Description: A roommate search means finding someone who's financially stable, agrees with your philosophy about personal space (household chores, especially), and with whom you share a certain chemistry. In short, it's a lot like dating. Enter Speed Roommating, a roommate meetup event that's a little like speed dating, bringing together roommate-seekers in a bar to see if they hit it off–or crash and burn.
A marketing campaign launched this year is beckoning to many—including New Yorkers—to move to Maine. Is Maine—small towns and big cities like Portland included—a viable antidote to New Yorkers stressed out by city living? We find out.
Tenant rights advocates and lawyers have one big piece of advice for tenants facing landlord issues: Find others just like you. In this episode, we meet organizers of a tenants coalition who have banded together in downtown Manhattan.
Samuel J. Himmelstein has been a New York City tenants rights lawyer for decades. Here, he shares his stories about fighting unethical landlords at their game, and what renters can do to protect their rights.
Landlords get a bad rap in New York City. Yet for many, it's a business fraught with agita (secret Airbnb-ers! neglectful tenants!). But there are plenty of upsides, too, including residents who become friends and, yes, steady cash flow.
A fluctuating income in a creative (read: not often lucrative) field in a super-expensive city does not a happy housing situation make. Actress Laura Pruden performs a monologue at the Bug House Spin Festival about her near-impossible quest to buy a low-cost apartment in Manhattan, a process rife with challenges in a city where many locals are finding themselves displaced.
In the summer of 2015, Diana Ventura, a real estate broker and a writer, lost her NYC apartment in a fire, forcing her to sift through the literal and metaphorical ashes and start over. But this isn't the worst situation she has had to face in recent years. How did she put her life back together again, and what are the biggest lessons she learned from it all?
Brick Underground contributing editor Lucy Cohen Blatter grew up in a friendly building. Perhaps too friendly. What's it like to live in a place where your neighbors are more like family, in all its wonderful, overfamiliar, and boundaries-busting glory? With a special appearance by comedian Judy Gold.