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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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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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