Now that spring has officially sprung and apartment-hunting season is in full swing, you’re going to have some stiff competition in your quest to find the perfect place to live. So why not let website Naked Apartments help you out with its database of no-fee and low-fee rental listings? Take a look at apartments with fees capped at 9 percent (as opposed to the typical 12 to 15 percent) in our round-up or visit Naked Apartments and search by “no fee” or “low-fee” for more.
If you need to mainline coffee at the first sign of consciousness, you may want to invest in a TopBrewer. A stainless steel faucet that dispenses lattes, cappuccinos, Americanos and other caffeinated confections, the TopBrewer can be controlled manually or with a mobile app.
The full system, distributed by Purcell Murray, costs $11,000 and includes two units under the counter (one refrigerates a bottle of milk, among other things). You’ll need a space that’s at least 24 inches deep, plus dedicated water and electrical lines.
The HearthCabinet is a ventless fireplace that burns real flames and runs on alcohol-based fuel cartridges. It can be installed in any piece of furniture, in the wall or on a surface, as long as the room has its own natural ventilation (through a window or HVAC system) and measures at least 10 by 10 by 10 feet.
It retails for $4,000 to $12,000, depending on the size and finish, and cartridges can be ordered online and burn for two hours. It’s the only ventless fireplace approved by the FDNY and DOB, according to the Brooklyn-based creators.
Short on space? This unassuming table transforms from an 18.8-inch console into a 118-inch dining room table that seats 16. The only downside? Leaves are stored separately. This model costs $9,000, but units start at $5,500.
The console is one of a series of Italian-made multipurpose furniture pieces distributed by a company called Milano. Other offerings include a coffee table that turns into a dining room table, Murphy beds that open at the push of a button, and sleek sofas that become bunk beds.
Known as AeroPods, this series of 49 sculptures-cum-cabinets originated in the mind of veteran Toronto furniture designer Dean Jackson. Taking inspiration from classic car design and Faberge eggs, Jackson has crafted 14 of the cabinets so far, including a cigar vault, wine caddy and watch-winder (pictured here).
Prices start in the thousands—this one is $21,000—and Jackson can customize the contents. He recently received a request to make an AeroPod gun cabinet.
Hundreds of exhibitors from all corners of the home decor world descended upon the city's Pier 94 this weekend at the 13th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show, their dining tables, rugs, stoves, flooring, lamps and all manner of furnishings in tow.
Studio apartments conjure images of Murphy beds, dorm-sized appliances and bathtubs in the kitchen. But just because you lack bedroom walls does not mean you have to sacrifice space. We found a handful of places roomy enough to make a three-bedroom feel squeezed by comparison.
Space, space, and more space! This week, six New Yorkers clued us in to their home improvement fantasies, and not surprisingly, more room topped the list for most of them.
Office under the stairs I would love to turn the space under the stairs into storage--or better yet: an office space! It’s the perfect depth for a desk and some storage to keep this out of the way but accessible! - Liza, Astoria, Queens
A female thylodrias beetle (Photo credit: Lou Sorkin)
An exquisite if rarely discussed New York City pleasure is finding out that the insect you discovered on your mattress is not, in fact, a bed bug.
In the last few years, bed bug false alarms have become a bigger feature of the local pest control business, as New Yorkers have gotten more educated about the critters—and more aggressive about calling exterminators at the first sign of a problem, experts say.
If Apple designed a desk, it would be the SlatePro TechDesk. With display docks to keep your smartphone and tablet upright, air vents to cool your laptop, and a heavy duty built-in mousepad, you'll never again misplace your devices while working. Bonus: its sleek design will fit in even the tiniest of home offices.
After a winter like we’ve had, any sane person would want to spend as much time as possible in the spring air. But what types of outdoor space does brownstone Brooklyn have to offer? Guest broker Andrew Westphal of Ideal Properties Group outlines your al fresco options in this week’s Buy Curious.
THE WISH LIST:
I’m counting down the minutes to warm weather, and would love to buy a brownstone apartment in Brooklyn with outdoor space. What kind of space can I get, and what kind of premium should I expect to pay?
The Real Estate Survival Guide for NYC Buyers, Sellers, Renters & Dwellers
As New York City's most popular and trusted source of real estate advice, BrickUnderground speaks directly to 135,000+ monthly unique visitors seeking solutions to their NYC real-estate and aparment-dwelling needs. read more»