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Display Name: alp102000
Member Since: 10/29/13

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There are certainly some neighbors I like more than others (there's one elderly lady who lets her mean, constantly barking dog run around off leash in the hallway), but I don't go out of my way to avoid them. Ain't got time for that!

Do You Avoid Your Neighbors?
4/15/14 11:44 AM

Grilled tuna. That way, I can make sure it's cooked perfectly medium rare!

The Dishes I Never Order Out Because They're Better at Home
4/11/14 11:04 AM

I will say that, if I were in Jennifer's situation, I would do a four burner cooktop. I actually have found myself using at least 3 burners at a time (e.g., if I am making spaghetti and sauce, plus steaming veggies). Plus I think a four burner stove will be better for potential resale.

I also cannot fathom getting rid of closet space. Talk about precious real estate! But hey, it's her space, and for all we know the rest of the apartment has ample storage space.

That said, looking forward to following this renovation!

The Budget for Jennifer's Small Space Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/10/14 10:01 PM

Sounds like a good plan. Definitely a good time for an apartment purge! Your budget sounds par for the course for NYC, and the reno will definitely increase the value of your apartment. The time, $, and effort will all be worth it!

The Budget for Jennifer's Small Space Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/10/14 03:01 PM

Does your budget include any costs your coop board may charge for reviewing your renovation plans (e.g., filing fees, architect fees)? Also, do you need to move or store your belongings when you temporarily relocate?

The Budget for Jennifer's Small Space Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/10/14 02:39 PM

Fellow West Villager here. Very interested in seeing how this unfolds! Also not a fan of open shelving. That NYC dust really does build up if you don't wash the contents of the shelves on a regular basis. Also, if you have a lot of stuff in a small place, you want to hide the clutter as much as humanly possible!

I suspect you will be addressing this in an upcoming post, but presume you have already gotten coop board and DOB approval of your plans, and are ready to move out and start work? If you have not, that could easily take another 2-3 months on top of the actual renovation time!

Best of luck!

Introducing Jennifer's Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/9/14 05:41 AM

Well, I used to store my jewelry in an old-fashioned jewelry box on my dresser ... Until I got robbed. Live and learn. Now I still have the same jewelry box, but it's inside another nondescript box and tucked away in the corner of my closet.

Stylish Storage: 10 Ways to Organize Jewelry
1/16/14 05:54 PM

It's not a question of what Maxwell thinks is "right" or "safe" for his daughter, it's a question of what he's required to do under NYC law:

So long as Maxwell has a window guard or stopper that prevents the window from being opened more than 4 1/2 inches, he's fine. But if he is not complying with the law, he should not be broadcasting that fact on a public website ... nor should he be suggesting to people that compliance with the law is optional.

Ursula's Window Seat Room My Room
10/29/13 02:36 PM