Real Estate

Pelham, N.Y.: Close to the City, but With a Friendly Vibe

Today, the town of Pelham, which has a population of approximately 12,500, forms a sort of triangle divided across the middle into two villages: Pelham to the north and Pelham Manor below it. The downtown, in the village of Pelham, forms a north-south strip about a mile and a half long that includes the train station, town hall, shops, restaurants, ...

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Coming Home to a Shipping Container

Building with shipping containers isn’t exactly new, but until recently it hasn’t been exactly mainstream either. Now, though, it is becoming a lot more popular, as eco-friendly practices begin to influence market trends. Containers are loved by the hip and the practical, artisans and DIY-ers, engineers and construction foremen, as they are both sustainable and affordable. And used 20- or ...

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Searching for a Starter Home in Connecticut

A house they saw in Darien was charming, but it was on a busy thoroughfare, West Avenue, that was a bus route. And the asking price, Ms. Caruso advised them, was too high, at $899,000. “Leslie said you have to consider not just the honeymoon phase when you move into the house, but whether you want to be on a ...

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7 Steps to a Clutter-Free Kitchen

GIVE EVERYDAY ITEMS PRIME COUNTER SPACE “Like real estate, the kitchen is all about location, location,” said Collette Shine, a professional organizer in Manhattan who describes her countertops as “the Park Avenue of the kitchen” where only a small selection of appliances and utensils are allowed to reside. That includes her Keurig coffee maker, a small blender and a carafe ...

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A Decaying Waterfront in Washington Returns to Life

Washington has a long maritime history, said Stanton Eckstut, a principal at the architecture firm EE&K, which is now a part of Perkins Eastman Architects and the Wharf’s master planner. The city’s original design was based on “maritime arrival,” he said, but that way of life has been lost, and he described the Wharf as a 21st-century model to bring ...

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The Life of a Live-in Super in Bedford-Stuyvesant

By the time he left rehab in 2005, his parents’ house, where he had been living, had been sold, and all of his possessions, including his beloved collection of rock ’n’ roll records, had been thrown out. So he went back to the doctor, who agreed to rent him a studio for $750 a month. A few years later, when ...

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The Two-Minute Commute – The New York Times

“I am not going to throw away my valuable time sitting in the car or stuck on a subway,” he said. In Birmingham, his drive to work took just 14 minutes in the early morning hours; the same trip home, in traffic, consumed an hour. Last winter, the hospital referred him to Steve Hallerman, an associate broker at Citi Habitats, ...

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When the World Called for a Capital

In “A Worldly Affair: New York, the United Nations and the Story Behind Their Unlikely Bond,” Ms. Hanlon recalls the city’s mid-1940s struggle to become the U.N.’s headquarters site (a subject also well covered in Charlene Mires’s “Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations” in 2013). The city overcame the diplomatic corps’ opposition to win out ...

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A Mystery Solved: Why the ‘Sisyphus Stones’ Rise and Tumble

The reason for their constant transformation, he explained, is not the assaults of wind or water, which never seem to trouble the neatly interlocking rocks. Someone keeps knocking them over — eight times, so far, in just seven weeks. And Mr. Gryka keeps reassembling them into new forms. He had arrived that morning at 11:30 by bicycle from his apartment ...

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Rebuilding Your Home After a Disaster

Photo Ta-Kuang Chang was lying in bed in his Pelham, N.Y., home during a windstorm in 2016 when a 125-year-old tree from his yard crashed through his roof, landing just inches from his bed. Credit Ariane Chang Catastrophe can arrive at your doorstep in any number of ways: A century-old tree could hit the roof, faulty wiring could spark a ...

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