Apartment Living

Back when everyone was gushing about “Friends,” a few killjoys liked to grouse that Monica Geller’s NYC apartment was unrealistically big for a pair of young, underemployed 20-somethings. But their living situation was easily explained by the fact that: 1) the place was handed down from Monica’s grandmother and: 2) it was make believe, people. […]

The sad truth is that finding a good New York apartment is difficult. But, hey, this is New. York. City. The center of everything, where everyone wants to be. There’s a reason that apartments are hard to find. Before you start looking, take time to identify the three most important things you need in your […]

Here’s a collection of some of the weirdest, wildest, and creepiest roommate stories from around the web. All of them have been paraphrased from the originals in order to keep things nice and tidy. There is, of course, no way to verify the legitimacy of any of these stories (since many of them are user-submitted […]

10. Habitat 67 – Montreal, Canada (1967) Created for the International and Universal Exposition held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1967 (considered by some to be the most successful World’s Fair of all time), Habitat was designed by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. What started out as a master’s thesis in architecture at McGill University was […]

Anyone who’s lived outside of Manhattan knows the deal: there are dozens of basement dwellings up for rent any day of the week in the five boroughs. Known as ADUs (accessory dwelling units), they’re nearly all based out of row houses and condos in outer boroughs, particularly in low-rent neighborhoods. You won’t be able to […]

Anyone who has ever embarked on the search for their perfect New York City apartment can tell you, it’s not easy. It can be extremely frustrating and, at times, you may even feel hopelessly discouraged. But, before you experience some long-awaited relief on move-in day, there are a few simple steps you can take to […]

We all wish brokers are apartment genies. You tell them what you want, and they make it so – in exchange for a giant fee. However, that’s not always the case. We’ve all heard horror stories of bait and switches, deposit thieves and greedy management companies. I have lived through all of these things and […]

“There are those gems of apartments we see and just know it’s the one. Location. Check. Price is right. Check. Apartment is big AND has character. Check.” And then it just slips right through your fingers.

What would you do if your rent shot up? Would you stick around and take the hit or would you look for a new place? We interviewed NYC renters that are experiencing or have experienced rent increases and asked them how they plan to proceed.

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