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Display Name: Diana in NYC
Member Since: 1/31/09

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I was raised in an ancient house with a working fireplace, a wood pile, and an ancient boiler from the 1920's that we used only for heating water. The solution is to 1) heat yourself, 2) heat your bed, and 3) cover your floors with carpets and your windows with curtains, the thicker the better. The Victorians lived the way they did for a reason, OK?

We always had a lot of stuff from L.L.Bean (and if you can't afford these, copy their techniques with DIY stuff from flea markets or used clothes). Flannel sheets, flannel nightclothes, electric blanket, electric towell heater in the bathroom, down or sheepskin slippers, long underwear.

I still like my home really cold, except that now I wear my mountaineering gear inside. If you have the money, Icebreaker and REI make wonderfully comfortable clothes that are great for lounging around in a sub-freezing environment. I realize this is expensive, but it's a much more lasting investment than heating oil.

Tessaj is right: the future is in passive housing. But until then, it helps to dress as if you are camping on a mountaintop.

My Winter Thus Far Without Turning On The Heat
12/10/11 06:42 PM

FiatLex, co-op maintenance often pays an underlying mortgage on a building. A condo is an interest in land, legally. A co-op is a corporation which owns a building, and the residents own shares in the co-op which leases their apartments to them. Elevators are also quite expensive, and then there's the issue of paying for managing agent or doormen or other staff. Toss in real-estate taxes that depend more upon prevailing tax rates the year the co-op was founded than on anything else and you see where the money is going.

For NYC co-ops, the maintenance is not that high; a $1 a square foot is really the best you can hope for. Problem with this place is that it has only one exposure and that lies facing a buildable lot. If you're going to have space without light you may as well buy a basement.

Apartment Therapy New York | FSBO: NoHo Loft 718 Broadway, 6B
2/11/09 06:15 PM

use a potato. Seriously. Take an appropriately size Idaho potato and screw it into the broken socket until it catches and then unscrew the "potato" bulb. It works and as a bonus you get a Dada-ist potato lightbulb.

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2/10/09 02:31 PM

forget the wallpaper .... where are those blue tiles from? That is absolutely the most awesome shade of blue tile I think I have ever seen.

seriously, I am thinking of redoing my bathroom with white subway tile and some kind of color accent, and this one just blows me away.

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1/31/09 03:17 PM