July 11, 2019
BLOG: The Air-Purifying Powers of Indoor Plants__ Read article
BLOG: The Air-Purifying Powers of Indoor Plants
When it comes to making no-fee apartments in NYC feel like home, there’s a lot to consider. What kind of lighting does your space need? How should you arrange your furniture? Where is the perfect place to hang that beloved work of art? Few design elements, however, can multitask like the humble houseplant. Perennially underrated, a houseplant can purify the air, regulate humidity, and boost your mood — all while looking fresh and lovely. This may be why houseplants have enjoyed a surge in popularity, especially among Millennials. But indoor greenery has never really gone out of style. Whether you’re moving into a brand-new space or just want to revitalize and rejuvenate your home, indoor plants are a breath of fresh air — literally.
Clean air is a cause that most people can get behind, but for some, the idea of nurturing a living plant can be a little intimidating. But for those lacking a green thumb, there are plenty of low-maintenance, virtually indestructible plants — the kind that can withstand whatever hardships you may inadvertently impose upon them. Aloe, for example, can tolerate being watered every two to three weeks, and the snake plant “thrives on being ignored,” according to HGTV. The hardy pothos plant is an excellent choice for first-timers. When it needs water, it will begin to visibly droop, basically telling you, “I’m thirsty!” Once drenched, it will perk back up again.
Different plants have different needs, based on the climate found in their native environment. Tropical plants will crave humidity and warmth, while desert plants prefer dry, arid conditions. The key to nurturing a plant is taking these conditions and applying them to the three major elements a plant depends upon for life: soil, light, and water. Make sure the soil you use is composed correctly — depending on your plant, you may need to add sand, peat, or perlite. For light, refer to the guidelines that came with your plant, or hop online and do a little research. But it is also important to be responsive to the signals your plant gives. If the leaves begin to look singed around the edges, your plant may be receiving too much direct sun. Try moving it to a location in your apartment that offers bright, indirect light, and see how it fares there. Water may be the trickiest component of all. Some plants will drown or rot in an abundance of water, while others will quickly wither without enough of it. Guidance from your local nursery can help you perfect your watering schedule.
It may take a little work to get your indoor garden going, but the innumerable benefits of indoor foliage are worth the effort. Before you know it, your no-fee apartments in Manhattan will feel like a verdant paradise.
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June 26, 2019
BLOG: Follow Your Passion and Discover the City__ Read article
BLOG: Follow Your Passion and Discover the City
Moving to New York City is a rush like no other. It’s one of those places, like Venice or the Giza pyramid complex, that inspires dreams and exceeds expectations. And so, when you move to the city into an Algin Management no-fee apartment in Manhattan, the question is not if you will meet new people and discover new things, but, with so many avenues for meeting life-changing friends and colleagues, and finding new wonders to explore, the question is: Where should you begin?
The key is to start with what you love. Are you an art buff, or someone who is thinking of becoming an art collector? New York is the art capital of the world — once you begin to tap into the network of artists and art institutions here, you will be astonished at how much there is to explore. Museums like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum have such a wealth of programming that they are like their own miniature art empires amidst the bustling streets.
If you have more specific interests, be sure to check out Meetup, offering groups to join with people who have similar interests. From photography workshops to avid hikers, the groups are endless. If you can’t find one that fits you, try starting your own!
Another great way to meet people and build a community in NYC is to join a gym, yoga studio, or run club. You’ll meet people from your neighborhood while getting in the best shape of your life. The Central Park Track Club is one of the foremost running clubs in the city, and their “track,” most of the time, is in Central Park (as you might have guessed). This is an ideal way to connect with nature in the city and to meet other serious runners. Another excellent place to get your double dose of friendly faces and an outstanding workout is Orangetheory Fitness, a fitness club whose entire ethos is based on building community and on recognizing the enormous benefit of having personal training coaches overseeing your entire workout plan. Or try CorePower Yoga for equal parts sweat-inducing workout and mindfulness. You’re going to need both with what will soon be your exhilarating and ever-expanding schedule.
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June 4, 2019
BLOG: Scenic and Convenient Escape NYC for the Weekend__ Read article
BLOG: Scenic and Convenient Escape NYC for the Weekend
If there’s one thing New Yorkers have in common, it’s that they love living in the city. And yet, despite the daily magic of life in no-fee apartments in NYC, even the most seasoned urbanite needs an escape now and then. Luckily, there are plenty of natural wonders within a few hours of the city that make for a refreshing weekend away. So, when the concrete jungle overwhelms, you can just pack a bag and go. Here are a few of our favorite destinations for a quick getaway, no matter the season.
The Hamptons, Long Island, N.Y.
The Hamptons is one of the quintessential New York seaside getaways, especially during the warmer seasons. Worth a visit for endless components – there are the long stretches of pristine white sand, the hulking dunes, and the uninterrupted views of the deep-blue Atlantic Ocean, for starters. If you want to stray from the beaten path, check out Two Mile Hollow Beach, a low-key, picturesque spot with vibes that tend toward the bohemian.
Asbury Park, N.J.
If your favorite part of going to the beach is strolling the boardwalk, perusing the seaside shops, and enjoying fresh seafood, Asbury Park might just be the place for you. The promenade has a distinctive, old-school feel; it’s one of the few remaining beach towns still full of arcades, theaters, vintage clothing boutiques, and infamous venues like The Stone Pony, where Bruce Springsteen played in his early days. Travel & Leisure recently declared Asbury Park “the coolest place on the Jersey shore,” but we’ll let you decide for yourself.
Shelter Island, Long Island, N.Y.
Nature lovers will find much to love at Shelter Island, the bucolic Long Island oasis. While Shelter Island has enjoyed renewed popularity in recent years, it remains a natural and quiet getaway, thanks to Mashomack Preserve. The preserve, a swath of land making up about a third of the island, covers “2,039 acres of interlacing tidal creeks, mature oak woodlands, fields, and freshwater marshes,” according to The Nature Conservancy. To explore it, take a stroll on one of the loops of the nine-mile-long Mashomack Preserve Trail, where you’ll see plenty of fascinating flora and fauna and get a healing dose of salt air.
Perhaps your getaway inclinations pull you upward, toward the mountains. In that case, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a mountain escape with as many recreational opportunities as Phoenicia, N.Y. Set deep in the Catskill Mountains, Phoenicia is surrounded on all sides by natural playgrounds. You can head down Esopus Creek on an inner tube, hike to the dramatic, two-tiered Kaaterskill Falls, or take in miles of fall foliage from Giant Ledge. Afterward, stroll historic downtown Phoenicia, where you can shop for antiques or try the pan-fried trout alongside the locals at the famous Phoenicia Diner.
As your summer getaways come to an end, you can look forward to coming home to your homey apartment in the city. Explore our availabilities today and find your next home in classic New York.
May 6, 2019
BLOG: Algin’s Guide to Renting in NYC__ Read article
BLOG: Algin’s Guide to Renting in NYC
Searching for a no-fee apartment in NYC can be an arduous task. It’s a highly competitive market; big decisions often must be made in minutes or your ideal apartment could slip away. But worry not, ambitious New Yorkers, we’re here to tell you that you can rise above the chaos and find your dream home — it is possible. Here’s how to do it.
Start Your Search Early (But Not Too Early)
This is always tricky in New York. You certainly don’t want to start too late, because the pressure of hurrying the process could cause you to make a rash decision — landing you in a less-than-ideal situation. Most NYC apartments are listed 30 days in advance, and some are 60, but it’s rare to find time frames longer than that. So, you can start two months before your moving date, but make sure to only search for apartments that are available for rent two months out. The last thing you want is to find a wonderful place and then discover that it’s up for rent in a month. Paying rent twice is far from ideal. We’d recommend starting anywhere from 30 to 50 days out. That way, you can get a good feel for the market and are more likely find something you really want.
Go in With a Plan
This is a must. Whether moving on your own, or with a partner or friend, make sure you know what you want in a residence. Sit down and make a wish list, and then decide which things on your list you can live without — and which things you can’t. When you search, aim high, but don’t be unwilling to compromise. If you’re looking for a two-bedroom with a roof deck, an eat-in kitchen, a parking space, natural light, and an in-unit washer/dryer, and you find a place that has everything but the roof deck, it might be time to pounce. Go in knowing which aspects of your future home are negotiable and which are carved in stone — it will make the whole experience far less stressful.
Understand Your Credit Score
Many listings will post a credit score or range that is needed to rent a residence. It’s important to know where you stand in this particular area to avoid surprises. Sites like Credit Karma offer free credit checks, and since they’re soft inquiries, checking the score will not impact your credit. If you find your credit score is too low for many apartments you desire, you may be able to have a guarantor co-sign for you. Not all buildings allow guarantors, but many do.
Be Ready to Act
Speaking of pouncing, being ready to act when your ideal place pops up is vitally important. You may only have a window of 30 minutes to lock down an apartment before it’s gone. Go in ready to rent, primed to get the ball rolling, or you might be left in the dust.
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April 18, 2019
BLOG: A Guide to a Heavenly Home Office__ Read article
BLOG: A Guide to a Heavenly Home Office
Regardless of the mode of transport, nobody likes commuting — it’s a hassle. Fortunately, many companies are now allowing their employees to work remotely, which means those frustrating, stressful trips into the office are a thing of the past. However, a laptop and a chair do not a home office make. To be able to effectively and efficiently work from home, you need a space that is designed for productivity.
Find a Space
The first thing to consider is where you are going to set up your workspace. You don’t need a lot of space for a home office, but you don’t want to be crushed into a closet, either. There are many no-fee apartments in Manhattan that offer layouts with half-bedrooms. Those layouts work quite well for a home office. Remember that it’s a good idea for your work area to be separate from the main living area of your home. Keep your living space for living and your working space for working — the separation will help you maintain regular hours and enhance productivity.
Let There Be Light
The lighting in your home office is vital. It’s pretty simple really: If your lighting is off, you will constantly be straining your eyes to see your work. This leads to a lack of focus. Also, inadequate lighting can zap the energy right out of you, and good lighting can do just the opposite. It’s wise to avoid harsh overhead lights and go with a floor lamp accented by a nice desk lamp. And always utilize natural light as much as possible. Some people say you shouldn’t have your desk facing a window, but we disagree — we’re all for it. Natural light is invigorating. Use it.
The Desk — The Epicenter of the Home Office
In most home offices, the desk is the centerpiece and the most important furniture purchase you’ll make when designing your workspace. If there’s any place to splurge a bit, this is it. Your desk needs to be functional and aesthetically pleasing or you won’t want to work there. Think of it this way: You will be spending a significant amount of time at this desk — you should love it. Moreover, we recommend purchasing a model that converts to a standing desk. Sitting all day is bad for your back, and having the option to stand and work helps break up the monotony. If you need fresh air, be sure to get out and enjoy a serene walk around your neighborhood, no matter where you live – whether it be Gramercy, Murray Hill, or the Upper East or West Side – a clear mind gets the job done.
The Importance of Comfort
This part is simple: Buy a nice chair. Along with the desk, this is the place to spend your money. Even if you purchase a convertible, standing desk, you will still spend hours seated, and you’re going to want to be comfortable. The last thing you need is for your home office to be an uncomfortable, unwelcoming place that makes you feel miserable.
Distractions and Design
Don’t put a television in your home office. Just don’t do it. It’s tempting, but remember: This is a work space. Having a television in your home office will only serve to distract you from your work. And again — we can’t stress this enough — the key to being productive when working from home is to create an office space that is separated from living space, both physically and in terms of what you do there. It’s also wise to keep the design cohesive. If you’re going modern, stick with that the whole way through. If you’re going traditional, the same goes. Cohesion will help the space feel like a separate, distinct entity. This is your chance to build everything to your exact specifications. So, shoot for the moon.
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April 2, 2019
BLOG: A Stroll Through Historic Gramercy Park__ Read article
BLOG: A Stroll Through Historic Gramercy Park
Hard though it is to believe, Gramercy Park started out life as little more than a swamp. Indeed, its name is thought to derive from the Dutch for “crooked little swamp.” And how it has bloomed! The area is now one of NYC’s greenest, most desirable neighborhoods; people will do just about anything to live in a no-fee rental here. Read on, as we delve into Gramercy Park’s history, and discover how it flourished into prestige — starting with the touch of one man.
Samuel B. Ruggles: The Man Who Made Gramercy Park
They say that one million horse carts of earth were shifted when developer Samuel B. Ruggles oversaw the transformation of Gramercy Square in the early 1830s. Perhaps he’d gotten the idea to create an urban haven from observing the model of Hudson Square — it’s the only private square in New York City older than Gramercy Park. At any rate, 66 moneyed New Yorkers were lucky enough to purchase a parcel of the reclaimed land. And so, the area’s prestige was born. Since then, of course, new streets, churches, apartments, hotels, and bars have sprung up, burgeoning into the wider area of the current Gramercy Park neighborhood. But be sure to visit the flagstone at the west of the original gated park, which quietly remembers this area’s savvy founder.
Famous Gramercy Park Residents
As you might imagine, a neighborhood as appealing as Gramercy Park boasts its fair share of celebrity locals. Shakespearean actor Edwin Booth presides over Gramercy Park in statue form — perhaps keeping an eye on The Players, the club he founded in 1888. A young Preston Sturges — the man who would go on to become one of the great filmmakers of his time — stayed at The Hotel Irving. (His mother stayed uptown at the Ritz-Carlton!) Among the contemporary residents of the area are “Kill Bill” lead Uma Thurman, “The Tonight Show” host and funnyman Jimmy Fallon, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and one of Hollywood’s true superstars, Julia Roberts. Have a no-fee apartment here, and, rest assured, you’ll be in good company.
Explore Historical Gramercy
Today’s Gramercy Park throbs with all the vibrancy of modern-day NYC — and has all the modern conveniences, to boot. Yet, throughout the neighborhood, you can still sense the history. Stroll the leafy streets, and find 19th century brownstones rubbing shoulders with former carriage houses. Marvel at the Gothic Revival Calvary Church, known for its charitable work in the community. Catch a show at Gramercy Theatre, a former cinema turned decadent music and comedy venue. When you’ve tired yourself out, call in at Pete’s Tavern — one of the oldest drinking establishments in the city — for a cold beer. The celebrated watering hole has been featured in everything from “Seinfeld” to “Sex and the City.” Of course, if you require some more upmarket refreshment, you can always order a whiskey at The Players. Provided they accept you as a member, of course.
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March 18, 2019
BLOG: The Art of Organizing in Manhattan__ Read article
BLOG: The Art of Organizing in Manhattan
If there’s one thing Marie Kondo has showed us with her “spark joy” revolution, it’s that organizing your home is a creative act. When you live in an Algin Management no-fee rental in New York City, you are starting with the perfectly primed canvas to strike that balance between minimalist practicality and the pleasure of filling your home with the things you love. Those two ideas, however, are not mutually exclusive — streamlining your home is actually a way of highlighting what has meaning and eliminating what is just taking up space.
You’ll need to do some strategic shopping to find the organizational equipment to set up a home for maximum comfort and efficiency. A tall plant can anchor a room with a calm and verdant presence when its backdrop is a pristine white wall instead of a heap of clutter; a hamper can be an art object; and a desk organizer can provide a vintage accent that harkens back to the days of fountain pens and handwritten letters. Living in New York means having the most design-savvy versions of what sorts and holds your best-loved stuff. And part of the fun is discovering how aesthetically pleasing staying organized can be.
For organizing the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen, it’s hard to imagine living in a no-fee New York apartment and NOT paying a visit or two to The Container Store. With their fabric hanging shelves and Elfa shelving system, this is a place where you can become an organizational strategist and work out configurations for creating and saving space inside every closet and drawer.
For keeping your apartment spotless, there is nothing more helpful than a set of cleaning tools whose thoughtful design makes them as easy to use as they are to store. At Muji, you can find mops, brooms, dustpans, and dusters derived from a Japanese design sensibility that promotes elegance and simplicity, and might even make the act of cleaning its own kind of refreshing ritual.
For storage solutions that could double as home decor, head to ABC Carpet & Home where you can find a hamper that is handmade by artisans in Colombia, or a set of handwoven raffia baskets that can both hold and display items too beautiful to store out of sight, like fresh fruit or jewelry.
Perhaps there is no place in New York City that makes getting organized and productive a more delectable experience than Goods for the Study – McNally Jackson Store. There, you can grab a set of geometric photo stands whose elegance is almost a side effect of their space- and hassle- saving simplicity — change the pictures you display in them as the mood strikes — there will never be a need for bulky frames or for your photographic adornments to remain static. The wood tape dispenser is an elegant touch for your workspace. It’s a piece you’ll want to exhibit, which means you will never go hunting for the tape again. Do you need a Brass Curve Pen Tray? Once you realize it’s a sculpture for your desk as much as a place to keep your writing instruments, the answer is, “It wouldn’t be home without it.”
And if you really need more space, no need to rent a storage unit blocks from home, some of Algin’s buildings offer storage units for rent so all of your possessions can stay under one roof. Explore our availabilities today and find your next home in classic New York.
February 22, 2019
BLOG: Renter’s Guide to Gramercy__ Read article
BLOG: Renter’s Guide to Gramercy
Want the upscale sophistication of Uptown with the carefree style of Downtown living? Well, look no further than Gramercy — one of New York City’s quintessentially “New York” neighborhoods. With tree-lined streets, a deep history, and a central location, it’s an ideal locale for anyone who wants to experience all that Manhattan has to offer, including the best and most luxurious no-fee apartments in NYC.
Since 1844, Gramercy has served as the verdant centerpiece of the city where its landscaping and architecture add an element of European appeal to this already appealing section of town.
Gramercy affords residents the most picturesque of urban settings, but it also provides a location that makes it easy to get almost anywhere in the city for work or pleasure. Experience the shopping and street life of Union Square — just a five-minute stroll down Park Avenue. There, you’ll find shops like Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, and The Food Emporium. And Chelsea is just a 15-minute walk to the west. Commuters who want an effortless way to get to work can just hop on the 6 train that will have them in Midtown or at Wall Street in under 20 minutes. Don’t want to wait for the train? Get anywhere quickly by taking advantage of the neighborhood’s plentiful Citi Bike stations. Medical professionals love the area since some of the top hospitals in the city are nearby.
Does this sound like the right neighborhood for you? Look for no-fee apartments that are well-maintained and spacious, just like Gramercy Park itself – your next home may already be waiting for you at The Liane or The Townsway.
Over the years, luminaries from the worlds of politics, business, arts, sciences, and fashion have called Gramercy home — including Oscar Wilde and industrialist Peter Cooper. In fact, Theodore Roosevelt was born in a house on 20th Street — now a National Historic Site. For those who want to celeb hunt, you’ll have no problem with bold-faced names like Uma Thurman, Jimmy Fallon, and Kate Hudson calling Gramercy their home.
Libations and Dining
Whether you want to have a few drinks with friends or one of the best meals of your life in one of the best restaurants in the world, Gramercy should be your home base.
From hidden gems to ultra-upscale eateries, this ‘hood has you covered. Since 1986, Friend of a Farmer has been at the forefront of the farm-to-table movement with grass-fed beef, local cheeses, and a strong focus on sustainability. You’ll be able to have a guilt-free meal no matter what you order. And for an evening to remember, try Maialino, Danny Meyer’s “love song to Rome.” This distinctive modern trattoria transports you to a summer’s night in the Eternal City, where you might indulge in a mouthwatering plate of carbonara in a little spot off the Piazza Navona.
How about a few cocktails pre- or post-dinner? The Gramercy Park Hotel’s Rose Bar is an excellent place to unwind with your favorite whiskey in a refined atmosphere surrounded by original Andy Warhols. Late-night fun continues in the hotel’s Jade Bar, where paintings of celebs are replaced by the subjects themselves who show up to party.
For a delicious nosh anytime of day, The Freehand Hotel offers a bevy of food and beverage options whether it’s breakfast and coffee at Smile to Go, a sumptuous seafood supper at Simon & the Whale, or handcrafted cocktails and warm evenings alfresco atop the hotel in the luxe confines of the Manhattan outpost of Miami’s popular Broken Shaker.
Wind down your night — no matter what time it might be — at L’Express, a 24-hour French bistro that might just have the best croque monsieur in the city. Then, head home to your luxury no-fee Gramercy rental – or, if you’re missing this essential piece of the puzzle, check out Algin Management’s current availabilities.
January 10, 2019
BLOG: Renter’s Guide, Murray Hill Edition__ Read article
BLOG: Renter’s Guide, Murray Hill Edition
Looking for a great no-fee apartment in NYC? And how about living in a neighborhood with a truly distinctive character? You might want to consider a residence in Murray Hill. This picturesque part of Midtown Manhattan is steeped in exciting restaurants, great bars and pubs, cultural attractions, and, of course, transportation.
Walk This Way
New York City is a perennially wonderful place for a stroll, and Murray Hill’s tranquil, tree-thronged streets lend themselves to lazy morning ambles with your partner — or your four-legged furry friend. As soon as you step out of your no-fee apartment at Murray Park or Laurence Towers, you find yourself in a walking wonderland. Along the way, admire the brownstones, with their wrought iron balconies and wooden shutters, which characterize the neighborhood. Of course, Murray Hill edges onto the East River, too. Endless strolls along the waterfront await, providing a perfect opportunity to drink in vistas across the glinting water. And if you’re looking for something a bit more strenuous than a leisurely afternoon constitutional, round up a couple of friends and make use of the basketball and handball courts of St. Vartan Park.
Binge on Culture
Murray Hill contains many of NYC’s best-known architectural and cultural institutions. Whet your appetite for politics with a visit to the iconic headquarters of the United Nations, with its awe-inspiring Secretariat Building and General Assembly Hall. Practice your digital photography skills on the city’s instantly recognizable landmarks, including the Chrysler Building, the Rockefeller Center complex, and the Empire State Building. Call in to Grand Central Terminal to admire the celestial ceiling, devour fresh seafood at the Oyster Bar, and indulge in some quality people watching. For an off-the-beaten-trail escapade, explore the Sniffen Court Historic District, the picturesque cul-de-sac that was once a collection of stables, or get a taste of Nordic culture at the ever-informative Scandinavia House. No two days in Murray Hill are ever the same.
Eat, Drink, Be “Murray”
Where even to start with Murray Hill’s food and drink offerings? Perhaps a glass of something cold, effervescent, and refreshing at The Ginger Man, a craft beer bar boasting 70-odd drafts on tap — from lagers to stouts to sours. The Liberty, meanwhile, mixes classic cocktails in Old New York-style surroundings. For dinner, tuck in to a signature mutton chop at Keens Steakhouse, or tend to your Mexican cravings with lashings of smoky black bean soup at Baby Bo’s Cantina. Feeling like Korean in Korea Town? Hit the new 5-star restaurant, Atomix, for dishes as beautiful as they are tasty. Like your dishes loaded with even more spice? Immediately south of Murray Hill lies a thoroughfare of exceptional restaurants serving up the best Indian food you’ve ever tasted in NYC. It’s one of many reasons you’ll never want to move from your Murray Hill apartment.
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December 17, 2018
BLOG: Renter’s Guide to Greenwich Village__ Read article
BLOG: Renter’s Guide to Greenwich Village
There’s something magical about the downtown lifestyle. Below 14th Street you’ll find an easy mix of world-class culture, cuisine, and couture. Think: morning walks down 8th Street to your favorite coffee shop and nights on the town at the best clubs and restaurants. From jet-setting scenesters to upscale urbanites, those in the know know that Greenwich Village is the ultimate location to experience some of the best of what Manhattan has to offer. And what better way to experience the Village’s townhouses and charming tree-lined streets than to live right in the heart of it all at Hilary Gardens — the beautiful no fee rentals at the center of it all.
While you may be tempted to stay in and savor the spectacular panoramic views of Uptown and Downtown, and enjoy hot cocoa in the modern plaza. In the no fee Manhattan apartments of Hilary Gardens, there’s so much more to life in this storied downtown neighborhood. You can get the full Greenwich Village experience by simply walking through the soaring lobby of the Hilary Gardens and out the front doors.
Just a five-minute walk south, you’ll find Washington Square Park, the de facto epicenter of the Village. A quick walk through this historic park, originally built as military training grounds, will expose you to an explosion of art, music, and all other unexpected surprises that come to the park daily.
A little farther south of the park is not only a massive section of the New York University campus but a hub of old-school NYC history and haunts. Places like Cafe Wha saw the start of Bob Dylan’s career and hosted some of the earlier performances of some legendary one-name greats: Springsteen, Hendrix, and Pryor, to mention only a few.
This is one of the few neighborhoods in New York City where you can feel the city’s past yet be completely ensconced in a modern lifestyle. This is especially true for dining. Buvette is a popular spot whose concept of serving a delectable assortment of small French dishes all day in a cozy atmosphere isn’t new, but it feels distinctly contemporary. It’s the perfect place to drop in any time — for a pre-work pastry, a mid-afternoon lunch with friends, or a romantic date early in the evening. Their mouthwatering croque-monsieur is unrivaled. The owners of Buvette also opened Via Carota, a buzzy Italian restaurant down the street that has quickly become a go-to for many.
Looking to stay active? Take advantage of Hilary Garden’s recently updated state-of-the-art gym, which include two Peleton bikes. Greenwich Village offers creative (and fun) ways to get your cardio on. Enjoy a brisk walk down Bleecker Street, popping into the many unique stores offering beautiful clothes, furniture, and much more.
Looking for a night out in the Village? Head to The Public Theater’s Joe’s Pub for a memorable show on a Saturday night. After the show, don’t forget to stop by Momofuku’s Milk Bar location on 13th street to end the night on a very sweet note.
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November 14, 2018
BLOG: A Renter’s Guide to the Upper West Side__ Read article
BLOG: A Renter’s Guide to the Upper West Side
Daily life on the Upper West Side is one of ease and access. The Upper West Side no-fee apartments brought to you by Algin Management can be found throughout the neighborhood, near to some of the finest in culture, shopping, and cuisine that the city has to offer. You could spend a lifetime exploring the Upper West Side — and we urge you to — but for now, we’ll just go through a few of our favorites in the way of fun and food that make living here such a delight.
Refined. What else is there to say about the Upper West Side’s marquee marquee, Lincoln Center? This iconic cultural institution, near the Sessanta apartments, is home to 11 performing arts organizations and covers more than 16 acres. Here, you’ll find the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, and the New York Philharmonic, as well as the renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center. As New Yorkers, we adore the show tunes of Broadway and welcome plaintive blues played in the Bowery, but when our minds are set on virtuoso violinists or seeing that prima ballerina whose expressive grace makes us weep before the intermission, this is where you’ll find us.
Of course, not every night is right for tuxedos and evening gowns, and on those evenings, we head for the Beacon Theatre, just a few blocks north of 242 West 61st Street. The venue provides superior acoustics and drawing power for both performers and crowds. Over the years, this cultural landmark has been host to the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Allman Brothers Band, George Carlin, and Jerry Seinfeld, as well as world leaders, such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and President Bill Clinton. FYI: Tickets for Seinfeld’s 2019 New York residency went on sale on Nov. 2.
If you’re looking to simply “eat,” your choices are practically unlimited on the Upper West Side. If you’re looking for an experience, then book a reservation at Belle Harlem. With only 12 seats and an ever-evolving menu sourced primarily from fresh, local ingredients, the owner’s intention of offering guests the comfort of being attended to in someone’s kitchen is readily met. The menu of comfort foods — like chicken and waffles (the finest you’ll ever eat) and a hearty black sea bass, with sautéed yellow squash, almonds, fennel, asparagus, truffle oil, and lime — gives diners a truly memorable selection of dishes to savor.
Brunch enthusiasts will want to find their way to Flat Top: a cozy bistro whose twists on classic dishes foster contemplation of what you’ll try on your next visit. We’re partial to the blueberry buttermilk ricotta pancakes with lemon curd and the Irish ham Benedict with poached eggs, hollandaise, and spinach on homemade focaccia. However, these are simply two dishes that we favor from a menu filled with unique culinary delights. Excellent Stumptown coffee awaits to accompany your selection and your post-meal conversation with friends.
The Upper West Side boasts easy access to two cornerstones of NYC life: Central Park and fabulous deli food. When you reside at 461 Central Park West you are near to both — across the street from the North Woods and just up the avenue from one of the city’s most notable delicatessens, Barney Greengrass. A family business that dates back 100 years, Barney Greengrass is the go-to for a quick lox and bagel or a weekend brunch with friends. Sturgeon, whitefish, pastrami, gravlax, and sable, all of your favorites are here, along with soups, salads, desserts, appetizers, and even caviar.
Down the way is another luminary in the foodie realm: Zabar’s. Your home for gourmet coffees, seafood salads, and delicious rugelach and babka. Zabar’s carries an amazingly wide selection of specialty items, and offers consistently excellent meats and platters.
The Upper West Side competes heartily with any other neighborhood in the city when it comes to fine dining experiences. Put Red Farm at the top of your list and indulge in an Asian-fusion experience that is uniquely New York. By that, we mean dim sum offerings like BBQ “Black Foot” Berkshire pork belly with grilled jalapeño peppers or Katz’s pastrami egg rolls that sit easily next to 16 ounces of grilled prime Creekstone bone-in New York strip steak, dry aged for 40 days.
Tessa, Mediterranean to its heart, is a complex amalgam of southern French and Italian cuisines twisted into a Spanish tavern. The result is divine with small plates of duck pastrami sliders and
octopus a la Plancha saddled next to hearty mains like grilled branzino with broccoli rabe, fingerling potato, fennel puree, and pimento coulis. Show up hungry, let the sommelier select your wines (you won’t go wrong), and stay for not one but two desserts, such as the bombolino with raspberry jam and vanilla glaze and a decadent chocolate chip bread pudding with bourbon ice cream.
The American Museum of Natural History brings you one of the finest collections of wonders from the natural world ever assembled under one roof. Start your adventure in the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing before diving into the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Or tour the Milky Way with a show at the Hayden Planetarium. In the warmer months, The Butterfly Conservatory brings hoards of these delicate insects together, while year-round you can explore more exotic creatures from across the sea in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals.
While the American Museum of Natural History is by far the largest museum on the Upper West Side, it is certainly not the only one. Right across the street is the New-York Historical Society, housing 400 years of New York history. The American Folk Art Museum, near to Lincoln Center, hosts an exploration of art “by the self-taught” with more than 7,000 artworks dating from the 18th century to the present, revealing human nature and its expression of self in profound and engaging mediums and forms. And don’t forget the Children’s Museum of Manhattan: fun for all ages with five floors of magic and mystery.
A bit further uptown you’ll be happy to find the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum seeks to preserve and promote this quintessentially American musical genre. The current space is designed to give its visitors “an immersive jazz experience” through exhibits that bring jazz into the present age. In addition, the museum offers the public more than 80 free performances every year. And no visit is complete without an exploration of the Savory Collection: “more than 100 hours of live recordings of jazz legends made from New York City radio broadcasts aired between 1935 and 1941.”
For those seeking fresh air and open space, iconic Central Park is quite literally right in your backyard. With 843 acres of fields, wooded glens, and pathways, the park is the fifth largest in the NYC park system, but certainly its most famous. A National Historic Landmark, the park offers activities and attractions in all seasons, including sporting opportunities at a variety of fields and courts, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, the Central Park Zoo, the Central Park Carousel, and Lasker Rink ice skating, just to name a few. Whatever your outdoor or cultural passion — from bicycling to cross-country skiing; from rock concerts to Shakespeare in the Park — you’ll find an opportunity to indulge it in Central Park.
Explore availabilities for Algin Management’s Upper West Side buildings and find your next home in classic New York.
October 30, 2018
BLOG: Renting on The Upper East Side – A Guided Tour of One of the Best Neighborhoods in Manhattan__ Read article
BLOG: Renting on The Upper East Side – A Guided Tour of One of the Best Neighborhoods in Manhattan
Central Park in fall… school groups walking up the steps at The Met… a doorman standing beneath a crimson awning… steam billowing off a cart selling honey-roasted nuts… These images are pure Manhattan, and they create a living portrait of the Upper East Side. Fortunately for starry-eyed apartment seekers, the neighborhood famous for the finest art and food is also home to some of the city’s best no-fee rentals. Come along as we highlight some of the Upper East Side’s best attractions, as well as a selection of homes from the UES experts at Algin Management:
An Iconic Aesthetic
The first thing any visitor notices when arriving on the Upper East Side is the unique collection of architecture that gives the neighborhood its identity. Mansions like the French Gothic masterpiece built by Isaac D. Fletcher and the Italian Renaissance-style Henry Cook house give the area an old-world charm. And, to accompany the splendor of great buildings, there is the magnificent stretch of Fifth Avenue that borders Central Park — one of the world’s great urban walking paths.
New construction finds ways to blend in with classic architecture. The neighborhood is full of residential properties like The Pearl on 66th Street, a modern limestone-and-glass doorman building on a tree-lined street that offers some of the finest no-fee rentals in NYC.
Culture – Old and New
From Museum Mile to a host of contemporary art galleries, the Upper East Side is the epicenter of fine art in Manhattan. The Mile begins on the edge of Central Park with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where beautiful objects from the near and distant past live side by side with contemporary masterpieces. Just a short walk up Fifth Avenue from there rests the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed spiral building which is currently home to an exhibit of colorful abstract paintings by Swedish painter Hilma af Klint. Further north on Fifth Avenue are the Jewish Museum and the Cooper Hewitt, lesser-known but equally impressive museums that focus, respectively, on Jewish art and the history and future of design. For those in the market for fine art, the Upper East Side is home to a vibrant gallery scene, including the Anton Kern Gallery, the Craig F. Starr Gallery, and Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, which routinely host shows featuring work by masters from the last 50 years.
If you’re an art lover and being near these cultural institutions sounds like a dream come true, look for a home at The Parkview, a collection of no-fee rentals on 96th Street with spectacular park and city views and easy access to Museum Mile and Central Park itself.
Complementing the wealth of arts and architecture is the Upper East Side’s culinary scene, which boasts some of the city’s finest dining as well as some quirkier fare that gives the neighborhood some spice. If Michelin-star restaurants are your calling, Café Boulud, home of creations by world-renowned chef Daniel Boulud, offers seasonal menus that combine classic French cooking with local ingredients and dishes from around the world. If you’re in the mood for something more comforting on a cold winter day, visit the local italian spot, Uva, for a cozy country house feel, with warm lighting, well-worn wood tables, and exposed brick. Looking for something sweet? Head to Two Little Red Hens for cakes, cupcakes, pies, and a full café with a laid back, take-your-time kind of feel. When the sun sets and it’s time for a cocktail, check out Maya, a classic tequileria where exotically-flavored margaritas share the table with delicious small-plate style Mexican dishes. And you can never go wrong with rolls or a chirashi bowl from Poke, the local sushi spot (but don’t forget to BYOB!).
Upper East Siders who like to do their own cooking will love the stainless steel appliances and custom wooden cabinetry in the contemporary kitchens at 330 East 85th Street, a newly renovated white-brick apartment building on a leafy street with convenient access to the brand-new Second Avenue subway at 86th Street.
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October 2, 2018
BLOG: Introducing ARO__ Read article
BLOG: Introducing ARO
Lately, Midtown West is brimming with a certain joie de vivre; it’s one of New York City’s most in-demand neighborhoods, and new residents are flocking to the area to take advantage of its conveniences, attractions, and access to every borough, neighborhood, and transport hub imaginable. Midtown West has quickly become a go-to destination for those who want to be in the heart of it all. ARO, Algin Management’s latest rental property, is poised to offer its residents the best rental experience in Midtown West, and the city is buzzing with anticipation.
ARO will offer no-fee Midtown West apartment rentals that range from studio to three- bedroom layouts, featuring condo-level finishes and stainless steel appliances. ARO will also offer a stunning four-bedroom duplex penthouse residence. Each apartment exudes a simple and clean aesthetic, thanks to its warm, organic materials, 10-foot ceilings, and natural lighting via its floor-to-ceiling windows.
Designed by renowned architecture firm CetraRuddy, ARO’s modern, elegant, and “futuristic” design sets it apart from its neighbors. Slender lines intersect with the undulating curvature of its steel construction. These organic yet dynamic bends aren’t just for show; they are completely functional—the metallic outcroppings allow for many apartments to enjoy private terraces, though every home will feature stunning views of the city. CetraRuddy’s vision has not gone unnoticed; in fact, ARO has received several prestigious architectural awards, including the American Architecture Prize, the SARA National Award, and the Architecture Podium International award. It was also recently featured in Architectural Digest.
ARO is situated right on 53rd Street, where the legendary Roseland Ballroom once stood. The New York Times recently revealed some of the ways in which ARO will pay tribute to that renowned venue; for example, “photographs taken during performances — including of the Rolling Stones, Metallica and Dave Grohl — will be hung” in the building’s common spaces.
ARO offers easy access to all of Manhattan’s must-visit destinations, whether for business or pleasure. A trip to Wall Street just takes 15 minutes via the plentiful train options, and an Uber down the West Side Highway might be even quicker. Also close to this exemplary no-fee apartment building in Manhattan is the business hub of Midtown East, which is a quick 10-minute walk away. You’ll be minutes from Thomas Keller’s world-famous Per Se restaurant at the Time Warner Center, which also encompasses a shopping center with luxury shops, lounges and restaurants, and even a Whole Foods. Of course, residents of ARO will find plenty to do right at home – with over 40,000 square feet of amenities, it’s safe to say that there is something at ARO for every lifestyle.
September 21, 2018
BLOG: Your New York City Rental Guide__ Read article
BLOG: Your New York City Rental Guide
When you’re flying into New York and the Manhattan skyline emerges from under the clouds, it’s nothing short of awe-inspiring—and the only thing more inspiring than that is getting to live in the social, creative, and architectural playground that is Manhattan every day.
Moving here is a dream shared by many, which is partially why finding a no-fee rental in New York City can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, finding your perfect home in NYC is far more manageable than it seems! There is no smoother way to make that transition or to live well and live to the fullest in this city than to find your new no-fee Manhattan apartment through Algin Management.
Whether you’re already a local and looking for your next apartment, or seeking your very first apartment here, read on to learn more about finding no-fee rentals in New York City.
Pick the Perfect Neighborhood!
It’s no secret that NYC is massive, and the sheer variety of neighborhoods can seem intimidating to locals and newcomers alike. While every neighborhood has great food, and something exciting going on at all times (it’s New York City, after all!) it pays to be practical when you’re trying to narrow things down. Many find that Manhattan’s more residential neighborhoods make for shorter commutes, without sacrificing access to services and conveniences that make city living so appealing.
If you’re commuting within the city, you’ll want to consider how far you are from the subway (and which lines you can access). You’ll also want to weigh whether you want to be close to green spaces, the water, or if you know you’ll thrive in a denser and more urban locale. Check out our Neighborhood Guide to learn more about what it’s like to live in popular neighborhoods like Murray Hill, Greenwich Village, Midtown, the Upper East Side and Upper West Side, and others!
Avoid Broker Fees!
Most apartment listings are managed by real estate brokers, who have arrangements with management companies that allow them to collect fees from tenants when they sign a lease. This can run as high as 15% of one year’s rent!
Fortunately, Algin Management has been matching New Yorkers with their perfect apartment for more than 50 years, and as a family-run business, we know there’s a better way to rent in New York City. As such, we strive to offer apartments that are “no-fee”, meaning you don’t need to worry about paying a broker for showing you an apartment.
Check out our available apartment rentals and avoid the hassle of broker fees entirely!
Find A Great Management Company!
Once you’ve found the right no-fee NYC rental, you’ll want to make sure that your building (and apartment) will be managed proactively and professionally. When you live in an apartment that’s well-managed, you will enjoy a sense of calm and peace of mind that will allow you to focus on enjoying life in New York City.
Because Algin Management owns and manages our properties, we know the ins and outs of each building and apartment in our portfolio, and go above and beyond to keep our apartments in pristine condition for each new tenant that signs a lease with us. From doormen to maintenance team members, our on-site staff is friendly and helpful, and a cut above what you may find in other apartment buildings. Check out our properties to see for yourself.
Opt for Amenities
Depending on your lifestyle, you may appreciate having certain amenities on-site, rather than a few blocks away – for example, if you work out often, it might be nice to have a fitness center in your building, rather than a few blocks away. Perhaps you may want laundry on-site, rather than sending it to a wash-and-fold, which can get expensive. And if you’re wondering how you can keep your car in the city, many of Algin Management’s buildings have on-site parking garages.
On-site amenities are a difference-maker, and so while you can opt for a no-frills rental and piece together the services and amenities you need on your own, there is a better way. Algin Management has plenty of available apartments in buildings with amazing amenities, like Hilary Gardens’ rooftop swimming pool, or Sessanta’s outdoor, fully-lit tennis court. Find the building that suits your lifestyle, and you’ll find yourself with extra time (and funds) that can be put to better use elsewhere.
If you’re ready to start your search for a new no-fee rental apartment (or ready to finish it), contact us today – we’ve been helping people find the perfect rental for over 50 years. Algin Management is perfectly equipped and more than ready to introduce you to the quintessential New York experience and make you feel utterly at home in it.