[Asking for a friend] My building had a fire last night, on the floor below mine. I have middling fire damage at baseboard level in both bedrooms, both of which will be uninhabitable until the damage is ripped out and redone. All my windows are broken and glass is everywhere, but aside from the above stuff and the overwhelming odor of smoke and my broken-down front door, there is no other (water or fire or smoke stain) damage to the apartment. This is in NYC, and I have no renter's insurance. [more inside]
Is there a scam I'm not aware of, or any reason why I shouldn't tell this person my birthday? I can't think of why I shouldn't, but it just seems a little strange. I would ask them why they want the info, but don't want to come across as strange, in case this is a normal thing. [more inside]
I am meeting with my boss for my annual review. I have not have a raise almost since I started four years ago. Is there an easy way to determine the NYC cost of living increase for 2011? I've tried to use teh google but no luck. Thanks.
My wife and I live in an expensive (by non-NYC standards) NYC apartment. Recently, lamenting how much of our salary went down the rent drain, we wondered if we could save money by living in a van. (This is a thought experiment. We're not really planning on doing it.) Is this feasible economically? [more inside]
Moving to New York to take on a low-paying job. Where should I live? [more inside]
I'm relocating to NYC from Tokyo next month and am looking for some advice on prospective neighborhoods [more inside]
What neighborhood should I move to in NYC? [more inside]