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How an interior designer shops for a couch, best Manhattan nabes for families, & more

By Jennifer White Karp  |
July 26, 2019 - 1:00PM

Summer Streets, Foley Square, August 2018

New York City Department of Transportation

This week, readers were interested in picking up tips from our shopping trip with an interior designer. It's a luxury for sure, but working with a professional can steer you away from an expensive mistake. Also of interest was our in-depth guide to Manhattan's best nabes for families—we dove deep into schools, destinations, and housing data here—as well as our look at what makes residents proud to call Ridgewood, Queens, their home.

Here, in full, are the week's top stories. 

1) We shopped Industry City's high-end furniture outlets with an interior designer to find a couch that would last

2) Brick Underground's guide to the best Manhattan neighborhoods for families in 2019

3) Ridgewood, Queens: The insider's guide to living there

4) When it rains in NYC, don’t wade through flooded streets (it’s really gross)

5) Ask Sam: Under the new rent laws, can my landlord still kick me out so his family can move in? [sponsored]


Jennifer White Karp

Managing Editor

Jennifer steers Brick Underground’s editorial coverage of New York City residential real estate and writes articles on market trends and strategies for buyers, sellers, and renters. Jennifer’s 15-year career in New York City real estate journalism includes stints as a writer and editor at The Real Deal and its spinoff publication, Luxury Listings NYC.

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