Real Estate

Buying Art Doesn’t Have to Be Intimidating: Yes, There’s an App

BEST FOR Shoppers looking for a paint-by-number guide to hanging art on the wall who won’t mind if they see the same piece of art in an office hallway or a neighbor’s apartment. (While Art.com offers a selection of exclusive prints through licensing deals and partnerships, many of its posters and fine art giclées are reprints.) Saatchi Art HOW IT ...

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A Sustainable Home in the South Bronx

Then, in August 2012, she got a call: There was a three-bedroom apartment available at Via Verde, a low- and moderate-income housing complex in the South Bronx. The development, which has 150 rental units and 70 co-ops, had opened just a few months earlier and was receiving a lot of attention for its thoughtful, sustainable design: The complex has courtyards, ...

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In New York, a View of Even a Small Park Adds Value

Another site, on Second Avenue and East 21st Street, is across the street from Peter’s Field, a blocklong stretch of basketball and tennis courts. And at 67 Livingston Street in Brooklyn Heights, where Silverback is converting a former college dorm into condos, one side of the building looks down on the schoolyard of the Packer Collegiate Institute, where on a ...

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Savvy First-Time Buyer Does Her Homework

About three years ago, Ms. Lewis read about the Housing Development Fund Corporation (H.D.F.C.), a city program that promotes homeownership in once-derelict buildings. The prices of its co-ops were tantalizingly within reach. “I made it my mission to learn everything I could,” she said, although in some cases the buildings came with income caps that were too low for her. ...

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The City Trade-Off – The New York Times

“We had a huge checklist,” he said. Outdoor space was a must, as Mr. Shanbog, now 28, wanted to be able to step outside to smoke. Photo The apartment is so small that “if I play a video game, it turns into a bachelor pad,” Mr. Shanbog said. “When we have a conversation, it turns into a couple’s bedroom. When ...

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A Bedroom Your Child Won’t Outgrow

Instead of wallpaper, Liz Lipkin, a designer with Homepolish, sometimes opts for removable decals, like the Love Mae arrows she recently used in a Brooklyn nursery. “They’re an inexpensive and low-commitment alternative that can easily transform a space,” she said. “When the room and its occupant are ready for a refresh, decals peel right off, making way for new décor.” ...

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Living in a 17th-Century Manor on Staten Island

“When they say they’ve sold the building, but stay as long as you like, get out — because you want to leave at your convenience, not theirs,” she said. Within days, a friend who knew of Ms. Woodbridge’s love of history called her up and asked, “Would you be interested in becoming a caretaker at the Conference House?” Photo At ...

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Romance? Not in My Backyard

In the lexicon of single New Yorkers, the term “geographically undesirable” usually refers to those who live too many subway stops or bus rides away, or are a (Brooklyn) Bridge too far for serious relationship consideration. (Apps including JDate, OkCupid, Tinder and Match let members set a distance profile for just how far they are willing to go for love.) ...

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A Postcard View of Manhattan

“It was exhausting always having to plan ahead,” she said, no matter where she went. Even transporting groceries was a chore. Photo JERSEY CITY They disliked the barn-style doors inside the apartments. Credit Katherine Marks for The New York Times Their situation became more challenging last spring when the couple, who are planning a fall wedding, adopted a mini goldendoodle ...

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The D.I.Y. Country House – The New York Times

After seeing a string of rundown houses, they grew discouraged. Then one day they took a break for lunch in New Preston, picked up a local real estate magazine and were casually leafing through the pages when they spotted it: a listing for a freshly renovated 1941 Cape Cod-style house in Litchfield. “It was in one of those little booklets ...

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