What is self-certification? It means that an architect or engineer hired by a building owner either to modify or construct a building (such as 50 West 69th Street, among others) can make statements to the Department of Buildings that components of the construction process are safe (when in fact they may not be)...Read More
True Nightmare Stories by Tenants Who Lived to Tell: I was living in Bushwick, and after Sandy, a lot of Brooklyn's rats got pushed inland. One night I heard a rustle, something got on a plastic bag. It was too loud to be a mouse. After investigating my girlfriend and I found large droppings under the sink, so we invested in glue traps…Read More
Nothing upsets me more than landlords who do not respect their tenants and their quality of life. If you live in an apartment rental you will want to read this to find out if your rights have been breached. The warranty of habitability is an implied warranty, read into the lease as a matter of law.Read More
At first, it all seems like a dream. The very first day you're there, you look at the skyscrapers every now and then with a silly delight and then remind yourself, with a glee at once innocent and self-important that you're now a part of this world, this swanky, rich, confident world.Read More
A former client of mine with two cats recently moved out of the apartment I found for her four years ago. She outgrew her large studio and wanted to upgrade to one-bedroom. Instead of receiving her security deposit back she was told by the landlord...Read More
There are some apartments you will want to avoid altogether. Many people find out by making mistakes. Meaning they will rent an apartment because it looks okay on the inside and give little thought to what is happening right on the outside.Read More
It is tempting to believe, based on the hundreds of fake ads on Streeteasy and broker websites, that you can rent an 800 square foot apartment with a wood burning fireplace in Greenwich Village for a mere $3,000/mo.Read More
In response to the unexpected death of Anthony Bourdain, people all over the internet shared their stories of mourning over someone they loved and lost. I myself realized that I have been mourning…Read More
The real estate brokerage world in New York City is a political machine. Theoretically landlords and other real estate brokerages are supposed to like doing business with each other. This is not the case.Read More
It’s been busy. I have five clients this week all of whom have the same move in date and different rental price points and all of whom want to live in different boroughs or different neighborhoods.Read More
It wasn't until we were in mid-conversation that a newly minted attorney confessed: "I have to keep my garbage in the refrigerator and it solved my mice problem."
"That's very creative," I responded.
SECRET 1. The parade was originally called The Christmas Parade (which is why the last float has Santa waving to the crowds). It made its debut in 1924 as a way for Macy's to celebrate the expansion of its store which now covered an entire city block.Read More
Halloween on the lush tree-lined streets of West 69th Street between Broadway and Central Park West could be Manhattan's most mystical and intriguing event. The well-guarded annual celebration, host to thousands of trick-or-treaters, is shrouded in secrecy among residents who keep mum for fear of attracting, even more, candy-seeking goblins to the already wickedly mobbed monster celebration.Read More
Hurricane Harvey happened and once again, it changed my life.
I thought it was a one-time life event when I became immersed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina back in 2005 in helping people across the country find new homes.
It's been a while since I could set aside a few minutes to write. Rental season is in full swing and referrals have been many. My cup runneth over, as they say, as I watch my clients go through the process.