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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Between the Benjamin James Real Estate blog and Neighborhood NYC, we have done a lot of articles about how to deal with co-op boards from discovering your online reputation to prepping your dog for a board interview and making sure your kids aren’t members of any hate groups on Facebook.

One part of the process that we have yet to cover, however, is submitting letters of recommendation. Placing your reputation in the hands of a friend or colleague can be nerve-wracking, but at the same time if you get back an overly glowing letter, don’t be too quick to gloat. BrickUnderground did a fantastic semi-humorous piece on “what [letters of recommendation] say…and what they mean.”

This gem is my favorite of bunch:

“Mr. L’s finances are impeccable and he would make an excellent coop board treasurer.”
Translation: Mark always holds our cash when we go to Vegas on a junket.

To read the full article, go to http://www.brickunderground.com/blog/2010/07/nyc_reality_speak_about_those_letters_of_recommendation.

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

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/.