January 23, 2020
BLOG: Going Green in Murray Hill__ Read article
BLOG: Going Green in Murray Hill
Living in Murray Hill means comfort and convenience in a neighborhood of cozy brownstones and hip restaurants, where the beating heart of the world’s greatest metropolis meets a quieter lifestyle along the East River. But just because you make your home in the shadow of the Empire State Building doesn’t mean you can’t live a greener, cleaner life every day. Here at Algin Management, we encourage residents of our luxury no-fee apartment rentals in Manhattan to live the least wasteful and most efficient lives possible. And that starts with how we buy and store our food. Here are some simple steps Murray Hill residents can take when grocery shopping to help preserve a livable world for generations to come.
When shopping at a nearby grocery store, like the popular Trader Joe’s on Third Avenue, bring along reusable bags to carry and store what you buy. Single-use plastic bags are one of the most wasteful products used by Americans. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, “The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year.” By simply buying a few reusable bags and using them for everyday shopping trips, Murray Hill residents can effortlessly help put an end to this type of pollution.
While shopping, look for recycled paper products, such as the paper towels made by Seventh Generation. Made from at least 80 percent post-consumer recycled fiber, these paper towels help mitigate the impact that harvesting forests for paper has on the environment. Simple decisions made while shopping can have a big impact on your family’s carbon footprint, and choosing recycled paper products is an easy and inexpensive way to promote stewardship of the Earth.
But what about when you get home with your groceries in your reusable bag? Take a look at the range of environmentally conscious items at Flying Tiger Copenhagen just south of Madison Square Park, where you will find metal and glass lunchboxes and storage containers that are perfect for keeping your dry goods fresh without generating a ton of used recyclables. Plus, with a host of fun cookware and serving options, Flying Tiger Copenhagen will help you stock your new kitchen with unique items.
Best of all, these items are reusable, making them a smart investment when moving into your new home. We hope these tips have been helpful and that residents of the Murray Hill homes from Algin Management will take them to heart the next time they head to the grocery store.
We look forward to welcoming you to your new, no-fee NYC apartment rental. Rent with us today!
January 23, 2020
BLOG: Upcoming Performances at Lincoln Center__ Read article
BLOG: Upcoming Performances at Lincoln Center
For those fortunate enough to live in the luxury no-fee apartment rentals at 242 West 61st Street or Sessanta, Lincoln Center is a beacon of world-class culture right on your doorstep. Let yourself be lured away from the comfort of your living room to soak up the sounds of great performers bringing unforgettable moments to the hallowed stages of this legendary performing arts destination.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center | Feb. 7 through 18, Alice Tully Hall
Here’s a wonderful chance to familiarize yourself with the genius of Ludwig van Beethoven, courtesy of a series of concerts presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Delve into the German maestro’s catalogue of string quartets, played in the order they were composed between 1798 and 1826. Come to each concert to appreciate the incredible groundbreaking leaps in imagination and technique Beethoven made from composition to composition, or just treat yourself to a one-off night of immortal music, impeccably performed by the Danish String Quartet.
Feb. 14 and 15 | Rose Theater
Could there be a more romantic way to mark Valentine’s Day than spending it in the company of jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves? The New York Times describes her as “The most admired jazz diva since Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday.” Indeed, her talent for melting hearts with soulful vocals and hypnotizing storytelling is practically unsurpassed. Score a pair of tickets to this show and your partner will still be talking about it next Valentine’s Day.
Feb. 15 through March 14 | Metropolitan Opera House
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “fiancée swapping” opera arrives at the Metropolitan Opera House, with a distinctly NYC twist. Phelim McDermott’s staging brings the action to the raucous boardwalks of Coney Island — with a backdrop of big dippers and big wheels to go with the big voices of soprano Nicole Car, mezzo-soprano Serena Malfi, tenor Ben Bliss, and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni. This is a unique way to revel in a European opera classic, with all the fun of the fair.
March 11 through 20 | Bruno Walter Auditorium
So accomplished are Zeshan B’s Indo-Pakistani renditions of soul classics, urban love songs, Memphis blues, and civil-rights anthems, that he was invited to perform at the White House at the request of President Barack Obama. Though this incredible performer sings in a range of languages — from Urdu to Punjabi to English — his songs of heartache, injustice, and loss resonate universally. This series of six shows at Bruno Walter Auditorium is targeted at a younger audience and makes for the ideal family outing.
Become part of an engaged community in one of the city’s most well-rounded neighborhoods on the Upper West Side by viewing the current availabilities of Algin’s no-fee luxury rentals.
December 17, 2019
BLOG: A Slice of the Past: Winter Recreation in New York’s Central Park__ Read article
BLOG: A Slice of the Past: Winter Recreation in New York’s Central Park
Known for theater, picnics, and vigorous recreation during the summer months, Central Park changes with the first snowfall into a picturesque land of skating rinks and snowshoe trails. As the transformation moves across the park like frost up a windowpane, New Yorkers recall childhood snowball fights and skating expeditions and hope to recapture the joy of friends and family gatherings in the seasonal cold. Luxury no-fee residences in nearby buildings—like ARO or The Pearl—make for the perfect home base from which residents can explore this wintry landscape, safe in the knowledge that they can quickly retreat for a mug of cocoa and a blast of central heating to warm up their frosty fingertips.
Central Park features a pair of skating rinks, making ample space for New Yorkers whose preferred winter recreation takes place on the ice. In fact, New Yorkers have been skating in Central Park for more than 150 years, nearly the park’s entire history, although for the first century, daring skaters took to the frozen tops of ponds and lakes instead of gliding around dedicated rinks. Since 1950, Wollman Rink in the park’s south section—open late until 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays through early April—has served as the city’s premier outdoor ice skating rink, as well as one of the best hot cocoa dispensers around. The north section of the park is home to the Lasker Rink, which was originally built in 1966 and was almost shuttered in the 1980s before being rehabilitated by a New York developer and turned into the modern, LEED-certified rink we know and love today. The holiday hours for Lasker Rink are extended until 11 pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays leading up to the New Year.
More serious winter warriors will enjoy the vast tracts of land around Sheep Meadow, where the terrain is perfect for strapping on a pair of cross-country skis and setting off through the trees to explore the familiar park now blanketed in six inches or more of snow. The less athletic among us may prefer to traverse the same ground on snowshoes, another Central Park tradition. One destination perfect for winter exploration is the Arthur Ross Pinetum, a stand of 17 coniferous species that creates a tiny evergreen forest just north of the Great Lawn. Especially during the winter months, this four-acre forest is a slice of another world, bringing trees from around the world into concert to create a place where time seems to stand still.
Grab a pair of snowshoes, skates, or a travel mug of coffee or tea and head over to Central Park from your luxury rental apartment to make some winter memories.
December 3, 2019
Featured Listing: The Penthouse at ARO__ Read article
Featured Listing: The Penthouse at ARO
Penthouses, by nature, offer the best views of any high-rise. In Penthouse 65A, atop ARO’s no-fee luxury apartment rentals in Manhattan, views of Midtown West, the Hudson River, and Central Park are certainly front and center, acting as a dramatic backdrop to world-class design. Curved glass walls, vaulted ceilings, oak floors, and a floor plan with a natural flow heighten the already sky-high views and make this luxury penthouse a rare find.
This penthouse apartment has not just one terrace, not two, not even three, but four private terraces—a fact that gets a lot of attention. The largest terrace, a long balcony just off the living and dining area, feels like a natural space for communal activities, such as brunching alfresco or watching the sunset over cocktails with friends. A more private terrace juts out from the corner of the master bedroom, offering views in both directions and providing a space for personal moments, like taking in the scale of the glittering city before you retire for the night or doing some morning stretches before you and the city are fully awake. On the upper level, two other terraces open up from the media room and bar, perfect for entertaining guests.
If the terraces are the shining stars of the penthouse, the unsung hero may be its thoughtful and highly livable floor plan. The kitchen, dining area, and living room flow together in an open, airy layout, leaving no corners untouched by the flood of natural light coming in through the windows. Even when you’re preparing an epic charcuterie board at the kitchen island and reaching for a bottle of wine from your private storage, you’re submerged in sky, water, and light. A long interior hall connects the four bedrooms so that each has its own view—and its own bathroom—and there’s no shortage of private space drenched in natural light. Even the grand staircase, which leads to the media room and bar, is wrapped in sweeping views.
These views, of course, include ARO’s neighborhood: Midtown West. The district is a hub of museums, concert halls, lush parks, fine dining, and, of course, shopping. The holidays are quickly approaching, which means people are seeking out the perfect gifts for their loved ones. For some, that means a long trek across the city, and for others, it’s easier to stay home and shop online. But residents of the no-fee NYC apartments at ARO are just a five-minute walk from an exciting new retail experience: the Nordstrom Flagship site on 57th and Broadway. The store, encased in a glittering, reflective glass facade, is seven stories of high-end clothing, shoes, accessories, and home and beauty products, along with a collection of cafes, bars, and restaurants ready to fuel your shopping spree. The best part? They’ll wrap your gifts for you, so you can spend more time celebrating with your loved ones, back at the penthouse.
Inquire today about this high-floor penthouse home at ARO by calling us at (212) 213-1727.
November 25, 2019
BLOG: Algin’s Guide to Holiday Shopping in NYC__ Read article
BLOG: Algin’s Guide to Holiday Shopping in NYC
With so much of the holiday pop-up action positioned near Algin’s no-fee apartment rentals in NYC, you can find fun, cheer, and all the best gifts with ease. Follow us on a brief tour of some of our favorite shopping destinations this season. The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is one of the most beautiful places for holiday shopping. The Grand Central Holiday Fair features exciting up-and-coming vendors from all the boroughs of New York City. And the Union Square Holiday Market offers a wide range of handmade gifts in an alfresco setting, full of warm cider and holiday energy!
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Internationally known, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market encompasses the full beauty and splendor of the holiday season. Situated at 59th Street and Central Park West, the market is set against the natural majesty of Central Park: a fitting frame for possibly the most elegant market of its kind in the entire city. Get lost in stall after stall along aisle after aisle of jewelry, unique art, scrumptious local food, and home goods of all types. The market runs from December 4th through the 24th and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm and on Sundays from 10 am to 7 pm. Stop by, and you’ll quickly realize that, in its 15th year, it’s still getting better and better.
Grand Central Holiday Fair
Equally impressive in its presentation, though set in an utterly different environment, is the Grand Central Holiday Fair. One of the longest-running indoor holiday fairs in NYC, it spans more than half of the historic Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central. For six weeks, fair-goers can snag unique clothing, toys, artwork, and much more from 40-plus vendors selling merchandise of all types and at all price points. However, what they all have in common is that there’s a focus on delivering American-made and handcrafted items. You’ll also find that many of the materials are locally sourced and that many of the businesses maintain a socially conscious model in their practices—the Holiday Fair Committee devotes the year to finding just this type of vendor. The fair runs from November 18th through December 24th, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 7 pm, and Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm. Shop for a friend or a family member, but don’t be surprised if you take home more than one special gift for yourself this holiday season.
Union Square Holiday Market
Host to festivals and markets throughout the year, it’s no surprise that Union Square is the location for a Holiday Market by Urbanspace that is renowned as “a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists.” Millions of people will sojourn to the park not only for this market’s eclectic mix of goods for purchase but also for the range of experiences and activities. Come out for Little Brooklyn and Urbanspace Provisions. Visit the Warming Station and Lounge to regroup or take the little ones to the Kid’s Arts Studio. Add to that their live music, and you’ve quite possibly found the most innovative holiday market in the entire region. The market launches on November 21st and runs through December 24th. Swing by Monday through Friday from 11 am to 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 8 pm, and Sundays from 11 am to 7 pm. If you think you’ve seen it all in the city, think again. This market is one-of-a-kind.
Holiday shopping can be exciting again—especially when it’s a bit off the beaten path and full of community spirit but still close to home. Convenient to Algin’s no-fee apartments in Manhattan, these three holiday market favorites also have convenient hours that let you drop by on the weekends or even after work to browse and explore at your leisure. Come by and celebrate the holidays anew.
November 18, 2019
BLOG: Hell’s Kitchen: A Neighborhood Guide__ Read article
BLOG: Hell’s Kitchen: A Neighborhood Guide
Hell’s Kitchen, a tree-lined and restaurant-filled neighborhood, is an almost heavenly locale for its lucky locals, and although well-situated no-fee rental apartments in Manhattan are hard to come by, Algin Management offers several within the boundaries of this neighborhood. While it thrives on its proximity to the Theater District to its east, the Hudson River to its west, and Lincoln Square and Central Park to its north, Hell’s Kitchen is not defined by this proximity. As a happening neighborhood that encompasses parts of Hudson Yards and Hudson River Park—and is also a respite from many of the nearby crowds—it delivers its own brand of New York City magic.
Packed with some of the city’s best culture, cuisine, and couture, the area abounds with activities that will please everyone from the maverick millennials who love a short walk to their Midtown offices to the music and drama lovers who are literally down the street from some of the best live theater in the world. Amid the day-to-day and extraordinary urban moments, there are aspects of this neighborhood that will have you exploring for a lifetime. Let’s take a look around.
Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you’re sure to find endless food options that will cause even your most epicurean of friends to roll up their sleeves and dig into gourmet delights from around the world. While the unofficial meal of Hell’s Kitchen has got to be brunch—you’ll see the neighborhood’s eclectic denizens gathering at seemingly every tasty spot during the weekend—there’s so much more to the area’s food scene, which, among other things, features Restaurant Row, a stretch of 29 fabulous restaurants on 46th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, with a mix of dining experiences you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the world. Marseille on Ninth Avenue is a particular local favorite that not only takes its name from the rustic French port city but its culinary influences too. Feast on a brunch of hearty fresh-from-the-ocean clams, lobster, and shrimp or stick to traditional items like veggie-filled omelets or a classic eggs Benedict.
Burn off those brunch calories with a walk to Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, where fashionistas, makeup gurus, and general retail explorers can find almost anything they’re looking for in this shopping mecca on the Hell’s Kitchen border. Whether you’d like a simple blazer from J. Crew or a luxe cashmere statement sweater from Eileen Fisher, you’ll find it here. Stop by Time Warner Center’s Sephora to try on and buy your favorite fragrance or makeup. There’s no need to run around town when this shopping center has everything you need—not to mention a spectacular view of Central Park.
It’s hard to ignore the fact that Broadway plays are just a few streets away, but Hell’s Kitchen’s exciting off-Broadway theater scene—with venues as diverse as Pershing Square Signature Theater, Playwrights Horizons, New World Stages, and the Theatre at St. Clements (church), to name just a few—does not always get the attention it deserves. The Irish Arts Center is another gem that has a robust calendar of performances and events near the northwest corner of the neighborhood. And, of course, just a little further north of Hell’s Kitchen is a world cultural institution: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the home to the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, and almost 30 other institutions and facilities, both indoors and alfresco, as well as an iconic fountain whose daily displays have provided many an Instagram photo.
So, in Hell’s Kitchen style, reserve your dinner, buy your most fashionable outfit, get your tickets, take a stroll (and some pictures), and, by all means, find the time to finalize a lease for one of Algin’s no-fee rentals in this beautiful and ultraconvenient part of New York City.
October 28, 2019
Boutique Hopping on the Upper East Side__ Read article
Boutique Hopping on the Upper East Side
Just down the street from Algin Management’s no-fee apartment rentals on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, you’ll discover a grand assortment of one-of-a-kind retailers with seemingly endless offerings for your wardrobe and home. Here are some of Algin’s favorite boutiques and shops in one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods.
After 30 years of designing clothes for the likes of David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Helena Bonham Carter and Thom Yorke, what does one do next? For agnès b, the answer is simple: you keep creating. Her tradition of understated French cool continues with simple tailoring, clean lines, and an effortless style. Unencumbered by “fashion” she’s more interested in design, dabbling in art and film, and musing about within those experiences through clothing that’s classic but forever forward looking. And it doesn’t just stop at men’s and women’s pieces. Agnes b also has something for children and babies, all cut to signature shapes and colors that reflect the brand while still expressing the exuberance of the youth who wear the clothes. A visit to the store will quickly show you, but for a deeper exploration, pick up one of the many style books you’ll find there to discover that what you wear isn’t simply an expression of your tastes, but also an extension of the self.
Pachute, the Hebrew word for “simple,” is both the name of a wonderfully compact boutique on the Upper East Side and the guiding principle behind the vision of its founder. Setting out to “carry designs that awaken” and offering “limited editions and small selections of excellently-made pieces that make sense,” the shop delivers with goods that cater to “simple” needs, albeit with the subtle complexity that such items require. The suede boots in all the right shades of grey and brown are all perfectly textured: not too broken-in to eliminate them from your workday wardrobe but not so new as to overdress your favorite jeans on a weekend-day-out. The jewelry is understated, though bold, and of an heirloom quality that lends it to pairing with outfits throughout your closet.
For an equally inspired selection of high-end women’s clothing and jewelry, plus a wonderful selection of…well, everything else, do take some time to visit Blue Tree. With an eclectic collection of fashion, fragrances, home items, art, candles, books, and even vintage LPs, the shop boasts that no rules apply, save one, when it comes to stocking the shelves: the vision of founder Phoebe Cates Kline (yes, that Phoebe Cates) and her desire “to have it be like a general store but according to me.” Blue Tree succeeds marvelously in that vision, building a reputation for surprise and reinvention in its inventory that makes each visit a new adventure. It’s what has enabled the store to amass a following that goes far beyond the Upper East Side. Ms. Cates Kline’s favorite things also include a few odds and ends for men, kids, and babies.
Of course, getting around to all these places in a city like NYC is best done on foot. Do so in style with just the right pair of boots or shoes from Aquazzura. The very definition of what we expect from fine Italian footwear, Aquazzura’s designs are as comfortable as they are chic, and the expert craftsmanship means that they’ll be so for a long time to come. Just ask any number of trendsetters and influencers who sport Aquazzura footwear at every turn, including Jennifer Lawrence, Beyoncé, and Amal Clooney. Stop by, and you’ll be sure to find the perfect boots, pumps, or even sneakers.
Algin Management’s no-fee apartment rentals in NYC bring you close to some of Manhattan’s best shopping. Find a gift to dazzle a friend or discover a new look to transform yourself, just blocks from home. Then return again and again for a never-ending rotation of new and fascinating treasures. Your neighborhood has it all.
October 3, 2019
Notable Village Jazz Haunts__ Read article
Notable Village Jazz Haunts
While the city has transformed around them ten times over, Greenwich Village’s jazz clubs never miss a beat, continuing a tradition of hosting historic performers like John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, and the Grove Street Stompers. The following venues are some of the best, and we recommend that you make them part of your luxury routine when you live at one of Algin’s luxury no-fee Manhattan rental apartments.
Village Vanguard | 178 7th Avenue South
You’ll be seeing red—literally—at this legendary establishment. When you descend the steep staircase into the small room with the crimson-hued stage, you’ll be sharing an experience very similar to the one John Coltrane had when he recorded his famous 1961 sets there. Not much has changed since the 1930s when the Vanguard became a must-visit haunt for music lovers: the acoustics are perfect. Many New York icons have performed here, including comedian Lenny Bruce and a young Barbra Streisand. It’s strictly a jazz venue now, and although the performances are innovative, you’ll recognize a lot of the names. Recent performances include the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Coltrane’s saxophonist son, Ravi. It’s a can’t-miss for jazz lovers and anyone looking for a memorable night out.
Blue Note | 131 West 3rd Street
Since it opened, the Blue Note has been a friend to jazz musicians and fans alike. The venue charmed performers like Sarah Vaughan, Tito Puente, and Dizzy Gillespie back to the stage long after they’d given up performing in most clubs, and it continues to draw the best veteran and up-and-coming players. Trumpeter Chris Botti returns for his 15th residency this winter, and, if you stop by on Mondays, you might catch a glimpse of a future star of jazz, hip-hop, soul, funk, or R&B. They have shows every night of the week at 8 pm and 10:30 pm, a late-night show on Fridays and Saturdays, and brunch performances on Sundays. If you’re lucky, you’ll be present for a surprise performance; celebrities such as Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, and Liza Minnelli have been called from the audience to the stage in the past, and who knows who will be there in the audience with you?
Arthur’s Tavern | 57 Grove Street
You’re sure to be packed tight inside this classic Downtown bar, but it’s worth it to hear the excellent blues, jazz, and Dixieland bands play beneath a canopy of holiday lights. Known as the “Home of the Bird,” Arthur’s was once a favorite of Charlie Bird and has been serving exciting performances to music aficionados since 1937. You’ll find all kinds of musical acts here, but on Mondays, guests are treated to a very special performance. For 70 years, the Grove Street Stompers’ Dixieland jazz has been delighting listeners. Though some of the players have changed, the band hasn’t missed a performance since 1959. And you won’t want to miss one either.
Not only is Greenwich Village rich with musical history, it is home to tree-lined streets, cutting-edge restaurants, chic, millennial-focused shops, and an abundance of locally owned markets. View Algin’s no-fee rental apartment availabilities in this covetable neighborhood by visiting our website or calling the leasing office at (212) 213-1727.
September 25, 2019
BLOG: The Pearl of the Upper East Side__ Read article
BLOG: The Pearl of the Upper East Side
Located on Manhattan’s historic Upper East Side, The Pearl’s no-fee rentals combine modern design elements with classic finishes to create a living space that celebrates New York City’s timeless chic. The 23-story tower, located between 1st Avenue and York Avenue on 66th Street, presents an elegant base with a sleek, glassy facade and invites residents into its stunning marble-clad lobby, where a 24-hour concierge is on-hand to help with whatever task residents need accomplished.
Upstairs, these spacious homes feature floor-to-ceiling windows with exquisite East River and intimate skyline views as well as gorgeous finishes and top-of-the-line appliances and fixtures, including baths clad in Crema Marfil marble and inspired by luxury spas. Residents also have access to The Pearl’s state-of-the-art fitness center, where they can follow their workout routines without stepping foot outside their building. Resting atop The Pearl is PHB, a three-bedroom penthouse that defines Upper East Side luxury. This duplex includes multiple private terraces and a spacious living area centered around the gourmet kitchen.
Living at The Pearl is about more than the building, though. The Upper East Side is a quiet slice of Manhattan, where tree-lined streets are cut by wide avenues lined with fine dining and comfort food. Just around the corner, residents will find the ever-popular Bagelworks, where lines will often snake out the front door, while just a few blocks south, Sushi Seki provides the best omakase meal around. Residents seeking something a little more casual will love Maya, the neighborhood taqueria that also offers the neighborhood’s best bottomless brunch. Foodies willing to head a little further afield will love the Upper East Side’s slate of classic eateries, including famous Italian spot Tony’s Di Napoli, a family-friendly UES staple since 1959, and Ravagh Persian Grill on 1st Avenue, which combines New York’s penchant for world-class Middle Eastern cuisine with a small plates philosophy that keeps regulars coming back for more.
Nestled in the heart of the Upper East Side, The Pearl is across the street from P.S. 183, a highly ranked school that embraces a community-focused educational philosophy; among other activities, it hosts a weekly flea market that has been a neighborhood staple for two decades. Nearby St. Catherine’s Park offers a shady spot to enjoy a coffee or spend some time with the family at the playground, while Central Park is just a few blocks west. Meanwhile, joggers will love how close their new home is to the East River Greenway along the FDR. Residents also have convenient access to the nearby F/Q/6 subway lines, all of which are central arteries that carry New Yorkers around Manhattan and the outer boroughs.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to The Pearl’s website to see these amazing homes for yourself!
September 20, 2019
BLOG: Your Guide to Celebrating in Style in Midtown West__ Read article
BLOG: Your Guide to Celebrating in Style in Midtown West
When New Yorkers celebrate, they’re often drawn to the classy bars and authentic restaurants found in Midtown West. The area, which encompasses classic neighborhoods, including Hell’s Kitchen, represents the very pinnacle of Manhattan living, and it’s no wonder that it’s a favorite for anniversaries and important milestones. Keep reading for a guide to taking that special someone out for an unforgettable evening.
At Algin Management, the family-owned business with half a century of experience matching prospective buyers with no-fee rental apartments in great NYC neighborhoods, we know how to help you have a sensational time as you navigate Midtown West.
It may seem quaint, but a bouquet of flowers or a box of bonbons is a surefire way to start your special evening right. Hell’s Kitchen staple Flowers by Richard is your one-stop shop for all your floral needs. From a classic dozen red roses to themed bouquets like the yellow Lemon Drop Roses and delicate Jade Green Roses, Flowers by Richard is sure to have the perfect arrangement. If your lover has a sweet tooth, stop by La Maison Du Chocolat by Columbus Circle and pick up a box of rich dark chocolate or creamy truffles.
Columbus Circle is also home to Robert, the unparalleled restaurant atop the Museum of Arts and Design. There’s no better spot in Midtown West to mark an occasion than this chic dining room, decorated with bright modern furniture and looking out on the green canopy of Central Park and the iconic skyline along the park’s western edge. Enjoy a round of signature cocktails before diving into the menu by Chef Gonzalo Colin, who has crafted a range of dishes that span the globe. Choice ingredients like Kobe beef and Maine lobster form the heart of these elegant meals, all backed up by a formidable wine list.
When the dessert plates are cleared and the night seems poised to end, head around the corner to The Aviary for one last glimpse at the skyline. This outpost of the famous Chicago venue features small plates and creative cocktails in a lively setting, making for an exciting nightcap sure to put a memorable aura on the intimate evening.
Learn more about Midtown West, New York’s crossroads of shopping, dining and culture, and Central Park, by viewing our current availabilities in this dynamic neighborhood today.
September 20, 2019
BLOG: A Renter’s Guide to Kitchen Essentials__ Read article
BLOG: A Renter’s Guide to Kitchen Essentials
So, you’re a budding home chef looking to take your culinary pursuits to the next level. You yearn to craft Instagram-worthy dishes that not only please the palates of your guests but look like refined pieces of art. While perusing Algin Management’s available no-fee luxury rentals in NYC, you realize that the kitchen is perhaps the most important aspect of a residence for you.
Cooking is a pursuit that is dependent upon the tools of the chef. While there may be ways to get the best out of low-quality kitchenware, some essentials are incredibly important if you want to take your meals to the next level.
There may be no other piece of kitchenware more important than one’s pans. And again, as with the knives, the market is flooded with options. We highly recommend Tramontina’s Professional Restaurant Fry Pan. It is billed as a pan made for a professional kitchen and adapted to be used at home, and that’s what it feels like. Its cast stainless-steel handle and heavy gauge aluminum construction make it feel incredibly solid without weighing a ton. It can be used on all stovetops, comes with a lifetime warranty, and is truly nonstick, which makes clean-up easier.
Cooking nearly always involves cutting of some sort, so having a good set of knives is vital. There are many kitchen knife sets on the market, but we’re partial to the Calphalon Classic Self-Sharpening 6-Piece Cutlery Set. The set includes a paring knife, a Santoku knife, a utility knife, a chef’s knife, and kitchen shears. They are all made from fully forged, high-carbon German steel. What truly makes this set extraordinary, however, are the built-in knife sharpeners. The knife block—which utilizes their patented SharpIN technology—has a sharpener for every blade. If you cook often, your knives will inevitably start to become dull. Having to take out a sharpener is another step in preparing your dish. With this set, the sharpener is right there. Run the knives in and out a few times, and they’re ready to go.
If you’re going to be braising, roasting, or making soups, stews, and casseroles—if you’re going to be slow cooking at all—you need a Dutch oven. But not all Dutch ovens are created equal—not by a long shot. Le Creuset’s Dutch Oven is one of the most well-known brands, and for good reason. Le Creuset has been making Dutch ovens for just under a century. They know what they’re doing. This cast-iron beauty can do it all. It distributes heat slowly and evenly, ensuring that everything inside the pot coalesces just the way it should.
Now that you have the proper tools for a future that is filled with good food, Algin Management can help you find a new home (and kitchen) where you can create and host many feasts to come.
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.