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Elementary school guide for buyers and renters, writing renovations letters, & more

By Jennifer White Karp  |
August 18, 2023 - 2:30PM
South Street Seaport - Pier 17 in Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn skyline in the background


This week, readers dived in our updated guide to New York City elementary schools. If you’re renting or buying in NYC for the first time and have very young children, it’s important to understand how school admissions work and how they relate to where you live. Our guide explains school zones, as well as the gifted and talented entrance process, private school tuition, and a lot more.

Also of interest: Our updated explainer on writing a renovation letter. If you’re doing work on your co-op or condo, your alteration agreement will likely require you to notify your neighbors as a courtesy. Here’s what to say, thanks to brand new examples of real life letters.

Here are this week's top five posts:  

1) The buyer's and renter's guide to NYC's public and private elementary schools

2) Renovating your co-op or condo? Here's how to write a courtesy letter to your neighbor

3) From Midtown to FiDi: I ditched my roach-infested building for a luxury high rise in a livelier nabe

4) Why we moved to NYC from Tennessee: We wanted to be back where we belong, socially and politically

5) Airbnb's suit against NYC's Local Law 18 gets dismissed. What's next for hosts?


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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