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December 26, 2012

Jenny asks…

How to get rid of brassiness without dying hair?

I have naturally dirty blonde hair which I’ve never dyed, and I don’t want to ever touch the color because I’ve always been really happy with it. However, I just moved to NYC and I think the water in my apartment might be funky, because my hair has been really brassy ever since I came here. I would really like to try a home remedy to get rid of it, if possible, because I don’t have a lot of money to spend on expensive hair products. But any cheap-ish solutions would help.


Administrator answers:

Here are a few options:

1. Going after the root of the problem. Im guessing your new apartment has “hard water” in the shower, which causes the brassiness. But this can easily be fixed by visiting a store like Home Depot or Menards and asking for a hard water shower head. I heard it’s relatively inexpensive too.

2. I don’t know how well this works, but tea is a pretty powerful substance in a lot of aspects. People claim that it has properties that can tint the hair. I’ve heard stories of people pouring a cold cup of Lipton tea in their hair and sitting out in the sun for half an hour or so. It’s worth a try, I suppose.

3. There’s this chemical process at a salon called “toning”. It’s not dying, and it doesn’t damage hair like dying does. It’s pretty cheap, at least at the salon I work at. (My situation: got highlights done, they were waay too brassy, got hair toned, the brassiness was gone). At a Fantastic Sams salon, it costs a mere 10 dollars to get your hair toned. It’s just like a colored shampoo, and takes only about 10 minutes or less. It’s probably the most effective treatment, besides getting rid of the hard water in your shower.

Good luck with whatever route you take!

Chris asks…

Glenwood properties in NYC ?? Do they have a waiting list for new renters, or availability is pretty good.?

I have never rented an apartment in NYC. I live in California and  know the policy here. Is NYC the same?? Good credit and all that??? Somenone told me that for apartments I need to get on the waiting lists. Is that true? I am interested in Glenwood properties.

Administrator answers:

For some apartment communities there will be a waiting list. Especially in the more affordable units in the more desirable parts of town.

I took a look at the Glenwood properties site ( and they are showing several properties available (And I can’t believe the rent is so much cheaper than I’m paying in California!) and you can get on a mailing list for when properties come up in the future.

This link will take you to the current available properties page.


When I rented a place (short term) in NYC they needed proof of earnings (or ability to pay rent), a good reference from a previous landlord and (obviously) a security / damage deposit as well as a month in advance. As long as you’ve never been evicted or taken to court for non-payment of rent you should be ok.

I hope this helps!

Nancy asks…

How much is real estate in Manhattan? I assume people can buy apartments not just rent?

Particularly the Upper West Side and other areas around Midtown well served by the subway.
If the prices are so expensive in every borough then how does the New York City population of over 8 million people afford to live there? They can’t all be earning over US$150,000 p.a.

Administrator answers:

Sure you can both buy or rent apartments in NYC, in Manhattan or in any other borough.

Most apartments for sale are “co-op” apartments. That means that you are really buying shares in the corporation that owns the building, and you get what is called a “proprietary lease” to live in your apartment. All the tenents jointly govern the building through the co-op board.

The other kind of apartment you can own is a “condo”. With a condo, you own the actual apartment and the building is owned by the developer. The buidling is also governed by a board, which often has tenents on it, but the majority of the votes on the board belong to the owner of the building.

With a co-op, you pay “maintenance” fees, which include the real estate taxes and the payment for the underlying mortgage on the building, as well as upkeep for the building. With a condo, you also pay maintence, but only for the upkeep on the building. The taxes are your own responsibility and the underlying mortgage is the responsibility of the owner of the building. In both cases, of course, you will also have your own mortgage on your apartment. How high these maintainance fees are depends on how luxurious your building is – does it have a doorman, for example?

On the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a two bedroom apartment could range from 800,000 dollars to just over a million dollars for a co-op. Condos tend to be a smidgen more expensive. But of course, location and amenities effect the price a LOT. And you should also consider how high the maintainance fees are, since that will figure into your monthly costs tremendously!

Good luck!

PS: If you want a part of town that’s a lot like the Upper West Side but cheaper, and you are willing to look outside of Manhattan, try Park Slope Brooklyn. That’s where I live. Park Slope is no longer a bargain in any way – prices have gotten just out of control here lately, but it is still cheaper than Manhattan. And I’m always surprised by how much the Upper West Side and Park Slope are alike every time I visit the UWS! Two bedrooms here go for somewhere between 500,000 and 900,000. Just a suggestion.

Thomas asks…

Should I get a first car or a first apartment?

I live in NYC (Bronx). I’m in college (in Queens) and i want to start branching out on my own. I really want my own apartment, I would be able to have my own space and privacy, something I lack at home. But a car would allow me to work outside the 5 boroughs and make commuting to school and work easier. So which one would be better in the long run, car or apartment?

Administrator answers:

I think that a car might be cheaper but there are other ways of transportation in NYC so i think i would get the apartment first, but also this depends on your finances if you can easily afford both then go with the apartment,

Susan asks…

I work in NYC and am looking for a place to live in NJ. Any suggestions?

My sublease just ended and I’m staying with a friend of mine. I’ve come to realize that commuting isn’t so bad but I’d rather not switch trains a lot. It’s a hassle coordinating schedules and everything. What are some decent areas to live in that would allow for an easy commute? I’m just done looking for a cheap, safe place in the city.


Administrator answers:

Someplace around edison area is good. There is a lot of nice townhouse-apartment somewhere in rte.1-9 and if you want something close why not look around the hoboken-jersey city area right close to the hudson river where you can see the site of ny skyscraper but learn how to have patience to look hard and good to find a nice and reasonable place. If you will hire an agent to look for you it will help but be prepared to pay some exorbitant fees and rents. Good luck, hope you find a good place.!! Just a suggestion someplace around long island city in queeens is an ideal place to look for, too!

George asks…

where can i host an affordable event in nyc?

I’m trying to have a fundraiser and I need to rent a space. However, my budget is under a grand. Is there anywhere that will work with me?

Administrator answers:

You’re not giving us much info regarding the type of event, e.g. Auction, dinner-guests purchase tickets which include the price of the meal, or a party with music and supplying your own food.

If this is a dinner party fundraiser, you only have to guarantee a certain amount of people, supply a deposit and pick a fixed menu. Most restaurants will accommodate you. You can check out local restaurants and their catering or fixed price menus and then figure out how much each ticket will be, (you can include extra for a donation or ask for donations at the fundraiser). You do need to include tax and tip in the cost of each ticket. Just get cost estimates then poll your group to see how many tickets you think you can sell, before committing to a contract. The restaurant will require a deposit.

If you’re supplying your own food and just need a party room, check your local community centers, schools, hotels/motels parks etc. To check out their prices. You might need a permit for any outdoor venues. If you live in a large town or city, some apartment buildings have party rooms they will rent out. You may have to check out the outer boroughs, nothing is cheap in Manhattan.

Sandra asks…

What are some safe, small, tight-knit cities with good schools?

I’m looking for a small, safe, city pretty much anywhere in the US that doesn’t have too high a cost of living. It should be in a good school district. A very small town where everyone knows everyone else would be nice, but I don’t know if there are a lot of those out there anymore.

Administrator answers:

Westerville Ohio has some of THE best schools in the nation….that is not my opinion, but an actual statistic. It also is clean and safe. Compared to other homes in central Ohio it is expensive but compared to larger cities in the US it is very cheap to buy a house here.
I have a 3000 square ft 5 bedroom house with a large yard for far less ( like almost half) than a 1200 square foot one bedroom apartment in San Francisco pr NYC.
Also community is very important to people here. I am more a loner so find it a bit invasive, but if you like tight knit, you will find it here. I personally do not want to join neighborhood comities or spend every waking hour at this or that fund raiser….but I know many do and that’s great. You will find lots of opportunities like that here.

Laura asks…

What are some hip, affordable, non-gentrified cities in the US?

I’m graduating community college soon, and I want to take some time to move out and learn to live on my own before I go on to a university. I live in the Chicago area, and I would move there, but it’s becoming more and more expensive and yuppified just like NYC. I want a place that’s urban, and gritty, has crime, culture, cheap coffee shops and thrift stores, and most of all is cheap to live.

Administrator answers:

If you like Chicago, you should check out Cleveland. It’s one of the nation’s cultural centers, although not with the depth and overall quality of Chicago and New York (check out Vulpster and Seeking Answers detailed descriptions in the “resolved” section of the Cleveland category), but far superior to many American cities. E.g., one of the top orchestras in the world and second-ranked currently in the U.S. After Chicago is the Cleveland Orchestra.

You can rent a bare-bones apartment for perhaps less than
$500 ($200-$300 for a room?) in Cleveland’s Little Italy (e.g., Murray Hill), and be a short bike ride (15- to 20-minute walk) from University Circle, which is the home of Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland’s cultural institutions. The Cleveland Art Museum, one of the nation’s best, doesn’t charge admission. Little Italy also is a short distance from a rapid station that would allow you to get downtown quickly and cheaply.

Little Italy is relatively safe for an urban environment, with lots of cafes, Italian restaurants and a couple good Italian bakeries. It’s also a short distance from the Coventry District (another more expensive living option; check out “Tommy’s”). If you want to creep yourself out, you can head a quarter mile east into East Cleveland (University Circle is north of Little Italy), but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re also a ninja.

University Circle in Cleveland is not remotely as dangerous IMO as the neighborhoods around the Univ. Of Chicago.

Tremont also is a neighborhood that you would enjoy, but it’s not as convenient as Little Italy.

Cleveland has become a foodie center, and its restaurants and chefs regularly are featured on cable. Check out the West Side Market, Tremont (visit “Lucky’s” for breakfast), East 4th Street and the Warehouse District.

Greater Cleveland, once known as the Forest City, is an urban paradise for hikers, bikers, cross country skiers, runners, etc. It’s Emerald Necklace of parks is complemented by both the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and great park systems in surrounding counties.

Lakewood, an inner ring suburb just west of Cleveland, also is home to many singles and a somewhat hip place with easy access to Cleveland.

Pittsburgh probably also offers what you’re looking for, but I don’t know it as well as Cleveland.


Ken asks…

What school in New York City should I go to?

I’m 99.9% sure I’m going to College in New York City, because I really love the city. I am looking at schools like NYU and Columbia and they are both $50,000 a year. Do they have good Financial Aid? Also what are other schools in the City? I looked at community colleges in Manhattan and they are definitely in my price range, but can I get anything out of that? What are other Colleges in New York City. I am an A/B and rarely C student, and I’m still a Freshman…What should I do?

Administrator answers:

There is a difference between “community college” and a “public university”.

A public University provides a variety of schools, from community colleges which give A.A. Degrees, to 4 year colleges that grant B.A. Degrees, to graduate schools that grant M.A. Degrees and Ph.D.s, to Medical or Law schools.

Public universities are paid for partially through tax dollars and partially through tuition. Because it is subsidized by tax dollars, it is always MUCH cheaper than a private university or college.

A community college is only 2 years (but they are also, usually public.) It only grants an A.A. Degree, which is not anywhere as good as a B.A (which is only granted in a 4 year college.)

In NYC, there are 2 public universities –

The State University of NY (also known as SUNY)

The City University of NY (also known as CUNY)

Most of the SUNY schools are outside NYC, but there are a few very specialized campuses in the city.

CUNY is entirely within the confines of NYC.

The best 4 year CUNY schools are:

Brooklyn College in Brooklyn

Queens College in Queens

City College of NY in Manhattan

Hunter College in Manhattan

You will find these schools MUCH cheaper than schools like NYU or Columbia.

EDIT: I saw someone else suggested “Stony Brook University”

That person is referring to the Stony Brook campus of SUNY. It is NOT in NYC, but in Long Island. It is actually nowhere near NYC!

Also, I should mention that the CUNY schools, which I recommended, have very little dorm space – nowhere near enough for the vast majority of kids who go to school there. If you go to a CUNY school, you’ll either have to live with relatives (if you have any in NYC) or get an apartment (which is VERY expensive!)

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