by Marjorie Cohen | 8/07/14 - 3:59 PM (Originally posted on 01/21/2014)
Thinking about swapping your only bathtub for a walk-in shower? Think again.
Drawing up your reno wishlist? Here are twenty ideas that your architect is going to try to talk you out of. Go ahead and ask, if you must, but be prepared for a "no." The reason: your idea is unadvisable for structural, aesthetic or practical reasons.
1. Let’s reconfigure the layout of the apartment.
If your plan involves a dramatic change in the apartment layout--meaning that the fixtures link sinks and toilets will have to be moved further away from the plumbing risers--it will require extensive branch piping work to connect the new fixtures to the immovable risers in addition to probable wet-over-dry resistance from the board.
2. I want to use the least expensive contractor.
Does ‘you get what you pay for’ mean anything to you? It should.
According to a recent Rent.com survey of renters across the country, the most common reason renters call their landlords or building maintenance staff is also the last thing you ever want to call in the professionals for: to fix a clogged toilet.
The second most common reason to reach out? To get the keys. (We've always thought easy access to keys was top on the list of reasons why it's great to have a doorman, and it looks like we were right.)
Some more interesting findings from the survey, and how we think they might stack up nationwide versus here in NYC:
Looking to rent in NYC on a budget of around $2,200 a month? We've rounded up options currently on the market in your price range in all five boroughs, whether you're inclined toward a Lower East Side 1-bedroom or Upper West Side studio, or a place with higher end amenities in Bushwick, Ridgewood, or Staten Island.
by Polly Mosendz | 8/07/14 - 1:00 PM (Originally posted on 01/28/2014)
Wanna make sure Fido will also feel at home in your new place? This map, from DogSpin.com, shows you which neighborhoods have the most dog runs.
Moving around the city can be stressful enough without discovering unwanted facets of your new neighborhood long after you've signed the lease.
Before you learn the hard way that your dream apartment is sitting on Dog Poop Alley or--horror of horrors--lacks adequate access to coffee purveyors, do your nitty gritty neighborhood research with the following maps.
Well, it seems we were (mostly) right. According to the Daily News, the bugs were mostly found in the cabs of the trains where conductors sit, which, unlike the rest of the train, have actual seat cushions. "From my understanding, the public was never really at risk here," Gil Bloom, president of Standard Pest Management, tells us. "This was clearly a case of a staffer accidentally bringing bed bugs from home into the work place, and even so, it could never really get to a level in the crew area where bed bugs would start heading out toward the passenger cars."
It's conventional wisdom that living closer to Manhattan saves you on rent. But what does it actually cost to live along successive L train stops?
Shooting straight off the East Village into north Brooklyn, the L train is almost like a road map of gentrification and future rent hikes. For years now, the city's budget-conscious and/or artistically inclined have found accommodation off the L, and as landlords have hiked prices, they've steadily moved stops farther from Manhattan, adding a few minutes to the commute to save on rent. The pattern is so well-established that the L has earned the nickname "the line of gold" from Andrew Barrocas, founder of the real estate brokerage MNS.
Coney Island may not have the brownstones of neighborhoods farther north in Brooklyn, but the area surrounding the famous amusement park is actually home to numerous residents—and relatively cheap apartments. In this week's Buy Curious, Citi Habitats agent Mark Martov gives us the lowdown on the seaside spot.
THE WISH LIST:
I went to Coney Island last weekend, and I'm curious: what's it like to live in the neighborhood? What kind of housing options are available, and what will it cost?
by Molly Socha | 8/06/14 - 3:59 PM (Originally posted on 04/01/2014)
With so few homes on the market in New York City these days, it can seem like sellers have the upper hand, picking from a slew of offers and setting the agenda for any deal. But at least some of those sellers are itching to unload their properties as fast as possible, giving buyers a chance to score a deal or a speedy transaction. Here's how to find them.
WHERE: Gracie Mansion is in the Yorkville neighborhood on the Upper East Side, where if you don’t live in a government-owned mansion, the median sales price is $855,000 and the median rent is $2,625 a month.
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