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Where should you move to avoid the L train shutdown?

The L train shutdown cometh: Though an exact start date for when the MTA will begin work on the Canarsie line has yet to be announced, we do know that it’s due to start in April 2019—a little over six months from now.

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The Greenest Places

When it comes to individual homes, it’s a good bet that smart buildings will consume less energy. But figuring out the energy efficiency of an entire city is more complicated, and requires factoring in things like local law and public policy.

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It’s Showtime! Staging a House for Sale

When you put your house on the market, it may start to feel less like a place to live and more like a set to be decorated.

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Housing Market Slows, as Rising Prices Outpace Wages

By nearly any measure, this city is booming. The unemployment rate is below 3 percent. There is so much construction that a local newspaper started a “crane watch” feature.

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Is the NYC subway ready for the L train shutdown?

New York City Transit president Andy Byford and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg have said that the L train shutdown will be the biggest challenge of both of their careers.

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Selling? Here’s How to Price Your Home

Thinking about selling your NYC apartment? Obviously, one of the main things to do is how to price your home effectively. Let’s explore some methods you can apply to pricing your apartment for sale.

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Manhattan Home Sales Tumble in a Market Clogged With Listings

It’s been a rough year for Manhattan’s home sellers, and they’re not about to catch a break any time soon. In the three months through September, purchases dropped 11 percent from a year earlier to 2,987.

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New York City in 1911

An interesting look at the people and streets of New York City in 1911. This is an original video filmed by the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern when they were visiting America in 1911.

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Best Restaurants For Vegetarians in NYC

Vegetarian options in New York have long been more than mere veggie burgers – but the meat-free options at these restaurants are particularly impressive.

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Lot-Line Window? Keep Your Fingers Crossed

If someone decides to build on an empty lot or low-rise building next door, you’ll have to brick up that window and say goodbye to your view.

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7 Smart Steps Every New Homeowner Should Take

Turning the key in a lock that no landlord has access to, reading in a hammock in your own backyard and painting your dining room bright red – what could be more exciting than making the leap from renter to first-time homeowner?

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Raising Your Tenants’ Rent Without Feeling Guilty

With year-over-year inflation rates reaching an average of 2.5% that means raising rent is inevitable for most landlords and property managers. However, it can be hard and you may feel guilty to pass the financial burden along to your tenants.

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