• Then & Now

    Time changes everything. Including how you feel about your apartment.

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“You’ll have to scrape my tired ass off this worn parquet flooring before I make my grand exit” from the East Village

by Joann Jovinelly | 1/07/13 - 2:46 PM

The catalyst that enabled me to secure my fourth-floor tenement walk-up was also the worst event in the history of New York; that’s right, I ended up with my current East Village digs...

The Upper East Side today vs 9 years ago: More cabs, better parks, less street cred

by Scott as told to Tracy Kaler | 6/20/12 - 11:16 AM

When I moved into my studio at East 69th and Second Avenue in 2003 from Alabama, I was so thrilled to be living in Manhattan that I didn’t care much about anything else.


My Murray Hill walk-up is still perfect--if only the neighborhood would shut up

by Jennifer as told to Hong Le | 5/16/12 - 8:12 AM

When I found my three-bedroom apartment in Murray Hill almost two years ago with two friends from college, I knew I was lucky.

It had everything I wanted, especially the location. It was one...

Then & Now: Despite massive amounts of noise, I still love my rent-stabilized UES apartment

by Anonymous as told to Marjorie Cohen | 1/27/12 - 7:30 AM

When I moved into my apartment on 68th Street between Second and Third Avenues, I considered it to be one of the luckiest breaks of my life.

I have a one bedroom, just about 1,000 square...

Then & Now: Still loving the view in Hell's Kitchen, but not the price tag

by Matt, as told to Kelly Kreth | 11/16/11 - 10:40 AM

I moved into my one-bedroom, 700-square-foot apartment in Hell's Kitchen with my cousin three years ago. My favorite part was the view. Because of our 43rd St. and Eleventh Avenue location, and...

Then & Now: Stranded in Sunnyside, with room to party

by Grace as told to Kelly Kreth | 9/30/11 - 10:47 AM

I have owned my current apartment in Sunnyside, Queens, for about five years now. It's a 950-square-foot two-bedroom co-op worth around $350,000, and my roommate and I have more than enough space...

Then & Now: My East Village apartment still fits, but the neighborhood doesn't

by Rosemary as told to Kelly Kreth | 9/21/11 - 8:01 AM

I have lived in my 350 sq. ft. walk-up studio in the East Village since 1990. The rent is an affordable $937 month.

What I loved about it when i first saw it was that it felt right as soon...

Then & Now: Moving to Brooklyn was hard, but nothing compared to my new neighbors

by Alison as told to Kelly Kreth | 5/11/11 - 1:33 PM

When I first bought my one bedroom, one bath co-op in Brooklyn Heights 36 years ago, what I loved most was that it had huge closets--which were necessary in order to live in 790 square feet with a...

Then & Now: FiDi has grown on me, unlike the rent

by Katie as told to Kelly Kreth | 4/29/11 - 10:10 AM

When I first moved into my 575-square-foot alcove studio in the Financial District, the thing I loved most was that I was living in a recently renovated doorman building that allowed...

Then & Now: I love Prospect Park, but despise the F train

by Jennifer Ciotta | 4/25/11 - 1:53 PM

In 2006, I moved from Boston to Brooklyn.  I was looking for a nice place with a nice roommate and that’s what I got. 

I was impressed by the two minute walk to the F...