Every now and again, justiNYC likes to show you how to hack some NYC shit. A little while back, you were shown how to hack a NYC electric bill and because you loved it soooo much, here's another hack, Jack! If you want to keep creepers from crawling through the big ass hole in your fence, the best way is to not have a hole in your fence.
Nevertheless, if your fence is holey, use one of the racks from your refrigerator, like this genius did on Flushing Avenue. The refrigo-hack should do the trick- and you can get a snack while you're at it (if the damn bandit didn't already get away with your grub).
Probably. But this tool will tell you if you are paying to much...or rather, more than others in your hood. Rentometer gives you a visual representation of your rent versus the regional median. How snazzy is that? Well...justiNYC predicts that it could be a pretty useful tool in NYC, if they made it work in about 30 different languages and steered clear of information taken from brokers. [Link via Lifehacker]
Forget paper throwing stars, these things will hurt. These real deal stars [from Instructables] look like they pack a punch! Now, I'm not recommending that you throw these at brokers or anything. In fact, hardware like this might be better left to real ninjas.
This article in the NYPress about real estate agents who go AWOL makes some interesting points. For now, I will just leave it at that. Perhaps in the next few weeks i will have come up with something more to add. Now I know why LoftNinja is constantly making fun of real estate- to preserve his sanity. Damn. Ninjas really do know everything.
Found this creative set of room dividers by Helmut Dietrich over on SwissMiss Design blog. Partitioning is always a consideration in NYCm even if its only when out of town guests swarm and begin stealing your oxygen and will to live. In a city where we basically live on top of each other, its a good idea to know what's out there.
This topic came up today on Ask Gothamist. Its an important topic to cover considering that LARGE amount of people who can't afford to live alone in NYC. justiNYC has a tip: Make friends with a brokerand get in their head. We are always running into people who can't afford what they are looking for and must resort to rooming with a stranger. The good thing about this is that a broker will at least know who is qualified and who pays their bills (provided the relationship got as far as a credit check.). Gothamist suggests an article in The New York Times that goes into detail on this subject. Good Luck!
Well, you can do the math at HouseMath. Its a "detailed, no bull-shit look at what it takes to buy a home in New York City." Give it a whirl....then throw your computer across the room. they even have a blog..
If you're like me and you like to Pee, check out Pissr (yet another witty Web2.0 spin off of the Flickr phenomenon- Coolzor has a huge Listr of them). It stands for People In Search of Safe Restrooms and it tells you all of the wonderfully cool places out there to pee . Personally, its the Poopr issue that complicates the cool...but then again, I could be wrong. I'm just a boy with a blog.
Curbed tracked down an interesting specimen today: A couple looking for an apartment decided to blog about it. Interesting. But despite the linkage, its gonna be hard to find a place for these cats, considering the vacancy rates are under 2 percent in most every NYC neighborhood. Even a Ninja has a little trouble finding affordable apartments these days.
Various places in space with faces we chase
wasting time like lime wires and square tires flat-
look at where you're at-
now grab that.
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