Despite all the griping we do about our government, once in a while, it gives us something useful we can work with. Like this handy New York State tenant rights guide for those of us who are terrified of paperwork, signatures, and binding obligations. The actual document is quite a few pages in length, so we decided to put the best, most pertinent rules together in one easy-to-read blog post.
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Living in New York City is many things. And cheap is not one of them. This is a fact of life that city dwellers quickly accept as inescapable. You may end up shelling out an extra $200 a month for a better 1 bedroom that cuts your commute by 10 minutes, or you may decide to save $200 a month and stick with a studio instead. Very rarely do we end up with the apartment we had in mind…which is actually totally normal.
If you’ve ever used YouTube, or like watching late-night cable (are you obsessed with The Weather Channel?), chances are you’ve seen commercials for Naked Apartments. Those commercials have helped Naked become one of the top rental sites nationwide — even though we’re only in NYC. With 200,000 visits every week, Naked has become the alternative to Craigslist in the city.
And today, we’re announcing our latest commercial, but the catch is, we had absolutely NOTHING to do with it. We literally had no idea this commercial was in the works. We never made a request, put out a contest, or even thought about producing new ads.
A very talented actor, producer and writer, who has done work on SNL, The Daily Show and the Step Up franchise, heard great things about Naked Apartments. Alex Pepper decided to put together a promotional ad, Tweet it, and watch it go.
A few years ago National Geographic did the math and realized that if everyone in the world stood shoulder to shoulder, we would all fit in Los Angeles. Granted, this isn’t the most useful of thought experiments, but it illustrates something shockingly obvious that we’re all constantly overlooking – there’s plenty of space to go around.
Take NYC, for example. This is a city where getting an apartment even remotely close to what you wanted is a cause for celebration. But if you’re anything like 69% of most New Yorkers, you’ll spend countless years moving up a few hundred square feet at a time in your search for the “perfect place.”
But the perfect place (space-wise) can be any place, really, as long as you’re creative. Here are 5 parts of your apartment to rethink and discover all the square feet you’ve been overlooking (unless you’re a master-organizer and space utilizer, in which case, well done).
1. Your bed
Ever notice how when you have friends over, they crash on the couch? Your bed can be your couch, and vice-versa. This simple rethinking of big furniture can save you tons of space – and potentially even free up an entire room.
Ah, spring! This long winter has left us craving sun, and it’s finally here! But getting sun isn’t always easy in the city, where many of us live in spaces where we have to crane our necks just to see the sky.
Even if you can’t afford that Park Avenue co-op with its private garden and commodious hot tub, you can still find ways to relax, get some sun and enjoy the great outdoors this spring. Here are 7 great ways to do it.
You’ve just unpacked the last few boxes, hung your favorite art on the walls and finally kicked your heels up in your new apartment when a sinking feeling sets in. This place somehow doesn’t measure up… it’s not the apartment you actually want to live in.
There are a lot of things to love about this rambunctious city, including the many secret spectacles hidden in plain sight.
New York is infamous for its underground oddities, sequestered speakeasies, and tucked-away treasures. Unfortunately, not all of them are public, and some no longer exist (RIP 5 Pointz).
In an attempt to consolidate the laundry lists out there and filter the public from the private and the secret from the not-so-secret (yes, everyone already knows about the Whispering Gallery in Grand Central), we’ve put together this shortlist of 9 secret spots you can most certainly visit on your next day off. [Read more →]
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.
Remember how Monica dated Tom Selleck? That wasn’t real, either.
Besides, Hollywood specializes in creating fantasies, and if they can trick the rest of the country into thinking regular folks can afford a swinging pad with a huge living room and skyline views, then let there be blissful ignorance.
Here are five TV shows that featured our favorite fake Big Apple apartments on TV:
Luckily for Monica, her grandmother picked out the spacious 2-bedroom apartment with a killer balcony years earlier, when rent control kept things sane. As a result, Monica, who at one time had just $127 in the bank, only had to cook up $200 a month for this place, located at the corner of Grove and Bedford in Greenwich Village. (Some say it’d actually cost about $5k a month today.) Even then she needed a roomie to make it work.
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 new apartment. Just three. Anything else is a bonus.