Articles on Apartment Renovation

Upper West Side Brownstone Bought for $18,000 in 1960 Now Priced at $5 Million

Upper West Side Brownstone - Peggy Mann Houlton

As many of us already know, New York City today is barely recognizable when compared to how it was circa 1960. Streets, houses and entire neighborhoods have been renovated, altered or developed in such a way that boggles the mind of anyone old enough to remember the city that was. A brownstone on West 94th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, however, has stood the test of time and, through meticulous nurturing, skyrocketed in value. The Upper West Side house, originally bought in 1960 for $18,000 by author Peggy Mann Houlton and her husband William Houlton, is now worth upwards of $5 million. 

Online Option Makes Renovating in Manhattan Cheaper and Easier

Renovating luxury apartments in ManhattanFor Manhattan property owners, going through the construction approval process is about to get easier. New York City's Department of Buildings announced on Monday that licensed architects and engineers can now apply online for apartment renovation permits rather than submitting paperwork in person and paying fees to the department's office. The current permit application process makes it troublesome for property owners to renovate: permits are required for  everything from redesigning kitchens to repairing facades, and only licensed professionals may apply. The new online system will hopefully streamline the process by allowing professionals to submit construction plans digitally, thereby cutting down the processing time from a few weeks to one business day.