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November 2015

25 Nov 2015

Thanksgiving is the time for celebration, gathering, eating, and reflection. And so we wanted to take a minute to wish all our No Fee Rental tenants a joyous Thanksgiving and share our list of things to be thankful for. But of course, we had to give it our own New York City twist.

We are thankful for our…

  • Abundance of choices – from markets to shopping to dining to entertainment to the arts to sports – New York City offers more choices than ever dreamed possible.
  • Health and for being surrounded by the best medical and research centers in the world.
  • Green spaces — from Tompkins Square Park to Central Park to the Highline, how wonderful it is to live in a city where there are so many options to enjoy being outdoors and active.
  • Diversity of people from across the country and across the globe. It keeps New York vital, and interesting, and brings a wealth of new ideas. Everyone has a place here.
  • Opportunities – If America is the land of opportunity then New York is its center. Whether through higher education or employment, New York gives people the chance to improve their lives and their futures.
  • Mass transit to get us where we need to be without breaking the bank. It may not always be pretty, or as prompt as we would wish, but compared to other cities, it pretty darn good … and it goes everywhere.
  • Safety and New York City’s finest and bravest, the men and women of the New York City police and fire departments who keep us safe and are there when we need them.

And last, but not least, we are thankful for you, our tenants. Thank you for choosing No Fee Rentals for your rental apartment. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and will continue to do our best to meet all your needs.

Happy Thanksgiving.

18 Nov 2015

Oh the wonder! The awe! The elves! The New York City holiday season officially kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 26th with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This New York tradition has been around since 1924 (89 years!) and has inspired millions of families and a classic movie, Miracle on 34th Street. You’ll be giving thanks that you are renting an apartment in Manhattan when the floats, balloons, and celebrities come marching through.

The Stats — It takes a city like New York to put on a parade this spectacular!

  • 8,000+ participants
  • 16 giant character balloons
  • 27 floats
  • 12 marching bands
  • 1,300 cheerleaders and dancers
  • 1,000 clowns
  • 2.5 miles
  • 1 Mariah Carey — this year’s headliner
  • 20 other celebrity performers

The Route

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 9am at Central Park West and 77th Street. This is a fantastic viewing opportunity for our No Fee Rental clients in our Upper West Side rental apartments. The parade continues down CPW to Columbus Circle where the parade turns onto Central Park South on then to 6th Ave. to 34th Street and Macy’s Herald Square. The great part about this central location is that it’s convenient to virtually all No Fee Rental buildings and our rental apartments – especially those in Murray Hill, Waverly Place, Washington Square. You can walk or take any one of seven train lines to the Herald Square Station – D, F, N. Q, R, B, and M.

The Giant Balloon Inflation

One the most special parts of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the Giant Balloon Inflation from 3pm to 10pm on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. The Giant Balloon Inflation takes place in the areas surrounding the Museum of Natural History beginning at 79th Street and Columbus Avenue. To be this close to the giant balloons is incredibly memorable. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy it. We guarantee, your friends on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat will light up seeing you up close with SpongeBob, Hello Kitty, and Snoopy. The balloons can be as high as a 5-story building!

New York is a special place, and no more so than when Santa lands his sleigh to kick off the holidays. Give thanks — you have a NYC rental apartment and the parade is coming to town!

photo credit: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade via photopin (license)

11 Nov 2015

With the beginning of daylight savings time, it’s getting dark a lot earlier. But don’t let this put you into the wintertime blues. New York is fabulous after dark! Get out of your rental apartment and experience some of the best nightlife in the world! Here’s a few ideas for fun after the sun goes down.

The City of Lights – U.S. version

Paris may be officially known as the City of Lights, but here in the states, New York City dazzles with light at night. Let us recommend the sky high views from The Empire State Building, the observatory at One World Trade Center, and at Top of the Rock (30 Rockefeller Plaza) to see the lights of Manhattan. If you want to make it extra special, go at dusk and watch the skyline change from majestic breathtaking color to inky black and see the lights grow in intensity. If it’s intensity you are after, nothing beats the energy of Times Square at night. The billboards, the buildings, the illuminated bright pink staircase – it’s colored light and images on steroids.

The Happiest Hour(s)

When the sun goes down, the happy hour lights up. Whether you have a studio in the East Village, a two bedroom in the West Village, or a multi bedroom share in Chelsea, there’s a restaurant or a bar with a happy hour near you. Happy hours usually run from 5:00 – 8:00pm, but some establishments have extended happy hours that can go as late at 10pm.

The Club Scene

Some of the best NYC clubs are right near some of No Fee Rentals’ downtown buildings. In Greenwich Village, Le Poisson Rouge is hot. In Chelsea, crowds flock to Marquee. The Meatpacking District’s Le Bain and Cielo are hugely popular, while Pacha and Space Ibiza in Hell’s Kitchen bring their international reputation stateside.

Seasonal Specials

With the holidays coming, New York really ramps it up at night. The Union Square Holiday Market opens on November 19th. Catch the glow! Or try ice skating at Wollman Rink in the middle of Central Park – it’s open until 10 PM most nights, while The Rink at Rockefeller Center stays open until midnight.  These are iconic NYC venues that you have to experience at least once.

It’s dark, yes. But look on the bright side – there’s so much to love about New York – day and night.

photo credit: ‘Urban Jazz’, United States, New York, New York City, Saxophone Player, Highline via photopin (license)

4 Nov 2015
Locked out

Yikes! You’ve just come back to your rental apartment and … what, you can’t find your keys? You’ve checked every pocket, your pocketbook, backpack, and there’s no familiar jangle.  If you live alone in a studio or one bedroom or if your roommates are not around, what do you do? The answer depends on what time it is. If it’s 2 PM, the solution is quite easy.  But, if it’s 2 AM, it’s going to take a little more effort and time.

Open during office hours

No Fee Rentals’ office is open Monday – Friday 9 AM to 7 PM.  Just give us a call and one of our maintenance team will come over with a key to unlock your door. However, please note, being locked out of your rental apartment doesn’t exactly qualify as an emergency (fire, flooding – now those are emergencies!). Therefore, we will help you out as soon as possible, which doesn’t always equal “within the next 10 minutes.” Also keep in mind that this also means if, and this is an important “if”, we have a copy of your key. In the vast majority of instances, we do. However, on a rare occasion, some tenants will switch their keys and fail to provide our office with a copy. If we do not have a key copy and must drill out and change the lock, the cost is $50.  We strongly recommend that you:

  • Put the No Fee Rentals office number in your phone contacts for situations such as this
  • Check with our office to make sure we have a working copy of your key

Nights and weekends

Now, on the other hand, if you are locked out of your rental apartment and it’s a night or weekend, our staff cannot help you, but a locksmith can. This kind of after-hours service can get expensive, so be prepared. We suggest keeping a spare key with a friend or trusted neighbor, or somewhere where you can get to it. We know of people who keep their spare key in their office desk or gym locker (for those with workplaces or fitness centers that have 24/7 access).

All is not lost

Let’s say your key is not turning up anywhere. No Fee Rentals can lend you the house copy of the key to your rental apartment for a few hours so you can get a new one made. Yes, we can make a copy for you — we charge about $25 per key, while a hardware store will only charge a few dollars.  And while you are locked out, there is some comfort in knowing that all No Fee Rental buildings have keypad access. Rather than wait in the cold on the street, you can wait inside the vestibule or lobby until help arrives.

We hope you never lose your key to your apartment rental, but these tips should help you know what to do and where to turn for help.