A Budget Plan For Your First New York City Apartment

A Budget Plan For Your First New York City Apartment

Congratulations! You’re moving into your very own NYC rental apartment. Before you sign that lease, be prepared for unforeseen expenses. Let’s take a look at common household expenditures and compare these typical costs to your monthly income. Goal? Avoid debt six months after you’ve moved in. Rent Rent is the...Read more
Why Renters Should Consider Micro-Apartments

Why Renters Should Consider Micro-Apartments

To combat the issue of space vs. population, many property developers are leaving behind the “build upwards” model and instead are opting to build smaller. Enter micro-apartments, the new housing trend gaining interest in population-dense cities like Chicago, Boston and New York City. Micro-apartments are becoming more popular in these...Read more
Plant Smells In You Home Can Lower Your Stress

Plant Smells In You Home Can Lower Your Stress

Interacting with nature reduces stress and increases our ability to pay attention. Research is now showing that smelling nature “lowers our blood pressure dramatically and increases anti-cancer molecules in our bloodstreams” according to a recent Atlantic Cities article. For the past eight years, Qing Li, an immunologist in the department...Read more
The Grid Comes to Manhattan

The Grid Comes to Manhattan

There is a lesson to be learned from the new show at the Museum of the City of New York. Titled: "The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011", you get a black and white example of why future city planning is so important to New York City.

New York’s Rent Stabilization Law – Up in the Air

What it comes down to is that few apartments outside of Manhattan get de-stabilized, and fewer and fewer apartments in Manhattan remain stabilized. Do Manhattan developers really need the 421a tax abatements to make money on their projects? If they are getting a public subsidy, shouldn\'t the developers be forced to give something back to the city as well?