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The NYC Christmas Tree Hunt

Every household develops traditions around the holidays that incorporate decorating in some capacity and my humble apartment is no different.  Many of my friends have warmly expressed concern that my shoebox sized living quarters prohibit such holiday fanfare and I attempt to explain that while the decorating happens, it’s just on a much smaller scale. […]

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Apartment Arbitrage One-Month Evaluation

One month ago my roommates and I excitedly moved cross-town to a humble, walk-up apartment nestled above an adorable café.  Since the three of us made the transition together many of our friends asked “Why, oh, why are you bothering moving then??”  This was a legitimate question, which we answered with a bit of a […]

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How Not to Decorate a 5th Ave. Penthouse

It looks like Rush Limbaugh is leaving town (many tears!) after selling his penthouse apartment on 86th St. and 5th Ave. for an easy $11.5 million.  Though a bit under the initial listing price of $12.95 million, he stands to make decent cash off of the sale considering he bought it for under $5 million […]

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Lessons From a New York Move

This week marks the two-year anniversary since my roommates and I moved into the sweltering concrete jungle of New York City. We learned many things from our cross-country move, but we discovered recently that we were rather clueless about moving cross-town.  Last week we moved downtown 20 blocks, and cross-town 10 blocks to our lovely […]

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The NYC Apartment Hunt

The hunt for the perfect New York City apartment is nothing short of miserable. I thank Friends and Sex and the City for wildly distorting my views of what a Manhattan apartment actually looks like but alas, I have leveled with the reality of the renting situation: I will overpay to live in a shoebox […]

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How to Move Your Life Across the Country

Despite eager efforts to grow up and embrace adulthood, I have come to the realization that the school year is the unit of time by which I, and all my friends, still live. This means looming May graduations bring the promise of more East Coast transplants!  As excited as I am to have more friends […]

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Netflix Streams Instantly via Wii

I think it has been established that I love free stuff, so I was delighted when Netflix announced another free way to stream movies instantly to your T.V.— through a Nintendo Wii! Judging by the outgoing mail pile in my apartment building, nearly everyone has a Netflix membership, which is understandable because the nearest Blockbuster […]

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NYC Doorman Strike Looming

The threat of  city-wide strike involving apartment superheroes (handymen, doormen and porters) is growing closer to a reality. These unionized workers are working to reach an agreement before Tuesday evening, April 20,2010 to negotiate higher wages, else a strike will commence on April 21st, leaving Manhattan’s doorman building residences in a bit of a tizzy!  Most […]

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Nighty, night. Don’t let the bedbugs bite!

Turns out, the phrase comes from somewhere and it isn’t pretty. These little blood-sucking insects live in your mattress and feed off you unnoticed while you sleep, leaving a wake of itchy, mosquito-ish bites. As if that isn’t miserable enough, to get rid of these suckers (literally) it will probably cost you over $1,000. The […]

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