Common NYC Neighbor Complaints and How to Deal

In the suburbs, neighbors are civilized to one another. They bring each other casseroles, pleasantly greet one another as they leave for work and chit-chat as they mow their lawns. OK, I might be generalizing, but outside of the city, neighbors tend to exhibit mutual respect and camaraderie. NYC neighbors, on the contrary, often become mortal [...]

By |October 26th, 2016|Renter Tips|
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5 NYC Expenses to Kick and 5 to Keep

Life in New York City can be expensive. With endless options for food, transportation and entertainment at your disposal, it can be difficult to decide what to splurge on and what you can live without. Here are five expenses to kick and five to keep to help you spend wisely in NYC. Kick-It Expense #1: [...]

By |October 24th, 2016|Renter Tips|
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Hacks for Living in NYC With Just a Smartphone

  As your creaky old laptop from college takes its last dying breath, you might be asking yourself: "Do I really need to spend $1K right now on a new one?" The answer, put simply, is no. Gone are the days when the most impressive feature on your cell phone was Snake (how good was [...]

By |October 19th, 2016|Apartment Living|
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How Do I Afford Rent in NYC on an Entry-level Salary?

With median rents hitting $2,932/month in Brooklyn and $3,200/month in Manhattan, affording rent on an entry-level salary in NYC is not easy. But guess what, dear editorial assistants and junior tax associates? You and your entry level colleagues can do it. Young profs do it all the time. According to one StreetEasy report, new graduates [...]

By |October 17th, 2016|Renter Tips|
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Over the Slope? 5 Affordable Neighborhoods Near Prospect Park

Park Slope and Prospect Park go together like a bagel and schmear. From the time Prospect Park opened to the public in 1863, the neighboring streetcar suburb -- Park Slope -- was a hot commodity. It was even listed in the 1890 census as the richest community in the country. Fast-forward 125 years and not [...]

By |October 13th, 2016|Market Data|
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No Gym in Building? No Prob! See Williamsburg’s Best, Cheapest Gyms

Once upon a time, Williamsburg was an off-the-beaten path, outer-borough enclave that lacked the staples of more traditional, less vinyl-siding dense places. Luxury condos and rental buildings, however, offered a solution to one of the neighborhood’s most lacking staples – gyms. Units in these amenities-rich buildings, however, came at quite a premium and were not [...]

By |October 11th, 2016|Renter Tips|
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What Is My Credit Score and Why Do Landlords Care?

  Do a quick Google search for the paperwork needed to rent in NYC, or check Naked Apartment’s renter's checklist, and you will be floored with all of the references, paperwork, paystubs, and ID requirements that some landlords and management companies ask of potential tenants. The first time I tried to rent in New York, [...]

By |October 5th, 2016|Renter Tips|
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Pros and Cons: Renting in Harlem

When I first told my neighbor in Windsor Terrace that I was moving to Harlem, her first words were -- and I kid you not -- “Why are you moving upstate?” This was soon followed by, “I hope you don’t expect me to visit.” She’s a good friend, I swear. When it seems like everyone [...]

By |October 3rd, 2016|Market Data|

Budgeting Tips for Grad Students: How to Survive on a Grad Student Stipend

  Let’s face it. Life as a grad student is not always glamorous. Between the cost of tuition, absurdly expensive text books that you will never read again, and basic needs like food and housing, finding the funds to have some semblance of a social life may seem impossible. Even if you’re lucky enough to [...]

By |September 28th, 2016|Renter Tips|
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The Best Time to Move in NYC

Moving to or within NYC probably ranks pretty high on a list of most stressful events in a person’s life, along with divorce and death of a family member. Alright, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, but it is true that finding a new apartment, in an extremely crowded city and market, can [...]

By |September 21st, 2016|Apartment Living|