New York City can be a really fun place for adults to party on Halloween, but trick-or-treating for families can get a little tricky. Some neighborhoods and buildings make more of an effort to welcome trick-or-treaters, and it is important for parents to know these neighborhoods ahead of time so they don’t waste time and the kids have good memories (and a bag full of candy) at the end of the night.

Mommy Poppins, a fantastic website for New York parents, has experience with New York Halloweens, and they have trick-or-treating spots all over the city from Chelsea to the Upper West Side and out to Brooklyn and Queens. We couldn’t do a better job than they did, so we encourage our parent readers out there to check out their Halloween neighborhood list at http://mommypoppins.com/ny-kids/keeping-the-magic-in-halloween-for-kids-in-nyc.

For our readers that don’t have kids or don’t want to go trick-or-treating, never fear. This week, Neighborhood NYC will be featuring the best Halloween events in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and believe us when we say that Neighborhood NYC’s Halloween coverage will have something for everyone.

Check out Mommy Poppins, and comment below with your favorite spots to trick-or-treat in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn!

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Finding and moving into a new apartment takes a lot of work, time, and money. It is supremely frustrating when after all this hassle the new apartment has all sorts of problems, especially after paying a security deposit, first month’s rent, and fees to a broker.

In this week’s Apartment Guru, Bitten and Burned paid out a sizable amount of money for her new apartment, but when she went to move, she discovered that the apartment has a flea infestation and severe water damage in the kitchen. Instead of moving in, she took pictures of the apartment and then compared them to the pictures of the apartment when she went to see it with her husband.

Go to http://wwfefw.rentedspaces.com/2010/09/03/how-to-get-out-of-the-lease-for-a-flea-bitten-water-damaged-apa/ to read Apartment Guru’s advice, and go to Neighborhood NYC at http://www.neighborhoodnyc.com to find your next home.

Rented Spaces’ columnist Apartment Guru is a favorite at Benjamin James Real Estate. She gives consistently good advice about difficult situations, and this week was no different. Girl Living Alone wrote in asking for advice for her creepy predicament. She has suspected for a while that her building manager has been letting himself into her apartment with his spare key so he can eat her food and watch her television while she is at work.

Should she buy a nanny cam to catch the building manager in her apartment? What are her rights as a tenant? Is the building manager ever allowed to enter her apartment without her expressed consent? You can find out by reading Apartment Guru at http://www.rentedspaces.com/2010/08/24/apartment-guru-building-manager-lets-himself-in-watches-tv/.

Looking for a new apartment? Check out our informational website Neighborhood NYC at http://www.neighborhoodnyc.com.

The summer of 2010 has been a hot summer for New Yorkers, and for those who don’t have air conditioning, it has been downright miserable. Even Central Park was a sweltering 103 degrees. This week, Rented Spaces’ Apartment Guru gives advice to Cold Cold Heart, Hot Hot Apartment who is broke and has a broken air conditioner. Apartment Guru suggests a number of solutions including spicy foods, cold soups, bags of frozen vegetables, and nudity.

To read the full column, go to http://www.rentedspaces.com/2010/08/18/air-conditioning-alternatives-that-help-you-chill/, and give us your best suggestions for staying cool in the New York summer heat!

At Benjamin James Real Estate, we are big fans of Rented Spaces’ column Apartment Guru. We think that the column offers great advice from how to deal with tenants who are smoking marijuana to getting a good night’s sleep when the neighbor’s dog won’t stop barking and handling a passive-aggressive roommate.

This week, the Apartment Guru is tackling the uncertainty of new neighbors and whether it is against the law to encourage couples with children or cats to look elsewhere for their new home. Can “Discerning, Not Discriminating” do anything to prevent the pitter-patter of little feet or conflict between their dog and a new neighbor’s cat? Click here or go to http://www.rentedspaces.com/2010/08/09/the-search-for-new-neighbors/ to read the column.

Check out residential buildings across the city at our informational site Neighborhood NYC at http://www.neighborhoodnyc.com/.

What can you do when a neighbor’s dog barks excessively and at odd hours of the night? This can be a tricky situation that can turn nasty very quickly if not dealt with delicately. Rented Spaces’ advice columnist Apartment Guru has some solutions that will keep you in good graces with your neighbor while still getting your full nights sleep back.

To read the full column, click here or go to http://www.rentedspaces.com/2010/07/27/apartment-guru-barking-dog-takes-a-bite-out-of-a-good-nights-s/.

Be sure and check out residential buildings around Manhattan on our informational website Neighborhood NYC at http://www.neighborhoodnyc.com.