Freelance journalist and editor Evelyn Battaglia has been immersed in all things home—decorating, organizing, gardening, and cooking—for over two decades, notably as an executive editor at Martha Stewart Omnimedia, where she helped produce many best-selling books. As a contributing writer at Brick Underground, Evelyn specializes in deeply reported only-in-New-York renovation topics brimming with real-life examples and practical advice. A renovation survivor and resident of the Upper West Side since 1994 (starting with a tiny studio with "Central Park views" when standing tiptoe in a pink-tiled bathroom), Evelyn can often be found running with her dog in Riverside Park.
Posts by Evelyn Battaglia:
10 tips for saving money when you hire movers in NYC
March 24, 2023 - 13:30 PM
Moving is never easy in NYC. Whether it's across the street or the country, lots of moving (!) parts come into play—and the costs add up. Here are 10 tips to help save you money.Read More
IKEA vs. Home Depot: Which should you choose for a NYC kitchen renovation?
March 24, 2023 - 11:47 AM
Planning a kitchen renovation? Here's how IKEA compares to Home Depot on remodel cost, durability, style, service, and installation.Read More
What to know about upgrading the windows in your NYC apartment or townhouse
March 23, 2023 - 14:30 PM
Replacing windows in a NYC apartment or brownstone is a big project. Here's what to consider—including energy efficiency, ventilation, durability, and aesthetics.Read More
How to deal with a renovation that violates your co-op or condo board's alteration agreement
March 17, 2023 - 11:00 AM
One of your roles as a co-op or condo board member is approving renovations and addressing any work that isn't authorized or causes damage. Ideally, the building's alteration agreement provides a roadmap in terms of defining when a breach has occurred and what you can do about it, but that isn't always the case. Learn the ins and outs here.Read More
Renting out an investment property? Here's how to find a reliable tenant
March 15, 2023 - 13:45 PM
An investment property in NYC only works if you find reliable tenants who can pay the rent. Here are the rules and regs to be aware of and the best ways to post your listing and screen applicants.Read More
I have $100,000 in the bank but no income. Can I still rent an apartment in NYC?
March 14, 2023 - 14:30 PM
If you have funds in your bank account but no steady income, your application for a rental apartment in NYC won’t be a standard one. Finding a guarantor is probably your best bet in this situation. Read on for more advice.Read More