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It’s NYC Restaurant Week! Why Aren’t You Stuffing Your Face Yet?

Yes, it’s that time of year again — one of two times, actually — to which New York foodies look forward with great anticipation and salivation: New York Restaurant Week!  To the uninitiated among you, including those NYC newbies who are still trying to figure out the difference between the C and E Trains, allow us, you friendly neighborhood NYC self storage company, to answer all your questions.     What the #$&! is Restaurant Week? Twice a year, during the winter and summer seasons, around 300 participating NYC restaurants offer prix fixe lunches and dinners, Monday through Friday, often at a fraction of their normal prices. It’s a fabulous opportunity for people who wouldn’t normally have the funds to dine out at some of the city’s fancier establishments to sample tons of amazingly delicious food. This year, it’ll only cost you $25 for a three-course lunch and $38 for a three-course dinner. What a bargain! (Note that prices don’t include drinks, taxes and tips.) A little history behind Restaurant Week, just because it’s sort of interesting:  It debuted in 1992 with 95 restaurants participating, when it was created as a one-time culinary event to welcome the Democratic National Convention to the city. (Remember? When Bill Clinton was nominated?) But the discounted food prices were such a hit among regular New Yorkers that Restaurant Week immediately turned into a recurring event   How do...

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What You Really Need to Know Before Moving to NYC

Last week one of our favorite websites, Buzzfeed, posted a list of 44 Things You Learn Very Quickly After Moving To NYC, which was both hilarious and spot-on. Among some of our favorites from the list:   There is no such thing as a no-fee apartment. Brooklyn and Queens really do have more space… …and Manhattan really doesn’t have any. At all.  If a packed subway rolls by, and you see an empty car, you didn’t just make an amazing discovery. Houston Street is pronounced “how-ston,” not “hew-ston.” Calling someone “bridge and tunnel” is just about the worst insult there is. When in doubt, wear black. Slow-walking tourists are the worst.     The post got us thinking about all the other things people really should know before moving to NYC.   Have an Actual Plan As Carrie Bradshaw (and many others before her) once said,  “In New York, you’re always looking for a job, a boyfriend or an apartment.” Before you pack your bags and head to Gotham, you are truly advised to have at least one of these three. Yes, we live in the greatest city on earth, but it’s not the easiest city to adapt to. So if you come with a job or a living space already secured — or a solid relationship in place — or, if you’re disgustingly lucky, all three — you’re way...

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Everything You Need to Know About New York Fashion Week!

Yes, darlings, it’s that time of year again — when the world’s top designers descend on Manhattan to show off their fancy fall ready-to-wear collections on the some of the world’s most rarefied runways. This year’s Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week, as it’s officially called, runs from this Thursday, Feb. 6 through next Thursday, Feb. 13. Events take place all over the city, but most of the action takes place at Lincoln Center. Kate Spade, Nicole Miller, Helmet Lang, Diane von Furstenberg, Victoria Beckham, Tommy Hilfiger, Zac Posen and Oscar de la Renta are just some of the 80 bold-faced names who will be peddling their wares for retail buyers, the fashion press and the general public. Click here for a full schedule of events.   As highfalutin as it may seem, New York Fashion Week boasts rather patriotic origins. The first New York Fashion Week, known as “Press Week,” was organized by fashion publicist named Eleanor Lambert  in 1943. It was designed to draw attention away from the French fashion industry during World War II. Buyers were not admitted to the shows, and instead had to visit designers’ showrooms. Press Week proved to be a smash, and fashion magazines like Vogue, which were normally filled with French designs, increasingly began to feature American designers. Even today, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week primarily showcases American or New York-based designers, with a sprinkling of designers from Australia, England, Spain and Russia...

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Everything You Need to Know About Super Bowl XLVIII

WHAT IS IT? For those of you who have been living under a rock your whole life, the Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL). In this year’s big game, Super Bowl XLVIII, the Denver Broncos will take on the Seattle Seahawks. The Super Bowl is watched by more television viewers than almost any other event in the world, and certainly in the U.S. (2012’s Super Bowl XLVI holds the record for total number of U.S. viewers, attracting an average U.S. audience of over 111 million, making it the most-viewed television broadcast of any kind in American history.) Because of this, commercials for the Super Bowl are the most expensive of any televised event. This year’s price tag is estimated at over $4 million for a 30-second spot, or $134,000 per second. The game is also famous for its elaborate halftime shows, and this year’s show will feature rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers and pop star Bruno Mars. WHEN IS IT? The game kicks off this coming Sunday, Feb. 2, at MetLife Stadium, at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It’s the first time the Super Bowl has taken place in the New York City Metro Area since 1962 and the first Super Bowl held at an open-air stadium in a “cold-weather” city. SPEAKING OF COLD WEATHER... Won’t those...

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Manhattan Mini Storage Joins New York Cares Coat Drive

As New Yorkers soldier through the coldest winter in years, thousands of people in the New York Metro area are facing potentially life-threatening consequences because they don’t own proper winter coats and jackets. So Edison Properties, Manhattan Mini Storage‘s parent company, is joining New York Cares in its annual Coat Drive to deliver coats to people who need them throughout the New York area. Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 28, and through Friday, Feb. 7, Edison will have collection boxes set up at all Manhattan Mini Storage locations as well as at other Edison-owned properties: WorkSpace Offices, Executive Suites, Pre-Built Suites, The Hippodrome office building and The Ludlow residential tower. Members of the public are strongly urged to donate new and lightly used coats at any of these businesses. New York Cares works with nonprofit social service agencies, churches, schools and shelters in New York City to make sure coats are distributed as quickly as they are collected. The need is particularly urgent this year; in addition to the record cold temperatures gripping our area, New York Cares has received 100,000 requests for coats this season, and the organization says it doesn’t have nearly enough donations to meet that demand. “We recognize that there’s a crisis here, right in our own backyard” said Stacy Stuart, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Human Resources at Edison Properties. “And we know that if...

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