While December is unquestionably a time for
holiday parties, holiday tipping, and even the occasional holiday open house, it's also a time to reflect on the 12 months past—in particular, the ups and downs of a year in real estate (that is how most people celebrate the new year, right?).
Before we plunge into 2015, we take a look back—in the form of yearbook-style superlatives—at what 2014 had in store for buyers, sellers, and renters:
This is just about the only kind of rat we could live with. (Photo credit:
Ludovic Bertron) THE STRUGGLE Best way to make a small apartment work: Raise your baby in the bathroom (or the walk-in closet). Best way to find roommates: Host a late night talk show in your living room with Andrew W.K. and Gilbert Gottfried. Best new tactic for the bold and broke: Crowdsourcing your rent. Worst pet: The rat who hung out on an Upper West Side woman's chest while she slept. Best pet: Any dog worth carrying across the lobby to appease the building's new no-paws-on-the-floor rule. Least accurate claim: The "world's smartest air conditioner"
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One Riverside Park became a lightning rod for controversy because of its separate entrance for low-income renters UNAFFORDABLE HOUSING Most popular new affordable-housing perk: the 1 percent maximum rent increase for stabilized apartments. Least popular new affordable-housing perk: poor doors. Most likely to drive up prices in Yorkville: the Second Avenue Subway. (If it ever gets finished, anyway.) Most missed alumni: Southbridge Towers, which voted to remove itself from the Mitchell-Lama program.
Turns out, Upper East Siders aren't dying for extra trash in the neighborhood, i.e. a new waste management station. (Photo credit:
angela n.) THE 'HOODS Most heavily trend-pieced (but still affordable!) outer-borough 'hood: Ridgewood. Fake neighborhood name least likely to catch on: Clinton. Fake borough name least likely to catch on: Quooklyn. Easiest way to upset an Upper East Sider: Mention the Marine Transfer Station.
Yup, these weird, translucent neighbors definitely make us want to rent here.
THE TRENDS Best way to convince people : Taylor Swift's tourism campaign. not to move to NYC Best apartments for college grads (or age-defying trust fund kids): the Murray Hill tenement-turned-luxury building (where one-bedrooms start at $3,000 a month). Spookiest advertising tactic: "Ghost" people in renderings for new developments. Spookiest new decor trend: DIY taxidermy Most coveted accessory of 2015: Smartphone-controlled, noise-canceling earplugs. Least likely to look back on the '90s fondly: Everyone who's getting sick of their downtown lofts.
Thanks to the guy who snuck into Gramercy Park and uploaded the shots (Photo credit:
Google Maps) THE SKETCH FACTOR Most flagrantly criminal landlord: The guy who allegedly tried to burn down his building—with the tenants inside—to sell off the land. Most flagrantly criminal broker: The guy who allegedly burglarized his own clients. Most flagrantly criminal residents: Most Airbnb hosts. Best illegal use of Airbnb: The guy who got rare Gramercy Park pics up on Google Earth. Most flagrantly criminal house pet: Ferrets. Related: BrickUnderground finds: your apartment must-haves of 2014 Tipping the building staff: BrickUnderground's 2014 guide Party etiquette 101: making nice with the neighbors, noise control, and more 10 things New Yorkers secretly love about the holidays Check out BrickUnderground's annual holiday tipping poll