Susan Rosenberg Jones, above, has been photographing the affordable tenants in her Tribeca apartment complex since 2011.
Photographer Susan Rosenberg Jones is one of the few tenants who still lives in the Independence Plaza, a trio of identical brick buildings that have been fixtures of the Tribeca skyline since the 1970s. Originally built for middle-income families under the Mitchell-Lama affordable housing program, the structures now house a mix of market-rate and affordable tenants.
Rosenberg Jones, who paid $700 a month when she moved into the complex in 1984, turned her lens on her neighbors in 2011, snapping shots of the homes of people she'd lived next to for decades. Still in the midst of photographing, she says she hopes to exhibit the work one day or maybe publish a book. Below, she lets us in on the difference between affordable and market-rate renters, plus the benefits of staying in the same apartment for 30 years.
An almost $2.5 million one-bedroom at the Trump Soho, which functions with a "condotel" ownership structure.
From Eloise to Elaine Stritch, hotel living has long been something of a New York tradition. But lately, we've been hearing a lot more than usual about hotel apartments, whether it's the trio of penthouses at the Ritz Carlton on the market for $118 million, the three-floor penthouse at the Pierre Hotel available for $95 million, or Tommy Hilfiger's opulent digs at the Plaza with the, ahem, modest price tag of $80 million. With such eye-popping asking prices, it would seem the world is beating down a door to live with perks like turn-down service, dedicated staff, pools, spas, and all the other amenities that earn high-end hotels their five-star ratings. Particularly for frequent travelers (or anyone else in the market for a pied-a-terre), owning in a hotel can make life far easier than a typical residential building.
But buying a place in one of these buildings is not all concierges and pillow mints. We nosed around listings and spoke with brokers and appraisers to get the scoop. From our research, five key takeaways:
WHO: Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen says one cure for a hard night out is Greek yogurt. Not the first thing we would eat, but if a bender followed by yogurt has you looking like the cover of a magazine, we’re buying a lifetime supply.
This Forest Hills townhouse could be the perfect oasis for a family, but almost $6,000 a month is steep for the outer reaches of Queens.
A newly renovated townhouse with four bedrooms, three en-suite bathrooms, a washer/dryer, private outdoor space and parking, for slightly under $6,000 a month? Why yes, in Forest Hills, Queens.
A seemingly ideal escape from our busy day-to-day in the city, this house comes with a free month's rent, no broker's fee (the owner's paying it) and a recent price cut of $1,000 a month. But if you're going to live in this far-flung nabe, do you really want to drop that much on rent? Our experts, including RentHackr founder ZebDropkin and freelance writers Julie Inzanti and LambethHochwald, weigh in for this week’s Take It or Leave It.
You'll need some pretty persuasive references to get into a building like this
In Joseph O’Neill's “The Referees,” a short story in this week’s New Yorker, the protagonist, Rob, is struggling to gather credible character references in support of an application to rent a co-op in Prospect Heights. In a passage that sounds more documentary than fiction, the co-op board has requested “meaningful letters of reference that specifically address the high standards of integrity and deportment expected of a co-operative resident.” As Rob's returned to the city after a long absence out of state, two weeks into a new job and just divorced, this is proving a monumental task. But it needn’t be.
Here, a quick roundup of what “Rob” does wrong, and what you can do right.
Heat Seek NYC records temperature readings and sends them to a server.
We may be in the midst of a late summer heat wave, but you know that just around the corner... winter is coming.
And, for many New Yorkers, that means an ongoing battle with the landlord over the heat in the apartment. (For the record, between Oct. 31 and May 31, the city requires building owners to maintain an inside temperature of at least 68 degrees during the day if the mercury outside drops below 55; at night, it must be at least 55 degrees inside if the outside temperature drops below 40 degrees.) To wit, the city receives over 200,000 complaints about lack of heat every year.
Who doesn't like the sound of an on-demand "bedmobile"?
Labor Day weekend is a time to soak in the last rays of summer, sure, but for renters, it's also one of the busiest moving weekends of the year. And the last thing you want to do is spend your time-starved days buying and carting a mattress to your new place.
With that in mind, Manhattan-based mattress startup Casper has announced a special promotion: from Friday to Monday, New Yorkers can get a mattress delivered to their (brand new) doorstep for free via "Bedmobile," a.k.a. a special Uber van that acts as a "mobile showroom," letting you try out the mattress before you buy.
Is your corner a hub for cabs, or will the wait be a little bit longer?
Even in an age of outer-borough green cabs and ever-multiplying car service start-ups, finding a taxi right when you need one can be a bit of a crapshoot. And realizing that your apartment is smack in the middle of a taxi wasteland can be a rude awakening—especially at 1 a.m.
Apartment data site AddressReport has launched a new search feature to track average taxi wait times for NYC addresses, charted by the time of day, as well as the best intersection nearby to hail one.
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