Broker/tenant dispute for the ages; a salve for your rent-control envy; and more!

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A daily tour around the web through the eyes of a NYC vertical dweller:

  • In one of the most dramatic broker/tenant disputes we’ve encountered, the Post is reporting “[a] Chicago architect who moved to the Big Apple in June says her life became a nightmare after two hard-charging real-estate brokers got her fired from her job, broke into her Upper East Side apartment and took all of her belongings -- even her beloved dog -- when she couldn't pay the rent because she was the victim of identify theft.”  (NYP)
  • They’re legendary, those tenants we envy, in their rent-controlled apartments.  But you may not be aware that their numbers have been declining fairly rapidly.  (NYP, Curbed)
  • This week in The Hunt the buyer voluntarily released himself from the bonds of a cheap but uncomfortable rent-stabilized apartment.  His budget was $300,000.  And we think he did rather well, actually.  (NYT, StreetEasy)
  • Most owners and renters in New York City are required by their buildings to cover 85% of their floors with carpeting or other sound-proofing materials. ApartmentTherapy tells us how to shop for an environmentally-friendly rug.  (ApartmentTherapy)
  • Need something to brighten your walls?  On September 25th Sotheby’s will be auctioning off the art formerly gracing the offices of Lehman Brothers.  The Observer shows us some of the offerings.  (NYO)

 

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