City V. Country Real Estate (Waiting For the Switch to Flip)
Faced with the impending doom of spending a year in prison, I was faced with a momentous decision. Should I sublet my rent-stabilized New York City apartment? Should I let it lie fallow? Or should I negotiate a buyout with my landlord? Each had its pros and cons.Read full story
New York City's Best Freebie - The Staten Island Ferry
While New York City can be a really expensive place to live in or visit, there is one attraction that costs nothing — and is actually a wonderful perk for city dwellers and visitors alike. And that freebie is a ride on the Staten Island Ferry.Read full story
A Bonanza for New York, NY Cabbies
A New York City taxi in Brooklyn near the foot of the Brooklyn ridge.Max Bender/Unsplash. We’ve all heard about the millions of unfortunate workers and entrepreneurs who have been economically devastated by the pandemic. It’s no joke. We get that. But while the majority have suffered, a few secretly laugh their way to the bank. And one of those lucky guys is (get ready) the lowly New York yellow cab driver.Read full story
Revisiting Canal Street, New York - A veritable "schlocking" spree!
Years ago, I used to walk across Canal Street in New York City looking for bargains on a somewhat regular basis. Where else could I find vacuum tubes for my guitar and stereo amplifier, and audio cords at a reasonable price? Canal Street was the place. But up until a few days ago, I hadn’t shopped the block for a really long time. Like 10 years at least.Read full story