It's the time of year when New Yorkers deck their halls with with merry colors and lights for the holiday season. But with all the running around gathering food for holiday meals, presents for loved ones and still trying to make it to work, who has time (or let's face it, money) to get creative with home furnishings?
To help you out, our favorite interior designers gave us some tips for decorating...Read more »
I inadvertently left my stove on for an extended period of time and gas leaked. It was not until my neighbors and the super came by that I was aroused and turned it off. Can my co-op kick me out of the building for this? What other legal ramifications might I face?
You can relax -- at least for now, say our experts.
"Assuming that this was a one-time incident, the answer is ‘no,...Read more »
If you have two identical apartments -- one in a building that has a landlease, and one in a building that owns the land it sits on -- how much less is the landlease apartment worth?
Expect to pay a little to a whole lot less, but be prepared for higher monthly costs, say our experts.
First, quick definition of a landlease, also known as a ground lease.
"A landlease building ...Read more »
Perhaps the most common misperception about SoHo is that it's only filled with designer boutiques, expensive restaurants and millionaire residents who have no interest in getting to know their neighbors.
But according to some long-time residents, this isn’t the truth.
Yes, the nabe is saturated with retail, restaurants and wealthy residents, but if you believe that SoHo residents are...Read more »
I just received an assessment of $8,800 from my condo board for an elevator replacement project. What happens if I can't afford to pay? What are my options?
The short answer: Try your best to work out a payment plan with your board, say our experts.
"While most condominium bylaws require the board to pursue collection against unit owners in arrears, board members will generally...Read more »
The north-central Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights, once associated with high crime and racial tension, has recently been transforming into a hot spot for investors, developers, young artists and entrepreneurs.
Known for its large Caribbean community, which thrives alongside another large population of Hasidic Jews, Crown Heights is mainly a melting pot of the two cultures with a few...Read more »
I'm just beginning to get bids for a large renovation project. The bids of the first three contractors are around the same amount overall, but there's an incredible discrepancy regarding insurance.
One of the contractors only has $13,000 listed for insurance, while another has insurance at over $50,000.
Why are the numbers all over the place?
There's an explanation, though...Read more »
Wedged between 1,186-acre Van Cortlandt Park and Woodlawn Cemetery, this middle-class Bronx neighborhood seems to be lost in a time capsule.
Woodlawn, located in the north Bronx, is a village within the city; where generation after generation grow up in pastoral row houses, are members of a 103-year-old church, and start their days greeting neighbors by name.
“It’s a place where people...Read more »
My husband and I are thinking about selling our one-bedroom apartment and looking for something bigger. Should we list it now, before interest rates go up too much, or wait until the spring, when more people will be looking? As far as finding a two-bedroom apartment, will we be better off looking now or next year?
There's rarely been a better time to sell -- or a worse time to buy a two-bedroom....Read more »
New York City is famous for its summer nights, but as the warm weather begins to fade, the city’s remarkable fall foliage and shiny, tall buildings attract visitors and delight locals.
Outdoor space is limited here, so the luckiest residents are those who have terraces to view New York City’s wonders from above.
According to experts, a terrace is at least 100 square feet and should have...Read more »