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Safety questions for basement apartments, landing a deal near Central Park, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
October 1, 2021 - 3:30PM

This week readers visited Brick Underground to check out questions you should ask before renting or buying a basement apartment. You can save money by living in a basement apartment but it comes with some risks—so be sure to ask if it's a legal apartment and if the building has flooding issues.

Also of interest: A New Yorker who moves from the West Village to the Upper West Side to be closer to Central Park for running—and lands a larger apartment for $400 less a month.

Here are this week's top five posts: 

1) 5 questions to ask about renting or buying a basement apartment

2) From the West Village to the UWS: When your workout determines where you want to live

3) 6 lessons learned by New Yorkers who had to break a lease

4) Buying a NYC brownstone? Here are 10 things to consider

5) 5 houses for sale in Madison, NJ, if you want a quick commute to the city


Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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