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Banish your neighbor's cooking smells, considering extreme weather risk when buying, & more

By Jennifer White Karp  |
September 15, 2023 - 2:30PM
Woman with a small dog at Queensboro Plaza in Long Island City, Queens


This week, readers were interested in Brick’s suggestions for how to deal with a typical annoyance of vertical living: When you can smell in your own apartment what your neighbor is cooking in theirs. Turns out there’s a lot you can do about this perennial problem, starting with the most simple solution: Ask if your neighbor is turning on their exhaust fan each time they are at the stove—you’d be surprised how many people don’t do this. If that fails to fix things, we've got the details on other steps you can take.

Also of interest: Buyers should consider how a prospective neighborhood fares during extreme weather due to climate change.

Here are this week's top five posts:  

1) How do I stop my neighbor's cooking smells from wafting into my apartment?

2) How to check a neighborhood’s climate disaster risk before you move

3) No goats, no gators: Here are some animals you absolutely cannot have in your NYC apartment

4) How to sell faster in a slow NYC sales market

5) Why we moved to NYC from Ukraine: After fleeing the war, we came here for work and fell in love with the city


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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