New York Habitat is dedicated to protecting not only our clients, but also the hosts who list with us, from illegal rentals. We are well aware that, when it comes to subletting and sharing, the laws and regulations are extensive and often confusing for individuals who lack expertise in the real estate field. One of the most prominent sources of confusion is Chapter 225 of the Laws of 2010, which amended the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law to ban certain short-term rentals. (This legislation is also known as the “Illegal Hotel Law” or “Vacation Rental Ban”).
Senator Liz Krueger’s recent press release, “Answers for New Yorkers Concerned or Confused About the Illegal Hotel Law” has directly addressed this confusion and we expect it to be of great help in improving the clarity of the law for tenants and property owners who would like to rent to guests. Please click on the link to read the article in its entirety.
New York Habitat would like to disseminate Senator Krueger’s clarification to our hosts, as well as to potential rental hosts, by keeping in mind that rental hosts want to know specifically about their own property or rental situation. Since there are many types of properties that hosts might possess, it is difficult to give a roadmap to the law that addresses every individual. The search through the abundance of information might make hosts even more confused than when they began.
Therefore, we have created a visual representation of various types of buildings and rental set-ups so that hosts can look specifically at their own property to see how they can avoid violation of the Vacation Rental Ban.
Please see below four property types:
Four property types
Each division represents, not a floor or story, but a UNIT (see below an example of a unit):
What is a unit?
Please keep in mind that although the above representation contains a two-bedroom single-story unit, a unit may also be multiple stories (such as a duplex) and may have any number of bedrooms or be a studio. For most rental apartments, the divisions between units are clear. However, in other buildings, such as brownstones, the division into units may be unclear. If you are ever unsure, check your building’s certificate of occupancy on the New York City Department of Buildings website. Read the entire story here…»
The new wave of coffee culture has taken Paris by storm
It’s been a long time coming, but the new wave of coffee culture that’s swept the globe has finally reached Paris! Gone are the days of old, when traditional bistros served mediocre coffee. In the past couple of years, new specialty coffee shops have started to pop up all over the city of lights! This new trend of coffee shops is heavily influenced by some of the leading coffee regions in the world, such as Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and North America. Baristas from these regions have introduced Paris to techniques such as pour-over coffee and filter coffee, not to mention fresh coffee beans from the world’s best coffee producers and roasters.
In this article, we’ll introduce you to some of our favorite new coffee shops in Paris. Keep in mind that the Parisian coffee culture is simply bustling right now, so this is definitely not meant as a definitive list. With that said, we’re sure this list of our favorite top 10 coffee shops in Paris will be of use to you during a visit to the city!
1. La Caféothèque
La Caféothèque on 52 Rue de l’Hôtel de Ville was one of the first new barista-focused coffee shops in Paris. Barista Gloria Montenegro, who was the former Guatemalan ambassador to France, founded the café some seven years ago. She has a true passion for coffee, personally selecting and visiting coffee growers across the globe. Customers will taste this commitment to quality coffee beans in each drink: the espresso and cappuccino are both brewed to perfection. La Caféothèque is a real Parisian gem: you’ll come for the excellent coffee, and stay for the friendly baristas and cozy interior. Read the entire story here…»
A perfectly brewed cappuccino in New York City
In the past decade, along with many other cities around the world, New York City has undergone a new wave of coffee culture. While well-known American chains can now be found across the globe, New York City’s coffee culture has moved away from corporate giants and towards an emphasis on specialty coffee. Specialty coffee means coffee that is made from usually fair trade and organic beans that are freshly ground for each individual cup of coffee. This so-called third wave coffee movement has made way for small, cozy neighborhood cafes where baristas know customers by name.
Not only do these cafes serve a mean cup of coffee, they also offer people a quiet workspace, great reading spot or a hang out for friends (very much like the cast of Friends always did in Central Perk). In the last couple of years, specialty coffee shops have sprung up all over the city, and there are literally too many to choose from. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 coffee shops in New York City, focusing on specialty cafes in Manhattan and Brooklyn. We hope it’ll be of use when you visit the city!
1. Café Grumpy
Café Grumpy is the spot to go for a fresh brewed cup of coffee. The café started out as just one coffee shop on Meserole Avenue & Diamond Street in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint, but now has four locations in the city. Meanwhile, the Greenpoint shop has become very popular due to it appearing on the television series Girls. In the show, creator Lena Dunham’s character Hannah works in a Greenpoint coffee shop, and Café Grumpy is used for the exterior. If you’re a fan of Girls, you should definitely head to the Greenpoint location. If you prefer a quieter spot, the Café Grumpy on 20th Street & 7th Avenue in Chelsea, Manhattan has a lovely and tranquil garden space.
Check out Live Like a Local in Chelsea for more information about Café Grumpy and the surrounding neighborhood! Read the entire story here…»
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London
Hackney is one of the most exciting areas in London. The borough has an absolutely thriving art scene, many beautiful parks, and if you’re looking for some of the best cafes, pubs and clubs in the city, you’ve definitely come to the right place! Hackney is one of the largest Inner London boroughs and can be found just to the northeast from the City. The area comprises many famous neighborhoods and areas of London, such as Shoreditch, Hoxton and parts of the Regent’s Canal. It also borders the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which was the site of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The area flawlessly combines the old with the new, and will definitely take you by surprise!
Welcome to Hackney
Hackney is roughly bordered by City Road and the City in the south, Southgate Road and Islington to the west, Amhurst Park and Harringay to the north, and the River Lea and Stratford to the east. It’s serviced solely by the London Underground along its southern and northern borders, but is easily reachable with the London Overground, which has several stops in the borough. The southern neighborhoods of Hackney are internationally renowned for their nightlife and many galleries and creative shops. Meanwhile, the center and north of the borough are up-and-coming areas that provide attractive options for affordable accommodation within an urban environment. The many fantastic markets, restaurants and pubs in the area also attract their share of celebrities! For example, Russell Brand is often spotted in Hoxton cafes such as Love Shake. In this article we’ll tour some of the top spots in the neighborhood, and show you what it’s like to live in Hackney like a local! Read the entire story here…»
A typical French baguette and bread in Paris
France without bread is like a Paris without the Eiffel Tower. When it comes to baguettes and croissants, there is no equal to France’s famous bakeries, which are better known as boulangeries. It’s important to know the difference between a boulangerie and a patisserie. While a patisserie is a bakery specializing in pastries, and headed by a pastry chef, a boulangerie is a bakery that focuses mainly on baking breads. There’s also a difference between a boulangerie and an artisanal boulangerie: the latter indicates that all the bread is being baked fresh on the premises.
In this article, we’ve gathered our top 10 bakeries in Paris. You’ll find that some are combinations of a patisserie and a boulangerie, while others focus only on baking bread. What they all have in common, however, is some of the most delicious breads in Paris and perhaps even the world! Read the entire story here…»
The hamburger is a real American classic, and like so many other foods, New York City has managed to put quite a spin on it. You’ll find countless burger joints across the Big Apple, from tiny neighborhood bistros to popular chain restaurants with lines out the door. In this article, we’ll take you on a tour of the city to show you some of our favorite places to get a burger. We’ll also give tips on what style of burger to try, and where to go to avoid standing in line! Without further ado, our top 10 burgers in New York City!
1. Shake Shack
Shake Shack in Madison Square Park serves some of the most popular burgers in New York City!
Shake Shack has become something of an institution in New York City. Founded by Danny Meyer in 2004, the popular burger joint started as just one diner in Madison Square Park. Nowadays, you can find Shake Shack at many locations throughout the city — but the original Shake Shack is still the best place to go to try your first Shake Shack burger. Each beef patty is made with all-natural Angus beef, so you can taste its quality. Try the SmokeShack Burger (approx. $8.80 for a double) together with a delectable milkshake. The ‘Shroom Burger (approx. $6.85) is a great vegetarian option!
The Shake Shack at Flatiron’s Madison Square Park is well known for its long lines. It’s open from 11 am to 11 pm, so if you go early in the morning or late in the evening will minimize your time standing in line. If you go in the evening, there is an excellent nearby rooftop bar, 230 Fifth, where you can get some delicious after-dinner drinks. Check out our Top 5 Rooftop Bars in New York City for more information. Read the entire story here…»
In our previous London video tour, we explored the historic area of Westminster. In this video tour, we’ll show you around the thriving district of Southwark on the south bank of the River Thames in London. Southwark is a wonderful combination of the old and the new: featuring ancient wharfs and warehouses, but also wonderful new buildings such as the skyscraper The Shard.
Southwark is roughly bordered by Tower Bridge and Tower Bridge Road in the east, Elephant & Castle in the south, Blackfriars Bridge and Blackfriars Road in the west, and the banks of the River Thames in the north. In this article we’ll tell you a little more about the places that are mentioned in the video tour, such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Tate Modern, Borough Market, The Shard and more!
Welcome to Bankside
The neighborhood Southwark in London and its new skyscraper The Shard
The video tour kicks off in Bankside, which is a wonderful place to start your exploration of Southwark. Bankside is easily reached by taking the London Underground to either Southwark Station or London Bridge Station. Both stations offer just a short walk to Bankside on the southern bank of the River Thames. In Tudor times, the area was known for its many theaters, such as the Rose, the Swan and the famous Globe Theatre, which was the theater of William Shakespeare’s theater company the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Read the entire story here…»
Colorful French Macarons
Macarons, croissants and chocolate éclairs: if you have a sweet tooth, Paris is definitely the right place for you! The city features hundreds – maybe even thousands – of wonderful pastry shops. These pâtisseries offer the most exquisite selections of tarts, cakes, pastries and more. It’s important to know the difference between a bakery and a pastry shop: while bakers in bakeries only make bread, pastry chefs in pastry shops specialize in pastries and sweets. You’ll find that most pastry shops in Paris have certain areas of expertise, and are often known for a specific type of pastry. It’s not uncommon for Parisians to visit one pastry shop to get a box of macarons, and then travel across the city to buy their éclairs at another place!
In this article, we’ll give you our top 10 pastry shops in Paris. Keep in mind the list is not definitive as there are so many amazing pâtisseries in town. However, all the shops listed here do have one or more specialties that really make them stand out. The following are some of our absolute favorites in the city of Paris. Enjoy!
1. Pierre Hermé
The Parisian pastry shop Pierre Hermé is famous for its delicious macarons
Pierre Hermé is the perfect first pastry shop to try in Paris. It’s got two very French and very delicious specialties that you just have to try during a visit to the city: the macaron and the croissant Ispahan. Pierre Hermé became famous for his delicious macarons: sweet meringues with crunchy outsides and delectable creamy fillings. Try the pistachio, violet, or chocolate. The croissant Ispahan has a topping of rose and glaze, which adds just a pinch of inventiveness to the traditional pastry. Pierre Hermé was once called the ‘Picasso of pastry’, and it’s easy to see why! There are several locations of the brand in Paris, but the best known is probably the Rue Bonaparte flagship store in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. This store often has a line out the door, but the pastries are definitely worth standing in line for! Read the entire story here…»
New York Brownstones in Harlem, Manhattan
When it comes to listing apartments, New York Habitat strives to safeguard the quality of each and every accommodation we offer to our clients. We take great efforts to ensure compliance with all relevant laws and building regulations.
A recent law that concerns the New York City housing market is Chapter 225 of the Laws of 2010, otherwise known as New York’s “Illegal Hotel Law” or “Vacation Rental Ban Law.” The law, which came into effect in May of 2011, bans certain short term apartment rentals.
The Vacation Rentals law was followed by a wave of confusion
Unfortunately, the law was followed by a wave of confusion. Much of the confusion centers on the fear that the new legislation seeks to disrupt, or even forbid, the real estate “sharing economy.” Because New York Habitat is aware of the importance of alleviating this confusion, we are pleased to announce that New York State Senator Liz Krueger has issued a press release on her website on Friday, December 13th 2013 entitled “Answers for New Yorkers Concerned or Confused about the Illegal Hotel Law”. Senator Krueger addresses the misconceptions of the law and makes it clear that the fear of a threat to the sharing economy (the ability to rent to a roommate) has no grounds in either the intention or the content of the law.
New York Habitat would like to address Senator Krueger’s points regarding the sharing economy and inform you of what New York Habitat is doing to ensure that the listings we offer to our clients are in compliance with the law. In addition, we would like to provide some general tips for individuals who choose to rent apartments on their own or with other agencies. Of course, these steps will not be necessary when renting through nyhabitat.com, because all of the research to ensure compliance of our own listings is done internally.
In addition, we encourage you to check out the article on Senator Krueger’s press release, which can be accessed in its entirety from the New York State Senate website.
- Senator Krueger clarified in her press release that a rental violates the “Vacation Rental Ban Law” when:
a) the rental is in a permanent residential apartment building;
b) the building has three or more units; AND
c) the residential unit is being rented for less than 30 days. Read the entire story here…»
New York City is known throughout the world as a wonderful melting pot of cultures, and this is certainly the case when you look at food in the city! Whether you’re looking for Chinese food, Dominican cuisine or Russian delicacies, you’ll find all this and more in the Big Apple. Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens even have whole neighborhoods devoted to different culinary traditions. It’s clear New York is an absolutely delightful city for foodies!
In this article, we’ll take you on a culinary tour around the world right here in New York City. We’ll start with Korean food in East Asia, and work our way west across the world, ending with Mexican cuisine! We’ll introduce you to the best neighborhoods for each type of cuisine, so you’ll know your way around in culinary New York City by the end of this article!
Korean Food in New York City
Koreatown on 32nd Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City
One of the most central culinary neighborhoods in New York City, Koreatown can be found on 32nd Street between 5th Avenue and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan. All along the street you’ll find wonderful restaurants and shops serving the best of Korean cuisine, which is largely centered on rice, meat and vegetables. A meal is often made up of many side dishes, featuring ingredients such as soy sauce, sesame oil, red chili’s and soybean paste. Koreatown is a fantastic place to taste Korean food, and the following are some of our favorite spots along 32nd Street.
For a luxurious Korean dining experience, head to Gaonurri and enjoy the amazing view of the Empire State Building and delicious Korean cuisine! Cho Gan Gol on 35th Street & 6th Avenue is another beloved Korean restaurant that offers great value for your money. Koreatown is also a great place to get take-out for lunch or dinner. Woorjip is one of the most popular Korean delis on 32nd street and it’s easy to see why, as the food is absolutely delicious. E-Mo, a tiny hole in the wall, is another popular take-out place. If you’re staying in a vacation rental apartment in Midtown Manhattan, you can easily bring dinner back to your place to enjoy it! Read the entire story here…»