clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Working Through Seller's Remorse; Opera on the Upper West Side

New, 2 comments

1) One Brooklynite-turned-suburbanite tries to work out his seller's remorse about the Brooklyn Heights co-op he lost $80,000 on in the down market of 1993. With a few former neighbors, he reminisces about sleepless nights after taking losses on apartments now worth, perhaps, over $1 million. But the therapy-by-real-estate-section exercise ends happily, with the realization that "as much money as we lost, judging a period of life by the bottom line is the road to existential ruin." Is there any comfort in this for current sellers? ['A Brooklyn Apartment Sold Too Soon?']

2) A complaining chef boyfriend with a thing for the suburbs sent one Queens renter on the hunt for an apartment with a bigger kitchen in -- the couple's compromise -- a leafy part of Brooklyn. They ended up in a $2,150 apartment on Union Street in Park Slope with the hoped-for larger kitchen. And how's that workin' out for them? The boyfriend, a vegetable chef at La Grenouille, eats most of his meals at work. But he does make pasta on Mondays! [The Hunt/'In This Kitchen, Monday is Pasta Night']

3) In the latest wacky lawsuit to hit the Upper West Side, a woman is suing the landlord next door because the residents of an apartment in his building, she alleges, sing opera and play the piano too loudly for her and her son to sleep. But the opera singing, piano playing couple say they haven't actually practiced in weeks, haven't heard any complaints from the residents of their own building, and don't even have parties because they are so sensitive to noise. Could there be a phantom of the opera at work? ['Take your Puccini and shove it!'/NYP]
4) Back when Habitat for Humanity first started thinking about its Brownsville, Brooklyn, development, the plan was for 12 townhouses, in line with the organization's usual practice of building single-family homes. But then, in what the Times calls a light bulb moment for Habitat, architects pointed out that the same space could house more people if Habitat built apartments instead. Eureka! Habitat will now be building apartments in NYC, about 170 years later than everybody else. ['Habitat Makes History in a Brooklyn Neighborhood']