Starting Monday, we'll be coming at you with tons of coverage of that (almost) unavoidable facet of New York City living: the roommate. We'll be answering your thorniest roommie queries, examining the perils of cohabitating for the first time and, naturally, unearthing plenty of horror stories.
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.
Hating the heat, cramped rooms and the cable company. As the mercury rises, so does the irritation level. We asked six New Yorkers what they'd change about their apartments:
High-speed switch If I could, I would switch over to Fios because I hate, hate, hate Time Warner. But this is what my building is currently wired for and I think it’s too expensive to switch. -Caprice, Harlem
This $45 million Midtown penthouse features a seated bar in the kitchen with natural light in the morning, and hanging mood lighting ready to kick in once the sun goes down.
Whether you're working on a bowl of cereal or a stiff drink, there's something specifically cozy about whiling away time at a home bar, feet dangling from the stool and everything you need for a refill right at your fingertips (without the need for a bartender, or a bartender's attitude). For both buyers and renters (albeit ultra-wealthy ones), we've rounded up seven homes currently on the market with bars that range from breakfast nooks to set-ups for bona fide mixologists.
Not exactly the neighbors you'd bargained on when you moved in.
There are certain things that will always take us by surprise in a move, but mercifully, local construction projects—and the disruptive noise and minor air pollution that tend to come along with them—don't have to be on the list.
Apartment data site AddressReport, which lets users get the lowdown on potential apartments before they make a move, has just rolled out a new feature that tracks past, present, and potential future construction projects in your neighborhood, the company tells BrickUnderground.
The price of real estate in New York City is such that even gainfully employed, debt-free professionals are struggling to save the cash for a down payment. But one alternative, according to New York Magazine, is the so-called commune approach, whereby city dwellers team up to buy a place—a situation that sounds both idyllic and fraught with peril.
With tips on how to make the shared purchase, a list of "splittable" properties on the market now, and a forehead-slap-worthy story on what not to do, the whole package is worth a read. But we were particularly interested in the stories from real life co-buyers, and pulled out a few things—good and bad—that surprised us about their experiences.
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.)
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