Last year, West Village co-op owner Grace got one of the most alarming emails of her life--a news report that her building facade was collapsing, with pieces of brick spiralling down from the upper floors and walls bulging. Authorities were on site for an “all-hands situation.”
Clockwise from left: the building that housed Alysia Reiner's duplex, Reiner in character as Fig, the interior of her former apartment
Alysia Reiner still pines for the suburban oasis she fashioned out of a duplex on the Upper West Side in the 1990s.
A native of the neighborhood, Reiner plays the brassy assistant prison warden Natalie Figueroa (better known as Fig) on Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black," which debuts its second season on June 6. She has also appeared in "Sideways" and has a role in the upcoming "Life Itself" with Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton.
We were quite taken with TreeHugger founder Graham Hill's fabulous folding apartment—a 420-square-foot studio with panels that form bunk beds, a 10-person table, a home office and more—but slightly less enthused about the $995,000 price tag.
That is, until listings website Point2 Homes drew our attention to another studio for sale in the same Soho building—300 square feet for $299,000. Sounds like a bargain? Not necessarily.
Switching property managers is a big deal for any co-op or condo building, but it sometimes has to be done.
“It’s one of the hardest decisions a board can make, but if the board members have thoroughly analyzed the relationship with their agent and resolve to make a change, they should do so as professionally and as swiftly as possible,” says Alex Kalajian, the COO of Solstice Residential Group, which manages full-service co-ops and condos in New York City.
The NYC real estate market is full of oddities—bathtubs in kitchens (or no kitchens at all) and windows that frame views of brick walls. On a grander scale, you'll find the truly strange arrangements, and one of these is the landlease building.
Q: I own a brownstone and rent out the two apartments upstairs. I always screen my tenants to make sure they're non-smokers, and I specify in their leases that they can’t smoke inside. But my upstairs tenant’s girlfriend often stays over, and she smokes on our front stoop. That’s where my kids play, and the smell gets into our unit.
As a landlord, what can I do to stop this? And how can I protect myself in the future?
A. Breathe easy. You have a couple of options to make sure your tenant’s girlfriend butts out, our experts say.
Now that spring has officially sprung and apartment-hunting season is in full swing, you’re going to have some stiff competition in your quest to find the perfect place to live. So why not let website Naked Apartments help you out with its database of no-fee and low-fee rental listings? Take a look at apartments with fees capped at 9 percent (as opposed to the typical 12 to 15 percent) in our round-up or visit Naked Apartments and search by “no fee” or “low-fee” for more.
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