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Wild, Wacky, Environmentally Friendly Christmas Tree Alternatives

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,...

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There’s No Place Like NYC for the Holidays!

The Big Apple is a magical place every day of the year — which is why a record 54 million tourists visited us in 2013 — but there’s no place like home for the holidays. From the giant Rockefeller Center Tree to the shops of 5th Avenue to the epic Ball Drop in Times Square, the city simply sizzles with energy, in spite of the often bitter cold. So whether you’re lucky enough to live here or are simply visiting for the holidays, we thought we’d offer some helpful tips and information for navigating this winter wonderland between now and Jan. 1: Broadway Babies: The Great White Way is experiencing one of its busiest and most successful seasons in years, and it would be a crime if you don’t see at least one play or musical over the holidays. Tickets aren’t cheap, but you can save a fortune (up to 50 percent!) by standing in line at the TKTS booths in Times Square, South Street Seaport or Downtown Brooklyn — which can be a fun adventure in and of itself. And before you head over there, check out which discounted tickets are being offered right now by clicking here. Forbes has also given you its Ticket Tips for Five Top Broadway Shows to Consider During Christmas in New York. Shop ’til You Drop: Black Friday’s come and gone, and we’ve...

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Happy Pets, Happy Holidays

As crowded, cramped and cluttered as many New Yorker’s find their apartments, we are a city of animal lovers and pet owners. According to one recent analysis, there are over a million pets in the Big Apple, including 600,000 dogs and 500,000 cats. (Just thinking about all that fur makes us want to get out the vacuum cleaner!) Here at Manhattan Mini Storage, we’re huge animal lovers, and we especially support the adoption of shelter animals. If you’re thinking of adding an animal to your home, please consider Animal Haven or one of the City’s other wonderful no-kill shelters. It’s also important to remember that just as the holidays can be a stressful and even dangerous time for humans, they pose special risks to our beloved animal companions. A leading veterinary organization recently posted a list of top holiday hazards for pets, and we thought it would be in everyone’s interest to list them here. So here are a few things to keep your furry friends safe from during Chanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s: Bad Bones: Bones from turkey, ham, lamb and other meats pose a choking hazard; large or sharp bones can damage the intestinal tract and require surgery. No-So-Sweets: Artificial sweeteners and chocolate—particularly dark or baking chocolate—can be dangerous for dogs. Beware of Booze: Alcoholic beverages: According to Pet Poison Hotline, even small amounts of alcohol,...

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A Conversation With the Clutter Cowgirl

Professional organizer Jeni Aron, dubbed the “Clutter Cowgirl,” knows a thing or two about making the most of small spaces. For ten years, she’s been helping New Yorkers clean up their mess and store the rest. We caught up with Jeni in the middle of her daily de-cluttering to ask a few questions about her (occasionally) dirty job.   Why “Cowgirl?” Did you grow up on a ranch? Haha. No, I grew up on small town on Long Island. But I thought “Cowgirl” kind of has a funny connotation, and to do something gritty that’s on people’s procrastination pile, I wanted to make it fun. Plus, I love alliteration.   What made you want to become a professional organizer? I think I was always a professional organizer, even when I was a young kid. I just always created places for my things. I wasn’t very sentimental about things I held onto, and I was very good at helping other people like my mother get rid of things. As an adult, I just gradually helped more friends. And as the idea of organizing became more popular on TV and in popular culture, it became more of a reality, and I was able to make it a career.   What’s the weirdest clutter situation you ever had to tackle? The client was completely lovely and amazingly gentle and sweet. But it...

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Everything You Need to Know About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

How It Started: Originally called “The Macy’s Christmas Parade,” it came about in 1924, after first-generation Macy’s employees suggested a European-style festival to celebrate this very American holiday. It featured store employees as well as animals from the Central Park Zoo. It’s actually the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the U.S., tied with “America’s Thanksgiving Parade” in Detroit. (The oldest such parade is the 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, which first appeared in 1920.) The Macy’s parade has been televised nationally on NBC since 1952.   Where It Goes: The parade begins on 77th Street and Central Park West and travels to its ultimate destination at Macy’s Herald Square.   Who’s Marching, Who’s Floating: The 2013 parade will include Hello Kitty, Spider-Man, Pikachu, Buzz Lightyear and Spongebob Squarepants, among other giant balloons. There were also be floats representing Dora the Explorer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cirque du Soleil and of course, Santa. And for human entertainment, Kellie Pickler, Gavin DeGraw and the Goo Goo Dolls will be marching by.   Where to Watch: If you don’t feel up to braving the crowds or the cold, you can watch the parade on Thanksgiving day on NBC-4, from 9AM to Noon, with hosts Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie of NBC’s “Today Show.”   A very happy Thanksgiving to you and...

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