No-fee Koreatown studio with dishwasher and hardwood floors in building with gym, roof deck, and concierge service, $2,550/month
If you're in the market for a rental but hoping to dodge the broker's fee, head over to Naked Apartments to see a variety of no-fee and low-fee apartments with fees that top out at 9 percent (versus the typical 12 to 15 percent). We've rounded up current options in all five boroughs and in a variety of price ranges, and you can also search Naked Apartments by “no-fee” or “low-fee” to see more.
Writer and filmmaker John Buffalo Mailer keeps a typewriter in his Clinton Hill rental—a gift from his famous dad that fits in with his other antiques
John Buffalo Mailer is a renaissance man of sorts, an actor, playwright, editor, and author who lives and works in his native Brooklyn. The youngest child of noted writer Norman Mailer and Norris Church Mailer, Buffalo Mailer has written several screenplays, including "Hello Herman," produced a documentary adaptation of Naomi Wolf's "The End of America," and collaborated with his father on a book of interviews. Most recently, Mailer starred as a young incarnation of his father in Matthew Barney’s epic film "River of Fundament."
Buffalo Mailer lives in a two-bedroom apartment teeming with books and antiques in a rental building in Clinton Hill. Among the many items in his home is a 1940’s Royal typewriter on which his father wrote his first book, "The Naked and the Dead"—a gift from his dad on his 20th birthday. Below, he explains how the machine fits into his apartment.
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Autumn in New York: a time for apple picking, and also apartment concessions.
It's autumn in New York, which means leaves falling, rents plummeting, and a sudden flood of available apartments onto the market. (Okay, in our dreams for the last two.) But every new season does change the facts on the ground market-wise. We've looked at all the latest reports and consulted the experts for up-to-the-minute know-how, whether you're renting, buying, selling, or laying in wait 'til winter.
UPPER EAST SIDE, MANHATTAN: 2-bed, 2-bath co-op at 177 East 79th Street (between Third and Lexington). $1,525,000 + $2,223/mo maintenance.
Whether you're more interested in a stately Upper East Side co-op or a full-fledged Staten Island party pad—or something in between—if you're looking to buy on a budget of $1.5 million, we've scoured the current listings for options in all five boroughs.
Making the transition to an adult decorating scheme is always a tricky process, and for most of us, there's a pretty huge chasm in terms of years and budget between dorm-style decor and wall-to-wall West Elm. One key part of this process? Recognizing decorations that have made the sad, quiet transition from playful to played out.
Refinery 29 has a helpful guide on which decorating trends to ditch and how to replace them, and at the very top of the list: those "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters that've gotten so ubiquitous over the past few years. In lieu of having the same poster as thousands of other people, the site suggests, swap it out for an interesting print—maybe something locally made?—that won't break the bank, and also won't crop up in half your friends' apartments.
Bringing the board meeting into the 21st Century is easier said than done.
Q. I sit on the board of an Upper West Side co-op where all the members are very busy. I'd like to start hosting board meetings by Skype or some other kind of video-conferencing software. What would I have to do to change the policy? Would we have to get input from shareholders? What kind of notice would we have to provide other residents?
A. In the age of telecommuting and global travel, conducting co-op meetings by video seems like an easy solution for the overscheduled board member. But you’ll likely have to change your building’s bylaws first, our experts say.
Uri Toron has been living in a Mercedes Sprinter van like this one, above, while he hunts for an apartment.
Last week, we blogged about an apartment hunter who took the unusual step of posting “Condo Wanted” signs all over the Upper West Side in an attempt to find himself a studio or one-bedroom with outdoor space for about $500,000. It was a tall order: most of the listings we unearthed lacked private outdoor space (even if there was a shared roofdeck) or were outside the neighborhood. But it turns out, the man behind the signs is trying something even more, er, creative.
Uri Toron, 72, is a divorced father of three grown children who's been living out of his 2013 Mercedes Sprinter while he searches for a new home, as the New York Post revealed on Saturday. Toron took to his van about a year ago, not out of desperation, but due to an unwillingness to compromise. Turns out, he simply hasn’t yet found an appropriate place to call home.
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