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Landlord changing locks and invading privacy

Our new landlord is changing the locks to the building. They sent out a notice that the locks will be changed soon. They're not just handing out the new key. [more inside]
posted by mhz on Feb 3, 2016 - 12 answers

Volunteering with 1-2 Year Olds

My wife and I both used to volunteer one or two days a month. Since our child was born, it is much harder to find the time to volunteer. Are there any good volunteer opportunities that would work well with a 20 month old? We live in Brooklyn, if anyone knows anything specific to our area. [more inside]
posted by Falconetti on Feb 2, 2016 - 7 answers

is this dresser too good to be true? in other words, is it bedbugs?

I found a dresser on the sidewalk in Brooklyn yesterday, the 30th. I rushed to take it, since it appeared to be of very high quality and, having recently moved, I needed one! Now, I'm paranoid I may have exposed myself to bedbugs - not because of any obvious empirical evidence, but because the risk in New York City is purportedly so high, and the piece could have been thrown out because of an infestation. (It could also have been the casualty of a move.) The only possible visual sign of any infestation is here, in the base of the dresser: http://imgur.com/ARBrX3K This white substance scattered and disappeared when I tried to scoop a bit of it up with some paper. I think it's probably wood shavings from the dresser itself; an extensive search turned up no obvious signs of droppings, shed skins, the things themselves. But this white, salt-like substance does not seem altogether inconsistent with eggs. Should I get this thing out of my apartment immediately?
posted by barbudo on Jan 31, 2016 - 11 answers

NYC Real Estate Attorney Needed

Have you lived in NYC and used a real estate attorney that you loved? Can you please pass on his or her info? If not, do you know how I could find a great real estate attorney here? Not sure how specialized they get, but looking for someone experienced in Brooklyn small single and multi-family buildings. TIA
posted by newpotato on Jan 28, 2016 - 1 answer

Photographer recommendations for an author photo?

I am need of a professional-looking author photo! I haven't been professionally photographed since my wedding and I have no idea where to even start. I live in NYC and am more than happy to pay someone a reasonable rate, but I'm also not rolling in cash. Any recommendations for people I should look into? Any advice for how to best approach this process? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Jan 14, 2016 - 6 answers

What's the best way to fix a DOB violation on a house in Brooklyn?

Wondering if anyone has any experience curing a DOB violation on a building in Brooklyn. The catch: The violation is still listed in the previous owner's name. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2015 - 3 answers

Novice Hindi Language learning - NYC or mobile/online best options

Where should we take introductory Hindi in NYC or is there an iOs app or other resource we should start with first? [more inside]
posted by Exceptional_Hubris on Dec 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Need a Good Manhattan Church for Christmas Eve Services

My parents and brother are coming to NYC, where I live, for Christmas this year. Thankfully, I'm not having to house them (as I would be unable to do so) but I do need to have some ideas for where to go, etc. The only one that's really stumping me is where to take them for Christmas Eve services. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Dec 9, 2015 - 10 answers

What's the best response to a new landlord's request?

The apartment building I live in, in Brooklyn, NY, was just sold to a new owner. My lease, which expires in a year, was signed with the old management, and is a simple, non rent-regulated, rental. There was -$0- security deposit; I didn't pay one, and my lease reflects that. The new owner/management team placed letters under the doors in the building today, requesting a two month security deposit. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2015 - 5 answers

Renovation in NYC

My wife and I are considering buying a place that requires a kitchen and bath renovation in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Our real estate agent is suggesting we get an architect or contractor to come in, take a look, and give us an estimate before we even put in an offer. A couple questions: (i) is this necessary? We've done some research online and have a good general idea of how much kitchen and bathroom renovations cost - or I am I wrong and we really need a individualized estimate?; (ii) we don't have any friends who are architects/contractors - how would we go about finding one to come by a place we haven't even put an offer in on yet and give us an estimate?; (iii) assuming we go forward, with or without getting an estimate up front, how do we find a good architect and/or contractor - and do we need both? Any answers, suggestions, resources, etc. would be greatly appreciated - thanks!
posted by slide on Nov 15, 2015 - 14 answers

Your favorite NYC art blogs and calendars?

Dearest New Yorkers, Having just showed up in Brooklyn little more than a week ago (via SF), I've been wonderfully overwhelmed. The one thing I'm missing is a good list of the best places to help distill (or not distill) the innumerable art events and openings popping off both nearby and in Manhattan. Any advices and favorite digital spots are hugely appreciated. I've got a few things I'm looking at but the more, the better. Bonus points for physical publications! <3 Matthew
posted by m_steven_a on Nov 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Can you recommend a dog sitter in Brooklyn?

I know all about DogVacay, but I've had a range of mediocre experiences with people on that site -- and they tend to keep upping their prices. I thought I'd found someone who would be my mainstay, but she just flaked out on me. I'd love to find someone non-flakey, good with dogs, affordable. Can you recommend anyone?
posted by swheatie on Nov 9, 2015 - 8 answers

NYC party venue that can accommodate an aerialist and a fire performer?

Asking for a friend: Do you know of a good venue in NYC (preferably Brooklyn!) for a party that will include a screening, two live bands and DJs, aerial silks, a fire performer, and a custom cocktail bar? [more inside]
posted by (Over) Thinking on Oct 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Fun places to stay in Brooklyn near the Q train?

I'm going to a wedding in New York City next month. I'm hoping to persuade my spouse to come, too; maybe I can even convince him that the city is not wall-to-wall skyscrapers. Is there a neat place in Brooklyn we should stay? The special requirement is that I want to be able to see friends who live pretty far south along the Q line (think Brighton Beach), so a neighborhood like Williamsburg is probably out. [more inside]
posted by yarntheory on Sep 29, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me bounce back from a (non-violent) mugging

I was mugged on my way home 2 nights ago. I wasn't hurt, but presumably that's because the attackers were only interested in my iphone and ipod, which they took. I'm relatively new to my neighborhood and have never been the victim of crime before, despite my 20 years in NYC. Have you? What did you do/not do in order to move past the incident and stay safe? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Sep 23, 2015 - 8 answers

Moving in together: boring, practical, preliminary edition

My girlfriend and I are moving out of our separate apartments and into a new shared apartment next month, and we can't find advice on the smallest, most boring, most preliminary question: whether to schedule two separate moves to haul our stuff or to combine things with a single move that makes three stops. We'll be using either a moving service or gentleman with a gentlevan in Brooklyn. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Sep 12, 2015 - 8 answers

Things to do in Brooklyn for an afternoon?

I'm going to be in Brooklyn for one night. I'm going to watch Cecil Baldwin read smut in the evening (and I'm staying near there), but my afternoon is free. What should I do?
posted by missrachael on Sep 8, 2015 - 8 answers

I Want to Eat Seafood By the Water in Brooklyn

I want to eat seafood by the water in Brooklyn. Where do I go? I'm talking non-fancy messes of crab and fried shrimp. [more inside]
posted by Yoko Ono's Advice Column on Aug 29, 2015 - 4 answers

Brooklyn into Manhattan by U-Haul!

Driving a U-Haul from Clinton Hill to East Harlem (and back) on Saturday morning -- what route should I take? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Aug 26, 2015 - 4 answers

I want someone to caulk my apartment

I want someone to come to my apartment, seal any gaps behind the sink, stove, etc. and caulk the entire baseboard. [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on Aug 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Sober in the big city

I live in New York City and I have a friend coming into town in a few weeks who is going through alcohol recovery. I'm looking for things to do in the city with them that lessen the presence of alcohol in the environment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2015 - 14 answers

Painter in NYC

Looking for a solid, reasonably priced painter in NYC to paint our ~1,000 square foot apt in Brooklyn before we move in. Nothing too complicated, only 1-2 colors. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Aug 13, 2015 - 6 answers

What are the best vegan restaurants in New York?

What are the best vegan restaurants in Brooklyn and Manhattan? Do vegan chicken and waffles exist? [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm on Aug 8, 2015 - 21 answers

Venue Booking In NYC

its been so long since I had to book spaces for shows in NYC that I have no idea who to even contact for possibly hosting a one man show later this year -- What small venues in NYC should I be talking to about hosting a one man show at somewhat last moment (less than three month notice)? Seating capacity round 60 - think bar with generous back room rather than theatre.
posted by The Whelk on Aug 7, 2015 - 10 answers

Hayya 'ala-s-Salah. Hayya 'ala-l-Falah.

Your friendly itinerant field recordist wants to know: do any masjids (mosques) in the greater NYC metro area regularly announce the call to prayer? And if so, do they observe the 5x-daily adhan schedule, or only certain prayer times? Thanks for any info!
posted by mykescipark on Aug 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Need quick thoughts - apartment hunt crisis!

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!)
posted by jenbo1 on Jul 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Gluten Free in Brooklyn (Fort Greene area)?

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.
posted by tkolstee on Jun 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Advertising an Rental Apartment Without Craigslist?

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]
posted by cowlick on Jun 2, 2015 - 10 answers

Custom cut in Brooklyn

Where in Brooklyn can I get a few pieces of plywood cut to specific/odd dimensions? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on May 24, 2015 - 4 answers

How can I get cheap used comics for a craft program?

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]
posted by Jeanne on May 21, 2015 - 10 answers

Best Salons in lower Manhattan/Brooklyn for a Woman's Undercut?

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]
posted by KernalM on May 21, 2015 - 3 answers

Where can I learn flower arranging in Brooklyn?

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.
posted by mhz on May 20, 2015 - 4 answers

Dating in New York City, places to go, things to see and do

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]
posted by tulip-socks on May 17, 2015 - 11 answers

One fat bee patrols my deck

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]
posted by moonmilk on May 3, 2015 - 16 answers

Should we be using a Manhattan broker in Brooklyn?

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]
posted by jourman2 on Apr 23, 2015 - 2 answers

Buying Bourbon in NYC and Brooklyn

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?
posted by captainscared on Apr 22, 2015 - 14 answers

NYC Housing sites/listserves

Looking for more housing/rooming sites to post to in NYC! [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Apr 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Looking for a nice doctor in North Brooklyn!

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]
posted by silverstatue on Apr 9, 2015 - 10 answers

Applying to Brooklyn's "Gifted & Talented" Program

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]
posted by cowlick on Apr 8, 2015 - 7 answers

Recommendation for NYC-area psychiatrist that takes Fidelis Medicaid?

Seeking recommendation for board-certified psychiatrist in western Long Island, Brooklyn, or NYC. [more inside]
posted by apartment dweller on Mar 29, 2015 - 2 answers

While the cat's away...

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]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Mar 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Where can I play drums in Brooklyn, near or accessible from Park Slope?

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]
posted by alligatorman on Feb 24, 2015 - 2 answers

Restaurant/bar/sightseeing recommendations in Brooklyn NY?

Seeking recommendations for great food, bars, and any must-see sights in Brooklyn, NY. This is for a visit starting tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on Feb 22, 2015 - 8 answers

Who Made Those Great Little Freebie Maps (Chicago, Brooklyn, etc)

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?
posted by Quisp Lover on Feb 21, 2015 - 4 answers

Shotgun Wedding Videographers in Brooklyn?

Anyone have recommendations on how to find a videographer for a wedding upcoming in two weeks? [more inside]
posted by noonday on Feb 2, 2015 - 4 answers

Unconventional NYC / Brooklyn accommodation

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]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Jan 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Brooklyn neighborhood hunting

Tell me why I want to live in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens in Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 5, 2015 - 3 answers

Bagless dogs on Brooklyn subways recently?

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]
posted by Kestrelxo on Dec 24, 2014 - 2 answers

Rehoming stray kittens in Brooklyn on short notice

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]
posted by rhythm and booze on Nov 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Good Copy/Print places in NYC?

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]
posted by chicobangs on Nov 26, 2014 - 3 answers

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