Why is this guy smiling? Because he just won the Manhattan Mini Storage Extreme Apartment Makeover Sweepstakes! Meet Ben Raffalli, a 21-year-old student and aspiring actor who’s studying musical theater. Ben lives with two roommates in a very cluttered apartment in Chelsea. But after entering and winning our contest on Facebook, that apartment is about to get a lot less cluttered, because we’re giving Ben a free Personal Closet and free monthly apartment cleanings for an entire year! Needless to say, Ben is thrilled. “I originally lived in Harlem when I first moved here from Boston,” he tells us. “So moving all the way down to Chelsea where I am now, there was quite a bit of stuff that didn’t fit in my apartment. So it’s useful to have this.” Ben went on to describe the challenges of living with two friends — a man and a woman — in a Manhattan apartment: “With three people in their early 20s, it does get a little bit messy, especially between two boys. We drive our other roommate a little crazy. Also, we have a lot of furniture that the previous tenants had left that we don’t necessarily want, so combined with all the stuff I have, this will really help us clear up some space in there. I’m very, very excited to have won this!” Congratulations,...Read More
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America celebrates Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 20. Established in 1983, this federal holiday recognizes the life, work and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many people think of Dr. King as a champion of the African-American community, but the fact is, he was champion for all communities. His dream of equality and social justice inspired people all over the world to stand up for their rights and the rights of others, ultimately leading to the women’s movement, the anti-apartheid movement, the animal rights movement, movements for economic justice and the fight for LGBT rights, to name just a few noble struggles that live on today. On this MLK Day, we offer some quotations from Dr. King that we hope will inspire you to stand up, live your truth and support others trying to live theirs. And justice for all. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. I have decided to stick to love… hate is too great a burden to bear. There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right. Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake....Read More
If you’re like most New Yorkers, you spend a lot of time at the movies. In fact, Manhattan alone boasts over 300 places where you can watch a feature film — not bad for a borough encompassing less than 34 square miles! And even with ticket prices at $15 or more these days, stop by any of those theaters on a Friday or Saturday night, and you’ll find nearly every seat taken. Most of the time, that is. Then there are the movies that don’t do so well. To wit: “Storage 24,” a British sci-fi/horror flick set at a storage facility that holds the distinction of being the lowest-grossing movie of 2013. “Storage 24” took in a total of $72 in U.S. box office receipts. Not $72 million — not $72,000 — $72.00 In other words, less than it would cost for you and your significant other to go out to dinner and the movies in New York. We don’t know what could have possibly gone wrong with this movie. In fact, the trailer makes it look half-decent. Perhaps had the storage facility in the film offered a free storage taxi, free package acceptance or a free move… or if there weren’t a giant, slimy monster chasing people around their storage rooms… moviegoers would have responded more positively. In any case, you get all those great features (and no...Read More
Christmas trees are a beautiful tradition. They’re bright, cheery, festive, and they smell wonderful. They’re also, well, trees… or dead trees, to be exact — usually firs, pines and cedars that have been chopped down and moved from their natural environment via truck, sometimes traveling thousands of miles (burning thousands of gallons of gasoline), to other locations, where they ultimately wind up in people’s home and apartments for a couple weeks, only to be discarded soon after Christmas. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, there are 25 to 30 million trees sold in the U.S. alone each year. The association points out that unlike artificial trees, natural trees are completely recyclable, and it claims that for every Christmas tree harvested, one to three seedlings are planted the following spring. And for some people, nothing will ever replace the look, feel and smell of a natural tree at holiday time. That said: If you want to celebrate Christmas without the use of a formerly live tree, you have any number of cool and original alternatives to choose from, many of which can be made from recycled items. Pinterest has an entire page devoted to Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas, and some of them blow us away in their creativity and sheer wackiness. For the heavy wine drinkers among you, here’s a tree made almost entirely of bottles: But,...Read More
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