04/16/14 1:33pm


If you haven’t paid your taxes, then maybe you should stop reading and write some last requests, because the IRS is undoubtedly on its way to end your days. But otherwise, hey! Check out these new apartment listings that feature ways for you to get cozy on the cheap while you wait for that tax return, in an exciting new “Look at this Fucking Kitchen” edition!


04/16/14 9:09am

Meet your new roommates! Photo by Fikriyyah George

You know when you find roommates on Craigslist, you never know what you’re gonna get. In this case a beautiful loft in the northern reaches of Bed-Stuy with two artists and two cats eventually became a beautiful loft in the northern reaches of Bed-Stuy with two artists, two cats and two pigeons. Yes, PIGEONS. Pigeons brought inside my apartment, on purpose. (more…)

04/01/14 8:00am
Rent just got Brokelynized.

Rent just got Brokelynized.

We know you wonder every day: why, in this age of Groupons and Seamless discount codes, is there nothing that helps make rent payments a little less heinous? Well good news brokesters: Fresh off the heels of our smash hit 2014 Brokelyn Beer Book, we’re happy to announce our latest project: the long-awaited Brokelyn Rent Book is finally here! We’ve taken the Beer Book idea — which gets you 30 beers for 30 bucks —and expanded it to the thing that forces you to drink so heavily: rent. Obviously, apartments costs a bit much more than a glass of suds, but the gist is the same: for just $300 (that’s barely one night of hoofstew at that trendy new Greenpoint spot, Pigslaw), you get this book, handsomely designed by our handsome in-house team. Each page entitles you to a month’s worth of free rent at 30 of our favorite lovingly hand-selected, specially curated apartments from all around the borough. That’s 12 months worth of rent for only $300!

Check out the list of apartments in it below, which are made possible thanks to the good folks at the New York Landlord Association, who helped us track down these killer apartments and arrange the deals with each landlord. But make sure to act fast and buy one today (or have your parents buy you one): only a limited number are being printed, so supplies, and, to be honest, shared bed space, will run out soon! (more…)

01/03/14 9:45am
You know you could see your dog running around here

You know you could see your dog running around here

In case you hadn’t heard, it’s 2014. A whole new year! So maybe it’s about time you got a fresh start, not through something stupid like “quitting drinking,” but by doing something more tangible, like finding an apartment where the neighbors don’t blast techno at all hours of the night. Living somewhere you like has a huge impact on your quality of life, so we’ve picked out a few places from our real estate section that we think will help you get a fresh start in 2014. (more…)

10/21/13 11:26am


Hey, hey you! Are you sick and tired of living in the same building as some flophouse apartment for drunken Europeans? Well, while AirBnB and New York State fight out that mess, maybe it’s time you found a new place to live instead of having to depend on the government and people who use the word “disrupt” in a weird religious coming to some kind of timely arrangement. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got some ideas for you! (more…)

Everybody Hates the Landlord. Via CelebBuzz

Everybody Hates the Landlord. Via CelebBuzz

Grown Ups 2 was hard on everyone. The first wave of people who saw it opening weekend are still in the hospital after having poured bleach in their eyes, and even the stars of the film being forced into the only thing lowlier than starring in Grown Ups: real estate. It turns out Chris Rock, who grew up in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights, has been sitting on a sweet townhouse in Clinton HIll that he bought in the early days of his career; now CelebBuzz reports he’s renting out the three-story two-car garage, 4,480-square foot spot for a cool $7,950 a month!  (more…)

07/11/13 2:13pm
Your new home?

Your new “affordable” home?

Hey, like that sweet rendering seen above? You’re probably looking at it and thinking there’s no way you could afford it. And normally, you can’t! But, it’s your lucky day, because the building seen above has 108 spots open for you in the NYC affordable housing lottery. Except given its income requirements, maybe we should call it the “kind of affordable housing lottery.” (more…)

07/10/13 1:12pm
Fun fact: landlords don't always like this. via Flickr user jasoneppink

Fun fact: landlords don’t always like this. via Flickr user jasoneppink

Signing a lease is usually the part of the apartment search you think about the least. Part of that has to do with the fact that it’s the last step, part of it has to do with leases being long and full of legalese. The folks at Brick Underground put together a list of things you should look out for  before you sign on the dotted line. Here’s five of them: (more…)

06/25/13 3:40pm
At least you'll know how much he's screwing you over now. via Flickr user Mr. Littlehand

At least you’ll know how much he’s screwing you over now. via Flickr user Mr. Littlehand

Getting an apartment around here is hard enough with the constant ups and downs of the real estate market and the ridiculously low vacancy rate. Then, every time you find a place that you just love, you forget about the broker’s fee and don’t plan well enough to not skip meals for three or five months to make up for what you had to pay. Now there’s a handy calculator that will tell you your effective rent each month if you add in what you’re paying a broker. (more…)