by Angelo as told to Caitlin Nolan | 11/22/13 - 8:59 AM
Two years ago, I moved from West Sixth Street and Avenue T in Gravesend --a neighborhood in south-central Brooklyn that's near Coney Island--to Eastchester Road (near Morris Park Avenue) in Morris Park, a neighborhood in the East Bronx about 10 minutes by car from the Bronx Zoo. I made the move from Brooklyn to the Bronx for medical school.
In Gravesend, I shared a three-bedroom apartment in a two-family home with my father. Rents in the area for a three-bedroom space average around $2,500 per month.
If you've got $4K a month to spend on rent, we've got some good news. You can find quite a lot in NYC for that price tag (especially if you're willing to venture outside Manhattan). From a furnished studio to a three-bedroom co-op (with lots in between) here is a sampling of what's available across four of NYC's boroughs-- Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens.
Planes, trains, and automobiles, garbage trucks and street parties. New Yorkers are immune to all sorts of noise.
But what about loud neighbors? How tolerant are we of them? We asked five New Yorkers whether they would rather live beneath three boys under the age of ten next door to a screaming, squeeking, seemingly sex-addicted couple?
The boys That’s a hard one (pun intended). I think I’d rather live under three young boys. At least they’ll be sleeping at night. -Joyce, Sunnyside
Sex addicts I would say that with three boys that young you’re in for longterm -- years and years--torture. I’d rather arm myself with ear plugs and take my chances on sleep while my neighbors and their addictions run their nightly course. - Mya, Harlem
In this edition of Take It or Leave It, our perpetual renters weigh the pluses and minuses of a Brooklyn Heights 1-bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, in-unit laundry and a shared roof deck. Our panelists—who have 43 years of collective rental experience—are RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin, freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, and BrickUnderground senior editor, Lucy Cohen Blatter.
Size:1 bedroom, 1 bathroom Location:116 Montague St. between Henry St. and Hicks St. in Brooklyn Heights Cost:$2,900/month Flexible Layout:No Days on the market: 12 days on the market according to StreetEasy, but it looks like it's actually closer to three months.
For a couple of years now, New York City residents who rent out their apartments for less than 30 days have been violating a 2011 amendement to the city's multiple dwelling law. Recently, an ongoing dust-up between short-term apartment rental exchange Airbnb and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman--in which New York is demanding that Airbnb turn over data on their 225,000 users--has cast a further chill over the turn-your-apartment-into-a-cash-machine trend.
So what about apartment swapping? Is it legal to swap apartments if no money changes hands? And if so, how does your landlord or board feel about it?
Q. I just received an assessment of $8,800 from my condo board for an elevator replacement project. What happens if I can't afford to pay? What are my options?
A. The short answer: Try your best to work out a payment plan with your board, say our experts.
"While most condomimium bylaws require the board to pursue collection against unit owners in arrears, board members will generally try to work with unit owners who have financial exigencies, particularly if there is not a pattern of arrears," says co-op and condo attorney Scott Greenspun of Braverman Greenspun, who recommends reaching out proactively before the first payment is due.
Although it might feel like paying a broker’s fee is a necessary evil in NYC, it doesn’t have to be. Click on over to apartment rental website Naked Apartments and you'll find many no-fee and low-fee options—meaning ones that call for fees of less than 9% of a year’s rent vs. the usual 12-15% commissions. Scan the places listed here in our Low-Fee Rental Roundup or log onto Naked Apartments to hunt by “no fee” or “low-fee.”
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