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How to spend your first day at The Heritage by Common

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Welcome to The Heritage by Common, located in beautiful Harlem, New York. If you’re reading this, you might be about to move into your new home on the edge of Central Park, or maybe you’re just curious about what The Heritage by Common has to offer NYC residents.

This all-inclusive coliving home is a New Yorker’s dream come true: with fully-furnished shared suites, a 24/7 doorman, and a grocery store on the first floor of the building, The Heritage by Common is equal parts comfortable, convenient, and beautiful. There’s a lot to love — so let’s take a look at your first 24 hours in your new home.

Your move-in


Ah, the joy of navigating a UHaul through the streets of New York City. If you can’t relate to that sentence, you’re not alone and you don’t need to panic. When you move into a coliving suite at The Heritage by Common, you’ll need a suitcase, not a truckload, of your things to get settled. Your new apartment comes fully-furnished, including a bed frame, nightstand, and lamp, along with a comfortable shared suite and kitchen. Your home also comes stocked with all the essentials, from appliances big and small to trash bags, soap, and even toilet paper.

When you arrive, you’ll access your apartment using the Latch app, no keys required. This link and any instructions will be emailed to you prior to move-in, but if you have trouble the day of, you can always ask the buildings 24/7 concierge for help.

Take the elevator to your new home and start unpacking! It thankfully won’t take long: there’s so much to see in your new neighborhood.

Exploring the neighborhood


Harlem is known as the birthplace and home of many of the country’s cultural movements. You could spend hours getting lost among historic townhouses, storied institutions, and the energy of the streets, but today it’s probably wise to save your energy and stick to the surrounding blocks. Lucky for you, saving on distance does not mean saving on things to do and see in the area surrounding The Heritage by Common.

The first stop: Central Park. This famous greenspace is a New York City icon and the ultimate destination for finding the peace of nature away from honking cars, sirens, and busy city life. You’re only a block away, so we expect that you’ll get very familiar with all of its nooks, crannies, and unknown-to-tourist spots over the course of your lease. Today we’d like to introduce you to Harlem Meer, a man-made lake at the top of the park and home to a nature conservatory, walking paths, and even an ice skating rink. Take a deep breath and unwind as you circle this gorgeous body of water. Moving day is almost over!

You’ve probably worked up an appetite after all that exploring. If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat, head a block over to Terenga, a restaurant serving up African food fast-casual style with pre-made bowls and plenty of ways to customize. For an American flair, head a block in the other direction to Maxwell’s Central Park. This rustic-chic restaurant specializes in all the classics including hamburgers, chicken wings, and a killer grilled cheese.

On a budget? Cooking food at home is a well-known way to save money while living in a big city, and your new apartment at The Heritage by Common is here to make that even easier, with an NYC Fresh Market located on the ground floor.

Finding community


You’ve explored your apartment and your neighborhood, but what about your new community? When you head home, you might have the opportunity to meet your roommates in person, or you can use the Connect by app to chat with other Common members in the building or across the city. Explore our selection of curated events, from cooking classes to yoga to craft nights, and RSVP for as many as you like! Once in-person events are safe, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet people from across the city in person.

Even if you already have a group of friends in NYC, it doesn’t hurt to introduce yourself on the chat for your building — during COVID, relying on our neighbors in even small ways has become essential, and you never know when you might need, or could lend, a helping hand.

Book a tour

Ready to learn more about The Heritage by Common? Head to our website to see more of the building and book a free virtual tour. Rent starts at $1,475/month and includes furniture, household essentials, WiFi, laundry, free weekly cleanings, and more.

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