NYC declared safe for kids; new site lets you share just how awful that apartment was, and more!

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

  • Freakonomics reports that a disgruntled former renter, Sam Bauch, and a partner have “created a website, www.BadNYCapartments.com to serve as [an] information portal. It allows any NYC apartment dweller to share their valuable information about a bad apartment, and then lets visitors to the site search the database to access that information.”  Stephen Dubner has some doubts: “[g]etting people to upload that data is the problem. What is their incentive?”  Revenge, maybe? (NYT)
  • What do Louisville and New York City have in common? They are among the safest cities for children to live in. “‘It's clear that most cities are doing great things to improve safety at home and in the community," said Gus Schaefer of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent safety certification provider that commissioned the research. (Reuters)
  • Need some decorating inspiration?  Curbed reports that “[t]he Gwathmey Siegel-designed Setai Fifth Avenue in Midtown NYC plays host to Hearst's fourth annual Designer Visions showhouse, a bonanza of shelter pub-sponsored goodness that opens to the public on Oct. 12.”  Three designers on behalf of three design publications have interpreted a suite channeling three different movies.  The results seem surprisingly livable. (Curbed)
  • On Brownstoner Forum a poster asks for guidance: “We moved out August 31, and are waiting for our deposit. If our landlord does not return it within the 30 days (tomorrow), what is my next step? Any advice?”  The answers range from maybe you should just ask for the money to filing in small claims court.  So many options. (Brownstoner)
  • The Real Estate Group NY’s September Manhattan Rental Market Report has been released.   While it finds that there were small increases in prices year-over-year, “[l]ooking ahead, October numbers will be significant indicators as to the actual health of the market. With such small gains this summer, it is possible that the increases we have seen are entirely due to seasonality effects rather than meaningful trends in the data.” So was the NY Times' recent pronouncement of a landlord-controlled market a bit premature? (TREGNY)

 

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