WHO: Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein just announced he will produce a TV series based on the Ten Commandments. Obviously the episode around the commandment “thou shalt pay more in rent than anyone else would pay for a new car” will be set in New York.
In this installment of Take It or Leave It, our renters pass judgment on a 2-bedroom/2-bathroom duplex with in-unit laundry and a massive terrace located on the border of Boerum Hill and Downtown Brooklyn. Our panelists—who collectively boast 43 years of rental experience between them—are RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin, freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, and BrickUnderground’s own senior editor, Lucy Cohen Blatter.
A view of the study from the living room, post-paint job.
Mayra used the DIY method to make horizontal stripes on her new office's walls.
Another close-up of the study after paint.
A view from the living room.
The study before paint.
As is often said, a paint job is the cheapest and easiest way to change the look and feel of a room. But it's also one of the hardest things to get right.
Even carefully considered colors can surprise you once you see them, full scale, on your walls. Maybe you only examined the paint samples two or three times in the day and didn't see how it's purple in the early morning and pink during dusk. Or maybe you didn't consider how it would play off the floor and furniture color scheme. It's enough to make your head spin.
Blue Apron is the perfect gift for New Yorkers who want to cook but don't have the time to shop or access to the best ingredients where they live.
Living in New York City can be tough. Sure, we have access to some of the best food, entertainment and cultural institutions in the world; but between working, socializing and attempting to meet basic needs (newsflash: eating a pop tart for dinner is not “meeting basic needs”), there’s rarely time to do anything else, much less relax.
Here are 10 holiday (or really anytime) gifts that will make your favorite New Yorker’s life a little bit easier.
Worried that paying a broker his or her customary fee of 12-15% of a year’s rent will break the bank? Check out the many no-fee and low-fee places—ones with fees below 9%— available at Naked Apartments to quickly calm those nerves. Look through the 10 apartments featured here in our Low-Fee Rental Roundup or visit Naked Apartments and search by “no fee” or “low-fee.”
It's not expected to be a school-canceler, but the few inches of snow we're due for today will be enough to get the shovels scraping along the pavement. Accordingly, we've brushed off our snowday tips for vertical dwellers, along with some good-to-know info for more severe snowstorms.
If you live in a NYC apartment building, you're probably off the hook as far as manual labor, since shoveling is included in your maintenance charges/common charges/rent. (Exception: You live in a self-managed co-op/condo where residents are expected to pitch in.)
And then there are those that have nothing at all to do with you. No matter how perfect it looks, the building itself might be standing between you and a mortgage. Here are some reasons that the building may prompt your lender to hit the reject button.
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