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September 2017

27 Sep 2017

According to a recent article from the Washington Post, millennials are filling their empty hearts with houseplants. It was a comical title to an article, but in a way, there is some truth to it. Human beings naturally want to connect with nature, no matter how small the scale is. Living in the concrete jungle can sometimes make you feel like a blade of grass is a foreign object. Sure, here in NYC you have many beautiful parks, but do you always want to get on the subway and head across town to enjoy some greenery? Luckily, making NY apartments a bit more lush is pretty easy with a trip to a local hardware store or nursery.

House Plants

A house plant is a basic type of plant that is usually very easy to take care of. There are small ones and large ones, and a house plant shouldn’t be high maintenance, especially if you are new to the whole plant game. Succulents like aloe and cacti are especially easy because many of them only need to be watered once a month, or at the most once every 2-3 weeks in drier seasons. Another good choice is the philodendron, a vine plant with heart-shaped leaves. It tends to grow quickly, filling your space with serene energy before you know it. When purchasing a house plant, make sure you get the information on how much sun it needs for perfect placement in studio apartments in New York City.

Window Boxes

Window boxes are those cute and picturesque floral bins you see hanging out of some windows. Head to your local hardware store to get the supplies you will need to set this up. They are usually filled with colorful flowers and can add some real joy to NYC rental apartments. You want to choose hearty plants that will withstand sun and shade, as they will likely be getting both. For a pop of color, go with red verbena or purple summer snapdragon. Both have a lovely scent to go along with their colorful displays.

Kitchen Herbs

Fresh herbs always add exciting ingredients for cooking in apartments in New York, and they are typically easy to grow. If you’ve got a kitchen window, then you have the perfect spot for a bit of basil, sage, thyme or rosemary. Most herbs need about six hours of sun per day, so keep that in mind when you are picking the spot. Don’t forget to label your herb plants so you don’t forget what they are, because some of them look similar. Happy cooking!

The Advanced Stuff

So, you have had a few houseplants and they’ve lived for a while, and now you want to try something more challenging. There are plenty of finicky plants to choose from that need a bit more attention than the usual. Orchids are famously difficult to please, but when they are happy they blossom with the most beautiful flowers, so it’s worth it. If you really want a challenge, you can even try growing plants from seed, which is incredibly challenging for many types of plants but very rewarding.

You have your plants, and now you just need a place to enjoy them! Find the perfect NYC apartment for you and your greenery at NoFee Rentals.

13 Sep 2017

It’s well known among New Yorkers that even the most enthusiastic transplants will eventually face a moment of reckoning, and the culprit is often those infamously tiny Big Apple apartments. Even when you’re lucky enough to snag your dream pad, it’s still easy to feel the culture shock if you’ve never lived in such a densely populated city before.

Whether you’re just getting the apartment hunt started or are settling into your new home among the skyscrapers, here are five important tips for renters in the city that never sleeps.

Redecorating Is Usually Mandatory

If you’ve spent much time viewing apartments, you’ve probably noticed that the hallmark of a New York City apartment is the archaeological evidence of dozens of paint layers on all the molding and trim work.

Throwing up a fresh coat of paint is a rite of passage for local tenants and a good way to make sure you feel right at home. Stick to light colors and careful shading to make your rooms feel open and airy, but don’t be afraid to go wild with bold accent walls when appropriate.

Get Ready to Walk

If you’ve lived a life in rural towns or the suburbs, you’ll likely be shocked by the amount of walking required in New York city. Whether it’s hiking to the subway station or schlepping to your sixth-story walk-up, you’re sure to get plenty of cardio one way or another.

Shoe management is likely to become a regular part of your life, so take a tip from the locals and set up a shoe station right near your door. In smaller, more intimate buildings, many New Yorkers even keep their shoes on the exterior landing, but a shoe rack inside the front door works just as well to prevent tracking street grime into the house. Additionally, get used to carrying an extra pair of shoes if you work somewhere with a professional dress code, since you’ll regret having nothing but a pair of tight dress shoes when walking sneakers are called for.

Always Aim to Downsize

Storage and living space are at a premium in the Big Apple, so get used to culling your collections. Ideally, you’ll engage in a round of aggressive downsizing before you start packing to move into your new apartment. But even once you’ve moved, it’s a good idea to take stock at the end of every season. Paperwork and other disposables are frequent clutter culprits, along with worn-out or outdated clothing.

To make the most of your space, do as the locals do and rent a self-storage unit ASAP, then split your belongings into warm weather and cold weather categories and keep the off-season junk stashed away for half the year.

Embrace Open Spaces

Claustrophobia is inevitable in the city, so do everything you can to give yourself room to breathe. Most locals take every opportunity to visit open spaces, whether it’s one of the many parks scattered around the city or just an open plaza with benches to eat your lunch on.

Avoid the rookie mistake of trying to replicate the feeling of many-roomed exurban homes by splitting your apartment up with shelves or movable walls and, instead, delineate spaces in your abode with smart decorative choices that don’t obstruct sightlines, especially those leading to your windows.

Avoid the Fee

Of course, these tips only apply if you already have the apartment. If you’re looking, NoFee Rentals is the best place to start, with studios, one bedrooms and larger shares in many neighborhoods around the city. And, because we own and manage our own properties, there’s never a fee. ┬áReady to move? Click here.

3 Sep 2017

Living in New York can be exhilarating and exhausting in equal measure. But contrary to popular belief, you don’t need access to a car, helicopter or private jet to take a break from the city. Enjoying a little nature and the beauty that the legendary New York fall season has to offer is less than an hour away in many cases. Whether you just want to put some mileage on your MetroCard or splurge on a Metro North or LIRR ticket for a quick day trip or weekend getaway, there are convenient and affordable options for every schedule, lifestyle and budget.

Quick Getaways From NYC That Don’t Require a Car

If NYC has everything a cosmopolitan city dweller can ask for day and night, heading just slightly north brings the city and country life right into balance. With the help of public transportation, you can enjoy a weekend of apple picking, kayaking on the Hudson, or enjoying some wine and live music in an orchard or vineyard.

First stop:

Warwick, NY

Head over to Port Authority, jump on a New Jersey transit bus, and arrive in Warwick in less time than it might take you to commute from Brooklyn to Midtown during rush hour. Warwick was doing farmers markets before they were cool and is home to some of the best orchards and apple picking in southern New York state. A popular destination for families and adults of all ages, the area offers a number of vineyards, hiking trails and skiing options when the temps start to drop. It’s close enough to make it a day trip, or you can spend the weekend if you want to get a taste of Woodstock but prefer to stay a little closer to home.

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Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach and its more famous neighbor Coney Island need no introduction to New Yorkers, especially during the summer months when people from every corner of the five boroughs and beyond brave the masses to experience a little sand and surf (without leaving the city limits). Once the crowds have dissipated after Labor Day, a weekend trip to Brighton Beach is the perfect getaway if you don’t want to venture outside the five boroughs or go anywhere beyond where a MetroCard can take you. You’ll have vast expanses of clean sand to yourself and the ability to enjoy one of the few neighborhoods left in Brooklyn that hasn’t been completely transformed by gentrification (but don’t worry, it has a Starbucks and a Chase). Splurge on some vodka, knishes and caviar on the boardwalk with OG Russians, and then take a stroll down to Astroland to ride the Cyclone and take a few snaps in front of the Ferris wheel for your Instagram.

Hop on the Q train and check out:

Beacon, NY

Like Warwick, Beacon is about an hour away from NYC on the Metro North from Grand Central but offers a respite from city life with a number of galleries, bars, hiking trails, water sports and live music options, especially if you have a soft spot for early American Revolutionary history.

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