Author: Manhattan Mini Storage

The Winter That Never Ended

Ladies and Gentlemen of Manhattan, it is time to breathe a collective sigh of relief: Tomorrow, Thursday March 20th, is the first day of Spring. “Who cares,” you grumble, burrowing deeper into your snuggie, “it’s still going to be freezing.” Not true! Actually the current forecast calls for some sun and a positively luscious high of 55 degrees! “I don’t believe it,” you insist, blowing your nose and reaching for the bottle of DayQuil that’s been permanently attached to your nightstand for the past four months. “This winter will never be over. EVER!” You’re not alone in feeling like this has been New York’s worst winter season you can recall . In fact, it has been, in a number of ways. To wit: Winter 2013-2014 was the 34th coldest  out of the last 119 winters on record for the contiguous United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Assuming we get no snow before tomorrow (fingers crossed), a total of 57.4 inches of snow — nearly five feet! — fell in the Big Apple in winter 2013-2014, the seventh snowiest winter on record. (Incidentally, the worst was 1995-96, when more than 75 inches fell in Central Park.) The most any single storm this past winter dumped on Central Park was 12.5 inches, which means it took A LOT of individual storms to make up that total. February was particularly...

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Manhattan Mini Storage Offers Free Storage to East Harlem Explosion Survivors

In the wake of Wednesday’s massive gas explosion and collapse at two apartment buildings in East Harlem, Manhattan Mini Storage is offering free storage at its East Harlem location to any displaced residents for up to three months while they recover from the incident and secure new housing. According to the latest reports, the explosion killed seven and wounded dozens of others, as well as destroying dozens of residential apartments, along with a church and a piano store. Residents of seven other buildings,  including three businesses, were ordered to vacate because their power and gas remained off.   “All New Yorkers will feel for the victims and survivors of this tragedy,” said Stacy Stuart, an Executive Vice President at Edison Properties, the parent company of Manhattan Mini Storage. “But it hits us even closer to home, because our East 110th Street location is just a few blocks away, so these people are our neighbors. We’re going to do anything we can to do help them during this crisis.”   A gas leak triggered the explosion at around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, collapsing 1644 and 1646 Park Avenue, two buildings near 116th Street.  Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident “a tragedy of the worst kind.” Firefighters are continuing to search for additional victims.   Manhattan Mini Storage is asking any residents displaced by the explosion to call the company...

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Everything You Need to Know About St. Patrick’s Day 2014 in NYC!

New York City is about to get mighty green again as another St. Patrick’s Day approaches. For many city dwellers, Irish or otherwise, the holiday marks the unofficial beginning of springtime — and it couldn’t happen soon enough, after the snowpacalypse that has been this past winter. (And by the way, don’t let today’s mild temperatures fool you; you’ll need a heavy green coat if you’re planning on marching in the parade.) So as we’ve done in past years, we’ve put together a giant shamrock’s worth of information about celebrating this festive occasion in the Big Apple. WHEN IS IT? The holiday will be observed this coming Monday, March 17th.   WHY DO THE IRISH CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK? He’s the patron saint of Ireland and is credited with bringing Christianity to the country, as well as driving out all the snakes. (If only he could do something about the rats in the subway.)   ST. PADDY’S IN NYC: The first NYC Irish parade was held on March 17, 1762 — 14 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed. These days, the parade attracts over 200,000 participants and 2 million onlookers.   PARADE ROUTE: This year’s 253rd NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts on Monday at 11:00 AM. It commences at 44th Street and 5th Avenue and marches up 5th past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street, all the way...

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Questions You Should Ask Before Renting a NYC Apartment

As we’ve mentioned before, moving to New York City (or even moving around once you’ve gotten here) is not for the faint of heart. And for most newbies in NYC, the biggest challenge will be finding and renting an apartment.     We adore the Huffington Post Home Section, and they always feature great articles about home design, storage, organizing and all-around apartment style. But sometimes it seems like their articles are not intended for people who live in this big, crazy metropolis we call home. To wit: “13 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Ask When Renting An Apartment,” a recent article posted on the site. Some of their questions are certainly relevant for Manhattanites, including:   Can I paint? Perfectly reasonable question. White walls make a lot of people feel like they’re living in a hospital or a psych ward. Can I have a pet? Not only a good question, but an important one for all you dog- and cat-lovers. Don’t “sneak” a pet into your apartment, or you could both find yourselves evicted. If I have a roommate, who is the person responsible? Yes! And make sure you get everything in writing, even if you’re rooming with a trusted friend. (It’s funny how those friendships can suddenly go south once the rent is due.) Can I actually afford this? Probably the most crucial question for those...

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Clean Your Apartment Now!

One would be hard-pressed to find a New Yorker who enjoys cleaning. Monica from “Friends” may be the notable exception. And lest you think she’s a typical Manhattanite, recall that she and Rachel lived in the most spacious, rent-stabilized, two-bedroom Greenwich Village apartment that ever existed. For most of the rest of us residing in the Big Apple, tiny, cluttered living spaces with ridiculously small closets are the norm. And believe it or not, small spaces can be far more challenging to clean than large ones. But short of blowing all your take-home pay on a cleaning lady, there are some fairly easy, quick ways to tidy up your apartment that can greatly improve your general mood and outlook. We came across this great Apartment Therapy article today entitled The Hate-to-Clean Guide to Having An Always-Guest-Ready Home. Here are a few of our favorite tips from the article’s author: Wipe down surfaces. Few things gross me out more as a guest than hairy, food messy counters and mirrors. It doesn’t take long to wipe down surfaces, but it makes a big difference. I put myself in the habit of doing this every morning after getting ready so that I don’t have to do a last minute dash before guests arrive. Wash dishes immediately. Along the same lines of the sweeping after a mess, I wash dishes immediately after cooking (sometimes even...

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