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!)
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]
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]
What are the dates that the Myrtle-Chambers Street Line of the BMT traveled over the Brooklyn Bridge?
I'm a fresh college graduated from a European academy for Graphic Design and want to move to NYC to gather more experience in the field, and live there for a while. Question about job search and accommodation. Considering doing a masters degree too. [more inside]
I live in Brooklyn, sans garage, and have recently gotten it into my head that I want a small used car for occasional driving... I'm talking about the few miles to my office a couple times a week, maybe to the beach on weekends. Perhaps as far as the Jersey shore once or twice a summer. I do not intend or need to use it as a daily commuter. Seems pretty simple, only catch is... I am infatuated with the idea of getting a mk1 Toyota MR2. [more inside]
What's a good place for a Saturday evening laid back birthday get-together in Brooklyn? [more inside]
When I lived in Chicago, there was a great late-night coffee shop called New Wave Cafe in Logan Square that was perfect for after-work writing. I've been having a hard time finding a similar spot since moving to NYC. It doesn't need to be a coffee shop, but it does need to be well-lit enough that I can read, and calm enough that I won't be seen as preventing the establishment from doing business. Bonus points if the place has a neighborhood-y feel with a friendly staff. I live in Greenpoint, work in SoHo, and usually commute via bicycle over the Williamsburg Bridge. Any suggestions, Metafilter?
What's the best place to live on a low budget given a life-consuming job in Manhattan near Madison Square Park? And how low can I go both before and after unintelligible-but-critically-important-tax-stuff?
What's the best place to live on a low budget given a life-consuming job in Manhattan near Madison Square Park? And how low can I go both before and after unintelligible-but-critically-important-tax-stuff? [more inside]
I have a plan to visit NYC with my best friend next weekend. I've been to NYC about six or seven times now, and I have a few things in mind. Can you help me find some other cool things to do based on what I'm already thinking about checking out? [more inside]
Help me plan the cheapest possible meals in New York for my boyfriend's father, who's visiting us for a weekend. He's not impressed by anything unless it's under $3. It doesn't have to taste good. It just needs to be insanely cheap. [more inside]
Moving to New York from Florida to take a job at the beginning of January, and i'm having some trouble finding a good place to live, mostly that I don't really know how to find good places that aren't on craigslist/padmapper. The friend i'm going to live with works in Greenpoint, so we're leaning heavily on that neighborhood, just off the Greenpoint or Nassau stops, so only one of us has to take the subway to work. [more inside]
Where in NYC/Brooklyn can I find a beginners' yoga class that isn't all frou-frou chakra namaste blahdeeblah? [more inside]
I want to rent an event space in NYC. Where do I start? It's basically a wedding reception without the wedding, I'd like it to hold about eighty people, with an open bar and using my own caterers. It should be three hours booked at least. I'd like it in Manhattan but totally open to nearer Brooklyn and Queens. What do I need to know and where should I go in getting a space for late October? [more inside]
What should I see/eat/do in New York City this week? [more inside]
I've just bought a new bike, and I'm desperate to not have this one stolen from me. I even got a foldable one so that I can bring it into my apartment, but besides a good lock (although I'd love suggestions) what other ways can I protect it (for instance, can I register it with the police?). I live in Brooklyn, NY. [more inside]
Has anyone in the New York (Brooklyn) area ever used a food delivery service for dieting? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good doctor in the Greenpoint or Williamsburg area of Brooklyn? (A general practitioner, specifically.) [more inside]
Suggestions for a lawyer in New York City to look over a commercial lease? [more inside]
How do you get liquor companies to sponsor an event? [more inside]
Brooklynfilter: Does anyone have any experience with the Holiday Inns that have cropped up in Park Slope (Union St. and Butler St.) over the past few years? [more inside]
How can I show a couple relatives the neighborhoods from Brooklyn Heights to Prospect Park this weekend – it’s going to be cold and rainy!
Recommend unique, affordable men's clothing resale stores in Manhattan or Brooklyn? Hipster ok, or vintage. I'm looking mainly for short- and long-sleeve collared shirts.
How do I look for an afterschool program for my soon to be preschooler? [more inside]
When is the best month to move in New York?? [more inside]
I need recommendations for someone to alter a very expensive gown (to be worn for a wedding) somewhere in New York City (& S. Brooklyn). [more inside]
I need a good psychiatrist / neurologist in NYC. Oxford Health Plan. [more inside]
How do I get people in my neighborhood to stop honking? [more inside]
I'd like a referral for a service in New York City that can provide transport for six people, and luggage, from Penn Station to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. There are dozens - if not hundreds - limo services to choose from so I just need help separating the wheat from the chaff. Thanks.
Do you ride an Express Bus from Brooklyn into Manhattan? [more inside]
This Christmas I would like to make a donation to a New York animal shelter or cruelty prevention group. [more inside]
I'm looking for really good ice cream in Brooklyn, NY. I'd be willing to cross the river for something extraordinary, but I'd like to focus on what's available in Brooklyn proper. Personal experience and recommendations are what I'm looking for, rather than a laundry list of places to try. [more inside]
What is the best, least expensive way to research the industrial history of a factory building in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn, NY? [more inside]
Please guide me toward restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn with gardens and/or great outdoor areas. [more inside]
Brooklyn, where to stay what to see that's not obvious? [more inside]
How do I find live music by up-and-coming bands in my area (NYC)? [more inside]
Weekend trip to Brooklyn in October to hang out. Anything you recommend? Restaurants, galleries, shops, hang-outs, etc. [more inside]