How to Give Housewarming Gifts Like a New Yorker

When it comes to a lot of things New Yorkers do it best and that includes housewarming gifts! Check out these New York-style, housewarming gifts.
Like this NYC Shower Curtain over at Urban Outfitters
This bamboo cutting board over at Bed Bath And Beyond
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This pillow, also at Bed Bath and Beyond
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A 4×6 Only In NYC Picture From This Guy – Daniel Arnold (or scroll all his pics on Instagram and try to find one with the person you’re gifting to)
And finally there is the made only in NYC Dominique Ansel cronut – you can preorder now! But caution advised, as a cronut means your relationship is serious!

What 4 Affordable 2-3 Bedroom Apartments In NYC Can I Buy Today?

Today Sales Manager Stacey Max highlights 4 affordable multi-bedroom properties:


Hamilton Heights spacious 2 bedroom co-op 


Area: Hamilton Heights
Type: Coop
Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1
Rooms: 5
Approx. Size:
800 sq.ft. (74
Price: $325,000




Area: Riverdale
Type: Coop
Bedrooms: 2

Conv 3
Bathrooms: 2
Rooms: 6
Price: $399,000


Long Island City 3 BR 1.5 Bth 1100SF Estate Sale Coop w/ Great Views - Long Island City


Area: Long Island City
Location: 34 RD.
Type: Apartment
Bedrooms: 3

nice layout
Bathrooms: 1.5
Rooms: 5
Approx. Size:
1,100 sq.ft. (102
Price: $440,000


Beautiful Brick House in the Heart of Woodside!



Area: Woodside
Type: Apartment
Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2.5
Lot Size: 18 x 90
Price: $679,000

How to Shop a Sample Sale Like a New Yorker

by BONDie and Guestblogger Bree Perlman

In my mind, a sample sale has always been the fashionista equivalent of those Black Friday news stories where they show parents beating each other up in the parking lot of some big box store over an Xbox.  Scary.  But all of that changed two weeks ago when I accidentally stumbled on a sample sale coming out of a meeting with a colleague in the Garment District when we walked passed a sign for Helmut Lang and Theory on the second floor of a non-descript building. Despite my fears of being crushed alive or wrestled to the grown over a blouse, the “70% off” in big black letters was just too much to pass up. While I’m happy to report I came out mostly unharmed, made out with some prized goods, and am a bona fide sample sale convert, I definitely made some rookie mistakes. I decided to consult some sample sale experts to get a leg up on my next go.

Tip #1: Decide what type of sample shopper you are and plan accordingly.

Climbing a fluorescent lit stairwell to the top of a bland office building floor, I had no idea what to expect. We followed the trail of men and women coming out of a two doors at the end of a hallway carrying overstuffed plastic bags complete with hangers poking out of them. We entered a loft space at the end of the hall and timidly proceeded to the back where racks of clothing filled the room. I was pleasantly surprised that I could actually see the clothing. This didn’t seem like what I had imagined at all. Even more incredible were the prices. Among the insane bargains were: Theory pants for $25 (originally $260), Theory dresses for $25 (originally $230), and Helmut Lang blazers for $50.  What I learned post- sample sale shopping from Laurie Brucker, a certified image consultant and speaker and blogger at:, “Timing is everything.” Explaining, “There are two strategies here: Show up first thing in the morning on the first day to snag the best stuff before anyone else, sometimes showing up hours early is necessary as lines do form.” Or she says, “Show up at the very tail end of the last day. The sample sale’s purpose is to get rid of as much extra product as possible and by that time they may be willing to lower their prices.” It turned out to be the last afternoon of our sample sale which explained the prices (a little post research on showed the prices were initially listed at double that.) Knowing what type of sample sale shopper you are helps. In retrospect, had there been a line out the door, I know I would have kept walking. I will never be the camp out on line to be the first 25 in, but will happily risk the inventory and rush on the last day to get the best bargains.

Tip #2: Know your designer.

After my colleague and I got over the initial daze of the place, we split up to see what we could find. I quickly scooped up five pairs of pants, a white linen dress, and a white Helmut Lang tuxedo blazer. Andrea Donlon, Blogger: WifeRedefined says, “Know how the designer fits you before you go to the sample sale.” This was my first rookie mistake. While I was familiar with how Helmut Lang fit, it had been years since I tried on anything by Theory. I was hopeful, vaguely remembering a pair I loved from the early 2000s and figured with this many to choose from, how could I really go wrong?

Tip #3: Bring a friend and/or co-worker

According to our sample sale experts, I accidentally got this part right. Nancy Brenner of says, to “bring along a co-worker” because “sample sales are a great networking opportunity and excellent substitute for a traditional networking lunch.” He also happens to be a friend–who hates shopping. A key distinguishing factor according to Brenner. She says, “Friends who love shopping will be off doing their own things. Friends who hate shopping will come along and do things like hold things and stand in line.“ He also happens to be a friend and 6’4″which came in handy for Brenner’s next tip: “bring a friend to protect your turf since there is often a team hoarding of four or more shoppers” and “act as a mirror” explaining there often isn’t one. While there was a mirror in the dressing room, it was great to get some live feedback. Bonus: my colleague got on the huge line to pay while I did a second round in the dressing room.

Tip #4: Get into survival mode. 

Sample sales are the opposite of that scene in Pretty Woman when Richard Gere takes Julia Roberts shopping. Sample sales are more like an episode of Survivor, and I wish I had prepared accordingly. Two tips I definitely could have used before I went: Brenner says, “Don’t Jamba Juice, Starbucks or ingest any other liquids before you go as there is rarely a bathroom.” Another rookie mistake? I wore heels. Very high heels. Brenner says, “wear flats: bring heels. You want to be comfortable moving back and forth around the floor and able to carry large armloads of clothing without falling over.” Having the heels with you Donlon says are for getting an idea of a “full look when trying items on.”

Tip#5: Most dressing rooms are communal so come prepared.

I had heard about the dressing rooms at sample sales (one of my key sample sale fears) and the communal dressing room at this sample sale did not disappoint. A woman barked at me to take my place in the back corner. Women were in various stages of undress next to what seemed like an entire store’s worth of inventory, making my items seem like an appetizer. Feeling timid, I stood dumbly by my pile, trying to remember what undergarments I was wearing this morning (getting dressed with a two year old that insists on simultaneously undressing you can make it uncertain that you are in fact, wearing undergarments.) Brucker offers this advice: “Wear undergarments you like. Most sample sale changing rooms are communal which means you will be changing in front of other women.” The idea of getting undressed in what felt like one of those high-school-cafeteria-naked-dreams was making it hard to stay and I began to rationalize the price tags. At $25, does it really matter if they don’t fit? Lucikly, I avoided making another rookie mistake and after what felt like an eternity jumped in with two feet. Which according to Bruker was the right thing to do. She says, “Don’t skip the trying on part no matter how unpleasant. Sample sales are final sale and trying on is a MUST. If you feel conservative, try a nude cami and boy shorts so that you don’t feel too naked as you change.” This tip doubles as a time saver according to Dolan who says wearing the cami/boy shorts combo is good for speed, “This way you can try tops on right at the rack or while you’re waiting in line for the real dressing room.” I will definitely remember that next time.

Tip #6: Check every inch of your garment.

I turned my attention to my most prized piece of clothing: a Helmut Lang white tuxedo blazer I had also been in search of to replace one I had worn well past its prime. I hadn’t noticed it at first, but standing under the fluorescent lights, there is a large black streak on the shoulder.  Brucker warns: “Check every inch of the garment. Look for holes, snags, tears and more. While you may be getting the best price on something, it’s still worth knowing what you are getting yourself into when you purchase it.” She explains, “if it’s not mendable, it’s not worth it.” Rookie mistake or delusion by price tag, either way, sadly I took the blazer. My rational at the time for purchasing a garment I can never actually wear? I’m growing my hair out and will keep it down and over the spot.

Tip #7: Do not covet thy neighbor’s items.

Except for the white linen dress, my pile was largely a bust. A young Asian woman next to me with a similar body type had 15 more styles of white pants that I had apparently missed. She also had an entourage (clearly a sample sale veteran). She put on a pair that I absolutely loved. After turning back and forth and back and forth and doing several circuit like training moves in the pants, she rejected them (or at least that is what I interpreted the nose crinkling, head-shaking to be.) She took them off and dumped them in a pile of other discarded items. Without thinking, I asked her if she was going to take them. It quickly became obvious she didn’t speak English nor did anyone else in her group.  I motioned and mimed in my best infant fashionista that if she didn’t want them, I would take them, peppering with “fit”, “my body is your body” and “me want”. They got the last part and immediately her friend grabbed them and started shaking her head no. Her other friend shook her head no. And then she joined in.  Unbeknownst to me I made another rookie mistake. According to Busayo Michelle Olupona of, “never ask in the communal dressing room, “Are you going to take that?” Olupona explains, “Once those words leave your lips, you make the piece all the more desirable.” She warns, “Don’t even look at the piece that sparks your interest. You have a 50/50 chance that the person leaves the piece and then you can pounce.” Ultimately, she took it ,and I was left to head back out to the sea of white trousers in search of this one style I could only discern on the hanger by the small button.

Tip #8: Know how alterations work and familiarize yourself with their cost.

Back outside, my colleague had scored a blazer and shirt, paid and was ready to go. I came out of the dressing room drained but on a mission: find those white pants. We split up to search and incredibly, he found them only in the wrong size. Perhaps I can blame this next rookie mistake on the sample sale delirium setting in, or the place having no air, bathrooms or having lost all sense of time and place. But considering how hard we had worked to find them, the price, and the fact that they were the EXACT white pants I had been searching for, I decided to go for it.  Mariana Leung, founder and editor of Ms.FABulous Media, a fashion blog and who has two decades in the fashion industry and as a designer and shopper has worked the sample sales from both sides advises, “Before you compromise on fit or color or damages, ask yourself if you would have considered the item at full price. Also ask yourself if you would buy it if it had an unknown designer’s name on the label.” Once home, I tried the pants on again. Having returned to reality, it appeared from the sagging in-seam and butt the pants were going to have to be completely re-made. My trusted tailor confirmed my suspicions at a price that well exceeded my savings and perhaps the original cost of the pants.

Tip #9: Bring cash.

And for my last rookie mistake: Luckily, the Theory/Helmut Lang sample sale took credit cards. Donlan explains, “credit cards should be accepted but they aren’t always and sometimes they don’t inform patrons of this till the very end aka when you are on line waiting to pay.” After all of that, the horror!

Tip #10: Do your research.

Despite my ups and downs, I see why sample sales can be addictive, and I’m ready to get back out there. Brucker says, “Let Twitter guide you! Use Twitter to search “#samplesaleNYC” to get instant access to sample sales happening at that exact moment.” If you don’t want to go that far, and are both great places to find out about sample sales around the city.


How To Attend New York City Fashion Week Like A New Yorker

It’s that time of the year again — New York Fashion Week! –A time when some of the most chic folks are strolling about our streets. Here’s a few notes on How To Attend New York Fashion Week Like A New Yorker.



Think Trendy

The Perfect Shoe


 An Awesome Bag


And When in Doubt Wear Black – Which you probably already are wearing and really who are we kidding? New Yorkers are always in Fashion Week-friendly attire.





What 3 large and uber luxurious apartments can I rent at 46 Lispenard today?

This is for those of you who have ever wondered what three large and uber luxurious apartments you can rent at 46 Lispenard in Tribeca today, feast your eyes on our latest exclusives,


Luxury redefined in this 4 bedroom 4 bathroom on Lispenard



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Area: Tribeca
Location: Church
Type: Condo
Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4
Approx. Size:
3,000 sq.ft. (279
Rent: $19,500


Exquisite 4 bedroom / 4 bathroom and Private Outdoor on Lispenard

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Area: Tribeca
Location: Church
Type: Condo
Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4
Rent: $28,500


Jaw-dropping custom designed Penthouse 4 BR on Lispenard – 5000 sq ft

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Area: Tribeca
Location: Church
Type: Condo
Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4
Approx. Size:
5,000 sq.ft. (465
Rent: $34,500


If you are interested in this property do not hesitate to email us at Not finding what you’re looking for? Check out our other listings at

What Three Lofts Can I Rent Downtown Today?

BOND Leasing Manager, Adjina Dekidjiev  gives us three loft properties that you can rend downtown today.

Incredible True Soho Loft Opportunity - Soho


Area: SoHo
Location: GRAND ST
Type: Apartment
Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 2
Rent: $6,850


Alluring 3000SF SOHO Artist LOFT



Area: SoHo
Location: West Broadway
Type: Apartment
Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2
Rent: $9,950


MASSIVE 4500SQFT W/ 1.5 BA! AMAZING LOCATION! - Chinatown/Lower East Side



Area: Lower East Side/Chinatown
Location: grand/ broome s
Type: Apartment
Bedrooms: LOFT

Bathrooms: 1.5
Rent: $15,000


Have questions about these properties, don’t hesitate to email us at Didn’t find what you were looking for? Check out for all of our listings.

Meet the Expert: All State Renter’s Insurance

Q&A with: Barbara Grimaldi – Owner/Principal of Grimaldi & Associates -

BOND NEW YORK: To start, what exactly does renter’s insurance cover?

It covers your personal possessions if it’s destroyed or damaged by any named peril.  An example of named perils:  Fire, Lightning, Windstorm or Hail, Explosion, Riot or Civil Commotion, Aircraft, Smoke, Vandalism and Malicious Mischief, Falling Objects, Freezing of plumbing, water damage from plumbing, steam or water heating systems, Liability and guest medical.  Just to name a few.

The best visual I can give on this is:  Turn your apartment upside down.  Everything that falls out is your personal belongings, your possessions, your stuff….  That is what you need to cover in the event of a loss.

  BNY: Who is renter’s insurance recommended for ? 

Anybody renting an apartment!. Before you get your key and turn your electric on  call an insurance professional for a policy.

BNY: How much does renter’s insurance cost? What are the factors that affect cost?

It varies from person to person.  It all depends on the amount of coverage they request, If they need to schedule special items ( jewelry, furs, fine arts etc)  The policies are built on their personal needs. They should take some time to estimate how much their clothes, furniture and electronic equipment…etc. are worth.  They would need to be covered for at least that amount or the amount you think it will take to replace all your items and make you whole again.

BNY: A lot of our customers assume they don’t need renter’s insurance because the building will have some sort of insurance policy. What would you say to them? 

Your personal property is owned by you, not the building .  It is not the responsibility of the building  for your personal belongings in the event of a loss. That is why it’s necessary for you to make sure your protected with a policy. 

BNY: Hurricane season is upon us. Have you seen an increase in renter’s insurance since Hurricane Sandy? 

Not particularly an increase of policies being purchased, however, after Hurricane Sandy many people have called to educate themselves on coverage’s & cost.

BNY: Has the cost of renter’s insurance gone up because of Hurricane Sandy? Have adjustments been made to policies and what they cover as a result?

 Prices need to reflect the costs of providing home and renters insurance in New York.  It takes many months or years to evaluate the impact of a major catastrophic event on the rating plans. The goal is to match price to risk as accurately as they can to help preserve availability of property insurance, which includes renters insurance.

Coverage’s as a whole usually aren’t altered.  It’s usually the price to risk which makes the policy increase.

BNY: Let’s say your property is damaged. What are the procedures for dealing with insurance? 

If your property is damaged by a named peril you immediately take the steps to secure any further damage.  You call your insurance agent and/or broker to report the incident. They will walk you through the process of filing the claim and verify what is and isn’t covered.

 BNY: We’ve heard about some unusual things that are covered by insurance when a natural disaster strikes—food spoilage being one of them. Is this true? Is there anything unusual that you might not typically think would be covered that is? How about the opposite: is there anything you think would be covered that surprisingly isn’t?

When a catastrophe as horrific as Hurricane Sandy occurs there are coverage’s on insurance policies that can be applied. If it is deemed a covered loss, most insurance policies have a provisions for the spoilage caused by the power interruption. The amount of coverage differs from insurance company to insurance company.  Additional living expenses might also be used in the event that it was necessary to maintain your normal standard of living when the direct physical loss is uninhabitable.

BNY: What are the top questions I should ask an agent when obtaining renter’s insurance to ensure that I have the best coverage for my particular situation?

Who is covered in the apartment?

Where does my liability cover me?

How am I covered in the event of loss?  Are there certain limitations?

What scheduled items are included in the policy?

Do you offer Replacement on my personal property?

Do you cover off premises theft and how much?

What is the  most unusual rental insurance claim you’ve heard of? Any interesting NYC stories relating to renter’s insurance?

There are many stories about claims but one specific sticks in my mind and always will. 

I had a client which had her fur scheduled. (It was listed as a separate rider on the policy.) Unfortunately,  she fell off the building and her fur got stuck on something on the side of the building.  In fact it saved her life! When she was rescued , she made a claim  – and it was covered!






Meet Pet-friendly Agent: Joseph Sheehan



Meet BOND agent Joseph Sheehan and his malti-poo, Charlie.
James tells us:
Charlie was actually a Christmas gift from wonderful friends, to my partner Jimmy and I to help us re-focus our attention from the loss of Jim’s wonderful Mom Sophie. Charlie is apparently from two show dog parents from a breeder in Florida. Our friend carefully searched various breeds and went to personally choose a malti-poo for us. The breeder did not want to give her Charlie at first because she was going to keep her for breeding. Jennifer just knew that Charlie (originally named Babette by breeder) was meant to be with us and convinced the breeder that no two people would take better care of her than Jim and I. Jennifer was right and Charlie has been nothing short of a gift to us in every sense of the word sine she has come into our lives.
My favorite places to

walk Charlie are Riverside Park on the Upper West Side and Central Park. The best advice I can give to pet owners is choose a well-recommended vet and groomer. The vet should be very close to your home as if there is ever an emergency they will be very familiar with your pet’s medical history, a familiar face to your pet and a short distance away.

If interested in finding a pet-friendly apartment, Joseph is here to help.

What Luxury 1BR Can I Buy in NYC Today?

BOND Sales manager, Stacey Max gives us luxury 1BRs in three different neighborhoods that you can buy today! 

Terrace Lovers 1BR at 1 Irving Place – Bordering Gramercy Park and Union Square


Area: Gramercy
Location: Union Square/15
Type: Condo
Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1
Price: $995,000


Luxury Gorgeous Bright 1BR limestone bath gym pool Near all transportation – Midtown-West



Area: Midtown West
Type: Condo
Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1
Approx. Size:
885 sq.ft. (82
Price: $1,550,000


Elegant Park Avenue One Bedroom with Balcony - Upper East Side


Area: Upper East Side
Location: East 60th & 61s
Type: Condo
Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1
Approx. Size:
942 sq.ft. (88
Price: $2,800,000

Interested in any of these properties? Do not hesitate to contact us at Not finding what you’re looking for? Check out our other listings at:


Agent Poll: What’s the Best Place to Swim in NYC

As summer begins winding down (please don’t go!) we are all trying to get our last few dips in. With over 500 agents in 7 offices throughout the city, we have our finger on the pulse of the best places to eat, drink, be merry and SWIM. 

Here are their recommendations for best places to swim in NYC:

Rockaway Beach and Rockaway Tacos - Queens, NY

All the cool kids know that the best place to go is Far Rockaway Beach. It is the only place in NYC where you can surf. When your ready to eat make sure you stop by Rockaway Tacos for a bite.

– BOND Agent, Shayla Sweatt

The beach at the Dream Hotel and Bar D’eau at the  Trump SOHO both have amazing pools.
– BOND Agent, Janine Young


Chelsea Piers

– BOND Co-Founder, Bruno Ricciotti

Brighton Beach - Brooklyn

More specifically Section Bay 4 because my sister is a NYC Lifeguard there!

– BOND Agent, Kimberly Ragnanan

Astoria ParkAstoria Queens


This beautiful outdoor pool was used for qualifying events for the 1936 and 1964 Summer Olympics, it is also the oldest and largest in the city!  This is where I did my training for the NYC triathlon during their lap swimming.  The views are breathtaking, sitting on the edge of the East River and resting between the Tri-borough Bridge and Hell Gate Bridge.
– BOND Agent, Talia McKinney
The Pool is on the 9th floor of Avalon Riverview North, and can also be used by those, like Brian (pictured with his brother Michael & kids as a guest) living in Avalon South.  We love the heated pool because of the 180 degree view of the East River and Manhattan!  It is like being on vacation as you answer your e-mail and Trulia leads on your smart phone, after a dip!
– BOND Agent, Larry H. Dusseau