Barbecue? Check. Grassy lawn? Check. About 1,500 square feet of exterior space? Check. And all that without having to live in the suburbs, in this $3.9 million Yorkville condo.
Temperatures have barely crept out of the 50s for more than a few hours, but that won't stop us from pushing the season. We'd still grab a blanket and brave that stubborn winter chill to lounge on these palatial roof decks, precious balconies and terraces with nonstop sunshine.
Stuffing the comforter back into the duvet cover after washing it has got to be one of the most annoying household chores there is. The makers of the Nova Duvet Cover claim they've got a solution that cuts the time to make a bed by 80 percent.
Want to live in a nice building, but don’t want to shell out more each month for an on-site gym or pool you'll never use? Guest broker Amy Herman of Halstead gives the penny pinchers some much needed advice in this week’s Buy Curious.
THE WISH LIST:
I’m in the market for a newish one-bedroom condo in Manhattan, but I don’t want to pay extra common charges every month for amenities that I don’t want. I’d like a doorman, but I’m not interested in a pool, gym or other fancy stuff. What are my options?
Sound artist Maria Chavez (left) uses this old cinema panel to muffle the noise her neighbors hear
As an artist, curator and DJ, Maria Chavez puts together sound art installations throughout the five boroughs. Chavez started DJ'ing in her teens and has since shared stages with experimental music icons including Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Christian Marclay, creator of the wildly popular 24-hour film work, "The Clock." In 2015, she'll create a new sound piece at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and tour Europe, winding up as the artist in residence at international art center INKONST in Sweden.
The most talked-about piece in Chavez's railroad apartment in Greenpoint is a wall panel that she bought from a Vermont movie theater. She used it in a vintage men's store she once owned in Williamsburg called Houndstooth: Fine Vintage for Men. She told us why she still keeps it around.
After a day of work, the first part of the floor reno is done.
At the start of our renovation in spring 2012, we divided our plans into two groups to help us priortize: the projects we could do ourselves and the few that required a professional hand.
The bathroom needed a pro, as did the office/guest nook. And though the kitchen was in serious need of everything, with a few bare necessities like appliances and open shelving for storage, we were able to turn a bare room into a kitchen we loved. Still, we assumed fixing the hardwood floor would surely fall outside the DIY realm.
If you don’t mind a bit of a trek to get to the subway each day, this Midtown West (emphasis on the West) one-bedroom could be the place for you. Located in the Mercedes House—a full-service luxury building between 10th and 11th avenues with a wellness center and health club, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and two outdoor decks—the apartment features in-unit laundry, a stainless steel kitchen with granite countertops and wide plank hardwood floors.
It sure does look pretty, but is $3,495 a month simply too much to pay for this far flung one-bedroom? RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin, freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, and BrickUnderground’s own senior contributing editor, Lucy Cohen Blatter, gauge what’s good, bad and ugly about this place in this week’s Take It or Leave It.
The wellness guru makes his home in Greenwich Village
WHO: Deepak Chopra says the best way to relate to your brain is to inspire it. We like to inspire our brains with coffee five times a day, multiple chocolate infusions and cocktails after five. This is what he means, right?
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