In NYC, You’re Never too Old to Have a Roommate

In many places in the USA, it would be strange if a grown man lived with a roommate—not in New York City.

With about 8.6 million residents packed into the five boroughs, with 1.6 of them packed into Manhattan island, it’s no wonder the cost of living is through the roof.

See how much money you need to make to rent an apartment alone in New York City

Living with a roommate in New York is in most cases not a choice, but rather a consequence of sky-high rents. Take a studio apartment in Manhattan for example. With a median rent of $2,559, you’ll have to make at least $102,360 a year to live alone. That figure is about double the median household income across New York City, which hovers around $50,711.

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“There’s a long tradition of men living with something like roommates,” notes Dr. Klinenberg, a sociology professor at New York University. “Men used to live in boardinghouses quite commonly. You had places like the old Y.M.C.A.s. These were really significant parts of the housing stock a century ago. They have since become far less common.”

Data on the living situations of Americans between the ages of 18 to 44 show that nonfamily households have become more common. A United States Census Bureau study, which takes an even broader look, also demonstrates an increase from 1.7% in 1970 to 6.1% in 2012.

Manhattanhenge

Manhattanhenge 2015

Next week on Friday May 29th, 2015, the sun will transit across Manhattan island and perfectly set in between the cross-streets yielding the spectacle of “Manhattanhenge.” You’ll be able to see the full solar disk slightly above the horizon and in between the profiles of the buildings when looking down the centerline of a cross-street towards New Jersey.

What is Manhattanhenge

Sometimes referred to as the “Manhattan Solstice,” Manhattanhenge occurs over two days twice a year evenly space around the summer solstice. The event occurs when the setting sun is aligned with the east–west streets of the main street grid of Manhattan, New York City.

Why is it Called Manhattanhedge?

Sun Aligning with Heelstone on Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

Sun Aligning with Heelstone on Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, native New Yorker, general superstar and hero of science geeks everywhere popularized the term Manhattanhenge. Manhattanhenge is a portmanteau (blending a combination of parts of two or more words or their sounds and their meanings into a single new word. Think “alcoholic” + “work” = “workaholic”) of Manhattan and  Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument (now world-famous tourist destination) located in Wiltshire, England. Stonehenge was constructed so that at the time of the summer solstice, the rising sun seen from the center of the monument would align with the outer “Heel Stone”.

Manhattanhenge Explained

Way back in 1811, before Manhattan even had a grid, city planners were busy designing the optimal layout for great City of New York. As Manhattan island is rectangular in shape, it was decided that the main avenues will run parallel to the north-south sides of the city, while cross-streets will bisect the city east to west. Manhattan island itself does not face due north, rather 29° clockwise and as such the cross streets are also rotated by 29° so that the streets intersect at right angles.

If Manhattan’s grid were perfectly aligned with the tilt of the Earth at 23.5°, then Manhattanhenge would occur only once, exactly on the date of the summer solstice. Urban planning buffs, can read all about it in the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811.

It’s true that many cities crossed by a rectangular grid could enjoy days where the setting Sun aligns with the city’s streets. However, most cities around the world are less than ideal for this purpose. In addition to a grid layout, there needs to be a clear view to the horizon, like the island of Manhattan has across the Hudson River towards New Jersey. Points of reference to the sun, much like the columns at Stonehenge, are also necessary. Manhattan’s packed-in skyscrapers create a vertical channel to cinematically frame the setting Sun, affording sun-gazers a special photographic vista.

When is Manhattanhenge 2015

Manhattanhenge 2015 will occur twice this year around the summer solstice. The first Manhattanhenge will happen on Thursday May 28th, 2015 and Friday May 29th, 2015. The second coming of the Manhattanhenge will occur on Sunday July 12, 2015 and Monday July 13, 2015.

Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before the times below in order to see the entire event and take the best pictures!

Date Time Type
Friday May 29, 2015 8:12pm Half Sun
Saturday May 30, 2015 8:12pm Full Sun
Sunday July 12, 2015 8:20pm Full Sun
Monday July 13, 2015 8:21pm Half Sun

Where Are the Best Places to See Manhattanhenge?

Manhattanhenge

For maximum photographic glory, you’ll want to position yourself as far east in Manhattan as possible while ensuring that you don’t loose sight of New Jersey while looking west. The best and widest cross streets include 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, 57th, and will render the most amazing Manhattanhenge pictures for your Instagram followers to ogle at and shower you with likes. Impressive landmark buildings like the Empire State building on 34th St. and the Chrysler building on 42nd St. will yield particularly striking images.

Noisy Sex NYC

Which Boro Makes Loves the Loudest in NYC?

Not surprisingly, the award for the loudest nookie, or at least the most people that complain about it, in NYC goes to Brooklyn. Staten Island, sadly has the quietest sex of any boro with no sexual noise complaints in 2014 whatsoever. NYC noisy sex data come from 311 records and has been mapped out by DNAinfo New York.

Baller Brooklyn came in first place with 42 complaints, the top complainer being the set of lungs at 735 Gates Avenue in Bed-Stuy. According to actual New York City records, neighbors complained about hearing “very loud sex with the windows open that can be heard throughout the whole bldg,” and make a “ridiculously loud amount of noise,” including “moaning and screaming” and cries of “Oh yeah, oh, do it to me!”

Kinky Queens came in second place with 37 complaints followed by 31 in the Boogie-down Bronx and 23 in man-ohhhh-Manhattan. We’ll pretend that Staten Islanders have just as much loud sex as Brooklynites, but their houses are spaced farther apart.

You can see the rest of what noise New Yorker’s are complaining about in our Ultimate NYC Guide to Noise Complaints.

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Cost of Renting Alone in NYC

How Much Money Do You Need to Make to Rent an Apartment Alone in New York?

Yes, we all know that the rent in New York City really is too damn high, and it’s far from likely that the rent is going to go down any time soon. Landlords usually require a tenant to make 40 times a month’s rent in yearly salary. In other words, if the rent is $1,000/month, then you need to make at least $40,000/year. If you don’t meet the requirements, you’ll usually need a guarantor who makes 80 times the rent.

If mommy and daddy aren’t there to support your dreams of making it in the big city, chances are you’re going to wind up having to live with a roommate, which we think is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. Living with a roommate in New York City will also save you a ton of money. We’re not going to go on about why we think shacking up with a roommate is just about the best thing ever, but we will tell you what the minimum monetary requirement is for living alone in Manhattan.

According to rental data released by Douglas Elliman, we bring you the minimum salary requirements for living alone without a guarantor in New York City.

How much money do I need to make to rent an apartment alone in Manhattan?

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  • Studio: with a median rent of $2,559, you’ll have to make at least $102,360.
  • One-bedroom: with a median rent of $3,427, you’ll have to make at least $137,080.
  • Two-bedroom: with a median rent of $4,595, you’ll have to make at least $183,800.
  • Three-plus-bedroom:with a median rent of $5,995, you’ll have to make at least $239,800.

How much money do I need to make to rent an apartment alone in Brooklyn?

Park Slope Brooklyn

  • Studio: with a median rent of $2,406, you’ll have to make at least $96,240. 
  • One-bedroom: with a median rent of $2,650, you’ll have to make at least $106,000 
  • Two-bedroom: with a median rent of $3,430, you’ll have to make at least $137,200.
  • Three-plus-bedroom: with a median rent of $4,287, you’ll have to make at least $171,480.

How much money do I need to make to rent an apartment alone in Queens?

Astoria Queens

  • Studio: with a median rent of $2,468, you’ll have to make at least $98,720.
  • ​One-bedroom: with a median rent of $2,957, you’ll have to make at least  $118,280.
  • Two-bedroom: with a median rent of $3,790, you’ll have to make at least $151,600.
  • Three-plus-bedroom: with a median rent of $5,500, you’ll have to make at least $220,000.

 

McSorley's Bar

McSorley’s Old Ale House—Inside Snug and Evil.

Down on East 7th Street in the East Village of New York City, across the street from a preschool and a church, you’ll find the “snug and evil” McSorley’s Old Ale House, the oldest Irish tavern in NYC. Abraham Lincoln kicked back a brewsky here, the New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup and partied like hell (and dented the cup!) here and in the Golden Girls, Dorothy was born on a table here. Since 1854 (or 1862 depending on who you ask), famous statesmen, celebrities, artists, soldiers and bros of every variety frequented the mythical McSorely’s Old Ale House, and the bar didn’t even allow women to step through it’s doors until it was forced to do so in 1970.

Walking through the weathered black front doors of McSorley’s transports you to an Irish slice of a bygone era of “Olde New York.” Irish waiters and bartenders, the sawdust scattered on the floors, the New York City nostalgia, old artwork, framed newspaper articles and other Americana adorning the walls all add to the olde-school ambiance. They say that no piece of memorabilia has been removed from the walls of the bar since 1910.

Wishbones left by soldiers deployed to Europe during WWI let dangling above the bar in memoriam.

Wishbones left by soldiers deployed to Europe during WWI let dangling above the bar in memoriam.

 

Wishbones dangle in the air above the bar immemorial, still waiting to be removed by the boys who tied them. Legend goes that they were hung there by soldiers deployed to Europe during World War I, only to be removed upon their return. These are the wishbones that weren’t so lucky. Attached to the bar you’ll even find a paid of handcuffs that belonged to Harry Houdini.

Houdini's Handcuffs attached to the bar of McSorley's

Houdini’s Handcuffs attached to the bar of McSorley’s

 

The bartenders will likely laugh at you if you try to order a Vodka Tonic or a Corona, although we’re not sure why you would want to order that in an Irish Tavern anyway. The only alcoholic options at McSorley’s are house brewed dark (Black Ale) or light (Pale Ale) ale and they’re served in two small glasses. Yes, they’re both good.

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There is a simple bar food menu of burgers and sandwiches, which aren’t bad at all. McSorley’s is cash-only, but the cheaply-priced menu means you won’t need to come with a wad of twenties. You didn’t think that a credit card machine would go with the Americana decor did you?

The Oldest “Irish Tavern” in New York City

McSorley's Old Ale House Entrance

According to the sign above McSorley’s, the East Village alehouse was established in 1854, but some historians doubt that claim. Although some soft evidence exists to support the 1854 claim, including a document from 1904 in McSorley’s Founder, John McSorley’s, hand at the Museum of the City of New York where he declares the bar was established in 1854, historical records show that the site was a vacant lot from 1860 to 1861.

John McSorley (1827-1910), original owner and founder of McSorley's Old Ale House.

John McSorley (1827-1910)

McSorley’s fanboys aside, most New York City historians now peg 1860 as the year this original Irish Bro-Tavern opened it’s famous doors. In whenever year John McSorley actually did open the bar, he originally named it “The Old House At Home.”

John McSorley was born in Country Tyrone, Ireland in 1827. He fled the Irish Potato Famine (Gorta Mór) to New York City in 1851. After just three years in the New World, John started serving his ale as an hommage to his favorite watering hole in his hometown of Omagh which was not so coincidentally called “Old House at Home.”

John ran the bar until 1910 when he passed away in his apartment on the second floor of the building above the bar. His son took the Ale-House reigns, and McSorley’s stayed in the family until 1936 when they sold the place to a known patron and NYC police officer. Although the bar has changed hands many times since, all of the owners have been true to the original quirky character and spirit of the ale-house institution.

Famous McSorley’s Patrons & Cultural Importance

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Hunter S. Thompson was a McSorley’s Regular. Photo Credit: Photo by Neale Haynes | Getty Images

 

It would be impossibly long to list all of the names of all of the iconic people that have visited McSorley’s, but there are definitely some names that stand out more than others. Big-name Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and Teddy Roosevelt all kicked back an ale like men on the saw-dust covered bar. The legendary Hunter S. Thompson was a McSorley’s regular. In Thompson’s book, Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967 he writes:

What the hell kind of an operation are you people running, anyway? Or don’t you figure you need free-lancers? Fortunately, I have enough work with the Observer and The Reporter. I don’t make big money, but I make quite enough to visit New York now and then, and I stay in good enough shape to be able to raise all hell when I get there. There’s nothing I’ll like better-both as a healthy exercise and as good material for my biographers-than to gather some of my ham-fisted friends from McSorley’s and clean out your whole damn office.

E.E. Cummings Described McSorley’s as Snug and Evil

The American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright, E.E. Cummings described McSorley’s Old Ale House as “Snug and Evil.” The opening to an untitled 1922 poem reads:

i was sitting in mcsorley’s. outside it was New York and beautifully snowing.

Inside snug and evil. the slobbering walls filthily push witless creases of screaming warmth chuck pillows are noise funnily swallows swallowing revolvingly pompous a the swallowed mottle with smooth or a but of rapidly goes gobs the and of flecks of and a chatter sobbings intersect with which distinct disks of graceful oath, upsoarings the break on ceiling-flatness the Bar.

Drinking out of the Stanley Cup at McSorley’s

Following a 54-year dry spell (some would say curse!) New Yorkers once again basked in the greatness of the Stanley Cup when the Rangers beat the Vancouver Canucks. As Sports illustrated put it: “Like a loose puck it has been slapped from bar to nightclub to ballpark to ballroom to racetrack to squad car to firehouse to strip joint.”

A couple New York Rangers including Mike Richter, brought the cup to McSorley’s Old Ale House, after a victory parade in the streets. For 45 minutes they locked the doors and let the McSorley’s patrons  “hoist it above their heads and drink McSorley’s Dark and Light out of it.” Legendary.

 

McSorley’s Old Ale House was “Men Only” until 1970

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McSorley’s around 1945. | Credit: Hulton Archive / Getty Images

 

Until 1970 McSorley’s was a men-only bar whose motto was even “Good Ale, Raw Onions and No Ladies.” Kicking and screaming, the bar finally allowed (under duress) the ladies in after they lost a discrimination case brought against them by the National Organization of Women. On August 10, 1970, Barbara Shaum became the first female patron of the old New York establishment. They would eventually install a restroom for the ladies 16 years later.

Since 1970 the watering hole has adopted two less chauvinistic mottos:”Be Good or Be Gone”, and “We were here before you were born.”  Even though the ladies are more than welcome today, you can still drink “good ale” and be served “raw onions” if you order the McSorley’s cheese platter.

The bit from the Golden Girls about Sophia giving birth to Dorothy on a table in McSorely’s is an anachronism. Dorothy was definitely born after 1970 and Sophia wouldn’t have been allowed in the bar!

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How a Bar Is across the Street from a Preschool and a Church & McSorley’s Surviving Prohibition

On December 5, 1933, the honorable, heroic and brotastic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Presidential Proclamation 2,065, officially repealing the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that established Prohibition in the United States. Rounds of “cheers” were heard throughout the city, corks popped and champagne flowed. The next day the streets were covered with puke and New Yorkers everywhere were hung over.

During Prohibition, New York City was a gangster’s paradise and mafia ran the town. Basements were outfitted with swanky speakeasies, casinos and cabarets. After alcohol was legalized, this mafia-run wild west needed to be regulated. In 1934 New York enacted the Alcoholic Beverage Control laws or ABC laws, which included a clause that states that you can’t serve alcohol within 200 feet of a church, synagogue house of worship or a school. McSorley’s, across the street from both a church AND a school, is in direct violation of the law.

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What is the 200 Foot Rule?

Section 64(7) of the ABC law strictly prohibits bars from operating within 200 feet of a church, synagogue or school on the same street. We’re not sure why they included synagogues in this, because Jews (L’Chaim!) love to drink and be merry. For you lawyers out there, the 200 Foot Rule of the ABC law states:

7. No retail license for on-premises consumption shall be granted for
any premises which shall be
(a) on the same street or avenue and within two hundred feet of a
building occupied exclusively as a school, church, synagogue or other
place of worship

Enough about the law! So how does McSorley’s continue to serve bros brewskies?! If you guessed that it’s because it was there before they church you’d be wrong. St. George’s Ukranian Catholic Church was built on another older Methodist Episcopal Church around 1840. That would make that John McSorley built opened his bar directly across the street from a church that was around for at least twenty years. Our kinda guy. But if the church is older than the bar, how is McSorley’s Old Ale House allowed to serve Ale?!

Even though Prohibition was repealed in December of 1933, it wouldn’t be until 1934 that the ABC law was enacted. Any businesses that were open and selling liquor during before the ABC law came into effect, even if they’re located directly in front of a church, would be “Grandfathered in” and allowed to continue to wash their patrons’ sorrows down with Whiskey, or a choice of light or dark ale.

McSorley’s During Prohibition

When Prohibition fell on the good people and revelers of New York in 1920, all booze including all alcoholic beer, wine, and alcohol were strictly banned from production and sale. To avoid shuttering its doors, McSorley’s began to brew and serve non-alcoholic “Near Beer.” Yes, it’s as boring as it sounds. Meanwhile, down in the cellar they continued brewing their light and dark ales and would serve them up in the back room. When Prohibition was repealed, McSorley’s didn’t even miss a beat.

McSorley's Bar by John Sloan - 1912

McSorley’s Bar by John Sloan – 1912

 

Narrowest Buildings in NYC

Narrowest Buildings in New York City

In New York City they say you can never be too thin or too rich, but we’re not so sure this applies to New York City apartments. Small dwellings are commonplace in NYC, but these anorexic abodes take the cake (but like good New Yorkers don’t eat it!). We bring you the top 10 narrowest residential buildings in NYC in order from widest to skinniest.

All data have been compiled from ACRIS, NYC DOB, Zillow and Trulia.

Top 10 Narrowest Residential Buildings in NYC

10. 55A Monroe Street, Brooklyn NY

width 12 ft | 3.66 m Area  1,980 ft² | 184 m²

Built in 1920, this is converted two-family duplex is located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn . The property sold for $7,500 in 2013 according to the Office of the City Register.

355A Monroe St Brooklyn NY

9. 22 East 84th Street, New York, NY

width 12 ft | 3.66 m Area  1,980 ft² | 184 m²

This four-story single family home built in 1950 last sold in 1999 for $3,018,750.

22 East 84th St New York, NY

8. 404 Greenwood Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

width 12 ft | 3.66 m Area  2,556 ft² | 237 m²

Located in the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn, this three-story building was built in 1899. The slender property last changed hands in 1977 for an undisclosed amount.

404 Greenwood Ave Brooklyn NY

7. 1054 62nd Street, Brooklyn, NY

width 12 ft | 3.66 m Area  2,880 ft² | 268 m²

This slim three-story multi-family home was built in 2004 and has been occupied since 2006 according to the NYC Department of Buildings.

1054 62nd Street, Brooklyn, NY

 

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6. 31 West 94th St, New York NY

width 12 ft | 3.66 m Area  4,309 ft² | 400 m²

Built in 1909, this classy three-story coop is perfect for slim model types. In 2006 apartment #2R sold for $275,000.

31 West 94th St, New York NY

5. 261 West 93rd Street, New York, NY

width 11 ft | 3.66 m Area  4,734 ft² | 440 m²

This slim seven-unit five-story walkup was built in 1900.

261 West 93rd Street, New York, NY

4. 481 Lexington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

width 10.33 ft | 3.15 m Area  1,395 ft² | 130 m²

Built in 1899, this slender single-family Bed-Stuy home sold in 2014 for $25,000.

481 Lexington Avenue, Brooklyn

3. 58 Hunter Avenue, Staten Island, NY

width 10 ft | 3 m Area  1,320 ft² | 120 m²

Constructed in 1986, this single-family Staten Island home was sold in 2012 for $265,000.

58 Hunter Avenue, Staten Island

2. 83 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

width 10 ft | 3 m Area  1,050 ft² | 98 m²

83 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

 

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1. 75 1/2 Bedford Street, NY

width 9.5 ft | 2.8 m Area  999 ft² | 93 m²

The narrowest and most famous of the narrow houses is located in the West Village on Bedford at Commerce St. Built in 1873, many bold-faced names called this townhouse on 75 1/2 Bedford home including Cary Grant, Edna St Vincent Millay, William Steig, and John Barrymore. The slender structure boasts an envious backyard complete with brick pavers and greenery (see pictures below). In 2013, the skinny historic home sold for a fat $3.25 million.

75 1/2 Bedford Street, NY

Backyard of 75 1/2 Bedford Street, New York, NY

75 1/2 Bedford Street

Ultimate Guide to NYC: Hélène Bellemare Heath

Insider Guide to NYC: Hélène Heath

Fashion blogger and stylista Hélène Heath shares her Insider New York favorites for New York living. Check out her blog, Fashion Over Reason. We’re huge fans. You can also follow her on Instagram and on Pinterest.

What’s your full name?
Hélène Heath

What neighborhood do you live in?
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

How long have you lived in NYC?
four years

Where are you from originally?
Montreal

What do you do?
I wear many hats (good thing I have a hat face). I’m a style blogger and fashion consultant, but I also do personal styling when my schedule allows it.

Do you have a great “NYC moment” story?
I think it’s required to have a great New York story (or multiple ones) to be a New Yorker! One of my favorites is that I came here years ago to do an internship and had five days to find a place to live. I took to craigslist, as any self-respecting 23-year old would do, and while I saw a lot of dumps and weirdos, I also ended up finding the most amazing people that have become some of my best friends. I knew it the moment I walked in and their dog peed on me.

Living in NYC is living a life punctuated with amazing twists of fate and out-of-this-world moments. I’ll never forget the butterflies I felt when I first laid eyes on the Manhattan skyline, the perfect first date I had with my husband, the crazy people I encountered in the subway, the cheese pizza slices I ate curbside in random West Village streets at 4 AM, the kindness of a stranger who found my iPhone in the back of a cab and returned it to me, the many celebrity spottings while they’re just being regular people, my first Broadway show, eating my way through certain neighborhoods, learning about the fantastic gift to humanity that is Ricky’s, the joy of being able to get anything delivered at any given time of day, the cherry blossoms in Washington Square Park, moving to Brooklyn and complaining about Manhattan… I can go on for hours. It’s all a dream. But it’s also an awesome reality.

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Favorite neighborhood to walk the streets?
West Village

Favorite intimate haunt to meet an old friend?
The Marlton Hotel lobby

Best dive bar?
The Abbey in Williamsburg

Favorite romantic resto?
Maison Premiere in Williamsburg. Their patio is all romance.

Maison Premiere Williamsburg

Maison Premiere Williamsburg. Credit: Maison Premiere

 

Favorite park to stroll through?

Washington Square Park

Best area for binge shopping?
Nolita

Best Bloody Mary?
Prune in the East Village

Favorite late-night grub spot after a long night?
Crif Dogs

Best place for a mani/pedi?
Primp and Polish on Driggs in Williamsburg

Best place to thrift shop?
Brooklyn Flea

Brooklyn Flea Fort Greene

Brooklyn Flea Fort Greene. Credit: Kate Glicksberg

 

Best hamburger?
Diner in Williamsburg

Favorite brunch spot?
Cafe Mogador

Best shoe shopping?
Barneys

Favorite place to hear music?
Rockwood

Favorite NYC summer activities?
Happy hour on a terrace. Biking from Williamsburg to Dumbo and picnicking under the Brooklyn Bridge. Spending a Saturday afternoon at Governor’s Island. Smorgasburg on Saturdays. Outdoor concerts in various parks. Getting gelato at Il Laboratorio del Gelato.

Go-to place for dinner: Cafe Colette in Williamsburg.

Favorite Pizza: it’s a tie between Rubirosa in Nolita and Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint.

Best terrace: Northern Territory in Greenpoint.

Best place to spot a celebrity in their natural habitat: Anywhere in the West Village.

Favorite bagels: Murray’s.

Best Karaoke: Arlene’s Grocery.

Favorite classic NYC joint: the Spotted Pig.

Favorite tourist activity: walk the Highline and ride the East River Ferry.

NYC bucket list: Get tickets to the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

First Day of Spring 2015 NYC

First Day of Spring 2015 NYC

As if this abrasively freezing and snowy winter wasn’t enough, instead of the sweet bird-songs of spring serenades,  the first day of spring came to greet us with a frosty snowstorm of a kiss. No frolicking the streets on a nice warm day, no basking in the warm rays of spring, no feelings of spring love in the air–just more cold and snow. Take a look at some of our favorite shots of the first day of spring in NYC. We can only hope that this frigid relationship starts to thaw.

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Noisy Neighbors

Ultimate NYC Guide to Noise Complaints: Part 1

Part 1: Who’s Making All That Noise?!

New York City is Called “The City that Never Sleeps” for a Reason. Crowned as the most densely populated city with a population of more than 100,000 people in America, New York City packs in a staggering 27,016.3 people per square mile. Squeezed into apartments like stacks of sardines, New Yorker’s have no choice but to be reminded of our neighbors’ existence in some way or another at all hours of the day and night. Noise in the hallway, TV blaring through the wall, some kid’s painful piano practice (over and over because practice makes perfect!),  couples fighting, loud conversations, music and noise from above (and on and on) are all parts of the cost of living in the city that never sleeps.  That doesn’t even account for the rest of the noise from emergency response vehicles, fire trucks, horns blaring and even ice cream trucks! The sources of noise pollution may seem endless, but that doesn’t mean that New Yorkers can’t complain about it.

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According to data collected by NYC Open Data, in 2014, The City of New York received a whopping 145,645 noise complaints. That works out to about 400 noise complaints a day. More than half of the complaints received regard noise from neighbors, the rest originates from outside sources. Loud Music/Party and Loud Talking collectively make up 50% of the noise complaints. This doesn’t come as a surprise for such a vibrant metropolis–after all, it’s New York City; not the suburbs. Below is the break down of the top 13 noise complaints that make up 97% of the total with 3% accounting for random other noise complaints.

Kinds of Noise Complaints in NYC

In the below chart you can see a breakdown of the different types of noise complaints by New Yorkers. Some of them like dog barking or jackhammering are obvious, but what kind of cold-hearted New Yorker tattle-tales on the ice cream man?!

Chart Breakdown of Noise Complaints in NYC

 

Map of Location of Noise Complaints in NYC 2014

This interactive heat-map shows you the location of the noisiest neighborhoods of New York City. Have patience, this map takes a little time to load due to the large number of New Yorkers complaining about noise.

When are the Noise Complaints

Not all days and times are equal for noise complaints in New York. We’ve taken the data and graphed it by time and by day of the week. There are some obvious findings, like most complaints being clustered from 10:00pm – 2:00 am, especially on weekends–a clear sign of people just trying to get some shut eye.

Many of the complaints don’t have to do with disrupting sleep, at all, as can be seen with the Saturday spike from 7:00am onward. These New Yorkers that favor sitting at home in silence and jumping at the opportunity to quiet their neighbors may be better off living in the quiet country than in the bustling big city. It’s the weekend, after all!

Chart Noise Complaint Times in NYC by Weekday

Next: How to Deal with a Noisy Neighbor (coming soon)

 

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Noisy Neighbors

Ultimate NYC Guide to Noise Complaints

It’s 2:00 am on a Tuesday and the couple on the other side of your bedroom with the girl that screams so loud during sex that you’re dying to knock on their door and tell him that she’s faking it is going at it full volume. Maybe you’re sitting in your living room watching your show after a long day at the office while the bass from the upstairs-neighbor’s subwoofer is pumping out dust from the ceiling with every beat. It might even just be 9:12 am on Sunday morning while you’re trying to slip into your weekend yoga routine while the kids upstairs at 4B pummel your ceiling (and your plans to meditate) with a barrage of cartwheels, kicks, jumps and stomps. I’ll discuss below ways you can you get them to quiet down.

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Or maybe you’re the one having a get together to celebrate that promotion you just got and your next-door neighbor is threatening to call the cops if you don’t shut it down. Aren’t you allowed to have a get-together from time to time? As if your rent isn’t too high already that you can’t even enjoy where you live without your neighbors meddling in the affairs of your life. We’ll discuss what your rights are and what you can do to assuage your neighbors’ wrath.

In this three-part guide you’ll find out how to survive all that noise in the Big Apple. We’ll discuss where all the noise is coming from, how to deal with noisy neighbors without waging war, how to throw a party and get away with it and how to maneuver a noise complaint and get away scot-free when the NYPD is banging at your door.

Part 1: Who’s Making All That Noise?!

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