Today we focus on that question that divides New Yorkers: Are you a lifer in the urban jungle or do you long for greener pastures?
This place is one tough bastard These responses are anonymous, right? People get really mad when I talk about how loud and dirty the city is and how it saps your energy. There are no windows thick enough to keep the city out at night. Subway rides to work or anywhere usually feel quick and efficient--but also totally draining at the end of the day. It’s so dirty, and the steps to crawl out the stations--while being squished by your fellow commuters--are just awful. I like living in the city for now. But I can’t imagine what I’d do if I had a stroller to carry up and down those stairs one day. This city is one tough bastard and that’s what you need to be to survive here. Yeah, I’d leave. - Hannes, Hamilton Heights.
It's like we've moved to a house: 1,250 square feet, a separate bedroom for my three-year-old, and space in the living room for two couches, a dining table and a play area. And even though my husband, daughter and I have moved only about 20 blocks away--from Carnegie Hill to Yorkville on the Upper East Side--it feels like we've moved to a small town far away.
I've officially been priced out of my Brooklyn neighborhood, and I want to buy a two-bedroom in Queens. I’ve heard a lot about Long Island City, Astoria, Sunnyside, Jackson Heights and Ridgewood, but I'm not sure what the areas are like or how much they cost. What should I know?
One Upper East Side rental building sent this letter to its residents
In an exercise that rolls around every four years, building managers have started preparing for a possible city-wide strike by doormen, porters, handymen and supers. If the two sides don't sign by midnight on April 21, some 30,000 building staff members may strike, affecting renters and condo and co-op owners alike. In other words, if the toilet overflows, you're on your own.
Ryan Serhant swears a purple bedroom has helped him score
Serhant embraces the color purple, both in his home office and his bedroom. (Photo courtesy Ryan Serhant)
BoConcept helped Serhant decorate. (Photo courtesy Ryan Serhant)
In the five years since becoming a broker, Ryan Serhant has sold scads of multimillion-dollar apartments and earned a rep as an impish playboy starring in Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing New York," which kicks off its third season April 2.
Serhant also has a role in Noah Baumbach's upcoming film "While We're Young," and continues to work with buyers, sellers and renters as a broker at NestSeekers International, the firm where he got his first job as an agent. Oh, and he’s only 29, which means he officially makes Donald Trump look like a slacker.
For a family or roomies seeking Columbia-adjacent living, this Morningside Heights three-bedroom may be the answer. At $3,500 a month, it's got high ceilings, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. The elevator building comes with a live-in super and on-site laundry.
But does our troupe of experienced renters think it’s too good to be true? RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin, freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, and BrickUnderground’s own senior contributing editor, Lucy Cohen Blatter, ponder the pros and cons in this week’s Take It or Leave It.
WHO: Emily Mortimer plays an actress who hires her best friend to be her assistant in HBO’s new sitcom, Doll & Em. Now if we were famous, we’d hire George Clooney to run our errands and Brad Pitt to be our chauffeur.
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