NYC Luxury Rentals: East Side vs West Side

East Side NYC Luxury Rentals in Murray HillThere has been a long standing debate as to what side of Manhattan is better – the East Side or the West Side. There’s also a debate on the Upper and Lower Sides too, but that is an article for another time. If you tell an East Sider that you don’t like the East Side, he’ll say “so, who cares?”  If you tell a West Sider that you don’t like the West Side, he’ll say “So, you think the East Side is better?”

The difference between the East and West Sides stems from a number of topics including mass transit access and the Theater.  Yes, this sounds crazy.  Today, a key difference between the East and West Sides is that the East Side has one subway line (the Lexington Avenue Line 4, 5 & 6 trains) and the West Side has two (the Eighth Avenue A/C/E and B/D lines and the Seventh Avenue 1, 2 & 3 lines). When theaters settled in the Times Square area, it made the West Side a natural bedroom community for actors and other theater bohemians.

In terms of cost of living, people, prices and vibe, explains it as so…

East Side:

  • Lower housing costs
  • Age skews a bit older
  • Subways: 4/5/6
  • Parks: Central Park, East River Promenade, Carl Shultz Park

West Side:

  • Higher housing costs
  • Age skews a bit younger
  • Subways: 1/2/3, A/C, B/D
  • Parks: Central Park, Riverside Park, Hudson River Park
  • More “happening” nightlife/restaurant scene

To surmise, if you are a resident of Manhattan, the East Side offers lower housing costs which is perfect when it comes to East Side NYC luxury rentals. There’s a new apartment building that has opened in the East Side – House 39. House 39 is located in the Murray Hill neighborhood and makes luxury living possible for the not so rich. The glass skyscraper offers a state-of-the-art fitness center and many other resort style amenities including a 24/7 concierge, live-in manager, private storage, rooftop pool with indoor and outdoor hot tubs, fitness center, and a yoga studio. Residents looking to curl up and relax with a good book can take advantage of the library or unwind with some skee ball, ping-pong, or a game of pool in the arcade. For the children, there’s an outdoor playground and a children’s playroom.

For more information on East side living at House 39, you can visit their website or give them a call at (212) 661-3900.

Go No Fee: A Nice Tool to Find Bryant Park Apartment Rentals

bryant park apartments no fee rentals Hey there NYC renters! I found a new website/app (well it’s new to me) and will make locating your next apartment a breeze. It’s Yes, that’s apartments with no fees. Personally, I think it’s ridiculous for anyone to pay a fee on an apartment when they are already making a profit on just collecting rent. What? You think they don’t set the rent amount so there isn’t a profit? Don’t fool yourself folks. Fees on apartments are a waste of money…period.

Go No Fee is for both brokers and tenants and user friendly. Brokers post their available units and the prospective tenant searches the listings of their comprehensive database in Harlem, the Upper West Side, East Village, Chelsea, and Washington Heights. won’t rent an apartment and walk away. The rental apartments are managed by and K & R Realty Management.

First I suggest you complete their quick application. Towards the top of the page, hit the “Search Apartment” tab. You can refine your search to include amount of bedrooms, rent price and amenities. Or just show all of the listings.

It’s possible Go No Fee’s neighborhoods aren’t what you’re looking for but it’s a new app so give it some time. Say you want to be in the Midtown area… I found these no fee rental apartments near Bryant Park called EOS NoMad, located at 100 West 31st Street, which are outstanding. Loads of topnotch amenities including a Nike fitness center with an indoor pool. If you’d like more information regard EOS, give them a call to check on availability and/or a tour with a leasing agent at (212) 899-3131.

The One at First and Warren Offers Luxury Apartments in Jersey City

The One luxury apartments in Jersey City Luxury apartments are popping up all over Jersey City. In the heart of Jersey City, there is a new standard for 21st century living. Located on the corner of 1st Street and Warren Street, The One is just a 5-minute walk from Grove Street PATH.

The One is one of Jersey City’s newest luxury apartment buildings located near the vibrant Waterfront, providing spectacular views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline. According to Jersey Digs, The One raises the bar for rental building amenity spaces. There is strong demand for high-end amenities and common spaces that go beyond appliances and finishes. With this in mind, The One created a lifestyle experience unlike anything else in Jersey City. Take advantage of the fitness center with a dedicated weight room and yoga studio, outdoor swimming pool with private cabanas, the rooftop Sky Lounge, BBQs and fire pits for a complete indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The One’s community lounge has all the perks for hosting a party, playing ping pong or billiards, or just kicking back playing video games. Children’s Playroom offers a fun and safe place for the entire family to enjoy. If you’d like to improve your golf game, there’s even a golf simulator to practice your drives or perfect your putt. Enjoy the big screen experience in the high-definition media room.

The One offers studio, one and two bedroom residences, some with private terraces, filled with abundant light and many with spectacular views. Elegant finishes including quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances, flow-through layouts and thoughtful appointments combine for luxurious comfort.

Rent ranges and sizes at The One are as follows…

Studios start at $2,775 and go up to $2,895 per month and are 607 to 628 square feet. The one bedrooms start at $2,895 and increase to $3,375 per month. Two bedrooms start at $3,755 and top out at around $4,000.  

For more information on The One, check out their website at or email If you’d like to call The One directly, their digits are (201) 792-1101.


Apartment Security Cameras in the Bronx

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Security Command Center Parkchester South Condominiums

When the cameras are working, they can deter would-be criminals from carrying out their plans. In the event that they are caught on camera, it makes identifying them that much easier.

Originally, the story of a man pretending to help an 81-year old disabled woman and then robbing her of $200 in the elevator of her apartment building, was reported in the NY Post on March 5, 2017. A follow-up story reported by PIX11 News on March 7th indicates the man who was caught on a surveillance camera in the elevator has been arrested, and charged with robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing.

Back in November 2016, a man who had entered a 20-year old woman’s Parkchester apartment in the Bronx through her kitchen window was caught on a surveillance camera as he left the scene. Unfortunately, in this case, the camera did not get a view of the man’s face. As far as I know, there has not been an arrest made in this case.

In January 2016, two suspects who committed a hate crime in the Parkchester neighborhood were caught on a community surveillance camera running away from the scene. Described as teens, they allegedly beat a man until he was unconscious because they thought he was a member of the Islamic State. The NYPD released the video to CBSNY in hopes that someone might come forward to aid in the investigation.

The Parkchester South Condominium Public Safety and Security Department operates surveillance cameras throughout the neighborhood. They staff 65 Public Safety Officers that are licensed as New York City Special Patrol Officers and are authorized as New York State Peace Officers. In addition to responding to criminal complaints, the staff is also responsible for enforcing condominium regulations. There is a link on their website to Broadview Security, where you can purchase a home security system for your Parkchester Condominium.