Cozying up to someone with a nicer apartment than yours (or better air conditioning) is a time-honored tradition.
Summer in New York without air conditioning can be a special kind of hell. So the plot of The Seven Year Itch makes total sense to us: the wife and son of Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) flee to Maine to escape the heat, leaving him alone to contemplate the so-called "seven year itch" theory—wherein spouses feel inclined to start cheating on each other after seven years of marriage—and to strike up a friendship with a way-out-of-his-league upstairs subletter, played by Marilyn Monroe.
Known somewhat condescendingly as "The Girl," Monroe's character finds that her landlord has failed to install any A/C, even though, as Sherman points out, one of them "makes $15,000 a year" and could easily afford it. (This movie was made in 1955.) Luckily, he's got air conditioning in every unit. As such, she starts coming over to his apartment all the time, in large part to bask in the cold air:
It's possible to create a walk-in closet similar to this one, as long as you've got enough space in your bedroom
Q. I just bought a condo with a huge bedroom and a tiny closet. I’m considering converting some of the space into a walk-in. What’s involved?
The benefit of having a large dressing area is that you can use the space for storage and to hide mess (and the laundry hamper, perhaps). There are two routes to go here, the first being the more expensive and time-consuming permanent fix of actually enlarging the closet, and a second, lower cost option to carve out something practical, albeit temporary.
When you ask New Yorkers to list their desires for an apartment upgrade, they often don't know where to start. But the five we spoke to this week hit on some perennial peeves: a lack of a washer/dryer, a too-small closet and an out-of-date kitchen. But the Bushwick resident whose neighbors use his bathroom? Well, that guy's on his own.
Is this awesome view worth it? Maybe yes, and maybe no.
Think living in a high-rise is the be all and end all? Think again. All of that privacy and panorama come at a price. Besides the mild bother of not being able to take your daily fashion cues from the pedestrians in the street (Is it cool enough for a sweater? Huh, that guy just walked by in a Canada Goose!) not to mention gauge the depth of snow on the sidewalk or the puddles on the corners, there are some very real quality of life issues to consider.
CARNEGIE HILL, MANHATTAN: 1-bath studio at 160 East 91st Street (between Third and Lexington) with option to rent furnished in doorman building with elevator, laundry room, and bike room, $1,875/month.
Looking to rent in New York without breaking the $2,000 a month mark? Unsurprisingly, your options are largely confined to studios but you've still got choices in all five boroughs. We've rounded up current listings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island, from a spot in a Bed-Stuy brownstone to a Chelsea setup with exposed brick and an old-school fireplace.
In a market full of dark, cramped little apartments, an abundance of natural light may be the ultimate home decor status symbol. And if it's coming from above? Even better (and probably a sign that you've snagged either the penthouse or an entire house). In the interest of making the most out of our dwindling long summer days, we've combed the current listings for spacious, sky-lit sales and rentals.
The Roommates app aimed to match up apartment sharers, but suffered from technical issues
New Yorkers now have one less option for tracking down a roommate: the Roommates app by listings site Apartment List is ceasing operations. Earlier this week, an email came our way (subject line: "I love tacos.") announcing that after a little over a year in business, the Tinder-like roommate finding app would be going the way of the dodo. They explained the decision like so.
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