During the months-long renovation of our bedroom, we made do sleeping in our little office and living out of dressers and rolling racks parked in our living room. Now that we’ve finished the reno and moved into the bedroom, we have a new problem: a closet that won’t hold clothes for the both of us.
Even if your building bans pets, you may have to bend the rules for an apartment dweller with a mental or physical disability, from cancer to blindness to anxiety. Federal, state and city laws require that building owners and landlords accommodate tenants who need service animals, even for emotional support.
Every Airbnb host’s worst nightmare has materialized: the guest who refuses to leave (Business Insider) You can learn a lot of things from living solo (The Billfold) What can you do in a kitchen reno when you’ve got just $2,000 to spend? (Apartment Therapy) If you move somewhere near a biking or walking path, you really will get more exercise (StreetsBlog) Score some cheap nautical gear for decorating down in Red Hook (DNAinfo) In case you were on the fence, probably best not to move into the McKibbin Lofts (Gothamist)
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We often receive emails from readers asking for help in navigating their own real estate crises. In Realty Bites, we try to get them answers. The Problem: A reader recently wrote in hoping to rent an apartment for her daughter, who’s moving here in a month and a half to study music. “My daughter will be a grad student at Juilliard in the fall, and she will be away all summer. Is it possible for me to come to New York, work with…
At some point or another, we’ve all lived in a rental with a lighting scheme that makes us feel like we’re either at the DMV or a haunted house. Mercifully, there are still plenty of options for those of us with security deposits to keep intact, and as we’ve said before, a lighting upgrade is one of the quickest, easiest decorating fixes you can make. Apartment Therapy has also rounded up some of the best (and most achievable) lighting DIYs from around the web to spruce up all manner
Here’s the promise of temporary wallpaper: you buy it for less than traditional wall coverings, remove it from its backing like a sticker, affix it to your wall and, presto, your walls are enlivened, easy. And when it’s time to move, all you have to do is peel it off the wall. No muss, no fuss, no landlord’s permission necessary.
Roommate living conjures images of messy kitchens and cramped bedrooms—but it doesn’t have to be that way. Take, for example, this four-bedroom in Hamilton Heights listed for $4,500 a month.
In a neat little encapsulation of the ways in which Williamsburg has changed over the past decade or so, a one-story brick structure (formerly the distribution center of the Porto Rico Importing Company) is being demolished to make way for a 13-story luxury condo tower with a day care taking up 8,500 square feet on the first and part of the second floor. Developer Adam America just released the first rendering of the building, being designed by architects ODA, on its website, which was then spotted by NY YIMBY. According to the description on the website, the “high-end condominium project will consist of 32 units ranging…
As part of Outdoors Week 2014, Curbed searched for the best dog park in NYC. Six contenders made the cut, and today we announce the winner of the poll. The dog owners of New York City have spoken: Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village is home to the best dog park in the city. The park’s dog runs were completely overhauled as part of the park’s six-year-long makeover, and the new tree-lined runs—one for large dogs, one for small dogs—has plenty of …
Prospect-Lefferts Gardens residents are calling for more designated grilling stations on the east side of Prospect Park. The park has 14 designated grilling stations, 10 of which are on the far west side, bordering Park Slope. And — what do you know — last month, Park Slopers started a petition to ban grilling in the park, for some absurd reason. The solution is clear: all these people should just switch apartments. NYDN; previously
All images via Field Condition. Construction of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler’s crazy, curvy tower that will soon be home to Columbia University Medical Center’s Medical and Graduate Education program has surpassed the halfway mark. The 14-story building’s focal point will be what Field Condition refers to as its “Study Cascade,” an open staircase that stretches the height of the building’s south facade. It’s meant to encourage collaboration across the multiple disciplines that will call the building home when complete in 2015. · CUMC Medical and Graduate Eduction Building Field Condition · Diller Scofidio and Renfro’s New Columbia Building, Unveiled! Curbed
Kingsbridge Armory is poised to become a $345 million ice complex, and one landlord in the area is already trying to cash in on the plan, even though construction is far from starting. Thirteen businesses across from the armory received letters on July 9 stating that their rents will skyrocket 75 to 100 percent. The Kingsbridge National Ice Center is not going to open until at least September 2018. NYDN; previously
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The sales office for 10 Sullivan has two somewhat unique features. The first is the model living room, built in the curved shape that one of the apartments in the triangular tower would actually possess, slightly smaller overall but with the same ceiling height. The second, and more unique, is the interactive video display projected onto the model living room’s “windows,” showing visitors what the actual views would be like from one of the higher floors of the Cary Tamarkin-designed development. Watch the display for a few seconds, and a plane flies overhead. A few more seconds and sailboat cruises leisurely down up the Hudson River. Four different times of day and night are featured, all equally serene (you know how Lower Manhattan is). The…
The penthouse atop the Laurel on East 67th Street has hit the market for $21 million. The home was purchased by an anonymous LLC in 2011 for $11.2 million, and the owners hired architect Edward Siegel and interior designer Ernest de la Torre to completely remake the space. They also commissioned artist Richard Woods to deck out the foyer with a personalized mural, but sadly, it’s not shown in the listing photos. Inside, there are 12-foot ceilings, a media
A partially collapsed building in Woodhaven, Queens has been saved by an agreement its owners made with the city whereby they have to fixed the caved-in roof by October 15. The roof collapsed last April and the building was slated for demolition, with neighbors calling it an eyesore, but a deal was reached at the eleventh hour. Courier
A new condo building is coming to the western border of Green-Wood Cemetery along Fifth Avenue. The five story-building will have 18 condos spread over 15,021-square-feet. Brownstoner first spotted the building, whose amenities will include nine parking spots, nine bike-storage spots, and a common roof deck. The building is being developed by U.S. Development Group and designed by Building Consulting Engineering PLLC. Despite the innocuous firms, the building looks like it’ll be quite nice. No pricing has been unveiled yet for the building which will likely come to market soon, in line with its summer completion. · Interior Renderings Revealed for Nearly Finished Condos Next to Green-Wood ‘Stoner · All Green-Wood Cemetery coverage Curbed · Rendering Reveals archives Curbed
Construction is well underway at the Thomas Juul-Hansen-designed 505 West 19th Street, which is now hugging the High Line from either side in the warm embrace of its starchitecture. Although the two structures haven’t topped out yet, their current size makes it possible to get a good sense of what the finished condo development will look like in relation to the elevated park, especially when you put the current images next to the building’s renderings, as the PR team for the project has helpfully done. Sales for the building launched back in March, though listings for the crown jewels, the three penthouses, have yet to go live. &#
The onetime manor of late businesswoman Leona Helmsley just hit the market in Greenwich, Conn. The 40-acre property last sold in 2010 for $35M, which, at the time, was one of the most moneyed deals ever for Greenwich, despite being nowhere near the estate’s initial $125M ask (or, for that matter, the current record-holder, Copper Beech Farm, which sold for $120M). The new owners spent the last few years siphoning cash into a total renovation of the 1918 property
Welcome to Cornerspotter, Curbed’s game in which you try to identify the location and/or identity of a particular building or streetscape in a historic photograph. Impress us and your fellow Curbed readers with your uncanny insight into New York City and its past! Pictured here amidst its opening in 1929, this building was designed in the Italianate style in part by a Cooper Union graduate. The building was originally named after a prominent New York figure, although it goes by a new name these days. Where is this
Max Roberts The Massimo Vignelli subway map (or, more accurately, subway diagram), introduced in 1972, was modeled after Harry Beck’s simplified map of the London Underground, and modified aspects of New York City’s geography to maximize the diagram’s visual navigability. It was widely loathed for that very reason, and was replaced seven years later, in 1979. However, Vignelli’s work has enjoyed something of a nostalgic resurgence in popularity in recent years, and now Max Roberts, designer of the concentric circle subway map…
The value of Manhattan office buildings has reached pre-crash levels, thanks largely to global investors and an improved economy. Green Street Advisors Inc. found that Midtown values are at 99.4, just shy of the peak in summer 2007. However, if interest rates rise—they are at historically low levels—values could drop. WSJ
A new hotel may be coming to a rather industrial block on the Gowanus/Boerum Hill border. Buzz Buzz Home reports that a four-story, 34-room hotel is in the works for 489 Baltic Street between Bond and Nevins streets. The hotel will bring a restaurant of sorts, office space, and a cellar-level conference room to the light manufacturing area. Demolition plans have been filed for the existing 5,000-square-foot warehouse on the site. Larry Kutnicki of Kutnicki Bernstein Architects is listed…