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August 4, 2013

Daniel asks…

Manhattan Studio Apartments – Income Levels?

Moving to NYC with work and want to rent a studio or loft in Manhattan, in a good location, just wondering what sort of income level I need to negotiate with my boss as a starting point, in order to afford this? (I’d prefer not to live across the hudson)

I have no idea on the cost of rent, utilities and general living in NYC, so if you live in a studio or 1 Br in NYC – what annual income bracket do you feel comfortable in?

Administrator answers:

Newspapers: the early bird gets the worm!

Sandra asks…

CAN I HAVE SOME HELP!!!!?

I am in high school and i want a job that makes a difference but also makes above average pay and i know everyone will answer social worker when i say this statement i want to work with rape victims/children/or abused women something like that. But i want to live in NYC in decent sized apartment/loft anyways what jobs can i do??? Oh ya and i dont really enjoy routines like i want each day to be different are there any sort of jobs where i can work with human behavior i am interested in that as well?

Administrator answers:

Be an entrepreneur. Make a list of your skills; i.e. What CAN you do now? Can you clean houses, do yard work, wash windows, clean cars, run errands, etc? Make a list and start door-hanging flyers seeking odd jobs. You can grow this into your own customized service business, and there is good money in that, plus plenty of different work to bust boredom.

Lizzie asks…

I am moving to NYC to work in Finance, what are the best buildings on the West Side of the FIDI?

I have a budget of 2000 a month for rent (would prefer if that included utilities). I plan on living alone and would be willing to live anywhere on Manhattan preferably near my job which is near the Rector Street Subway.
If it were a perfect world my wish list would be:
Studio/1bdrm/loft
Any sort of Kitchen
Private bathroom
Quiet
Doorman (for safety and my Dad’s peace of mind)
(I wouldn’t say no to a gym-but I don’t want to get my hopes up)

Is this possible in Manhattan? In the FIDI? Are there any good No-Fee apartments out there? I have been on nofeerentals, skipbrokers, villagevoice, NYT, urban sherpa, but could use some insider advice! I am coming out in July to check things out–advice for those days in the city?

THANK YOU!

Administrator answers:

Stay in a hostel while you check out the West Side of (FiDi) Financial District.
You can use Sublet.com which breaks up Manhattan into many quadrants.

Http://manhattan.sublet.com

NOTE: If you are not making over $80K/year, you will be moving real soon.

Source(s):
http://411newyork.org/guide/2007/08/01/questions-to-ask-when-renting-in-new-york/ (Renting Tips)
http://411newyork.org/guide/2008/04/20/hostels-in-new-york/ (Hostels)

Nancy asks…

Any suggestions on this wall color idea?

Right now three of my walls are light blue and one is dark blue and the problem is my new blue (I have waaay too much blue!) carpet doesn’t match. I was thinking of re-painting three walls white and getting maybe black wall paper on the other. I also want to paint all the wood work light grey so it looks kind of like silver to create a modern feel.

Does anyone have any ideas with whether or not this will work? Or will it be too boring? Or does anyone have any other suggestions? I really want it to look kind of like a NYC, or other big city, loft/studio apartment, except the floor of course. I am also 14 so I don’t know if it is young enough.

Thank you to anyone who answers! =D

Administrator answers:

I like your idea – with a few tweaks.

Play around with the Sherwin Williams color visualizer to find something that you like. It is the best paint visualizer on the web, imho. I like how their color palette is laid out, I like that you can search by color family & color name, the “painted” rooms look the most realistic, and it suggests coordinating color schemes. You can literally spend hours:

http://www.sherwin.com/visualizer/

I think it would look great to paint three of your walls “aloof gray” (# 6197) and then put a wall mural of NYC on one wall – like one of these:

http://www.americanblinds.com/products/wallpaper/product_detail.asp?ptn=3956&prid=345147&Nrpp=60&P=WP&results=1&N=4294967258+4294942472&Ne=97&sval=Mural&cm_re=A%2D%5F%2DTop+Nav%2D%5F%2DWallpaper&si=8

http://www.americanblinds.com/products/wallpaper/product_detail.asp?ptn=331&prid=676463&Nrpp=60&P=WP&results=1&No=120&N=4294967258+4294942472&Ne=97&sval=Mural&cm_re=A%2D%5F%2DTop+Nav%2D%5F%2DWallpaper&si=8

http://www.americanblinds.com/products/wallpaper/product_detail.asp?ptn=RA0104M&prid=985205&sterm=%7CW%5FDesign%7CW%5FDesign&Nrpp=60&P=WP&results=1&N=4294967258+4294942472+4294915017&Ne=4294915350&sval=Mural%7CCITIES%2C+STATES%2C+COUNTRIES+AND+TRAVEL%7CCITY&cm_re=A%2D%5F%2DTop+Nav%2D%5F%2DWallpaper&si=8

http://www.americanblinds.com/products/wallpaper/product_detail.asp?ptn=TK074941M&prid=1052555&sterm=%7CW%5FDesign%7CW%5FDesign&Nrpp=60&P=WP&results=1&N=4294967258+4294942472+4294915017&Ne=4294915350&sval=Mural%7CCITIES%2C+STATES%2C+COUNTRIES+AND+TRAVEL%7CCITY&cm_re=A%2D%5F%2DTop+Nav%2D%5F%2DWallpaper&si=8

You can also take a photo of your house & upload it to the makeover gallery on this website:

http://www.roomvues.com/

You can get color suggestions & they’ll photoshop them onto your room so that you can get an idea of what it will look like.

And personally, unless the trim in your room has already been painted, I would not paint over it b/c it would ruin the historical integrity of the house to do so.

Paul asks…

What’s Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, like? Would it be safe for a 29 yr old female to live alone there?

Hi there, I have recently moved to NYC from London, and am currently living in temporary accommodation in the West Village.
I’m looking for my own place, and everything in Manhattan is so small… so I’m thinking of making the move to Brooklyn, as my budget is just $2000 per month.

I saw a massive loft apartment today on Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, 5 mins walk from Flushing Ave subway stop, and I fell in love with it. Only problem is I do not know the area at all; I know the Bedford Ave area, and love it there, but this area I’m a bit unsure of. is it safe? Would I be ok walking back from the tube late at night on my own? Will cabs take me there from Manhattan without shouting and screaming at me? Is there anywhere cool to go near there? Any help would be appreciated as I don’t know anyone in NY to ask! Thanks x

Administrator answers:

No, I would get a roommate. I would try to not live in the city and try to commute. Bedford is not safe for a woman alone. Cabs in NY are always noisy. There are more than cool places to go to in NYC. My favorite is South Street Seaport and the Bronx Zoo.

Maria asks…

What’s Flushing Avenue, ?

Hi there, I have recently moved to NYC from London, and am currently living in temporary accommodation in the West Village.
I’m looking for my own place, and everything in Manhattan is so small… so I’m thinking of making the move to Brooklyn, as my budget is just $2000 per month.

I saw a massive loft apartment today on Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, 5 mins walk from Flushing Ave subway stop, and I fell in love with it. Only problem is I do not know the area at all; I know the Bedford Ave area, and love it there, but this area I’m a bit unsure of. is it safe? Would I be ok walking back from the tube late at night on my own? Will cabs take me there from Manhattan without shouting and screaming at me? Is there anywhere cool to go near there? Any help would be appreciated as I don’t know anyone in NY to ask! Thanks x

Administrator answers:

I don’t know anything about Brooklyn, but I did cross the pond over 50 years ago. My advice to you is to concentrate on three things, your job, saving money and learning about the city by just exploring it.
Unless you plan on opening a gymnasium or a dance studio, what use is space to you? Something to be furnished on a measly two grand a month?
If that huge space is affordable to you, it’s because there is a reason it is not in high demand. Take your time. “Flushing,” by the way, is a hold-over from the Dutch days of New Amsterdam. Like “Haarlem.” ‘Nuff said.

Susan asks…

What should I do when considering having a large dog in NYC?

I’m considering adopting a rottweiler puppy, but I don’t want to put a large pet through hell by having him/her in a city.

What sorts of things should I prepare to start doing by having a big dog in an apartment?
What kind of daily exercise should I do to keep him/her happy? (I’d be working around 10a-5p at the most on weekdays)
If I go home for lunch and take him/her out and for a quick walk, would that be alright?
Should I avoid it all together?
What other breeds of dogs could I consider that might be happier in this setting but still serve the purpose of protecting me?

Please don’t call me a bad person. I am honestly asking and not making any decisions until I really think about what I would be getting into. I want a friend and a protector but I don’t want that friend and protector to be depressed, sick, and overweight. I love dogs and I’ve had them all my life, I know how to train them, but I’ve never had one in a city setting.

There is also the potential that, in the future, I could have this dog come to the loft-style office with me to socialize and hang out. I plan on having him/her very well trained and well behaved. I know rottweilers are social and require contact with people/other dogs, so would this be a better idea for him/her?

Thanks for reading!
Why aren’t rottweilers allowed in some places? Are they blacklisted most places because of their reputation?
What if I got a rottweiler mix?
In regard to “putting a dog through hell”, I just figured a lot of people who have big dogs have someone who can take care of them, or the means to stay home and do things for the dogs, OR a big apartment for the dog. I know I have a lot more to think about, I was just going over the basics. I have no problem taking a dog out in any sort of weather- again, I have had dogs my whole life with no fence, that I have had to take out in the snow/rain/sleet. When I want to go away, the dog will go in a kennel.

Administrator answers:

You can keep a well-behaved big dog in a small apartment, but a large-breed puppy might be difficult. Remember a pup will need to be let out every 4 hours.

If I were you I’d take up running or walking for one or two hours a day. You won’t be able to bring the dog running unless you get an adult, but you can get a sense of whether you’ll be able to bring the dog out for a nice run when it’s raining or cold, and how much exercise you can fit into a day. Exercise is very important for keeping a working dog breed happy in a city.

Do you want an intimidating dog or a dog with a protective instinct? Most terriers don’t look scary but will bark if someone tries to get in or menaces you on a walk- protective but not scary looking. For most burglars a yappy little dog who wakes everyone up will be a good deterrent, but they’re usually small which can be good or bad for you. Other dogs like pit bulls look scary but don’t generally have the protective instinct, which makes them easier to deal with in that way but not as suitable as guards.

Even labs can be useful for this- a black lab looks like a scary dog on a walk, and most will stand between you in a threat and bark whether from instinct or training.

Talk to people who have the kinds of dogs you want, and see what they say. Have a look at the dogs available near you as well.

Rottweilers, and sometimes rottweiler mixes, can be hard to get insurance for and aren’t allowed in some places because of their reputation. Other areas have restrictions on the size of dog you can have, hence the mention of teriers.

Charles asks…

How much are apartments that are right next to Central Park?

How much are apartments that are right next to Central Park in NYC?
I dont need an exact amount just a number that is pretty close
anyone know any sites?

Administrator answers:

You might manage to find a loft for 6000 a month, but most places will have 1-2 bedrooms and be 10-12,000. It goes WAY up from there.

Steven asks…

Enough saved up to rent and live in NYC comfortably ?

I am moving to NYC and will be renting (80% of Manhattanites rent so I wont feel like a loser)
I am trying to figure out how much $$$$ I need to rent a nice place and have enough cash for at least 2 years.
I am starting my own website for health and beauty and will be paying the bills with a lucrative part time corporate design job that pays 140k starting 2/08 in NYC.
I want to move to NYC by January.
I have 160k saved up. I plan to use some it towards rent/daily expenses.
Do I have enough saved up to cover 2 years in NYC ?
I plan to spend around 3-3,600 a month on rent.

Administrator answers:

If you keep your design job, you should have things covered.

Keep in mind that 80% of your meals are eaten out, and you WILL be out and about all the time. Everything costs money, no matter how careful you are.

Also, the job market is pretty volitile, so youre design job may or may not last too long.

Here’s the skinny on upfront charges – First and last months rent, 15% of the yearly rental to the Rental Agent, $500 -1000 move in fee, Deposit for Phone, electric, Cable Etc.
In some markets, apartments go so quickly and the owners get picky, some pay 6 months in advance or more, just for the priveleges of getting into an apartment.

It took me 6 months to find a decent rental in a safe area that I wanted to be – and then waited 2 months for the tenant to vacate.

For that money.. You can probably get a decent studio/w sleep loft (480sq ft or so) or a small one bedroom. (650sq ft.)

Good luck and start looking.

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