Real Estate

Time to Put the Garden to Bed?

But wait, there’s a fourth category, the refuge of idlers — and also, as it happens, backyard ecologists. We’ll save that option for the end. Life and limb: Let’s start there. Annie Novak, 34, who raises produce at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has a cautionary message for the patio and balcony gardeners of New York: “It’s a ...

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A Peek Inside Some of New York’s Most Glamorous Apartments

Kirk Henckels Here you have the super wealthy; they have a city house with a staff of 20 and another house with a staff of 40 because their wife made them build one in Newport. And income tax is creeping round. The economies of apartment buildings looked good. The problem was just getting that first person to sign on. Senator ...

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Searching for Sunlight in the City

He was surprised, too, by how old-fashioned some things were in New York. To pay his rent, for example, he had to write a check, whereas in Denmark, he said, “you pay everything on the internet or transfer via your bank on your mobile app.” For six months, the company paid Mr. Christiansen’s monthly rent of $2,300. Once he assumed ...

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The Old School of the New Age

Quest is an esoteric bookshop specializing in everything metaphysical. The store is a remnant of the 1970s spiritual counterculture, but also has roots that go all the way back to Helena Blavatsky, the 19th-century Russian occultist known as the Godmother of the New Age. In the 1870s Blavatsky captivated New Yorkers with her tales of sojourns to Tibet, India and ...

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Close Living: Two College Friends, One Bedroom

“No, me neither,” Ms. Mulhall said. “That’s how my whole family is: all up in each other’s faces all the time. No one knocks.” Last June, they rented a one-bedroom on East 85th Street for $2,450 a month, putting their cavalier attitude toward personal space to the test. Ms. Mulhall took the bedroom — which has two good-sized closets and ...

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André Balazs, Celebrity Hotelier, Is Accused of Groping

The Times left repeated and detailed messages regarding these accusations with Mr. Balazs, his executive assistant and his personal publicist, Pierre Rougier. The messages were not returned. Attempts to reach Mr. Balazs through the general managers at his hotels were also unsuccessful. Mr. Balazs stepped down as chairman of the Standard chain’s board in March to focus, he said then, ...

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Modern Love Podcast: Julia Stiles Reads ‘A Family Fairytale Twice Told’

On this week’s podcast, the actress Julia Stiles reads “A Family Fairytale Twice Told,” about a woman who follows in her parents’ footsteps of falling for a roommate. Photo Credit Brian Rea Liz Moore, the author, shared her story of the under-market Park Slope apartment that led to a Craigslist roommate — and a crush — in a 2012 Modern ...

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Making Space for a Home Office

BLEND IT IN “To carve out a home office in a main living area, look for aesthetically pleasing ways to create a visually distinct but cohesive room,” said Ms. Michaels, noting that tall plants work well as organic dividers between a desk and a living space. “The struggle is always to address the function of the space while not sacrificing ...

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Parking Spaces That Could Make You Rich

Buying individual parking spaces is a little known but extremely appealing real estate play for small investors like Ms. Jones. The obvious selling points are comparatively low prices, steady income, next to no maintenance, and wear and tear limited to the odd oil stain on the cement. Moreover, a growing number of parking apps is making it easier to rent ...

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Getting the House Ready for Winter

Neglect the chores entirely, though, and you could find yourself with a hefty repair bill or a furnace that peters out on a frigid January night — and probably in the middle of a three-day weekend, because isn’t that when things usually go awry? Forget to clean the gutters, and ice could build up, damaging your roof. Drafty windows and ...

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