In New York, when searching for a rental apartment, what are some rule-of-thumb features usually associated with NOT having pests or vermin -- features that you might be able to find just by looking at, say, the Craigslist ad (e.g. refurbished apartments with granite countertops generally a good bet, high-up apartments, etc.)?
Anyone have any experiences with or impressions of the neighborhood immediately around Yankee Stadium? I'm considering living there and commuting to midtown Manhattan. I know it's cheap--what are the other pros and cons?
My landlord in NY claims that our heater must turn on when the temperature drops. If we wanted to prevent this, a technician would have to "turn the valves off" -- a cumbersome process that risks the valves later freezing and "popping" and steam destroying our apartment. True? Is this common? And if so, how can we deal with a too-hot room, other than by opening the window?