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Old 05-13-2007, 03:46 PM
 
Location: UK
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I am currently living in London, England and I am planning to move to NYC in the autumn. I have been looking on several websites to get an idea as to what areas I can afford (looking to pay at most $1400/month) but I do not see many places with a washing machine! Is it uncommon to have a w/machine in an apartment? If an apartment does not have a washing machine, is it fairly easy to get permission to have one installed?

I've only had to use a laundrymat once when I first moved to London but I can't remember if it's possible to select a specific setting such as just using the spin cycle?
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Old 05-13-2007, 04:56 PM
 
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Rental apartments, by and large, don't have washers and dryers in the apartment. Those are either in the basement or not on premises (there are usually lots of laundromats).

In coops and condos it varies. In some buildings they're permitted, in others they're not....due to concerns about leaks. Happily, in my building they're permitted, so when I renovated, I put in a washer and dryer. No more basement washers for us!
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Old 05-13-2007, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Yeah I haven't seen many places that have washers/dryers in the apartment.

If a building doesn't have washing machines, then there is usually a laundromat right around the corner. Just remember to get one of those laundry carts, as carrying a lot of laundry down the street can be quite heavy.
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Old 05-13-2007, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Warwick, NY
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If you have a closet that's large enough to hide it in and you spend the extra for a portable machine.... well, it's possible.
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Old 05-14-2007, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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I am currently living in London, England and I am planning to move to NYC in the autumn. I have been looking on several websites to get an idea as to what areas I can afford (looking to pay at most $1400/month) but I do not see many places with a washing machine! Is it uncommon to have a w/machine in an apartment? If an apartment does not have a washing machine, is it fairly easy to get permission to have one installed?

I've only had to use a laundrymat once when I first moved to London but I can't remember if it's possible to select a specific setting such as just using the spin cycle?
It is difficult to find an apartment that allows Laundry machines within the actual apartment. Even if they did allow it, the size of most NYC apartments makes it difficult to have a washing machine. Some buildings have laundry machines in the basement areas, but this is rare also. Most people use laundromats. They are fine, and give you a chance to meet some nice neighbors. The only thing I hate about laundromats is that in the winter it can really be a hassle, unless the laundromat is right near your building.

Most laundromats now have drop off services available as well. They usually charge around 60-65 cents a pound. This comes in handy if you really don't want to waste a few hours of your life cleaning your clothes.
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:47 AM
 
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It is uncommon to find a washing machine and dryer in apartments.

It is even more uncommon to get permission to install one.
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Old 05-14-2007, 11:50 AM
 
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Sorry, but MOST Manhattan buildings, at least, have washers in the basement. I know NOBODY who ever goes to a laundromat in Manhattan. That may be true for some of the other boroughs, but not Manhattan.
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Old 05-14-2007, 01:35 PM
 
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Sorry, but MOST Manhattan buildings, at least, have washers in the basement. I know NOBODY who ever goes to a laundromat in Manhattan. That may be true for some of the other boroughs, but not Manhattan.
Uh... Harlem, Washington Heights? Laundromats everywhere. Even the LES.
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Old 05-14-2007, 02:26 PM
 
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I didn't say there were no laundromats. I just said that most larger buildings have machines in the basement. Yup, even in Washington Heights where I lived in the neighborhood when I was in medical school. And THAT wasn't even a big building!
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Old 05-14-2007, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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I don't know about most. Like Hustla pointed out there are laundromats everywhere. They are there for a reason. Even in the fancier neighborhoods in NYC, I've seen plenty of buildings that don't have laundry facilities on premise and don't allow machines either.
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