Meet BrickUnderground's new 'Rent Coach' at next week's RentNYC Meetup

July 14, 2011

So why is BrickUnderground so pleased to welcome aboard our new Rent Coach columnist, Mike Akerly? Easy: As a NYC real estate attorney, experienced broker, landlord and renter, Mike single-handedly covers all bases of the NYC renter experience. Plus, he's really smart and we like his no-nonsense attitude.

Check out his first column, drop him a question, or better yet, come say hello next week at BrickUnderground's RentNYC MeetupRegister now to guarantee a spot at the mixer-style coffee morning upstairs at 'Wichcraft (20th & Broadway) on Wed., July 20th, from 8:30am-10am.

Yours truly will host, sponsor Insurent Lease Guaranty will buy beverages and demystify lease guarantor requirements, and the following experts will be on hand to chat about all things rental:

  • Steven Wagner, landlord-tenant lawyer, Wagner Davis PC
  • Sofia Song, research director, StreetEasy.com
  • Jill Urban, real estate reporter, NY1 News
  • Diane Sonis, neighborhood expert, Nabewise.com
  • Caren Maio, BrickUnderground's Serial Renter columnist and co-founder of Nestio.com
  • Mike Akerly, BrickUnderground's Rent Coach columnist and a NYC real estate attorney, broker, landlord and renter

Hope to see you there!

New No-Fee NYC Apartment Deals of the Week! July 13th edition

July 13, 2011

HowToRentinNYC's Rental Q&A Expert is here! How far in advance do I look? What paperwork is needed if my roommate isn't coming?

July 07, 2011

How To Rent in NYC.com Rental Expert, send us your question!

From: XXXXXXX@gmail.com

QUESTION: Hi! I am hoping to rent in Sunset Park with 3 roommates. We are looking for a 3br, as two of them will be sharing a room. However, only two of us will be coming to the city to look at and hopefully secure an apartment. The other two roommates will be out of town. Will we need to show all of their documents (ID, proof of employment, bank statements, etc) to the broker/management company as well? Or can we secure the apartment with only documents for the two of us (the two of us that are visiting will have guarantors)? Thank you for your help!

ANSWER: Yes! You will need to gather everyone’s documentation if they are going to be on the lease. Standard documentation needed is a copy of the license, 2 bank statements, employment letter stating length of work and salary, first two pages of last years tax return and you will need them to fill in that management companies application and fax it back to you. I would also have their portion of the rent and security deposit ready to go in your bank account for a cashiers check. Apartments move quickly in NYC and even quicker in July! If however you and the other person are with are the only people going on the lease it might be worked out where the management company that you don’t need their documentation. (Unlikely if you are getting a three bedroom they will want to know who is living in the 3rd.)

From: XXXXXXX@cooper.edu

QUESTION: How far in advance would you recommend an out of town renter come to the city in order to secure an apartment? Need to move in before Sep 6th. Live in Brooklyn. Can afford a broker.
ANSWER: If you are looking for a September 1st move in I would suggest making preparations to come to the city first week of August. If you come in July you will have access to some inventory that goes quickly but many people don’t let their landlords know they are moving out untl the month of so you could be missing out on a larger lot if you come too early.

Come to the city for no less than 4 days. Preparations includes setting up meetings with 3 different brokers from 3 different brokerage houses so they don’t show you all the same inventory. I would also give yourself 1.5 days before meeting with these brokers to set up your own appointments directly with any management companies that give their listings directly to the public. You can search our current availabilities here! Why pay a broker fee unless you have too?

As I said in the above question have all of your monies and documentation ready to go with you on your person. Be able to cut first month and 1 month security deposit from a bank in NYC, if your bank isn’t located in NYC assume you will be putting down a cash deposit to hold the apartment, probably for $500. Paperwork includes: copy of license, 2 bank statements, first 2 pages of last years tax returns, employment letter stating length of work and salary and a reference letter from your last landlord doesn’t hurt!

Happy July 4th from AddressReport.com! Now where to watch those fireworks?

July 04, 2011


Fireworks on the Fourth of July

If you have a roof-deck on your NYC apartment building in the village, Chelsea, Clinton and Midtown West areas get a good seat by going up around 8 pm! The big show starts at 9 pm tonight.

From GoNYC.About.com

Macy'sFourth of July Fireworks
Beginning at approximately 9 p.m., Macy's will have fireworks being released from six barges in the Hudson River. This year's theme is The Gift of Freedom marking the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, as well as the 235th birthday of the United States. The music will be performed in sync with the fireworks and can be heard on 1010 WINS. If you're not in the area, NBC will broadcast the fireworks live beginning at 9 p.m. EST.
Hudson River below 59th Street
Fireworks will be launched from six barges in the Hudson River between 20th Street and 55th Street. You can also view the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks from anywhere you have an unobstructed view of the sky above the Hudson River.

COOL PLACES TO CHECK VIEW FIREWORKS:

Circle Line July 4th Cruise
See the fireworks over the Hudson River aboard Circle Line's cruise. A DJ will provide entertainment, and food and drink are available for purchase on board. Ship boards at 4:30pm. Sails from 5:30-11 p.m. Tickets: $85. More information and required reservations available on their website.

Circle Line Downtown's Zephyr Cruise
The Zephyr boards at South Street Seaport Pier 16 at 6 p.m., sailing from 6:30-11:30 p.m. Tickets are $165 and $120 for children, and include live DJ and buffet dinner with a cash bar available. Details and advance ticket sales are available on their website.

World Yacht July 4th Cruise
Board the World Yacht at 6 p.m. for a dinner cruise from 7-11 p.m. The all inclusive price of $350 includes 5 course sit-down dinner, open premium bar, music for dancing and a view of the fireworks. No jeans, shorts, t-shirts, or sneakers; jackets are required for men, ties are optional and women should dress appropriately. No refunds or cancellations once your reservation is made. For more information and reservations, consult the World Yacht website for more information and make a reservation by calling 212-630-8100. You can also Book Your Ticket Through Viator.

July Fireworks Sail on the Shearwater
Fully catered five-hour sail, including champagne open bar, catered menu and fireworks viewing. The Shearwater is an 82-foot schooner and accommodates up to 48 passengers. Departs at 5:30 p.m. Adults $450, children 12 and under $350. Get more information and buy tickets on the Manhattan by Sail Website

July Fireworks Sail on the Clipper City
Fully catered five-hour sail, including open bar, catered menu and fireworks viewing. The Clipper City is a 158-ft long topsail schooner that can accommodate up to 150 passengers. Departs at 5:30 p.m. Adults $350, children 12 and under $275. Get more information and buy tickets on the Manhattan by Sail Website

Fourth of July Sail on the Schooner Adirondack
Depart from Chelsea Piers on this 2.5 hour cruise. Tickets are $300 and include an open wine, beer, soda & champagne bar. Guests are welcome to bring their own food. Departs at 7:50 p.m. Get more information on the Classic Harbor Lines website and buy tickets through Zerve.

Fourth of July Cruise aboard Yacht Manhattan
Cruise in style aboard this 1920s style yacht. Depart from Chelsea Piers on this 3 hour cruise. Tickets are $375 and include an open wine, beer, soda, water & champagne bar, as well as four courses of passed hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Departs at 7:40 p.m. Get more information on the Classic Harbor Lines website and buy tickets through Zerve.

Fourth of July Cruise aboard Yacht Catskill or Beacon
Enjoy an intimate Fourth of July Celebration aboard one of these 24 passenger ships. Tickets are $375 and include an open wine, beer, soda, water & champagne bar. Guests are welcome to bring their own food. Departs at 7:20 p.m. Get more information on the Classic Harbor Lines website and buy tickets through Zerve.

Fourth of July Sail aboard Schooner America 2.0
Experience the Fourth of July fireworks from a old-style sailing ship in the New York Harbor. Tickets include an open wine, beer, soda, water & champagne bar, as well as passed hors d’oeuvres. Departs at 7:30 p.m. Get more information on the Classic Harbor Lines website and buy tickets through Zerve.

Fourth of July Cruise on American Princess
Watch the fireworks from the 250-passenger American Princess. Tickets are $100 and include a box dinner and souvenir. Cash bar available on board. The cruise departs from South Street Seaport at 5:30 p.m. and returns around 10:30 p.m. Buy tickets and get more details on their website or call 718-474-0555 for more information.

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