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If you are renting in NYC, please use HPD's database: HPD Online.
The link is about halfway down the page.
It will give you a list of violations that people called in to 311. This is an incredibly useful tool for renters in NYC.

If I had used it before moving into the apartment where I lived in the Bronx years ago, it would have saved me from the constant failure of the boiler and days of no heat or hot water, the roaches, the mice, and other issues. I was lucky in that my apartment didn't have leaks or walls falling down or other things - many of my neighbors had these problems and they were exquisitely recorded by HPD in the database.

It is incredibly useful. I can't stress that enough.

5 Things to Run Away From as a Renter Renters Solutions
7/3/14 06:18 AM

The Palisades are not a building and in fact their beauty is currently being threatened by a building.

The 2014 List of Most Endangered Buildings Design News
6/25/14 06:26 PM

I'll be celebrating with a snow shovel or if I'm a good girl, snowblower, in my hand. And if anyone tries to cut the pepperoni on my pizza into heart shapes, they're going to get a heart shaped snowball upside the head.

Happy Valentines Day to those of you not actively involved in city government snow removal.

How Pinterest Thinks You Should Celebrate Valentine's Day
2/12/14 12:46 PM

I get anxious about having people over so I'm going to treat this as real apartment therapy and see if doing the cure will help me be less overwhelmed about having guests. Inviting people over right now is a leap of faith, but my father-in-law mentioned that he'd like to see where we're living now so ... when my husband gets home tonight, I'm going to bring up inviting his dad and sisters over for dinner.

If someone would pat me on the head and tell me that I'm going to enjoy having people over, that would be great.

Keep Yourself on Track: Get a
Get-Together Together
January Cure: Assignment # 8

1/13/14 04:56 PM

We have the walls of doom in our apartment - solid, solid plaster which you can't hammer a nail into - and since we like our landlords, we haven't gone the route of masonry screws. We're trying command strips to hang things but this means we aren't framing anything. Instead we're using binder clips to hold the posters and hooking those on to the command hooks. Not sure how I feel about the fairly ugly hooks, but I'm pretty happy with finally getting things on the walls.

Making Your Home Your Own: Prep Artwork for Framing & Display January Cure: Assignment # 6
1/9/14 05:38 PM

I'm still working on my floors. I've learned something about my mess in doing this. I need a shredder - a goodly amount of the mess is papers that can't be directly put into the recycling.

I'm looking forward to getting home tonight and sitting on the floor for a while. The cats will enjoy it. And maybe if I sit in just the right area, I'll be motivated to rescue the cat toys from under the sofa.

10 Mindful Minutes: Get a Fresh Perspective January Cure: Assignment #3
1/6/14 11:45 AM

Hardy? Yes. We grow them here in NYC. A quick check of the interwebs show that they're good in US Hardiness zones 4-9. I too grabbed a couple at Trader Joe's and will be popping them in the ground in the spring after the thaw.

Hellebores After The Holidays: Keeping The \"Christmas Rose\" Alive
1/5/14 04:36 PM

One small cactus has joined the sciencegeek plant household. It needs repotting, but that will have to wait for a few days - I've got about ten plants that need repotting including a pair of Agave attenuata and about 4 million Haworthias. At home, I'm a bad plant mama.

Time to turn on the music, quietly because it is before 10am on a weekend, and do some floor cleaning.

Weekend Chores: Flowers & Floors January Cure: Assignment #2
1/5/14 08:30 AM

Another nice thing about Hellebores is that in the garden they'll seed themselves and you'll end up with lots of little hellebores - if you have a few colors to start out with, you'll end up with a lovely gradient of baby hellebores. They won't bloom the first couple of years, but after that .. late-winter or early spring joy!

Hellebores After The Holidays: Keeping The \"Christmas Rose\" Alive
1/3/14 02:31 PM

acetic acid is a chemical. if you inhale too much of it it will hurt your lungs.
you may know it as vinegar.

please be aware that countless people are grinding their teeth as you cry "CHEMICALS!!!!!" in your alarmist way. everything is composed of chemicals. some natural things are toxic. some natural things are carcinogenic. i am so very tired of hearing people call things "chemical-free" or claiming that because something is "natural" it is automatically better.

Preparing for Company in 60 Minutes
(or Less!): My Speed Cleaning Routine

11/10/13 09:07 AM

I'm a gardener by profession. Of the gardens I've visited recently, I'd strongly suggest Chanticleer in Wayne, PA (outside of Philly). They are doing wonderful things.

Best of the Best: 10 Gardens to Visit Across the United States
6/21/13 09:25 PM

Ha! My workplace is throwing a summer solstice soiree for its annual gala on Tuesday. I'm totally cracking up that we're perfectly on trend.

Throw a Summer Solstice Soiree
6/21/13 09:00 PM

Ammi majus does spread fairly efficiently so if you don't want to be weeding it out of everywhere downwind, cut off the flower heads before they seed.

5 Kinds of Flower Seeds to Plant Now,
For Filling Vases Later this Summer The Gardenist

5/29/13 08:46 PM

Newly renovated = won't be ready for you to move in when your lease starts. And in fact most of the things being done won't be ever done.

Spin vs. Reality: Top 10 Apartment Listing Phrases
4/4/13 07:31 AM

I've been annoyed at the recycling of posts, but the "before" picture still intrigued me enough to come and take a look at the "after" and then dragged me through some websites to find the actual "after" and to find out who actually did the garden.

I am disappointed that before reposting someone didn't try this. Of course the person reposting might not be someone who gardens.

Before & After: A Barren Backyard Is Brought Back to Life Studio G
3/28/13 06:11 PM

The first picture isn't really a before - they have already started pulling out stuff. And the second picture isn't a true after - I'd like to see it after a season of growth.

That said, what they've hired Tacoma Urban Gardener (I went to look at the linked website and they've changed their name and have a new website!) to do is really nice. And if you look at their before and after pictures, they have an updated picture of the garden three years in.

So. Yeah.

Before & After: A Barren Backyard Is Brought Back to Life Studio G
3/28/13 01:10 PM

This is reminding me of the time my sister brought her vegan boyfriend to Passover Seder and we tried to figure out what to make for dessert. I think the answer was a fruit salad, but it took us a long time to figure that out.

How Do You Plan a Dinner Party with Guests Who Follow Different Diets? Good Questions
3/16/13 08:53 AM

I actually like sleeping on the other side of the bed once in a while. I find I sleep quite well there.

How Sheldon Are You?
3/13/13 02:14 PM

my resolution is to keep a gardening journal. every spring I find myself wanting to know when things came up; when I planted things; when I pruned things and I regret not keeping a journal.

Gardening Resolutions:
Have You Made Any?

2/22/13 06:06 PM

Can one of you guys go downstairs and listen to the noise? Is it really that bad? Can you have one of them come upstairs and walk around while the other listens downstairs?

Find out what the noise ordinances are for your city/town. If you are not breaking those rules, then there is no problem.

Let them know that they can communicate with the landlord if they want. Stop communicating with them. Block their texts.

I had a downstairs neighbor who I catered to for about a year until she complained to another neighbor about how noisy we were during a period of time when we were out of town. She was upset that we walked in our apartment (shoeless, quietly) after 9pm. She'd pull out her broom and bang on the ceiling at 9:03pm. We didn't have loud music, we put felt pads on all our moveable furniture, no shoes in the apartment, in bed by 11pm and up at 7am. We couldn't put down carpets for allergy reasons. She didn't have small children (which would have made some of her behaviour understandable).

Let it be noted that I live in NYC. Not a quiet place.
If all else fails, give your neighbors a white noise machine (cheap box fan works just fiiiiiine).

Good luck.

How Do I Deal with Neighbor's Excessive Noise Complaints? Good Questions
2/20/13 08:49 AM