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August 2017

23 Aug 2017
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Congratulations! Finding an apartment in New York City isn’t easy, but at last you have a place to call home. Here’s a few quick tips to help you make a smooth transition to apartment life.

1. Face Time

Living alone for the first time is an exciting milestone in anyone’s life. It’s a chance to become more self-reliant, make your own rules, and explore your personal style. It’s also a little scary; you might be spending more time alone than you ever have before.

Create a routine that includes getting out and about regularly. Frequent local shops and cafes, introduce yourself to the neighbors, and join local community events. Invite your friends over — a lot. Make the most of this experience to develop your social skills, face to face to face.

2. Roommates

Sharing your apartment can be just as much fun as it looks on those classic television shows, if you find the right roommate. But don’t rush into this new relationship. Compatibility is important, and so is dependability; an error in judgment or a misunderstanding about commitment could mean more expenses for you.

Find out up front what might be deal breakers for each of you, and don’t let small annoyances simmer. Choose your “compromise zones” — usually shared spaces, such as the kitchen, bathroom and living room — and reach a mutual understanding about decorating and maintaining them.

3. Keeping House

You don’t need to break the bank to turn your apartment into home, sweet home. Throw pillows or an area rug are inexpensive ways to personalize the space, while lamps and accent lights in key places help create a warm atmosphere. If you’re sharing the apartment, go shopping together to find items you can agree on, especially for those compromise zones.

Keeping the apartment and appliances clean saves problems in the long run, and it’s essential for healthy living, both physically and mentally. Don’t let the chores build up — find a system that works for you, turn on some music and get down to it.

Related: 5 Key Organizational Tips for Tiny New York Apartments

4. Storage

A New York City apartment probably means adjusting to living in a more compact scale than you might be accustomed to. At first it seems like you have much more stuff than space, but assessing storage possibilities will soon be second nature to you. Take advantage of the move to cull dead weight, and aim for charming instead of cramped when you decorate.

Use design techniques that make the space seem larger, such as limiting the color palette and placing mirrors strategically to reflect light. Clutter-free surfaces help create the illusion of space, too. Some furniture items can double as storage or be hidden away when not in use. Maximize vertical storage solutions to keep floor space clear — hooks and shelving are practical and can also be visually striking features.

5. That Safety Habit

No matter how safe the neighborhood is, it’s wise to cultivate a habit of safety. If it locks, lock it; always lock your door and windows — and yes, that goes for apartments above the first floor, too. You should know all the potential routes around the apartment and where the emergency exits are from any point inside the building.

You don’t have to be nosy, but be aware of the general habits of your neighbors so that you’ll recognize when any activity is out of the ordinary. If you have a roommate, you should discuss a safety plan with him or her, including locking the door, not giving away keys and being careful about who enters your home.

Related: Dealing With Obnoxious Neighbors

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14 Aug 2017

Chelsea sits on New York City’s West Side in the borough of Manhattan and is one of the most desirable neighborhoods these days. It is named after the 18th-century estate of British Major Thomas Clarke, the original developer of what was once farmland owned by Dutch settlers. Clarke left this parcel and home to his daughter, who, in turn, left it to her son Clement Clarke Moore, the author of the famous poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Moore sold lots on his estate to wealthy New Yorkers who built row houses in the early 1800s, some of which stand today and form the core of the Chelsea Historic District between 8th Avenue and 10th Avenue, from 20th to 22nd Street.

Chelsea’s Artistic Pedigree

Chelsea is also home to several historic apartment complexes and the storied Hotel Chelsea, which once was the city’s tallest building. The Hotel Chelsea has been the home of famous artists and writers, such as Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, Tennessee Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, Patti Smith, Madonna and Leonard Cohen. It’s scheduled to reopen as a hotel in 2018.

Infused With Art

Chelsea happens to be the premier art gallery district, with New York City’s greatest concentration of galleries between 10th and 11th Avenues, from 19th Street to 28th Street. In addition, high-fashion boutiques, including Balenciaga, Comme des Garcons, Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin and Stella McCartney, also reside in the neighborhood.

Chelsea Market, taking up an entire block between 15th and 16th Streets, from 9th Avenue to 10th Avenue, is the location of high-end eateries, ground-floor culinary markets and big-league media company offices. Many of the city’s largest nightclubs are on 27th Street, and the well-known High Line park runs from 30th Street to below 14th Street, close to 10th Avenue. Chelsea has a thriving LGBTQ community, and myriad businesses cater to it.

Performance and Theater

If you like theater or performance art, The Kitchen, Joyce Theater and Sleep No More/McKittrick Hotel venues offer cutting-edge experiences, while New York Live Arts on 19th Street presents dance performances by the Arnie Zane and Bill T. Jones dance companies. The Rubin Museum of Art on 17th Street features a permanent collection of Himalayan and Tibetan art, as well as rotating exhibitions by notable contemporary artists.

Schools, Recreation and Stores

Chelsea also features some of the city’s best paper, photography, home goods and grocery stores. Many local and foreign shoppers flock to outlets B&H Photo Video and Adorama for their electronics needs. The School of the Visual Arts (SVA) and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) are located in Chelsea, and the area is also the headquarters for many industrial companies that fill warehouse space on the far West Side.

Chelsea Piers is a sports and recreation complex along the Hudson River that includes ice skating rinks, golf driving ranges, rock climbing walls and baseball batting cages. The city’s Hudson Yards office, retail and residential development is currently under construction in Chelsea between 30th and 34th Streets, running from 10th to 12th Avenue, and is scheduled for completion by 2024.

Easy Access

To access Chelsea, you can take the 7 train directly to 34th Street and 11th Avenue or the L train to 14th Street and 8th Avenue. Alternatively, the A, D, E, F, N, Q, 1 and 2 trains run through Chelsea on a North-South axis and feature a number of convenient stations in the neighborhood. The PATH train allows direct access to New Jersey, and, in the Northeast corner of the neighborhood, Penn Station offers trains to Long Island and other destinations.

Live in Chelsea

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