Living With Roommates: 5 Expert Tips For Decorating On A Budget

Help! How Do I Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

So, you and your roommate(s) have bed bugs. Before you do anything else, take a deep breath — it’s gonna be okay. Yes, your worst renter nightmare just came true, but the good news is: You’re not in it alone. In fact, there are about 4,490 bed bug reports in New York City, alone, as we write this — and that’s not even the worst […]

What No One Tells You Before Moving to NYC

Possibly one of the most comforting things about moving to NYC is knowing that it’s a city of expats. Sure, you’re bound to find plenty of those “classic” New Yorkers (whatever that means, anyway) — but really New York is just the land of dreamers, who have traveled far and wide to claim their own piece of fame and fortune. What you realize once you […]

Apartment Hunting in NYC: 6 Things to Consider Before Living in a Walkup

Apartment hunting in NYC is not without its share of trials and tribulations — especially when you know there’s a good chance you’re going to end up in a walkup. These classic New York dwellings are homes to millions of residents who know that day-to-day life in a walkup apartment ain’t always easy. While they’re marginally less expensive than other NYC housing units (find some […]

Do I Need an Unlimited Monthly MetroCard in NYC?

One question a lot of New York newbies often have is: How do you get around this city? Public transportation is the lifeblood of NYC, and it’s pretty much the reason 8.5 million people can get in, out and around the sprawling metro. The MetroCard issued by the New York City MTA is the golden ticket to getting around via the city’s public transportation, but […]

Renters Rights: Is Your Fire Escape Garden Illegal?

It’s an undeniable truth: New Yorkers have a soft spot for nature. Amidst all that concrete, iron and steel that make up most of the city’s infrastructure, New York City has a real love for the natural world. Summertime in the city especially brings out a longing to enjoy the sight, smell and feel of greenery. But without any private outdoor space (unless you’re one of […]

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Rental Glossary: What is a Prewar Apartment Building?

Navigating through the Game of Rentals is tough enough for most first-time renters (and even some seasoned veterans), without the added stress of dissecting its elaborate real estate glossary. To ease the pain and help clear things up, we hope to offer simple and thorough explanations of some of the most prevalent terms in rentals and why they matter for you. Next up: the prewar […]

3 Reasons Why Renters Insurance is a Must for Roommates

Smart renters know that living in a great apartment with peace of mind takes some work. You’ll use a trustworthy platform to find your home and housemate, but what about after move-in? You’ve probably heard the advice more than once: You need to buy a renters insurance policy. You wouldn’t risk buying a home without insurance, so why should renting one be any different? Renters make […]

What is Rent Stabilization and Where Do I Find it?

Not to burst your bubble, but 99 percent of big city life is a lie — and you have TV to blame for that. But the good news is that rent stabilization does exist in many expensive rental markets. Chances are you may never lay your hands on a rent-controlled apartment because they rarely become vacant, but your chances are better to find housing under […]

I’ve had sober boyfriends try to pick a fight with me a half dozen times

and who knows how many drunk ones. Some have even tried following me to my car to start a fight with me. This is where that “no touching the public” rule from earlier comes in really handy, because you never know how people are going to react to you. Nowadays, the clothes have also become a popular form of casual wear. It is normal to […]