Apartment Life

Fireworks and Renter’s Insurance
Fireworks and Renter’s Insurance

Fireworks and Renter’s Insurance

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Happy post-July 4th malaise! Hopefully, you’re taking some time off to see your fam and friends — maybe there’s even a lawn chair and some ice tea with your name on it. I’m back home and, I tell ya, it’s great — but there’s no better reality check than parents having the opportunity to grill…
Can You BBQ Legally In/Around Your Apt?
Can You BBQ Legally In/Around Your Apt?

Can You BBQ Legally In/Around Your Apt?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Such nice weather this weekend! Makes me nostalgic for my summer dinners with my family, which often involved, my dad’s prized Weber Grill. I don’t have a balcony, but I do have one nifty fire escape. Which got me thinking, can I buy a grill? Check out the exact the laws of the NYC land…
Stay Warm …and Frugal!
Stay Warm …and Frugal!

Stay Warm …and Frugal!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Brrr Honey, it’s cold outside! And inside! Not to worry, there are ways to avoid the deep freeze in your apartment. The first consideration of course is $$. Heat is sometimes included in rent by law and sometimes not. What’s the deal with that? Well, it has to do with the way the heat is…
Keep Your No-Takeout New Year’s Resolution!
Keep Your No-Takeout New Year’s Resolution!

Keep Your No-Takeout New Year’s Resolution!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
With the end of the holiday season comes the end of free, well-prepared food. No more well-balanced, homemade meals or three-course dinners that you pretty much just have to show up to. Nope, we’ll just have to make it be our New Year’s resolution to treat ourselves better and eat more healthily. We’ll actually have…
How to Cozy Up your Apartment for the Holidays. . without going home
How to Cozy Up your Apartment for the Holidays. . without going home

How to Cozy Up your Apartment for the Holidays. . without going home

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! A lot of folks I know aren’t going home this year because of $$ issues so I thought I’d write a few post about how to make your apartment really embody that home away from home feeling. The first thing I notice about my parents’ house is…
Emergencies Happen. You Need a Great Landlord
Emergencies Happen. You Need a Great Landlord

Emergencies Happen. You Need a Great Landlord

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Living on one’s own, things don’t always go as planned. Might as well just plan on that, actually. But, there are smart ways to plan — like making sure that your landlord is the kind that takes care of business. When I first met my landlord, I took note of how on-the-ball he was and…
Lowdown on Your Tenant Rights in NYC!
Lowdown on Your Tenant Rights in NYC!

Lowdown on Your Tenant Rights in NYC!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Signing a lease gives you legal rights. It also gives you legal responsibilities. Do you know what they are? Thanks to New York State Senator Liz Krueger’s 2009 Housing Update — there’s one easy place where you can find out everything you need to know and more. Here’s a thumbnail version. Tenants Are Entitled To:*A…
After a flood the size of Noah’s Ark, I’m getting renter’s insurance!
After a flood the size of Noah’s Ark, I’m getting renter’s insurance!

After a flood the size of Noah’s Ark, I’m getting renter’s insurance!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s raining, it’s pouring, from…my kitchen ceiling?! Yep, welcome to just a regular Sunday evening at my casa — except for the my-whole-dining-room-table-being-under-water thing. Well, it wasn’t THAT bad, but around 11:30p.m., water started pouring in from about five separate locations. And there was no way to stop it! There were pools of wet everywhere.…
Is your apartment ready for summer? Get on it before it’s too hot to move!
Is your apartment ready for summer? Get on it before it’s too hot to move!

Is your apartment ready for summer? Get on it before it’s too hot to move!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
With the passing of Memorial Day, no matter what the solar calendar says – summer is here. Hello, half-day Fridays, white shoes, and HEAT. GLORIOUS HEAT! Well, at least if you’re ready for it. How to summer-fy your apartment/life? First, think about your air conditioner situation. Do you have one? Does it work? Is it…
A beautiful apartment is possible no matter its size!
A beautiful apartment is possible no matter its size!

A beautiful apartment is possible no matter its size!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Coming from college, many of you might equate a small apartment with the dingy dorm you were were forced to live in with nary a stove for X number of years. I can see where you’re coming from: your new apartment is also tiny and not by choice. But, oh, is it SO different! Sure,…