If there’s one thing virtually all New York City apartments lack, it’s extra space, so furniture that takes up little to no room is a godsend. That’s why these clever folding furnishings—the creations of Andrea Kordos and Tony Round, two Toronto-based architects with an appreciation for beautiful, minimalist and practical furniture—are so appealing.
Fluctuating income: The self-employed or those with irregular incomes can appear as unpredictable borrowers to a bank. To present yourself in the best way possible, have at least two years of tax returns on hand and documentation of estimated taxes paid. Record all your earnings—even those in cash. Finally, offer at least a 25 percent down payment. It will reduce your debt burden and ensure the lowest mortgage rate possible.
TURTLE BAY, MANHATTAN: Loft studio at 310 East 46th Street (between First and Second) with high ceilings and elevated sleeping space in pre-war building with elevator, doorman, roof deck, and parking garage, $2,800/month
If you're looking to rent for around $2,800 a month, we've combed the listings for options in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, whether you're in the market for a one-bedroom in the heart of the city, a two-bedroom fit for a small family, or a spacious outer-borough roommate share.
I want to buy a loft in Manhattan, but I want to make sure I’m getting my money’s worth. What makes an apartment a real “loft”? What are the pros and cons of loft living? What kinds of neighborhoods should I look in to get one? What can I expect to spend?
How sad is it that when we watched comedian Scott Rogowsky’s tongue-in-cheek hunt for an “affordable” apartment on the Williamsburg waterfront, we actually thought, hey, that’s not the worst method we’ve seen for finding a place? In his latest video, spotted by the blog Bedford + Bowery, Rogowsky stops into luxe developments like 184 Kent Avenue and the Edge, asking brokers and building staff how to get one of the places upstairs.
A PropertyShark networking party drew brokers, lenders and other real estate pros to the new nightclub Space Ibiza.
Proving that they're as set on becoming a source for connections as they are for information (and handy, interactive maps), the real estate data tycoons at Property Shark threw a Manhattan bash Tuesday night packed with brokers, lenders, and just about everyone else in the business of helping New Yorkers find a place to live (with BrickUnderground as a media sponsor). With that many real estate minds in the same room, there were bound to be a few teachable moments (even with drinks flowing). Five key things we learned along the way.
I’m 16 years old and grew up—or, I suppose, am growing up—in an apartment on the Upper West Side. When I tell non-New Yorkers this, they look at me in shock: “Can your parents hear everything you do?” they ask. “Where do you hang out with your friends? So does that mean you don’t have a backyard?”
I’ve lived in the same two-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom apartment in the same prewar, elevator co-op building for 11 years. Being a kid in an apartment is not like being a kid in a suburban home—there are a few sacrifices. (Yes, a backyard is one. I also share a bathroom with my parents, which seems to bother some of my friends more than it bothers me.) But the experience of living in the city also comes with hundreds of little freedoms, eye-opening cultural interactions and things to do on rainy days. Here a few observations on what it's like to grow up in a New York City co-op.
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.
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