Agent Poll: What is your favorite place to find home furnishings in NYC?

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With over 500 agents in 7 offices, there is little our BONDies don’t have an opinion about. Check out their home furnishings recommendations. 

IKEA - 1 Beard Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 – Redhook

IKEA in Brooklyn has some amazing displays showing how to maximize the storage, utility and comfort in small spaces.”

-agent, Steve Druth,

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It’s affordable, fun, lots of choices and good food if anyone gets hungry while shopping! “

-agent, Lilia Berzon

People of 2morrow  - 65 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 – Greenpoint 

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I recently discovered this cute store called People of 2morrow. It’s in Greenpoint and they sell really ethnic and authentic  housing items  and vintage clothing.”

-agent, Andrea Andreou

FIND Home Furnishings – 43C 9th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 – Gowanus 

The perfect place to browse for unexpected and unique items! Plus, it’s right next to Built It Green NYC, where you can find all kinds of salvaged items ready to be restored.”

-agent, Samuel Gogolak

Crate & Barrel - 611 Broadway, New York, NY 10012 – SoHo | West Elm – 112 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011 – Chelsea | Design Within Reach - 903 Broadway, New York, NY 10010 – Flatiron

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I think between Crate & Barrel and West Elm you can’t go wrong. They have a range of styles from more traditional old world inspired furniture to slick ultra modern pieces; so no matter what your style is you have lots of choices at fairly reasonable prices . Now if you’re going for high end modern Knoll and Design Within Reach are your go to places for your Eames chairs, Saarinen tables and the like.”

-agent, Lauren Langley

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art Gift Shop – 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028 – Upper East Side   | Museum of Modern Art – 11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019 – Midtown West | Museum of Arts and Design - 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019 – Midtown West 

“I really love museum shops! For something a little more traditional, but elegant and with intricate work, I go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For something modern, I go to the Museum of Modern Art. For something unusual, I go to the Museum of Arts and Design”

Jonathan Adler – 37 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY 10014 – West Villiage

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“I love Jonathan Adler plus all of his stores just scream kitschy yet chic. His different stores do

you have different quirks to them for the space of it.  I like the Upper East Side by convenience

There is a always good merchandise on the Greenwich Avenue location.”

- agent, Ari Silverstein

Nadeau NYC- Furniture with a Soul - 57 East 11th Street, New York, NY 10003 – Greenwich

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This place has restored furniture with a whimsical, vintage feel. Here’s a pic of one of my

nightstands.”

-agent, Elizabeth Whistler 

 

Home Goods - 795 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10025 – Upper West Side 

” Very affordable, great for staging any sale /rental listing , especially when an apt needs a face

lift .  They have Shower curtains, towels , accent pillows , curtains and especially lamps ! An

affordable way to pay attention to detail!”

-agent, Kristine DeVine 

 

Jensen-Leiws – 969 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022 – Midtown East 

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“Iris LeBron was extremely helpful. Pictured above is our couch for when guests come to visit”

-agent, Larry Dusseau

 

 

 

 

HOW TO GIVE A HOUSEWARMING GIFT LIKE A NEW YORKER

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by guestblogger and BONDie Bree Perlman 

Moving to New York can is as stressful as it is thrilling, as anyone who has survived the home finding process knows. We’ve put together a list of our top housewarming gifts, well, city-warming gifts to help ease the pain and make the transition into bona fide New Yorker complete.

 

 1. A Line Sitter via Sold Inc.

 

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New York is all about wanting what we can’t have. Or could have if we were willing to wait a really, really long time for it. Whether it’s Cronuts, Barney’s New York Warehouse Sale, or a Central Park concert, line sitters are like winning Willy Wonka’s golden ticket. Well, more like the obnoxious girl whose father puts his entire factory to work looking for one. Either way, the person receiving this gift will be very grateful. Sold Inc. (http://wecanwait4u.com/), which stands for Same Ole Line Dudes, charges $25 for the first hour and $10 each additional hour for General Waiting for events, stores, tickets sales, DV, etc. They also offers a Delivereach Premium Service which is waiting plus purchase plus delivery (think new iPhone). Bragging rights are free.

 

 2. A Citibike Gift Certificate

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For the active or environmentally conscious New Yorker, Citibike has gift cards for a 24 hour pass ($9.95), a 7 Day Pass ($25), or an Annual Membership ($95).  There are thousands of bikes at 100s of locations around the city making it a perfect alternative to packed subways and traffic logged buses. And while the 30 – minute time limit (45 minutes for annual members) means you can’t wander for the day, every time you drop off your bike and pick it up increases your chances of running into (hopefully not over) Leonardo DiCaprio.  You can purchase any of the passes at: https://www.citibikenyc.com/

 

 3. A 30-day Unlimited Ride MetroCard

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This is kind of the equivalent of bringing a large box of cloth diapers with a note that says “Not for use as diapers but for spit up, food spills, and everything else” to a baby shower. Not exactly the precious Tiffany & Co. Teething Ring the new mom has been coveting since pre-child conception, but way more practical. And in this city, practical wins. A 30-day Unlimited Ride MetroCard costs $112 and is good for 30 days from the first use. There is also a 7-day Unlimited Pass MetroCard which costs $30 and is good for 7 days from first use. The MetroCard will be a gift that keeps on giving. At least until it expires.  Unlimited cards can be purchased at http://web.mta.info/metrocard/mcgtreng.htm#unlimited.

 

 4. A Subscription to the New York Times

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Nothing says official New Yorker like having your name on one of the New York Times piled outside your building door. Grab a bagel and coffee and curl up with a couple of sections and you have officially arrived. A daily delivery is just $6.65 per week and there is also the option for weekend delivery at $4.35 per week. You can also opt to give a weekday subscription (Monday – Friday) for just $3.60 per week. http://www.nytimes.com/subscriptions/Multiproduct/lp8LJXL.html?campaignId=4F6XY&__KEYWORDS__=${keywordText}&__CAMP__=4F6XY#home. New York Magazine (https://ssl.palmcoastd.com/03921/apps/78066_B_RD?ikey=I**BQS) and the New Yorker (https://w1.buysub.com/pubs/N3/NYR/onsiteReval042213-Panel2.jsp?cds_page_id=136346&cds_mag_code=NYR&id=1412791337664&lsid=42811302176039685&vid=1) are also great options depending on the gift recipient’s New York type.

 

 

 

 5. Enough Bomber Bucks to get them to Yankee Stadium

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A trip to Yankee Stadium is the quintessential New York sports experience and for any sports fan moving to the city, it’s a must. It’s also the most expensive baseball stadium ever built, which for a chance to see how the other sports fans live, it’s also worth the trip. Bomber Bucks are the equivalent of a gift card for Yankees Games and can be used to purchase any regular season home game individual game ticket or a Yankee Stadium Tour. And for any sports fan reading this that completely disagrees, see also Mets Gift Card (http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/ticketing/gift_card.jsp).

 6. An Uber Gift Card

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Uber is now cheaper than taxis.  At least UberX is. But that’s not really why Uber is so desirable. Sure it’s controversial (all the more reason to use and tell) but it’s also what separates the haves from the shift-change-I’m-never-getting-home-in-the-pouring-rain desperados. Other perks: the cars are much nicer than a cab, you don’t need cash and the app system guarantees your driver will actually show up. One caveat: You must have an Uber account to give a gift card which you can do by signing up at https://get.uber.com/sign-up/

 

7. Monopoly New York City

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Real Estate and Manhattan go hand in hand. And what better way for your gift recipient to contemplate just how much they overpaid for their new home than to relive the experience on a board game on a Saturday night (especially if thanks to their new home, they can no longer afford to do anything else)? Include a nice bottle of wine and fancy nibbles and the memory should be quickly replaced with ones of laughter and fun in their new city. Maybe they’ll even get some play money revenge. You can find Monopoly New York at http://www.amazon.com/New-York-City-MN001-063-Monopoly/dp/B003HC9I1A

 

 

What can I buy for under $1M on the Upper West Side

Today, sales manager, Veronica Raehse shows us what we can buy for under $1M on the Upper West Side.

 Treehouse with Soaring Ceilings & Sunny North Views!UWS

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Area: Upper West Side
Location: Columbus & Amsterdam Avenues
Type: Coop
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Approx. Size:
600 sq.ft. (56 sq.mt.)
Price: $529,000
Maintenance: $ 797
Percent Deductible: 0%

 

Charming One Bedroom HomeUWS

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Area: Upper West Side
Location: West End Avenue
Type: Coop
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Rooms: 4
Approx. Size:
725 sq.ft. (67 sq.mt.)
Price: $679,000
Maintenance: $ 1,068
Percent Deductible: 59%
Down payment: 20%

 

Fully Renovated 1 Bedroom with Central Park ViewsUWS

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Area: Upper West Side
Location: W 97TH
Type: Condo
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Approx. Size:
732 sq.ft. (68 sq.mt.)
Price: $975,000
Percent Deductible: 0%
Taxes: $ 237
CC: $ 390

Agent Poll: What is the best NYC-inspired housewarming gift?

With over 500 agents in 7 offices around Manhattan, we are never at a loss for recommendations. Today we polled our BONDies about their favorite NYC-style items to give as housewarming gifts.
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Bond No.9 Scented Candles 

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“Expanding” Your Kitchen

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Here is another blog post on behalf of guest blogger Holzman InteriorsHolzman Interiors  is a full service interior design firm. From complete home renovations to furniture selection, Holzman Interiors does it all.

Lets face it, living space in the city can be tricky. It’s never enough and you always want a bit more of it! You must work with what you have and fully leverage design to your spacing advantage. One of the spaces that gets most compromised is the kitchen.  So here are a few tips on ways to make your kitchen feel bigger.

  • Painting your walls and cabinets in a lighter color will not only brighten up the space, but will also give the illusion of it being more expansive.  It is also important to add depth to the  room.  This can be done in a number of ways by simply using paint.  A semi-gloss paint will reflect light, and in turn, make the space appear more open. Likewise, painting the kitchen ceiling a shade lighter than the color used on the walls will give the appearance of a higher ceiling.

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  • Window treatments can either close off a space or allow the space to feel expansive.  A few good options for window coverings are roman shades in a fabric that can easily be wiped down, vertical blinds in a light color, or light drapery fabric.  You want to avoid fabrics that are bulky and heavy.
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  • If your kitchen is a closed kitchen but has space for dining furniture,  you want to choose pieces that are right in scale, are light in color, and  do not look bulky. Choosing the right furniture for this space is an exercise in finding a fine balance between form and function.

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  • Organizing the kitchen and clearing out any clutter is key in opening up the space.  Get rid of anything that is  not used such as appliances, dishes and other utensils. The idea here is  remove those items that live on your kitchen counter and clutter nearby areas.  A good alternative to using your counter top as storage is to simply install storage hooks into your wall or ceiling.  You can also add shelving to artfully place your appliances.

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  • Thinking outside of the box is key to “expanding” your kitchen.  There are many products out there that offer alternative solutions to traditional storage options. Look to retailers that specialize in storage solutions and see how you can incorporate that into your space.

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Meet Pet-friendly Agent: Daniel Karran

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Meet agent Daniel Karran  and his pet Harvey  We had a quick Q&A with him  about Harvey.
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What is your pet’s type, name and age?

Shih Tzu, Harvey, 9 Months

Where did you find your pet?

He was a birthday gift from my best friend

What are your favorite pet-friendly places in the city?

Chelsea Piers ParkChelsea , Central Park, Washington Square - Greenwich Village , Cinema Cafe 34th - Midtown East

Do you have any stories about working with clients with pets in the city finding apts or do you have any tips for those with a pet who want to rent/buy?

My best tip is to never give up hope finding a place to rent or buy, if you own a pet. Our pets are welcome in many buildings and working with an agent is the best way to go. Advise your agent about your pet and provide all pertinent information,, like size, age, type and quantity of pets, so that we may effectively dedicate our time to find the perfect home! As agents, we are able to streamline searches for you to accommodate your companion.

 

What Can I Rent in NYC for Under $2100?

Today, Leasing Manager, Adjina Dekidjiev shows us what we can rent in NYC for under $2,100. 

 

Queen Sized Bedroom & Tons of Closet Space – Upper East Side

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Area: Upper East Side
Location: 1st & 2nd Avenues
Type: Apartment
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Rent: $1,900

 

Amazing Newly Renovated – Upper East Side 

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Area: Upper East Side
Location: York Avenue
Type: Apartment
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Rent: $1,900

 

Great Location! – Murray Hill 

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Area: Murray Hill
Type: Apartment
Bedrooms: LOFT
Bathrooms: 1
Rent: $2,050
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Tips for Cleaning Your NYC Apartment

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by guestblogger HOMEJOY  Whether you are a parent or a college student Homejoy is a easy solution to help out with your household chores.

CLEAN  GETAWAY

Moving can be stressful and time-consuming period. Ensuring you get your security deposit back will definitely be an added stress. Sometimes, making sure your home is spotless may just be the deciding factor. You will have little control over the normal wear and tear, but here are some cleaning tips to getting your place back to the condition it was when you moved in: 

CARPET CLEANING – WORTH THE INVESTMENT:

Most NYC apartments do not come carpeted, but if your home does has carpet, you want to make sure to get rid of any and all stains. Start by doing spot cleans. This will allow you to address stains, and some of them may lift. If other stains have really seeped into the carpet, make sure to get the carpets professionally cleaned. You want to schedule this last so you do not run the risk of getting the carpets dirty again.

LEAVE THOSE CABINETS SPOTLESS:

When cleaning cabinets, keep in mind there is an art to it; work your way from the top to the bottom and start from the back of the cabinets and work your way to the front. Before you scrub them down, do not forget to go over everything with a duster. Do not underestimate how much can be cleaned with soap and warm water.

GIVE A LITTLE TLC TO THE CORNERS, BASEBOARDS, AND WALLS:

The corners and baseboards are areas that are commonly overlooked when completing a standard cleaning; but way too often dust and dirt tends to linger there. Once you have broomed, take a damp cloth and wipe these areas down. The cloth will pick up any dust and dirt that was missed. If you do not have to repaint the walls, do your utmost to get rid of all marks that are on your wall. Make sure to remove all the nails, screws, and adhesives from the wall. If there are any visible holes after they are all removed, make sure to add some spackle and smooth it over with a spatula. Even the smallest mark or hole can stand out like a sore thumb to your landlord.

WORKING IN THE BATHROOM:

Disinfect the whole bathroom and wipe down all the surfaces, faucet handles, and knobs. Use vinegar to get rid of hard water stains in the toilet, tub, and sink. Dust the top of the medicine cabinet and wipe down the mirrors.

THOROUGHLY CLEAN YOUR KITCHEN:

Cleaning the kitchen may take a great deal of time but make sure to pay attention to all the details. Start from top to bottom and start farthest away from the entry way. We would also suggest that you start with either the fridge or the oven because these will most likely take the longest. The last thing you want to do is mop the floors. Don’t forget to empty the dishwasher.

How to Adopt a Pet (And Save a Life!) Like a New Yorker

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At BOND we are true animal lovers and are fully versed in pet-friendly buildings for those renters or buyers who have a furry family member. But for those who are interested in adopting a pet, we happened to come across an awesome site that has a list of animals (cats and dogs) that are on the “urgent list.”

Take a look at some of these animals as an example of great pets, if you are thinking about adopting or if someone you know is looking for a lovable furry friend. Please feel free to share this information as well!


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Dogs – For the full updated ist please see the Urgent Pets On Death Row Website

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Cats - For the full list please see the Urgent Pets On Death Row Website

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If you’re moving and looking to buy or rent a pet-friendly home, feel free to check out our pet- friendly listings on our website and meet some of our pet-friendly agents here: http://bondnymagazine.com/?s=pet-friendly

 

 

What Three Properties Can I Buy this Fall in Manhattan?

Sales Manager Stacey Max highlights  three of BOND’s newest fall exclusive listings around Manhattan

Best Renovated Studio – Upper East Side 

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Area: Upper East Side
Location: 1ST AVE.
Type: Apartment
Bedrooms: 0
Bathrooms: 1
Rooms: 2
Price: $315,000
Maintenance: $ 915
Percent Deductible: 60%

Mint Condition Studio in Famed Cast Iron Building - Greenwich Village 

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Area: Greenwich Village/West Village
Location: Broadway and Unversity
Type: Coop
Bedrooms: 0
Bathrooms: 1
Price: $493,000
Maintenance: $ 877
Percent Deductible: 58%
Down payment: 20%

Fully renovated with Central Park Views! – Upper West Side

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Area: Upper West Side
Location: W 97TH
Type: Condo
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Approx. Size:
732 sq.ft. (68 sq.mt.)
Price: $975,000
Percent Deductible: 0%
Taxes: $ 237
CC: $ 390