January 25th, 2013
New York inhabitants move all the time. Some can’t stand the constant increase in the rent and are looking for a cheaper deal, others seek a more upscale neighborhood as they begin to climb up the corporate ladder and bring home a more generous paycheck. According to Statewide Van Lines blog, people move for work way more often than we would guess. Moving companies in the metropolitan areas will never stay without business since the number of renters who relocate from one apartment to another every few years is relatively high, compared to that of the homeowners, who tend to stay in their owned property for a longer period of time. Apart from the city locals, there’s a constant stream of people from all over the country, who move to New York for better career prospects or to experience its vibrant culture. So if you are to drive around town on any given day, you are guaranteed to spot a few moving trucks parked near the hydrant (parking in the city remains scarce) as movers load there someone’s furniture and boxes.
The question is how do you find a reputable moving company in the city of fierce competition and questionable moving business practices? Anyone who had some experience with a relocation company knows that moving tends to be costly and cause a lot of frustration. You may try to save some money and respond to an ad posted on Craigslist about “a man with a van” just to have half of your property damaged by an inexperienced mover. Or you can call a large-well established moving company and get a ridiculously high estimate, which will suggest that it’s probably cheaper to discard all you old furniture and get some new one once you move in, than paying an arm and a leg for transporting it.
The best option to find a reliable, affordable and knowledgeable moving company is to turn to Yelp. Not only it provides all the necessary business information about each relocation and storage company, you can also check out the reviews posted by other customers and avoid dealing with scammers. Always pick the company that has a solid number of positive reviews and has been around for several years. Keep in mind that June is the busiest time in the moving industry and you need to reserve your spot well in advance. Some reputable NY moving companies include Moishes, Flatrate, Statewide Van Lines, Mayflower and Rob the Mover.
May 17th, 2012
Central Park in New York City is the most famous park in the world. It is a beautiful space spanning 843 acres that houses many landmarks, structures, lakes, ball parks, and many other attractions. Getting lost in this gorgeous landscape is a real possibility but might not be all bad. While wondering the grassy interior you can spot people picnicking in the large grassy fields, joggers running on the many winding trails, children riding on a carousel and walkers strolling with their dogs close at hand. It is a great place to pull up a bench and simply people watch or just take in the beautiful spring or fall weather in an island oasis within a large and bustling city.
You can get married in the park, take a carriage ride, watch a rock concert or a ball game. If history is your interest you may want to stop by and visit the Blockhouse. It is a fort left over from the War of 1812. Another landmark in Central Park is Obelisk. It was constructed between 1500 and 1200 BC and given by the Khedive of Egypt to the USA in trade for this country’s help in modernizing Egypt. This structure was given to the United States in the late 1900s. Yet another historical structure a history buff might want to visit is Belvedere Castle. This castle actually houses a working weather station.
The fun to be had in the park seems almost endless. The Central Park Zoo and Wildlife Center and Children’s Zoo is another attraction that is world famous and draws millions of visitors every year. It is only 6.5 acres but it houses over 1400 animals that are made up of over 130 species. These species are a range of three temperature zones: tropic, garden and polar. There are also 2 skating rinks and a swimming pool. New York is a busy city made of steel and concrete. Central Park is a lush, green paradise, filled with activities, great architecture and wonderful sites, located within the city’s boundaries. Come play at the park.
May 15th, 2012
Just about everyone knows New York is full of museums. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The New Museum of Contemporary Art are probably among the better known, but many people would probably be surprised to find out New York City is home to the Museum of Sex. While certainly not the spot to base a family vacation around, it is definitely worth slipping away for a visit while you are in the big apple. Grab your significant other or sneak out solo and check out some of the unique features.
In addition to hosting a permanent collection of art featuring all things sexual, which run from rather PG to things you are certainly not going to find in the more prestigious NYC museums, the Museum of Sex also hosts fun workshops for those who want to get in touch with there inner deviant. Some offerings in May 2012 included Domi Dollz Present: Shades of Kink, Wide Open Wednesday, and Girl ‘Gasm.
Past exhibitions have included Comics Stripped which featured comics over the decades that have featured sexuality and how the art has developed over time, and Stags, Smokers, & Blue Movies which chronicles the development of sex films from there emergence in 1907 when they were roughly 10 minutes long and recorded on a single reel of 35 mm celluloid stock through the state of the porn industry today. So if your feeling a little frisky on your next trip through NYC or your honeymooning in this rich city make a stop at the Museum of Sex, you will be happy you did.
May 11th, 2012
If you are a tourist, you will need to understand that New York is certainly the best place to go. This is where ll the fun is and you will never run out of things to do. Most people who think about New York will think about the Statue Of Liberty but there is more to the city. You can check out Madison Square Garden to watch the Knicks play some of the best basketball teams in the world. Make your way to Yankee Stadium to watch the New York Yankees play in the MLB and enjoy a great hotdog. If it’s your first time, you will also enjoy Times Square and the great musicals that are played all the time. If you happen to be looking for a place to live, then you need to understand that New York is also a great option.
Upper West Side
In this neighborhood, you will be able to really bring your whole family. There is not too many neighborhoods that allow you to walk around without having to feel like you are going to be attacked. The problem that most neighborhoods have is that the locals just do not care about each other. Our neighborhood ensures that everyone will look out for each and this is why you would love this neighborhood as well.
Everything is just around the corner and the residents simply love this. You will be able to walk over to the store and get whatever it is that you need. Though this might not seem like a big benefit at first, you will come to realize that this will definitely save you a lot of time. When you combine safety and convenience, there is no reason why you would overlook this neighborhood as your next home.
Whether you are trying to find a place to visit or you want to actually settle down, New York is the best place to go. This is where people are able to enjoy the quiet and enjoyable lifestyle without having to spend a fortune.
May 8th, 2012
There were about 24,000 different restaurants operating in the city during 2010! Because of the sheer number of dining options available, it can be difficult to choose just one.
If you are looking for a family friendly restaurant in Times Square, you may want to try Mars 2112. When diners arrive at the 35,000 square foot restaurant, they are treated to a “space ride” which theoretically takes you to Mars. When the doors of the space craft open, you can enter the restaurant which is decorated like Mars may be in the year 2112.
This restaurant is sure to please the kids and the kids at heart in your group. Of course, the science fiction fans in your family will definitely appreciate the decor. The restaurant can accommodate a small group of people or a large family group very easily. With large groups, it is best to call ahead for reservations.
While many theme restaurants may leave guests less than thrilled about their food, this is not the case with the Mars 2112 restaurant. Guests can order the typical fare available at most family restaurants as well as space themed dishes. There are also dishes especially prepared for the children in the group. The food is delicious too!
If you are out in the Big Apple and looking for a bite to eat in Time Square, you may want to take a short trip to Mars instead. You will be glad that you did!
May 4th, 2012
One of the most famous landmarks to see when visiting New York City is the Statue of Liberty. This is a landmark that is maintained by the National Park Service. The statue’s dedication was in 1886 and in 1924 it was dedicated as a national monument. This statue was a gift from France for the 100th birthday of the United States.
The total height of the statue itself is 151 feet and stands 305 feet on its pedestal. The staircase has 354 steps up to the crown at the top of the statue that gives visitors an impressive view of the city. This is a popular destination and anyone who wants to go up to the crown or go inside the pedestal should buy a ticket before they arrive in the city.
The location of the Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. Traveling to the island is done by a ferry that departs from Battery Park. In addition to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island can also be found in New York Harbor. Ellis Island site totals 27.5 acres and was the point of entry into America for many immigrants. Visitors to the island are able to tour the Immigration Museum. This island is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. The Circle Line-Statue of Liberty Ferry takes visitors over to Ellis Island from Battery Park in New York.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel is the closest lodging close to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. However, a host of other hotels are available in the city as the room cost may be pricy. If you want to buy tickets to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty, go the the Statue Cruises website. The ferry over to the each island departs at various times throughout the day.
Standard ticket prices over to Ellis Island or Liberty Island are $13 for adults, $10 for senors that are 62 or above and $5 for children age 4 to 12. Visitors can enjoy an audio tour for an additional fee. A ticket gives visitors access to the grounds of Ellis Island and Liberty Island.
April 30th, 2012
Hotel 373 is located on TH Avenue next to the breath-taking Empire State Building. The views offered by this particular hotel gives it a luxurious and new aged feel. The service provided to you by Hotel 373 is impeccable. Staff thrive on their customers happiness and provide them with anything they need for a comfortable and safe stay. The amenities offered to you for your convenience is a flat screen television with numerous channels, WiFi, air conditioner, radio, telephone and queen or king sized bed, depending on the room you have chosen. With their great service, spectacular amenities and stunning views, it is almost impossible to be disappointed in your choice of residing at Hotel 373.
The Library Hotel was reconstructed around a beautiful brick and terra cotta structure that was built in the 1900′s. There a total of ten guest room floors at the Library Hotel and they are all categorized by different categories of books including Social Sciences, History, Technology, Math and General Knowledge. Some complementary amenities you are offered at this boutique hotel are a European breakfast in the early mornings, high speed WI-Fi and daily passes to the New York Sports Club. Everything you could ever need or want in a hotel, is right in your reach at the Library Hotel.
At The Nolitan you are given the opportunity to reside in a relaxing, friendly atmosphere while enjoy the many luxurious amenities The Nolitan has to offer. At this immaculate boutique hotel you will find eight different styled rooms including the Neighborhood rooms, City Scape, Accessible’s and The Nolitan Suites. Every type of room is uniquely designed to bring comfort and joy to your visit at the Nolitan. During your stay here you will be provided with everything needed to make you feel at home and at ease.
April 24th, 2012
If you live in New York, it can be hard enough just getting some time to sit peacefully and think, so why should you have to struggle to find a decent cable television provider? If you are looking for cable TV and internet service, it can be hard to decide which is the best for you. Here is a helpful list of some local and national providers along with some of the packages they offer.
The first choice would have to be Comcast New York, they are a large national company and offer great bundle deals if you are looking for more than basic cable. The Comcast triple play offers high speed internet, a telephone connection and over 80 digital TV channels along with Showtime free for three months. The cost of the triple play is even under one hundred dollars! The basic cable package is thirty dollars and includes a DVR receiver, thousands of shows OnDemand, and even the three months of Showtime are still included.
Another national company to consider is Dish network. They have a great basic cable package for very low price – under twenty five dollars. Some features include free HBO, Cinemax, Starz and Showtime for three months. Blockbuster @Home is also included for the first three months. If you have many programs to watch, this may be the choice for you since you can record up to six live HD channels at one time.
One more national provider worth mentioning is DirecTV. They offer a package comparable to the Comcast basic, even the price is the same. However, they offer local channels for free, along with the choice to upgrade to HD or DVR receivers for free. They also offer three free months of Showtime.
The last provider you should check out is Time Warner Cable. This is a reputable company with some great offers. They have one similar to the Comcast Triple Play, only it is a bit cheaper even with the added option to upgrade to WiFi for free. The basic cable package may be the most comprehensive in terms of features offered, and is even compatible with your mobile phone for complete control no matter where you are!
April 12th, 2012
If you are a die-hard car lover and want to stay ahead of all current auto trends, you have to visit the annual New York Auto Show held at Javits Center on April 6-15th. More than a thousand new car models will be displayed to the show visitors, so get ready to spend hours gazing and gasping at mesmerizing new car designs. Top brands work hard to debut their models of the year and beat competitors. If you want a glimpse into the future, the auto show is a place to be since many auto designs won’t be in mass production for some time. Pack some snacks, get your camera ready, grab the floor plan (the exhibition is huge) – and get going! What makes the show so special is that you get to see the hottest cars and trucks under one roof. Pay attention to colors, interior design and auto parts used in latest designs, there will be enough novelties to surprise and puzzle you. From Concept Cars to Just Revealed to Alternative Fuel Vehicles – you’ll get to see it all in the course of a few days.
You can check the show schedule to make it to the exhibits you specifically want to see. And if you dream of a future career in the automotive industry, make sure to visit the Automotive Career Fair held on Level 1 (1E Hall).
April 11th, 2012
Looking for a lunch place buffet-style? Want high-quality amazingly-tasting food but have no time to waste for service? Check out Dishes that conveniently has 3 locations in mid-town. It’s true, it gets crazy busy there during the lunch hour, but there’s always hope to find a vacant table because people eat and leave quickly. The look of the food will tell you all you need to know before you even taste it. All dishes look like they’ve been made by professionals from the top quality ingredients. You just know it when you see it. Still you need to prepare yourself for a surprise, because it tastes nothing like it looks. It actually tastes 10 times better than you’ve imagined. Their pasta with pesto sauce and pine-nuts just melts in your mouse. The most tender eggplant Moroccan style can be found there and don’t even get started on their chicken. I wish I knew the secret of how to season it properly so that it tastes like that – divinely!
So yes, it’s a busy place, and you might have to wait for a place to sit down (be prepared to share your table too). The food is delicious, some dishes can easily beat similar offerings at upscale restaurants, where you pay way more money. The selection is more than satisfying from salad bar to Asian specialties to desserts of all kinds. A perfect place for a quick but very enjoyable lunch.
Here are the locations:
6 East 45th Street
Frnt 2, 399 Park Avenue
48 Grand Central Terminal