A Quarantine Playroom at Home

Q: I live in a two-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. My partner and I are running out of ways to keep our two young children occupied indoors this winter without driving us or the neighbors nuts. Normally we’d take them to indoor play spaces, visit with friends or family or enroll…

In the Bronx, a Face Lost in Time

Fame can be fleeting for any of us, but in the case of Louis J. Heintz, a formerly celebrated New York City streets commissioner, injury has been added to the insult of increasing obscurity. In the decades after a memorial was dedicated to Heintz in a Bronx park in 1909,…

My Neighbor, My Pandemic Pal

When New York went into lockdown last spring to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, it was a rough time for Judy Fein, a retired psychotherapist who lives alone in an Upper East Side co-op. “It wasn’t just my children I couldn’t see easily during the pandemic,” Ms. Fein,…

Manhattan Lease Signings Are Booming. Is It Enough for a Recovery?

Like everything else in 2020, New York City’s real estate market was different than any in memory. A complete industry shutdown in March eventually led, by the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, to soaring median sale prices in Brooklyn (up 9.4 percent from Q4 2019) and Queens (up…

House Hunting in Gibraltar: A Corner Townhouse on Main Street for $1.9 Million

Five Bedrooms and Two Retail Spaces in Gibraltar $1.9 MILLION (1.4 MILLION BRITISH POUNDS) This three-story rowhouse sits on a bustling corner of Main Street in the heart of Gibraltar, the 2.6-square-mile British Overseas Territory hanging off the southern tip of Spain. The building includes a 3,300-square-foot duplex residence with…

$350,000 Homes in Alabama, New Hampshire and Illinois

Montgomery, Ala. | $349,000 A 1918 Craftsman-style cottage with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 0.33-acre lot This home is in the Old Cloverdale neighborhood, just east of the historic Garden District, a couple of blocks from the house where Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived briefly…

Colonia, N.J.: A ‘Nice’ Alternative to the City

When Alex Paz and his fiancée, Caitlin Sarnicki, set out to buy a house a couple of years ago, they thought their parameters were reasonable: an affordably priced, not-so-large home in a friendly community, close to their families and workplaces, that hadn’t passed through the hands of a house flipper.…

When Evictions Loom, Pets Are Also at Risk

When Esther Deshommes moved her family halfway across the country in June, she never considered leaving their two cats behind. Ms. Deshommes, 36, is a tutor; her husband is a barber. Both lost their jobs early on in the pandemic, and with savings drying up, decided to move with their…

Isiah Whitlock Jr., on Leaving Chelsea for Gramercy Park

Isiah Whitlock Jr. lived in Chelsea before Chelsea was trendy. “I was looking for an apartment in New York, and I sort of had my choice of Chelsea or Harlem, and I really couldn’t see my girlfriend in Harlem,” he said. “So we chose Chelsea, which at the time was…