Starting Monday, we're delving into the necessary evil of New York City shared living with a look at the best ways to pick, kick out and peacefully abide with the grown adult who sleeps in the room next door.
Stay tuned for our first-ever Roommates Week from Monday, July 28 to Friday, Aug. 1. And in the meantime, send us your questions, tips, yarns and anything else inspired by the fun and frustration of living with someone else. Drop us a line or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.
Coney Island is more than just carnival rides and fried foods.
Coney Island—birthplace of Nathan's, and land of carnival rides, boardwalks and beaches—is also home to thousands of New Yorkers. On the other side of the amusement park, you'll find low-rise buildings, mom-and-pop stores, and several large public housing developments.
A low-lying area, it was flooded during Sandy, but the city and local developers have been working to repair the damage. In fact, Coney Island is undergoing a transformation—its own version of hipster-ification, if you will—with the installation of sleek new roller coasters, a planned 5,000-seat amphitheater and a new brewery for the neighborhood's namesake beer.
But what's it like to live there year-round? We spoke to residents to find out what life is really like in the "People's Playground."
Removable wallpaper can bring life to your walls--without riling up your landlord
Here's the promise of temporary wallpaper: you buy it for less than traditional wall coverings, remove it from its backing like a sticker, affix it to your wall and, presto, your walls are enlivened, easy. And when it’s time to move, all you have to do is peel it off the wall. No muss, no fuss, no landlord’s permission necessary.
The parent of a musician is hoping to find an apartment before her daughter comes to the city. Is it do-able?
We often receive emails from readers asking for help in navigating their own real estate crises. In Realty Bites, we try to get them answers.
A reader recently wrote in hoping to rent an apartment for her daughter, who's moving here in a month and a half to study music.
"My daughter will be a grad student at Juilliard in the fall, and she will be away all summer. Is it possible for me to come to New York, work with a broker, apply for an apartment, pay the deposit, then overnight the lease to her for signing? If this is possible, when should I come to New York to find an apartment for a September 1st move-in date? I will be her guarantor, and I have already gone through this process with a previous New York apartment."
Working around an ancient-looking fixture is easier than you'd think.
At some point or another, we've all lived in a rental with a lighting scheme that makes us feel like we're either at the DMV or a haunted house. Mercifully, there are still plenty of options for those of us with security deposits to keep intact, and as we've said before, a lighting upgrade is one of the quickest, easiest decorating fixes you can make. Apartment Therapy has also rounded up some of the best (and most achievable) lighting DIYs from around the web to spruce up all manner of lighting woes. Get your glue guns ready:
Even if your building bans pets, you may have to bend the rules for an apartment dweller with a mental or physical disability, from cancer to blindness to anxiety. Federal, state and city laws require that building owners and landlords accommodate tenants who need service animals, even for emotional support.
Looking to say goodbye to your current landlord and the expensive gauntlet of pricey broker's fees? Check out the listings at Naked Apartments to see a variety of no-fee and low-fee apartments with broker’s fees that top out at 9 percent (versus the typical 12 to 15 percent). We've rounded up current options in all five boroughs and in a variety of price ranges, and you can also search Naked Apartments by “no-fee” or “low-fee” to see more.
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