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Articles about "Manhattan Living"

  • Are you a True New Yorker? Here’s How We Can Tell... By Shwetha Ravishankar | August 23, 2013

    Unarguably, New York is one of the best cities to live in. People from all walks of life, from every corner of the planet, arrive to live their dream, and make this city home. That said, this city is not just anyone’s cup-of-tea. If you have lived the suburban life for the most part, cramped spaces, crowded streets, packed subways, and impatient locals; may not appeal to you. So, maybe just a visit to A,B,C touristy spots, and you can brag you have seen it all in NYC.

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  • New York Comes Clean By Clemence Fontaine | August 21, 2013

    Living in New York implies a busy and fast-paced lifestyle, little time spent in your apartment, and even less time dedicated to cleaning it. If you want to avoid cockroaches or mice, New York’s dearest population, there is a crucial need for you to make a choice. If you do not want to turn into an angel in the house, then you’ll probably need to call a cleaning service. 

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  • Adopt the Wellness Vibe in NYC By Clemence Fontaine | August 07, 2013

    After the LEED certification that is better for energy-savings and the environment, here comes the “Well Building Standard”, a certification that focuses exclusively on wellness. Delos is the real estate developer that has come up with this innovative idea and with the philosophy that a building should do no harm. As the wellness industry is burgeoning, the firm has thought of expanding the feel good vibe to housing and is today the pioneer of a standard for homes that is most likely to spread soon. 

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  • Swimming on the Rooftop: Building Amenities for a NYC Summer By Aby Thomas | May 23, 2013

    As summer rolls into New York City, many of us will be feeling an overwhelming need to go out for a swim several times in the coming few months. Having said that, most of us will probably not act on that want—after all, it’s a rather long trek to get to New York City’s beaches, be it Coney Island or Rockaway Beach. In such a scenario, maybe you’d like to consider moving into an apartment building that has a swimming pool as an amenity.

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  • More LEED Certified Space Makes New York Greener By Aby Thomas | January 28, 2013

    New York has put its weight behind dozens of environment-friendly initiatives in the past few years, with the city determined to make itself known as a green metropolis. One such effort has been the push for new buildings in the city to get themselves one of the four LEED certifications, a rating system that grades structures for their adherence to green building design, construction, operation and maintenance. New York has been doing especially well in this regard—a recent survey had it placed third on the list of states that had the most amount of LEED certified space, with California and Texas taking the first two places.

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  • Census: New York City is in a Class of its Own By Michelle LaFiura | January 22, 2013

      In the 1950’s you could see a movie for only 60 cents and get a gallon of gas for just $0.26. Times have changed though and today we make adjustments for comparison. Do we have to use similar adjustments when comparing New York costs to other parts of the country? Because of the spiked prices in living expenses in comparison to other regions, New York City residents fall into a gray area when it comes to their socio-economic status. Take a look around any suburb and it’s easy to see that a lavish home perched on a neatly manicured lawn is clearly an affluent household while a run down neighborhood falls on the other end of the spectrum. But in a city whose citizens live in the sky, determining socio-economic status isn’t as visible. Compared to other parts of the country, rent is higher in New York, but so are annual salaries. Somebody who might be of average means in the city would be very wealthy in the suburbs. If this is the case, and New Yorkers are measured on a different scale, what factors apply? A recent New York Times article grapples with this very question.

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  • Shuttle Buses: The Newest Desirable Building Amenity? By Aby Thomas | January 09, 2013

    Besides offering some fabulous looking homes, luxury apartment buildings in New York City lure in home hunters by showcasing some very useful and convenient building amenities they get to enjoy if they become residents of the building. These services can range from something simple like having an elevator in the building to something more high-end like a state of the art fitness center. At Hampton Court in East Harlem, the building offers its residents private shuttle buses to take them to the nearest subway stations, some of which are located 15 blocks away, thereby making the buses one of the most desirable features of this rental apartment building.

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  • Billowing Curtains, Gleeful Swings and More at the Park Avenue Armory By Aby Thomas | December 07, 2012

    The Park Avenue Armory in New York has long been known for presenting some exceptional pieces of artwork ever since it started doing so in 2007. Located on the Upper East Side, this behemoth of a building offers 55,000 square feet of space in the Wade Thompson Drill Hall, allowing artists to showcase their works that are either too grandiose or too extravagant to be housed anywhere else. Ann Hamilton’s “The Event of a Thread” is a work that falls into this category, and the Armory’s spaces are being used exclusively to show this visual spectacle from now until January 6, 2013.

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  • Etsy Holiday Shop Opens in Soho By Aby Thomas | December 05, 2012

    With the arrival of the holiday season, everyone in New York City seems to be on the lookout for great gifts they can give their family and friends. With Hanukkah right around the corner and Christmas only a few weeks away, the hunt for good presents has upped itself a notch, with people desperate to find gifts that are “unique,” “uncommon” and “out of the ordinary.” Fortunately for New Yorkers, finding exactly these kinds of gifts has become a lot easier thanks to the opening on the Etsy Holiday Shop at 131 Greene Street in Soho.

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  • Fun and Frolic at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony By Aby Thomas | November 27, 2012

    With Christmas just a month away, New York City seems to be gearing up for the festival with all the splendor and gusto it can muster. Holiday markets have been popping up all over the city, decorative lights are being hung along streets, and people seem to have already started on their Christmas shopping: these are just some of the signs that city is readying itself up for all the festivities that this time of year brings with it. But nothing seems to declare the start of the Christmas season better than the Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center—and this year, it is happening on Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

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