Managing Urban Life

Noise & Kids - Apartment Living

Question :
Well, we got our first kid-noise complaint today. My downstairs neighbor wrote: I can hear your son running back and forth, back and forth. I can pretty much hear everything down here. Its a bit much, especially at 7:30 AM. "

 

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How to cool a windowless nursery

Ideas ro solve a classic city problem: cooling a windowless kid's room!

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How to Keep Baby Asleep on Noisy Street

How do you ensure your baby gets some snores and zzzzz's when it's all sirens and beep beeps?

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Playground problems - how to handle a bully the right way

A PSP member writes.: "I'm writing more for my husband than for myself - but in any event I'm hoping for some insight from the collective about an ugly incident that happened this weekend. He can't shake his anger and frustration and honestly, I'm bothered by it too and would love to hear some thoughts on the matter..."

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Getting Rid of Mice

Helping to get rid of the little vermin...

 

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The Baby Exchange and Other Threads

One Mom talks about baby transitions as seen from the Baby Yahoo Groups.

 

 

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Fruit Fly Infestation

 It's that time of year.  While we love the fresh fruit summer brings, it seems like we are not the only ones....  Here are tips from members in the neighborhood who got rid of fruit flies with all types of tricks - from filling bowls with vinegar and a drop of dish soap to dilligently cleaning fruit, pouring bleach down the drain and more.  Click below to Read More and as one parent said: "watch 'em drop, well, like flies!"

image from via "Just a Prairie Boy" who made this photo available thanks to a Creative Commons License

 

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Double Parking Do & Don'ts

The Do's & Don'ts of double parking in New York City...

 

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More Bed Bug Woes

More bed bugs questions answered...

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(bed bugs have six legs and are very flat - almost paper thin that helps make them expert hiders)

 

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Please Take Care Of Your Autumn Leaves!

With fall comes spectucular autumn folliage.  Nothing beats the sound of leaves crunching under our feet.  Sadly, New York City streets just can't handle all of it. The leaves, as lovely as they are, clog gutters & drains (especially if you sweep leaves down 'em). And what happens then? Flooding in your apartment. Plus, when leaves pile up it is impossible for street cleaners to do their job. And what happens then? We are left with dirty streets.     

Here are some tips of what to do (but be sure to take a fun fall photo or two before you clean it all up!)

 

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So you have Bed Bugs

From a PSP-er who has been there, done that and had to throw away the T shirt (or at least tumble dried it for 30+ minutes)

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How to Winterize your Home

We asked our members about how to winterize NYC homes and here are their helpful replies...

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Wondering when - and how - to offer a seat on subway/bus politely and without causing offense?

As one PSP member asked the group: "When / how do you offer a seat on the subway or bus to someone who you think may need it but aren't sure if they do?  For example, those who aren't quite elderly but you're just not sure, or those who may be pregnant.  Sometimes I find myself wanting to offer, but I don't want to offend anyone, either!  In these cases, I'll get up without saying anything and walk down the car, but then that leaves the seat open to someone else who it wasn't intended for to snag?"

 

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Oh Rats!

"This evening, as I was stepping out of my ground floor apartment (sans shoes!), two rats raced right under the metal gate, past my door and into the under-the-stairs storage compartment where people in our brownstone keep their bikes...

 

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Managing Bedroom Temperatures and Sleeping

How can you control the temperature in your child's bedroom to be comfortable for winter sleeping - especially in New York City where come winter time, apartment temperatures can vary from an ice box to a sauna. One parent asks:

"We rent a 2BR in a pre-war apartment building and are having a really hard time controlling the temperature in our 1-year-old son's room, which is heated by a steam radiator. In general, it's way too hot (85+ degrees if the heat is on) so we balance it by opening the ​window a tiny crack. But the heat unpredictably cycles off at night and the temperature will go down to the mid 70s, which feels cold for a baby sleeping without a blanket. We also tried turning the furnace off and it made a really loud banging noise throughout the entire night and he woke up frequently. So basically every night we are scrambling to try to keep the room at a comfortable temperature and it's causing us a ton of stress as the temperature of the room is regularly fluctuating 10+ degrees."

 

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Pain in the butt! How to deal with a neighbor who smokes

Over the years, PSP members have asked the group about smelling cigarette and cigar smoke from their neighbors.

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Parking while on vacation

While owning a car in New York City has many advantages, one of its disadvantage is parking - and dealing with alternative street parking, especially when you gone for a long period of time and won't be around to move it. What do you do? Here are PSP member tips for parking while on vacation.  293754573 39fceaae82 z

 

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Pregnant on the Subway

PSP members share their experiences, tips and stories about riding the subway (and trying to get a seat!) while pregnant.

 

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Subway Safety: Kids Riding Alone

From train safety to travel manners, here are tips and suggestions for what to do when your Tween/Kid is ready to ride the Subway alone.

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Dealing with Street Harassment

PSP members talk about how to handle street harassment (like cat calling, sexual remarks, lewd comments, leering).  

 

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Tips to Avoid Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have infested hotels, movie theaters, public transportation, schools, dorms, etc., etc. They also are showing up in the apparel in retail stores, likely brought in from overseas in the original shipment. The bugs are hitchhikers and frequently lay eggs on, or find their way into, clothing, luggage and furniture. Note: to protect yourself entirely from bed bug exposure is practically impossible, but there are many efforts that can significantly reduce your chances of bringing them into your home.

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Taking Care of Your Tree Pits

Tips for taking care of your tree pits.

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Being the Noisy Neighbor

So your neighbor have said you are too loud – what to do when you’re the one making the noise.

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How to be a GREAT neighbor when Sleep Training

Sleep training your child can be an anxious experience in itself. This anxiety is emphasized in New York, where many parents get nervous about upsetting their neighbors with their crying baby in the early hours of the morning. What can you do to keep the peace with your neighbors?

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Bad Landlords and Bed Bug Disclosure

A guide to helping you find bad landlords and bed bug history in the house hunt!

 

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Moving beyond Park Slope

Are you currently agonizing over moving out of the ‘hood and exploring what options there are beyond Park Slope?

 

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Member Discussion About Being Street Smart: What Would You Do?

"Hey All,

I receive lots of emails, some funny, some serious, and some that I feel are useful to post so that our members can learn from other people’s experiences.

I’d love to know what YOU would do in this situation as a way to discuss best practices and action plans.  While it’s sometimes hard to think clearly when things like the below scenario happen, having a discussion about it might just help you come up with ideas if it were to happen to you down the road.

Here’s the situation....

 

 

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To Own or Not To Own A Car in New York

To own a car, or to not own a car in Brooklyn - that is the question...

 

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