottom of the stairs or [leaks when it lands]" in the shared basement, which also houses the laundry room, they note. As such, the common areas are starting to smell like a Meatpacking District alley on a Sunday morning in August. Delightful.
LENOX HILL, MANHATTAN: 2-bed, 2-bath co-op at 575 Park Avenue (between 62nd and 63rd). $950,000 + $4,545/mo maintenance.
If you're looking to spend just shy of a million bucks on a new home, we've combed the current listings for plenty of options in all five boroughs, from a beachfront condo in the Rockaways to a brick-laden Brooklyn multi-family to a cozy Chelsea co-op.
Chinatown is full of crowds, packed with souvenir shops--and one of the most convenient parts of the city, locals say
Confucius Plaza to Columbus Park, dim sum to muyu drum—Chinatown is so jam-packed with life and culture that it was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. However, defining what is and isn't Chinatown is still nebulous: Even if you're downing dumplings, rummaging through knick-knacks with European tourists, and hearing the hum of Buddhist chants from a nearby temple, according to the purists, you may not even be in real Chinatown.
The Chinatown of today manages to remain a tight-knit ethnic neighborhood where Cantonese, Mandarin and other dialects are the talk of the day. Multiple generations of families live close together in walk-up apartments above shops and restaurants. However, as Chinatown continues to blend into Soho, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side, townhouses and lofts are an increasing part of the real estate landscape.
What kinds of insights do Chinatown residents and experts have? Read on.
According to the Pew Research Center, millennials (those 32 years old and younger) have it bad, with "the unhappy distinction of being the first generation in modern history to have a lower standard of living than their parents’ generation." Ouch! But if you're lucky enough to have squirreled away a down payment (usually 20 to 25 percent in New York City, though high-end co-ops have been known to require as much as 50 percent down), plus have a stable, solid income to pay the monthly bills and a credit score of at least 680, it makes sense to consider getting into the housing market. (Also, congratulations!) But how do you actually get a mortgage?
This week, we're asking New Yorkers to weigh in one of the most basic questions of city life: doorman or no doorman? Six Manhattanites share their thoughts.
No shallow conversations, thanks I hate the notion of having to tip somebody to sit at my front door all day. I know they do more than just sit around. But honestly, whatever that service is that they provide, I haven’t missed it in my life. And for minor inconveniences like taking packages … that’s not really enough for me to change my mind about paying extra common charges and tips, and [having a] conversation [with] a semi-stranger. Some people call their doormen "friends." But I’ve never known anybody from a doorman building to invite their doorman “friends” over for dinner. Or have even anything more than shallow conversations with them about sports and the weather. - Glen, Harlem
We've always been skeptical of pairs of double beds that couples share in old movies, but double sinks? Those seem ideal. We've combed the current listings for apartments on the market with his-and-hers (or his-and-his or hers-and-hers...) bathroom setups. Sometimes, sharing is overrated.
If you're committed to color, one of these might work for your walls. Or not.
Paint color is a blessing and a curse: a pop of color or a sophisticated neutral can give your room a bright, luxe feel as easily as make it feel outdated, dirty or just plain weird-looking. So we’re pretty into this primer (ahem) on how to work with a room’s light to get the desired effect on your walls, courtesy Apartment Therapy.
Are you willing to pay extra for a large living room? Something to keep in mind when you start your search.
If there's one thing we never tire of, it's advice on getting through a NYC apartment hunt unscathed. Today, Refinery 29 has a great round-up of wisdom for first-time renters, or those of us who are a little rusty. Full disclosure, they interviewed our Senior Editor Leigh Kamping-Carder for the piece, but we loved the rest of the experts' advice, too. A few key takeaways we learned this morning.
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