One Upper East Side rental building sent this letter to its residents
In an exercise that rolls around every four years, building managers have started preparing for a possible city-wide strike by doormen, porters, handymen and supers. If the two sides don't sign by midnight on April 21, some 30,000 building staff members may strike, affecting renters and condo and co-op owners alike. In other words, if the toilet overflows, you're on your own.
Ryan Serhant swears a purple bedroom has helped him score
Serhant embraces the color purple, both in his home office and his bedroom. (Photo courtesy Ryan Serhant)
BoConcept helped Serhant decorate. (Photo courtesy Ryan Serhant)
In the five years since becoming a broker, Ryan Serhant has sold scads of multimillion-dollar apartments and earned a rep as an impish playboy starring in Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing New York," which kicks off its third season April 2.
Serhant also has a role in Noah Baumbach's upcoming film "While We're Young," and continues to work with buyers, sellers and renters as a broker at NestSeekers International, the firm where he got his first job as an agent. Oh, and he’s only 29, which means he officially makes Donald Trump look like a slacker.
For a family or roomies seeking Columbia-adjacent living, this Morningside Heights three-bedroom may be the answer. At $3,500 a month, it's got high ceilings, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. The elevator building comes with a live-in super and on-site laundry.
But does our troupe of experienced renters think it’s too good to be true? RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin, freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, and BrickUnderground’s own senior contributing editor, Lucy Cohen Blatter, ponder the pros and cons in this week’s Take It or Leave It.
WHO: Emily Mortimer plays an actress who hires her best friend to be her assistant in HBO’s new sitcom, Doll & Em. Now if we were famous, we’d hire George Clooney to run our errands and Brad Pitt to be our chauffeur.
Why go to the movies when you have a screening room downstairs?
A roofdeck for summer evenings
Maybe if your pool was in the building you'd actually go swimming?
Every week, BrickUnderground shares correspondent Polly Mosendz's surveys of those who live in New York's most amenity-laden buildings to find out which extras are actually useful and which ones barely get a try.
Last year, West Village co-op owner Grace got one of the most alarming emails of her life--a news report that her building facade was collapsing, with pieces of brick spiralling down from the upper floors and walls bulging. Authorities were on site for an “all-hands situation.”
Clockwise from left: the building that housed Alysia Reiner's duplex, Reiner in character as Fig, the interior of her former apartment
Alysia Reiner still pines for the suburban oasis she fashioned out of a duplex on the Upper West Side in the 1990s.
A native of the neighborhood, Reiner plays the brassy assistant prison warden Natalie Figueroa (better known as Fig) on Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black," which debuts its second season on June 6. She has also appeared in "Sideways" and has a role in the upcoming "Life Itself" with Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton.
We were quite taken with TreeHugger founder Graham Hill's fabulous folding apartment—a 420-square-foot studio with panels that form bunk beds, a 10-person table, a home office and more—but slightly less enthused about the $995,000 price tag.
That is, until listings website Point2 Homes drew our attention to another studio for sale in the same Soho building—300 square feet for $299,000. Sounds like a bargain? Not necessarily.
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