WHO: Actor Mike Myers recently revealed that he plays floor hockey. We play a version of that; it’s called floor scratchy. That’s the game where you move your furniture around your tiny apartment to try and make it look like you have more room. Whoever leaves the fewest scratches in the floorboards wins.
There's also a separate listing offering the option of renting out part of this place as a 3.5-bedroom duplex--but you'd end up with third-floor tenants tromping through the common areas.
Between that and the long walk to the train, is a spot in this townhouse still a good deal? Our veteran renters—including RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin, freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, and BrickUnderground’s own senior contributing editor, Lucy Cohen Blatter—weigh in for this week’s Take It or Leave It.
Rather than just a gratuitous Little Mermaid (or Spring Breakers)-style review of one's stash of material goods, the inventory is an oh-so-responsible list of your home's contents; when you bought them and how much you paid; make and model numbers; estimated current value; and receipts, if you've got 'em.
It can be tough to get the real lowdown on an apartment before you actually move in--noisy neighbors and vermin have a way of revealing themselves after you've signed the lease and handed over a security deposit. The founders of Address Report are banking on the idea that an easy-to-use online database of apartment info is worth paying for.
When the bakery downstairs is replaced by a lice-removal salon, what effect does it have on property values?
[Update: Fucked in Park Slope reports that Lice Busters will actually move into a smaller space nearby, which once housed Percy's/South Brooklyn Pizza.]
Park Slopers are known for getting uptight about changes to the neighborhood, but we can kind of understand the pain that residents of one Seventh Avenue rental building are feeling.
The storefront, which until recently housed a Sweet Melissa Patisserie, is rumored to be the future home of the awesomely named Lice Busters, a lice removal salon, as neighborhood blog Fucked in Park Slope reports. (Ick factor aside, you've got to respect the business for knowing its target market: it's across the street from a public school and in the city capital of doting parents with cash to burn.)
Crown Heights is diverse, loud and safer than you think. Above, Eastern Parkway is one of the main thoroughfares (Photo credit: Heath Alseike)
Brooklyn's Crown Heights is an eclectic spot, with peaceful streets lined with townhouses nestling next to blocks of dollar stores and neon-lit bodegas. Known for its annualWest Indian American Day Parade, which attracts nearly 4 million people every Labor Day weekend, the area has attracted loads of attention lately as a cipher for the gentrification washing over Brooklyn. The neighborhood is populated by longtime residents from the Hasidic Jewish and Caribbean communities, but is attracting more and more newcomers seeking cheap(ish) rent every year.
Either way, locals have their own different take on the area, below.
Having a hoarder for a neighbor can actually be a fire hazard
If you've been following the news of Saturday's deadly fire, which erupted in a Williamsburg apartment overflowing with stuff, killing firefighter Lieutenant Matthew Ambelas, you know that the hazards of hoarding go well beyond odors and vermin.
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