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.
Sure, it's mostly legalese--but some clauses in your lease deserve a closer look
It's tempting to skim over the pages and pages of fine print in a new lease, especially since most of it is probably boilerplate legalese. But before you sign on the dotted line, take a second look at the five items below. Not paying attention to these clauses could get you in trouble down the road.
Just because your bathroom is stuck in the 1970s doesn't mean you have to renovate
Mustard: great on hotdogs, not so great as a color scheme for your toilet, sink and bathtub. But if you’re selling, particularly with so few apartments on the market, is a more contemporary redo worth the money and hassle?
Quite possibly not, according to the New York Times, which tackled the issue in response to a seller’s question about renovating bathroom fixtures in a “very retro shade of mustard.”
Getting organized in a New York City apartment is a nightmare. No matter how much of a minimalist you are, there's never enough space, and once things fall into disarray, summoning the mental energy to whip your place into shape can feel impossible.
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