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MINI has been working for the past couple years to expand its purview from tiny cars to tiny homes. Their endeavor began with a micro-living concept to address a lack of attractive, affordable housing in urban settings, and they’ve now expanded on this idea with an even more compact and personal model. First revealed at last month’s London Design Week, the MINI Living Urban Cabin “fuses clever use of space with insights from local architects to create an area and structure suited for their city.” British architect Sam Jacob was inspired by London’s decline in libraries, but here in NYC, Greenwich Village-based firm Bureau V responded to larger global issues and based their design around New York’s history as an immigrant city.
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Images by Esther Bubley, 1943. Courtesy of the Esther Bubley Photo Archive
In the mid-19th century, as the city rapidly grew in area and population, many single New Yorkers faced difficult decisions on the housing market. Unlike the majority of today’s single New Yorkers, however, the decision was not whether to share an apartment with one or more roommates or squeeze into a studio apartment but rather which type of boarding house to inhabit. Ahead we’ll go over the history of the New York City boarding house, as well as where you can still find the handful that remains.
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Living in a college residence might be fun for a year or two, but most college-age kids eventually want to move out. And who can blame them? After all, who wants to show ID to a security guard every time they arrive home, share a room with a stranger, or eat in a cafeteria night after night? In many smaller college towns, sending your kid first and last month’s rent is more than enough to get them out of residence and into their first apartment. In New York City, it’s a bit more complicated.
In most cases, parents need to be directly involved in the housing search and rental process and prepared to come up with a substantial deposit, which can meet or even exceed the money needed to purchase a starter home in many U.S. cities. In order to rent an apartment in New York City, renters typically must come up with first and last month’s rent, a security deposit, and a broker’s fee (the fee is either one month’s rent or anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the first year’s rent). Also, as a rule, owners and management companies require lease holders to have an established credit history, to make more than 40 times the monthly rent on an annual basis, or to have a guarantor who exceeds these criteria.
This 6sqft guide outlines everything parents need to know before going on the market to rent an apartment for a college-age child, including advice on where to find listings and how to decode them.
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Images (L to R): The QE7, 71 Broadway, Columbus Square and Portside Towers
- From Bowling Alley to Co-Living Rentals, The Lanes Makes its Debut in Long Island City [link]
- The Posthouse Debuts in Clinton Hill; Brand New Rentals from $2,013/Month [link]
- Move-In Ready Apartments at Columbus Square on Upper West Side Leasing with 1 Month Free [link]
- North America’s Biggest New Co-Living Building Tops Out in Long Island City [link]
- Brand New Rentals Debut on Fulton Street in Bed-Stuy; Apartments from $2,300/Month [link]
- Two Months Free at 535W43, New Hell’s Kitchen Rental with Lush Amenities [link]
- New No-Fee Listings at Landmark Rental in FiDi Offer Discounted Security Deposits [link]
- Glenwood’s 51-Story Rental in Murray Hill is Leasing with 1 Month Free [link]
- Waterfront Rentals in Jersey City with Skyline Views from $2,140/Month and $500 Deposits [link]
- Debut of Graham Avenue Rental in East Williamsburg; Leases Include 1 Free Month [link]
- New Downtown Rental Tower EXHIBIT Announces Summer 2017 Grand Opening [link]
- Half-Month Free on New Leases at This Midtown Rental; 1-Beds from $3,495 [link]
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Roommate app Roomi recently compiled data based on the 20 to 36-year-olds searching for someone with whom to split the rent, and the top neighborhood for this trend is Astoria. DNAinfo shared the analysis, which found that nearly 38 percent of Roomi’s users looked for housing in the up-and-coming Queens ‘hood, and each applicant in this area gets about 20 applicants, almost double all other neighborhoods.
What other ‘hoods top the list?
- Co-Living Rental ‘Common Baltic‘ Makes its Debut, Offers Leases with One Month of Free Rent [link]
- An Astounding Four Months of Free Rent with Two-Year Leases at Brooklyn Rental, The Williams [link]
- Live in Downtown Art Deco High Rise with Two Months of Free Rent; Studios Starting from $2,775 [link]
- Hoboken Rental, The Rivington, Offers New Renters Up to Two Months of Free Rent [link]
- 976 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill Debuts, Offers Renters One Month Free [link]
- Two Months of Free Rent at Park West Village, Only One Block from Central Park [link]
- Park Towers South on Columbus Circle Offering One Month of Free Rent or One Month OP [link]
- Sutton Place High-Rise Re-Introduced as Oriana, Sets March 2017 Leasing Launch with Two Months Free [link]
- Grand Opening of Five-Story Rental Building on Newel Street in Greenpoint [link]
- Select Units at 21 Chelsea Offer One Month Free + $500 Security Deposits [link]
- Free Rent at 40-Story Waterfront Residence in Williamsburg; Studios Starting From $2,829/Month [link]
- 70 Pine Offering One Month Free + One Month Owner Paid Commission; Studios to Three-Bedrooms + Two Full Floors of Amenities [link]
- 21 West End Avenue Now Leasing with Two or Three Months Free on All Listings; Studios from $2,950/Month [link]
- Leasing Launches at Newly Constructed Astoria Rental, The Academy [link]
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Images (L to R): Oriana, 21 West End Avenue, 21 West Street and The Academy.
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In the 1960s, groups of hippies fled from cities to live on communes in the country. Now there’s a growing movement of communal living right here in New York City. “I feel the biggest challenge in our world today is we’re not speaking to each other,” said Ryan Fix, who started 25 communal living sites in New York City and a lab in France that studies co-living. “If we’re able to curate a group from all walks of life, this will be hugely transformative for the world.”
In the last couple of years in New York City, a system called “co-living” has taken off, with a number of companies converting office buildings and townhomes into communal living hubs where former strangers can live together, share meals, attend movie nights and do yoga side-by-side. Some real estate professionals are skeptical, while others say it’s too soon to know if co-living has a future, but it’s a model that seems to fulfill a human need an apartment listed on Craigslist could never.
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Google Earth rendering created by CityRealty; Image depicts the massing of the proposed buildings, not the design
Crown Heights is a neighborhood undergoing rapid change, but the western area south of Eastern Parkway has remained relatively quiet and unaltered by new development. However, it appears that could soon change. As The Real Deal reports, Cornell Realty Management is hoping to rezone two parcels at 40 Crown Street and 931 Carroll Street, just one block from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, to make way for a pair of towers that would house more than 500 residential units.
Uma Thurman’s Gramercy Park duplex went into contract in May after hitting the market for $6.25 million less than two months prior. Considering the co-op at 1 Lexington Avenue came with five bedrooms, a classically elegant look, and a coveted key to the park, it’s no shock that it actually closed for $6.61 million, more than five percent over ask, according to the Observer, and well over the $2.65 million the actress paid for it in 2006.
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When SpareRoom CEO and founder Rupert Hunt announced earlier this month that he was looking for two roommates to share his $8 million West Village apartment–both of whom would be paying just $1 a month–we knew the interest would be high. And after a “SpeedRoommating” session on the 19th, the room share service’s version of speed dating, we’ve learned that a whopping 8,795 people applied for a chance to live in the triplex loft. According to a press release, Hunt is narrowing it down to 10 lucky finalists, and he’ll be hosting them next week at house party, where he can learn more about them and see who gets along best.
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