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A Quiet Studio With a Home-Court Advantage

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If you’re sad together with your New York City residence, it helps to have a relative who’s a actual property agent.

That’s what Tim Burns, 38, found. Earlier this yr, Mr. Burns was dwelling a lot too near an overactive jackhammer. He favored his studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, however the building noise — a aspect impact of dwelling in a neighborhood freshly colonized by high-rises — was starting to get to him. The ruckus began at 7 a.m. and didn’t break for lunch.

One day final winter, his sister-in-law, Marlene Burns, an agent at Compass, known as him. As Mr. Burns recalled, she mentioned, “‘Tim, I just saw this building. You’ve got to at least look at it.’ And whenever she tells me this stuff, I’m always like, ‘OK.’”

He walked the 2 minutes to the Dime, a 23-story residence constructing in Williamsburg, to satisfy her. Halfway by their go to, he mentioned, “we were making eye contact, like, ‘I need to move here.’” He did so in March.

Mr. Burns’s sister-in-law was certain he would love the constructing as a result of it had a basketball court docket. (Really, it’s a half court docket, with huge wings and a truncated size.) Mr. Burns is a ability coach with Pro Hoops, a firm that trains basketball gamers of all ages and backgrounds. But the corporate doesn’t have its personal court docket but, so for Mr. Burns, having a residence court docket the place he might prepare purchasers — from athletic tweens to N.B.A. professionals — was a enormous draw.

The Dime occupies the previous Dime Savings Bank constructing, which is able to finally turn into a retail or business property. It abuts a gleaming new tower with 117 rental items in addition to a basketball court docket, a gymnasium, a sauna, a squadron of grills on the grassy fifth-floor terrace and workplace area for residents.

Those facilities make life in a 400-square-foot studio simpler, as does having workplace area a few flooring away. The shiny, white partitions and huge home windows maximize gentle within the $3,150-a-month residence, making it really feel extra spacious. And throughout the hotter months, Mr. Burns cooked frequently on the constructing’s grills.

“When you live in a studio, you don’t want to smoke it up,” he mentioned. “So I can go out on the terrace and get all that cooking done, and my living space isn’t filled with smoke.”

Count this as a hardly ever mentioned renter’s luxurious: by no means having to get up to the scent of final evening’s grilled steak.


$3,150 | Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Occupation: Basketball coach

His favourite perk within the studio: “I have a walk-in closet, so I have a lot of storage space in here for shoes and clothes — with basketball, and training, I always have sneakers to stack up.”

The neighborhood’s greatest new pizza spot: “Ace’s Pizza on Driggs is really great, and sort of under the radar. They just opened up, and they serve Detroit-style pizza.”


Once he moved in, Mr. Burns organized with the constructing administration to carry a free coaching class as soon as a week for residents, a lot of whom are younger and fitness-focused, as he’s.

“I’ve only seen a handful of families in the building,” he mentioned. “It’s a lot of people who are trying to be active, and people are always finding time to get in there and play a little bit of pickup, even if it’s just to shoot.”

For most of the tenants he has met, the constructing’s health factor was a large draw, so the court docket and gymnasium double as social areas. Mr. Burns typically invitations associates over for a pickup recreation, or dinner on the terrace, or each.

He now is aware of when the court docket will probably be busy and which instances are quietest. In these off-hours, he is ready to prepare purchasers, taking them by baseline drills and advising them on their video games, each bodily and psychological. He additionally provides personalised coaching classes to the constructing’s residents.

A longtime basketball participant, Mr. Burns began coaching in 2007, when he moved to New York to work at Pro Hoops along with his brother Ross Burns, who was already a coach there and whom he shadowed professionally throughout his first months within the metropolis.

Mr. Burns enjoys the relationships fostered throughout coaching, which includes creating personalised plans for purchasers, operating commonplace basketball drills and dealing on the psychological side of the sport. Training additionally doesn’t include most of the interpersonal problems of operating a crew.

“Coaches have a tremendous impact on players, but it’s not an easy job,” he mentioned. “You have to cut people — there’s always someone who’s going to be unhappy.”

Training appealed to him, he continued, as a result of “while you have to be hard on people and you have to hold them accountable, 100 percent of my relationship with clients is me helping them, developing them.”

But even along with his new home-court benefit, Mr. Burns nonetheless has to journey across the metropolis to different courts. Training N.B.A. gamers typically takes him into Manhattan to go to them at their apply courts, and if the court docket in his constructing is busy, he has to look elsewhere.

“You kind of just bounce around and make it work,” Mr. Burns mentioned. “It’s the battle every year: having consistent gym access.”

Recently, his brother Casey Burns helped discovered a constitution faculty in Williamsburg, and he mentioned he would hire the gymnasium there on weekends. In a large metropolis like New York, there’s at all times an open gymnasium someplace, and there’s at all times somebody seeking to play pickup.