Author My First Apartment
Alissa

I've lived in apartments in 6 cities (including 2 foreign countries). Does that make me an expert? As of now, my ceiling isn't leaking and I don't have rodents (knock on wood) -- so I'm going to say yes . . . but ask me again tomorrow:) These days, I'm enjoying life Chicago style, but my years in Brooklyn are never far from my mind. P.S. By day I work at Cars.com, but these opinions are totally, 100% my own.
The Holiday Tipping Experiment
The Holiday Tipping Experiment

The Holiday Tipping Experiment

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In years previous, I’ve written about holiday tipping.  If you’re looking for that article, about suggested tipping amounts, check out my recent article called Holiday Tip 2009 . As a preview — your hair stylist might be expecting as much as $20! The topic was first proposed by my editor and I was a bit baffled…
Feel A Bit Better About Your Apt Search (Thnx NyTimes!)
Feel A Bit Better About Your Apt Search (Thnx NyTimes!)

Feel A Bit Better About Your Apt Search (Thnx NyTimes!)

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Something I try very hard to do on a day-to-day basis, is appreciate what I have.  Sometimes, I succeed. . .  but often I fail.  Like, miserably fail. Life just moves too fast. But with giving thanks fresh in mind, it seems only natural to look around and recognize how lucky I am to live in my…
7 Items to Keep You Warm When the Radiator Stays Cold
7 Items to Keep You Warm When the Radiator Stays Cold

7 Items to Keep You Warm When the Radiator Stays Cold

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Remember last winter, when banging at the cold radiator sounded like a rocking drumbeat but still didn’t bring any heat?  This year, don’t depend on the radiator gods — be prepared with a few inexpensive items that’ll help make you get warm fast, no matter how cold your apt is. A Hot Water Bottle Stays Toasty…
Time Out’s Apt Issue Is Better Than Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa
Time Out’s Apt Issue Is Better Than Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa

Time Out’s Apt Issue Is Better Than Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa

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You think I’m kidding? It’s true! For those looking for a mini low-down on NYC apartments right now the current issue of Time Out New York (TONY) is a virtual goldmine. Even better, they have more goodies online.   If you’re looking to move to New York and want to see first hand what apartments really…
Avoiding Roommates from Hell
Avoiding Roommates from Hell

Avoiding Roommates from Hell

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It’s kind of amazing, how many bad roommate stories are out there. Everyone who’s ever lived with someone seems to have one and few topics bring about the kind of unadulterated hatred and self-pity than those of horrible roommates. Jezebel recently came to us, asking if we had any tips for how to avoid roommate…
Altec Lansing Giveaway Winners!
Altec Lansing Giveaway Winners!

Altec Lansing Giveaway Winners!

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Thanks to everyone who entered our Altec Lansing Giveaway. Without further ado…our randomly selected winners are: Octiv Mini ($49.99): Casey who wrote that, “My favorite advice was “a beautiful apartment no matter what size”. Being on such a tight budget in such a tiny place has undoubtedly been hard to make affordable, efficient, and elegant!…
Altec Lansing Speakers Review/Giveaway
Altec Lansing Speakers Review/Giveaway

Altec Lansing Speakers Review/Giveaway

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The Giveaway is closed. The winners will be announced on Monday. Often, we’re asked what kind of “stuff” we’d recommend for apartments.  Kitchen Stuff. Living Room Stuff. Bedroom and Bathroom and beyond.  So, while there are certain items I know well and can heartily recommend (hello, husband pillow!), I thought it might be nice for us to…
What You Need to Know About Rent Guarantors
What You Need to Know About Rent Guarantors

What You Need to Know About Rent Guarantors

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Guarantors. Who needs ’em! Well, you might if you want to get a NYC apartment and don’t make 40 times your monthly rent in annual salary. What do I mean? Well, say you’re looking to rent an apartment with friends for $2,000 (for the entire place). $2,000 x 40. . . that’s a slick $80k. Yowza!…
The Best Birthday Present Ever – Can You Help?
The Best Birthday Present Ever – Can You Help?

The Best Birthday Present Ever – Can You Help?

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  Happy 5th Birthday to. . . us! It’s true – we launched in September of ’05 and we’re still alive and kicking! We’re going to be hosting rad giveaways later in the month  as a small way of saying thanks for being awesome – before then we have a small ask for you. If…
How To Personalize Your Pad When You Can’t Paint
How To Personalize Your Pad When You Can’t Paint

How To Personalize Your Pad When You Can’t Paint

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One of the easiest ways to personalize your apt is to paint. You roll up your sleeves and, ideally, beg some friends to help. It can really light up a room, but sometimes there are reasons why painting isn’t an option. Either your landlord won’t let you, you already have too much furniture that moving…