I had been dating my then-boyfriend for about six months when I lifted my mattress and found the horrific infestation. His reaction, I decided, would indicate his level of commitment. We hadn't been together long enough for me to expect him to stay.
I don't remember where I was when I told him or whether it was over the phone or in person, but I do remember the silence that expanded in the air after I forced the news out of my mouth. His pause gave me enough time to nervously imagine a series of possible reactions. I was prepared for him to tell me he wouldn't come over anymore, that I couldn't visit him either, that perhaps we shouldn't see each other until my situation was taken care of or worse, that our time was up.
Drinking a glass of water one day, it suddenly dawns on a resident, “My kitchen is sooo outdated.” Many of the original tiles, flooring and fixtures are in place, including that mustard-colored 1970's refrigerator that gave the kitchen a retro feel back when the apartment was purchased. Not only does it leak from the bottom now, but it’s also one hell of an energy guzzler.
And so begins the impulse of wanting to re-do that kitchen, or the bathroom, or maybe the entire apartment if the resident has the financial means. What does this have to do with doormen? Trust me, it does, as you'll see.
This weekend's NY Times story on getting along with roommates danced by a much bigger pain-point for renters....namely, the fact that roommates have become an economic necessity for many gainfully employed New Yorkers in their 30s, 40s and beyond.
"Capitalism isn't working, you're going to need to live in the American equivalent of a kibbutz just to survive. AND, for quite a long period of time at that!" says a commenter whose response was voted to the top of the discussion sparked by the Times story. "Now... why don't we see that in headlines on the front page? Why isn't this view bandied about and discussed in the op-ed column? Why does this view never get expressed in the business section?"
by Marcie as told to Alana Mayman | 5/20/11 - 12:43 PM
A few years ago, my husband, our twins, and I ALMOST bought 3-bedroom apartment in the East 60s. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, and the co-op conversion did not get approved. After we had put in our deposit and while this was all being sorted out, we rented our intended home and then rented for another year after the deal fell through.
We had lived in Manhattan for 10 years prior to this. We love the city and boys had a great experience living there. But once we found out that (a) we couldn't buy the apartment and (b) boy #3 was on the way, we felt we needed more space and wanted to move before the kids got too old.
If you're a Brooklyn co-op or condo owner frustrated by an oppressive board, mark your calendar: ACCO, the grassroots co-op and condo owners' advocacy organization, will hold its first Brooklyn educational forum in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn on Thursday, June 2nd, 6:30-8:30 pm. For a taste of what to expect, read BrickUnderground's firsthand report on ACCO's Upper West Side forum held in February. You can find all the details for the Brooklyn forum here on ACCO's website.
After stints on Central Park South and Centre Street, style guru Nolé Marin settled in the East 60s building where his parents met.
Q&A with native New Yorker and style guru, Nole Marin. A favorite judge on multiple seasons of “America’s Next Top Model,” fashion expert on E! Style Network, coach of MTV’s hit makeover show, "MADE," and featured on ABC reality series "True Beauty," Marin has opened his own modeling agency, AIM Model Mgmt, in the Hudson Yards area of New York. Excerpts from his interview with BrickUnderground follow.
I've spent the last eight or so months describing my personal battle with bed bugs. Now that my adventure has largely tapered off (a future column will discuss the lingering mental effects), I turn my attention to those folks who have bed bug anxiety rather than the actual pests themselves—and how their fear is fueled by hype, hysteria and lack of concrete information.
After reading an early column, a friend asked me, “Can you write about bed-bug anxiety for the worried well among us, who pounce on every speck of dirt on the sheets?” I vowed to do so, and what better time than when everyone is freaking out about MRSA-carrying bed bugs? (MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a species of bacteria that is resistant to methicillin-related antibiotics.)
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