Apartment hunting in Brooklyn moves a mile a minute and we have a quick decision to make. There's a good apartment in park slope. We love the idea of it but there's one weird thing: there's a "bump" in the ceiling. The ceiling is sort of tiled, and the area under the light fixture buckles down into a ~meter wide contact lens-like shape. It's odd, and the landlord doesn't plan to "fix" it because he says there's no problem. There's no sign of mold or leaking there or anywhere else in the apartment for that matter. Questions: 1) What concerns should we have and 2) should we sign a lease? For those who don't know NY housing hunts, if you don't decide, someone else will and then you're back to square 1, so hoping folks can weigh in with everything we should be thinking about! (and I don't know how to post a picture, but will if someone tells me how!)
Asking for my wife, who doesn't have an account. My wife will be staying near Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn for about three weeks. She has a problem with gluten - trace amounts and cross-contamination are an issue. Looking for both dining and grocery shopping suggestions. She has relevant apps and online resources but not coming up with much to go on. Would love some local perspective. Thanks for any help you can provide.
After several failed attempts to advertise a rental apartment in Craigslist's NYC "Rental by owners" category I am fed up. Are there any other alternatives aside from Zillow/brokers? [more inside]
Where in Brooklyn can I get a few pieces of plywood cut to specific/odd dimensions? [more inside]
I want to do a découpage program with cut-up comic books at my library. Where should I look in Brooklyn or Manhattan for cheap used comics, and are there other sources I should be looking at? Is it worth it to get a random lot from eBay? [more inside]
I'm looking for hair stylists/salon recommendations in Brooklyn or lower Manhattan that would be a good place to get an undercut. [more inside]
I'm looking to gift someone who loves flowers with a class on flower arranging and design – a 1-3 hour class like one of these. Personal experiences if you have them; I'd prefer Brooklyn, ideally not more than 20-30 minutes by train or car from Crown Heights.
Sometimes people invite me on a first or second date and then insist that I suggest a place to go or a thing to do. What are some fun/interesting/free/inexpensive things to do in Brooklyn and Manhattan south of ...say the 70s east or west side? Budget conscious is important because the concept of "who invited" gets murky in this situation, and I make sure to always be prepared to pay for anything I have suggested. So pizza suggestions are good. Steaks are not. [more inside]
Ever since spring weather arrived in Brooklyn, there's been a single large bee patrolling my 3rd floor balcony. (1) What's the deal with this bee - where can I read more about its lifestyle? And (2) can I gently discourage it and its kind from hanging out and buzzing around my head when I want to sit out in the sun? It mostly ignores me when I'm out there, but I feel watched the whole time. [more inside]
We've been looking to purchase apartments with a broker based in Washington Heights, starting in upper Manhattan, but have now shifted to southern Brooklyn. In the neighborhood that we're focusing on now one brokerage seems to list 75% of the apartments for sale. Are we putting ourselves at a disadvantage because we're 1 - not using a broker from the area (though our broker is very nice and has been very helpful 2 - not just going direct to the local brokerage and asking them to represent us (even if they're the listing agents on a property)? [more inside]
I'm a new bourbon collector and I'm wondering what stores in Brooklyn and NYC have the widest and best selections? Also, while I'm at it, what are some of your favorite bottles? But more importantly, where can I buy them locally?
Looking for more housing/rooming sites to post to in NYC! [more inside]
I'm looking for a new doctor in North Brooklyn or downtown Manhattan (along the L line would be ideal). He or she needs to take Oxford insurance, and most importantly, needs to have evening or weekend hours because I can't miss any work right now. [more inside]
My wife and I prepped our first-grade kid for NYC's Gifted and Talented entrance exam and now we need help to apply for specialized schools. [more inside]
Seeking recommendation for board-certified psychiatrist in western Long Island, Brooklyn, or NYC. [more inside]
I'll be away from my apartment in Brooklyn for 3 months for work. Subletting isn't an option, so my apartment will be empty that entire time. What steps and precautions should I take to ensure that things are safe and as cost-effective as possible while I'm away? [more inside]
After 6 years, I'd like to get back into playing drums. I don't currently have a kit and I live in a small walk-up in South Park Slope. Is there anywhere nearby or accessible that I can go to a few times a week to play? Monthly fee would be ideal, but I'd be fine with paying a reasonable hourly rate. [more inside]
Seeking recommendations for great food, bars, and any must-see sights in Brooklyn, NY. This is for a visit starting tomorrow. [more inside]
In 2010, coffeeshops and bookstores (etc.) gave away (for free) cool folded local maps on good, thick paper filled with tips for alterno/artisanal lesser-known shops/restaurants/cafes/bars. The drawing, production, and recommendations were all surprisingly good. There were editions for Chicago, Brooklyn, and, likely, elsewhere. I'm trying to figure out who made them, and whether they're still available. Help?
Anyone have recommendations on how to find a videographer for a wedding upcoming in two weeks? [more inside]
I am planning my next New York trip and am looking for an unusual place to stay - think something between a youth hostel and standard AirBnB share. Greatness criteria inside! [more inside]
Tell me why I want to live in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens in Brooklyn. [more inside]
In the last month, I've noticed a lot of people bringing their pet dogs on the train with no bag? Has anyone else noticed if MTA has been more relaxed about this recently? This last gal strolled her black lab across the platform at Morgan Ave L in front of employees with no repercussions. Does MTA really care enough to ticket anymore? [more inside]
There are kittens in the yard! Very tiny, very cute, very stumbly kittens. Unfortunately, they cannot stay where they are. Looking for help in rehoming them in NYC. [more inside]
I run a city-wide trivia company that's been growing pretty quickly in the last few months. It's a business that requires a lot of printed materials (answer sheets, handout rounds, prize certificates, promotional posters, that sort of thing), and we could use a regular, friendly place that won't gouge us. [more inside]
What should a couple in their early 30s do in New York City on Thanksgiving Day? [more inside]
Tell me about Ditmas Park, and what is has (or has not) to offer a married couple/family. [more inside]
Specifically, I'm looking for brand names of a great tasting flour tortilla that will go into making awesome burritos. [more inside]
We are looking into buying a single family or multi-family house in NYC within easy commuting distance to midtown. Budget is $1 million to maybe $1.2 million. We currently live in Williamsburg and are priced out, otherwise it would be the perfect neighborhood. Astoria Queens seems like a great option, and Jersey City has even nicer houses but I know less about the area. And are there neighborhoods we are overlooking? Longer criteria list inside. [more inside]
I'm currently in North Carolina, but want to move to Brooklyn on Jan 1st. What's the easiest way to do this? [more inside]
My husband-to-be and I plan to have a small civil wedding with immediate family in California (where we live), and would like to throw a casual party with drinks and dancing at a bar in Manhattan or Brooklyn so we can celebrate with our friends. [more inside]
At what brick-and-mortar shop in New York (downtown) or Brooklyn can I shop for high-end gourmet salts? [more inside]
Hey Internet. I want to get my long, thick, curly hair cut for less than $100, preferably closer to $50, in NYC, Brooklyn, or NJ (northern/central). Help? [more inside]
attention nyc mefi - i am looking for recommendations for a place to meet up with work folks in brooklyn, but to fit our particular needs. [more inside]
We're doing a pre-war renovation in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC where our co-op requires we have a plumber replace the branch piping, new valves and shower pan for both the bathroom and the branch piping/valves in the kitchen. Questions: i) Is the below cost estimate reasonable. ii) Any recommendations of pre-war savvy licensed/insured plumbers in Queens or North Brooklyn? [more inside]
What in Sunset Park and/or Bay Ridge Brooklyn would make me want to live there? I'm going to go exploring, but give me somewhere to start. [more inside]
How do I conquer my longtime addiction to relationships, but... also date in Brooklyn? [more inside]
Should I go with Optimum/Cablevision or Verizon FiOS internet in Brooklyn? [more inside]
Loan for renovation of NYC Co-Op Apartment? (no HELOCs/mortgages). [more inside]
A little while back I stumbled upon a detective novel (Losers Live Longer) that takes place in 2009 NYC and utilizes actual city streets, restaurants, bars, etc. The writing was pretty average, but the book kept me constantly aware of the protagonist's location (oftentimes cross-streets). The real-world geography of areas I knew well really sucked me into the world and engaged me on another level than the narrative alone. Are there any other good detective or mystery novels that use post-2000s (or, better yet, post-2010) New York accurately? [more inside]
I need a new doctor in Brooklyn or Manhattan. Can you recommend one? [more inside]
So, my boyfriend of six months and I are heading to NYC tonight and staying 'til Sunday. I have a up against a wall with an approaching work deadline and because of my own poor planning will need to do a little bit of chipping-away-at-it while we're there. I need to carve out three or four 3/4-hour (ish) focused working sessions during our trip, and I wanted to ask the hive mind if anyone familiar with the city could suggest any non-awful ways to handle this. Light flurries inside... [more inside]
There are old questions about this topic but I am looking for updated information and suggestions about strip clubs in Manhattan or Brooklyn. [more inside]
I have a dog, and the vet I take him to is okay. She's nice, I'm sure she's competent, but she's not the best communicator, and for some reason I don't have absolute confidence in her. My dog has a heart issue, and I'm going to want a really good vet as he gets older. Any recommendations? I'm in Park Slope, but would go elsewhere for someone great.
We're thinking seriously about buying a place in Manhattan (and possibly Brooklyn). We have a fairly unique split search (one strand of which is focused on looking for a place that will lower our costs, and the other strand of which is focused on finding a place that might increase our costs a little bit). We need recommendations for honest, intelligent, and very capable real estate agents to help. [more inside]
What is an appropriate agreement to buy out an NYC apartment sublease in order to leave before it is through? [more inside]
What are the dates that the Myrtle-Chambers Street Line of the BMT traveled over the Brooklyn Bridge?
My wife & I are playing in a charity scrabble tournament this weekend, called "Scrabble for Cheaters." Basically, players can "buy cheats" based on how much money they raised, and one of the cheats is to use a word from any other language. If anyone out there has a decent knowledge of Klingon and also Scrabble strategy, could you give us some pointers on Klingon words that are seven letters or fewer, and potentially high scoring for Scrabble? Thanks!
My gal and are buying a used Jeep Cherokee. We live in Brooklyn and want to put our minds at ease that this is a decent buy for what we're looking for. Plenty of details within; the short version is: what do we ask the mechanic to check before we commit to buying, and what are the next steps with insurance, DMV, etc.? [more inside]
I'll be in Brooklyn next week for work staying at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott and I'm looking for a great local place to get a slice. This is the one food I crave the most and I just can't find any great pizza here in Central Florida. So please help me out and tell me where to get a great slice! Not just classic NYC style either, I'm open to any style.