The holidays are upon us and what do we typically associate with this time of year, besides exhaustive gift shopping and occasionally excessive amounts of alcohol? Why, food, of course!
But preparing an epic holiday feast for your family and friends in your typical New York kitchen can provoke stress--and fantasies of a generously designed kitchen that can make food prep feel more like a party.
Tipping season brings its fair shares of conundrums and questions. Below, our beloved Ms. Demeanor solves some of your stickiest tipping problems.
Q. I just moved in in November. Can I tip less than I normally would?
A. Tipping sets you up for good will and good service for as long as you will live in your apartment. Extra work for the building is inherent for a move. If you can afford it, I say go hard, it's your home!
Heated floors, vented kitchens, and the ultimate man cave. Five New Yorkers share what's on their residential wish list.
Happy feet What I wouldn't give for radiant floor heating! Since I live on a high floor in an old building, I can feel the heat rise through the floorboards where my downstairs neighbor's radiators are. It's a lovely feeling underfoot but only in the specific spots directly above the radiators downstairs. I'd love to have warm floors all over the apartment, especially in the bathroom! -Ayna, Greenpoint
by Megan as told to Polly Mosendz | 12/06/13 - 8:59 AM
As an NYU graduate student, the East Village was the easiest, best location for me to live. My junior one-bedroom apartment -- located at East Fifth Street and Third Avennue -- was the afterclass hangout, and every happy hour bar was within a few blocks of me.
I loved my location so much that I made do with the five flight walk up, the $2,000 rent and having absolutely no room for overnight guests. "Junior one bedroom" just meant there were French doors between my couch and my bed—very chic, not very practical.
If you've got $3,200 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 luxury studio (just under $3,200) to a four-bedroom duplex (with lots in between) here is a sampling of what's available across four of NYC's boroughs--Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens.
Q. My wife and I have rented a condo for nearly two years as good tenants. We are expecting our first child at the end of January so decided we needed to move into a larger space before the baby is born. We move December 20th, but our lease does not expire until the end of February. The owner has a two-month security deposit and December’s rent has been paid.
When we informed the landlord of our intention at the beginning of November, we assumed that given the highly desirable location on the Upper West Side coupled with a very affordable price, we would be given the green light to quickly re-rent the apartment to new tenants, as our lease stipulates is an option to mitigate our financial responsibility. Instead, the landlord seems to have decided against re-renting the unit at all and will pursue a sale of the condo.
“Everyone’s talking about how Queens is the new Brooklyn. I’d like to invest in a place there. Preferably a 2-bedroom for less than a million in a desirable (and getting more desirable) neighborhood. Any ideas?”
WHO: Ladies, please form an orderly line, and fathers, lock up your daughters. After searching high and low, actor, heartthrob and serial modelizer Leonardo DiCaprio finally committed to a home in our fair city.
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