We will start with the staid: If your co-op or condo building is in possession of a party space, you might be able to snare some serious savings on your monthly charges by letting strangers whoop it up there.
According to The Real Deal, the 478-unit Atelier condo on W. 42nd Street rents its “Sky Lounge” roof deck to non-residents several times a month, charging $5,000-$10,000 per event.
That has apparently enabled the Atelier to REDUCE its common charges by 10 percent. (A moment of envious silence, please.)
Meanwhile, Lifestylermag.com--a NYC budget-living site for twentysomethings--suggests a few nervy cash-enhancing schemes that probably won’t fly in co-ops or many condos, but could conceivably work in a rental.
These include renting your couch to a boarder ($30-$800 a month on Craigslist, says Lifestyler) or your bedroom to a tourist ($40-$200 per night); renting your living room as workspace; and throwing (illegal) parties at $15-$30 a head.
Brokelyn.com, whose name perfectly captures its target demographic, takes us way beyond eBay to a clutter-busting, cash-raising endeavor we had never considered: Selling your underwear.
There is, apparently, a flourishing online market for used underwear (mainly women’s), and Brokelyn offers a fascinating primer.
The bottom line: Lightly-used unmentionables apparently trade for $15-$35 on average, with some going for up to $75. However, you must post a picture of yourself modeling said underwear (headshot optional).