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NYC's 'Steampunk Loft' Finally Under Contract -- And Our Hearts Break

Our dream of owning New York City's "steampunk loft" has come to an end, when news broke that the property was (finally) under contract. Though we were huge fans of the loft's psychedelic, steampunk-inspired decor (we even did a video on it), it seems that the owner's decision to strip it of its steampunk theme was for... Continue Reading »

Jon Bon Jovi Asking a Staggering $42 Million for NYC Penthouse

Just six years ago, our favorite rockstar Jon Bon Jovi snapped up this stunning -- if not overly glassy -- penthouse in New York's stylish Soho neighborhood for $24 million. Now, he's thrown the same penthouse back on the market -- for a whopping $42 million. Whew! So why the $18 million markup? Apparently, the... Continue Reading »

Chelsea Clinton, Marc Mezvinsky Buy $10.5 Million NYC Apartment

Ah, the sweet life of rich political families. Looks like former first daughter Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky (both pictured below), are about to swap out their stunning $4 million New York City "starter pad" for a $10.5 million home nearby. The New York Post reported that Clinton and her hubby signed... Continue Reading »

NYC's 'Microstudio': Is 325 Square Feet the Future of Housing for City Dwellers?

Unless you're in college, the prospect of living in a tiny, 325-square-foot apartment probably sounds like a nightmare. But according to a new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, this living situation could be the future for many single city-dwellers. MCNY's latest exhibit, "Making Room: New Models for... Continue Reading »

Judge Judy Sheindlin's Home for Sale -- and It's, Dare We Say, Cheerful

Let's face it: It's our guilty pleasure to watch Judge Judy reprimand litigants like they were kindergarteners on her eponymous television show. So immensely popular is the "Judge Judy" courtroom "reality" show that Judy Sheindlin was able to afford a $6.7 million Fifth Avenue apartment in New York City -- which she's... Continue Reading »

Ned RocknRoll, Kate Winslet: Will Her New Husband Get Her to Sell the Penthouse She Had With Her Ex?

Kate Winslet has just married her third husband, Ned RocknRoll, but we wonder, does she still have that pesky penthouse she owned with ex Sam Mendes on her hands? Last we heard in August, as soon as Mendes handed over the luxurious 3,300-square-foot NYC duplex apartment to Winslet, she immediately put it up for rent --... Continue Reading »

Carmie Elmore, Harlem Gas Station Owner, Fights NYC's Plan to Buy It for Development

The owner of a Harlem gas station is suing New York City, saying that the city is trying to buy back land that it sold him years ago and calling the fight a "David and Goliath situation." Carmie Elmore (pictured below), who owns the gas station at 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Manhattan (pictured... Continue Reading »

Owner of NYC's Rat Island Plans to Leave It a Barren Rock

You'd think that if you owned your own private island, you'd be clamoring to turn it into your personal oasis. Not Alex Schibli, the retired Port Authority worker who snapped up New York City's Rat Island (pictured above) for $176,000 at auction last year. Even though the 2.5-acre rock at the northwestern end of Long... Continue Reading »

Inside Look: NYC's 'Steampunk' Loft (VIDEO)

If you've ever read Jules Verne's seminal science fiction novels -- "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" (1870) or "A Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1864) -- then you'll especially appreciate the inspired retro-futuristic feel of this New York City loft. Packed to the gills with repurposed vintage nautical... Continue Reading »

Luxury Apartment Rentals Are Hot Again

With amenities that include outdoor spas, poolside cabanas, private wine lockers, 24-hour fitness centers with views of the city -- who wouldn't want to live in an apartment these days? In Chicago, the big bets developers made by building nearly 1,300 new downtown apartments in 2009 appear to be paying off, big... Continue Reading »

Checking for Bedbugs: New Law Could Help NYC Residents

If you live in New York City and have never encountered bedbugs, well, consider yourself lucky. The situation has become so dire that a bill has been passed by both houses of the New York State legislature that, if signed by Gov. Paterson, will require New York City landlords to reveal "a building's recent bedbug history"... Continue Reading »

New York's Googling Doormen: It's Getting Creepy

Knock, knock. Who's there? The doorman. The doorman who? The doorman who's tweeting about this terrible joke. The exchange above is no laughing matter, and some tenants in New York City are finding their relationships with their doormen just as unfunny. That's because some of those men and women who faithfully open doors,... Continue Reading »

A Cinderella Rental Story Comes to Manhattan

A surplus of commercial real estate properties in New York City has property owners trying to lure tenants with creative incentives. Literally. The owners of 15 Little W. 12 St., Taconic Investment Partners with Square Mile Capital Management, recently built a new, 80,000 square foot building for retail and... Continue Reading »

What Keeps New York Livable? Lots of Things, Including Cars

It may be hard to believe, but a well-organized group of folks think New York City is too friendly to cars. And these folks have brought positive changes in New York over the past couple of years. So it shouldn't be surprising that some of them don't know when to quit. A new screed against the city government on the... Continue Reading »

Coyotes Move Into Manhattan Neighborhoods

Despite news that several New York state parks might be closing due to budget shortfalls, NYC's most famous park has found itself playing host to at least one new visitor: a coyote. In a scene straight out of apocalyptic film The Day After Tomorrow, the coyote was spotted charging back and forth across a frozen Central... Continue Reading »

New York Prepares for Electric Cars

New Yorkers are ahead of the curve when it comes to their city's environmental sustainability thanks to plaNYC, an initiative established by the mayor in 2007. Last week the city released a forward-thinking plan to tackle a large challenge it faces: introducing and accommodating electric vehicles (EVs) in the city... Continue Reading »

Court Rules: You Die, You Buy

The Supreme Court of New York recently ruled that even dead people must close on real estate deals they initiate. Glennette Altman signed a contract in May 2005 to buy a co-op in an 89-unit building on Manhattan's Upper East Side for $2.3 million in cash. Before she could move in-or even finish the paperwork for... Continue Reading »

The Dog Beater Next Door

Dog may be man's best friend. But video has the dog's back. Video surveillance captured two cases of extreme dog abuse in the same Manhattan public housing building- oneof them this past weekend. The perp in that incident, heartless and cruel Tiara Davis, was arrested Monday. Sunday's incident left Sparky, a 4-year-old... Continue Reading »

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