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A note from Brick Underground: We've changed our coverage
Blog 3 days ago
A note from Brick Underground: We've changed our coverage

You may have noticed Brick Underground has departed from our usual mix of stories. We're still a New York City real estate news site, however, our...

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Renters seeking roommates hit the brakes, and landlords shift away from short-term sites
Blog 4 days ago
Renters seeking roommates hit the brakes, and landlords shift away from short-term sites

When New York City closed schools and shut down bars and restaurants in an effort to slow the coronavirus pandemic, would-be renters looking for a...

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Where renters can turn during the pandemic, apartment buildings brace for staff shortages, & more
Blog 1 week ago
Where renters can turn during the pandemic, apartment buildings brace for staff shortages, & more

This week, readers turned to Brick Underground for information on how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting real estate and living in New York City...

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Owners may be able to skip a mortgage payment, but what if you rent?
Blog 1 week ago
Owners may be able to skip a mortgage payment, but what if you rent?

Will virtual closings and co-op board video interviews become NYC's new norm? Will virtual closings and co-op board video interviews become NYC's...

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What happens if your lease is up during the coronavirus pandemic?
Blog 1 week ago
What happens if your lease is up during the coronavirus pandemic?

For New Yorkers who intended to move out of an apartment in the coming months, those plans are likely up in the air now. The fast-evolving...

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As Washington readies bailout, real estate CEO asks: ‘What about agents and independent contractors?’
Blog 1 week ago
As Washington readies bailout, real estate CEO asks: ‘What about agents and independent contractors?’

The Trump administration's $1 trillion stimulus package-intended to prevent the collapse of economic sectors like the airlines and possibly the...

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Seniors-only shopping hours, bar and restaurant landlords want relief, & more
Blog 1 week ago
Seniors-only shopping hours, bar and restaurant landlords want relief, & more

Brooklyn lawmakers are calling on the mayor to make exclusive shopping hours mandatory to protect seniors and medically vulnerable from the spread...

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Ask Sam: What happens if you have a case pending in NYC housing court during the coronavirus crisis?
Blog 1 week ago
Ask Sam: What happens if you have a case pending in NYC housing court during the coronavirus crisis?

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, New York City housing courts are shutting down non-essential services and there will be a moratorium on...

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Risk of Covid-19 spread through ventilation systems in NYC apartment buildings is very low
Blog 1 week ago
Risk of Covid-19 spread through ventilation systems in NYC apartment buildings is very low

Building management firms and boards are doing their best to reassure New Yorkers-who are being told to stay home to prevent the spread of Covid-19...

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Gyms, pools, and playrooms close and move-ins canceled in NYC buildings to limit coronavirus spread
Blog 1 week ago
Gyms, pools, and playrooms close and move-ins canceled in NYC buildings to limit coronavirus spread

New Yorkers are now among millions of U. S. citizens adjusting to the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic. With the situation evolving rapidly and...

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Buildings brace for coronavirus, a tax credit for NYC renters, & more
Blog 2 weeks ago
Buildings brace for coronavirus, a tax credit for NYC renters, & more

This week, readers visited Brick Underground for an article on how some NYC apartment buildings are preparing for staffing shortages amid the...

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A West Village one bedroom with a sleeping loft for $1,150,000, no board approval required
Blog 2 weeks ago
A West Village one bedroom with a sleeping loft for $1,150,000, no board approval required

Welcome to Brick Underground's sponsor apartment pick of the week, where we feature a co-op for sale by the owner of the building. You do not need...

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What you need to know about doorman vs. non-doorman buildings in NYC
Blog 2 weeks ago
What you need to know about doorman vs. non-doorman buildings in NYC

Rents in Brooklyn and Queens hit new highs in February-and continued to climb in Manhattan too Rents in Brooklyn and Queens hit new highs in...

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What you need to know about replacing the wood floors in your NYC apartment or house
Blog 2 weeks ago
What you need to know about replacing the wood floors in your NYC apartment or house

Rents in Brooklyn and Queens hit new highs in February-and continued to climb in Manhattan too Rents in Brooklyn and Queens hit new highs in...

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From Bushwick to Morningside Heights: Leaving an artist’s studio for the comforts of a large prewar
Blog 2 weeks ago
From Bushwick to Morningside Heights: Leaving an artist’s studio for the comforts of a large prewar

Gabriella, a native New Yorker, enjoyed sharing an artist's space in Bushwick. But when she became a single mother, she decided it was time to move...

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A Battery Park City one bedroom with lots of amenities, for $4,040
Blog 2 weeks ago
A Battery Park City one bedroom with lots of amenities, for $4,040

If you're looking to rent in a waterfront building, this no-fee one-bedroom, one-bath apartment, 345 South End Ave., #6C, in Battery Park City,...

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How the newest Downtown Brooklyn rental buildings compare: The Hub, 300 Ashland, The Ashland, The Offerman House, & more
Blog 2 weeks ago
How the newest Downtown Brooklyn rental buildings compare: The Hub, 300 Ashland, The Ashland, The Offerman House, & more

There was a time when if someone told you they lived in Downtown Brooklyn, you might respond (with some disbelief), "You mean near the courts and...

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This squad cracks down on bad NYC landlords
Blog 2 weeks ago
This squad cracks down on bad NYC landlords

Have a serious issue with your landlord? New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development has a team that investigates complaints...

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Can I get in trouble for smoking pot in a NYC rental apartment?
Blog 2 weeks ago
Can I get in trouble for smoking pot in a NYC rental apartment?

Check your building's house rules to see whether you building allows smoking. Even if it is allowed, you need to be mindful of the smoke and do...

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Open houses empty out, developers turn condos into rentals, & more
Blog 2 weeks ago
Open houses empty out, developers turn condos into rentals, & more

In a blow to NYC's already sluggish sales market, open houses appear to be impacted by the spread of Covid-19 (Bloomberg) Increasingly, developers...

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I live next to a new subway entrance, Trader Joe’s, and Target in the East Village, and I miss the nabe’s seedier days
Blog 2 weeks ago
I live next to a new subway entrance, Trader Joe’s, and Target in the East Village, and I miss the nabe’s seedier days

Nadine has lived in the East Village for almost four decades and has witnessed her neighborhood evolve from a low-rent, drug-infected zone to one...

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5 apartments in Hudson Square, where Google and Disney will have new headquarters
Blog 2 weeks ago
5 apartments in Hudson Square, where Google and Disney will have new headquarters

If you've seen listings for apartments in "Hudson Square," and aren't entirely sure where that is, don't worry. You're not alone-the fact that New...

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An East Harlem two bedroom in a new development, for $995,000
Blog 2 weeks ago
An East Harlem two bedroom in a new development, for $995,000

At the end of last year, the price of this East Harlem two bedroom, 1790 Third Ave., #704, was reduced from $1,084,050 to its current asking of ...

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Brick Underground's pied-à-terre checklist: What to consider before buying a part-time place in NYC
Blog 2 weeks ago
Brick Underground's pied-à-terre checklist: What to consider before buying a part-time place in NYC

Elderly urged to stay off subway, live rent-free for the summer, & more Buying a pied-à-terre in New York City sounds dreamy-you get all the...

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Can you run a business out of your NYC apartment?
Blog 2 weeks ago
Can you run a business out of your NYC apartment?

Apartment hunting in New York City involves compromise: You give up dreams of an washer/dryer in your apartment for more space or find a place with...

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Decision on New York's broker fee ban pushed off to June
Blog 2 weeks ago
Decision on New York's broker fee ban pushed off to June

The question of whether last year's rent laws have made landlord broker fees illegal just got pushed off until June. On Friday, New York Attorney...

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The self-employed New Yorker's guide to getting a mortgage
Blog 2 weeks ago
The self-employed New Yorker's guide to getting a mortgage

Elderly urged to stay off subway, live rent-free for the summer, & more Being your own boss can be both challenging and rewarding. It also means...

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I live in a rent-stabilized apartment. Is my parking spot protected from rent hikes?
Blog 2 weeks ago
I live in a rent-stabilized apartment. Is my parking spot protected from rent hikes?

If the parking spot was provided to you when you moved into your stabilized apartment, there are strict limits on how much its rent can be raised,...

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Crafting a rejection-proof offer, adding a legal bedroom to your NYC apartment, & more
Blog 3 weeks ago
Crafting a rejection-proof offer, adding a legal bedroom to your NYC apartment, & more

This week, readers visited Brick Underground for an article on how New York City apartment buildings are dealing with the Coronavirus. One...

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Dear Ms. Demeanor: My neighbors’ compost bin really smells. Should management do something about this?
Blog 3 weeks ago
Dear Ms. Demeanor: My neighbors’ compost bin really smells. Should management do something about this?

It isn’t easy being green in a high-rise apartment building, but your neighbors have to take your wellbeing into consideration. You could suggest...

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