NYC's Hottest Doormen are Crowned by Rentenna

June 20, 2012

The most attractive doorman in all of New York City has been crowned, and boy, was he smokin' on the dance floor.

The awards ceremony to celebrate the conclusion of the "Hottest Doorman in NYC" competition took place last Thursday, June 20, at the Chelsea Manor Restaurant & Lounge. Organized by Rentenna, a rental startup for no-fee apartments in New York, the hottest doorman contest drew immediate interest from outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, and The Huffington Post. It was charitably sponsored by theCream, Sweet Grapes, and Bowlmor Lanes, who all offered prizes to the first place winner.

By the end of the close competition, a staggering 9,000 votes had been recorded for 15 sizzling doormen over the period of two weeks.

Inside Edition was present to cover the event, which lasted three hours and featured an open bar as well as extravagant prizes. Though six of the city's most glamorous doormen arrived at the event, the stars of the show were easily the top 3: Thomas, Adrian, and Bernie.

[caption id="attachment_2364" align="alignnone" width="353" caption="The Hottest Doorman in NYC: Thomas (center), surrounded by finalists Adrian (right) and Bernie (left)."]Hottest Doormen in NYC[/caption]

Bernie, the third place finalist with 1778 votes, was advertised as an excellent dancer, and he didn't disappoint. Though he declined to dance for the crowd during the ceremony, he tore up the floor afterwards, drawing wolf whistles from the packed crowd of 20-somethings and relatives. For his charm and good looks, he earned himself a full bottle of his favorite spirit, Grey Goose.

[caption id="attachment_2372" align="alignnone" width="353" caption="Bernie with Rentenna co-founder Alicia, showing just how tall he really can be."]Bernie With Grey Goose[/caption]

Adrian, who is studying to be a future nurse, came in second place with 2,313 votes. A former Abercrombie & Fitch model, he was jokingly chided by Rentenna co-founder Kayvon for failing to win it all even with his high credentials, to which he replied, "Next time, I'll be shirtless." Is that a challenge, Adrian? For his statuesque body and his handsome demeanor, Adrian won a pair of Yankees tickets, but hasn't decided who he's going to take yet. Ladies, you still have a chance!

[caption id="attachment_2370" align="alignnone" width="403" caption="Adrian showing why he was born to be a professional model."]Adrian Posing with TheCream[/caption]

Finally, the award for the hottest doorman in NYC was presented to Thomas, who won it all with 3,304 votes, over a third of the total. Thomas is a self-described comedian, and it's well known that funny men make better long-term boyfriends and sexual partners, which he credits to his success in the competition. Unfortunately for the women out there, he's happily married, but he can still crack a joke and break out some moves! For his achievements and impeccably good looks, Thomas earned a year's supply of premium men's face cream from theCream valued at over $600, a romantic tasting for two at the beloved wine bar Sweet Grapes, and a night of bowling at the date-favorite Bowlmor Lanes.

[caption id="attachment_2371" align="alignnone" width="430" caption="Thomas posing with his adorable wife. Sorry, ladies!"]Thomas Posing With Wife[/caption]

In addition to the top 3, the 4th through 6th place finishers in NYC's Hot Doorman Contest also were present, and were awarded gift bags from Rentenna. These included Alex and Norman, close coworkers of Bernie, and Jawad, a doorman with a suave swagger about him.

Six Hottest Doormen In NYC

After the finalists were affectionately grilled by Kayvon, they were joined on stage by Rentenna co-founder Alicia and PR coordinator Hayley to conclude the ceremony and start the festivities. Not present was Rentenna co-founder Sandeep, who just became a father to a beautiful baby girl two nights before and was taking a much-deserved leave of absence. Congratulations, Sandeep!

Finally, some photos of our hottest doormen destroying the dance floor:

[caption id="attachment_2373" align="alignnone" width="353" caption="Adrian pulling out the Hustle for the audience."]Adrian Dancing[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2374" align="alignnone" width="353" caption="Not to be outdone, Bernie teaches YOU how to dougie."]Bernie Dancing[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2375" align="alignnone" width="353" caption="Thomas (left) and Adrian close it up with a lively boogie."]Thomas and Adrian Dancing[/caption]

 

Thanks for all of you that participated in Rentenna's Hottest Doormen Contest, and we hope to see you all back again next year!

 

Related Rentals | 5 Excellent Apartments by Related

June 20, 2012

Related, a real-estate company with a focus on apartment rentals, is offering some great options in terms of housing in New York City. If you're looking for affordable, gorgeous apartments in neighborhoods such as Chelsea and the Upper West Side, check out these 5 great Related buildings for condominiums. 

The Lyric NYC | at 255 West 94th Street, Upper West Side

The name of this building just rings of "Las Vegas casino hotel", and to be honest, it's basically indistinguishable from one on the inside. The Lyric is pet friendly, offers a children's playroom, and is located on the Upper West Side with a business center and a rooftop deck: perfect to recreate your version of "The Hangover". The rooms are pretty nice, too. Related rentals really shine in their quality room design, and this is an impeccable example.

Related Rentals: The Lyric

The Tate NYC | at 535 West 23rd Street, Chelsea

Again with the creative names. I'm not even sure what this one means. Regardless, The Tate by Related is a splendid building, with a concierge, WiFi access, a resident's garden, and public lounges. In addition, the rooms are both spacious and gorgeous: plenty of room for even the most expansive pack rat.

Related Rentals The Tate NYC at 535 West 23rd Street Chelsea

 

The Westport NYC | at 500 West 56th Street, Hell's Kitchen

An indoor basketball gym? Pretty good. An absolutely stunning rooftop deck? Even better. A suave, minimalistic entrance that looks like it could be the entry to a spa? The dealbreaker, right here. Check out The Westport for an all-around, tasteful experience in apartment life in a Related owned building.

Related Rentals The Westport NYC at 500 West 56th Street

The Sierra NYC | at 130 West 15th Street, Chelsea

The Sierra boasts a wide variety of options for housing, ranging from 500 to 1150 square feet. With similar amenities to other Related, it's distinguished primarily by its landscaped rooftop sun terrace, a beautiful and open place for children and parents alike to relax surrounded by plentiful foliage. Check it out if you're looking to raise a family, or trying to find Related rentals with a friendly atmosphere.

Related Rentals The Sierra NYC at 130 West 15th Street, Chelsea

 

Related The Westminster NYC | at 180 West 20th Street, Chelsea

I think I've figured out Related's naming system. Introducing any building with "The" followed by a vaguely British word must guarantee success in the New York housing market, because it's sure worked for Related. The Westminster offers large 1 Bedroom apartments, going up to 930 square feet, as well as pet friendly service, lounges, a rooftop deck, and an excellent fitness center. With a Rentenna score of 92, indicating that basically everyone loves this building, it's hard not to pass it up.

Related Rentals The Westminster NYC at 180 West 20th Street, Chelsea

 

Need more detailed info on apartments like this? Worried about the safety of the neighborhoods? The quality of the schools? How much they'll cost? Just want a comforting shoulder to lean on? AddressReport has all of this. Related rentals are the way to go.

Letter to Landlord | Moving Out

June 20, 2012


Alright, we know why you're here. You're intent on ditching your poor, considerate landlord and leaving her for a new household. BUT WAIT.

You've gotta give her your 30-day notice before moving out, as per the lease on your month-to-month rent. But how do you do that without sounding like a jerk?

Here's 6 things you ABSOLUTELY CANNOT FORGET to include on your letter to your landlord about moving out. This will save you time, hassle, social interaction with your landlord (the horror!), and possibly legal fees in the future.

1. State Formally Your 30-Day Notice Requirement As a Tenant

At the start of your letter, state very explicitly that you hereby are alerting the landlord that you are moving out in or within 30 days, as per your lease requirement that requires a 30-day notice. This is very important, to be usable as proof in the future should any disputes occur. A simple "I'm leaving the apartment, so long suckers" is not acceptable in this instance (though unarguably more satisfying).

2. Landlord Letter | Leave The Current AND Move-Out Date

Putting the current date on the letter ensures that, for future reference, it is completely clear when you sent the letter to your landlord. In the case of a civil dispute, this is very important, to show that you did (or didn't) follow the 30-day notice for the lease. In terms of the move-out date, it doesn't necessarily have to be in exactly thirty days; you can move out before, however, you'll still be paying rent for the extra days unless the landlord has already found a new tenant. Alert your landlord in your letter that you'll be returning your keys, and that all your belongings will be out of the apartment by that date.

3. Ask For the Return of your Security Deposit

Make sure you alert her that you'll be needing your security deposit back! Otherwise, it could always get lost in the mess of moving. State that you ask that it be returned within 30 days of you vacating the apartment, as required by the lease and NYC laws. How is she going to get it back to you? Well, that brings us to...

4. Leave Your Forwarding Address

Do it. Don't forget this. If your landlord doesn't know where to send your security deposit, it'll be a gigantic hassle resulting in angry feelings and possibly sad puppies. In addition, if your former landlord needs to contact you about anything, this is a convenient way to ensure further communication.

5. Ensure the Integrity of Your Landlord - Tenant Relationship

In other words, be nice (preferably). Apologize that you're leaving and say something like:

"Thank you so much for being my landlord. You were always [available/gracious/friendly and inviting], and I genuinely enjoyed living here. Also, you're beautiful.*"

*Maybe leave that last line out.

Being courteous or friendly ensures that you won't get slapped with a hefty fee off your security deposit for miscellaneous charges, and that if you're someday broke and need a place to stay for a night, the landlords will abstain from calling the police and instead gently kick you off their front steps.

6. Don't Forget to Make a Hard Copy

For legal reasons, keeping a hard copy of the letter you send is a good way for providing against any trouble. Print it out, put it in a safe box, and just leave it there until after you've received your security deposit and the process of moving is completely done. If this is too much trouble, e-mail it to yourself and an online mail account that you can access from anywhere.

That's it! Go out into the wild, and start writing your own letters to landlords!

Looking for excellent landlords? Well, AddressReport provides info about complaints for every building in NY. So you can get a pretty idea of who's good, who's bad, and who's just meh.

 

Smallest Apartment in NYC | New York's Least Claustrophobic Residents

June 19, 2012

I'm sure this has always been in the back of your mind: Who lives in the smallest apartment in New York City? How much do they pay for it? Most importantly, could it possibly be smaller than my own cramped flat? And even if you weren't ceaselessly wondering about this fact prior to opening this article, we sure hope you are now.

Well, we've found the top 4 competitors for this much-deserved title, and listed them in descending order here. In continuing NYC's storied tradition of constantly one-upping each other (or in this case, one-downing), the crew at AddressReport have also decided to award the owner of the smallest apartment in NYC the least possible prize amount for winning this competition: a hearty slap on the back. Congratulations to all finalists, and best of luck in this upcoming grudge match. Here are the 4 least imposing apartments in all of NYC.

4. West End Avenue | 210 Square Feet

Coming in fourth (but still declaring itself first), this West End Avenue apartment is billed by WPix as the smallest and coolest apartment in Manhattan. The former is false, but the latter is still up for debate. It's a tiny 210 square foot worthy of an IKEA showroom, because owner Kevin Patterson has done some amazing interior design with it. With a corner kitchen that is stacked multiple cabinets high and uniformly modernistic, white-themed furniture, it offers style without being cramped, and even leaves enough room for a sculpture and miniature library. The couch folds out into a second bed for guests, and a table pulls out for dining purposes. Finally, it's clear Kevin really knows what he's doing: the Apple laptop in the above photo is placed at the optimal 70 degrees for pure aesthetic beauty (Yes, it's a thing.)

3. Morningside Heights | 175 Square Feet

This apartment deserves more respect than it's getting on this ranking chart. Why? Because it's home to two people. And two cats. That's right, four living occupants live in the third smallest home in NYC. Zaarath and Christoper Prokop, according to the NY Post, occupy a microstudio that would barely fit a pet dachshund, but they've done a good job adapting to their limitations. A set of cabinets contains all of their worldly possessions, and over a third of the space is allocated to their queen-sized bed, where they presumably sleep in a permanently claustrophobic state while covered with cat hair. Their space is so cramped, the Prokops even leave their clothing at "various dry cleaners" and pick them up every morning on the way to work! Props, Prokops. Props indeed.

2. Upper West Side | 90 Square Feet


Now we're getting into the studios smaller than my college dorm room, which is saying something. Felice Cohen, a professional organizer, presumably chose to rent this 90 square foot apartment purely to show off her organizational skills to the 0 other people who could fit in her apartment at the same time. And it's impressive, alright. She's converted her living area into a loft, with just enough space above the bed so that you can get almost all the way up without smacking your head into the ceiling. Almost. It's also very well furnished, using a comfortable sofa-chair in the corner, a toaster and refrigerator combo (collegiate nostalgia), and IKEA stacking bins above the desk (see: decorating small apartments).

1. The Smallest Apartment in NYC | 78 Square Feet, Hell's Kitchen


This one's for real. As far as anybody knows, and Anybody knows a lot, this apartment under the custody of architect Luke Clark Tyler is the smallest in not only NYC, but possibly all of America. Beyond the obvious benefits of having the least ability to turn around of anyone in the Northern Hemisphere, there's another reason he's moved into this tiny concoction: it boasts the cheap rent of only $750 / month, equivalent to 592 months of rent in a four bedroom Malaysian condominium (No, we can't verify this.) Several notable accomplishments that Luke can boast of about his pint-sized apartment:

  • The ability to touch both walls of his apartment at the same time.
  • The least overcompensating (undercompensating?) man in NYC, which can only imply one thing.
  • The unfortunate ability to confuse every drunk girl he brings home from a bar.

The benefits, though, include getting featured on a five minute clip for having the smallest apartment, getting articles written about you, and winning AddressReport's 1st Annual Grand Prize for Smallest Apartment in NYC.

 


Move For Less | How to Save Money Moving

June 14, 2012

Are you spending a truckload of cash just to move into your new apartment?

Seriously reconsidering taking Rex with you because he's big as a house?

Of course you are. Moving services today are crazy expensive, and Americans are the biggest pack rats in the Northern Hemisphere. But what can you do about it?

As a matter of fact, there's TONS of solutions to your packing problems. Coming up, here's 8 suggestions on how to move for less and SAVE MONEY.

1. Rent a Truck Instead of Using a Moving Service

You'll find the same conveniences when moving your stuff; the only difference is that you'll be driving, not the company workers. And really, you're going to have to get there somehow. Save some money and rent a moving truck, or better yet, fit it all in your minivan.

2. Ask Your Friends to Help Move

They'll do it (or they're pretty terrible friends). If any of them have a large truck, a van, or even just a sense of decency, they can help you move all your stuff in exponentially less trips. Just be careful that they won't accidentally "borrow" anything (see: Moving Theft. It happens.)

3. If It Won't Fit in your New Apartment, Dump It

Check out the layout of your new home, and picture where the furniture is going to go. If you can't find a place for it, you'll be better off selling it or tossing it now, rather than after you've moved it all. Most likely, not all of your furniture will find a place in your new home. This will save you plenty of room in your truck, as well as the costs to move the extra stuff.

4. Hold a Garage Sale

In fact, there's plenty of stuff that you'll be dumping before you get a new home. Old appliances that are bulky and heavy? Get rid of them. Five boxes of Christmas decorations? You probably only need one. Here's a quick list of things you should get rid of:

  • Perishable food
  • Swing sets/trampolines
  • Firewood
  • Old children's toys
  • Pool tables
  • Unused exercise machines (Yes, we know you have them.)
The general rule: if you haven't touched it in a year, it's probably expendable.

6. Donate Items to Charity

If you can't sell it, donate it. Benefits: It's tax deductible. If you were looking to spend

5. Cancel/Move Your Utilities

There's a lot of them. If you forget to notify any of them that you're moving, they could continue charging you and rack up a ton of bills pretty quick.
  • Telephone company
  • Electric/Water/Gas companies
  • Newspapers/Magazine subscriptions
  • Garbage disposal / Lawn services
  • Homeowner's associations
  • Gym memberships
  • Homeowner's insurance
And notify your credit/debit card providers, your banks, your Post Office and various contacts, and Social Security to make sure they know you're moving.

6. Don't Take Flammables

This seems pretty intuitive, but you'd be surprised at how many people decide to take their lamps or butane tanks along with them for the ride: and end up in pieces on the roadside. Don't take paint, lighter fluids, matches, or cleaning fluids as well, or if you do, separate them far apart. How does this save you money and help you move for less? By preventing you from paying for years of medical premiums. Don't do it.

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7. Deduct your Moving Expenses

Yes, it's a thing. Our government allows you to deduct moving expenses on your tax return, saving you potentially thousands of dollars. See an introductory article Claiming Moving Expenses and make sure you get whatever money back that you can. This time, its You: 1, Big Government: 0.

8. Get your Packing Supplies in Bulk (Or Rent Them)

Try to estimate the number of boxes and amount of tape you'll need, and then buy about 1.5x that. You'll end up using it, trust us. By buying in bulk, you'll save yourself money, organization, and multiple trips back to the nearest discount retailer. Alternatively, you can rent moving boxes and have the company pick them up from your new location when you're done.

Using these 8 tips will easily help you move for less and save money moving! Take them into account!

 

Still deciding where to move? Well, at least you're informed now. Head over to AddressReport to find detailed info about aboslutely everything for that new apartment.