WHO: New York designer Joseph Altuzarra’s collaboration with Target just hit stores and online, and fashionistas are doing the happy dance. Altuzarra was born in Paris, so his association with the “French” department store “Tar-jay” makes perfect sense, non?
WHERE: Altuzarra, whom the Council of Fashion Designers of America named women's wear designer of the year, lives in Chelsea, where the median listing price is almost $2.8 million and the median rent is $4,055, according to StreetEasy.
These days, even a shoebox one-bedroom is a "good deal" if it's in Williamsburg and rents for less than $2,000 a month. So we wonder if this $1,900 a month place with a shared garden smack in between the L, the G, the J, M, Z and dozens of bars and restaurants is a steal—or a swindle. (Its owners may be jonesing for new tenants; they just lowered the price by $100 a month).
To decode this intriguing Brooklyn listing, we brought in our experts, including RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin as well as real estate bloggers and veteran NYC renters Julie Inzanti and Lambeth Hochwald (who have a combined 27 years of experience in the world of New York rentals) for this week’s Take It or Leave It.
One apartment hunter got creative by putting this sign up.
Typically, it’s the broker who advertises an apartment to potential buyers, but desperate times call for desperate measures and New York City’s tight real estate market is leading to some rather creative house-hunting strategies. Take, for example, this eye-catching yellow and red “Condo Wanted” sign spotted recently on the Upper West Side, spotted by the neighborhood blog West Side Rag. The buyer is searching for a large studio or small one bedroom in any condition as long as it includes a balcony, private deck or yard, for around $500,000—a tall order, indeed! Still, if he/she were a bit more flexible, one of these apartments might fit the bill.
Real estate insiders gathered yesterday at the Brooklyn Museum, above, for a day of inside-baseball talks on the borough's future.
Ever wish you could be a fly on the wall as developers, deal-makers and financiers talk shop about their plans to reshape NYC's most talked-about borough? We did, which is why BrickUnderground spent the day at theBrooklyn Real Estate Summit yesterday. Sponsored by heavy-hitting commercial real estate brokerage Massey Knakal, the rather posh full-day summit at the Brooklyn Museum touched on everything from affordable housing to sparkling new developments from Williamsburg to the Brooklyn Navy Yard to (eventually) East New York. Below, the Cliff's Notes version of what we learned.
Sending your kid to the building's playroom? Make sure they don't have a cold.
Being a parent comes with its own particular set of social dilemmas, but this is especially true in a city as dense as New York—where you're bringing up baby while sharing walls, hallways, elevators and building common areas with a small village of neighbors. What's the best way for children to use a communal playspace? How do you convince them to make nice when they share a bedroom? And where does the building staff come into all of this? For advice from the trenches, we spoke with NYC parents, brokers, and even a doorman for some practical dos and don'ts.
Writer and designer Kate Paillat's London home is designed with her two sons in mind.
Upon relocating from Australia to England, writer, photographer and graphic designer Kate Paillat of the blog Maurice & King decorated her London rental with her two small sons—ages 4 and 2—in mind. It's not New York City, but it does show how you can live beautifully even with young children at home. Here, via Design*Sponge, are a few of her tips for creating a family-friendly abode.
New York is the city that never sleeps, so if you're ever gonna get some shut eye, you'll need to a good mattress. Well, you're in luck. Next week, BrickUnderground is giving away an ultra-luxe Tuft & Needle mattress to the lucky winner of our first-ever sweepstakes.
Having a second child in New York has major real estate implications. Bunk beds help.
I've lived in New York City for most of my 30-plus years, and it seems like I'll always be in an apartment that's one room short.
I grew up in a two-bedroom, one-bath rental on the Upper West Side with my mother, father and sister. My parents divided our large bedroom with desks and dressers that acted like a wall between us, and I really didn't mind sharing the space. I'm 6 years younger, and by the time I needed more privacy, she had moved away to college. Where we really felt pinched was in the lack of another bathroom. Four people getting ready at the same time each morning can be tricky.
You may have heard horror stories about raising your kids in the big, bad city, but don't believe the hype. In fact, bringing up kids in the urban jungle gives you some distinct advantages over your parental counterparts in the 'burbs. Some things to consider before you flee for Connecticut....
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