If you haven't unpacked yet, these kitchen supplies will sure come in handy.
At first blush, moving in New York City seems like a breeze. After all, how much stuff could one small apartment actually hold? Answer: A lot! The tiniest of studios can pack up into dozens and dozens of boxes. And once all of those boxes are piled high into a new space, it could take days or weeks to dig yourself out.
In the meantime, you’re going to need to eat, which is why The Kitchn’s Moving Day Kitchen Survival Box makes so much sense. Just pack all of the following items separately from the rest of your moving stuff and you’re guaranteed to have everything necessary to whip up some energizing, if basic, meals in your new digs (which you’ll be needing in order to get all of that unpacking done).
So is the price worth it for an old-fashioned place in the heart of the Theater District? 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) weigh in for this week’s Take It or Leave It.
Just because you don't have a wad of cash on hand doesn't mean you should lose out in a bidding war.
All-cash buying still seems to be at an all-time high in NYC, but for those of us who consider saving up for the down payment a battle in its own right, all hope is not lost: with the right moves, you can still win a bidding war, even with the prospect of a mortgage in tow.
Most New Yorkers need space in their shoebox apartments to store their actual shoe boxes. These companies are trying to help.
Take a good, hard look at your apartment: it’s full of stuff. Even if you aren’t a pack rat, the sad truth is that most NYC apartments simply don’t have enough storage. Yes, some apartment buildings offer storage space, but there's often a waitlist for them. And there are plenty of self-storage operations, but you're forced to pay for an entire unit (usually the smallest is 5 by 5 feet), even if you just have a few boxes, not to mention the hassle of schlepping your stuff in a U-Haul, a cab or—heaven forbid—the subway.
Jumping into the gap between these two options is a new generation startups trying to change the way apartment dwellers store their down coats, air conditioning units and assorted belongings. Here are three available now in New York City:
Long Island City is like a small town just a few minutes from Manhattan, for better or worse
The first few stops on the 7 train in Queens let you off in Long Island City, a formerly industrial neighborhood that's luring more and more residents. The buildings are a mix of old walk-ups, family homes, and brownstones in the center of LIC, but once you walk out to the water, a handful of large luxury towers and condos have popped up, much like what happened to Williamsburg over the past few years. The neighborhood hasn’t quite become the next up-and-coming place to live, with most of the “entertainment” focused around dining out on the weekend at a mix of old-school and new spots. Still, we chatted with some residents and business owners in the area to find out what they love about the neighborhood—and what they desperately wish it had. (Hint: more shopping.)
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We already know that co-ops and condos are legally obligated to accommodate residents who need service animals, regardless of the building's pet policy, but what if the animal's service to the owner involves a whole lot of barking? Well, it may get a bit more complicated.
This is the problem at the center of a lawsuit in an Upper East Side co-op, where one family is facing eviction over a dog they say helps with their daughter's rare medical condition—mast cell activation syndrome, in which patients experience "unpredictable changes in blood pressure, rapid heartbeat and bouts of dizziness," the New York Daily News reports. Though the Woodards didn't purchase Olivia specifically as a service animal, the bearded collie apparently has an uncanny sense for when their daughter's blood pressure is about to spike. “You see it once and you think it’s a coincidence, but then it happens again and again," Andrew Woodard told the Daily News of their dog's unique abilities.
If you're planning to throw your lease out the window, some reasons are better than others.
It’s the kind of dilemma that plagues renters in a pricey city like New York: a plum job on the West Coast lands in your lap, but you’ve still got time left on your lease. You can’t miss the opportunity, but you definitely can’t foot the bill for those extra months of rent.
Well, you’re not alone. It turns out that most people who are breaking their leases are doing it because of their jobs, at least among users of Leasebreak, a listings website for short- to mid-term rentals.
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