I want to make sure you guys all have front row seats to the latest saga of great banality between me and my landlord. This time, it involves a household appliance!
Our refrigerator (pictured) is not so much a refrigerator as it is a tiny vintage collectible that belongs in a museum and not in someone’s kitchen. We knew this when we moved in, our broker mentioned something about us demanding a new fridge but that we might have to pay for it, so we shrugged our shoulders and, dealing with a million other move-in stresses, told ourselves it would be fine.
We broke up. The worse news is that we were five months into a year-long lease that’s in both our names (neither of us is the primary person on the lease), and now we have to figure out how to talk to the landlords about what’s going on, and convince them to let us either change the lease, or break it altogether.
In New York magazine, Joe Coscarelli looks at a digital art project by Justin Blinder which uses Google Street View “to highlight the changing landscape of various neighborhoods throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.” Coscarelli also links to a recent story by Justin Davidson: “Is Gentrification All Bad?”
As DNA Info reports, there is a housing lottery for affordable apartments in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. Just how affordable, you ask?
Studio apartments are as low as $539, and two-bedrooms for less than $900.
Why would renters want to drop $45,000 for renovations on an apartment they don’t own? Perhaps if you enjoy doing renovations and can get a steep discount in rent from a landlord in exchange for making the updates, it could be worth the money and effort.
London is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, but if you’re looking for some cheap rent, you could consider applying to become a “guardian” of an abandoned office building. Nicole Vloeimans, an NGO worker, pays $635 a month to live in one, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Last night I was unlocking the front door of my building when our across-the-hall neighbor Janice swung it open. Surprised, I said hi then stepped aside to let her walk through. I saw she was heaving out two black garbage bags full of stuff as she apologized, saying her apartment was full of crap that she’d have to throw away since she was out of here by March 31st. This was all under her breath, and said quickly as I stood there dumbfounded.
“What?” I said. “No!”
I put down my groceries and went to grab her other garbage bag.
“Yep,” she said, sounding resigned. “Eighteen years here.”
1 thing 4 you 2 do.
Is the rent too damn high? A Harvard study says yes, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.