The Latest in Urban living

House Tours

Scraping the Surface: Inside a Painter’s Refined Wicker Park Home

Tour painter Mark Yee’s Wicker Park mansion on Beer Baron Row and see how the design team at Vincere Chicago turned a neglected mansion into a luxurious family home made for parties of seventy-five and coffee for two.

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House Tours

Before & After: Tour a Renovated One-Hundred-Year-Old Brooklyn Brownstone

See the before and after of a fully renovated 1882 Brooklyn brownstone with a brand new kitchen and bathroom, expansive private patio, and even an updated floor plan.

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Maintenance

How to Organize a Closet
When You Don’t Have One

How do you organize a closet when you don’t have one? We talked to Katy Milton, design consultant at SF California Closets, a premium and luxury space management firm, and got her advice on how to organize belongings with limited closet space.

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House Tours

Tour a Modern Jewel at 15 Union Square West

Tour a condo in Manhattan's storied 15 Union Square West. The former home of Tiffany and Co's headquarters now houses 36 luxury condominiums. We explore the building's history and open this satiny masterpiece to glimpse a three-bedroom jewel of a home.

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Inspiration

On Graduating to a New Neighborhood: An Interview with Tilden Brighton of To Be Bright

We caught up with the New York City blogger in her new Manhattan apartment to talk about the importance of having a bedroom door, moving to an “adult” apartment, and exploring her new neighborhood.

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Lifestyle

Why Home Sharing Is Necessary in America

Home sharing is the exchange of housing for mutual benefit in the home, allowing those on a low or fixed income to seek affordable housing while mutually agreeing to support the homeowner. Learn how home sharing works and why it’s so important in the current real estate climate.

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Lawn

Green Roof Revolution: Why Cities Are Adopting Green Roofs

With benefits like increased energy efficiency, reduced heating and cooling costs, and improved air quality, to name a few, green roofs are appealing to many eco-minded homeowners, businesses, and cities throughout the country.

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Inspiration

Small Apartment Decorating Ideas

Form and function, meet design. With such little space in your apartment, balance is important to create a space that is both efficient and useful. Here are our top decorating tips for apartment dwellers, room by room.

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House Tours

Step Inside a Colorful and Classic Home on Central Park West

Step inside a beautiful two-bedroom penthouse atop 230 Central Park West, with expansive views of the park and of the glittering Midtown skyline.

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Lifestyle

Growing Cities and Affordable Housing: The Effects of Rapid Urban Development

More than 80% of Americans now live in cities, but as our urban areas continue to grow, the effects of rapid urban development can throw a wrench into housing availability and affordability, school populations, and urban infrastructure. Bill Rohe of the University of North Carolina’s Center for Urban and Regional Studies and Carol Krinsky of New York University weigh in.

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House Tours

Tour a South Street Seaport Loft Full of Texture and Color

Step inside an expansive loft in lower Manhattan home to an interior designer and a former architect. From original industrial details to nautical nods to the build's past, this space is the perfect combination of New Amsterdam and New York.

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Real Estate

10 Most Expensive New York City Neighborhoods

From Tribeca to Chelsea, here are 10 of the most expensive New York City neighborhoods.

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Maintenance

How to Deal with Noisy Neighbors

What on God’s green earth are they doing up there anyway? Here are five things you can do about noisy neighbors.

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Real Estate

The Best New York City Neighborhoods for Real Estate Investment

In certain New York City neighborhoods, purchasing real estate can be a seriously smart investment. We talked to NYC real estate investment pro Seth Levin about the neighborhoods in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn that are ripe for real estate investment right now.

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Real Estate

Tips for First-Time Home Buyers in New York City

Few real estate markets in the US are as competitive and fast-moving as New York City. Navigating the buying landscape can be intimidating, so we spoke with a 15-year NYC real estate veteran who knows NYC home buying like the back of her hand.

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Inspiration

10 Tips to
Make the Most of
Small Space Living

From design to storage and organization, small space living offers unique challenges and wonderful opportunities. Take your small space from claustrophobic to cozy with these 10 essential tips.

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House Tours

Tour SoHo’s Most
Eligible Penthouse

See a $14.8 million penthouse atop 52 Wooster Street. This home is perfectly styled in bright contemporary pieces, infused with mid-century influence, and decked with luxurious marble accents. Get a glimpse of this spectacular home and its sweeping lower Manhattan views.

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Garden

Community Gardening: Fostering a Closer Connection
with the Land

Community gardens are a great opportunity for city dwellers to grow their own food, eat healthier, live more sustainably, and connect with neighbors. See the contributions of community and urban gardening around the US and how you can get involved.

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Garden

The Beginner’s Guide to Urban Beekeeping

If you’re interested in beekeeping, harvesting honey, and increasing the number of pollinators in your garden, our guide to urban beekeeping is the best place to start.

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House Tours

Tour a Style Blogger’s Fashionable New York City Apartment

Style blogger Grace Lee of Gracefullee Made gives us insight on styling an apartment and making it your own.

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Real Estate

Everything You Never Knew About Renting in New York City

We talk with NYC real estate broker Frances Katzen about what often goes undiscussed in the New York City rental market, from how to find a broker to how to avoid a rat infestation to how to negotiate rent.

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Inspiration

Pocket Neighborhoods: Fostering Community with Shared Space

Explore the idea of life in a pocket neighborhood, learning about everything involved, from the benefits of community interaction to the challenges of zoning.

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Maintenance

Everything You Need to Know About Renters Insurance

Learn what renters insurance is, who needs it, what it covers, and how to find a plan that suits your needs.

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Real Estate

How to Score a Great New York City Apartment

Shii Ann Huang, a New York City real estate broker with the Corcoran Group, weighs in on the ins and outs of getting a great apartment in the city.

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Maintenance

Soundproofing for Apartments

We explore eight easy and inexpensive strategies for soundproofing your apartment. Keep noise inside or out with these methods you can tackle in a single weekend.

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