The gas explosion that tragically leveled two East Harlem apartment buildings last week underscored how far-reaching a disaster like this can be. Even if you live up the block from a building collapse or down the hall from a fire, you may well find yourself barred from your apartment by authorities until the problem is contained and your apartment is deemed safe. The same goes for a nearby gas leak, fire, water main break, facade crack or worse.
Chef Anita Lo, a contestant on Bravo's "Top Chef Masters," recently received a three-star re-review from the New York Times for her eclectic Greenwich Village restaurant Annisa. Lo lives in the West Village with her two dogs, Mochi and Adzuki. We recently took a peek inside her fridge.
A backsplash is a wondrous thing: it adds style to a kitchen, but is also practical since it makes cleaning that much easier.
During a bathroom renovation, we miscalculated the amount of tile we needed, so we ended up with four extra boxes of white subway tile. This being a DIY, on-a-budget household, we decided to save it for a kitchen backsplash. (As a quickie solution in the meantime, we nailed two thermal plastic faux-tin panels to the wall next to the stove.)
WHO: Director Darren Aronofsky, whose credits include "Black Swan" and "Requiem for a Dream," is about to debut his new film “Noah”, the big screen version of the epic biblical story. We assume he directed parts of the film while swimming, because there’s more water in that story than "Titanic."
This week, our Take It or Leave It panelists apply their expertise to a 3-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom duplex apartment in Long Island City, Queens with a country feel and a fruit-bearing cherry tree in the backyard—on a block voted the third most beautiful in the city. Our experts—who have 43 years of combined rental experience—are RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin, freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, and BrickUnderground’s own senior contributing editor, Lucy Cohen Blatter.
Size: 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms Location:21-33 45th Ave. between 21st and 23rd Sts. in Long Island City, Queens Cost:$4,395/month Flexible Layout:No Days on the market: 4 days Subway: 7 at 45 Rd.-Court House Sq.; G, E, M at Ely Ave.-23rd St.; G at 21st St.; N, Q, 7 at Queensboro Plaza; LIRR at Hunterspoint Ave.
Photographer Heather Weston--with her husband, daughter and two cats--in a room she says serves multiple purposes in her Boerum Hill apartment
Ayun Halliday, Greg Kotis and their two children in the living room of their 780-square-foot Boerum Hill, Brooklyn home. That yellow color you see on the walls is very popular, as Weston discovered.
Carmelo Piazza (a.k.a. "Carmelo the Science Fellow"), Karen Piazza, their three children and bull dog in their Cobble Hill duplex apartment
Caroline and Ben Shepard with their children in their 1,400-square-foot Cobble Hill home
Lee Wade, Tad Hills, their kids and dog in their Boerum Hill, Brooklyn townhouse
Living with your spouse, child and assorted pets in a 450-square-foot apartment could make anyone go nuts, but instead of going crazy, Boerum Hill photographer Heather Weston turned outward for inspiration.
Weston, who once shot listings photos for real estate brokerage Brown Harris Stevens, visited the homes of 52 friends, family members and acquaintances--most of them in Brooklyn, but also across New York City, Sag Harbor, D.C. and Philadelphia--to create a portrait essay of how other people negotiate cramped homes.
The house on Staten Island where Graham had a falling out with his roommate
Graham lived in “the greatest apartment in a suburban area of Staten Island”--a 15-minute walk from the ferry--for about two years starting in 2007.
The key word to describe this apartment, which he shared with a roommate, was “huge." It had it all: two large bedrooms, an enormous kitchen that included a dishwasher and tons of counter space and an actual separate dining room. In addition, the spacious (sensing a theme here?) living room had two beautiful stained-glass windows.
Since opening her eponymous New York City interior design firm in 2003, Sara Story has decorated a slew of posh Manhattan homes. Last year, she designed a room for the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse and her first product line, Sara Story Design Wallpaper, debuted in 2012. She is launching her second wallpaper collection this year.
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