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New Yorkers want new layouts, new neighbors, new everything!

by Mayra David | 9/12/14 - 3:59 PM

Wacky apartment layouts, crazy cooling bills, and horrible neighbors. Six New Yorkers share their gripes on apartment living in the city.

  • I just need to vent: I...

A Carrie Bradshaw closet and a bathroom to call one's own: New Yorkers' apartment wishes

by Mayra David | 8/28/14 - 3:59 PM

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...

Shoddy windows and renovation rejections have New Yorkers up in arms

by Mayra David | 8/15/14 - 3:59 PM

Wishing for glazed windows, glazed bathtubs and a refrigerator that's one size smaller! As the temperatures rise, we asked five New Yorkers to blow off steam by telling us what they would change...

Balconies, bathrooms and, yes, even washer/dryers are bothering New Yorkers

by Mayra David | 8/01/14 - 3:59 PM

Reclaiming their balconies, bathrooms, and their lives. Five New Yorkers share their home improvement dreams:

  • Wherefore art thou, balcony? My apartment has a...

Hot spots, creaky stairs and too-slow wi-fi plague New Yorkers

by Mayra David | 7/18/14 - 3:59 PM

Hating the heat, cramped rooms and the cable company. As the mercury rises, so does the irritation level. We asked six New Yorkers what they'd change about their apartments:

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New Yorkers dream of kitchen overhauls, a second bathroom and ... less space?

by Mayra David | 6/27/14 - 11:59 AM

Kitchen remodels, gut bathroom renos and more storage space. This week, five New Yorkers let us in on their real estate daydreams. Their gripes include all the classics, except one!


New Yorkers want better layouts, built-in bookcases and no more roommates

by Mayra David | 6/13/14 - 9:59 AM

Sleepless nights, crowded bathrooms, and downstairs neighbors knocking on the floors. Five New Yorkers talk about their residential woes, and how they’d fix it...

New Yorkers' apartment wishes: fewer flights of stairs and dry clothes at home

by Mayra David | 5/30/14 - 12:59 PM

Fewer stairs, a dryer that actually dries and a dripless bathtub: five New Yorkers share their apartment fantasies.

  • Way too much walk-up When we were first...

NYC real estate wish list: Automate everything, add a bathroom, de-grime the hallways

by Mayra David | 5/16/14 - 11:59 AM

One New Yorker wants a second bathroom, another wants less bathtub, and a subletter admits to the shortcomings of his rental. Six city dwellers share what they'd improve about their homes:...

New Yorkers want relief from the maddening sounds of spring

by Mayra David | 5/02/14 - 11:59 AM

From too-thick paint layers to too-thin shower streams, five New Yorkers sing the renters’ blues.

  • Sounds of spring I live...