Would You Rather Have Manhattan Apartments with a Balcony or Terrace?

apartments with balcony in ManhattanThere are many ads for apartments that offer balconies and terraces. What is the difference between a balcony and a terrace? They’re almost the same…right? Sometimes the advertising people use balconies and terraces synonymously but generally here’s the difference in reference to apartments and/or apartment buildings…Balconies are ordinarily private or semi-private. A terrace is usually not private and is associated with a specific place like a “garden” or “rooftop.”

Wikipedia’s definition of a balcony is defined as a platform projecting from the wall of a building, supported by columns or console brackets and enclosed with a balustrade, usually above the ground floor, commonly with an entrance from a door or window.

Dictionary.com defines a terrace as a raised level with a vertical or sloping front or sides faced with masonry, turf, or the like, especially one of a series of levels rising one above another.

Here are a few apartments with a balcony in Manhattan from Apartmentfinder.com

  • West End Towers is located at 55-75 West End Avenue. West End Towers is a 1,000-unit high-rise just off 66th Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. This high-end rental building features a fitness center with pool and classes for adults and children, children’s playroom, children’s outdoor playground, parking and a complimentary shuttle bus.
  • Symphony House at 235 West 56th Street. This very large, orange-brown brick, rental tower has a handsome polished red granite base and a very handsome entrance and plaza. Symphony House offers a health club and pool on the top two floors, a garage, a doorman, a concierge, a bicycle room, a storage room, a sundeck, a recreation room, a laundry on every floor, video security and valet service.
  • The Pavilion at 500 East 77th Street occupies the full block between 77th and 76th Streets and York Avenue. The Pavilion has its own shopping arcade, landscaped roof decks, a 24-hour attended garage, a shuttle bus to transit and shopping, a windowed laundry facility, air-conditioning, ATM on site and a fitness center.
  • House 39’s address is 225 E 39th Street and recently began accepting residents. House 39, the shimmering 36-story curved glass tower in Murray Hill, offers a fitness room to be a mecca of fitness possibilities, including a full yoga studio, a locker room and even a Turkish-bath inspired hammam steam room. Rooftop indoor and outdoor hot tubs beckon after a long day at the office, complete with dazzling views of the surrounding neighborhood.

Swim Any Time of Year in Your NYC Apartment for Rent with an Indoor Pool

apartments for rent with indoor pool nycFinding a place to live in New York City with a ground level outdoor swimming pool is as uncommon as seeing a baby pigeon. Usually pools can be found on the rooftops – they can be enclosed or open air and some have temperature controlled water. Finding apartments for rent with an indoor pool in NYC is even more of a challenge.

Let’s see what residential buildings in Manhattan have to offer in the way of indoor swimming pools that you can enjoy all year long…

River Place, at 650 West 42nd Street, describes itself as ultimate New York City waterfront luxury living just steps away from Times Square in this highly desirable West Side neighborhood. The 75-foot long, glass-enclosed, indoor swimming pool is part of the state-of-the-art, 34,000 square-foot health club called the River Club, and comes complete with lounge chairs overlooking the Hudson River.

Columbus Square Apartments in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, at 808 Columbus Avenue and West 97th Street has a breathtaking pool. Fully enclosed with an awesome view through the floor to ceiling windows is a heated 70 foot long, three lane lap pool.

At 400 West 63rd Street is The Ashley, a modern high-rise doorman building offering a gym, a garage and a children’s play area. The reinforced concrete structure is poised elegantly and with a modern design. In The Ashley’s luxury fitness center you will find a 75 foot indoor swimming pool and hot tub.

At EOS Nomad’s green luxury tower at 100 West 31st Street enjoy the sweeping city views, a rooftop recreation level, an inside pool with the perk of having its own 15,000-square-foot Nike-branded gym. For more information regarding the beautiful indoor pool at EOS, check out their website at http://eosnomad.com.

Good News for Apartment Hunters: More Rental Options in the Bronx are Being Built

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When it comes to apartments in the Bronx, it can be tricky to find one big enough for you and your loved ones that fits a budget and is close enough to work and other desirable locations. Therefore, the news that buildings are being built and the Bronx is getting more apartments is music to the ears of people who are hoping to find new homes in the coming months.

There are apartments for rent Bronx NY, but typically they are not in ideal locations, are weird when it comes to the layout or have other frustrating features for those looking for a new place to call home.

Now, however, the area has a new trend. On parking lots, abandoned lots and even a community garden or two, the trend has been to build new affordable housing apartments. These are being built in recognition of the rise in homelessness in NYC in recent years. They are also being built to combat the fact that families and individuals who work in the city are living in shelters because an apartment or housing location of their own is not feasible to fit into their average budget.

This may not be ideal news to those struggling to find an apartment who don’t fit the criteria to receive affordable housing. However, the balance of the city is turning toward providing homes for those who are looking for one. That can only mean good things for the average person on an apartment hunt in the Big Apple in this day and age.

Don’t give up hope on finding your ideal apartment. It must be out there, waiting for you to cross its threshold and discover the love you hold for the nooks and crannies of that particular location. Take heart in the challenge of the search, and your adventures in apartment hunting can only bring humor and diversion to your life outside of work.

Apartments with Balcony: Organizing a Party with Friends

Apartments with Balcony in Manhattan

If you’re lucky enough to be renting one of those luxury apartments with a balcony in Manhattan, like those you may have seen on house39.com, then you’ve got to take advantage of that and hold a balcony party!

When you live in an apartment and like to entertain, it always helps to open up the balcony as another room. Voila. You suddenly have more space!

There are millions of ways to organize and decorate, and here are a few ideas.

If you’re trying to go low-key, then think paper lanterns, deck chairs, and a guitar. You really can’t go wrong when it’s all relaxed. The foods that may be most appropriate are finger foods, something rustic. Think popcorn bar, lemonade, chips and dip, or cream cheese and onion ham rolls. For something sweet consider cupcakes or even just cookies.

If you want something more formal, consider a small table with a centerpiece and gourmet cupcakes, then set out a few chairs and put out some plants. Plants can brighten up any space and make it party ready. Later on in the night, serve some ‘looks-fancy-but-it’s-easy’ drinks, like a dirty Shirley cocktail or something along those lines. You can always go with fruit and cheese samples, gourmet flatbreads or pizzas, or even bruschetta. These are quick, but provide the opportunity to use any gourmet ingredient you like.

Another option is to have a tropical party, a sort of luau. Make tropical rum punch, set out a couple of pineapples and leis as centerpieces, and put on some tropical drum music. Try buying a used surfboard and prop it in the corner, and then choose your foods. They could run from simple – like Hawaiian pizza or fruit skewers – to more complex foods like grilled pineapple and pork with cold macaroni salad.

Bronx NY Community of Apartments for Rent Will Miss Their Former Broker

Parkchester Apartment for Rent Bronx NY
1722 Purdy Street, Parkchester Community Bronx NY

Zakir Khan, a 44-year-old husband and father, was stabbed several times by his landlord over past due rent. Taha Mahran, the victims landlord, allegedly confronted his tenant outside of his home at 1001 Logan Ave in Throggs Neck on February 22, 2017.  The confrontation ended with one man dead, and his assailant behind bars.

According to a report by ABC7, roughly 2000 people attended a service at a Mosque in Parkchester on Friday, February 24, 2017 to pay their last respects. Khan was active in the Parkchester community, having owned his own real estate brokerage firm in the area, Parkchester Real Estate. His website has several listings of available condos for sale in the Parkchester community. Other sources say that Khan had helped them find apartments for rent in the same Bronx NY neighborhood.

Taha Mahran, the victim’s landlord, turned himself in to police shortly after the incident. He is being charged in a Bronx Criminal Court with second degree murder. Sources indicate the victim was stabbed in the chest 7 times. The 51-year-old Mahran had filed eviction papers to have Khan removed from the rental unit, but was apparently unhappy with the progress and decided he needed to take matters into his own hands. He is being held without bail.

Meanwhile, there has been a GoFundMe page started by Mahran’s family and friends to help with expenses. The original goal was to raise $10,000, which was reached in a matter of 8 days. The new goal was raised to $15,000. As of March 16, 2017, 88 people had contributed $10,257 to the page.