Have $3,600 a month to spend on rent? From a studio apartment to a three-bedroom house (with plenty in between) here is a sampling of what's available to rent across four NYC boroughs--Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
As a New Jersey kid growing up within spitting distance of New York City, David longed to make a permanent move across the Hudson. He got into the city's club scene as a teenager in the 1980s, "working the door at Limelight and doing various other promotions directly with Peter Gatien," he says.
It wasn't until 1990, however, at the tender age of 18, that he finally secured a place--a two-bedroom on East 9th St. between Avenues B and C for about $900 a month, which he found paging through the Village Voice.
If you’re as starved for outdoor space as most New Yorkers are, the idea of living in a building with a peach- and apricot-tree-lined communal garden may sound divine. But will moving into this $2,700/month SoHo studio—which also has a decorative fireplace AND a walk-in closet—will you be starved for indoor space? Our trio of renters—including RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin, freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, and BrickUnderground’s own senior contributing editor, Lucy Cohen Blatter—weigh in for this week’s Take It or Leave It.
Size: studio, 1 bathroom Location: 143 Sullivan St. between Prince and W. Houston Sts. in SoHo Cost & concessions:$2,700/month Flexible Layout:No Days on the market: 19 days Subway: C, E at Spring St.; 1 at Houston St.; N, R at Prince St.; B, D, F, M at Broadway-Lafayette St.; 6 at Bleecker St.; A, C, E, B, D, F, M at W. 4th St.
WHO: Media mogul and author Arianna Huffington suggests more shut-eye leads to success at work. “Sleep your way to the top,” she advised recently. “Four hours is not enough.” So sleeping all day on the job leads to a promotion? We’re in.
Contracting firm Hammer & Hand reclaimed a dumbwaiter space and made it into a wine cabinet. This particular project did not involve getting rid of the shaft--the original door and opening made a perfect wine cubby for the owners.
Brooklyn-based contractor Rick Ladd maximized the storage opportunities in his own brownstone by building closets - all DIY - into the dumbwaiter shaft in his kitchen and an apartment on the second floor. “Dumbwaiters in brownstones often run three or four floors and sometimes the basement too," he says. "Most often they have a large pulley at the roof line and a track that keeps the elevator box in place."
The inside of the closet Ladd fashioned out of his dumbwaiter. The doors are original!
The dumbwaiter opening in Ladd's kitchen is now a floor-to-ceiling pantry. The shaft is technically intact, with the top and bottom sealed off, and the walls Sheetrocked.
Here, the shaft has also been left intact, with the opening and cavity framed out like the interior of a box. It's been outfitted with simple shelving and a wine storage rack.
High ceilings, crown molding, graceful layouts and generous proportions are among the well-known elements of New York City pre-war apartments. But there's another, quirkier feature that's a sign of a bygone era: the dumbwaiter.
Dumbwaiters are small elevators found in large houses and buildings. They were used by servants and vendors to transport items like food, groceries and laundry from floor to floor, and usually they opened directly into the apartment.
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