Designer Nicholas Kunz likes the industrial look for her office/studio but opts for Mid-Century Modern at home.
Cool clothes for chic New Yorkers is how you would describe the clothing brand Nicholas K. Created by brother and sister Christopher and Nicole Kunz (who goes by Nicholas, a childhood nickname), it’s fashion for the urban nomad in all of us.
After studying at FIT and in Florence, Nicholas worked at DKNY, Calvin Klein and Polo, among others, before launching the company in 2003. She and her husband, who works in film, web design and animation, bought a co-op last year in Civic Center, a neighborhood on the border of Chinatown and Tribeca dominated by government buildings and courthouses.
The designer is currently putting the finishing touches on the Spring 2015 collection showing at New York Fashion Week next week but took a moment to opine on the joys of downtown living and her love of Brutalist architecture.
More than anyone, New Yorkers dwelling in small apartments know that every inch of spare space counts, so it’s important to fill it with elements that enhance your home—and that goes for the trash bin, too. Who wants to clutter up their kitchen (which in a tiny place is often open to the living room, dining room and, sometimes, bedroom) with an unattractive plastic crate? Not us!
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Don't buy an apartment without finagling these promises out of your seller first.
You've found an apartment you want to buy—yay! In this inventory-challenged real estate market, that's a feat. But short of forcing a seller to take a lie detector test, what can you do to get the full picture of an apartment's drawbacks before you go into contract?
For most buyers, the best (if not totally foolproof) answer lies in the "reps," a series of contract clauses in which the seller “represents,” or affirms, that the statements they are making about the property are true. (You'll read, for example, “as far as I know, all the appliances are in working order in the unit.”)
At the outset, the goal was to land a "lower-ish" Manhattan two-bedroom for $2,800 or under a month, no higher than a fourth-floor walk-up, with a dishwasher and sans broker's fee. In the end, 24 days of searching later, Infante and his friend Steve ended up in a $2,500/month Fort Greene two-bedroom, a second-floor walk-up with a dishwasher, as well as mounted A/C units in every room. However, they also paid a $2,500 broker's fee and an undisclosed extra deposit to make up for what the landlord deemed "less-than-stellar" credit. You win some, you lose some, even as a seasoned New York renter.
When you move into a new rental, there's one hard and fast rule for landlords to follow: the place must be in "broom-swept" condition, meaning it's clean, and the appliances have to work, says Dylan Pichulik, CEO of XL Real Property Management, a New York property manager. "All the rest is negotiable," he says. In other words, you can get your landlord to pay for some repairs and upgrades before you move in. On the flip side, there are some things that will almost definitely come out of your own pocket.
Below, which fix-ups fall into which category (and some grey areas), plus bargaining strategies to get the repairs you want.
No-fee Midtown Center 2-bedroom with private terrace and gourmet kitchen in building with 24-hour doorman, concierge service, valet dry cleaning, fitness center, observation deck, and shuttle bus to Grand Central, $3,310/month
If you're hoping to find a NYC rental apartment without splashing out a typically expensive broker's fee, check out the listings over at Naked Apartments to see a variety of no-fee and low-fee apartments with broker’s 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.
Affordable housing can be life-changing, but it's not easy to get.
Renting an apartment in New York City is a competitive endeavor, but even we were shocked when almost 59,000 people applied to move into 105 apartments at 1133 Manhattan Avenue, a new building going up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Why such interest? The development is part of an affordable housing program known as 80/20, in which developers set aside units for gainfully employed low- and middle-income renters, who pay significantly reduced rents.
A brand new kitchen may impress a potential buyer, but it's the "bones" of an apartment that really matter.
Buying or selling an apartment is a huge undertaking with equally enormous stakes. Needless to say, you want the job done right. AOL Real Estate, by way of Business Insider, has a good roundup of basic ways to avoid making a major error. We pulled out a few that New Yorkers should keep on their radar.
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